Dear SCA families,
As we rapidly approach the end of the year, I find it amazing to reflect on some of the many activities our wonderful staff provide for the children.
I thank the outstanding staff who have work effectively and purposefully with your children this year. Teachers, office and support staff have all combined well to keep the school running smoothly, even with 580 energetic and vibrant children spending their active hours here through the year. On your behalf, I thank each of them for their efforts throughout the year. The staff here work well as a team, and I am proud to work with them.
It is a tremendous trust that parents place in the school when you send your children here. The partnership between school and parents has a telling impact on the quality of education of any school. I thank the many parents who continue to offer wonderful support to the school’s endeavours. There were literally hundreds of parents who assisted in a variety of ways. I particularly thank the School Community Council. On behalf of all the parents, this group works tirelessly and effectively all year. Thank you. We look forward to working with you again next year.
In recent weeks we have been able to confirm the following staff changes for 2020.
The following staff are leaving, or have left, after having finished their contract or moving out of Canberra:
Evie Tjhia, Sophie Burgess, Kat Stella, Narelle O’Callaghan, Samantha Slocomb, Jeremy Watt, Lisa Brussow and Darren Firth.
I am very grateful to each of these staff members for their contributions to SCA. Each of them has enriched our school community. As a school we will farewell them at an assembly next Wednesday afternoon.
The following staff are joining (or re-joining) us:
Bianca Breen, Jo Thomson, Hannah Dewey, Brooke Coles and Amanda Ducker.
Meet the Teacher
Teacher placements for 2020 are being finalised. We will have our Meet the Teacher next Thursday afternoon, 18th December, where children will be notified of their teacher where possible.
It is important to remember that in life, there are always going to be times when we have to work and communicate with people whom we may not always get along with so well. School is about learning for life and it is here that we also learn how to get on with others and negotiate experiences that are sometimes difficult. When this learning takes place, the children become resilient, stronger people and gain skills that will support them through life.
I ask you to understand that it is highly unlikely that any changes will be made to classes for 2020. If your child is feeling a little unsettled about their class placement and the year ahead, as parents you have the important role of being positive in reassuring them that making new friends and working with new teachers is an exciting experience and although it may be different to begin with, they will soon settle in for a good year.
Attached to this newsletter is a two-page letter outlining the school fees for 2020. We encourage all families to use Bpay as the preferred method of payment. If you would like help to set up a regular payment, please feel free to contact Jo McCarthy in the Front Office.
Please join us in our Hall on Friday 13th December at 9.30am as we celebrate Mass to give thanks for all the blessings this year has brought.
Semester Two Reports
Reports will be sent home on Friday (13th December). It is important to remember that a school report is not the definitive measure of your child’s abilities. It is only one measure amid a wide range of opportunities, experiences and activities. Setting a pattern of constructive support should help make report time a productive and positive experience that will help your child make progress at school. A few tips:
- Find the positive aspects of the report and praise your child;
- Take into consideration that the A-E grading scale is very different to the one you would have experienced;
- Discuss what your child found difficult. Look at work habits, homework routines, diet, sleep patterns, etc; and
- Discuss how things could be improved. Offer some constructive/criticism and attainable goals for next year.
Special thanks to the teachers for the many unpaid hours of work outside school time that go into marking assessments, preparing, editing and finalising the written reports.
Endings to Beginnings
Students finish this school year on Thursday 19 December, and start in 2020 on Monday 3 February. (Staff officially resume on Tuesday 28 January.)
Vinnies Christmas Appeal
Please do all you can to support this appeal. It is a real and meaningful way to help fellow Canberrans who are doing it tough this Christmas. Please be generous.
It was once said…
“The best of all presents around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.” ~ Burton Hills
Blessings to you and your family.
Be the Light of… Leadership
Vision, Creativity, Innovation, Direction
This Sunday marks the third week of Advent in our Catholic Church.
Each Sunday in Advent a candle is lit on an Advent Wreath, reminding us that Christmas is coming nearer. The third candle is called the Shepherds candle. The colour pink reminds us that Christmas is approaching and is a colour of joy. It reminds us of what the shepherds did. First the shepherds listened to and obeyed the angels even though they were very afraid. Then they saw Jesus and believed. The most important thing to remember is what they did next – they told all that had happened to them so that others would also believe.
“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.” Luke 2: 10-12
Have you been in to the front office to look at the Nativity scene? Come and have a look at this beautiful scene.
Mass this Friday 13th December
Whole School End of Year Mass and
Congratulations to the children who will be awarded white cards at this Friday morning assembly.
|Year 1||Louis Ellerman, Micah Forrest, Jaimee Jacobs, Zoe Johnson, Lucius Maybanks, Maddison Wallwork, Lacey Warren, Uvindu Weerasinghe|
|Year 3||Georgia Barao McLeod, Zachari Green, Jacob O'Connor, Dru Pathammavong, Luke Rogers, Lexi Rourke|
|Year 4||Alison Boyle, Bailey Emblen, Blake Kearney, Liam Philippa, Lily Reilly, Jai Sonee, Oliver Webb, Zoe Wilton|
|Year 5||James Alves, Sienna Noja, Mitchell Wise|
|Year 6||Luke Cornelius|
WILL YOU HAVE A CHILD AT ST CLARE OF ASSISI PRIMARY IN 2020 AND AN OLDER SIBLING IN A SYSTEMIC SECONDARY SCHOOL?
The systemic school system includes Merici College, St Clare’s College, St Francis Xavier College and St Mary Mackillop Catholic College.
It does not include Marist, Daramalan or St Edmunds.
If so, this form must be returned by Monday 16th December 2019 to ensure your fees are billed correctly in 2020.
Thank you in advance.
If you have any questions please contact Jo McCarthy on 6294 1860.
The last day the Canteen will be open for 2019 is Tuesday 17th December.
Drawing to the close of the school year some stock may be unavailable and substitutes may have to be made.
Thank you for your support!
WEEK 9 (9th December – 13th December)
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
17th December Tuesday – Last Day Canteen Open for 2019
18th December Wednesday – Farewell Assembly
19th December Thursday - Year 6 Big Day Out
19th December Thursday - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
Months of hard work has paid off for Joshua 4R, who passed his ANZCA Grade 2 Modern Piano exam with honours, scoring an impressive 93/100. The exam included sight tests, aural tests, general knowledge, playing scales and three songs (two of which he needed to embellish).
Joshua will play one of his exam songs, "The Circle of Life", at the semester awards ceremony on Wednesday.