St Edward's Primary School, Tamworth

26 March 2020

"The standard you walk past, is the standard you accept"  Lieutenant General David Morrison AO

Upcoming Dates
Principals' Message
Focus on Learning
RE News
General News
Library News
Parents & Friends Association
Canteen News
Esteem Kids Before/After School Care
Parenting Ideas
Community News
St Edward's Primary School, Tamworth
(02) 6765 7847
Hillvue Rd
South Tamworth, NSW, 2340

Upcoming Dates

April 2020

Wednesday 1st April

(NOW POSTPONED)  Real Talk PARENT Evening, 6.00pm - 7.00pm, Primary Campus Year 6 Rooms

Sunday 5th April

(NOW POSTPONED)  Year 5 & Year 2 Family Mass, 9.00am MHOC Church - everyone welcome

Monday 6th April

(NOW POSTPONED)  St Ed's School Cross Country, Plain St Complex, 11.00am - 2.00pm 

Thursday 9th April

- Holy Thursday

-  Applications for Kindergarten 2021 close

-  Last day of Term 1

Friday 10th April

-  Good Friday (Public Holiday)

Saturday 11th April

-  Easter Saturday

Sunday 12th April

-  Easter Sunday

Monday 13th April

-  Easter Monday (Public Holiday)

Saturday 25th April

-  ANZAC Day (Cancelled)

Monday 27th April

-  Staff Development / Pupil Free Day

Tuesday 28th April

-  Term 2 commences for K - 6 students

Pupil Free Days 2020

Term 2, Week 1:    Monday 27th April (Staff Development - RE Focus Formation)

Term 3, Week 1:    Monday 20th July (Staff Development - Science & Technology)

Term 4, Week 10:  Thursday 17th & Friday 18th December

School Terms 2020

Term 1  Thursday 30th January (Yrs 1 - 6) - Thursday 9th April

                 Wednesday 5th February (Kindergarten) - Thursday 9th April        

Term 2  Tuesday 28th April - Friday 3rd July

Term 3  Tuesday 21st July - Friday 25th September 

Term 4  Monday 12th October - Friday 18th December

Sporting Dates 2020  

Term 1 Week 11:  POSTPONED  School Cross Country 

Term 2 Week 4:  Friday 22nd May - Armidale Diocesan Cross Country, Barraba

Term 2 Week 8:  Friday 19th June -  School Athletics Carnival 

Term 3 Week 5:  Friday 21st August - Armidale Diocesan Athletics Carnival - Tamworth 

Principals' Message

From our Principals - Alison & Greg

Dear Parents and Carers, 

Thank you for your ongoing support during these difficult times our world is facing. We are encouraged and inspired by the messages and goodwill of our families and community. It is also great to see so many of our students actively engaging in ‘Learning from Home.’ 


As the virus spreads to this area, it is important to reassure all families that we are in more than daily contact with the CSO (Catholic Schools Office), Human Resources and School Performance Teams, who are assisting all schools in the diocese in responding to this threat. The CSO is receiving constant updates about cases within our region from NSW Health, and will continue to advise us of any calm and measured action we need to take in the instance of direct infection within the school. At this stage, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within St Edward’s School. 


The CSO and our school have the wellbeing of our students and staff foremost in our decision making, while ever the directive from government is for schools to remain open. The actions and support our diocese is providing to school communities has been recognised as leading the way in protecting our communities. 


The further measures we have proactively put in place include:


  • A skeleton staff will be in place each day to care for children of those parents who cannot keep them at home. The students will be supervised by this staff as they engage in the ‘Learning from Home’ program.

  • We continue to encourage parents to keep children at home if you can. We are here to support you with ‘Learning from Home.’ Please make contact with the school as required.

  • Sanitise hands when entering school and at regular intervals, as well as promoting a regular handwashing schedule.

  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly.

  • Continually update protocols in our school around social distancing measures.

  • Children at school MUST have a packed recess, lunch and water bottle.

  • We are encouraging parents who are sending their child/ren to school to drop them off at the signed entry points to limit the entry of parents to the school.


These measures are constantly updated as the NSW Health recommendations change. We are doing our absolute best to ensure that you are kept up to date with all new correspondence. Our best avenues for communication are now via Compass (login details were sent via mail), Facebook and our School Newsletter (emailed to parents on Thursdays). Please do your part to ensure that you are well informed by regularly checking these platforms. 


We want our students and staff to feel safe, supported and connected to St Edward’s School wherever they decide to be.


Thank you once again for your ongoing support in these unprecedented times.

Stay safe,

Alison Hatton &  Greg O'Toole



Focus on Learning

Learning from Home


In these unprecedented times, we encourage parents to keep their children at home. Therefore, St Edward’s School has provided a ‘Home Learning Pack’ for each student. We would like to thank our staff who have been working very hard over these past weeks to adapt their teaching and delivery of the curriculum so your child can still continue to learn remotely from home.


In your child’s Home Learning Pack you will find information that will support your child to complete learning tasks from home. They will also be provided with their own Student Workbook and a book to read. For those families who do not have internet access we have provided hard copies of the learning program in your pack. The students who attend school will be completing the same tasks at school as what has been shared in the Home Learning Pack. This will be a consistent practice for the remainder of the term.


Our Home Learning programs have a range of activities to cater for students who do and do not have internet access. We are encouraging students to access the online components of our Home Learning via their school Google accounts. In your pack you will find explicit instructions on how to do this.


If you need to make contact with your child’s teacher this can be done between 9.00am and 3.00pm using the emails provided in your pack. Teachers will be monitoring the completion of tasks and providing regular learning feedback via Google Classroom.  Our wellbeing team will also be in contact with families regularly via phone.


It is imperative that your child continue to work and learn from home. We are here to support our students and their families to the very best of our ability. Please make contact with the school if you require support to access the Home Learning Platform.


Your child’s holistic wellbeing is important, so please ensure they are having time to play outside and are eating well and practising safe hygiene. Keep reassuring them with positive comments should they be showing signs of anxiety or distress.


We will continue to keep you up to date with information as circumstances change through our school Facebook page, Newsletter and Compass Parent Portal.

Home Learning- How to video support

For students accessing Home Learning options, we have created some videos to support students to login to Google accounts and add extensions to support their learning.


RE News

Caritas - Project Compassion

Over the next few weeks, we ask that families start to think about bringing in their Project Compassion boxes so that money can be forwarded to CARITAS. Project Compassion is the Lenten program run by Caritas Australia to raise funds for communities in need. 

A big thank you to everyone for making donations and supporting others. We are very blessed in our St Edward's community with many generous and thoughtful people.

Real Talk 

The Real Talk Parent Information Evening and student visit that was to be held on Wednesday 1st April has been postponed.

Grade and Family Masses

School Grade and Family Masses have been cancelled until further notice.  

General News

Winter Uniform

We wish to advise parents that the official date for changeover from summer to winter uniform is after the June long weekend. Students are therefore requested to wear their SUMMER uniform when they return for the commencement of Term 2.  Requirements will be reviewed should the weather suddenly turn chilly.

Notice from CommBank School Banking

The health, safety and wellbeing of our communities and our people is our first priority.  Due to the rapidly developing situation with Coronavirus Commonwealth School Student Banking has been temporarily paused from 20th March until the start of Term 2.  Please don't bring your deposit book with your weekly banking into school and we will notify you when banking will recommence.

2021 Kindergarten Enrolments - ENROL NOW

Applications for Kindergarten 2021 are NOW OPEN and close on Thursday 9th April 2020.  Please contact either school office for an enrolment pack.  Enrolment Forms will not be processed until all supporting documents are received: Birth Certificate; Immunisation Certificate; Baptismal Certificate (only required if your child is a baptised Catholic) and proof of student’s residential address. Please spread the word if you know of anyone with a child wishing to start at St Edward's School in Kindergarten in 2021.

Hand Hygiene


Student Health - Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease

There has been a reported case of Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease at the Infants Campus.  For more information please refer to the NSW Health Fact Sheet shown below.



Cross Country

Our Annual School Cross Country has been postponed until,  hopefully a date in early Term 2. Thank you for your understanding during this time.


Our local Primary competition has been temporarily ceased until further notice.

This includes any training sessions held at school.


Our local Primary competition has been temporarily ceased until further notice.

Touch Football

Our local Primary competition has been temporarily ceased until further notice.

Diocesan/Polding Sports

Announcement: Armidale Diocesan Primary Sport 


Monday 16th March, 2020


I wish to advise that all upcoming Armidale Diocesan Primary Sporting events for Term 1 will be temporarily ceased until further notice. This decision has not come lightly but it is our aim to limit the impact of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has on our schools.


I am sure you can all agree that our students' health is our priority. These measures are precautionary and designed to reduce exposure via non-essential gatherings.


It is with much regret that we announce the temporary ceasement of the following sporting events that will affect our Primary School students: 


ADPSC Winter Trials - 20th March, 2020

NSWCPS Swimming - 25th March, 2020

Polding AFL Trials - 27th March, 2020

ADPSC Touch Football Trials - 3rd April, 2020

NSWPSSA Swimming - 6th April, 2020


Further information will be provided in regards to possible rescheduled dates and refunds if events are cancelled. 


Yours in Sport,

Heidi Hardaker

Coordinator Sport (K-6) & CAPA (K-12)

Library News

Sora Online borrowing

Free Online Reading App - Sora

St Edward's Primary School wants to help students find new ways to learn while away from the classroom.

We have an exciting reading service available through Sora. The Catholic Schools Office has provided subscription to this service free to our students to access ebooks and audiobooks.

Get started today at or simply download the Sora App and use you St Edward's login details to access titles.

Between the 15 April and 31 July 2020 the "Sora Sweet Reads" program will offer a collection of juvenile  titles that will be prominently displayed in Sora for quick and easy unlimited access.


If you have any trouble logging on or borrowing an e-book please feel free to email Marisa or Tash.



Premier’s Reading Challenge

The Premier’s Reading Challenge has started for 2020. All students K-3 are registered. A reading log with your child's username and password has been sent home. 


**A Few Things to remember**


*The Challenge opens on 2 March 2020. You must complete your online Student Reading Record by 28 August 2020 (11:59 pm) to complete the Challenge.


*Books you read after the Challenge closes can count towards the next year's Challenge.


*In an approved series on the PRC booklist, you can read any three books as PRC books. You can read up to five other books from the same series as Personal Choice books.


*K-2 Challenge: you can read books or have them read to you in your home language.


*3-4, 5-6 and 7-9 Challenges: you must read all PRC books in English. You may read Personal Choice books in your home language.


* If you complete your online Student Reading Record by 28 August 2020, and it is validated by your school by 11 September (11:59 pm), you will be eligible for a PRC certificate in Term 4.


*K-2 students only - If you can read simple chapter books on your own, you can attempt the 3-4 Challenge. You need to get your Student Reading Record changed to Challenge level 3-4. See your PRC coordinator for help with this. 

*You must read a certain number of books to complete the Challenge:


Number of books you must read

Minimum number of PRC books

Maximum number of Personal Choice books

PRC booklists you can read from





K-2, 3-4, 5-6





3-4, 5-6, 7-9





5-6, 7-9


*For any other information or if you have any questions, please feel free to ask Mrs Cartan or Mrs Gippel. Alternatively visit the website

Book Care

Please ensure that your children take care of their Library Books and keep them in a special place. Many books are often lost, misplaced or damaged. If this happens please email your child’s Librarian.


Yours In Reading,

Tash and Marisa

Parents & Friends Association

Baker's Delight Tamworth

A reminder to our families - Don't forget to mention St Edward's School when purchasing from either Baker's Delight Stores in Tamworth.  At the end of the year they donate back 5% from all purchases to our school.  

Canteen News

School Canteen Closure

On Tuesday 24th March we received instructions from the Catholic Schools Office that all Canteens are to close.  Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding in this ever changing environment at the moment.


Esteem Kids Before/After School Care

Name Rebranding


New Enrolments

For any enrolment enquiries, please contact William Wong (Director)  Ph:  0410 841 628

Parenting Ideas

Wise Words for Families

"Leading the way for children during the COVID-19 pandemic" by Michael Grose

If you’re like me, the news of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has your head spinning and your heart pumping. That’s only natural as life as we know has taken a seismic shift in recent days.


International travel bans, cancellation of sporting and cultural events, shopping frenzies and talk of school closures continue to dominate the airwaves. Terms such as social distancing, self-isolation and social lockdowns have entered our vocabularies and may soon become part of our daily lives.

Coronavirus is having an unprecedented impact on our daily lives, and will probably do so for some time. While keeping ourselves and children healthy and safe is our main concern, it’s also essential to address the anxieties of children and young people during these changing times. Here are some ideas to help inform, reassure and keep children and young people safe.


Build on what your children know

Children and young people have already been exposed to a great deal of information about corona virus through media, digital means and direct social contact. Their understanding will vary depending on their age and also the quality of their information sources so you probably will need to help kids process what they already know.


Casual conversations with teenagers and older children can be useful ways to glean their understanding. You could ask questions like “What are you hearing about Coronavirus? Is there anything you’re not sure about?” Younger primary age children may need a more direct approach with parents addressing their specific concerns without giving too much information that can overwhelm them.


Check your own thoughts and feelings

Check your own frame of mind and emotions about COVID-19 before talking to kids. Most children are astute mood detectives and they’ll gauge their safety by the way you communicate with them. If you tell a child, “You’ve got to wash your hands or you’ll get infected,” you are communicating your own anxieties, making it difficult for them to maintain a healthy state of mind. Have a think about how you can frame your instructions and their importance in a way that doesn’t heighten your child’s anxieties.


Stay informed

It’s difficult to work out fact from fiction, correct from incorrect, information from exaggeration when the news is changing so fast. However you need to educate yourself about the virus itself, including how it’s transmitted and how to stay safe. Get information from trustworthy sources such as The Australian Government Health Department website and the current federal government corona virus information media campaign.


Answer questions truthfully

It’s important that parents and teachers answer children’s questions honestly in age-appropriate ways and within context of what is happening at the given time. If their sport or hobby has been temporarily cancelled empathise with their concerns, while helping them maintain a sense of perspective.


Initiate positive action

One way to reduce anxiety and allay children’s fears is to involve them in planning and preparation for their personal and group safety. Positive activities such as maintenance of personal hygiene, greeting people with an elbow tap and getting plenty of sleep can help restore a sense of control, that is so important for their wellbeing.


Find refuge in rituals

Regular rituals such as mealtimes, bedtime stories and regular one-on-one time provide both an anchor to normality and a sense of connection for kids at times of change. Consider reconstituting favoured family rituals at this time if they have lapsed due to lack of time, or lifestyle frenzy.


Look outwards

In difficult times there is a tendency to look inwards, which is a natural protective strategy. The alternative is to establish a sense of connection and community spirit by focusing on generosity and togetherness. Help children see past their own needs and look for ways to assist others whether it’s shopping for an elderly neighbour, helping a younger sibling occupy themselves, or planning an indoor movie night for the whole family.


The Coronavirus presents many practical challenges to parents and other important adults in the lives of kids. Staying calm, keeping informed, and adjusting our own habits are just some of the challenges we face. However a significant challenge is one of personal leadership. That is, during these difficult times we need to be civil to each other, look out for each other and be mindful of the common good in everything we do. In this, we can all take a significant lead.


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