St Paul's School Newsletter

27 February 2020
Issue Five
From the Principal...
Important Dates
From the School Office ...
What's On at St Paul's...
Student Wellbeing
Out of School Hours Care: Youth Leadership Victoria
Community Notices
School Car Park Map
Transition Information
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,

The date for Easter changes each year as it is the first Sunday after the full moon following the vernal equinox on 21 March. Therefore the date falls sometime between 22 March and 25 April and this year it is Sunday 12 April. The season of Lent consists of the 40 days, not including Sundays, before Easter. The word Lent is derived from the  Germanic root for ‘long’ because it is observed in Spring (in the Northern hemisphere) when the days get longer. Lent is a time to prepare for the holiest time of the Christian year by fasting, prayer, almsgiving, and other acts of penance.

Many people give up something for Lent (a food, watching TV, etc.) or do something to bring them closer to God such as daily devotions or charitable donations. The church colour for most of Lent is purple  which symbolises repentance as well as royalty.  Lent is seen as an opportunity to give to others, to put others first and to engage in acts of kindness.


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.



Earlier this week each family was sent an update on the current situation with our OSHCare services conducted by Youth leadership Victoria.  Unfortunately our student numbers in After School Care have fallen this year and this is affecting the ability of YLV to run an effective program.   I have a further update:

As of Monday 2 March Youth Leadership Victoria will run After School Care Monday-Friday from 3.15-6.15pm.  There is no Before School Care for the time being.

The numbers in our service will be closely monitored by YLV, as well "The Department" to ascertain the viability moving forward.  The reason we are being monitored is that the government provides rebates for child care as well as wages etc to run the program.  We really need our families to back the service!  So I implore our families, if you are even slightly considering After School care, please enrol and book in.  I will keep everyone updated on the status of our program when information comes to hand.


The following students haves been selected to compete in the SSV Dandenong Ranges Division Swimming Championships on Wednesday 4 March, 10am-2pm at Aquanation, Ringwood.

Evie - 9/10 age - freestyle/breaststroke

Hector  - 12/13 age - backstroke

Kristian - 9/10 age - freestyle

Grace - 11 age - freestyle

9/10 Girls freestyle relay- Ella, Maya Mahaliah, Evie, 

11 Girls freestyle relay- Grace, Caitlin, Tess, Antoinette 

We wish our Division Team all the best!  GO ST PAUL'S!



2020 Student Residential Address (SES) Data Collection

The Catholic Education Commission of Victoria Ltd (CECV) requests the cooperation of schools in submitting the Student Residential Address and Other Information Collection (SES) data.
The information collected will be used by the Australian Government to assess school communities’ capacity to contribute towards the recurrent costs of schooling in order to move towards a fairer, needs based funding model for non-government schools.

Please click the attachment below for more information.


School Closure Day

Our Term 1 School Closure Day is on Friday 6 March.  There is no school for students on Friday 6 March.  Staff will be engaged in professional learning around intervention and updating our anaphylaxis training.

Secondary School Success!

Past families from St Paul's regularly update us with the success stories of our former students.  I actively encourage this as it is important for us a school community to get that important feedback.  

Emily Tyquin, along with her siblings William and Annabella, attended St Paul's and finished at the end of 2017.  Emily was awarded the 2019 Year 8 Scholastica Award at Mater Christi which is for excellence across all subjects (only 12 in her year level).  Further to this Emily was awarded the 2019 Academic Excellence Award which she received for 5 subjects (all this while missing 3 afternoons per week & over 20 hours dance training per week!). 

Melissa and Paul, Emily's parents, reported that, "She really benefited from her time at St Paul's, giving her a solid base of organisational skills, resilience and learning platforms. The individualised focus of teachers and school leaders at St Paul's was absolutely wonderful!" 

I thank Paul and Melissa for letting us know of Emily's achievements, and if you know of any St Paul's Alumni that are doing great things in the world, please let us know!


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!

Fitness Friday Walk to School

Mr Watt will be walking from Woolworths at 8.20am tomorrow, all welcome!  What a great way to start the day!  

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 27

World of Maths - incursion

Friday 28 

Hot Lunch Day

Prep Taster Day - Library Storytime @ 9.30am

Working Bee - 3.15 to 5.45pm

Saturday 29

Emerald BBQ


Tuesday 3

Open Day

Friday 6

SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY - No school for students

Monday 9

Labour Day Public Holiday

CDF Pay:  Sushi orders close 10pm

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

CDF Pay:  Hot lunch orders close 10pm

Wednesday 25

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

Friday 24

Prep Taster Day - Science Fair @ 9.30am


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


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


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


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...

Please help Alayne find these missing library books ...





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


Positive Action Agreement for Safe School

During the coming week our PAASS document will be sent via CareMonkey. Please have a conversation with your child/ren about this document and what they have explored in class.

The Prep students will bring home a hard copy as well. If you would like a hard copy of the student version, please email


Values Awards

The following students received Values awards at our last Prayer Gathering for displaying examples of RESPECT:  Archer, Niamh, Sarah, Lucas, Maeve, Thomas, Sophia, Mitchell


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


For Sale - MLMC Uniform Items


Seeking Italian Tutor

A local family are looking for an Italian Tutor for 1 hour per fortnight to provide assistance, particularly with oral language practise, for their child who is currently in Year 9.

If interested, please contact 0429 352 829.



Thank you Bendigo Bank for your support 


Thank you MRE Property Marketing for your support


School Car Park Map


Transition Information


Transition to Primary School



Transition to Secondary School



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
NL5 2020-Student-Residential-Address-Parents-Notice.pdf
1.2 Advisory Board Constitution.pdf
Child Safety Policy (2).pdf
Child Safety Code of Conduct (2).pdf