I have chosen to keep my video message format consistent; if you have any feedback on how this is for you, or any suggestions as to what else you would value, please feel free to drop me a message.
- Thank you for your continued support, feedback and messages of encouragement.
- On Monday we trialled a new pick up routine with our pick up areas. We weren’t satisfied with how our plan for K-2 went, so from Tuesday, we changed the arrangement so that all students in K-6 are collected from the gate at the far end of the school (near the Hall). This seems to have worked well and we will continue this format. We ask parents to social distance outside the gate, lining up from the gate to down the end of the street. Parents will be directed into the gate a few at a time and children will be asked to look and come to you as you continue to walk out through the side gate into the Reserve. This also makes it easy to move back to your car, whether you are parked in Warlters Street or Aston Street.
- Week 4:
- Blended Learning continues as in Week 3. Week 4 Blended Learning Plans will come to you on Monday 18th May.
- While you are learning at home, still only do what you can.
- Please remember to complete attendance messaging as normal.
- Adult social distancing is still to be followed by staff and parents - no parents are to be in the school grounds except office attendance, and we will have staggered lunch breaks for staff and students.
- Drop off will be only via the bus gate in the mornings, no walking to classrooms. Please adhere to the parking zones as usual.
- Pick up K-6 will be from the gate at the far end of Warlters Street (near the Hall). Adult social distancing is still to be followed while waiting for teachers to assist children to parents or carers.
- Buses will be as usual via the bus gate for all Grades - no parents or carers are to congregate where buses collect students.
- Children must remain at home if they show any signs of cold or flu symptoms. If they present unwell at school they will be sent home. The same applies for our staff, who will not be allowed to “soldier on” either.
- Week 5 and 6:
- A parent note was emailed to you on Wednesday 13th May stating that all classes will return to school at the start of Week 5 (Monday 25th May).
- Blended Learning format will continue for Week 5 and 6 for those choosing to learn from home.
- Week 7 onwards:
- Week 7 (Tuesday 9th June - after the long weekend), Blended Learning ceases and school returns to compulsory attendance for students and all staff will be on site.
- Learning will continue to focus on English, Maths and Religious Education as priority subjects to the end of Term 2, as these are the areas which will be reported on for Semester 1. Teachers will provide learning which integrates other areas into each week.
- Our community:
- We hope Mother’s Day was special for our parents, carers and other wonderful role models. We loved being a little part of that with you.
- If your child is interested in the Joey’s Olympics, don’t forget to send in their sport videos by Friday 22nd May!
- Next week is the launch of our Creative opportunity for children to showcase their talents ... look out for the information on Google Classrooms.
- Creative Kids Providers: One of our mums had some great advice this week - MyServiceNSW have made available to families vouchers for creative activities and this now includes SUPPLIES for things like Art. Knowing that many of you would be using supplies while working at home with your children, this may be of interest to you.
Click here for link to Creative Kids info: https://www.service.nsw.gov.au/campaign/creative-kids
Click here for link to find local suppliers: https://my.service.nsw.gov.au/MyServiceNSW/CreativeKidsSearchProviderStay safe and take care.
If any families have felt cloth they don't need we would gratefully accept your donation of it to the school to be used for teaching resources. Your child could bring it into the office on their rostered Grade day for the Aunties to pass on to Mr Porter.
Whether home or at school, children have been showing off their learning in Religion which has been heartwarming to see and share!
ZOOM COUCH CHOIR
Our Faith Choir was brought together via Zoom on Thursday and was initiated by Sophie Pynaert (6H). Well done Sophie and Faith Choir for your enthusiasm.
Assistant Principal Mission
Mathematics helps us have better problem-solving skills
Mathematics helps us think analytically and have better reasoning abilities.
This week I thought I would challenge your brains at home with some Mathematics Riddles. Feel free to email me your answers if you would like to. Have fun!
123=0; 4235=0; 656=2; 5390=2; 8890=6; 1001=2; 19235=1
What is 123456789?
How do you go from 98 to 720 using just one letter?
There is a three digit number.
The second digit is four times as big as the third digit, while the first digit is three less than the second digit.
What is the number?
Assistant Principal Learning and Teaching
UNIFORM STORE REOPENED
The St Agnes' Unfiorm store will resume trade from Monday 11th May. The store will reopen with the revised hours of operation from 1pm-5pm, Monday to Friday. Online ordering has also resumed with click and collect and delivery available.
2021 KINDERGARTEN ENROLMENTS
Thank you to everyone who have completed their online enrolments through the link we previously distributed.
As part of our Kindergarten enrolment program, we would normally arrange an Information Night to help families understand the benefits of enrolling their child in Kindergarten at a St Agnes’ Catholic Parish primary school. At this Information Night we would highlight our unique educational approach, which is built on strong foundations, supporting children to grow and learn at Kindergarten and throughout the rest of their school education.
As our Kindergarten 2021 Information Night was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions, we developed a video that includes information from our primary school principals, outlining our holistic approach to learning, pastoral care and partnerships with families and the community. Additionally, there is really useful information regarding school readiness presented by Christy Ismay from the Catholic Schools Office. You can view the full video below.
For those who have not started or completed their online enrolment, you can do so at the following link: https://stagnesparish.org.au/
Printed application forms are available on request by calling 6588 7444 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note, enrolment applications must be completed and submitted by Monday 18th May 2020.
We hope that the COVID-19 environment will soon see a staged return to normal where our school communities will be able to meet you in person.
YEAR 7 2021 ENROLMENT
Enrolment has commenced for our Year 7 2021 cohort.
We are currently planning to commence the enrolment interviews, possibly via ZOOM, and will communicate the plan as it unfolds depending on social distancing restrictions. We hope to commence interviews in mid to late May and will continue into Term 3. Parents will be contacted by the College offices.
We encourage all parents of Year 6 students wishing to attend the Colleges in 2021 to return the enrolment packs to the respective College offices as soon as possible. If you have friends or families with students in Year 6 please encourage them to return the packs. Places will fill quickly so it is important packs are returned as soon as possible.
St Agnes' Parish Education Team
The situation that is facing us regarding Corona-virus (COVID-19) is a constantly changing one.
Catholic Care of the Aged services including Residential Care, Respite Care, Home Care and Independent Villages remain operational in our community. It is our intention and our aim to be able to continue taking new admissions, to welcome and support individuals and their families at their time of need.
Our priority remains the health, safety and wellbeing of our residents, clients, team members and communities. To minimise contact and maintain the guidelines specified by the Australian Government, we have introduced several changes to the way our services are delivered.
We are enforcing mandatory sanitisation for staff and authorised visitors on the site, COVID-19 screening continues along with temperature checks to ensure reduced risk of exposure. Staff are utilising personal protective equipment (PPE) and practising high-level sanitisation procedures and our routine quality infection controls remain in place.
If you or someone you know is considering Residential Care, Respite Care or Home Care we are currently taking new admissions and would welcome the opportunity to answer any questions you may have. Simply contact our Client Relationship Team on 5525 3600, or email email@example.com
BAPTISM FOR CHILDREN
ST JOSEPH'S PRIMARY SCHOOL OLYMPICS!
Thank you to the families who have emailed their entries to Ms Hatherly already!
Watch Zoe Little’s video encouraging us to be involved https://youtu.be/lix5muP3s3o
Well done Zoe for your great initiative and leadership!
1. Watch Zoe’s Video and choose any of the Olympic activities that you would like to compete in.
2. Practice over the coming weeks and record your best attempt.
3. Send your video to Ms Hatherly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
4. Enter by Friday 22nd May.
5. Winners will be announced Friday 29th May.
From Zoe and our Sport House Captains
Our School Athletics Carnival is planned for Thursday 25th June (Week 9). We are hopeful the carnival will run, but we will keep you posted if we need to change the date and/or alter how the carnival will be organised. At this stage we need to have completed the event by the end of this Term to ensure we are ready for the schedulded Zone Athletics Carnival in Term 3.
Yours in Sport
Daily specials are available each day at lunch starting from 50c each.
- Fresh fruit salad
- Salad cups
- Pizza scrolls
- Jumbo cookies
- Frozen milk
The canteen is operating as usual and lunch orders can be placed via Flexischools or by dropping them in the basket on the counter each morning.
We are still unable to have volunteers in the canteen at this stage until further notice.
Don't forget you can order online by 8:30am- it's so easy!!
The health, safety and wellbeing of our communities and our people remains our highest priority. Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding coronavirus, the School Banking program will remain on hold. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed with any updates including how we will be managing Dollarmite tokens for students.
In the meantime, here are some handy online resources for parents who wish to maintain momentum with their child’s financial education:
- Start Smart: these resources have been created to improve children’s money management skills, and is aligned to the Australian Curriculum and the National Consumer Financial Literacy Framework (https://www.startsmart.com.au/teacher-resources/primary-resources/).
- The Beanstalk: offers videos and fun activities for children to learn about money (https://www.commbank.com.au/personal/can/teaching-kids-about-money.html?ei=tl_visit-beanstalk).
Week 4 - Term 2 2020
Tuesday 19th May
Wednesday 20th May
Thursday 21st May
Week 5 - Term 2 2020
Wednesday 27th May
Week 6 - Term 2 2020
Wednesday 3rd June
Week 7 - Term 2 2020
Wednesday 10th June
Please note these dates can change from time to time due to unforeseen circumstances and we will endeavour to advise you of any changes at the earliest possible opportunity. Our school Google calendar can be accessed via this link for additional advanced dates -
For your convenience school term dates are located on our website. Click on the words “TERM DATES” on the home page.
STAFF DEVELOPMENT DAYS 2020
Our remaining Staff Development Days (pupil free) for the year are:
- Monday 20th July (Term 3, Week 1)
- Monday 12th October (Term 4, Week 1)
Due to circumstances around COVID-19, these dates may change.
Limited child minding places will be available for each of these days and we will advise on how to register closer to each date if you require it.
|KM||Evie Ervine||For being reverent and respectful when praying during class prayer.|
|Ethan Tony||For being a good listener and always trying his best.|
|Wyatt Hough||For writing interesting sentences which include a range of sight words and the sounds of unfamiliar words. Well done Wyatt!|
|KS||Matihias Bridger||For being reverent and respectful when praying during class prayer.|
|Cleo Gawith||For wonderful participation during class dancing and games. Great effort!|
|Oliver Godwin||For making interesting and thoughtful contributions to class discussions.|
|1B||Isla Baird||For settling back to school and doing her work even with a broken arm. Well done Isla!|
|Brayden Johnson||For settling back into school and being so helpful to his classmates. Great job Brayden!|
|Tyler Mat||For working hard in his Home Learning. Great job Tyler!|
|1R||Bronte Wood||For working really hard in Studyladder and with the maths activities. You are growing in confidence!|
|Kooper Salan||For being a great storyteller and trying much harder to stay on task.|
|Livana Lijo||For an outstanding effort with completing your Comprehension booklet in Home Learning.|
|2S||Kalani Berry||For trying hard with her Blended Learning activities.|
|Ameiley Ervine||For her settled approach to her learning during Blended Learning.|
|Hannah Tony||For progressing two levels in her reading. Congratulations Hannah.|
|2T||Chase Mulligan||For working hard and settling back into the classroom this week. Well done!|
|Amica Tuddenham||For working hard and settling back into the classroom. Well done!|
|Makayla Johnson||For working hard and settling back into the classroom this week. Well done!|
|3BH||Blake Herbert||For trying really hard to improve his handwriting skills.|
|Dakota Simpson||For trying really hard to improve her handwriting skills.|
|Luna Tyson||For trying really hard to improve her handwriting skills.|
|3D||Marlee Hearne||For her wonderful efforts in all areas of her Home Learning tasks. Well done Marlee!|
|Ryder Monckton||For his wonderful efforts in all areas of his Home Learning tasks. Well done Ryder!|
|McKenzie Newton||For her wonderful efforts in all areas of her Home Learning tasks. Well done McKenzie!|
|4B||Lara Harding||For her amazing start to her writing this Term. Your writing has improved so much Lara. I look forward to reading more. Keep it up!|
|Zali Roberts||For the kindness she is always showing towards others in and out of the classroom. Keep up the amazing work Zali, as this is the kind of positivity we need this year!|
|Anabelle Hicks||For her awesome sizzling start to her piece of writing this week. Your writing has improved so much Anabelle. I can't wait to read more of your work!|
|4F||Lucinda Giurissevich||For your outstanding Interview with Jesus. Your video has blown me away! Well done!|
|Jackson Coleman||For your ability to take on feedback during our Blended Learning and working hard to improve your mathematical reasoning.|
|Millahni Moore||For the effort you have shown in your school work this week. It is wonderful to see you working hard, asking questions and improving on your writing.|
|5G||Macey Stewart||For her terrific effort with her Blended Learning. Great job Macey!|
|Axel Davidson||For his terrific effort with his Blended Learning. Well done Axel!|
|Matilda Kos||For her initiative and extra effort with all of her Blended Learning. Amazing work Matilda!|
|5H||Jasmine Howell||For her outstanding persuasive text based around video games.|
|Laiken Richardson||For his outstanding persuasive text based around video games.|
|Storm Hardy||For her outstanding persuasive text based around video games.|
|6MH||Jhed Monckton||For excellent effort when completing Home Learning to a high standard. Very impressive!|
|Sophie Holmes||For using a variety of strategies to solve mathematical problems.|
|Airlia Matthews||For completing tasks to a high standard and seeking clarification when required.|