- School Theme Term 3
- Principal's Message
- RE News - Haley Stonham
- Family Prayer - Week by Week
- Parish Sacramental News
- The Assessment Waterfall @ St Monica's - Luke Donnelly
- Decoding - Jacinda Vaughan
- Jollybops Science Show
- Musicviva - Alissa Pearson
- Library News - Veronica Melville
- Sports News Update - Ryan Matchett
- COVID-19 Updates
- Covid - Parentline - Emma Russell
- Parent Corner
- Look what we’ve got in the St Monica’s canteen!
- School Counsellor
- Happy Birthday
- Community Council News - Evelyn David-Hoole
- Irish Dancing
- Community News - Rhee Taekwon-Do
- Mass - St Benedict's Church Narrabundah
- Working With Vulnerable People Card
An annual satisfaction survey of parents, students and staff are currently being conducted on behalf of all Catholic schools in the Diocese. 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 were 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.
A message from our new guitar teacher
Hey I’m Jordan! I’ve been enjoying playing the guitar since 2009 and wish to impart that passion on to others keen to discover how to create their own music. My musical journey, like a lot of people, has been very broad as I’ve been intrigued and influenced with/by so many different genres; metal being what got me into guitar and started me on my journey to ballads, jazz, soul, hip-hop, and anything else I can sink my teeth into. My own goal in teaching guitar is not to impose my style onto anyone, but to find what makes a person want to pursue music at any level and help them to foster their skills and love of music to allow them to flourish in whichever direction they hear calling them. I remember what it was like looking at guitarists that I looked up to and aspired to, and I want to show people that the journey to getting to where they want does not have to be a difficult one, moreover, it is something to be enjoyed and cherished as you find your voice and discover things about yourself that you may not have been able to see before. I thoroughly look forward to working with anyone that is keen to go down this journey for no-one else but themselves.
I look forward to welcoming Jordan Houston Robey as our new guitar teacher to replace Geromy Houghton. Once again St Monica's can offer the opportunity for parents to access private lessons during the school day. This is a private arrangement with the school providing a space, all payments will go directly to the guitar teacher. Jordan currently works in other local schools offering lessons.
Families who were previously accessing guitar lessons will be provided Jordan's details initially. Should places be available I will then publish Jordan's details to the general community.
Parent-Teacher Interviews, Student Goals Setting and Personal Plan Review Meetings
To keep parents informed of their child's progress we will be conducting parent-teacher interviews in the coming weeks. Booking information will be circulated early next week. Over the next few days, Jacinda Vaughan will also be arranging interviews with a number of families and the class teachers to review individual student personal plans and the achievement of targeted goals. It will not be necessary for parents attending a personal plan meeting to book in for a parent-teacher interview.
This week we say farewell to the Keizer family - Morgan (KCH). We wish the family all the best.
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 Learning and Social Behaviours Focus
Over the past 2 weeks our Student Representative Council (SRC) thought about and discussed what our focus should be. They collectively decided that ACCETPANCE and FORGIVENESS should be our next two areas of focus.
Today 5SM discussed what acceptance means and what acceptance looks like. This is what they decided:
- Loving yourself for who you are – we are all special!
- Including others in games
- Being friends with someone for who they are and not wanting to change them
- Taking responsibility for your actions and your learning
- Forgiving friends and moving forward
I would love to hear from your family - Over the next week consider having a family discussion about how your family shows acceptance. What does acceptance look like, sound like and feel like for your family? Then send this to me in an email - I would love to share with our community how we are growing together by sharing our stories of acceptance.
My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org
This Saturday is the Feast of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Feast of the Assumption celebrates that the body and soul of the Blessed Virgin Mary were taken into heaven after the end of her earthly life. Mary’s assumption into heaven is seen by many as a fulfilment of Jesus’ promise to all faithful servants; that they too will be received into the kingdom of God.
We can ask our Mother Mary to intercede on our behalf, which means we are asking Mary to take our prayers to God for us. One way we do that is to pray the ‘Hail Mary’. This week, I invite you and your family to pray the ‘Hail Mary’ together, offering the prayers in your hearts to our heavenly mother, who will take them to God.
Sacramental Program – First Reconciliation 2020
Home Preparation books are to be completed in the school weeks 2 - 5 ready for discussion at the Parent/Child Formation evening on Thursday 27 August – attendance at this evening is compulsory.
Parents are asked to set aside some special time each week with their child to work through the activities in the book. Please note there are parent and child elements to be completed.
In weeks 1 - 3 of the home preparation books the children are gaining an understanding of what is right and wrong, and learning how to make the right choices and not the wrong choices. They are also learning to be sorry for their sins when they have done something that is wrong on purpose.
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
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is not available in 2020 for the School of Religion due to the Covid-19 pandemic
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 email@example.com and you can make the payment through the QKR! App.
We hope you enjoyed hearing about the Assessment Waterfall from our budding news presenters last week. We've kept the video in today's article just in case you missed it.
The first section of the Assessment Waterwall is Learning Intentions. Learning Intentions are taken from the curriculum and worded in statements that tell the students what they can achieve such as 'I can solve problems using efficient strategies for addition' or 'I can identify individuals in the past who have influence in the present'. Teachers then work with students to break the Learning Intention into what students are being asked to do and what content or concept knowledge they need to achieve it.
Without Learning Intentions, our children would have no way of knowing what they are learning. They are vital in supporting students in focusing on the learning at hand.
To celebrate National Science Week we will be having a Science Show for all students next Wednesday 19 August. Our K-2 students will see the Balloon Science show and our 3/4 and 5/6 students will learn about chemistry! Unfortunately due to COVID restrictions, we will be unable to invite parents to the show but you can look forward to hearing stories from your children and seeing some of the action in next weeks newsletter and on Facebook! The cost of this incursion is covered by the Curriculum Levy.
On Monday in Week 6 the staff and students will be treated to a virtual music performance presented by the Musica Viva in schools program. The group performing for us, Rhythm Works, are a dynamic percussion duo who show students how to create visual images through music- with lizards, waterfalls, road trains and carnivals.
Traditionally, a performance of this nature would take place in our school hall. However, due to the current pandemic, the performance will take place online, yet still in an interactive way. Every class has been working with Mrs Pearson on some of the musical concepts that will be explored during the performance with a focus on rhythm. Students are welcome to access some of the activities at home via the Musica Viva in Schools webpage, with the class code "rhythm". Why not try some at home with your kids and test your improvisation skills? Or find out what a chameleon suit is! Participation in this program is covered by the Curriculum Levy.
Sports Update Term 3
With all the restrictions and precautions being taken with COVID-19, sport is still slightly on the back burner at this stage. Some carnivals are beginning to go ahead with very limited numbers of participants and no spectators allowed. At this stage there may be further restrictions lifted later in the term which would allow carnivals to possibly go ahead. I am attending a regional sport meeting next week so I will be able to provide further details in due course.
Unfortunately, the Boorowa Touch and Netball Carnival has been cancelled for 2020. The organisers have made the decisions early due to the uncertainty around COVID-19 restrictions and the potential danger it could cause with up to 10,000 people attending.
On to some more exciting news... This year as part of our Walkathon we will be holding a Colour Run component. Stay tuned in the weeks ahead for more details.
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.
Our canteen is now open every Friday with some delicious new homemade meals cooked from scratch by our canteen manager, Wendy Regan.
The pennè bolognese is a delicious homemade pasta served with the perfect serving size.
The chicken salsa is one of the highly recommended meals on the menu because of its amazing flavour! Served with corn chips.
Our tuna mornay has a rich and creamy sauce with tuna and a perfect sprinkle of cheese on top.
Try our new and improved hotdogs with fresh soft bread rolls.
Plus some bonus snacks - fruit bars and popcorn. Try them all now!! Order via Qkr! before 9am Friday.
By Ava S and Emma T,
Year 6 Community Leaders
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).
Community Council Meeting
The Community Council had an open meeting on Thursday 30 July. Thank you to everyone who attended via zoom. We shared news about the application for the purchase of some additional land around the boundaries of the school which we hope will expand the space our students are able to utilise. We also discussed results from the canteen survey, results from remote learning survey, discussed school funding (more on that soon) and had an explanation of our school’s improvement plan.
Annual Parent Survey
We would strongly encourage you to partake in the school’s parent survey for 2020. This survey combines with student surveys and staff surveys to provide invaluable insights on areas that the school, community council and catholic education office should focus on.
As always we’d love to hear from you – If you have any ideas or concerns please email them through to our Secretary Fiona Steinberg at firstname.lastname@example.org
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