- Message from the Principal
- What's on at STA
- Birthdays - March
- Year 3 Blue News
- 5/6 Netball Gala Day
- Container Deposit Scheme
- Fete News - Goodie Baskets
- Fete News - Can you help?
- Fete News - Raffle Tickets
- Fete News - Family Fete Checklist
- Sacramental Program 2023
- Years 3 & 5 - NAPLAN Testing
- Years 3 & 5 - NAPLAN Information
- ICAS School Competitions
- Library News - SORA
- Scholastic Book Club
- CHECK THIS OUT! We are a Happy Families School
- Free Webinar - The Resilient Parent
- Counsellor News - The Importance of Sleep
- Parent Resources - Newsletter
- Year 6 - Merici College Enrolment Information
- Year 6 - St Edmunds College Enrolment Information
- Year 6 - St Francis Xavier Enrolment Information
- Year 6 - John Paul College Enrolment Information
- Carpark Restrictions - April 2023
- Apply Now! Future of Education Equity Fund
- STA Parish Information
- Holiday Happenings
- Ginninderry School Holiday Program
- Free Furniture
Firstly, I thank Carmen for acting as Principal while I was attending Catholic Leaders’ day and the Principal retreat late last week. The retreat day provoked a great deal of thinking about the human person and that we are all made in the image and likeness of God, male and female. We were all asked to consider how people in our community approach one another and whether it is always with love and openness.
Tomorrow, students in Years 3 and 5 will commence NAPLAN testing. The Canberra Times will be running an article about NAPLAN in our school in tomorrow’s paper. NAPLAN, along with a number of other assessments we use across Catholic Education and within the school, provides us with one measure of students learning. It is a helpful measure because it allows us to assess the effectiveness of programs we are using at St Thomas Aquinas, to assess student’s learning and progress when compared with students across the country, and to triangulate other data we collect. We know that any assessment can make some students feel nervous and also know that the hype around NAPLAN can make students feel particularly nervous. While we want the students to take this test, along with all tests and learning seriously, NAPLAN is neither more of less important than anything we do here at St Thomas Aquinas. I wish our Year 3 and Year 5 students all the very best for the next three days.
The fete is approaching very fast. It is wonderful to be able to bring the community back together for this event after more than three years. While I have slowly been getting to know the community in the midst of lockdowns, this will be the first time I have been able to be a full part of this community event. I have been excited to hear about the various stalls, entertainment and events planned. Thank you for your support so far, our raffle books are almost completely sold, so if you wanted to buy a few more tickets, make sure you get in quick! This year, we will be looking to use money raised to improve our outdoor spaces including the basketball courts and other play spaces. If you would like to become involved, it is not too late to reach out to the fete committee.
Take care and God bless
Yours in Faith
|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
|10||Wed 05/04||Athletics Carnival|
|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|
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
Congratulations to our Year 5 & 6 students who represented our school magnificently at the Netball Gala Day. It was a super fun day by all accounts. Many thanks to Mrs Thomas, Miss Pigram, Mrs Gaynor for supporting this wonderful opportunity for our students.
Remember the 2023 registration forms for Sacramental Candidates in Year 4 and Year 6 are due back by the 24th March. Notes can be returned to the school or presbytery along with the $50 cash registration fee per family. If you have any question, you can contact Mrs Skye McPadden (firstname.lastname@example.org), Miss Ella Barry (email@example.com) or Fr Gerard McCormack directly through the parish email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone (02) 6258 1563.
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.
ICAS will return to STA this year. We encourage you to consider entering your child in ICAS. This fantastic assessment program allows students to challenge themselves and be recognised for their academic efforts. The assessment is now fully online and sitting dates will commence in Term 3. Learn more by visiting icasassessments.com.
Parent ordering closes on 31 July 2023
What is ICAS?
ICAS is an online academic competition that is designed to assess students’ higher order thinking and problem-solving skills in English, Mathematics, Science, Writing, Spelling Bee and Digital Technologies.
Each assessment celebrates students’ accomplishments by providing opportunities for recognition and development. Every student who participates will receive a printed certificate and an online results report. Top performers will be eligible for medals.
We encourage you to consider entering your child into ICAS this year.
Learn more about ICAS here.
How to participate in ICAS
If you wish for your child to participate in ICAS this year, please:
- read about ICAS subjects and prices here
- read the terms and conditions here:
- go to Parent Portal to purchase tests here:
- enter our school’s access code – EWU442
- enter your child’s details, select the tests you would like to purchase, then proceed to payment.
Please note that the ICAS tests shown for selection are at the school’s discretion.
After payment is made via the Parent Payment System, you will receive an order confirmation email, please keep this for your records.
ICAS Results and Certificates
We will notify you of the date(s) that we run ICAS at the school and when your child’s ICAS results are ready. Once we have received your child’s ICAS certificate, we will send it home with your child. The back of the certificate shows ICAS results and the login details, “TAP ID and Pin”, that you and your child need to enter the Results Portal
Privacy Collection Statement
The following information is a privacy notification about how your child’s data is kept private and secure.
Janison is aware of our responsibility to protect the identity of, and all information relating to, children, and students in general, from disclosure and consequently Janison does not:
- collect any personal information or data of children other than as required for the purposes of completion of the assessment, test or exam;
- transfer any personal information or data obtained during the delivery of assessments, tests or exams conducted in Australia to any jurisdiction outside of Australia other than with the specific consent of the person, or his or her parent or guardian;
- transfer any personal information or data obtained during the delivery of assessments, tests or exams conducted in other international regions out of the child’s jurisdiction other than with the specific consent of the person, or his or her parent or guardian;
- share any personal information or data relating to children or students with any third parties (other than a third party whose services are necessary for servicing our products, g. print/distribution companies, medal engraving, etc.) except with the specific consent of the person, or his or her parent or guardian;
- use any personal information or data relating to children or students for marketing purposes.
Janison may retain personal information and data relevant to a child for their future purposes or for research purposes by Janison for the duration of the school life cycle of the child. However, if you or your child at any time wish to have their personal information or data removed from our systems, they or you may opt out by simply contacting our Privacy Officer at email@example.com.
We are proud to offer ICAS and look forward to some fantastic results later in the year.
Please do not hesitate to contact your Classroom Teacher if you have any questions.
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 is out now. All orders need to be placed before 22nd March for delivery before the holidays.
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.
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.
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.
|Parish Priest||Father Gerard McCormack|
|Parish Secretary||Aurora Lukass|
|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 firstname.lastname@example.org|