St. Cecilia's Newsletter

01 March 2019
Issue Three
Upcoming Dates
Principal's Report
Deputy Principal Report
Student of the Week
Art News
Music News
Sustainability & Gardening
Parent's Association
We make kids smile...
St Cecilia's Primary School
(03) 9809 2142
4 Van Ness Avenue
Glen Iris, Victoria, 3146

Upcoming Dates


Tuesday, 5th March

Pancake Tuesday.

Pancakes will be made for all the students.

Please notify  your child's teacher

if they have any allergies.


Wednesday 6th March

Ash Wednesday

Prayers for Yrs F-2 at 3pm

Mass at 9:15am for Yrs 3-6


Thursday, 7th March

Chinese incursion throughout 

the day for all classes. (Chinese fan dancing)

Special assembly at 3pm.

Parents invited to see the students perform. 


Monday, 11th March 

Labour day holiday

Long weekend


Catholic Education week

10th - 17th March


Tuesday, 12th March

Open Morning for  prospective parents 9am to 11:30am


Wednesday 13th March

Open Morning for current parents 9am to 10am 

beginning in the Hall


Thursday, 14th March

Bee incursion for all classes- organised by Anna Clarkson

our Gardening teacher


Saturday, 16th March

Foundation Drinks night 7:30pm

(NB Change of date from 23rd Feb)


Friday, 22nd March

School Disco after school

Times yet to be confirmed.


Monday 25th March

Swimming program begins for 9 days.

Monday, 25th March to Thursday, 4th April inclusive.

NB on Tuesday 2nd April, all students

from Foundation to Year 4 must bring an extra T-shirt

and shorts to practice survival swimming techniques.


Tuesday, 26th March

Year 5 / 6 Parliament excursion


Friday, 5th April

No swimming

Holy Week re-enactments in the hall at 9am

Last day of term 1


School holidays

Saturday, 6th April to Monday 22nd April inclusive.

NB Monday, 22nd April is Easter Monday.


Tuesday, 23rd April

Students school resume for Term 2


Thursday, 25th April

Anzac day holiday


Monday 29th April

Cross Country carnival 9am 

Nettleton Park


Friday, 3rd May

Year 6 Kids' View Social Justice conference 


Friday, 10th May

Mothers' day breakfast

from 7:30am


Sunday, 12th May

Mothers' day


Tuesday 14th to Thursday, 16th May

Naplan testing


Friday, 24th May

Grandparents' day


Monday 27th - Wednesday, 29th May

Year 5 /6 Camp at Sovereign Hill


Saturday, 1st June

Parents Association Mid Year Function

for all parents.


Saturday 8th to Monday, 10th June

Queen's birthday long weekend


Friday 28th June

Last day of Term 2

Sacred Heart feast day Mass at 9:15am

Clothing collection for St Vincent De Paul

Principal's Report

Open Days

We invite all parents, family and friends to our Open Days being held in Week 7. 

Open Day

for New Families

Tuesday 12th March

9:00am - 11:30am

Bookings through office


Open Day

for Current Families

Wednesday 13th March

9:00am - 10:00am

Commencing in the hall


 We invite people to:

- Investigate the great things our students are doing

- Discover the outstanding opportunities our learning environments offer

- Explore the magnificent setting of grounds, buildings and view our students and staff using their work spaces.

Parent Helper Information Morning

Thank you to all of the parents who were able to attend our Parents Helper Information Morning on Thursday. 


As educators know and research verifies, a critical factor in a child’s educational success is parent involvement and engagement. A positive home-school connection not only benefits the child; it also benefits the teacher and the parent helper.

Special thanks to our Literacy Coaches, Marnie Chapman and Tracey Toner, for facilitating this meeting. 

Cyber Safety Evening

Thank you to those parents who were able to attend our Cyber Safety Parents Night on Monday. It was a strongly attended and highly informative evening. We have received some excellent feedback from many of those who attended. We will continue to profile, support and provide opportunities for such evenings within this space.

Similarly, the students from years 3-6 also participated in a fantastic 90 minute session that challenged our students to not only survive online...but to thrive! The following link may be useful to continue the conversation at home!

Be Internet Awesome website



Please note that our St Cecilia’s Annual Disco will be held on Friday 22nd March in the school hall. This year, the theme is hair accessories, so get as creative as you like (or a headband, hat or bandanna will fit the bill)

Please check out this flyer which includes times and further details.


Secondary School References

After consultation with other Catholic Primary Schools within our zone, it has become an agreed upon practice to write student references, if requested, for just our leaving Year 6 students. We do not write references for year 4 students as we would prefer not to refer students out of our school in Year 5. This practice will not disadvantage any year 4 student, as it is maintained throughout other neighbouring Catholic Primary Schools.  


Thank you to the many families who have already created a CareMonkey Profile online.

I urge all families to continue to complete this process so that we can commence sending out our school notes and forms via CareMonkey as soon as possible. Please contact the school via the following email if you are experiencing any difficulties with this process.

Coffee Van

Thank you to all parents and friends who were able to enjoy our first Coffee Van morning last Friday. It was a very successful first effort with over 77 cups enjoyed. Next term we'll have another coffee van morning on a Thursday. We will advertise this later in the term.


CSEF (Health Card) Reminder

Could all parents who currently hold a Health Care Card please click on the following link. Please call our school office if you have any queries.

Health Care Card reminder...

De La Salle

Please click below to view the latest De La Salle flyer...


Pancake Tuesday

Just a reminder that the Foundation Parents will be involved in making Pancakes for the school as a part of Pancake Tuesday on Tuesday 5th March.


 Have a fantastic weekend everyone!

Warmest regards,

Marty McKenna

Deputy Principal Report


Dear Parents,

Please see the calendar and Upcoming Dates sections of the newsletter and in particular the dates for the celebration of the sacraments.

All the sacramental dates for the year are on the Religious Education page. We ask that you add these to your personal calendars and advise any family members who may wish to attend the sacraments. 


Further dates and times will gradually be added- once they are confirmed.


We will leave the details for the HIGH VOLTAGE ROCK SCHOOL and DRAMA CLASSES in the Newsletter again this week- in case any more students are interested in joining these classes.


The High Voltage Rock School musical instrument program, has begun again this year with lessons taken on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at recess, lunchtimes and after school. Guitar, ukelele, drum, keyboard, and singing lessons are available.


If your child is interested in learning an instrument in 2019 please contact the program co-ordinator, Danniel Smith, via email: or 0401 447 367.

Flyers are available  from the front office.


Janna Davies' Drama classes are proving to be very popular and these run at lunchtime. The Senior  Drama session (for Years 3-6) is held at lunchtimes on Tuesdays with Junior Drama classes for (Years 1-2) on Thursdays.  

You can email Jannah to have your child's name added to the waiting list.



The Running Club has commenced with Mr Clint Johnson. our PE teacher and it runs on Monday mornings before school (from 7:50 to 8:30am) at Ferndale Park -for students in Years 3 -6.                                                                                                  

NB Some students will have their PE class on the same day as Running Club, so they should wear their shorts and Running Club tops for running.  Once they are back at St Cecilia’s,

they will need to change into a school polo top before the school day begins.

Thank you to  Clint Johnson, Mrs Teresa Galgani, Miss Holly French, Mrs Kilduff & Ms Jury who are giving their time to supervise the students at the park and walk back to school with them each Monday morning.


Sometimes you may be unsure whether to go to Ferndale or School when the weather is threatening or drizzling.

On days when it is going to be held at school, Mr Johnson will send out a notification through the Skoolbag account.


Parents are more than welcome to assist and participate in Running Club his year as well. If you would like to be  a helper, you will need a valid Working With Children card in order to assist the group. Please ask at the office for information on how to apply for a WWCC.


The Running Club Registration link was sent via Skoolbag last week. If you have any trouble registering, please email


Miss Gatt (Mrs Miller) , our Music teacher, has begun Junior Choir on Fridays at lunchtime for students in Years 1 and 2.  For students in Years 3-6  there is  the Senior Choir which will meet from 8:10 to 8:50am on Thursday mornings in the Music Room upstairs. Mrs Miller requests that anyone else who is interested in the senior choir, please collect a note from the school office and return the parent permission slips as soon as possible.


The Technology club began a few weeks ago .

It is held on Wednesdays at lunchtime in Mr Griffith's Year 5/ 6 H classroom.

More lunchtime activities will begin over the coming weeks.


We would like to draw your attention to the upcoming School Disco which will be held after school on Friday, 22nd March. Please see the flyers that will be sent home on Monday. 


We are currently arranging the Swimming sessions for the last two weeks of Term 1 and information/ permission  notes will be sent home soon.

No Assembly on Fri 8th
- Instead:Chinese Fan dancing assembly on Thursday, 7th March at 3pm


Next Friday, 8th March we will not have our usual 3pm Friday assembly.

Instead we are having a special Chinese assembly on Thursday, 7th March at 3pm.  Mr Hung, our Chinese teacher, has organised for all classes from Foundation to Year 6 to participate in a fan dancing incursion on that day which will culminate with a small concert/ fan dancing display. You are all invited to come along to the hall at 3pm and Han says that he will be asking the parents questions! NB The students are asked to wear their school uniform on this day -along with just a touch of something red.


Anna Clarkson, our Gardening teacher has also arranged for the students to have an incursion. An expert in bee-keeping is coming On Thursday, 14th March to explain the importance of bees in the world and how they are vital for future food production.

Please ask your children to tell you all about this session! I am sure that we will all learn something from this bee enthusiast!




Monday, 29th April from 7pm to 8:30pm:

First Reconciliation ( Year 3) Parent/ student information/ activity night


Sunday, 19th May at 5:30pm:

Both Year 3 and Year 4 students are asked to attend Mass with their families and make a commitment

to prepare for the sacraments of First Reconciliation ( Year 3) and First Communion ( Year 4).


Tuesday, 18th June from 7:30 to 8:30pm:

The sacrament of First Reconciliation ceremony will take place in the Church.


Monday 22nd July from 7pm to 8:30pm:

First Communion ( Year 4) Parent/ student information/ activity night


Sunday, 20th October at 10am:

First Communion ceremony (Year 4)


NB If any students are in Years 3 - 6, who are new to the school and have not yet received any of the sacraments, please contact me (Karen Whiting) at :  so we can make arrangements.

Pancake Tuesday & Ash Wednesday

This Year, the Church season of Lent begins in early March. Pancake Tuesday is on Tuesday, 5th March and the PA will prepare pancakes at Morning Tea time for the whole school. If your child has any particular allergies eg to gluten, dairy foods, eggs etc please contact your child's teacher or send a special Morning tea along with your child on that day. 

On Wednesday, 6th March which is Ash Wednesday, the students from Years 3-6 will attend the regular Parish Mass at 9:15am and the students from Foundation, Year 1 and Year 2 will participate in a Prayer session from 3pm to 3:20 in the Hall -where they will also receive the ashes in a less formal/ sombre setting. Parents are once again welcome to attend either of these liturgies and receive the ashes with the students.

Lenten practices which parents may also like to follow this Lenten season.

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday and ends in 40 days at Easter time when we celebrate Jesus coming alive again at Easter.

Lent is a special time, when we remember that Jesus loved us so much that He came to forgive our sins and to show us how to love others.

During Lent, we encourage the students to be more like Jesus by observing the following practices:

We try to spend more time with God in prayer- asking Him for help and thanking him for His love.

We give up something that we do not need, or that distracts us from loving God or Jesus, or our family and friends eg screen time or a food treat.

We give money to help others in need. God has given us so much and we can share it with others by saving coins in our Project Compassion boxes. The money raised is sent to support the work of Caritas and Catholic Mission in Australia and overseas.

We ask you to support this worthy cause and the Project Compassion boxes will be collected at the end of Term 1.


All parents are welcome to join us at the Ash Wednesday Mass which will be celebrated at 9:15am next Wednesday, 6th March.


Regards, Karen Whiting.


Semester 1 SRC


The Student Representative Council (SRC) is made up of a group of students who want to help other students by presenting ideas which are of benefit to all students.  The SRC also informs its peers of any important information which affects all students.


Another purpose of the SRC is to teach students how the school works, how decisions are made and how to achieve changes.  Being on the SRC teaches skills which you can put to use in later life.  In the past, representatives have been very active and have conducted some important negotiations with the Principal and Deputy Principal.


Students participating in the SRC need to be well organised and prepared to work towards having input (STUDENT VOICE) in the running of the school.


Congratulations to the following students....




Ivy Manley and Sebastian Speekman



Tess Zanoni and Sam Knihnicki



Gabi Maxwell and Raphael Speekman



Patrick Ogilvy and Lois Chieng



Zara Cardona and Jordan Dimitrovici



Sierra Story and Alexander Lambert



Merryn Nugent and Hugh Davies

3 / 4 C


David Selak and William McKenzie

3 / 4 D


Mia Gossan and Bezalel Chieng

3 / 4 E


Lexie Eagle and Patrick Hanna

5 / 6 H


Abbey Niklas and Fletcher Ballantyne

5 / 6 I


Student of the Week



Congratulations to our Student’s of the Week over the past fortnight.


Week 3




FK    Noah Leslie    

For being a very kind and helpful member of the class.


FJ      Ivy Manley       For a fantastic start to Foundation. Ivy has been a great listener and her work is beautifully presented.


1A        Raphael Speekman          For being a wonderful role model to the class by displaying outstanding whole body listening. Well done Raph!


1B         Jack Milhuisen       For respecting his learning environment and helping others.


2F       Eleanor Aldcroft       For being organised, enthusiastic and persistent. You have made a wonderful start to the year and provide an excellent model of striving to your very best!


2G        Sierra Story       For always working to the very best of her ability and always having a big smile on her face.


3/4C      Chloe Moss     For being a shining example to her classmates with her efforts when respecting our classroom and her learning by doing her very best at all times.


3/4D       William McKenzie       For making a huge effort to settle into a new school, to try his hardest and make new friends!


3/4E        Harrison McComas     For trying his best in class and not giving up.

5/6H        Luke Tucci          For showing initiative in his learning by seeking assistance to understand challenging tasks.


5/6I          Louis Playne       For thinking mathematically to solve equivalent fraction problems.






Week 4


FK    Nino Swerts    

For being very kind to a fellow classmate who broke his arm and offering help to him. superstar!


FJ      Molly Nolan     For always having a big smile on her face and writing interesting sentences.

You're a star.  


1A    Gai Maxwell​​​​​​​      For excellent whole body listening and for always following instructions. Well done!


1B      Max Alati       For respecting his learning and the learning of others by staying focused on his work. Well done!


2F    Xavier Schleiger​​​​​​​     For writing captivating openers for stories, especially for "The Clocktower". Thank you for generously sharing your clever thinking Xavier.


2G       Lucas Ceveri​​​​​​​      Working so hard in class to do his very best work. Thank you for listening and following instructions so well Lucas. Well done!


3/4C      William Arizanov​​​​​​​    For sharing his interesting ideas and being very focused on his work.

                Kayla Bolton       For producing written work of a high standard.


3/4D       David Selak​​​​​​​    For trying his best in class and being friendly to all his new classmates.


3/4E        Evie Blood​​​​​​​     For always trying her best and helping others in the class.

5/6H        Lexie Eagle​​​​​​​     For a great start to her time at St. Cecilia's with her easy going personality.


5/6I          Karina Risk    For the most spectacular effort and achievement in handwriting.



Art News

Art News


Congratulations to these three students whose artwork has been selected for hanging by the curators at the 2019 Catholic Education Week Visual Arts Exhibition.


The Visual Arts Exhibition will be held at the Catholic Leadership Centre from Tuesday 12 March to Friday 15 March (9 am to 4 pm) and on Saturday 16 March (2 pm to 5 pm). 


We wish them good luck and are very proud to have them represent our school.



Jasmine Bourke, “Pond Life”


Lois Chieng, "School Girl: Self-Portrait”


Karina Rizk, “Still Life"



Music News





In music, the grade 5/6 students have been working on rhythm compositions in small groups. Their task was to create a 4 beat ostinato (repeated musical pattern) using the rhythms they have been learning. After they planned their composition they chose non-melodic instruments, rehearsed together and finally performed their compositions to the rest of the class. When the task was complete they watched back their compositions and reflected upon the process in putting it together and their performance. It was great to see students working collaboratively together. 




Sustainability & Gardening

Story of Flowers

Students have been learning about the Story of Flowers this week and looking at different seeds. The different flowers in the garden are providing a great habitat for all sorts of insect life. 


In two weeks time on the 14th March, Ben from Ben’s Bees will come out to school to present a fun and engaging presentation about the intricate behaviour of bees. He will bring in his special observation hive, equipment, some products, and spread the message about the ecological importance of bees.



Parent's Association

Welcome back to St Cecilia’s for 2019

Minutes from Meeting One.


We make kids smile...

Camp Australia


The Before and After School Care program at St Cecilia’s is run by Camp Australia.

You can register at and search for

St Cecilia’s in Victoria.


The Camp Australia Coordinator is Yasi.


For further information ring Camp Australia on 1300 105 343.

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