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.

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!