St Anthony's News

28 November 2019
Issue Twelve

High Expectations, Inclusivity, Students with a Voice, Excellence for All!

From the Principal  
From the Deputy
Education in Faith
Confirmation Photos
Year 5/6
Parents & Friends (PFA)
Our Sponsors
Invitation to Foundation, Year 1 & 2 Families
Youth Leadership Victoria
Walk to School
Alumni Awards
St Anthony's Parish News
Dates to Remember
St Anthony's School
(03) 9563 6780
172 Neerim Road
Glen Huntly, Victoria, 3163

From the Principal

High Expectations, Inclusivity, Students with a Voice, Excellence for All!

It is hard to imagine that we have almost come to the end of the 2019 school year.  This is our second last newsletter and it is filled with a great deal of information, so I ask that you take the time to read carefully through it.


Classes for 2020

I wish to present you with the following classes for 2020 school year.  Classes are as follows:

  • Prep MR – Mrs Marina Russo + Mrs Marie Georgiadis (Thursday)
  • Years 1 & 2 VW - Mrs Vanessa Will
  • Years 1 & 2 JB – Ms Jemima Burkinshaw
  • Years 3 & 4 TD – Mrs Toni Dent + Mrs Linda Di Camillo (Thursday)
  • Years 3 & 4 LC – Ms Linzi Canavan
  • Years 5 & 6 MC – Mrs Marie Casey + Mrs Linda di Camillo (Friday)
  • Years 5 & 6 MN – Ms Melanie Norton
  • Specialists:
    • Visual Arts – Ms Liz Kelly-McAlister
    • Information Technology – Mrs Loretto Campbell
    • Physical Education – Mr Simon Addicoat
    • Mandarin - Mrs Bei Min Chen
    • English Support – Mrs Lauren Maidment
    • Wellbeing Support - Miss Emma Clausen (beginning Term 2)

Staff Leaving

  • Mrs Helen Hardman started at St Anthony’s in 2011 and has been an instrumental figure in the school community.  Her leadership qualities have supported the school in many capacities. Both students and staff would like to acknowledge the passion and enthusiasm Helen has brought to her teaching and leadership roles over the years.  We have been so fortunate to have Helen in our school community and she will be missed by all. We wish her all the very best in the  next chapter of her life and look forward to hearing about her ongoing adventures.
  • We congratulate Ms Serena Jordan Munro on her new teaching appointment. Serena has worked with our youngest students ensuring that the children’s first year of schooling has been a happy one as they transitioned into school life.  Her encouraging nature and positive presence will be greatly missed by all the staff, students and families.  On behalf of our school community, I wish Serena all the very best as she settles into her new school.
  • Ms Estelle Austin has only been part of our school for less than a year, but her work and effort have been felt especially in the Years 5 and 6 levels.  Her positive and engaging manner will be greatly missed.  We hope that she settles into her new life overseas with ease and wish her all the very best in her future endeavours.

St Aloysius - Caulfield Campus

The community of St Aloysius are starting to prepare for their final weeks of school.  The staff, students and families will be filled with mixed emotions as they embark on a new horizon with new beginnings. There will be a number of events planned where they will celebrate and give thanks.


I would like to take the opportunity to thank the dedicated staff who remained at the school until the end.  Under the leadership of Mrs Deirdre Cosgrave as Head of Campus, they have worked together to ensure that the children had their final year filled with many memories.  Mrs Margaret Mitchell, Mr Daniel Podbury and Ms Ida Lantry ensured that the children were kept active and engaged in their learning throughout the year whilst having fun in special day activities.  


Ms Liz Kelly- McAllister, Mr Simon Addicoat and Mrs Helen Shen ensured that they shared their expertise in the specialist classes they undertook with the students.  Mrs Tracey Birthisel and Ms Luisa Henderson were always by the side of the children supporting them in their classroom activities.  Mrs Julie Moir and Mrs Anabel Acosta- Harvey were present in the office with their welcoming faces always there for the students and the parents.  Mrs Moir also ensured that the library was always at its best and up to date with resources.


St Anthony’s will be fortunate to have Mrs Tracey Birthisel and Ms Luisa Henderson join the team of Learning Support Officers (LSOs) in 2020.


On behalf of St Anthony’s School, I wish all the community of St Aloysius a warm and memorable last few weeks of school and may their memories be held deep in their hearts.

PFA 2020

I would like to take this opportunity to thank the dedicated PFA committee members who gave up so much of their time in support of St Anthony's School and children.  Their efforts were evident in the way that the work was shared around and in the positive and smooth running of events and discussion. 


In particular, I would like to thank the Co-Presidents, Jane Magree and Emily Williams who continued to carry on the vision of the school, ensuring that the atmosphere and climate was always positive and balanced.  Their efforts are greatly appreciated, and I thank them for their dedication and commitment to the PFA during their two-year tenure.  


Congratulations to the following parents who make up the team for 2020:

  • Co-Presidents  : Troy Fryar & Scott Sinclair
  • Secretary           :  Kate Buick
  • Treasurer           :  Scott Miller
  • Maintenance    :  Greg Stewart
  • General Member : Rosaline Natale


School Advisory Team (SAT)

The AGM for the SAT committee has been postponed to the beginning of the next school year, when the Team will be on a recruiting mission for new members to join.  In the interim I would like to thank the committee members for their time, dedication throughout the year and their opinions and recommendations for the good of the school.

Bushfire Appeal

Thank you for your generosity towards the appeal. Our school will be able to donate $330.00 in helping the communities that have been impacted by the fires.

Nativity Play and Carols Night – WEDNESDAY 4 DECEMBER

The children from Foundation class will present their Nativity Play with the support of the students from Year 1-6 who will sing carols throughout the play.  You are invited to join in the festivities by coming to school at 6.00pm for a picnic dinner on The Green.  Once the play and carols have finished we will move from the church back to The Green for some Christmas songs where the festivities will continue.

End of Year Mass - Friday 13 December 2019

As part of the End of the Year Thanksgiving Mass, families are invited to attend Mass on Friday 13th December at 12.00pm.  We will celebrate our achievements for this year and farewell, with a special blessing, all the students, families and staff who will be leaving.

Lantern Liturgy for Year 6 - FRIDAY 13TH DECEMBER 12.45PM

A Lantern Liturgy will be held on Friday 13th December at 12.45pm straight after Mass to celebrate the tradition of passing on the light from Year 6 to Year 5 students.  The current leaders will pass on their leadership roles (symbolised by candle light) to the 2020 leaders so that the responsibilities can be continued in our school. 

Guard of Honour - FRIDAY 13TH DECEMBER 1.30PM

The tradition of the Guard of Honour will be held at 1.30pm Friday 13th December for Year 6 students, and other children and staff, who are leaving our school. You are all invited to join in this farewell.



help us to get ready,

to prepare ourselves to welcome You

into our hearts

and to live as Your people always,


Margaret Carlei


From the Deputy

Being Safe Online

We would like our children to be respectful and responsible online users of technology.


Holidays are almost here and for some it may mean more free time for children to enjoy using technology and playing online games. The time children spend playing games and apps is often concerning for parents. Ideally, there should be a healthy balance between online and offline activity. On the eSafety Commissioner’s website you will find advice for parents and guardians about children’s time online. It suggests that it’s not only how much time children spend playing games that should be considered but also, the value of what is being played and parent involvement. 


Tips that are offered to parents include:

  • Be involved your child’s online activities

  • Together with your child set boundaries for online use

  • Be clear about and follow consequences

  • Ask your child to explain their online use

  • Know how to apply privacy and access settings

  • Set a good example through your own use of technology

If you would like to know more, you can read about the signs to look out for that may indicate problems, what to do if you are concerned and how to help your child manage their online time on Time online, eSafety Commissioner.


The eSafety Commissioner has an excellent eSafety Gift Guide that aims to “inform parents and carers about what to look out for with tech gifts and provides practical advice on how to stay safe.” You can find information about “drones, smart toys, smartphones, tablets and even wearables for pets” in this guide.


It is vital for you to be aware of what your child is doing when they are on the Internet.


Please stress to your child that they should not share identifying information about themselves when online. This could be when responding to questions whilst playing a game or when posting photos or videos online. 


We are aware that some students have access to YouTube through a Google account of their own or their parents’ Google account. If your child has access to their own YouTube channel, and they create and upload their own videos, please check that you have enabled strict privacy settings with comments and likes turned off.


YouTube’s Terms of Service regarding  Age Requirements states:

       You must be at least 13 years old to use the Service. However, children of all ages may use YouTube Kids (where available) if enabled by a parent or legal guardian.  If you are considered a minor in your country, you represent that you have your parent or guardian’s permission to use the Service. Please have them read this Agreement with you.   If you are a parent or legal guardian of a minor in your country, by allowing your child to use the Service, you are subject to the terms of this Agreement and responsible for your child’s activity on the Service. You can find tools and resources to help you manage your family’s experience on YouTube in our Help Center and through Google’s Family Link. (YouTube’s updated Terms of Service)


It is important that your child knows what to do when something inappropriate (nasty, mean, rude, sexy, scary or violent) in words or pictures appears when they are online. Take the time to decide with your child what they should do if this occurs. 


It is also important to promote an open and honest dialogue surrounding your child's use of technology. For this reason we suggest that if something does happen when your child is online that you try to stay calm and, in the first instance, don't threaten to ban the internet or game - a child's love of playing a game may prevent them from chatting to you about something worrying them if they know that you will stop them from playing the game.


Many children love playing games such as and Roblox. Please be alert to the fact that even though apps and games may state that they use a variety of blocks or settings to protect the younger player, things can and do go wrong. The Parent’s Guide to Roblox gives some valuable information about the game and parental controls, however, to know the risks involved for children playing the game read Webwise Explained: What is Roblox? Here you will find an overview of the game and learn the risks in playing, plus you will be given advice for parents.


Family zone also gives you information about Roblox - Roblox: What parents must know about this dangerous game for kids.


The eSafety Commissioner’s eSafety Guide offers important information about games, apps and social media that is a must-read for parents and guardians. Also, check the Common Sense media site, in particular, the Parents’ Ultimate Guides, to keep up to date with the apps and games your child may be playing. 

More online safety information can be found in Issue Three and Seven of our past newsletters


Enjoy the holidays and stay safe online.

Best wishes,

Peta Overbury         & Loretto Campbell

Deputy Principal        eLearning Leader


Reading for meaning with your child

Reading with comprehension means understanding what's been read. It takes practice, time, and patience to develop reading comprehension skills. Families can play an important role in helping a child learn to read for understanding.


First, make sure your child is reading books appropriate for their reading ability. If a book is too hard, all your child's energy will be put into decoding and reading word for word, with less energy available to figure out what the book means. Books that your child can read with 98-100% accuracy are good choices for comprehension building.


Reading comprehension skills can be developed using a before-during-after approach. Below are a few suggestions that will help build comprehension skills.



Your goal is to help your child build an understanding of and purpose for what they're about to read. Look at the book's cover. Ask, "What do you think this book might be about? Why? Can you make some predictions?" Guide your child through the pages, discuss the pictures, and brainstorm what might happen in the story. Talk about any personal experiences your child may have that relate to the story.



Your goal is to help your child be an active reader. Read together and talk about what's happening as they're reading. Stop and discuss any interesting or tricky vocabulary words. Talk about any surprising or sad passages, and help them visualise parts of the story. Ask your child, "Do you understand what's happening here? What do you think will happen next?" If your child seems unsure, stop, go back and reread if necessary. Discuss any confusing parts.



Your goal is to help your child reflect on what they've read. Summarise and share your favourite part of the book. Have your child rate the book on a scale from 1 to 10 and say why. Have your child reread their favorite part or act it out.

Take the extra time before and during reading to read with your child this way. You'll soon find yourself reading with a child who is motivated to comprehend and learn from everything they read.


This article can be found on 


Marina Russo

English Leader

Education in Faith



Advent Traditions

The four weeks of Advent are popularly considered to symbolize the four thousand years of darkness before the coming of Christ.   

We set up Nativity scenes, light Advent candles and decorate wreaths  in our homes to signify Christ’s presence coming in the darkness of sin and suffering.

Four candles adorn an Advent wreath, one for each week.   A fifth candle is sometimes placed in the center for the beginning of the Christmas season.


Advent colors are worn by the priests and deacons and decorate the church.  They are represented in the candles that surround the Advent wreath:

Violet: royalty, repentance, and fasting (First, Second, and Fourth Week of Advent)

Rose: abundant joy (Third Week of Advent, known as Gaudete Sunday, meaning "joy" in Latin)

White: light and purity (Christ Candle, center candle completes the season and begins Christmas).


Our Advent Liturgies

During this week we have celebrated the first three weeks of Advent with Advent liturgies in the Padua Pavilion.  Advent for the Catholic Church begins this Sunday 1st December, 2019 and marks the new year cycle for the church, Year A.  


Christmas Carols & The Nativity

A reminder that Christmas Carols and The Nativity play are on Wednesday 4th December, 2019 at 7-7.45pm in St. Anthony's church


You are invited to come to The Green for a BYO food and drinks dinner at 6.00pm, then walk over to the church at 6.45pm for the Christmas Carols and Nativity play performed by Foundation students.   Afterwards, the students will process to the Padua verandah to sing some Christmas songs and wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  Parents and families may wish to continue celebrating on The Green after the singing.  We take this opportunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas.  



You are invited to give support the St Vincent de Paul Society's Christmas Appeal. 

We are collecting items for those less fortunate than ourselves in our community.  Please donate items either as listed below or you may choose any other products to leave  in the baskets in your child's classroom.  

Foundation to Year 2  - cleaning products

Year 3 and 4 - canned or packet foods (non perishables)

Year 5 and 6 - toiletries


The reason we give to those less fortunate than ourselves in our community is part of Catholic  Social Teaching (CST) which is under the banner of Preferential Option for the Poor.  As in the Gospel of Matthew 25 :35-36 "for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing, I was sick and  you took care of me, I was in prison and you visited me".  NRSV Bible.


This bible passage is testament to the fact that Jesus told his people to care for those who need caring, the poor who need food and clothing.  We are the people of God and this is our opportunity to care for the poor, feed the hungry and thirsty, and by spreading good cheer at this time of the year.   All the products donated will go towards making Christmas hampers for those who need some Christmas cheer.

Toni Dent

Religious Education Leader

Confirmation Photos


Candidates who would like a copy of the Confirmation photos for 2019 are asked to contact the school office as soon as possible.

Year 5/6

Year 5/6

This term the Year 5/6 students have been participating in the Kindness Challenge along with the staff. Each day, one of the Year 5/6 teachers reveals a new challenge from the kindness tree that's outside the Year 5/6 area. We get a new challenge every day, up to the last day of school. When we do something kind to someone from the kindness challenge it makes them feel happy and warm inside, which then causes us to feel the same way knowing that we’ve made someone’s day.  Here are some examples of past challenges:

We have also been learning how to be grateful and the positive effects it has on your mind and body.  Did you know that being grateful can help you sleep better and even improve how happy you are?

5/6EA have been making a graffiti wall using gratitude quotes. Everyone chose a quote, for example ‘The struggle ends where the gratitude begins’ - Nelson Donald Walsh. We then had to write a quote and decorate around it. Some people decided to colour and others decided to paint, but they all look amazing so far!


By Zoe, Kayla and Sophie


Fresh Produce in the garden beds

On Wednesday, 20 December St Anthony's students enjoyed planting seeds in our kitchen garden beds. We planted beans, carrots and beetroot, dill and parsley, and added some violas and snapdragons for colour. We look forward to our vegetables and herbs growing so that we can do some cooking!



Parents & Friends (PFA)

Parents Trivia Night!

Thank you to all the families that helped with the set up and pack up on the night.  It was a wonderful success and it was great to see some of the staff get into the fancy dress too.

Dad's Day Out #3


PFA 2020

Congratulations and thank you to the following 2020 Committee members who have agreed to guide our fundraising efforts for 2020/21.


Co Presidents - Troy Fryer & Scott Sinclair

Secretary : Kate Buick

Social Co-ordinator & Sponsorships : ________________

Uniform Shop : Natalya Kalinina & _________________

Treasurer : Scott Miller

Assistant Treasurer 1 : __________________

Assistant Treasurer 2 : __________________

General Member : Rosaline Natale

Maintenance Officer : Greg Stewart

Fair Co-ordinator : __________________

Food Bank & Linen Rosters : Bianca Dunn

If you are interested in filling any of the VACANT positions above, please contact the current

PFA Co-Presidents Jane or Emily on


Our Sponsors
A Practical and straightforward mental health service that supports and empowers people to live their best life.  Phone : 1300 611 409

A Practical and straightforward mental health service that supports and empowers people to live their best life. 

The first step is calling!

Phone : 1300 611 409

Invitation to Foundation,
Year 1 & 2 Families

Attention all Foundation, Year 1 & 2 Families



Youth Leadership Victoria

January 2020 - Holiday Program 


Walk to School

Walk to School

Mr Parker from the Glen Eira City Council, who were supporting Walk to School 2019, came out to address a special assembly this week, and present the children who participated in the program with certificates.  The initiative saw over 50,000 children in our area participate from 7 October to 1 November 2019.  


We would like to congratulate all the participants with a special mention to Gabriel, Anara, Samuel and Tanya for winning with the most tickets returned for our school.  Their prize was a week's pass to GESAC.


From these 50,000 children, Banjo from 1/2MC was selected to win the grand prize of a Fitbit. 



Alumni Awards

Presentation Night 2019

Star of the Sea Secondary College held their Presentation Night last Tuesday evening and we are both pleased and proud to announce the following St Anthony's Alumni were awarded with the following:


Academic Excellence Awards 2019

Caoimhe Campitelli

Luci Ackland

Alyssia Vais

Zoe Matzken

Gemma Campitelli


Mother Agnes Keane Endeavour Award 2019

Caitlyn Mascurine



St Anthony's Parish News

28th Christmas Day Dinner


Dates to Remember

Please check the Calendar on the Website for ALL important dates.

You can view our yearly calendar on our website - St Anthony’s Calendar


Some very important dates for your calendars in Term 4: 



Thursday 28 November

  • Year 6 Public Speaking Graduation, Padua Pavilion (5.30-7.00pm 5/6VW & 7.00-8.30pm 5/6EA)

Friday 29 November 

  • Assembly Hosted by Year 5/6 (9.00am)
  • Advent Liturgy Hosted by Year 1/2 (3.15-3.30pm)

Saturday 30 November

  • Mass Hosted by Years Foundation, 1 & 2 (6.00-7.00pm)


Tuesday 3 December

  • Take a Bow Performance for Foundation, Year 1 & 2 students and families (2.15-3.3pm)
  • Take a Bow Performance (7-9pm)

Wednesday 4 December

  • Christmas Carols & Nativity Play (in Church) - Christmas Songs on the Green (7-8pm) Performed by all students at St Anthony's School

Thursday 5 December

  • Creative Music Concert in the Padua Pavilion (3.30-6.00pm)


Tuesday 10 December

  • Year 6 Graduation Celebration and Dinner (6.30-9.00pm)

Wednesday 11 December

  • Year 6 Luna Park Day Out (9.00am-2.00pm)

Friday 13 December

  • End of Year Mass hosted by Years 3/4 (12-1.00pm)
  • Leaders Lantern Ceremony (1-1.30pm)
  • Students Finish/ Guard of Honour (1.30-1.40pm)


St Anthony's News
Nomination Form for 2020.pdf