St Timothy's School Vermont

Week 6 Term 3 - Friday 23rd August 2019

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Parent Teacher Interviews Term 3

Term 3 Parent Teacher Interviews are scheduled for Monday 9th September in Week 9.  Bookings Open .

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Mrs Broderick has scheduled an alternate time with families of Year 1/2 as she will be enjoying some Long Service Leave the last two weeks of term. An email has been sent to parents in regards to organising a time to come in and discuss their child's progress . Parents in P12 are able to book a time with both Tricia McKinley and Rosemary Broderick if desired.

If for some reason you are unable to attend on this evening, please contact your child's teacher for an alternate time.

Wedding Bells

Congratulation to Bridget (Miss Hall) & Kyle who  will marry this weekend. We celebrated this week with a special assembly where the children presented Bridget with a special book of letters and cards.  Bridget received a beautiful gift from the whole School Community and celebrated  a very special morning tea with staff.

Local School Community Funding -Chicken Coop & Run

The local government is providing grants to schools for between $1000-$20,000 dollars for Community projects. A long awaited passion is to continue to develop our Environmental hub (Kitchen Garden and native planting) by adding a sturdy Chicken Coop and run. 

Such a project creates an amazing array of environmental, educational and social/emotional benefits for young and old.

Applications need to be submitted by 30th September and if successful we would be informed early December. This means the project would start early 2020. 

Privacy & Collection Notices

We are always updating our Privacy & Collection Policies as well as other School policies e.g. Child Safety Policy, to keep current with an ever changing world. Links to our policies can be found on our School Website. Next year in 2020 we head into our School Review  and VRQA ( Victorian Registration Qualification Authority) check which is undertaken every 4 years).


Every year, we pause to ask for feedback and listen to parents, children and staff about our learning community and to seek ways we can celebrate our many achievements and  reflect on ways to continually improve. Our School Improvement Surveys have been renamed and redesigned, to obtain a whole range of feedback about St Timothy's School. A new survey called CEMSIS will be sent to a random selection of families. The survey is not compulsory, but we ask for your support to complete these online surveys which can be completed in your language of choice. 

Staff Absences

The last two weeks of term 3 are EXTREMELY busy. 

Week 9

Monday 9th September:

  • Parent Teacher Interviews 
  • Whole School photo 9.00am

Rosemary will be taking Long Service  Leave, with Mrs McKinley taking the class Week 9.

Jessi will be absent Wednesday, Thursday Friday ( Helen & Aria taking class )

Week 10

Mon, Tuesday

  • Anne Maree Noonan, Tricia McKinley, Bridget Hall as usual ( Classroom)
  • Celina Art Physical Education & Drama ( as usual)
  • Gail Office ( as usual)

Year 5/6 Camp Teachers will be: 

Anne Maree Noonan, Tricia McKinley and Bridget Hall (Tricia is very familiar with the Sovereign Hill Camp)

Liz Miller ( a very experienced teacher) taking  P12 class   Wednesday, Thursday & Friday (whilst Tricia is at camp)

Wednesday  onwards:

Only Prep - 4 at school

Gail Rich - Monday-Friday

Jessi Wright:  away on Wednesday for a Tier 2 Professional Development Day (Aria in 3/4)

Aria Karagiannis: Wednesday and Thursday (additional support)

Helen Zammit : Thursday & Friday ( additional support)

Liz Miller: Wednesday Thursday Friday (P12)

Support Staff/LSO's

Catherine Drake ( Tues, Wed , Thurs),Emily Pearce ( Mon, Tues ,Thursday)  Natalie Beech (Monday,  Friday)  Emma Meagher ( Tues,Wed, Friday) Yee Lin ( Tues, Wed, Thurs)

Anne Maree away from Monday-Friday in Holy Land  with Principals from East Central Zone.(Week 10)

Swimming- 10 Day Intensive Program

Our children will attend a 10 day Intensive Swimming Program at Aqualink Nunawading in the first two weeks of Term 4. Permission forms & forms seeking 'Parent Helpers' will be sent home next week along with request for payment. It is very important that all children from P-4 attend Swimming.

In addition via government funding , we are able to offer a one week program for our Year 6 students.

This year all children will attend the Swimming lesson from 12:30-1:10pm, leaving at approx 12:00 and  returning to school for lunch time. We will need some parent help to walk to and from pool and help in the change rooms for younger students.

Swimming is a vital part of the curriculum and it is expected, with the exception of health concerns, all children attend.

Learning & Teaching

STEAM( Science Technology, Engineering Art & Maths)

This week students in Years Prep, 1, 2, 5 and 6 made our own musical instruments using recycled materials like milk cartons and cardboard rolls. First we had to create a prototype. A prototype is like a draft, it’s a tester of the actual product.

We made drums, guitar-like instruments and things that you blow into, each of them different and unique. We were focusing on how to make high pitch and low pitch noises. A few people used rubber bands and made them tighter to make a higher sound and looser to make a lower sound.

Another thing we needed to look at was vibrations. If it couldn’t vibrate the sound would not last as long and possibly make no sound at all.

Some instruments didn’t work as well as we thought they would and some worked perfectly.

Sometimes it had the wrong pitch or made the wrong sound but it only encouraged us to work harder and try again. (Abigail)

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Child Care & Kindergarten

Its so exciting to see all the changes happening at the Vermont Child Care & Kindergarten. Lots of internal demolition and renovations on the go. Fabulous new playground equipment is ready for installation. They have a  target of September for completion. We have started to advertise 3 & 4 year old Kindergarten places. Please contact Gail in the office for information. We are very excited about the partnership possibilities with the Child Care and Kindergarten and the extra flexibility this may offer families.

InterSchool Sport

Week 1, 3,  6, 7, 8

The dates are: 

Friday 23rd August,( St Christopher's) Friday 30th August (St Timothy's)

Thursday 29th August - Year 4-6 Athletics Tom Kelly Athletics Track, George St, Doncaster

Friday 6th September ( St Bridget's)

Parent assistance on any of these days would be greatly appreciated!

Book Week

Week 7


Book Week is from Aug 17th to Aug 23rd. At St Timothy's we will have a Book Week Incursion Performance on Wednesday 28th August. On this date the children will be asked to come dressed up using 'Reading is my Secret Weapon' as their inspiration. The children will also be involved in a range of Literacy activities around the Short Listed books for 2019.

Shortlisted Books.

School Closure Day


A Term 3 School Closure Day has been scheduled for Week 8 - Thursday  5th September. On this day staff will work together to continue our Intervention Assessment Professional Development. After completing an 8 week program during Staff Meetings, a closure day will assist us to implement future strategies and practices to better assess and implement assessment, teaching and learning for all children.

Term 4 School Closure

Monday 4th Nov ( day prior to Melbourne Cup Day)

Students of The Week

Year P,1,2    

Harper, Ethan

Year 2/3 Joshua, Abbey, Alex
Year 4/5 Hannah, Aleia

Year 5/6 

Fraser, Sienna

Cake Raffle

Thursday 29th AugustBlue team
Thursday 5th SeptemberGold team
Thursday 12th SeptemberBlue team
Thursday 19th SeptemberNO RAFFLE SCHOOL CAMP
Term 4Volunteers Required

Child Safety

Parents & Friends


St Timothy's School Calendar

Term 3 dates

Monday 15th July  Term 3 begins

Friday 19th July, Friday 26th July, Friday 2nd , Friday 9th , Friday 23rd, 30th Aug  & 6th Sep  Inter School Sports

Wednesday 31st July  Confirmation  Reflection Day & Sacrament of Confirmation.

Tuesday 6th August Bunjil Project ( Year 5/6)

Wednesday 7th August Walkathon

Thursday 8th August  Footy Day 

Friday 16th August    Basketball Clinic P-6 

Friday 16th August Prep Orientation 2020 Begins

Wednesday 28th August  Book Week Incursion  Reading Is My Secret Power

Thursday 29th August Year 4-6 Athletics - Doncaster

Thursday 5th September School Closure Day

Monday 9th September    Parent Teacher Interviews

Wednesday 18th,19th, & 20th September Sovereign Hill Camp