- Message from the Principal
- Class Awards - 2021 - Term 2 - Week 4
- News - 4 Green
- What's on at STA - Term 2
- Absentee Notifications
- 2022 Enrolments - Open Days
- Overview of the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data (NCCD)
- Australian Early Development Census
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education
- School Community Council - SCC
- RE News
- Sports News
- Bread Bag Competition
- Community News
- Parish News and Roster
- OSH Club News
- Parenting Ideas
I hope all of the mothers, grandmothers, carers and women who contribute to the lives of our students had a wonderful day on Sunday. It was wonderful to see so many of you at the Muffins with Mum breakfast on Friday. A big thank you must go to the STA School Community Council for organising this great community event.
Our Community Council not only raise funds to buy resources for the school, they also organise community events such as the Muffins with Mum. Every member of the Community Council is a volunteer, meaning that they are not paid, so every dollar they raise, every cent you contribute through the SCC levy goes straight back into our community.
Today students in Years 3 and 5 started NAPLAN. These tests essentially provide information for schools on literacy and numeracy and allows schools to identify strengths and weaknesses in the student cohort and broad trends across the school. We strive to ensure that it is as stress free as possible for the students and hope that the students endeavour to do their best in the different tests.
FRIDAY AFTERNOON - Staff Retreat
The St Thomas Aquinas staff will participate in a Spirituality Retreat this Friday evening and Saturday morning. This means most staff will leave at 3pm on Friday, with only a handful of senior staff members remaining behind to see off students. I ask that you support us with this by collecting your children by 3:15pm unless they are booked into OSHClub. If you know you will not be able to collect your child by this time I ask that you look into alternate arrangements including booking your child into OSHClub for Friday afternoon.
This retreat will give the staff an opportunity to break open our school theme Ask, Seek, Knock and to delve deeper into the charism of St Thomas Aquinas. I thank Mrs Skye McPadden and Fr Tom Thornton for their work on this.
REPORTING - Semester 1 2021
Catholic Education has been reviewing the current school reports and reporting process and, from this semester they will be in a different format. Our teaching team has begun the process of creating each child’s Semester 1 2021 report.
In Semester 1:
For Kindergarten students:
- Achievement in each subject will be reported using a four-point scale (Well Above Expectations, Above Expectations, Meeting Expectations and Working Towards Expectations)
For Year 1 to Year 6 students:
- Academic grades for each subject using a five-point scale from A-E will be reported using the Australian Curriculum Achievement Standards
For all students:
- Strand Achievement will be reported in English, Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Health and Physical Education, and The Arts using a five-point scale (Excellent, High, Sound, Basic, Elementary)
- Engagement with Learning statements, which are taken directly from the Australian Curriculum, will provide specific information about your child’s Critical and Creative Thinking, and Personal and Social Responsibility, using a three-point scale (Beginning, Developing, Consistently) and
- Individual student comments will not be used in the Semester 1 Reports.
Dialogue is an important feature of reporting. The Semester Report in this format encourages parent engagement and conversation about student learning. We want the report to be the entry point for parent-teacher interviews where we can engage in a genuine conversation about your child’s strengths, challenges, effort, and areas for growth. Optional Parent-Teacher interviews will be held in Week 10 this term and booking can be made via the sZapp booking portal from week 8.
The new approach to Academic Reporting is a developing process. Further work will be undertaken in the coming months to determine how progress and achievement is best reported based on what we know to be important information about a student’s learning and progress.
A reminder to all families that enrolments for 2022 are now open. If you have a child who will commence Preschool or Kindergarten in 2022, you will need to complete an online enrolment form, even if they are currently enrolled in our ELC.
Preschool enrolment: https://staquinas.act.edu.au/elc-enrolment
Kindergarten enrolment: https://enrolments.staquinas.act.edu.au/act-primary-enrol
If you know of families who are considering enrolling their child at St Thomas Aquinas next year, please let them know of our Open Days, today and Thursday, 20 May between 4:00 - 5:30pm.
CHANGES TO ELC
Some of you may be aware of changes to Catholic Early Learning Centres. Last week, Director of Catholic Education, Mr Ross Fox released a letter to all current ELC families, outlining these changes. I want to assure all families that the high quality preschool education, delivered by highly experienced and qualified Early Childhood Teachers and Educators, will not change. The changes are essentially administrative and designed to provide consistency across the System and make all centres more sustainable moving forward. I have attached Mr Fox’s letter for your reference.
Awards are presented at the 9:00am Assembly on Fridays.
All parents are welcome for award presentations as this is outdoors.
Year 1 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 4
|Riley S - 4G||Lucinda B - 4B||Piper N - 4B||Bieber L - 4G|
|Beau R - 3B||Bradley L-B - 3B||Elizabeth H - 3B||Madeline S-P - 4B|
|Sam B - 3G||Ruby R - 4B||August S - 1G||Ari U - 1G|
|Evie P - 1G|
|3 - 5||3- 28 May 2021||CE Enrolment Period for 2022 Enrolments|
|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||21 May 2021||Year 2 - Hall Museum - 10am-12:30pm|
|5||22 May 2021||Year 6 - Confirmation Formation Session - 5pm|
|6||26 May 2021||Malurindi Whole SchoolWorkshops|
|6||26 May 2021||Belconnen PSSA Cross Country Carnival - Stromlo|
|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|
Whilst we await the introduction of the Compass Parent Portal, it is preferable that Absentee Notifications be advised electronically as they are now required to be attached electronically. Notifications can be sent via:
- SZapp portal - Choose Absentee - see menu below. Instructions on how to install SZapp can be found here.
- Email the teacher
- Email the office via email@example.com
Thank you for your co-operation.
Please contact the SCC via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Our SCC is comprised of members in our school community. We meet twice each term to make decisions and have input on a wide range of topics with the aim to improve STA.
To improve communication about the role the SCC plays in life at STA after each meeting the SCC will be providing an update via the newsletter.
The SCC met on 4 May 2021 and discussed a range of topics including:
- NAPLAN preparation
- Athletics Carnival SCC BBQ & Canteen
- Class and School Mass
- STA Fete 2022
- Muffins with Mum
- SCC Teacher Development Scholarship
- Upcoming social events - watch this space!
SCC representatives raised issues brought to them by parents in our community:
- Lhotsky Street access to STA grounds
- Pavers update queries
- Communication for the Athletics Carnival
All SCC members are available to bring suggestions, questions and issues to our meetings so if you have something to raise, please approach one of our friendly representatives. If you don’t know or aren’t comfortable approaching an SCC member directly, we encourage you to email the SCC inbox: email@example.com.
Finally, a big thank you to all that joined us at the first SCC community event for 2021: Muffins with Mum. It was a wonderful event with people enjoying each other’s company along with a cupcake or two. We shared yummy cupcakes, fruit and drinks - with milk and fruit generously donated by Woolworths.
These events wouldn’t be available without the support of the SCC, STA Executive and Teachers and STA families. A special thank you to our amazing volunteers for the event: Loryn, Max, Carmen, Michael, Kristy and Tash.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Belconnen PSSA Carnival - 26 May 2021
The Belconnen PSSA Carnival will be held on Wednesday, 26 May 2021 at Stromlo.
Students who have qualified for this carnival have received their permission notes. The permission notes and money need to be returned to school by Friday, 14 May 2021. Please see attached note below.
Please note that this carnival is for students 9 years and over only.
Athletics Carnival Ribbons
The Athletics Carnival Ribbons will be presented at the 9am Assembly on Friday, 14 May 2021.
|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
|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 email@example.com|
Dear St Thomas Aquinas OSHClub families,
As you may or may not be aware, Ally our new coordinator at OSHClub has been moved to another of our OSHClub services to support the team there whilst their current program coordinator is away on personal leave for term 2.
We understand the importance of consistency for the children in our care. It is for this reason that Caitlen Barlett will be stepping into the Program Coordinator role in a fulltime capacity.
Caitlen has been with OSHClub and worked alongside Jessica for the last 12 months and is familiar for the children, families, and school of St Thomas Aquinas OSHClub.
Caitlen is currently studying her Bachelor of Education and is very excited to be stepping in to the program coordinator role. We know Caitlen will ensure the children are supported during this period of change and continue to provide wonderful programming and engaging activities for the children.
Caitlen will be assisted and supported by our local management team. The regular team at OSHClub will remain unchanged, aided by our friendly casuals as needed.
Any questions please reach out to Caitlen or the team.
St Thomas Aquinas OSHClub