St Anne's news: Wednesday 5 February 2020

Welcome to the St Anne's newsletter. Here's everything that's happening around our community this week.

In this email



Eternal God,
in wisdom and love
you created our earth
to sustain and give us life.

We turn to you now
in faith, hope and love,
asking you to look with favour
on our fire-ravaged and drought stricken land,
on our starving and
displaced animals,
on our failing crops and burning
farms, towns and forests.

Strengthen, sustain and give new heart
to our farmers
and to all who are affected by drought;
be with those who support them.
Strengthen and comfort the victims of fires,
those who have lost family, friends, property and stock.
Protect our volunteer firefighters and all members of essential services.

In your loving providence,
send abundant rain to quench the fires
and to restore our parched earth..

Father of all compassion,
hear our prayer
through Jesus Christ your Son,
in whom the promise of new life
has dawned, and
through the power
of the Holy Spirit,
the Lord the giver of life.
Renew your faithful people.
Renew the face of the earth.

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Greg's Message

Hello Parents and Friends of St. Anne’s
Welcome everyone to the 2020 school year. I hope that this year is a positive, happy and successful year for everyone who is connected with St. Anne’s School. A special welcome is extended to our new families: Carter, Hamod, Malindretos, Nery, O’Loughlin, Vuong and Zuccarelli.

On a sad note the bushfires are certainly a stark reminder as to how suddenly we can become vulnerable, and our lives can change very quickly. Let’s pray for those who have been affected by the bushfires; may they continue to be supported by us as they come to terms with their devastating losses.

Staffing 2020

  • Principal: Greg James
  • Deputy Principal: Clare Bellio (Monday, Wednesday, Friday)
  • Administration: Julie Matheson (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday); Netitia Postans (Wednesday) 
  • Foundation: Fiona Waywood (Wednesday-Friday), Dee McDonnell (Monday, Tuesday)
  • 1/2: Tim Allen
  • 3/4: Jenny Morsley, Clare Bellio (Friday)
  • 4/5: Josh Cassell
  • 5/6: Sarah Parker (Monday-Wednesday), Lauren Logue (Thursday, Friday)
  • Religious Education: Clare Bellio
  • Library: Lisa Browne
  • PE: Lisa Browne
  • Performing Arts: Bron Seedeen
  • Italian: Antonella Liberale
  • Learning and Teaching: Sarah Parker
  • Student Wellbeing/Learning Diversity: Dee McDonnell
  • E-learning: Tara Smith
  • Learning Support Officers: Suzzie Edgecumbe, Lisa Redmond, Netitia Postans, Hannah Kahlenbach, Taliah Postans

St. Anne’s School - in particular the before and after school care families - was deeply saddened by the sudden death just before Christmas of Roberto. Roberto was the OSHC coordinator; we will miss his friendliness, care and concern for all the children in his care. May Roberto rest in peace. 

Opening of the school year mass
This Friday at 10:30am the whole school will be attending mass together. All families are welcome to join us.

Hospitality mass
Our first hospitality mass for the year will be held at 10:30am on Sunday, 16th February. All families are warmly welcome to attend this mass. At this mass staff will be commissioned.

School Camp
Our year 4, 5 and 6 students will be going to camp from Wednesday 12th February until Friday 14th February. We are going to Camp Sunnystones Bacchus Marsh. Staff attending are Sarah Parker, Jenny Morsley, Hannah Kahlenbach, Netitia Postans, Josh Cassell, Fr Toan and myself.

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School and Sport Captains

Congratulations to Alex C and Ruth C on becoming School Captains and Michael G and Latitia M on becoming Sport Captains.

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Foundation and Year 1 Parent Drinks

Friday 28th February 2020, 7:30pm

All 2020 Foundation & Year 1 parents are invited to welcome drinks & canapes hosted by Lisa & Phil Hodgkinson at their home in Kew (BYO Drinks, Canapes will be provided).

RSVP via TryBooking by Wednesday 26th February 2020

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Term 1 key dates

  • Fri Feb 7:      Whole school mass 10:30am
  • Sat Feb 8:     P and F Bunnings bbq 8am
  • Wed Feb 12: Year 4,5 and 6 school camp
  • Sun Feb 16:  Hospitality (staff commissioning) mass 10:30am
  • Mon Feb 17: Parent information night: Cyber Safety 7pm-8:30pm 
  • Thu Feb 20:  P and F Bowls night MCC 5:30-7:30pm
  • Fri Feb 21:    5/6 sport 9:00
  • Mon Feb 24: District swim carnival 9:00
  • Wed Feb 26: Whole school Ash Wednesday mass 10:30am
  •                     PPC 7:45pm parish office
  • Fri Feb 28:   Foundation/ Year 1 parents drinks 7:30pm 
  • Sun Mar 1:   Working bee 2pm-4pm
  • Wed Mar 4:  Parents and Friends 7:30pm
  • Fri Mar 6:      5/6 sport 9am
  • Mon Mar 9:   Labour Day
  • Fri Mar 13:    5/6 sport 9am
  •                      Twilight sports (whole school) 5pm-7pm
  • Sun Mar 15: Parish picnic at St. Bede’s 12pm
  • Fri Mar 20:   5/6 sport 9am
  • Fri Mar 27:   5/6 sport 9am
  •                     End of term 1pm dismissal

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We have organised an information evening for parents to help keep up to date with changes in technology. This 90 minute session is run by both an education consultant and a psychologist. We're opening it up to all year levels but with a direct focus at years 3-6.

This is a parent only session and one we would like both parents to attend if possible. For those having difficulty with child care we are happy to supervise students in the library.

Please fill out the eForm on skoolbag app to let us know if you are attending. At the moment numbers are low.

Please note year 6 students will be issued Chromebooks to take home later that week. If you are unable to make that evening we will offer an afternoon session passing on the information and then issue the Chromebook.

Tara Smith




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Skoolbag App

Skoolbag app is a great way to send communication home instantly and sustainably. You can find it in the app or google play store.

Please adjust your group notifications settings for your child/children's class for 2020. Year 5 and 6 students have a year 5/6 sports group where we send out notifications for interschool sport etc.

Any parents having issues with the app please see me before or after school on a Wednesday or Thursday.

Tara Smith

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Religious Education



This year, in alignment with our school values, we have chosen a piece of scripture that ties in with the value :BEING KIND AND CARING.
Being the Year of Matthew in all the gospel readings, we as a staff thought it was appropriate to choose this particular passage for the year 2020.
You will see this particular piece of scripture in all of our newsletters each week, it will be displayed in all of the classrooms, multi purpose hall, performing arts area. This passage is going to drive all our learning and we want the children to be able to see the connectedness of this passage and the relevance of it in our lives.
We want the children to see that the passage is very much a part of our everyday life-both at school and at home.
So as a family-both a school  and at home, how are you going to live out this Matthean quote this year? Let’s start by...sending along a family photo (or photo-copy of one) to the school for us to prominently display on our wall. Please leave it at the office attentioned to Clare Bellio.

Congratulations too, to our Faith and Social Justice Leaders for 2020: Harley Clarke, Charlie Ryder and Chiara Hurley. Welcome aboard!

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Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

Saturday February 8th 2020

The Annual Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Hawthorn is taking place this Saturday.

The BBQ runs hot from 8am – 4pm when the grill is turned off and clean up commences (until approx. 5pm). We still need volunteers for the 5 x 2hr slots so we have the necessary minimum of 4 Parents per slot. All you have to do is turn up and BBQ with a smile – everything else is organised!

Please add your name to the Roster ASAP by signing up via the attached link:

Looking forward to a fab start to the Fundraising year!!!


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Family Bowls Night

The annual family bowls night will be held on February 20th from 5:30pm-7:30pm at MCC Kew, 397 Barkers Rd Kew. Dinner, bowling and supervised children’s activities provided. All meals must be prepaid by booking through Barefoot Bowls.

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Parish News


The parish has revised its sacramental programme to allow a better spaced  celebration of the sacraments, which will allow more time for preparation.

The programme will run as such:

  • Gr.3   Reconciliation
  • Gr.4   First Communion
  • Gr.6   Confirmation

For children who are not in the parish primary schools, there will be an Introductory Module on the basics of Catholic faith and practice in the first half of Grade 3.

The timetable for the next cycle is:

  • Reconciliation      St Bede’s - 20th October 2020                                     
                               St Anne’s - 27th October 2020
  • First Communion  Whole parish 1st & 2nd May 2021                               
                                Whole parish 8th & 9th May 2021
  • Confirmation        St Patrick’s Cathedral - 9th August 2020, 2pm

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Community News

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Sushi Orders

Sushi Order price list attached.  Please note sushi prices are now $3.30 per sushi.

Sushi Price List

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Lunch Orders 2020

Lunch Orders 2020

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Term Dates 2020


  • Term 1 - 28/01/2020 (teachers) 
  •                30/01/2020 to 27/03/2020 (students)
  • Term 2 - 14/04/2020 to 26/06/2020 
  • Term 3 - 13/07/2020 to 18/09/2020 
  • Term 4 - 5/10/2020 to 16/12/2020

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School Policies

Child Safety Policy

Code of Conduct

Visitors Policy

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Enrolments, uniform and school fees

School Fees 2020

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Direct Debit form please download here.

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Skoolbag app

The St. Anne’s Skoolbag app is a great way to keep up to date with everything that is going on at school.  We regularly send out alerts as a reminder to a current notice that needs attention.  It also has links to the newsletter and the school calendar. 

You can download it for free from the IOS Store 

Photos in the Skoolbag app

If you need the password to access photos in the Skoolbag app, please contact reception.



School hours

  • Monday        8.55am - 3:25pm
  • Tuesday       8.50am - 3.25pm
  • Wednesday  8.55 am - 3:25pm
  • Thursday     8.55am - 3:25pm
  • Friday          8.55am - 3:25pm

General information

School assembly is Tuesdays at 9am - parents welcome

Sushi orders Tuesdays

Lunch orders Wednesdays

Icypole orders Wednesdays

Tennis lessions, Piano Lessons and Guitar lessons are available - please contact the office to find out more.

If your child is absent. Please let us know via the Skoolbag app. 



Out of School Hours Care (OSHC)

Kew East Primary School Out of School Hours Care can be contacted on           
Ph: 03 98596052

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