St. Cecilia's Newsletter

03 May 2019
Issue Six
Upcoming Dates
Principal's Report
Deputy Principal Report
  Arrowsmith Program News
PE News- Cross Country
Student Wellbeing
Look what's been going on..
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St Cecilia's Primary School
(03) 9809 2142
4 Van Ness Avenue
Glen Iris, Victoria, 3146

Upcoming Dates

Monday 6th May

Years 1 -4 Bike safety lesson


Wednesday 8th May

Year 1 & 2 Science Incursion

in the Hall


Thursday 9th May

Year 5 / 6 Inter School Sport- Solway- Away


Friday, 10th May

Mothers' day breakfast

from 7:30am


Sunday, 12th May

Mothers' day


Tuesday 14th to Thursday, 16th May

Naplan testing


Sunday 19th May

Year 3 / 4 sacramental Commitment Mass

at 5:30pm for First Reconciliation & First Communion


Tuesday 21st May

District Cross Country -Nettleton 9:30 til 12:30

Thursday 23rd May

Year 5 / 6 Inter School Sport- Camberwell South- Home


Friday, 24th May

Grandparents' day- times to be confirmed.


Monday 27th May

Foundation Woodwork incursion


Monday 27th - Wednesday, 29th May

Year 5 /6 Camp at Sovereign Hill


Saturday, 1st June

Parents Association Mid Year Function

for all parents.


Thursday 6th June

Coffee Van 

Year 5 / 6 Inter School Sport- Glen Iris PS- Home


Saturday 8th to Monday, 10th June

Queen's birthday long weekend


Thursday  13th June

Year 5 / 6 Inter School Sport- Ashburton- Away


Tuesday 18th June

First Reconciliation ceremony at 7:30pm


Wednesday 19th June 

9am til 12pm 

Whole school and Special Group photos

eg Buddies, choir, Leadership roles


Thursday 20th June

Year 5 / 6 Inter School Sport- St Michael's - Home


Wednesday 26th June

Health and Well-Being day

fun activities & healthy food


Thursday 27th June 

Year 5 / 6 Inter School Sport- Hartwell- Away

Parent Teacher Interviews  1:30 to 8pm


Friday 28th June

Last day of Term 2

Sacred Heart feast day Mass at 9:15am

Clothing collection for St Vincent De Paul

Netball match

Principal's Report

Welcome to Term 2...

Dear Parents,


​A warm welcome back for ​Term 2.  As a community, we have started the term celebrating in prayer with our Easter whole school mass and honouring ANZAC Day.  We are so proud of our students from Foundation to Year 6 who speak so proudly and respectfully about what ANZAC DAY means for them.  ANZAC Day is one of Australia’s most important commemorative days. It is important that we continue to honour those who have served our country and continue to serve. We are continually reminded that peace is a precious gift we should not take for granted. Let us learn from our past and encourage our children to be people of peace.


Staffing News

As mentioned at the end of last term, we have appointed a new staff member to teach Grade 3/4 C (full time) for the remainder of the year.  


We warmly welcome Miss Fiona Walsh to the St. Cecilia’s community.


Fiona is a highly experienced and widely recommended classroom teacher. Throughout her career, Fiona has held many different positions and carried out an extensive number of various responsibilities. Fiona joins us from St. Patrick’s Murrumbeena, where she has been a classroom teacher and leader since 2006. 


We are extremely excited about securing Fiona as a full time teacher at St. Cecilia’s. Fiona has enjoyed a fantastic first week with her new students!


This term we will be indicating to the community ways in which we can celebrate and honour the career of Mr. Bill King who only recently retired last term. 



Some parents are encountering problems in sharing CareMonkey profiles between an organisation (sports clubs and school, etc.) You can use CareMonkey with multiple organisations eg. school, scouts and clubs. You MUST use the same email address with each organisation in order to manage everything in one account. If a second organisation is sending CareMonkey requests to a different email address, contact them to update the email address they have for you for using CareMonkey.


Cross Country Carnival

Congratulations to all involved in our very first House Cross Country Carnival last Monday morning. This was a competition between students in our team houses that established an overall winning team as well as help select our participants for the District Carnival which happens in the weeks following.  All children from Years 3 - 6 competed. 


A special thank you to Mr Johnson for his coordination of this event and particularly to the many parents who supported and assisted the running of the event on the day. 


The weather was kind and our students performed incredibly well demonstrating tremendous persistence and spirit! 

Please read the full report further in this newslettr.

Mid Year Function

Save the date!

(Saturday 1st June)


This is one of our best nights of the year. Heavily supported, fantastic fundraiser for our school community...lots of fun!



Mother's Day

Mother's Day on 12 May is the chance to thank our mothers and reflect on the contribution mothers make to society.

This year, we have chosen to celebrate Mother's Day in a slightly different way. Instead of our traditional Mother's Day Stall, we have placed some more emphasis on personal gifts made by the students for their mums. We hope this might provide some more significance with a personal touch.  We simply ask that our students bring along a gold coin donation next week to support a local charity ‘One mother to another’, a great initiative that supports mothers living in refuge or homeless for one reason or another.   



Friday May 10th in the School Hall

 Starts : 7.30am

Cost : $10 per family using CDF pay

(no cash payments)

Payment: CDF pay by

12.00pm Wednesday May 8th (only pay once per family)

Urgent: Dads please email Belinda Hall ( if you can help serve at the event and Mums or Dads if you can help set up on Thursday afternoon from 3pm



The National Assessment of Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will be conducted with all Year 3 & 5 students from Tuesday May 14 - Thursday May 18. These assessments provide a snapshot of where each students’ learning is currently placed and this information, combined with the comprehensive teacher assessments conducted all year, assist in identifying student academic achievement as well as learning needs for the future. Parents of children in those year levels are advised to read the information provided with regards to NAPLAN and to make an appointment with their child’s teacher (Grade 3 & 5 only) if they wish to discuss the NAPLAN further.


School Concert

School Concert date has been set as

Friday 6th September (Term 3 Week 8).

We have booked the Besen Centre  87/89 Station St, Burwood.

More info to follow.


Australian Federal Election

As you know, the Australian Federal Election has been announced for Saturday 18th May. Our school has been approached to serve as a polling centre for this election. We have accepted, which provides us with 2 fantastic opportunities.

A Sausage Sizzle

and a Cake Stall!

Many of us have sport on, we know; but please offer up an hour of your time to help support your child's school. Sign yourself up now, and then swap your duty once your sporting fixture comes out if need be. You have to vote so why not do it at the same time! 


We are so lucky to have been given this opportunity so let's use it to help our school! Stay tuned to find out where we can best use the funds raised! 


Cake stall rules apply as per the fair- ingredients listed, no cream, date baked, person baked, cakes signed in the day before or in the morning. Collect the cake packs from school in the week before.


Use the link below to register for time slot AND to let us know your yummy treat!

Thank you to Katherine Aldcroft for coordinating this event.




Provisional Psychologist

We have secured the services of a provisional psychologist commencing Tuesday 14th May. She will be with us until November. If you wish for your child to access this service, please contact Kate Sutherland via her email:


Grandparents Day

As you are aware, Grandparents are very important people in the lives of your children.  We will honour these special people, with a Celebration, “Grandparents’ Day” on Friday 24th May (Week 5) in our school. Accordingly, we warmly invite all Grandparents / Step-Grandparents or special Grand-friends of our pupils to our special Celebration on this day.  We will provide more information regarding the timetable for the day shortly.

We look forward to meeting all our Grandparents/Grand friends on this special morning and to our Celebration being a positive, memorable experience for all to enjoy.

Coffee Van

To celebrate Term 2, we will be having another COFFEE VAN MORNING here at school for parents on THURSDAY 6th JUNE

from 8:30am - 10:00am

Coffee:    Latte, Cappuccino, Flat White, Long & Short Black Including Decaf

Teas:       Chai Latte, Vanilla Chai Tea & 13 Varieties of Tea's & Hot Chocolate


Cost will be:

       - $2:00 a cup if you bring your own Keep Cup or   -  $2:50 for a regular one

Strictly adults only

School Improvements

Some recent school enhancements include:

- the Hall has been freshly painted inside

- the railing outside the senior classroom has also been painted

- the long Wall on SCG plus the Foundation Wall have also been painted

They are looking GREAT!

2020 Foundation Enrolements

Do you have a child starting school next next year?

Please submit enrolement applications for your 2020 Foundation child so that you don't miss out! Applications are filling quickly!


Have a great weekend everyone,


Kind regards,

Marty McKenna


Deputy Principal Report

Introduction to Term 2

Dear parents,

The students have now all settled back into school routines after an interrupted/ short week in Week 1. 

Our regular Extra Curricular activities have re- commenced: Drama, High Voltage Music School lessons and  Tennis lessons. Chess lessons have begun and there are 40 students involved in the program.

Peer Tutoring and Choir have also resumed and during Term 2 the days will remain the same for all of these activities.



Please see the Upcoming Dates page for many Term 2 events (including Year 5 / 6 Inter School Sports dates) and the Religious Education page for the dates relating to First Reconciliation.


NB We have now added the date for Parent Teacher Interviews. These will be held from 1:30pm until 8pm on Thursday, 27th June which will enable more parents to meet with the teachers after school hours.


Hard Footballs & Soccer balls

Now that footy season is with us again, the students are  having a great time playing football during recesses. We are amazed at their skill level and there is a lot of respectful negotiating going on! For safety reasons, we do have two rules though... We ask the students to only use soft footballs and soccer balls (which are purchased through the school). Please tell your children to leave all harder personal footballs at home and use these at the park where there is more space and less children in one area. We also have a "No Tackling rule" due to the hard playing surface. 

From time to time we may take interested students down to Ferndale Park at lunchtime to play there. 

Term 2 Inquiry Units

In Term 2, our Inquiry units are based on the concept of Change and will take a different focus at various grade levels. In Foundation and Year 1 & 2 there is a Science focus whilst in Years 3 /4 and 5 / 6 History will be the key Learning Area studied.  As always, if you have expertise in any of the topics being studied, we invite you to contact your child's teacher to arrange a suitable time to share your knowledge! See the Parent Planners for the particular focus for your children's class levels.

'Parent Planners'

Each term, the classroom teachers and Specialist teachers send home a paper copy of a 'Parent Planner' for all class levels which gives a brief synopsis of the curriculum focii for each Learning Area eg Literacy, Mathematics, Religious Education, Inquiry, Music, Art, Chinese and PE.

It also has a list of key dates for the level (such as Excursions/ incursions, sacramental dates, sporting events) and the days of the week when the various classes have Specialist teachers, Library etc.

Please look out for it in your child's school bag on Monday, 9th May and perhaps place it on the refrigerator with a magnet so that you have a handy paper copy of important dates/ days etc.

Here is an example of the Foundation Parent Planner from Term 1 so that you know what to look for!


Reports, Portfolios & Parent Teacher interviews

At St Cecilia's, we have two formal written reports per year- one in June and one at the end of the school year. The teachers are preparing to write the half- yearly Reports for each student. They are also collating work for Portfolios which contain work samples across various curriculum areas. We look forward to meeting with you at the Parent Teacher Interviews which will be held on Thursday, 27th June between 1:30pm and 8pm. Appointment times will be set up closer to the date using the online booking process.

Mothers' day breakfast

Next Friday, 10th May we have our annual Mothers' day Breakfast which is always well attended. A paper copy of the invitation was sent home to all families this week and you are invited to come along from 7:30am onwards. The cost is just $10 per family and tickets can be purchased until Wednesday, 8th May using CDF pay.


NB Belinda Hall is seeking fathers to help. Please email her at: if you can help out with cooking or serving or setting up on Thursday afternoon from 3pm onwards.


We would like to take this opportunity to wish all the mothers in our school community a Happy Mothers' day for Sunday, 12th May. 


Tennis lessons

This article was included in the last Newsletter but we are repeating it to ensure that all the children are safe during school recesses and after school hours when attending Tennis  lessons.  In Term 2 , Tennis lessons are continuing from Mondays to Wednesdays. 

If the students have a lesson at Morning Recess, they will take their Snack with them and go to the tennis courts at 11:10am. If they have a lesson during the first half of lunch, they take their lunch and go  to the tennis club at 1:20pm. Once their lesson is finished, they bring any unfinished food back to the school at 1:55pm , eat it in the amphitheatre and then go out to play. If they have a second-half lunchtime lesson, they eat in the classroom between 1:20 and 1:30 and there is an announcement made when their tennis lesson begins. 

NB All tennis players should return to school promptly after their session.

If your child has a tennis lesson after school, their siblings are asked to read  book quietly in the tennis clubhouse.

NB The school is not able to take responsibility for supervising these students after school hours.

Earn and learn

The Earn & Learn program has begun for 2019 and we're once again joining it. For those parents who aren't aware of the program, if you shop at Woolworths between 1st of May and the 25th of June you can earn stickers. Our school will be collecting these stickers which we'll be able to swap for new school equipment; things like art and craft supplies, sports gear, teaching aids, and more.

So for any parents who shop at Woolworths, please collect those stickers, ask your child to stick them in their booklet and drop the filled booklets in to our collection box, which is located in the school office.

Thanks for helping out!

SRC Easter Egg competition


Congratulations to Hugh and India Saunders who won the ‘Guess the Number of Easter Eggs Competition.’  With guesses of 196 and 194, they were the closest to the correct amount of 195. What fantastic estimation skills! A big thank you to the Year 6 Faith and Wellbeing leaders for organising this and to all the students that took part. We raised $148.00 for Project Compassion.

Thank you, Kate Sutherland, Marnie Chapman

and Pauline Kilduff (SRC)


Chess Club


This term we began Chess Club at St Cecilia’s starting with a masterclass last week for interested students. 40 students from Foundation to Year 6 have joined the Chess Club which runs on Tuesday at lunchtime. Alexandra and Alannah from Northern Star Chess will be the coaches. The students have already impressed the coaches with their knowledge and skill.

Thank you, Kate Sutherland - Learning Diversity/Mathematics Leader




On Monday of this week we held our First Reconciliation Parent/ Student  Information night. We have quite a large group of candidates this year- with around 43 students from the school and 9 Parish candidates who attend other schools. We are looking forward to working with you as we prepare them for this sacrament. The teachers will be asking you to support the program by completing some Homework tasks with your child. Please see the Homework sheets for details.


Sunday, 19th May at 5:30pm:

Both Year 3 and Year 4 students are asked to attend this Mass with their families and make a commitment to prepare for the sacraments of First Reconciliation ( Year 3) and First Communion ( Year 4).


Tuesday, 18th June from 7:30 to 8:30pm:

The sacrament of First Reconciliation ceremony will take place in the Church.


Monday 22nd July from 7pm to 8:30pm:

First Communion ( Year 4) Parent/ student information/ activity night


Sunday, 20th October at 10am:

First Communion ceremony (Year 4)


NB If any students are in Years 3 - 6, who are new to the school and have not yet received any of the sacraments, please contact me (Karen Whiting) at :  so we can make arrangements.

Opening of Term 2 Mass

It was wonderful to see so many parents at our Opening of Term 2 School Mass! The Year 1 and 2 classes were our hosts and they re-told the Easter story through drama and song.  They did an excellent job reading some of the prayers and a few Year 5/ 6 students supported them with the Readings.

As always, we are grateful to Father Kevin for celebrating Mass with us and for helping us to make clear links between our Catholic Easter faith traditions, the secular practices of Easter egg giving and our response to Jesus' death and Resurrection by giving of ourselves to others and making a difference in our world.

Social Justice: Project Compassion

Thank you to everyone who generously donated to our Project Compassion collection this year.

Some of the Faith and Wellbeing Leaders helped out by promoting this Social Justice initiative throughout the school and collected all the boxes. Next week we will be counting the funds collected and these will be sent to Caritas Australia which supports a number of projects around the world. If you have any more donations, please send these to the school office as soon as possible so that we can find the total amount raised this year.

Social Justice: Kids' View conference

Our Year 6 students participated in a powerful Social Justice experience today at St Peter & Paul's in Doncaster. An organisation known as Bahay Tuluyan from the Philippines presented the program and representatives from the organisation spoke about the issues facing street children and their incredible resilience in spite of their difficulties. They also shared their experiences of life in the Philippines and talked about farming practices, sustainability and projects which are funded by donations from Australia. If you have a child in Year 6, please ask them to tell you about their day and we will hear a report about it next week at the 3pm assembly.


Arrowsmith Program News



PE News- Cross Country

Letter from Mr Johnson


Dear Parents,


St Cecilia’s House Cross Country 2019


On Monday 29th April, our years 3-6 students took part in the first St Cecilia’s house cross country carnival. Our students along with some wonderful parent volunteers walked down to Nettleton Park first thing in the morning.


Perfect condition awaited us all and after familiarising ourselves with the track, our first race commenced. Throughout the morning we had some great running ability on display with some sprint to the line finishes aswell. Students finishing in the top 10 for their respective age race have now earned the opportunity to represent the school at the District Carnival.


Congratulations to our race winners on the day.


Under 9-10 Boys = Jack G

Under 9-10 Girls = Millie F

Under 11 Boys = Lachie W

Under 11 Girls = Sophia R

Under 12-13 Boys = Jayden R

Under 12-13 Girls = Monet A


As well as our race winners above, the participation from each and every student was such a great sight with staff and parents present commending the students for their fantastic efforts and sportsmanship.


The final overall score;

Blue - 274

Green - 246

Red - 245

Yellow - 217


A big thank you to Mrs Galgani, all members of staff in attendance and the parent volunteers for making the morning such a great success.

Mr Johnson


Yours Sincerely,

Clint Johnson


Student Wellbeing

Parenting Strategies...


Disciplining your sensitive child

by Michael Grose


Disciplining sensitive kids is usually never straightforward. Sensitive kids, those creative, empathetic types who generally wear their hearts on their sleeve and take even the slightest criticism personally need to be handled with care.

It’s tempting to avoid disciplining them altogether to avoid hurting their feelings. But sensitive kids need also to learn to become social and likeable so they can reach their full social potential. They also like to feel safe and secure so a permissive ‘do whatever’ approach is not for this group.

If your child is the sensitive, worrying type make it a rule of thumb to check in with your child after discipline to make sure that everything is okay. You need to make peace even if you can’t see the need.

Some discipline techniques to avoid with sensitive children:

Shaming, naming and blaming

‘You should be ashamed of yourself’; “You’re a naughty girl” and “It’s all your fault!” should be left out of every parents’ armoury of responses as they often do more harm than good, and can be ineffectual with children who learn to tolerate persona affronts. With sensitive types they can have a devastating impact on their self-esteem. Such phrases uttered with emotional intensity (read anger and frustration) can more than just sting – they can have a lasting impact on kids who wear their hearts on their sleeves.

Physical discipline

This method should be off the table altogether but especially for this group.

Withdrawal of love and affection

There’s a difference between withdrawing affection and withdrawing attention. The latter is temporary and is aimed at specific behaviours that kids use to keep parents busy. The former is more permanent and can be accompanied by shaming or guilt-laden language and can be damaging to relationships and children’s sense of self. Sensitive children often confuse the temporary withdrawal of attention with withdrawal of affection so it’s probably best to keep ignoring children’s behaviour to a minimum.


Sensitive kids usually hate the isolation of time out. They tend to fret rather than reflect, which is the main purpose of this method.

Discipline to favour with sensitive children:

Give them a chance to make good

Most sensitive kids crave adult approval so a stern look or a change in voice tone is often enough to communicate your disapproval followed by some advice about better behaviour next time. Give them the chance to make good or to pick up their game and they will generally respond in kind.

Be friendly and firm

While friendly and firm discipline sounds like a cliché it is very much a reality for sensitive kids. Move close, speak quietly and assure them your relationship is not harmed by their poor behaviour.

Use consequences sparingly

If kids repeatedly break a rule or misbehave when the limits are clear use a consequence but make sure you deliver it like a neutral cop. Watch for a shame reaction and adjust accordingly. Importantly, try to work out why she or he is behaving poorly or breaking a limit or rule.

Replace time out with time in

Place them close to you – on a chair or similar spot – when they need to calm down or spend some time pondering their behaviour. Quiet time doesn’t need to be isolating time.

Repair the relationship

It’s always good to revisit your child after discipline to re-establish good will. In a practical sense it’s not always possible. However if your child is the more sensitive, worrying type make it a rule of thumb to check in with your child after discipline to make sure that everything is okay. You need to make peace even though you can’t see the need.

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Camp Australia


The Before and After School Care program at St Cecilia’s is run by Camp Australia.

You can register at and search for

St Cecilia’s in Victoria.


The Camp Australia Coordinator is Yasi.


For further information ring Camp Australia on 1300 105 343.

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