- Message from the Principal
- What's on at STA
- Compass Parent Portal - Late Arrivals
- Year 5 Green News
- Year 6 - Upcoming Events
- 2023 Dance Extravaganza
- Birthdays - November 2022
- Colour Run - Information
- Colour Run - 25 November 2022
- Students Leaving STA
- BRAINways Education - STEM
- Triple P Parenting
- School Community Council (SCC) News
- STA Parish Information
- Available Position - Parish Secretary
- Auskick - Come & Try
- Subway and Canteen Services
Congratulations to the ELC students for holding their first assembly. It was filled with lots of learning from the year. The children did really well to stay on stage and remain mostly silent while waiting for the rest of the school to file in. It was also wonderful to see so many families back in the hall to watch these assemblies - we even had to put in a few extra rows.
Next week we will hold our dance extravaganza. Specific information regarding the drop off and pick up arrangements are outlined later in the newsletter. We encourage those families who are able to come to the matinee season to do so as the evening session will be very full. The performance will only go for about an hour, so if you are able to come during the day and would like to do a bit of shopping without the kids - Wednesday night could be a good opportunity. Students can be dropped off from 5.30 pm and will need to be collected no later than 7.15 pm. Students need to be signed in and signed out. Tickets can be ordered via the link below.
Thank you to those families who let me know of any special requests for classes next year. This has now closed and teachers are beginning to form lists for classes next year.
Take care and God bless
Yours in Faith
|WHAT's ON @ STA
|6||Tues 15/11||2023 Kindergarten Information Evening|
|6||Wed 16/11||Dance Performance Extravaganza - 12:00pm & 6pm|
|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 - Mass & Awards Ceremony at 5pm|
|9||Fri 09/12||Year 6 Disco - following Mass til 8:30pm|
|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 at CISAC|
|10||Thurs 15/12||Leadership Handover - Welcome our incoming School Captains and School Elders. Year 5 families are encouraged to attend. 9:30am in the school hall|
|10||Thurs 15/12||Year 6 Final farewell day - Students only|
|10||Fri 16/12||Last Day of Term 4 - Pupil Free Day|
With the ease of Covid restrictions, we are very excited to be welcoming families back into the school. As stated in last week's newsletter, parents will now be required to walk their student into the front office if arriving late and sign them in via the Compass Kiosk.
Please note that it is a legal requirement that if a student arrives at school after the starting time of 8:50am that they are signed in by their adult. In the event that a student is not accompanied to the front office we will be required to contact families and request you to attend the office to sign the student in before they can attend class.
We appreciate your efforts in supporting a smooth morning transition for all children.
Please see below for all Year 6 key events coming up.
Friday 2 December - Week 8 Assembly Year 6 hosting
Year 6 will be hosting the final assembly of the year at 2:00pm in the Hall.
Friday 9 December - Graduation Day Celebrations
Year 6 Mass and Awards Ceremony at 5pm at the Church with a student only disco to follow in the school hall immediately following Mass til 8:30pm. Students must be signed in and out at the hall doors.
Wednesday 14 December – Year 6 Big Day Out
Fun Day for all Year 6 students. Students will attend CISAC for the day. More details to follow.
Thursday 15 December – Leadership Handover
This assembly will be held at 9:30am and will welcome our incoming School Captains and School Elders. All year 5 families will be encouraged to attend.
In addition to the above we also have whole school events such as the Colour Run, Dance Extravaganza & Award celebrations. Please keep up to date by visiting our weekly newsletter.
Further information surrounding these events will be distributed within the coming days and weeks. We hope families and students enjoy celebrating and farewelling our wonderful Year 6 students & families.
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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
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.
BRAINways Education, in conjunction with Australian Catholic University, is pleased to invite gifted
and talented students of Canberra to participate in
After its success in previous years, The Summer Camp program is back in 2023.
The Summer Camp has two components: an introductory section and an in-depth investigation.
The 2023 Topics are:
For Stream 1
The Secret Language of Insects
The Science of Invisibility
A World in Multiple Dimensions
For Stream 2
The Psychology of Irrational Decisions
Is This a Dream? A Philosophical Investigation
The Science of Procrastination
Where Do Words Come From?
Based on the research suggesting that gifted students benefit from the availability of choice, the Summer Camp program allows the students to select from the two Streams available. In the first day of the program, each stream introduces the students to four different topics. The extended, uninterrupted engagement with a topic was also demonstrated to be of benefit to gifted students. Therefore, the second day of the program will give the students the opportunity to select one of the four topics introduced and explore it in depth. The Summer Camp program is developed and presented by BRAINways Education.
Program Dates: January 7th – 8th , 2023
Program Times: 9:30am – 2:30 pm (please arrive 15 minutes early for registration)
Place: Australian Catholic University - Canberra Campus
Cost: $88/day or $168/two days
For enrolment and payment please access the registration website at
What to bring: Drink (water only please), morning and afternoon tea, lunch, hat, pencil, the Nomination Letter
Please contact the SCC via email: email@example.com
We are a Community inspired by St Thomas Aquinas to deepen our faith, to seek knowledge and to flourish. In partnership with families and the community, students are encouraged to be; compassionate, resilient, inclusive and engaged.
Parents and carers need to lead by example.
‘Family-school and community partnerships are an effective way to support and empower positive parent engagement and bring together family and community resources to enrich student learning and wellbeing.’
The past couple of years have really created challenges for parents and carers trying to volunteer and nurture relationships within the school community.
2023 is a fresh start and the School Community Council (SCC) is excited to invite and welcome new members.
There are no specific qualifications required to become a member of the SCC, you just need be the marvellous human you already are! Every person that puts their hand up for the committee brings their own set of amazing qualities and skills to form a team that works together for the benefit of our wonderful little school community.
The SCC exists to support the school in the following ways:
- Provide a meeting ground for parents and friends;
- Provide an educational forum for parents;
- Provide the opportunity for the Principal to report on the school’s activities;
- Organise social activities for the parent body;
- Conduct fundraising.
Meetings are held at 6pm on Tuesday of week 3 and 8 of each term at school and on average last for about one hour.
- Isn’t just about doing things at the school in school time
- Doesn’t have to take up lots of time
- Will work best for you when you find something that feels right and fits with life (and so many options come about through the SCC)
- Is a great way to build relationships
- Enriches students’ education opportunities
- Build your confidence and skills
- Shows your child that you are interested in their education
Please consider joining the SCC next year. Interest for positions can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any question, please do not hesitate to contact the SCC.
|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
|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 email@example.com|
Charnwood Parish Secretary Part Time
People are invited to apply for the position Parish Secretary for St Thomas Aquinas Parish, Charnwood. This is a part-time permanent position of 12 hours per week (preferably Tues, Wed, Thurs 10am-2pm)
Essential Requirements: Experience with financial & database packages, Strong communication and liaison skills, Strong organisational skills, Ability to work on your own, and as part of a wider team and take direction, Understanding and respect for the Catholic Church and its teaching and Experience in an office environment.
Salary will be subject to equivalent Clerk Award Level 4/5 rates.
Covering letter addressing the essential requirements and resume to be submitted by 30 November 2022.
Please phone Debbie Hofman 6258 1563 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for a copy of the Duty Statement.
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.