Dear Parents and Carers
Good luck to Miss Nicole Ptycia (Year 3A) and her fiance Tristan for their upcoming marriage on the weekend of 6/7 December (end of Week 8). Miss Ptycia begins her leave on Wednesday 27 November so there is time to wish her well. On behalf of the school community I wish Nicole and Tristan well and hope this special occasion is all they have hoped for.
Best wishes to Mrs Anissa Symington (Classroom Support Team) who is on leave now awaiting a knee reconstruction operation this Friday. We hope that all goes well and that Anissa is up about soon doing her rehab! Anissa is on medical leave for the remainder of the school year.
Grandparents’ Day Celebration
What a fantastic morning it was on Grandparents’ Day last Friday. The hall was full of visitors - a huge turn out! The students really loved performing for the grandparents and special people that were present. They also enjoyed having a special morning tea and time together for a picnic or chat.
Thank you to Mrs Angie Kisiel for her wonderful organisation of the day and to Mrs Katie Akers who assisted as well. St Anthony’s really appreciates the support, time and love that our students’ grandparents and special people provide. We wish you all a great year ahead and good health.
Nature Play Area and Program Developing
You may have noticed some large logs, blue tarpaulins, sticks and crates and lots of string and rope where the oval slopes down to the overflow carpark. This forms part of our Nature Play initiative that we have been trialling in 2019. I am glad to report that this initiative has been a great success. We have a constant stream of between 50 – 70 children K-6 who visit this area at recess and lunch times. OOSCA and the ELC also visit at various times throughout the week.
Intuitively, as adults, we know that walking along a log, digging a hole in the dirt, making a base, tying knots and rolling stones is good for children. It gives them the opportunity use imagination, be creative and problem solve and learn to get on with other kids. Research by Richard Louv and others supports the need for children to engage in nature play. https://www.childrenandnature.org/
Unfortunately we don’t always have time and indeed the spaces and materials for children to engage in this type of creative play. St Anthonys and other forward thinking schools acknowledge this reality and are dedicating resources to meeting this need.
A special thanks to Maree Gilbert and her contacts for assisting us to have large logs delivered and sticks to build with. Watch this space as we continue to build upon our resources.
(Michael Bradley - Assistant Principal)
Alpha Show - Beauty and the Beast
This Wednesday the students from the ELC - Year 6 were treated a spectacular stage show by Alpha Productions. This year the show was ‘Beauty and the Beast’. The tale unfolded through some terrific acting and an amazing sound and light show. The actors really ‘wind’ the audience up and make the performance interactive. Performing Arts is a great way for people to express themselves and seeing a live performance provides students with an insight into theatre.
ITALIAN CARNEVALE DISCO next Friday 29 November
The final school disco for 2019 is next Friday 29 November. This time around we have the special Carnevale theme! Our Italian Languages teacher Gabry Borzatti has been helping plan the event with Maree in the canteen and the P&F. The event should be a lot of fun!
Teacher Assessment Day Allocations
I wanted you to be aware that teachers are busy finalising end of year student assessment and writing Semester Two Reports. Each teacher is provided with extra time to undertake the assessment and at some point your child’s teacher has had time ‘off’ class to complete this process. The amount of extra time teachers are given depends on the assessment schedule they are required to follow and the size of their class. Relief teachers are employed to cover classes at these times. Thanks for your understanding.
2020 ELC Orientations
Congratulations to Michelle Woodward, Emma Neale and all of the teachers and educators in the ELC on the successful 2020 orientation sessions that were held this week. Each of the three ELC classes for 2020 had their own special orientation and parent information session. The new students enjoyed their time as a group and are excited about next year.
2020 Kindergarten Orientation
Our 2020 Kindergarten orientation session will be held next Wednesday 27 November between 9.00am - 11.00am. We are looking forward to the students meeting their teachers and having time in their new environment. There will also be a parent information session and displays of uniforms and other items. The Kindergarten teachers for 2020 are the same as this year. Mrs Adamson, Miss Batista and Mrs Beissner. We look forward to seeing everyone next week.
Have a great week ahead.
Religious Education NEWS
Grandparents’ and Special persons’ Day
A very warm and big thank you to all our beautiful visitors who were able to spend Friday morning with us. Teachers and students worked hard to put on an amazing show and students loved entertaining everyone. It was wonderful to see so many families enjoy a picnic after the concert and spend some time during recess with us.
Morning commenced with 3/4 L’s prayer, where students spoke about Jesus’ grandparents – Joachim and Anne. 3/4 had a beautiful short film to share but due to a minor technical difficulty were unable to play it. The link to the video is
A time of giving and sharing
It is very hard to believe that there are not too many days until Christmas and the sound of carols can be heard in shopping centres. I myself love the magical feel of this time of the year and it is a timely and good reminder that Christmas is a time of giving and sharing with those around us, but also that sharing is not limited to those that we love and care for. It is also for the person that we have never met and will never see, those that are not so fortunate in their lives as we are and that could use a helping hand.
St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hamper Appeal
This week sees the launch of our annual Christmas Hamper Appeal. We are supporting the good works of St Vincent de Paul, who are in turn, supporting many families in our local suburbs and surrounding region. Last year, the SVdP region of Tuggeranong and Monaro provided assistance through 350 Christmas hampers to needy families.
Christmas Hamper List
- ELC – Jelly crystals, Bon bons and decorations
- Kinder – Tinned fruit and tinned vegetables
- Year 1 – Chocolates and lollies
- Year 2 – Chips or other snacks
- Year 3 – Sweet biscuits, savoury biscuits
- Year 4 – Soft drink and fruit juice
- Year 5 – Christmas pudding, UHT custard
- Year 6 - Tinned ham, Christmas cake
Operation Christmas Child
Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse. It partners with local churches in developing nations to reach out to children by providing gift –filled shoeboxes and bringing the Good News of Jesus Christ. There are still few boxes left if you would like to support this amazing cause.
The Mission Group is doing an incredible job. From the Mission Week alone they raised around $1500. This Friday some Mission Group members will join other students at a Social Justice Day at the ACU where they will experience hands on the work St Vincent’s provides.
Term 4 School Fees - OVERDUE
School fee statements have been emailed to parents, if you have not received this email please contact me.
Payments may be made by cash, BPAY, EFTPOS, Direct Debit and one off payments can be made at any time through the Qkr! app.
Families who will be leaving St Anthony's at the end of the year should contact me regarding finalising payments.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
Congratulations to the following students who have been identified as a Successful Learner.
Noah T-B KL, Daniel R 1A, Joshua H 1A, Isabelle B 1P, Zara Mc 3A, Ella A 3A, Cyril E 3A, Rylan B 5A, Grace B 5A, Patrick T 5/6L, Carly H 5/6L, David R 5/6L, Skye C 6A, Gianna P 6A, Cassidy B 6A, Mikayla H 6P, Hayley A 6P, Willem H 6P, Penelope K 6P, Zoe Mc 6P.
Congratulations to Hamish in Year 2, who was the K-Year 3 Winner of the Physical Activity Foundation's recent competition that they ran alongside our Ride and Walk to School Day earlier this term.
Hamish had to draw a picture of his dream bike and then write a sentence on why he loves to ride or walk to school. Hamish said that, 'It is fun and it is exercise and your mum and dad can work so they don't have to take you to school!'.
For his efforts Hamish receives a $300 Trek voucher to spend on a new bike or scooter.
Congratuations Hamish we are all very proud of you AND your dream bike is super cool!
Year 5 & 6 need some wood pieces for a project they are about to undertake. If anyone has dressed pine or pine pieces, around 200 x 150 and 200 thick or longer so they can be cut to size we would really appreciate any donations.
Monday 9th of December
Tickets available through the Qkr! app or at the front office. Payment is due by this Sunday 24th November 5:30pm as per the invitation. $40 per ticket $120 per family (including student).
Tickets are limited to two adults per each student, without exception due to function room capacity seating.
|Tuesday 18th February||Courtney Guy||9am-12pm|
|Wednesday 19th February||Oslinda||12-2pm|
|Thursday 20th February||Carol Coulton||9am-2pm|
|Friday 21st February||Rachel Esler||9-10:30am|
|Tuesday 25th February||Megan Doherty||9am-12pm|
|Wednesday 26th February||Karen Carmody||9am-12pm|
|Thursday 27th February||Help Needed||9am-12pm|
|Friday 28th February||Edward Denison-Edson||9-10:30am|
Claim the Date: Hotdog Tuck Day
Lunch orders available through Qkr!