- School Theme Term 4
- Weekly Happenings
- Principal's Message
- RE News - Haley Stonham
- Parish Sacramental News - First Eucharist
- What To Do When I Make a Mistake - Emma Russell
- Library News - Veronica Melville
- Sport News - Ryan Matchett
- 7th Annual St Monica's Chess Tournament Results
- Student Achievements
- SMOOSH News
- St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal
- School Fees
- 2021 School Fees Preparation
- Happy Birthday
- Immunisations for Year 6 Students in 2021
- COVID-19 Updates
- Parent Corner
- Community Council News - Evelyn David-Hoole
- Working With Vulnerable People Card
|Thursday 3 December||
Tennis Year 5
Eucharist Zoom Meeting - Year 4 Parents 6.00pm
|Friday 4 December||
Tennis Year 5 - Make up session
|Friday 4 December||
School Prayer - Kinder - 2.30pm
|Tuesday 8 December||
Year 6 Graduation
As we enter the last weeks of the school year the teachers are busy preparing reports, following up on notes explaining a child's absence, and calling back all classroom reading books and library books in preparation for our end of year stocktake. Please return all books as soon as possible. Our lost property boxes are bursting with jumpers, hats and lunchboxes not claimed at the end of each day. We will endeavour to return items that are clearly labelled.
Over the last few weeks, I have noticed a general lack of respect across the school in the way the children are dealing with one another and their manners towards the staff. While I know everyone is tired - children, parents and staff - we need to be vigilant and consistent in our expectation of the children regarding how they speak and treat others.
9:30am for 6M, 10:30am for 6H and 11:30am for 6FC.
Ceremonies will run for half an hour. We would like to remind you that only parents will be allowed to attend the Liturgy as the church can only hold a maximum of 100 people.
Following the Liturgy in the Church, ONLY the children will gather in the hall from 12:30 – 2:00pm to cut the cake and have a photo. This will be followed by lunch which is organised by the Year 5 parents. The information has been sent home to Year 6 and Year 5 parents.
A Canteen Christmas Morning Tea Picnic - 16 December - Reminder
Last lunch orders for the year will be Friday 11 December 2020. Any remaining stock will be available for Qkr! orders and counter sales at recess and lunchtime on Thursday 17 and recess only on Friday 18 December 2020.
2020 Online Australian School Teams Chess Championships
Best of luck to our girls competing in the National Primary Girls Division representing the ACT on the weekend - Mary D-H, Sarah D-H, Charlize S, Annalene L and Zarah L. Thank you to Evelyn David Hoole for her dedication, passion and commitment to keeping chess alive at St Monica's.
Happy New Year!
Last Sunday marked the beginning of the new Church liturgical season. Pope Francis delivered his homily in Vatican City, giving us his first message for Advent and the new Church liturgical season. “we need to recognize God’s closeness and to say to him: “Come close to us once more!”,” Pope Francis said in St. Peter’s Basilica Nov. 29. Pope Francis urges us to invite Jesus in by praying a traditional Advent prayer – “Come, lord Jesus!”. The Book of Revelation ends with this prayer (Rev 22:20).
Another theme of Advent that we would all be familiar with is ‘Stay Awake!’. Pope Francis explains that this can be hard because not even Jesus Apostles could stay awake in the Garden. But we can stay awake ‘through the vigilance of prayer’. We can begin our mornings and end our days with the little prayer, “Come, Lord Jesus!” and invite God to be close to us and gives us hope.
Blessing to you all during this Advent season.
Sacramental Program 2021 – First Eucharist for catch-up students from 2020
The Sacrament of First Eucharist for the students currently in Year 4 in 2020 will be celebrated in term 1 of 2021 on the following dates:
- Tuesday 23 February at 6pm in St Michael’s Church
- Wednesday 24 February at 6pm in St Monica’s Church
- Thursday 25 February (2 Masses) at 5pm and 6.30pm in St Monica’s Church
Registration for the Sacrament of First Eucharist is open with registration made via the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Qkr! App. Registrations will close by Friday 11 December 2020 and no further registration will be accepted.
The information night is compulsory and will be held on Thursday 3 December 2020 at 6pm via zoom at https://cgcatholic.zoom.us/j/95777510929
Students and parents must attend one of the commitment Masses listed below to make their commitment for the sacrament.
Please remember to make a booking for the Mass in advance, through the parish website at www.cg.org.au/belconnennorth
Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December
Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 December 2020
There will be no additional commitment masses beyond these dates.
The Sacrament is available in 2021 for the School of Religion. Any queries can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information regarding the Sacramental Program for 2021 please contact the Sacramental Program coordinator at email@example.com
All library books are now due back to school. All books need to be back by tomorrow for stock take to commence in Week 9. Overdue notes were sent out yesterday. It would be greatly appreciated if these books could be returned as soon as possible. Please email me if you are unable to locate books - firstname.lastname@example.org
In School Sport Week 7
3/4 Netball - Swifts 2 defeated Giants 1
3/4 Soccer - Red Devils 3 drew with Dragons 3, Victory 3 defeated Wolves 1
3/4 Touch - Bulldogs 5 defeated Sharks 4
5/6 Netball - Sapphires 8 defeated Diamonds 0
5/6 Soccer - Roar 8 defeated United 0, Wanderers 3 defeated Glory 1
5/6 Touch - Storm 3 defeated Raiders 7
We had 34 students participate in our 7th Annual Chess Tournament. Students played a total of 7 rounds of chess over the course of the day.
In the Junior division we had the following winners: 1st place Jett S (5.5 points), 2nd place Isabella H (5 points) and a tie for 3rd place Sian S, Isabelle J and Zarah L (4.5 points). Honourable mention to the following students who played well: Emanuel S, Lachlan P and Sophie P (4 points) and Ostin D and Lisia F-J (3.5 points).
In the Senior division we had the following winners: 1st place Mary D-H (with a perfect 7 wins), 2nd place Charlize S ( 6 points) and 3rd place Angelino S (5 points). Honourable mention to the following students: Sarah D-H and Michael H (4 points) and with Rohan G, Gabe J, Indiana H, Darcy B, Annalene L and Geordie T (3.5 points).
Our International Arbiter Shaun Press (who has umpired international tournaments) commented that the chess skills utilised by students at St Monica was impressive!
Josephine H (6M), has been accepted into the QLD Ballet Academy Guest Associate Program for interstate/international school age students. Josephine will attend the QLD Ballet Academy in Brisbane for one week of each school term for ballet training in 2021. Congratulations Josephine. What a wonderful achievement.
St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal
Each year St Monica’s School participates in the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal. The local conference of the Society packs and distributes 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. The Appeal will launch again shortly. St Monica’s School will collect items up until Friday 11 December. This year classes have been allocated a food group to collect. Donations are not limited to the listed items but providing these will enable the Conference to provide a Christmas dinner to their clients.
6H - Minced pies and fruit tarts
6FH - Long life custard and packets of jelly crystals
6M - Sweet and savoury biscuits
5W - Packets of muesli bars/fruit bars
5E - Tinned vegetables beetroot, potatoes
5SM -Tinned vegetables – carrots, peas, corn,
4R - Tinned fruit – pineapple, peaches, pears
4MF - Packets of pasta
3CD - Packets of chips/pretzels/etc
3LK - Packets of coloured popcorn
3GB - Boxes/packets of chocolates (without nuts)
2CP - Christmas Bon-Bons
2RR – Drinks – Fruit juice 1 litre
1E - Cordial - 1 litre
1R – Tin salmon
KCH - Sponge jam rolls – check expiry date is after Christmas
KB - Packet of sweet or savoury biscuits
Staff - Tinned hams
Many thanks for your generosity.
Fees are now overdue!
Term 4 school fees are now overdue.
Please let us know if you have not received your fees statement. Statements were not issued to families with a direct debit arrangement in place, however, please let us know if you wish to receive a copy.
Please make full payment of your school fees as a matter of urgency, and get in touch with our School Finance Officer, Allison Walsh, should you need to discuss your account.
Any families who are leaving us this year must ensure their account is settled in full, please.
If you have older children at Systemic Catholic Schools other than St Monica's, please complete the attached form as soon as possible, by Friday 4 December 2020, please.
This information is required by us to ensure you are charged the correct amount for fees. If you have older children at Systemic schools you are entitled to various discounts on your school fees here at St Monica's, if you do not provide this information you will be charged the full fees.