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.

The Karate kid


Sofia M. loves to do martial arts. She has been doing Karate for years. As you progress in Karate, you do gradings. You are awarded stripes on your belt and then different coloured belts.

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Sofia M. loves her sport and I hope she keeps going until she is a black belt.

Cross country results

Congratulationimage1 (1)s to Zane M. for winning his race. He now qualifies to run at the district cross country event to be held at the Yarra Glen race course on the 7th of June. We know that he will represent us with distinction.

Julian K. finished 11th in his race and has been named emergency for the race in Yarra Glen.

I was very proud of the efforts of the following students:

Holly, Lani, Amy, Jake, Daniel K., Callum, Joshua T., Kayden, Julian K., Zane M., Isla, Alyssa, Elena, Chase, Isaac, Sebastian R., Oliver, Summer, Bianca M., Sabina, Chloe R., Sienna B. Chloe K., Ava H., Caitlin, Greta, Alexis, Lucas F., Dylan, Oscar C., Anthony C., Ned, Nicholas M., Ethan, Zane E., George G., Alexander R. and Anthony S.

I am very grateful for the assistance of Francine, Margot and Narelle who acted as marshalls.

Thanks also to Mr. C. and Mrs. I.


After trials at St. Charles, we have been able to choose students who can run 2 or 3 kilometres. If students are 9/10, then they run 2 kilometres. If they are 11/12 years old, they run 3 kilometres.

Students will be running this Thursday the 19th from 12:30pm at Ruffey Lake Park.

It was wonderful to see students and parents/carers cheering on competitors at the recent trials.

It would be great to have support for our students. If you can come and encourage them, that would be wonderful.

Mixed/Boys rounders do us proud


Last Thursday, our mixed/boys rounders team walked down to Rieschiecks Reserve to determine the winner of our district. There was a playoff between Doncaster Gardens, Templestowe Valley and St. Charles to determine the winner. Doncaster Gardens beat us comfortably but the game against Templestowe Valley was very close.
I was very proud of the camaraderie, good sportsmanship and skill level exhibited by our students.
Michael, George, Marcus, Hayden, Dominic K., Dominic H., Adam, Fabian and Daniel D. were great ambassadors for our school. Sadly, Sebastian R. did not play due to a family bereavement. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family. Thanks to Dominic H. for being our super sub.

Last call for rookies and also FREE ticket offer for Magpies v. Bulldogs

rookieI will be mailing these rookie offers next Monday. If you would like to sign up then there are still forms at the office.

For the first people to comment telling me how much they love the MAGPIES or … bulldogs – I have 21 free tickets to the Magpies v. Bulldogs at the M.C.G. on Sunday the 29th of May.


The tickets are up high in the Ponsford stand on level 4 – section Q35. They are undercover. The first people to comment and saying how many tickets they need will win this offer. First in – best dressed!

Favourite activity of many was the GIANT swing









In the first photo you can see that Sebastian has been hauled “to the top” by his team who are encouraging him. In the second photo, Sebastian has pulled the cord and he is now plummeting down. In the third photo, he is at the apex of his flight. Even though he was nervous and anxious beforehand (like everyone else), Sebastian was able to conquer his fear and have an absolute adrenaline rush. The only regret students had was that they could only have one turn. We learnt that sometimes our worries are unfounded. Next time you see a power pole in the street – that’s how high they were!

What we are doing in P.E.


In Prep we are running, hopping and skipping. In skipping, I talk about “Hop, swap, hop, swap.” You can see in the photos how Lucia hops and swaps to the other foot. She has great technique. We will also be looking at the skill of kicking a ball.
In 1/2 we are revising running, hopping and skipping. They are learning the component parts of kicking a soccer ball and also learning to kick an A.F.L. ball. They are learning the skills of the dodge and the leap and how these skills can be used in a game situation.
In 3/4 students are revising the skills of kicking (soccer ball) and the punt (A.F.L. ball). They are learning the skills of volleyball. They are able to run in the cross country trials. 3/4 students are expected to run 2 kilometres. Students must be nine or older in this calendar year to trial.
In 5/6 we are revising skills that may be needed in winter interschool sports. We are revisiting skills used in soccer, volleyball, A.F.L. footy, tee ball, and netball. We are refining our technique for cross country running. One of our best cross country runners is Zane. His advice is to concentrate on the rhythm of your breathing and to conserve energy to finish strongly. Don’t fall into the trap of sprinting at the beginning. Students in 5/6 are invited to trial for cross country. 5/6 students will trial for 3 kilometres

Leadership at St. Charles and Collingwood

FullSizeRender (9)At St. Charles we have leaders and at Collingwood they have leaders too.
Brodie Grundy, Adam Oxley, Steele Sidebottom and Tim Broomhead talked us about how they elected players to leadership positions at their club. They used a 3,2,1 system like the Brownlow medal. They asked us why we thought we may have been voted or chosen to be leaders. They talked to us about being accountable to each other. They talked about how important relationships were and why they were important. An example they gave was if we saw a person bullying – how important it was to have a relationship with that person so you could hold them accountable for their words and actions. They talked about integrity and how it was not enough to talk the talk but also walk the walk.

Leadership talk by Collingwood players starting at 10:40am tomorrow

cold piesCollingwood has the greatest following of any club in the land. They are loved by many and despised by the rest.
Back in February, the 3/4 students were fortunate enough to have a visit from Travis Varcoe, Jamie Elliott, Brent Macaffer and Adam Treloar. They were wonderful ambassadors for the club and they helped run a clinic and answered all the questions posed to them by the students. Now it is the turn of the 5/6 children to have a visit from the players. We don’t know which players are coming but we do know what they will be doing at our school. Leadership is an area AFL clubs take very seriously. Brent Macaffer is a player who was elected to the Leadership group by his fellow players. It is timely for the 5/6 students as we head off to camp this week where we need to work together. We need to support each other especially when we are under stress, nervous, anxious or challenged. We have a great opportunity to talk to players who are under the microscope. We have a chance to ask them how they cope when they’re under pressure. Miss Hahn is not allowed to ask any questions – she can just sit up the back grinning like the Cheshire cat. I will bring tissues for Mrs Ibrahim and myself.

Rounders grand final


I have just been sent the results of the summer interschool sport and I am delighted to tell you that the boys rounders team has made the grand final. We do have to play a mini round robin against Doncaster Gardens Blue and Templestowe Valley to progress. Please wish them the best of luck in their games. The anticipated date is Thursday the 14th of April although this is not confirmed with all the other teams yet. As soon as I find out, I will let you know