St James Newsletter

10 September 2018
Term Three, Week Nine         ‘st James School Community Is Committed To The Victorian Child Safe Standards.’
Dates to note...
Principal's Post
Education in Faith
Spotlight on Learning
Literacy and Numeracy
Extra Curricular
  P & F Newsletter
Useful Forms
After School Care
Community Information
St James Primary School
(03) 9874 1830
51 Centre Road
Vermont, Victoria, 3133

Dates to note...



Wed 12    Art Show Evening  (NO MARATHON CLUB) 3.30pm - 8pm

Thurs 13   Art Show  3.30pm - 8pm

                    No Parish Mass 

Sun 16    No Parish 9.30 Mass - Art Show Open 9.30-11.30

Tues 18   Parent/Student/Teacher Learning Conferences 3.30pm - 4.30pm

Wed 19    Parent/Student/Teacher Learning Conferences 2.30pm - 7.40pm

                    2.30pm early dismissal

Thurs 20  Footy Colours Day

                     Food Day

Fri 21          End Term 3  - 3.20pm finish

                     P & F BBQ



Mon 8      Term 4 begins

                  P and F Morning Tea

Tues 9     Science Incursion - Yrs 3 & 4

                   P & F Meeting   7.30pm

Wed 10    Division Athletics - (selected Yrs 4 - 6)

                   Parent Information Evening - 'Respectful Relationships' 7pm @

                                                                                      St Benedicts, Burwood

Thurs 11    Bike Ed Program - Yr 4B

Fri 12       Bike Ed Program - Yr 4C

Sun 14   Prep Level Mass  9.45am, 11.15am  SJM

Mon 15   District Hot Shots Tennis

Tues 16   Excursion - Yr 6 - Immigration Museum











St James Community Calendar

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

Principal's Post

Dear families,

Thank you to the twelve families who came along yesterday to our Working Bee. If you walk into our asphalted areas I'm sure you will notice the newly planted, cleaner and safer areas. The school looks so much better with a tidy up!

Workers also helped prepare the Community Centre for the staff to set up for our Art Show, cleaned out the bike shed, cleaned phones and computer keyboards and retrieved many balls from the roof. 


As the term comes to an end its a great opportunity to reflect on major achievements for the term. One of these was the completion of our Whole School Review, facilitated by staff from Catholic Education Melbourne (CEM) and the Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER). All stakeholders, students, parents and staff were involved and we received a list of affirmations and commendations for the many positive aspects to St James as well as some  recommendations for future school improvement. 

Here are a sample of the feedback comments we received from our independent reviewers.


  • An ethos based clearly on Catholic identity which is enacted through relationships, organizational structures, specific strategic priorities, curriculum planning and daily teaching pedagogies and routines.

  • The school highly values parents and families as integral members of the school community and partners in student learning. They place a high priority on maintaining positive and caring relationships between staff, students and parents. Parents are warmly welcomed and know they can make an active contribution.

  • The Visible Learning project, over the last 2 years, has seen progress and growth in the implementation and use of learning intentions and success criteria across key learning areas in all classrooms.

  • The focus of the school to improve feedback to students about their learning.

  • The building of a culture of collaboration and teamwork, through the Professional Learning Teams, with teachers working together in the joint analysis of data, student work, curriculum planning and professional learning.

  • The Annual Review Meeting (ARM) process and its focus on setting  staff Professional Learning Goals based on AITSL standards.

  • The embedding of technology as a tool to enhance learning.

  • The commitment and dedication of leaders and teachers to students and the community is evidenced by their active participation in the life of the school and in parish links.

  • Students feel safe, respected and supported. The Restorative Practice and Assertive Discipline approaches are highly embedded at St James.

  • Leaders and teachers place a high priority on the intervention process across the school. They identify and address the learning needs of individual students through monitoring the progress of individuals, identifying and addressing learning difficulties and growth.



  • Express school core learning priorities with accompanying timelines and share with the whole community.

  • Further develop the instructional practice of teachers by peer observation, coaching and feedback. Support staff to give and receive quality feedback and develop protocols for coaching conversation. 

  • Continue to harness and build the capacity of staff (eg professional reading, attending conferences, literature reviews and by visiting key schools) to explore pedagogical models. Use this knowledge to discuss, refine and document the St James’ School pedagogical model.

  • Continue to embed the dimensions of Visible Learning in all classrooms, explicitly the provision of regular and timely feedback to students that makes clear what action can be taken to make further learning progress. Ensure teachers routinely evaluate the effectiveness of their teaching to make adjustments to practice as necessary.

  • Ensure high expectations and intellectual rigour for students are key features of practice across the school.  

  • Continue to develop the capacity of teachers to use data and associated evidence as starting points for teaching to differentiate the curriculum, pedagogy and learning environments.


As the slogan says: "Hats away in May. September, hats remember"

As of now, all students must wear their school hat while outside. If not, we will protect their beautiful faces from the sun by insisting that they remain in a designated shaded area.

Art Show Opening Evening This Wednesday !!!! 12 September

We are looking forward to this great opportunity to celebrate  our students learning and display their artwork. Please see the flyer in our Spotlight on Learning page.


We are in urgent need of helpers for the Art Show to meet and greet visitors at the  entrance- if you are can spare half an hour of your time to help out please sign up here:

Learning Conferences

Bookings will open tonight for your child's Learning Conference.

Please book in by this Friday.

The three way conferences: students, parents and teachers will be held on Tuesday 18 September, 3.30 - 4.30pm and  Wednesday 19 September, 2.30pm - 7.50pm., in the community centre. 

Here is the link to the booking forms:


Sacraments 2019


The tentative date we have been given by the Archbishop is: Saturday 10 August 1pm and 3pm Masses.


First Reconciliation and First Eucharist

Please read the notice in the Education in Faith section of the newsletter if you want your child to celebrate either of these two Sacraments next year.


We had approximately 50 of our Year Five and Six students opt to participate in the Hooptime Basketball competition today at, "The Rings" in Ringwood.All teams represented St James with fantastic effort and sporting spirit.

Thanks to Mrs Stewart for organising the event and to the staff and parents who helped out today.

Congratulations to all teams and particularly to the Girls All Star Team (pictured) who won the Grand Final 8 - 6. They will progress onto the next stage held next term.

The Process for Enrolling in Catholic Secondary Schools

The enrolment process commences in Term 3 and Term 4 of the year your child is in Grade 4.

• Key enrolment dates are published in July/August of the year your child is in Grade 4. These dates follow the same process and timing each year. • Applications close in mid-August.

The enrolment process commences in Term 3 and Term 4 of the year your child is in Grade 5. • Key enrolment dates are published in July/August of the year your child is in Grade 4. These dates follow the same process and timing each year. • Applications close in mid-August. • Offers of places are sent out in mid-October. • Close of acceptances is in early November.



Education in Faith

Readiness for Sacraments Meeting
​October 25th, 7.30 pm

Is your child  ready to celebrate Reconciliation and Eucharist in 2019?

Is your family ready to support this young person?

At St John's Parish, we focus on 'family readiness' when children are preparing for sacraments. Any discussion about the readiness of a child also involves a discussion about the family being ready to support.

We believe that children need the support and encouragement of their family to grow to a maturity in faith and  that families need to be in a position where they can offer that support. For it is in the family that children learn a sense of belonging, to celebrate and to know who they are. It is the family that first introduces children to Gospel values, prayer, Sunday Eucharist and in particular, to the local Church: the parish faith community; by their participation in the Sunday Mass and other parish activities.

We now believe that the best process to engage both parents and child in the sacramental journey is for parents to decide when their child is ready and if the family is in a position to support that decision.

Parents are invited to gather on THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25TH at 7.30 pm in the Coghlan Centre to explore and unpack the concept of 'readiness' for sacramental preparation. We will use this time to identify a list of readiness indicators, as well as provide parents with a family activity book to support the learning that takes place at school. If you feel your child is ready to celebrate the Sacraments in 2019, then come along and join us.

After meeting with Maree, parents may collect an enrolment form for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist. The onus is on parents to enrol their child if they believe they are ready. As our change involves moving away from school level years and focusing more on readiness, we are encouraging some families who have younger children to think about whether or not their child might also be ready to take this next step in their faith.

Please feel free to contact Maree on [email protected] or phone 9873 1341 at the Parish Office if you have any queries or concerns about readiness and enrolment for Sacraments.


Celebrating our Faith, our Community and our Future

As part of our Parish Stewardship Renewal Program we are celebrating the many wonderful groups and ministries that give life to our parish community.

Our 'expo' of parish groups will take place in the narthex of the Church over each weekend in the month of October. This is a wonderful opportunity to showcase and highlight the work of these groups and everyone is invited to wander through.

For those looking to be more involved, this will also be a chance to sign up and become part of any of these groups. Our Time and Talents sheets will be available for you to complete.

Save The Date: TUESDAY OCTOBER 9TH, 7.30 pm

 Fr Elio Capra will be presenting, 'Parish Life and Ministry' in the Coghlan Centre, followed by a wine and cheese supper. Elio is an extremely engaging and entertaining presenter and so it promises to be a great night.

Term 3 Prayer Services

 You're invited to join us as a school community to celebrate our final prayer service for the term....

Friday 21st September 9am- Yr 6 hosting

Term 3 Thursday 10.20am Parish Mass

All are welcome to join us in the Community Centre....

20th September- Yr 5 attending

Here comes Term 4...

Stay tuned for next week's 'St James Updates' for our Term 4 Prayer Services, Thursday Masses and special celebrations.

Spotlight on Learning

Student Of the Week

Congratulations to the Week 7 Student of the Week recipients: Sebi K, Callum C, William D, Hayley B, Connor B, Indie S, James H, Maria S, Georgia P, Stephanie M, Tom B-D, Keirsa R, Josh R, Monet B, Joel A, Alessio P, Raffi L, Connor D, Larissa D, Adam W, Ethan P, Ella M, Bruce S, Hansen C, Sienna P, Lachlan G and  Christabel F.

Congratulations to the Week 8 Student of the Week recipients: Jai R, Angus H, Dylan K, Elodie B, Rohan S, Tilliana B, Cooper B, Ella S and  Buckley W


Visual Arts News

It’s ART SHOW Time!

To ensure you are ready to have the full experience of the Art Show, ensure you have downloaded a QR Code Reader from your App Store on your device that you will be bringing to the show.


View the Art Show Trailer created by Ashlee and Luke in 3W  to get excited! Your child has been emailed the link today.





As a parent, how can I start playing my part to protect children today (and every day!)?

• Be a good role model for children

• Be kind to children, parents (and yourself!)

• Take the time to really listen to children and believe them if they tell you something

• Learn about what help services are available so you can support others if they need help

• Don’t judge other parents and families; remember that we’re all trying our best

• Look out for all children, not just your own

• Be a friendly, helpful member of your local community

• Don’t be afraid to ask for help or to ask someone if they need help


Buddy Run

Join The Alannah & Madeline Foundation’s Buddy Run this October at the first annual Buddy Run and say NO to bullying.

The Fun Run is a family based event including a 1km fun run for children, will promote inclusion, respect and say no to bullying. The event will raise awareness and much needed funds to help protect our children against bullying and cyber bullying.

You can raise funds as a family by asking friends, family, colleagues and your community to help support the cause leading up to the day.

After the run, visit the “Event Village” where kids will be entertained with loads of fun-filled activities.

Click here to register

Parent Hub

Other Resources

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 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 access to Parent Shop Blog

It includes interesting articles and testimonials on a wide variety of topics.



Literacy and Numeracy


There are so many ways to help your child improve and develop a love of mathematics. I have enjoyed listening to the students share how their parents help them with maths at home. 


Ashlee  - My dad gave me five maths problems when we were in Phillip Island. 

Lainey  - In the spa dad asked me some multiplication equations. 

Maria - Mum and I talk about the family maths challenge and solve them together. 

Jacinta  - Mum gets me to listen to my times tables.  


At a glance!

  • Maths today is about understanding number patterns, not learning by rote.
  • Saying "I was bad at maths too" is one of the worst things you can do as it lowers your child's own expectations of themselves.
  • There is always more than one way to get the right answer.
  • Children are taught mental strategies, like using number lines, to figure problems out in their heads.
  • Ask "What is the question asking you?"
  • Practise the times tables.
  • Don't jump in with the answers.
  • Stay positive.



Extra Curricular

School Choir

Our school choir gather on Tuesday afternoons and have been very excited to prepare for the Art Show Opening Ceremony.

Special thanks to Lisa Sully, Maureen Johnson and Jodie Marziano who nurture these young voices.

Much enthusiasm was felt around the auditions for special parts, however, I'm sure we will be particularly proud of all of them as they 'Open' the celebration of our creative learning and expression this Wednesday.



Swimming Program

What better way is there to prepare for summer other than having swimming taught in November. Safety is always a priority at St James. Mark these dates in your diary; details will come home closer to the time:



  • Prep - Year 4 Intensive, nine day swimming program at Knox Leisureworks starts Monday 19 November
  • Year 5 Inland Water Program - facilitated by Life Saving Vic- Thursday 22 Nov
  • Year 6 Beach Day - facilitated by Life Saving Vic - Wednesday 28 Nov

Gardening Gurus

After a successful winter harvest of radishes, beetroot, carrots and lettuce the St.James Gardening Gurus are ready to plant up their vegetables, herbs and fruits for spring and summer.

We are looking for a bumper crop of strawberries, tomatoes, peas, silverbeet, cucumbers, parsnips and leeks. We are looking to complete a mass planting of delicious herbs including basil, chives, coriander, dill, mint, oregano, parsley, sage and thyme.




eSmart Week was a huge success!

Our eSmart Student Committee did a fantastic job at promoting online safety last week.  They paraded around the school in big yellow suits with eSmart signs attached to their bellies and created a treasure hunt that had students scrambling to find letters to make a safety sign.

Thank you to the eSmart Students and to all St James Students who joined in the fun.




September 1st & 2nd   KOVACEVIC FAMILY 




LICCIARDI, BAPTISTA, HAMMERTON & LEE FAMILIES                                                                         




Email.........   [email protected] 


Eggs can be ordered by sending money in a named envelope to Wendy in the library. 









$5.00 per dozen is a bargain for guaranteed fresh, free-range eggs. 

Place your order now; they're delicious!

The teachers who tuck the girls in at night are currently enjoying all the eggs!!!

P & F Newsletter

Mums Night Out

A huge thank you to Kate Ryan and Natasha Dumais for organizing the mums night out at the Firehouse and Sage Hotel. It was a wonderful night full of smiles, love and laughter.


Food Day

Our next food day will be held on Thursday the 20th of September. We need six (6) more volunteers. If you can help, please sign up at


Don’t forget, order forms are due back by the 14th of September.


End of Term BBQ

It’s hard to believe, but another term of school is almost done! Once again we will be holding an end of term BBQ. Bring some change and hang around for a sausage and a chat on Friday the 21st of September. Thank you to Nicole Spezza, Lynette Ryan and Christine Lagos for organizing.


School Disco

Our Grade 3 Champions have been hard at work organizing the School Disco, which will be held on Friday the 19th of October. This year we will be running the disco a little differently. We will be running one disco for the whole school, rather than splitting the disco into two sessions. Please refer to the attached invitation for further information and ticket details.


We need lots of volunteers! If you can help, please sign up at



Useful Forms



After School Care


Community Information


2018 St John's Fete Craft Stall - helpers wanted.

We are seeking creative talent to help us prepare items for the 
Giftcraft Stall  for this years Fete in November.
If you are a knitter, we would gratetully accept donations of baby knits including hats jackets and booties, as well as knitted baby blankets. If you like to sew or are a scrapbooker, let me know as we have a few projects on the go. 

We are also looking for donations of the following:

  • Good quality wrapping paper 
  • Crafting felt: in red or white
  • Craft ribbon: red, white and Gold 

If you are able to assist in any way or would like to join our "gifted crafters" please call Claire Whitely 0417 037 793 or email [email protected]

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