Dear SCA families,
Progress reports are being sent home today with your child. Please check their bag. If you have not received your child’s progress report, please contact the front office.
Molehills into Mountains
Often, one of the surest ways of making a problem between children worse is to directly approach the parent of the other child. If your child is struggling in a relationship with another student at school, I encourage you to speak with the school and not directly to the other parent.
Time certainly has flown this year. Next week is Week 7 of term. During this week, we try to minimise after school commitments for staff and students to allow everyone to reconnect and focus more on their families. That also means we do not set homework for the week. I encourage everyone to take at least one night next week to gather as a family, with no distractions, and simply enjoy each other’s company. Quiet time with the family is such a blessing in this busy world.
Term 1 Fees were electronically sent to family email addresses on 19 February 2020. Fees are to be paid by 20 March 2020 unless paying by Direct Debit or other approved method. If you would like more information regarding Direct Debit payments or have any queries regarding your fees, please contact the Front Office.
It is most important that you notify the School regarding any changes to your email address as this is our primary form of communication.
It’s Just Not Right
When you are leaving the school carpark between 8.45 - 9.15am and 2.45 -3.15pm you MUST TURN LEFT. When you sit there and wait for a break to turn right, you add to the congestion of the traffic. Your time is no more important than any of the parents in line behind you. Please do not be selfish. Please set a good example to your children.
System Leaders’ Day and Principals’ Retreat
Last Wednesday I participated in the Catholic Education System Leaders’ Day, which was dedicated to improving student outcomes through the development of Our Learning Agenda. The workshops enabled me to contribute, on our school’s behalf, to the shared directions across Catholic Education on our Archdiocese.
This was followed on Thursday and Friday by the annual Archdiocesan Principals’ retreat, which was led by Professor Br David Hall fms. The retreat theme was ‘Beacons of hope: purpose and possibilities for Catholic schools.’ The retreat provided an opportunity to reconnect, to reorient oneself, to engage with one’s fellow principals. As we begin the season of Lent, it also provided space to reflect on the call for all Christians to be beacons of hope (light) in our world.
Year Six Camp
Best wishes to the students and staff of Year Six. This time next week they will all be in sunny (I hope as I will be there with them) Narrabeen for three days of action and fun.
Coronavirus - Covid-19
As you may be aware the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak has escalated in severity over the past few weeks. At the time of writing there are 80 confirmed cases throughout Australia but at this stage there are no confirmed cases in the ACT. However, the situation is evolving daily.
As outlined in previous communications, our position is one that prioritises student, staff and community health and safety. We continue to take advice from ACT Health, the Federal Department of Health and other associated agencies. Accordingly, please be aware that the following precautionary measures are to be taken for all SCA families:
- If any families or family members have returned to the ACT after spending time in China, Iran, Italy or South Korea, please isolate yourself and your child in your home for 14 days after your departure date from that country.
- If any families or family members have had contact with any confirmed Novel Coronavirus case, you must isolate yourself and your child in your home for 14 days following exposure and please make contact with your GP or other medical authorities
- If your child has a fever or respiratory difficulty symptoms, please make contact with your GP or other medical authorities and do not send them to school until they are better and cleared to return by your GP.
If any SCA family’s circumstances align with the above, I ask you to please contact me immediately, so that we are able to discuss arrangements and confirm care details for your child and your family.
Sending Home Sick Students and Staff
As the impact of the virus on children and healthy adults can be quite mild there may be a tendency to continue working and attending school and hence increase the risk of infecting others. This is in contrast to SARS and Swine, where most people were quite unwell if infected. The advice from Health is that schools should be very strong on sending home staff and students who have the slightest sign of illness. This is not a time for soldiering on with coughs and colds.
While Covid-19 is of concern, it is important to remember that most people displaying symptoms such as fever, cough, sore throat or tiredness are likely suffering with a cold or other respiratory illness. (Australian Government Department of Health)
How can we help prevent the spread of coronavirus?
- Practising good hand hygiene and sneeze/cough hygiene is the best defence against most viruses:
- wash hands frequently with soap and water, before and after eating, and after going to the toilet
- cover coughs and sneezes, dispose of tissues, and use alcohol-based hand sanitiser
- and if unwell, avoid contact with others (touching, kissing, hugging, and other intimate contact).
It was once said…
“A big shout out to my fingers. I can always count on them." – unknown
Blessings to you and your family.
Be the Light
'Let Your Light Shine Before Others'
The third pillar of Lent is ALMSGIVING.
When we give to those who have less than we do, we honour Jesus’ call to serve our neighbours and we share the gifts we have received.
Please donate to Project Compassion this year. If every family in our school contributed $1 each week towards Project Compassion in the next four weeks leading up to Easter, our school will raise over $1500 to help others in need – when we work together we can achieve a lot.
A message from the parish for all families who wish their Year 6 child to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation this year:
- Enrolments will be via the Parish Qkr! app.
- Enrolments will open on 16 March and close on 3 April
- To enrol, your child must have chosen their Saint’s name and Sponsor
- Sponsors must be a Confirmed Catholic who is over 16 years old (cannot be child’s parent)
- Payment of $40 required on submission of your enrolment form
- There is a Parent Evening on 2 April at 7.30pm in the Church.
- Commitment Masses will be held at all Masses on the weekends of the 2nd and 3rd May and the 9th and 10th May
- Teachers from each school will be assisting at an allocated Mass, however, you can book into any of the four Masses
- Confirmation Masses will be as follows:
- 9 June 5.15pm (HF Teachers assisting)
- 9 June 7.15pm (PSOR Teachers assisting)
- 10 June 6pm (SFA Teachers assisting)
- 11 June 6pm (SCA Teachers assisting)
- There are limited places at each Mass (40 candidates per Mass)
- Please email any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org
NB: All families who are presenting children for Confirmation MUST be represented at the Parent Evening. Attendance at a commitment Mass and the retreat day is also necessary. If you do not attend, your child may have to celebrate next year.
Class Mass this Friday 13th March
@ 9:30am in the Library
Congratulations to the children who will be awarded white cards at this Friday morning assembly.
|Year 1||Alyssa Cho, Liam Crowle, Aleriah Kearney, Malakai Roache, Elias Ward|
|Year 2||Archie McMaster,|
|Year 3||Jalen Fisher, Ava Harris-Abbey, Aaliyah Lopez-Bettay, Alana Muir, Joshua Smith|
|Year 4||Eli Shaw|
|Year 5||Oliver Cokljat|
|Year 6||Emily Bordiuk|
Friday 13th March - Netball registrations for Years 2- 6 close
Friday 20th March - 2 Blue & 2 Green Assembly
Wednesday 25th March - School Photo Day - please do not make any appointments on this day. Full school uniform to be worn.
Friday 27th March - Year 3 Assembly
Friday 3rd April - Vision Prayer Assembly Year 6
Thursday 9th April - Cross Country Carnival
Thursday 9th April - Holy Thursday
Thursday 9th April - Last day Term 1
Term 1 School Banking rewards
Exciting Term 1 Treetop Savers rewards are now available, while stocks last!
Terry Denton’s Activity Book Mini Soccer Ball (size 2)
Once students have individually banked on 10 different occasions they can order an exclusive School Banking reward items, in recognition of their regular savings habits. There are two new items released each term so be sure to keep an eye out for them!
Thank you for supporting the School Banking program and remember, School Banking day is every Friday.
Despite the grey skies, it was a dry and mild day for the AFL Schools Gala Day at Kambah Playing Fields on Tuesday 3 March 2020.
With St Clare’s fielding 2 teams- Grade 4/5 and a Grade 5/6 – a round robin of games were played amongst other Tuggeranong based schools.
With an emphasis on fun, skill development and participation, teams of 9-a-side played 2 x 15 minute halves and there was a high standard of Aussie Rules on display.
While the 2 St Clare’s teams may not have made it through to the finals this time, footy was certainly the winner!
Big thanks to Ben Sweeney and Tony Summers for coaching and the many families who cheered on from the side.
School Sport ACT
Children in Years 5 and 6 have an opportunity to participate in a number of sports at representative level through School Sport ACT. This is separate from weekend sports and is an opportunity for the elite to represent the ACT.
Throughout the year, trials for a variety of sports are held for any interested students who already play the sport regularly and feel they have a chance against other Yr 5 & 6 children in the ACT Region. If they are successful, they will be selected for the ACT squad to compete against other states, usually interstate.
To register your child, and for all other information about the sports and trial dates, please visit their website: www.schoolsportact.org.au