- Message from the Principal
- What's on at STA
- Class Awards - 2021 - Term 4 - Week 6
- News - 6 Green
- STA Mission Fete - 12 November
- Class Party - 1 Blue - Friday, 12 November 2021
- Class Party - 2 Blue - Friday, 12 November 2021
- Class Party - 2 Green - Friday, 12 November 2021
- Year 5 - 2022 - BYOD iPad Program - Due 6/12/21
- Scholastic Book Club - 7 - Due 16/11/2021
- Kinder 2022 Orientation Day - 22/11/2021
- Colour Run - 26 November 2021
- Parent Teacher Conferences - 29 Nov to 1 Dec
- Students Leaving STA in 2021
- ELC Holiday Program
- OSH School Holiday Program
- Dates for 2022
- SAVE THE DATE - Swimming Carnival - Friday, 22 Feb 2022
- Communication - Compass Parent Portal
- Please do not use Compass PAY
- Qkr Mobile Phone Payment App - Installation Notes
- Community News
- Parish News and Rosters
- Parenting Ideas
- November Birthdays
This week I have had an opportunity to meet with staff and discuss professional learning goals, debrief following Remote Learning and talk about how the students are settling back into face-to-face learning. It has been wonderful to hear about how settled the students are and how they seem to have jumped straight back into work. Many of us were concerned that despite everyone’s best efforts, students would still fall back in their learning. I am pleased to say that, with a great deal of support from parents and carers, many students have progressed well and some groups are at, or very close to, where we would expect them to be without lockdown. Over these past two years, we have experienced a partnership like never before where parents and teachers were working side-by-side. I want to thank you again for your efforts, particularly during this most recent lockdown.
This year we are revisiting the school’s Mission and Vision. The staff have been looking at what is important to us here at St Thomas Aquinas and what type of a school we aspire to create. When we started this journey, I had thought we would be able to invite groups of parents in to collect your ideas, however due to the current climate we have to do things a little differently. We have taken feedback from our surveys, and conversations with staff and students to help to identify everyone’s hopes and dreams for our school moving forward. We have used this to create a draft vision for St Thomas Aquinas which is now ready for comment. I would appreciate any feedback on this vision and on whether you think we have missed something.
We are a community inspired by St Thomas Aquinas to deepen our faith,
to seek knowledge and thrive.
We will leave this survey open until next Tuesday.
I hope with ACT and NSW opening up further, everyone is beginning to get back to normal and settle back into routine.
Take care and God Bless
|WHAT's ON @ STA in TERM 4
|6||Thu 11/11||Remembrance Day Prayer Celebration @ 10:30am|
|6||Fri 12/11||STA Mission Fete|
|6||Fri 12/11||Class Parties - 1 Blue - 2 Blue - 2 Green|
|8||Tue 23/11||School Community Council @ 6pm|
|8||Thu 25/11||Kinder Health Checks - ACT Health|
|8||Fri 26/11||STA Colour Run|
|9||Thu 2/12||TBC: STA Christmas Carols @ 5:30pm for 6pm start|
|10||Mon 6/12||Year 5 2022: BYOD iPad Forms and Payment Due - $308
No late applications accepted
|10||Thu 9/12||TBC: Yr 6 Graduation Mass @ 5:30pm
TBC: Yr 6 Disco @ 6:00pm - 8:30pm
|10||Fri 10/12||TBC: White Token Lunch @ 11:00am|
|10||Fri 10/12||TBC: Principal's Awards @ 2pm|
|11||Tue 14/12||TBC: Kinder Nativity: Students @ 12noon Parents @ 2pm|
|11||Wed 15/12||TBC: Yr 6 - Big Day Out @ CISAC|
|11||Wed 15/12||Year 5: BYOD iPad Collection - After 3:30pm|
TBC: Yr 6 - Leadership Handover Ceremony @ 9:30am
|11||Fri 17/12||Last Day of Term 4|
|2022||Mon 31/01||Term 1 2022 Commences for Students|
|2022||Fri 11/02||Swimming Carnival Notes Due - No late notes accepted|
|2022||Fri 25/02||Swimming Carnival - Year 3 to 6|
|2022||Sat 2/04||STA Fete|
Due to COVID Restrictions, awards will be presented to students in class.
2021 - TERM 4 - WEEK 6
|White Tokens||Alexander W - KG||Adeline B - KG||Emily McL - 2B|
|Georgia R - 2B||Zoe C - 2B||Isabel P - KG|
|Flynn O'G - KG||Seneca B - KG||Samuel B - KG|
|Savanna H - KG||Matilda H - KG||Eleni M - 5B|
|Daniel A - 5G||Sebastian D'A - 5G||Cameron C - 2B|
|Luella B - 2B||Violet P - 2B||Lachlan B - 3G|
|Alana B - 3B||Lu'isa T - 3B|
SCHOOL EVENTS - FUNDRAISING - STA MISSION FETE
Qkr installation instructions are included in this Newsletter.
Congratulations, our 1 Blue class has earned 50 Black Tokens
and a Class Party.
1 Blue will be celebrating earning 50 tokens on Friday, 12 November. The children will be able to wear play clothes, please ensure they have covered shoes and remember a hat. Please bring individually wrapped food to share and we will be watching a movie.
Mr Troldahl will send home further information in the coming days.
Congratulations, our class has earned 50 Black Tokens
and a Class Party.
We will be celebrating our 50th black token on Friday, 12 November 2021 with a waterfight.
Please come dressed in clothes you are happy to get wet in and bring the following:
Change of clothes and socks
Water Blaster or Spray Bottle or Super Soaker
NO Water Balloons Please
Closed in shoes must be worn
Congratulations, our 2 Green class has earned 50 Black Tokens
and a Class Party
2 Green will be celebrating earning 50 tokens on Friday, 12 November. This is a uniform free day. Please ensure they have covered shoes and remember a hat. Please bring individually wrapped food and a board game/card game to share.
Online orders for Issue 7 due by 16 November 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
Parent Teacher Conferences for 2021-Term 4 will be held from Monday, 29 November to Wednesday, 1 December 2021 via MS Teams.
Compass Bookings open on Monday, 22 November at 8:30am and will close on Friday, 26 November at 12 noon.
Bookings are strictly for 15 minutes. If you require further time, please organise a separate conference with your child's teacher.
Dear Parents and Carers
If your child/ren is leaving St Thomas Aquinas at the end of 2021 please advise the school in writing. This does not apply to students in Year 6 this year.
Attached here is the Student Transfer Notification form which needs to be returned to the school by 10 December 2021.
|2022||TERM BEGINS||TERM ENDS|
|Term 1||Monday, 31 January 2022||Friday, 8 April 2022|
Wednesday, 27 April 2022
|Friday, 1 July 2022|
|Term 3||Tuesday, 19 July 2022
Pupil Free Day - Monday 18 July
|Friday, 23 September 2022|
|Term 4||Monday, 10 October 2022||Friday, 16 December 2022|
|Dates to be Observed|
|New Year's Day||Saturday, 1 January 2022 and
Monday, 3 January 2022
|Australia Day||Wednesday, 26 January 2022|
|Canberra Day||Monday, 14 March 2022|
|Good Friday||Friday, 15 April 2022|
|Easter Saturday||Saturday, 16 April 2022|
|Easter Sunday||Sunday, 17 April 2022|
|Easter Monday||Monday, 18 April 2022|
|ANZAC Day Public Holiday||Monday, 25 April 2022|
|Reconciliation Day||Monday, 30 May 2022|
|Queen's Birthday||Monday, 13 June 2022|
|Labour Day||Monday, 3 October 2022|
|Christmas Day||Sunday, 25 December and
Tuesday, 27 December 2022
|Boxing Day||Monday, 26 December 2022|
The STA Swimming Carnival, for students in Years 3 to 6, will be held on Friday, 25 February 2022.
Notes will be sent home in Week 1 of 2022 and will need to be returned by Friday 11 February 2022 - Week 2 of 2022. Please note that late notes cannot be accepted due to the tight timeframe.
The Compass Parent Portal (CPP) is an essential online portal that allows you to interact with your child’s school and access up-to-date information.
Please note that our school will not be using SMS and Compass PAY as we already have other payment options available for the payment of school fees, camps etc. These options include EFTPOS, BPAY, Qkr and Direct Debits.
You should have received your log-in credentials via email and you will be able to log into the Parent Portal through the Compass App (Android & IOS0 or Desktop). If you have not received your Compass log-in details, please contact the Front Office. Only one email per parent/carer is used in Compass. If you wish to change the email address used by Compass, please change your preferred email address via the Compass Portal or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that the Phone App has less functions than the Desktop App. To search for our school, please search for WEST BELCONNEN, not the School as there are many St Thomas Aquinas schools around Australia. If installing Compass on your phone, please scroll down when searching the school via the suburb to locate our school.
Below are some quick links for parents:
- Information Sheet for Parents
- Visual Guide for Parents
- Downloading the App
- Logging in to the Parent Portal
- Attendance Notes
Further information is available on our Website. See link below:
Newsletters are sent out weekly. They can also be found on our website under Communication / Newsletter here.
Please note that our school will not be using SMS and Compass PAY as we already have cheaper payment options available for the payment of school fees, camps etc. These options include EFTPOS, BPAY, Qkr and Direct Debits. Please note that as of 2022, we will debit Compass Pay fees to school accounts.
Our school has introduced Qkr!™, a mobile phone payment app designed for Australian schools, delivering an online credit card payment solution for parents.
Please install Qkr on your phones as over the next few weeks and we will be introducing items to purchase via this system. Please find below Qkr Installation Notes and Parent Tips.
The following items can now be purchased: School Hats; Second hand Uniforms; Canteens; Camps; School Fees and Year 6 Shirts. Credit Card payments can still be made over the telephone and via the Front Office.
|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
|13-14 November||Damyn, Andy||Gian, Annie, Grace||TBA|
|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|
Congratulations to the following students who will be celebrating their birthday this month:
Andrew M; Amber B; Farrah A; Annabelle C; Rebecca J; David C; Jewel J; Leaniva M-H; Mia O; Ava G; Jadyn W; Aiden M; Archer W; Harpreet S; Ella T; Grace S; Carys S; Mikayla M; Faith M; Isabel P; Darcy A; Dante C; Spencer S; Obie I; Taigh R; Kuzivakwashe M; Amity W; Benjamin S; Samuel C.