Division Athletics

Last Thursday we were very proud to have 4 students represent us at Division Athletics. These students shone at District athletics and qualified to go on to the next level which is Division. If students win at Division, they go to Regional and then onto State.

Christian was in the 10 year old 80m hurdles. He came 3rd in what is a very technical event – a great result.

Indi  was in the 11 year old 100m sprint. She told me that it was a very competitive race and she was proud of her efforts.

Zane was down for 1500m and 80m hurdles. He had been battling illness and injury all week. He managed to go to the athletics and competed in the hurdles. That was a great effort and he can be very satisfied with his result given his difficult preparation.

Felicity was a late call up to shot put. She came in as an emergency after the 1st placegetter at District was unable to attend. Felicity came a creditable 5th in her event – terrific result.

Great effort by our 4 representatives, we are very proud of their efforts.

Coles Sports for Schools vouchers

We were really fortunate to have lots of support for this offer. Thanks to Jennifer and Katie in the office who counted most of our vouchers.

We received 32,709 vouchers.

Given that the Australian Sports Commission and Sporting Schools have tightened up the allocation of grants and that we may not secure any funding for a long time – I agonised over what our priorities were and what we needed to deliver high quality programs for our students.

The one interschool sport that we lacked equipment for was volleyball. We also needed more equipment to run a safe gymnastics program that caters for all students throughout the school.

The other consideration was that vouchers that were not redeemed would be lost. The maths challenge was to get as close to our total as possible so we didn’t waste our vouchers.

So we have ordered the following:

Nyda Mini Fluro Volleyball Kit x 3 (bag of  10) plus 2 individual balls = 32
Nyda Soft Gator Skin Volleyball
Nyda Training Volleyball Net x 2
Gym Mats (Set of 6)
The total was 32700 – we only wasted 9 vouchers!
We should receive our order in term 3.
Thanks for all your help in collecting vouchers.

Victorian Badminton Championships

First timers do us proud

For the first time, we were able to enter a team in the Victorian Primary School Badminton Championships. We hopped on the bus at 7:15 am so we could be in Altona for the start of the games. We were represented by Sienna, Fabian, Michael, Alyssa and Sebastian. They played doubles in different combinations. We played against the best players in the state. We certainly improved over the day and were even able to notch up a victory against a very good team. We finally got home at 4:30 pm – a long, but rewarding day.

Kathryn kicks in slow motion

This is the video on the Collingwood football club website that talks about the success of the recent Girls footy day.

Meg Hutchins is the narrator and it features Emma King – the ruck for Collingwood, who came to our school at the beginning of the year to run clinics for all our students.

It has a great slow motion clip of Kathryn having a kick.

AFLW Carnival

Two of our AFL Women's stars uphold the Magpies' name on the road.Get a glimpse at the work done at the School Sport Victoria Girls Footy Gala Day.

Posted by Collingwood Football Club on Tuesday, 1 August 2017


Hoop Hoop Hooray

Last Friday we were represented by two teams from our school in the Hooptime tournament.

The boys got to the final and were very competitive.

The girls get to go  to the next stage.

There was heaps of support from many parents and siblings.

Special thanks to Adam Tilley, Narelle Randazzo and Portia Theodorou for all their hard work.

Term 3 is the term for athletics

We have our athletic trials on Thursday the 3rd of August at Willinda Park in Greensborough. From that day we choose our team to represent us at the District Athletics on Tuesday the 19th of September.

Earlier this year I was lucky to attend the Nitro Athletics as part of some professional development I was doing on athletics.


I was very impressed by the skills on show, especially by this person you might recognise: USAIN BOLT!!!!

Fabulous Female footballers

We were very excited to compete in the District Girls football competition. We had girls from years 4, 5 and 6. We were fortunate to team up with 7 girls from St. Kevin’s who came on their day off (they had a curriculum day) to play with us. We were so lucky to have Nicky from the Western Bulldogs come and support us too. A special thanks to the support of Kylie Baldac from Templestowe football club who loaned us the footy jumpers. Thanks to all the parents and Mrs. Kavanagh who came to support our players. At the end of the day we had 2 wins, a draw and a loss. Hopefully we get another chance to do it again this year. Thanks to Greg for these awesome photos.

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Dedicated doggy drops by

Last week we were very fortunate to have a visit from Nicky, the aunt of Macy and Gemma. She plays footy for the Bulldogs and her nieces were very excited to have her visit their classes. She also helped us with training at lunchtime for our girls footy team. They play against other schools on the 4th of May. Nicky gave us some signed posters and footy cards. Lots of the students were inspired by Nicky and really appreciated the effort she made to come to our school and spend time with us.


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I was green with envy

Look what I saw on Twitter from the CEM account.

Great to see Elena S. doing the “Bus Stop” dance

Great to see St. Charles with their GREEN uniform at the celebration for Catholic Schools in the gardens after the Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Friday the 17th of March.

District swimming sports

Last week, students from St. Charles participated in the district swimming sports at Aquarena. Students competed in freestyle, breaststroke, backstroke and butterfly. You needed to swim 5o metres. Some students swam in one event, some in multiple events, and we had relays too. I was so impressed with the enormous efforts by our students. Some were able to score a ribbon and all made our school proud.

Congratulations to Henry, Daniel, Yajat, Chelsea, Lucas F. Anthony S. George, Ethan, Thomas C. Patrick, Harry R. Brodie, Harry T. Cecilia, Adelle, Felicity, Nicole, Erin, Elena, Sarina, Greta, Keira, Caitlin, Gemma, Danielle, Ariella, Macy, Chloe R. Alexis and Tayah.

Reyhan won his event – the breaststroke, and he gets to represent us at the Zone swimming next Monday.

Special thanks to Isla and Alyssa who helped Mrs Sirianni.

An extra special thank you to those parents who came to support and help. I was so proud of how many parents came to support their own children and also other students.

Thanks to Alyssa who took these great photos.

Swimming trials – students guilty of doing their best

I was very proud of the students who went to Aquarena on Tuesday to try out for our District swimming team next week.

Well done to Elyssia, Reyhan, Cecilia, Tayah, Max E. Stephanie, Felicity, Indianna, Patrick, Piper, Stefania, Macy, Alexia, Olivia M. Chloe R .Sienna T. Thomas, Brodie, Ava H. Ariella, Julius, Harry T. Harry R. Andreas S. Adelle Elena T. Alexis, Gemma, Lewis, Keira, Erin, Henry, Caitlin, Anthony S. Greta, Elena S. Sarina, Portia, Yajat, Danielle, Lucas F. Daniel, George, Aaliyah, Nicole, Ethan, Chelsea and Andreas B.

Thanks also to our staff and especially our parent helpers who made the trials not a trial!

The students had to swim 5o metres and they were required to trial in freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and/or butterfly.

We even had a chance to practise diving from the blocks.


AFLW comes to St. Charles

We were so lucky this week to have clinics for all classes from Collingwood players from the women’s team.

We were treated to handball and kicking drills and games. There were quizzes where you could win prizes and every student received a pack of football cards featuring 7 players. Emma and Nicola signed their cards.

Some of the girls had only played football – some for as many as 11 years. Some players had  crossed over from other sports such as basketball or netball. Some had moved from their home in Perth to chase their football dreams. The youngest players were only 18. If you are a girl looking for a football club – Templestowe would gladly welcome you.

Collingwood play Melbourne this Saturday and we wish the players all the best on Saturday night.


First Mass in our refurbished church

stkevs It was great to see families from St. Charles at the first Mass at 5:30pm on Saturday night. We head many stories of how the Parish began.

After Mass, many people stayed to enjoy a meal and celebrate.

Chelsea, Piper, Anja, Marie and Mae were able to stay afterwards for a meal.

Erin and Ava T. were able to be part of this very important Mass in the history of St. Kevin’s Parish.

Fantastic Futsal

On the 26th of August, we sent two teams to compete in a Futsal tournament.

One team missed the grand final on goal difference – one goal! They won third place and had beaten the team that eventually won first place.

The other team won first place.

I was extremely proud of all the players who played fairly and were good sports whether they won or lost. I am very grateful to Mau Masoni who gave up work to come and coach the winning team. We are so fortunate to have such great parental support from our parents.


Great time to be coached by an Olympian

For the last 4 weeks the 5/6 students have had the pleasure of being coached by Lenny Permana, a former Olympian who represented Australia at the 2004 Olympics in Athens in Badminton. Lenny also told us that one of her former students – Matthew, was representing our nation at Rio in singles and doubles in badminton.

Lenny still coaches many students and taught us so much about badminton. She told us of the dedication required to become an Olympian. She told us that when she was preparing for the Olympics, she was training 40 hours a week.


Lenny identified many students who showed a lot of potential and that we could enter the Victorian badminton championships in the future.

SCB – the team for you and me

FullSizeRender (36) Today we were represented at the DIVISION round robin day by these fine footballers and coaches. There were 4 coaches and players from grades 5 and 6. We played against teams that had won their district from all over the eastern region and we can be very proud of our efforts and the way our team represented us with determination, persistence and great teamwork. Being a good sport was high on our list of priorities.

IMG_6059 (2)Our dedicated coaches lead by Kayden were fantastic in helping our girls play their best at all times. However, they did not tell me where the potato cakes came from!

FullSizeRender (40)Our players were thankful for playing conditions that provided all of the important ingredients – sunshine (note the coloured zinc),  very little wind and plenty of MUD!!!

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At the end of the day – all our players had a positive experience of AFL footy.

There were many standout performances throughout the three games. Kayden awarded his three encouragement medals to Isla, Holly and Lani. We certainly think they have a promising future if they want to continue playing AFL.

Personally, I was so proud of all our coaches – Jake, Zac, Daniel and Kayden. They were so supportive, encouraging and patient. It’s a great example of our supportive and caring culture at St. Charles. I’m also thrilled that we had so many keen year 5 players so the future looks very bright for 2017.


Netballers made us proud

netball Last Friday netballers from St. Charles represented our school against St. Clements in Bulleen.

Our team had gone through district level undefeated. We knew that they would be a tough team but we gave it our best.

Unfortunately, we lost. Ms. Hahn, Mr. Thomas, Rebecca and I were very impressed with the way our players never gave up. In fact, we scored more goals towards the end of the game than at the start.

The referee from St. Clements was a grade 6 teacher and a former student of St Charles. Her name was Elise. Her mum, Jenny, had moved to live at Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula. When Elise told Jenny that St. Clements was playing St. Charles in netball – Jenny drove up to watch! Jenny’s two daughters and son went to St. Charles many years ago. She had such fond memories that she wanted to drive up to say hi.

The players showed they were great sports and wished St. Clements good luck in their next game.

I was very proud of Lani, Imogen, Amy, Georgia, Indi, Nicole, Francesca and Evelyn.

Girls & football – a winning combination

DSC_5284Thanks to Tracey for these great photos of the girls football day. You can see they had a great time and we are grateful to Kayden, Zac, Jake and Daniel for their coaching .

We were very appreciative for the gift of a free football from Kylie from the Templestowe Dockers for EVERY GIRL!

They are keen to encourage girls to play football so if you have a daughter who has always wanted to play footy – we have a local club to look after you. Ask any girl who played and they can tell you how much fun it was.DSC_5280DSC_5278

Pocket rocket

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In the school holidays my family and I went to the Sports museum at the MCG. This girl is Monette Russo. She competed at the Olympic games in 2004 in artistic gymnastics. In 2006 she won GOLD at the Commonwealth Games. She is now 27 years old. She’s only 149cms tall but that can be a huge advantage for a gymnast. She grew up nearby in Ringwood. She hopes to make a career in the media. She couldn’t have been a nicer person and we chatted to her for a long time.