- Message from the Principal
- What's on at STA
- Class Awards
- Birthdays - March
- Year 2 Blue News
- School Community Council (SCC) News
- Fete News - Can you help?
- Fete News - Raffle Tickets
- Fete News - Family Fete Checklist
- Library News - SORA
- Story Box Library
- Scholastic Book Club
- Years 3 & 5 - NAPLAN Testing
- Years 3 & 5 - NAPLAN Information
- ICAS School Competitions - Congratulations
- Clean Up Australia Day
- Carpark Restrictions - April 2023
- Apply Now! Future of Education Equity Fund
- Counsellor News - The Importance of Sleep
- CHECK THIS OUT! We are a Happy Families School
- Free Webinar - The Resilient Parent
- Parent Resources - Newsletter
- Year 6 - Merici College Enrolment Information
- Year 6 - St Edmunds College
- Year 6 - St Francis Xavier Enrolment Information
- Celebrating different cultures at STA
- STA Parish Information
- The Belconnen Rotary Club
Thank you to those families who have already signed up to support the school fete this year. We know that this time of year can be busy, but even an hour of your time is helpful. It is also a great way to meet other families and to get to know people in the community.
Those of you who drop off or collect students through drive through will be pleased to know that we have finally been able to organise for the asphalt to be repaired. This work will occur between the 17th - 19th April. During this time, the entrance to the drive through, the carpark adjacent to the church and the basketball courts will be closed. Families who need to drop their children off at OSH or the ELC will need to either enter through the exit or park at the Woolworths car park and walk across to the school.
I will be away in Bowral for the rest of this week attending the Catholic Leaders’ Day and Principal Retreat. During these three days, principals from across the Archdiocese gather to learn about and discuss the strategic direction of Catholic Education in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn, and to take time to pray for our System. This year we will hear from Tom Rees. Tom is the Executive Director for Programs at Ambition Institute, an English education charity providing professional development for teachers, school leaders and system leaders serving children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Tom will talk to us about leading learning within our schools. Our two-day retreat will be led by Sr Margaret Ghosn.
Sr Margaret is Principal at Maronite College of the Holy Family, Sydney and will present on ‘In the Image of God - Christian Anthropology’. Mrs Carmen Myles will lead the school in my absence.
Take care and God bless
Yours in Faith
|6||Thur 09/03||STA Fete Meeting @ 6pm in the Library All welcome|
|6||Fri 10/03||Year 4 Assembly @ 2pm in the hall|
|7||Fri 17/03||Tombola Uniform Free Day|
|8||Tue 21/03||SCC Meeting @ 6pm|
|8||Fri 24/03||Year 2 Assembly @ 2pm in the hall|
|8 - 9||Wed 15/3 -24/03||NAPLAN for Years 3 & 5|
||STA Fete!!! Helpers needed - Please jump on board
|9||Fri 31/03||Athletics Carnival|
|10||Wed 05/04||Kenny Koala Visit - Kindergarten, Year 5 & Year 6|
|10||Thur 06/04||Kenny Koala Visit Year 4|
|10||Thur 06/04||White Token Lunch|
|10||Thur 06/04||Prinicpal Awards|
|10||Thur 06/04||Last day of Term 1|
|Term 2||Mon 24/04||Pupil Free Day|
|Term 2||Tues 25/04||Public Holiday|
|Term 2||Wed 26/04||Term 2 begins for all students|
|Term 2||Tues 13/06||ELC Photos|
|Term 2||Wed 14/06||School Photos|
|Term 2||Thur 15/06||ELC Photos|
Families are welcome to join us at our Assembly on Friday at 2pm in the Hall to celebrate our award recipients
|ELC Acacias||Matilda A
|ELC Coolabahs||Ada R
|ELC Waratahs||Hamilton S
|Bradley L-B||Angok C||Nathaniel E||Molly W-S|
|Oliver H||Kuzivakwashe M||Ivy L H||Lily H|
|Kael S||Benjamin S||Ashea K||Kendall T|
|Fay D||Jessica B||Darcy A||Emma O|
Zeke F, Molly W-S, Saul G, Triumph O, Levi W, Sofia A, Isaac R, Aseem H, Jayson T, Aarav S, Aryan S, Krystof M, Samuel A, Ellie H, Layne M, Cameron C, Amboz B, Zara B, Chelsea R, Ashlyn T, Kupakwashe M, Sofia A, Archie W, Maxie M
Please contact the SCC via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Pre-Love Clothing Pool will be open each and every Wednesday afternoon from 3:00pm - 3:30pm.
We are delighted to be able to offer an additonal opportunity to purchased Pre-Loved clothing on Friday mornings. Commencing on the 19th May 2023 the uniform shop will be opening from 8:30am - 9am. Thank you to our SCC volunteers.
The SCC is meeting TODAY at 6pm in the school Library. Please come along.
Sora—The Student Reading App by OverDrive
Sora provides the quickest and easiest way to get started with digital titles from our school. Students can simply log in using school credentials and instantly access hundreds of eBooks and audiobooks on virtually any device. Our school is part of a consortium, so the first time you log in you will search for Australian Catholic Education Network, instead of St Thomas Aquinas Primary School.
Issue 2 will be coming home with your child very soon.
All orders are online or via the Loop app: https://mybookclubs.scholastic.com.au/Parent.aspx
Our school receives credits each time a student buys a book. This helps with building our beautiful library collection.
Any questions please feel free to email me.
Education ministers agreed that NAPLAN would move to Term One from 2023. This will mean results will be available to education authorities earlier in the year to inform school and system teaching and learning programs and will assist teachers to better determine support students need for the coming year.
NAPLAN Online is a more engaging assessment that adjusts questions to each student’s achievement level.
NAPLAN provides valuable information to schools and parents about literacy and numeracy achievement. It supports school improvement processes by enabling teachers to monitor student progress over time and to identify areas of strength and development.
All eligible students are encouraged and supported to participate in NAPLAN testing.
Visit www.nap.edu.au to see interactive versions of the test and for more information.
We wish to congratulate Emma S in Year 6 who sat the ICAS Assessment last term.
Emma completed testing in Mathematics, Digital Technologies, Science and English. Please join us in congratulating Emma on a fabulous achievement. We look forward to presenting Emma with her Certificates at this week's assembly.
17th, 18th & 19th APRIL 2023
CAR PARK RESTRICTIONS
We confirm that restricted access to the tar area including the entry and exit to the school car park will take place during the abovementioned dates.
Please note that this is during the School Holiday period.
The ACT Government’s Future of Education Equity Fund for the 2023 school year is now open.
The Future of Education Equity Fund provides a one-off, annual payment to low-income families living in the ACT to help cover the costs of education expenses such as school uniforms, school excursions, sport equipment and activities and music lessons.
The following payments are available to those who meet the eligibility criteria:
- $750 high school and year 11 and 12 students
- $450 primary school students
- $400 preschool students attending a preschool attached to an ACT public school.
Applications can be made online and close 3 November 2023.
Information about the Equity Fund is available, and a link to the application form is available on the Education Directorate Website at: https://www.education.act.gov.au/support-for-our-students/financial-and-resource-assistance-for-families
We ask that you share this information with your school communities. The following text and graphic will help you do this.
Apply now for the Future of Education Equity Fund 2023
Apply now for the Future of Education Equity Fund for the 2023 school year. Eligible low-income ACT families can receive one-off payments for financial assistance to help cover the costs of their children’s educational expenses such as sport equipment and activities, music lessons, school uniforms and excursions.
The Fund is open to eligible students enrolled in preschools (attached to a school) through to Year 12 in the ACT. Further information and the online application form is available here.
As you may know, our school is subscribed to Parenting Ideas, which is now owned and run by one of Australia’s leading parenting experts, Dr Justin Coulson. As such, the membership is now called Happy Families School Membership and there have been some exciting changes to the platform. Please take the time to read the information below so you can keep enjoying these helpful parenting resources.
We’ll keep sending out the Insight articles with our school newsletter and you’ll now also have access to the Insights library of 300+ past articles via our school’s unique URL and password (more about that below).
Each term, you’ll have access to a LIVE parent webinar.
With webinars now being run live, this means participants can ask Dr Justin (or the guest speaker) questions in real time.
Just like for Insights, you’ll be able to access the webinars via our school’s unique URL and password (no more coupons!). The recording will be available for 12 months.
URL & PASSWORD
Tuesday 28 March 2023 | 5pm–7.15pm
Visit St Francis Xavier College and find out what our amazing school has to offer!
The evening starts with guided tours and faculty displays from 5pm and an information session from 6.30–7.15pm.
Friday 28 April 2023 | 10am–2pm
Year 6 students from Belconnen Catholic primary schools are invited to experience high school for a day at SFX. Your primary school will advise students of the details and travel to and from the College with their class group.
Thursday 4 May 2023 | 9am–2.30pm
Open Day is an opportunity for prospective families to visit and take a guided tour of the College. This is a wonderful chance to see what happens on a normal school day.
There is no need to register to take a tour of the College—just come along between 9am–2pm on the day.
At STA we are very lucky to have the opportunity to learn and develope our knowledge about many of our communities different cultures.
Today we were dazzled by 2 Blue's teacher, Mrs Culas as she headed to an Indian celebration.
|Parish Priest||Father Gerard McCormack|
|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
|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|