St Anthony's News

25 July 2019
Issue Four

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

From the Principal  
From the Deputy
Friday 26 July
Library News
Dates to Remember
Parents & Friends (PFA)
Community News
A word from Our Sponsors
Out of Hours School Care
St Anthony's School
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Glen Huntly, Victoria, 3163

From the Principal

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



The parents and staff of St Anthony’s School were very privileged to have Mr Martin Heppell share his knowledge and personal experiences on how to teach positive mental health strategies.  His delivery of the information throughout the night made us all think deeply on how we can work together, to have a positive impact on our children, so that they can develop to be resilient adults in today’s ever changing world. The messages were simple but powerful. Students need to experience strategies to support their own resilience and emotional and mental health.


There was a great deal of information, statistics and data that was delivered to us and perhaps for me the main parts that I would like to share with you as having an impact are as follows:


The Resilience Project focuses on three key concepts of:

  1. Gratitude
  2. Empathy/ Kindness
  3. Mindfulness

Taking control of our emotions:

Three activities influence the strength of our emotions:  Music, Exercise and laughter



  1. What was the best thing that happened to me today?
  2. Who am I most grateful for today and why?
  3. What am I looking forward to most about tomorrow?

Social Media

  1.  Replacing face to face contact with family and friends with messages on social media, emails or text messages could double our risk of depression.
  2. People who make contact with family and friends at least 3 times a week had the lowest level of depressive symptoms. University of Michigan


More information can be found:



Professional Learning for staff is an ongoing privilege as this provides opportunities to learn from experts and share their new found information with colleagues.  Staff take part in professional learning at school through meetings held at school or those outsourced by professional in educational contexts.  There is also the external learning that is taken as part of Higher Educational Courses at a university standard.  This study is usually taken whilst also working in school settings.


It is with great gratitude and pride that I announce and congratulate the following staff members who have successfully completed their studies in their specialised areas of work:


Ms Peta Overbury

Master of Education (Applied School Psychology)

Mrs Lauren Maidment

Master of Learning Intervention Specific Learning Difficulties – The University of Melbourne


They are able to bring their expertise to our school and share their knowledge as they work with our staff and in particular our students.



The children have been prasticising and the events are planned.  Parents and family members are invited to attend the combined campuses Athletics Day this Tuesday 30 July at Duncan McKinnon Reserve Murrumbeena.



St Anthony’s Campuses, Glen Huntly and Caulfield, will have a Curriculum Day on Friday 9 August which will result in each campus being closed for the day.  This will allow the staff to come together for professional learning with a focus on Mathematics.


Out of School Care will be available for all parents who require it at the Glen Huntly Campus from 7.00am until 6.00pm. Parents who will be requiring the facility please contact Youth Leadership Victoria on 0402 347432 and advise them.  Caulfield parents will need to complete the enrolment form which is on their website or ask for a form at the Caulfield Campus Office.



The enthusiasm and passion of our Football and Soccer Teams have been outstanding and it has been fantastic to see how the Years 5 & 6 students from both campuses have jelled together to present a solid front of collegiality in their expertise.  The winning of the Holt Zone Grand Finals enabled them to take part in the next level competition. Well done on their efforts and team spirit.



Thank you to the families and friends who participated in this event.   The sheets have been submitted to Woolworths.  Now we wait to see what educational games and activities each campus can select from all the points collected and counted.



Student safety is always paramount with children on school grounds.  I would like to reiterate that all children attending OSHC are to go directly to the program and remain the classroom so that they can be marked as being in attendance.


A request has been made by the program leaders that if your child is to attend the program after school, that you please notify the school office before the end of the day.


Any child left on school grounds after 3.45pm must be supervised by their parents. Thank you.


Margaret Carlei


From the Deputy

Athletics Day 2019

Dear Parents,

Next Tuesday 30th July is the annual St Anthony’s Primary School Athletics Day.  We encourage all families that are available, or are able to take some time from their work day, to come down to Duncan McKinnon Reserve and cheer on the students as they participate in track and field events. The day’s events will begin for the 3 – 6 students at 9.45am with the F-2 students arriving a short time later.  A permission form with details regarding the day has been sent to all families so please check this to ensure you know what your child will need to wear and bring on the day.  We are hoping to conclude the day around 2pm once presentations have been made.   As always, these events cannot happen without the support of our wonderful parent community.  If you are able to assist in any way, please sign up on the sheets outside my office.  All volunteers will require a current Working with Children Check.


Looking forward to seeing you all at Duncan McKinnon Reserve next week.


Best wishes,


Peta Overbury

Deputy Principal

Jump Rope for Heart kicks off this term!

Jump Rope for Heart is a fantastic physical activity and fundraising program that has been run by the Heart Foundation for over 35 years. It’s a great way for your child to keep fit and learn new skills, but it also helps raise funds for vital heart research and education programs.  Since Jump Rope for Heart started in 1983, schools like ours have raised more than $75 million for the Heart Foundation’s lifesaving work.

It’s important you register your child online, so they can receive the full benefits of the program and participate in online fundraising, simply follow the link below to get started.

Students will also bring home a form to assist with signing up.  It is not compulsory for students to participate in the program but it is a great way to keep fit and raise money for a great cause. Students will be skipping during recess and lunch break; during this time you can share their online fundraising page with family and friends to help raise money for this great cause. We will hold our school Jump Off Day later in the term, this will mark the end of the program and is a chance for everyone to come together to skip and show off their newly learned skills. More details to follow in the coming weeks.  


Thank you for supporting the Jump Rope for Heart program!


The Sport Leaders

Sophie, Ned, Kayla and Leonardo

Friday 26 July

Grandparents and Special Friends' Day

You are invited to attend the Grandparents and Special Friends’ Day on Friday 26th July, 2019. 


The theme for the day is “Making Memories” and if you would like to share a memory or bring something to share from your past, it would be greatly appreciated. 


The celebration will begin at 9.30am with a classroom visit and activity with your grandchild/children or friend.  At 10.30am Grandparents and Special Friends are invited to visit classrooms and view their students’ work or go on a school tour.  At 10.45am we will all gather in the church for a Prayer Liturgy followed by morning tea for all adults in the Padua Pavilion at 11am.  Come and join us for a cuppa till 11.30 approx. 

This event has become a tradition at our school and we look forward to seeing you there.


Toni Dent

Religious Education Leader



















The Resilience Project

We had such a wonderful turn out for our Parent Information Night for the Resilience Project. It was fantastic to see so many families attend to hear the important messages that all our staff and students have heard too. It shows that the St. Anthony’s community is working together to highlight the importance of resilience.  If you were unable to attend here are some of the slides from the presentation Resilience Project Presentation.




What Is Emotional Literacy?

Emotional literacy is the ability to identify, understand, and respond to emotions in oneself and others in a healthy manner. Children who have a strong foundation in emotional literacy tolerate frustration better, get into fewer fights, and engage in less self-destructive behaviour than children who do not have a strong foundation. These children are also healthier, less lonely, less impulsive, more focused, and they have greater academic achievement.


What Can Adults Do?

Adults can play a major role in children’s ability to identify, understand, and express emotions in a healthy way. The following strategies are key in fostering emotional literacy in young children:


Express Your Own Feelings.  One way to help children learn to label their emotions is to have healthy emotional expression modelled for them by the adults in their lives. For example, a teacher who knocked over all the glitter can say, “Oh boy, is that frustrating. Oh well, I’d better take a deep breath and figure out how to clean it up.” Or a parent who just got word that she got a promotion at work can say, “Wow! I am so excited about this! I feel proud of myself for working so hard.” Parents, teachers, and child care providers can make a point to talk out loud about their feelings as they experience them throughout the day.


Label Children’s Feelings.  As adults provide feeling names for children’s emotional expressions, a child’s feeling vocabulary grows. Throughout the day, adults can attend to children’s emotional moments and label feelings for the children. For example, as a child runs for a swing, another child reaches it and gets on. The first child begins to frown. The teacher  approaches her and says, “You look a little disappointed about that swing.” Or a boy’s grandmother surprises him by picking him up at child care. The boy screams, “Grandma!” and runs up to hug her. The child care provider says, “Oh boy, you look so happy and surprised that your grandma is here!” As children’s feeling vocabulary develops, their ability to correctly identify feelings in themselves and others also progresses.


Play Games, Sing Songs, and Read Stories with New Feeling Words.  Adults can enhance children’s feeling vocabularies by introducing games, songs, and storybooks featuring new feeling words. Teachers and other caregivers can adapt songs such as “If you’re happy and you know it” with verses such as “If you’re frustrated and you know it, take a breath”; “If you’re disappointed and you know it, tell a friend”; or “If you’re proud and you know it, say ‘I did it!’”

G. Joseph, P. Strain, and M. M. Ostrosky.


Emma Clausen

Student Wellbeing Leader





Welcome back to another busy and wonderful term of literacy learning. Please keep an eye on the fortnightly newsletter as there will be many events this term to celebrate the wonderful learning that will happen across our school in English.


This year’s Book Week theme is ‘Reading is my Secret Power.’  Book Week will be held from the 17th-23rd August. Our celebration of this very important event in our school calendar will be commemorated with a book parade on Friday 23rd August.


Students are encouraged to dress up on Friday 23rd August as their favourite book character and will participate in a parade showing off their beloved book characters.


Children could come dressed up as a fairy tale character such as Little Red Riding Hood, Aladdin, Snow White or Simba from the Lion King. Other ideas are to come dressed as Wally from the Where’s Wally books or their favourite Harry Potter character.

The options are endless.


We encourage families to get creative, borrow items from family and friends and not burden themselves with the high cost of purchasing a costume.


If you have any further questions about Book Week please feel free to contact me on


Marina Russo

English Leader

Library News

Victorian Premiers' Reading Challenge 2019

The Victorian Premiers' Reading Challenge 2019 closes on 6th September 2019.


All students have been registered to participate.  In order to complete the challenge students in Years Foundation - 2 must read thirty books, including twenty challenge books.  Students in Years 3-6 must read fifteen books, including ten challenge books.  


Please ensure that the books your child has read have been entered online at the reading challenge website before 5th September 2019 so that their reading list can be verified before the challenge closes.


If you have any questions please contact Kathy in the school office.




Dates to Remember

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

To view the yearly calendar please go to the St Anthony’s School Website


Some very important dates for your calendars: 


Friday, 26 July

  • 9.30-11.30am, Grandparents & Special Persons Day (Special Liturgy at 11am followed by morning tea)

Monday, 29 July

  • 9am-3pm, Year 5/6 Excursion to Scienceworks

Tuesday, 30 July

  • St Anthony's Athletics Day, Duncan McKinnon Reserve

Wednesday, 31 July

  • 100 Days of School for Foundation Students

Friday, 2 August

  • 9-10am, Whole School Assembly hosted by F-2

Tuesday, 6 August 

  • 7.30-9pm, SAT Meeting 

Thursday, 8 August

  • 10-11am, Whole School Mass, Mary of the Cross, Hosted by Year 3/4

Friday, 9 August

  • SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY - PUPIL FREE DAY - (For OHSC, Contact Youth Leadership Victoria on 0402 347432 or via their website

Friday, 23 August



Parents & Friends (PFA)

Next PFA Meeting

Hello families, please note the next PFA Meeting will take place at 7.30pm (until 9pm approx) on Wednesday 14th August in the Padua Pavilion.  All families are welcome.

Whole School Athletics Day - Tuesday 30 July

The time has come for us to put a shout out to all our helpers to assist with the smooth running of the day.  A formal notification will come from the school, however, if you have some time to spare we will be looking for parents to assist with the setting up and packing up of marquees (the most important job on the day), finish line card/ ribbon supervisors,  event supervisors etc.  We urge you all to put your names down on the sign up sheets which will appear in the next day or so.  Please remember that more hands make light work.  Thank you in advance for your assistance.

Second Hand Uniform Shop

A reminder to all carers to please check the over-flowing  “Lost and Found” bin, located just outside the Second Hand Uniform Shop.  There are so many items in this bin unlabeled or labeled with names of students who are no longer at this school.  If you are in receipt of  second hand items directly from other families, please ensure your own child's name is clearly marked on the item, so it can be returned to them.


Please also note that the Uniform Shop will be open on the second and third Thursdays in August.

Thank you in advance.

Natalya (Ilya’s Mum) & Lena (Charlie's Gran)

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