- Message from the Principal
- What's on at STA
- Colour Run - 25 November 2022
- Colour Run - Information
- Year 3 Blue News
- Year 6 Environment Team News
- Birthdays - October 2022
- Students Leaving STA
- Kindy Health Checks
- Parent Webinar - Handling tricky friendship days
- Uniform Shop - Preloved
- Music Bus
- STA Parish Information
- Subway and Canteen Services
It was wonderful to see so many parents back at the Year 3 assembly last Friday. Students appreciated the audience too. Many of the families would have had an opportunity to see how students were able to enter into the assembly silently and listen respectfully. Students demonstrate how they care for each other by listening respectfully during assemblies. Thank you to the families who were present for following the students example. The Year 3 students who were already very nervous appreciated the support provided by everyone attending the assembly.
Thank you to all the families who supported the Mission Fete. We were able to raise over $1600 for Catholic Missions to support those affected by the famine in Bangladesh.
Leaving in 2023
We understand that people move and students relocate to new schools. If you have a child in kindergarten to Year 5 and know that they will not be returning in 2023 could you please let the front office know as soon as possible. We currently have a waiting list for some year levels and would like to be able to offer positions to families as they become available.
Class Allocations for 2022
Thank you to those families who have already emailed me regarding 2023 class requests.
During this term, we will be finalising our staffing arrangements for 2023. Below is a copy of the ‘Class Allocation Policy’ which aims to ensure there is a fair and just process in allocating students to classes for the upcoming school year.
My firm belief is that teachers are in the best position to decide a child’s placement because they know all the children in their classes and have a view of the ‘big picture’. However, I invite parents to inform me of anything that you feel needs to be considered, for your own child’s well-being or development.
When forming the class lists the following factors are taken into consideration:
- Diverse Learners
- Work habits
- Cognitive ability
- Health considerations
- Religion (to assist in achieving balance between classes, especially in Sacramental years) and
- Common names
Ideally, we aim for an equal spread of both positive and challenging characteristics. Where practical, parental requests based on educational concerns may be considered. At St Thomas Aquinas, we follow these principles and guidelines when considering placement of students each year:
- Every care will be taken to ensure that each child is placed in the best situation to enhance learning and social development
- Parents who wish to raise particular concerns regarding the placement of their children in particular classes for the following year, should put the concern in writing and email it to me (Leah.Taylor@cg.catholic.edu.au) by Friday of Week 4 (Term 4- Friday 4 November). Parents cannot assume that requests from previous years will be taken into account. A new request will need to be made every year
- Parent concerns will be considered during the process. It must be clearly understood, however, that no definite guarantees can be given regarding parental concerns
- Where appropriate, advice will be sought from the Classroom Support Teacher School Counsellor, Chaplain and current class teacher during this process
- Considering all the factors listed above, the current class teachers compile class lists from mid-term, Term 4. These are then handed to me to confirm
- Children will be informed of their class placement for the following school year in December (usually the last week of school) and the opportunity will be provided for them to spend some time with their new class teacher. New students to the school for the following year are invited to attend
- Throughout this process, after appropriate consultation, I reserve the right to make final professional decisions regarding the placement of children
We keep the Sanz family in our prayers. Jake, a past student, passed away in a car accident over the weekend.
Take care and God bless
Yours in Faith
|WHAT's ON @ STA
|3||Tues 25/10||SCC Meeting 6pm|
|4||Fri 04/11||Assembly hosted by the ELC|
|6||Tues 15/11||2023 Kindergarten Information Evening|
|6||Wed 16/11||Dance Performance Extravaganza|
|6||Fri 18/11||Assembly hosted by Kindergarten|
|7||Mon 21/11||ELC & Kindergarten 2023 Orientation|
|7||Fri 25/11||STA Colour Run|
|8||Tues 29/11||SCC Meeting 6pm|
|8||Fri 02/12||Assembly hosted by Year 6|
|9||Fri 09/12||Year 6 Graduation & Disco|
|10||Mon 12/12||Principal Awards at 2pm|
|10||Mon 12/12||White Token Celebratory Lunch|
|10||Mon 12/12||Reports Live via Compass|
|10||Wed 14/12||Year 6 - Big Day Out|
|10||Thurs 15/12||Farewell Assembly|
|10||Thurs 15/12||Year 6 Final farewell|
|10||Fri 16/12||Last Day of Term 4 - Pupil Free Day|
STA Colour Run 2022
Friday 25th November
Week 7, Term 4
Dear Parents and Carers,
Term 4 will see STA yet again take part in our annual Colour Run fundraiser! This will be our 3rd year of running our Colour Run and obstacle course and it is a fantastic event each year and this year I’m sure will be no different! The date for this year’s Colour Run will be Friday 25th November in Week 7, Term 4. The Colour Run gives all families a great opportunity to support the school by raising money to improve school facilities. Relations, friends, neighbours or work colleagues are all great sources of donations!
Proceeds of our past Colour Runs, have been used for some major improvements to our school and all of these will be of direct benefit to your children. This year all donations raised from our Colour Run will be used for:
- The next stage of our shade structure on the courts – we need $15 000 for this job!
If we raise over $15 000, we will purchase:
- Decodable home readers
- Sports equipment for break times.
The route of our Obstacle Course and Colour Run will be around our school oval. We have again hired an obstacle course for the day and all children will be able to run the course and have coloured powder and water squirted on them by the teachers at set points along the course. Any students who do not wish to have powder on themselves or have asthma, will be able to run the course first.
We will be encouraging the children here at school with incentive prizes for raising money. These will include highest fundraisers in ELC & Kinder, Year 1 & Year 2, Year 3 & Year 4, Year 5 & Year 6. There will also be a prize for the student who raises the most money overall, the family who raises the most money and the class who raises the most money. So, there are lots of reasons to get collecting and support our wonderful school!
The more money we raise, the better for our school. We are not asking for children to wander around the streets unsupervised or to talk to strangers, but asking family members, relatives, friends, friendly neighbours, etc are all good ways to reach our goal of $15,000 plus!!
Donation Pledge Card
Donation pledge cards have gone home with your children this week. This card is used to record all donations. Spare cards are available from the Front Office. We would like the money to be returned before the Colour Run as this allows us to tally final amounts and to present prizes at school as close to the Colour Run date as possible.
Thank you for your support
Sophie K, Logan M, Elizabeth H, Samantha T, Mia W, Marine T, Evie P, Anna B, Benjamin G, Ruhani P, Lara K, Kuir K, Lucas S, Sebastien M, Manyuon C, Lily G, Darcy N, Santiago A, Carrelle R, Jayden P, Heath L, Harrison B-S, Daniel N, Seth R
Dear Parents and Carers
If your child/ren is leaving St Thomas Aquinas at the end of 2022 please advise the school in writing. This does not apply to students in Year 6 this year.
Attached here is the Student Transfer Notification form which needs to be returned to the school by 10 December 2022.
Kindergarten Health Checks were carried out in Term 1 for Kindy students. Catch-up clinics are offered for those children whose parents consented for them to have the health check but were absent on the day/s the Health team attended the school. An absent letter has been sent to parents informing them of their child’s absence and inviting them to phone Central Health Intake to make a Kindergarten Catch Up appointment.
Appointments are held in the City Health Centre, Level 2, 1 Moore Street, Canberra City, and are available from Friday 9th December until Friday December 16th.
Parents can call Central Health Intake on 5124 9977 to make this appointment. When there is a queue, they offer a call back service. Parents may choose this option to retain their spot in the queue and receive a call back in turn.
Michelle Mitchell presents: Handling tricky friendship days
Wednesday 2 November 2022
8:00pm - 9:00pm AEDT
Bestselling author and professional speaker
Friendships can be complex, intense and filled with unpredictable ups and downs. Even though we might wish that our kids could “just get on with it”, most need our active guidance to problem solve daily challenges. In this webinar, Michelle Mitchell offers a set of practical guiding principles to help empower children to handle tricky friendship days.
Our school uniform shop is full or preloved uniforms and is coordinated by our SCC members. Please visit the unifrom shop via the external hall doors on Monday mornings between 8:30am - 9:00am and Wednesday afternoons between 3:00pm - 3:30pm during even weeks.
Preloved uniforms can be purchased for $5 per item and are available for St Thomas Aquinas students only.
Music Bus lessons
The Music Bus runs weekly lessons at our school
Classes offered are:
- Keyboard (prep/kindy-y6)
- Ukulele (prep/kindy -y6)
- Drums (y1-y6)
- Guitar (Y2-y6)
- 30 minute duration - once per week
- held in the hi tech music classroom on wheels on our site
- cost $20 per week ($22 drums) payable by the term on commencement
If you wish to take part please complete this expression of interest form asap
|Parish Priest||Father Thomas Jin|
|Parish Secretary||Debbie Hofman|
|Telephone||02 6258 1563|
|Address||23 Lhotsky Street
CHARNWOOD ACT 2615
|Monday to Friday||9:30am|
|Thursday - School Mass||9:30am - one grade each week|
Children's liturgy is held during the school term. All families are welcome to attend.
|Weekend Dates||6pm Saturday
|29 & 30 October||
|5 & 6 November||
|12 & 13 November||
|19 & 20 November||
|26 & 27 November||
|3 & 4 December||
|10 & 11 December||
|17 & 18 December||
|24 & 25 December||
|We encourage anyone who wants to help with the Children's Liturgy to contact Helene Axelby on 0415 179 470 or Skye McPadden via firstname.lastname@example.org|
The Canteen is open from Wednesdays to Fridays - for the first 10 minutes of each break. We sell a limited selection of healthy canteen approved chips and ice blocks.
Parents and staff are able to place Subway Orders Online. Click on the link below to place an order and payment as well.
Cut-off time is 9:15 AM for same day delivery.
Call on 02 6259 9101 to place your order after this time
Subway Lunch Orders can also be made, via Subway Envelope, at school. Subway envelopes, including cash, need to be placed in the Lunch Order Subway box, located outside the Front Office, by 9:30am on the day before the lunch is required. For example, if you would like a lunch order on Wednesday, the lunch order needs to be manually submitted by Tuesday 9:30am.
Here is a sample of the Subway ordering envelope. Envelopes are available from the Front Office or the classroom.