Wednesday 19 December
TERM 4 CONCLUDES (students only)
Thursday 20 December
Pupil Free Day
Friday 21 December
Pupil Free Day
Wednesday 19 December
TERM 4 CONCLUDES (students only)
Thursday 20 December
Pupil Free Day
Friday 21 December
Pupil Free Day
Monday 28 January
- Australia Day Public Holiday
Tuesday 29 January
- Pupil Free Day
Wednesday 30 Janurary
TERM 1 COMMENCES (Years 1 to 6)
Wednesday 30 January - Tuesday 5 February
- Kindergarten 2019 Best Start Interviews
Wednesday 6 February
TERM 1 COMMENCES (Kindergarten)
Friday 8 February
- Opening School Mass (Years 1-6) - 9.30am
- PT&F Welcome to St Nicholas School in 2019 BBQ - 6pm
Friday 15 February
- School Swimming Carnival (Kable Avenue City Pool) - 8.45am to 2.30pm
Tuesday 19 February
- 2019 Parent Information Night - 6.00pm
Friday 15 March
- Green Day
Friday 12 April
TERM 1 CONCLUDES
Friday 19 April
- Good Friday (Public Holiday)
Sunday 21 April
- Easter Sunday
Monday 22 April
- Easter Monday (Public Holiday)
Thursday 25 April
- Anzac Day (Public Holiday)
Monday 29 April
TERM 2 COMMENCES
As this is the last newsletter for the year I take the opportunity to sincerely thank the St Nicholas School community for all their support and encouragement this year. We have achieved much this year and for that we should all feel proud. I wish you all a very restful, holy and lovely Christmas.
In this newsletter you will find the teachers and staff list for 2019.
What a great night last night. It provided us with the opportunity to congratulate the students who have excelled in various activities over the year, say goodbye to our Year 6 graduating class and be entertained. We had a lot of fun.
I hope you all enjoy the mangoes that arrived this week. A big thank you to the PT&F for all their organisation and thanks to Carey's Freight Line for their wonderful support.
So finally from Mr V .......
It is a universal truth that everything eventually ends. I've always disliked endings. But endings are inevitable. Leaves fall. You close a book. You treasure so many memories. You say goodbye. Today is one of those days.
In the words of Winnie the Pooh, “how lucky I am to have had something that makes saying goodbye so hard”. St Nicholas School Community I will miss you deeply. Thank you for seven wonderful years.
Thank you to all our parents and carers for the prompt payment of school fees in 2018. If you do have any outstanding payments, please contact me through the school office before the end of the school year.
Mrs Robyn Burke
The Catholic Schools Office (Diocese of Armidale) has set aside a $200,000 Drought School Fee Relief Fund to support schools needing to offer fee relief to parents affected directly and indirectly by the drought in our school communities. School principals will communicate to parents that they can seek school fee relief for 2018 and 2019 following a meeting with the principal or school bursar. Schools will also subsidise students who need support to participate in excursions, retreats and sporting activities.
We hope this initiative will assist parents with little or no income who are struggling with ever increasing costs due to the drought. The Catholic Schools Office recognises the plight of not only farmers but all of those who are drought affected - including agriculture-related businesses. The next challenge is finding discrete ways for people in need to access the support as they need. Schools will be working with Catholic Church agencies such as Centacare and the Saint Vincent de Paul Society (SVDP) to assist families facing difficulty in the community.
School principals and Parish Priests are also conscious of the need to support the morale and mental health of students and their families who are impacted by the drought. Parents should not hesitate to call the schools if they are concerned about their children.
Our thoughts and prayers are with all the community impacted by the drought, and we encourage parents in all our school communities to seek assistance in support of their children's Catholic education.
Yours in Christ
Most Reverend Michael Kennedy
Bishop of Armidale
Mr Chris Smyth
Director of Schools
Father in heaven, our hearts desire the warmth of your love and our minds are searching for the light of your Word. Increase our longing for Christ our Saviour and give us the strength to grow in love, that the dawn of his coming may find us rejoicing in his presence and welcoming the light of his truth. We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.
For our Year 6 students who are in their final weeks of primary schooling, for the families who will be leaving our St Nicholas School community; our families as we prepare for the Christmas season and for travelling; our St Nicholas Community as we continue to journey through the season of Advent, and for Fr Tom who is unwell.
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.
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. The Parish Office have contact details of those wishing to serve next year so keep an eye out early February for an Altar Serving Roster. Altar Serving Training will also take place in the year .
CHRISTMAS MASS SCHEDULES 2018 ST NICHOLAS’
Monday - 24 December
7.00pm Christmas Eve Family Mass
9.00pm Christmas Mass
12.00 Midnight Mass
Tuesday 25 December St Nicholas’ – Christmas Morning 9.30am
St Mary’s Church – Christmas Morning 7.30am
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 and is particularly important for those with children who have made their First Reconciliation recently or have already received this Sacrament. Please refer to the Parish bulletin or website for dates and times.
Please find attached 'Armidale MenAlive Weekend Brochure 9 & 10 February 2019.
We are hosting a MenALIVE Diocesan weekend in the Armidale Parish community. I strongly encourage men to attend. It’s not going to be like anything you think or have been to. I know there are many good reasons not to attend and some just plain excuses. I know you are busy, I know there are many things on but I would say to you, find a way, it is just that important.
To those with excuses like --- it’s not for me, I don’t do that sort of thing, I don’t need it, I am too old, too young, I am already a Eucharistic minister, and so on--- Let me say--You do need it—stop making excuses and register – it’s just that important. For those who are thinking well that’s for the holy people, I am just an ordinary bloke with my issues I shouldn’t go – well then I too shouldn’t go. It is for all and every one will get something out of it. It’s for old men, young men, grandparents, fathers and sons—everyone.
If you want to be a better husband it’s for you/if you want to be a better father and raise better children/if you want to be a better Christian/Catholic man in the work place/ if you want to be a better man of God this event is for you.
First Reconciliation (Year 3 students) - Wednesday 19th June 2019
First Eucharist (Year 3 students) - Weekend of 22nd/23rd June 2019
Confirmation (Year 6 students) - Weekend of 21st/22nd September 2019
I would like to wish all staff, students and families a very holy and safe festive season and a relaxing holiday break.
Thankyou to everyone who is making a special effort to locate and return overdue items.
All overdues by tomorrow, Friday, please. The class with no unexplained overdues will receive extra playtime on Monday.
Students may receive overdue notices this week. If your child brings one home please check for these books at home. If you cannot locate these please send the notice back and I will re-check the library shelves. If the books are not located in the library you may be asked to pay for a replacement copy. Should the book be found after you have provided payment the payment will be returned to you.
Thank you for your assistance in this sometimes tiresome but necessary process.
This week St Nicholas students had the pleasure of listening to mystery guests reading Christmas story picture books. See photos for our mystery library visitors.
We will have the following workshops during the Summer holidays between 8th and 16th January, 2019.
Junior Coding and Construction (5-8 years)
Program our cheeky Codapiller to move around a maze or create a masterpiece using magnetic shapes and construction straws!
Little Bits Electronics in the Inspiration Studio (9+)
Use our extensive range of Little Bits Electronics to create a crazy catapult, an automated drawing machine or a racing automobile.
Registration will open on Wednesday 19th December. Please go to www.cnl.nsw to register.
Participation certificates have been printed off and distributed to Yr 1 and Yr 2. Kindergarten and primary students will receive certificates on Friday. I am still waiting on the package of Gold and Platinum certificates to arrive from the Office of the Premier's Reading Challenge.
Congratulations to all the students who have participated. As you can see the certificate is one to keep with all other primary school keepsakes. If your child missed out this year there is always next year.
Also please note holiday reading can be added to next years Challenge tally so keep your children reading through the summer break and have them keep a record of the titles ready for next year.
To avoid the summer brain slump follow these instructions over Christmas.
Give four gifts to your child as follows:
Families have so many choices and formats and platforms to choose from to read and enjoy books whatever the occasion.
1) Visit the Town Library, become a member and ask about their extensive range in Borrow Box (your library in one app).
2) Download the SORA - by OVERDRIVE app which is linked to the Armidale Catholic Schools library network and download ebooks and audiobooks.
3)Worldbook Online - excellent nonfiction, high interest information texts for students. Students (one per family) will bring home an information bookmark on Monday with logon details.
When the surf is dull and flat,
Or you've lost your cricket bat,
Don't just sit around and chat - Get wise!
When you face a day of rain,
And your plans go down the drain,
Limber up inside your brain - Get wise!
When your fish fall off the hook,
Or your barbeque won't cook
Drown your sorrows in a book - Get wise
It's exciting, you will find,
To get reading and unwind,
Use the muscles of your mind - Get wise!
A big congratulations to the Year 6 Cricket team who won the Grand Final in Cricket against Peel Valley on Saturday. The boys batted second and had to chase down a total of 84 which they did with 8 balls to spare. What a lovely way to end their cricketing career at St Nicholas.
Last week Eddie Willis in Year 6 competed in the NSW State Mountain Bike Championship in Orange. On Saturday, Eddie competed in an XCC race which is a short course held on a 1.1km circuit over 4 laps. Eddie won this by over a minute which seeded him number one going into Sundays State championship. The Course for Sunday was longer with 3 laps of a purpose built 3.3km track and Eddie came home as NSW State Champion in the under 13 division winning by almost 2 min.
Congratulations to our basketball teams who have played another great season. The 3/4 Rockets finished a great season, learning new skills and making new friends. The 5/6 Fireballs played a very tough game in the finals, unfortunately losing to West Tamworth. The 5/6 Rebels played a fantastic season, making it into the grand finals. The boys played a strong game, but were unfortunately defeated by the opposition, losing by only 3 points!
Can all players please ensure their singlets are returned by the end on the year, in a clearly labelled bag.
The 2019 season of basketball will begin in early Term 1 next year. Keep an eye out for registration notes. Basketball is a great game for both boys and girls!
Enjoy the holiday break
Mrs Rebecca Hofman
Congratulations to Charlie Whale, Sam Peeters, Cooper Holzigal, Zachary Lasker and Sophie McMullen, who were selected in the Armidale Diocesan Basketball teams and to Ben Cini who was selected in the Armidale Diocesan Tennis team. These children will compete at the Polding Carnivals in Lismore in February.
A huge thank you to all those parents who have helped out throughout the year with coaching and managing teams. An especially big thank you to those families who are finishing up with St Nicholas this year. Your support has been amazing and is very much appreciated by myself, the staff and especially the children.
Congratulations to the Yr 5/6 boys St Nichs Roos on their Grand Final win last Monday. The team was assisted by Connor and Logan who proved valuable subs in the oppressive heat. Thankyou players and parents for a great year of touch football.
Registrations for the 2019 National Football Camp are NOW OPEN. It will be held at St Alberts College in Armidale from the 20th - 23rd January. For the first time in 2019, they will be including a ‘juniors’ camp now heading down to the U5 age group, therefore catering for U5-U17. If you are interested please see Mrs Tyrrell for a registration form.
The camp schedule is as follows:
Sunday 20th January
o 11:00am Coach Induction
o 12:30pm Registration @ St Alberts
o 1:15pm Player Induction @ St Alberts
Monday 21st January
o 8:00am – 12:00pm Session 3 & 4 (Junior & Senior Camps)
Tuesday 22nd January
o 8:00am – 12:00pm Session 6 & 7 (Junior & Senior Camp)
Wednesday 23rd January
o 8:00am – 12:00pm Session 9 & 10 (Junior, Senior Camps)
o 1:30pm Farewell @ St Alberts
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 15th-16th January at McCarthy Catholic College. Please see Mrs Tyrrell for a flier on how to register.
KOOTINGAL MOONBI SWIMMING CLUB
Kootingal-Moonbi Swimming Club coaches work with all swimmers in our C, B & A Squads to monitor, correct and fine tune their strokes to improve their ability and speed. Our Mini Squad is for those children who can confidently swim 25m freestyle but who may need close monitoring to correct their stroke and improve their ability in other strokes.
Any further queries, please contact:
Chelley Johnstone on 0413 527 850
TAMWORTH CITY SWIMMING CLUB
Tamworth City Swimming Club is a family orientated swimming club that focuses on the development of the swimmer while promoting healthy exercise, water safety and fun. We are proud to develop and encourage a love for swimming regardless of age and ability.
We are committed to the values of consistency, skills and unity. Tamworth City Swimming Club enjoys the services of our permanent accredited professional coach, Mr Nicolas Monet.
Any further queries, please contact
Nicolas Monet on 0434 805 957
A wonderful night to farewell Mr V and the Year 6 students. Thank you to the staff, thank you to our students and thank you to our special guests and St Nicholas School parents and friends.
Congratulations to the following students who were voted by the peers to represent the Year 6 student body to lead the school in 2019.
School Captains - Sommer Fitzgibbon and Coby Single
School Vice Captains - Mia Wallace and Lachlan O'Mullane
Edmund Rice - Molly Collett and Isaac Wilson
Mackillop - Tilani Smith and Cooper Darlington
Ozanam - Addison Reid and Archie McMurtrie
Dominic - Mikeeli Tyrrell and Cruz Hamlin
Principal - Mr John Clery
Assistant Principal - Mrs Lisa McSweeney
RE Co-ordinator - Mrs Renee Dunst
Leader of Pedagogy - Mrs Amanda Doyle and Mrs Shelly O'Sullivan
Executive Co-ordinator - Mrs Karen Dickie
Sport Co-ordinator - Mrs Belinda Tyrrell
Student Support Teacher - Mrs Amanda O'Halloran
RFF Teachers - Mrs Judith Blanch, Mrs Tania Roberts, Mrs Bernadette Hyde,
Mrs Libby Jamieson
Teacher Librarian - Mrs Julie McGuirk
Kindergarten Teachers - Mrs Belinda Tyrrell, Mrs Catrina O'Mullane, Miss Kellie Grant
Year 1 Teachers - Mrs Felicity Penman, Mrs Kim Tighe, Miss Sophie Dewhurst
Year 2 Teachers - Mrs Sue Scott, Mrs Renee Dunst/Mrs Emma Elliott, Mrs Kylie Macpherson
Year 3 Teachers - Mrs Karen Dickie, Miss Amy Giddy, Miss Rachel Mierau
Year 4 Teachers - Mrs Helen Beale, Mrs Kendall Pearce, Miss Danni McCusker
Year 5 Teachers - Mrs Liz Ibbetson, Mrs Anna Hall / Mrs Kate Chatfield, Mrs Amanda Scott
Year 6 Teachers - Mrs Rebecca Hofman, Mrs Michelle Martin, Mrs Katlin Kelly
Accounts - Mrs Robyn Burke
Administration - Ms Kate Slattery, Mrs Jennine Grady
ICT Assistant - Mr Barry Lane
Indigenous Students - Mrs Gemma Tolmie
Education Assistants - Mrs Natalie Bradbery, Mrs Jennifer Berkeley, Mrs Leanne Hannaford
Mrs Maree Baker, Mrs Melanie Reid, Mrs Angela Schumann
MiniLit Tutors - Miss Ellie Sampson, Mr Tom Chamberlain, Miss Naomi Burke,
Miss Laura Chapman
Canteen Supervisor - Mrs Colleen Harding
Canteen Support - Mrs Helen Murdoch
Groundsman - Mr Steve West
Next Tuesday, 18 December 2018, students will be placed in their 2019 classes for a morning of orientation. Students new to St Nicholas School in 2019 will be attending school for this day.
Over the past weeks, the Year 6 GEMS Club have been running lunchtime STEAM activities with a Christmas theme for students from Kinder to Year 6. Students in Year 1 had a great time getting their hands dirty making Crazy Christmas Slime. Year 2 students worked over two days to build a Christmas tree using bicarb soda, glitter and sequins and then came back the next day to melt it down with vinegar. Students in Years 3 and 4 have been busy watching their pipe cleaner candy canes crystallise to become beautiful Christmas tree decorations and Years 5 and 6 students have worked in teams to build the best Christmas tree out of balloons. Kindergarten students will have the opportunity to have fun with ‘Exploding Baubles’, where they will be able to investigate the reaction between vinegar and baking soda this Friday.
These lunch time groups have been lots of fun and the GEMS girls have loved sharing their interests in science with their peers.
Why not have some Christmas themed scientific fun these holidays with these simple science experiments:
Melting Christmas Trees
Fold a small paper plate into a cone
Mix 1 cup bicarb soda and water in a bowl. Add small amounts of water until baking soda begins to stick together.
Add food dye, glitter, sequins
Pack mixture into paper plate cone and freeze overnight. (We hid a small surprise as we packed our cones with mixture).
After freezing, unwrap cone and place Christmas tree in a bowl.
Pour over small amounts of vinegar (you can colour this with food dye too!) and watch the Christmas tree fizz and melt away.
Crazy Christmas Slime
Mix ½ cup of Elmer’s glue with ½ tbsp of bicarb soda
Add food dye, glitter, sequins, beads
Slowly stir in ½ tbsp of saline solution. The mixture will start to bind as you mix in the saline.
Kneed, kneed, kneed!
Enjoy playing with your Crazy Christmas Slime!
Fill an empty bauble with bicarb soda.
Add sequins and glitter
Place bauble in a bowl
Slowly (or quickly!) fill the bauble with vinegar
Watch mixture explode out of the bauble!
Crytallised Candy Canes
Twist two pipe cleaners into a candy cane shape
Tie ribbon around candy cane and attach to a paddle pop stick
Fill a glass jar with 1 cup boiling hot water (be careful!)
Stir in 3 tbsp borax (if you need to add more water to cover the candy cane, add more borax too).
Place candy cane in the jar, using the paddle pop stick to sit over the rim of the jar
Leave glass up high in a safe place for several days (we left ours for 5 nights)
After a few days, pull candy canes out of jars and hang somewhere safe to dry
Once dry, hang your beautiful candy cane crystal on you Christmas tree!
Every year there is a sharp rise in the number of asthma attacks for children when they return to school after the Christmas break. This results in a significant increase in Emergency Department visits, hospitalisations and days off school. Not only is this unsettling for children as they start a new year at school, but often it impacts on time off work for the parents/carers also.
Over the Christmas holidays, we would like to remind parents and student with asthma, to continue with their Asthma Action Plan and for children using a preventer medication, to continue to take it regularly over the break.
We would also like to remind parents/carers to visit their GP over the holidays to have their Asthma Care Plan for schools completed by their GP prior to returning back to school in 2019. Parents/carers should also provide the school with a clean spacer and a reliever medication that is clearly labelled with the child's details.
A reminder to our parents using the car pickups area in Carthage Street. Please note, there is a NO STOPPING SIGN at the corner of Carthage and Roderick Streets. NO STOPPING, means NO STOPPING. Please remember this when using car pickups in the afternoon and drop offs in the morning.
Please be courteous and considerate to our neighbours. Do not park over driveways. Be aware, that they need to access entry to their home just as you do.
Think before you react or say something unkind.
School student applications for 2019 open from Monday, 15 October 2018.
Students progressing to year 3 and year 7 do not need to re-apply if they:
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. 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 2018 to ensure student entitlements are updated and their current entitlement/card is not cancelled. If their application is submitted after 31 December 2018, the system will automatically cancel a 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. Note: some R&R operators do not issue travel passes. Students should check with their operator for more information.
For further information visit https://apps.transport.nsw.gov.au/ssts
As we wind down to Christmas holidays, please be prepared that your child might not get what is ordered due to limited stock. We shall try to match as close as possible.
Friday, 14 December 2018
Monday, 17 December 2018
Over the counter sales only. No lunch orders.
Tuesday, 18 December 2018
Over the counter sales only. No lunch orders.
Wednesday, 19 December 2018
Over the counter sales only. No lunch orders.
Thank you to our valued volunteers and the fantastic customers! Thank you everyone for a very busy 2018. Merry Christmas. See you in 2019.
Mrs Harding and Mrs Murdoch
Great job Margo Taggart! Our mangoes have arrived and we hope that everyone enjoys them.
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.
We now have new bottle green sports shorts available to purchase in the clothing pool.
Sizes 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14
These shorts are a great fabric made to dry easily and not fade.
Shorts are still available at Lowes. Both shorts are acceptable to be worn.
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