Dear SCA families,
At the significant risk of sounding repetitive, the first half of 2020 will, I suspect, be the hot topic of history lessons in years to come. Our families, students and staff faced a blisteringly hot start, with smoke keeping us indoors and fires threatening our doorsteps. Fortunately conditions improved with some long overdue rain.
Who can then forget the hailstorm that wrote off tens of thousands of cars in Canberra? I still see some with the tell-tale scars at donut each day!
COVID-19, though, has been a world-changer. Surely every human on the planet has been affected in some way. Certainly every child in every school will long remember the year in which they invited their teachers into their living rooms on a daily basis!
Through these challenges, it has been a privilege to be part of SCA. Our families have sacrificed a great deal to prioritise their children’s well-being and learning. Our children have remained engaged and connected, even while not in the classroom. Our staff have been the best.
I have been exceptionally impressed with the professionalism and dedication of all the staff, as they have responded to every challenge with the best interests of the children at the forefront of their minds. I wish to thank each of them for their efforts so far this year. I am sure you all join with me in wishing them a well-earned and restful break.
Thanks to the children. The staff enjoy coming to work each day because we work with a wonderful group of children.
Enjoy the holidays everyone.
Parent / Teacher Interviews and Three Way Conferences
Bookings for these close on this Friday 3rd July.
Teachers are expecting to meet with all families, though only half have booked an appointment. Please do not leave it until the holidays, as the booking system closes this Friday..
Our Tuckshop Manager, Michelle Wood, will be taking leave for the first four weeks of next term. We are trying to find a temporary replacement to ensure lunch services are provided each day. We rely on a paid manager, as we simply do not have enough volunteers to run the tuckshop. I hope to be able to provide good news about a temporary replacement by the end of the week.
Semester One Reports will be sent home with the students on the first Monday of next term. A reminder will be sent via SZapp during the last week of the holidays.
Congratulations to the students who were presented with an award at our end of semester ceremonies today. These are significant awards, and parents should be justifiably proud of their children.
Most children are coming to school every day wearing the correct uniform. There is, though, an increasing number of children wearing non-uniform school shoes. Please remember that our policy is for black leather school shoes to be worn with the school uniform.
I ask that all families use the holiday period to ensure all children have all they need to wear the correct uniform to school when we resume on Monday 20th July.
We will celebrate the “grand-folk” in our children’s lives on Friday 31st July, which is the second Friday of next term. With COVID restrictions we won’t be able to invite them into the school as normal. We do, however, hope to provide an alternative of some sort. More details will be provided in the first week of next term.
Best wishes to Mrs Christine Roos, our wonderful Music Teacher, who is taking leave for the next two terms. We look forward to welcoming Mr Sebastian Bonilla as her replacement next term.
It was once said…
“A lot of problems in the world would disappear if we talked to each other instead of about each other.” –Ronald Reagan
Blessings to you and your family. Take care and go gently.
Using Zoom for Three-Way Conferences
A reminder that if you wish to book a time to meet with your child's classroom teacher that SessionKeeper closes at COB, Friday 3rd of July (The last day of term 2). Any appointments after this date will need to be made through your child's teacher. https://stclareconder.schoolzineplus.com/view-session/8
Teachers will email parents a link code for the Zoom sessions on Monday the 20th of July (The first day of term 3). This link will be sent to the email that was used to book through SessionKeeper. If one parent is not on the same computer as you and your child, this link can be forwarded and used by them as well. For security, please do not forward this link to anyone else.
Please click on the link and make sure you have joined the meeting a few minutes in advance. You will be sent to a waiting room, where you will have enough time to test your camera and audio. If you can, please change your profile name to your full name, this enables the teacher to identify the right person at the right time. If you have done this correctly, you will see the below image on your screen.
Meetings will run for strictly 15 minutes, and your child's teacher will let you in at the start of your allotted time. If you think you will require more time please contact your teacher via email to discuss another option, as meetings will be disconnected at the end of the 15-minute session.
Should you, for any reason be unable to access the Zoom meeting due to technical difficulties, please contact the teacher via email so an alternative can be arranged.
Be the Light
'Let Your Light Shine Before Others'
Thank you for the generous donations that many of our families have made. Tomorrow will be the last day we will be collecting donations. A representative from SVDP will be presented with the donations tomorrow morning.
❏ Sleeping bags
❏ Toiletry bags (toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo etc)
A big thank you to our Year 6 Faith Leaders who have helped promote, gather and sort the donations.
Congratulations to the children who will be awarded white cards this week.
|Kindergarten||Eve A, Joshua D, Archie H, Emma J, Kourtney L, Kasia L, Adelaide W-K|
|Year 1||Milla B, Izzie C, Joseph L-B, Matthew W|
|Year 2||Nomiee A, Raiyan A, Lilah B, Finn B, Sam H, Gabe K, Sofia R, Eva S, Maddison W, Riley Y|
|Year 4||Spencer D, Angus O, Liam S|
|Year 5||Merry C, Ronan M|
|Year 6||Natalie G, Delores L, Hamish M, Zara P, Kasey R|
St Clare of Assisi Primary School is proud to partner with UNSW Global to offer its annual ICAS Assessments. We’re delighted to inform you that we will be participating in ICAS again this year, to recognise and reward students’ academic achievement. The assessments are now fully online and sitting dates will commence in Term 3. Learn more by visiting unsw.global/icas
You can now pay for ICAS online! Please click on the link below for the letter and details of how you can register your child. Online payment closes on 26 July 2020.
Starting Term 3, Monday 20 July 2020
Transport Canberra is reminding schools, parents and carers that the updated public transport network starts on the first day of Term 3 (Monday 20 July).
There will be minor changes for all students travelling to and from school. In most cases, this will mean that students will catch the same service from the same stop, but the times that services arrive and leave may change.
Schools will see:
- more services to meet high demand
- adjusted timetables to match bell times
- faster school specials
- changes to bus stops to make it easier to catch a bus from school
All schools, parents and students can find out more by checking the information packs for you school at www.transport.act.gov.au