- School Theme Term 3
- Principal's Message
- COVID-19 Updates
- RE News - Haley Stonham
- Family Prayer - Week by Week
- Parish Sacramental News
- The Assessment Waterfall @ St Monica's - Luke Donnelly
- Beyond Blue - Emma Russell
- How To Put Safety Fences Around Technology Use
- Upcoming Webinars for Parents
- School Counsellor
- Steppiung Stones - Supporting children who have experienced trauma
- Happy Birthday
- Star Awards for Week 3 - Together
- Kindergarten Health Check - Latest Update
- Community Council News - Evelyn David-Hoole
- Irish Dancing
- Community News - Rhee Taekwon-Do
- Working With Vulnerable People Card
Listening to the news daily I am so grateful to be living in Canberra. Please continue to observe physical distancing around the school during drop off and pick up so we can provide a safe environment for everyone. We are all in this together and we are doing a great job, thank you.
An annual satisfaction survey of parents, students and staff will be conducted on behalf of all Catholic schools in the Diocese this term. The surveys are designed to gather feedback from parents, staff and students about our school and will be used to inform school improvement. Responses are confidential and individuals can not be identified.
The surveys will be launched via email on Friday 7 August 2020 using the email addresses supplied to the school. If you do not receive an email with a link to the survey, please contact the Front Office directly.
Information for parents regarding payment of Term 3 fees
Catholic Education is committed to continuing financial assistance into Term 3 to support families who have been financially impacted as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The position of Catholic education is that no child will be denied a Catholic education because of financial circumstances.
Where your family is experiencing financial stress due to job loss, being stood down, reduction in work hours, business downturn or closure resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, full or partial fee relief are available for Term 3 only. To apply for fee relief, you are asked to indicate the level of assistance you feel you need at this time by completing a one-page fee assistance form available from the school office (The COVID-19 Fee Assistance Request Form) Your level of fee support will be confirmed as soon as possible. Your family is an important part of our school community. Your financial circumstances will not compromise the place of your children at our school. If you are experiencing any difficulties, I will confidentially ensure your child is not disadvantaged.
Over the last few days, it has been necessary to confiscate iPads from several students due to breaches of our school BYOD usage code. Several children have been caught accessing social media sites that are not age appropriated or accessing content on another child's device. Parents, please take a few moments to speak to your child about the dangers of accessing sites not age-appropriate.
To help with class planning for 2021 please advise the school in writing if you do not intend returning to St Monica's in 2021.
Continue to stay safe and healthy.
St Monica's and Catholic Education continue to take advice from health authorities in relation to COVID-19. The Catholic Education Office has a team that is actively monitoring the COVID-19 situation as it develops, paying particular attention to local hotspots and organising support for schools where required. St Monica's is practising all safe hygiene practices in line with government advice. We understand that the situation is fairly fluid and we will communicate directly with you should there be any important changes in relation to our school operations in the coming weeks. We remind all families:
· If your child is unwell, they should not attend school.
· Please ensure that anyone who presents with COVID-19 symptoms in your family is tested.
· Parents should avoid routinely entering the school where possible but can attend scheduled school events and meetings with teachers where required (physical distancing and hygiene measures still apply).
Should you have any questions in relation to our school and COVID-19, please feel free to contact our office.
Last Friday we celebrated school prayer for the first time in Term 3. While we were not able to celebrate prayer together physically in the Church it was so great to see each class setting up their own sacred space, bring forward symbols of prayer that are special to each class. Some classes turned off their lights and turned on their candles to create a calm space for reflection and prayer and other classes gathered with their buddies. A big thank you to the teachers for preparing such a wonderful experience for each of your classes!
The focus of our school prayer each fortnight is a Gospel reading. Last Friday afternoon we listened to the Parable of the Sower as this is our focus scripture reading for the year. We reminded ourselves what it means to have hearts made up of the good soil. That means we have hearts that are ready to not only listen to God’s word but hear it, understand it and live it. That is what we are aiming for as a community who is growing together, living out God’s message of love and charity.
Our next School Prayer is Friday in Week 4 and will be led by the SRC and Mr Donnelly. I cannot wait to participate in our next School Prayer!
This weekend is the 19th Sunday in Ordinary time. Ordinary time is the time in the Church’s liturgical calendar that is outside the special times like Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter. Your child’s classroom will have a green prayer cloth as a symbol of the time in the Church’s calendar. This prayer cloth will change colours as the seasons change. Each family was given a Liturgical calendar in the Family Prayer Bags that were handed out at the beginning of remote learning. You could use this to talk about the special seasons throughout the year.
The Gospel reading this weekend is from Matthew chapter 14:22-33 Jesus walks on water
In this account, we read that Peter takes a big risk and hops out of the boat to walk on water to Jesus. But when a big wind blows by, Peter is frightened and begins to sink. When Pete calls out to Jesus to save him, Jesus reaches out his hand.
When reading this reading with your family, discuss what it means to have faith when taking risks. The risks could be when learning something new, for example trying a new math’s strategy for the first time, trying out a new sport skill in a game situation, or presenting a speech when you are nervous. But Jesus is always there for us! He will encourage us to stay strong, reaching out his hand. All we have to do is call out.
Who else is there for you? Who will reach out and encourage you to be remain strong in faith? St Monica’s is a community that grows together, reaching out to those in need, encouraging everyone to remain courageous during difficult times and celebrating times of success and happiness!
Sacramental Program – First Reconciliation 2020
Students and parents must attend one of the last Masses listed below to make their commitment for the sacrament of reconciliation.
This weekend is the last opportunity to make your commitment for the sacrament. Attendance at a Commitment Mass is compulsory to make your Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please remember to make a booking for the Mass in advance, through the Parish website at Our Lady of Perpetual Help website: http://cg.org.au/belconnennorth/Home.aspx
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 August
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Tuesday 8 September in St Michael’s Church
Wednesday 9 September in St Monica’s Church
Thursday 10 September in St Monica’s Church
Families have indicated in the registration form the preferred date for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Booking for the Sacrament of Reconciliation must be made via the parish website under the Sacramental Program.Look for - Booking for First Reconciliation
Families have indicated on the registration form the date for the sacrament of reconciliation – you now need to book a time on that date by:
Go to website: http://www.schoolinterviews.com.au
Click MAKE A BOOKING
Enter event code: s7g23 (upper or lower case, doesn’t matter)
You will then be required to enter your details (email, name, phone, child’s name), then go on to select their time.
Purchasing a robe for Reconciliation
This is optional and is not compulsory.
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and you can make the payment through the QKR! App.
Preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation is not available in 2020 for the School of Religion due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Today we posted a video to our Facebook page that was created by some of our aspiring news presenters in Year 5 to explain how the Assessment Waterfall and Bump it up Walls are being implemented at St Monica's.
Next week we will look at how Learning Intentions are used to support students in understanding what they are learning.
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Jason Gibson - Behavioural Specialist
In this video, Behavioural Specialist, Jason Gibson, talks us through some areas of our kids’ and teens’ technology use that are important to put fences (boundaries) around.
Teaching young people about healthy relationships: 9 Sep 8-9pm AEST
Parents and carers are welcome to contact the school to make an appointment with our School Counsellor if you have any questions and/or concerns about your child’s emotional wellbeing. Please contact your child's teacher or Carmel Maguire for a referral form for your child. Our counsellor works every Tuesday and for a morning every second Wednesday (odd weeks).
CatholicCare Canberra & Goulburn is pleased to announce the launch of our new program, Stepping Stones. We know that an estimated 2.5 million Australians (13%) have experienced adverse childhood experiences and that if untreated, these can adversely impact social and physical health outcomes later in life.
In launching Stepping Stones, children in the ACT aged 12 and under who have experienced trauma will have access to free therapeutic support. Trauma may include a single incident like a car accident or assault, or it may relate to repeated traumatic incidents such as abuse, neglect or witnessing family violence.
Utilising a trauma-informed multidisciplinary team approach, Stepping Stones will support children and their families to recover from the impacts of adverse childhood experiences (trauma) with a particular focus on the child’s mental health, well-being and development.
As part of Stepping Stones, children will receive psychological treatment for the symptoms of trauma which may include; behavioural changes, nightmares, anxiety, grief and low mood. They may also receive support to develop skills that have not developed properly due to being in a traumatic situation. Families and carers play an integral role in supporting their child’s recovery and as such, they will also play an integral role in the treatment process. Families and carers will be supported to understand the impact of trauma on their child, assisting them to develop strategies to support the child’s recovery and onward development.
Children can be referred to the service by another health professional (such as their GP or Paediatrician) or another service provider. Families can also self refer to the service. Referrals to the program can be made via the CatholicCare website www.catholiccare.cg.org.au or by calling our team on 02 61637600.
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Rhee Taekwon-Do - Martial Arts Lessons
Rhee Tae Kwon-Do is an effective affordable martial art for all ages.
You improve personal confidence, fitness, discipline, self-control, co-ordination and respect.
Classes held at St Monica’s Primary School, Moynihan Street, Evatt on Monday and Wednesday nights
Monday - 6:30 – 7:30pm, Wednesday - 6:30 – 7:30pm
For more information contact Lee on 0412 406 359 visit: http://rheeact.com.au/classes/evatt