St Brendan's School

Newsletter 8# - Thursday 9 March 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

Who doesn’t love a sausage sizzle?

Fortunately, shoppers at Bunnings Maribyrnong do!

St Brendan’s parent volunteers held a fundraising BBQ last Saturday in the Bunnings Marquee. Succulent sausages served with caramelized onion wrapped inside fresh Bakers Delight bread and finished off with drippings of sauce and mustard, feed the hungry masses… YUM! This was all washed down soft drink and water.

Many people called in, new and not so new friends, to quell their morning and afternoon hunger pangs in the knowledge they helped our school in the process.

A BIG thank you to Bunnings for their support, Coles and Bakers Delight for their very generous donations and, of course, our parent volunteers.

Our CHAMPION VOLUNTEERS: Angela & Mick; Christie; Daniela, Lynette & Tim; Pedro; Richard; Sylvia & Rod and Tom were outstanding throughout the day. Owing to their generosity and time, $2,297.75 was raised to support all of our students.

There is another planned for later in the year and we look forward to once again working together for the benefit of all our children.

International Women's Day

Globally, since 1908, women have been demanding their rights on 8 March. Over those years, women have marked the now annual event in different ways however all have a common purpose, to address present day concerns for women.

While there is a backlash against gender equality in many parts of the world, the day commemorates the gains in women’s rights and helps to bring about change. There is work to be done and there is reason to celebrate the successes. The change is slow and never enough however it is in the right direction.

As a father of two young women, I am proud of their achievements. I have driven tens of thousands of kilometres to enable them to train and compete in sports at the national and international level. I have witnessed them, on many occasions, using their knowledge and skills within their sports, outperform their physically taller and stronger male counterparts.

While Australia provides greater opportunities than many other places in the world, we still have a way to go. Personally, in simple terms, we have had to leave our home sporting associations seeking opportunities that were not provided for young females. This may seem trivial, however, I am a firm believer in getting the ‘little things right’ to enable success in the big picture.

Happy International Women's Day to all the female members of our community!

I thank the family who acknowledged the day by providing morning tea for our female staff members in recognition of ‘all that they do’.

At St Brendan’s, we will continue to provide opportunities for all to flourish.

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In the next two weeks, our Years 3 & 5 students will undertake NAPLAN.

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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Prep Enrolment 2024

As we enter the Prep Enrolment 2024 time period, you may have noticed the billboard in front of our school and in various neighbouring streets. Similar images and messages appear on our social media platforms.

Our staff have visied local kindergartens and childcare centres providing invitations to our Open Day on March 16 as well as opportunities to undertake a personalised tour led by the St Brendan's student leaders.

It has been fantastic to hear of how our families speak so highly of the school in regard to its learning and teaching program, the care and support provided to families and wellbeing shown to our students in helping to achieve their best. As a result, new families apply to attend our school.

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,


Maths in the classroom

This week the Koalas had a Maths session about fractions. Miss Carol cut up pool noodles and labeled them as halves, quarters, eighths and other fractions. She then asked people to make wholes out of the fractions. For example 4/4 equals one whole. Later on in the session the Koalas made a fraction wall out of coloured strips of paper. Then they had to label the coloured strips of paper in the back of their Maths Book.

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Zanna & the Lost Code

On Tuesday 14th March Brainstorm Productions will be presenting their student wellbeing performance ‘Zanna & the Lost Code’ for Prep to Year 6. This live theatre experience inspires and empowers students to be respectful, responsible, assertive and resilient, both online and offline.

The storyline is:

When Zanna and Eddie arrive at coding camp, they embark on a magical journey into the Camp Captain's new online game for kids. Through a series of exciting challenges, Zanna and Eddie experience the power of empathy, respect, kindness and assertive communication. They discover that we all have the power to make the internet a safer and more positive place.

'Zanna & the Lost Code' is developed in collaboration with teachers and psychologists and aligned with key outcomes from the Australian and Victorian Curriculum. The show is designed to spark conversations about bullying, cyber safety and resilience amongst our students.

Brainstorm Productions is one of Australia’s most experienced and respected theatre in education companies, performing to over 260,000 students every year. They offer a range of programs to help schools nurture healthy and harmonious environments and are endorsed by the eSafety Commissioner as a Trusted eSafety Provider.

Learn more about Brainstorm Productions by visiting their website (, or following them on Instagram (@brainstormproductions_) or Facebook (@Brainstorm.Productions).

Cyber Safety

It has come to our attention that a great number of students in Year 4, 5 and 6 are using the app called Discord. This app has over 100 million users worldwide. After its creation, Discord became popular because it was a convenient way for gamers and streamers to convene, chat, and play together. Since then, Discord has become popular as a way for friends and family to come together and communicate easily.

Users must be at least 13 years old to use Discord, but the platform does not verify users' ages once the sign-up process is complete. Any student 12-years and under cannot use Discord under its user policies.

None of our students at St Brendan’s are over 13 years of age. Some of our students are in chat rooms with people they do not know. In recent years the Australian Federal Police have investigated cases where child abusers have been grooming children on this app. As the app is managed in the USA, the AFP do not have juristrication and are therefore unable to follow up on inappropriate behaviour.

It is extremely important that parents supervise what their children are using. Some primary aged students are exposed to graphic images and have been the subject of bullying on this app. Please talk to your child about this and other apps that are not designed for younger children. Have devices in a public space and limit the time your child spends on devices. No child should have devices in their bedroom, particularly after bedtime.

If you need further information, I recommend this website produced by the Australian Government.


Steve Dalton

Student Wellbeing Leader

Teachers as Co-Learners


Peter, Sonya and myself continued our staff professional learning in TCL on Tuesday. We visited St Robert's School in Newtown, Geelong. The day included:

  • observing TCL classes in action
  • engaging in TCL workshop sessions
  • collaborating in small group networking sessions.

We were joined by a number of schools from across Victoria some who were beginning their journey like us and others who had been learning Italian under this model for a number of years. The day was a very positive learning experience and we came away with many new, exciting strategies, games and songs etc to enhance our co-learning of Italian.

Please encourage your child/ren to share their learning and perhaps teach you a little Italian at home as well.



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 Koalas (Year 5/6) 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 6

Friday 10 March

- Prayer Assembly

Year 5/6 (Koalas)

2:20 pm in the Gym.

Week 7

Monday 13 March

- Labour Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 14 March

Early Years

9:15 - 10:30 am

School Incursion

- Zanna and the Lost Code

Wednesday 15 March

NAPLAN Testing - Writing

Years 3 & 5

Thursday 16 March

Open Day

Tours 9:30 am & 2:30 pm

NAPLAN Testing - Reading

Years 3 & 5

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

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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