We give thanks for the term we have had together and the many celebrations we have shared as a community. We thank our incredible STA staff and volunteers for the amazing work that they continue to do for all in our community.
We pray for our students and their families over the break, that they return to us safely, refreshed and nourished, ready for term 4.
We pray for all in our community, including our staff who are undergoing treatment for illness.
Grant us, Lord God, a vision of your world as your love would have it:
a world where the weak are protected, and none go hungry or poor;
a world where the riches of creation are shared, and everyone can enjoy them;
a world where different races and cultures live in harmony and mutual respect;
a world where peace is built with justice, and justice is guided by love.
Give us the inspiration and courage to build it, through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
Thank you to our wonderful STA staff, students and community for a very productive term. We have much to celebrate with so many engaging and enjoyable events happening over the past 10 weeks. We hope our beautiful students enjoy a much deserved break away from the day to day routine of school life and we look forward to welcoming our students back to school on Monday 9 October.
My sincere thanks to Signor Mockler for a spectacular Italian experience on Monday. What a wonderful showcase of our Italian program across STA.
Last week our Year 5 students attended a 3 day camp at Warrumbui. How great it was to see so many students enjoying the great outdoor experiences Warrumbui offers and all of the positive reports back from the students about the food and activities! My thanks to our team of staff who accompanied our students on this trip and took time out from their own families to make this camp possible.
Next term, our P&F are coordinating some fantastic fundraising opportunities for our school. We look forward to our Mango Drive and Trivia night in Term 4 and I thank you in anticipation for your involvement and support with these initiatives.
This Friday, families are welcome to join us for the opening of our front of the school garden. Some students will be joining their families to attend, along with our Year 6 students. The ceremony will begin at 10.00am with Welcome to Country and smoking ceremony, followed by a blessing of the garden with Father Tom. It should conclude by 11.00am.
Changes to afternoon pickup
To ensure sufficient supervision of students at afternoon duties, we are having to shorten the pick up time for students who go to top oval pick up. Beginning next term, the teachers on duty will remain at the top oval until 3.20pm. Any students still at top oval after 3.20pm will be escorted with a supervising teacher to the drive thru area at the front of the school where parents/carers can collect student/s.
First day of school Term 4
Our first day of school next term is Monday, 9 October. The last day of term is Thursday 14 December 2023.
Please ensure students are dressed in their Summer uniforms. The summer uniform requirements are as follow:
Hats are to be worn each day.
The clothing pool will be open this Saturday 9.30-11.00am to assist with summer uniform requirements.
OOSCA- Holiday Program
Limited places are available for Holiday Care. All STA families K-6 are welcome to attend our OOSCA service. To book please click on this link or contact the centre directly on 62962261. https://sappswanniassa.schoolzineplus.com/form/192
- Thursday 21 September: Year 2 excursion
- Friday 22 September: Grade Showcase Assembly ELC leading 12pm, Hall and Community Garden opening 10am front of school
Term 4 Dates and FYI
- Monday 9 October: First Day of Terrm 4
- Thursday 12 and Friday 13 October: School Muscial performances
- Friday 20 Ocotober: Boorowa Touch and Netball competition
- Friday 3 November: School Disco
- Saturday 25 November 6.30pm: School Trivia Night
- Thursday 14 December: Students last day of school for 2023
Wishing all our families a safe and restful school holiday period.
On Monday 11th September, our Year 6 classes boarded the bus to 3rd Space Restaurant in Hackett. Once we alighted the bus in Hackett we were met by Executive Chef Alex Nocera. Alex is a Canberra-based Pizzaiolo (Pizza Chef) who has developed a pie-base which embraces the best aspects of a Roma and Neapolitan styled pizza.
Alex possesses a natural love for teaching and learning, skills learned from his mother (who worked for many years as a teacher at St Anthony’s). He shares his cooking secrets openly and enthusiastically. Alex had our students captivated from his introduction to the conclusion of the day.
Our students received the entire experience of pizza making; preparing ingredients, mixing dough into authentic pizza bases and then Alex leading the group through the rapid cooking process. Our students and staff enjoyed many slices of Alex’s traditional Italian pizza. More importantly all students worked well as a whole group, in hospitality teams and in pairs across a variety of culinary activities.
Students were awarded a green ribbon (for possessing a positive attitude), a white ribbon (for fastidious hygiene and cleanliness) and a red ribbon (for excellence in food preparation). 12 students were awarded their three St Anthony’s ribbons, which were perceived to be almost in value to a Michelin Star. These students were rewarded for their efforts at the excursion by being promoted to Alex’s cooking crew for the Festa d’Italia day. Special mention must go to Mrs Staltari, Mr Wigg, Mrs Stankovic, Mr van Meurs and Signora Amanda for attending the excursion with Signor Mockler.
Jackson C was an outstanding performer throughout the day. He was appointed Sous Chef by Alex, and he certainly lived up to the hype. Jackson’s skillset is enviable, he is a natural!
Our day concluded with sampling Alex’s own doughnut inspired dessert creation, before catching a bus back to school before the end of the day.
On Monday 18th September our school held the Festa d’Italia- our Italian Day at St Anthony’s. The day commenced with a morning assembly in the Hall led by Signor Mockler, Mrs Marmont (who came disguised as Mario) and Mr Wigg.
Our school sang Signor’s versions of the 1-10 song.
Ysabella G wowed the audience with her perfect pronunciation and fluency by reciting the St Anthony’s School Prayer in flawless ITALIAN!
Students celebrating their birthday in Week 10 had a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ sung in Italian.
Mrs Marmont then read out 75 students who had received Languagenut Awards for their efforts in online learning in Italian. Of these students, three students from every class received their certificates for achieving 1st, 2nd, 3rd place point scorers for their class. Students who also accrued more than 100,000 individual languagenut points were also commended with a certificate of achievement.
Special mention must be made of the following students who have excelled in their languagenut journey.
Following the assembly, the Cooking Crew helped Alex ‘The Pizza Guy’ with creating pizzas for the entire school community. Every student and staff member received a slice of authentic pizza.
Goodberries arrived in time to enjoy a cool treat on a warm day, while the Staff stretched and warmed up for the Teachers vs Students Soccer Match. With the students off to an early lead, it was up to Mrs Marmont to stamp her authority and launch a strike at the student goals. The assembled spectators went wild for their Principal as she equalised for the Teachers.
Some students enjoyed the multi-purpose court for Remote Controlled Car Racing.
We are looking forward to what the Festa d’Italia has in store for us all in 2024!
No pineapples were hurt during the making of the pizzas.
Boorowa Touch and Netball Carnival – Updates
Boorowa Touch and Netball is fast approaching. Registration for this day has now closed and the bus is full. If you have registered as catching the bus but have now will be driving, please let the school know as soon as possible so we can offer the seat to someone else.
We are still after some parent/carer coaches for the following teams:
Year 4 Netball
Year 3 Touch
If you are able to help on the day please let me know via email
Year 5/6 Basketball
Congratulations to the girls and boys from year 5 and 6 who participated in the recent Sue Geh and Jamie Pearlman Basketball competition. St Anthony’s entered multiple teams in the very competitive days and played a impressive style of basketball. All teams played 3 games on the day against some tough competition and provided some strong opposition for the teams they played. All teams managed to represent the school in a great manner and were unlucky not to get more wins on the day. A big thankyou to Mrs Akers and Mr McDevitt for coaching one of the teams on the day.
Tuggeranong Regional Athletics Carnival and ACT Athletics Carnival
Tuggeranong Regional Athletics Carnival saw almost 40 students represent St Anthony’s on a warm day, perfect for breaking PB’s. It had been a while since the school hosted our own carnival but that did not slow any of our Athletes down. There were many impressive performances on the day, with many students surprising themselves with how well they did. From this day, 5 students were able to qualify for the ACT Athletics Carnival which took place on the 12th of September. At the ACT Carnival our 5 students represented the school in an excellent fashion. From this carnival Harper and Ian have qualified for Nationals which will take place in term 4. This is a fantastic result and we are very proud of all our Athletics representatives from this year.
Congratulations to all students who represented the school so well on the day. A big thankyou to Mr Mockler and Mrs Ryan for supporting the students on the day as well.
Sporting Success Stories
It has been great to get to hear some of the sporting success stories that are happening in our community. Please keep sending these through. Please email your stories, along with a photo to email@example.com and we will endeavor to share your success with the school community.
Transport Canberra bus timetable changes for Term 4, 2023
A new bus timetable will begin Monday 9 October to align with the start of Term 4. This timetable features more frequent weekday bus services, most of which will run at least every 30 minutes throughout the day.
A return to 30 minute daytime frequencies will ensure improved off-peak services can be provided between 9.30am and 3.30pm, while maintaining reliability.
The new timetable also includes refinements to 14 school services based on school and community feedback, and to align with updated school bell times.
There are no changes to weekend bus services or changes to light rail frequency.
School packs and timetables
Updated school packs and timetables are now available online to view and download. If your child is catching the bus to school, we recommend familiarising them with the updated morning and afternoon pickup times.
Link to school packs.
School Route changes for St Anthony’s Parish Primary School
- Route 2060 – The morning service begins 8 minutes later.
- Route 2068 – The morning service will travel up Hambidge Crescent, turn left onto Proctor Street, turn right on Mead Street, turn right onto Benham Street, turn right onto Halley Street, turn left onto Hambidge Crescent and continue onto Coyne Street.
For more information on school route changes, updated school packs and to view regular bus timetables visit the Transport Canberra website.