St James Newsletter

26 August 2019
Term Three, Week Seven         'st James School Community Is Committed To The Victorian Child Safe Standards.’
Dates to note...
Principal's Post
Education in Faith
Literacy and Numeracy
Digital Technologies
Spotlight on Learning
Extra Curricular
Library News
  P & F Newsletter
Parish Fete
Useful Forms
Community Information
After School Care
St James Primary School
(03) 9874 1830
51 Centre Road
Vermont, Victoria, 3133

Dates to note...



Mon 26      eSmart Week begins

Wed 28      Education Board Meeting

Thurs 29    District Athletics - Yr 4-6 selected students

Fri 30          Fathers' Day Breakfast & Stall

                     Prayer Service - "Celebrating our Dads"  hosted by Preps

                      Wear purple and yellow for eSmart Week


Sun 1        Fathers' Day

                   Launch of National Child Protection Week

Tues 3      ICAS Digital Technology

Wed 4      Ride2School Day

                   Indigenous Literacy Day - Great Book Swap

                   Hoop Time 9am - 3.30pm   - Year 4

Thurs 5    Australian Girls Choir Workshop 11.15 - 11.45

Mon 9       School Concert  7.30pm

Tues 10    School Concert  7.30pm 

                    ICAS Writing

Thurs 12  ICAS Spelling

Fri 13         Twilight Working Bee  4.30pm - 6.30pm

Sat 14       Bunnings  BBQ

Tues 17     ICAS English

                   Student/Parent/Teacher Learning Conferences   3.30 - 4.30pm

Wed 18    School finishes at 2.30pm

                   Student/Parent/Teacher Learning Conferences   2.30 - 8pm

Fri 20        Last day of Term  - 3.20pm finish

                    Footy Colours Day 

(Please be aware that dates can change....always check the dates  for confirmation)

Principal's Post

Dear Families,

We are looking forward to celebrating our Fathers' Day Breakfast on Friday morning. It’s a great opportunity for dads (or other special "fatherly" friends), especially those who don’t often get to school during school hours to spend some quality time with your children.

Thanks to our Year Two Champions for organising the breakfast and to the many parents who are volunteering their time to help.

To help dads who need to depart after the first setting, we will have  teachers here to supervise the children in the Library Resource Centre.

Please register your attendance via the link in the P & F section of the newsletter.


Please purchase some raffle tickets to support the fundraising efforts of the Parents and Friends. This will be drawn at the second breakfast setting. Tickets were sent home last week. Stubs and money are due back to the school office by this Thursday.


We also have the Fathers' Day stall operating after the breakfast, courtesy of Monique Swadiak, Rachel Hamilton smith and their band of helpers. Please send along $5 with your children so that they may purchase a gift for dad.



Standing in the “Australian” Hall of Fame

This time - in two weeks, it’s on!  The first rehearsal last Friday was fantastic and the students feel most enthusiastic about showcasing their new skills that they have learnt.  You are in for a real treat!



  • Please make sure that you have your tickets and have ordered a recording of the concert if you wish to.  
  • We still need need people who are happy to volunteer as ushers on the evening - along with some over 18's  to be parking attendants.  Parking attendants need to be at Crossways by 6.15pm for an induction.  Please email Carmel at 
  • We will transport all students to and from the Crossway Centre on Monday morning (9 September) and spend the day rehearsing. Please complete a permission slip for each child.  You will find a hard copy in your child's mailbag today.
  • Don't forget - it's a day for school uniform, along with drinks and food in a clearly marked container.

Reminders about the performance evenings:

  • Monday 9 September and Tuesday 10 September

  • Students are to be dropped at  the Crossway  Centre between 7pm - 7.15pm - fully dressed.  As with all actors, stage makeup is allowed and lipstick is recommended.  It helps each child to be seen!  Children need to be taken to the area where classes assemble in the foyer.

  • Performance commences at 7.30pm and should finish by 9pm

  • At the end of the performance we will be dismissing the students from the stage - prep parents will be asked to come forward and collect your children

  • Filming of the concert for the DVDs/vimeo streamline will take place on Tuesday evening.  No flash photography or recordings are allowed on either night.  Feel free to take photos BEFORE the concert begins, when you drop your child off.  Please use the following link to order your DVD - Standing in the Australian Hall of Fame.  

  • No standing or moving around the auditorium due to OHS Regulations (all aisles MUST be kept clear at all times)

  • Doors open at 7pm

  • Guests to be seated by 7.20pm

  • Please email your child's classroom teacher if either parent IS NOT PICKING UP your child on BOTH nights of the concert.  We need to know clearly who is picking every child up!

  • School will be operating the usual hours on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Please make sure you sign your children in at the office if they arrive late.

We are Interested in your Feedback

Next week we will be sending home surveys to our new families, to gain feedback from parents as to how our St James school community operates. We will be looking for you to identify strengths and areas for improvement in our school.  The survey will be online and can be accessed from Monday 2 September until Friday 20 September.  Your family will be emailed a PIN number and a link next week.  

Attached is information on FAQ regarding the survey....


A Few Things to Note

  • Our Interschool Athletics team are competing at Proclamation Park on Thursday. Good luck to all competitors.

  • Education Board Meeting this Wed 6.30pm

  • Ticket bookings for the school concert have opened via Trybooking.  Allocated seating is available on both nights - Monday 9 and Tuesday 10 September at Crossways Centre, East Burwood. All seats are $12:00 each to help us cover costs of the production. You are in for a treat!

  • There will be no Parish mass celebrated at 10.20am for the next few weeks. Fr Dispin will be away on leave until the final week of term.

  • Twilight Working Bee on Friday 13 September -  4.30 - 6.30 


Education in Faith

It’s Fathers’ Day on Sunday – time for family celebrations and thanksgiving for so much that is good in our lives, especially our dads and those who are like dads to us…


Loving God,

You have blessed us with dads

Who give us life and love.

They reveal to us your own unconditional, fatherly love.


As we give thanks for our dads,

And those who are like dads to us,

We pray that you will protect and strengthen them,

And fill them with your grace and blessing.

We ask this in the name of Jesus, your Son. Amen.


Happy day, dads!!

Confirmation Reflections

I was confirmed on the 10th of August 2019. Leading up to my Confirmation  I was very excited because I really wanted to be confirmed so that can feel and be closer to God. The things that I have learned is that when we make our Confirmation we renew our baptismal vows that our parents made for us when we could not talk. I also learned about the Fruits of the Spirit and also learned about the gifts of the Holy Spirit. The gifts of the Holy Spirit are Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.The fruits the spirit are joy, peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness ,Generosity, Gentleness, Faith, Modesty and self-control. 

The Holy Spirit helps us because it is a sign that God is watching out for us when we need some extra help when we are worried about something. It makes you feel that you can be closer to God and you can talk to him about anything that could be on your mind. The signs of Confirmation that occured in the mass was when we went up to the priest and he put the oil of chrism on our forehead in the shape of a cross. I feel much closer to God and I feel that I can trust him more than what I already do and I have been praying to him more often because I feel very comfortable with him. A goal that I have set is that I will try and share prayers when we are doing our meditation in the mornings. Over all I think that Confirmation was amazing.

Sarah S



I learned a lot about Confirmation because I barely knew a thing before I started the Sacrament. I learned how you are sealed with the Holy Spirit, getting blessed with Chrism oil and much more. The thing I learned the most about was my saint, Saint Sebastian.

Some of the signs of Confirmation I saw in Mass are the flames, symbols on banners and the Chrism oil. 

I feel sealed with the Holy Spirit now that I am confirmed and I hope that I can be like my Saint and stand up for what is right and follow my beliefs in God.


Important Dates....


*30 August @ 2:30 Prayer Service - "Celebrating our Dads"  hosted by Preps

Literacy and Numeracy

St. James Great Book Swap

Our 'Great Book Swap' will take place on Indigenous Literacy Day, Wednesday 4th September.  


For our St James Book Swap each child is asked to bring along a book that they love, but are happy to part with, to share with others.  Please do not send along old, tattered books.  The idea is that each child brings a book,  then has an opportunity to choose a book to take home.  Please send along a book you would be happy to choose.   The books will be  collected by your child's teacher in the days leading up to the swap.     Children donate a gold coin, or more, for the right to choose a different book that another child has recommended as worth reading. This money is donated to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.  


Through the funds raised, books are purchased through a Book Supply program that reaches over 280 remote communities.  Did you know that only 35% of Indigenous kids in NT remote communities can read in Year 5?  As well as links to our students learning about our nation's history and our Indigenous heritage, this provides an authentic opportunity to reach out to others as part of our Catholic Social Teaching.


We hope that many of our students are able to participate!

Premiers' Reading Challenge

The Premiers' Reading Challenge officially concludes on 6th September.  Please continue to record your books and to click 'finished' so that I can verify them for you.  Le't aim to have completed the 'challenge' by 1st September to ensure that all completed books are counted and verified.



It is that time again! The theme for this term's Family Maths Challenge is money. I look forward to hearing how many families work together to solve these problems.  Good luck. 



Wellbeing Seminars in the Community

Treehouse Term 3 Holiday Program (Grade 2-3)

Treehouse is a therapeutic program funded by the City of Whitehorse for primary-school-aged children, who need some extra support with social skills, self-esteem, managing strong feelings and developing resilience. By being creative and learning through play, children are able to develop their relationship skills in a non-confrontational way, while also allowing them to safely think about how they might cope with their own worries.

Who: Grade 2-3 Students

Where: Mitcham Family Centre, 15 Brunswick Road, Mitcham

When: Term 3 school holidays:

Week 1 - Monday 23rd & Thurs 26th September

Week 2 – Monday 30th September & Thursday 3rd October

Time: 9:30am – 12:15pm

Cost: FREE – Morning tea also provided

*Please note only one child from each school accepted into program

For more information/to make a referral: Please call Sandra Fawcett on 9871 1802 or email:



Body Safety – Powerful Tips for Keeping our Children Safe

Parents, Carers and Educators - join leading expert and international best-selling author of My Underpants Rule, Kate Power for an informative evening.

A mother of three and former police officer, Kate has dedicated herself to making the world safer for children.

 Kate will share simple tips, techniques and information including:

• How and why to have conversations with children about body safety.

• Clearing up myths that get in the way of children’s safety.

• How to prepare for sleepovers and playdates.

• Tips on cyber safety.

• Easy solutions for parents, carers and educators in teaching children private parts protection.

• How to incorporate things that kids love and leave them feeling empowered and confident.

When: Tuesday 3rd September

Where: Karralyka Centre, Mines Road, Ringwood East

Time: 7pm – 8:30pm

How to book:

For more information: Please contact Cathie Wills, Children’s Services Project Officer on 9294 5740 or email


Parent Resources

Positive Parenting Telephone Service 1800 880 660

Participants complete a workbook or online modules which are supported by weekly 30 minute phone calls with a trained parenting educator. All of this can be done from the comfort of your own home at a time that suits you.


Parentline 13 22 89

Parentline is available 8am to midnight, 7 days a week. It is a confidential and anonymous phone counselling service for parents and carers of children and teenagers in Victoria.


Click here for access to CatholicCare

It is a social service agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne, they offer a range of programs and services that aim to build and strengthen relationships.


Click here for Raising Children Network

Reliable, and up-to-date information to help your family grow and thrive together. 


Click here for access to the Student Well-being Hub Website

It includes sections for parents, teachers and students with practical strategies and resources to support your child's well-being.


Click here for access to Parenting Ideas Blog

It includes articles, testimonials and practical tips on a wide variety of topics.


Click here for Iparent - Office of eSafety Commissioner 

To learn about the digital environment and how to help your child have safe and enjoyable online experiences.

Digital Technologies



As you are aware, St James is transitioning to a new Catholic Online Network.  A part of this process involves changing our staff and student email addresses. Whilst this may sound a bit daunting, it is a fairly straightforward process.


Staff emails:

Staff emails changed last week.  The new formula for staff emails is the staff member’s christian name followed by a fullstop and then their surname.


e.g.    Wendy Ephgrave’s new email address is now


Whilst we encourage you to use the new email addresses, we understand that autofill will sometimes have you using the old email addresses, but don’t worry.  Email sent to old staff addresses will be automatically forwarded to the new addresses for quite a while.


Student emails:

Student emails will be changed tomorrow.  This means that students will not have access to their accounts between 8.00 - 9.00 am tomorrow morning. Students will not lose any emails or Google Drive files.

During school-time tomorrow, students will sign out of their old accounts and sign in with their new account details.  

If they have been signed into Google Chrome at home and turned syncing on, their account information changes over automatically at home.  If not, here are the simple steps to follow.

Each student was given a slip today, with their new email address.  It is their initials and a single digit number followed by  Students will have recorded this information in their diary/reading log books, or the slip will be in their mailbags.


  1. Go to Google Chrome and open mail or google drive.  

  2. Click on the large circle with their profile picture or initial in the top right corner

  3. Click on sign out. 

  4. Click on “sign in again”

  5. Click on the downwards arrow next to their old email address

  6. Click on “Use another account”

  7. Type in the new email address

  8. Have your child type in their password  (these have not changed)

  9. You can remove their old account with the old email address if you like; it might save some confusion.

  10. If students had syncing turned on, you can click on the small profile pic in the top right corner

  11. Click on the email address at the top

  12. Click on “Turn off”

  13. Students can then go and sign into their new account and turn syncing on.

eSmart Week

This week is eSmart Week.  It is a week where we promote the importance of being smart, safe and responsible; especially when online.

Our student eSmart Team are promoting safety and responsibility throughout the week and this includes wearing  purple and yellow on Friday.  Students can wear as little or as much purple and yellow as they like, but if it is not purple or yellow, it needs to be our school uniform.

We would also like to think that we are helping parents stay safe online too.  Scams are one of the biggest issues effecting internet users today.  Click on the link to get information about scams and how to avoid being a victim.   

                                                                                Little Black book of Scams

Spotlight on Learning

Students of the Week

Congratulations to the following children who received 'Student of the Week' awards - Flynn, Elle, Mae, Aidan, Lucy, Lexie and Brendan

..................... Lachlan and Eden



On Thursday, our Prep - Year 2 students enjoyed the production of short-listed book 'Room on our Rock'.  This picture story gently explores very important themes and ultimately, that there are two sides to every story!


'The Peacock Detectives' was enjoyed by our Year 3 -6 students on Friday.  This novel touches on the themes of change, growing up and finding out who you are.  



Our New Mural

Unveiling our mural, ‘Our Living City – Melbourne’ was a terrific celebration of a long process, plenty of learning and a sense of gratitude for opportunities that come our way.

 Our thanks go to all who have encouraged, designed, and made our mural happen, but especially to Jann Daly, our friend and artist, her daughter, Chloe, who mapped our project and Anne Gleeson who always does whatever it takes to make it happen.

Of course, our project would not have happened without the generosity of the Whitehorse City Council in allocating us the, ‘Artist in Residence’ grant.

 In time we hope your child has the opportunity to talk about what they’ve contributed, what you can see and what you and your family discover by visiting the mural.

We are very lucky to live in one of the most liveable cities in the world – Melbourne!


Click to scroll through photos!

Extra Curricular

eSmart Week

This week is eSmart Week.  It is a week where we promote the importance of being smart, safe and responsible; especially when online.

Our student eSmart Team are promoting safety and responsibility throughout the week, and this includes wearing  purple and yellow on Friday.  Students can wear as little or as much purple and yellow as they like, but if it is not purple or yellow, it needs to be our school uniform.



Farm Duty:

We currently need 1  more person for the September holidays and there are 5 weekends free for Term 4.  If you would like to join the Chook Team, just email Wendy....




 August 31st & Sept 1st:   Vouliotis     (2D)

September 7/8th:  Licciardi  (1D)

Eggs for Sale:

Most of the girls are back on the lay, so we have plenty of eggs at the moment.

$5.00 per dozen but you can buy a half dozen if you prefer.

Library News

Free eBook access:

St James has subscribed to an eBook service for students in Years 3-6.

To borrow and read books on a mobile device, download the eBook app  (Apple or Android) and tap on "Find your Library".  Type in St James Primary School and start browsing.  Search for a title and tap on the book then click "Sign In". Students use their school email address and the password 2018sjv and then they can click borrow.


P & F Newsletter

Fri August 30th                       Father’s Day Breakfast & Stall

Sat September 14th             Bunnings BBQ

Fri September 20th               Footy Colours Food Day

                                                       End of Term BBQ


P&F Meeting – Tuesday  August 20th

Thanks to all that attended last week’s P&F meeting.  Minutes are attached.  We have one more meeting before our AGM where we will look to confirm roles for 2020. 


P&F Planning 2020

One of the key roles we are looking to fill for 2020 which remained vacant this year is the team leader positions.  The best thing about this role is that it enables you to meet so many wonderful people across all year levels.  We are looking for two or three people to take on this role in 2020.

Over the years we have developed fantastic events and fundraisers and implemented some great systems which have improved year to year thanks to our past and present committee members.  We have an awesome community and P&F at St James, let's keep it up for our new families in 2020.  Please contact if you are interested in taking on the team leader roles and continuing the success of the P&F Committee.


We will be also looking for our Year Level Champions and Event Coordinators for 2020.  We are not looking to introduce anything new next year.  So when you sign up for a champion or coordinator position there are always people around who have done it before to help guide in the right direction.  The following link has a list of positions vacant.  Please take a look and perhaps


Bunnings Fundraiser BBQ – Saturday September 14th


This is a great event to raise money from the wider community.  Please sign up at the following link if you can assist:


Father’s Day Breakfast & Stall – Friday  August 30TH


To celebrate the many wonderful things your Dad, Grandad or Special Friend have done for you this year, the P&F have organised a Father's Day Breakfast including Egg & Bacon Rolls, Croissants, Muffins, Cereal, Toast, Fruit and Drinks. Tickets are $8.00 per adult and $5.00 per child and are available at  Tickets must be purchased by tomorrow, August 27th to confirm details for catering.  If you are able to volunteer your time to setup on Thursday or help at Friday, please sign up at


All children will have the opportunity to select a gift for Dad during school hours – siblings will select their gifts together so there are no double ups.  Gifts are $5 per child (fourth child free).  Please send money to school on Friday.

Bee Green Wraps Fundraiser 2019

50% of all profit will be donated to St James P&F Bee Green Wraps are a reusable, plastic free, chemical free, sustainable, biodegradable food storage solution!  The wraps are Australian made and infused by natural fibres and a special blend of Aussie beeswax, tree resin and certified organic jojoba oil. Bee Green Wraps are great for storing/covering/wrapping fruit, veggies, sandwiches, cheese, bread etc. 50% of all profit will be donated to St James P&F. Designs will vary. More info available at

Please order by 13 September 2019 at:
Questions?  Contact: Daniela Migliorati on email

Friday Treats

Don't forget to send along 50c for Friday treats.  We are still looking for one volunteer this Friday (at the time of printing).  Please sign up if you can assist for half an hour on a Friday.




Our P&F events are only successful through the help of our community.  Please sign up if you can spare some time to help:

Bunnings BBQ:

Father’s Day Breakfast:

Friday Treats:

2020 P&F Roles:



Parish Fete


Useful Forms



Community Information


After School Care


St James Newsletter
NCCD Information Sheet.pdf
NCCD Information Sheet.pdf
explanation letter.pdf
CEMSIS 2019.pdf
Mini Mission Fete Sausage Sizzle Group.docx
City of Whitehorse Family Resource Guide - 2018.PDF
Parenting Information Forum - 2019 Brochure.pdf
Bike Contract.pdf
Asthma Action Plan_Puffer and Spacer_2017 (2).pdf
Individual Asthma Risk Minimisation Plan_29062017.pdf
Individual Anaphylaxis Management Plan.pdf
Volunteer Duty Statement.pdf
Existing Volunteer Application Form.pdf
New Volunteer Application Form.pdf
Marathon Club permission.pdf
Thank you from the P & F.pdf
Thank you from the P & F.pdf
Term 3 Specialist Curriculum Overview.pdf