Dear Parents and Carers
Welcome Back to Face-to-Face Teaching and Learning
This week we have welcomed back most of our students from ELC - Year 6. There has been a sense of excitement around the school akin to the first day of the school year. There is a sense we are starting again! It has been wonderful to watch the students re-engage in person with their friends and staff. The late autumn weather to start the week has also been a treat and allowed students to be out and about the school grounds too at recess, lunch and for other activities. All staff are also back at school on site and eager to continue their roles and engage students in face-to-face teaching and learning.
Remote Learning Period - Thanks All ‘Round
Thank you to the whole St Anthony’s Community for the way in which everyone pulled together to make the best of the recent remote learning period. In a period where schooling and home life did not look the same from week to week - there has also been much to celebrate. The collaboration and good will demonstrated by so many people was amazing. Thank you to you, the parents and carers of our students, for managing this time with your children. Thank you to our staff for being able to make significant adjustments to their planning, pedagogy and communication in such a short timeframe. The P & F and the parents at our meeting last night wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ to St Anthony’s staff for their pastoral care and communication through the remote learning period. Well done.
Parents and Friends Association
Last night, Wednesday 20 May, the first P & F meeting for Term 2 was held on Zoom. It was great that we had a quorum of parents in attendance. The members of the P & F expressed the desire to continue to assist families affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. They understand that each family has been affected. We are seeking feedback about how the P & F and the school can support you so confidential information can be shared with the principal or Selina Walker, our P & F president. More information will be out soon but please contact the front office for support. We also discussed the canteen services continuing, the generous volunteers and work of our clothing pool crew, postponement of the recent fete, successful Mother’s Day, and potential events that may be organised to support our students and families.
The next P & F meeting is scheduled for Week 8, 7pm on Wednesday 17 June. Mark this date in your diary and join the meeting to support your school.
Safety, Hygiene and Health Measures Crucial
As we have been communicating in recent weeks, St Anthony’s has a range of health, safety and hygiene measures in place for students and members of the community. Whilst social distancing is difficult for the students we are being sensible and monitoring all learning and playground activities. Staff and adults are certainly required to social distance with each other, and parents and carers are not permitted beyond the Front Office. Thank you for supporting these measures which are likely to be in place for the course of this pandemic.
Students Will Receive a Semester One Report
In response to the changed learning circumstances in Term 1 and Term 2, Semester 1 2020 reporting processes have been modified to provide parents with specific information about their child’s achievement and progress.
Students will receive a Semester 1 Report in 2020 as usual, but the report card has been modified to allow for teachers to be able to assess and grade students.
- The report covers work students have completed in both Term 1 and Term 2.
- Student achievement will be reported as an A-E grade for the three main core areas: Religious Education, English and Mathematics.
- Other subjects may receive a grade if the teacher has sufficient evidence of learning. In subjects where a grade is not possible, ‘Not assessed’ will be displayed. This means that, although the learning throughout the semester has been rigorous, it is not possible to make an overall judgement about the student’s achievement in relation to the reporting Outcomes or Achievement Standards against the Grade Descriptors.
- The extra subjects assessed may differ in each year level, but will be the same for each class on a year level.
- A new section ‘Engagement with Learning’ has been developed to replace the ‘Personal and Social Capabilities’. The new statements are based on the Australian Curriculum: General capabilities, and target four key areas of learning engagement: Thinking, Communication, Responsibility, Collaboration.
- The inclusion of the ‘Engagement with Learning’ statements means that the General Comment section of the report is no longer required; the statements give detailed information on your child’s approach to learning.
- No written general comment will be provided on the report this semester in all Catholic schools in our system. At St Anthony’s, reports will go home at the end of Week 10 and parents and carers will have the opportunity to attend a parent/teacher interview in Week 1 Term 3. At this meeting, teachers can elaborate on your child’s achievement and engagement with learning.
- Teachers will use the remaining time this term to engage students in face-to-face teaching again and assess and moderate the work completed.
Hopefully the A.C.T. continues to have limited cases of COVID-19 and students have consistent ime at school allowing for students/parents and teachers to set goals for learning in Semester 2.
2020 Enrolments Open Now but Close this Friday 22 MAY
Given everything that is going on, the 2021 enrolment period has crept up on us! If you have a child that you wish to enrol in a Catholic School from ELC through to Year 12 you need to lodge your enrolment form by tomorrow, Friday 22 MAY. In the case of St Anthony’s, we need your enrolment information asap, so please contact the front office to discuss your child’s enrolment and a meeting or tour can be organised. Visit our school website for enrolment information and forms.
SPREAD THE WORD.
ST ANTHONY’S 2021 ENROLMENTS DUE NOW!
In regards to our Catholic Systemic Secondary Colleges, St Mary MacKillop in Tuggeranong, St Clare’s in Griffith and Merici in Braddon - enrolments close tomorrow 22 MAY and a waiting list for places occurs after this time.
St Anthony’s ACTBGA - Building Project Underway
Thank you to the Australian Government and Catholic Education for supporting and funding this much needed and transformational building project ast St Anthony’s. After an extensive planning and consultation phase it is so exciting to see the work underway.
The project will see one of the original portable blocks of 3 classrooms taken away and relocated at another school in need of temporary classrooms. One this space, a new block with 6 classrooms and additional learning spaces will be built. Congratulations to Total Project Constructions on being the successful builder from the recent tender process.
Heartfelt Mother’s Day Thanks
I wanted to offer a belated thank you to all of the staff and students who organised such a lovely Mother’s Day drive through breakfast on Friday 8 May (Week 2). There were some very special moments created when mums, grandmothers and families drove through to pick up their morning coffee and a breakfast treat. There was a genuine outpouring of love and good wishes to our mums, even if they could not make it to drive through.
Thank you to our Religious Education Coordinator Miss Beth Lehmensich for coordinating the event and to the many staff members and Year 6 student leaders who assisted to make the morning very memorable. Thank you to our awesome baristas from Mel and Tim from Al Caccino’s!
At our P&F meeting last night our parents wanted to say thank you to the beautiful staff and students that lined the school driveway to greet them as they picked up their coffee and treats. It made our mums and families feel very special and included in the celebrations.
Drive Through Display Cards
Yesterday we sent home cards with students surnames printed on them to be displayed on the passenger side sun visor of your vehicle. This is to provide efficient identification to assist staff with drive through. Should you require more than one we would grately appreciate it if you could make your own, hand written is completely fine.
I also wanted to welcome Mrs Orla Rutledge back to school. Mrs Rutledge is working Mondays and assisting with classroom support and release time in various classes.
Again, welcome back to the face-to-face teaching and learning environment which we know is best for students. With God’s Grace we all hope that our community and others stay well and we can manage the COVID-19 situation safely.
A students school bag is missing from the 3/4 class. If anyone finds a small sized St Anthony's bag with some keyrings attached: a blue/green R (smiggles) a Mickey Mouse and Troll (Trolls movie). The bag also has a start drawn inside one of the straps, in blue pen.
Would really appreciate any assistance in finding this bag.
CANTEEN ROSTER: 6231 4022 Maree Alchin (Manager)
Fri 22/5 Edward 9-10.30, Rachel Esler 9-10.30, HELP NEEDED 12-2
Tues 26/5 Courtney Guy 9-12
Weds 27/5 TUCK DAY Karen Carmody 12-2 Selina Walker 12-2
Thurs 28/5 HELP NEEDED 9-12
Fri 29/5 Rachel Esler 9-10.30, Edward 9-10.30, Mary Russell 9-12, Naomi 11.30-2,
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