St Edward's Primary School, Tamworth

13 February 2020
Term 1 Week 2

"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
Sport
Library News
Parent Association
Canteen News
Sherpa Kids Before/After School Care
Parenting Ideas
Community News
St Edward's Primary School, Tamworth
(02) 6765 7847
Hillvue Rd
South Tamworth, NSW, 2340
AU

Upcoming Dates

February 2020

Thursday 13th February

-  PARENT 'Meet and Greet' with St Ed's new Leadership Team, 6.30pm in Year 6 Classrooms Primary Campus  

Friday 14th February

-  Beginning School Year Mass & Captains Induction (Years 1 - 6), 10.00am MHOC Church

-  Online bookings close for Parent / Teacher Interviews being held 17th-21st February for Years 1- 6

Saturday 15th February

- Year 2 First Confession ENROLMENT Mass, 5.30pm MHOC Church

Sunday 16th February

- Year 2 First Confession ENROLMENT Mass, 9.00am or 5.30pm MHOC Church

Monday 17th - Friday 21st February

- Parent / Teacher Interviews (Years 1 - 6)

Wednesday 26th February

-  Ash Wednesday Primary School Mass (Yrs 3 - 6), 9.30am MHOC Church

Friday 28th February

-  Diocesan Swimming Carnival, Moree

March 2020

Sunday 1st March

-  Kindergarten, Yr 3 & Yr 6 Family Mass, 9.00am MHOC Church - everyone welcome

Monday 2nd March - Friday 6th March

-  Parent / Teacher Interviews (Kindergarten only)

Tuesday 3rd March

-  Kindergarten NRMA Bus Safety Program, 9.00am - 11.00am

-  Parent Association Meeting, 6.30pm Primary Staffroom - everyone welcome

Monday 9th March

-  School Advisory Council Meeting, 5.00pm Primary Staffroom

Wednesday 25th March

-  Year 2 First Confession, 4.00pm MHOC Church

April 2020

Wednesday 1st April

-  Real Talk PARENT Evening, 6.00pm - 7.00pm 

Sunday 5th April

-  Year 5 & Year 2 Family Mass, 9.00am MHOC Church - everyone welcome

Monday 6th April

-  St Ed's School Cross Country, Plain St Complex, 11.00am - 2.00pm 

Thursday 9th April

- Holy Thursday

-  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

Monday 27th April

-  Term 2 commences

School Terms 2020

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

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

Term 2  Monday 27th April - Friday 3rd July

Term 3  Monday 20th July - Friday 25th September 

Term 4  Monday 12th October - Friday 18th December

Sporting Dates 2020  

Term 1 Week 2: Thursday 6th February - School Swimming Carnival, Scully Park Pool

Term 1 Week 5:  Friday 28th February - Armidale Diocesan Swimming Carnival, Moree

Term 1 Week 11:  Monday 6th April - 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 the Principals - Alison & Lisa

It has been impressive to observe how quickly our students have returned to school and settled back into their classes and routines. After the extended break you could be forgiven for thinking that the start of the year would be reasonably unsettled. However, we are very pleased to report that the opposite has occurred, with all classes quickly establishing class expectations and approaching each day with enthusiasm and a commitment to learning. 

 

ACER PAT TESTING

Over the coming weeks all children in Year 2 to Year 6 will undertake online testing in Literacy and Numeracy. These tests will be administered by ACER (Australian Council for Educational Research). The data collected from these assessments provide the school with a standardised reference point that  helps with meeting the educational needs of our students. They are nothing to stress over, but obviously we will be encouraging the students to try their best. 

 

SWIMMING CARNIVAL THANK YOU

A big thank you to all the parents who supported our selection trials for Swimming last Thursday. Thank you to Heidi Hardaker for all her organisation, it ran very smoothly.  Congratulations to all the students who:  participated, cheered and displayed wonderful sportsmanship.  A special mention to the students who will be representing the school at Diocesan level.

 

CONGRATULATIONS MRS HARDAKER

We would like to congratulate Mrs Heidi Hardaker on her appointment to the Catholic School Office position of Coordinator: Sport (K-6) & CAPA (K-12).  Heidi has very successfully held the role of Sports Coordinator at St Edward’s for six years and is very deserving of this promotion.  While we wish Heidi every success and happiness in her new role at the CSO and look forward to catching up with her at Diocesan Sporting events. Mrs Natasha Gippel has been appointed as our Coordinator: Sport & PD/H/PE for 2020, congratulations Mrs Gippel.

 

MEET AND GREET

Mrs Hatton and Mrs McSweeney warmly invite all our parents and carers to a "Meet and Greet" evening tonight at  6.30pm in the Year 6 Rooms at the Primary Campus. This will be an opportunity to meet the new leadership team for 2020 including Assistant Principal Mr Greg O'Toole in a relaxed and informal setting over a cuppa. It will also provide the chance to put names to faces and to hear about our goals and expectations for St Edward's School in 2020. If you are free to come along, we would love to see you there.

 

COMPASS PARENT PORTAL LAUNCH

Please mark Thursday 19th March in your diary as this is the night we will be inviting parents and carers to come along and become informed on how to access the Parent Portal of Compass. More details to come!

 

ANNUAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN

On Tuesday the School Leadership team joined St Nicholas School, St Mary's School Armidale and St Xavier's School Gunnedah for our AIP meeting. Here, we presented the School’s Annual Improvement Plan (AIP) to members of the Catholic School’s Office. Our AIP for this year focuses on 4 priority areas: Nurture our Catholic Identity, Lead Learning, Improve Learning and Wellbeing. Our 'big rocks' this year are:

  1. to improve the delivery of the Religious Education Curriculum

  2. ensure consistency in our approach to improve our Whole School English Block

  3. to improve knowledge of curriculum and pedagogical practices in Mathematics 

  4. to create a culture where the wellbeing of staff and students is a priority

We look forward to discussing our improvement agenda in more detail during the year.

 

PARENT ASSOCIATION MEETING

Our first Parent Association Meeting will be held in the Primary Campus Staffroom on Tuesday 3rd March at 6.30pm. Once again, we warmly welcome all parents and carers to come along and become involved in this important facet of school life, especially our new Kindy parents! We look forward to seeing you there.

 

OPENING SCHOOL MASS

We look forward to celebrating the start of our new school year as a Catholic Community with our Opening School Mass, tomorrow, Friday 14th February at 10.00am at Mary Help of Christians Church. We look forward to sharing this special event with our parents and carers. Please see more details in the Religious Education section of this Newsletter.

 

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE

As you would be well aware, the Coronavirus has been a very prominent topic in the media in these past few weeks. The Catholic Schools Office in Armidale has sent through a directive on how this needs to be managed in our schools should there be cases of students, staff or families who have travelled to Asia (in particular China) in the recent holidays.

In short, the most current and up to date directive is as follows:

Based on the new Federal Government advice (attached) the following applies to travellers from China:

Travellers who arrive after 1st February 2020   

Any student or staff member who has returned to Australia after 1 February 2020, and has over the last 14 days visited or transited through mainland China, is excluded from school and should not return to school or child care services for a period of 14 days after leaving China. These students or staff members are also required to self-isolate from the community, as the coronavirus’ incubation period can be as long as two weeks.

Travellers who arrived before the 1st February 2020

Any student or staff member who over who arrived in Australia before 1 February 2020 and in the previous 14 days had visited the province of Hubei in central China is excluded from school and should not return to school or child care services for a period of 14 days after leaving China, as the coronavirus’ incubation period can be as long as two weeks. Returned travellers who have been in Hubei Province of China must be isolated in their home for 14 days after leaving Hubei Province, other than for seeking individual medical care.

Travellers from Hong Kong

Any staff member or student who is currently not attending school due to being in Hong Kong should not return to school until the 14 period has expired. As of the 2 February CSNSW working with NSW Health is recommending that people who have travelled in Hong Kong and not mainland China are able to attend school. 

 Transiting Travellers

The current advice does include those who only passed through airports in mainland China. Any student or staff member who has returned to Australia after 1 February 2020 and has transited through mainland China is excluded from school and required to self-isolate from the community.

 

NSW Health has information available on its website.

Factsheet: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/coronavirus.aspx

FAQs: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/alerts/Pages/coronavirus-faqs.aspx

 

Have a wonderful week everyone!

Alison Hatton & Lisa McSweeney

 

 

 

 

 

 

Focus on Learning

Parent / Teacher Interviews

You will have an opportunity to meet your child's teacher and discuss goals and expectations at upcoming Parent / Teacher Interviews being scheduled for Week 4 - 17th - 21st February (Years 1 - 6).  Kindergarten Parent / Teacher Interviews will occur in Week 6 (2nd - 6th March).  Please make an effort to come along as it is imperative that school and home work together to improve the academic, social and emotional outcomes for our children.

St Edward's School Annual Improvement Plan 2020
 

As part of the framework for improving student learning outcomes, school are required to complete an Annual Improvement Plan. At the end of last year, the staff came together and spent time analysing student data and critically evaluating our 2019 AIP in terms of its success.  It was important do this as a collective to discuss what evidence we had to show that our goals were embedded as part of our practice and what areas we could identify for future development. These rich, professional conversations have lead to the development of our 2020 Annual Improvement Plan. 

 

School English Block

Could we please ask that we have minimum interruptions to the students learning. This includes not making medical appointments etc between 8:45am and 10:50am (School English Block).

For afternoon arrangements, we ask that you make these with your child before school. We have many students coming up during the day to find out their afternoon routine. This disrupts the flow of their learning, as well as making the office an even busier place.

If you are collecting your child during the day, please send in a note to the teacher, and come to the office to sign your child out. There is no need for a phone call to the school.

We thank you for your understanding in these matters, and look forward to a fabulous year with your children.

RE News

Ash Wednesday 

Wednesday 26th February is Ash Wednesday. All students will be attending a Liturgy of the Word which will include the imposition of Ashes. This means your child will receive the Sign of the Cross on their forehead with ashes (made by last year’s palm leaves).

We ask that parents notify their child’s class teacher if they do not want their child to receive ashes on Ash Wednesday.

First Confession

We ask that you keep the students and families who are preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confession for the first time in your prayers and thoughts. 

 

Thank you to the parents and friends who were able to attend the Parent Information evening for the Sacrament of First Confession on Tuesday. We hope you found it informative. If you were unable to attend, a pack containing information was sent home with your child yesterday. If you did not receive yours, please contact your class teacher. 

 

This weekend sees us continue the journey towards the students receiving their First Confession with our Parish Enrolment Masses. It is an expectation that parents will attend one of the following Masses with their child to formally enrol them into the sacramental program. The Mass times are: Saturday 15th February (5.30pm) & Sunday 16th February (9.00am OR 5.30pm). A teacher will be at each Mass to hand out the enrolment cards and to mark your child’s attendance.

 

If you are unable to attend one of these Masses, you will need to contact Fr. Paul at the Church Presbytery on 6765 9543.


The date for the Sacrament of First Confession is Wednesday 25th March at 4.00pm.

Opening School Mass

Tomorrow, Friday 14th February, students from Years 1 - 6 will attend Mass at Mary Help of Christians Church to celebrate the beginning of the school year. It will begin at 10.00am. All parents are welcome to help us celebrate as the School Leaders will have their badges blessed by Father Paul and receive them in a special ceremony during the Mass. We hope to see you there!

Mass for the Religious

On Monday 17th February, our staff Leadership team will join our student leaders and Year 6 to attend a special Mass for the Religious. This Mass will be officiated by Bishop Michael Kennedy with other representatives from local parishes and schools.

Offertory Roster

The roster for those wishing to be a part of the Offertory, and take the Gifts up to Fr. Paul at a weekend Mass is currently under construction.

 

If you would like your children/family to be rostered on for this very important ministry, please contact Mrs Clarke: sclarke@arm.catholic.edu.au . You will need to nominate a Mass time, Saturday at 5.30pm, 9.00am Sunday or 5.30pm Sunday. Thank you!

Altar Servers Roster - old and new

Could all current Altar Servers please email Mrs Clarke to notify her of your preferred Mass times. This will help in finalising the Altar Server Roster. 

 

If there are any children who would like to serve at a weekend Mass, Years 1 - 6, and are not currently altar serving, please notify Mrs Clarke at the Primary or Mrs Willis at the Infants. A large group of our servers were from Year 6 2019, so we would love to see some new faces.

Advanced Notice

Kinder, Yr 3 & Yr 6 Family Mass:  Sunday 1st March, 9.00am MHOC Church

General News

St Ed's Brekky Club - PRIMARY CAMPUS

We would love to invite you to be part of our very successful Brekky Club @ St Edward’s School. This great initiative operates at the Primary Campus ONLY on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 8.00 a.m. - 9.00 a.m. in Mr Mac’s Diner AKA The Art Room. All students are very welcome. 

This Program operates under the very generous support of Woolworths Supermarket, who are in their 3rd year of sponsorship. How lucky are we? That’s why we pick Woolies!

And that’s why we hope, you too, will pick Woolies! 

With just a few little facts we would like to share with you from our time of St Ed’s Brekky Club operating

An Algorithm of another kind. When we are Brekky Crunchers, we can be big number crunchers too!

2 400 slices of toast                              ➕

40 kgs of fresh fruit

240 litres of milk

20 kgs of margarine

60 boxes of cereal

200 +  hours of parent help

7 200 spreads of margarine

Countless numbers of  smiles

200 hours of priceless brekky chats

4 000 dollars of generosity from Woolworths & fully committed to yet another year

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14 360 reasons why we think Brekky Club is Great! 

➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ =

3 000 + Students fuelled and ready to seize the day

➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ =

So many grateful & happy teachers @ St Edward’s School. ✔️✔️✔️

 

Your generosity and willingness to help us,  to support happy, healthy kids at St Edward’s School, will never be underestimated and always be greatly appreciated.

If you are able to assist, whether it be each week, once a month, or even every ‘cotton picking’, please ring Primary Office, and leave a message for Andy Lockwood,  or email me on alockwood@arm.catholic.edu.au

Many hands make light work! Your contribution would be amazing!

Family Packages

Keep an eye out for a package that will be sent home with the eldest child in each family tomorrow (Friday 14th). This envelope contains very important information, some of which is to be returned to school no later than Friday 28th February.  We ask that you take time to go through the contents carefully and update information as required and complete and return forms/notes promptly. It will be appreciated if teachers and administration staff are not required to spend time chasing up notes etc. past the due date.

Year 2 Leaders - TERM 1

Congratulations to the following Year 2 students for taking on these important roles and responsibilities in Term 1.

 

NAME

CLASS

JOB

Alex Davis

2B

Sport Equipment

Kaycee Bett

2B

Sport Equipment

Mia Sleiman

2B

Lost Property

Ashton Lloyd

2R

Bin and office/staffroom recycling

Eddie Ashford 

2R

Bin and office/staffroom recycling

Marlee McIntyre

2R

Soap in bathroom - girl

Rainey Cloake

2M

Passive Play

Kiarnee Smith

2M

Passive Play

Nathan Rex

2M

Soap in bathroom - boy

NB: Jobs need to be completed in the morning to avoid time out of class

 

 

Child Protection

As part of our school policy in keeping our children safe, we need to ensure that any person who takes care of the students of St Edward’s School has their Working with Children Clearance. This includes volunteers on an excursion, reading groups in the classroom or coaching a sporting team. If you don’t have this clearance, this is what you need to do: Go to the RMS (Roads and Maritime Services), and simply ask for the working with children clearance. More information can also be found by clicking here. Make sure you say that you are volunteering at the school for whatever the reason; otherwise there will be a charge of $80. If you volunteer it is free! The school will need a copy of this information which will be given to you by the RMS.  Please then send a copy into the school or email it to setadmin@arm.catholic.edu.au so we can keep it on file.

Surname: 

First Name: 

Date of Birth:

WWC number: 

Type of clearance:  Valid for unpaid work only 

Expiry: 

Cars at the INFANTS

We would like to remind all Infants’ parents of the procedures for parking in and around the Infants School. Children at the Infants who come to school by car should be dropped off and picked up in Thompson Crescent or David Street. Cars are not allowed in the school car park as it interrupts the flow of traffic in Robert Street, as well as being dangerous to the children. Staff cars only are allowed.

The Eastern Side (near Hall) of David Street is a “No Standing Zone” which means children can only be dropped off and picked up in David Street on the school side. If you park in Robert Street, please set a good example to your children and use the pedestrian crossing at all times. 

 

A parking bay exists in Thompson Crescent. This bay is to enable parents to pick up and drop off children.  You are allowed to reverse park only in the lined spaces provided for a period of 15 minutes only during the school zone time:  8.00 - 9.30am and 2.30 - 4.00pm. Please take the first available parking spot, and not wait for your preferred park.  As a safety precaution, please alight from the car when parked and then assist your child out of the car and ensure that they are safely on school grounds.  We remind parents that the Pick-up/Drop Off Area at the rear of the Infants Campus is very busy before school, so please just drop your children and leave quickly as cars bank up and hinder the flow of traffic.  When leaving the pick-up area, you are requested to turn left only and proceed around Thompson Crescent.  Parents are also reminded to hold your child’s hand when stepping off the roadside kerb.  Also, please do not park up on the Council Park Area at the rear of the Infants Campus. We appreciate your help in these important safety matters.  

St Edward’s School Tamworth
2020 Schedule of Fees & Levies

PLEASE NOTE SCHOOL FEES IN 2020 WILL BE INVOICED OVER 3 TERMS, NOT 4 AS IN PREVIOUS YEARS.

 

School fees PER TERM (Terms 1, 2 & 3 only) for 2020 are:  

·         1 child          $460.00 

·         2 children  $828.00 (20% discount child 2)

·         3 or more children  $1,058.00 (50% discount child 3)

 

School fees ANNUAL for 2020 are:

·         1 child             $1,380.00 

·         2 children     $2,484.00  (20% discount child 2)

·         3 or more children   $3,174.00  (50% discount child 3)


2020 Sport & School Activity Levy per child is:

Primary Students            $70.00 per student

Infants Students              $50.00 per student

 

St Edward’s Sport & School Activity Levy (SASA Levy) covers the cost of sport activities and extracurricular activities that students participate in and is in addition to School Fees. 

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 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.

Lost & Found

Missing at the Infants Campus is a purple coloured Fit Bit belonging to Abbie-Lea Asbrooke in 2M.  If found, please return it to Mr Millman or the Infants Office.  Thank you.

Qkr! THE EXCITING SCHOOL APP!!

We would like to remind our families that St Ed’s has Qkr! This mobile App allows fast and easy payments with the flexibility to pay your School Fees, Activity Levy, Lunch Orders, School Clothing orders and Excursion money wherever and whenever you like. Simply download the Qkr! App from the app store (iPhone) or Google Play (Android). Register your child’s details on the App and away you go!!  It’s so simple and saves you, your child’s teacher and admin staff so much time counting and sorting money for those various miscellaneous payments. 

 

2020 School Bus Passes

The 2020 School Bus Pass for those students who are deemed eligible by Transport for NSW for free travel will be mailed to the student’s postal address.

 

Most passes will be received between the 24th January and the 31st January 2020.

 

If the student does not receive their school bus pass by the 3rd February 2020 then please do not hesitate to contact Tamworth Buslines.

 

A grace period is allowed at the start of the school year to enable sufficient time for students to be issued with their school bus pass. During this time drivers will not require students to show a pass and students may still travel, however we do require passes to be shown once the school bus pass has been received.

 

To travel free during the grace period school students must be in school uniform or be able to provide evidence (such as a school ID or school books) they are travelling to or from school.

St Ed's School Advisory Council

Our first School Advisory Council Meeting for 2020 will occur on Monday 9th March at 5.00pm in the Primary Staffroom. At this meeting several positions on the Advisory Council will become vacant.  If you would like to nominate for a position, or you know of someone who would like to be nominated on the School Advisory Council, please collect a Nomination Form from either school office. The closing date for School Advisory Council nominations is Monday 2nd March.

Sport

2020 Swimming Carnival

St Edward’s Swimming Carnival was a fun-filled event for everyone able to attend. With a completely different feel to it this year, the St Ed’s spirit was still very evident in the competitors and cheering crowds. The day triggered mixed emotions for me, as I was happy to watch such talent in the pool, but saddened that everyone couldn’t participate in some way. I am hoping 2021 will bring more rain and a fully functioning pool so that all students can participate.  All 50m events had qualifiers for the Diocesan Swimming Carnival, with a team of approximately 20 students heading to Moree for the Diocesan Swimming Carnival. A huge thank you to all parent helpers and teachers for their continued support at carnivals such as this, without your support our carnivals would not be as successful as they are. 

St Edward’s Age Champions and Runners-up

8/9 Year Boys Champion: Henry Whale  Runner-up: Cooper Jones

8/9 Year Girls Champion: Mia Goodfellow  Runner-up: Sienna Tongs

10 Year Boys Champion: Henry Rumsby  Runner-up: Wallace Robinson

10 Year Girls Champion: Maye Hatton & Grace Hudson  Runner-up: Mille Furneaux-Gay

11 Year Boys Champion: Riley Jones & Fergus McGilchrist  Runner-up: Darcy Madgwick

11 Year Girls Champion: Lily Androutsos  Runner-up: Millah Smith

12/13 Year Boys Champion: Jack Whale  Runner-up: Matthew Jackson

12/13 Year Girls Champion: Grace Goodfellow  Runner-up: Jessica Shiels

Spirit of St Edward’s Award Boy: Emmanual D'ugo  Girl: Evelyn Kendall

House Champions:  MacKillop Gold

The following swimmers qualified and will represent St Edward’s at the Armidale Diocesan Carnival in Moree on Friday 28th February, 2020:  Grace Goodfellow, Lily Androutsos, Olivia Murray, Lara Cartan, Millah Smith, Sienna Pepperell, Jessica Shiels, Mia Goodfellow, Maye Hatton, Ava Mazarto, Lachlan Murray, Henry Rumsby, Sam Studte, Fergus McGilchrist, Jack Whale, Harry Hudson, Rory MacRae, Cooper Jones, Henry Whale, Riley Jones,  Darcy Madgwick and Mitchell Williams. 

The following children qualified for the Relay Teams to compete at the Diocesan Swimming Carnival;

Senior Girls: Lily Androutsos, Grace Goodfellow, Lara Cartan and Millah Smith. Reserve: Olivia Murray

Senior Boys: Jack Whale, Lachlan Murray, Mitchell Williams and Fergus McGilchrist. Reserve: Riley Jones

Junior Boys: Henry Rumsby, Rory McRae, Cooper Jones and Henry Whale (No Reserve)

Junior Girls: Unfortunately only 3 Junior Girls qualified for this event so therefore not enough for a full relay team. 

We wish all these swimmers the best of luck!

 

Sport Coordinator for 2020 

We would like to congratulate Mrs Heidi Hardaker on her appointment to the Catholic School Office position of Coordinator: Sport (K-6) & CAPA (K-12).  Heidi has very successfully held the role of Sports Coordinator at St Edward’s for six years and is very deserving of this promotion.  While we wish Heidi every success and happiness in her new role at the CSO and look forward to catching up with her at Diocesan Sporting events. Mrs Natasha Gippel has been appointed as our Coordinator: Sport & PD/H/PE for 2020, congratulations Mrs Gippel.

Little Athletics

On the 1st February Pyper Lace (2B) competed in the Little Athletics Zone Championships, participating in 4 events. Despite the extreme heat, she came away with a bronze medal in the 50m sprint, silver medal in shot put, bronze medal in the 70m sprint and silver medal in Discus. Next year her age group will be able to progress to a Regional level. Well done Pyper.

 

On the 8th and 9th February Matilda Lace (5C) competed in the Little Athletics Regional Championships, participating in 4 events. In slippery and very wet conditions, she earnt herself 10th overall in Long Jump, a bronze medal in the 100m sprint, she ran 2nd in the 200m sprint heat and 4th fastest overall in the final, the difference between 1st and 4th was only 1.09 sec – it was a very tight race. A silver medal in high jump, a PB and a spot at state level. Sydney here we come!! Well done Matilda.

WaterPolo

Olivia & Ella Murray competed in the 2020 National Youth Water Polo Competition at Brisbane last weekend. Both girls were in the Under 14's team with the majority of the girls under 12. They will now go on to compete at the State Water Polo Competition in Sydney in April. Olivia & Ella  an amazing time at the competition. Well done girls!!

 

Basketball

The competition for the first half of the year tips off in the next few weeks. If you are interested in playing, please email basketballsteds@gmail.com to register your interest if you haven't already done so. 

Trials will commence in the next few weeks, with the competition beginning from the 4th March. 

 

St Ed's Netball 2020

Registration for St Edward’s Netball Saturday competition is now open.

Netball starts on Saturday 2nd May 2020.

Registrations have to be fully completed and paid for online by Friday 13th March 2020.

Active Kids Vouchers are accepted!

For all registrations, it is the age you are turning/ have turned in 2020.

Junior Registration, 11 years and over

NetSetGo Registration 10 and Under in 2020.

 

If you need any help, please contact Clare Dubois or Nikki Bridge at the Primary Canteen

nbridge@arm.catholic.edu.au

 

Oztag

Students who were interested in playing Oztag were provided a permission note on Friday 31st January, 2020. Spare notes are kept at the Infants and Primary Office or can be emailed if you contact hlebrocq@arm.catholic.edu.au 

All students who returned their notes should now have received an email prompting them to register their child online. Teams will be continually updated  as permission notes are received via this online note

Mr Sam Casson and Miss Arnie Purdy will be the teacher representatives for the Oztag Summer competition. 

Touch Football

Students who were interested in playing Touch Football were provided a permission note on Friday 31st January, 2020. Spare notes are kept at the Infants and Primary Office or can be emailed if you contact hlebrocq@arm.catholic.edu.au 

Teams will be continually updated  as permission notes are received via this online note. 

Mr Sam Casson and Mrs Tatum Johns will be the teacher representatives for the Touch Football Summer competition. 

Library News

Library News

Week 4 will run on Cycle A

Infants Librarian: Marisa Cartan         mcartan@arm.catholic.edu.au

Primary Librarian: Tash Gippel            nmcculloch@arm.catholic.edu.au

 

Borrowing

Each class will be borrowing every fortnight due to the nature of our new timetable. They will be choosing books to take home and also to keep in class for DEAR (Drop Everything And Read). During borrowing time the students will have both their classroom teacher and the teacher librarian to assist in choosing their books to ensure that the books are at an appropriate reading level and in line with their interests.

 

Borrowing Days

Cycle A

Tuesday - Year 2, 4A  & Year 6

Wednesday - Year 3 & 4S

 

Cycle B

Monday - Kinder

Wednesday - Year 1 & Year 5

 

Extra Borrowing Time

If your child happens to miss their Library borrowing day or would like to borrow in between their borrowing time they are able to borrow during their lunchtime. The Library will be open at lunch on the following days.

 

Infants:  Cycle A - Tuesdays, Wednesdays

Cycle B - Wednesdays

 

Primary:  Cycle A - Tuesday, Wednesdays 

Cycle B - Wednesdays

 

Book Care

Please ensure that your children take care of their Library Books and keep them in a special place. They will need a library bag to take books home in - even an old pillow case is sufficient. Many books are often lost, misplaced or damaged. If this happens please email your child’s Librarian.

 

Book Covering

We have many new and beautiful books that need covering. Please send us an email if you are able to assist. Any help at all would be very much appreciated.

 

Premier’s Reading Challenge

We will be running the Challenge again in 2020 and this year all students K-3 will be registered. An expression of interest note will be sent home with students in Years 4-6. All students are most welcome to be a part of the Challenge.

 

Yours In Reading,

Tash and Marisa
 

Parent Association

Parent Association AGM

This year we will hold our AGM for the Parent Association on Tuesday 3rd March at 6:30pm in the Primary Staff Room. Please come along to meet other parents in our School community. We particularly welcome our new Kindy parents to come along!

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

Canteen Helpers

The Canteen is a very important facility which is unable to be run effectively without the generous assistance of parents. Thank you to the wonderful parents/carers who have returned their notes offering to help in the Canteen at the Primary or Infants (or both).   We are still in desperate need of helpers, so if you would like to assist and haven’t returned your note, could you please do so by this Friday 14th February as the new roster has to be finalised and sent home shortly.  If you have misplaced your note, a handwritten note will suffice. A shortage of parents on the INFANTS ROSTER could possibly mean the Infants Canteen will close and not operate between 1.00 and 1.30pm for snack items (lunch orders will still be available). Please note hours for the Canteen Supervisor at the Primary are 9.30am to 1.45pm only. Please direct all enquiries in regard to Primary and Infants to Clare Dubois or Nikki Bridge between these times on 6765 7847.  

Canteen Roster

DATE PRIMARY INFANTS
Friday 14th February Donna Graham Bianca Pieper
Monday 17th February Lara Robinson Keisha Frazer
Tuesday 18th February HELP NEEDED HELP NEEDED
Wednesday 19th February Carrie Weber HELP NEEDED
Thursday 20th February Emma Noad                      Emma Noad                

 

Uniform Shop

School Hat           $30

School Tie            $25

School Jumper  $35

School Jacket    $70

Sports Polo         $35

Sports Shorts     $30

Sports Socks      $10

Girls Navy Winter Socks  $10 

Girls Navy Winter Tights  $10

Boys Grey School Socks  $10

Winter Scarf  $10

Paint Shirt   $20

Library Bag  $10

Backpack   $50

 

The above items are available for purchase from either the Primary Canteen, Infants Office or via the Qkr! App on your mobile phone.   

 

Sherpa Kids Before/After School Care

New Enrolments

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

Parenting Ideas

Wise Words for Families

"Reducing Separation Anxiety in Young Children" by Michael Grose

In the early years some clinginess, crying and tantrums are normal when a child is separating from parents. While a great deal of separation anxiety disappears with age, some young children will continue to experience anxiety when going to pre-school, child care or other care arrangements. This anxiety can be distressing for parents, and become an unnecessary source of guilt, further fuelling a child’s anxiety. Many children who experience separation anxiety are biologically predisposed to anxiousness, shying away from new or novel situations. Here are some ways to support an anxious child at drop-off:

Become practised at separations

Help your child become used to separations by leaving them with caregivers for short periods at first and gradually increasing the length of separation.

Get your child separation-ready

Tired, hungry kids are generally clingy, cranky kids. Similarly, rushed kids are often stressed kids. If your child continues to cling to you when you leave them at pre-school or with carers, check your home routines. Are they going to bed early enough to get sufficient sleep? Are they waking in time to complete their morning activities without being rushed? Are they getting an energy-boosting breakfast such as porridge or an egg to provide the fuel to put them in the right mood? Sometimes simple adjustments to home routines can make a big difference to how a child reacts when leaving their parents in the morning.

Develop a regular quick goodbye ritual

Rituals, like routines, are both reassuring and personal. Develop your own special good-bye ritual, which can be simple such as a special wave or kiss. Alternatively, a fun good bye ritual such as a high five, low five, fist pump bursting into a hand explosion can be something a child enjoys. One you’ve said good-bye leave quickly without stalling or looking back. Avoid making leaving a bigger deal than what it is.

Take part of you with them

If the pre-school or child care centre allows it, encourage your child to bring a comforter such as a favourite soft toy, part of a blanket or even something that you’ve given them such as photo or toy. Taking a part of you with them can provide an added layer of security when you’re not around.

Stay confident

Kids will often take their cues from their parents so a calm, reassuring approach can give your child the confidence they need that they will be okay.

Involve your child’s teacher or carer in the drop-off

Discuss separation with the pre-school teacher or carer and involve them in the transition. Settle your young child with the other carer, preferably being involved in an activity before saying good bye and making a quick exit while your child is in the care of another adult.

When separation anxiety is not normal

Most separation anxiety is a normal part of your child’s development. Some children will experience separation anxiety that is outside the normal range, which may require professional intervention. It can be difficult to determine whether a child’s anxiety is normal or can be considered a disorder as many of the behaviours are the same. Consider seeking professional help if some or all of the following occurs:

  • the intensity of the anxiety is outside the normal range for their age
  • your child becomes agitated at the mention of being separated from you
  • they withdraw from normal activities at home and at pre-school
  • the separation anxiety continues regularly for four weeks or more

Community News

McCarthy Catholic College, Tamworth - OPEN DAY

 

Healthy Lunch Box Recipes

 

Road Safety in and around Schools

Lights flash on the back of buses to warn motorists they're picking up or dropping off kids. Slow down to 40km/h and look out for children crossing.

Help keep our kids safe:  bit.ly/busflashinglights

 

Just a reminder, school zones are in operation around schools.

Double demits apply for speeding & mobile phone offences in active school zones.

 

Tamworth Conservatorium of Music

 

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