St Nicholas Primary School, Tamworth

13 December 2019
Final 2019 Newsletter

Merry Christmas

Farewell and good luck to our Year 6 students.

DATES FOR THE DIARY
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL
OUR FAITH
GENERAL NEWS
LIBRARY
SPORT
CANTEEN
PT&F  NEWS
Sherpa Kids After School Care
COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD
HEALTH ALERTS
CLOTHING POOL
St Nicholas Primary School, Tamworth
(02) 6766 1500
143-149 Carthage Street
Tamworth, New South Wales, 2340
AU

DATES FOR THE DIARY

DECEMBER 2019

Thursday 12 December

- Presentation Night Rehearsal - TRECC

- Presentation Night TRECC 6.30pm

 

Friday 13 December

- Christmas Joy Mufti Day

 

Wednesday 18 December

TERM 4 CONCLUDES FOR STUDENTS

 

Thursday 19 December

- Pupil Free Day

 

Friday 20 December

- Pupil Free Day

 

JANUARY 2020

Monday 27 January

- Australia Day Public Holiday

 

Tuesday 28 January

- Pupil Free Day

 

Wednesday 29 January

- Pupil Free Day

 

Thursday 30 January

- Term 1 Commences for Year 1 to Year 6 students

- Kindergarten 2020 students commence Best Start Interviews

 

FEBRUARY 2020

Thursday 6 February

- Term 1 Commences for Kindergarten students

 

Monday 10 February

- St Nicholas School Swimming Carnival at Scully Park Swimming Pool, West Tamworth

- PT&F AGM - 6pm School Library

 

Friday 28th February 

- Diocesan Swimming Carnival Moree

 

 

FROM THE PRINCIPAL

TERM 4 - WEEK 9

To the St Nicholas School Community

 

Announcement of Co-Principals for St Edward's School in 2020

Today's announcement of Lisa McSweeney's 12 month secondment to co-principal of St Edward's Primary School comes with mixed emotion. As principal of St Nicholas School, I am devastated to be losing an educator and leader of her calibre. As a friend, I am delighted she has been rewarded with this opportunity. St Edward's School deserves another quality leader, and they have this in Lisa.

 

Please find below the announcement which was circulated to the St Edward's community this morning.

 

2020 St Nicholas School Assistant Principal

With Lisa's secondment, please find below an announcement from Chris Smyth in regards to the Assistant Principal for St Nicholas School in 2020. I congratulate Renee Dunst on this opportunity and am delighted her hard work and dedication has been acknowledge through this appointment.

 

Staff Structure 2020

Please see below our Staff Structure for 2020.  On Monday our students will enjoy ‘Moving On Up Day’, where they will be allocated their teacher for 2020. Please remember teaching is now a ‘team sport’ and your child’s learning will be led by all teachers on the grade.

Reports

Our teachers have completed the final touches on the 2019 Semester 2 reports. These reports will go home with your children today. Please take the time to sit with your child, discuss their achievement, progress and use it as an opportunity to set future goals.

 

PT&F Christmas party

An enormous thank you for the PT&F for their support and coordination of this years community Christmas party. The simplicity of the evening supported the desire to allow people to stop, mingle and enjoy each other's company. With the hectic nature of this season, this was greatly appreciated and was integral to the night's wonderful success.

 

Secondly, congratulations and thank you to the St Nicholas School Band. Whether sitting and watching our band or listening to their pieces as part of the background to a social conversation, great joy was brought to the evening. What a wonderful addition you are to our school. Another opportunity for our students to engage in something they love. Another opportunity for our children to shine.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

With this the last newsletter before our students break for their well deserved Christmas and summer holidays I would like to thank each and everyone of you for your efforts throughout the year. I wish you a very happy, holy and merry Christmas. To those moving on, remember you are always a part of our family and we look forward to hearing stories of great success. To our returning students and families, I look forward with great anticipation to a wonderful 2020!

 

Have a wonderful weekend,

John Clery

PRINCIPAL

 

SCHOOL FEES
Have you considered Direct Debit?

We thank all our families for their commitment to paying school fees in 2019.  The last couple of years have been very difficult for many of our families and yet in this time of hardship our families still prioritise the education of their children over material gain.  Many families have opted to pay weekly and fortnightly direct debits to ease the financial burden.  We encourage this type of payment for your budgeting purposes.  A weekly direct debit of $39-$40 for one child, which continues throughout the holidays for the school year will cover the yearly fees.  Please contact me if you wish to take advantage of the Direct Debit system.

 

Mrs Robyn Burke

rburke@arm.catholic.edu.au

 

SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL

SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL

  • Fr Chris Onuekwusi (Ex-officio: Parish Priest)
  • Mr John Clery (Ex-officio: Principal)
  • Lisa McSweeney (Staff: Assistant Principal)
  • Kirrilee Ringland (Secretary: Elected Member) - Elected for 1st term in November 2018
  • Mitch Williams (Elected Member) - Elected for 1st term in November 2018
  • Brendan George (Chair: Elected Member) - Elected for 1st term in November 2018
  • Fletcher Davies (Elected Member) - Elected for 1st term in November 2019
  • Michael Mulligan (Elected Member) - Elected for 1st term in November 2019
  • Margo Taggart (Co-opted Member: PT&F Rep)
  • Amanda Doyle (Staff: Teacher Rep)

FUNCTIONS OF THE SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL

The School Advisory Council has responsibility to advise in the following areas.

  • The development of the Catholic identity, ethos and mission of the school.

  • The pastoral care strategies in the school community.

  • Promotion of the school in the local community.

  • Preparation and monitoring of the annual budget.

  • Ensuring compliance with the ACNC Regulations by school associations and committees such as the P&F.

  • Development of local strategic plans (finance, buildings, resources) and contributing to diocesan educational strategic planning.

  • Facilitation of school community responses in conjunction with Catholic system leadership by the NCEC, CEC, BCCS and CSO in engaging with governments on school funding and other relevant issues.

  • The preparation and publication to the parish and school community of an Annual School Advisory Council Report.

  • Supporting opportunities for parent engagement in student learning.

  • The provision of opportunities for parents for social, community and parish interaction and for parents to form supportive networks.

  • Other matters as requested by the Principal or Parish Priest.

NEXT MEETING

Tuesday, 18th February 2020 - 6pm

 

OUR FAITH

PRAYER

Psalm - Written by Seamus Ryan (Year 4)

Holy Lord,

How saddend are the people of this forsaken, barren land,

for no rain has fallen upon thou scorched and sunburnt glen for many a year,

and so tearful are the farmers of the dry and cursed field,

as many of their lives may never be rebuilt.

Please send us your gracious rain.

Amen

We pray ...

for our Year 6 students who are in their final week of primary schooling, for the families who will be leaving our St Nicholas School community, for Mia Schumann-Gross who was baptised last weekend, for all our families as we prepare for the Christmas season, for safe travels; for our St Nicholas Community as we continue to journey through the season of Advent, especially those who are suffering loss and hardship.

 

LITURGY NEWS

The Season of Advent

This coming Sunday is the Third Sunday of Advent. This Sunday is known as "Gaudete Sunday." Gaudete means "rejoice" in Latin.  It comes from the first word of the Entrance antiphon on Sunday.  The spirit of joy that begins this week comes from the words of Paul, "The Lord is near."  We again light the candles of hope and love.

ST NICHOLAS FEAST DAY - END OF YEAR-  WHOLE SCHOOL MASS

Last Friday we celebrated the Feast Day of St Nicholas and our End of Year Mass. It was lovely to see so many parents, family, friends and parishioners of our school community in attendance. At this mass, we gave thanks for our year together, launched our revised Mission Statement, sang the blessing song and said an official farewell to our Year Six students. We thank Fr Chris for presiding over the mass and for allowing us to celebrate as a community at school with well over 800 people. A big thank you also to the altar servers, readers, Mrs Graham, Mrs McGuirk, and to the students and staff as their angelic singing and reverence created a special tone throughout the mass.

CHRISTMAS JOY- MUFTI DAY

Today the students and staff definitely enjoyed a variety of Christmas joy. The colours, decorations, hats, headpieces and tinsel was a great way to spread joy amongst others and raise some much-needed funds for the St Vincent de Paul Christmas and Bush Fire Appeals. Thank you to all who donated. 

 

DATES FOR 2020 SACRAMENTS

First Reconciliation - Year 3 - Wednesday 17th June 2020

First Eucharist - Year 3 - Weekend of 20th/21st June 2020

Confirmation - Year 6 - Weekend of 19th/20th September 2020

PARISH INFORMATION

Reconciliation

Please consider taking the opportunity to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation before Christmas. This is a means of preparing ourselves spiritually for Christmas, giving us peace of heart and mind.

 

Altar Servers- Thank You!

A huge thank you to all our altar servers and to their parents for supporting our school and parish masses for this past year. It is a massive commitment and a great act of service to our school and parish community. We will be looking to recruit new servers in the new year to try and help ease the load of our fabulous experienced servers!

 

Christmas Mass Times

Tuesday 24th December - St Nicholas Church

7.00 pm - Christmas Eve Family Mass

9.00pm - Christmas Mass

12.00- Midnight Mass

 

Wednesday 25th December 

St Mary's Church - 7.30 am - Christmas morning Mass

St Nicholas Church - 9.30 am - Christmas morning Mass

 

GENERAL NEWS

PRESENTATION NIGHT

What a night!  Thank you. We appreciate how hot it was in the TRECC last night however this is the only night we get everyone together as a complete school community and the atmosphere was wonderful. Thank you to our parents for supporting this great night. 

 

 

KINDERGARTEN 2020

Our Kindergarten classes are now full for 2020.  If you have a child starting Kindergarten in 2020, please mark your diary with these upcoming dates.  Any queries, please contact our office staff.

             

Kindergarten Best Start Interviews - Thursday, 30 January to Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Kindergarten 2020 students start 2020 school year (full school days) - Thursday, 6 February 2020

 

NEARLY THE END OF PRIMARY SCHOOL FOR OUR YEAR 6 STUDENTS

It is such a busy and exciting final term for our senior students in Year 6 as they complete their primary schooling.  In many ways these students have 'outgrown' the Primary routine and are looking forward to the new challenges and routines provided by the High School setting.

 

However, it is important not to look too far ahead and forget to cherish what is happening in the present.  With only weeks left, we encourage our Year 6 students to continue to work hard in class, respect the teachers and their peers who have travelled the Primary journey with them and to enjoy, for what may be the last time, the friendship and opportunities that have made their Year 6 experience so memorable.

 

YEAR 6 YEAR BOOK

Please note that the Year 6 Year Book is currently being compiled.  We have photographs including students other than Year 6 children (eg. buddies) throughout the Year Book and we need to make all aware that if you do not wish to have your child's photograph appear in the Year Book then you must notify the school as soon as possible.  

 

STUDENT ABSENCE

Please notify the school if your child is absent.  Due to government legislation, notification of your child's absence must be received no later than 7 days after your child's last day of absence. 

 

You can do this in the following three ways ....

1.  Telephone our office staff (office hours 8am to 4pm).

2.  Email our office staff (admin@stnicholastamworth.catholic.edu.au).

3.  Use the school website home page to send through a student absentee.

 

Many parents are surprised by their child's absence details when receiving the end of Semester reports.  Please do not panic.  Notifying the school can be easily forgotten, especially when caring for an ill member of the family.  If you are in doubt as to whether you have notified the school, please contact our office staff and they are more than welcome to print you a list of your child's absences and rectify.  

 

SUPERVISION OF STUDENTS

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. Currently students are expected to come in and sit in the Holy Family Courtyard unsupervised and wait. 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.

 

SCHOOL STUDENT TRANSPORT SCHEME (SSTS)

 

 

For information visit https://apps.transport.nsw.gov.au/ssts

 

Applications for student travel in 2020 opened on Friday, 11 October 2019.

 

Students progressing to year 3 and year 7 no longer need to re-apply if they:

· are continuing at the same school

· are residing at the same address

· have not been sent an expiry notification from Transport for NSW.

 

Where a student meets the new distance eligibility, the system will automatically update their entitlement. If they do not meet the new eligibility, they will receive an expiry notification via email.

 

Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition which is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply.

 

Term Bus Pass holders will receive a notification to re-apply.

 

If students need to update their information or re-apply, they should go online to https://apps.transport.nsw.gov.au/ssts/updateDetails

 

Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2019 to ensure student entitlements are updated and their current entitlement/card is not cancelled. If their application is submitted after 31 December 2019, the system will automatically cancel an entitlement/card and a new one will need to be issued.

  

Students residing in Rural and Regional (R&R) areas should receive their travel pass at the commencement of the new school year from their nominated operator, this may be distributed via the school or sent direct to their address. Note: some R&R operators do not issue travel passes. Students/Parents should confirm with their nominated operator if they do not receive a pass.

 

LIBRARY

THANKYOU
Thankyou to the Yr6 Library Leaders for their creative talents bringing Christmas joy to our beautiful library and for all they have contributed this year. All the best for high school. 
Don't forget to keep exercising your secret power.

Many thanks also to all the wonderful parent helpers this year. The coverers, the put away the bookers, the book fairers, the book clubbers all help to make the wheels of the library system turn smoothly to help deliver to our students a space which is always accessible and organised for them. looking forward to chatting with you early next year for a repeat performance. Also on the hunt for new helpers everyone is welcome. 

Happy Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Keep reading everyone and avoid the summer (holidays) brain slump, yep it's a thing.

CHRISTMAS GIFT CHALLENGE

 

 

 

 

READING IS MY SECRET POWER

Book Week may be over but exercising  our secret power is a life-long activity. 

Let's keep it going everyone.

 

 

Favourite Reading Quote

"So please, oh please, we beg, we pray, go throw your TV set away,

and in its place you can install a lovely bookshelf on the wall." – Roald Dahl

WOOLWORTHS - Earn and Learn

Latest Information: Ordered items will arrive in Term 1 2020.

Photos when they arrive.

 

Pen Pal Club

The letters have been posted, perhaps we will have some photos of excited students from Balgownie Public School when they receive our awesome letters.

 

PREMIER'S READING CHALLENGE
CONGRATULATIONS 
to 
467 students. 

Primary pics below.


100% Participation = 100% Completion

Special congratulations to the students below who received Platinum Certificates for 7 years of committment to completing the Challenge.

St Nicholas School is very proud of you. 

Absent: Hugh Burnett, Mia Wallace, Baylee Whitworth and Harriet Wilde.

 

CONGRATULATIONS on exercising your SECRET POWER!

Congratulations to our primary students.

Gold (4 years) Platinum (7 years) Certificates have been issued.

 

LIBRARY BAGS MATTER
Not just some of the time ... but all of the time.

A huge thank you to all of the students who remember to bring their library bag.  Without a bag, books cannot be borrowed. 

 

Tamworth Regional Library / Art Gallery

Go to the website to check out the holiday activities. https://cnrl.spydus.com/

ACCESS ST NICHOLAS SCHOOL LIBRARY AT HOME

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:

https://stnicholastamworth.catholic.edu.au/

1.Open Curriculum → drop down menu to OUR LIBRARY → scroll down to click on OLIVER.

What can I do?

****1. 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.

 

SPORT

BLUE AND HALF BLUE AWARDS

Congratulations to the following students who received Half-Blue Awards for gaining selection in a Polding Representative Team and competing at the NSW PSSA Carnival in their chosen sport. 

 

Molly Collett – hockey

Angus Barwick – hockey

Hannah Wakely - hockey

Alice Fahey - cross country

Dashiel Urqhuart – cross country

Tilani Smith - swimming

 

Congratulations to the following children who were awarded Blue awards at last nights presentation night. To gain a Blue, students need to be selected in the NSW team to compete at National level and are among the most elite athletes in Australia.

 

Isabella Wall – Cross Country

Isabella Wall – Athletics

Charlie Whale - Basketball

 

2020 SWIMMING CARNIVAL

We have a new date for our 2020 School Swimming Carnival ....

Monday, 10th February 2020.

 

The Diocesan Carnival will be held shortly afterwards on the 28th February 2020.

 

SUMMER CRICKET CLINIC

The Country NSW Cricket Camps offer high quality 2 day cricket camps all across regional NSW. Complete with Ex Australian Test Cricketers at each clinic, these clinics will cover all aspects of the game. The clinic will be held in Tamworth on 14th - 15th January. To register please go to the following link https://www.cricketcoaching.com.au/camps/country-nsw-camps

 

TOUCH FOOTBALL

The Grand Finals are now set for Monday 16th December. (Cancelled last Monday)

Results to date: Congratulations to the St Nichs Bluebirds (Yr 3/4 girls) who are in the GRAND FINAL on Monday. GOODLUCK  Bluebirds.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Christmas, happy holidays, see you in 2020 - keeping in Touch.

 

HOCKEY CLINIC 2020

Keep  your eyes out for more information about this clinic early in the new year.

 

OZTAG

Last week St Nicholas had three teams in the Oz Tag finals, St Nicholas 8 and under boys, St Nicholas 10 and under Gold boys, St Nicholas 12 and under Gold boys. Congratulations to all three teams, especially the 12 and under boys who went on to win their game in extra time and a last minute try. A huge thank you to the parents who have coached and helped run the OzTag and MiniTag teams this year. Your assistance is greatly appreciated. 

 

CODE OF CONDUCT

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.

 

HOLIDAY TENNIS CAMP

 

CANTEEN

LUNCH ORDERS

Please be aware that there is very limited stock at this time of the year and hence ....

 

Week 10 - There will be NO LUNCH ORDERS in the last week (Week 10) of school.   

We will have over the counter sales only. 

 

THANK YOU

To all the wonderful volunteer staff that have given up their time throughout the year, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.  Best of luck to our Year 6 students leaving us for the next stage in the school life. 

 

We wish you all a safe and merry Christmas.  

 

PT&F  NEWS

PT&F ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The AGM is being held on Monday, 10th of February 2020 and all positions will be declared vacant.  If you’d like more information on any of the positions please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

Got an idea, thought or opinion
and can’t make it to the meeting?

Send us an email

stnicholasptf@gmail.com

 

Send us a message through

the St Nicholas School PT&F Facebook page

 

BAKERS DELIGHT TAMWORTH

Remember to mention St Nicholas School when purchasing from either Bakers Delight Stores in Tamworth.  At the end of the year they give back 5% from all purchases.  Money for jam!

 

Sherpa Kids After School Care

TIME TO THINK ABOUT VACATION CARE FOR CHRISTMAS SUMMER HOLIDAYS

Please contact William Wong (Director)  Ph:  0410 841 628

 

 

COMMUNITY NOTICEBOARD

SCOUTS

 

HEALTH ALERTS

CHICKEN POX

Time for Exposure to Illness

10 to 21 days (usually 14 to 16 days)

Symptons

Slight fever, runny nose and a rash that begins as raised pink spots that blister and scab.

SLAPPED CHEEK DISEASE OR FIFTH DISEASE (Parvovirus)

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.

 

Infectious Period

The incubation period for this illness is approximately 1-2 weeks.  Fifth disease is no longer infectious once a rash appears.

IMPETIGO (School Sores)

Symptoms
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.

SCARLET FEVER

Time from exposure to illness

1 to 3 days.

 

Symptoms

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.

HEAD LICE

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.

CLOTHING POOL

SECOND HAND CLOTHING POOL

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.

 

THE UNIFORM SHOP

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

 

St Nicholas Primary School, Tamworth
St Edward's Announcement - Co-Principalship.pdf
St Nicholas Announcement - Assistant Principal_REC.pdf
Staffing Structure 2020.pdf
Staffing Structure 2020.pdf