A special greeting to all our fathers, grandfathers and special people in our community who celebrate Father’s Day this weekend. I am sure you are all looking forward to celebrating this Sunday with your families, starting with a scrumptious breakfast in bed.
Unfortunately we are not able to celebrate together due to Covid-19 but we will celebrate as a community with a special Father’s Day montage that will be published on Facebook on Sunday. If anyone has a photo they would like to share please ensure you email it through by COB today (Thursday).
It is sad news that both Jo Summerfield and Sue Lever have decided to resign their positions as Canteen Managers. Both Jo and Sue have been a long-standing members of our school community - Jo starting in 2005 and Sue in 2007. I would like to publicly thank both Jo and Sue for their dedication and support of the school over their many years of service and wish them both well in their future endeavours.
The canteen will close after the lunch time service on Thursday 17 September and will hopefully re-open in Term 4 after we recruit a new canteen manager. Please note that the canteen will not be open on Friday 18, Thursday 24 or Friday 25 September.
If you are interested in the position or know of someone who may be interested, please direct them to the Catholic Education website:
Alternatively you can contact me directly email@example.com.
ANU Tax Clinic
ANU are running free tax clinics. It is a student-led FREE service, with tax professionals attending each appointment.
We are targeting clients who are:
- Currently unrepresented (do not have a tax agent);
- Are an individual or a sole trader; and
- Reside in the ACT and surrounds.
Appointments are by phone or zoom. Here is our web site for further information: https://www.rsa.anu.edu.au/rsa/anu-tax-clinic/
Year 6 Day Camp
Unfortunately due to Covid-19, overnight camps have not been able to go ahead. Year 6 will visit Birrigai on both Monday and Wednesday next week, participating in an outdoor leadership program. Along with this the children will also have a Mini Olympics day on Tuesday and a retreat day for their Confirmation on Thursday next week. I hope the children enjoy themselves and have a fun week of activities next week. A special thanks to the Year 6 teachers for organising this great initiative.
Targeted Kindergarten Health Checks
Canberra Health Services are offering a targeted kindergarten health check, focusing on vision and hearing. These health checks are performed in clinics at the City Community Health Centre on Mondays and Fridays and there will be appointments available during the school holidays. Appointments can be made by phoning the Central Intake Line on 5124 9977.
Peace and Best Wishes
1N Class Mass
Thank you to Father Andrew who celebrated a beautiful Mass with 1 Ngadyung in their classroom this week.
Here are some of the children’s reflections:
Fr Andrew told us about when Jesus was a little boy. Lana
He taught us about life in the time of Jesus and how things have changed. Ben
Jesus got lost on the way from Jerusalem so Mary and Joseph were very worried. Rory
Jesus’ mum and dad went looking for him. Elyna
When they found him in the temple, Jesus said, “Why were you looking for me? I’m in my father’s house.” Ranjodh
I liked our class Mass. I learned a lot from Father Andrew. Josh
We are looking forward to Confirmation Masses for St Francis of Assisi Year 6 students which will be celebrated on Thursday 24th September at 5.30 pm and 7:00 pm. There will be about 15 student candidates at each Mass. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 100 people can attend each Mass. This includes those officiating at the Mass. Therefore, each family can have up to 5 members attending which includes the student. Families have been asked to contact Gail Walker at Corpus Christi Parish directly on 6291 6688 or Tuggeranong.Sacraments@cg.org.au with the number of people attending for their family.
Some students also urgently need to advise the Parish of their saint’s name and their sponsor ASAP.
Parents are requested to send in their ‘Hopes and Dreams Letter’ to school, addressed with their child’s name and class on the envelope please as these are now overdue.
A big thank you to Father James for spending time with our Confirmation students who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation with him yesterday in the Peace Garden. Congratulations to Oliver Ploesser on celebrating his First Reconciliation!
All Year Six students are looking forward to their Retreat Day here at school next Thursday. Students will participate in a range of opportunities to deepen their understanding of Catholic scripture and community values. They will read the ‘Hopes and Dreams’ letters from their parents on this day.
Vinnies Winter Appeal
Members of our local Calwell St Vincent de Paul gratefully received over a hundred boxes of food items generously donated by our wonderful St Francis of Assisi Primary families!
Thanks to all the Mini Vinnies students who promoted this Appeal and carried all the donations to the Calwell Presbytery this week. Vinnies directly support people in our local community who are doing it tough by delivering food packs to local homes.
Happy Fathers’ Day to all our wonderful dads and grandads!
The following items have been added to the canteen menu on QKR and can be found towards the bottom of the menu:
- Frozen fruit cups
- Quelch iceblocks
If your child has ordered a frozen item in their lunch order, please remind them to return with their bag to the canteen to collect their frozen items.
Sue Lever and Jo Summerfield
Does your child use Tik Tok, Instagram, Snapchat, or YouTube? As a parent, we need to keep updated on how these apps work and keeping our children safe.
The eSafety Commissioner is running a webinar next week explaining how these apps are used by children.
Join one of our webinars for parents and carers, at no cost. These live webinars explore the latest research and they are a great way to learn how you can help your child develop the skills to be safer online.
Taking a look at TikTok, Instagram, Snapchat and YouTube, this 1-hour webinar is suitable for parents and carers.
This webinar will cover:
- popular apps used by young people
- case studies, research, and targeted advice
- where to find help and support.
- Tuesday 8 September 12:30 pm
- Wednesday 9 September 7:30 pm
- Thursday 10 September 12:30 pm
Register via the link:
A final reminder for Year 6 families - payment for the Year 6 day camp from 7-9 September (next week) is due by this Friday 4 September and is $110.00 per student. The preferred method of payment is by QKR!
A reminder that Term 3 school fees are due for payment by Friday 11 September, unless paying by regular instalments.
Please give me a call or send me an email with any school fee queries, I'm in the office from Tuesday to Friday each week.
The latest Scholastic Book Club issue was sent home with students last week.
The preferred payment method is online, but cash will be accepted at the front office.
Please place all orders no later than Friday 4 September 2020.
We also still have an unclaimed item from the previous issue - please give us a call if you think this belongs to you.
Our rescheduled School Photo Day will be held on Monday 19 October (Monday of Week 2).
Photo envelopes for each student have been sent home today. Online ordering is the preferred payment method using the unique 'shoot key' assigned to each child.
Spare envelopes are available in the front office if required. Spare envelopes do not have a shoot key - any parent requiring a shoot key for their child will have to call MSP on 6255 9208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain the shoot key (for example separated families needing extra envelopes or misplaced envelopes).
Sibiling envelopes are available at the front office if required. A discount applies to families with three or more children. After purchasing individual packs for each child, a sibilings presentation pack of your choice will be free. Only children who present a siblings order form to the photographer on photo day will have their family/sibilings photo taken.
All children are to wear full summer uniform for photo day - no sports uniform on this day please!
Book Week has been rescheduled to Term 4 from Monday 19 to Friday 23 October 2020.
Further information about book week activities and the book week parade will be communicated closer to the time.