St Anthony's News

06 February 2020
Issue One

High Expectations, Inclusivity, Students with a Voice, Excellence for All!

From the Principal  
From the Deputy
Meet our New Teachers
Safer Internet Day 2020 Together for a better internet!
Bush fire Fundraiser
Dates to Remember
Parents & Friends (PFA)
Community News
St Anthony's School
(03) 9563 6780
172 Neerim Road
Glen Huntly, Victoria, 3163

From the Principal

High Expectations, Inclusivity, Students with a Voice, Excellence for All!

Welcome to the 2020 school year!  It was wonderful to see the excited faces of students and parents returning to school last week.  The welcoming faces as they walked through the gates was a reassurance that all was back to normal and routines were once again back in place.  As I walked around the school and into the classrooms, it appeared that everyone was settled, and the children were all on task with their work.  It was most pleasing to see everyone happy to be here. 


I would like to especially welcome all the new families starting their first year at St Anthony’s School.  I hope you and your children have a successful time with us and that you become part of this warm and welcoming community which embraces diversity. 


To all our students who are continuing on their educational journey with us, I wish you every success and hope you achieve great things in 2020. There will be many exciting events happening throughout the year which will highlight the wonderful work that takes place in our school. 


I also welcome the new staff who have joined our school team: Ms Jemima Burkinshaw Year 1 & 2, Ms Linzi Canavan Years 3 & 4, Ms Melanie Norton Years 5 & 6 and Mrs Tracey Birthisel and Mrs Luisa Henderson - Learning Support Officers- LSO.


Congratulations to the fifteen Prep students who have settled into their classroom routine with ease and comfort.  Thank you to their parents and carers who made them feel reassured that they were ready for school and to their teachers Mrs Marina Russo and Mrs Marie Georgiadis who ensured that they were all engaged and happy on their first days with us. Their journey has started smoothly and they are ready to take on the work ahead with confidence.



Our newsletter is published fortnightly.  It is an expectation that everyone, families, students and teachers read it, as a great deal of thought and effort goes into providing detailed information which is imperative to your child’s school life.  We are very proud of its bright and informative format that provides easy access and links to all school information such as the calendar and website.  Remember this is your link to curriculum, special events, parents and friends (PFA), children’s news and highlights and community news.



All families are invited to join students and staff to celebrate the first mass for the year at 10.00am on Friday 7th February.   At the end of the Mass the Year 6 Student Leaders and the SRC representatives will receive their badges and all children who will be making their First Reconciliation or First Eucharist will be acknowledged.  The invitation is for all parents to come and be part of the mass.




A reminder that the best time for children to arrive at school is after 8.40am in preparation for the doors to open at 8.40am.  Children who arrive prior to this are asked to use the OSHC program that is available each day.  Children should not be on school grounds unsupervised.  If you require your child to be dropped off early on occasion they must attend the front office, where they can be supervised by a teacher.  This is not the responsibility of the Administrative staff and it is not in their duty of care responsibilities.



This term we will have two consecutive Curriculum days on Thursday 5 March and Friday 6 March.  This will allow the staff to spend time together in professional learning with a focus on staff formation and developing collegiality.   The two days have  been tagged onto the Labour Day long weekend.  OSHC will be available for any parents who require the service during this time.



As routines becomes the norm, this is a gentle reminder that it is an expectation that all children wear the School uniform in the correct manner.  The summer uniform is to be worn every day except when your child’s class has Sport.   

Only school approved jewelry is to be worn e.g. students are to wear small studs or sleepers if their ears are pierced. 

Hair must be neat and tidy and, if shoulder length or longer, must be tied up so that it is out of the face whilst still ensuring students can wear their sun hat easily.  Navy or black elastics or ribbons are school approved.

Children are not permitted to wear fake tattoos, hair colour or nail polish while at school.  

Should your child not be in the correct uniform, they will either be asked to remove the item or have it removed for them. 


School hats must be worn whenever outside for classes or for play.  NO HAT NO PLAY!



The safety of our students is paramount not only at school but also on their way to and from school.   The traffic along Grange and Neerim Roads has increased, especially at the start and the end of school hours.  I ask that you use the pedestrian crossing at the intersection where it is safer than trying to dash across the road through the cars as they drive along either roads.  Please speak to your children about crossing safely at the lights.



Thank you to the parents and carers who came on Tuesday to meet their child’s classroom teachers for the opportunity to share details about their child.  If you were unable to do so, please feel free to organise another time with those teachers.



All families are invited to come and join in on the first major event for the Parents and Friends Association (PFA) with the Picnic on the Green (turfed area in the playground) on Friday 14th February, starting at 6.00pm.  This provides a great opportunity to meet with new and existing families and share a meal together. 


Sausages and drinks will be sold on the evening or you can BYO dinner and (soft) drinks.



School fee invoices have been distributed this week.  A reminder that first instalments are due by 6th March.  If you have any questions regarding the payment of fees, please speak to either Kathy or Liz in the Office.

Yours faithfully


Margaret Carlei


We have had time to rest,

And now we are full of energy.

We have had time to think,

And now we are full of ideas.

We have had time to stop,

And now it’s time to get going.

Be with us God we pray.  Amen


From the Deputy

Building a Culture of Learning Together

Dear Families,

We have certainly hit the ground running in 2020 with our students and staff already collaborating on what is sure to be an exciting and engaging term of learning at St. Anthony's.  Our staff greatly values the strong, positive relationships that they have with their students and so the early days of the school year have centered on teachers getting to know each student in their class and what motivates them to learn. 


At St Anthony’s we are driven by a deep belief that every student is capable of successful learning.  To create the conditions for effective learning, teachers have also been working closely with their students to develop a 'Learning Culture Statement' which speaks to the beliefs, values and aims of each class.  This statement is pivotal in providing both a vision and a set of expectations that all learners commit to which helps to foster a rich and positive classroom climate.  Empirical evidence shows that when school members feel safe, valued, cared for, engaged and respected, learning measurably increases. We are looking forward to sharing these statements with you in the coming week.


Term Overviews

Our teaching staff are in the process of finalising the Term Overviews for each of the year groups.  These will be sent out to families at the beginning of next week so that families are aware of the learning focus for each curriculum area in Term One as well as key dates and timetabled events.  If you have any questions regarding the learning in the classroom, or your child’s learning, please direct your queries to your child’s teacher.   

Wishing you all a wonderful week ahead,

Peta Overbury
Deputy Principal

Meet our New Teachers

Meet our new classroom teachers!


YEAR 1 /2 JB

Thank you to the St Anthony's school community who have made me feel so welcomed during my first few days. 2020 will be my 10th year of teaching. My first six years were spent in Richmond before returning to my home town of Wagga Wagga, NSW, where I grew up on a sheep, crop and cattle farm which my parents still run today. I really missed Melbourne during my three years back in the country, so I am very happy to be back. 


I am a long-suffering Melbourne Demons supporter and hope to see them make finals again this year. I love running and am currently training for my 9th half marathon. My two dogs are my absolute favourite things in the world! I have a Pugalier named Kobe who thinks he's a sheepdog and a mini foxy with a dislike for motorbikes amongst many other things. I look forward to the year ahead here at St Anthony's.

























I was born and brought up in Scotland and come from a close-knit family, but travel was always something I was keen to explore. This brought me to Australia and I have now been here for 5 and a half years. When I first arrived here I traveled around before basing myself in the East Kimberley for a 2-year teaching post in an indigenous community.

I have been settled in Melbourne for the past 2 years and have my only brother here so plan to make this beautiful city home. I enjoy an active lifestyle and I love music theatre, so I am very excited about the St Anthony's musical this year.


It has been so welcoming to meet all the new staff, students and families of St Anthony's and I look forward to working as part of the community this year.




I grew up in Ashwood with two older sisters and a younger brother. 

I love to play and coach netball. I started playing netball when I was 8 years old and have played ever since.

I lived and worked in the Northern Territory for four years and I love to travel.  

I go for the Bombers in the AFL and the Vixens in netball.



Education in Faith

Welcome to Education in Faith 2020.  At St Anthony's, Education in Faith is underpinned by the Religious Dimensions of Catholic Education Melbourne and includes:



Prayer is key to a living faith, nourishing the soul and orienting each person to God. The Catholic school makes time to pray daily, keeping the presence of God at the forefront of each school day and connecting it to the church community and the wider world. In our multi-faith and diverse cultural context the school community respectfully invites everyone to prayer, enabling deep encounters between the Catholic faith and contemporary life.  Drawing from rich prayer traditions, a variety of ways of praying are encouraged: individual and communal, vocal and silent, informal and liturgical. Prayer engenders a way of being in the world and a perspective on life that, at times, can be challenging and counter-cultural. Through prayer, the sacred is acknowledged, assented to and celebrated. It marks the times when we affirm the presence of God and the sacredness of everyday life. Our Catholic school community embraces a prayerful attitude that is open to a personal encounter with God through Christian Meditation and the nurturing of humility, reflection, and a rich inner life.



Christian Meditation

Christian Meditation is beneficial for all who participate in this method of meditating.  The students and staff at St. Anthony’s meditate every morning before school starts.  This program assists everyone to take the time to talk to God, pray to Jesus, be still and in the moment. 

This opportunity is for the students to leave the woes of the morning and previous day behind and concentrate on the here and now.  It appears that everyone is much more calm and ready to face the busy day ahead, having been in touch with God while listening to meditation music. Therefore, it is imperative that students are at school by 8.40am to unpack their bag and get themselves ready for meditation at 8.50am and the school day ahead.  Having a few minutes to ourselves at the beginning of the day in the spirit of the Catholic faith is necessary for our health and well-being.  Parents and friends are welcome to join in Christian Meditation in your child's classroom. 


Sacrament of First Reconciliation - Thursday 19th March, 2020

The Sacrament of First Reconciliation will be celebrated at St Anthony's Church on Thursday 19th March, 2020 at 7pm to 8pm.  

The Sacrament of First Reconciliation is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church and is offered to all our Year 3 students who have been baptised in the faith.  First Reconciliaton is when also known as First Confession or the Sacrament of Penance.  The students who will be receiving this sacrament known as candidates are given the opportunity to say sorry for their sins and reconcile with God, the family and the church community.  The Sacrament of First Reconciliation and continued reconciliation (confession) shows that:

  • It celebrates the endlessly forgiving mercy of God
  • It brings about the reconciliation with God which it signifies.
  • It celebrates the change of heart of all those who turn back to God 

Important Dates

Commissioning Mass - Friday 7th February, 2020 at 10am - all welcome

Ash Wednesday Mass - Wednesday 26th February, 2020 at 10am -

all welcome

Sacrament of First Reconciliation Mass - Thursday 19th March, 2020

at 7 - 8pm

Sacrament of First Holy Communion Mass - Sunday 30th August, 2020 at 11am 



Student Representative Council (SRC)

The Student Representative Council is one way that we provide opportunities for our students to have a voice about what happens in our school community. 


This week each class has voted for two students to be their representatives in relation to decision making and areas for improvement across the school. 


The elected students will be presented with their badges at this week’s Commissioning Mass which will be held at 10.00am at St. Anthony’s Church. 


These students will then meet regularly with myself to discuss various issues and topics which directly relate to our school or the wider community and the actions we can take to address these issues.


I look forward to working with these students across the school year.


best wishes,

Peta Overbury

Wellbeing Leader


Welcome Back!

Welcome back to all of our families at St Anthony’s Primary School. I trust that all of our families had a restful and an enjoyable break.


2020 will prove to be another exciting year for English with lots of events and activities planned for both students and families. Please keep an eye on this space as it will serve as a wealth of information for all things English related.


Our teachers have been working very hard to plan and deliver an English curriculum to our students that is both engaging and based on what current research says is best teaching practice. Our classroom teachers will deliver an English curriculum that is based on explicit, direct, instruction in the areas of Reading, Writing, Spelling, Speaking and Listening.


In the upcoming weeks all classroom teachers will be administering various English assessments. Your child’s classroom teacher will use these assessment results to plan an individualised English program based on each child's current learning needs.

I look forward to working with the staff, students and families of St Anthony’s in continuing to promote a love of English.


Mrs Marina Russo

English Leader


The Maths Program

The skills in mathematics include Understanding, Fluency, Problem solving and Reasoning. These skills inform us how content is explored and developed within a classroom and are applied across Number and Algebra, Measurement and Geometry, and Statistics and Probability.  During the year we will explore these concepts and how you can promote mathematics in your house.


In term one we will focus on Problem-solving.


Problem- solving is the ability to make choices, interpret, formulate, model and investigate and then to communicate the solution to the problem in a simple way.  Problem-solving should involve a ‘Productive struggle’ where students and parents have to think through the possible solutions and how to achieve this. Remember that ‘Strong mathematics learners are those who think deeply, make connections and visualize’ (J. Boaler, 2016) and don't forget it should always be fun.


Ever week I will post a new math problem, some of these problems will be open ended and have several solutions and some will have one answer.  I encourage you to work through these problems as a family and I would love to see your solutions and hear of any trials and tribulations that you many encounter. The article, Twelve Steps To Increase Your Child’s Math Achievement And Make Math Fun shows how best to support your children with maths at home. 


Lauren Maidment

Intervention / Mathematics Leader


Family Maths Problem 1.

I am thinking of 2 numbers on the hundreds chart. One number is 15 more than the other. One of my numbers has a 3 in it.


What might my 2 numbers be? Give as many answers as you can.


Welcome to Prep MR

Congratulations to our 15 Prep students on a wonderful start to their school lives. Each child entered the classroom with a range of emotions. Some were excited, some were nervous and some were a bit teary (actually that was just Mum and Dad!) 


The Preps commenced their day with a tour of the school. They learnt to locate many important places such as their buddies’ classroom, the adventure playground and the toilets. 


There was much anticipation as the Preps shared morning tea with their buddies in their classroom. The room was abuzz with excitement and chatter.


There was some learning to be done as the children listened to a story about ‘Curious George’s’ first day of school.  The children then drew a self-portrait of themselves and devised a learning goal for Term 1. The Preps learnt how to identify, describe and sort two-dimensional shapes and used squares, triangles, rectangles and circles to make a picture. No wonder they went home exhausted.


We look forward to sharing the milestone of the Prep students first year of school and are excited to watch their growth as people and learners.




Mrs Marie Georgiadis and Mrs Marina Russo

Prep Teachers

Safer Internet Day 2020
Together for a better internet!

#SID2020, 11 February 2020


Free webinars for parents and carers



The Office of the eSafety Commissioner will be hosting four parent webinars for primary and secondary parents and carers during #SID2020 week.  These live webinars will explore the latest research and expert advice for using technology safely. They are a great way to learn how you can help your child develop the skills to be safer online. 


A webinar is a live, internet-based video conference that you can watch from anywhere. All you need is a device and an internet connection. Once you register for a webinar you will receive information on how to connect.


All sessions will be delivered by eSafety expert, Greg Gebhart.  Greg is one of Australia’s leading online safety presenters. We were fortunate to have him present cybersafety information to our parents back in February 2015.




Helping kids thrive online

This webinar is suitable for parents and carers of young people aged 5-12 years old.

  • 12 February 2020 – 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
  • 14 February 2020 – 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

The session will cover: 

  • ideas to start the chat about harmful content, contact with strangers and online bullying 
  • strategies for addressing common digital parenting challenges 
  • skills that young people need to protect themselves online  
  • how to get help if things go wrong

To view/participate in this webinar, go to - Register here


Tech, teens and time online

Suitable for parents and carers of young people aged 12-18 years old.

  • 11 February 2020 – 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM (AEDT)
  • 12 February 2020 – 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM (AEDT)

The session will cover: 

  • ideas to start the chat about harmful content, relationships and online harassment 
  • strategies for addressing common digital parenting challenges 
  • online wellbeing strategies for teens  
  • how to get help if things go wrong

To view/participate in this webinar, go to - Register here


Note for your diaries: We will be holding an eSafety information session for parents, Parenting in a Digital World, Thursday, 21 May at 7:00pm.  More details closer to the event.


Loretto Campbell

eLearning & STEM

Bush fire Fundraiser

Social Justice Action

Although there are many schools in both Victoria and NSW badly affected by the bush fires we have two of our St Anthony’s school staff members and their families who have a very close connection to the southern NSW area and in particular to St Mary’s Primary School Moruya which can be found on the south east coast of NSW, two hours north of Merimbula.


In the spirit of catholic social justice, and due to the many requests from families, we have decided to take action by assisting, to a small degree, St Mary’s Primary School Moruya with their recovery.


Red Cross and St Vincent’s De Paul have been instrumental in assisting many communities in rebuilding however with our personal relationship with St Mary’s we thought we would concentrate on this small community and their students.


We have started a dialogue with the school and the Principal, Noeleen O’Neill, was delighted to hear that we were reaching out.  Please find below a small paragraph from her letter for your information.

“Thank you for contacting us here at St Mary’s. As you know, our community has had a dreadful time with the bushfires this summer.

Today [3 February] is the first day back for the children because we were unable to open last week.

A number of our families have lost everything, houses, farms, etc. and many have had close calls. Our Staff are in a similar situation”. 

Noeleen has asked for us to raise money to be put towards something special for the children.  Their students haven’t had an enjoyable Christmas break and our donation would go towards a child geared event.


We anticipate our fundraising will occur in the next month, so start saving your gold coins for our future fund-raisers.


Thank you for your continued support.

Dates to Remember

Please check the Calendar on the Website for ALL important dates.

You can view our yearly calendar on our website - St Anthony’s Calendar


Some very important dates for your calendars in Term 1: 

TERM 1, 2020


Friday 7 February

  • Open Mass & Commissioning (10.00-11.00am)


Friday 14 Febrary

  • Assembly hosted by Year 5/6 students (9.00-10.00am)
  • Picnic on the Green (6.00-8.30pm)


Thursday 5th & Friday 6th March

  • Pupil Free Days - No school for students

Sunday 15th March

  • Working Bee 

Parents & Friends (PFA)


Welcome to 2020 to all our families, especially those new to the school.


The PFA is looking forward to a big year embracing the school community and enjoying the opportunities to involve all the families in both fundraising and social activities.


We had a wonderful turnout at the first PFA meeting last night and we’re looking forward to a big turnout at our welcome picnic next Friday night at the school (Friday 14th February). For those new to the school, this is a relaxed family event with a BBQ and drinks available for you to purchase.


In the coming week we will be sending home both a digital and hard copy of the PFA calendar for the entire year. This maps out all the important fundraising and social events for 2020 so everyone can lock away the dates now.   We’ll also be sending home a fridge magnet with the key dates on it so its never far from your mind. Those who attended the PFA events last year will attest to the relaxed and enjoyable time that was had by all and we hope to build on that in 2020.


Some key dates to ensure you’ve got locked away while you eagerly await the arrival of the calendar are:

  • Picnic on the Green: Friday 14th Feb
  • Working Bee #1: Sunday 15th March
  • Dad’s Day Out #1: Saturday 21st March
  • Ladies Lunch: Saturday 28th March

Finally, we’re working through locking in our class liaisons and still have a few spots to fill.



Icy poles are for sale this term on Wednesday lunchtime only (they will return in Term Four).

They remain at 50 cents each with one to be sold per child.  Don't forget to sent you coins to school on Wednesdays if your child would like a sweet treat.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact us on



Troy & Scott




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OLSH College


Take a Bow - Performing Arts Enrichment Program


Soccer Classes (After school Prep - Yr5)


Lunchtime Tennis Program


Lunchtime Chess (Wednesday)


McKinnon Basketball Club


Music Program - Thursdays


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