Friday 17th May
- Diocesan Cross Country (Barraba)
Monday 27 to Friday 31 May
- Catholic Schools Week
Friday 17th May
- Diocesan Cross Country (Barraba)
Monday 27 to Friday 31 May
- Catholic Schools Week
Monday 10 June
- Queen's Birthday (Public Holiday)
Tuesday 11 and Wednesday 12 June
- Pupil Free Days
Friday 21st June
- Diocesan Rugby Trials (Tamworth)
Tuesday 25 & Wednesday 26 June
- School Photographs - (Full winter uniform)
Friday 5 July
TERM 2 CONCLUDES
Monday 22 July
TERM 3 COMMENCES
Friday 26 July 2019
- Grandparents Day
Thursday 15th August
St Nicholas Athletics Carnival at TRACC
Friday 30 August
- Fathers Day BBQ Breaky & Paraliturgy
Friday 20 September
- Confirmation Retreat
Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 September
- Confirmation Mass Weekend
Friday 27 September
TERM 3 CONCLUDES
Monday 7 October
- Labour Day (Public Holiday)
Monday 14 October
TERM 4 COMMENCES
Monday 28 to Friday 31
- Year 6 Sydney Excursion
Thursday 5 December
- End of Year Whole School Mass 9.30am
Thursday 12 December
- Presentation Night TRECC 6.30pm
Wednesday 18 December
TERM 4 CONCLUDES FOR STUDENTS
Thursday 19 December
- Pupil Free Day
Friday 20 December
- Pupil Free Day
To the St Nicholas School Community,
In my short time as principal of St Nicholas I have been very clear with the targeted driving force behind our school improvement agenda - the constant demand for improvement in the capacity of an already extremely capable staff. The improved capacity of our staff will transfer directly into improved learning outcomes for our students. Upskilling of staff was certainly on display at Wednesday’s staff meeting.
Karen Dickie, Rebecca Hoffman and Sophie Dewhurst presented to their peers recent learnings in the area of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics). STEAM is the epitome of educating our students for the world of today and the future, rather than the world their parents have experienced. STEAM learning is engaging and requires the learner to think creatively and critically. The challenge for many a teacher, myself included, is to stand back, promote failure and watch the children find different ways to solve the same problem. Below are a few photos of very engaged staff using the recently purchased (fully funded by the PT&F) VR Goggles ... even if one in particular is not very flattering.
If as Principal I am determined to drive improvement in our staff, it is essential my personal philosophy is one of lifelong learning. I too must continue to get better. An element of my Professional Learning Plan for 2019 is attending next week's Association of Catholic School Principals Conference: What Matters Most: Faith, Learning and Wellbeing. The conference has brought together internationally renowned educators to support principals leading Faith, Learning and Wellbeing. I look forward to passing onto the school community some of my learning from this conference.
This week St Nicholas Year 3 and Year 5 students have sat the 2019 NAPLAN tests. NAPLAN can be a dirty word in education, though at St Nicholas we use it not only as a way of reviewing our current teaching and learning practices, but also as a driver for school improvement.
For our students the message is simple, commit to trying your best and striving for 2 more marks! My thanks to Amanda Doyle, Shelly O’Sullivan, Karen Dickie, Barry Lane and our Year 3 and 5 staff for creating an environment which gives our children the best chance of success. The structures and processes implemented support our children’s desire to give their very best.
Parish Event: The Catholic Guy
No doubt you are now aware of our Parish's investment in the Catholic Guy program. Bruce Downes will be visiting from the 27th May- 1st June. St Nicholas staff will be supporting this event on the Wednesday evening. It would be lovely to see you there. More information can be found on this event under the Religious Education section of the Newsletter.
A huge congratulations to Charlie Whale (Year 6) who was recently selected in the NSW Primary School Sports Association (NSWPSSA) Basketball team to compete at the School Sport Australia Championships in Bendigo from the 10th -16th August 2019. Congratulations on this outstanding achievement Charlie. We are all proud of you!
Have a wonderful week
2019 SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL
The dates the council will meet in 2019 are:
Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus. Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
for all candidates who are preparing to make their First Reconciliation and First Eucharist this term.
6H had the opportunity to attend Reconciliation with Fr Chris yesterday.
Next Friday (24th May) Primary students and staff will walk down to the Church to celebrate Mary Help of Christians Feast Day. The Mass will begin at 9.30am and parents and friends are more than welcome to attend. Students are able to wear either their sports or winter uniform according to their grades weekly uniform arrangements.
Thank you to all our parents and friends especially mothers, grandmothers, great grandmothers, and aunties who were able to attend our Mother’s Day Mass last Friday in the Hub. It was amazing to see so many people from our school community gathered in a transformed space outside the Church to celebrate the Mass. What a wonderful and fitting way to say thank you to the special ladies in our lives. A special thank you to Fr Chris for presiding over the Mass . To the staff and students, thank you also, you are always so supportive in helping set up, decorating and going with the flow.
As we prepare for Catholic Schools Week (26th May- 1st June) we are reminded of the wonderful opportunities that our Catholic schools provide, especially here at St Nicholas, the achievements that we should celebrate and the mission of which we are to fulfill in life. The theme for CSW 2019 is ‘Mission. Learn. Care’. This reflects our focus on serving others like Jesus did, learning with others and caring for others. To help celebrate and acknowledge CSW, we invite students and/or their families to write or draw answers to questions outlined in the pack sent home yesterday to each family. The completed pieces of paper then need to be returned to school by next Friday 24th May so that each coloured rectangle can help form part of a larger CSW logo.
Next Term 2 - Family Mass Date
2nd June - 9.30am St Nicholas Church (Year 2 and Year 4 hosting)
Please send in paperwork and money to your child's class teacher by Wednesday 22nd May. Another copy of the notes have been given to those not yet returned.
We have an extensive array of both boys and girls clothing for loan here at school for First Eucharist. If any parents are interested in viewing or borrowing a beautiful white dress, white shoes, black pants, a tie and/or a white long sleeved shirt then please see Mrs Grady or Mrs Burke in the front office.
May is the month of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We can take the month of May as an opportunity to renew our own devotion to the Mother of God by dusting off our rosary beads and adding a few more Marian Prayers to our daily routine. Prayers such as Hail, Mary, The Angelus, The Regina Caeli and The Memorae are some that can be included in your daily prayer as well as saying the Rosary.
Please note that all students are now expected to be wearing the full school winter uniform.
Remember that our second hand uniform shop is open during school hours. There are many good quality items in various sizes available.
Our annual school photographs will be taken on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th June. These are always very busy days so please mark these dates in your family calendar. Please ensure your child is at school on time as we need to stick to a very tight timetable in order to get all of our photos completed. Please note that there are no make up days should your child be absent for any reason.
All students need to be dressed in full winter uniform, including tie, polished shoes and hair neat and tidy. Girls with long hair should have their hair tied back with bottle green ribbons as they would routinely wear for a normal school day.
Specific information will be sent home for parents and carers to order their child's school photos in the coming weeks.
We have noticed in the past year an increase in child protection related requirements when it comes to children and their images being taken. If you have a child/ren who cannot have their photo taken or be a part of the group photo, or can be a part of the photos but not have their name mentioned, please notify our office staff or Mrs McSweeney as soon as possible to ensure we apply these protection measures.
Thank you for your support in this matter.
To promote exercise, reduced car pollution, but most importantly, safe road-crossing skills, we encourage our students to walk safely to school on Friday 17th May with their parents/carers. If you do not live close to the school perhaps you could park a block or two away and enjoy walking your child to school. Our school leaders and Mr Clery will meet you at the gate as you participate in this great initiative.
St Nicholas School has recently reviewed our student access and egress policies and procedures. This review was conducted as the continued safety of our students is of paramount importance.
The aim of the review was two fold. Firstly, to determine if our procedures were compliant. Secondly, the review was seen as an opportunity to look at possible alternative arrangements in our continued desire for best practice.
Our review was conducted in collaboration with Tamworth City Council, Tamworth Police and the Armidale Catholic Schools Office WHS/Compliance Officer.
The review found our current procedures are not only compliant, though completed with the safety of our students as number one priority.
Below you will find two maps which clearly outline student egress procedures. Please take the opportunity to review our procedures.
Finally, I ask our parents to please utilise each area correctly, so as to avoid bottlenecks and with an understanding they are in place help keep our children safe.
This term we have changed our daily timetable to ensure both our Primary and Infant students are having access to a 120 minutes of uninterrupted Literacy as mandated by our Catholic Schools Office. Please note our new structure which ultimately affects our Primary classes the most.
The new times are as follows.
8:45am-10:45am - 1st Session - Uninterrupted Literacy Block.
10:45-11:20am - First break (PRIMARY)
11:20-12:50 - 2nd Session - Maths & Religion (or any other planned learning activities inside and outside the class).
12:50-1:25pm - Second break (PRIMARY)
12:25-2:55pm - 3rd Session - Remaining Key Learning Areas
2:55pm - Home time bell and dismissal.
We will keep you all updated with any further changes!
Here at St Nicholas School, students are not permitted to use mobile phones whilst in our care. However we do appreciate that some students have phones to make communication with parents easier especially after school hours. Our policy is that all students with phones, ipods or other electronic devices must hand these in at the office to Mrs Grady at the start of each day and collect them at the end of the day. If phones are used inappropriately by any student they will not be permitted to bring it to school.
All parents need to be aware our supervision of students does not begin until 8.15am each day. We are becoming increasingly concerned that children are being dropped off and left on their own, unsupervised by parents before this time - often up to half an hour earlier. This is not a safe or acceptable practice. We cannot be responsible for any accident or potentially harmful incidents occurring. Please organise alternative care for your child if your child requires supervision before 8.15am.
For information visit https://apps.transport.nsw.gov.au/ssts
A Huge Thank You to all of the children who remember to bring their library bag. Without a bag books cannot be borrowed.
Mr Chicken arrived in London after a very long flight with Mrs McGuirk. His first stop was of course Buckingham Palace to visit the Queen and watch the changing of the guard but the gates were locked. Maybe Queen Elizabeth was busy that day and the guards were tired from all that changing. Well, Mr Chicken decided to give her a call but again there was no answer. Mr Chicken was persistent, so he found a friendly police lady but she was busy too. Mr Chicken wondered why everyone seemed so busy. "Never mind," he thought, "I’ll take Mrs McGuirk for a ride on the London Eye".
BYE FOR NOW!
This coming Wednesday, 22nd May, our children will be involved in the National Simultaneous Storytime. The aim of this initiative is get one million children reading. The featured book this year is Alpacas with Maracas by Matt Cosgrove. Our Library Leaders will add their own little "twist" to this reading and will present some very interesting facts over the next couple of days at Assembly.
A Reminder that the Premier's Reading Challenge continues until 30th August, 2019.
It is wonderful to see so many children's "Secret Power" flourishing!
Please ensure that Reading Logs are updated with each book read, and Infants Logs are kept in Library Bags. Thank you Primary for recording your books on the site.
Between 1st May and 25 June, 2019 Woolworths are again running their "Earn & Learn" promotion. Boxes have been placed at both East and West Woolworths Supermarkets. Stickers are issued with purchases from the supermarkets and you can either deposit your stickers in the box or send them to school. You are encouraged to enlist the aid of family, friends and neighbours in the collection of stickers.
In 2017 an incredible amount of equipment was "earned" at St. Nicholas School, benefiting our children in several Key Learning Areas. It would be amazing if we could repeat this effort.
The response to this initiative so far has been AMAZING. To date, we have over 6,000 stickers!!! A huge "Thank You" to all who have sent in their stickers or placed them in the boxes at the two Woolworths stores. Please keep up the amazing work .
Book Club Orders are due this Friday, 17th May, 2019. Some very exciting books are on offer - please take the time to browse with your child. If for any reason this due date is not convenient, please contact the Library to organise an extension of a couple of days.
Our Book Buzz group were very fortunate last week to have as Guest Speaker Ms Tolmie. She shared reading material from her childhood and her current interests. Several of the children in attendance were particularly interested in the historical nature of the books Ms Tolmie had on display. Thank you to Ms Tolmie for sharing her passion for reading with us.
This is a how-to guide to access the St Nicholas School Library site - OLIVER at home.
This site offers information regarding the resources in the library and the products St Nicholas School Library subscribes to.
St Nicholas School Website link:
Open Curriculum → drop down menu to LIBRARY → scroll down to click on OLIVER.
What can I do?
Borrow an ebook or audio book from the Armidale Library.
*Read it on your computer browser OR download the SORA app from the App Store and remember to click on the Catholic Schools Office Armidale Diocese.
2. Open the WorldBook online link, research, open an ebook and
read it in your computer browser or download the WorldBook
Ebook app online. If you are interested in home access ask your child to come into the library for a bookmark with login information.
3. Read from PK mag, browse previous editions and the latest edition.
4. Play games.
5. Check out books to borrow next term.
We have a number of books in this library which may be of interest to you. Just ask at the office.
Book Week, Book Fair, loads and loads of new books and so much more.
A massive congratulations to Charlie Whale who has been selected in the NSW PSSA Basketball Team. Charlie will now travel to Bendigo in August to compete at the Australian Championship.
Good luck to the following children who will be travelling to Barraba on Friday, 17th May to compete at the Diocesan Cross Country Carnival.
Ben Sawyer, Archie McMurtrie, Archie Eather, Ben Cini, Coby Single, Cody Wilson, Indiana Brazier, Xzania Hutton, Shannon Atwell, Molly Collett, Ashyla Strudwick, Mia Anastasi, Dashiel Urquhart, Jack Mitchell, Lewis Errington, Isaac Edgar, Fletcher Panton, Toby Simpson, Isabella Wall, Alice Fahey, Audrey Lloyd, Zahlee Betts, Charli Manning, Anna George, Tilani Smith, Jack Riley, Parker O'Neile, Jock Barwick, Fred Eather, Charlie McMurtrie, Will Burgess, Ella Gallagher, Kayla Hystek, Ella Hatch, Charlotte Newsome, Emma George, Ava McAuley, Hugh Mitchell, Myles Manning, Lachlan Mulligan, Myles Taylor, Jace Single, Tyler O'Neile, Charlotte Filla, Emily Brown, Molly O'Mullane and Sarla Keech.
Congratulations to Angus Barwick who made it into the Polding boy's hockey team and will compete at the PSSA carnival at Grafton in June. Congratulations to Hannah Wakely and Molly Collett who made it into the Polding girl's hockey team and will compete at the PSSA carnival at the start of July.
Infants teams will play their last game this coming Monday, 20th May, 2019. Hopefully they have enjoyed the experience and developed some of their skills.
The Primary competition goes up to and including 3rd June, 2019.
A VERY BIG THANK YOU to all of the Parents / Carers who have assisted with the teams, either by coaching, being on the field (for our infants children) or simply being there to support the team. Your involvement is crucial and VERY much appreciated.
As the winter sports for the year are all beginning, this is a timely reminder for players, coaches and parents of the code of conduct expected at St Nicholas.
Those parents who have very kindly volunteered to coach a team are to be listened to and all instructions to be followed by players both at training and when competing. Should you have an issue with your child's coach please speak to them privately without your children being present. Show respect for your coaches and their decisions.
Parents should not interfere or enter the playing field during a game as the on field officials should be left to adjudicate. If parents have concerns they should approach the coach at a break and not the children.
Should a player, coach or parent not respect this code of conduct while representing St Nicholas it may prevent their inclusion in teams in the future as this is not the image that we wish to portray in the wider community.
VISORS NOW AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE
The St Nicholas School Netball Club has purchased sports visors in two sizes - Adult (head opening 16cm long x 12 1/2 cm wide) and Child (head opening 14 1/2 cm long x 10 1/2 cm wide). It is recommended that they are tried on prior to buying. They are a different green than the old ones. Please see our office staff. Cost is Adult $9, child $8. CASH only as the money belongs to the St Nicholas School Netball Club.
I am aware that many of you start planning mid year holidays early but are keen to know when sporting events are on, so this is a list of some of the locked in dates for 2019. Please be aware that some of these dates (especially Diocesan ones) may change.
Friday 17th May - Diocesan Cross Country (Barraba)
Friday 21st June - Diocesan Rugby Trials (Tamworth)
Thursday 15th August - St Nicholas Athletics Carnival (TRACC) PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE
Monday, 20 May
9.30am to 11.30am - Martina Hutchinson
Tuesday, 21 May
9.30am to 11.30am - Madri Gouws
Wednesday, 22 May
9.30am to 11.30am - Vernita Hanrahan
Thursday, 23 May
9.30am to 11.30am - Bev O'Neile
11.30am to 12.30pm - Belinda Stimson (will leave message if not needed, thank you)
Friday, 247 May
9.30am to 11.30am - Zoe Mulligan, Renee Wheatley, Felicity van Aanholt
11.30am-1.30pm - Kirsty Brown
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Don’t forget when shopping at Bakers Delight to mention St Nicholas School because at the end of the year we get 5% of the purchases donated back to the school. Easy way to turn dough into money.
Start to rally your friends and family, as it's PIE DRIVE TIME. This is a great opportunity to purchase an easy meal for the family to eat as they sit around the television watching the football on a cold Friday night. Order forms have been distributed. Extra forms are available from outside the office.
Something special to be announced! We are busy and excitedly planning something epic. Stay tuned for more details!!!!
For the safety of our Sherpa kids, can all parents and carers please remember to shut the Hill Street gate when entering and leaving the grounds.
Time for Exposure to Illness
10 to 21 days (usually 14 to 16 days)
Slight fever, runny nose and a rash that begins as raised pink spots that blister and scab.
Slapped cheek disease is a viral disease. It gets this name because, early in the infection, the child's cheeks may be bright red, as if they have been slapped. The virus is transmitted in droplets coughed out by infected children and mainly affects school and pre-school aged children. Most adults are immune, having already had the infection when they were children.
In Fifth disease, children may get a runny nose, fever, aches and pains, and rash. At first the rash may be on the cheeks and after a few days a rash may be found on the arms, legs or trunk. It is pink, has a lacy appearance and may be itchy. It may fade easily, but re-appear after a bath or exercise. Older children and adults may sometimes get swollen joints which get better after a few days.
Can the illness be serious?
Most people get Fifth disease when they are children and cannot get it again. In most children, Fifth disease is a mild, flu-like illness which gets better on its own in a few days.
If a pregnant woman becomes infected, the unborn baby can be severely affected. Pregnant women in contact with a child with Fifth disease should see their doctor for blood tests and monitoring of their pregnancy.
What is the treatment?
Paracetamol is useful to relieve your child's aches and pains. Your child should see a doctor if they have any swollen joints or pain not relieved by paracetamol.
The incubation period for this illness is approximately 1-2 weeks. Fifth disease is no longer infectious once a rash appears.
Small red spots change into blisters that fill up with pus and become crusted; usually on the face, hands or scalp.
School or home?
Keep home from school until antibiotic treatment starts. Sores should be covered with watertight dressings.
How can I help prevent spread?
Parents of children who may have had contact with impetigo should look for signs of infection and seek treatment if symptoms develop. Careful hand washing especially after changing dressings. Avoid sharing toilet articles, towels, clothing or bed linen. Consider using anti-bacterial soap for bathing for two to three weeks. Avoid scratching or touching the lesions to prevent spread to other parts of the body. Completing the recommended antibiotic course is very important.
Time from exposure to illness
1 to 3 days.
Sudden onset sore throat, high fever and vomiting, followed by a rash in 12 to 36 hours.
Do I need to keep my child home?
Yes, until at least 24 hours of treatment has begun and the child is feeling better.
How can I prevent spread?
Careful hand washing. Sick contacts should see their doctor.
There are constant outbreaks of head lice at our school and there is always the possibility of your child contracting the condition. We are asking that all parents examine their child’s hair for signs of lice infestation on a regular basis. The lice themselves are often hard to find because they move around on the head. Therefore, you should be looking for the eggs or nits. These appear as tiny silvery white specks attached to the hair shaft near the scalp. Dandruff and hairspray may look similar but these are easily brushed away, the eggs are not. Other signs of lice infestation may be a red rash and scratch marks on the scalp, nape of the neck or behind the ears.
If your child has contracted head lice do not be alarmed. Although the condition is unpleasant, it is easily treated with a specialised treatment from your local chemist. After using the treatment, use a fine tooth comb to remove the dead lice and eggs. Any articles which may harbor lice such as clothes, towels and bed linen should be washed in hot water and detergent. Combs and brushes should also be washed in hot soapy water.
As head lice are contagious it is suggested that you examine and treat all members of the family at the same time.
With the cooler weather not far away, we have many second hand school items in our clothing pool waiting for new owners.
All jumpers are currently on sale for $2.00 each. Many of these jumpers are 'near new' and in very good condition. Get in quick!
All short sleeved boys green shirts are on sale for $2.00 each.
Our second hand clothing pool is open from 8.30am to 3.00pm each school weekday. Most second hand items are $5.00 each. Please see the office staff for further details.
School Hat $28.00
School Bag $32.00
School Book Bag $10.00
School Library Bag $8.00
School Sports Shirt $30.00
School Sports Shorts $15.00
School Track Tops $38.00
School Track Pants $25.00