- Message from the Principal
- What's on at STA - Term 2
- Class Awards - 2021 - Term 2 - Week 2
- News - 1 Green and 2 Green
- 2022 Enrolments - Open Days
- RE News
- Administration News
- Sports News
- School Community Council - SCC - 2021
- Mother's Day Events
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
- Scholastic Book Fair 4 - 6 May 2021
- COMPASS - Student Management System
- Winter Uniform - Term 2
- Scholastic Book Club - Due 6 May
- School Banking - Now Wednesdays
- NAPLAN 2021 - Years 3 and 5 - 11-14 May 2021
- Community News
- Parish News and Roster
I hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend and had a chance to refresh in the sunshine over the weekend. I know some of you took part in ANZAC Day commemorations, to those members of our community who serve our nation and their families, I thank you. I know being part of a defence family myself, ANZAC Day holds a special place for us. We don’t always attend a march, but we do take a moment to thinkof all of those who served or who are currently serving in the defence of our nation.
Thank you for allowing me some time away last week. Since the article in the paper on the 3rd January, I have essentially been back at work, so it was wonderful to be able to turn off my emails and relax for a few days. A big thank you must go to
Mrs Carmen Myles for keeping everything ticking along seamlessly and to the whole staff for stepping in wherever needed.
We will be able to return to some kind of normality this year and celebrate Mothers’ Day. We will begin with the Mothers’ Day stall this Friday. If you would like for your child to purchase a gift for a mother, grandmother, or significant person, these will be available for $5 in the hall on Friday at 11am. We have limited items
St Vincent de Paul CEO Sleepout
A few years ago I participated in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout. I was all booked to participate again last year, but COVID put that sleepout on hold. I have signed up once again for this year, in part to raise awareness of homelessness in the ACT, and of course to raise money for Vinnies support services. Many of you may not know that over 1500 people are homeless across Canberra alone, with 116 000 people homeless across the whole of Australia. Vinnies not only provide shelter and food, but also other support services to help people to get back on their feet and thriving in our community. We will be holding a fundraising event at school but if you would like to add to this contribution, those in need across our community would be very grateful. https://www.ceosleepout.org.au/fundraisers/leahtaylor/canberra
We begin our Athletics Carnival at the Charnwood Playing Fields this Friday with the 800m starting at 8am. The remainder of events will occur at the Playing Fields on Monday. Students will be walked to and from the fields by their teachers. Parents are able to come and watch the carnival, but I ask that if you do attend, you sign in using the app and remain at a distance from the students. I thank you for your support in this.
What’s happening on the playing field
Last term, we let you know that the ACT Government and the school will be undertaking work on the school playing field to reduce exposure to contaminants from the old fire station site on Lhotsky Street. The area has been fenced off.
The ACT Government is now finalising plans to undertake environmental management works.
The works are expected to involve taking out some potentially contaminated soil from the ELC construction site. The fields are likely to be ‘capped’ with a geotextile fabric, 300mm of soil and then turf. This will prevent contaminated soil being accessible to students and the public.
The school has contracted a landscape architect to add irrigation to the fields during this process and to work with the school community to design a nature play area.
In a further study of the health risks the environmental consultant, GHD, did a Human Health Risk Assessment that was specifically tailored to the people who use the contaminated area. The assessment found:
- the presence of PFAS in the soil represents a low risk to the people attending the school, church and childcare centre
- the levels of PFAS exposure were well below the safe doses published by Australian regulatory agencies.
The environmental management works are part of the ACT Government’s management plan to reduce the potential exposure of students to PFAS chemicals in the playing field’s soil, groundwater and surface water. PFAS were used in firefighting chemicals on the former Charnwood fire station on Lhotsky Street until 2005.
Australian Government health experts say there is no conclusive evidence PFAS cause any specific illness in people. The risk to human health is low unless very large quantities of contaminated soil or water are swallowed. However, because PFAS do not break down easily in the body or the environment, governments across Australia recommend that exposure to PFAS be reduced wherever possible.
A fact sheet is attached here and we will continue to keep you updated.
|2||30 April 2021||Mother's Day Stall - 11am in the Hall - $5|
|2||30 April 2021||Assembly Presentation - Year 5 - 2pm|
|3 - 5||3- 28 May 2021||CE Enrolment Period for 2022 Enrolments|
|3||4 -6 May 2021||Scholastic Book Fair|
|3||4 May 2021||Community Council - 6pm|
|3||5 May 2021||Years 3 to 6 - Brumbies Gala Day|
|3||7 May 2021||Muffins with Mum - 8am - Courtyard|
|3||8 May 2021||Year 6 - Confirmation Formation Session - 5pm|
|4||11 - 14 May 2021||Years 3 and 5 - NAPLAN|
|4||11 May 2021||STA Open Day - 4:00pm - 5:30pm|
|4||13 May 2021||Year 2 - National Museum of Australia Excursion|
|4||14 May 2021||Assembly Presentation - Year 3 - 2pm|
|5||20 May 2021||STA Open Day - 4:00pm - 5:30pm|
|5||22 May 2021||Year 6 - Confirmation Formation Session - 5pm|
|6||26 May 2021||Malurindi Whole SchoolWorkshops|
|6||27 May 2021||Aboriginal Family Breakfast|
|6||28 May 2021||Assembly Presentation - Year 1 - 2pm|
|7||31 May 2021||Public Holiday - Reconciliation Day|
|7||4 June 2021||Year 6 - Confirmation Retreat Day|
|8||8 June 2021||Community Council - 6pm|
|8||10 June 2021||Year 6 - Confirmation - 6pm|
|8||11 June 2021||Assembly Presentation - Kinder - 2pm|
|9||14 June 2021||Public Holiday - Queen's Birthday|
|9||18 June 2021||Reports sent home|
|10||22 June 2021||School Photos and ELC Photos|
|10||24 June 2021||ELC Photos|
|10||25 June 2021||Principal's Awards - 2pm|
|10||25 June 2021||Last Day of Term|
Awards are presented at the 9:00am Assembly on Fridays.
All parents are welcome for award presentations as this is outdoors.
Year 5 are presenting at Assembly this week at 2pm on Friday.
Only one parent from the presenting class is able to attend the 2pm Assembly due to COVID restrictions.
2021 - TERM 2 - WEEK 2
|ELC Coolabahs||Ben Q
|Lazarus F - 3B||Chloe B - 6B||Nella W-S - 1G||Eli B - 4B|
|Estelle W - 4B||Melinda M - 4G||Summer P - 4G||Nuer D - 4G|
|Jacob P - 4G||Aditya P - 4G||Vrishab G - 5B||Georgia W - 4G|
|Maeve J - 3B||Nicholas K - 5B||Summer H - 1G||Sofia A - 3G|
The Seasons for Growth program will be offered to students again this year, commencing later this term. The program is designed to support students who are dealing with some aspect of change, separation, loss or grief through small group discussions and activities with a Seasons for Growth Companion. If you would like your child to participate in this years program please see the attached nomination form. For more information please contact Mrs Skye McPadden via email on email@example.com.
Welcome to STA
The attachment below provides general information sent out in Term 1 regarding STA.
One pair of Blue Size 5 Asics sports shoes. Please see the Front Office if they belong to your child.
School Fees for Term 2 will be sent out by the end of Week 2.
Please ensure your children have sufficient food in their lunch boxes during these colder months. We keep emergency supplies in the front office only.
For the safety of our students, parents and staff please:
- park in designated car parking areas or across the road in the rear Charnwood shop car park;
- do not park on the Black Top / Netball Courts after 9am as this is a designed sports area;
- please do not park in the Disabled Car Parks, without authorisation, or the yellow striped areas between these two car parks.
Uniform Shop Donations
A reminder to families that our Uniform Shop gladly accepts donations of uniforms in good clean condition. These uniforms are then sold in our Uniform Shop for $2 per item. The uniform shop is open every Tuesday morning from 9:15am - 9:45am or after school - by appointment only.
Athletics Carnival - Monday, 3 May 2021
The SCC will be providing a sausage sizzle at the school carnival. However, please provide your child/ren with their normal lunch as the sausage sizzle will be distributed at staggered times.
Brumbies Gala Day - 5 May 2021 - Expressions of Interest
The SCC can be contacted via the following email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, 30 April - Mother's Day Stall - 11am in the Hall
This year's Mother's Day Stall will be held in the Hall at 11am on Friday, 30 April 2021. Students are able to purchase one gift for $5. Cash only please.
Friday, 7 May 2021 - Muffins with Mum
Our Scholastic Book Fair is coming up in Week 3 from Tuesday 4th May – Thursday 6th May!
Our Scholastic Book Fair is coming up next week from Tuesday 4th May – Thursday 6th May!
Our Book Fair will be open to students during lunch times, and families will be able to come in after school until 4 pm to have a look, and purchase books.
Students may have the opportunity to browse with their class teacher and may come home with a wish list. Students will also receive a brief catalogue later this week where you are able to purchase books in advance, similar to the book club process.
If families are choosing to visit the Book Fair in person after school, adults will need to check in via the CheckIn Canberra app, and may need to wait a few minutes before coming in to the Library.
We have moved to a new Student Management System called COMPASS. This Catholic Education initiative will be rolled out across all Catholic schools in our Archdiocese. This system will replace a number of different programs we currently have in place to manage student data. Some of this data includes:
- Student Reporting
- Student Wellbeing
- Parent Portal
A flyer of the benefits of COMPASS is included below. We will start the roll out with student attendance and gradually introduce other elements of the system throughout next term.
Commencing the beginning of Term 2, the new system requires parents, of students who are late, to school to sign their children in using the electronic kiosk. This means if you need to sign your child/ren in/out you will need to come into the Front Office to do so electronically.
Students are required to wear winter uniforms in Term 2. Please go to our link below to view our uniform requirements and view the photos below.
Please note that leggings are not part of our school uniform and the sports uniform is only to be worn on sports days.
Online orders for Issue 3 due by 6 May 2021
Scholastic Book Club Order Forms have been sent home today.
No cash orders will be accepted at the Front Office for Scholastic Book Club.
The school will still get credits and the books will still be delivered to school for us to distribute, unless parents have requested they be delivered to their home.
Please download the INLOOP App
on your device or order from the online website.
Any questions please contact me via email email@example.com
School Banking will now be conducted at school each Wednesday rather Friday due to the working commitments of our wonderful volunteer banker. This will take effect from Week 2, Term 2.
Please have your Dollarmite books to the Front Office by Tuesday each week.
|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|
|Weekend Dates||6pm Saturday
|8-9 May 2021||Vince, Nicholas||Charlie, Kaiti||Jessica B, Katie W-S|
|15-16 May 2021||Annie, Orry, Sisikula||Andrea, Gian||Michael P, Anne M|
|22-23 May 2021||Angus, Ignatius||Toby, Evie, Lucas||Skye Mc, Scott T|
|29-30 May 2021||Sav, Andy||Andrea, Gian, Patrick||Brett S, Nadia W|
|5-6 June 2021||Angus, Ignatius||Grace, Annie, James||Sharne V, Joshua O-G|
|12-13 June 2021||Orry, Sisikula||Jocelyn, Robert||Natasha P; Bernice S|
|19-20 June 2021||Charlotte, Hannah||Caitlyn, Damyn, Abigail||Ella B; Sam P|
|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|