St Paul's School Newsletter

12 March 2020
Issue Seven
From the Principal...
Important Dates
From the School Office ...
What's On at St Paul's...
Student Wellbeing
Transition Information
Out of School Hours Care: Youth Leadership Victoria
Community Notices
School Car Park Map
School Uniform Shop
Child Safe Standards
St Paul's Primary School
03 9756 7201
59 Moores Road
Monbulk, Victoria, 3793

From the Principal...




Dear Families,

Project Compassion continues in our Second Week of Lent (School week beginning 9th March)

*In Cambodia, 1 in 8 people live below the poverty line.*

This week through Project Compassion we learn about Phany (pronounced Parn-ee). Struggling to earn a living as a farmer in Cambodia, Phany was forced to leave her daughter behind in the village to take up construction work in the city. Thankfully, through a Caritas funded program, Phany learnt new farming techniques which enabled her to get a better yield from her vegetable crops and to conserve water in her drought-stricken region. Phany’s community also took part in training in health, nutrition, hygiene and disaster preparedness, arming them with better strategies to cope with environmental changes.  Click here to watch a short film about Phany's story.

Let’s Go Further, Together! Please support the Project Compassion:

Full Time Preps!

This week we welcomed our Prep students FULL TIME!  The Prep students, as part of their transition, have had each Wednesday as a rest day so far this year.  From now on, our Prep students will be at school every day and they have settled in very well to school life - congratulations!

We will hold a 2020 Prep Information and Pizza Night this evening.  All Prep families are invited and we have "Andy's Antics" ready to entertain the children. The night is designed as a 'part formal, part social' night where we can have the opportunity to talk to our Prep families about the organisation of the classroom, as well as enjoy some social time together.  We look forward to a great night.


Reminder for those families involved in First Reconciliation:

  • First Reconciliation Family Workshop: Monday, 23 March beginning at 3.00pm.  The workshop will be held in St Paul's Church.
  • The Sacrament of First Reconciliation will take place on Wednesday 22 April from 3.30-5.30pm in the Church. 

For any queries, please contact our Religious Education Leader, Irene Haritos:

Enrolments Now Open

Enrolling at St Paul's is easy!  We welcome enrolments throughout the year and are currently accepting Prep enrolments for the 2021 school year.  Please spread the word and let your friends know about our innovative transition process:

  • OPEN DAY: Tuesday 24 March (change of date)
  • TASTER DAYS:  9:30-10:30am  Fridays, on a fortnightly basis, for Term 1 and 2.  Open to 3yo, 4yo and 5yo pre-schoolers.  Our next taster days are running on 13 and 27 March. 

*See flyers on our 'Transition' and 'What's On At St Paul's' pages for further information.

School Advisory Board

While the provision of a school environment that supports the Catholic ethos is largely the responsibility of the Parish Priest, Principal and school staff, school boards play a significant role in supporting the spiritual and educational welfare of students. They do this through their contribution to the development of school plans and policies and their participation in activities that uphold the mission of Catholic education as expressed in the vision of the school. In realising this vision the School Advisory Board aims to: 

  • act as a forum for discussion on matters concerning education in the school
  • support the provision of Catholic education in the parish by providing a link to the school community
  • promote the role of community in the life of the school.

The specific functions of the Board include:

  • promoting and supporting the Catholic ethos of the school
  • involvement in policy review and development
  • contributing to setting objectives for the school year
  • engaging in local promotion of the school
  • communicating with parents and the school’s parent groups

The next planned meeting, the AGM (Annual General Meeting), is scheduled for Wednesday 18 March. At the AGM, some members will deliver an annual report. The AGM normally provides the opportunity for
some current members to stand down while enabling new members to join.  Interested parents can nominate by filling in the electronic nomination form below. There are vacancies on the School Advisory Board and we are looking for at least 2 parents to join the School Advisory Board.  Meetings begin at 7:00pm and the dates are on our school calendar, please consider joining if you can.  CLICK HERE to be taken to the nomination form.  

For more information contact myself or a current member of the School Advisory Board: Sally Zylinski (Chairperson), Cara Kirby (Secretary), Troy Czaja, Mariske deWit or Mary Larkin.


PE News - We are off to Regionals!

We congratulate our Division Swim team on their efforts at last week's championships held at Aquanation.  We are very proud of all competitors, and we congratulate our 11yo Girls freestyle relay team - Grace, Caitlin, Tess, Antoinette - on winning through to the Regional Championships!  The team will compete this Friday at Aquanation - Good luck!

AFL Footy is not far away!

Brad Trinnick has once again kindly set up an online 'friendly' St Paul's Footy tipping Comp for the AFL season.  Get amongst it! 

Good luck and GO SAINTS!

Roadworks along Prices Rd

Reconstruction and sealing of Prices Road will begin on 23 March 2020.  There may be traffic disruptions.  Please find below, a link to a document that contains layout plans for proposed works .  A copy of these plans has been sent in the mail to the school and residents along Prices Road:


Portable Classroom Removal Update

For the past year our fundraising efforts through P&F have been going towards the removal of the old storage portable and a new play space.  You may have noticed that all of the cables that connect to the old storage portable outside the Year 5/6 classroom, have been removed.  Thanks very much to Chris Kirby for carrying out this work. This means that the portable is ready to be removed.  David, a local Monbulk resident, is working with Jamie Suppa (Daniel, Year 6 2017 & Luke, Year 6 2019) to manage the removal and relocation/re-purposing of the portable.  It won't be long now before we turn up to school one day and the portable will no longer be there!  We will then begin finalising the design of a new play space.

Inter School Chess

Each year our Year 3 and 4 students participate in our Chess program facilitated by a coach from Kids Unlimited.  The chess program resumed at the commencement of this term and will run until the end of Term 2. Daniel has been appointed instructor to our Years 3 and 4 students. The program runs every Wednesday afternoon with a one hour session in the classroom.

On Thursday 26 March we are sending a team of 17 St Paul's students, from Years 3 to 6, to an Inter School Chess Tournament.  We wish the team luck!

At St Paul’s we see countless benefits when conducting a properly structured chess program, including:
Chess is a game for people of all ages. Participants can learn to play at any age and in chess, unlike in many other sports, they don't ever have to retire. Age is also not a factor when looking for an opponent – young can play old and old can play young.
Chess develops memory. The chess theory is complicated and many players memorize different opening variations. Players learn to recognize various patterns and remember lengthy variations.
Chess improves concentration. During the game players are focused on only one main goal – to checkmate and become the victor.
Chess develops logical thinking. Chess requires some understanding of logical strategy. For example,
competitors will know that it is important to bring their pieces out into the game at the beginning, to keep the king safe at all times, not to make big weaknesses in their position and not to blunder pieces away for free. Mistakes are inevitable and chess, like life, is a never-ending learning process.
Chess teaches independence. Players are forced to make important decisions influenced only by personal judgment.
Chess develops the capability to predict and foresee consequences of actions. It teaches participants to look both ways before crossing the street.
Chess and Science. Chess develops the scientific way of thinking. While playing, participants generate numerous variations in their mind. They explore new ideas, try to predict their outcomes and interpret surprising revelations. They decide on a hypothesis, and then you make a move and test it.
Chess and Mathematics. Chess involves an infinite number of calculations, anything from counting the number of attackers and defenders in the event of a simple exchange to calculating lengthy continuations.
CHESS IS FUN! No chess game ever repeats itself, which means participants create more and more new ideas each game. It never gets boring. In every game the opponents are generals of an army and they alone decide the destiny of their soldiers. They can sacrifice them, trade them, pin them, fork them, lose them, defend them, or order them to break through any barriers and surround the enemy king.

Adapted from of chess.html

YEAR 5 PARENTS - Catholic Secondary College Enrolments: Mount Lilydale Mercy College

Applications for 2022 Year 7 students at Mount Lilydale Mercy College are due no later than FRIDAY 8 MAY 2020.

Applications can be submitted online at: OR forms are available by contacting Mount Lilydale Mercy College on 9735 4022.  On Thursday 16 April Mount Lilydale are running their "Taste of MLMC" Twilight Open Evening.  Please visit the "Transition Information" page for more information.

St Paul's Production - SHREK Junior

On Thursday 13 August we will hold this year's School Musical Production - SHREK JUNIOR.  Once again we will perform at Burrinja Cultural Centre.  This year there will be a MATINEE performance during the day, as well as the evening production.

It is an expectation that all students participate in the production, we need all hands on deck, so please save the date!

PARENT PRODUCTION TEAM:  We are looking for a team of parent helpers to assist Irene Haritos and other staff with the production.  If you can assist in any way (props, costumes, etc etc) please email:


Kind Regards,





Michael Watt


Important Dates

St Paul's Community Calendar
Please be aware that dates can change. 
We recommend checking the dates on our
Live Calendar found at:




Thursday 12

Mater Christi Taster Day - Year 4 girls

Prep 2020 Information and Pizza Night 5.30 - 7.30pm

Friday 13

Sushi Friday

Prep Taster Day - Experience Italy @ 9.30am

Wednesday 18

P&F AGM - 2.00pm

School Advisory Board AGM - 7.00-8.30pm

Monday 23

First Reconciliation Family Workshop @ 3.00pm - St Paul's Church

CDF Pay:  Hot lunch orders close 10pm

Tuesday 24

Open Day

Friday 27

Hot Lunch Day

Prep Taster Day - Backyard Blitz @ 9.30am

Last Day of Term 1


Friday 10 - Monday 13


Tuesday 14

Term 2 commences

Wednesday 22

Sacrament of First Reconciliation from 3.30-5.30pm - St Paul's Church

Friday 24

Prep Taster Day - Science Fair @ 9.30am

Wednesday 29

Confirmation Family Workshop:  3.30-4.30pm - St Paul's Church 


Friday 8

Mother's Day Breakfast

Mother's Day Stall

Saturday 9

Emerald BBQ

Monday 11

CDF Pay:  Hot lunch orders close 10pm

Friday 15

Hot Lunch Day

Wednesday 20

School Advisory Board - 7.00-8.30pm

Saturday 23

Confirmation Ceremony:  3.00pm - St Paul's Church


Monday 1

CDF Pay:  Sushi orders close 10pm

Friday 5

Sushi Friday

Saturday 6

Working Bee - 8.30 to 11.00am

Friday 19

School Disco

Monday 22

CDF Pay:  Hot lunch orders close 10pm

Wednesday 24

School Advisory Board - 7.00-8.30pm

Friday 26

Hot Lunch Day 

Free Dress Day - Country Fair Collection Donation

Due date:  Year 6 Camp payment

Last day of Term 2


Monday 13

Term 3 commences

Wednesday 15

First Eucharist Family Workshop:  3.30-4.30pm - St Paul's Church 


Monday 3

CDF Pay:  Hot lunch orders close 10pm

Tuesday 4

School Advisory Board - 7.00-8.30pm

Friday 7

Hot Lunch Day

Saturday 15

Emerald BBQ

Monday 24

CDF Pay:  Sushi orders close 10pm

Friday 28

Sushi Friday

Sunday 30

First Eucharist Ceremony:  11.00am - St Paul's Church


Friday 4

Father's Day Breakfast

Father's Day Stall

Tuesday 8

School Advisory Board - 7.00-8.30pm

Monday 14

CDF Pay:  Hot lunch orders close 10pm

Friday 18

Footy Day - Country Fair Collection Donation

Hot Lunch Day

Due date:  Balance of school fee account

Last day of Term 3


Friday 16

Working Bee - 3.15 to 5.45pm

Monday 19

CDF Pay:  Hot lunch orders close 10pm

Wednesday 21

School Advisory Board - 7.00-8.30pm

Friday 23

Hot Lunch Day


Monday 9

CDF Pay:  Sushi orders close 10pm

Friday 13

Sushi Friday

Saturday 21

Emerald BBQ

Monday 30

CDF Pay:  Hot lunch orders close 10pm


Friday 4

Hot Lunch Day




Saturday 13


From the School Office ...

Student levies now due

Please note that all Student Levies are now past due.

Thank you to those families who have already made payment.  For those yet to do so, and who do not have a current payment plan in place, we would appreciate your attention to payment as soon as possible.  

If you are experiencing financial hardship and payment of school fees or levies is causing difficulties, please do not hesitate to contact Michael Watt or the school office.


Did you know ... ?

You can find lots of helpful information on this page including:

  • School Fees 2020
  • Fee Support for Families
  • Uniform Shop
  • Secondhand Uniform Shop
  • FlexiBuzz App
  • CareMonkey
  • Conveyance Allowance
  • PTV - School Bus Management System
  • Student Banking
  • CDF Pay - Online School Shop

2020 School Fees

All families should have received their 2020 School Fee Statement via email mid-January.  If you have not yet received your statement, please notify the school.  For those families wishing to set up a direct debit payment plan, please visit the school office.


School Fee Due Dates for 2020:

  • 21 February                   Student levies  
  • 26 June                            Year 6 Camp
  • 18 September               Balance of school fee account

Fee Support for Families

Do you have a valid Concession Card or Health Care Card (HCC)?

If so, you could be entitled to financial support in the form of:

1.  Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF) 

The CSEF is a state government funded scheme to assist eligible families with payments for their child’s camps, sports, and excursion activities run by their school. To be eligible, parents must hold a valid means-tested concession card, see further information on the flyer below.

  • Families who received CSEF support in 2019 do not need to re-apply as the application will remain active for 2020.  However, if you have an additional student who has commenced school this year, you will need to contact the office to add them to your application.
  • If you have not received CSEF support in the past and are unsure as to whether you qualify please contact the school office to discuss eligibility and/or to request an Application form.

2.  Health Care Card Holder Discounts

Please note holders of valid and current Australian Government Health Care/Concession Cards may also be eligible for fee relief of $500 towards school fees/levies for the current year.  If you have any queries or feel you may be eligible, please contact the school office.


The Catholic System also provides additional funding to the school, per eligible child. The funds for this additional support are provided by Catholic Education Melbourne and can be used to provide a portion of additional fee relief for eligible families.

Secondhand Uniform Shop

Our secondhand uniform shop is managed by Kylie Storer with items being purchased by gold coin donation in cash OR now also via CDF Pay.  If you are looking for items of secondhand uniform please feel free to text Kylie on 0430 546 611 with your wish list or to arrange a mutually convenient time to search through the stock for items that you require. 


The secondhand uniform shop welcomes donations of St Paul's current school uniform which is still in good condition and for which you no longer have a need.  Please feel free to leave donations at the school office.

FlexiBuzz - Our School App

A reminder to ensure you have downloaded our school app to your mobile device, otherwise you may be missing important school reminders.


Care Monkey

Please ensure you login to Care Monkey to update the Student Profiles for your children—it is essential that we have current medical, contact and family details for all students to ensure our information is always up to date. 

Conveyance Allowance

  • If you are currently receiving Conveyance Allowance there is no need to re-apply unless you have an additional student who has commenced school this year. 
  • If you are not sure whether you qualify for Conveyance Allowance but believe you may be eligible please contact the school office to discuss eligibility or to request an Application form.


School Bus Management System (SBMS)

The school bus is managed by Public Transport Victoria (PTV) via the School Bus Management System (SBMS).  If you have any questions or wish to apply for a place on the school bus, please contact PTV on 1800 800 007 or visit the PTV website:  



Student Banking


CDF Pay - School Payment System


What's On at St Paul's...

'Tryathlon' - Congratulations Zach!

Zach competed in the Weetbix 'Tryathalon' last weekend - what a star!!  Zac completed a 75m swim, 3km bike ride and 500m run!  Huge congratulations from all of us at St Paul's...


Lexi - Congratulations!

Lexi competed at Canberra Royal last week. She competed in the Open Section and won her pony class, Reserve Champion Open Pony and won the Child’s Pony - amazing results in such an elite competition. Winning the Reserve Champion, makes Lexi and her pony the Runner Up Best pony in the country and this is in a open aged class. Fantastic effort Lexi!!  Brilliant result!







Throughout the year your child will bring home Scholastic Book Club catalogues.   Our school receives 20% of the total orders in free books for our library.  The first issue for 2020 has been sent home with orders due by Friday 13 February.   Orders can be placed online or by completing the attached order form and returning it to the school office via the classroom black tubs.

If you have any questions regarding Book Club or require any help registering for the "LOOP" online ordering please contact Sally Moody on 0400 269 235.




Student Wellbeing

Sorry, Not Sorry.....

What are we really teaching our children about apologising? What does saying 'sorry' really mean?

The importance of an apology is not always about the words, it's the actions we take to rebuild the relationship. We are a Restorative Practices school and believe that the actions after an event is an most important aspect of moving forward. These actions may include saying 'sorry', but it may also include doing something to show you are sorry. By asking children to apologise we may actually be asking them to do something they don't believe. Let's explore the situation more with our children and come to a sincere outcome.


During this term, students have read the book ISHI, Simple Tips From a Solid Friend. This is a story about a rock and the ups and downs in life. ISHI is an optimistic little rock that lives inside of all of us! 

Ishi means rock in Japanese. Each student made their own ISHI and created a Birth Certificate. Check out some of our photos.


Values Awards

The following students received Values awards at our last Prayer Gathering for displaying examples of COURAGE:  Lola, Kristian, Brooke, Morgan, Lucas, Jesse, Henry, Jessica, Caleb, Olivia


Transition Information


Transition to Primary School



Transition to Secondary School





Out of School Hours Care: Youth Leadership Victoria

Youth Leadership Victoria


Youth Leadership Victoria is a community and child focused, not for profit, Out of School Hours Care and Vacation Care provider that runs across 33 schools in Victoria.

YLV is 100% Australian based and operated and have over 17 years of experience in delivering high quality programs for primary school aged children.



St Paul's Primary School

59 Moores Rd, Monbulk VIC 3793



After School Care:   3:15pm - 6:15pm Monday to Friday

Bookings & Enrolments:

Phone:     8790 6511



Out of School Hours Care 


Community Notices



Thank you Bendigo Bank for your support 


Thank you MRE Property Marketing for your support


School Car Park Map


School Uniform Shop

Secondhand Uniform Shop

We are still running our secondhand uniform shop at school.  All items are sold by gold coin donation, payable in cash or now also via CDF Pay, our online school shop.

If you are looking to purchase any items from the secondhand uniform shop please text Kylie Storer (0430 546 611) with your wish list or queries.


If you would like to donate any good quality items of school uniform that you no longer need, please drop them into the school office.

Child Safe Standards

The care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people is a central and fundamental responsibility of Catholic education.  St Paul's is committed to the care, safety and wellbeing of all young people.


St Paul's School Newsletter
1.2 Advisory Board Constitution.pdf
Child Safety Policy (2).pdf
Child Safety Code of Conduct (2).pdf