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Newsletter - Mid July 2019

1. From The Principal

Dear Families,

Welcome back to school for the winter term, I hope that you are all staying warm and dry and that all of our children are rested and ready for another term of learning and growth.

Deepest Sympathy

Many in our community will have fond memories of Mary-Anne Balmer, former teacher and Deputy Principal of the school, who passed away unexpectedly at the end of the 2014 school year. I am deeply saddened to let you all know that Mary-Anne’s husband, Bill Poon, passed away, also quite unexpectedly, on the weekend. Some of you will be aware that Mary-Anne and Bill have two daughters, now both at secondary school, and our hearts and prayers go out to them at this distressing time. We also keep Mary-Anne’s brothers and her mother, Marie, in our thoughts and prayers. Along with the staff who knew Mary-Anne, Bill and the girls, I share the deep sadness and distress that many of you will be feeling at this news. Our community came together strongly in the wake of Mary-Anne’s death, it is my hope that we will be able to do so again in support of any who are struggling with this news. Please continue to keep the girls and the wider Balmer-Poon family in your prayers over the next weeks.

Werribee Open Range Zoo Excursion

Notes went home last term in regard to this exciting whole school excursion, scheduled for next Thursday, 25th July. If you have not yet seen this note and the attached permission form, please contact your child’s teacher or the office so that we can be sure that all are good to go on the day itself. Likewise, if you have any questions about the event, please contact your child’s teacher or the organiser, Melanie Granata.

Child Safety

“St John’s School, Clifton Hill, holds the care, safety and wellbeing of children and young people as a central and fundamental responsibility of all Catholic educators. This commitment is drawn from and inherent to the teaching and mission of Jesus Christ, with love, justice and the sanctity of each human person at the heart of the Gospel…. Creating a child-safe school environment is a dynamic process that involves active participation and responsibility by the school, its families and our wider community. This is marked by collaboration, vigilance and proactive approaches across policies, procedures, curriculum and practices.” (Statement of Commitment to Child Safety, St John’s School, Clifton Hill, 2016).

As part of this commitment, staff and students will be undertaking programs this term in body safety and protective behaviours. Because this is a whole school community issue, we are also offering a parent program to take place on Thursday 8th August from 6:30-8:30 pm in Aikenhead Hall; it is our hope that at least one parent from every family attend this important event. Topics covered will include:

  • The ten key areas of body safety including consent, assertive communication, safe and unsafe touch as well as identifying trusted adults
  • Supporting at children, staff and families including self-care
  • Frequently asked questions about body safety and protective behaviours education.

We have engaged Body Safety Australia to facilitate these programs for us; more information about them and their programs can be found on their website We will be sending out a flyer with an RSVP later this week so please keep an eye out for this.


Today we welcomed Kevin Harrison to the school. Kevin is currently studying Education Support at RMIT and will join us for the practical component of his course on Tuesdays over this semester. We hope that his time with us is both enjoyable and worthwhile.

Santa Maria College, Northcote: Key Enrolment Dates for Year 7 in 2021

23 August 2019
Applications for enrolment in Year 7 2021 close

7 September 2019
Family Interviews

18 October 2019
Offers of places to prospective Year 7 2021 students posted

1 November 2019
Final date for families to accept offers made

If you have any questions or would like to discuss the enrolment process,
please contact:
Mrs Kylie Lawtey
Admissions & Marketing Leader
Direct Line: 9488 1630

Upcoming Events

I draw your attention to two upcoming events.

The first is the Parish Fun Night scheduled to take place this weekend on Saturday night at St Joseph’s Hall in Collingwood. Information was sent out yesterday about this event. Tickets are available through the Parish Office from Joan Parr. Alternatively, you could speak with Melanie Granata or Jennifer Jacobs-Vandegeer to find out more. I look forward to celebrating Christmas in July with as many of our families as possible on this night.

The second event that I hope everyone has in their schedules is the P&F Comedy Night on Saturday 17th August commencing at 6:30 pm. Last year’s event was thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended. This is the perfect night to get a group of friends together and enjoy good food, good company, and plenty of feel good laughs.

Until next time, respectfully, Daniel 🙂

2. From The Parish

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Parish Newsletter July 13-14

3. From The P&F



Hello parents and friends,

Welcome back to Term 3, we are half way through the year and officially halfway through winter, phew! We hit the ground running this term with preparations for the Comedy Night in full swing. Tickets are available for purchase right now via the Comedy for a Cause website, so please get on board and purchase your tickets.

This was a really fun night last year and is a great opportunity to bring some friends along.  There will be some silent auction items and hampers to purchase, so book the babysitter now! Don’t forget all the profits go directly to benefit the kids of our school, so please support this event.

We also have our major raffle running at the same time. Look out for some early bird prizes. Return your books as soon as possible. There are more books available so drop in to the office if you can sell some more.

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday August 17th 

Saturday August 17 Comedy Night Aikenhead Hall

Get your tickets now!

If you couldn’t make it to the Bush Dance, we would love you to make a special effort to attend the Comedy Night. This was a huge success last year.  If you didn’t make it last year, this is a night not to be missed. It’s also perfect for bringing along some friends.

Come and enjoy the relaxed environment and have a few laughs.

June/July Scouts and Schools Monster Raffle

This year we have joined with the Scouts for our major raffle. Tickets and info will be coming out next week. This is a fabulous opportunity and buying a ticket puts you in the running to win a Holden Trax, a trip to the Gold Coast or one of over 100 other prizes! We will be giving everyone plenty of time to sell ticket to friends, family, work colleagues and will hopefully do some shopping centre rosters as well.  Keep your eye out!

Baker’s Delight Friday Lunch Orders

Please note that Baker’s Delight Friday Lunch Orders are up and running. Get your order in Thursday evening for a Friday delivery. You can also order ahead for your convenience

Ordering is done online just go to: to order directly.

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