St Anthony's News

14 November 2019
Issue Eleven

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

From the Principal  
From the Deputy
Foundation, Year 1 & 2 News
Year 3/4 Camp
Education in Faith
Dates to Remember
Parents & Friends (PFA)
Community News
Our Sponsors
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From the Principal

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


Next Tuesday, 19 November, all the children from St Aloysius Campus will come across to St Anthony’s Campus to spend the day together.  This will provide an opportunity for the children to take part in classroom activities and play together.  The children will travel by bus from Caulfield leaving at 9.00am to Glen Huntly and then returning by 3.15pm. Children will need to bring their bag with them for the day with play lunch, lunch, drink bottle and sunhat.


Please ensure that you sign the CareMonkey note that you receive so that the children can be transported across campuses.


The St Aloysius staff will remain at Caulfield Campus, giving them time to prepare for the closing of the campus.



On Tuesday 26 November, the children from St Aloysius who will be attending St Anthony’s 2020 will have the opportunity to spend the day with their class level. 


Parents have been asked to bring their child/children to school when the doors open at 8.40am and then collect them at 3.30pm.  Any families requiring OSHC are asked to contact the office for organisational purposes.



The children from St Anthony's School took up the opportunity of the Walk to School Challenge.

It was positive to see so many of the children walk to school even though the weather may have gone against the fun of it.


They were determined to complete their Ticket and eagerly handed them  into the office staff to commence a new one.


The opportunity to take part in a fun activity whilst at the same time being physically active was a positive initiative, which we proudly promote at school.


Well done to all the children who took part in this month's challenge.  Prize winners will be announced by the City of Glen Eira soon.



Yesterday the Preps for 2020 had their first orientation day and eagerly waited to be escorted into their room.  Mrs Marina Russo has been appointed their teacher for next year.  The children settled into their activities with ease and spent the time becoming familiar with their new classmates and teacher.  At the end of the session, they proudly walked to their parents / carers and showed off their school work.  They were given their special “Welcome to St Anthony’s” tee shirt which they eagerly wore.




Nominations are due Monday 18 November. Please apply if you are considering being part of this team that meets once each term.  This is an opportunity for parents to have a voice in school affairs and make recommendations when required.  We currently have two more positions that need to be filled as a minimum number of members are needed for each meeting to go ahead.  If you are considering giving up an hour and half or so each term please fill in the attached nomination form.


The Salvation Army has launched a national disaster appeal aiming to raise $3 million dollars to help the communities that have been devastated by the ongoing bushfire crisis across New South Wales and Queensland.


To show our school’s support we will collect any donations that are brought to school and then send it to the Appeal.  Seeing we are all together next Tuesday perhaps this would be a good day to show our solidarity for the Appeal by bringing your donations to school.


Woolworths stores are also collecting towards the Appeal as another alternative.

Our thoughts are with the Australian families that have been affected by this tragedy and are grateful for the dedicated personnel who are coping with the fires in this difficult time.



Over the next few weeks there will be several extra emails, notes or notifications for your attention.  The staff request that you ensure that you spend time reading the details and when required, please reply or respond as quickly as possible.


Happy Centenary Celebrations to all who attend Saturday’s festivities!!


Margaret Carlei


From the Deputy

Difference and Diversity

At St. Anthony's our improvement mantra for 2019 is 'High Expectations, Inclusivity, Students with a Voice, Excellence for All!' On Tuesday and Wednesday each week, our staff engage in after-school Professional Learning (PL) sessions to develop their practice as educators. 


Last night, the focus of the PL was understanding students with diverse learning needs; specifically Dyslexia and Autism Spectrum Disorder.  In this session, Anna Pink, provisional psychologist, worked with staff to deepen their understanding of the impact that disability can have on each student's ability to learn and what current research tells us works best in teaching students with disability. 


One thing that resonated, and was reiterated by staff, was the fact that all students have unique abilities and characteristics, and that all children can learn.  Anna spent some time providing examples of people who had achieved great life success and who also had a form of disability.  Richard Branson and Steven Spielberg are two such people who have been diagnosed with dyslexia and who are renowned for their work and achievements.  Their stories demonstrates the importance of hope, determination and problem solving skills as drivers of achievement. 


The St Anthony's community is fortunate to have a staff who are committed to each student, ensuring that their high expectations and skills as an educator support each student's success.   


I leave you with this poem, written by a young person with dyslexia, which encourages us all to recognise the sacred dignity of each person, valuing their unique qualities and contribution to this world.  

With best wishes,

Peta Overbury

Deputy Principal



Parent Wellbeing

Parenting is a demanding job and takes a lot of physical and emotional energy. It can be easy to lose sight of the importance of looking after yourself. If you’re tired, stressed or exhausted, it’s difficult to be the parent that you want to be. When you feel happy and well you’re better able to cope with stress, maintain relationships and enjoy parenthood. 

Good wellbeing can include:

  • Feeling able to cope with daily stresses
  • Having a sense of purpose and generally enjoying life
  • Feeling able to manage negative emotions
  • Feeling connected to your community
  • Having supportive relationships
  • Being able to do and enjoy things that are important to you

Thinking about the following questions might help you figure out what area you need to focus on, or give you some ideas on how to improve your wellbeing.

Ask yourself:

  • Do I have someone I can talk to about my feelings, thoughts and experiences?
  • Do I do things that I enjoy or make me feel good?
  • Do I spend time with people outside of my immediate family?
  • Do I get regular physical activity?
  • Do I feel hopeful about tomorrow?
  • Do I make time for distractions and fun?
  • Do I set aside regular time for relaxation and activities that I enjoy?
  • Do I eat regular and healthy meals?
  • Do I get enough sleep?
  • Do I get breaks from my daily responsibilities?
  • Do I feel happy and content with my life most of the time?
  • Do I think clearly and feel that I can work through any problems?

Take small steps to improve your wellbeing. Looking after yourself doesn’t need to take up a lot of time or involve big changes.

You can:

  • Reach out for support
  • Plan time to yourself
  • Don’t be hard on yourself
  • Remember that tough phases pass
  • Build supportive relationships
  • Do things that you enjoy or find relaxing
  • Avoid expecting too much of yourself
  • Take any opportunity to get some rest
  • Don’t compare yourself to other parents
  • Socialise – join a parenting support group
  • Say ‘yes’ when someone offers you support
  • Ask for help – you don’t have to do it alone
  • Go for a short walk everyday with your child
  • Reward yourself and plan things to look forward to
  • Talk about how you feel with family and friends
  • Eat regular, healthy meals and exercise regularly
  • Enjoy time with your child - notice what’s special about them    
  • Value yourself and the job you are doing as a parent

It’s OK to seek support. You’re not alone. There are a lot of supports and services to help you look after your wellbeing.

  • Trusted family or friends
  • GP or counsellor
  • Parentline - 13 22 89
  • Beyond Blue -  24hrs -  1300 224 636
  • Suicide Call Back Service - 24hrs - 1300 659 467
  • PANDA - Perinatal Anxiety and Depression Australia - 1300 726 306
  • Parenting support groups (online or face-to-face)

Note: the above information was adapted from 


Taking care of yourself makes it easier to take care of your children.  If we can support you with your role as a parent please don't hesitate to make contact.


Best wishes,

Peta Overbury

Deputy Principal

Foundation, Year 1 & 2 News

F-2 Term 4 News

We are now past the half-way mark of Term 4 and the Junior School has been a hive of activity. From the Art Show to Prayers in Pyjamas, we’ve been busy both in and out of the classroom.



In English this term the Foundation students have been consolidating their knowledge of letters and sounds. We have been exploring digraphs (two letters making one sound) and trigraphs (three letters making one sound) along with graphs (one letter making a single sound).


The Foundation students planned, drafted and published their own Holiday Recounts. Here are a few examples of our stellar writing:



The Foundation students have been revising their year’s worth of mathematical learning. We have been focusing on flexible thinking and the many ways of solving a problem. Take at look at our beautiful mathematical flowers, which show multiple representations of the same number:



Rolling and sliding are but a few of the concepts we’ve been exploring in Physical Sciences. The Foundation students enjoyed putting different objects down ramps and predicting which would roll or slide. We were like real scientists, writing down our observations!

We were lucky to have Dan Clohesy visit our classroom and teach the children all about the human body. The Foundation students got to look at models and learn about the five senses.




In Religion, the Foundation children have been learning about scripture and the structure of the Bible. We know that the Bible is comprised of both the Old and New Testaments. Leading up to Christmas, we will be exploring the Advent story and preparing for our Nativity Play.


We also had our Day for Daniel where we learned all about safety.

Serena Jordan-Munro

Foundation Teacher

YEAR 1 / 2 


The Year 1/2s have been looking at well-known Fairy Tales and creating their own versions. They changed aspects of the story - either the characters, the setting or the problem - to make them their own. Then they created a comic of their “new and improved” Fairy Tale. Rachel explained her comic by saying “In my comic I was telling the story of Little Red Riding Hood but I changed the story a little bit. I made Little Red Riding Hood a boy called Boy in the Blue. Boy in the Blue had to go on a journey but in my story he had to visit her uncle who lived in East Bentleigh.”



In Mathematics the Year 1s have been learning how to partition three digit numbers into hundreds, tens and ones. They learnt that the place of a digit in a number tells us its value. The Year 2 students also explored numbers in the thousands. They made PLACE VALUE MONSTERS using MAB blocks. They found the total value of their monsters and wrote the number four different ways. Some ways they wrote the numbers were: in words, stretched out, in a place value grid, on an abacus or in a word story.



In Integrated Studies, the students have investigated how instruments make sound. They played with instruments and discovered that they could create sounds by blowing through them or shaking them, hitting, tapping, banging or scraping parts of the instrument together. Then the students were given a STEM challenge to create their own instruments. They did an amazing job!



In Religion students have been discussing what their Image of God is. They read a book called “Images of God” that helped them experience different ways of seeing God. We found out that we can see images of God EVERYWHERE, for example, we can see God in the beauty of nature and when people show kindness to one another.



Marie Casey, Linda Di Camillo &  Georgie Timmins

Year 1/2 Teachers

Year 3/4 Camp

Enjoy our Camp memories .....



Children and Digital Media: Rethinking Parent Roles

Smartphones and tablets are on nearly every dinner table and nightstand, and even our youngest children interact with technology on a daily basis. Because technology is so much a part of our everyday lives, parents have to work pretty hard to keep up with what's out there. More than knowing the latest must-have app or game, parents may need to reconsider how they connect with their child during technology use.

Some experts suggest that adults — parents, teachers, librarians — need to consider their role as one of a "media mentor," a trusted adult who engage with children to use technology in creative and interesting ways, beyond games and flashing lights. This sharing can lead to interesting conversations between parent and child, can boost language development, and can lead to a healthy attitude about media and technology.

There are two areas in which technology may provide a good literacy boost: an exposure to new words and ideas, and helping children learn more about topics they're interested in exploring. Here's how:

Exposure to new words: Research suggests that carefully designed programming, can improve children's language development, letter knowledge, and understanding of sounds. Beyond educational television, other media experiences such as watching an author read and talk about a book, interacting with e-books that contain interesting and exciting words, and engaging with quality apps that promote word growth can all help exposure young children to new words and ideas.

Learning more about interesting topics: Does your child love butterflies? Construction equipment? Soccer? Regardless of topic, one can find interesting pictures, video and text about that topic. As your child's first teacher, spend some time familiarising yourself with some of the reputable sources online and the types of media available. By doing the background work before sitting down with your child, you will be able to use your media time together for exploration and learning.


Regardless of the technology you and your child are using together, be an active participant. Make sure your child is following along and understanding what's going on. Keep the conversation flowing with lots of back-and-forth talk. Model healthy technology use by keeping an eye on the time. Most importantly, recognise your changing role in helping your young learner navigate the digital world.


This article can be found on the Reading Rockets website

Marina Russo

English Leader

Education in Faith

Prayers in PJs Family Faith Nights

Prayers in PJs Family Faith Nights were a success.  The students from Foundation and Year 1-2 and their families enjoyed a brilliant night of prayer, activities and sing along.


The Foundation students and their families attended on the night of Wednesday 6th November 2019.  All who were there, including the parents and teachers, came in their PJs and brought a teddy or cuddly toy to celebrate a night of prayer, fun activities, Christian music and songs as well spending time with their family.  The Year 1 and 2 students and their families attended on the night  of Thursday 7th November 2019.  Again the students, parents and teachers wore their PJs and brought along a toy or teddy. 


We prayed, listened to the story "Guess How Much I love You", completed an engaging activity of creating our own prayer book with our families, sang a song and said the Our Father prayer.  Everyone joined in and offered their Thankful Prayers as a way of thanking God for the wonderful people and things in our lives.  The night was truly a prayerful and spiritual night.


Foundation Prayers in PJs:



Year 1 and 2 Prayers in PJs: 




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 Melbourne’s multi-faith and diverse cultural context the school community respectfully invites all to prayer, enabling deep encounters between faith and contemporary life, while encouraging a lived response. 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. Members of the Catholic school community embrace a prayerful attitude that is open to a personal encounter with God and nurturing of humility, reflection, and a rich inner life.

From The Catholic Education Melbourne website.


Christmas Carols in the Church

This year, the Christmas Carols will begin in St Anthony's Church at 7pm on Wednesday 4th December, 2019.  We will sing Christmas hymns and the Foundation students will perform the Nativity Play.  At approximately 8pm we will walk to The Green, where we will wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  Families are invited to continue celebrating after the Carols on The Green. 


St Vinnies' Christmas Appeal  - from Monday 25 November to Wednesday 12th December, 2019

The students are currently exploring Advent and The Nativity.  As Christmas is approaching fast, we at St Anthony's are thinking of those who are less fortunate than ourselves.  We will begin with collecting donations of canned foods, cleaning products and toiletries to go towards Christmas hampers distributed by the St Vinnies team over the Christmas period.  Last year we donated over 10 large boxes of goods which amounted to more than 150 items.  Let's see if we can beat that target of 150 items.  



Nativity Story Reflection from St Vinnies website:

Having to travel a long distance without support and with no place to stay when they arrived, Mary and Joseph faced many things that people in our community doing it tough today can relate to.

As we start to talk about and reflect on the Nativity Story some things that might be interesting to discuss with your child/ren:


  • Although not permanently staying in Bethlehem, Mary and Joseph's experience of trying to find accommodation is something that many people in our community who are experiencing homelessness can identify with.
  • ​Not being able to find accommodation as there is none available and having to choose options to keep your family safe is something many people have to consider. What could tomorrow look like?
  • Giving birth in a stable is not something anyone would like to experience but often people make decisions they otherwise wouldn't to keep themselves, their children or families safe.


  • Living in substandard accommodation or not knowing where you are going to be makes it hard to purchase, access or keep food.
  • Often the cost of Christmas adds pressure to people's already tight budgets causing further stress on resources such as the price of food.

Support, Community and Giving:

  • When the Sheppard and Three Wise Men came to visit they provided Mary and Joseph with support, gifts and community. It not only shows the importance of the birth but how we can all support those around us who may need it.
  • In our times of need we all need a bit of extra support and connection.

Christmas is a time to stop and reflect, to be with those most important to us and to recognise that we can all do something small to support those in our community that could use a bit of help. It is a time to spread love and understanding.


Toni Dent

Education in Faith Leader


Meet Edison, Part Two


In ICT classes on Tuesday the Year 3/4 students enjoyed using Edison robots again. This week they created programs for their robots to follow using EdScratch which is a vertical block-based visual programming language based on Scratch. It allows students to program their robots to move, spin, beep, play musical notes, flash LED lights, sense obstacles, etc.


The students created their programs then downloaded these to Edison and watched what Edison did. Often, they found that they needed to edit their programs several times to make Edison do exactly what they wanted.  Much collaboration and problem-solving occurred. With Lego blocks some of the students creatively turned their robots into different shapes.


We’ve had a lot of fun learning with the robots.


What the Year 3/4 students say about Edison:

You can explore your imagination by telling Edison what to do in little steps.  Jake

Edison is fun and good for us to code. Delilah

It’s amazing and it's cool, because you can code.  Angelo

It’s fun to program. Olivia

Edison is fun to play with because it teaches us to code. Eugenia

It's fun to build LEGO onto Edison and build obstacle courses. Georgie

It’s interesting because it programs through the communication lead. Darcy

Edison is an awesome robot because you can use EdScratch to program what Edison's going to do. Caleb

It's so cute. It's like a little pet that you can program. Lucy

Edison can do a lot of things. It's really good at scanning barcodes. Hannah

Edison is fun because you can tell it what to do. It’s fun to build on with Lego.  You can explore what we might have in the future.  Marleen


Loretto Campbell

eLearning & ICT


Scholastic Bookclub

Order forms for Issue 8, 2019 of Scholastic Bookclub have been distributed this week. 

Orders must be processed online by 21st Nov 2019 or order forms, with payment, must be returned to the school office by next Thursday, 21st Nov 2019.


Late orders cannot be accepted. 

Please note that there is no obligation for parents to purchase through Book Club.    


Kathy Sansalone

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 in Term 4: 



Friday 15th November

  • PFA Trivia Night (7-11pm)

Saturday 16th November

  • St Aloysius 100 Year Reunion (3-5pm)



Tuesday 19th November

  • Combined Day, St Aloysius at St Anthony's Campus (All Day)
  • SAT  AGM (7:30-9:00pm)

Wednesday 20th November

  • Prep Orientation #2 (9.30-11.30am)



Christmas Carols & Nativity Play (in Church) - followed by Christmas Songs on the Green

Wednesday 4 December - St Anthony's Church (7pm-8pm) 

Year 6 2019 Graduation Dinner

Tuesday 10 December 

Last day of school term

Friday 13th December - students dismissed at 1.30pm.



Term 1, 2020

Students commence - Wednesday 29th January 2020.

Parents & Friends (PFA)

Parents Trivia Night Is Here!!!!

A reminder to book your tickets for tomorrow night -

Friday 15 November!!

Tickets can be purchased via Trybookings using the following code:


Cake Raffle

Congratulations to the winners of our two recent cake raffles. The first winner is George (1/2EC) who won the Matthews family's wonderful chocolate creation with second prize going to Marley in 5/6VW. 


Last week's winner was Sophie (3/4MR) who won the Hamilton family's cake - it was another amazing creation and worthy of a photo as it is the last cake ever to be baked by them, after nine years of baking cakes for our raffle.  Thank  you to Jacinta for her continued support.  The second prize winner was Sophie from 5/6EA.


Don’t forget, to be a winner, you need to purchase your tickets on a Friday morning in class before school starts for 20 cents ($1 for 6 tickets).  Feel free to contact Sarah Gerrand if you have any queries or would like to volunteer for the roster on mobile: 0400 301043 or email:


Icy Poles

Icy Poles are being sold at school each Wednesday, prior to lunch time at 50 cents each.  One icy pole per student. If you can assist with the overseeing of the sale of the icy poles on a Wednesday, please contact Emily William on 0417 583 919.


Nomination forms for PFA positions

It is that time of year when the positions for PFA Committee need to be filled by new and fresh faces.  Please take some time to consider taking on a position on the committee.  It is a rewarding job and really is a team effort.  Please feel free to talk to any of us in current positions to get a better idea of what is involved.  We have provided the nomination form below for your information, which indicates which positions available however, nomination forms will be available in the Office.


Community News

Parent Information Night 2019 - Glen Eira Youth Services


Our Sponsors

A message from Ray White


St Anthony's News
Nomination Form for 2020.pdf