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1 St Mary s Parish Primary School 214 Dandenong Road, St Kilda East VIC 3183 Tel: (03) Fax: (03) School Office Hours: 8:40am to 3:45am NEWSLETTER Volume 2017 Issue 13 Monday 11 th September, 2017 Principal Gerard Lewis Parish Priest Fr Joe Caddy Deputy Principal Ben Fahey Education Support Erica Nastopoulos (Mon Thurs) Office Assistance Janelle Adams (Fri) Teachers Year FF Jacquie Fleming Year FM Kate Morgan Year 1J Therese John Year 1S Stephanie Schultz Year 2B Gabrielle Berends & Anna Side Year 2M Brigitte O Shea Year 3M Maureen McDonald & Catherine LeHunt Year 3S Carrington Speed Year 4B Katie Bryan Year 4C Eleanor Colaneri & Ben Fahey Year 5C Ruth Callery & Jane Davy Year 5R Chelsea Roche & Catherine LeHunt Year 6B Claire Butson Year 6C Clare Curtis Reading Recovery Paula Incretolli Italian Carmela Vozzo Library Daniela Borgese Library Support Robbie Bartlett (Thurs) Phys Ed (Junior) Chris Kidman Phys Ed (Senior) Matt Ottobre Number Intervention Anna Side Visual Art Caroline Egan Teaching Assistant Susan Botta Teaching Assistant Kelly Fay Teaching Assistant Katherine Reade Teaching Assistant Kris Gleeson CALENDAR OF EVENTS Friday 15 th September Year 3 Eucharist Reflection Day Thursday 21 st September Art Show 7pm Friday 22 nd September End of Term Student s breakup at 1pm After Care is available until 6pm, booking is essential Term 4 Monday 9 th October to Tuesday 19 th December Tuesday 10 th October Swimming Program Commences for Years Foundation to 2 St Mary s Parish Mass Times Sundays: 9:00am 10:30am 5:30pm Morning Prayer: Monday Friday 9:15am School Motto - Finding the light within From the Principal s Desk: Sad News Please keep in your prayers and thoughts Sue Botta our Year 2 Teaching Assistant whose mother passed away last week. At such a hard time it is nice to know that the St Mary s Community is there to support Sue. Godspell the Musical Well done to the following students who participated in the Godspell Musical with PCW and CBC: Lucinda Dewar, Paris Kostolias, Penny Pitcher, Madeleine Wilson, Eloise Louey, Matthew Dellas, Lulu Olsen- Phillips, Anais O Hara, Gigi Vlasak Galante, Stella Varney, Caitlin Adams, Gwendolyn Dewar, James Cappola, Mabel Fowler, Allanah Hager, Mia Gordon, Nia Pamamull, Sarah Vozzo, Shaynne Salgado, Peggy O Sullivan, Delilah Vlasak Galante, Charlotte Richards, Charlotte Bunn, Anna Feile, Isobel Higgins, Maddie Leroi, Sahara Dolphin. Thank you to Ruth Callery with all her organisation of the students participation and also to Gabrielle Berends and Catherine Le Hunt for assisting Ruth with the supervision of the children on separate nights of the musical.

2 Father s Day Breakfast Thank you to the Year 4 parents who coordinated the Father s Day Breakfast on Friday 1 st September. It was great to see so many fathers here on that day. Thank you also to Tim Dolphin for sharing his experiences of being a father at our recent assembly last Monday. Literacy Numeracy Day Thank you to Paula Incretolli, Gabrielle Berends and Daniela Borgese for organising the Literacy and Numeracy Day last Thursday. It was great to see so many fabulous costumes and seeing the students have so much fun. Parent Forum on School Reports We are looking for some parents to provide some input for us into our School Reports. This would require you to meet as part of a parent team on at least two occasions to answer some questions about the reports we currently provide twice a year. Please contact me via at if you are willing to participate in this group. St Mary s Art Show You are invited to attend the St Mary s Art Show on Thursday 21 st September. This event enables us to celebrate the wonderful work the students have been producing this year in Art. Swimming Program in Term 4 The Foundation to Year 2 students will commence swimming in Term 4 on Tuesday 10 th October for 8 weeks at King Swim in Alma Rd. We have changed to this venue for safety and health reasons. We hope that it proves a successful move. Please make sure you have completed the permission slip on Caremonkey by this Friday 15 th September. We have all experienced a very busy and successful Term 3. I hope you all have a safe and relaxing holiday. I hope you have an enjoyable week. Gerard Lewis Principal ST MARY S ART SHOW Thursday 21 st September 7pm S C H O O L F E E S A reminder that all school fees must be finalised. If you have any concerns please don t hesitate to contact Erica in the office. R E T U R N I N G I N Just a reminder, if you haven t completed the form on CareMonkey if your child is returning in 2018, please do as soon as possible. L O S T P R O P E R T Y Please go through the basket to see if any of your child s missing items of clothing are there. Any items not collected by this Thursday will be washed and donated to the Second Hand Uniform Shop. S C H O O L H O L I D A Y P R O G R A M S Forms can be collected at the office foyer. S U N S M A R T P O L I C Y S U M M E R U N I F O R M Summer Uniform is to be worn in Term 4. As we are a Sunsmart School Hats are compulsory in Term 4. Only the school hat is to be worn. These are available at Primary School Wear (Ormond). S T U D E N T W E L L B E I N G N E W S Woolworths Earn & Learn 2017 (Wednesday 26 th July to Tuesday 19 th September) Just a reminder to please keep collecting your Woolworths Earn & Learn Sticker and place into the Collection Box here at the school or at Woolworths in Acland Street. Ben Fahey - Wellbeing Leader

3 ART SHOW NEWS Thursday 21 st September Art will be displayed in the St Mary s Parish Hall throughout the day and ending on the night with a wine and cheese celebration (adults only). Each class will be creating a collaborative art piece that will be auctioned off on the night. Don t forget that families have the opportunity to contribute to the upcoming Art Show by submitting a family art piece. Over the years, families have enjoyed spending quality time with each other in creating a family art piece and then having it displayed in public at the show. If you re interested in submitting a piece, please find the information on CareMonkey. Ben Fahey - Community Leader I T A L I A N D A Y - Wednesday 18 th October Costume: Students are invited to create a costume with an Italian theme and wear it for the day. They can dress as a Gondoliere, Sports player, Roman soldier, Swiss guard, Gelato, Pizza, Carnevale character, Baci chocolate, Formula One racing car driver, Musician, Monument, Scientist, Artist, Marco Polo, Pinocchio, Michelangelo, etc. Awards will be given for the children s creativity and initiative. Gelato & Pizza: Order forms were sent home last week regarding the special treat, please complete and return by Thursday 21 st September. A copy of the order form is attached. Thank you for your support. We look forward to a great day! Signora Vozzo Italian Teacher YEAR 4 SUSTAINABILITY EXPO On Tuesday 19 th September the Year 4 students will be holding a Faith Based Inquiry Sustainability Expo. We are inviting parents from all year levels to attend from 3:00pm onwards. Classes will be visiting the expo throughout the day. On the day we will be selling calico bags that we have printed with the St Mary's logo. We have very limited stock available and once they sell out they will be gone for good. These will be $6 each or 2 for $10. A sample bag can be previewed in the office. Please have exact money to make the process easier for our students who will be selling the bags. We look forward to seeing you in the Year 4 classrooms from 3:00pm on Tuesday 19th September. Katie Bryan, Eleanor Colaneri and Ben Fahey - Year 4 Team On sale Tuesday 19 th September at the Year 4 Faith Based Inquiry Sustainability Expo Parent & Friends Committee Update P & F Mission Statement Encouraging and strengthening the school community and coordinating social and fund raising events for additional educational resources for our children. Upcoming Events - Term 3 Art Show Seeking volunteers for the September 21 st Art Show The evening event will be the major fundraiser for the P&F this year. We hope to see as many parents join us for a fun night out (details about tickets will be circulated soon). To ensure the success of the event we need volunteers. Please follow the link: Bakers Delight in Balaclava If you shop at Bakers Delight in Balaclava don t forget to let the staff know that you are from St Mary s Primary School. Our fundraising partnership provides for 5% of what you spend to be donated to the P&F fundraising goal for P&F Committee Fundraising Report To date, this year, the P&F have raised just under $9,000. As previously advised it was agreed by the P&F that the fundraising aim for this year would be to contribute to the upgrade cost of the school play equipment. We are hopeful that with the upcoming events we can raise much more and thank you in advance for your generous support. Questions? Please contact the P&F Management Committee, Ben Merlin and Anoushka Bondar at:

4 Extend OSHC at St Mary s - Primary School Extend would like to offer our apologies for not having a recap in the most recent newsletters. This is due to some irregularities, however we are now back on track! Our recap After our Book Week theme of Alice in Wonderland, when we had fun competing in a Caucus Race and making Mad Hatter hats, wire crowns, Turtle soup, and our own Wonderland Tea Party, we had to come back from Wonderland and back into our other enticing activities! For Father's Day, we did some cards and decorating to prepare our gifts for dad. There were chocolate crackles and lemon Weet-bix slice to be made and enjoyed from our kitchen efforts. Outside, on the days that the weather allows, we have been having a great time playing Crab Soccer, using the playground as an obstacle course and some new games, like Mat Ball and Domes and Dishes. In continuing our theme of sustainability, we are always welcoming donations from the community. We are looking for such things as: large t-shirts to be used as smocks while painting, sheets to be used as floor covering while painting, toys and games (in reasonable condition). Any donations can be delivered to the SMSK Hall/Extend OSHC program during working hours (7-9am, pm). Sincerely Juels, Team Leader Spring Holiday Program Bookings Are Open! Book 14 days in advance to receive the lowest rate. Make your own DIY paints and have fun with messy art, participate in delicious cooking activities, learn all about persistence of vision by inventing your own spinning thaumatrope, and loads more! To check out the daily schedule, visit our website at and book via the Parent Portal. Extend Superstar: George Pantazolpoulos: continuing to finish his work, even when the task is difficult. Coming up in the program: Monday 11 th Sept 2017: Slime Wednesday 13 th Sept 2017: Quilling Friday 15 th Sept 2017: Jar Lid Banjos Tuesday 12 th Sept 2017: Cops and Robbers Thursday 14 th Sept 2017: Bread and Hygiene Experiment PARENT PORTAL: ONLINE BOOKINGS: CALL OUR OFFICE: Toorak Prahran Cricket Club Cricket Registrations - free cricket - Windsor primary School TPCC has opened registrations for 2017/18 season Registration is free to members from St Mary s Primary