St Luke the Evangelist School Newsletter

1st September 2023 - Issue #15


Term Dates

Term 3    10th Jul - 15th Sept

Term 4     2nd Oct - 15th Dec

Tuesday, 5th September - Wednesday, 6th SeptemberAFL Clinics during PE
Wednesday, 6th SeptemberIndigenous Literacy Day
Friday, 8th SeptemberSeniors Basketball Round Robin
Tuesday, 12th SeptemberRace3000 - Technology Leaders attending
Wednesday, 13th SeptemberSchool Production
Friday, 15th September

Footy Colors Day (Whole School Dress Up) 

End of Term 3 - 1.40 pm finish

A message from Clare

Good afternoon families and friends,

A pinch and a punch for the first of the month! September, here we come. Spring is here, the wonderful AFL finals begin and the holidays are just around the corner. We’ve had another bumper fortnight and will be making that mad dash to the finish line for Term Three with many packed days to come.

Last weekend, Archbishop Peter Comensoli visited the parishes of St Timothy’s and St Luke’s. He began his visit with a combined meeting of the two school leadership teams from both schools. He met with the staff and students at St Timothy’s before coming to St Luke’s. It was lovely seeing our children engage with him and he with them. There were some curious questions, a little shyness at times but overall a very warm welcome from our community. Our school captains, James and Emily, the faith and Mission leaders, Iris and Lexi and the Social Justice leaders, Matilda and Knox spoke beautifully to greet him in front of our school group. The staff also enjoyed sharing lunch with Archbishop Peter. I was fortunate to have some time to speak candidly with him about the joys and challenges being faced by educators and the education system these days. He was very grateful and appreciative of the beautiful communities he visited at St Timothy’s and St Luke’s and was very complimentary of both.

The Comedy Night went ahead with an enthusiastic group who made up the audience. Thank you to the P&F who went all out to make it a great success, despite smaller numbers than anticipated. Some good feedback was given regarding timing for such an event in future years to encourage a sell-out success.

Our recent school closure day was a rigorous, productive day when staff reflected on five domains of St Luke’s- Faith, Learning and Teaching, Well-being, Community and Leadership and Management. A rating was given in each area, evidence considered and an awareness of where we need to move to next. As l have mentioned before, we are preparing for a School Review and the school reviewer, Kylie, will look at this and check it against the evidence we provide before making recommendations for future directions for St Luke’s. The review dates are 13th October as an initial visit for VRQA  and then two full days on 17th and 18th October  to complete compliance and to scrutinize our policies and processes. Some parents will be invited to meet with Kylie to share their perceptions of our programs, process and community.

Our annual Father’s Day breakfast was overflowing with Dads, Grand-dads, special men and LOTS of KIDS. We loved having you, we thought the paper plane challenge was a hoot and congratulations to Jacob and his dad, Leigh for creating a sensational plane that flew the longest distance. What champs you are!

Thank you so much to the families who have completed the MACSSIS survey this week.  The recently distributed email to every family about the survey actually feeds into our review process.The data collected is totally confidential and unidentifiable but forms strong data for the domains mentioned above. We really need each family to complete the survey so we can learn what we are doing well and what we can do better. Only one adult in each family received the email with the login link and unique pin. Please complete the survey by 15th September. Thank you.

Recently children participated in some learning and action around the National Day of Action- Bullying, No Way! This is an annual event on school calendars and in Australia when awareness, understanding and action is brought into the spotlight. It takes a team approach in schools to ensure bullying is addressed immediately and effectively. St Luke’s relies on partnering with families to support children who may feel they have experienced a bullying incident and the child/ren whose actions may identify as bullying. Strong, clear messages are essential for children and adults about what bullying looks like, feels like and sounds like. 

Staffing News… Ronnie Etheve will be taking some much anticipated Long Service Leave in Term Four. We thank Ronnie for the fantastic work she does as our Intervention teacher here at St Luke’s and we are truly indebted to her for the support and the expertise she has brought to her role over many years at St Luke’s. Make sure you stick to the three Rs, Ronnie-  rest, relax and rejuvenate over your much deserved break. We’ll see you next year. 

Another piece of staffing news is that Micaela Debney will be taking some leave as she and her husband and boys welcome another little Debney into the world early next year. Micaela will finish the 2023 school year here at St L:uke's. Congratulations to Micaela and Will and big brothers, Freddie and Max.


Finally, to our School Production update. Thank you to all the families who have booked tickets. As the Audiri notification (formerly Skoolbag) said today, the matinee performance advertised will now be an opportunity for people who can go in the afternoon- toddlers, grandparents, other family members to attend for free, allowing more people to attend in the evening for those bigger families. 

If this is you, please go back in and book tickets (free) for the afternoon session. We will refund those people who booked and paid for the afternoon session.

If you have not received the costume letter sent out last week, check attachments to this post.

Hope you managed to get a glimpse of the supermoon this week- it literally was super duper. 

Have a great weekend and a big shout out to our Dads, Grand-dads and special men in our lives; make sure you get super spoilt this weekend.

Clare Ryan

Archbishop Peter's visit

Father’s Day Breakfast

This week we celebrated the wonderful Dads, Grandads and special men in our students’ lives with a Father’s Day breakfast. Thank you all for coming - it means so much to your children to spend this special time with you at school and to us as a community to be able to acknowledge and celebrate you. 

After feasting on muffins, donuts and croissants, families were challenged to make a paper plane and a competition to see which would fly the furthest! Much fun was had designing, folding and testing the planes - until it was competition time. Congratulations to our winners -  Team Stewart!

The planes will be returned to families soon - for now we are enjoying the colourful display we created featuring each and every one, along with photos taken on the day.

Happy Father’s Day to all our fantastic St Luke’s Dads!

Pauline Answerth
Family, School, Community Partnerships

Father's Day

School Production - When I grow up

When:  Wednesday 13 September

Where:  Doncaster Secondary College

The production is just around the corner.  Don't miss out on either technical rehearsal (matinee) or evening production tickets.  See TryBooking!

Permission is required for children to travel to and from the technical rehearsal on Wednesday 13th September.  Please see and respond to the Operoo notification.

BOOK WEEK- Better than ever in 2023

What can we say... the pictures say it all!

Sports News

Just two weeks to go until our whole school Footy Colours Day (Friday 15th September - last day of term), a highlight on the yearly calendar for students with an action packed day of dress ups, music, games and sporting activities. 

Students are encouraged to dress up in their favourite AFL team colours OR the colours of their favourite sporting code, ie the Matilda’s soccer team, Melbourne Storm Rugby, Melbourne Vixens Netball. 

Next week on Tuesday 5th September our Prep and Junior students will have a visit from AFL Victoria coaches for a special football clinic within their PE lesson time.

Another exciting sports event happening next week is our District Senior Basketball Round Robin at Nunawading Stadium. We have two Year 6 teams participating, so good luck to the 10 girls and 9 boys representing our school. We hope you have a blast!

Kelly Club September School Holiday Program

The September Holidays are just around the corner.  Kelly Club will be running a holiday program at St Scholastica's Primary School, and invite our St Luke's families to join in the fun.

The program runs from Monday 18 September to Thursday 28 September.

How to apply: complete an Expression of Interest form and email to Elena at 

Children must be enrolled at Kelly Club St Scholastica's to attend the holiday program.  If you have previously enrolled at St Scholastica's you do not need to re-enrol. 

Please see links and attached documents for details.

Enrolments 2024

IT'S NOT TOO LATE... we take enrolments for all years and at all times so... spread the word to friends and neighbours and direct them to our website and/or our school office.  Deb's only to happy to help with initial inquiries and Clare is always happy to take visitors on a school tour.  

School Housekeeping


Please check the lost property cupboard if you are missing jumpers, jackets or food containers.  


With the colder weather coming on, please make sure your child has his/her school jumper EVERY day. Many children are choosing to wear a rain jacket instead of their jumpers. The rain jacket is for outside use only.


As part of our wellbeing care of children at St Luke's, every class engages in a morning routine at 8.50 am.  This quiet, calm time allows children to gather together in a circle, to greet each other by name, to pray and/or enter into some Christian meditation and get ready for the day.  Please make sure you allow enough time to get your child to school BEFORE the student entry doors close at 8.50 am.

If children arrive after the gate and student entry doors are locked, parents/carers are required to walk their child/ren to the school office and sign them in on the VPass iPad.

If leaving early (before the end of the day), parents/carers are required to sign their child/ren out on the VPASS iPad.

School Uniform - Spartan School World

School Uniform is to be worn at all times.

Online orders placed by midday on a Monday will be included in the school delivery the next day.  Any orders placed after this time will be delivered in the following weeks run.

Store opening hours Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm and the 1st Saturday of the month 9am-12pm

Kelly Club

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

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.