- St Monica's Open Days - Spread the word!
- Weekly Happenings
- Principal's Message
- RE News - Haley Stonham
- Parish Sacramental News - First Eucharist
- Global Schools Partners News
- St Monica's Mother's Day Brochure - Payment via Qkr! Time is running out to place your order!
- Compass Parent Portal
- You Can Do It - Emma Russell
- Writing - Melinda Brown
- Library News - Veronica Melville
- Mathematics - Ryan Matchett
- Sport News - Ryan Matchett
- Star Awards for Week 3
- School Fees - Term 2
- Canteen News - Wendy Regan
- Walk to School
- Happy Birthday
- Community Council News - Evelyn David-Hoole
- COVID-19 Updates
|Monday 3 May - Friday 28 May||
|Friday 7 May||
Star Awards - 2.30pm
|Monday 10 May||
Open Day - 10.00am - 1.30pm
|Wednesday 12 May||
School Tours and Information Session - 5.00pm - 6.00pm
|Friday 14 May||
Open Day - 10.00am - 1.30pm
This is Catholic School’s Week
‘Faith and hope into the future’ is the central theme for Catholic Schools Week in 2021.
The theme this year describes the desire for our Catholic school experience to be one of engaging, of inspiring minds and of creating strong communities that will build a strong future built on faith and hope. To embrace this, Catholic Schools in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn are places filled with hope, and joy, where the fullness of life is experienced and where Christ is found at the centre of all that they are and all that they do.
Hope is found at the centre of all that they are and all that they do.
As Pope Francis writes: “for Christians, the future does have a name, and its name is Hope. Feeling hopeful does not mean to be optimistically naïve and ignore the tragedy humanity is facing. Hope is the virtue of a heart that does not lock itself into darkness, that doesn’t dwell on the past, does not simply get by in the present, but is able to see a tomorrow. Hope is the door that opens onto the future. Hope is a humble, hidden seed of life that, with time, will develop into a large tree. It is like some invisible yeast that allows the whole dough to grow, that brings flavour to all aspects of life. And it can do so much, because a tiny flicker of light that feeds on hope is enough to shatter the shield of darkness. A single individual is enough for hope to exist and that individual can be you. And then there will be another “you,” and another “you,” and it turns into an “us.” And so, does hope begin when we have an “us?” No. Hope began with one “you.” When there is an “us,” there begins a revolution.
As part of a Catholic community, our schools are called to celebrate the gifts and diversity of all its members, inspire the minds and spirit of all those in our midst and help shape the youth to care for and serve those most in need.
During Catholic Schools Week this year, all people involved in the endeavour of Catholic education are invited to consider how they are being called to shine their light on and lead others to hope in the truth, beauty and goodness of God for a future.
The formal enrolment period for Catholic schools in Canberra has commenced. I encourage families with siblings, due to start Kindergarten in 2022 to lodge their enrolment as soon as possible. Enrolments are to be submitted online and can be accessed via our school website.
Reporting - Semester 1 2021
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).
- 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 so we can engage in a genuine conversation about your child’s strengths, challenges, effort and areas for growth.
You are encouraged to keep in touch with your child’s teacher should you have any concerns as our next formal parent-teacher meetings will occur in Term 3 Week 1.
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.
For Our Mothers
You have created mothers in love and blessed them with children.
As they work tirelessly to support their families may they be showered with your blessings.
Give mothers strength to exercise compassion as they live each day under your care.
May those who are joined in your love, support mothers by their fervour of spirit and devotion to prayer.
We thank you, O Lord, for the gift of Motherhood.
May those blessed with children be granted the gifts of courage, perseverance and good health.
May they face each new day with faith and hope in your abiding love.
May all families find in the strength of your love
The priceless gift of peace and so bear witness to your glory.
As Mary was the model of prayer, of love, and of obedience to the will of God, by your grace make mothers holy and rich with your gifts.
Bind families together in the bonds of peace and safety so that mothers will feel nurtured by love.
May all mothers enjoy good health and spiritual well-being to enable them to care for their families.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord, Amen
Wishing our mothers and carers a very special day on Sunday and every day.
Continue to stay safe and healthy and may God's blessing be with everyone.
First Eucharist – Belonging and Gathering
We often read stories in the Gospel of Jesus taking part in special gatherings with his family and friends. One of these special gatherings was the wedding at Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother Mary and his disciples had been invited and were at the wedding as well. Weddings are a very special time, where family and friends come together to celebrate love and happiness!
But something extra special happened at this wedding… Jesus performed his first miracle! When the wine was all gone, Mary encouraged Jesus to help the family. Jesus turned the water into wine!
Jesus continued to perform miracles during his ministry. But Jesus also gathered with people who were rejected or not very well-liked. Jesus always showed that everyone belongs when God’s love gathers people together!
During the Sacrament of Eucharist, all people from all walks of life are invited to the table of the Lord! We belong to God’s family and we gather to give thanks and celebrate!
Please continue to keep Year 4 and their families and teachers in your prayers as they prepare for the Sacrament of First Eucharist this term.
Sacramental Program 2021 – First Eucharist for Y4 students in 2021
The Sacrament of First Eucharist will be celebrated in term 2 of 2021 on the following dates:
- Tuesday 8 June at 6pm in St Michael’s Church
- Wednesday 9 June at 6pm in St Monica’s Church
- Thursday 10 June at 5.30pm in St Monica’s Church
- Thursday 10 June at 7pm in St Monica’s Church
Please keep the candidates for First Eucharist in your prayers.
Registration must be made via the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Qkr! App. Registrations opened on 30 March 2021 and will close by 16 May 2021.
No further registration will be accepted after the closing date.
Students and parents must attend one of the weekend Masses at either St Monica’s Church (6pm Saturday or 10am Sunday) or St Michael’s Church (8am or 5.30pm Sunday) on one of the dates listed below to make their commitment for the Sacrament.
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 May
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 May 2021
There will be no additional commitment masses beyond these dates.
Booking a Mass time for the Sacrament
Once you have decided on the date and church you wish your child to celebrate the Sacrament, bookings can be made through ‘Trybooking’ on the parish website at www.cg.org.au/belconnennorth
Bookings will be open from 10 May 2021 to 21 May 2021.
COVID Restrictions - due to current Covid restrictions we can only have 200 people in the church for each celebration.
This means the number of people attending is restricted to 8 to 10 per family only. (This may include parents, siblings or other family members or friends).
Booking will close once 200 bookings are made for the service.
Purchasing a stole for First Eucharist
Purchasing a stole is optional and is not compulsory. If you wish to purchase a stole, please make a payment of $20 through the Qkr! App and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and arrangements will be made for delivery/pickup.
For further information please contact the Sacramental Program coordinator at email@example.com
Please register with the Compass Parent Portal as we have now removed the absentee button on SZine.
The school's Compass portal is available through both desktop and mobile applications.
If accessing the Compass portal on your desktop you will have to enter the school’s Compass portal URL (provided to the parents in the invitation log-in) in a web browser.
Compass has a mobile app for both IOS devices as well as Android devices.
Alternatively, the apps may be downloaded directly from the App store or Google Play store. Then look for/type in the school - St Monica's Primary School
Please Note: The mobile applications are not designed for complete use of the Compass platform; it is designed for quick access to a set of specific information and specific actions.
Parents Logging into the Parent Portal
Every family will have a separate account to log into the Compass Parent Portal. When parents log in using the credentials sent to them for the first time, they will be prompted to change their temporary password.
Parents will not be able to navigate through the Compass portal unless they have confirmed their contact information. This is to ensure that all Compass communications are sent to the correct email address/mobile number.
If a parent forgets their Compass portal log-in details, they can reset their password through the log-in screen. The link takes the parents through the password recovery process which includes being sent a confirmation code via their selected method (email/sms).
Please note: If the parent tries to recover their account information using an email address or mobile phone number which do not match the information stored in the school’s Compass Portal, they will be advised to contact the school office and not sent an account reset code.
All families to use the Compass Parent Portal - Attendance Note
The absentee button on SZine has been removed.
The YCDI! Positive Parent Program (online) was developed to provide parents with a variety of eLearning programs, articles and audio-visual resources that parents can access at home in their own time when needed, some of which they can view and discuss with their children. St Monica’s has a subscription for each family in our community. Have you had a chance to log in and have a look? Here is an example of some of the information you can access with your log in details.
This week I have enjoyed working with a group of students in Years 5 and 6 on a piece of writing for the Gough Whitlam writing competition. This competition was previously advertised in our newsletter and there were a handful of students who either approached me or I received an email from their parents to inform me of their child’s interest.
It has been wonderful seeing the students write about topics they are passionate about and follow the writing process to deliver a high standard of work. We look forward to sharing some of these in the newsletter in coming weeks.
Next week I will be advertising a whole school writing competition (K-6) for all students. The theme will be The St Monica’s Way and we look forward to any interested students engaging in this activity. More details will be included in next week’s newsletter.
Please send your answers through by Tuesday morning to Mr Matchett- firstname.lastname@example.org
The number 4 can be partitioned into the following addends:
4 = 1 + 1 + 1 + 1
4 = 2 + 1 + 1
4 = 4
4 = 3 + 1
Find the partitions for the number 9.
If 872 pancakes can be made in 1 hour, how many pancakes can be made per minute? How many pancakes can be made in 2 hours? How many pancakes can be made in 30 seconds?
Thank you for your expressions of interest in attending gala days this year. We will advise in the coming weeks what we are able to commit to. If any notes have not been returned please do so ASAP.
ACT Swimming Results
Results from the ACT Swimming Carnival have not been sent through to us as yet. We will share as soon as we get them.
Belconnen Cross Country
A reminder that Belconnen Cross Country notes are due back by Tuesday 11 May. Please advise me if your child does not want to attend.
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A big thank you to those who helped in the Canteen last week - Rach Pentes, Chris Regan, Jane Rabbets, Katherine O'Sullivan, Lorraine Coleman and Katrina Ciampa - your time is valued. I could not put out the huge volume of food without your kind assistance.
Volunteer opportunities for "Canteen Volunteers - Term 2 2021" are still open. I particularly need assistance all day on Fridays, but also from 11-11:30am on Thursdays.
Please click on the following web link (or copy it into your web browser if clicking doesn't work) to go to the signup sheet:
To sign up, just follow the instructions on the page. It only takes a few seconds to do.
Thank you for volunteering!
Walk Safely to School Day- Friday 14 May
Now in its 22nd year, Walk Safely to School Day is happening on Friday 14 May 2021. National Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) is an annual event when all Primary School children will be encouraged to walk and commute safely to school. It is a Community Event seeking to promote Road Safety, Health, Public Transport and the Environment. On arrival to school, students who complete their walk or ride to school will be provided with a light snack. Students may even wish to organise a group to walk or ride to school together. Please see the flyer attached or access the website below for more information.