Inside St Therese's

29 October 2019
Issue Thirty-two
From the Principal...   
Dates to Remember ...
RE News
School News ...
Community Market Place...
St Therese's Primary School
(03) 5996 7525
131 Endeavour Drive
Cranbourne North, Victoria, 3977

From the Principal...   

Dear Parents and Friends of St Therese's,





School Review

Last week, St Therese's School took part in the final part of the School Review. A School Review occurs every four years and the purpose is to examine closely all procedures, policies and the practices in relation to the running of the school from attendance of students to teacher's work programs.


The Reviewers then make recommendations that the School is required to act on. St Therese's School had a number of recommendations that need to be addressed.


1. Student Attendance

  • Parents are required to sign their children in and out at the front desk if they are dropping their children off late to school (after 9am) and collecting them early (before 3:30pm). Please ensure that if you happen to be late in the morning that you park your car out the front and walk your child/ren to the office to be signed in. 
  • After school, teachers are on duty to look after children who are not collected at 3:30pm until 3:45pm. After this time, the children are sent to the office area to wait. If for some reason you are running late as can happen from time to time, please let the school know so that your child does not become anxious.
  • Due to current Child Safety Standards, it is a legal requirement that children who are still at school at 4:00pm must be signed out at the front office, therefore children will no longer be able to run out to meet you after this time.
  • Remember - EVERY DAY COUNTS! If your child is unwell and is unable to attend school, please communication the reason for their absence using the Skoolbag App, phoning the school or writing a note. We are required to provide a reason for each full and part-day absence.

2. Child Safety - Supervision of children

  • We have audited our practices in the area of Child Safety and found that during recess and lunch playtime breaks children were accessing the buildings and classrooms without permission. This is problematic because when they enter the classrooms or buildings without permission they are not being supervised. This has meant that teachers are instructed to lock all external doors at break times. If children do need to go inside they are instructed to speak to the teacher on yard duty and access to the building is then granted. In doing so we can be assured that children are not alone in the buildings and can keep them safe. 

3. Medications - prescribed and non prescribed

  • From time to time, parents ask the School to give medication to their child. If your child does require any form of medication (pain killers included) we require parents to fill in and sign our Medications Request Consent Form which you can get from the front desk. We are required to follow the Catholic Education of Victoria guidelines that state 'the School cannot give medication without it being in the original packaging'.
  • Please ensure all medications and health care plans are kept up to date and signed by a doctor (asthma, anaphylaxis, diabetes etc).


Thank you to all the parents who work in partnership with the school in assisting us to keep each child safe and provide the very best educational outcomes for your children!

Parking issues

There have been a number of complaints regarding the way parents are parking out the front of the school. Please be considerate to other parents when parking and not leave car lengths between cars.  Even more concerning, I have been informed that parents often double park on Endeavour Drive. Please do not double park and encourage your children to jump into the car. This is very dangerous and it would be devastating to have someone hit. 


Traffic around schools is always busy and hectic and drivers must act responsibly and follow all road laws at all times! I have been informed that parking inspectors will be on-site over the next couple of weeks and will fine drivers for illegal parking - please beware!

Foundation 2020 & New Family Information Night

On Thursday November 7, we are holding an Information Night for our Foundation 2020 families and for new families who have a child starting in Years 1-6. 


On this night we will announce the teachers who will be teaching Foundation next year. We look forward to welcoming our new families! 

Prayer Garden

This week, the St Peter's VCAL students began the construction of the new garden. We look forward to the opening and blessing which will take place on our Anniversary Celebration Day - 12th November. Mass will begin at 12:30pm in the Hall and the Blessing of the garden will take place at 1:30pm - All Welcome!


I hope you all have a lovely week and don't forget that Monday November 4 and Tuesday November 5 are School Closure Days! 


God Bless,

Michelle Bruitzman

Dates to Remember ...


October 2019


Tuesday 29th October

  • Foundation - Year Two Swimming
  • Year Three Excursion to CERES
  • St Peter's VCAL students here for Project Garden Day

Wednesday 30th October

  • No Swimming for Foundation - Year Two
  • 9:15am - Foundation - Year Two Mass in St Therese's Chapel. All Welcome
  • 10:00am - Year Three Reconciliation

Thursday 31st October

  • Foundation - Year Two Swimming
  • All Souls Day - Mass at St Agatha's Parish Church (see RE News for details)




Friday 1st November

  • All Saints Day
  • Foundation - Year Two Swimming

Monday 4th November

  • School Closure Day for Teacher Professional Development

Tuesday 5th November

  • School Closure Day for Melbourne Cup Public Holiday

Thursday 7th November

  • Parent Information Evening for Foundation 2020 and all New Families @ 7:00PM

Monday 11th November

  • Remembrance Day Observance 10:50am - 11:50am - All welcome
  • No Assembly this week due to Remembrance Day liturgy.

Tuesday 12th November

  • 9:15am - 10:30am - Foundation 2020 Orientation Morning
  • St Therese's 30th Anniversary Celebrations
    • 9:00am - KABOOM! Sports Activities
    • 12:30pm - Whole School Mass in the Hall - All Welcome
    • 5:00pm - 6:30pm -Family Picnic Fun

Wednesday 13th November

  • Subway Money Due
  • 10:00am - 11:00am -Year 6 Reconciliation 

Thursday 14th November

  • Japanese Day
  • Year Two Hands on Science Incursion

Friday 15th November

  • Subway Lunch

Monday 18th November

  • 3:00pm Assembly.  All welcome

Wednesday 20th November

  • 2:00pm - 3:15pm - Foundation 2020 Orientation Afternoon

Monday 25th November

  • Kidz Rock Concert
  • 3:00pm Assembly. All welcome

Tuesday 26th November

  • 6:30pm - School Advisory Board Meeting

Friday 29th November

  • Hoop Time State Final


RE News ...

Parish Newsletter

Please find attached the Parish Bulletin

VIGIL MASS FOR ALL SAINTS: This special children’s Mass, beginning with Rosary, will be celebrated on 31st October at 7.30pm for “All Hallows” – “Halloween”, a day to honour all saints in heaven.  Children are invited to come along dressed as their favourite Saint. Parents need to register their child/children at the parish office and get instructions, as we have special plans. Followed by a cuppa after Mass, please bring a plate to share after Mass in the foyer. All Welcome!   


"GOD IS GLORIFIED WHEN MEN ARE FULLY ALIVE": St Agatha's Parish is proud to present the inauguration group for ALL men 18+. We all go through the same troubles and joys so why not be a blessing to each other as men! November 16th -17th at St Agatha's Parish from 9.30am Mass, reflection, prayer, games, confession, talks, BBQ and smiles. Wives allow your husbands to also have fun too!! To register online go to


ALTAR SERVERS RETREAT DAY: All Altar servers are invited to attend a Retreat day on Saturday 26th October beginning with Mass at 9.30am followed activities in the Parish Hall/Church till 3.30pm. Christmas party invitations will be distributed at the Retreat.


ALTAR SERVERS CHRISTMAS PARTY: 22nd November 5.00pm to 7.30pm in the Parish Hall, invitations will be distributed at the Altar Servers Retreat.

Japanese Social Justice Project

We are raising money for the people of Japan who were devastated by the recent Super Typhoon that hit two weeks ago. On Thursday 31st October and Friday 1st November, the children are invited to purchase a pancake for a gold coin donation.


Don’t forget that the Guess the Lolly Jar competition is on again! The lolly Jars are at the office and it is only 20 cents per guess. Seniors will come around to each classroom at lunch time and record each guess. The children can guess as many times as they like.


Thank you for your kindness and support.



School News ...

Principal's Award

Congratulations to Kirsten D and Hiruki J on receiving Honours Awards and Neha P and Ryan T on receiving Principal Awards this week.



Remembrance Day Observance

Please join us on Monday, November 11 between at 10:50am for a brief liturgy to acknowledge the fallen soldiers of World War 1. 


The Flanders poppy has long been a part of Remembrance Day, the ritual that marks the Armistice of November 11, 1918.

During the First World War, red poppies were among the first plants to spring up in the devastated battlefields of northern France and Belgium. In soldiers' folklore, the vivid red of the poppy came from the blood of their comrades soaking the ground. 


The sight of poppies on the battlefield at Ypres in 1915 moved Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae to write the poem In Flanders fields (see The recitation). In English literature of the nineteenth century, poppies had symbolised sleep or a state of oblivion; in the literature of the First World War a new, more powerful symbolism was attached to the poppy – the sacrifice of shed blood.

At Therese's 30th Anniversary and Art Show

Please come along to celebrate 30 years of St Therese's School.

The students will take part in activities from 9:00am with KABOOM! sports. At 12:30am, a Whole School Mass will be celebrated in the Hall with Father Joseph followed by the blessing of our new prayer garden.


At 5:00pm, all families are invited back to school to visit the Art Show and share in a family feast.


Families are asked to bring along a plate of food to contribute to the feast. It would be fantastic if the food could come from the family's country of origin.


We look forward to sharing the celebrations with you!

Summer Uniform is now Compulsory

Please ensure your child is wearing the correct uniform. All St Therese's uniforms are available at PSW in Hampton Park, Price List Attached.

Please make sure all uniforms are clearly marked with your child's name and please check it regularly. Some pens tend to fade after washing and iron-on stickers can crack and peel.




Royal/Grey/Maroon/White check dress with maroon piping or navy shorts, dark maroon windcheater or bomber jacket, white short socks, black shoes, school hat, scrunchies or ribbons in school colours.  On colder days the girls can wear their navy pants.




Navy shorts or long navy trousers, maroon polo shirt, dark maroon windcheater or bomber jacket, navy socks and black shoes. 



  • School hat


Community Market Place...

Trinity Kids



Anglicare Victoria

Parents Building Solutions - Cranbourne East


Inside St Therese's
Parish Bulletin 201019.pdf
Parish Bulletin 251019.pdf
PSW .pdf
Trinity Kids - Term 4 Flyer.pdf
Parents Building Solutions Cranbourne East Term 4 2019.pdf