We respectfully acknowledge the Ngunnawal people, the Traditional Owners of the land on which we work and learn, and pay respect to the First Nations Peoples and their elders, past, present and emerging.
- From the Principal Week 1
- RE News
- Important Dates
- Kinder 2023 Enrolment
- Second Hand Uniform News
- From the Defence School Mentor
- No Lunch orders on Thursday 5th May, Athletics Carnival
- Remember to STOP for our supervisor
- Online Family Event – Family Engagement Makes a Difference
- St Clares College Year 7 2023
- St Mary McKillop College Year 7 2023
Dear Parents and Carers,
Welcome back to school! I hope families had a restful time during the school holidays. Welcome to our new student Sruchi who joins us in Year 2. We look forward to learning more about you and your family as the term progresses.
We have a great term planned including:
- Our ANZAC Day Liturgy;
- Catholic Schools Week;
- An Athletics Carnival;
- Mother’s Day celebrations;
- Year 6 Camp;
- Open Days;
- Confirmation for some of our Year 6 students;
and of course, plenty of reading and writing, as well as plenty of inquiry learning about new knowledge in Mathematics, Science, History and Social Sciences.
There was concern in recent years that with COVID restrictions and the inability to come together to commemorate ANZAC Day the importance of the day would be lost for ever. The huge number of people attending marches and ceremonies around Australia this week show this is not the case. As a country we seek to keep the ANZAC spirit going as a sign of respect. Respect is defined as “a feeling of deep admiration for someone or something elicited by their abilities, qualities, or achievements.” At St Clare of Assisi, we use ANZAC Day as an opportunity to teach our children respect for what has been and respect for others.
ANZAC Day commemorates sacrifice, it shows mateship at its finest and it is part of what has brought countries together. For our children, it opens their eyes to see how people work together. It demonstrates that even though something horrible was happening, by working together, they were able to get through. Our children hear about war, they hear about conflict, they hear about death. ANZAC Day gives us the opportunity to talk openly with our children and help them process, understand and appreciate what has come before, what is happening in other parts of the world and for the society we are lucky enough to live in.
With each opportunity that we have to demonstrate respect, we have an opportunity to help our children develop. Each time we observe a tradition, our children appreciate what has come before. For every child that participates in the day, they feel the pride of being part of a community. ANZAC Day helps your child to understand, appreciate and respect this important part of our Australian heritage.
Anne Scollen our Parent Network Coordinator has decided to hang up her towel and pass on the batten to Faye Holden. Anne Scollen was in the Coordinator role for three years and was an incredible asset to our school during this time. Anne has worked tirelessly to ensure everything was organised, booked, delivered, set up, coordinated etc. I know that hundreds of hours went into everything she has done. A big thank you from the Community for everything you have contributed in this role. We welcome Faye to this new position and look forward to working with Faye.
We would also like to thank our wonderful Second Hand Uniform Shop coordinators Jesse and Patrice.
The dynamic duo have kept our shop running so smoothly and looking so good, week in and week out. The ladies had a friendly face and plenty of uniform knowledge and advice. From helping families with their purchases to keeping our space clean and tidy and our uniforms looking their best, they do it all and we are so grateful for the time and energy that they give so generously. We now welcome Codi on board and wish her all the best with her new role.
Thank you for your ongoing care and partnership in your child’s learning.
2023 Enrolment period
Enrolment period begins next week and continues for the next four weeks. This is the time to enrol children for high school, primary school, and preschool. It is a wonderful time of year because it is a time to watch the Year 6 students take tours with parents and families and see first-hand the care and concern they show for welcoming our guests and helping them feel comfortable. It’s also so lovely to hear how proud they are of their school and the enthusiasm they have for their learning. If you would like to enrol a sibling into Kinder next year, please collect an enrolment pack from the Front Office. The 2023 Enrolment Period is from the 2nd May until 27th May. Our Open days will be held on Wednesday 4th May and Wednesday 18th May.
Year 7 Enrolments
The Year 7 enrolment period will also shortly be upon us. We welcomed St Mary MacKillop Catholic College, Merici and St Clare’s Catholic College who asked to talk to the Year 6 students. It is always lovely to see some of our former students come to visit us and tell us about their transition to High School.
Last year our Year 6 students went on to a variety high schools/colleges:
- St Mary MacKillop
- St Clare’s College
- St Edmund’s College
- Marist College
- Lanyon High School
- Melrose High School
All were accepted into their school of first preference and have experienced great success. We are very proud of them.
Students in Years 3 and 5 will sit the NAPLAN tests next month. Parents may elect to withdraw their children from these tests. If you do not want your child to sit the NAPLAN tests, please contact Ms Val Ciuffetelli at school immediately.
A reminder that students will be able to wear either their summer or winter uniform for week 1 and week 2 of this term. It is expected that all students will commence week 3, 9th May with the winter uniform.
Term 2 Theme
Our theme for term 2 is 'Flourishing in Faith'. We will investigate how we can grow closer to God by nourishing our faith - through prayer, meditation, reading the Bible, attending Church, living as Jesus taught us to, and Stewardship. In these ways we flourish.
Did you know that Easter is not just a day? Easter is a whole season of eight Sundays that lasts from Easter Sunday until Pentecost Sunday. During this time, we celebrate the Spirit of Christ in the church as the presence of Jesus' work ongoing in the world. During this Easter Season, we reflect upon Jesus' message of what is truly the 'Heart of the Matter' in our lives.
Catholic Schools Week
Next week, week 2, marks Catholic Schools Week. At SCA we will celebrate with something simple for each day of the week. Please see the timetable below.
Monday: Students and teachers will participate in a class activity - What my school means to me. Keep a look out on our Facebook page for examples of work from each grade level
- Tuesday: Whole school outdoor mass - we will celebrate Mass together as a Catholic school
- Wednesday: Open morning - SCA opens our doors for prospective students and families to take a tour of our excellent school
- Thursday: Athletics Carnival - we are looking forward to a terrific day of fun and sports together
- Friday: We will gather together in grade levels for a picnic lunch on the oval. Students are invited to bring a blanket to sit on. Parents may wish to pop a special treat into lunch boxes.
WEEK 1 (25th April to 29th April)
WEEK 2 (2nd May - 6th May)
Thursday 5th May - Athletics Carnival
WEEK 5 (23rd May - 27th May)
Friday 27th May - PUPIL FREE DAY
WEEK 8 (13th June - 17th June)
Tuesday 14th June - PUPIL FREE DAY
2023 Enrolment Period is from 2nd May until 30th May
Wednesday 4th May at 10am
Wednesday 18th May at 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Enrolment time is on us again. If you have a little one ready for school in 2023 or you know of anyone interested in looking at our fantastic school for their children, the enrolment packs are now ready.
No Lunch orders on Thursday 5th May, Athletics Carnival
On Thursday 5th May, Athletics Carnival day, there will be No Lunch Orders.
There will be a canteen open on the day selling:
- Hot Dogs
- Lolly Bags $2, $3 and $5
- Tea and Coffee
Remember to STOP for our supervisor
A school crossing supervisor is supporting our school each morning and afternoon to increase the safety of our children. This term Harry is our crossing supervisor. Please support this initiative by driving safely near the school and encouraging children to use the supervised crossing.
Our crossing supervisor is responsible for controlling a busy environment, which includes managing the flow of pedestrians, cyclists and motorists during peak times. It is important for motorists to drive at a speed which allows them to safely stop when the supervisor enters the road. Please be patient and allow the crossing supervisor and other pedestrians to safely clear the road prior to proceeding.
The school community is encouraged to familiarise themselves with the basic crossing supervisor procedures:
- The supervisor will ask pedestrians to wait in a safe location by the side of the road
- When it is safe, the supervisor will stop traffic
- The supervisor will blow their whistle twice to indicate it is safe to cross.
The School Crossing Supervisor Program is delivered by Transport Canberra and City Services’ School Safety Program. If you have any feedback about the program, please contact TCCS.
Please be patient, polite and respectful to our supervisor, they are committed to keeping our students safe.
Online Family Event – Family Engagement Makes a Difference
COME AND TRY A DAY AT ST CLARE'S COLLEGE
Try a Day (4 May) and Open Evening (5 May)
Please register your daughter's attendance at www.stcc.act.edu.au
If you have any questions/concerns please do not hesitate to contact St Clare's College