- School Theme Term 2
- Weekly Happenings
- Principal’s Message
- Value Focus - Perseverance
- Religious Education News - Carmel Rheinberger
- Home Learning Review
- Reading Corner
- Maths Burst
- Life Education
- Little Critters Programme
- Urban Water Cycle Incursion
- Global School Partners
- BooK Launch
- Lunchtime Activities
- Term 2 School Fees
- Sport News - Ryan Matchett
- Happy Birthday
- Canteen Corner - Samantha Manning
- Community Council News
- St Monica's Enrolling Now for 2020
- Earn and Learn 2019
- Canberra Japan Club Autumn Festival
- Support Our Fabulous 2019 Fete Sponsors
Achieve - all that you can
Jesus said therefore
‘What is the Kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like the mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches’.
Luke 13: 18-20
St Monica - A Model of Perseverance
Family - Responsibility, Perseverance & Inclusion
|Friday 7 June||
|Monday 10 June||
|Wednesday 12 June||
ACT Cross Country
|Thursday 13 June||
First Eucharist Retreat Day
|Friday 14 June||
Assembly - 1 pm - led by KGH. Class Awards for Weeks 6 and 7, Star and Pride Badges to be presented.
Commencing next Tuesday 11 June, Ryan Matchettt will be accessing leave for the last four weeks of the term. His leave will be a combination of paternity leave and long service leave to enjoy the arrival of baby Matchett into the world. During the four weeks, Monika Richards will take 4MR from Monday to Wednesday and Denise Duck on the Thursdays and Fridays. Brendan Hague will provide Technology release to the Year 3 and 4 teachers during this time, with Jodie May taking his class for the day.
Tomorrow we welcome the extra special people who support and spoil our children. Hope the children have sent on their invitations to our gathering and morning tea on Friday 7 June. We will welcome close to 200 visitors tomorrow morning.
Around the School
Please take a moment to read all the happenings that have occured around the school. The children have been engaged in so many wonderful learning expreinces over the last few weeks. Learning is fun.
God bless and stay warm
Some Final thought on Perseverance
It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer. Albert Einstein
Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent. The slogan ‘Press On’! has solved and always will solve the problems of the human race. Calvin Coolidge
Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it’s not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failures along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure because you won’t. It’s whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere. Barack Obama
PENTECOST SUNDAY- this Sunday - 9 June
At the feast of Pentecost, we welcome the coming of the Holy Spirit- the fulfilment of Jesus’ promise that He would not leave his apostles alone. Pentecost Sunday is one of the most ancient feasts of the Church, celebrated early enough to be mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles (20:16) and St. Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians (16:8). It is the 50th day after Easter including Pentecost. On Pentecost Sunday, when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles, they were granted the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Those gifts helped them to fulfil their mission to preach the Gospel to all nations.
“Come Holy Spirit,
Fill the hearts of your faithful,
Kindle in them the fire of Your Love.
Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created,
and You shall renew the face of the earth.
We look forward to welcoming all our special visitors tomorrow. Many thanks to all those who have made a special effort to travel distances to be with us. We appreciate your generosity.
The timetable for the day is as follows:
9:15am- 9:45am: Welcome and Liturgy in St Monica’s School Hall.
Please feel free to drop your Grandchildren at their classrooms however we would then like you to make your way to the Hall to be seated. As there are a lot of children and adults to move into the hall it will be very congested. Seating will be on the left of the Hall as you enter from the rear.
9:45am-10:15am: Morning Tea for guests in St Monica’s School Hall.
10:15am- 11:00am: Class Visits
11:00: Home Time!
Thank you to all who have offered to help with morning tea. If you are bringing food for morning tea could you please drop it off at the hall- there will be tables inside the back doors for you to place it on. Please label any plates you wish to be returned.
A HUGE thank you to those who have offered to assist with morning tea preparations and pack up. I will be in the hall from 8:30am.
Sacrament of Eucharist
A reminder that tonight’s Parent and Child gathering will be held in the Year ¾ area- The Hub, commencing at 6:00pm. Students will be asked to move and sit at the 3L end of the space and parents please stand towards the back during Prayer – then you will be asked to move into designated classrooms. We thank you in advance for your attendance. There will be a sign in sheet for all attendees. We will need confirmation of the Mass date and time for the First Communion Masses.
The cost of the First Eucharist program is $30. Payment can be made via Qkr! or cash in an envelope labelled with your child’s name and ‘First Communion Program’.
Last night the Home Learning Review Committee met to go over the result of our survey of parents and staff and align it with the student feedback. Our conversation has helped inform the Home Learning Parent Workshop taking place on Monday 17 June from 6-7pm.
We look forward to engaging with the community to go over the results of the data and make informed decisions about the implementation of Home Learning from Semester 2.
Reading is such an essential skill for children. It assists them in expanding their vocabulary, broadening their general knowledge and gaining a better world understanding. Parents and carers are key figures in their child’s life and what better way to build your relationship with your children than developing a love for reading. We believe reading in the home occurs in 2 ways:
- Reading to Learn - children reading 'good fit books' to improve the strategies and skills learnt in class.
- Developing a lifelong love of literature - reading, being read to or reading together.
In terms of developing a lifelong love of literature, we recommend reading each afternoon or evening. Some ways to assist in building this love of reading with your child is to:
- Make books part of your family life. Have books around so that you and your children are ready to read whenever there’s a chance. Allow them to pick their own books, encouraging their own interests.
- Match their interests. Help them to find the right book. This means that it doesn’t matter if it’s fiction, poetry, comic books or non-fiction. All reading is good – Don’t discount non-fiction, comics, graphic novels, magazines and leaflets. Reading is reading, and it is all good.
- Ask questions. Keep your child interested in the story, ask questions such as, ‘What do you think will happen next?’ or ‘Where did we get to last night? Can you remember what had happened already?’
- Read again and again. Encourage your child to re-read favourite books and poems. Re-reading helps to build up fluency and confidence.
- Select books with rhyme and repetition. Books and poems, which include rhyme and repetition, are great for encouraging your child or children to join in and remember the words.
Over the last few weeks the students from Years 3-6 have been working on their Rostrum speeches and presented them to their classes. The representatives from each class then presented their speeches to the school on Monday.
Sarah D-H, Holly F, Lorenzo S, Mikey H, Bella P, Antonia H, Drew G, Sienna D, Emilia H, Remy D, Skyla L, Claire H, Ella K, Ava P, Charlize S, Olivia S, Jaidah T, Sienna H and Fletcher A.
A big congratulations to Fletcher Al (6M) who will be representing St Monica’s at the quarter finals at Miles Franklin in a few weeks. Congratulations to all the students who participated. You all did a wonderful job!
This year the students in Years 4 to 6 have been invited to participate in a pilot program designed by Centenary Professor Tom Lowrie from the University of Canberra. This program focusses on the use of spatial reasoning and visual imagery to solve mathematics problems.
In year 4 the students have been focussing on spatial visualisation. Some of the concepts they will look at are:
- symmetry in the environment
- symmetrical patterns, pictures and shapes
- two-dimensional shapes that result in combining and splitting common shapes
In year 5 the students have been focusing on mental rotation. Some of the concepts they will look at are:
- translations, reflections and rotations of two-dimensional shapes.
- line and rotational symmetries
- prisms and solids formed from combinations of prisms
- 2D objects and the properties of the resulting image compared with the original
In year 6 the students have been focusing on spatial orientation. Some of the concepts they will look at are:
- routes using landmarks and directional language
- simple prisms and pyramids
- recognising and using patterns and relationships
Here are some photos of the year 6 students building and drawing 3D objects from different perspectives (top, left, right, back and front).
Last week students from Years 3-6 were visited by Healthy Harold as part of their health programs.
The year 3/4 students participated in the Mind your Medicine Program. ‘Mind Your Medicine’ helps children to explore medicines, how they can help and affect the body and why some people need them, as well as how the social and emotional aspects of health can positively or negatively affect health and wellbeing.
The Year 5 and 6 students participated in the Relate, Respect, Connect Program. This program aims to empower children and young people to make safe and healthier choices through education and equips students with knowledge, skills and strategies to help them develop safe and respectful relationships - face to face and online.
Last week the students of Years 5 and 6 took part in the Mulligans Flat 'Little Critters' programme. This gave them a chance to learn about the range of plants and animals that live in our local environment. The students were able to ask and answer questions about what sort of animals used to live in the environment before foreign animals - and what is being done to reintroduce them into Canberra. Students learnt about the range of measures taken to get rid of foxes, feral cats and dogs and other invasive animals that had previously hunted many native species to near extinction. It was a great chance to learn about what is being done in Canberra to help preserve our natural landscape!
Year 2 have been doing a conceptual inquiry unit about water. As part of this unit, The Icon Water Education Department came to visit the students with a 3D working model that displayed the ACT and surrounding regions water supply network. We learnt where our drinking water comes from and how it is treated, as well as where the water goes when it is flushed down the drain. We learnt so much about this precious resource and had lots of fun!
This year St Monica’s Primary School is partnering up with Global School Partners. Global School Partners is an organisation that helps to alleviate poverty through education and health support. They believe that every child has a right to education, and they want to increase awareness and understanding of different cultures.
St Monica’s has been fortunate enough to partner a primary school called Joe Maths in Kenya.
On Tuesday, Simon from Global Schools came and visited the year 5/6 classes. Simon talked in more detail about our partner school Joe Maths and went through a day in the life of one of their students. After the talk with the year 5/6 classes, Simon and the Social Justice leaders discussed ways that St Monica’s will be able to make a difference to Joe Maths Primary School. Our first fundraiser will be held in a few weeks’ time to raise money for new stationery, exercise books and text books.
Term 2 School Fees have been invoiced and full payment of school fees is due by tomorrow, Friday 7 June.
If you have a Direct Debit arrangement in place no additional payment is required. However, please ensure you have sufficient funds in your account for the debits to take place successfully. In the event one of your debits is refused, you are required to make a separate payment to cover the missed payment.
As always, please contact the School Finance Officer should you need to discuss your school fees account.
|Grayson A||Maddie N-H|
|Lucas C||Nellie R|
|Mia M||Giorgio P|
|Eden L||Flynn A|
|Nicola B||Mitchell C|
|Patrick I||Freya S|
|Emma O||Matthew M|
|Annalise S||Zak D|
|Christian M||Zavier T|
|Grace R||Luca C|
|Maeve J||Yianni K|
|Anthony M||Makenna M|
|Mackenzie B||Lucia Mc|
|Aurelia S||Mikayla T|
|Raphael S||Isabella M|
|Dion W||Haylie F|
|Kate S||Parneet S|
St Monica’s Stars - Sienna R (2R) - 2nd star, Gus O'Connor (2R) - 2nd star, Siena D (4H) - 3rd star
Pride Badges - Siena D (4H)
ACT Cross Country
Congratulations to Toby Mc, Charlie D, Samantha S, Leila W, Aiden S, Archie S, Lucija P, Emma B, Olivia S and Dita S who have qualified to represent the Belconnen region at the ACT Cross Country carnival next Wednesday. We wish these students the best of luck!
Unfortunately we did not receive enough interest from students to enter teams into this event. Thank you to those who put their name forward. We will look at other basketball opportunities in the future.
Sport Clinics Term 3
Next term students from K-6 will be participating in free touch football clinics in weeks 1-3. Students in years 3-6 will also have Oz Tag clinics in weeks 6-8.
3/4 Touch Football Gala Day
We have had a great amount of interest in this gala day in term 3. We will be entering two 3/4 mixed, one Year 4 boys and one Year 4 girls teams. Permission notes have been sent home with students who expressed their interest.
Oz Tag Gala Day
For any students in years 3-6 who are interested in attending the ACT Oz Tag gala day in term 3, please see Mrs Brown for an expression of interest note. You will also find these notes up on our school app.
A huge congratulations to Riley H (6E) on gaining selection in the ACT AFL team. Riley will compete at the National Championships in Mandurah, WA in August. Well done Riley!
Canteen Roster - Term 2, Week 7
Monday - Public Holiday
Tuesday - Evelyn David-Hoole
Wednesday - Vacancy
Thursday - June Manning
Friday - Tracy D'Ambrosio, Samantha Cox, Jane Rabbets, Katrina Ciampa, Wendy Regan
Samantha Manning - Canteen Manager - 62584687
Woolworths Earn & Learn is back for 2019. Please collect your Earn & Learn Stickers and send them into the Front Office. There are many exciting prizes available this year for our school to earn ranging from musical instruments to maths equipment, and from sporting gear to science kits. This year there is also a Bin located at Woolworths Belconnen Store for St Monica's School.