St James Newsletter

15 July 2019
Term Three, Week One         'st James School Community Is Committed To The Victorian Child Safe Standards.’
Dates to note...
Principal's Post
Education in Faith
Literacy and Numeracy
Extra Curricular
  P & F Newsletter
Useful Forms
Community Information
St James Primary School
(03) 9874 1830
51 Centre Road
Vermont, Victoria, 3133

Dates to note...



Tues 16       Term 3 begins

                      P & F Morning Tea   9am

                      Second hand uniform shop -   9am

Sat 20         First Eucharist   6pm  SJM

Sun 21        First Eucharist   9.45am,  11.15am   SJM

Mon 22      St James Week

Wed 24       Education Board Meeting

Thurs 25    Feast of St James

                       Mass 9.00am    SJV

                       Mini Mission Fete  11.00am - 1.00pm

Fri 26           School Disco

Sat 27          First Eucharist    6.00pm    SJM

Sun 28        Family Mass    9.45am    SJM

                       First Eucharist    11.15am    SJM

Tues 30       Prep Celebration -  '100 days' at school



Sat 3           First Eucharist    6.00pm    SJM

Sun 4          First Eucharist    9.45am and 11.15am    SJM

Mon 5         P & F Morning Tea   9am




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

Principal's Post

Dear Families,

Welcome back to Semester Two!

It's hard to believe that we are already half way through our school year and that our Preps have been at school for two terms already. 

While the main highlight of our term will probably be our whole school concert production (Mon 9 & Tues 10 September at Crossways), teachers have been busy planning a lot of learning in all subject areas.

We are also very excited to celebrate St James' Feast Day next Thursday with Mass at 9am followed by our Mini Mission Fete coordinated by our senior students. (Further information will be sent home regarding this later in the week)

Staff News

We welcome Dani Callanan to Year 5P for the remainder of the year. 

We also welcome Lisa Morris who will be assisting us in the school office for the first two weeks of term while Deb and Maree attend training days for our new admin computer system due to commence operation mid term. Lisa will also be helping us out on other days throughout the year. I know all community members will make Lisa feel welcome and be patient as she "learns the ropes."

Monday 15 July School Closure Day

The staff have been busy all day .  The overall coordinating and planning for the day was lead by Cathy D in her role as Learning and Teaching and Literacy Leader and Josh Crowe in his role as Maths Leader.  The day was facilitated by various members of our staff leadership team.

As a result of our 2018 whole school review, St James enrolled in a Learning Collaborative with other schools to focus on the work of leading educational expert, Lyn Sharratt and the 14 parameters she uses to describe highly effective schools. Our work today centred around this.

One specific area of focus that came out of our review was to sharpen the use of data to drive teaching / differentiate to cater for individual learning needs. Lyn's work helps to support this and a specific focus for the afternoon's session was looking at students' writing samples, areas for individual improvement and tracking of individual student growth.

End of Semester Student Reports

Thank  you to all parents who returned the parent comment page of your child's report. If you were too busy (or simply forgot) to do this last term can you please write some positive feedback to your child on this sheet and return it to school this week.

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 will present Semester Two SRC Classroom Representatives and school captains with their badges at our  Prayer Service this Friday 19 July, starting at 9:00 am.

  • Congratulations to Ewan (4F) who is performing in Mulan Jr on the 19th and 20th of July. Well done Ewan!!  See Community Information for more details.

National Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)

Currently, St James is conducting it's annual National Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD) on students with a disability. The collection calculates the number of students we provide additional adjustments/support to who have a disability.  This assists the government in planning for the education of all students. For more information, please find attached the information sheet by the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria. If you have any questions or would like a copy of the information sheet in a different language please contact our  Learning Diversity Leader, Jessica Waters.



Our thoughts and prayers are with the Powell family - Dominique,Dean, Amy (5F) and Georgia (2D) on the death of their uncle, Sean Bolger, during the school holidays.  May he rest in peace!

Education in Faith

Congratulations to Dylan, Hugo, Daniel, Lewis, Ryder, Ella, Ivy, William and Noah, who celebrated their First Eucharist on the weekend with family, friends and parishioners.

After Jesus nourishes us in the Eucharist, we are asked to go out to be “bread for the world.” Eucharist calls us to help feed those around us who are hungry. Some people are hungry for food, others are hungry for love, or care, or friendship.

Open our hands, God. Help us to share what we have with others.


Some people in our world are hungry for care. They are sad or lonely. They need comfort and support.

Open our eyes, God. Help us to see the needs of those around us.

 Some people in our world are hungry for friendship. They are excluded because others think they are “different” in some way.

 Open our hearts, God. Help us to share your love with others.


Next week we celebrate St James Week.

James, son of Zebedee and Salome, was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus, and traditionally considered the first apostle to be martyred. He was a brother to John the Evangelist. He was born in Bethsaida and died in 44AD, Jerusalem, Israel.

I read that he once said, ‘Faith without works is dead’. I take from that is his commitment to integrate faith and life… live what you believe. Next week is our opportunity to highlight our mission. Join us for Mass on our Feast Day – Thursday 25th at 9:00 and come along to the Mini Mission Fete, planned from 11:00-1:00pm, when we take on our mission to make a difference to others’ lives.

Our senior students have decided to send the ‘fruits of their labour’ to a primary school in India –‘St Joseph’s, Manavalakurichi, and to ‘Highways and Byways’, a local catholic group of nuns who support the disadvantaged in the local area.

Don’t forget to order your sausage for lunch on Mini Mission Day – The forms went out on the last day of term. If it has gone missing, just send in an envelope with your child’s name, class and order, with the money inside.


PARENT HELPERS ARE NEEDED FOR THIS…Please contact Josh Crowe if you can help –


We’re learning that it’s great to BE more rather than to HAVE more….!

Important Dates....


* 20 / 21 July First Eucharist celebrations: 6:00 pm Group 6 ; 11:15 am  Group 7

* 25 July FEAST OF ST JAMES: Mass @ 9:00am at SJV

* 27 /28  July First Eucharist celebrations: 6:00 pm Group 8 ; 11:15 am  Group 9

* 28 July Family Mass @ 9:45am

* 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

Prayer Services - Term Three


Class Mass Roster - Term Three


Literacy and Numeracy

ICAS - International Competitions and Assessments for Schools

Dear Parents, 

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.

Premiers' Reading Challenge

To date, our St. James students have read a total of 422 books as part of the Premiers' Reading Challenge.  Well done everyone!  

Please remember to click 'finished' on your book so that I can verify them for you.

Happy reading!

Cathy Dimitrakopoulos

Literacy/Learning and Teaching Leader


Parent 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 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.

Photo: Extra Curricular

Extra Curricular

Photo: Extra Curricular


Our annual Mini Mission Fete is only 10 days away! The Year 5 and 6 students have been busy preparing stalls and most importantly learning all about our two chosen charities who we will donate our profits to - ‘Highways and Byways’(formally known as The John Wallis Foundation) and St Joseph’s School Manavalakurichi, India.  We have a range of stalls including sports stalls, food stalls and art and craft stores. Each store has items that range in price. We thank you in advance for your generous support. 


Don't forget - Sausage forms need to be returned by Thursday 18th July.  

  • It's a free dress day - more details about the stalls and the day itself to come .....

The sausage  sizzle form is attached.




Farm Duty:


Many thanks to the families who braved the cold, rain and mud to look after our chooks over the holidays.  We've put some rubber matting on the path through the chook yard, so hopefully everyone's shoes will be a bit cleaner.

Hope you were rewarded with plenty of eggs!



                                               July 20/21st:  De Silva (Prep)

                                              July 27/28th: Johnson (Yr 5P)





P & F Newsletter


Useful Forms



Community Information




St James Newsletter
NCCD Information Sheet.pdf
NCCD Information Sheet.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
Thank you from the P & F.pdf