St Luke the Evangelist School Newsletter

27 January 2023 - Issue #01


Term Dates

Term 1      1 Feb - 6 Apr

Term 2    24 Apr - 23 Jun

Term 3    10 Jul - 15 Sept

Term 4      2 Oct - 20 Dec

Wednesday, 8th FebruaryFamily Picnic @ 5.30-7.30 pm
Thursday, 9th FebruaryParents & Friends Meeting @ 7pm
Friday, 10th FebruaryWhole School Mass @ 9.30am
Tuesday, 21st February 
Twilight Sports Carnival @ 2pm-5pm
Wednesday, 22nd FebruaryAsh Wednesday
Tuesday, 28th FebruaryFaith & Mission Sacraments Workshop: 2.30 pm- 4.00pm
Monday, 13th MarchPublic Holiday
Wednesday, 15th to Monday, 27th MarchNAPLAN

A message from Clare

Hello Families and Friends,

It is so lovely to be back, starting our school year with our new Prep children being welcomed so warmly by their Year 6 buddies and the other children from all other classes. I have seen many very proud and protective older brothers and sisters looking out for their younger sibling, making sure their younger sibling is settling in well. Thank you to all of our children for their care and kindness. The beginning of the school year is such a special time for our community. Please make sure if you see one of our new families that you introduce yourselves to them; it is something St Luke's is famous for and does so well- embracing others to our beautiful, warm community.

Welcome to the BRADY, CARDONA, POMPEI, SANTOSO AND DOERING families who join the St Luke's community this year. We are thrilled to have you and look forward to getting to know you and sharing your child's journey with you.

As many of you would know, the Family Picnic is plotted on the school calendar for Wednesday, 8th February starting at 5.50 pm through to 7.30 pm. It will be a great opportunity to catch up with old friends and to meet new ones. Please make sure you bring a picnic rug or chairs, your own picnic tea and comfy clothes. We'll picnic on the oval. There will be some games set up for families to play on the Sports Court. Our OSHC provider, Kelly Club will be running some games for the children too. (Thanks to Elena, Carson and Hannah for doing this.) Should be fun and l look forward to seeing you all there.

Congratulations to all children for wearing their school uniform with great pride this week. It was very exciting to present the Year 6 children with their Graduation windcheaters. They look great and the smiles on their faces reflected their delight that they are now truly our student leaders for 2023. 

Thank you to Leanne Wilkinson who has started a Facebook Buy and Sell for second hand uniforms. This is a great opportunity to purchase that extra item without paying 'new' prices. If you want to join the group, please email Leanne at: and she'll invite you to the group. This is not a school initiative but we are grateful that Leanne has created a great opportunity for all parents.

Could l ask all parents to support their child to wear the correct School Uniform EVERY DAY. Term One is Summer uniform with children wearing it three days per week and sports uniform twice a week. Check the days below for your child:

MONDAY: School uniform for all children. NO runners

TUESDAY: PE for 5-6M, 1-2 C and 1-2 E

WEDNESDAY: PE for 3-4T, 3-4 S, Prep and 5-6 O

THURSDAY: School uniform for all children. NO runners

FRIDAY: Sports uniform for all children

Please note that Children ARE NOT to wear their runners with licensed socks.

SCHOOL HATS are an absolute necessity every day in Term One and Four. Please ask your child to check their bag each morning as they pop their lunch in for their hats. PLEASE label it with their name.

Many thanks to Micaela Debney who is working diligently to organise the Twilight Sports on TUESDAY, 21ST FEBRUARY at Bill Stewart Athletics Track beginning at 2 pm and finishing at 5 pm. Please add this to your calendar of 'must attend' events as the school spirit, sense of community and joy in being together is amazing. Micaela has added a message below.

We are thrilled to invite you to our weekly assemblies. They will be held on a MONDAY at 3.10 pm. Weather permitting, we will meet in the Hill area. Please join us as often as you can.

Can l ask for your care and attention to respecting the school's request that your child does not bring nut products to school please? We do have children who experience allergic or ANAPHYLACTIC reactions to nuts. Thank you in anticipation of your support of this.

If you haven't already signed up to the Skoolbag app, please do so. Parents do not need to sign up for each child but are welcome to sign up as individual parents. We send out 'need to know' bulletins, messages etc via Skoolbag AND our newsletter is always published via the app too.

Please look out for ICT User Agreement that will be circulated via Operoo in the upcoming week

As mentioned last year, our Parent's Association is up and operating for the year ahead but is being re-branded as the Parent's and Friends (P&F). Please come along to a casual, friendly first meeting on Thursday, 9th February at the school. Wouldn't it be great if we had a couple of representatives from every class? Such involvement guarantees friends for life!

One of the greatest privileges l know is walking alongside children as they prepare for the Sacraments. For those candidates who are celebrating First Reconciliation (Year 3), First Eucharist (Year 4) or Confirmation (Year 6), there is a Faith and Mission workshop for the Sacraments on Tuesday, 28th February from 2.30 pm to 4 pm. Details will follow and the session will be for parent(s) and child. We are inviting our Prep parents to join us, as well.

Goodness... l hope you made yourself a cuppa before starting your read of this newsletter. There's so much to share with you.

The final thing l want to say is how lovely it is to be back at St Luke's to start the year with you all. Our theme this year is: Be the good news...Promoting God's hospitality. Two Year 6 children- Hannah and Jessie- have designed the most beautiful image included in this publication. Their explanation of the artwork speaks beautifully to how each one of us can bring the good news to others, that in such simple ways we can be of service to others by the hospitality we offer through words, actions and prayer. Next Friday, 10th February, we will be celebrating a whole school Welcome Mass at 9.30 am. We would really love to see families come along. Our Year 6 Student Leaders will receive their badges- what a lovely moment for parents and families to witness. The parishioners and families are welcome to enjoy a cuppa afterwards, hosted by the school. 

Thank you for your hospitality towards me- each family brings the Good News alive in such a variety of ways and l feel so blessed and privileged to be partnering with you in faith and learning.

Have a great weekend. We will see you next week.


Be the Good news... promoting God's hospitality.

'We're here today to explain to you the meaning of all the symbols on our poster. The candles symbolise light, the flowers represent happiness, the star symbolises our Lord, Jesus Christ and the heart symbolises love. The hands represent togetherness and finally, the good Samaritan symbolises our Lukan theme. 

We are so fortunate and grateful to have our artwork presented around the school and church to stand for the 2023 Lukan theme: be the Good news...promoting God's hospitality. Thank you.'

Speech presented to the school community by Jessie and Hannah- Year 6 leaders.                                                                                       December 2022

Twilight Sports Carnival

Hello to all new and returning families!

Please save the date for our upcoming school Twilight Sports Athletics Carnival on Tuesday 21st February!  The carnival will be held at Bill Stewart Athletics Track from 2.00pm to 5.00pm.  All students will need to be collected at 5.00pm from the track, there will be no bus travel back to school.

We would love as many parent helpers as possible to help coordinate events.  Please respond to the Operoo form if you are available to assist.

Further details will be provided in the coming weeks.

Micaela Debney - Physical Education Teacher

Parent & Carer Volunteering

It is simply wonderful that opportunities for school excursions and activities outside of the school grow.  Parents and Carers attending these activities is a joy for your children and very much appreciated.  To volunteer at St Luke's either onsite or offsite, individuals are required to have a current Working With Children Check (WWCC) either a free volunteer or staff status card.  Please note that St Luke the Evangelist School needs to be added as an organisation.  Additionally each volunteer is required to review and sign a Code of Conduct (School will be distributing this via Operoo in the next week).  If you have not applied for a WWC before, a volunteer card is free and is applied for by visiting the WWC Vic Gov site.  

SunSmart - Wearing of Hats in Term 1

Please ensure that your child/ren have their school hat (no caps) with them each day in Term 1 2023, as they must wear it outside during breaks, sports and if lessons are held outside.  If they forget to bring their hat it will be No Hat No Play.

It is school policy and child safety requirement to wear hats in Terms 1 and 4

If your child has lost their hat or it is damaged, you can purchase them along with other uniform garments from Spartan School World (  With Click & Collect, Home Delivery or School Delivery options. 

ANZAC Day Poppy Appeal - update

The RSL has provided an update on funds raised during the 2022 appeal.  Our school community raised $217.  Funds will be used to support Australian veterans and their families. 

A big thank you to all for your contributions. 

Music Bus lessons 2023

The Music Bus runs weekly lessons at our school.  Classes offered are:

  • Keyboard (prep-y6)
  • Ukulele  (prep -y6)
  • Drums (y1-y6)
  • Guitar (Y2-y6)
Lessons are:

  • 30 minute duration - once per week
  • held in the hi tech music classroom on wheels on our site
  • cost $20 per week ($22 drums) payable by the term on commencement

If you wish to take part please complete this expression of interest form

Staying safe from mosquitoes

Recent wet and warm weather has increased mosquito breeding. Mosquitoes can carry diseases that may be passed on to people through mosquito bites. A range of mosquito-borne diseases have recently been detected in mosquitoes in northern Victoria.  Mosquito-borne diseases can cause serious illness, including infections of the brain, with children particularly at risk.

The best way to prevent mosquito-borne diseases is to avoid mosquito bites.

In line with community health advice , families can protect against mosquito bites by:

·       using insect repellent that contains picaridin or DEET on all exposed skin if outdoors when mosquitoes are observed, from October to March

·       wearing long, loose-fitting clothing outdoors if possible if mosquitoes are around and covering exposed skin as much as possible. Summer school uniforms, including polos and shorts, can continue to be worn, but students should use insect repellent on exposed skin if mosquitoes are active

·       limiting outdoor activity when mosquitoes are active.

Further information

·       A handy guide to help protect you and your family from mosquito-borne disease

·       Better Health Channel information about preventing mosquito-borne diseases.

Kelly Club - Before and After School Care

Kelly Club have moved location from the Discovery Centre to Room 6, located next to the entrance to the oval (the old, old Prep room for some families).  

Kelly Club run programmes before and after school that our children love.  If you have any enquiries regarding availability, booking and cost, please contact Elana  0421 835370 or via email: 

Bookings can be made online, please visit

School Uniform - Spartan School World

School Uniform is to be worn at all times. St Luke’s School Uniforms, including school bags, are supplied by:

Spartan School World - 66 Essex Rd, Mount Waverley 3149 Phone: 1800 815 557 (opening hours Monday / Wednesday / Friday 12pm - 5pm and 1st Sunday of the month 9am-12pm

or Shop Online at

NOTE:  Jackets/jumpers come with smart tags attached.  Pair your smart tag with your phone and receive SMS alerts when the item is placed in the lost property cupboard.  Tags can also be purchased separately for other uniform items (eg Hats) and/or labels for water bottles etc.

For more information see Spartan School World.  

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We are St Luke's.  A community of faith, learning and partnership.

Journeying together, we strive to live the gospel so that all may enjoy the fullness of life.

We look with wonder at our world and embrace learning through inquiry, through action, through reflection to realise our potential.

We celebrate diversity and we welcome the opportunity to live and work together.

We are companions on the journey, now 60 years on ... guided by the Holy Spirit, inviting the participation of everyone.