St Brendan's School

Newsletter 9# - Thursday 16 March 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week, Victorian Catholic schools have been celebrating Catholic Education Week. It is a week of opportunity to celebrate our Catholic identity and the role we play within our local community.

This year's theme is 'Forming lives of faith, hope and love in the light of Christ' fits well with our theme ‘Love One Another’

Our theme, 'love One Another' draws inspiration from Albrecht Dürer's 'Study of the Hands of an Apostle', often called 'Praying Hands'. The hands depict what true love is, the sacrifice that one makes to improve the livelihood of another.

The Story

Albrecht lived in Nuremberg around 500 years ago. Albrecht enjoyed art and putting great detail into his drawings. As he grew older, Albrecht knew that he wanted to become an artist, as did his brother Albert. Unfortunately, there was no way that their father could afford for both boys to train.

The two boys discussed their hopes and dreams and could see no way that would enable them both to get what they wanted. Eventually, they made a pact and agreed that one brother would have to work in the local mine in order to support the other during his training. Then, once the training was finished, this brother would sell his paintings to support the other brother with training. It was settled with the toss of a coin, Albrecht won.

While Albrecht studied the arts, his brother, Albert, worked in the mines. It was hard and dangerous work. In time, Albrecht become a well-known artist and he was able to earn large amounts of money, commissioned by wealthy aristocrats.

Albrecht returned home to keep his promise, to support his brother through art school. Albrecht looked with sadness at his brother, who stood with tears running down his face. 'Work in the mines is hard and I have had every finger smashed at least once, the joints are swollen and I have developed arthritis. I find it hard to hold a glass in my hand, let alone a paintbrush, so I can never become the artist I wanted to be.’

Albrecht embraced his brother and drew his hands. He realised the sacrifice that Albert had made to enable him to achieve his dream.

Harmony Week

Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world next week the nation celebrates Australian multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community. Harmony Week is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values.

Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Week.

Why orange?

Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect.

Next week, our students will be given an orange t-shirt to decorate with inclusive symbols and will be encouraged to wear the t-shirt, with their sports shorts/track suit pants on Friday.

This is a time for our school to celebrate the diversity and harmony the exists in our community.


Nearly half (49 per cent) of Australians were born overseas or have at least one parent who was.

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Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

Starting Monday 20th March, St. Brendan’s is excited to be participating in Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge. The PRC application offers a range of exciting features including:

  • access to a library catalogue (including book images and blurbs)

  • a modern user-friendly interface

  • rewarding students with badges as challenge milestones are achieved

  • the option for students to mark books as a favourite, give them a star rating or complete a book review

The Challenge is open to all Victorian children from birth to Year 10 in recognition of the importance of reading for literacy development. It is not a competition; but a personal challenge for children to read a set number of books by 8 September 2023.

Children from Prep to Year 2 are encouraged to read or ‘experience’ 30 books with their parents and teachers. Children from Year 3 to Year 10 are challenged to read 15 books.

All children who meet the Challenge will receive a certificate of achievement signed by the Victorian Premier and former Premiers.

To read the Premier’s letter to parents, view the booklist and for more information about the Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge, visit:

Kind Regards,

Sonya Bambrick

Literacy Leader

In the News

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Our young echidnas featured in this quarters Flem/Ken News.

Keep an eye open for upcoming articles featuring our wonderful students.


This week saw our Years 3 & 5 students undertake their first 2 assessments in NAPLAN. Fresh from completing their first 2 assessments, Writing and Reading, our students look forward to next week's Conventions & Language and Mathematics.

NAPLAN is The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN), the annual national assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 & 9. It is a set of four tests that students must sit in Term 2 every year.

At St Brendan's, the tests will be held over 4 days. If a student is absent on the scheduled test day, they are able to sit the test at a later date.

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2024 Enrolment Referral Incentive

I remind all of our Enrolment Referral Incentive as we we enter the Prep Enrolment 2024 time period. There is a significant gain to our school and a fee credit to the family on a recommendation turning into an enrolment.

2024 Enrolment Referral Incentive

This year, we would like to acknowledge those parents that recommend our school to a new family that results in an enrolment, to receive a fee credit for their efforts.

How the referral incentive works:

If you have referred a new family to the school and as a result, that family enrols their child/ren and they remain at the school for the 2024 school year, your eldest child’s Curriculum Levy will be credited back to you for the 2025 school year.

For every family you have referred, which results in an enrolment for the 2024 school year, a further credit of the same value of your eldest child will credited.

Best wishes,


Sushi Day

A reminder that Sushi Day is next Tuesday.

To ensure that your child enjoys this treat , place your order via the Sushi@School Online Order link below.

Please note

  • orders must be placed by next Monday 20 March
  • late orders CANNOT be accepted

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Sacraments 2023

Fr Thang has confirmed the sacramental dates for 2023 and are as detailed in the table below.

Further information will follow in the coming weeks for each sacrament.

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Lenten Offering


On behalf of the local chapter of St Vincent de Paul, we are collecting non-perishable foods to distribute to the less fortunate persons in our area.

Non-perishable foods include;

  • UHT Milk
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Rice
  • Tinned Tuna/Salmon
  • Tinned Baked Beans/Spaghetti.

Each of our classes will be collecting non-perishable foods to provide support the initiative. The donated foods will form a part of our weekly Prayer Assembly.

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Prayer Assembly

Prayer Assembly will be lead by our School Leaders this week. All are invited to join us at 2:20pm in the Gym or online, button below, to celebrate school life.

Parent Calendar

Here is a link to our Parent Calendar. You will also find this on our website.



Term 1

Week 7

Friday, 17 March

Prayer Assembly

School Captains

2:20 in the Gym

Week 8

Monday 20 March

PE & Visual Art


Tuesday 21 March

Early Years

9:15 - 10:30 am

NAPLAN Testing - Conventions & Language

Years 3 & 5

Wednesday 22 March

Performing Arts

NAPLAN Testing - Mathematics

Years 3 & 5

Friday 24 March

Prayer Assembly - Year 3/4

2:20 in the Gym

Week 9

Monday 27 March

PE & Visual Art


Tuesday 28 March

Early Years

9:15 - 10:30 am

Wednesday 29 March

Performing Arts

Friday 31 March

Prayer Assembly - House Captains

2:20 in the Gym

Prayer to St Brendan

Help me to journey beyond the familiar

and into the unknown.

Give me the faith to leave old ways

and break fresh ground with You.

Christ of the mysteries, I trust You

to be stronger than each storm within me.

I will trust in the darkness and know

that my times, even now, are in Your hand.

Tune my spirit to the music of heaven,

and somehow, make my obedience count for You.


Keep in contact with us

I ask that you continue to regularly visit our Facebook page for updates. If you have any queries or concerns, please contact me directly.

I may be contacted on

Best wishes,


St Brendan's Parish


Administration Office

103 Wellington Street

Flemington 3031

03 9412 8495

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