St James Newsletter

30 July 2019
Term Three, Week Three         'st James School Community Is Committed To The Victorian Child Safe Standards.’
Dates to note...
Principal's Post
Education in Faith
Literacy and Numeracy
Spotlight on Learning
Extra Curricular
Library News
Digital Technologies
  P & F Newsletter
Parish Fete
Useful Forms
Community Information
After School Care
St James Primary School
(03) 9874 1830
51 Centre Road
Vermont, Victoria, 3133

Dates to note...



Fri 2             Dad’s Night Out

Sat 3           First Eucharist    6.00pm    SJM

Sun 4          First Eucharist    9.45am and 11.15am    SJM

Mon 5         P & F Morning Tea/ Second Hand Uniform Shop   9am

Wed 7         Ride2School Day  

                      Confirmation Practice

Thur 8         Feast of Mary of the Cross

                      Prep Celebration -  '100 days' at school

                      Food Day

Sat 10         Confirmation     1pm & 3pm

Mon 12       P&F Meeting 9am

                      St James Athletics Carnival - Yrs 4 - 6

 Wed 14      Parent Information Night ' Homework'  7pm

Fri 16          Feast of the Assumption  - Mass 12noon at SJV

Sun 18       Presentation of Confirmation certificates to candidates  9.45am or 11.15am    SJM 

Fri 30          Father’s Day Breakfast & Stall

                     Prayer Service - "Celebrating our dads"  hosted by Preps



Sun 1        Fathers' Day

Sat 14       Bunnings  BBQ




(Please be aware that dates can change....always check the dates  for confirmation)

Principal's Post

Dear Families,

Happy St James Feast Day to you all!

Father Dispin and our Year Twos set the scene for a great day of celebration with Mass at 9am in our Reynolds Community Centre.

Our Mini Mission Fete provided an excellent opportunity to celebrate together as a community. Thanks to our Year Five and Six students and staff for all of the work that went into preparing and running the Mini Mission Fete.  It was a brilliant effort all round.  Our profit of $5003.85  will go along way to help those less fortunate than us.



Come along and have your say in shaping our new Homework Policy!
        Wed 14 August 7 - 8.30pm

Members of our St James Education Board will be assisting us to run an evening where we want parent input.

Karilyn Gumley from our Eastern Regional Catholic Education Office will facilitate the evening in which you will have the opportunity to give us your thoughts, look at some research and discuss homework with other parents.

Information gained from parents at this session will be used to help shape our homework policy for the next 5 years or so.

Mark this date in your diaries and stay tuned for more information over the next two weeks.

Staffing News

We welcome Jake Enright to our team for the rest of term three. Jake was placed  in Yr1 M last term on his teaching practicum rounds and will be working at St James in the role of Learning Support Officer. Amanda Freeman and Daniella Calcagno are taking some Long Service Leave this term and Jake will be working 4 days a week.

Sacramental Celebrations

Congratulations to all students who have received the Sacrament of First Eucharist over the past two months. Our final celebration of First Eucharist will be on this coming weekend.

The following weekend, most of our Year Six students will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Monsignior Tony Ireland will confirm the students at two ceremonies on Saturday 10 August at 1pm and 3pm at St John's Church in Mitcham.

Specialist Teachers Term Three Information Sheets

A summary of what your children will be learning in each of our specialist classes this term is under 'Spotlight on Learning' . Please read this in conjunction with last week's term three class information sheets sent home (please note some were sent as a hard copy while others were sent as a soft copy in electronic form)

Education Board Update

Items discussed at last week's meeting include:

 - Organisation of our upcoming Parent Input Homework Evening

-  Colour Fun fun feedback

- Our after school bus service, including investigations into a possible second bus to service the Heathmont area

- End of year awards including those offered by local politicians

- Policy updates: Outdoor Education, Anaphylaxis and Privacy

- Our new front fence. We discussed the safety aspect to having a new fence. Over the holidays we had a number of visitors enter the property either under, over or through the fence. The new front fence may include a sliding vehicle gate and an additional pedestrian gate enabling us to more easily control vehicles entering the property. 

Colour Fun Run Feedback

Thankyou to the families who completed our survey and gave us feedback about our Colour Fun Run.


1.  The online aspect of registering  and gaining donations from family and friends was worthwhile.

  • 30% disagreed 
  • 25%  were neutral
  • 45%  agreed

2.  Prizes for students who raise funds are necessary.

  • 10% agreed 
  • 75% disagreed
  • 15% were neutral

3.  I prefer the Colour Fun Run to the previous Lapathon.

  • 55% agreed
  • 35% were neutral
  • 10% disagreed

4.  I recommend that we hold the Colour Fun Run next year.

  • 60% agreed
  • 30% were neutral
  • 10% disagreed

Parent recommendations indicate to hold a colour fun run next year without incentive prizes, with the possibility of running it online.

School Improvement Surveys

We have a new company conducting our annual surveys asking for feedback from parents, students and staff. They will be distributed later this term. Please see the following explanation letter.



A Few Things to Note


  • Our Annual Report to the Community is now on our website and hard copies are available at the school office. It is a summary of the past year that is required each August according to  legislation. Feel free to have a browse. We have much to be proud of.

  • Mr Neil Angus presented Semester Two SRC Classroom Representatives with their badges at our  Prayer Service last Friday.

  • There has been a report of headlice in the middle school.  Please check your childs' hair.

Education in Faith

Congratulations to Finn, Oliver, Rona, Joseph, Hunter, Jack, Cooper, Eden and Amber who celebrated their First Eucharist on the weekend with family, friends and parishioners.




Important Dates....


* 3 August  First Eucharist celebrations: 6:00 pm Group 10

* 8 August Feast of Mary of the Cross

* 10 August Celebrating Sacrament of Confirmation @ 1:00 pm or 3:00 pm

*15 August Feast of the Assumption:  Mass 12noon  SJV

*18 August  Presentation of Confirmation certificates to candidates  9.45am or 11.15am    SJM 

*30 August Prayer Service - "Celebrating our dads"  hosted by Preps

Literacy and Numeracy

What's happening in
Term 3 at St. James

We have so many opportunities to promote a love of reading at our school this term!


* The Premiers' Reading Challenge continues throughout this term.  Remember to keep recording your books and to click 'finished' so that I can verify them for you.


* Book Week will be celebrated in Week 6: Monday 19th -Friday 23rd August.  All students will have the opportunity to enjoy short-listed books and will view a production of one of the titles selected for their age group.  More details will follow soon.


* Our school will also be participating in the 'Great Book Swap' this term.  This will take place on Indigenous Literacy Day, Wednesday 4th September.  Each student will be asked to select a book from home to donate to the swap as well as a gold coin donation.  Watch this space for further information ...

*Closing Soon*
ICAS - International Competitions and Assessments for Schools

Students in Years 3-6 at St. James are invited to participate in the ICAS Assessments this year.

ICAS has been developed by UNSW Global, a wholly owned subsidiary of the University of New South Wales.  It has been designed to target student's higher-order thinking and problem solving skills in English, Mathematics, Science, Writing, Spelling and Digital Technologies.

Each assessment celebrates students' accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition.  Every student will receive a certificate and online result report.  Top performers will be eligible for medals and are invited to attend special award ceremonies.

The assessments are suitable for students wishing to extend themselves academically and to take up the personal challenge of competing in an international assessment.  There is no need for prior study or revision.

ICAS assessments are online.  Students will be supervised by myself or another member of the School Improvement Team.  To learn more about ICAS visit  -


Dates and costs for 2019 are as follows:

Digital Technologies

Tuesday 3rd September



Thursday 5th September



Tuesday 10th September


Spelling Bee

Thursday 12th September



Tuesday 17th September



Thursday 19th September



To enrol your child in ICAS testing, please visit the following link and make a direct payment to UNSW Global.

Visit -

Enter our school's unique code - 1022fc6884

Online payment will close on 31st July, 2019.


Please note this important privacy notification:

UNSW Global stores, uses and modifies the ICAS Assessment data in order to generate reports, conduct research and analysis, and improve its products and services.  UNSW will not hold or use ICAS Assessments data that constitutes personal data for longer than 15 years.  As the parent or guardian of a student who intends to sit ICAS Assessments, you consent to the school collecting the ICAS Assessments data that relates to the student, disclosing it to UNSW and to UNSW Global's use of it in the manner outlined above.  You also consent to the school assigning this consent to UNSW Global.


We look forward to some fantastic results later in the year.

Mrs. Cathy Dimitrakopoulos


Is you child using mathletics to help their learning? Are you using mathletics as a way of working together with your child? Is mathletics assisting your child with their love of mathematics?


Mathletics is a wonderful resource that reinforces the mathematical skills being taught in the classroom. If your child is having challenges accessing their account for any reason please ask their classroom teacher for assistance.  Some information about Mathletics is below.


Mathletics is a web-based learning program, which integrates home and school learning via the internet. Mathletics covers Prep - Year 12 Australian Maths Curriculum and is currently used in over 3600 Australian schools, (8000 schools globally) with more than 800,000 students accessing the site every day.

The benefits of Mathletics include:

  • Students are engaged and motivated to learn.
  • Mathletics is adaptive, it responds to your child’s individual strengths and weaknesses.
  • Students instantly know if they are on the right track and can work through the curriculum at their own pace.
  • Animated support guides students through concepts. It is like having a maths tutor 24 hours a day.
  • Live Mathletics fosters a stimulating and exciting on-line learning community.
  • Creates the perfect link between home and school, results can flow seamlessly.
  • Teachers can view student’s progress and adapt their work accordingly.



Semester 2 SRC

It is with great pleasure that I welcome our new representatives to our student council for Semester 2. They will wear their badges with pride and be the voices of the students at St James at our regular meetings to make our amazing school and even better place to be for all.

Prep K - Adele  and Matthew , Prep O - Jeremiah  and Hula , 1D - Jia , 1M - Grace , 2D - Olivia , 2S  - Safina , 3J - Grace , 3P - Ivy , 4BH - Xavier , 4F - Josie , 5F - Monet , 5P - Maya , 6C - Emily  and Amy , 6N - George  and Jessica 


Wellbeing Seminars in the Community

Resilient Kids Conference

Top experts discuss various issues affecting children and teens – 1 day only!

Speaking topics include:

  • ·Raising Happy & Resilient Kids
  • ·Understanding & Responding to Self-Harm
  • ·Growing Up Online
  • ·Growing Our Boys
  • ·Anxious Kids

When: 7th September, 2019 (Saturday) 8:45am – 3pm

Cost: Only $89 for the full day - Ticket price does not include food and beverages on the day

Where: Crossway Centre, 2 Vision Drive, Burwood East, Melbourne VIC

Bookings Essential: For more info please visit:


Girls on the Spectrum Workshop

This informative workshop is for parents, carers and guardians of girls in grades 5 & 6 at primary school and years 7 to 9 at secondary school who are on the Autism Spectrum.

Charlinda Parsons, Occupational Therapist, Spectrum Journey has over 20 years’ experience supporting girls on the Autism Spectrum, in early intervention, private practice, in schools and community health services. She will explore practical strategies, ideas and encourage to support girls on the Autism Spectrum.

Topics include:

  • ·Hygiene and self-care
  • ·Puberty
  • ·Executive Function
  • ·Supporting girls with sensory strategies to assist with anxiety

Date: Thursday 22 August 2019

Time: 7pm – 9pm

Location: Knox City Council Civic Centre, 511 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South

Cost: Free Bookings essential at

Parent Resources

Positive Parenting Telephone Service 1800 880 660

Participants complete a workbook or online modules which are supported by weekly 30 minute phone calls with a trained parenting educator. All of this can be done from the comfort of your own home at a time that suits you.


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 Raising Children Network

Reliable, and up-to-date information to help your family grow and thrive together. 


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 Iparent - Office of eSafety Commissioner 

To learn about the digital environment and how to help your child have safe and enjoyable online experiences.

Spotlight on Learning

Artist in Residence Project - 
'Our Living City Melbourne'

All of the students at St James have had an opportunity to take part in the art project led by our artist in residence, Ms Jann Daly.

Every class  from Prep to Year Six has had a session or two with Jann as she artistically directed the mural ‘Our Living City Melbourne’. The large painted mural looks amazing and we are all so very proud of our students’ efforts in creating this artwork. The mural is approximately six metres wide by three metres high and is to be hung on the external wall of the After Hours portable. At present the mural is in twenty-eight separate boards and we are waiting for it to be assembled and correctly mounted and hung. Our hope is that the colourful and interesting mural will be very visible as people enter our school grounds walking down the path. We also hope that our students can become more familiar with the  iconic features of our beautiful city of Melbourne as well as being proud of what they have had a part in creating.

We look forward to a ceremony to unveil the mural in the coming weeks and give thanks to those who made it possible. We will let you know the timing.


Mrs. Anne Gleeson

Visual Arts Specialist Teacher

Students of the Week

Congratulation to Patrick, Sam, Thomas, Koray, Audrey, William, Juliet,  Sarah,   Lewis, Joseph,  Amelia, Daniel, Noah, Jack, Laura, Alisa, Tom  and Angus.


Term 3 Specialist Curriculum Overviews


Extra Curricular


Thank you to all families for our Ride2school Day on Wednesday 24th July!!!!! Your efforts helped the environment and your family’s health and wellbeing.

The results of our House Points currently stand:

  • 1st Durkin 205
  • 2nd Coghlan 198
  • 3rd Dillon 175
  • 4th Lyons 158

The next Ride2school Day is Wednesday 7th August, remember if you can’t actively travel the whole way, consider parking the car nearby and riding or walking the rest of the way. You also get double points if you ride!

Physical Education News

What a fantastic week in Physical Education at St James! We are extremely proud of the effort all our teams have put in over the past few weeks. Good luck to those progressing through to the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Finals later this month.


On Wednesday 17th of July the St James Football Team competed in the Whitehorse Division Mixed Football Finals. We played 3 games against Box Hill North, St. Thomas and Rangeview Primary School and we won all 3 games. We are now very excited to be moving on to the Eastern Metropolitan Regional Championships!

  • Cooper D and Connor B

On Thursday the 18th of July, nine of us competed in the Whitehorse Division Girls Teeball Final at the Glen Waverley Softball Centre. Although we tried our best, unfortunately it wasn't our day. It was still a fantastic opportunity full of teamwork, sportsmanship, and of course, lots of fun! Thanks heaps to Antoinette, Mrs Nathan, Mrs Feild and Danielle Rigg for coaching us throughout this experience.

  • Naomi and Lucy

Last Friday the Girls Netball team competed at the Whitehorse Division Netball finals. We came up against strong opponents but left the tournament as winners, making it through to Regionals. Interschool sport has been such an amazing opportunity to gain new skills, meet new people but most importantly have FUN! Thanks to Miss Fitzgerald for coaching us and our parents, Mrs Feild, Mr Crowe and Antoinette for coming along to support us. 

  • Annabel and Millah

On Monday the 22nd of July, the Girls Football Team took part in Whitehorse Division Girls Football Finals. Although we didn’t win, we all had so much fun playing games against the other schools and learning new skills. We would all like to say a big thankyou to Mrs Feild, Antoinette and all the parents who came along to watch us play. 

  • Sarah M and Chloe

A special mention goes to Bridget (6N) who finished 23rd in the State Cross Country Championships at Bundoora Park on Thursday the 18th of July. An amazing result for Bridget who pushed through despite an injury to her ankle. Well done Bridget!


Volunteers Needed!

On Monday the 12th of August we will hold our annual St James Athletics Carnival for students in Years 4-6 at Ringwood Athletics Track. We will require some assistance from parents in order to run the events. If you are able to assist on the day please complete the permission form which will be sent home this week or email Claire-


Mini Mission Fete 2019

On Thursday the 25th of July it was St James Feast Day and the year 5 and 6 students were in charge of planning and creating the Mini Mission Fete! Everyone had different types of stalls which made it great since you could go and do different activities with all of your friends. The money which the students raised went towards others in need, which were the ‘Highways and Byways’ foundation and also St Joseph's school in Manavalakurichi, India. Highways and Byways is a community service which is very respectful of the traditional custodians of Australia. They are a very committed service to stand in keeping Australia active for justice, peace and harmony. We are also supporting St Joseph’s school which we are putting our funds towards their building and helping the poor in their community.


To start of the day we had a Mass since it was St James Feast Day with Fr Dispin explaining who St James was and what he had done to become a saint. It was a good learning experience for children and it was also very good to hear why we have the Mini Mission Fete each year.


You may think that the students only had a week or two to create their stall but instead they all had approximately 6 weeks of planning and preparing all of the objects which they needed for their stall to be running well and getting hundreds of customers. Everyone put in time and effort towards their stall. There was food, drinks, games, sports, photos, just to name a few. Year 4 students and their families did a bake-a-thon to create delicious treats for the Cake Stall.


The day was a great learning experience for all students throughout the school since everyone was doing something great towards our world by helping those in need. For the older children  it was a great learning experience, seeing how stressful it can be working but also how fun it is with everyone shouting instant instructions like what would happen when you are really busy in a job. 


Well to sum it all up, everyone in the St James community who attended the fete had a fantastic and very enjoyable day!!!


Darragh McShane and Eden Smith




A huge shout out to our sponsors!!

A genuine thank you goes to our sponsors for so many stalls at our mini mission fete this year - JB Hi-Fi (Knox, Foresthill and Eastland), Rebel Sport (Eastland, Forest Hill), Kmart (Knox), Coles (Vermont South, Eastland, Mitcham, Forest Hill), Woolworths (Forest Hill, Brentford Square, Eastland), Boronia Zone Bowling, Via Matta, Dr Maria Games (Vermont Family Dental), Cadbury Factory, Science Supply Australia, Timezone, 7/11<b>, </b> iMortgage Connect.


Farm Duty:


                                               July 27/28th:  JOHNSON (Yr 5)

                                              August 3rd & 4th: LE (3J & 6N)


Is there anyone available for the following weekend dates?

August 10/11th,    Aug 31/Sept 1st and September 7/8th


Eggs for Sale:

Most of the girls are back on the lay, so we have plenty of eggs at the moment.

$5.00 per dozen but you can buy a half dozen if you prefer.


Library News

Free eBook access:

St James has subscribed to an eBook service for students in Years 3-6.

To borrow and read books on a mobile device, download the eBook app  (Apple or Android) and tap on "Find your Library".  Type in St James Primary School and start browsing.  Search for a title and tap on the book then click "Sign In". Students use their school email address and the password 2018sjv and then they can click borrow.


Help Needed:

Have you had experience covering books with contact? Or do you want to learn how to do this?

We have one very dedicated helper who is trying to keep up with all our new books, but she needs some help.  Please see Wendy or Jo in the library and we will set you up with everything you need.

Digital Technologies



47 x HP 11.6" NETBOOKS

We are selling off some of our student netbooks that have been replaced with Chromebooks. They will be sold on a first come, first served basis.  These netbooks are 3 years old and have the following specs:

-  CPU 1.6 GHz, up to 2.16 GHz GHz Intel Celeron N3050 with Intel HD Graphics

- 2GB memory

- 32GB EMMC (storage)

- HDMI output

- SD card reader

- Headphone socket

- 2 USB ports

- Win 10 Home version (no other software/programs installed)

- Power charger/lead


At this price there is no warranty/repairs/replacements (unless the netbook does not work in the first week) No returns for change of mind.


The first 30 buyers will also receive a brand new HP Hard cover carry case. (see photo below)

How to purchase:

1. Bring $20 in an envelope, with name and grade clearly marked, to Wendy in the Library before school/lunchtime/after school. DO NOT HAND MONEY INTO THE OFFICE OR PUT IN OFFICE TUBS as this will delay your order getting to Wendy and you may miss out

2. Students can then pick up their device after school.









P & F Newsletter


Fri August 2nd                         Dad’s Night Out

Thur August 8th                     Food Day

Mon August 12th                    P&F Meeting

Fri August 30th                       Father’s Day Breakfast & Stall

Sat September 14th             Bunnings BBQ


P&F Meeting – Monday August 12th

We have our first P&F meeting for this term on Monday August 12th at 9:15am.  Hope to see you there.


Food Day – Thursday August 8th

Order forms have been sent home and are due on Friday 2nd August.  Kylie will need plenty of helpers for this one to prepare chicken schnitzels rolls and pack orders. 8 helpers are required from 9-11am on the day.  Please sign up if you are able to assist at:


Dad’s Night Out – Friday August 2nd

Calling all Dad's for our annual Dad's night out.  This is looking to be a great night, whether you are an avid bowler or just up for a drink and a laugh.  Book your tickets now at:







A big thank you to Sheleigh, Katie, Melissa and Julie for their hard work organising last nights Disco.  Also thank you to all those who helped on the desks, BBQ and supervising the event.  The kids had a great night.


Please take a minute to complete the following survey about the Disco to help those organising the event in the future.


Bunnings Fundraiser BBQ – Saturday September 14th



This is a great event to raise money from the wider community.  Please sign up at the following link if you can assist:


Friday Treats


Don't forget to send along 50c for Friday treats.  Term 3 volunteer sign up is now available.  Please sign up if you can assist for half an hour on a Friday.



Our P&F events are only successful through the help of our community.  Please sign up if you can spare some time to help:

Auskick Tuckshop:

Bunnings BBQ:

Food Days:

Parish Fete


Useful Forms



Community Information


Hot Chocolate Festival Tasting

Hi Everyone,

 To warm up this winter, I’m organising two private Hot Chocolate Festival Tastings for St. James families. 


Where:   Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

  35 Old Healesville Rd, Yarra Glen VIC 3775


 When  Tuesday August 6th 10am

            Thursday August 29th 10am


Cost    $20 pp per event


Who:   Any St James parent – you can also bring along a friend or family member numbers permitting


Numbers:  Each session will run with a minimum of 12 people and a maximum of 18, there if is enough interest an additional session can be booked but it requires 12 people. 


Details of the Hot Chocolate Festival from the YVCI website is following, if you haven’t been before, you are provided with eight tasting cups plus other delightful treats, each week the flavours are different, so the first event will be different to the 2nd.   You won’t go home hungry from this event.


 Join us in August and enjoy 31 new delicious and exotic hot chocolate flavours. A selection of eight flavours will be available in our café or outdoor kiosk each day throughout the festival with each one served with an extra shot of hot couverture chocolate plus a handcrafted giant marshmallow. Hot Chocolate tasting sessions are also on offer – During the 45 minute hands-on class, sip and sample a selection of eight amazing flavours. PLUS choose from over 50 ingredients to make three different chocolate flavoured spoons – then just add to hot milk at home and create your own personalised, decadent hot chocolates. $20 per person Vote for your favourite flavour throughout the festival for your chance to win your body weight in our one kilo chocolate mega bars! 


If you’d like to join us, please contact me via email, I’ll get back to you with payment details.


Kind regards,
Gen Hammerton

Ivy 3P and Sam 5F




After School Care


St James Newsletter
NCCD Information Sheet.pdf
NCCD Information Sheet.pdf
consent form.pdf
explanation letter.pdf
Mini Mission Fete Sausage Sizzle Group.docx
City of Whitehorse Family Resource Guide - 2018.PDF
Parenting Information Forum - 2019 Brochure.pdf
Bike Contract.pdf
Asthma Action Plan_Puffer and Spacer_2017 (2).pdf
Individual Asthma Risk Minimisation Plan_29062017.pdf
Individual Anaphylaxis Management Plan.pdf
Volunteer Duty Statement.pdf
Existing Volunteer Application Form.pdf
New Volunteer Application Form.pdf
Marathon Club permission.pdf
Thank you from the P & F.pdf
P & F newsletter 29Jul19.pdf
Thank you from the P & F.pdf
Term 3 Specialist Curriculum Overview.pdf