- Message from the Principal
- What's on at STA
- Birthdays - November 2022
- Year 6 - Upcoming Events
- Kinder Green News
- Library News
- Colour Run - 25 November 2022
- Colour Run - REMINDER
- Students Leaving STA
- School Community Council (SCC) News
- STA Parish Information
- Available Position - Parish Secretary
- ACT Summer Holiday Cricket Camps
- Auskick - Come & Try
- Summer Music School - Holiday Program
- Marymead - Come & Try
- Lords Taverners ACT Awards
- Subway and Canteen Services
This week we hold our Colour Run. Since 2020, this has become a regular fundraising event on the calendar. Aside from the fundraising element, this is also a great opportunity for students and staff to have a bit of fun towards the end of the year. A big thank you must go to Carmen Myles for organising this event and to the SCC for organising the sausage sizzle.
Last night, I had the great pleasure of attending the 23rd Annual Prime Minister’s Awards for Science. While the room was filled with some of the most amazing scientific minds in the country and there were a number of eminent scientists recognised, it was also an opportunity to recognise excellent examples of science teaching. The winner for the Primary division was a teacher by the name of Mr George Pantazis from Marble Bar Primary School in WA. In his acceptance speech, he acknowledged and recognised First Nation knowledge and the deep understanding he had been able to develop as a result of working with local elders, but also knowledge he had gained from his students. The passion George had for his work and his commitment to his students was clearly evident and profound, and by the end of his acceptance speech he had a fair portion of people in the room wiping away tears and everyone in the room standing. He was the only awardee to receive a standing ovation. I think this reception acknowledged his dedication, but also the esteem with which his profession was held in a room full of luminaries. Every scientist and science educator in the room recognised that his work as a primary school teacher is critical to our nations prosperity. Our primary teachers play a critical role in ensuring the next generation is well prepared to take on the challenges of tomorrow.
This Wednesday two representatives from Deloitte will visit our school to talk with teachers, look at data and observe lessons. St Thomas Aquinas is one of two schools in the Archdiocese to take part in a case study to assess the effectiveness of the teaching strategies implemented over the last two and a half years. As early adopters of these strategies, we have seen a positive impact on the learning of students across the school, but particularly from Kindergarten to Year 2. We are excited about sharing this learning with other schools in our system and across the nation, so that all children can benefit.
Take care and God bless
Yours in Faith
|WHAT's ON @ STA
|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|
Amber B, Andrew M, Farrah A, Annabelle C, Taigh R, Rebecca J, Jewel J, Jett B, Niklaus T, Kuzivakwashe M, Leaniva M H, Ava G, Jadyn W, Aiden M, Harpreet S, Benjamin S, Grace S, Carys S, Ella T, Mikayla M, Faith M, Isabel P, Darcy A, Dante C
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.
Families may have recently received overdue notices. Please don’t panic! Send in the books that you can find and please let us know the books you can no longer locate.
Our last week for borrowing will be Week 8. From Week 9 we will be returning our books to the library for a stocktake.
Scholastic Book Club:
Book Club orders will close on Monday 28th November.
Thank you for your support.
Mrs Hind and Mrs Nelson
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.
Please contact the SCC via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com
If you have any questions, 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
|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|
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 email@example.com for a copy of the Duty Statement.
The team at AAS Cricket Coaching are excited to announce our upcoming ACT Summer Holiday Cricket Camps.
Catering to ages 6-16, our school holiday cricket programs include access to:
- A structured & enjoyable program delivered in a fun, team-based learning environment
- Coaching covering all aspects of the game including batting, fast & slow bowling, fielding, running between wickets and wicket-keeping
- Technical, tactical & game sense tuition
- Qualified & experienced coaches
Please note that clinic size is limited to ensure an appropriate player to coach ratio. Players will be grouped according to age and skill level.
Programs will be held at Reid Oval or Watson Oval from 9:00am to 3pm each day. After hours care may be available for an additional charge on request.
Register before November 30 to receive 10% off. Just use the code AASCSUMMER10 at the checkout! Book online today at https://linktr.ee/activeallsports
For any enquiries, please contact Holly Halford-Smith on 0400 125 342 or 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.