- School Theme Term 3
- Principal's Message
- RE News - Haley Stonham
- Parish Sacramental News
- Star Awards for Week 9 - Forgiveness
- Cyber Safety for our Families
- The Assessment Waterfall @ St Monica's - Luke Donnelly
- The Rhythm Works Incursion
- COVID-19 Updates
- Parent Corner
- School Counsellor
- Happy Birthday
- Community Council News - Evelyn David-Hoole
- Stranger Safety - Police Message
- Working With Vulnerable People Card
- Passion & Purple Dance Academy
It is hard to believe we are in the second half of the term. Over the weekend I was speaking to my brother in Denver, Colorado and his two boys aged seven and eight are returning to remote learning for their new school year. My two nephews have not attended school since March with no possibility until at least November. I count my blessings every day that I am living in Canberra and our children are able to attend school daily. Be sure to start planning your family activities for SABBATH week next week.
Conscious that many families would like to see the St Monica's play areas fenced I have been working, over the last twelve months, to develop a proposal to extend the boundary line of the school grounds. This would increase the current play spaces before outlaying on the cost of a fence. The attached draft plan indicated the proposed land acquisition areas. I feel we need to explore every possibility as the cost of installing a permanent fence will be expensive and will need to be met by the school community.
This week the teachers have been connecting with families for a Term 3 Parent-Teacher interview. These interviews provide an opportunity to review student goals, discuss your child's progress and engagement with their learning and set new goals for the coming weeks. There is an expectation that all families will make an effort to connect with their child's teachers either via zoom or over a phone conversation. Please refer to the attached flier for the link to book a Zoom meeting.
This week we say farewell to the Davies family - Lane (3LK). We wish the family all the best.
We have had a number of enrolment enquiries in the last week. 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.
Kindergarten Health Checks
Just to let Kindergarten families know that Canberra Health Services is offering a targeted kindergarten health check concentrating on vision and hearing.
These health checks are performed in clinics at the City Health Centre Mondays and Fridays and there will be appointments most days in the school holidays.
An appointment can be made by phoning the Central Intake Line on 51249977.
Don't forget to come dressed tomorrow
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Continue to stay safe and healthy.
What are the St Monica's 4 Ps?
This week we are celebrating the Feast of St Monica, our Patron Saint. As part of our school prayer and the art and craft competition, we have been exploring the 4 Ps. The 4 P’s are four of St Monica’s qualities that we, as a school community, use to help us to grow together. So what are the 4 Ps? They are:
Prayer - - Perseverance - - Patience - - Praise
Each term this year, we have used one of the 4 P’s to help guide us as we investigate our 3-weekly focus, continuing to grow together and strengthening our Catholic school community. The theme of our art and craft competition this week is ‘Growing Together the St Monica’s Way’. I cannot wait to see how this is represented! On Friday the winners will be announced, and the art works will feature on our school Facebook page. I wonder how the 4 P’s will shine through?
Year 3 Reconciliation – Retreat
Please keep the Year 3 candidates and their families in your prayers over the coming weeks as they continue to prepare to receive God’s healing grace and forgiveness through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Tomorrow, Year 3 will continue to explore what it means to forgive and be forgiven during their retreat session. Students and their teachers will be gathering to explore scripture through role play, create artworks and discuss and reflect how they are going to act as forgiving people of God.
SAVE THE DATE!
The Sacrament of Confirmation RegistrationRegistration for the Sacrament of Confirmation will begin on the 1 September. Please go to the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish Website to register and pay via QkR! Please contact the Parish Sacramental Coordinator, Sue Collins, should you have any questions via email: email@example.com
Sacramental Program – First Reconciliation 2020
Home Preparation books should now be completed ready for discussion at the Parent/Child Formation evening on Thursday 27 August from 6.00-7.00pm – zoom attendance at this evening is compulsory. The zoom link is https://cgcatholic.zoom.us/j/4073113815
Home preparation books must be handed into the school by Friday 28 August.
Fr Loi will sign the ‘Parents’ Discernment of Readiness’ (last page of the book) and the books will be handed back to students when they make their Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated on:
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.
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For the past two weeks we have provided families with resources from Safe on Social. Catholic Education is working with Safe on Social to access further resources to be shared with the community.
In the meantime, we would strongly encourage our families to sign up for the eSafety Commissioners Parent Webinars that are being held in September. The webinar in September is on the topic of popular apps.
Information and sign up can be found here:
Once students are aware of the Learning Intention and Success Criteria the next stage of assessment that will support their learning is Descriptive Feedback from the teacher. Whilst it's always nice to hear a teacher say 'good job' or 'well done', the students at St Monica's receive Descriptive Feedback related to the Learning Intention and Success Criteria. Students can then use these elements to assess themselves and their peers and set individual goals.
Take a look at some of the Descriptive Feedback our students received during remote learning:
On Monday students and staff at St Monica’s were entertained via the internet by the Musica Viva in Schools group The Rhythm Works. The interactive, digital music incursion allowed us to hear new musical artworks composed with interesting and unusual instruments such as rain sticks, thunder drums and plastic tubes called boom whackers. Some students were invited to have their own sound included in a composition about a storm with the use of a laptop microphone and the musician’s loop pedal. The students impressed the performers with their knowledge of the elements of music and their ability to interpret the musical images that were presented to them.
Here’s what some of the students had to say about it: I liked it when the drum went bang! - Molly KB. I liked the music about the storm - Stela KB. I liked how we were able to interact with the performers by typing questions and answers into the chat - Alex 6F. The oop machine surprised me because you need electricity and leg power to record sounds - Hamish 3CD.
Respectful relationships is currently a topic of conversation in schools across Australia and New Zealand. Encouraging children and young people to develop relationships with each other based on mutual respect and equality is at the heart of gender quality.
In a recent wide-ranging interview I asked prominent Australian psychologist Collett Smart to identify the impediments parents face when teaching kids about respectful relationships. Collett identified pornography as the biggest challenge parents had to overcome when developing respectful attitudes to gender and sexuality.
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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).
This is a reminder to help our children understand the importance of stranger safety and the need to report any unusual incidents or approaches to staff immediately.
If you become aware of an incident or notice anyone acting suspiciously around a school or child, contact police immediately on 131 444. In the case of an emergency, call 000. If you witness an incident or if you have any information that could assist police, you can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Information can be provided anonymously.
Please support us to keep our children safe by having conversations with your child about moving safely around the community and what to do if they ever feel unsafe. You may wish to visit the Australian Federal Police website that contains child safety information. In addition, Safety4Kids is a non-government website that has useful information and links. The Constable Kenny website also has a number of child safety tips for parents.
Catholic Education will continue to work with ACT Policing on issues of child safety.