ST MARK'S KEYSTONE     "Let's Talk"

27 April 2017
Volume Eleven
Dates to remember...  
Principal's Report  
R.E. News....
Students of the Week
Office News..... Applications for Year 7 Government Schools.
Uniform Shop...
Parents Association..  
St Mark's Church Family BBQ Advertising & Secondary Colleges 
St Mark's Primary School
03 9551 1150
4-8 Dimar Court
Dingley, Victoria, 3172

Dates to remember...


Thursday 27th April - Sacrament of Reconciliation - 6pm. (TONIGHT)

Friday 28th April - 9.15 to 10.15am - Foundation 2018 School Tours.

Sunday 30th April - St Mark's Church Family BBQ at 11.30am on school oval.

                                            St Mark's Primary School - Class 2015 & 2016 Reunion

                                            at Xtreme Air 5.30 to 7.30pm.


Monday 1st May - 9.15 to 10.15am - Foundation 2018 School Tours.

Tuesday 2nd May - Parent Association Meeting - 7.30pm.

Tuesday 9th May - First Eucharist Information Night 6pm. 

Tuesday 9th - 11th May - NAPLAN - Year 3 & 5 NAPLAN Testing.

Friday 12th May - Mother's Day Breakfast 7.30am & Stall (TBA)

Tuesday 16th May - 7pm to 8pm - Foundation 2018 School Tours.

Wednesday 17th May - District Cross Country Carnival.

Friday 19th May -  School Closure Day.

                                         -  Xtreme Air 10am - 12noon -(bookings can be made at Extreme Air)

Saturday 20th May - Sacrament of Eucharist Commitment mass at 6pm.

Monday 22nd  to Friday 26th May - Year 6 Camp Coonewarra.

Wednesday 31st May - Foundation Prayer's in Pyjama's- 6pm.


Tuesday 6th June - Parent Association Meeting - 6pm


Friday 16th June - School Disco.

Saturday 17th June - Sacrament of Confirmation Commitment Mass - 6pm.

Wednesday 21st June - Sacrament of Confirmation Parent/Child Information Night at 6pm.

Friday 23rd June - Semester One - Reports go home.

Wednesday 28th June - Parent/Teacher Interviews.

Friday 30th June - End of Term 2 - School finishing at 2.30pm.


Friday 21st July - Foundation 100 Days of School.


Saturday 19th August - St Mark's Parents Association Dinner Dance at Dingley International      (Save the Date)

Friday 25th August - Eucharist Reflection Day.

Sunday 27th August - Sacrament of First Eucharist Masses at 9.30am & 12.30pm.

Principal's Report

Dear Families

On Monday the Year 5/6 students attended the annual Dingley Village ANZAC schools service with Charlotte Fox reading ‘In Flanders Fields’ and our school captains Sienna Pasitchnyj and Lachlan Trinh laying the wreath at the memorial.

Last week the Parish Education Board welcomed Noha Chamoun (mother of Alexandra Yr 2) who has joined the board and we look forward to her input to the future development of St Mark’s school.


Mrs Karen Barker is commencing her  maternity leave  at the end of this week. We wish Karen & her husband Tom all the best as they prepare for their little arrival next month.


Yesterday the school celebrated the Feast of St Mark with a whole school Mass and activities in the afternoon and tonight the Year 3 students will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The screening of ‘Most Likely to Succeed’ yesterday afternoon was attended by approximately 90 people including St Mark’s staff and some parents. As a staff we are examining at the skills and associated learning that is required for life in the 21st century. This approach is evident in a CEM (Catholic Education Melbourne) project that the Year 5/6 team together with Nicola Bailey (STEM Teaching & Learning) and Anthony Speranza (ICT Teaching and Learning) will be involved in.


Building Capabilities: STEM Skills and Dispositions Project

STEM education refers to the teaching of the disciplines within its umbrella and also to a multidisciplinary approach to teaching that increases student interest and knowledge in STEM related fields and improves students’ problem-solving, creative thinking and critical analysis skills.


The capabilities are aimed to develop, “Enterprise skills”. These are transferable skills that enable young people to engage with a complex working world and which have been found to be a powerful predictor of long-term job success.


The four capabilities are:

Responding effectively to environmental, social and economic challenges requires young people to be creative, innovative, enterprising and adaptable, with the motivation, confidence and skills to use critical and creative thinking purposefully.


The Personal and Social Capability is essential in enabling students to understand themselves and others, and manage their relationships, lives, work and learning more effectively.


Intercultural interactions have become a part of everyday life in our increasingly multicultural and globalised world. Developing intercultural knowledge, skills and understandings is an essential part of living with others in the diverse world of the twenty-first century.


The Ethical Capability curriculum explores what it means for both an individual and society to live well. Students examine what we ought to do, how we ought to live, what kind of society we should have and what kind of person one should be.



  • Technologies are radically changing the way we live, consume and work
  • 44% (or 5.1m) jobs are at risk from digital disruption in the next decade
  • 75% of new jobs will require STEM related skills.
  • Innovation and STEM education are key to future growth

R.E. News....

ANZAC Day Prayer

God of love and liberty, we bring our thanks this day for the peace and security we enjoy, which was won for us through the courage and devotion of those who gave their lives in time of war. We pray that their labour and sacrifice may not be in vain, but that their spirit may live on in us and in generations to come. That the liberty, truth and justice which they sought to preserve may be seen and known in all the nations upon earth. This we pray in the name of the one who gave his life for the sake of the world, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Important RE Dates

​*TONIGHT* Thursday 27th April - Sacrament of Reconciliation at 6pm.


Thursday 9th May - First Eucharist Parent/Child Information Night 6pm.

Saturday 20th May - Sacrament of Eucharist Commitment Mass 6pm.

Friday 25th August - Eucharist Reflection Day.

Sunday 27th August - Sacrament of First Eucharist masses at 9.30am & 12.30pm.


Saturday 17th June - Sacrament of Confirmation Commitment Mass at 6pm.

Thursday 21st June - Sacrament of Confirmation Parent/Child Night at 6pm.

Tuesday 12th September -  Confirmation Reflection Day.

Wednesday 13th September - Sacrament of Confirmation 7pm.


Tonight the Year 3 children will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation at a special Liturgy starting at 6pm in St Mark's Church. Please keep all these children in your prayers.

Feast Of St Mark's Mass

Yesterday the 26th April,  we celebrated the Feast of St Mark's by holding a whole school mass. During the day the children participated in classroom activities that related to St Mark's. Lastly to celebrate the feast day the children all received a Super Dooper. Thank you to the families that attend the mass.

Students of the Week

Congratulations to the Student of the Week Awards

Foundation  A

Sierra Trinh for sharing funny stories with her teacher and classmates to create a happy place to learn. Thank you Sierra!

Foundation K

Liam Schoots for being an active listener and adding valuable comments to our class discussions.

Foundation M

Lachlan Alvarez for treating his classmates and their opinions with respect.

Year 1/2 B

Isabella Larosa for making a great start in her new school. Welcome to 1/2B and good luck.

Year 1/2 L

Oliver Lorrain for his resilience and outstanding effort in the cross-country. What an amazing comeback Oliver!

Year 1/2 M

Charlotte Lam for enthusiastically and confidently reading a prayer of the faithful at St Mark's Feast Day Mass.

Year 1/2 P

Regan Taing Cheng for settling in and adjusting to his new routine as St Mark's so quickly and smoothly.

Year 1/2R

Michael Bishop for confidently sharing his mathematical thinking with his peers. Keep up the fantastic work!

Year 1/2 XR

Lachlan Blom for remaining focused in classroom discussions, and willingly sharing his ideas with others.

Year 3/4 C

Jessica Lam for contributing to group and class discussions, and for asking questions to further her learning.

Year 3/4 DC

Michael Bose for showing fantastic communication skills and being a great listener in his role as SRC representative.

Year 3/4 F

Bianca Mojaled for always contributing respectfully to Book Club discussions about shared texts with her classmates.

Year 3/4 KU

Daniel Semmens for his positive attitude to his learning and for sharing his well thought ideas with his class mates. Well done!

Year 3/4 N

Eden Rachor for being a fantastic listener in class and always contributing to class discussions in a respectful manner.

Year 5/6 D

Amelia Mudie for confidently sharing ideas and stepping up to a challenge. Millie you have extended yourself in your learning and keeping at a task until it is complete!

Year 5/6 L

Enrico Patacsil for being an active listener during discussions and offering his focused opinions in response. Well done Enrico!

Year 5/6 M

Seth Monahan for the enthusiasm he showed during our Inquiry which caught the attention and interest of his classmates and filled our learning area with curiosity and discussions.

Year 5/6 P

Bianca Danzo for sharing her thoughts, ideas and asking questions to show she is thinking deeply.

Year 5/6 S

Jordan Stickland for showing persistence with his learning by asking questions to clarify his understanding during writing!


St Mark's House Cross Country Carnival

On Friday 21st April students from years Year’s 3 to 6 participated in our annual House Cross Country. We had challenging weather for this event and the majority of students were very eager, excited and some even a little nervous to participate in this event.

The Years Foundation to Year 2 children had to wait until Monday to complete theirs due to the weather conditions, eventually actually having nice sunny conditions for their events. All students have been involved in training throughout term 1 to help with preparation and I’m sure all this additional training has seen a huge improvement in their fitness level.

It was very pleasing to see majority of the students finish the run, which is a real achievement within itself. Students who finished in the top of their age groups have been selected to represent St Mark’s in the District Cross Country on Wednesday 17th May. Congratulations to these students and we wish them all the best as they continue training for the District event.

It was fantastic to have so many parents there to support, this helped the children be very excited in competing for their events. The children performed very well with almost all managing to complete the challenges of cross country.

The following students finished in the top five of their age group:   

Congratulations to all children on their fantastic participation and performance.

Training for these children and other selected children has begun for the District Cross Country at school at 8.10am (arrive at 8am). The training dates are as follows:  Monday’s and Thursday’s 27th April, May 1st , 4th, 8th 11th and Monday 15th.

The District Cross Country Date will be held on Wednesday 17th May at Karkarook Park, Heatherton.

After Fridays events had taken place it was certainly a very even competition. The results are on the following table. The results for the other age groups have been collated, however they won’t be disclosed this newsletter as assembly for presentation of the winning team and for medal winners (1st-3rd in the U9-12 age groups).

As you can see it’s extremely close at the moment and each year level there’s a huge difference in scores, so watch this space, or be at assembly on Friday afternoon to see the winning house be announced.

I’d also personally like to thank the numerous parents for taking on roles to assist in the smoother running of the cross country, we had a record number of parents volunteer to assist this year, in the end not all were required on the days. Your help was greatly appreciated.

Mr Snell

SSV State Trials- Football, Netball, Tennis and Hockey

Congratulations to the following children for being selected to represent St Mark’s in the SSV Division trials in their chosen sports:

Jackson Dance, Jack Ferraro & Cody Goonewardene - AFL

Bianca Anderson, Charlotte Fox & Georgie O’Brien- Netball

Luke Gough, Nick Holden, Thu Vu & Jacob Sands- Soccer

Seth Monahan- Tennis

Dante Quenette- Hockey

Grace Hong and Cody Goonewardene- Basketball

We wish them all the best for their trials throughout next 2 weeks.

AFL Football Tickets

Mr Snell has secured 40 tickets to an AFL match at the MCG. These tickets are complimentary and can be used by children or adults (because it is a Sunday game these tickets should be used for adults as children are free at these games). The game is between Richmond and Carlton.

Date: Sun June 25th         Time: 3.20pm

Tickets are General Admission and are issued on a first come first served basis. Initially (first month) tickets being issued will be restricted to 4 per family, however after this more tickets can be issued! You can apply for the tickets now, however I won’t receive the tickets and they won’t be issued till about 2 weeks prior to the game!

WOW Kingston 2017 (Walk or Wheel Once a Week)

We are excited to be taking part in the very first WOW Kingston program with Kingston City Council.

We are one of eleven schools selected to take part in the program.

What is it?

  • WOW Kingston 2017 is “Walk or Wheel Once a Week”
  • We have selected a day during the week to encourage everyone to walk or travel by wheels to school.
  • 10 weeks from the first week in Term 2 through to June.
  • Each class will have a WOW Kingston wall calendar to record the weekly participation.
  • At the end of the Term 2 one class will receive the Kingston Golden Boot Award.
  • There will also be rewards and prizes and a breakfast for the school.

When is it?

  • Starts in the first week in Term 2. When everyone is back from school holidays.
  • It goes for 10 weeks up to the end of June.
  • The winning class will be awarded the Golden Boot by Kingston City Council in the last week of term.


Office News.....
Applications for Year 7 Government Schools.

Office News...

Year 6 Camp Fees

REMINDER: Could ALL Camp fees be paid immediately or by Wednesday 12th May. Thank you.


Year 7 Government Schools Information

The Department of Education and Training (DET) website contains comprehensive information on the transition from Year 6 to Year 7. The  Year 6 to Year 7 Transition Packs to all State Secondary government schools have been delivered to our school office. If you would like a pack please call into the office and return it as soon as possible. 

For more information for parents please see below


School Fee Statements Reminders have been sent home. All School fees should be finalised by 31st August 2017, unless you have arranged a payment plan with the office. If you are experiencing financial difficulties please contact the office to arrange a meeting with the Principal, Debbie Darvell.


We received a small payment made on 24th February without a name. Please contact the office to check if this was you, 9551 1150. Thank you.

Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund -CSEF

How to Apply  -  Contact the school office to obtain a CSEF application form or download from


CSEF payment amount is an annual payment to the school to be used towards camps, sports and/or excursion expenses for the  eligible student.

* Primary school student rate is $125.00 per year.


Eligibility will be subject to the parent/legal guardian's concession card successfully validating with Centrelink on the first day of term one or two. The validation will occur automatically through an automated interface between the CSEF system and Centrelink.


The office have sent forms to the parents that received it last year, please fill out and return to the office with a photo copy of your health care card or pension card.

Copies of the form can be obtained from the school office.

Thank you.

Quote of the Week

Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.

Marie Curie.


Tuckshop Tuesday's Special

Next Tuesday's special is a pasta of your choice for $4.00. 

Please note:      St Mark's School, new Term 2 & 3 Canteen Menu.

Thanks Carm.

Term 2 Canteen Menu.pdf


Uniform Shop...

Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop is open on Wednesday mornings 9 -9.30am. Order forms are available from the school office, newsletter and website. Orders can be left at the office to be completed on Wednesdays after 9.30am.

School Uniform Price List.pdf

School Uniform can also be purchased from :

Beleza School Uniforms

162 Cheltenham Road


Trading hours are: Monday to Friday - 10am to 5pm (Closed Wednesday).


REMINDER: Term 2 winter uniform is to be worn from Monday 1st May.



Parents Association..

Mother's Day Breakfast on Friday 12th May at 7.30am.

StMarks_Mothersday Flyer.pdf
Mother's Day Raffle 2017.pdf

Tickets for the Mother's Day raffle went out today. There are lots of fabulous prizes to be won, donated by many generous local businesses. Tickets are $1.00 each. Please make sure you write your child's name and class on each ticket and return them to the school office with your payment. If you would like extra tickets, please ask at the office. Best of luck!

Entertainment  Books 2017

The Entertainment Book is one of our favourite fundraisers at St Mark's School. The Books sell for $70.00, and we keep $14.00 for everyone we sell. It gives you access to many offers of up to 50% off and 2-for-1 offers, for restaurants, cafes, attractions and theme parks. And it's not just the fun stuff.... They also get 5% off on their groceries and petrol all year with WISH eVouchers sent directly to their phone, and 10% off David Jones!

To order your Book or your Digital Membership securely online visit:

Please return the book sold with your payment or unsold, by Monday 1st May. Thank you.

REMINDER: St Mark's School Dingley -
Class 2015 & 2016 Reunion ON this Sunday.


St Mark's Church Family BBQ Advertising & Secondary Colleges 

REMINDER this Sunday...........
St Mark's Church Family BBQ

St Mark's Church Family BBQ on Sunday 30th April at 11:30am on the school oval. There will be lots of games to play and fun activities. This is a great way to get to know families within the St Mark's Church community.


Big 5 Sports - Term 2 - Flyers at office.

Enrol on www.BIG5SPORTS.COM.AU

Enquiries - [email protected] OR 0422 043 853


PLEASE NOTE: Enrolments for Year 7 2019 OPENED on 1st March 2017 and will CLOSE on 25th August 2017, for ALL Catholic Secondary Colleges.