St Anne's Newsletter - Term 2, Week 10- 2nd July, 2024 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 my final newsletter as Principal at St Anne’s school.

It is impossible to thank everyone who has made my time here so enjoyable. Thanks to all those who came on Friday night and/or to Sunday's Thanksgiving Mass and Morning tea. The many kind words were overwhelming and very much appreciated (not sure if it's deserving?).

This Thursday at 2.30pm we will be having an Assembly to announce the winners in each class of our Recognition awards based on the qualities of our school Patrons.

I leave knowing that St Anne’s School has an excellent reputation in the wider community, a great community built on respect and a wonderful staff which are child centred in all their decisions. I wish Michael Gallagher in the short term and Ben Griffin from 2025, all the best for their time at St Anne’s. May they enjoy this great school, both professionally and personally. May they continue to support our students to achieve to the best of their ability.

A special thanks to Fr Martin for all his support, both professionally and personally to me. Also to Leanne Allibon, who has worked tirelessly to support me as a colleague and a friend. Her commitment to this school is outstanding and is a credit to her.

A number of beautiful Year 3 girls have been chasing me for the whole term to have a fundraiser to support Cancer Research. We have had a busy term so it hasn’t eventuated, but because it is such an important cause to them and all of us, that this Friday we will have a coloured clothes day and if you can bring a gold coin donation for the children to wear casual clothes, this will go to the Cancer Support.

Take care and keep smiling, as smiling and happiness are essential. I am to do my best to achieve both.

All the best, Bede.

Key Dates - 2024

  • Wednesday 3rd July - Parent Teacher Conferences 3.30-6pm
  • Thursday 4th July - Canteen open for snacks only. Lunch orders are not available
  • Thursday 4th July - House Awards Assembly 2.30pm in the hall
  • Friday 5th July - Last day of Term 2
  • Friday 5th July - End of term special lunch menu: Sub Day! Menu available now on the Qkr! app. Orders close Wednesday 3rd July 3pm.
  • Friday 5th July - coloured clothes day (gold coin donation to cancer research)
  • Monday 22nd July - Staff Professional Development Day
  • Tuesday 23rd July - First Day of Term 3 for Students
  • Friday 26th July - Grandparents Day celebration
  • Wednesday 7th August - Yr 1, 2 & 3 Albury Wodonga Eisteddfod
  • Thursday 8th August - Yr 6 Orientation Day @ Xavier
  • Thursday 15th August - Yr 5 Taste of High School @ Xavier
  • Monday 19th-Friday 23rd August - Book Week @ St Anne's
  • Wednesday 21st August - Book Week Reading Night (further details to follow)
  • Friday 30th August - Father's Day Breakfast
  • Friday 27th September - Last day of Term 3

Assembly Dates for Semester Two

  • Year 1 Assembly - Friday 16th August 
  • Year 4 Assembly - Friday 23rd August
  • Year 2 Assembly - Friday 6th September
  • Year 5 Assembly - Friday 13th September
  • Year 6 Assembly - Friday 8th November
  • Year 3 Assembly - Friday 22nd November
  • Kinder Nativity Assembly - Week 10 (Date to be advised)

Canteen

Farewell to Bede

At our Parish Mass on Sunday a video was played to farewell our Principal, Bede Hart. Many thanks to Bianca Hogan for creating this beautiful tribute. Check it out in the link below.

Today we held our Farewell Liturgy for our school to give thanks to our Principal Bede Hart and wish him well in retirement. Members of our school community spoke highly of Bede and the qualities that he has always shared with our community. Check out the video below to hear the thoughts of our students about their Principal.

Sports News

House Cup

If Round 3 belonged to Gold, Round 4 honours went to Blue with 3 wins and a draw.

Results:

Diocesan Athletics

Students eligible to attend the Diocesan Athletics carnival on Monday, July 29th should have received a note. If your child is to attend, please register them via the instructions on the note before the end of term.

Lion's Club Public Speaking

A big congratulations to both Ethan and Sophie who both placed first in the Club Final Public Speaking today.

Vinnies Winter Appeal

Our friends at Vinnies Lavington have reached out to say that they are currently in desperate need of warm clothes and shoes for children. If you are cleaning out the children's cupboards over the holiday break, please keep them in mind and drop off any clean, good quality winter items to Vinnies in Urana Rd, Lavington.

Messages regarding changes to after-school plans

We are always happy to pass on messages to students from parents/carers regarding changes in after-school plans (eg. regarding catching or not catching a bus). However, please contact the office as early as possible in the day so that we can pass on such messages efficiently. In the afternoon, the office can become very busy and it can be difficult to locate specific students quickly (especially on sport days). Thankyou.

Volunteering at school

We are very grateful for the assistance that parents/grandparents provide in our school. Any helpers/volunteers (including canteen, sport, event 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 may take several days 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.

It is worth noting that a WWCC for volunteers is easily obtained through Service NSW, is free for volunteers and lasts for five years. Check out further information here.

Uniform Shop

Our Uniform Shop is open weekly on Friday from 2.45-3.15pm. 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.

Bus Travel in 2024

  • St Anne's students who had a bus pass in 2023, and remain eligible, should have automatically received a new pass for 2024 (there is no need to reapply).
  • A new application will need to be submitted for any student who is applying for the first time, or if the request relates to additional travel entitlement because of new shared parental arrangement (e.g. joint custody). These applications can be made here.
  • Students who have changed their home address will need to have their details updated here.

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.

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.

Student Attendance

On occasion, your child may need to be absent from school. Justified reasons for student absences may include:

  • being sick, or having an infectious disease
  • having an unavoidable medical appointment
  • being required to attend a recognised religious holiday
  • exceptional or urgent family circumstance (e.g. attending a funeral)

Following an absence from school you must ensure that within 7 days you provide your child’s school with a verbal or written explanation for the absence. This can be via Compass or by phone, email or in written form. Parents will receive a Compass notification with a link for parents to provide this information in Compass.

Principals may decline to accept an explanation that you have provided if they do not believe the absence is in the best interest of your child. In these circumstances your child’s absence would be recorded as unjustified. When this happens the principal will discuss their decision with you and the reasons why.

Principals may request medical certificates or other documentation when frequent or long term absences are explained as being due to illness. Principals may also seek parental permission to speak with medical specialists to obtain information to collaboratively develop a health care plan to support your child. If the request is denied, the principal can record the absences as unjustified.

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. Extended leave forms are available from the school office.

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