- Weekly Happenings
- Principal's Message
- School Fees 2022
- SMOOSH Fees 2022
- RE News - Haley Stonham
- St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal
- Parish Sacramental News for 2022
- Puberty Years 5 and 6
- BYOD – Technology Requirements 2022 for Years 4
- Borrowed Books - Mr Evans
- School Fees
- Star Awards for Week 9
- Library News - Veronica Melville
- SMOOSH Vacation Programs
- Happy Birthday
- Community Council News - Evelyn David-Hoole
- COVID-19 Updates
- Fundraising - Crowajingalong Scout Group
- Holiday Happenings
We have set aside Tuesday 7 and Thursday 9 December, between 3.30pm and 4.30 pm, for our 2022 kinder children to visit for two short orientation sessions. Please contact the office if you did not receive the information email.
St Monica's Uniform Shop Reminder
Our uniform shop is now open to parents in the community to drop in on a Friday morning between 8.45am and 9.15am for essential items. Please remember you are on the school grounds and so masks are required when indoors, parents must check-in at the door with the Check In CBR app and maintain social distancing requirements. Numbers in the shop must be kept to a minimum. Qkr payments are our preferred method of payment or Eftpos.
Our uniform shop will be open for our new families on Thursday 25 November between 3.45 and 5.00pm.
Continue to stay COVID safe and may God's blessing be with everyone.
Please find our school fee schedule for 2022. The schedule includes the CE tuition, circulated earlier in the term, and now our local school levies that support the running of the school and student resources. We have continues to keep our overall local budget increase to 3%, mindful of the year families have experienced over the last 12 months.
From next year the Curriculum Levy and Stationery Levy will be combined into one fee to assist with the internal management and budgeting structure that is to be introduced by Catholic Education.
On Wednesday evening the Community Council meet and approved the following fee increases or our before and after school care program from 31 January 2022. The increase reflects current fees changes in our other centres around Canberra and in the local area. The fee increase is to ensure our Center is cost-effective and meets all current budget needs following a difficult year due to COVID-19.
Before School Care
Casual $24.00 Permanent $20.00
After School Care
Casual $36 Permanent $32.00
Vacation Care $75 + Excursion costs
Please ensure you have submitted your 2022 enrolment form and your preferred days. Daily limits may need to be introduced due to the cost of employing extra staff as our centre must meet the correct daily staff to student ratios.
Second Week of Advent
This coming Sunday marks the second week of Advent. Year 3 lead us all during School prayer as we added the second purple candle to our Advent wreath. This candle is called the Peace candle and reminds us of the peace that Jesus brought to the world at his birth.
We can’t forget that this year is the Year of St Joseph. We can look to St Joseph during our preparation for the birth of Jesus at Christmas. Scripture portrays Joseph as being open to God, even though he was faced with a big decision. Joseph was not only open to God but was obedient, upright, and, above all, kind. We can only imagine the confusion of emotions that he would have been going through. But Joseph trusted in God and in His plan for him.
Joseph’s wise dealing with Mary is a model for us when we face complex moral and personal challenges. We too, can be open to listening to God and trusting in His plan for us, especially this Advent season.
St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal
Thank you to all the families who have already brought in donations for the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal. It is such a wonderful feeling to be reaching out to make Christmas a happy time for many families within our local Canberra area. There is still time to bring in donations ?
Each year St Monica’s School supports our local needy families identified by our local St Vincent de Paul parish group. The local conference of the Society will assist with packing and distributing over 50 hampers to families in our parish just prior to Christmas. Over the years, the generosity of the St Monica’s School community has filled many hampers. our appeal is starting on Monday. St Monica’s School will collect items up until Friday 10 December. This year grades have been allocated a food group to collect to ensure we have a good balance of items. Please refer to the preferred items listed against your child's grade as identified in the attached document.
Year 6 - Meat and Fish
Year 5 - Vegetables, Gravy & sauce
Year 4 - Deserts (check use-by date is after 1 Jan 2022
Year 3 - Savory Treats
Year 2 - Sweet Treats - cakes, pies & biscuits ( use-by date after 1Jan 2022)
Year 1 - Sweet Treats - chocolate, lollies & drinks
Kinder - Vegetables, gravy & sauces
Sacramental Program 2022
If you will have a child in Years 3, 4 and 6 next year (2022) – this will be a Sacramental year. If your child is in Year 5 and they have previously missed the Sacraments of Reconciliation and/or First Eucharist this will be a Sacramental year for them.
The Sacrament of First Eucharist will be celebrated in Term 2, 2022.
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated in Term 3, 2022.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated in Term 4, 2022.
Further updates regarding the Sacraments will be provided in the 2022 school bulletins, the Church bulletin and on the parish website at www.cg.org.au/belconnennorth
Our Year 5 and 6 students are coming to an end of their puberty lessons. We would like to remind families in these grades that the teachers will be teaching the final lesson of Flourish - 4.10 Let's talk about how babies are made.
The resource guides students through the lesson content through animated graphics and a supportive way. We would expect that all families have had a conversation with their child prior to them being shown the content of the lesson on Monday next week.
Please contact your child's teacher is you have any questions regarding this final lesson.
Attention Parents with Children in Years 4 - 6 in 2022 - Bring Your Own Device Program (BYOD)
With technology continuing to develop at such a fast rate, it is easy to feel a little overwhelmed and unsure about its possibilities. This information aims to help parents with the transition into the BYODD program at St Monica’s.
Following a review of the current technology use at St Monica’s and changes across education, a decision has been made to move to Chromebooks in Year 4 from 2022. Many of the local primary schools have moved to Chromebooks for their BYODD program, due to cost and ease of use. Moving to a Chromebook will prepare the children as they move into high school where laptops are the preferred option.
· the Year 3 children will access a bank of Chromebooks available at St Monica’s. They do not need to purchase a device to bring to school. A set of iPads will also be available for specialised small groups activities including taking photos of work, Reading Eggs etc.
· the BYODD program for Year 4 will focus on the use of Chromebooks. Please note – as we are in a transition phase any child who already has an iPad will not be required to purchase a new device to start the year. We ask that you purchase a Chromebook when replacing the iPad. Chromebooks offer access to a built-in keyboard, are cheaper and provide cloud storage for work so a child can work at school and at home with ease.
· the Years 5 & 6 BYODD iPad program will continue. We are very conscious that many of the children in the current Year 4 group purchased new iPads so we are not asking families to purchase another new device. The children in Years 5 and 6 will have access to a bank of Chromebooks for publishing work when required.
Should the purchasing of a device place a burden on a family’s finances please speak to Carmel Maguire, as soon as possible. We do have a small bank of iPads that will be available for use by families experiencing difficulties in Years 4 to 6. Due to the limited supply of Chromebooks for use across each of the cohorts, they will not be part of our student loan program. Many children have access to a family computer at home if required.
With the development of the Australian National Technologies Curriculum, technology subjects have become a focus in education. Consistent with this research, industry surveys show that STEM literacy is increasingly becoming part of the core capabilities that Australian employers need. In order to carry out authentic learning tasks with technology, it is important students are equipped with the right tools. St Monica’s has a range of devices for students to access however CE has a policy that all IT hardware should be replaced every 3 years if a school wants access to technical support for school hardware. This creates a huge burden for a school budget if we want to achieve a 1:1 ratio of students to devices.
The current IT budget goes towards the purchase of school-owned devices which now includes three banks of Chromebooks, sets of iPads for use by Kinder to Year 2, specialised activities in Years 3 - 6, maintenance of classroom eboards and the ongoing purchase of other technologies including robots and STEM resources.
Technical considerations when selecting a Chromebook for use at St Monica’s for 2022?
- 11.6” Screen Size (available up to 15.6” but not required as this increases weight and space required for storage and transporting)
- 4Gb RAM (or greater)
- 32GB storage capacity (or greater)
- Built-in webcam and headphone/microphone jack
There is no preferred brand, and they all function in the same way:
- The Good Guys - Lenovo
- JB Hifi – Lenovo, HP, Asus
- Harvey Norman – Lenovo, HP, Asus
Parents can choose between a clamshell (opens and closes) or 2-in-1 (touch screen and 360-fold options).
As the device is used for school purposes, you do not need to purchase Office 365 or Google One add-ons that may be made available to them via a retailer.
The BYOD Chromebooks are not managed by the school. Parents are responsible for managing updates, breakages or technical errors.
The Chromebook will need to be set up with the student’s school email details for use at school. A personal or private Google account can be used for personal use at home. https://support.google.com/chromebook/answer/1047362?hl=en
Due to a change in CE policy, regarding passwords, students entering Year 4 will be issued a new password in late January before school returns. The new sign-in to Google and their Chromebook will be done as part of the start of the new school year upon return to class. Passwords for students entering Year 5 & 6 will remain the same, but please note the child has 5 attempts to enter the password before accounts are locked and need to be unlocked by someone at the school.
For your information only - Specifications of the Chromebooks purchased by St Monica’s
- Dell Chromebook 3100 Touch Dell Chromebook 3100 Touch
- Intel Celeron N4020
- Camera and Microphone
- WLAN Capable
- 4GB Non-ECC
- 32GB eMMC Storage
- 11.6" HD Touch Screen – this is optional
- Please purchase a protective cover
Benefits of the Chromebook
One of the benefits of Chromebooks is that they’re some of the easiest tech tools for both students and teachers to learn how to use. In fact, they take a lot of the intimidation out of computer learning.
A few of the many practical benefits of working (and learning) with Chromebooks.
- They can boot up and connect to the network in seconds, which means teachers and students don’t have to drum their fingers at the start of class.
- They offer plenty of cloud storage, which means even if students share a Chromebook (such as a from a Chromebook cart), they can sign in and still get a personal learning experience.
- They come with a long battery life that lasts throughout the school day, which means fewer interruptions in learning.
- They protect students from viruses and malware without requiring heavy maintenance, keeping learning safe and secure.
From basic keyboarding skills to advanced ethics in online research, Chromebooks continually allow students at almost any grade level the chance to experience and sharpen their knowledge of how technology works, and how it can be used for everything from a simple homework assignment to a semester-long group project.
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Borrowing for 2021 has now ceased. All library books are now due back to the library. If students could ensure that they return their books on their library day in Week 10 that would be greatly appreciated. The last 2 weeks of term are spent stocktaking and ensuring that all books are back on the shelves ready for 2022. Overdue notices will be emailed on Monday 6 December. If you are unable to locate any of the books please email me.
Thank you to all the families that supported the library through their purchases on the Virtual book fair either by buying books for your family or donating books to the library.
Special thanks to Book Cow for partnering with us.
December Vacation Primary and Enrolment Form
January Vacation Program and Enrolment Form
Cyclabilites is a not for for profit charity led by a volunteer board. Cyclabilities aim is and vision is to provide meaningful inclusive life skills development opportunities for children with additional needs, disabilities or mental health concerns. Cyclabilities programs are developed and are facilitated by a phenomenal team of Allied Health Professionals including Occupational Therapists, Exercise Physiologists, Psychologists, Social Workers and Registered Art Therapists. Additionally, teachers and disability support workers provide extra help. Cyclabilities has a suite of programs with current availability for the January holidays and in term 1 2022 in their Waterabilities (swim safety and swim skills), Cyclabilities (learn to bike ride, movement skills and road safety) and Shredabiliites (learn to skateboard) programs.