St Brendan's School

Newsletter #16 - Thursday 4 May 2023

Dear Families and Caregivers,

Mother's Day is fast approaching with social media feeds soon to be filled with tributes to mums everywhere and flower stalls full of blooms with magnificent bouquets. The custom came about because this was traditionally when those who had moved away from home would come back and visit their ‘mother church’ and their own mothers. While the visiting of the ‘mother church’ may have diminished, the visiting and remembering of mothers has grown in significance,

In Australia, we celebrate Mothers’ Day on the second Sunday in the month of May, this year, May 14.

My mother is one of the most important people in my life. I have learnt many different things from her and her advice has always been beneficial. I grew up, the eldest of 5 children, in a very busy family heavily involved in the restaurant business and sport. The management of the different activities and timetables of a very active family was an impossible task to start with. However, there was and is so much more to my mother than manager, she was the nurturer and custodian for our family.

In many ways it is harder these days for mothers to be capable to be with their kids to the extent my mother was with us. The need to work as a single mother or as a partner to survive takes away from many opportunities that my mother had to be with my family. Mothers are amazing!

Our mothers’ have done much for us and it is our responsibility to return the favours.

On Friday afternoon, we celebrate and say thanks to our mothers and all the special women in our lives who have made a difference and provided life chances to us. Once again, we will acknowledge our mothers and those significant others in our lives in the days leading up to Sunday.

This year our wonderful parents on our School Advisory Council are running a small Mothers’ Day stall, selling little gifts ranging from $1 - $6 dollars. If you wish your child to purchase a ‘pamper’ gift, they will be invited along to the stall to select their gift for mum and or that special person.

All families and Caregivers are invited to visit their child’s classroom from 1:00 pm before coming together in ‘The Curragh’ (library) for a shared luncheon followed by a prayer and reflection on our mother’s and those special people in our lives.

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St Brendan's Day

The feast of Saint Brendan is celebrated on 16 May. This year the feast falls on a Tuesday and we will join with the parishioners at the 9:15 am Mass to celebrate the life of our patron, Brendan.

Following Mass, our students will be involved in Brendan based activities, learning more about the person, his dispositions and how he is a positive role model for us all.

Our Parish will celebrate the Feast of St Brendan on Sunday 21 May. Celebration include Mass at 10:30 am followed by a luncheon in the Gym. All welcome.

To prepare our school grounds and the Gym for our parish visitors, there will be a Working Bee on Saturday morning. See the 'Working Bee Sign Up' button below to support the planning for his important evnet.

A Little History

Brendan of Clonfert (c. AD 484 – c. 577) is one of the early Irish monastic saints and one of the Twelve Apostles of Ireland. He is also referred to as:

  • Brendan the Navigator
  • Brendan the Voyager
  • Brendan the Anchorite
  • Brendan the Bold.

The Irish translation of his name is Naomh Breandán. He is mainly known for his legendary voyage to find the “Isle of the Blessed” which is sometimes referred to as “Saint Brendan’s Island”. The written narrative of his journey comes from the immram The Navigatio Sancti Brendani Abbatis (Voyage of Saint Brendan the Abbot).

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Teachers as Co-Learners - Italian Language

Our approach to teaching the Italian language, Teachers as Co-Learners, is bringing language learning alive across our school. In daily interactions I see, or should I say hear, questions and answers such as:

  • Good morning. Buongiorno.
  • How are you today? Come stai oggi?
  • Well thank you. Bene grazie.

becoming more common place.

As a part of our staff learning and development, last night we worked with our TCL coach Linton and the staff from St Monica’s in Footscray who also began their journey at the beginning of this year. Together we explored language games to engage our students in the learning as well as explored the resources and curriculum documents.

We look forward to contining to work with St Monica's to suport each other, and our students, on our learning journey.

School is better when your child is here.

Going to school every day is the most important part of your child’s education. There are no safe number of days for missing school – each day a student misses puts them behind and can affect their educational outcomes and their social connectedness. The best thing you can do is support your child to get to school every day.

Click 'School is better when your child is here.' button below for further information.

School Closure Day

The first school closure day for the year will be held on Friday 19 May.

On this day our teachers will continue their professional learning in Literacy, Big Write and VCOP. The focus is on Assessment i.e. what a student has achieved and is working towards. Our teachers will learn how to identify any gaps within the Big Write philosophy to accurately inform the next steps in their teaching for student learning.

We will be exploring the Big Write assessment criteria that includes:

  • features of text type/genre
  • handwriting
  • spelling
  • grammar
  • punctuation
  • writer’s voice

This professional learning continues our Big Write journey that commenced in August last year.

During the second half of the day, our teachers will shift their focus to Mathematics, and in particular, the Maths Online Interview (MOI). The MOI is an online tool for assessing the mathematical knowledge of students in the early years of schooling and of 'at risk' students in the middle and upper primary levels.

Teachers will look at the growth point framework. Growth points describe key stages in the learning of mathematics. The data collected in the MOI provides teachers with powerful information to use when planning to meet student learning needs.

Sacraments 2023

I remind families and caregivers of children preparing for a sacrament this year that the Presntation Masses will be held this weekend.

Holy Rosary

Saturday, 6 May

5:30 – 6:30pm

St Brendan's

Sunday, 7 May

10:30 – 11:30am

Fr Thang has informed me this week of a change of date for First Eucharist. The sacrament will now be celebrated on Sunday 23 July.

We apologise for the inconvenience that this may have caused.

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Staff Leave

We have a short term change taking place with Miss Jess, Echidna’s class, taking four weeks leave commencing on Wednesday 10 May. During this, Julie Hyde will work with students and staff to continue the learning program. Julie has worked in our school on many occasions and is very familiar with our processes and practises.

Our world is ever changing. Preparing the next generation for change is an essential part of an educational journey. Here at St Brendan’s, we are fortunate to have teachers with diversified talents and expertise who are released from class to be involved in whole school commitments which directly benefit all students in the school. Allowing children to experience different teachers and teaching styles helps them learn to cope with change and different ways of approaching and doing things which in turn enhances independent, creative and innovative thinking skills. This is a big ingredient of the ever changing world we live in.

Best wishes,


Big Write

Please join me for a ‘Cuppa on the Kerb’ on Monday 8th May 2023 at 9:00am to learn more about the programme and see a lesson in action with the 'Wombats', Years 1 and 2.

Kind regards,

Sonya Bambrick

Literacy Leader

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Parent Calendar

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



Term 2

Week 2

Friday 5 May


'Filter the Future'

Prayer Assembly

- Echidnas

2:20 pm in the Gym

Saturday 6 May

Presentation Mass

Holy Rosary - 5:30 pm

Week 3

Sunday 7 May

Presentation Mass

St Brendan's - 10:30 am

Monday 8 May

Visual Arts

Physical Education


Cuppa on the Kerb

Big Write 9:00 am


Open Day & Tour

9:30 amd & 2:30 pm

Wednesday 10 May

Perfoming Arts

Thursday 11 May

Kinder @ School - Ascot Kinder (1)

Friday 12 May

Kinder @ School - Ascot Kinder (2)

Mothers' and Special Friends' Day

Visit the classrooms 1pm

Luncheon 1:30pm followed by Prayer Assembly at 2.20pm

Week 4

Sunday 14 May

Mothers' Day

Monday 15 May

Visual Arts

Physical Education


Tuesday 16

Feast of St Brendan

School celebration

Wednesday 17 May

Perfoming Arts

Thursday 18 May

Friday 19 May

Staff Training

- School closure

Saturday 20 May

Working Bee

9:00 - 12:00 noon

Sunday 21 May

Feast - St Brendan

Mass & Luncheon

10:30 am

Week 5

Monday 22 May

Visual Arts

Physical Education


Tuesday 23 May

School Photos

Friday 26 May

District Cross Country

- School Squad

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

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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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