St James Newsletter

19 November 2018
Term Four, Week Seven         ‘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
Fete News
Community Information
Useful Forms
After School Care
St James Primary School
(03) 9874 1830
51 Centre Road
Vermont, Victoria, 3133

Dates to note...



Tues 20   P & F  AGM   7.30pm

Wed 21   Orientation Session 4 for 2019 Preps - 9.30am - 10.45am

                  Education Board  6.15pm

Thurs 22  Year 5 Inland Water Program

                    2019 Reconciliation Parent Information Night  7.30pm  SJM

Sat 24   Year 5 Level Mass and Creed Presentation  6pm  SJM

Sun 25   Year 5 Level Mass and Creed Presentation  11.15am   SJM

Wed 21    Pyjama Day at the Pool   P - 4

Mon 26   Swimming Program continues P-4

Wed 28   Year 6 Beach Day

                  Pyjama Day at the Pool   P - 4

Thurs 29   Last day of swimming



Sun 2    2019 Prep Welcome Mass  11.15am  SJM

Tues 4    Year 6 Incursion

Wed 5    Year 6 Luna Park

Thurs 6   School Closure Day - Staff Professional Development

Fri 7    Food Day

Thurs 13  'Step Up' Morning  

                    Thanksgiving Mass   7pm  SJM

Fri 14    SJV Talent Quest  12noon

                Reports sent home

Mon 17   Year 6 Farewell Dinner

Tues 18   End of Term - Final day for students  3.20pm  finish









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,

What a great success our Parish Fete was on Saturday!

Thank you to ALL families who helped in so many ways. I'd like to especially thank Jen Harvey who is our St James Rep on the Fete Committee. 

There were so many highlights:

-  The St James Choir

- St James musical and band performances

- Colouring competition entries

- Mini Golf

- Raffle winners 

- Delicious food

- Entertaining rides

Congratulations to our St James colouring competition winners: Sabine (3W), Tilliana (1D) and  Hula So (commencing Prep in 2019)

Swimming Program 

This commences this week with our Prep to Year Four students having daily lessons at Knox Leisure Works. As well as learning swimming and water safety skills, our students have the opportunity to become more independent in that they are required to take care of their belongings and dress themselves.

Our Year Five students are heading to Lysterfield Lake for their 'Water Safety Day' on Thursday 22nd November  and our Year Six students are heading to Black Rock for their 'Beach Day' on Wednesday 28th  November.

Talent Quest

We anticipate holding the St James Talent Quest on Friday 14 December at 12 noon. Each year level will be represented by two acts. Classes will decide on their representation the week prior to this. Students may commence organising and practicing their entries this week.  

This talent quest is not necessarily a competition but a celebration of students' creative talents.

Staffing News

I am delighted to announce that we have appointed Claire Feild as our Physical Education Teacher for 2019. Claire is well known to our St James community and to most of the students. She is very excited about this opportunity.

I am also delighted to announce that we have employed James Sweatman as a classroom teacher for the 2019 school year. James completed a placement round in 4C earlier this year and will graduate  from Australian Catholic University in the next month. 

Parents and Friends AGM tomorrow
night, Tuesday 20 November, 7.30pm

Thank you to all Parents and Friends' Executive, committee and general members for all you have done for our St James community throughout 2018.

We look forward to a few familiar and a few new faces taking on committee positions following our meeting tomorrow evening in the Multi Purpose Room.

Education Board

Thank you to those parents who have nominated to join our Education Board for 2019. We have our final meeting of the year on Wednesday evening commencing at 6.15pm at a local venue.

Thank you to the Ed Board members for 2018 who have provided myself and the School Leadership Team with thoughts, advice and feedback which has helped shape our school.

The new grass is ready for use!!!

After two months and lots of work and care by Kieran (our gardener), and Joel and Ollie (our irrigators), the new grassed area will be available for play by students as of tomorrow. 



Congratulations to Ella M, Chloe M and Davina H on a wonderful performance on Saturday with The Australian Girls' Choir. 


Education in Faith

Luke in the New Testament

While many were preparing for the fete last Friday, the staff from both St James and St John’s gathered for an investigation of The Gospel of Luke. The session was facilitated Dr Mary Coloe, a Sister of the Australian Presentation Society, scripture scholar, teacher and writer. With the new liturgical year beginning on the First Sunday of Advent, December 2, the session was particularly beneficial. In this Liturgical year, Year C, the Church reflects on the Gospel of Luke and uses it for most Sunday readings.

From this experience, staff then explored the implications for student learning. With support from Louise Harris and Kate Robinson, CEM Religious Education School Advisors, we revisited thinking routines. In particular, we focused on ways in which teachers can use works of visual art to help students develop ways of thinking that support thoughtful learning.

For the final part of the day, Maree O’Keefe gave a presentation on the Plenary Council 2020, with the headline question, 'What do you think God is asking of us in Australia?'. Staff will gather again before the end of the year to discuss the question in depth before submitting our responses.

The day was both professionally and personally valuable.

All Australians are invited to be part of this first stage of the Plenary Council- Listening and Dialogue. 



Level Masses

Sat 24th November- Year 5 Level Mass & Creed Presentation 6 pm

Sun 25th November- Year 5 Level Mass & Creed Presentation 11.15 am

Friday Prayer Services 9am

 You're invited to join us as a school community to celebrate ...

30th Nov- Yr 2 hosting: Advent

14th Dec- Years 1 and Prep: Christmas

18th Dec, 2pm- Yr 6 hosting: 'Moving On' 

Thursday 10.20am Parish Mass

All are welcome to join us in the Community Centre

22nd Nov- Yr 6 attending

29th Nov- Yr 5 attending

Thanksgiving Mass...

Please be advised that our Thanksgiving Mass will be celebrated at 7pm on Thursday 13th December at St John's

We would like all students and parents to attend to give thanks for our wonderful year and ask for blessings on our community and for those leaving our school. All students are asked to wear their summer uniform. After Mass, we will also acknowledge the families whose time at St James School is ending, along with staff who are moving on.

Spotlight on Learning

Student of the Week

Congratulations to the Week 5 Student of the Week recipients: Lexie E, Patrick S, Asher S, Isabelle E, Keira R, Samuel D, Will T, Noah S, Lewis G, Billy J, Owen M and Abbey B.



Congratulations to the Week 6 Student of the Week recipients: 

Riley J, Isabelle W, Chloe E, Saithrie R, Jack B , Lexie T, Joseph W, Finlay O, Archie C, Matilda H,  Isaac W, Aidan B, Allegra I, Mary S,  William C, Ella L, Audrey S, Hannah L, Maddie P,  Sophie G, Nicholas P Lucie P and Zach B.



Classroom Learning

Year 1

In Year 1 this term we have been learning all about the past and present. We have learnt about how technology, transport, education, clothing and toys have changed over time. We have interviewed our grandparents and found out all about how they grew up. Some things they did are the same us, but some things are very different. We were very lucky to go on an excursion to Como House where we got to look inside the mansion and do some ballroom dancing, pretend to be servants, use clues to solve the mystery of ‘Who Broke The Doll?’ and play olden day games! We have all collected an antique that we are going to share in our upcoming ‘Antiques Roadshow’. We can’t wait!


Year 2

This term Year 2 have been investigating family traditions and culture which makes them unique. We have explored reasons why migration to Australia has occurred in the past and what impact different cultures have had on Australia and how the past has shaped our lives. The children have been able to investigate some of their own family history and use a map to reference the origins of their ancestors from around the world. They looked at the differences and similarities between their daily lives and perspectives of life during their parents’ and grandparents’ childhoods, including family traditions, leisure time and communications. Children have completed their own poster showing their family tree and origins and special traditions and customs unique to their family. We are looking forward to presenting the posters in the next two weeks.




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


This is the final challenge for the year.

It would be great to see a record number of families participate. There are questions designed for preps, Year Sixes and even some that will get the adults thinking! 


Good luck. I look forward to reading your responses. 



Premiers Reading Challenge

Congratulations to all the children who completed the Premiers Reading Challenge for 2018!  Certificates were handed out last Thursday.


A special mention to the children who received a PRC Champion badge for reading the most books in their grade.


Extra Curricular

School Choir

The roaring applause showed how much the crowd appreciated our school choir singing at our Parish Fete on the weekend!

Well done to each and every member - especially to Lisa, Maureen and Jodie for supporting and guiding them.



Special thanks to Janine Piper who has tirelessly ensured that we have all enjoyed our book orders throughout the year from Scholastic Book Club.
The last order form for this year ( Issue 8) will be in your child's mailbag tomorrow. Please have all orders in by MONDAY 26 NOVEMBER. No late orders accepted because we will not have delivery before the end of the year.

P.S. Pop a note in or text - 0407336598 Janine if it is a Christmas present ! 

Music Club

Our budding musicians enjoy gathering on Thursday at lunchtime, exploring, experimenting and creating!



Perfect for Christmas cooking...

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!



November 24/25th:     Kowalski  5P

December 1/2nd:          Kovacevic 2D


Christmas holidays are fast approaching, so our chooks are in need of some friendly supervisors.

If you can help for 3-4 days during the holidays, please email Wendy.

New families most welcome. 

P & F Newsletter

P&F Wine and Cheese Night AGM

Just a reminder! Our Wine and Cheese AGM is tomorrow Tuesday the 20th of November at 7:30pm in the Multi Purpose Room.


We will get together to reflect on the fundraising efforts of the year as well as our fundraising plans for 2019. Everyone is welcome. Please refer to the attached flyer for further information.


Positions Vacant

We have a fabulous community and P&F at St James, let's keep it up for our new and existing families in 2019. If you would like to volunteer for a co-ordinator or volunteer position, please visit


Have you been thinking that you could be the P&F Team Leader for 2019?


Please contact Jen Everett or Daniella Migliorati at

for further information.


Thank you to all those who have volunteered to take on a position in 2019.  We now have Grade 2, 3,4 and 6 Champions covered as well as most of the other positions. 


The following positions are still vacant;

  • Cinema Under the Stars (Grade 5 parents) - 1 more to help Kylie, Sandra and Sarah
  • Major Fundraiser (Grade 1 parents) - no volunteers yet.  Please note this role does not include the silent auctions.
  • Auskick Tuckshop (Prep Parents)
  • Fathers Day stall
  • Education Board representative (to be discussed first)
  • Vision Portraits


Election Day BBQ and Cake Stall - 24th Nov  

St James will have a polling station at the State Election on the 24th of November. In the past we have run a BBQ and cake stall. It is a great way to raise money from the wider community.


We still need 6 more volunteers. Can you help Katie and Sarah?


Please sign up at the follow link


Mango Delivery


Mango's are coming next week- exact day TBA’.

Fete News

Face Painting Report and Thank You

The Face Painting Stall was a huge success bringing happiness to so many gorgeous little faces. We painted approximately 180 faces or arms!!  From princesses and puppies, to pirates, tigers and dragons- the colour and sheer delight was emanating from our tent! We most certainly could not have managed the enormous demand without the help of our generous community of helpers- most of whom extended their duty time on the day to cope when we were inundated, and to ensure we left every child smiling! We also noticed and dearly appreciate the beautiful care and natural diligence you all showed in making the children feel safe and comfortable whilst painting their faces- it can be quite daunting for them.

An abundance of heartfelt gratitude goes out to: Stephanie White, Jacqui Chalkley, Christina Fernando, Cath McKenzie, Lisa Borysiewicz, Suzie McDonald and Fabe Parr-White for so ably painting many faces and to Diana Lim, Sheleigh Keating, Winnii Gee, Nadya Arguello and Natasha Denelzen as cashiers for so efficiently organising our customers.

A special thank you to Stephanie for arriving early for set up, and Suzie for staying on to assist pack up.  Sheleigh, we also really appreciate your efficient and somewhat challenging job as cashier in making sure we got the last few customers in before 5pm.

Our number of little customers absolutely exceeded our expectations which was fabulous for spreading the joy, but of course this means we could do with a few more helpers next year so the job is spread more fairly and allows for coordinators to enjoy the other fete stalls with their families.

Once again, THANK YOU ENORMOUSLY, and we certainly look forward to face painting with you again next year.

Lena Zappia, Kylie Brooks-Verberne and Kate Ryan

Cake Stall - Thank You

We just wanted to thank everyone so much for their awesome contribution to the cake stall on Fete Day and in the lead up to the fete. So, a big thank you to Kate Levi, Michelle Hubbard, Chelsea Hubbard, Caitlin & Emma Gorry, Tom White, Sarah White, Sue Levi,  Eva Kowalski, Melanie Hosie, Marg Battagello, Joan Kiekeboch, Deanna Cetoupe, Monique Szwadiak, Bronwyn Lindenberg, Lynette Ryan, Anna Carnovale, Angela Bruni and Jen Everett.   Everyone made a  fantastic contribution to the stall  in any way they could with lots of helpers staying past their shift when it was so busy, it was just awesome. 

Thank you so much to Nadine Murray & Kylie Brooks Verberne for donating our First Prize of an amazing Christmas fruit cake.  Thank you also to Nicole Spezza for donating the beautiful cook books which were used for raffle prizes.

And last of all, thank you so much to all the school families at both St James and St Johns as well as the parishioners who donated all the wonderful cakes to our stall, the generosity was overwhelming and it wouldn’t have been possible without you.    Thank you so very much!!

Carolyn Gorry & Nadine Murray

Fete Pluck-a-duck Stall - Thank you 

We’d like to acknowledge and thank our fantastic team of helpers at the Pluck-a-duck stall this year: Fabe Parr and Dan White, Rachel Shannon and Glenn Skerry, Aidan O’Riley, Peter Carnovale, Nicole Spezza, Chrissy Lagos, Simone and Paul Whitfield, Aimee and Frank Varga. Our Pluck-a-duck stall is really all about the little kids and it's so heart-warming to be able to see so many of them come and enjoy themselves.

Extra special thanks to the Fete Committee Superstars who keep the wheels turning each year: Jen Harvey and Team – we are so lucky to have you in our School and Parish Communities. Finally thanks to Frank Varga for staying back and helping DJ pack down the stand.

Our kids absolutely love the experience of the Parish Fete and it’s all of our generous volunteers and Stand Holders who keep contributing year after year to making this happen.

Until Next Year! 

Tash and Daniel Dumais 

Community Information



Useful Forms



After School Care

Come and Try Camp Australia’s Outside School Hours Care for FREE!

We are excited to announce that the children at your school can now come and try their first day of Outside School Hours Care for FREE! This is a great chance for parents to see what Camp Australia is like before signing their children up to our services. 


It’s also free to register. You can register at Once you have completed the registration, you can activate your session whenever you like. This free trial is only for parents who register between the 5th November and the End of Term 4. Make sure you use your session as First Day Free will expire at the end of Term 4 2018.


Our Outside School Hours Care programs provide fun and engaging experiences every single day, and includes elements of:  


·         Outdoor play time – sport, skills development, general play and inclusive games 

·         Construction and Manipulative play – art and craft, cooking, construction and indoor games 

·         Creative time – includes activities like drama and music 

·         Life skills – community involvement, role playing, communication and social skills development 

·         Homework and quiet time – so children can relax with their family when they go home 

·         Unique and new experiences – trying new sports and artistic pursuits like circus skills, yoga, skate boarding, martial arts, golf and calisthenics just to name a few. 


For further information please contact our Customer Care Team on 1300 105 343. The team are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (except National Public Holidays). 


Kind Regards, 

Camp Australia

School Holiday Program

Bookings are now open for our latest school holiday programs – STEAM Works. Based on STEAM learning – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math – it will be full of activities that have fun learning outcomes.

Some of our brand new activities include making a mini soccer table, cool science experiments, solar powered cars, putting on a show with shadow puppets, excursions, and heaps more.

Book now. To find out when these activities are on during the school holidays and join in the fun, visit:

Or you can call our friendly Customer Care Team on 1300 105 343 - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

We look forward to seeing you and your family during the school holidays

The Camp Australia Team


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