St Anthony's News

08 August 2019
Issue Five

High Expectations, Inclusivity, Students with a Voice, Excellence for All!

From the Principal  
From the Deputy
Athletics Day
Thank you
Foundation News
Year 1-2
Parents & Friends (PFA)
Community News
Dates to Remember
St Anthony's School
(03) 9563 6780
172 Neerim Road
Glen Huntly, Victoria, 3163



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From the Principal

High Expectations, Inclusivity, Students with a Voice, Excellence for All!


It is always an exciting time to come and be part of the children’s assemblies.  The children proudly share the work that they have been involved in over the term and share what they have learnt with the remainder of the children.  It is always a bonus when family members come and witness what is presented and then share with the rest of the community who are unable to attend.  



This week the SAT team updated and endorsed the school’s Uniform Policy to reflect the needs of the students and the current trends and I wish to bring to your attention the main points below:  The complete policy is available on the school’s website - Enrolment Page



A uniform dress code reinforces in students a pride in their own appearance and instils recognition of them as an integral part of the St Anthony’s School Glen Huntly. Students are expected to dress in complete school uniform in a way that reflects a sense of pride in their school and themselves. It provides means of identification and helps to ensure safety of our students, in the schoolyard and in transit to and from the school.



- promotes equality amongst all students.

- further develops a sense of pride in, and identification with our school.

- provides durable clothing that is cost effective and practical for our school environment.

 - maintains and enhances the positive image of the school in the community.


The main points of change to note are the following:

Short trousers may be worn as part of winter uniform with crew or long socks - not anklets

Polo shirts may be long sleeved or short and in line with SunSmart guidelines

Earrings are to be sleepers or studs only – wearing of decorative earrings is not appropriate.

School shoes, not black runners, on all day except sports days.

Track pants and Runners only on sports days. 

To access the complete policy please refer to the following link: Uniform Policy


Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Prayer Liturgy

St Mary of the Cross’ feast day was celebrated with a prayer liturgy at Mass today 8th of August, 2019.  This celebration was a beautiful commemoration of the life of St. Mary of the Cross, Australia’s first saint. The students and staff also completed various activities in their classrooms which related to St Mary and her life’s work to care for the poor, to educate children and establish the Sisters of St Joseph.  



Margaret Carlei


From the Deputy

Every Day Really Does Matter

Dear Parents,


Winter has definitely set in and everyone will be feeling the effects of the colder weather.  Often this time of year can increase the chance of illness and it is important that, when children are unwell, they stay at home to rest and recuperate.  However, since the beginning of term, the number of late arrivals to school and absences from school has increased significantly.  On one day this week there were 47 students who either arrived late to school or were absent from school.  We cannot underestimate the negative impact that constant late arrivals and non-attendance at school has on student learning.  This simply needs to improve across our school otherwise our children will feel the impact now and in their future.  Our staff work incredibly hard for each student's success and their job is made doubly difficult when students are not at school and miss vital parts of the curriculum.  Similarly, students who are not present at the beginning of lessons have to be 'caught up' taking away the teacher's time from working with the class.  Please do not misunderstand the intention of this message and think that children who are unwell should be sent to school.  They should be cared for as is appropriate for the illness that they have.  We are aware, however, that not all student absence is related to illness, just as we are aware that student lateness can be avoided.  We all want our children to be happy, successful and to learn so they have opportunity for their future.  Being at school, on time, each day is central to achieving this goal.  Should you require any support or assistance with student absence or lateness, or in fact any other matters, please come and see me or make contact via email - 

Lion King Ooshies

Some parents might remember toy crazes across the years where Tazos, Pokemon cards and Tamagotchis, fidget spinners and loom bands became the latest 'must have' toy.  Recently, Lion King Ooshies have started to appear at school, with students choosing to bring in their prized collection to show their friends.  Unfortunately, it's not all fun and games, with these toys becoming a distraction in the classroom, often being lost or misplaced because of their size.   Understandably, students become upset if they lose or misplace these toys.  This week all teachers have advised their students not to bring valuable items like these to school, particularly if students will be upset if something happens to them. We would appreciate your support in speaking with your child about whether these items are suitable for school and, where possible, encouraging them to be left at home. 


Wishing you all a great, slightly longer weekend.


best wishes,


Peta Overbury

Deputy Principal

Athletics Day

Athletics Day!

Last Tuesday 30 July, the children and families from both campuses came together for the annual Athletics’ Day. The day was a huge success with everyone participating with so much enthusiasm and eagerness.  The weather was cold and cloudy throughout most of the day but this did not deter the children from participating in all the activities with great vigour and enthusiasm.  


The Sports Captains ensured that their teams supported each other and encouraged their team mates with chants. Thank you to the families that came along during the day to support the children and in particular to the volunteers who gave a helping hand.  Mr Addicoat and Ms Overbury ensured that the activities and the practicalities of the day ran smoothly and the staff continually kept the children engaged and on task.

Congratulations to the following students who received awards for the way they participated during the day:

Luke Bailey Courage Award - Hamilton

Paul Vella Community Spirit Award - Sophie 


Congratulations to Padua (Red) Team who achieved the most points scored for the day and the following placed teams,  Siena (Blue), Nagle (Yellow), Xavier (Green).



Even our special friends got into the events!


Margaret Carlei 



Special Feast Days in the Month of August

4th August, St John Vianney Feast Day

8th August, St Mary of the Cross Feast Day

15th August, Feast of the Assumption


St John Vianney was born in Dardilly France in 1786.  He is the patron saint of parish priests and believed that the priests were heroes of his time.  St John Vianney was a dedicated confessor and tried to reconcile the people of the town to God.  He became admired and loved as he dedicated his life to hard work for his people.  He died on the 4th August, 1859 at the age of 73.


St Mary MacKillop was born in Melbourne in 1842. She was the first of 8 children born to parents Alexander and Flora. She began working at the age of 16 to help raise her younger brothers and sisters. Mary moved to Penola in South Australia at 18 years old. There she worked as a governess to her aunt and uncle’s children. She taught the children and offered her time to teach the other children in the community. Later, Father Woods established a Catholic school in Penola which Mary became a teacher. She became the first Sister of St Joseph, a newly created Order in South Australia. She devoted her life to helping children and vulnerable women across Australia. On 15 September 1890, she wrote:

"Let us try to keep God with us by charity of thought, word and act."


Mary was canonised by Pope Benedict XVI on 17 October 2010 in Rome.


Join us in celebrating Australia’s first saint, Mary MacKillop, on her feast day 8 August 2019.

On the 15th of August 2019, we will be celebrating the Feast of the Assumption at St Anthony’s. We celebrate the day that Mary, the Mother of Jesus, was assumed in to heaven to be at the right hand of God. This has been a day celebrated by Catholics all over the world for centuries. As Catholics, we recognise the 15th of August as a Holy Day of Obligation.


Upcoming Events

Thursday 8th August, Mass at 10am,  hosted by Year 3/4

Thursday 15th August, Mass at 10am,  hosted by Year 5/6

Saturday 7th September, Mass and Practise for Confirmation at 6pm

Thursday 12th September Confirmation Mass at 7pm


Mrs Toni Dent

Religious Education Co-ordinator


Thank you

Thank You for Making our Day Special  

Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day was a great success!  The morning was filled with excitement from our students in anticipation of their special guests - grandparents and special friends coming to school to share in some wonderful activities together.  The students welcomed their family and friends into their classrooms and were able to begin engaging in some Grandparent and Special Friend workshop activities.  The theme for this occasion was “Making Memories” and in the Year 3/4 area the students and special guests were making memories by creating a photo frame to place a photo of themselves with their special guests after listening to a beautiful story called “Oma’s buttons”.  Some other activities were involving an interview with a Grandparent or Special Friend or just a short discussion about life in the olden days.  The special guests had an opportunity to plant a seed in commemoration of the day or have a tour of the school to view the wonderful work the students have produced during Semester One.


After a Prayer Liturgy in St Anthony’s Church, our special guests were invited to morning tea in the Padua Pavilion.  Our special guests were treated to lots of delicious pastries, fresh fruit, and delectable cakes ­­of various flavours with a cuppa!  All enjoyed the day and many grandparents and special friends were impressed with the new format and comments such as “This is great, short and sweet, just what we wanted” said one grandparent and another stated “We adored the seed planting, what a great idea!”  A special friend noted that the students were very enthusiastic and they were very pleased to be invited to join in the fun.  One grandmother was especially pleased with the Prayer Liturgy and said that it made her feel a part of the school community in a spiritual way and was also very impressed with the day.


Overall, fun was had by all and the tradition of Grandparents and Special Friends’ day was a huge achievement.  Thank you to everyone who participated in this event!


Mrs Toni Dent

Religious Education Co-ordinator




Brené Brown on Teaching Kids to Fail Well

Failure is excruciating. But it’s not as excruciating as watching your child fail. It’s not just that parents are biologically programmed to care about them. We really want them to succeed, partly so they have a great life and partly because, frankly, their success reflects well on us.

But as parents increasingly navigate their kids’ lives so that they avoid failure, those kids lose an important life skill, and one they will inevitably need: how to find the courage and motivation to get back up. So how do you help kids fail, or rather, how do you help kids deal with failure? Brené Brown, whose new book Rising Strong is about coming back from failure, has spent nearly her whole career studying shame and courage, and in a recent interview with TIME she gave this advice: first, don’t try to fix it.

 “If my child, you know, tries out for a team, or you know really wants to get into a certain college or gets shunned at lunch,” she says, “am I willing to sit with her or sit with him and not fix it, but just be with her or him in the struggle? Am I willing to look over and say, ‘God, I know how crappy this feels right now?’ ”

Brown wants parents to let kids feel the sting of failure and learn to overcome it. Even when parents can fix something, she sees more value in teaching kids to feel the emotions failure produces. “Teaching them how to get curious about it, teaching them how to name it, teaching them how to ask for what they need,” she says. “That’s the gift that parents give.”

Brown, who has two kids, also thinks it’s helpful to give kids a reality check, to retell their stories to them. “I’ve got a 16 year old daughter who sometimes can compare her life with Instagram,” she says. “And the stories she makes up: this is what everyone looks like, the fabulous stuff everyone is doing, the time with the entire posse of friends. A lot of times I’ll say, let’s reality check the story you’re making up right now.”

Brown then recounts her daughter’s story a slightly different way. “You’re at home studying chemistry, and you’re making out that everyone is out having a fabulous time. Where are your friends tonight? They’re studying for chemistry. Right. And did anyone ask you to do something tonight? Yes, they did. And why didn’t you go? Because you’re making a choice to study for chemistry.

Getting kids to cast themselves in their own narrative helps kids recall what they consider success and reminds them what their aims are. “We don’t want to be victims in the story. We don’t even want to be heroes in a story,” says Brown. “We want to be the author of the story. And you can’t do that unless you own the story and dig into it.”

By Belinda Luscombe


Emma Clausen

Student Wellbeing Leader



Book Week (17-23 August)
Parade Friday 23rd August

A friendly reminder to all of our families this year’s Book Week theme is ‘Reading is my Secret Power.’  Book Week will be held from the 17th-23rd August.


Our celebration of this very important event in our school calendar will be commemorated with a book parade on Friday 23rd August.


Students are encouraged to dress up on Friday 23rd August as their favourite book character and participate in a parade showing off their beloved book characters.


Children could come dressed up as a fairy tale character such as Little Red Riding Hood, Aladdin, Snow White or Simba from the Lion King. Other ideas are to come dressed as Wally from the Where’s Wally books or their favourite Harry Potter character. 


The options are endless. We encourage families to get creative, borrow items from family and friends and not burden themselves with the high cost of purchasing a costume.

If you have any further questions about Book Week please feel free to contact me on 


Marina Russo

English Leader


Banner image taken from the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA)


Science Week

Next week is National Science Week! Our theme is ‘Destination: Moon.’ The St Anthony’s students will be participating in scientific activities, including hands-on experiments, around the following themes:

  • Foundation and 1/2: What is a Scientist?
  • Year 3/4: Space – Day and Night
  • Year 5/6: Space – The Final Frontier

Stay tuned for our upcoming reports on what the students achieved.


Serena Jordan-Munro
STEAM Leader

Foundation News

What's happening in Foundation?

The Foundation students have hit the ground running in Term 3 – and not just during Athletics Day!

We celebrated our 100 Days of School last week. What a fantastic achievement for the Foundation children! We completed many themed activities throughout the day, including a STEAM challenge where the students had to design a structure using 100 cups or straws. Look at our budding engineers building bridges, castles and dream-catchers! (pictured) Thank you to the Browning family for our fabulous ‘100 Days Brighter’ themed cake!


In Literacy, the students have been expanding their knowledge of letters and sounds when reading and writing words. We are learning all about Information Texts related to outer space. The Foundations are learning about the planets in our galaxy and the natural resources we have here on planet Earth. In Religion we are learning how to be stewards of creation and care for our world.

In Mathematics, we are learning all about money. The students have been running their own shops, calculating amounts and sorting coins.  (pictured) We are beginning to learn about time, including reading ‘o’clock’ and ‘half past’ on analogue clocks. The students have been estimating the length of ‘one minute’ and thinking of activities that take minutes, hours and days.

We’re looking forward to the rest of an action-packed term!

Serena Jordan-Munro



Year 1-2

What's happening in Year 1/2

 We have started looking at report writing. It was the 50th anniversary of the moon landing on July 20th and we researched lots of interesting facts.

In Integrated we have started looking at changes that happen in the sky.  We have started by looking at clouds.

The stratus clouds are low level clouds that are flat and tend to drizzle.

The cumulus clouds are big, white, puffy, and beautiful clouds. They cover much of the sky. They are grey in colour and may produce light rain or usually mean good weather unless they grow really tall and turn into cumulo-nimbus clouds.

The cirrus clouds are high level clouds that are thin and wispy. They appear during good weather.

In Religion we have been learning about being stewards of creation. This means that it is our job to take care of God’s creation. We watched the video, FernGully, and looked at how lots of our environment is in danger and not being cared for properly.

We can be stewards of creation at St. Anthony’s by picking up rubbish whenever we see it lying around.  Other ways we can care for our environment is by not wasting paper, not  wasting water, respecting other peoples’ property, planting more vegetables trees and flowers, using the compost on the gardens because the compost bin is full and putting buckets under the drink taps so any left over water can be used on our gardens.

We created pictures of our own rainforest which shows how beautiful the world would look if we keep caring for it.


Year 1/2 Teachers

Parents & Friends (PFA)



Community News



Dates to Remember

Please check the Calendar on the Website for ALL important dates.

To view the yearly calendar please go to the St Anthony’s School Website


Some very important dates for your calendars: 


Friday, 9 August

  • SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY - PUPIL FREE DAY - (For OHSC, Contact Youth Leadership Victoria on 0402 347432 or via their website

Friday, 23 August



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