St Anthony's News

13 June 2019
Issue Two
From the Principal  
From the Deputy
General News
Out of Hours School Care
Community News
Dates to Remember
Our Sponsors
Library News
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!

Dear Families


It’s quite co-incidental that St Anthony’s and St Aloysius Feast Days are only eight  days apart - that may have been the reason when the two parishes were established over 100 years ago.  


The lives of the two saints were very similar even though they lived centuries apart.  St Anthony was born into a noble family in Lisbon around 1195, and St Aloysius was born in Italy in 1591 into an aristocratic family.  They grew up in surroundings that defined the common folk of the time and where family status was obvious and preserved to the extreme by the wealthy. 


At a young age in their respective lives they decided to enter into religious life - St Anthony entering the Rule of St Augustine and then moving to the Franciscan Order at the time of St Francis of Assisi; and St Aloysius entering the Jesuit Order in Rome.  They lived their lives according to their Orders’ Charism; “Prayer, Fraternity, Mission and The Presence of God in all Creation”, and “To Love and To Serve”.  They both carried out their Charism through the devotion to the communities they were involved with. St Anthony became known for his theological understanding and preaching of the Gospels and bringing this into the lives of the followers of Jesus, and St Aloysius for his charity work amongst the poor and sick.


Their lives serve as an example for us in today’s world where we are asked to serve, love, have the presence of God’s creation at the forefront of our lives, and to follow the mission that has been set for us.  They both trusted God and followed the journey that was destined for them through the mission of their work.


At this point in time, where St Anthony’s School started the 2019 year with the amalgamation of two schools and with today’s announcements of the closure of St Aloysius Campus, let us embrace the task that is ahead of us all in the next six  months.  May our families become stronger and unite together to ensure that the children are all given the opportunity to celebrate what they are achieving through the goodness of God our Father.


I pray that both St Anthony and St Aloysius will look over our school community as we approach the remainder of the year, keep us safe and guide us in all that we do.

Yours sincerely

Margaret Carlei


Prayer of St Francis

Lord make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred let me sow love
Where there is injury, pardon
Where there is doubt, faith
Where there is despair, hope
Where there is darkness, light
And where there is sadness, joy

O divine master grant that I may
not so much seek to be consoled as to console
to be understood as to understand
To be loved as to love
For it is in giving that we receive
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned
And it's in dying that we are born to eternal life

From the Deputy

Time flies...

It’s hard to believe that we are already in the final weeks of Term Two but they do say ‘time flies when you’re having fun’.  Soon, we will also be celebrating our Foundation students reaching their 100 days of school and what fantastic memories they will have to look back on!  They have already learnt so much and will have so many successes to celebrate.  I couldn’t resist including the image above which shows some of our lovely Foundation students doing what they do best, supporting one another and smiling together.  Thank-you to Ms Serena Jordan-Munro and Mrs Jo Kirham for all of the time and energy you are investing in our youngest students.


As always, there is so much fantastic learning happening across our school and much to celebrate.  With our focus on the Health and Physical Education Curriculum this term, the students have been learning about all aspects of health and how to make choices which ensure their wellbeing, health and safety.  We look forward to seeing this learning culminate in final projects or learning activities in the coming weeks. If you have the opportunity, please come into the classrooms and see the students learning for yourselves.  For those parents who are working long hours or are unable to come into our classrooms, Seesaw keeps you informed about the learning happening in your child's classroom.  It has been great to see so many of our families taking up the opportunity to engage with the Seesaw platform and commenting on their child’s work.  I believe that Ms Austin in Year 5/6 even has the students recording how to complete mathematics problems and sharing this with their parents.  What a fantastic idea and so helpful if students require a reminder when completing homework tasks.  We are so lucky to have Ms Austin working alongside Ms Will in Year 5/6.   She comes to us with such a wealth of experience having worked overseas in London for a period of time in addition to her professional experience here in Australia.  Thank-you to all of the staff, students and families who have made her feel so welcome.    

Athletics Day 2019

We will be holding our annual Athletics Day on Tuesday 30th July at Duncan McKinnon Reserve so please save the date.  On this day students from Foundation to Year 6 will be engaged in various sporting activities, supported by their teachers.  We invite all parents to come along on the day where possible as we always need the support of our wonderful parents to make the day a success.  Whilst there will be no chickens hatching at the same time, there will be many great moments to share with our community.  More information will follow early in Term Three. 


As we move through the last weeks of the term, fatigue inevitably sets in. As such please take the time to be gentle with yourselves and others.

Best wishes,


Peta Overbury

Deputy Principal


Learning Brings Hope, Horizons of Hope

The Relic of St Anthony


The Relic of St Anthony came to St Anthony's Parish and school to inspire everyone by its beauty.


The Relic contained a small fragment of skin from St. Anthony and another vessel contained a piece of body mass of St. Anthony.  Both were displayed in a magnificent casing, one within the statue and the other in a cylindrical tube. 


The students were engaged in the homily delivered by Fr Mario Conte from Padua, who was visiting with the relic.   The students and staff were able to connect with the Saint Anthony by ‘venerating’ or touching the statue.  Everyone was given a prayer card of St. Anthony with a prayer dedicated to him.  The visit from the Relic of St. Anthony will be remembered by all who attended St. Anthony Parish and School for years to come.


Year 3/4 Vigil Night Mass

On Saturday 1 June – The Year 3/4 students hosted the 6pm Saturday Vigil night Mass at St Anthony’s Church.  The students and their families, along with the Teachers and Staff, celebrated Mass on this special occasion of the Feast of the Ascension


This feast commemorates the Ascension of Jesus into heaven to be seated at the right hand of the Father.  On Sunday the 9th June the Church will commemorate the feast of Pentecost that is the Coming of the Holy Spirit to the Disciples, Mary the Mother of Jesus and some other women who were gathered in a room in prayer. 


The Holy Spirit descended upon the gathered faithful in the form of tongues of fire and they began to speak in many different languages.  The Disciples were able to communicate with people from other lands and spread the message of the Jesus and His teachings. 


Today, we, as Disciples of Jesus, are now called to spread the gospel message to everyone around us, in our words and in our actions.  Be the light of Christ!


St Anthony's Feast Day

On Thursday 13th June it is the Feast day of St. Anthony and the whole school will be attending Mass at 10am in honour of St. Anthony.

On Friday 14th June a combined St Anthony’s and St. Aloysius Feast Day Mass will be held at   


St. Anthony’s church at 10am for both campus students and staff.  The St Aloysius campus students will travel to St. Anthony’s church for this combined celebration.  The students and staff will together be involved in a special sporting event followed by a shared BBQ lunch.  Families are still welcome to provide lunch for your child as usual should you wish to.




Confirmation Information Evening

A Confirmation Information Evening was held on Tuesday 4th June, 2019 at 7pm in the Padua Pavilion.  The parents and the candidates for Confirmation gathered to hear the Sacramental Team explain the preparation involved with the sacrament. 


Confirmation is an important time in the lives of young Catholics who make a commitment to complete their initiation into being part of the Catholic Church. 


This journey began for the candidates at Baptism, when they became Children of God in the Church and were welcomed into the community. 


The candidates were then asked to reconcile with God and took part in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, followed by the Sacrament of First Holy Communion receiving the Eucharist that is the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, in the form of Bread and Wine at Mass. 


Now the candidates will receive the last initiation ceremony of Confirmation when the Bishop or his representative will give the gift of the Holy Spirit.  The candidates all took home a pack with lots of information to prepare for this sacrament which will be celebrated on Thursday 7th September, 2019 at St Anthony’s Church, Glen Huntly at 7pm. 

More information will be forwarded in due course.

Add photo of confirmation.


Vinnies Winter Appeal

We are collecting coats, jackets, cardigans and blankets etc. for the Winter Appeal.  Please bring your clean.

and laundered coats and blankets to the school foyer and we will donate these at the end of the appeal.  Your coats and blankets can help someone who is sleeping rough and needing our help.  Perhaps it is time to clear out your closet and donate any unwanted coats and blankets.  A time for a Marie Kondo clean out!

Up and Coming Events

  • Saturday 1 June - Mass at St Anthony’s hosted by Year 3/4 at 6pm
  • Thursday 13 June – St Anthony’s Feast Day Mass at 10am at St Anthony’s church
  • Friday 14 June – Celebration of St Anthony and St Aloysius’ Feast days at St Anthony’s campus
  • Friday 21 June – St Aloysius’ Feast day – Whole school Mass at 9am for St Aloysius campus only
  • Friday 28 June – Feast of the Sacred Heart Mass at 10am at St Anthony’s church


Getting to School on Time

There are many benefits your child will gain from arriving on time to school and class.

Did you know? The likelihood of success in learning is strongly linked to strong participation in school programs which is linked to arriving on time. It is very important for children to develop habits of arriving on time at an early age, beginning from the time they start school.

Some Gains for Your Child Arriving On Time for School and Class:

  • Allows your child to participate in meditation
  • Makes sure that your child doesn’t miss out on the important learning activities that happen early in the day when they are most alert
  • Early morning learning activity is often reading or writing your child can lose so many opportunities to learn these critical life skills
  • Helps your child to learn about routines and commitment
  • Gives your child time to greet their friends before class and this can reduce the possibility of disruptions in the classroom
  •  Class disruption can make your child feel uncomfortable and can upset other children
  • Arriving on time every day makes children feel good about themselves


Are these some reasons why your child does not get to school on time?

  • Your child won’t go to bed at night or get out of bed in the morning
  • Your child can’t find their clothes, books, homework, school bag….
  • The school lunches are not ready Homework’s not done
  • Your child is slow to eat breakfast Your child is watching TV late at night or when they should be getting ready for school
  • It’s your child’s or someone else’s birthday
  • There is a test or presentation at school today
  • Your child is screaming or not letting go of you.

Here are some suggestions based on setting regular routines:

  • Have a set time to go to bed Have a set time to be out of bed
  • Have uniform and school bag ready the night before
  • Make lunches the night before
  • Have set time for starting and ending breakfast
  • Set a time each day for homework
  • Try straight after school with the TV off so your child can relax for the rest of the night and have a reward when finished
  • Turn the TV on for set times and only if appropriate
  • Be firm that children must go to school
  • Give your child lots of positive encouragement and acknowledge they are organised and get to school on time
  • Be firm; a birthday does not equal a holiday
  • On arrival look for some of your child’s friends and encourage your child to go and play with their friends
  • Once settled leave quickly


Even a few minutes meditation can give students and teachers a sense of calm and peace of mind that benefits their emotional and physical health. It is a fantastic way to start each day which is why St. Anthony’s begins each day with Christian meditation.


Most forms of meditation centre on the concept of mindfulness, which makes one aware of their moment-to-moment experiences; noticing and accepting their thoughts, feelings and emotions. This kind of meditation is used at our school to make students and teachers aware of how their daily experiences of school life are affecting their state of mind and, hopefully, to calm their reactions and thoughts throughout the rest of the school day. It is helpful to begin each day at school with five minutes of meditation to ensure we are feeling present, centred and grounded.

General News

Head Lice

Recently an outbreak of head lice has been discovered in the lower grades and the school recommends that each child’s hair be examined thoroughly. When treated correctly, the problem of head lice can be overcome safely and simply.  Further information is available at the Victorian State Government website at:


What to do?

If you do find signs of head lice on your child, do not panic, as it is not a sign of uncleanliness. There are a number of simple and effective treatments which may be purchased from a chemist.


School Policy:

It is school policy that if a child has head lice then they will be excluded from school until “appropriate treatment has commenced”.  Appropriate treatment means the parent begins a head lice treatment program and completes the ‘Schools Declaration Form’(available from the school office).


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Five from Five

This fortnight’s article is taken from and discusses the importance of vocabulary as an important precursor to successful literacy skill attainment. There are also some ideas for parents to assist their children build their vocabulary.  


Vocabulary refers to the words children need to know to understand what they hear and read, and to communicate. Vocabulary is the most powerful predictor of reading comprehension. Knowing what words mean is essential if your child is to understand what they have read.


When it comes to vocabulary acquisition, the early years are critical. There is evidence that improving vocabulary before age six is very highly associated with literacy success in late primary school and even into mid secondary school.


Adults play a significant role in the development of a child’s vocabulary. Through everyday conversation and by reading to children, parents and caregivers can introduce a variety of new words.

Children learn new words when they: hear a word repeatedly; hear words spoken by the important people in their lives; and hear words in a meaningful context – during conversation at dinner, in the car, while playing and while reading.


Young children benefit from exposure to lots of words. As children grow, they benefit from hearing a variety of sophisticated words, and having those words explained to them.

When introducing new words to your child, keep the following hints in mind:

First, provide a simple, child-friendly definition for the new word: “Enormous means that something is really, really big.”


Second, provide a simple, child-friendly example that makes sense within their daily life: “Remember that really big watermelon we got at the fruit shop? That was an enormous watermelon!”

Third, encourage your child to give their own example: “What enormous thing can you think of? Can you think of something really big that you saw today? That’s right! The bulldozer near the park was enormous! Those tires were huge.”


Lastly, keep your new words active within your house. Over the following days and weeks, use each new vocabulary word in conversation.


Activities for developing vocabulary

Research has shown the importance of repetition when developing vocabulary. Children must engage with a word several times in different contexts before it is learnt. Here are some simple and effective ideas for developing your child’s vocabulary:

The more you read to your child, the larger vocabulary they will develop.

Read stories and then talk about them. Ask, “What was that story about?” or “Did you like that character? Why?”


At mealtimes, talk about the food you’re preparing, what you’re doing to it, how it tastes and what it looks like.


Talk about a game your child is playing – ask them to explain what just happened.

Read books that will extend your child’s vocabulary, and take time to talk about new words.

Choose books that have some, but not too many, new words.


Talk about objects outside the house when on an outing – for example, the rustling of leaves, or the sounds of the birds, or traffic.


Tell your child stories about when you were younger, or about your family’s past.

Every day, choose a new ‘word of the day’ and attempt to use it in different contexts as many times as possible.

Talk about the recent past. Ask your child to tell you something they enjoyed doing that week.


Marina Russo

English Leader


Dates to Remember

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

To view the yearly calendar please go to the St Anthony’s School Website/ Calendar

A few important dates

Term 2

Friday 14 June

  • Combined St Anthony's Feast Day Celebrations, St Anthony's Campus

Tuesday 25 June

  • 2-8pm, Parent Teacher Interviews (Students finish at 1.30pm)

Wednesday 26 June

  • 2-7pm, Parent Teacher Interviews (Students finish at 3.30pm)

Thursday 27 June

  • 9-11am, Reconciliation Years 3-6

Friday 28 June

  • 10am, Mass - Feast of the Sacred Heart
  • 1.30pm, Term 2 Finishes

Term 3

Wednesday July 17

  • 7-8.30pm, The Resilience Project Information Night for Parents


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