- Message from Mrs Taylor
- Medication at School - URGENT ATTENTION
- What's on at STA
- Birthdays - September
- Classroom News - ELC Waratahs
- Principal Awards - CONGRATULATIONS
- White Token Awards
- Kindergarten Class Party
- Crazy Hair Day - TOMORROW
- ACTION Buses Changes for Term 4
- Ngunnawal Language
- TOM Finals!
- School Musical - 18 October 2023
- Compass Parent Portal - Parent Information
- SRC News
- Free Furniture - Get it before it goes!
- SRC News - Fidget Bash
- School Community Council News
- SCC Pre-loved Uniforms
- Holiday Happenings - Kippax Uniting Church
- Cricket Camp
- School Holidays!
- Music Bus
- STA Parish Information
Welcome to our final week of Term 3. It is hard to believe we are here already.
On Thursday and over the weekend, many of our Year 4 students made their First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Students were beautifully prepared by their teachers and parents for these sacraments. I would especially like to thank Mrs McPadden, Miss Dewey, Mr Mackenzie, Miss Broekhuyse and Mrs Myles who all played a role in this preparation.
It was wonderful to be able to spend the first few days of last week with Year 5 and 6 students and their teachers up at Fitzroy Falls. The camp staff commented on how polite the students were and on how well they engaged in the activities. I had an opportunity to take all but one of the groups for an activity and can attest to how well students pushed themselves out of their comfort zones. Thank you to the STA staff Miss Pigram, Mr Collins, Mr Finlayson, Mrs Thomas, Mr Moore and Mrs Snow who gave up time away from their families so that students have an opportunity to enjoy this formative experience.
It was also great to see so many of the Year 5 and 6 students back at school on Thursday, despite a busy few days. I understand the lure of hot dog day had something to do with students pushing through their tiredness. I thank Mrs Mason and the SRC students for running this initiative as a way of acknowledging R U OK Day.
Yesterday, thirty students had an opportunity to play cricket on the lawns of Parliament House. By all accounts, it was a great day. Thank you to Mr Finlayson, Mrs Barrett and Mrs Barwell to attending.
I wish everyone a safe and restful break and I look forward to seeing everyone rejuvenated and ready for the final term for the year.
Take care and God bless
To ensure the health and safety of all children it is essential that all medication be provided directly to the front office. This includes one off medication requirements as well as ongoing medication. In addition, we have a number of children on Schedule 8 medication for management of a number of neurodiverse diagnosises. If your child requires Schedule 8 medication throughout the school day please contact the front office for the relevant forms and provide medication in a webster pack to the front office. Medication should not be administered by children during school hours. We have had two recent incidents where a sealed tablet cut from the original blister pack of a schedule 8 medication has been found on the floor in the school corridor and outside on the playground by students. We are grateful that the students that located the medication were responsible and advised a teacher immediately.
To ensure the safety of all our students we request that you please assist us by using the correct avenues in administrating medication during school hours.
|10||Wed 20/09||Crazy Hair Day Fundraiser|
|10||Fri 22/09||K-6 Incursion - Kaboom|
|10||Fri 22/09||Kindergarten Blue & Green Class Party|
|10||Fri 22/09||White Token Lunch|
|10||Fri 22/09||Principal Awards - 2pm in the School Hall|
|10||Fri 22/09||TOM Awards - 2pm in the School Hall|
|10||Fri 22/09||Last day of Term 3|
|1||Mon 09/10||First day Term 4|
|1||Mon 09/10 - Thur 12/10||Year 5 Sizing Kit Available for 2024 Leadership Shirts|
|1||Thur 12/10||Year 1 & 2 Constable Kenny visits|
|2||Wed 18/10||STA Musical - 12pm & 6pm|
Jade J, Hannah M, Matilda H, William B, Edison B, Luella B, Elodie A, Jacob P, Harper G, Charli C, Sebastian GR, Aden G, Jessica B, Lincoln D, Emma S, Ebadat KS, Emma F, Sarah H, Natalia R, Felicity W, Eleanor S, Chloe W, Harper E, Harrison G, Aleu D, Thomas H, Louise Q, Arianna D, Gabriel S-P
Families are welcome to join us at our Assembly on Friday at 2pm in the Hall to celebrate our White Token Award recipients
|Isabelle G||Grace C||Adam H||Ebadat K|
|Isaac R||Rohan T||Edison B|
We are very excited to annouce that Chloe in year 2 and Jadyn in year 6 both competed in Nationals for Jui Jitsu.
Chloe was awarded Gold and Jadyn won Silver medals.
This week they will both be representing St Thomas Aquinas at the Australian Schools Judo competition in Brisbane.
Goodluck Chloe & Jadyn!
Transport Canberra bus timetable changes for Term 4, 2023
A new bus timetable will begin Monday 9 October to align with the start of Term 4. This timetable features more frequent weekday bus services, most of which will run at least every 30 minutes throughout the day.
A return to 30 minute daytime frequencies will ensure improved off-peak services can be provided between 9.30am and 3.30pm, while maintaining reliability.
The new timetable also includes refinements to 14 school services based on school and community feedback, and to align with updated school bell times.
There are no changes to weekend bus services or changes to light rail frequency.
School packs and timetables
Updated school packs and timetables are now available online to view and download. If your child is catching the bus to school, we recommend familiarising them with the updated morning and afternoon pickup times.
Link to school packs.
School route changes for St Thomas Aquinas Primary School
Route 1062 – The afternoon service begins 20 minutes earlier.
For more information on school route changes, updated school packs and to view regular bus timetables visit the Transport Canberra website.
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Following their success at the regional competition, our Tournament of Minds team competed on the weekend against five other finalists in the Social Sciences category at the Australian National University. It was a big day for the team, meeting at 8am in readiness for their 3 hour lockdown challenge. They took the challenge in their stride, working well together to come up with their response. Taking on different roles within the team they wrote scripts, made props and costumes in readiness to perform in the afternoon.
The team received positive responses from the judges following both their Spontaneous Challenge and the presentation of their 3 hour challenge but unfortunately weren’t the winners of this round.
We are yet to receive formal feedback but everyone at STA is so very proud of their teamwork, creativity, effort and sportsmanship.
We congratulate all participating students and welcome families to join us in celebrating these students at our Awards Assembly on Friday 22 September 2023 at 2pm in the school hall
You are invited to the STA Musical Spectatular! Please note that this is a free event but tickets are required. Please note that tickets are limited to 2 per family due to space constriants. We can't wait to show you all our groovy moves and our amazing story telling talents!
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In order to assist with navigating the parent portal mobile app please refer to the below updated instructions.
We have a large number of student height adjustable tables and chairs in small, medium and large sizes that we are offering to families for FREE! All furniture is in excellent condition and ready for collection. Disposal of furntiure is set to take place during the school holidays so get it now before it goes!
Contact the front office for collection details.
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School Community Council Term 3 Update
With Term 3 drawing to a close, the St Thomas Aquinas School Community Council (SCC) would like to take this opportunity to extend our gratitude and appreciation to all the members of our school community who volunteered and attended events this term. We can never overstate that value that comes from being involved with your child’s school community and are excited that with the easing of Covid restrictions, in 2023 has seen the highest uptake in volunteer support in years.
Without our growing group of volunteers, the SCC wouldn’t have been able to run such activities in Term 3 as:
- Our first school disco in 4yrs. Almost 50 volunteers helped make the night a raging success! Thanks Tara & all her new crew for running such a fun event.
- Our 2023 Fathers Day ‘Donuts with Dad’. Once again, thanks to Bec & Adam Stanworth for organising this lovely morning.
- The Andrew Fuller Presentation, with the high attendance far out numbering our expectations.
- The 2024 Fete Committee Meetings. Keep an eye out for Term 4 meeting dates – all welcome and so many roles, big and small to fill.
- The SCC Uniform Shop, which is open to all families on Tuesday afternoons and Friday Mornings.
We’d like to thank in particular Meg, Merin, Bernadette & Julia for running the Uniform Shop over the last two terms. And a special thanks to Clare for her tireless work in washing and sorting all the clothes that come into the front office. The Uniform Shop provides an opportunity to not only scoop up some great deals on school clothes, but also the chance to make new friends in the school community. In Term 4 we would love to expand the roster of volunteers on Tuesdays & Fridays – if you have 20 mins to spare on either of those days let us know!
Term 4 happenings
Week 1, Saturday the 14th of October will see the school hall being utilised once again as a polling place. The 2023 Referendum will see hundreds queue to place their vote and the SCC are aiming to provide the hungry voters with all the food they need that day. We are seeking volunteers, new and old, to help run the BBQ. If you can spare an hour or two after you Vote, please fill in the BBQ volunteer form and send it back to the Front Office ASAP.
Many hands make very light work. And there is no better way to make a new friend or two – just ask all the new 2023 volunteers who have already found new friends in our school community.
There are many ways to become involved in our STA Community and volunteering is just one of them. The SCC holds open meetings every weeks 3 & 8, Tuesday 6pm in the Library. Please come along, find out more about what the SCC does and what you can do to become involved.
Once again, thank you for all your support. I look forward to seeing more new faces in Term 4.
The Music Bus has opened their term 4 enrolments and are inviting new students to apply. Classes offered are: Keyboard (K-y6), Ukulele ( K -y6), Drums (y1-y6)
& Guitar (Y2-y6)
Lessons are: 30 minute duration - once per week & held in the hi tech music classroom on wheels.
Cost $20 per week ($22 drums) payable by the term on commencement
If you wish to take part please complete this expression of interest form https://app.smartsheet.com/b/form/ee4627a5204c46158e1ab17e7c8069c6
|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.