St. Cecilia's Newsletter

05 April 2019
Issue Five
Upcoming Dates
Principal's Report
Deputy Principal Report
  Arrowsmith Program News
PE News
Drama News
Student Wellbeing
Look what's been going on..
We make kids smile...
St Cecilia's Primary School
(03) 9809 2142
4 Van Ness Avenue
Glen Iris, Victoria, 3146

Upcoming Dates


School holidays

Saturday, 6th April to Monday 22nd April inclusive.

NB Monday, 22nd April is Easter Monday.


Tuesday, 23rd April

Students school resume for Term 2.

NB. This is a short week with only Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday at school.


Thursday, 25th April

NB Anzac day holiday


Friday, 26th April

Opening of Term 2 Mass

9:15am in the church.

Easter theme- hosted by Years 1 and 2 classes.


Monday 29th April

Cross Country carnival 9am 

Nettleton Park



Monday 29th April

First Reconciliation Info/ Activity night

7pm to 8:30pm


Friday, 3rd May

Year 6 Kids' View Social Justice conference 


Monday 6th May

Years 1 -4 Bike safety lesson


Friday, 10th May

Mothers' day breakfast

from 7:30am


Sunday, 12th May

Mothers' day


Tuesday 14th to Thursday, 16th May

Naplan testing


Sunday 19th May

Year 3 / 4 sacramental Commitment Mass

at 5:30pm


Friday, 24th May

Grandparents' day- times to be confirmed.


Monday 27th - Wednesday, 29th May

Year 5 /6 Camp at Sovereign Hill


Saturday, 1st June

Parents Association Mid Year Function

for all parents.


Saturday 8th to Monday, 10th June

Queen's birthday long weekend


Tuesday 18th June

First Reconciliation ceremony at 7:30pm


Friday 28th June

Last day of Term 2

Sacred Heart feast day Mass at 9:15am

Clothing collection for St Vincent De Paul

Principal's Report

End of Term...

Dear Parents,


This is our last newsletter for Term 1. The term has passed by very quickly since our first day back for 2019. All of our students, including those who are new to the school, have settled in very well and contributed to a harmonious learning environment across the school. I am very proud of their achievements and the positive, caring attitude they display towards other students, staff and visitors to the school.


I would really like to acknowledge the sensational effort of our staff this term. Our teaching and learning teams have made some great changes to our school this term which the students have embraced and exhibited. It is wonderful to see the engagement and enjoyment from our students as they respond to the care and generosity of our teachers.


Thank you also to Father Kevin, for continuing to guide our school and parish with trust, wisdom and great faith. 


Finally, I would like to thank the parents of our community. We are blessed to have such a supportive and welcoming parent body. May your confidence, trust and support continue to grow for the remainder of the year. 


Staffing News

As mentioned earlier in the week, we have appointed a new staff member to teach Grade 3/4 C (full time) for the remainder of the year.  


We warmly welcome Miss Fiona Walsh to the St. Cecilia’s community.


Fiona is a highly experienced and widely recommended classroom teacher. Throughout her career, Fiona has held many different positions and carried out an extensive number of various responsibilities. Fiona joins us from St. Patrick’s Murrumbeena, where she has been a classroom teacher and leader since 2006. Fiona will commence her position with us at the beginning of Week Two, next term.


Once again, I would like to thank Mrs Carmel Brownhill (4 days) and Ms Pip Young (1 day) for stepping into their role midway through a school term. I would also like to thank you for your continued support of St. Cecilia’s through this transitional period.


We are extremely excited about securing Fiona as a full time teacher at St. Cecilia’s.


Early next term, we will be indicating to the community ways in which we can celebrate and honour the career of Mr. Bill King who has only recently retired. 


Easter Paraliturgy

Today we participated in a wonderful Easter paraliturgy.

It included prayer, meditation, scripture, music, images, drama and a beautiful  walk around our school observing stations of the cross as depicted by our senior students. Please see more photos later in this newsletter...

It was the perfect way to lead into Easter....


Knowing how to swim is an essential and potentially life-saving tool which is particularly important in Australia where we are lucky to be surrounded by some of the world’s most beautiful beaches.

What a great two weeks it has been for swimming lessons at Bialik College. Thank you to all our swimmers and family members that have shown support throughout this fortnight, we hope you have enjoyed lessons as much as your  swim teachers have!

Save The Date

Mid Year Function

(Saturday 1st June)


This is one of our best nights of the year.

Heavily supported, fantastic fundraiser for our school community...lots of fun!


More info to come...please put this date into your calendars!


World Autism
Awareness Day​​​​​​​

The twelfth annual World Autism Awareness Day was on  April 2nd. 

Here are some facts:

  • In 2018 approximately 1 in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). 

    • 1 in 37 boys 

    • 1 in 151 girls 

  • Boys are four times more likely to be diagnosed with autism than girls.  

  • Most children were still being diagnosed after age 4, though autism can be reliably diagnosed as early as age 2.  

  • Autism affects all ethnic and socioeconomic groups. 

  • Early intervention affords the best opportunity to support healthy development and deliver benefits.

  • There is no medical detection for autism. 

Our very own Santi McCormack presented a story about Autism to his class (1A) on Tuesday. He spoke openly and honestly and his classmates asked such fantastic questions. 


It was a privilege to listen to Santi deliver his message of awareness, understanding and respect. 

Thank you Santi (and Maria).


Tennis Champs

Congratulations to Lachlan Marriner and Gus Grainger for winning the Waverley District Tennis Association Summer 2018/19 Junior Boys Single /Doubles D Special (Section 3) on Monday night (along with former St Cecilia's student, Lucas Siminato and St Cecilia's Tennis Club member, Harrison Ross).


It was an epic Grand Final that spanned two weeks (play was washed out twice), before an evening match was scheduled under lights. It was a tough match - with some great rallies - but the boys hung on to win!


During the awards presentation, St Cecilia's Team Captain, Gus Grainer, said it was terrific to play against such a great team. The opposing team's coach also dubbed Lachlan Marriner "man of the match". 

Well done Gus and Lachlan and thankyou to Gerry Mustey for being such a wonderful tennis coach to so many St Cecilia's students. 


Canteen News

Canteen will return to Fridays in week 2 of Term 2!
Canteen orders can only be placed using CDF pay and MUST be done by 9am Thursday. Unfortunately we can not accept late orders or orders on the day. Also this year we can not place future orders, just for the current week.

Of course we will need a team of fabulous volunteers to help make this happen! Please email Sophie Parkinson on and let her know which Fridays you are available. The timing is between 11am-2pm. And it’s fun! Friday May 3 through to Friday June 28. Then July 19-September 20.

Happy ordering!!


Ashy Redbacks



Sports Star

In December last year, Donantony Boulter went to try outs with all children from baseball clubs in the charter and after 3 weeks of try outs they selected a group

of children to go into a 10 week training program who would then be in the running for team selections for State Championships in April.  

Donantony was selected for the Little League Development team.

The State Championship runs for 3 days at Knox. He will play 2 games in the first 2 days and play offs for finals on the 3rd day. We are very proud of you Donantony and wish you all the best.


After years of dedication to our school and our community we wish a temporary fond farewell to Mrs Kate Mahon. Kate is due to have her baby in May! We have been blessed to have had Kate working with us in the middle school supporting the team (and Miss Hollie French in particular), during Term One.   

Those who have had the pleasure of being involved with Mrs Kate Mahon know not only is she a brilliant teacher, but also a brilliant team member, friend and support. Kate, you will be greatly missed from our school, until you return.  We all wish you and Ben well with the imminent arrival of your baby and that next exciting chapter. 


Have a fantastic holiday with your families everyone!

On a final note, I would like to wish everyone a safe, happy Easter and school holiday break. Thank you to all families who have supported us in a very smooth start to the year. I will look forward to seeing all our students back ready to embark on another exciting term of learning, fun and friendship.


Warmest regards,

Marty McKenna

Deputy Principal Report

Happy Easter

Dear parents,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your contributions to our school  community during this past term and to wish you and your families a Happy Easter and a relaxing holiday. 


Kind regards, Karen Whiting.


Please see the Upcoming Dates page for Term 2 dates read the articles below regarding Extra Curricular activities etc.

The article below regarding parking and the Drop Off Zone may sound a little stern, however the situation has become dangerous to the students and inconvenient for local residents.

VIP Drop Off Zone/ Parking around the School

Regretfully, we have recently noticed a number of dangerous practices which are placing students, families and local drivers at risk.  Here are some important reminders for all parents, grandparents and carers- so please share this information with them.

The Drop Off Zone has been set up to make the collection of students as efficient as possible. 

No one should leave a car unattended in this zone. It is designed to be a "Kiss and Drop"/ "Hop in and Go" system, where parents and carers should only stop for 2 minutes. If your child does not appear after 2 minutes, you should really drive around the block to allow others to collect their children.  Approximately 8 cars can fit in the space between the two poles- if everyone moves up when a space becomes available. It is illegal to park outside the Drop Off Zone poles or beyond the poles in Hillside Parade on the north side of Van Ness Avenue. It is also not safe to "hover"  on the corner of Van Ness Avenue and Hillside Parade.  If drivers do not follow these processes, the streets all around the school become very congested- as no one can effectively move.

NB There are "No Parking" signs on the west side of Hillside Parade (opposite the Drop Off Zone) for the mornings and afternoon collection times between 3pm and 4pm.

We request that everyone pulls into the kerb as closely as possible, to enable traffic to flow along Hillside Parade. 

The Church circular driveway must not be used by parents to drop off or collect students, as many students walk through this area with their families ( including pre-schoolers).

In Malvern Avenue, again, it is imperative that no one hovers on the corner of Malvern Avenue and Hillside Parade or parks beyond the "No Standing" signs. Father Kevin's driveway should also not be used to turn around, as it involves reversing out into the traffic which is extremely dangerous. A tradesman was justifiably annoyed  last week, when he could not move for over 5 minutes because cars had blocked the Malvern Avenue corner.


The situation really needs to improve for the safety of everyone and in consideration of our neighbours! We hope that everyone will read  this article, inform all carers, babysitters, aunts, uncles and grandparents about the procedures.


If necessary, we may need to arrange for a council By- Laws officer to attend in order to enforce the relevant parking restrictions.


Lunchtime Activities- Chess

Next term, Mrs Kate Sutherland is keen to re- introduce chess lessons.  On Wednesday of this week, the students received  a paper copy of an expression of interest form. She asks that you please complete the form and return it to school so that she can organise groups. The lessons will take place at lunchtime (probably on a  Tuesday) and will cost approximately $50.00 depending upon the numbers of interested students.

Swimming Program

Our annual Swimming lessons have now concluded and it was wonderful to see the improvement in the students over the 9 days of the program, as their confidence grew! Thank you to Susan Mothershaw from Swimming Excellence who co-ordinates the lessons, the teachers who remained flexible in spite of a number of timetabling changes during the program and the parents who assisted with supervising the children and all their gear.  I am pleased to say that we have very little lost property this year. Thank you also to the parents who labelled everything with the students' names!

Here are a few  photos from the pool.


Easter Morning tea

A big Thank You to our PA (especially Niki Slattery, Nikki Judd, Donna Nugent, Suzie Hanna and Ina Keung) for organising the special Morning Tea for all the students on Tuesday.  They each received a hot cross bun and a drink at a cost of $4.00 and made around $400.00 profit which will be donated to the St Vincent de Paul Society.

Easter Egg raffle

The SRC representatives (along with the Faith and Wellbeing Leaders) have organised  an Easter egg guessing competition. The students were all invited to guess the number of Easter eggs held in a large container. The results will be announced after the school holidays and any money raised from the competition will be donated to the St Vincent de Paul society.

Hot water heater

You may have noticed that the wall-mounted  hot water unit in the hall kitchen (which we use for teas and coffees) has been leaking. It has been temporarily disconnected and will be repaired during the school holidays.

Peer Tutoring

Peer Tutoring will continue in Term 2 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays. However, it will not resume until Week 2 due to Week 1 being a short week with Anzac day etc.

Tennis lessons

In Term 2 , Tennis lessons are continuing from Mondays to Wednesdays.  We would just like to clarify some of the arrangements, as parents are sometimes concerned about students not having time to eat all their food on Tennis days.

If the students have a lesson at Morning Recess, they will take their Snack with them and go to the tennis courts at 11:10am. If they have a lesson during the first half of lunch, they take their lunch and go  to the tennis club at 1:20pm. Once their lesson is finished, they bring any unfinished food back to the school at 1:55pm , eat it in the amphitheatre and then go out to play. If they have a second-half lunchtime lesson, they eat in the classroom between 1:20 and 1:30 and there is an announcement made when their tennis lesson begins. 

All tennis players should return to school promptly after their session.

If your child has a tennis lesson after school, their siblings are asked to read  book quietly in the tennis clubhouse.

NB The school is not able to take responsibility for supervising these students after school hours.


Our annual Disco was once again a huge success! Thanks to all the members of the PA who organised the decorating of the Hall, the drinks, pizzas and or wonderful DJ (an ex St Cecilia's student Johnny Stamellos)! The crowd waited excitedly outside the hall ready to party!

YMCA is always a favourite along with Finesse!

Here are a few snaps! 




Monday, 29th April from 7pm to 8:30pm:

First Reconciliation ( Year 3) Parent/ student information/ activity night


Sunday, 19th May at 5:30pm:

Both Year 3 and Year 4 students are asked to attend Mass with their families and make a commitment

to prepare for the sacraments of First Reconciliation ( Year 3) and First Communion ( Year 4).


Tuesday, 18th June from 7:30 to 8:30pm:

The sacrament of First Reconciliation ceremony will take place in the Church.


Monday 22nd July from 7pm to 8:30pm:

First Communion ( Year 4) Parent/ student information/ activity night


Sunday, 20th October at 10am:

First Communion ceremony (Year 4)


NB If any students are in Years 3 - 6, who are new to the school and have not yet received any of the sacraments, please contact me (Karen Whiting) at :  so we can make arrangements.

Holy Week Prayers today

As you know, Holy Week (Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Saturday and Easter Sunday) will fall during the school holidays. This morning different grade levels re-enacted parts of the story, beginning with Palm Sunday and culminating in Jesus' death on the cross on Good Friday. Parents joined with us for our assembly which, as always, proved to be a powerful remembrance of Jesus' suffering and death.

We began with some reflective music from Taize- the hauntingly beautiful: "O Lord Hear My Prayer", followed by a Meditation, during which the students tried to visualise what it might have felt like to be Jesus during the final week of his life. The whole school sat so reverently and listened respectfully as each grade level presented their part of  the story of Jesus' journey towards the cross.


The Foundation students re-enacted Jesus' entry into Jerusalem on a donkey, waving palm branches and leading us to sing: "Sing It Hosanna!"


Next the three Year 3 / 4 classes portrayed the Last Supper and the Washing of the Feet through role play, an Echo Pantomime and a liturgical movement to the hymn: "Do This". We remembered Jesus sharing the bread and wine and asking his disciples to: "Do this in memory of Me" -which of course we do each time we celebrate the Mass.


The final presentation was by our Year 5 / 6 students, who created a Stations of the Cross Walk around the school and into Father's garden. They worked in small groups to create "freeze frames" and posed reverently to depict each Station. The other students and parents walked around, visiting each Station of the Cross, where they read about Jesus' way of the cross and said a prayer together which related to their own life experiences.


The Year 1 and 2 classes will have their turn to lead us in prayer when we celebrate Jesus' Resurrection at our Opening Mass for Term 2 on Friday, 26th April at 9:15am.

As always, you are all invited to join us at Mass.


Easter Paraliturgy

Today we celebrated in a wonderful Easter paraliturgy.

It included prayer, meditation, scripture, music, images, drama and a beautiful  walk around our school observing stations of the cross as depicted by our senior students. 


It was the perfect way to lead into Easter....


Arrowsmith Program News

Hard at work...


PE News

Letter from Mr Johnson


Dear Parents,


St Cecilia’s House Cross Country 2019


To start term 2, the children in Grades 3 – 6 will be competing in our first House Cross Country Carnival. This will be a competition between houses that will gave an overall winning team as well as help select our participants for the District carnival which happens in the weeks following. All children will be competing on Monday 29th April and the event will take place at Nettleton Park; 37 Gardiner Place, Glen Iris, 3146. Due to the carnival taking place out of school boundaries, it is necessary for all parents to grant permission  for their child to compete and to leave the school grounds. The Cross Country will commence at 9:30am and will conclude by 10.45am.


  • 9.15am: Walk lap of track

  • 9:30am: Under 9/10 Boys (2km)

  • 9:45am: Under 9/10 Girls (2km )

  • 10.00am: Under 11 Boys & Girls (3km)

  • 10.15am: Under 12/13 Boys & Girls (3km)

*Running times are approximates only, could start earlier or later.

Parents are more than welcome to come along to watch the children run, however I do require many parents to assist with this event. If you are available to help it would be greatly appreciated. We will need help in both walking the students from school to the park as well as having parents situated around the track as marshalls. If not assisting on the day can you please remain off the running track. If you can help on the day, please email me on expressing your interest of either walking the students to the park, helping at the carnival or both. (please note a current Working with Children is needed).

Thank you for your support, it is greatly appreciated.


Yours Sincerely,

Clint Johnson


Drama News

Holiday Drama Club




Student Wellbeing

Parenting Strategies...


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Lots has been happening recently.....


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Camp Australia


The Before and After School Care program at St Cecilia’s is run by Camp Australia.

You can register at and search for

St Cecilia’s in Victoria.


The Camp Australia Coordinator is Yasi.



For further information ring Camp Australia on 1300 105 343.

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