St Anne's Newsletter - Term 3, Week 10 - 19th September, 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

Assistant Principal's Message

Welcome to Week 10, our final week of Term 3.

It has certainly been a very busy and productive term! I would like to thank all of our dedicated staff for the many extra hours they have given in preparing, and organising our extra curricular activities. These nights have been a wonderful way to showcase our students' talents and learning.

All these activities were extremely successful and that was because of the continuous support we receive from our parents and wider community. We thank you for this and look forward to strengthening this partnership in the future.

Mercy Day

The Mercy Day Feast Day is a very special celebration for the Sisters of Mercy and is celebrated on 24th September. This is also a very significant day for St Anne’s as the Mercy Sisters have a very special link to our Mercy House, school history and Albury and the surrounding communities, including Mercy Health. As a school we have a tradition of celebrating this Feast Day and honouring our local Sisters of Mercy with a liturgy and special morning tea. We will continue this tradition in Term 4 and will communicate the date and time with our community as soon as we have finalised this.

Football Colours Day

To celebrate our last day of term we are inviting all children to dress in football colours. Cathie is also preparing footy foods for the canteen which can be ordered through our Qkr! app (see details below).

MacKillop Athletics Carnival

Yesterday we had a number of students compete in the MacKillop Athletics Carnival in Sydney. All students enjoyed a great day of competition and a big congratulations goes Cruze who was awarded a bronze medal for Junior Boys High Jump.

To conclude I would like to thank everyone for their support during Bede’s absence, in particular all the staff.

I hope all families and staff have a very well deserved relaxing and enjoyable holiday enjoying this amazing weather. You all deserve it!

Thank you again.



Maths Learning Walks: Anita Stibbard (CEDWW Senior Education Officer Teaching & Learning - Primary)

As a follow-up to our Maths staff meeting led by Anita, she is visiting our classrooms today (Tuesday) to observe and support teachers in implementing high quality and effective teaching and learning activities in Mathematics. Anita will be available to provide feedback to teachers, with a focus on effective questioning.

English: Year 5 - Implementing the Digital Curriculum

On Monday, Gemma Burke worked with the Year 5 teachers to continue the implementation process of the Digital English Syllabus across our school.

Country Fair

The St Anne’s Country Fair is getting very close and the FUNdraising Committee are working very hard on the final preparations. Detailed information regarding the Fair will be shared with families over the coming days via Compass.

Key Dates

  • Tuesday 19th September - School Council meeting
  • Friday 22nd September - Last Day of Term 3
  • Friday 22nd September - Footy Food Day (children may wear football team coloured clothes)
  • Monday 9th October - First Day of Term 4
  • Thursday 12th October - Year 6 'Boys to the Bush' excursion (details will be shared via Compass, please note that this event is for all Yr. 6 students)
  • Friday 13th October - Country Fair
  • Tuesday 17th - Wednesday 18th October - Yr 5 Ballarat Excursion
  • Wednesday 25th October - Kinder 2024 Transition Session #1
  • Monday 6th & Tuesday 7th November - Kinder 2024 Transition Session #2
  • Monday 13th & Tuesday 14th November - Kinder 2024 Transition Session #3
  • Monday 13th - Wednesday 15th November - Yr 6 Canberra Excursion
  • Wednesday 29th November - Kinder 2024 Transition Session #4
  • Friday 1st December - school fees to be paid in full by this date
  • 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

Lions Club Public Speaking - State Champions

Two of our students have been crowned the winners of a state-wide competition for Years 3 & 4 (Juniors) and Years 5 & 6 (Seniors). Oakley and Ethan were successful against other representatives from all different towns in Victoria and southern NSW. Their outstanding talent impressed all present and the judging panel were full of praise. They each received a winner’s certificate and a medal and as the overall champions were provided with an inscribed trophy which is held until next year’s competition. The sponsoring Lions Club of Lavington is very proud of both Oakley and Ethan and thank St Anne’s School for their involvement and co-operation. Well done to all concerned for such an outstanding achievement.

Congratulations Ethan and Oakley!

Canteen News

School Fees

School 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.

Country Fair

Bake Stall

We are seeking out all the homecooks in our school community who would like to donate homemade treats for our Bake Stall at our upcoming Country Fair. Please fill out the Google form in the link below if you are able to help.

We ask that all donations are delivered to the canteen on Friday October 13th (day of the fair) before 3pm and that your homemade treats are packaged in disposable packaging, on a paper plate and secured with a tied freezer bag (please no plastic containers that need to be returned). Please ensure you label your goodies with their name and also a list of ingredients used. As always we ask that all donations are nut free.

Spinning Wheel Donations

Whenever possible, please support the businesses who have generously donated vouchers and goods for our Country Fair.

Year 5 & 6 Camps

Next term, our Year 5 students will be travelling to Ballarat and our Year 6 students will be going to Canberra. Initial information regarding these camps including costs (and payment plan details) have been shared with parents of these children. Consent and payment are 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