- White Elephant Sale Day + Volunteers Needed - Saturday 22 & 23 May
- Weekly Happenings
- Principal's Message
- RE News - Haley Stonham
- Parish Sacramental News - First Eucharist
- You Can Do It - Emma Russell
- Parent Corner
- Annual Online Surveys - Tell It From Me
- Kinder Parents - Reminder
- What Matters - Melinda Brown
- Technology News - Monika Richards
- Library News - Veronica Melville
- Mathematics - Ryan Matchett
- Sport News - Ryan Matchett
- Canteen News - Wendy Regan
- School Fees - Term 2
- Happy Birthday
- Community Council News - Evelyn David-Hoole
- COVID-19 Updates
Our hall will be open this
We also need volunteers to:
- Set up the hall on Friday 21 May from 2.00pm; and
- To sell items/monitor the number of people coming into the hall on 22 and 23 May.
Spread the word and let your friends and family know to come down to our hall this Saturday and Sunday and grab a bargain.
|Monday 3 May - Friday 28 May||
|Thursday 20 May||
First Eucharist Retreat Day - Year 4 Children
Parent/Child Formation Evening - 6pm viz zoom (link to be advised)
|Friday 21 May||
Rostrum School Finals
School Prayer - 2.30pm
|Monday 24 May - Friday 28 May||
Book Fair - Library
|Wednesday 26 May||
Belconnen Cross Country - Stromlo
|Friday 28 May||
Star Awards - 2.30pm
Staff Support Staff Day - Thank you
"Thank you to Evelyn David-Hoole and Community Council, Carmel, Jacinda and parents for the wonderful morning tea given to Support Staff on Monday. Thank you also for the lovely gifts. We enjoyed celebrating our day" - Support Staff
Mr Dalton, Mrs Levi, Miss Murphy, Mrs Byrnes, Mrs Flynn, Mrs Shah & Miss O'Leary
Mrs Thompson, Mrs Austin, Mrs Friend, Mrs Regan & Mr Thomas
It is enrolment time for Catholic schools in Canberra. 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. The official enrolment period closes on Friday 28 May.
Presentation of Star Awards
Commencing next week we will present our star awards at an afternoon gathering in the courtyard, commencing at 2.30pm. This will enable family members to attend. As SMOOSH needs to set up in the hall of an afternoon our access to the hall is restricted. Remember we need to observe the current COVID restriction still in place - physical distancing, please do not attend if unwell, register via our CBR Check in QR code that will be located on the wall near the canteen. This will eliminate parents crowding in the foyer of the school. Dust off the cameras!
Please register with the Compass Parent Portal if you have not already done so. Please ensure your email address is correct for registration to go through. If you are having difficulties with registering please contact the Front Office. Reports will be distributed via Compass so please register.
CE Changes to Semester One Report
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).
Please note - With changes currently being made to Semester One reports, Catholic Education has also made the decision not to include individual student comments in the 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 are best reported based on what we know to be important information about a student’s learning and progress.
Open Council Meeting
Sincere apologies for the confusion over the communication to our Open Council meeting, via zoom, last week. I am still learning how our new Parent Portal via Compass works and discovered I had actually invited all the children to the meeting and not the parents. We will attempt another meeting in the coming months as parent input is so important to the growth of our school.
Key areas discussed with those who had discovered the link
1. Land Acquisition around the school - work in progress due to the zoning of Urban Open Space.
2. Hall Items - White Elephant sale this weekend.
3. Canteen - Changes required to the phasing out of plastic items ie spoons, cups. Considering other alternatives.
4. SMOOSH - calling for parents interested in developing a survey to review our service and to consider ways to spread the work. Any parents interested in joining a small committee please email email@example.com
5. Outdoor classroom - Council members support the move to gather new quotes and contribute $30 000 to the cost. These funds have been held over since our last fete in 2020, for the purpose of developing an outdoor classroom.
Principal discussion points
1. Development of our student management policy.
2. Changes to the Semester One Report by CE.
3. Enrolment time and parents promoting the school.
4. Moving to more school gatherings including awards, the possibility of a Father's Day Breakfast etc.
5. Grandparents Day - delaying to later in the year when the weather is warmer, we can incorporate outdoor spaces and allowing more time for people to access the COVID vaccine.
6. Issue with submitting teams for Gala Days - qualifications of coaches, numbers of children interested. An area we are exploring further.
Rostrum School Finals
On Friday morning our school finalists from Years 5 and 6 will present their speeches. Children involved will be advised tomorrow what time the speeches will be starting.
Congratulations to Declan H (6M) and Layla H (2RR) on the arrival of their little brother Ethan.
First Eucharist Retreat Day
Why do we have a Retreat Day as part of the sacramental preparation at St Monica’s?
A Retreat Day is a wonderful opportunity for us all to gather as a faith community for the purpose of learning about and experiencing God’s presence through the sacraments. Tomorrow, our First Eucharist candidates will gather together with their peers to investigate scripture using the Three Worlds of the Text, reflect on the symbolism of loaves, fish and baskets in the scripture – Feeding of the Five Thousand, and learning about what it means to be a part of the Eucharistic Community.
Each student will have the opportunity to develop a call to action by exploring the following concepts for living a Eucharistic Life:
- Loving others
- Looking after God’s Creation
- Caring for people who are in need
- Go and announce the Gospel of the Lord
- Always doing your best
- Helping someone
- Sharing with others
- Showing kindness
We are really looking forward to celebrating with all of candidates and their friends tomorrow during the Retreat Day!
Sacramental Program 2021 – First Eucharist for Year 4 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.
Parent Child Formation Night – 6.00pm - Thursday 20 May 2020
The parent/child formation night is this Thursday via zoom at 6.00pm.
Zoom address is https://cgcatholic.zoom.us/j/98317292168
Registration for the Sacrament of First Eucharist
Registrations have now closed and no further registration can be accepted.
There will be no additional commitment masses.
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.
In the coming weeks, we will be inviting students, teachers and parents to provide feedback on their experience of our school using an online survey. The surveys are an important part of our whole school evaluation and planning process.
We would like to invite you to complete the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Partners in Learning survey. As we value the role of parents and carers within our school community we would greatly appreciate your feedback. The information you provide will be used to maintain our commitment to working together in partnership to further improve student learning and wellbeing at St Monica’s Primary.
The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You will able to access the parent survey on your computer or mobile device by using a special URL.
I will advise when the survey URL will be launched; I'm expecting it will be towards the end of next week.
The students in Years 4 to 6 will also take part in completing a survey. Please refer to the letter attached.
Over the past two weeks I have been fortunate enough to work with a talented group of Year 5 and 6 students on a piece of writing for the Gough Whitlam Institution “What Matters” writing competition.
These students wanted to write about what matters to them as children of the 21st century. The topics they chose to write about covered a range of topics including poverty, climate change, pollution, racism, poaching and cancer research. Their finished pieces of work left me speechless. They wrote from the heart and clearly showed a great passion for wanting to make a change in the world. Congratulations to the following students for all their hard work!
Bella P, Makenna M, Shaye S-A, Jesse F, Josh Mc, Archie S, Sam G, Amour A, Indiana H, Jaiden B, Emilia H, Sarah D-H.
Did you know that St Monica’s has its very own robotics team?
Students from year 5 and 6 who are keen on all things Tech participate in weekly sessions to build and code EV3 and Sphero robots. They are preparing for an ACT schools robotics competition called Robocup Jr.
This week we were lucky to host our second interschools meeting where teams participated in an intensive coding workshop to learn how to make their robots follow a line around a specially made course.
Our teams learnt so much and are looking forward to testing out their skills as they prepare for the competition on 28August.
National Simultaneous Storytime
Today we took part in National Simultaneous Story with over one million children from across Australia and New Zealand. The book was “Give me some space!” by Phil Bunting and was an intergalactic experience with the book being read by the astronaut Dr Shannon Walker from the International Space Station. The National Simultaneous Storytime website has great resources linked to science and space to further engage the students with an interest in space. https://www.alia.org.au/nss
To the Book Fair and Beyond! The Scholastic Book Fair is coming soon, so get ready for some out-of-this-world excitement! You’ll go where no reader has gone before as you explore the coolest array of books in the cosmos. This stellar reading celebration will run in the library from Tuesday 25 May to Friday 28 May. Just visit the Fair with your family or purchase books using the online method and you will go in the draw to win FREE BOOKS! This is one far-out event that you won’t want to miss!
The Bookfair is an important fundraiser for the library as the library receives a percentage of the sales from the bookfair. Each book purchase contributes to new books for the library. The funds raised from this bookfair will be used to purchase books for the fiction section of the library that we are focussing on updating with current titles. Our goal is to have 300 books in students’ homes, so please support the library to reach this target.
Students will bring home a Wishlist with the books they would like and their cost. The Wishlist will have instructions for paying online and students can then bring their sheet in with the receipt details and collect the books. Parents can come into the book fair and select and pay for books.
To ensure that the Book Fair is a Covid safe event we ask that you do not attend if you are feeling unwell and have any respiratory or COVID-19 symptoms. All parents will need to enter the school through the foyer and check in using ‘Checkin CBR’ App. There will be a maximum of 15 parents in the Book Fair area at any one time so you will need to check with a teacher before entering the area and ensure you always maintain social distancing. All adults and students will need to sanitise their hands before handling books. Thank you for your assistance with ensuring this is a Covid safe event.
Please find below this weeks Maths problems. Please email your responses to me email@example.com by Tuesday morning.
What might the next two dominoes be in each of these sequences?
Can you explain why you chose those two dominoes?
Try making all of the numbers from 1 to 20 using only the number 4. Example: 8 = 4 + 4, 16= 4x4. You can use any operation (+, -, ÷, x) and brackets if you like.
Maths Resources for Home
Dr Paul Swan (Phd) has a wonderful website https://drpaulswan.com.au/games/ with a variety of resources for families to use to increase mathematical skills. I use his resources in my classroom and they are fantastic!
Belconnen Cross Country
Best wishes to our 50 students participating in the Belconnen Cross Country Carnival next Wednesday 26 May. A note with some important reminders went home yesterday. Please contact me if you did not receive it. Students are reminded to meet Mr Fletcher and Mr Hague at 8:20am near the kinder play area for an 8:30am departure.
Last week there were some issues with Qkr! on Friday morning which caused upset for some of our families. If this occurs in the future please don't worry, simply send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, (there is no need to call the office, or phone me or message me privately). Please include your child's name and class and what they would like in their order. Due to the busyness of Fridays, those emails would be appreciated by 9am. I am rarely on my email again after this time, so this will ensure I can provide your child with lunch. Prompt payment on the Forgotten Lunch tab (on Qkr! when it is back up) would be appreciated. The same can be done if your child is sick. If I have prompt advice of their absence I can ensure the food is not sent out and therefore can hold the order over for the next week.
Thank you to my tremendous volunteers last week. It was wonderful to welcome some new people into the space and your time is truly valued. Thanks Sarah Clark, Lorraine Coleman, Sam Cox, Laura Davern, Evelyn David-Hoole, Neridda Leen, Katherine O'Sullivan, Rach Pentes, Jane Rabbets and Fiona Steinberg.
Volunteer opportunities for "Canteen Volunteers - Term 2 2021" are still open.
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.