2019 Staff

Principal Mrs Cathy Steere
Deputy Principal/Student Services Co ordinator Ms Trish Walsh
Learning & Teaching Leader /Parent Liaison Mrs Jacinta Fedoruk
Wellbeing Leader Mrs Jodie Velardo
Technology Leader Mr Chris James
Literacy Leader  Mrs Maree McBean
Reading Recovery Teacher Mrs Brenda Cheel
Religious Education Leader Mrs Vanessa Dal Santo
Maths Leader Mrs Jacqui Crane
Numeracy Intervention Teacher Mrs Kathy Hughes
P/1C Class Teacher Miss Kristina Costello
P/1AC Class Teacher/s Mrs Jo Crawford & Miss Ashleigh Gunn
P/1R Class Teacher Miss Stephanie Rotili
2B Class Teacher Mrs Anna Bird
3/4A Class Teacher Miss Adele Mifsud
3/4T Class Teacher/s Ms Timea Stegner & Mrs Lenore Tilley
3/4O Class Teacher Miss Olivia Boyd
5/6C Class Teacher Ms Vanessa Cullum
5/6A Class Teacher/s Mrs Anne Durham & Mrs Ann-Marie Atkinson-Keane
5/6L Class Teacher Mrs Sharon Lee
Music Teacher Mrs Jane Padden
Physical Education Teacher MIss Ashleigh Gunn
Italian Teacher Mrs Carmel Di Lorenzo (Signora)
Information Technology Teacher Mrs Ann-Marie Atkinson-Keane
Office Staff Mrs Christine Price & Mrs Leanne Young
Library Technician Mrs Rebecca Ballingall
Learning Support Officers Mrs Marie Barbieri, Ms Karen Parker, Mrs Natalie Power, Ms Vivianna Navarette, Mrs Silvia Surace, Ms Amanda Ali, Mrs Bernadette Pappas, Mrs Rebecca Ballingall
Maintenance Mr Jason Trethowan

School Uniform

Uniforms are available from Noone, 543 Keilor Road, Niddrie, Phone: 93795037.

A reminder that sports uniform is to be worn only on sports day. This includes runners. Please make sure all uniform items are labelled with your child's name.

A Great Idea ...

Embroidery is available from Caps n More, Terminal Building, Building 72, Hargrave Avenue, Essendon Fields.

Nail Polish

Our uniform policy clearly states that nail polish is not appropriate for school.

Love the wild colors but keep it for the weekend please.


 

Parking

We want every student to arrive at school of a morning and return home of an evening. safe and sound.

Your respect for road rules, student's safety and each other is an expectation as a member of St Augustine's school community.

So ensure you;

  • use the 2 minute drop off zone from 8:00 until 9:15 each morning as that - a drop off zone where you park, your child/ren alight from the kerb side of your vehicle and you move off.
  • do not double park to either drop off or pick up your child/ren
  • do not illegally use the disabled car parking spaces
  • do not park in no standing areas
  • do not enter the school carpark

Brimbank Council  visits to observe issues around safety and legal/illegal parking habits around our school.

We are absolutely committed to every one of our students entering and exiting St Augustine's safely.

As drivers, you need to to do the same.


Before and After School

Please be aware that teachers begin yard duty at 8.20 am. Children must not be in the yard before this time unless under the supervision of a parent/guardian. Likewise, all children should be collected before 3.35 pm when staff finish after school duty.

The school day begins at 8.40 am. Please be punctual with your children. It reduces anxiety and sets students up for an organised day of learning. If your child is late to school, they must come to the office for a late pass.

Parents are requested to wait outside the building to collect children. Staff walk students out to meet parents each afternoon. Staff are often involved in meetings before and after school or are preparing for or following up their day's teaching. A pre-arranged appointment is the best way to meet with them should the need arise.  

If you need to collect your child during the day, you must come to the office and your child will be called to the office.

Big Childcare provides a before school care program for those who need to drop off their children before 8:20 am.


 Nuts and Allergies

Several students at St Augustine's have severe allergies to nuts. These children require an Epipen (adrenaline) to be administered should they experience an anaphylactic reaction. An anaphylactic reaction can be life threatening. Our school encourages parents to provide lunches and snacks that are nut-free. We have a No Food Sharing Policy. We ask that you support us by reminding your children to not share food with other students and to wash their hands after eating. Please aim to avoid providing nut products for your child's play lunch or lunch, eg, peanut butter, Nutella, Snickers or Picnic bars. Treats for birthday celebrations are school should not include cakes and chocolate. A lolly pop would be a suitable treat.


Guitar-Keyboard Lessons with Mr Pham

Enrolments are open for 2019 Grades 3-6 with lessons commencing Tuesday 12th February.     Lesson duration is 30 minutes for every two students (during school time) and there are 9 lessons per term. Tuition fees are $160 per term and MUST be paid at the beginning of the term.  Click here for an enrolment form: Guitar-Keyboard Enrolment


Snakes

Our beautiful, natural location backing onto Green Gully unfortunately involves a snake hazard. 

We proactively inform students about snake safety but are careful not to create a sense of hysteria or anxiety.

We remind students not to go into gardens and actively supervise them particularly when travelling to and from the oval and in their play on and around the oval. Should a ball go beyond the oval or into bushes in a garden area, students must have a teacher attend and decide whether it is in a safe location to retrieve or not. If not it must be left where it is.

Please reinforce the following procedure with your child;

  • Never approach a snake
  • Stand still
  • Back away slowly keeping the snake in sight
  • Inform a staff member immediately  

Sunsmart and heat policy

We are accredited as a sunsmart school which relies on us actively promoting a sunsmart culture among our students and staff.

Our compulsory hat policy (no hat no play no fun today) begins on September 1st every year and extends through until 30th April.

Parents are encouraged to begin a routine where students apply sunscreen (30 SPF or higher) each morning before they come to school. Should they need to reapply, staff will give them time to do this before they head outside for lunch play. A sunscreen in the form of a roll on is good for younger students and teaching them the technique for applying sunscreen at home is most worthwhile.

You can access our Sunsmart and Heat policy via the wellbeing tab on our website or by clicking this link.

 


Head Lice

While children are at school, many families will have contact with head lice.

The information contained here will help you treat and control head lice.

Firstly, undertake regular inspection of all household members followed by treatment if head lice are detected and upon detection of head lice, notify the school and advise when treatment has commenced.

The following points may also be helpful:

  • Head lice products must be applied to all parts of the hair and scalp.
  • No treatment kills all of the eggs so treatment must involve two applications, seven days apart. The first treatment kills all lice; the second treatment kills the lice that may have hatched from eggs not killed by the first treatment.
  • Cover the person’s eyes while the treatment is being applied. A towel is a good way to do this.
  • If you are using a lotion, apply the product to dry hair.
  • If you are using a shampoo, wet the hair, but use the least amount of water possible.
  • Apply the treatment near the scalp, using an ordinary comb to cover the hair from root to tip. Repeat this several times until all the hair is covered.

There is no need to treat the whole family - unless they also have head lice.

Concentrate on the head - there is no need to clean the house or the classroom. 

Only the pillowcase requires washing - either wash it in hot water (at least 60 oC) or dry it using a clothes dryer on the hot or warm setting.

Once detected on your child, it is very important for you to treat your child as soon as possible, using safe treatment practices. 

All students with shoulder length or longer hair should wear their hair tied up or back whilst at school.

It is important to note, that health regulations require that where a child has head lice, that child should not return to school until the day after appropriate treatment has started. 


Working with Children Checks

In line with our Child Safe Policy actioned to meet the requirements of Ministerial Order 870, all adult helpers who attend excursions,camps or enter our school as volunteers must have a current WWC photocopied and on file in the school office.

If you haven't already done this, click on the link  below:  http://www.workingwithchildren.vic.gov.au/home/applications/ 

If you have a current WWC obtained as a volunteer elsewhere,  please ensure that you add St Augustine's Keilor to your organisational details.  To do this log in using your WWC number and hit update details.


Parent Helper Training Session 

If you have some time to spare and are interested in assisting in the Prep/1 classrooms we would love your help.

To support any new parent helpers in our Prep - 1 classrooms we will be holding a Parent Helper Training Session. This session will focus on the expectations of being a Classroom Helper and how to help with literacy learning in the early years.

When: Monday 26th February 9-10.30 am

Where: In the Planning Room

Due to the new Child Safe legislation, we have had to make changes to our Parent Helper processes. This is all about keeping your children safe.  

Please note that any new parent volunteering is required to 

  • Hold a Working With Children Check Card 
  • Sign in and adhere to Child Safe regulations ( A formal interview will be conducted prior to commencing ANY volunteer work)
  • Sign a Code of Conduct 

Please register your attendance via School Interviews   using the Code:jtssm


St Augustine's Email Policy

At St Augustine’s Primary School we are committed to, and value the learning partnerships that exist between staff, students and parents.  We acknowledge that, used well, email is an efficient and effective tool that supports timely communication and strengthens the goodwill and the positive partnership between parents, students and the school to enhance the wellbeing and learning opportunities for our students.

These guidelines are designed to establish clear expectations for staff, students and parents in the use of email as a communication tool.


Book Covering Volunteers Needed

Over the holidays we purchased over 1000+ new texts for our new Literacy Intervention Program.(LLI)

We are looking for some kind volunteers to help cover these books. If you are able to assist with book covering please contact Mrs Jacinta Fedoruk at school and she will set you up with a bag of books and some book covering.

 
 

Interschool Sport -Year 5/6

All games are played on Friday Mornings from approx 9:30am-10:45am
 
Round 1- 8th of Feb - AWAY vs St. Albans East PS
Round 2-15th of Feb-AWAY vs St. Albans North PS
Round 3-22nd go Feb- HOME vs St. Albans Meadows PS
Round 4-1st of March-HOME vs Holy Eucharist PS
Round 5- 8th of March- AWAY vs Uni Park PS
Round 6- 15th of March- HOME vs St.Pauls PS
Round 7-22nd of March- AWAY vs Sacred Heart PS
 
Please feel free to come and watch the games!

 Click here for further details regarding this session:

2019 Catholic School Parents Vic Plenary Session

 


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Click here for important information regarding enrolment in Year 7, 2021:   Year 7- 2021 Flyer

 


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