St Agnes' Primary School Newsletter

15 May 2019
Issue Two
EXTEND-Before/After School Care
St Agnes' Primary School
(03) 9532 0344
Peterson Street
Highett, Victoria, 3190



Office hours are:    8:30am - 4:00pm

Telephone:                 9532 0344


Parents should always make contact with the Office first when visiting the school or trying to make contact with their children.

Appointments with teachers must be made via telephone or email them directly.



8.30 am - 10.40 am

10.45 am - 11.25 am (Recess)

11.25 am - 1.25 pm

1.35 pm-2.15 pm (Lunch)

2.15 pm - 3.15 pm


Student Absences - Parent Procedures

Is your child going to be:

Absent all day?

Student absences should be reported to the school before 9.30am. Please email or telephone the school office on 9532 0344 and leave a message on option # 2


Arriving late? 

When you arrive to school, the student must be signed IN at the school office by the parent/carer prior to going to class. A late pass will be given to the student to take to class with them.


Leaving early?

Parent/Carer must sign the student OUT at the school office


Students are not permitted to sign themselves in/out of school. 


SMS Messages

If you receive an SMS message advising that your child is absent as of 9.30 am that morning - please call or email the school.

These messages are generated automatically and sent to parents each day in accordance with the School’s Duty of Care obligations.


Pre-Planned Absences

For pre-planned student absences ie family holidays of longer than two days an email must be sent to the school via as byLaw permission must be given.









Please ensure all school clothes, books and personal property are clearly labelled with the student’s name. Many items are not returned to their rightful owners because they are not labelled correctly or clearly. Tubs of Lost Property are located in the Office area.


2020 Enrolment Tours

School tours are conducted by appointment only with Principal or Assistant Principal at 10.00 am most days. Please ring the school office on 9532 0344 to register for a tour


Parent Contact Information

Have your contact details changed?

If so please update your information on CareMonkey so we can update our records. This includes changes to emergency contacts or additional numbers to call if needed.


Medication at School Form

If your child requires medication to be administered during school hours, please complete this form and hand it to the Front Office with the required medication.





Therese Stewart


Foundation 2020 Interviews.

It has been lovely meeting our new Foundation children for 2020 as we begin our chats in preparation for next year. They are very excited to be starting school in 2020 and joining the St Agnes community.   If you have a Foundation 2020 child that you have not yet handed in an enrolment form, could you please do so ASAP.  This enables us to plan for 2020 and the number of positions we have for new enrolments.  Many thanks!


Mother's Day Breakfast.

What a wonderful celebration of the St Agnes mothers and special friends it was last Friday.  The children joined their mums and special friends for breakfast and then Mass with Fr O'Reilly. There was much laughter and chatter and time to enjoy breakfast together.  A big thank you to the Dads for their efforts in preparing breakfast for everyone!



It is that time of year again when Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 in schools across Australia complete the NAPLAN tests.  For some children this can be a time when they become anxious about the tests.  This is one test on one day in the children's school life.   NAPLAN provides valuable data for schools and teachers but we use many other forms of information to help us know where the children are situated in their learning journey and how best to cater for their needs.  I will include a letter that I found  several years ago that illustrates all the things NAPLAN doesn't test for but are so very important.  I cannot claim it as my own but think the words are wonderful.  It was written to a group of Year 3 students by their teachers, by all means read it to your children:-


‘This test does not assess all of what makes  you exceptional and unique. The people who score these tests don’t know that  you love to sing, are good at drawing or can teach others how to use a computer program. They have not seen the way that  you can dance with grace or speak confidently to a large group. They do not know that your friends count on you to be there for them when they are sad. They do not know that you participate in sports, help your Mum and Dad or that you can play with your little brothers, sister or cousins. They do not know that you are caring, thoughtful and that every day you do your best. Because these attributes cannot be tested.

The scores you get from this test will tell you how you did on that day, but they will not tell you everything. They can’t tell you that you have improved on something you found difficult. They can’t tell you that you brighten up your teacher’s day. They can’t tell you how amazingly special you are.

So ... remember there is no one way to test all the wonderful things that make you, you!’

Our new website.

Our website is now live!  I would encourage all families to take a look.  We are really pleased with how the new site showcases the wonderful community of St Agnes and illustrates the great learning that happens at our school and the very happy children that come here every day.  The new inewsletter format will also be available on the website as well as calendar dates.  Let us know what you think.

Cybersafety Parent Evening

20th May at 7pm.

Please mark this date and time in your diaries.  The school has organised an evening for parents around being safe online and the current trends involving your children and the World Wide Web.   I guarantee it will be an enlightening evening for ALL parents and I encourage every family in our school to attend.  This is a parents only session, the children from Years 3-6 are having sessions during the day.

School Education Advisory Board

While the provision of a school environment that supports the Catholic ethos is largely the responsibility of the Parish priest, principal and school staff, school boards play a significant role in supporting the spiritual and educational welfare of students. They do this through their contribution to the development of school plans and policies and their participation in activities that uphold the mission of Catholic education as expressed in the vision of the school. In realising this vision the School Advisory Board aims to:

  • act as a forum for discussion on matters concerning education in the school
  • support the provision of Catholic education in the parish by providing a link to the school community
  • promote the role of community in the life of the school.

The School Advisory Board is the 'voice of the parents' around many policies, procedures, issues and decisions.  We have a broad representation, with people bringing many and varied skills to our School Advisory Board. 


The 2019 School Advisory Board is as follows:

Parish Priest, Myles Whelan(Chairperson), Michelle Wood (Secretary), Therese Stewart (Principal), Matt Cherry (Deputy Principal), Sophie Frannet, Daniel Bunnett, Melissa Merrick, Sarah Attree and Jason Greenhalgh .


We are incredibly grateful to our board and we thank them very much for their contributions each year.

Important Information for Parents

This is the updated information in regard to the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD).  Schools must now complete the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) every year. It counts the number of students who receive additional adjustments or “help” at school because of a disability. The NCCD helps governments plan for the needs of students with disability.  This information helps parents understand how this new system works.






15th-7.00 pm-Grade 3 Sacrament of  Reconciliation

16th-9.00 am Grade 6 and 4 attending Mass

             Grade 6 Confirmation Reflection Day

17th-Grade 3-6 SSV Cross Country

             P&F Afternoon School BBQ

20th-8.45 am-Short Morning Assembly

             7.00 pm-Cybersafety Parents Session

22nd-National Simultaneous Storytime

             Final Bike Education

23rd-9.00 am Grade 1/2's attending Mass

              Biggest Morning Tea

24th-Grade 5/6-SSV Inter School Sports-Away Game

             P&F Afternoon School BBQ

25th-9-00-10.30 am-Term 2 Working Bee


30th-9.00 am Grade 5/6's attending Mass

31st-Grade 5/6-SSV Inter School Sports-Home Game 

            P&F Afternoon School BBQ

           7.00 pm-Grade 6-Sacrament of Confirmation



3rd-2.30 pm-Assembly-Hosted by Foundation

6th-9.00 am Grade 3/4's  attending Mass

7th-Grade 5/6-SSV Inter School Sports-Away Game


11th-6.30 pm-Ed Board Meeting

13th-9.00 am Grade 5/6's attending Mass

14th-Grade 5/6-SSV Inter School Sports-Home Game

15th-P&F Comedy Night

17th-2.30 pm-Assembly-Hosted by 5/6M

             6.30pm-Grade 5/6 Camp Meeting

20th-9.00 am Grade 3/4's  attending Mass

23rd-8.45 am-Short Morning Assembly

24th-Book Fair

25th Parent/Teacher Interviews

28th-Feast Of The Sacred Heart Mass

             End of Term 2 


Term 2  -  23rd April to 28th June
Term 3  -  15th July to 20th September
Term 4  -  7th October to 20th December

Term 2 School Closure Days 
Monday 27th May

Monday 10th June - Queens Birthday Public Holiday


Cybersafety @ St Agnes'

Sometimes children are faced with online situations that they simply don’t know how to handle. This means that schools and parents/carers should have ongoing programs to teach children and young people the knowledge and skills they need to prevent bullying and other inappropriate behaviours they see online, to intervene effectively when incidents occur, to celebrate diversity, and to promote friendship and positive social behaviours.

On Monday 20th May, the children in years 3-6 at St Agnes' will take part in an information session around Cybersafety.

On the evening of May 20, we strongly encourage a participant from each family (Prep - 6) to attend a free cybersafety information session in the hall.  
Teaching your child to be Cybersafe will help them to engage with the online world safely, responsibly and discerningly and can assist to protect them from online risks.



We have begun to use Twitter at St Agnes to provide families with a snapshot of our learning and the fantastic work that is occurring at our School.  To follow our Twitter feed please click on the link below.




School Fees

Just a friendly reminder that the second instalment for School Fees is due on Friday 24th May. Any concerns please contact the office. 


Woolworths Earn and Learn


From 1st May to 25th June

Again this year St Agnes' is participating in "Woolworths Earn and Learn" event.

Anyone can help our school earn amazing resources;

Earn one sticker for every $10.00 spent at Woolworths. 

Drop your stickers in the collection boxes located either at the school office or Highett/Moorabbin Wooworths stores.

Please ask your family and friends to help out by collect for our school.



Tomorrow's Leaders For Sustainability

'Tomorrow's Leaders for Sustainability' is a program where an EcoCentre educator worked with the Sustainability  Leaders and our Year 5/6 SRC's for a whole term, guiding them through sustainability curriculum, leadership activities, sustainability projects and spending time helping them investigate our local environments. 

Our Educator was Sharron Hunter and worked with us to get the school garden up and running again. 


We would like to say a special thank you to Sharron for her time and effort as well as the Mayor of Bayside, Mr Michael Heffernan for making the time to come to our school to present our Tomorrow's Leaders for Sustainability group with their certificates.



Tomorrow's Leaders For Sustainability
By Finn, Isaac and Thomas

Over the last two terms we have been in the “Tomorrow Leaders For Sustainability” program.

We have been working with Sharron who has taught us many things about the environment about plants and about our future.

In the first few weeks we learnt which plants go well together. Then we did an activity where we looked at different cultures like Africa and Australia.

We also looked at how to reduce our plastic use and how to work together in groups with people we may prefer to not be with.

Later we went outside and started getting places ready to plant. We pulled out weeds and added fresh new soil.

Some of the new plants we plants were beetroot and leeks.

It was really fun and good to learn about.

We really appreciate all the time and effort Sharron put into helping us learn and we say a huge thank you to Sharron.

By Finn, Isaac and Thomas.

Thank You By Jasmine and Annabel


Firstly, We would all like to thank our lovely Port Phillip EcoCenter learning educator, Sharron for helping us learn more about the Eco friendly lifestyle.

We have planted several different types of fruits and vegetables and are excited for them to grow. Sharon has done an 8 week program and we have contributed every Tuesday afternoon.  Sharron has driven from St Kilda to help us and has something new for us to do every week. Although we have only done this for a short time we have still learnt a lot. Sharron goes and does this at so many schools around Melbourne and tries so hard. I know we had a lot of fun doing it and we really hope that future generations get to work with Sharron.


Mayor Michael Heffernan

As a school we would like to thank Michael Heffernan our Bayside Mayor for coming and handing out the certificates to our participants. We appreciated him giving us some of his  important time to come to St Agnes and celebrate our achievements.



Gardening Club


The St Agnes' Gardening Club will be restarting on a Tuesday during recess.  If there are any parents who may be interested in helping out our Sustainability Leaders and you have a valid Working With Children's Check, please let me know  at as many hands make light work.



SSV Holt Soccer 
Lightning Premiership

Hi Everyone,


On Friday 3rd May, St Agnes' competed in the SSV Holt Soccer Lightning Premiership against ten other schools in the Holt District at Caulfield Park.  


The Boys/Girls team was comprised of 34 St Agnes' students from Grade 5 and 6.  Both teams of St Agnes students competed in round robin competition of shortened games.


The weather was perfect for soccer, a lovely sunny 20 degrees, this made it very pleasant for players and spectators alike.  


The results were fantastic this year. St Agnes' boys made it all the way to the semi finals, but were beaten in the last two minutes of the game.  


St Agnes' girls were up against some very experienced teams this year and didn't quite make it to the semi finals, but the smiles on their faces confirmed that it was a very enjoyable day.


I would like to say a big thank you to the teachers/staff and parents who helped out and came to support the students on the day. Most of all I thank the two teams for doing an amazing job representing

St Agnes'.  

Parents, teachers and myself are all very proud of you.


Simon Kost-PE Teacher






Minding Young Minds-Free Event


Please see attached information for a free event at St James College.

Thank you

Anthea Georgiou-Wellbeing Leader


New Psychology Company Working with St Agnes'

Over the past few years St Agnes' have been working closely with onPsych, however this year we have reached out to a new psychology company called DBT. They are a private psychology practice who have been contracted to provide psychological services one day a week at St Agnes'.

They are a well-established psychology psychology practice which provides evidence-based intervention for children with a range of psychological issues such as anxiety, friendship problems, loneliness and grief. (Please read the letter attached for further information on DBT).

If you feel like this would be beneficial for your child, please contact me or arrange a time a time to see me.

I can then provide you with the paperwork to give to your medical practitioner for a Mental Heath Plan.

Thank you

Anthea Georgiou-Wellbeing Leader



NCCD Information for parents

The following attachment contains information about  NCCD funding. 

Janine Moulton

Learning Diversity Leader





National Simultaneous Storytime 2019

National Simultaneous Storytime is an annual event held by the Australian Library and Information Association.

Every year a picture book, by an Australian children's author/illustrator is read simultaneously in libraries, schools,

pre-schools and childcare centres around Australia, as part of Australia's Library and Information Week.

As part of the whole experience of National Simultaneous Storytime on Wednesday 22nd May,  the students will be participating in a variety of activities based around the book for this year, 'Alpacas With Maracas' written /illustrated by Matt Cosgrove.  It is also on Story Box Library to view.  


In the Library we have a competition about the Author.  The question is:

Where was Matt Cosgrove born?



Book Fair

We will be looking for volunteers once again this year. Please see the dates below


Set Up: Friday 21st June

Book Fair: Monday 24th to Wednesday 26th June




It will be an exciting celebration of reading with hundreds of fun, engaging and affordable books for kids to discover.  More information will follow in the coming weeks.


Borrowing Awards

Borrowing awards are given to the students who have borrowed and read the most books for the term. 

The class who has borrowed the most books will also receive the borrowing trophy for that term.

At the end of the year the students and class will receive a party and prizes for borrowing the most books.


Congratulations to the following students for borrowing the most books last term:

Mackenzie, Krysanthi and Willow in Foundation

Congratulations to Foundation B for borrowing the most books as well.


Premiers' Reading Challenge 2019

The students should have their username and password for the Premiers' Reading Challenge, please let me know if you have not yet received it.

Congratulations to the following students for being magnificent readers this month:

Rory, James, Giorgia, Quinlan and Frankie in 5/6C

Jack in 3/4G

Jara in 3/4K

Luca  in Foundation B


Author Competition

Congratulations to the following students for answering the question "Where was Alison Lester Born?".

Tejina in 5/6M

Karl in 3/4G 

Niamh in 1/2G

The answer was in Foster Vicoria on the 17th November 1952.


Julie Gonzales-Library Teacher


Biggest Morning Tea 2019

Date: Thursday 23rd May

Time: 10.15 am to 10.45 am

Venue: School Tennis Courts

St Agnes' Catholic Primary School invites all families to celebrate our annual Biggest Morning Tea.

This year we will host it on Thursday 23rd May.

Students are asked to come to school wearing their favourite "Tea-Shirt". (School Pants or sport shorts are to be worn on the bottom). 

Just before recess we will then come together as a school to eat our snack.

If you are available to share morning tea, please join us on the tennis courts at 10.15 am.

Students are asked to bring a donation on the day for the Cancer Council or visit our St Agnes' fundraising page to donate directly:

Thank you and I look forward to seeing families in their favourite


Thank you

Anthea Georgiou-Wellbeing Leader



P&F Event Dates: Term 2

Comedy Night-Saturday 15th June

After the success of last year's event, the team from "Comedy For A Cause" will be back this year for what promises to be a night full of fun and  laughter.

"Comedy For A Cause" will present a showcase of some of the best comedians from Sydney and Melbourne International Comedy Festival in support of our school.  This will be a +18 event and tickets are available for purchase now via


The event will be theatre style seating. Doors will open at 6.30 pm with the show starting at 8.00 pm. Food and drinks will be available to purchase on the night. This will give guests an opportunity to socialise before the show while having a drink.  Get a group of your friends together and help support our school while having a laugh!



Friday Afternoon BBQ's

The P&F Friday Afternoon BBQ's are back for Term 2 and 3.

The BBQ's are weather dependent and if you are able to volunteer your time to help sizzle and sell some sausages when your class is rostered on, please see your class rep as we need at least 3-4 helpers.


Sausages-$2.50 each or 3 for $6.00 (first price rise for six years)


May Roster

Friday 17th-1/2 Class Rep-Lauren Karpathakis

Friday 24th-3/4K-Class Rep-Briony Coccaro

Friday 31st-Foundation- Class Rep

-Krystle Dunkely



Mothers Day Breakfast

Thank you for a wonderful turn out on Friday and to the Dad's who did all the cooking.


EXTEND-Before/After School Care



Monday 13/5

Tuesday 14/5

Wednesday 15/5

Thursday 16/5

Friday 17/5

Clay creatures

Painting stones

Card making


Stress ball


Monday 20/5

Tuesday 21/5

Wednesday 22/5

Thursday 23/5

Friday 24/5

Mystery scent

Spice painting

Snake painting

Bath bombs

Pebble painting


The Extend Superstar are:

Sophia-For always making the most of her time at Extend and always helping out

Banjo-For always trying his best


What's Been Happening?

Our focus for this term is to realise where our food comes from and to grow some of it ourselves. It has been a lot of fun getting the plants into the ground and caring for them. We were very thankful for the rain!!




Brighton Secondary College

Just a reminder to all Year 6 parents/carers that if you are intending on applying for Brighton Secondary College, you should complete the college Year 7 Expression of Interest (“Green Form”) as well as the department Year 6 to 7 Placement form.


Our green form, is used to verify address details for all families claiming in-zone, sibling or nearest college placement requests. These green forms were distributed during the college tours and open night in term one. The green form can also be collected from our general office (Mon/Fri 8:00am – 4:00pm).


You may also be aware that the department has made changes to school zones and this includes the Brighton SC zone. We will be updating our website next week with the new link.






Mentone Girls Secondary College Enhancement Program


The Enhancement Program at MGSC has been designed to challenge and inspire girls to think creatively, challenge themselves academically and become globally-minded life-long learners. The program started at Year 7 in 2019 and will expand to Year 8 in 2020, then move into Year 9 in 2021. At the end of Year 9, students will have access to multiple Unit 1/2 subjects where they can use the skills that they have developed to successfully begin an advanced placement in VCE.

We are looking to enrol girls who seek a greater academic challenge and who have an interest in inquiry learning and rich tasks. We are looking for girls who enjoy learning and are always seeking out extension work.

The course offers an alternative curriculum for English, Maths, Humanities and Science that allows the students to learn a greater breadth and depth of skills. Students can pursue their interests more fully through self-directed learning and rich tasks that allow them to choose aspects of their assessment. The curriculum was designed by teachers with experience in SEAL, gifted and talented education and in the International Baccalaureate.

Co-curricular programs like the Melbourne Writers’ Festival, the History Challenge, the Tournament of Minds and others form a central part of the learning experience. Mentone Girls’ Secondary College has a proud tradition of excellent leadership and public speaking, and we aim to further that tradition through the Enhancement Program.

Please visit our website at and send any questions you may have to



St Agnes' Primary School Newsletter
NCCD Information Sheet parents.pdf
Mother's Day Breakfast Flyer.pdf
Mother's Day Stall Flyer.pdf
Poster for Comedy Night 2019.jpg
Minding Young Minds A5 Public.pdf
Minding Young Minds A5 Public.pdf
Biggest Morning Tea 2019 (1).pdf
Tomorrow's Leaders For Sustainability