St Luke the Evangelist School Newsletter

16th June 2023 - Issue #11


Term Dates

Term 2    24th Apr - 23rd Jun 

Term 3    10th Jul - 15th Sept

Term 4     2nd Oct - 20th Dec

Saturday 17th - Sunday, 18th JuneConfirmation: Thanksgiving Mass: 6pm, 8.30am &/or 10.30am Mass
Tuesday, 20th JuneSeniors Space Expo - 2.30pm-3.15pm
Friday, 23rd JuneLast day of Term 2 - 1.40pm Finish
Term 3  10th Jul - 15th Sept
Monday 10th - Wednesday 12th JulyYr 5 -6 Camp: YMCA Camp Wyuna (Queenscliff)
Wednesday, 19th JulyParent Teacher Interviews
Saturday 22nd or Sunday 23rd JulyFirst Eucharist Commitment Masses
Tuesday, 25th JulyFirst Eucharist Workshop
Friday, 28th JulyYr 3-4 Camp Parent Information Session - 9.15am 
Monday 7th - Tuesday 8th AugustYr 3-4 Camp:  Camp Urban
Sunday, 13th AugustFirst Eucharist Sacrament 10:30am
Wednesday, 13th SeptemberSAVE THE DATE ..... School Production

A message from Julie

Dear Parents and Families,

How can we already be in week 8 and only one week to go!  We certainly have had a busy and fulfilling term with lots of learning and many varied activities across the year levels.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank the amazing staff at St. Luke’s who show such diligence and care in everything they do for our community.  Also a big thank you to our students who show such resilience.  They have worked so hard throughout this term and have displayed such growth in their learning.  I have had the fortunate task of reading reports this semester and it is wonderful to see and read the achievements that each child has successfully displayed.  

Thank you for all your generous donations to our Colour for a cause appeal.  The school was a very vibrant and colourful place last Wednesday!  We celebrated the Feast of the Sacred Heart Mass today and our students did a wonderful job sharing this occasion with the parish community.  

For the last 2 terms we have had 4 of our ex students participate in the Duke of Edinburgh program each Thursday.  They have now finished this and have supported our staff and students in such a positive way. We would like to thank these students- Erin, Bianca, Celia and Emma.  It’s great to see that for many of our students they look fondly back at their years at St. Luke’s and would like to return. 

A reminder that school will finish at 1:40pm on Friday 23rd JuneKelly Club is available, you will need to make a booking through Kelly Club.  

In staffing news Nina Grieve will be on Long Service leave in Term 3 (Mon 24th July - Friday 15th September).   Mrs Dympna Ryan and Gabrielle Carter will be replacing Nina during this period of leave.  Dympna Ryan will work Monday and Tuesday.  Gabrielle Carter will work her regular days Wednesday and Thursday and additionally on the Friday.  Mrs Kathryn Fitt will work Monday to Friday in 3/4 Sage. We wish Nina a peaceful and relaxing period and know she will enjoy a well-earned rest.

As this is my last newsletter (Clare will be back in Term 3) I would like to wish everyone a very safe and restful holiday. 

Kind regards


Confirmation News

Fr. Gerard invites all those recently confirmed and their families to attend one of our Parish Masses this weekend on the 17th/18th of June.  You may choose to attend any of the three Masses - Saturday night at 6pm or Sunday morning at 8.30am or 10.30am. 

Your child will also receive their Confirmation certificate from Fr. Gerard during these Masses.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the sacramental program.

- Nina Grieve -

Senior's Space Expo

Everyone is warmly welcome to come along and visit our Space expo - a culmination of our learnings about the wonders of space this term.

When: Tuesday 20th June

Where: School Discovery Centre

Time: 2.30pm - 3.15pm.

We hope to see you there!

Sports News

Our whole school gymnastics program has been an absolute blast so far. Duncan from Eastern Gymnastics has been teaching the children for 3 weeks, and it has been incredible to watch everyone progress confidently into forward rolls, backward rolls, jumps, cartwheels, balances and even dive rolls!  Students have been activating different muscle groups and growing their spatial awareness.  We look forward to the grand finale of the program in the last week of term.

Today we sent off 24 Year 6 students to compete at the Syndal District Soccer Round Robin at Gardiner's Reserve.  I would like to thank Liam dad's Michael for volunteering his time and expertise to coach the boys team.  Well done to every student who participated and represented our school with pride!  What a fun day.  

Seniors Interschool Sports

On Friday the 2nd of June, all of the seniors travelled to Parkville primary school to do Interschool Sport.  We could participate in netball, soccer or footy.

Footy - our team was very successful as we won all of our games by a decent amount.  Everyone contributed to the games and got a touch.  We made it to the semi finals which was a very good achievement, and even better, we won it.  After that game, we had a little break and then St Lukes participated in a Grand Final against Syndal South. Syndal started off really well by kicking the first few goals, but then St Lukes scored heaps of goals and won.  Overall it was a really great day and everyone that participated had heaps of fun.

- By Xavier, Emily and Emily - 

Netball - it was quite an eventful day, including a win and some losses. Overall, we fought very hard and had a high team spirit, especially through the lows, we helped each other. The mixed netball team were successful and won all of their games, including the grand final, winning a ribbon for St. Lukes, meaning they are progressing through to division.

- By Jessie and Eva -

Soccer Rounders - On Friday the 2nd of June we had a very fun time and played safely and fairly, even though we were far from winning any games our closest loss was by 4 points, we played 5 matches against different schools. In the end it was a very enjoyable day for everyone and we are looking forward to next time and hope we win a game and we would like to congratulate the winning team.

- By Knox and Lenny - 

Special Achievements

Congratulations to Luke in Year 6 who has been selected as an Emergency/Training Partner for the U12 Victorian Boys Basketball Team!! An incredible achievement after a gruelling selection process.  This announcement makes Luke one of the top 13 basketballers for his age group in the state.  We are so proud of you Luke!  We hope you relish the training experiences as your team prepares for Nationals in Perth in August.

Congratulations to another talented Year 6 student Lachie, for finishing his challenging 3km race through the soggy grounds of the Yarra Valley racecourse on Wednesday at the Eastern Metro Cross Country event. Lachie showed fantastic fitness and mental toughness to compete against some of the best U12 long distance runners in Melbourne.  Well done Lachie!

St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal

Thank you, thank you, thank you!

St Vincent de Paul, together with Mrs Grieve and the Faith and Mission Leaders would like to thank all families from St. Luke’s who donated goods for those in need in our local community. 

We collected a HUGE amount of items whilst having some fun in our favourite colours.  Together, we can bring colour into the world!

A message from the St Vincent de Paul St Luke's Conference

The St Vincent de Paul Society Conference thanks the school community – students, parents and teachers, for the very generous donation of non-perishable items for the Winter Appeal.  Our cupboards are full!

The people we help have also expressed their gratitude for the contents of the hampers we provide for them from these donations. They find the items very useful, and this helps them to use the supermarket vouchers for fresh fruit vegetables and other essential items.

Tony Lobo & Steve Kilroe-Smith – Co-Presidents

Prep Visit to the RSPCA

In Prep, we have been learning about the needs of living things.  Last Friday, 10 very excited Prep children went on their very first school excursion to the RSPCA.  We discovered that animals need food, water, friends, shelter, exercise and vet care.  Here are some of our thoughts about the day…

Heze: I like feeding Bonnie.

Jamie: I liked meeting and patting Lexi the dog.

Ryan: I liked seeing the horses.

Harry: I liked the chickens because I got to feed them.

Alexandros: I liked feeding the animals

Bella: I liked meeting and patting Lexi the dog.

Chloe: I liked feeding the chickens.

Emiliana: I learnt that the RSPCA first started for horses.

Samantha: I liked when I fed the horse.

Evelyn: I liked seeing how the guinea pigs hide in their hiding toys.

School Camp Update

Year 5/6

It was fantastic to engage with so many parents at our Camp Information Meeting on Friday 9th June.  A letter will be sent home next week with final details and reminders for our departure on Monday 10th July - the first Monday back after the school holidays.  The countdown is on for YMCA Camp Wyuna - just 23 sleeps to go!!

Year 3/4 

Last week Middle parents received a letter and detailed permission form regarding the upcoming overnight Urban Camp (Parkville) experience from Monday 7th August to Tuesday 8th August, 2023.  Please return this form to your child’s classroom teacher by Tuesday 20th June.  We hope to see many families at our Camp Information Meeting on Friday 28th July at 9.15am.

Seniors trip to Scienceworks

This term we are focusing on Space Science in Inquiry. On Wednesday, the Seniors took a bus ride to Scienceworks just past the city.  During our time there, we went to the Planetarium at Scienceworks to learn more about space. The Planetarium is a dome-like cinema room where we watched a short movie about our Solar System and they also showed us different constellations in the night sky. We also visited the “Beyond Perception” exhibition. This showcased tons of cool activities and interactive objects that we had a fun time playing around with. 

We all loved visiting the thrilling things at Scienceworks and we also learned more information on space exploration! We would love to go there again!

- By Chloe and Camilla

Lost Property

Our lost property cupboard is overflowing with unnamed jumpers.  If you are down a jumper or two, please pop in to check the cupboard.  We also have an assortment of lunchboxes, snack containers and water bottles.

Prep Enrolments 2024

If you know of family or friends who are looking to move into the area OR are considering moving schools for their child OR want to  commence their child at a great primary school, please encourage them to come by for a tour. A quick phone call to Debbie in the office or email via our website will get the ball rolling. 

Kelly Club News

School Holiday Program

We invite parents to enrol/book for our holiday program which will run from Monday 26th of June to Friday 7th of July at St. Scholastica’s Primary School.

To apply, your child needs to be enrolled in the St Scholastica’s program and you need to complete an expression of interest form.  If you wish to enroll your child, please follow the link below :

If you have any queries, please email us at, or SMS 0421 835 370.

Bookings for the holiday program close Tuesday 20th of June at 5:00pm.

Please note, if you have any queries during the holiday period, you need to email, or call/SMS 0423 873 694.  During the holiday period, the St. Luke’s phone/email is not monitored.

Child Care Subsidy

Local Events

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) takes place every year.

 To find out more, please read the following flyer. 

School Housekeeping

Children arriving after the bell or leaving early.

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.


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.

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.