- Weekly Happenings
- Principal's Message
- Tell Them From Me - Annual School Online Surveys for Parents, Students Years 4 - 6 & Teachers
- Commonwealth Schools Data Collection Notice
- RE News - Haley Stonham
- Parish Sacramental News - First Eucharist
- Writing Competition - Melinda Brown
- Mathematics - Ryan Matchett
- Sport News - Ryan Matchett
- Library News - Veronica Melville
- Happy Birthday
- Canteen News - Wendy Regan
- School Fees - Term 3
- COVID-19 Updates
- Community Council News - Evelyn David-Hoole
- Code Camp - Holiday Camps
|Friday 4 June||
School Prayer - 2.30pm
|Wednesday 9 June||
First Eucharist - Year 4 - St Monica's Church - 6.00pm
|Thursday 10 June||
First Eucharist - Year 4 - St Monica's Church - 5.30pm and 7.00pm
|Friday 11 June||
School Prayer - 2.30pm
|Monday 14 June||
Queen's Birthday Holiday
We are currently celebrating NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK 2021.
MORE THAN A WORD. RECONCILIATION TAKES ACTION
Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2021, More than a word. Reconciliation takes action, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.
Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.
We all have a role to play when it comes to reconciliation, and in playing our part we collectively build relationships and communities that value Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, histories, cultures, and futures.
2021 marks twenty years of Reconciliation Australia and almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process.
As part of Reconciliation Week, the children have been discussing and engaging in several class activities,
On Tuesday we welcomed back Gabbi (6J) and Millie (4R) to St Monica's. The girls are feeling like they never left. We also welcome Beatrice (3LG) whose family have joined our community, moving from Rosary Primary School.
Year 6 Expression of Learning
On Thursday 24 June the Year 6 will be displaying their learning through dance and drama. Please keep the evening free for this special presentation.
School Photos have been sent home with children today. Family photos will be sent home tomorrow.
General School Behaviour
While aware that we are in the second half of the term and the children are becoming tired, I have also noted a decline in their general appearance, manners, attitude and tolerance towards one another. Please have a conversation about the importance of our footstep of respect with your child/ren and what it should look like at school.
Please make sure all absences are accounted for with a note via Compass, an email to the office or a written note. The class roll is an official electronic document and must reflect why a child is not at school. Parents can check via the Compass Parent Portal, however, reminder letters will be generated on Friday and sent home on Monday.
Compass Parent Portal and School Reports
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.
The teachers have been working hard over the last few weeks moderating your child's work in preparation for school reports. As indicated in previous newsletters CE has elected not to include comments in the new report for Semester One. Reports will be sent to families in Week 10 with the opportunity for a parent interview to occur in the first two weeks of Term 3.
Please keep the Year 4 children, who are making their first Communion next week, in your prayers. This is a very special time for them and their families.
Continue to stay COVID safe and may God's blessing be with everyone.
Over the next two 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 invite you to complete the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Partners in Learning survey that has been sent out via the Compass Parent Portal. 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. Any problems receiving the Compass notification please let me know so I can assist.
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.
The students in Years 4 to 6 are also taking part in completing a student survey.
Thank you to all our families who joined us for the Parent/Child Formation evening last Thursday. It was so wonderful to see the children sharing what they have been learning about the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist. Breaking the bread that they made and reflected on during the retreat day was a highlight for me.
As a parent I am also embarking on this part of my children’s faith journey, and like you all, attended the parent evening last night at my daughter’s school. I will be working through her home booklet with her, sharing my first experience of receiving the Holy Eucharist when I was in Year 2, and talking with her about what it feels like to belong to our Parish Community.
We are off to mass this Sunday morning at 9am for our commitment mass, where we will stand at the front and make a commitment as a family to support Emily. My Son Jay was lucky enough to prepare for and receive First Eucharist last November. We have had many conversations about what it means to be a Eucharistic person. At the moment, for him, it means being able to participate fully in mass with his Parish community.
Family life is one that is busy. This week my husband and I (with the help of a wonderful Nanna) will make time for, basketball, netball training, Eucharist parent session, Rugby Union training, debate club, STEAM Club, dance, hearing appointment, rugby game in Cooma and a netball game. PHEW! We also make time to talk to God and to thank Him for the wonderful opportunities that we have been blessed with. We give back to God what he has given to us.
I encourage you all to continue to support your child’s faith journey in this way. Continue to make time for God or start making more time for God. The sense of belonging that comes with this sacrament is one that our children want and that we, as adults, need.
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 6.00pm in St Michael’s Church
- Wednesday 9 June at 6.00pm in St Monica’s Church
- Thursday 10 June at 5.30pm in St Monica’s Church
- Thursday 10 June at 7.00pm in St Monica’s Church
Please keep the candidates for First Eucharist in your prayers.
Home Booklets for the Sacrament
The completed home booklets must be returned to the school no later than Thursday 3 June 2021 with the ‘Parents’ Discernment of Readiness’ (the last page of the booklet) completed and signed, ready for Fr Loi to also sign. The booklets will be returned to the candidates on the night of the Sacrament along with their certificates. .
Future upcoming Sacraments during 2021
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated during Term 3 on 7, 8 and 9 September.
Parent information session is scheduled for 22 July.
Registrations for the Sacrament will open on 22 July and close on 9 August.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated in Term 4.
St Monica’s Writing Competition
Write a story or poem based on the theme
The St Monica’s Way
Use the footsteps of
respect, resilience, engagement and growth
in your story or poem.
You may like to include one or all of them.
Entries to be submitted to the Front Office for judging by
Monday 7 June 2021
Prizes will be awarded to the winning students from each grade.
Bella P in Year 6 is passionate about Climate Change and wrote on this topic for the What Matters Writing Competition. Below is a small excerpt from her admission. The rest of her entry and the other entries are on display near our Year 6 classrooms for everyone to enjoy.
What We Fight For
A gust of cold and spine chilling wind blows past my young, eager face. There are thousands upon thousands of young, determined and angry souls around me quarrelling about what’s to come. Tall, intimidating buildings line the quiet and cold street, it's almost time. I bow my head, the noise flooding into my ears. My body, small and weak, shaking all over, the thought of what I’m about to do sends billions of nerves down my spine and throughout my body, the cold stabbing again and again at my skin like tiny needles. I think,
“Why am I here? Why am I doing this? Why did I think this was a good idea? I could be at my primary school, learning.”
Then I remember, family, friends, peers, I’m doing this for them. I’m doing this for the new generations to come, for them.
I will be offering other external writing competitions to students throughout the year. I encourage all enthusiastic writers to enter the St Monica’s Writing Competition. The closing date has been extended to Monday 7June.
Thank you to all the students who have already submitted their entries.
Congratulations to Vsevelod in 5EM for answering last weeks maths problem correctly. Please see this weeks questions- please email your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are 13 sheep in a field as shown here:
- How many sheep can say that there is at least one other sheep here of the same colour?
- The farmer takes one sheep from the field at random. What is the probability it is
a) Yellow b) Blue c) Green d) Not red ?
Sean and Alexa collect sea shells. Sean began a holiday with 753 shells and Alexa began with 31 shells. Each day of the holiday Sean found 34 shells and Alexa found 72 shells on the beach. By the end of the holidays they had the same number of shells in total.
How long was the holiday?
One of the most common questions I get from parents is how can I help my child improve their knowledge of times tables. Learning times tables is so important as it relates to so many areas of the mathematics curriculum. Here are some simple tips below:
- Make a times table chart. It should be a large square divided into 10 vertical sections (columns) and 10 horizontal sections (rows) to make 100 smaller squares. Number each column from 1 to 10 from left to right. Number each row from 1 to 10 from top to bottom. Next, fill in each square with the number you get when you multiply the number of the row with the number of the column. For instance, the square in row 2 and column 3 should be 6, because 2 times 3 is 6.
2. Practise Skip-counting. Skip-counting is probably the best math skill for memorising multiplication tables without simply repeating the numbers.
- Recite your tables out loud forwards and backwards. Try and do them out of order as well.
- Ask a family member or friend to quiz you. Aim to do as many answers as you can in 1 minute.
- Practise for 10 minutes per night. This will help commit them to memory.
Belconnen Cross Country
Congratulations to all of the students who competed at the Belconnen Cross Country Carnival at Stromlo last week. Mr Fletcher, Mr Hague and Mrs Austin spoke very highly of how well our students competed and behaved. Special congratulations to the following students who finished in the top 10 and will now have the opportunity to compete at the ACT Cross Country Carnival on Wednesday 16 June at Stromlo -
- Milla F- 7th 8 Years girls
- Ater A- 5th 9 Years boys
- Charlie D- 4th 10 Years boys
- Mitchell B- 7th 10 Years boys
- Aiden S- 5th 12 Years boys
- Finn D- 10th 12 Years boys
Congratulations also to the following students who placed in the top 20 of their event; Sophie C, Annabelle F, Madison R, Emma S, Nikolas H, Lachlan F, Patrick K, Billy S, Jack G and Bastijan P.
Athletics Carnival Ribbons
Over the coming weeks, we will be finalising results for discus and shot put in sports lessons as we did not complete these events at our school carnival. We will then be in a position to give out ribbons for each event at our Week 9 awards celebration on Friday 18 June at 2.30pm. Please note ribbons will only be handed out for the top 3 in each event, not each heat from the running races.
Scholastic Book Fair
A HUGE Thank you to everyone who supported the Scholastic Book Fair. We reached our goal of selling 300 books by Friday morning. By the close of the book fair we had sold 362 books. This is a great result for the library as every sale contributes to new books for the library. The funds raised will be focused on expanding and rejuvenating our fiction collection with exciting new titles.
Congratulations to our lucky door prize winners - Archer, Angelo, Adriano, Sarah , Isaac, Sam and Michael who all received a book.
Thank you so much to last week's awesome volunteers - Katherine O'Sullivan, Neridda Leen, Rach Pentes, Jane Rabbets, Esme Rolleston and Angalea Turnbull. It was a very busy week and I could not do this job without you all.
As always I love to have my volunteers in. Please feel free to sign up if you would like to join the crew. 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!
Not long until we transition to metal cutlery. If we can successfully use this type it would be fabulous as the cost of single use wooden and bamboo cutlery would mean a price increase to many of our items. Donations of excess cutlery from families would be gratefully received.
Thanks for supporting our school canteen.