- Principal's Welcome
- Community News
- What's on at STA - 2022 - Term 2
- 2 Green News
- Cross Country - 13 May 2022
- IMPORTANT INFORMATION - Absences/Late Arrivals/Early Departures
- NAPLAN 10 - 20 May 2022
- STA Parish Information
- 2023 Enrolments - Open Days
- ACT Swim Teacher
- Scrunch, Collect, Play - We need your help
- Subway and Canteen Services
- Awards - Week 2
- Birthdays - May 2022
It was wonderful to see a few familiar faces back in the courtyard. We were all so excited to hear that we would once again be able to welcome families back onto our school grounds and volunteers back into the building. We are looking forward to presenting our first lot of class awards in the courtyard this year.
This week is Catholic Schools Week and the beginning of our enrolment period. If you know of anyone who is considering enrolling their child for 2023 in either the Primary School or for Preschool, let them know that now is the time. There is more information about open days and how to enrol in this newsletter. Our first Open Morning will be on Thursday between 9.30-11am - so spread the word.
Yesterday we welcomed back Toni Hatten-Roberts from COGLearn to work with staff on Explicit Direct Instruction and Daily Review. Toni has been working with our school for over a year now and has been very pleased with the progress made my staff in implementing this new pedagogy.
CE have granted schools two additional pupil free days to make up for lost release from face-to-face and the additional workload resulting from staff absences. We have tried to place these days as conveniently as possible and to work with St Francis Xavier to minimise disruption for families with children at both schools. We have managed to match one day, but unfortunately, due to calendar clashes, we have not been able to match both days. These pupil free days will be Tuesday 31st May (this is the Tuesday following the long weekend) and Friday 1st July (the last day of school). I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. OSHClub will be available for families who require care.
This term is already proving to be a challenging one. You may hear about a few ‘guest’ teachers in classes. We are trying to minimise disruption to learning as much as possible and ensuring planned lessons as taught. I thank you for your understanding and support during this time. Today we had three officers from the Catholic Education Office in class to support our school. You may hear your children talk about Mr Kemp, Mr Barnard and Mrs Blake. In the coming days we will have other CE officers coming into to take classes where required. As a school we are very grateful for the support provided by these officers and the Central Office to ensure that we are able to remain open and that all students are able to participate fully in planned learning.
Next week students in Years 3 and 5 will participate in NAPLAN. This nationwide assessment helps the school to track learning over the years and across cohorts. We use this information to assess the effectiveness of programs and make decisions about whole school teaching and learning. While we know there is a lot of attention paid to NALPAN by the media, we would like to reiterate that NAPLAN is only one measure of a student’s progress. Students at St Thomas Aquinas also complete other assessments including PAT Reading and PAT Maths, as well as assessments associated with the various programs we use here to assess and track learning. I wish all of the students participating in this year’s NAPLAN well.
Yours in Faith
|WHAT's ON @ STA in TERM 2 - 2022
|2||Thur 05/05||ST Thomas Aquinas Open morning for new enrolments|
|2||Fri 06/05||Mothers Day Prayer Celebration for students|
|3||Tue 10/05||ELC Open Day 8:30am - 5:30pm|
|3||Fri 13/05||Cross Country|
|3 & 4||10-20/05||Naplan - Years 3 and 5|
|4||Mon 16/05||Yurbay Incursion|
|4||Tues 17/05||Open Afternoon 3:30pm - 5:30pm|
|4||Tues 17/05||SCC Meeting 6pm|
|5||23 - 27/05||Book Fair|
|5||Tues 24/05||ELC Incursion|
|5||Wed 25/05||National Simultaneous Story Time|
|6||Mon 30/05||Public Holiday - Reconciliation Day|
|6||Tues 31/05||Pupil Free Day|
|6||Fri 03/06||ELC Excursion|
|7||Mon 06/06||Kindergarten Constable Kenny visit|
|7||Fri 10/06||STA Day Celebrations|
|8||Mon 13/06||Public Holiday - Queen's Birthday|
|8||Tue 14/06||SCC Meeting 6pm|
|8||Fri 17/06||Athletics Carnival|
|10||Mon 27/06||Reports sent home|
|10||Thur 30/06||White Token Lunch & Principal Awards|
||Pupil Free Day|
|Term 3 - 1||19-21/07||Year 5 & 6 Camp|
Compass is our preferred form of communication. Teachers may also use other forms of communication for their own class. If you are not receiving regular communication, please check with the Front Office and your child's teacher to ensure that we have the correct contact details.
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 ensure that all absenses are corrected entered into the Compass Parent Portal. However late arrivals or early departures will be entered by the front office once the student has arrived or departed the school. Parents/carers are still required to enter full day absences. We appreciate your assistance and cooperation.
Naplan will take place for Years 3 & 5 this term between the 10th and 20th of May. Here are some key points to remember.
- Year 5 students must use their own device during the testing period. Therefore, please ensure that devices are charged overnight and ready for use each morning. There will be no spare devices or time allocated for charging.
- Year 5 students are required to use headphones. These also need to be with each student each day.
- It is essential that all Year 3 & 5 students must arrive to school on time each day as NAPLAN testing is time controlled and will commence at 9am
For further information please refer to the below information or do not hesitate to contact your classroom teacher.
|Parish Priest||Father Martins Aloga|
|Parish Secretary||Debbie Hoffman|
|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 - tba|
Children's liturgy is held during the school term. All families are welcome to attend.
|Weekend Dates||6pm Saturday
|7 - 8 May||
|14 - 15 May||
|21 - 22 May||
|28 - 29 May||
|4 - 5 June||
|11 - 12 June||
|18 - 19 June||
|25 - 25 June||
|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|
The Canteen is open from Wednesdays to Fridays - for the first 10 minutes of each break. We sell a limited selection of healthy canteen approved chips and ice blocks.
Parents and staff are able to place Subway Orders Online. Click on the link below to place an order and payment as well.
Cut-off time is 9:15 AM for same day delivery.
Call on 02 6259 9101 to place your order after this time
Subway Lunch Orders can also be made, via Subway Envelope, at school. Subway envelopes, including cash, need to be placed in the Lunch Order Subway box, located outside the Front Office, by 9:30am on the day before the lunch is required. For example, if you would like a lunch order on Wednesday, the lunch order needs to be manually submitted by Tuesday 9:30am.
Here is a sample of the Subway ordering envelope. Envelopes are available from the Front Office or the classroom.
Due to COVID Restrictions, awards will be presented to students in class.
Congratulations to this week's recipients.
|Ty R||Clarence G||Lu'isa T|
Congratulations to the following students who will be celebrating their birthday this month:
Jesse R, Cooper K, Rohan T, Lorelei M, Clarence G, Alice T, Nikola G, William S, Amelia M, Lewis T, Oliver H, Ariana R, Hunter B, Emily L-B, Brooklyn S, Ashan H, Jacie L, Scarlett F, Achiek A, Shaela S, Patrick S-P, Lyla M, Lachlan R, Mitchell R, Gabriel T, Chimaobi M, Nuer D