- Message from the Principal
- What's on at STA
- Acacia News
- Colour Run
- Year 6 - Upcoming Events
- 5B Class Party
- 6G Class Party
- Class Awards
- White Token Celebration
- Birthdays - November/December 2022
- Library News
- St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal
- School Community Council (SCC) News
- Students Leaving STA
- STA Parish Information
- Christmas Eve Mass
- Available Position - Parish Secretary
- Holiday Happenings - Summer
- Come & Try - Rats Basketball
- Marymead - Come & Try
- ACT Summer Holiday Cricket Camps
- Subway and Canteen Services
Wow what a week! Last Friday, we officially opened our new ELC Building. From the time St Thomas Aquinas opened a two room facility in two converted classrooms in 2012 to now, we have seen hundreds children and families through its doors. We are so very pleased now to have a purpose built ELC where children can learn, cook and explore the outdoor naturescape. Archbishop Christopher Prowse, Deputy Chief Minister Yvette Berry and Mr Ross Fox were all part of the official proceedings. The ELC building was jointly funded through a $1M grant from the ACT government as part of the Building Better Schools grant and a $1.073M contribution from Catholic Education. We were blessed to have Ngunnawal Elder and grandparent to students at STA, Stephen Mudford conduct a smoking ceremony and Welcome to country. Stephen and his family have been involved with St Thomas Aquinas for many decades and it is a wonderful gift for all of you to have someone so personally connected with the school to complete this ceremony. I thank Carla Drayton, Acting Director for MC’ing, preparing the event along with the ELC staff and students, Skye McPadden for preparing the liturgy, Loryn Reynolds for representing the SCC, and Year 5 teachers and students for taking part in the liturgy and helping to set up for the event. I would also like to acknowledge the work of John Bourke, Cameron Johns and Carmen Myles for their roles in the ELC journey and Maribel Cabezas for her tireless work throughout.
You may have noticed that the fences surrounding the new oval are finally down. As of today, students are able to use the new ovals for sport. There is still a little bit of work to do in order to finalise the ovals, including putting up some soccer and football posts, but it is wonderful to finally allow the students onto this space after such a long time.
Immediately following the ELC opening, we held our third annual colour run. The weather was perfect for the event. I am not quite sure who had more fun, the students or the staff. Once again, we had the people from BFirm come out to run the obstacle course which the children always seem to enjoy. Carmen Myles ensured that there was sufficient colour as well as organising the sponsor cards and prizes. We still have until the end of the week to finalise sponsorship cards and donations if your child wishes to be considered for a prize, so if your child still has sponsorship to collect, we ask if you can organise this by Friday.
Reports will be coming out at the beginning of week 10. Parents are invited to contact their child’s teacher via email if they would like to have a meeting to discuss their child’s performance prior to reports going out. Most teachers will be available on Tuesday and Wednesday after school, with some teachers available before school on Wednesday.
It is at this time of year that we begin to find out about teachers leaving and new teachers coming to the school. It is with some sadness that we farewell Mr Michael Prosper who will be going to Holy Trinity next year, Mrs Jessica Betterton who moves to St Jude’s Holder and Mrs Emily Rhodes who will move to Mt Carmel in Yass. We will welcome back Ms Hannah Dewey who has been working at St Claire of Assisi most recently, Miss Brittaney Ford will continue to work with us next year and Ms Bronwyn Newth will work in the primary school one day a week as well as continue working in the beginning of the week class in the ELC.
Take care and God bless
Yours in Faith
|WHAT's ON @ STA
|8||Tues 29/11||SCC Meeting 6pm|
|8||Fri 02/12||Assembly hosted by Year 6|
|9||Tues 06/12||6G Class Party|
|9||Tues 06/12||5B Class Party|
|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||Tues 13/12||St Vincent De Paul Appeal - Christmas dress up day|
|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|
We had a wonderful day on Friday celebrating our Colour Run. It was fabulous seeing all the smiles and hearing all the laughter from the children and teachers. A big thank you to all our families for getting behind the Colour Run with many pledge cards and donations already received.
Please note that all pledge cards and donations must be returned by this Friday, 2 December with our prize winners to be announced on Monday 5th December. Every bit counts, so please get those donations in. We have some amazing prizes up for grabs this year. You've got to be in it to win it!
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.
Families are welcome to join us at our Assembly on Friday at 2pm in the Hall to celebrate our award recipients
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Congratulations to all our white token recipients. It is so wonderful to see so many students striving to achieve a white token and displaying kindness, gratitude, respect and responsibility.
The White Token lunch will be held on Monday 12th December 2022 at 11am. Please note that RSVP's are to be returned by Monday 5th December for catering purposes.
If you have any concerns please do not heistate to contact the front office.
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
Layla A, Zayne K, Makayla J, Piper N, Anneliese L, Flynn O, Nathaniel E, Flynn S, Georgia W, Jade J, Alena G, Tomislav M, Madeleine S-P, Aurelius F, Samuella B, Jurell C, Naomi L H, Alexander D, Anthony S, Ryan B, Orry L, Gemma M, Bonnie P, Jonathan E, Gabriel F, Herath M, Isabelle G, Adrian S
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.
Thank you for your support.
Mrs Hind and Mrs Nelson
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.
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.
|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
|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.