Dear SCA Families,
Last Friday was the feast of St Anne and St Joachim. They are the grandparents of Jesus. I am sure they were both very proud of Jesus just like normal grandparents. When my own kids were younger and their grandparents came to visit, they couldn’t wait to show them all their art work and class awards. Imagine when Anne and Joachim visited Jesus and what he told them. ‘cured a blind man today…. Fed five thousand people today all on my own’. My mum always says if she knew grandkids were this much fun she would have had them first. I don’t know what that says about me.
G’Day to all the wonderful grandparents out there.
We will celebrate the “grand-folk” in our children’s lives this Friday 2nd August. We are looking forward to our special visitors.
11.30am – Morning Tea in the Hall
12.00noon – Class visits
1.20pm – Lunch (BYO) on the school grounds. (Some grandparents may like to take their grandchildren early for a special afternoon away from school.)
Meeting with Teachers
Teachers at SCA are always happy to meet with parents to discuss issues concerning the children. Please be mindful, however, that their commitments to every child in the class may make them unavailable at certain times. Teachers may look free to speak when you see them outside their classroom before school, but they may need to be on duty in a few minutes, or finalising a report for a child’s specialist, or making final preparations for the day’s lessons, or any other task I may have lumped them with.
One way of organising a mutually convenient time to meet with your child’s teacher would be to ring or email them first. Please also feel free to organise time to meet with me should you wish to discuss any issue.
Though it’s still cold, the UV is on the increase so we remind you of the School policy regarding exposure to the sun: Simply stated, from August until May, there is a ‘No Hat – No Play’ policy. Therefore, from next Monday (5th August) all children must wear their school uniform hats while outside during recess and lunch.
On Friday last week Catholic Schools from across the archdiocese gathered at St Christopher's Cathedral in Manuka, to celebrate NAIDOC Week. 6 Green and some of our Indigenous and Indigenous students represented SCA. Thanks to Mrs Walsh for organising our attendance at the Mass and also thanks to Mrs Haines and Miss Ramirez for taking the students. A small selection of photos is available on the Catholic Education Office website.
We are opening our classrooms for you to visit. Our children would love to show you, their parents, where they spend 5 hours a day and what they do in there. Please set aside the afternoon of Tuesday 20th August, if possible. This event also coincides (deliberately) our annual Book Fair. More details will be provided in next week’s newsletter.
When sending food to school with your child, please consider the health of others. We have a number of students with life threatening allergies to nuts.
The flu season has been a significant one in Australia this year. At SCA, we have had two confirmed cases of students with Influenza B. To see the latest advice from the ACT Health Protection Service, please go to https://www.health.act.gov.au/about-our-health-system/population-health/winter-wellbeing-and-flu
Recently, Holly from Athlete’s Foot Tuggeranong visited our morning assembly. She presented the school with a cheque for $1100. For every shoe sold to a SCA member, the school receives $5 commission. Thank you everyone who has shopped at Athlete’s Foot this year.
Our Silver Jubilee
I am looking forward to our 25th Anniversary dinner on Friday of next week. It promises to be a wonderful evening. Thanks in advance to the small group of organisers.
National Principals Gatherings
Next week I will be in Brisbane meeting with primary school principals from all over Australia. I represent the ACT as a Board representative for the Australian Catholic Primary Principals’ Association (ACPPA) and also the Australian Primary Principals’ Association (APPA). Our meetings generally spend time reviewing the latest developments in policy and research across the country. Though I will miss being at SCA (other than being in Brisbane’s warmer weatherJ), it should be a valuable experience to work with so many school leaders to discuss educational matters of importance. While I am away, Ms Val Ciuffetelli will be in charge.
Missing the start of the school day has a real impact on a child. The morning gathering enables us to greet each other as a community and celebrate our efforts and special occasions. However, we work hard to have the classes inside and learning quickly after the bell rings. Classes are usually inside and ready for learning 5 minutes after the bell rings. Those children who are at school before the bell rings (at 8.45am) are usually more settled and focussed in their learning.
Annual Satisfaction Survey
An annual satisfaction survey of parents, students and staff is being 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 were sent via email on 29 July and close on 9 August 2019 using the email addresses supplied to the school. If you did not receive an email with a link to the survey, you can access and complete the survey at the following link. https://www.research.net/r/stclareofassisiparent2019
It was once said…
“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.” ~ Desmond Tutu
Blessings to you and your family.
Be the Light of… Leadership
Leaders we Know, Jesus as Leader, Qualities of Leaders, We are Leaders
We are very excited to once again be celebrating Grandparent’s day at school, this Friday 2nd August in honour of all Grandparent figures in our lives. We look forward to sharing this special day with you.
Today our Year 4 students, who are learning about and preparing for their First Eucharist, attended their Eucharist Retreat Day. The students will be celebrating their First Eucharist in a couple of weeks.
Saint Clare of Assisi Feast Day
Whole School Mass next
Friday 9th August
10am @ Holy Family Church Gowrie
Celebrating 25 Years
Class Mass this Friday 2nd August:
Congratulations to the children who will be awarded white cards at this Friday's assembly.
|Kinder||Archie Kapnopoulos, Aleriah Kearney, Maggie Mapstone, Charlie Watt|
|Year 1||Angelin Aneesh, Amaya De Silva, Gemma O'Connor, Jake Paterson, Jasmine Summersrs|
|Year 2||Ayla Knights, Myles Robinson|
|Year 3||Ruby O'Callaghan, Asha Raut|
|Year 5||Tristan Clark|
|Year 6||Patrick Hill, Riley O'Connor, Noah Pink, Brodie Reilly|
|SHIFT||Thu 1 Aug||Fri 2 Aug||Mon 5 Aug||Tue 6 Aug||Wed 7 Aug|
|Morning||Alma and Ellie||HELP NEEDED||Alma||HELP NEEDED||Rowena and Corralee|
|Afternoon||HELP NEEDED||HELP NEEDED||HELP NEEDED||HELP NEEDED||HELP NEEDED|
To celebrate St Clare's Feast Day the canteen is having a special feast day lunch order.
You are able to order a sausage sandwich, juice and treat for $6.00
Orders are only able to be placed using Qkr! Logon to Qkr select Feast Day Menu.
Orders close 7th August 2019 at 5.30pm
No other lunch orders are available on this day.
Help is desperately needed on the feast day. Please ring Michelle on
6294 1860 if you are able to assist.
Netball 27 July
Player of the Week and Match Reports
Speckles – Nikita Crawford and Grace Weir
Little Skittles – Ava Goolagong
Smarties – Ayla Hogan
Squiggles – The whole team
Smiggles – The whole team
Stars – Ayla Chick
Swifts – Misha Gaur
Sunshines – The whole team
Skittles – Ella Rogers
Sparkles – The whole team
Smurfs – Isabella Exposito and Zoe Paull
Unfortunately there are no match reports this week as our lovely parents who take the time to write them were unavailable.
If you were at the school last Thursday, you would have seen lots and lots of spots and dalmations everywhere!! Kinder celebrated 101 days of school as 101 dalmations.
Everyone looked amazing and what a way to celebrate such an improtant milestone.