- Principal's Report
- Healthy Bones Breakfast - Walk Safely to School - Friday, 11 September
- Class Awards - Term 4 - Week 2
- News - ELC
- School Fees are now Overdue
- Neurofibromatosis Fundraiser
- Students Arriving Late/Leaving Early
- School Bus Stop - No Parking Please
- SZAPP Installation Guide
- ELC Holiday Program - September 2020
- OSH Holiday Program - September 2020
- Living with Magpies
- Stranger Danger
- Kinder Health Checks
- Community News
- STA Parish Information & Rosters
- Holiday Happenings - Online Booklet
- CatholicCare - Cool Kids - Parenting Workshop
- Parenting Ideas - Insight Articles
- Parenting Idea - Wellbeing Strategies for Parents
- Parenting Ideas - Free Webinar - Healthy Relationships - 9 September
- Perimeter Guardian - September - App Insights
- Transition to School and Preschool
- September Birthdays
I hope all of the fathers, step-fathers, foster fathers, grandads, and carers had a wonderful Father’s Day on Sunday. It is always important to take time to stop and recognise the role you play in your child/ren’s lives. Here at St Thomas Aquinas, we know that as the first educators of your children, we work in partnership with you, so thank you for all that you do.
During staff prayer today, we prayed for all of the dads in our community.
What makes a Dad
God took the strength of a mountain,
the majesty of a tree,
the warmth of a summer sun,
the calm of the quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagles flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
the depth of family need,
Then God combined these qualities.
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew his masterpiece was complete,
He Called it......DAD
Our kindergarten families may know that kindergarten has been trialling Initialit this term. This program is part of the Macqlit suite designed to teach children to read and write. It is a research-based program and covers all elements of literacy. Next term St Thomas Aquinas will expand the trial to Year 1 with a view to roll the program out to Year 2 at the beginning of next year. Recently, Catholic Education made the decision to roll this program out to all schools in the Archdiocese who have not already embedded a phonics program. It is good to know that St Thomas Aquinas is leading the way for Teaching and Learning across the Archdiocese.
The introduction of Intialit and decodable readers means that Catholic Education will begin to phase out the old leveled readers as a way of assessing reading. The PM levelled readers are used as part of a Whole Language program where students learn to read using predictions based repetition and picture cues. Decodable readers support students to use phonics knowledge to sound out unknown words while also relying on some sight word knowledge. This difference between teaching and assessing using predictable verses decodable texts means that students will not initially achieve the same level of reading success when assessed using a leveled reader. However, they will perform better on a phonics test and ultimately become better readers. For parents and carers who are interested in learning a little more about the science of reading, this interview between Liana Loewus and Emily Hanford, called ‘What Teachers Should Know about the Science of Reading’ provides a good summary of phonics based programs.
Many families may be looking to purchase new summer uniforms ready for Term 4. At St Thomas Aquinas, as at all Catholic schools, we have a strict uniform policy. Some people question the importance of uniforms at school and would prefer the school to focus on other things. We believe that by focusing on uniform we eliminate a lot of unnecessary worry for students and families, so we are able to focus on what is important. Here are just some of the reasons why all ACT Catholic schools insist on a school uniform:
- Uniforms are a great equaliser
- School uniforms promote learning
- They nourish a sense of equality
- School uniforms promote a feeling of community
- They make it easier to get ready for school
- School uniforms improve safety
Families are reminded that the school uniforms for summer are the following:
Boys School: Sky blue polo shirt with school logo and navy dress shorts with navy socks, black leather (or leather like) school shoes.
Girls School: Maroon checked dress or sky blue polo shirt with school logo and navy dress short with white ankle height socks, black leather (or leather like) school shoes.
Sport: Both boys and girls will wear the same sport uniform. Navy shorts (optional navy netball skirt for girls) and Sky/Navy sports knit shirt with school logo. Year 6 students may wear their Year 6 shirt. Runners/Gym shoes/Sneakers for sports days only.
For the remainder of this year, teachers will send reminders home if your child is in the incorrect uniform. As of next year, the uniform policy will be strictly enforced. If you are unable to afford a uniform, please contact the front office and we can support you in purchasing the correct uniform.
School Fees for Term 3 are now overdue.
It is critical that school fees are paid as the school has significant financial commitments to effectively meet student needs and to run the school.
We currently have $181, 887 in outstanding school fees.
You can visit the school and pay at the Front Office
Call the school and pay by credit or debit card.
Jessica in Kindergarten is undergoing weekly chemotherapy to treat a tumor arising from NF1.
If you would like to support the Russell family in raising funds for NF Reasearch, please click on the link below:
At St Thomas Aquinas we have students with a range of medical conditions. If you would like information on these medical conditions, or to support these organisations, please see the links attached.
Dear Parents and Carers
Please note that students who are late for school (after 9am) must be accompanied to the Front Office by an adult and be signed in by that adult. Students leaving early/attending appointments must also be signed-out and then signed-in via the Front Office and should only re-enter the school via the Front Office door and not other external doors.
If your child needs to leave school during the day, or needs to leave early, please provide their teacher with a note/email prior to the event to ensure minimal disruption to the class and the front office. It is sometimes difficult to locate students when they may not be in their usual classroom during class time.
Thank you for your co-operation.
For the safety of our students, staff and parents please do not park in the school's bus stop. The fines from ACT government for parking in this area are hefty. Please park in the designated school parking zones or across the road in the rear car park of the Charnwood Shops. We also have a new school bus service that needs to use this space to pick up our students.
SZapp is our preferred form of communication for 2020.
Attached is information on SZapp Installation. Please contact the school to obtain the password.
Please note that if you already receive the school newsletter via SZapp, you do not have to subscribe to the newsletter.
We have a swooping magpie near school grounds. Access Canberra are unable to remove this magpie but have provided information regarding Living with Magpies below.
This is a reminder to help our children understand the importance of stranger safety and the need to report any unusual incidents or approaches to staff immediately.
If you become aware of an incident or notice anyone acting suspiciously around a school or child, contact police immediately on 131 444. In the case of an emergency, call 000. If you witness an incident or if you have any information that could assist police, you can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information can be provided anonymously.
Please support us to keep our children safe by having conversations with your child about moving safely around the community and what to do if they ever feel unsafe. You may wish to visit the Australian Federal Police website that contains child safety information. In addition, Safety4Kids is a non-government website that has useful information and links. The Constable Kenny website also has a number of child safety tips for parents.
Catholic Education will continue to work with ACT Policing on issues of child safety.
Canberra Health Services is offering a targeted kindergarten health check concentrating on vision and hearing.
These health checks are performed in clinics at the City Health Centre Mondays and Fridays and there will be appointments most days in the school holidays.
An appointment can be made by phoning the Central Intake Line on 51249977.
|Parish Priest||Father Tom Thornton|
|Parish Secretary||Debbie Hoffman|
|Telephone||02 6258 1563|
|Address||23 Lhotsky Street
CHARNWOOD ACT 2615
|Monday to Friday||9:30am|
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Congratulations to the following students who will be celebrating their birthday this month:
Matilda H; William B; Elodie A; Lincoln D; Aleu D; Jade J; Hannah M; Edison B; Luella B; Jacob P; Holly B; Harper G; Zocrates CC; Ty R; Charli C; Atem A; Dominic M; Sebastian GR; Sisikula L; Sebastian D; Fostina T; Jessica B;
Lachlan D; Emma S; Sarah H; Marie W; Timothy R; Natalia R; Kobi V; Eleanor S; Caleb M; Chloe W; Harper E; Maxx S; Angus M; Ethan L; Daniel R