National History Challenge State Finals

What an amazing effort!

We had five students represent St. Charles yesterday at the State Final’s of the National History Challenge. Well done: Olivia, Mercedes, Bianca, Ethan and Aaron.

A special thank you to the parents and Mrs. Sirianni. I look forward to seeing their presentations at assembly.


The old buildings of Melbourne Boy’s Grammar was a perfect venue for the final! 

First Communion

It was a very special First Communion for our six St. Charles Borromeo candidates last Sunday. They were the first to celebrate a sacrament in our new church! It was great to see the faith community of Templestowe supporting these wonderful students. Congratulations- Max, Alexander, Kana, Cailtin, Oscar and David. 

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Confirmation Commitment Mass

On the weekend all our wonderful Confirmation candidates attended a commitment mass. We are lucky to have so many incredible candidates who already show the gifts of the Holy Spirit, in many different ways. A special thank you to Fr Gerry, Pam and all the teachers who attended one of the masses to support our candidates in the faith journey. 


School Disco

Last Friday night our Prep to Six students took part in our annual disco. It was great to see all students having fun and tearing up the dance floor! A special thank you to Alma and her crew, who made the night a huge success. I hope all boys and girls thanked their parents for taking them or for helping on the night. 

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Student for a Day

While Lanah was busy running the school, I had an incredible day playing out the life of a student. I would like to thank the teachers who made sure I wasn’t disrupting others and the students who let me play soccer at recess and netball at lunch time. I was ready for a nap after school, fortunately I stayed awake during the staff meeting! 

The day gave me an amazing insight into the life of our students and it was great to see the students interact first hand. As part of our Mindfulness training we were encouraged to acknowledge three things each day we are truly grateful for, yesterday my top three were: 

1- Pasta making in Italian 

2- Art and using visual diaries 

3- Literature circles within a small teacher group. 


Pizza & Holiday!

540109d1-c5a6-4f2f-8ff6-9df8a70bc0aaThank You, Sally, Keith and our parent helpers who assisted on the last day. What a great way to end term. Have a wonderful break everyone and do something nice for your parents. Enjoy your evening meal together and each day share as a family three things you are grateful for. 

Environmental Matters

Each month the parish is promoting ways we can be more gentle on the environment, at home. This month the focus is on the laundry, the students from both parish school’s came together to make laundry power that is gentle on the environment. Parishioners can buy a bag for $5, if you want to make your own please find the recipe below. 

1 cup of Lectric Soda

½ cup of Bi-carbonate of Soda

1 grated bar of Velvet laundry soap

 Mix well and store in a plastic container with a teaspoon. Shake well before use.Use 3 teaspoons per average wash.

NB  Not recommended for woolens or silks.


Principal for a Day

It is time again for us to select our 5/6 student principal for a day. Applications close on Monday 30 May at 3pm. If you wish to write an application you must address the following criteria:

1- Why have you applied for this position?

2- What would you like to do on this day? 

If you wish to apply to be on the panel to select our principal please email our current principal outlining what question(s) you would like to ask. This is also due on the 30 May 3 pm. 

Interviews will be conducted on June 8 and our successful principal will take over on June 15 for a day. 

The big question is: Which grade will little Gregory corrupt for a day! 


Reconciliation Commitment Mass

On the weekend our Grade 3 students and families attended one of the parish masses to make a commitment to the sacrament of Reconciliation. Fr. Gerry spoke about this sacrament being a hug form God, this is a beautiful image and one that brings the sacrament alive. In this year of Mercy we all must remember to ask for forgiveness and be able to forgive others.

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A Campers Life

Here’s a snapshot of our rooms and dinning area. The 5/6 children have been amazing, it has been a pleasure to take them away. A special thank you- to all the Staff at St. Charles who looked after our campers and to the staff who looked after the school and covered extra duties. Great team effort!