Dear SCA families,
We are really pleased this week to welcome some special visitors to SCA: Indi and Ray are two Uni students from Indonesia as part of the Australian Indonesian Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP). Ken and Lea Tucker are two local artists who are able to work with us thanks to support from the IMB Bank.
Ray and Indi are working closely with Ibu Smith (our Indonesian Teacher). While here they will support the teaching of Indonesian language and culture for all Year levels. There is already great feedback from the children and it has really helped to engage them though the sharing of first-hand experience.
Ken and Lea are working this week with teachers and students from all classes. We are looking forward to seeing four large paintings that are based on our school’s Rays of Light (Faith, Community, Learning and Leadership). Every student and staff member will have contributed (even if only with a thumb print!) in some way to the art works. They are already looking good and I am excited about sharing them with the whole community.
School improvements during the break
During the holiday break, the following work was completed at school, which was only possible because of your Building Fund contributions:
- Concrete grinding and levelling to remove trip hazards,
- Installation of anti-slip measures on multiple footpaths and external steps (ready for next winter!),
- Replacement of a large number of broken floorboards in Hall, and resealing of entire floor,
- Replacement of two windows,
- Plumbing repairs to 5 toilets and 3 leaking bubbler areas.
I thoroughly enjoyed watching our teams participate so enthusiastically and well at the Archdiocesan Netball Carnival on Saturday. I was impressed with the effort, spirit, good nature and teamwork shown by all our SCA players. Special thanks to Mrs Katherine Austin her work leading up to, and on the day. Thanks also to all the parents and older siblings who helped with coaching, managing and supervising on the day.
On behalf of the children and their families I thank each staff member for their efforts during the year so far. This coming Friday we celebrate International Teachers Day, knowing that the staff at St Clare of Assisi continue to strive for the very best for the students in our care.
We are now in the process of finalising class numbers and staffing for 2020. If your child is leaving SCA (unless already in Year 6), please let us know by contacting the office this week:
Last week I reminded parents about being up to date with fees. It continues to be our policy that no student should be refused enrolment, excluded or disadvantaged because their family is unable to afford fees. Fee concessions and remissions are available on a needs basis as defined in our fee policy, therefore, if you are having difficulties with school fees, please contact me. All applications will be considered in strictest confidence.
Is It Fruit?
An effective practice each of our classes participates in is “Fruit Break”. Research has shown that a short break, when children snack on fresh fruit or vegetables, is beneficial to learning as well as overall health.
Why have a Fruit and Veg Break at school?
To improve the overall intake of fruit and vegetables in students while at school
To ensure all students have some nutritious food early in the morning, especially as some children do not eat breakfast
Fruit and veg breaks can help to improve student’s concentration and learning capacity
Kids are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables if other snacks are not an option
Kids are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables if their friends are doing it too
Kids may skip recess to play - they can be very hungry by lunch time
What can my child eat?
- All fresh fruit is permitted (e.g. whole fruits such as a banana or a small apple, chopped melon)
- Fruit canned with artificial sweeteners added is not permitted. Artificial sweeteners are not recommended for children
- Fruit canned in water, juice or no added sugar is permitted (e.g. peach slices). Don't forget a spoon!
- Dried fruit is permitted, although, fresh fruit or vegetables is the first choice because dried fruit contains high concentration of natural sugar and it tends to cling to teeth, increasing risk of tooth decay (e.g. sultanas)
- All fresh vegetables are permitted (e.g. celery, carrot sticks, broccoli bits etc.)
What foods are not allowed?
All other foods are not permitted including:
- 'Fruit' products (e.g. fruit leather, fruit roll-ups, fruit bars or similar)
- Fruit jams or jellies
- Fruit pies or cakes
- Fruit canned in syrup or jelly or with artificial sweeteners
- Canned or processed vegetables
- Vegetable or potato crisps, hot potato chips, olives
- Vegetable pastries (pies, pasties, sausage rolls)
- Baked vegetable breads
- Vegetable cakes, fritters, quiches or similar
Our Community Council will have its second last meeting for the year next Tuesday, 29 October. If you would like to share any thoughts or questions with the Council, please feel free to send an email to email@example.com .
It was once said…
“Reading aloud with children is known to be the single most important activity for building the knowledge and skills they will eventually require for learning to read.” ~ Marilyn Jager Adams
Blessings to you and your family.
Be the Light of… Leadership
Vision, Creativity, Innovation, Direction
Reconciliation Commitment Masses (attend one)
- Saturday 26 October 6pm
- Sunday 27 October 10am
Reconciliation Parent Formation Night
- Thursday 31 October 7:30pm
Year 3 Reconciliation Retreat Day
- Tuesday 5 November
Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation
- Thursday 28 November 6:30pm
The Rosary at SCA
Last week the Year 6 Faith Leaders visited classrooms and explained and prayed the Rosary with the students. The leaders did an excellent job of explaining the importance and significance of the Rosary with information about the originally and different prayers and Mysteries prayed throughout the Rosary.
The Year 6 Faith Leaders will be attending the 2019 Mission Mass this Wednesday, at St Christopher’s Cathedral. The Archbishop will be celebrating the mass this year, and we will enjoy a fabulous music ministry team and the Archdiocesan Youth Ministers will be present to create a dramatic animation of the Gospel.
Year 1 will be hosting Mass this Friday 25th October
Congratulations to the children who will be awarded white cards at this Friday's assembly.
Adam Bickerstaff, Alexander Dahlstrom, Mahlia Enriquez, Chloe McGregor, Patrick Moore, Lachlan Player, Sofia Ramirez, Eva Sonee
|Year 2||Cara Leslie, Ella Williams|
|Year 4||Emily Blenkin, Ethan Caffery-Caragh|
|Year 5||Alyssa Hair, Delorez Lemisio, Ryan Moore, Harry Olson, Kasey Ryan, Alex Teixeira|
|Year 6||Samantha Driessen, Leah Flask, Sisifa Tofuaipangai|
WEEK 2 (21st – 25th October)
25th October Friday – Boorowa Touch & Netball Carnival
WEEK 3 (28th October – 1st November)
30th October Wednesday – Little Athletics Clinic (Kinder / Year 1 / Year 2)
31st October Thursday - Little Athletics Clinic (Kinder / Year 1 / Year 2)
1st November Friday – St Clare’s College Year 7 Orientation
1st November Friday – Walkathon Silly Sock Day
WEEK 4 (4th – 8th November)
4th November Monday – Kindergarten Excursion
4th November Monday – Year 6 Graduation Photos @ 9am
5th November Tuesday – Year 1 Excursion to Lanyon Homestead (1G and 1Y)
7th November Thursday – Kinder Year 1 AFL Clinic
WEEK 5 (11th November – 15th November)
12th November Tuesday – Year 1 Excursion to Lanyon Homestead (1B and 1R)
14th November Thursday – Kinder Year 1 AFL Clinic
15th November Friday – Purple Happy Day
WEEK 6 (18th November – 22nd November)
19th November Tuesday – Year 6 Asian showcase
21st November Thursday – Kinder Year 1 AFL Clinic
WEEK 7 (25th November – 29th November)
26th November Tuesday – 2020 Kindergarten orientation (SESSION 1)
28th November Thursday – Kinder Year 1 AFL Clinic
28th November Thursday – Year 3 Excursion National Zoo and Aquarium
WEEK 8 (2nd December – 6th December)
5th December Thursday – 2020 Kindergarten Orientation – SESSION 2
WEEK 9 (9th December – 13th December)
10th December Tuesday – Thankyou BBQ
11th December Wednesday – Semester 2 Awards
13th December Friday – Semester Reports Go Home
13th December Friday – Thanksgiving Mass and Handover Ceremony
WEEK 10 (16th November – 19th December)
16th December Monday – Kindergarten Concert
17th December Tuesday – Year 6 Graduation
18th December Wednesday – Farewell Assembly
19th December Thursday - Year 6 Big Day Out
19th December Thursday - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
Congratulations to all who played in the last ever Catholic Schools Netball Carnival. Despite the windy conditions everyone had a great day and played some awesome netball. Thank you to all of our coaches and parents who were there to support our teams.
Yesterday the SCA Skittles competed in the ACT Netball Gala Day Finals. The girls played fabulous netball all day, winning 3 games and losing 2. Overall the girls came 3rd in the ACT.
Congratulations and well done Skittles!!
Term 4 fee statements will be emailed out this week. Fees are to be paid by Friday 15th November 2019, unless paying by Direct Debit or other approved instalment payment method. The following methods of payment are available:
Please contact the front office next Monday if you have not received your statement by then.
REMINDER FOR YEAR 6 PARENTS
If you have a direct debit set up, once your school fees are finalised it is your responsibility to cancel your direct debit. The cancellation form can be located on the school website. If you have any queries in relation to this please email Jo on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please, Please, Please, Please, Please ....
When leaving the school between 8.45 - 9.15am and from 2.45 - 3.15pm
By sitting there and waiting to illegally turn right, YOU STOP TRAFFIC COMING IN AND OUT of the school.
Abusing staff when they request you follow the rules is a poor example to your child/ren.
St Thomas the Apostle School & Parish Fete - Proudly Brought to you by Jupiter Kitchens & MEJ
37-39 Boddington Cres,
KAMBAH ACT 2902
Saturday 9th November 2019, 10am - 2:30pm
There will be so much to see & do,.
Stalls – Side Show Alley, Show Bags, Cakes, Trash 'n' Treasure, Craft Stall, Plant Stall, Books, & Used Clothing.
Rides - Dodgem Cars, Giant Slide, Supa Cha Cha, Jumping Castles
Great food - BBQ, Vietnamese, Tongan Food, Devonshire Tea & Coffee Stand.
Prizes – Tombola, Chocolate wheel, Money Tree.
Pick-a-Prize - $10 gives you 20 chances to win Prizes incl. Jamala Lodge Stay, iPad, $500 Gift Card & more. Tix’s available for presale.
Entertainment - Bands, School choir.
Face Painting & Tattoos & much, much more.
There is lots to see, do and buy. Come along & share the fun.