Protective Behaviours Parent Seminar 22 August, 2019
St Paul’s School Hall 7pm -9pm (This Thursday)
We encourage all families to support this important Seminar as we work together to ensure our children have a voice and that parents feel confident in talking to their children about child safety. This is a parent only event. We hope that every family will be able to attend. The cost is $10 per family. This event is supported by the School Advisory Board.
Please click on the link to pay and make a booking.
School Improvement Surveys
In 2019, our school is participating in Catholic Education Melbourne School Improvement Surveys (CEMSIS). CEMSIS is an annual process where schools listen to the thoughts and feelings that students, families and staff have about how their school can improve. These surveys help inform the ongoing improvement of schools across the Archdiocese of Melbourne.
One of the main goals of the family survey is to identify the strengths and areas for improvement in our school. CEMSIS data benefits everyone within our school and provides valuable community insights on areas that each school can focus on. Our school believes it is important to encourage families to have a voice and contribute to shaping the ongoing improvement of the school.
The survey is available online, can be accessed from Monday 2 September and needs to be completed by Friday 20 September. This survey may only be completed once.
For families where there may be more than one child attending our school, we ask that families focus on the eldest child attending the school. The school will invite many families to respond via this survey and participation is completely voluntary. There are no "right" or "wrong" answers – all responses are completely anonymous and at no point are any of the responses from students, families or staff identifiable by the school. Families will be chosen at random to complete the survey and a link will be sent out on Monday 2nd September. A selection of students from Years 4-6 will also complete the survey as well as all staff members. We appreciate your participation and feedback.
Skipping Champions - What a great way to keep active and fit.
Last Sunday a group of our skipping enthusiasts,represented St Paul’s at the State Skipping Championships.
They represented the school well, both in their behaviour and attitude to the competition, for which we are very proud. Here are some of the results:
Partner Speed Skip
Maddie Di Conza and Sophie Mandile - silver medal
Bridie and Darby Collis - gold medal
30sec Speed Skip
Sophie Mandile - gold medal
Bridie and Darby Collis - silver medal
It was a long day, starting in Melton fairly early, battling the roads in the wind and rain. But a worthwhile day to spend with our girls. Congratulations to Eve Morphett, Abby McLachlan, Sophie Mandile, Darby Collis, Bridie Collis and Maddie Di Conza.
Welcome to Book Week 2019 as we celebrate over the next two weeks the theme:
‘Reading is my Secret Power’
This Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday students and families are welcome to visit the Library to view the wonderful selection of books on sale from Lamont.
Despina will be on hand to help students with their selections and will have the Library open each morning before and after school for sales. If parents would like to call in during the day they are most welcome. Lamont are generous in donating back a percentage of the takings for the school to purchase new books.
P&F Function: Bingo Disco
On Friday night the P&F held their major fundraiser:the Bingo Disco night and it was a huge success! Everyone got into the spirit of the night dressing up in their best 70’s, 80’s and 90’s gear. There was a strong sense of community and great support for all the items up for auction. The outstanding artwork was once again well sought after and brought in some enthusiastic bidding. Thank you to Marisa Manakis and Donna Campbell for all their hard work and creativity! The main event organiser Georgie McMahon did a wonderful job for the second year in a row and we thank her for all her hard work and many hours that ensured the success of the evening. Thank you to her team and all the parents helping out on the night and before and after the event.
Thank you for the generosity of our amazing parent community! The Year 1 students love their new tables, especially the ones that double as a whiteboard! Great for guided reading.
Head Hunters Program
Thank you to all the parents who have responded to the Head Hunters Program. We still have 11 families who have not responded on Caremonkey. The notification has been sent out again and parents are able to respond by the end of this week. After this time a non response will mean that your child will be included in the program. Could those families who have indicated that they do not want their child included in the program please follow up with an email to me. Many thanks.
Congratulations to the students who have been elected as SRC members by their peers for Semester 2. Mr Dooley has begun working with the team who will meet regularly.
LIFE IS MORE THAN WORK
In one of her many articles Joan Chittister says, “If the question is, What is
really important in life?—the answer is only life itself, living it well, immersing
it in beauty, love, and reflection”.
When I was younger I bought myself an A4 diary which had a page for
everyday of the year. If that didn’t make me feel important enough then I
made sure the diary was filled with appointments, all day and every day.
When people asked me how I was I could truly answer BUSY! The dreadful
buzz word which says something about you but allows you to hide behind
For a number of years I was busiest person alive and at the same time the
crankiest, impatient and exhausted person alive.
I defined myself by how busy I was rather than who I was. Work was my life.
If people saw how busy I was then they would love and respect me.
How stupid I was!
Three years ago I somehow contracted Legionnaires Pneumonia. I was in
hospital for two weeks including five days in intensive care. I lost 13 kilos in
weight (I now wish I could lose some weight!!!) and was not allowed out of
hospital till I could walk by myself.
Having been a marathon runner I was amazed how quickly the body
It is often said that when something major happens in your life the way you
look at life and live life after the episode can change.
I think this is true for me.
My work life now is only part of my life. It is not my life.
Dr Chris O’Brien, a Sydney surgeon who died from cancer over 10 years ago,
said that his life as a surgeon was everything to him. “The people need me!”
When he had to retire due to his illness it amazed him that he did not miss
work at all. His whole focus in life changed.
I do believe if you can find the right work place environment I think you have
won the pot of gold. For me, I think at present, I have won this pot of gold.
My alarm clock buzzes at 6am and I get out of bed to begin the many morning
rituals. I make a cup of coffee from my Nespresso machine and pour it into a
keep cup and take it with me to my car around 6.45am. Start the car and turn
the radio on to SEN and listen to Garry and Tim as I make the journey to either
Bentleigh East, Moorabbin or Bentleigh arriving around 7.15am.
The mornings are a wonderful part of the day as I experience the various
seasons of the Melbourne weather pattern. Now, fortunately, I am arriving at
work in a little daylight. Soon I will experience the sun rising as I drive down
Centre Rd. The people I mix with at the three schools are all focused on the
importance of learning and teaching. There is always a vibrant conversation
happening in the staff room as everyone runs around trying to get done what
they need to get done. The joy and enthusiasm from the students lifts my
heart to realise that God is truly present in creation.
At the end of the school day I leave through the school gates very happily and
leave it all behind.
In the past I would take work home. This would either be for correction or
more often than not it would be the thoughts occurring in my head. I could
never leave these thoughts at school. I never knew how to turn off. The
thoughts would lead to crankiness, impatience, anger and exhaustion.
There is so much merit in the 8-8-8 day. How many of us live this way?
All of us at some stage in our life need to address where we are in our
relationship with self, others and God.
I now know that at my funeral no one is going to say I was great because I had
the biggest diary in the world which was also filled with so many
appointments. He was so important because he was so busy. At the end of
the day the diary is nothing.
But they will say what sort of person I was.
How loving was I?
How giving was I?
How generous was I?
How caring was I?
How humble was I?
How thoughtful was I?
“For when you did these things to others you did them to ME!”
Edward Dooley (Mission and Faith Leader)Read Less
READING IS MY SECRET POWER
Book Week is the highlight of the Childrens’ Book Council of Australia. Each year a series of awards are announced celebrating the rich literature and artistic quality of an array of childrens’ books.
Here at St Pauls, as part of our school Book Week celebration, we will host the annual Book Fair with a great range of books from Lamont. Please see Despina, our library manager who is in charge of sales this week on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (20-22nd August).
We also have an author visiting the students next Wednesday 28th August. Phillip Gywnne will inspire us with the creative ways he develops his characters. A popular picture book, “The Queen with the Wobbly Bottom” is a lovely tale about learning to love yourself just the way you are. His story provides a message behind the hilarious text, sending a firm message that love and acceptance are a lot more important than the way one looks.
Throughout the week we will also have ART lessons where the focus will be on exploring & creating an artistic response to a shortlisted Picture Story Book
Weather permitting, we will aim to hold a DEAR Session; where every student and staff member will Drop Everything And Read across the school at the same time.
Throughout the week, class teachers will be using literacy sessions to delve deeper into exploring some wonderful books. Our week will come to an end with the annual Dress Up Day on Friday 30th August. We ask your child/ren to come dressed as a favourite character. Perhaps they can think of one with a Secret Power? This coincides with the Fete Dress up Day and students will be asked to donate books for the Fete next term.
Happy reading everyone!
2019 BENTLEIGH DISTRICT ATHLETICS CARNIVAL
On Tuesday the 13th August a team of 71 children represented St. Paul's at the Bentleigh District Athletics Carnival at the Duncan McKinnon Athletics Centre. The team finished 4th overall and St. Paul’s won the Adjusted Points Shield for the eighth year in a row which is based on school size. The children represented St. Paul’s in a manner that should make us all proud – they did their very best, demonstrated excellent skills and displayed great sportsmanship and school spirit.
The following 14 children achieved outstanding results in their events and will now go through to compete in 15 events at the Beachside Division Athletics Carnival on Friday the 6th September at Lakeside Stadium.
- Finn Barnacle - 12/13 Hurdles
- Murphy Behnk - 11 Shot Put
- Maddie Di Conza - 12/13 1500m
- Ruby Hartney - 12/13 Hurdles
- Chloe Moran - 12/13 200m
- Michael Monaghan - 11 4 x 100m Relay
- Marcus Torcasio - Discus, 100m, 4 x 100m Relay
- Henry Uytenbogaardt – 11 Triple Jump, 4 x 100m Relay
- Sabrina Vitiello – 11 High Jump
- Ky Morgan – 11 Long Jump, 4 x 100m Relay
- David Zhang - 9/10 High Jump
- Savannah Tilli - 9/10 Shot Put
- Greta Price - 9/10 High Jump
- Thomas Winzar - 9/10 Triple Jump
Well done and good luck at Beachside Division, we are all very proud of you!
Phys Ed / Sport Coordinator
League Stars Program at St Paul's
P&F Bunnings BBQ - Next Sat 24/8 at Bunnings Moorabbin. Looking for helpers on the day if you are able to assist please go to
to sign up for a time slot!
GRADE 6 PARENT CATCH UP
Thursday 29th August
Wolfe and Malone from 7pm for drinks, nibbles or dinner.
Please let Julia, Carla, Fiona or myself know if you can make it.
Hope to see you all there