Dear Parents and Carers,
Congratulations to Michael Bradley on Successful Assistant Principal Contract Renewal
Congratulations to Mr Michael Bradley on a successful contract renewal. Michael underwent a panel review which involved consultation with parents, staff and students. Michael received very positive and affirming feedback from the community. We all know that Michael works very hard and generously supports all of our students, staff and parents in his Assistant Principal role. Michael is also a tremendous support for me as principal and I have great confidence in him. Michael is completing his ninth year at St Anthony’s and I am sure that he will continue to be a respected and valued leader at our school. I thank him for his ongoing commitment to the school and CE system and wish him well in his next contract period.
Boorowa Sports Carnival
Thank you to everyone that made the trek to Boorowa last Friday for the annual netball and touch football carnival. St Anthony’s had over 100 students competing in 11 different teams on the day. It was great to have so much parent support for coaching, managing, refereeing and cheering. Thank you to our staff that attended - Miss Romy Batista, Mrs Heather Naylor, Miss Sophie Hall, Mr Angas Quantrill, Mrs Angela Bartkowiak and Mrs Katie Akers.
From all reports, the students enjoyed their touch footy and netball games. I have heard that the weather was challenging - hot, very windy and dusty. Thank you to Miss Batista and Mrs Angela Ryan for organising our participation in the event. Thank you to Mrs Katie Akers for transporting out all of the sports equipment. Congratulations to everyone involved for making this sports day possible.
Congratulations again to our staff that made the Year 5 and Year 6 musical a huge success. Lots of staff assisted with singing practice, rehearsals, sound and lighting, making costumes, making props, making tickets, organising ticketing, supervising backstage, covering duties back at school and other tasks.
Everything came together well and the live shows were very entertaining. The whole show was very professional. At the last show I got a chance to see how everything worked behind the curtains - Like clockwork! This is an event that will provide great memories for our senior students.
National Walk or Ride to School Week
Thanks again to Mrs Tracey Adamson for organising this event for Week 4. Thanks to the staff and parents that support the event and make it possible by supervising and encouraging the students on the walk and ride from the checkpoints. This Friday is the actual day when students can meet at the four designated checkpoints at 8.30am and travel to school together.
This week students are participating in Mission Week through various activities to raise awareness and funds for needs of others. Understanding mission work and outreach is an important skill and mindset for students to develop. Thanks to our Religious Education Coordinator Mrs Angie Kisie and the Year 6 Mission Leaders for organising our fundraising and awareness activities this week.
Thank you to Mrs Louise Patton who again organised a fantastic event. The final walkathon amount raised was $17,430.55, which is fabulous, well done everyone. There are still outstanding pledges, and it would be great to receive those donations. Contributions welcome via online bank transfer.
Account name: St Anthonys P & F
Account number: 000025261
Reference: Child’s surname and class
Year 3 Assembly - This Friday
Good luck to the Year 3 staff and students for their focus assembly on this Friday at 2.00pm in the hall.
Principal - Long Service Leave
Next week, (Week 4), I am on Long Service Leave and I am looking forward to a short break. Please contact Michael Bradley or the front office staff in my absence.
This week we hosted a number of events around the school to support the October Catholic Mission. Each grade will continue to collect 5-cent coins to fill up a bucket until Friday of week 4 so if you have any 5 cents coins send them in. Let’s see which grade raises the most amount of money to support this worthy charity.
Catholic Mission is the agency of the Catholic Church that provides prayerful and financial support for the pastoral and evangelising programs of the Catholic Church, primarily in Africa, Asia, Oceania and remote regions of Latin America. It supports missionary workers – lay, religious and priests – who provide practical and spiritual support to communities within these countries. Some examples of projects that Catholic Mission supports are: training and supporting catechists and seminarians, building schools and orphanages, helping to dig water pumps and sanitation facilities and providing vocational training for young women in order to support their families.
Catholic Mission has two major appeals each year. The first, the Propagation of the Faith Appeal could be described as ‘the Pope’s mission appeal’. It was founded in Lyons France, in 1822 by a young woman, Pauline Jaricot, who was inspired to help support the Church’s missionary work around the world. The Prop Appeal, as it is commonly called, has had a rich history here in Australia, with many of the early Catholic communities receiving these funds to help establish parishes, schools and other works. St Mary MacKillop of the Cross, our first Australian saint, received Prop Appeal funds to help build her first school at Penola in South Australia.
The Second Appeal is World Mission Sunday, which is normally celebrated on the second last Sunday in October. It is a day set aside worldwide to encourage the Church to recommit itself to its missionary work. In Catholic schools, students participate in events throughout October, to heighten students’ understanding of the missions and help to raise funds for mission projects. (https://cgcatholic.org.au/services-directory/catholic-support-services/charity-organisations/
All Saints and All Souls Days
All Saints' Day is a religious holiday celebrated by the Catholic Church and it falls on November 1st. All Saints' Day is a celebration to honour the saints that have graced our world, and as a day to honour loved ones who have passed away. It began in Rome in the 600s, but is celebrated in countries all over the world today. Some people celebrate the holiday by decorating graves with flowers, by lighting candles, and by attending religious ceremonies. Some fun facts about this beautiful celebration:
- Mexico celebrates All Saints' Day with a week-long celebration. This celebration includes festivals, parades, and dances.
- The football team called the New Orleans Saints was given its name because of New Orleans' large Catholic Church population.
- All Saints' Day is a public holiday in Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Chile, Croatia, France, Hungary, Italy, Liechtenstein, the Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and in some parts of Switzerland and Germany.
- On All Saints' Day Portuguese children go door to door receiving gifts of sweets, candies, nuts, and cakes.
- Shakespeare referred to All Saints' Day as Hallowmas.
All Souls Day in the Roman Catholic calendar falls on November 2. The Roman Catholic church sets aside All Souls’ Day to remember our dearly departed. Through prayers, masses, and almsgiving, people honour the memory of those who have died.
Many blessings for the week,
St Anthony’s Parish Primary has installed a Worm Farm facility for use by the school community. The need for this facility has been identified within the School Sustainability Management Plan (SSMP) that identified the necessity for improved waste management systems.
Project Aims / Objectives
The aim of the project is to recycle food waste and process this into a nutrient rich resource for use around the school and to provide students with the opportunity to develop practical experience with the facility. The objectives of the Worm farm facility are:
- Utilise food waste and other organic materials from the school community and produce nutrient rich fertiliser.
- Improve school grounds and garden beds with St Anthony’s Worm farm castings.
- Reduce the number of waste bins St Anthony’s Parish Primary generates each week
- Engage school children, parents and staff to contribute to the management of the worm farm system and increase their knowledge in the field of Vermicomposting!
‘Closing the Food Loop’ at St Anthony’s Parish Primary:
Fruit and vegetable waste from the garden, lunchboxes or tuckshop is a valuable resource for our school. These materials can be cycled back to the garden as compost through vermicomposting, instead of being wasted and sent to the landfill. The diagram above shows how the system works. Food waste from lunches, tuckshop and garden waste is added to the Worm Farm. This material becomes food for the worms and is then transformed into nutrient rich fertiliser to be used on our vegetable gardens and general grounds.
Feed Me! Worms are not picky when it comes to food, as they eat many of the same items you do. They especially enjoy vegetable and fruit peelings, leafy greens, grains, garden waste and anything else that is organic. Worms do not have teeth! They have a gizzard, similar to birds, that helps them grind small bits of food. Worms don’t like to eat citrus fruit, onion, garlic or chilli, dairy products, meat and bones, fish or tofu and oil or fat.
Waste Management Revolution!
The Compost Revolution is about changing our attitudes and behaviour towards food to help reduce our environmental impact and ecological footprint. It’s about buying only the food we need, cutting down on waste, diverting food away from landfill and keeping it in the natural cycle. One fifth of all food bought in Australia is thrown away, not scraps but good food that could have been eaten. St Anthony’s Parish Primary places an emphasis on environmental programs and strives to impart a strong environmental ethic throughout students, staff and families. The funding support to expand and upgrade the worm farm infrastructure at the site will significantly improve the School Sustainability Management Plan at the school. In addition to assisting with student learning, the worm farm will contribute to serve as a model of sustainable practice for the greater community.
Wow! What a day. We took over 100 students to the Annual Boorowa Touch Football and Netball Carnival. We were up nice and early. The bus left at 6am in the morning and we headed off to the country. As we approached, we noticed that it was a little windy! Throughout the day it became more windy and dusty. We even got a little sprinkle of rain! By the end of the day St. Anthony’s had decided to change their uniform from green and white to green and brown. I couldn’t wait to get into the shower and wash myself free of dust! The children in every team from grades 2-6 had a wonderful day.
A BIG thank-you to the following staff Romy Batista, Angas Quantrill, Heather Naylor, Sophie Hall and Katie Akers
Another BIG, BIG thank-you to Angela Ryan for assisting in the organisation of the carnival. All the effort allows the carnival to run smoothly and be super organised!
Finally, to all the parent helpers. Without your assistance, the carnival would not be able to go ahead. It was great to see so many parents out there on Friday and many parents assisting where needed. Your time is truly valued.
Congratulations to the following students who have been identified as a Successful Learner in the class this week:
Ava A-W KA Tyson O KP, Kiara V KL, Elsie C 1A, Cameron J 1L, Joseph F 1L,Isla B 1L, Lily G 1L, Santiago A 1P, Norah F 1P, Ryan H 2A, Chloe E 2P, Ryan B 2P, Samuel R 3P, Elizabeth H 3P, Oscar H 3/4L, Declan D 5/6L, Lucy K-K 5/6L, CJ R 6A, Georgia A 6A, Amy L 6A, Sophie T 6A, Hannah J 6P, Mia B 6P, Vaibhav K 6P , Dylan G 6P.
Italian Certificate of Merit:
Declan D 5/6L.
Certificates will be presented at Friday morning assembly.
|Tuesday 29th October||Courtney Guy||9am-12pm|
|Wednesday 30th October||Oslina||12-2pm|
|Thursday 31st October||Karen Carmody||9am-12pm|
|Friday 1 November||Selina Walker||9am-2pm|
|Tuesday 5 November||Megan Doherty||9am-12pm|
|Wednesday 6 November||Karen Carmody||9am-12pm|
|Thursday 7 November||Carole Coulton||9am-2pm|
|Friday 8 November||Mary Russell||9am-12pm|
Halloween Items for Sale - 31st October
Lolly Pops 50cents and Cupcakes $1.50
Claim the Date
Hot Dog Tuck Day - 13th November
Orders available through Qkr!
Grandparents Day - 15th November
Option to pre-order for Morning Tea for Grandparents to share with the students through Qkr!
(Families are welcome to bring a picnic morning tea)
Party Pies (2) plates with tomato sauce $2.80
Giant Sausage Roll with sauce $3.20
Large Chocolate Chip Muffin $1.20
Last Friday during the Boorowa Carnival last Friday a Mum took her rings off, including her wedding ring to apply sunscreen and put her rings in her bag. When she returned home they were no longer in her bag.
As you can imagine, this Mum is very upset at the loss of this precious items and a police report has been filed and Boorowa contacted.
If anyone can remember seeing them or with the craziness of the weather that was, if people can check their bags in case they were placed in the wrong bag.
Appreciate everyones help!
St Thomas the Apostle School & Parish Fete - Proudly Brought to you by Jupiter Kitchens & MEJ
37-39 Boddington Cres, KAMBAH ACT 2902
Saturday 9th November 2019, 10am - 2:30pm
There will be so much to see & do,.
Stalls – Side Show Alley, Show Bags, Cakes, Trash 'n' Treasure, Craft Stall, Plant Stall, Books, & Used Clothing.
Rides - Dodgem Cars, Giant Slide, Supa Cha Cha, Jumping Castles
Great food - BBQ, Vietnamese, Tongan Food, Devonshire Tea & Coffee Stand.
Prizes – Tombola, Chocolate wheel, Money Tree.
Pick-a-Prize - $10 gives you 20 chances to win Prizes incl. Jamala Lodge Stay, iPad, $500 Gift Card & more. Tix’s available for presale.
Entertainment - Bands, School choir.
Face Painting & Tattoos & much, much more.
There is lots to see, do and buy. Come along & share the fun.
Monday 28th October to Friday 1st November 2019
In Week 3, St Anthony’s Primary School will be celebrating Ride Safe to School Week
While students are encouraged to ride to school at any time we are inviting students and parents to join with us on Friday 1st November where will be gathering at our four regular meeting points to complete our final Ride and Walk to School Day for this year.
We will leave from these meeting points at 8.30am to walk, ride or scooter to school.
- Mini Wanniassa Shops (Near Kidstart)
- Wanniassa Main Shopping Centre (near the Playground)
- Kambah (Meet on the Kambah side of Athlon Drive underpass near the School)
- Bonython/Greenway (meet under the Drakeford Drive underpass near the School)
Kindergarten will also be commencing their Scooter Program on Thursday in Week 3 (and continuing until Week 8), where they will be learning valuable skills and safety tips when riding their scooter. Hopefully it will see more of them too, in the not so distant future, taking up the option for a more healthy way to travel to school.
There is also the opportunity for students to win a $300 Trek Gift Voucher (one for students in Kinder to Year 3 and one for students in Year 4 to Year 6). If students are interested they can see me for an entry form but they need to do so before entries close at 5pm Friday 8 November.
We hope that you can join with us on Friday in Week 3 (1st November) and support our final healthy travel to school event for this year.
St Anthony's can now offer a new hassle-free school payments system called Qkr! This will replace flexischools for the Canteen starting Term 4. This system is operational and ready to use and the tickets for the Year 5 and 6 musical are available using this sytem NOW.