St James Newsletter

30 July 2018
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
Spotlight on Learning
Literacy and Numeracy
Digital Technologies
Extra Curricular
Student News
  P & F Newsletter
Useful Forms
Community Links
St James Primary School
(03) 9874 1830
51 Centre Road
Vermont, Victoria, 3133

Dates to note...



Tues 31   School Review commences

                   Girls AFL Carnival Day (Yr 5 & 6)



Sat 4     First Eucharist   6pm  SJM

Sun 5    First Eucharist  11.15am  SJM

Mon 6    P & F Morning Tea

Tues 7   Pastoral Care Meeting  9am

Wed 8    Feast of Mary of The Cross

Thurs 9   ICAS Maths

Fri  10     Food Day

Mon 13    P & F Meeting   9am

                   Athletics Meeting - Yrs 4 - 6 Proclamation Park

Wed 15    Feast of the Assumption - Mass 12noon

Mon 20   BOOK WEEK

Thurs 23  NO Parish Mass

Fri 24    Book Swap

Wed 29   Education Board Meeting  6.15pm

Fri 31   Fathers' Day Stall









Sun 2   Fathers' Day

Mon 3     School Closure Day - Staff Professional Development

Thurs 6  No Parish Mass 

Sun 9   Working Bee  10.30am - 12.30pm

Wed 12    Art Show

Thurs 13    Art Show

Fri 23   End Term 3  - 3.20pm finish

St James Community Calendar

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

Principal's Post

Dear Families

Feast of St James and Mini Mission Fete:

Last Wednesday we celebrated the feast of St James in style with Mass at 9.00am followed by our Mini Mission Fete. I'd like to personally thank the following groups of people who contributed to the success of the day:

- The Year Twos who lead us in our Feast Day Mass

- The Year Five and Six teachers who facilitated the students learning and organisation of the day

- All other staff who contributed to the success of the day with much behind the scenes work

- The many parents who assisted with the BBQ in a variety of ways

- The many parents who supported the day by baking, selling, helping and supporting your children

- The many businesses who donated goods or sponsored the stalls

- Finally, the students in Years Five and Six who brought their learning in the classroom to life by taking the action required to raise money for our three chosen charities: Fight MND, The McGrath Foundation and the John Wallace Foundation.


The total funds raised for our charities is $4 420.00 Congratulations. This will make a real difference to people's lives.


School Review Process

Every four years, all Catholic schools within our Melbourne Archdiocese undergo a school review. 2018 is the year for St James and tomorrow, Wednesday and Thursday we have two reviewers here finding out about all that we do here at St James related to; learning, organisation, community, leadership, Education in Faith and Student Wellbeing.

Student of the Week Awards

After meeting with some parents, listening to their views and conducting further discussions with staff, we have decided to trial making our Student of the Week Awards, exactly that, and handing them out weekly. Previously, they were handed out at Friday Prayer Services only. Consequently, if prayer services were three weeks apart, then awards were not handed out for three weeks. 

To facilitate this, awards will continue to be handed out on Fridays at either scheduled prayer services (usually 9am in the Community Centre), or if there is not a scheduled prayer service, at a small whole school gathering following afternoon recess at 2.20pm in the quadrangle.

We believe that this will help make the awards more authentic and relevant because achievements will be recognised within a few days of happening.

Meanwhile we will continue the process of reviewing the entire Student of the Week Awards and their distribution.

St James Support Crew

The St James support crew require volunteers to make meals for a few families in need at the moment. Please contact one of the team members via email if you can assist:   [email protected]

School Improvement Surveys

As part of our annual review process we will be sending home details of an online survey that we are inviting all parents to complete. They will take 15 - 20 minutes to complete and are completely anonymous. Each online survey has a unique login ID and password that can only be used once. 

We have ordered some paper copies of the survey for those who prefer this. They will be available at the office. 

If every family took the time to complete the survey, we would have full representation of all views within our community.

The completion time for the surveys is strictly from Monday 6 August to Friday 24 August. They can only be completed online during this period.

All returned paper surveys must also be posted off by the school on Friday 24 August.

Please keep an eye out for an envelope coming home later this week.

St James Athletics Meeting Yrs 4 - 6

This will be held on Monday 13 August at Proclamation Park, Ringwood. Further details will be sent to our Yr 4 - 6 students, however, we will gratefully accept helpers from any class group. We require many volunteers to make the day a success. If you can help, please email Eileen Stewart, our Phys Ed Teacher . [email protected]

Working Bee

Here's a date to mark in your calendars please. Sunday 9 September 10.30 am - 12.30pm followed by a sausage on the BBQ.

Notification of student absences and late arrivals at school

Please remember that all parents are expected to notify the school if students will be absent by 8.30am on the day. The best way to do this if you are notifying us on the morning of the absence is to email BOTH the school office and your child's classroom teacher.


Please also remember that if your child arrives at school after 8.50am, you are required to sign them in at the office as late. This is crucial so that our system works and we are compliant with new government regulations.

Marathon Club starts back this Wednesday, weather permitting

It's a new semester and the funds are low.  Please forward payment of $10 per attendee for this semester so that we can continue to offer breakfast following the morning exercise.

Special thanks to the staff and parents who support this healthy initiative!

Education in Faith

Learning in Religious Education

Year 6 - Challenged to Live Justly

Our Year Six students  continue to investigate and inquire how the Christian understanding of justice challenges us in how we should live.  Students are reflecting on the various ways in which they can live out the call to respect the dignity of all people, using The Beatitudes as a model. 

Year 5 - Mission Possible

Students in Year Five are also developing their understanding of justice in light of the Christian message. They have explored the United Nations and its role in creating a safer and fairer world. They have made links with Church teachings, examining scripture that shows how Jesus Christ showed love and justice for all people. Students are now beginning an investigation of the Catholic Social Teachings .

Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop


St Mary of the Cross MacKillop is Australia's first saint, recognised for living her life with extraordinary courage, determination and faith. She opened her heart to all, especially those in need.

Mary worked as a teacher in Penola, SA where she met Fr Julian Tennison Wood. Together they established the first St Joseph's School in 1866 and not long after, Mary formed the Congregation of the Sisters of St Joseph. The Sisters were dedicated to educating the poor children of outback Australia, caring for the sick and providing homes for women and children.  

St Mary died on August 8, 1909 in a convent in North Sydney. This date is now remembered as her feast day. Just like St Mary MacKillop who made a difference in the lives of early Australians, so too can when we strive to be people of action and generously help those in need. 

First Eucharist

We keep Connor, Sian, Alex, Sabine, Luke, Abby, Mitchell, Adelina, Charlie and James in our prayers, as they gather this coming weekend to celebrate receiving their First Eucharist with family, friends and parishioners.

Term 3 Prayer Services

 You're invited to join us as a school community....

Wednesday 15th August 12pm- Feast of the Assumption (Yr 1 hosts) 

Friday 31st August 9am- Father's Day (Prep hosts)

Friday 21st September 9am- Yr 6 hosting

Term 3 Thursday 10.20am Parish Mass

All are welcome to join us in the Community Centre....

2nd August- Prep

 9th August- Yr 3

16th August- Yr 6

30th August- Yr 1

20th September- Yr 5

Spotlight on Learning

Student of the Week

Congratulations to the following Student of the Week recipients for Week 1: Lucy J, Brandon M, James W, Sabine D, Stephanie S, Poppy S, Macy C, Asher S, Lily S, Juliette P. Sienna D, Abbey H, Liam B and Lexie T.






Congratulations to the following Student of the Week recipients for Week 2: Mia C, Finn G, Bethany B, Uma D, Noah R and Julianna M.


Term 3

Congratulations to our wonderful SRC reps for Semester 2 

Andes, Grace, Patrick, Lucy, Kiara, Will, Ryder, Matilda, Dulcie, Velvet, Lilly, Billy, Izzy, Charlie, Hayden, Patrick, Mary and Emily

Parent Hub

Whitehorse Council Workshops

Growing Resilient Kids

A Parents Building Solutions Program for parents of children 3 to 13 years

Do you want to:

  • Help your child cope in a chaotic world?
  • Improve your child's confidence and self-esteem?
  • Help your child deal with anxious feelings?
  • Help your child to cope with change?
  • Develop strategies to manage anger?
  • Talk so your kids will listen?

When: Tuesdays (5 evening sessions) August 7th to September 11th 2018

Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Where: Camberwell Civic Centre

                8 Inglesby Road, Camberwell

Cost: Free of charge. Bookings essential.

Bookings: Sharon Muir on 0438 683 049 or [email protected]

Tuning Into Kids

Would you like to learn tips and strategies to:

  • Be better at talking with and understanding your child?
  • Help your child learn to manage their emotions and deal with conflict?

Children with higher emotional intelligence have greater success with making and keeping friends and have better concentration at school.

When: Thursdays from 2nd August – 13th September

              7pm – 9pm

Where:  Mitcham Community House

                19 Brunswick Road Mitcham

Cost: Free of charge. Bookings essential.

Bookings:  Julia 9735 6190 or 0400 866 495    [email protected]

Parenting Workshop Series

A series of workshops, offered across two locations (Ringwood and Mulgrave), covering the following topics:

  • Discipline VS Punishment  - Wednesday 1st Aug (Ringwood) / Tuesday 7th Aug (Mulgrave)
  • Managing Behaviour -  Wednesday 8th Aug (Ringwood) / Tuesday 14th Aug (Mulgrave)
  • Rules and Consequences - Wednesday 15th Aug (Ringwood) / Tuesday 21st Aug (Mulgrave)
  • Dealing with Feelings  - Wednesday 22nd Aug (Ringwood) / Tuesday 28th Aug (Mulgrave)
  • Gratitude, Empathy & Mindfulness  - Tuesday 4th September (Mulgrave)
  • Resilience - Wednesday 29th Aug (Ringwood) / Tuesday 11th September (Mulgrave)

Workshops are offered at two locations:  

Central Ringwood Community Centre – Bedford Park, Rosewarne Lane, Ringwood

Albany Rise Primary School – 72-77 Albany Dve, Mulgrave                                                          

Cost:  Free of charge. Bookings essential.

Bookings: Ringwood workshops - Sharon Muir on 0438 683 049 / [email protected]

                     Mulgrave workshops – Julia on 9735 6190 or 0400 866 495

Other 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 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 access to Parent Shop Blog

It includes interesting articles and testimonials on a wide variety of topics.

Literacy and Numeracy

So much learning in mathematics at St. James!

Lots of wonderful mathematics learning has already happened this term. Many of our students were able to use the skills they had learnt at our Mini Mission Day. Here is a snapshot of what is happening in each year level. 


Year Prep Natalia - We have been learning about subtraction. You start with the bigger number and go backwards. It is really fun.   


Year 1 - We are learning about 3D shapes. We have learnt that they have a face, an edge and a vertice. We have held onto the shapes and told our desk buddy all about our shape. 


Year 2 Grace - We have been learning about fractions. Every time you cut up something into smaller pieces, if you add them together it is still a whole. My favourite warm up activity is salute. You put a card on your head and have to work out what the numbers add up to.


Year 3 Connor -  In Year 3 we are learning about Chance. I have enjoyed some of the activities we have done with it. We have used words and numbers like 100% to describe the chances of events happening.


Year 4 Sam - In Year 4 we are learning about money. It is really fun. Our main focus is change which is how much money we are getting back. Some of us are learning about budgeting by planning a trip to Queensland.

Year 5 we are learning about fractions and decimals. We have combined decimals and money and are learning about best buys. This was helpful for the Mini Mission so we could add money and give the correct change. Even though a number can have more digits it can actually be smaller, for example, 21.55 is smaller than 21.6.


Year 6 Dante- In maths we are learning about fractions. We have explored mixed and improper fractions. We have added fractions with the same and different  denominators. Every class is different so it's not boring.  






On Monday 20th August to launch Book Week Meerkat Productions will be performing the Shortlisted titles The Elephant for Years 3-6 and Boy for Years P-2.


THE ELEPHANT - Peter Carnavas

At the heart of a great children's book is a great story.  However, sometimes, it is about more than the story.  Sometimes it is about what the story teaches you.  Olive may be small, but she has a huge heart and understands that her dad is sad sometimes.  She imagines this as a huge elephant following him around.  With the help of her best friend, Arthur, and her grandad, she decides it's time for the elephant to leave.


BOY - Phil Cummings

The king's battles with the dragon were always mighty and loud......CLING CLANG CLONG! ROAR! Boy lived in a silent world and couldn't hear the fighting.  But Boy could see the fear around him.....and how everyone would be much happier without the fighting. 


Discussion around the text and themes in both books will take place within the classrooms.

Digital Technologies


You probably have heard the word, even if you know nothing about it.  Well, at school we've heard plenty about it from children as young as 7!  Fortnite is an online game that is not recommended for children under 12. 

"Why; my kids love it!"  I hear you say. 

Well, this game exposes children to offensive and inappropriate language and/or unwanted contact with strangers through the chat function.  To find out if this is a game you want your children playing, click on the link below.

Your child might be missing out...   if the SJV Student Landing Page isn't bookmarked at home.

The Landing Page has :

-  quick, easy access to our Google apps

-  a weekly memo with each day's events

-  access to our school library catalogue

- a link to our SJV online help tool

-  and a whole page of photo slideshows highlighting  SJV events and lots more!



The old student page will be deleted tonight.


Just a reminder that students need to be signed in with their school email account in order to gain access; mum or dad's email address won't work!

Extra Curricular


Our Mini Mission Fete was a huge success. We started the day with Mass, setting the scene and reminding us of our call to putting our faith into action. We were delighted to have guests from the John Wallis Foundation, one of the recipient charities, join us and talk further about what difference the funds will make to others.

The senior students were very industrious in setting up their stalls, keen to engage the community in their fun filled activities. Children were encouraged to approach school leadership for their approval and support to apply to sponsors for donations, thus aiming to alleviate financial burdens on families.The aims of the project centred around:

  • students to, ‘Take Action’ from their learning and make a ‘difference’.
  • facilitate and organise a stall with hard work and minimal cost.

 Blessed with sunshine, the engagement of children, families and visitors throughout the two hours was a measure of the success of the fete. The real success comes with handing over the funds of $4420, to be divided amongst the charities the children researched and had to present solid reasoning for wanting to support.

  • The John Wallis Foundation – a local, catholic community, founded in Vermont to support marginalised, isolated and disadvantaged people. The children have been invited to continue their involvement in an appropriate project for their age group, yet to be decided. (Donation = $2240)
  • McGrath Foundation – a vote of support for women in our community who are enduring breast cancer  (Donation = $1000 )
  • Fight for Motor Neurone Disease  - giving voice to a large group of students, whose concern and awareness was for the plight of MND suffers  (Donation = $1000)

You are welcome to read more about these charities from the links given in Student News.

From all of us – Thank you, for the myriad of ways so many came together to create, support and deliver our initiative to put our faith into action.



I hope everyone has had a great start to the term and a relaxing holidays. As many families may know, last term grades Prep to 2 had a gymnastics coach come out from Eastern Gymnastics and take a four week unit. The children all had a fantastic time and improved their skills. Students were learning how to move their bodies in different ways to perform and learn new skills. The teacher, Emma, taught students shapes they could easily recall to perform movements like the rocket, motorbike, front hold and various types of balances.

This term students from grades 4 to 6 will be participating in a school athletics day at Ringwood Athletics track on Monday August 13. This will be a chance to select students for the District Athletics carnival on Wednesday August 29 and also for all students to have a go at athletics events at an athletics track. Students can only compete in two individual and one relay event in the District Athletics so after comparing results I will let children know which event they will compete in.

Coles Sport for Schools
Thank you to all of the families who collected the Coles sport for schools vouchers. We collected over 26,000 vouchers! I have ordered some more equipment which will be delivered sometime this term. This equipment includes 16 footballs, 6 tee balls, 10 basketballs, 10 netballs, 9 cricket bats, plastic cricket stumps, 2 launch boards, 8 soccer balls and 5 fluro volleyballs. The equipment is various sizes for the different year levels and will be used in the PE program and in the classrooms.

Eileen Stewart
[email protected]





August 4th & 5th:   JOHN FAMILY  ( 4B & 5P)

August 11th & 12th:  HAMMERTON FAMILY                                                               (2VH, 4C & 6F)



Email.........   [email protected] 



Eggs can be ordered by sending money in a named envelope to Wendy in the library. 







$5.00 per dozen is a bargain for guaranteed fresh, free-range eggs. 

Place your order now; they're delicious!

Student News


Last week was St James Week. Last Wednesday, it was St James’ Feast Day. We started the day by having a Mass, hosted by year 2s, to celebrate the life of St James. Part of St James week, it is tradition to have a Mini Mission Fete. After many long weeks of hard work and preparing it was finally time for the Mini Mission Fete. The whole school especially, the year 5 and 6 students, were excited to have fun, activities and treats. The students had seen posters, up around the school and advertisements so they knew just what to expect.There were heaps of different stalls, that varied in many ways- Dynamite Doughnuts, Smash It Ice cream, The 6 chocolatiers, The Secret Cafe, Dream Express, Sparkling Sports, The Art palace, Poppa, Just Shoot Me Photographers, Rockin’ Robot Speeders, No Escape, Kids Night out, Crafty Collision, Golden Sports, Gaming Mayhem and Minute to Win It.


All stalls were different but the year 5 and 6 store owners had all put in lots of effort and time to make the day possible and to raise lots of money for charity.  The charities our money went towards are:

The Mini Mission Fete was a rich learning opportunity for all year 5 and 6 students, learning to be organised, to work as a team and learn to manage money. All students were proud of what they achieved and had so much fun doing it. Thank you to all the teachers for helping us through the experience. We couldn't have done it without you.

“I was impressed by how hard the year 5 and 6 students worked and their initiative, enthusiasm and planning.  It was good to see a community atmosphere and everyone enjoying themselves. There was a variety of activities, to raise money for other people.  I liked how the St James Mass and the Mini Mission Fete was together on the same day. The Mini Mission Fete was a brilliant thing to experience that was led by students.” - Mr Mutimer


“Fun, to go around and experience the different stalls. Fun, to make the customers happy” - Allegra 6N

“The Mini Mission Fete went really well. I'm sad that it's my last Mini Mission Fete. We all worked as a team as we went along. We had fun making ads.” - Joel 6N


“The Mini Mission Fete was a fun and exciting way to raise money for charity.” - Stephanie 6N


“It was really fun, nearly drank too many milkshakes. Stalls were good. I’m sad that it was my last one but one of the best because I ran a food stall.” Anna 6F

“Good, the sport was good. I liked how you ate a doughnut off a string. The ice-cream was yummy, it had lots of chocolate and good food. -Lilly Prep  O

I liked eating ice-cream, doughnuts and playing sport. - Andes Prep O




P & F Newsletter

P & F News

Our next P&F meeting will be held on Monday the 13th of August at 9am. Everyone is welcome to attend.


After a number of years, Jen and Daniela have decided to step down from running the P&F at the end of 2018.  They have thoroughly enjoyed their time in this role but feel it is time for some other people to take over.  We are therefore reaching out to the St James community for two or three enthusiastic and dedicated people to take over the role of “P&F Team Leaders” in 2019. 


If you feel this is the role for you, please email Jen and Daniela at p&[email protected]


The handover will take place over the next two terms to enable our new Team Leaders to gain an understanding of the role.


Dads Night – Save the Date

Hey Dads, a little something special for you… Make sure you save Friday the 24th of September. Come and enjoy a classic night in the Ultimate Man Shed. Spit roast, a few drinks and a fire pit. Flyer’s will be coming home soon. A huge thank you to the Dumais family for the use of their Warehouse.

Chicken Schnitzel Food Day – Friday the 10th of August

Just reminder to return your food day order forms by Friday the 3rd of August. We also require 3 more volunteers. Can you help? Please sign up at


Friday Treats

We still require four (4) volunteers to help serve and sell Lamington Fingers on Friday’s at afternoon recess. If you can help out please sign up at


Auskick Tuck Shop Thank you from Fabe

A Huge thank you to our wonderful Auskick Tuck Shop helpers from the past couple of weeks.

Tash B, Mel B, Bron W, Monique S, Bron, Tom, Wayde, Julie R, Andrew Eslick, Winni, Sarah C, Paul B, Goran, Marino, Dan W, Julie W, Daniela M & Lisa B.

Sorry if we have missed anyone. Thank you also to our lovely customers and for supporting the St James P&F
















































Useful Forms



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Marathon Club permission.pdf
Bike Contract.pdf
Resilience Emotional Literacy.pdf