ST MARK'S KEYSTONE     "Leave a Trail"

07 November 2019
Issue Thirty-four

Term 4

Dates to Remember
Principal's Report
St Mark's PA  Sausage Sizzle & Cinema Night
  Tuckshop /Canteen 
Office News Secondhand Shop Open Friday 15th Nov. 3 - 3.30pm. 
Uniform Shop
Before/Afterschool Care CAMP AUSTRALIA
Face Book
St Mark's Primary School
03 9551 1150
4-8 Dimar Court
Dingley, Victoria, 3172

Dates to Remember


Friday 8th November - Foundation to Year 2 Interhouse Athletics Carnival - CANCELLED

Tuesday 12th November - Foundation to Year 2 Interhouse Athletics Carnival

Wednesday 13th November - Foundation Transition at 2.15 -3.15pm.

                                                             Foundation 2020 Information Evening, 7pm (Library)

Friday 15th November - Eucharist Reflection Day (Reconciliation at 11.40am)

Saturday 16th November - Year 5/6 Family Mass at 6pm

                                                      St Mark's Family Movie Night - Gates open 6.30pm

                                                      "Missing Link" Fun for all the family 

Monday18th November - Friday 22nd November - Foundation  to Yr 4 Swimming

                                                    (Tuesday 19th November NO SWIMMING)

Tuesday 19th November - Foundation Transition at 2.15 - 3.15pm

Sunday 24th November - Sacrament of First Eucharist masses at 9.30am and 12.30pm.

Monday 25th November - Friday 29th November - Foundation to Yr 4 Swimming

                                                    (Tuesday 26th November NO SWIMMING)

Tuesday 26th November - Foundation Transition at 2.15 - 3.15pm                                                


Tuesday 3rd December  - Beach/ Bike Ed Day

Wednesday 4th December - Beach/Bike Ed Day

                                                      - SRC at Greenwood Manor - 1pm

Thursday 5th December - Foundation Excursion to the Botanical Gardens.

                                                   - Keyboard Concert

Tuesday 10th December - News classes Day & Foundation transition from 9am to 11am.

                                                   - St Mark's Christmas Carols Night

Thursday 12th December - Year 6 Big Day Out

Friday 13th December - Year 6 Disco - Time (TBA)

Tuesday 17th December - Year 6 Graduation - 6pm

Wednesday 18th December - End of Year Mass at 9am

                                                         -  End of Term 4 at 1pm.

Principal's Report

Dear Families

This week we welcomed the 2020 Foundation students and families as they began the transition program which consists of four sessions across November. The current Foundation, Year 2 and Year 4  students also will be transitioning into their new learning areas across November. The Year 6 students begin their transition program in preparation for secondary school. The Year 5 students will  begin a leadership program as they prepare for their roles as school leaders in 2020.


On Monday the school will be acknowledging Remembrance Day with a ceremony at 11am. The school leaders will also be representing St Mark’s at the Community Dingley memorial service. The Year 5 students who attended the recent camp had a tour of the Shrine including the significance of the symbolism of the eternal flame and many of the artefacts contained within the shrine including the statue of Simpson and his donkey.


The Foundation – Year 2 sports has been postponed to next Tuesday due to the predicted poor weather.




RE Dates



  • Friday 15th November - Eucharist Reflection Day (Reconciliation at 11:40am)

  • Sunday 24th November - Sacrament of First Eucharist masses at 9:30am and 12:30pm


Whole School Masses

  • Wednesday 18th December - End of Year Mass at 9am

Year 6 Graduation Paraliturgy

  • Tuesday 17th December at 6pm

Weekend Year Level Family Masses 

Year 5/6 – Saturday 16th November - 6pm

St Francis Blessing of the Animals

On Friday 1st November Br Louis came over to the school for the Blessing of the Animals service. It was wonderful to see so many pets of various sizes. Thank you to all the families that brought along their pets and a special thank you to Br Louis for coming over and delivering a beautiful service.


October Month of the Rosary 

Stella, from St Mark's Parish has asked us to encourage students to come along and pray a decade of the rosary once a week. 

She will drop in at the school around snack time and we will ask students if they would like to pray a decade of the rosary on that day.

Students do not need their rosary beads, but it would be helpful if they have them in their school bag. Starting next week!!

Gospel REFLECTION by Diane Bergant CSA

Both the reading from Maccabees and the passage from the gospel speak of resurrection. The first is a testimony of faith, the second demonstrates a measure of scorn that accompanies unbelief. Belief in resurrection is not the same as the conviction of the immortality of the soul. The latter is based on the makeup of the human person; the former rests on the fidelity of God. The doctrine of resurrection is grounded in the concept of covenant, which claims that God has established a relationship with human beings. At issue is whether or not death is powerful enough to break the ties that bind us in covenant with God. Jesus says ‘No!’

If this is the future that awaits us, how are we to live until it dawns? Actually, it has already dawned. This is the eschatological hope in which we live by the grace given us from God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Our future is already present and, therefore, we are called to live lives that have been radically transformed. However, the future has not yet completely dawned, and so we find ourselves living both in this age and in the age to come. Thus we live future lives, but we live them in the present. As difficult as this may be, we have the promise that the Lord will strengthen us and guard us. We have the instruction of our religious tradition that directs our minds and hearts. When we live lives of the future, we truly enable that future to dawn in the present.




Lacrosse- District Championships

Last Tuesday the 29th October, 27 energetic Year 5-6 children took to Kingston Heath Reserve to represent our school in the District Gala Day, the first time St Mark’s have entered into this day. It’s been fantastic over the first 3 weeks of this term to see so many children excited to try the challenge of a new sport, with many mastering it very quickly. 

The day certainly had its challenges for lots of the children, who were surprised at how fast and physical the game would be! The boys suffered a couple of tough defeats early which unfortunately affected their beliefs for the rest of their games. This meant they finished winless for the day (finished 6th) but they learnt lots of lessons from the experience: not just the challenges of the skills associated with the game, but also the challenges of staying positive in times of adversity (losing close games; not understanding some of the officiating; and identifying the needs to continually encourage each other even when losing). 


The girls faced similar challenges, however they seemed to bond together better when the chips were down. The girls won 1 game, drew 2 games and lost 2 games against some skillful opposition, finishing 4th overall. The girls had a fantastic, never give up attitude, particularly in their 2 draws against more experienced opposition. The most pleasing part of watching the girls was seeing their encouragement of each other through the whole day.


Both teams should be proud of their endeavors of competing in this new sport. With a little more time to get ourselves prepared for this competition the children would have achieved a better result. Hopefully the children can have some fun with this sport in the future.

Tennis Report

On the 30th of October, the St Mark’s tennis girls went to Cheltenham Primary School to verse their skilled tennis team for divisions. 

It was a warm, sunny day with no wind, perfect conditions to play a few games of Hot Shots tennis. For the singles matches, every player held their breath - each team had won and lost 4 games. All the girls were trying their best, hitting forehands and backhands everywhere. They were showing great sportsmanship by encouraging each other on, giving their teammates tips and shaking hands with their opponents. They didn’t groan at others’ mistakes or laugh at Cheltenham’s slip ups. The doubles games had similar outcomes - 2 losses and 2 wins. Sweat dripped down everyone’s foreheads as they played their hardest, with the sun beating down on each girl’s backs. So many good shots were played by both teams!


To decide who would win, the teachers had to calculate each team’s points won in the singles and doubles matches as the total matches won for both teams were the same. All the St Mark’s and Cheltenham girls were tense - everyone had played spectacularly, but did they have enough points to win and head on to regionals? Small glances were shot at each other, fingers secretly crossed behind backs. Mr Snell and Mrs Rixon from Cheltenham Primary School built up the tension, smirking at the girls’ agitation and curiosity to find out the winners. The overall scores were very close, with a 24-point difference! St Mark’s won with 140 points to Cheltenham’s 116. Our girls were ecstatic - this meant that they would move onto regionals! They would have to verse 6 other schools on the 12th of November.

Well done girls, we wish you all the best of luck for regionals!


We would also like to thank Maria Maglaras for assisting with transporting us to the event, and for the support Mrs Maglaras and Mrs Shinkfeld gave us on the day. Finally thanks Mr Snell for your coaching and transporting us on the day!

Team: Eva Jeanne, Caroline Mead, Chloe Shinkfeld, Kara Scott, Karyna Ngo, Cindy Le, Deanna Maglaras and Gaby Cilia.

Written by Karyna and Caroline, in 5-6.

Orienteering Championships

Last Friday the 1st of November Joel Crothers-(Year 4) represented the school in the Primary School Orienteering Championships at Dandenong Police Paddocks. Joel achieved 1st place for the Year 4 boys competition and his time was the best among all of the primary school aged children. It’s fantastic to see some children diversify themselves into these new sports, with Joel having taken to this sport after being introduced to Orienteering at school last year. We wish him well with his future endeavours. Keep up the great work Joel. Hopefully you can encourage some others to get on board this exciting sport.


Beach and Bike Ed - Costing!!

Following on from recent  Care Monkey permission sent last week for our Beach and Bike Ed program, there was a small error with the costings listed on the document. It advised that the cost is $43- which is correct, however then at the bottom of the letter it stated: the date when the payment was required and that the payment of $35- was required ( this was an error- it should have also detailed the price of $43-). The form has since been rectified, however especially for those parents who accessed the form straight away, you may have been confused due to this error.


I apologise for this error/ oversight in my initial letter. Please arrange for payment of $43- to the office by the end of November in preparation for the program.

St Mark's PA 
Sausage Sizzle
& Cinema Night

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle


St Mark's Community 
Family Movie Night

Saturday 16 November

Featuring:  Missing Link

Tired of living a solitary life in the Pacific Northwest, Mr Link, who is 8 feet tall and covered in fur, recruits fearless explorer Sir Lionel Frost to guide him on a journey to find his long-lost relatives in the fabled valley of Shangri-La. Along with adventurer Adelina Fortnight, the trio encounters their fair share of peril as they travel to the far reaches of the world. Through it all, they learn that sometimes one can find a family in the places one least expects.



Hope to see you all there!!



Tania Micallef


St Mark's Parents Association




Tuckshop /Canteen 


The St Mark's Tuckshop/Canteen will still take lunch orders with your child in the morning plus over the counter sales at recess and lunchtime, as is the current arrangement.


CDF Pay have updated all children's details to

For current families you will need to make sure your child is in the correct class by choosing his/her class when you log on. If you are an existing parent with a new child beginning at St Mark's in 2019 you will have to add your child to your current child. Do not forget to identify which class your child is in.

CDF New Parent Guide: St Mark's PS Dingey Village have a new Icon APP.

CDF Parent Guide: St Mark's PS Dingley Village have a Icon APP.


Dear Parents,

The St Mark's Tuckshop/Canteen is now also available online.

To order online please go to Quicklinks on our Website:

The cut off time for ordering by this method is 8.30am each day.


If you press the CDF pay button it will take you to the setting up screen. Each family can sign up with their own email and password. Just follow the prompts.

Information is also attached.

To Order Tuesdays special please click on Summer Menu, Tuesday and then Standard Packages.  Enjoy!!

Please do not hesitate to contact the office if you need any assistance on 9551 1150.

Office News Secondhand Shop Open Friday 15th Nov.
3 - 3.30pm. 


Parish Levies 2019 - $170 per family.

Parish Levies statements for 2019 were sent home this week they are due. Please pay as soon as possible, thank you.

School Fees

School Fee reminders will be sent home soon.

If you are experiencing financial difficulties please contact the office to arrange a meeting with the Principal, Debbie Darvell. 

Thank you.

Uniform Shop


Please go to St Mark's website if you need to order online.



162 Cheltenham Road, Dandenong

Phone: 9794 8775


Monday - Friday 10am to 5pm

Wednesdays Closed.

Saturday: 10am to 1pm.




LOST PROPERTY is currently overflowing with school jackets, jumpers etc. 

Please check to make sure one does not belong to your child. Lost property is located in the parents/uniform shop room.


Please check lost property if you are missing items.  Many of the items cannot be returned as they are unnamed.  Please ensure all uniform items are clearly labelled with your child’s full name. 


Lost Property at Office 

 Term 4 Summer Uniform now in stock.

Before/Afterschool Care



Secondary College Tours

Discover more about volunteering 

Come to our Volunteer Expo at Westall Library. 
Are you thinking about volunteering but don’t know where to start?
Come along to learn how you can volunteer your time and talents in Kingston.

When:             Tuesday 26 November
Time:               2.30pm-4.30pm
Where:            Westall Library
                        35 Fairbank Road, Clayton South

 ( Refreshments provided)
For more information contact Jane Yang, Volunteer Development Officer at Kingston City Council via email:

Face Book

St Mark's are now on Facebook

Click here to like our page

Parents we have installed an ICON on the schools website to link into Facebook.

     ST MARK'S KEYSTONE     "Leave a Trail"
Uniform Price List 2018.pdf
Payment Forms 2019.pdf
Canteen Menu Term 4 & Term 1.pdf
Menu for Cup Day.pdf
CDF New Parent Guide App(Tuckshop).pdf
CDF Parent Guide App(Tuckshop).pdf
Parent Guide - CDF Canteen.pdf
Sausage Sizzle 10th November.pdf