The school year officially began for staff last Tuesday 28 January with a comprehensive staff meeting. The day provided us with an opportunity to put the finishing touches on the already well prepared classrooms, as well as welcome new members of staff to the school: Mrs (Signora) Isabella Lepore (Italian) and Mrs Kelly Geoghegan (Phys Ed). Wednesday and Thursday this week saw the class teachers meet with each of their children in a 1:1 environment and we thank parents for supporting this process.
Today I have had the opportunity to visit all the classrooms and found both the teachers and children happy and enthusiastic to commence a new school year with the promise of exciting challenges ahead. I particularly enjoyed visiting the Prep class to see our students experiencing their very first day at school. Mrs Cook and Mrs Ranahan were on hand to ensure a smooth transition, and our class of 19 Prep students could not have been happier! We welcome our 2020 Prep students: Kane, Jesse, James, Flynn, Jetta, Niamh, Chloe, Scarlett, Ivy, Ryden, Sophia, Austin, Henry, Jasmine, Archer, Pearl, Indie, Konrad and Will. We also welcome a new Year 4 friend Ruby, with her parents Sarah and Mark, into Year 4/5MP. We welcome Charli (Year 3) and Lachlan (Year 5) with their parents Adam and Rebecca as well as Hector (Year 6) and Antoinette (Year 5) with their parents Frederic and Jemimah. I invite every current family to take the opportunity to introduce yourself to any new families and help them assimilate into our vibrant school community.
We are fortunate at St Paul's to offer an extensive specialist program with Italian (Languages), Music (Performing Arts), Visual Arts and Physical Education on offer. Each student will have a one hour Visual Art class for two school terms. Term 1 and 2 this year is 5/6B and 1/2DR. The remaining grades will have Visual Arts in Term 3 and 4. Specialist classes will run on the following days in 2020:
Parent Teacher Transition Interviews will be held on Wednesday 26 February.
The interviews are for 10 minutes duration. The purpose of the interview is to provide parents with the opportunity to meet teachers and share personal knowledge and understandings of your child with their respective 2020 teacher(s). Over the next couple of weeks each family will receive instructions for booking the preferred interview times online.
The procedure will be much the same as when bookings were made for the Beginning Year Transition Interviews conducted this week, however, this time where a family has two or more children consecutive interview times will need to be booked.
If the 26 February timeslots are unsuitable please contact your class teacher(s) directly to arrange another mutually agreeable time.
Cheri from Youth Leadership Victoria has been in touch and After School Care will be running as of this Monday 3 February.
During the Summer break a number of maintenance tasks were completed throughout the school including: Steam cleaning of all carpeted areas; servicing of air conditioners; cleaning of all windows; repainting of the internal hall walls; repainting of the office hallway area; pressure cleaning of paths and external walls. Roof leaks were repaired and we have been levelling out the asphalt areas under the big tree overlooking the oval.
We have also had Vision Australia recommend the painting of safety lines on external poles and handrails. You will notice the bright yellow stripes around the school making our playgrounds even safer for all students. Our Adventure Playground had a safety upgrade with steel barriers under the bridge and we are upgrading the steel supporting the gym rings on the playground.
All over the school grounds trees were cut back and dead trees totally removed. Our arborists carried out weight reduction, dead wooding and bracing on our trees - you may notice some of the bracing above the Adventure Playground. This tree work will continue during the Term 1 holidays.
When communicating with you, we follow a fairly simple formula. There is a balance between overloading you with information, and giving you the information you need at a given time. Our formula is:
My apologies, as when we updated all of the classes on FlexiBuzz it caused a glitch in the system. This has now been fixed and our FlexiBuzz App has been updated with our 2020 Classes. We therefore ask that parents:
Download the FlexiBuzz App for android or iOS (depending on your device) and open it up
Click "Search" at the bottom of your screen
Find our school (it SHOULD be listed in the search menu already!).
Select your specific 'boxes' or classes for your children.
Begin receiving notifications!
Instructions for downloading and setting up FlexiBuzz are available on the "From the Office" page in this newsletter.
Attached to today’s newsletter is a plan illustrating the carparking procedures for the asphalt carpark. Please view this map. If ever parents are visiting the school and need to use the staff carpark (the gravel carpark), please remember to always reverse park and avoid parking in the disabled zone on Wednesday mornings.
On Friday 14 February all St Paul's students will travel by bus to Aspendale Beach - Grove St Aspendale - where we will engage in practical water safety education. This year our P-2 students will engage in a “Sink or Swim” program which runs for 1 hour, starting at 11.00am. LSV’s Sink or Swim program teaches students about water safety from the expertise of a surf lifesaver. This interactive 1-hour program empowers students of all ages to keep themselves and others safe in a range of aquatic environments including, beaches, rivers, lakes, pools and the home, through engaging practical activities. Our year 3-6 students will once again engage in the Open Water Learning Experience. This program runs for 2 hours and the students rotate through a variety of dry and wet activities.
Parents are welcome to join us on the day to observe the program, however our buses are full, therefore parents will need to drive themselves. Families will receive further details and a consent form via Care Monkey.
St Paul's will not be closed on extreme heat days. If your Family Fire plan is to be off the mountain on extreme heat days, please notify the school of your child/ren’s absence before 9.00am on the day.
In the lead up to extreme heat days you are urged to check the Department of Education and Training website for updates. School closures will be posted to the Department’s website at http://www.education.vic.gov.au/about/programs/health/pages/closures.aspx
If there is a report that it will be a Code Red Day the school will be closed and you will be notified at least 24 hours prior. Once the decision to close has been made there will be no changing of that decision regardless of any weather changes. I realise that the potential closure of our school may result in you having to make alternative arrangements for your child, but the safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. Given the weather conditions on these days, we urge that your child is not left at home unattended or in the care of older children.
For safety reasons, no staff will be on site if the school is closed. For up-to-date information on this year’s fire season, visit the CFA website at www.cfa.vic.gov.au or call the 24-hour Victorian Bushfires Information Line on 1800 240 667.
Some dates to be aware of this year (so far!) are as follows:
Please see below for information on the following:
All families should have received their 2020 School Fee Statement via email mid-January. Please note the Student Levies are due on 21 February. If you have not yet received your statement, please notify the school office.
For those families wishing to set up a direct debit payment plan, please visit the school office.
Do you have a valid Concession Card or Health Care Card (HCC)?
If so, you could be entitled to financial support in the form of:
1. Camps, Sports and Excursions Fund (CSEF)
The CSEF is a state government funded scheme to assist eligible families with payments for their child’s camps, sports, and excursion activities run by their school. To be eligible, parents must hold a valid means-tested concession card, see further information on the flyer below.
The payment for primary age children is $125 per child and is made directly to the school. The payments are tied to the student, and can only be allocated to applicable school activities.
2. Health Care Card Holder Discounts
Please note holders of valid and current Australian Government Health Care/Concession Cards may also be eligible for fee relief of $500 towards school fees/levies for the current year. If you have any queries or feel you may be eligible, please contact the school office.
The Catholic System also provides additional funding to the school, per eligible child. The funds for this additional support are provided by Catholic Education Melbourne and can be used to provide a portion of additional fee relief for eligible families.
Ross Haywood Sports:
St Paul's Online Uniform Shop
Our secondhand uniform shop is managed by Kylie Storer with items being purchased by gold coin donation. If you are looking for items of secondhand uniform please feel free to text Kylie on
0430 546 611 with your wish list or to arrange a mutually convenient time to search through the stock for items that you require.
The secondhand uniform shop welcomes donations of St Paul's current school uniform which is still in good condition and for which you no longer have a need. Please feel free to leave donations at the school office.
A reminder to ensure you have downloaded our school app to your mobile device, otherwise you may be missing important school reminders.
Please ensure you login to Care Monkey to update the Student Profiles for your children—it is essential that we have current medical, contact and family details for all students to ensure our information is always up to date.
The school bus is managed by Public Transport Victoria (PTV) via the School Bus Management System (SBMS). If you have any questions or wish to apply for a place on the school bus, please contact PTV on 1800 800 007 or visit the PTV website: schoolbusapplication.ptv.vic.gov.au
Staff First Day
Wednesday 29 & Thursday 30
First day of school for students
No school for Prep students
Icy pole Wednesdays commence for Term 1
No school for Prep students
OPEN DAY - School Tour at 9:30am
Open Water Learning Experience - Aspendale Beach
No school for Prep students
Wednesday 26 - Ash Wednesday
Parent teacher Transition Interviews - SCHOOL FINISHES AT 1:00pm
No school for Prep students
SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY
Labour Day Public Holiday
Youth Leadership Victoria is a community and child focused, not for profit, Out of School Hours Care and Vacation Care provider that runs across 33 schools in Victoria.
YLV is 100% Australian based and operated and have over 17 years of experience in delivering high quality programs for primary school aged children.
St Paul's Primary School
59 Moores Rd, Monbulk VIC 3793
Before School 6:45am - 8:45am Monday - Friday
After School 3:15pm - 6:15pm Monday - Friday
Bookings & Enrolments:
Phone: 8790 6511
The Music Bus are taking new student enrolments for Term 1. The program is open now and we are ready to enrol your child. At St Paul's lessons are conducted on Tuesdays. The Music Bus have limited availability in Singing, Keyboard, Guitar, Drum and Ukulele and so it is advised to enrol asap.
The Music Bus is a wonderful music program that many of our students are already enjoying – a brilliant and cost-effective way for students to get fun and specialist music lessons without parents having to travel all over the area after school. Cost of lessons is only $20 per week (Drums $22).
If you’re interested in your child having music lessons through The Music Bus, check out their website at www.themusicbus.com.au or call 1300 168 742.