St Brendan's School

Newsletter #2 - Thursday 2 February 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

I congratulate our new students and their families for the seamless way in which they have settled into their classroom routines. It says much about their families, their kindergartens and our staff.

A collective 'good job'.

Our teachers are working with our students in laying solid foundations for the 2023 school year. We start with this year’s theme, ‘Love One Another’. Our theme inspires us to treat all with respect in words and actions. Over the coming weeks, our students will explore the theme through:

  • what it looks like
  • what it sounds like
  • what in feels like.

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

John 13:34-35

Each class is in the process of developing their classroom expectations, electing their Social Justice Leaders and are undergoing testing in Literacy and Mathematics to support the goal setting and learning for each student.

It is a very busy and important time for all so please ensure that students arrive on time so that they may participate fully in school life.

I have been approached by our Bluearth coach and renegotiated Wednesday for the delivery of the program. Fortnightly, our coach Shem will work with each class in developing physical movement and mindfulness through play and games.

Our weekly Prayer Assembly commences this week. Please join us in the Gym at 2:20 as our School Captains lead our first assembly.

Teacher Shortage

Education, like many other professions, continues to face staffing shortages. At St Brendan’s we are fortunate to have a full teaching compliment meaning we are able to plan for and implement our programs. While other schools attempt to place teachers in front of their classes, the number of relief teachers continues to erode away as they fill the void.

Here, we have a small and very dedicated group of relief teachers who are readily available to support our school community when our staff require personal leave or undertake professional learning. When this fails, we utilise 2 employment agencies to maintain our programs.

New Enterprise Bargaining Agreement

Over the past 16 months, the IEU VicTas, teachers union, and the Catholic Education Commission of Victoria have been negotiating the new Enterprise Bargaining Agreement. Like all negotiations, there have been a number of sticking points resulting in frustrations and delays for both parties and all Catholic education staff.

Wage parity with our state school friends has been achieved and changes in conditions are now being worked through. These include:

  • 38 hour week
  • time in lieu outside work hours for directed activities
  • reduction in classroom time i.e. increased planning and preparation time

I, with our school leaders, will be attending a briefing on Tuesday afternoon in which the implication of the changes will be explored. I will keep you all informed as the two parties continue to work towards agreement.

Sausage Sizzle

We have been extremely fortunate to have been added to the Bunnings sausage sizzle roster. Planning for our allocated day, Saturday 4 March, is well underway. The next step is to fill the roster with volunteers to cook and serve the sausages and drinks. There are a number of operational procedures to be aware of however, two of the more significant ones are:

  • No persons under the age of 18 are permitted to cook or operate any equipment.
  • A minimum of three people are required each shift to conduct a BBQ. Each shift is required to have a Cook, Order and Collect person.
  • No children under the age of 15 are permitted at the BBQ.


St Brendan’s has been provided with a $1.4 million grant to refurbish the:

  • Art Room
  • Internal toilet facility
  • Drainage infrastructure upgrades.

The refurbishment will see the closing of the lower yard, junior playground, for 6 - 8 months. The works are expected to commence in Term 3 and the funds raised will go towards the purchase of additional playground resources for our students.

Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

Click to access volunteer form.

Best wishes,


Term 1, 2023

A quick snap shot of the key events for the term. I await the outcome of Tuesdays enterprise Bargaining Agreement to provide further information on key events.

  • 3-Way Learning Conferences
  • Ash Wednesday
  • Year 4/5/6 Camp - Doxa Malmsbury
  • District Swimming Carnival - School Squad
  • School Athletics Carnival
  • Bunnings Sausage Sizzle
  • School Incursion - Zanna and the Lost Code
  • Welcome Mass
  • NAPLAN - Years 3 & 5
  • Summer Gala Day - Soccer Years 5 & 6
  • Lent & Easter

For dates, visit the Parent Calendar button below. Further information to follow.

Specialists and Co-Curricular Activities

In 2023 we are running 3 specialist programs and Bluearth on:


  • Physical Education
  • Visual Arts


  • Performing Arts
  • Bluearth

Each specialist program runs for 1 hour during which time all students will be engage in learning activities based upon the Victorian Curriculum.

The school sports uniform is worn on Mondays and Wednesdays for PE and Bluearth

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Parent Calendar

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



Term 1

Week 1

Friday 3 February

- Prayer Assembly

School Captains

2:20 pm in the Gym.

Week 2

10 February

- Prayer Assembly

Koalas (Yr 5/6)

2:20 pm in the Gym.

Week 3

Wednesday 15 February

- 3-Way Conferences

Week 4

Wednesday 22 February

- Ash Wednesday

- Year 4/5 & 6 Camp

Thursday 23 February

- Year 4/5 & 6 Camp

Friday 24 February

- Year 4/5 & 6 Camp

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

Parish Bulletin

The Whole school will be attending the Christmas Melodies at Hamer Hall on Monday 12 December. Host Gorgi Coghlan and friends will lead us in a warm festive sing-a-long with a big band and choir.