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St Anne's Newsletter - Term 4, Week 6 - 14th November, 2023 St anne's primary school, cnr curlew cres & lowry street, north albury - phone: 0260251281 - email: sana-info@ww.catholic.edu.au - Website : WEB.SANAWW.CATHOLIC.EDU.AU

Principal's Message

Welcome everyone to Week 6!

On Monday our Year 6 students headed off to see the sights of Canberra, they will return on Wednesday. We wish them a great time, full of fun and learning.

Our Transition for our 2024 kinders continued this week. They do bring a spark to our school and one was heard saying to their mum on pickup “today was the best day ever!”

Please click on the button below to read a briefing paper from the Catholic Education Diocese of Wagga Wagga which explains 'A Balanced Literacy Approach' on implementing Reading in Kinder to Year 2.

This paper outlines the Diocesan approach that is research and evidence based. This aligns to our St Anne's current approach and practices.

In 2024, we will be presenting a parent information evening to unpack this document in the context of St Anne's School teaching and learning in the area of Literacy. This meeting will be held on Wednesday, 6th March (Week 6, Term 1).

Term Four is always a busy term (like most I guess!) and our school is very busy. A reminder that if your child is worried about anything to make sure you don’t hesitate to let the teacher know. If we know, then we can follow up on any matters and support them. We are all here for the best interests of the children.

Mrs Nicole Morton has been appointed to Xavier School as its new Principal. We wish Nicole all the best in her new and important role. Nicole was a parent of St Anne’s before leaving to accept a Principalship in Dubbo, before returning to Albury and Xavier School.

The end of year reports will be coming home on Friday 8th December.

I will be on Long Service Leave for a couple of weeks to attend my daughter's wedding. Looking forward to catching up before the end of the year.

Keep well and happy,

Bede.

Key Dates

  • Friday 17th November - K-2 Athletics Carnival at school
  • Thursday 23rd November - Yr 1 excursion to Jindera Pioneer Museum
  • Friday 24th November - Book Club orders due
  • Sunday 26th November - Children's Liturgy @ Sacred Heart Church
  • Wednesday 29th November - Kinder 2024 Transition Session #4
  • Friday 1st December - Bongiorno Day & 'St Anne's Got Talent' event (details below)
  • Friday 1st December - School fees to be paid in full by this date
  • Monday 4th - Friday 8th December - Kinder-Yr 2 Swimming Program
  • Sunday 10th December - Children's Liturgy @ Sacred Heart Church
  • Monday 11th December - Yr 6 Graduation (details to be advised)
  • Thursday 14th December - Kinder Nativity (time to be advised)
  • Friday 15th December - Last Day of 2023 School Year

School Fees

A reminder that fees are to be paid in full by Friday, 1 December. Any families experiencing genuine financial hardship may contact the office to organise a meeting to discuss their fees.

Canteen News

Kinder - Year 2 Athletics Carnival (this Friday)

This Friday, we are holding the Infants Athletics Carnival (K-2) on our school oval. The Carnival will start at 9:15 am and finish at approximately 10:55 am. We invite families to come along and watch the fun! The morning will consist of running races, novelty races and some athletic events.

Xavier Orientation Day

Last Tuesday our Yr 6 students transitioning to Xavier High School next year, enjoyed an Orientation Day. Much fun was had learning their House groups for 2024 as well as experiencing some of the areas of study.

Remembrance Day Service

Book Club - orders due 24th Nov.

The final Book Club catalogue for the year was sent home with students today. Books make fantastic Christmas presents, so if you would like to place a 'secret' order, just choose the 'gift' option when ordering online and we will keep your order here in the office for you to collect.

Orders are due by Thursday, 23rd November.

The catalogue can be reviewed here. It contains over 350 books, craft & activity kits, journals and book sets, with prices starting from $3.

RE News

Bongiorno Day

Bongiorno Day will be held on Friday 1st December. We will be holding a 'St Anne's Got Talent' event. Students wishing to showcase their talents are asked to register on the sign up sheet, outside Mrs McCowan's (5-Goanna) classroom.

Students will be required to provide all their own music, props, technology etc for the event. Due to safety concerns, no gymnastics performances please.

St Vincent de Paul - Christmas Appeal

The St Vincent de Paul Society has invited St Anne’s Primary School to participate in their 2023 Christmas Appeal.

St Anne’s has always responded in demonstrating the generosity of our parish and school communities. Last year they were successful in servicing over 100 families at Christmas and they are hoping to achieve a similar result this season.

Families that have been assisted over the past 12 months are eligible for special support over the Christmas period and this appeal is asking us to assist by providing presents for children up to 12 years of age, and should remain unwrapped within its original packaging.

Donations can come in at any time and we will present these gifts to a St Vincent de Paul representative at our annual ‘Gift Giving Liturgy’ which will be held on Bongiorno Day, on Friday 1st December.

Sacred Heart Parish - Children’s Liturgies

A reminder that our Sacred Heart Parish Children’s liturgies are held on the second and fourth Sunday of each month throughout the school term. Dates for the remainder of this term are Sunday 26th November, Sunday 3rd December, Sunday 10th December and Sunday 17th December.

Excursions

Yr 6 - Canberra (Mon 13th - Wed 15th November)

Our Year 6 students are currently visiting the nation's capital. They will be visiting many of Canberra's landmark attractions including; a guided tour of Parliament House, visits to the National Gallery of Australia (stories of Australian art), the Australian Institute of Sport, Embassy Drive, Questacon, War Memorial, Mount Ainslie Lookout, CSIRO Discovery Centre, Ten Pin Bowling, National Electoral Education Centre and MoAD (Museum of Australian Democracy) at Old Parliament House.

Yr 1 - Jindera Pioneer Museum (Thurs. 23rd November)

Our Year 1 students will explore the historic buildings, equipment, relics and grounds of the Jindera Pioneer Museum. This excursion will complement their learning experiences in History. Students will then enjoy their recess break at the Jindera Pioneer Park. Consent and payment for this excursion is to be made via Compass.

K - Yr 2 Swimming Program

Students in Kinder, Yr 1 & Yr 2 will be involved in an intensive Swimming Program at Gould Swim Academy. This will commence on Monday 4th of December and conclude on Friday 8th December. Details of the program have been shared via Compass. Consent and payment for this program is to be made via Compass.

Absences for after-school-care

If your child attends after-school-care and they are absent from school, please remember to advise the care provider. We often have providers waiting/searching for children who are absent from school.

Extended Leave

A reminder to families that if your child will be away for 10 or more consecutive school days (eg. for a family holiday), then you will need to submit an 'Application for Extended Leave'. See the 'Compass Attendance' information towards the end of this newsletter for further details.

Volunteering at school

We are very grateful for the assistance that parents/grandparents provide in our school. Any helpers/volunteers (including canteen, sport, fundraising and classroom helpers) will need to either -

  1. Provide the details of their Working With Children Check (if they have one). We require full name, date of birth, WWCC number and WWCC expiry date. These details need to be verified before a volunteer can help in our school, so please email this information to the office (sana-info@ww.catholic.edu.au) well in advance.
  2. Complete a CEDWW Volunteers Declaration and show an identity document (eg. drivers licence). These forms are available from the office. This declaration needs to be completed annually, therefore anyone who completed a form last year will need to complete a new form.

Uniform Shop

Our Uniform Shop is open each Friday from 3-3.30pm. Please email sana-info@ww.catholic.edu.au with your requirements if you can't make that time and we will pass your request on to Luisa to process.

We have lots of good quality second hand uniform items for sale as well as new hats, bags and art smocks.

Qkr! App

Our Qkr! App is the platform that we use to process transactions for our Canteen Orders and some special events, like the School Disco.

Qkr! is an efficient and accurate way of tallying our daily canteen orders and a brilliant time saver when collating and organising our students' lunch orders.

Recently we have had several students report that they have not received their lunch orders, only to find that the canteen has no record of their order. We would suggest that parents check their receipt on the Qkr! App to ensure that their order has been processed for the correct date and for the correct menu items and quantity.

Compass School Manager

Our Compass School Manager is the platform that we communicate with parents about all aspects of their child's school life. Our school attendance, calendar, news feed, student reports, parent teacher conference bookings, event consent/payments and many other services are accessible.

We strongly advise all parents to ensure that they have access to their Compass account on a mobile App or a desktop computer. All parents are issued a username and temporary password when their child is enrolled at St Anne's. If you are experiencing any difficulties accessing your account, please don't hesitate to contact Karon on grimmerk@ww.catholic.edu.au.

Compass Attendance

A reminder that all students who arrive at school after the morning bell at 8.55am, must be accompanied by an adult into our office to sign in on our Compass kiosk. This is a legal requirement and students may not sign themselves in. You will now be asked to provide a reason for the late arrival.

If you are picking up your child during the school day, for any reason eg. medical appointment or early departure, please send a written note in with your child to their teacher with all relevant details. Compass can not be used to notify teachers of early pickups. Compass is only to notify the school of full day absences. If you arrive at school to collect a child without prior notification, please allow extra time to locate your child on the school grounds, especially during break times and when at music, science or sport.

Parents/carers are required to submit an attendance note for any full day absences of their child from school. This can be done in the Compass App or in the Compass portal online. Please ensure you provide all the relevant details for why your child/children are not at school, as any notes added without a comment or details will be recorded as an unjustified absence. Please see the relevant link below for guidance on how to record an absence on the Compass App.

When families take students out of school during the school term for holidays, there are strict legal requirements that need to be met. If a student is going to be absent for up to 9 days, no formal application is required and parents may enter the absence on Compass under the 'Travel' option. If the absence is for 10 days or more, an application is required to be completed by parents prior to travel and approval will be required by the Principal or officials from CEDWW. If the leave is 21 days or more, parents are required to provide an educational plan to the school for approval. Extended leave forms are available from the school office.

Bus Pass applications

Bus Pass applications for travel between home and school, can be made via this link

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