St Xavier's Newsletter

19 February 2020
Issue Two
Upcoming Events
Principals Message
Religion and Parish News
The Learning Zone
Out and About the School
Around the Grounds
Community News
St Xavier's Primary School Gunnedah
02 6742 1136
152 Bloomfield St
Gunnedah, NSW, 2380

Upcoming Events

Calender Link

Click here to view the St Xavier's Calendar

This calendar link is constantly updated, be sure to check in regularly.  It is also on our website.


Wednesday 19 February

P&F Meeting 5.30pm

Friday 21 February 2020

St Xavier's Swimming Carnival

Friday 28 February

Diocesan Swimming Carnival

Wednesday 26 March

Ash Wednesday





Principals Message

Dear Parents,

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the Grade night presentations. Some parents turned up to multiple meetings! If you missed out please make contact with your child’s teachers if you have any concerns or questions. Our Annual Improvement Plan was presented, a copy of which is included in this Newsletter.


Our four big focus areas for 2020 are;

  • Pastoral Care & Wellbeing

  • English

  • Maths

  • Personal Development, Health and Physical development (PDHPE)


Wellbeing is a common topic being spoken about in all the schools in our Diocese. I believe the best thing we can do for each other’s wellbeing and our own is to form healthy, supportive, happy relationships. That's the starting point for us at St Xavier’s. Developing confidence, resilience, tolerance and a voice in our children is paramount to their wellbeing. Wellbeing for the adults in our school is as important. We all need to be valued and supported and have the opportunity to laugh. 


The following article is an interesting read!     The Silent Tragedy


The attentiveness of our students during the recent opening Mass was exceptional. Kindergarten students  were outstanding, the Mass being their first important visit to the Hall. 


Thanks to the parents who have volunteered to help at the Swimming Carnival on Friday, we can't do it without you. 


Kind regards,


Religion and Parish News

“In the family we learn how to love, to forgive, to be generous and open, not closed and selfish. We learn to move beyond our own needs, to encounter others and share our lives with them. That is why it is so important to pray as a family!” - Pope Francis, Manila, 2015


Dear Jesus,                          

Grant me your strength, so I will have courage in every situation;

Grant me your love, so I will never give up on anybody;

Grant me your wisdom, so I will show others the path to success;

Grant me your mercy, so I will forgive those who have hurt me;

Grant me your peace, so I will find the best in everybody;

Grant me your hope, so I will never give up;

Grant me your joy, so I will be thankful for all my blessings;

And Grant me your grace, so you will always be at my side. 


Combined Opening School Mass

Last Thursday, St Xavier’s and St Mary’s College combined to celebrate their Opening School Mass. The hall was at maximum capacity with students, staff, families and parishioners, who all came to witness Fr John and Fr Vince lead Mass, before welcoming in the 2020 leaders for both schools. The new St Xavier’s Prefects did a wonderful job reading the Prayers of the Faithful, as did our School Captains, Lily Canham and James Strohfeldt, who reverently took the gifts up to the Altar during the Offertory. Congratulations to all elected St Xavier’s school leaders for 2020.


Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, falls on next Wednesday February 26 (Week 5). Along with St Mary’s, St Xavier’s Primary students will celebrate Mass in the St Xavier’s Hall on this day to mark the beginning of the Lenten Period. Infants students will attend an Ash Wednesday Liturgy in the Kindergarten classroom instead of attending the Mass that morning.

Term 1 Masses

Primary Mass- Thursday 19 March, 9.30am

Infants Liturgy- Thursday 26 March, 12.00pm

All are welcome to come along and join the students for these special Masses.

2020 Sacraments

CONFIRMATION - Sunday 3 May, 6.00pm at St Joseph's Church

Parent Information Night- Thursday 19 March, 6.00pm St Joseph's Church

Rite of Enrolment Masses- Sat 21 March, 6.00pm or Sun 22 March, 8.30am

Rite 2 Reconciliation- Thursday 30 April, 5.30pm St Joseph's Church

Retreat Day- Friday 1 May


FIRST EUCHARIST- Sunday 14 June, 8.30am St Jospeh's Church

Parent Night- Thursday 7 May, 6.00pm St Joseph's Church

Rite of Enrolment Masses-  Sat 9 May, 6.00pm or Sun 10 May, 8.30am

Rite 2 Reconciliation- Friday 12 June, 10.00am St Joseph's Church

Retreat Day- Friday 12 June


FIRST RECONCILIATION- Thursday 17 September, 6.00pm St Joseph's Church

Parent Night- Thursday 6 August, 6.00pm St Joseph's Church

Rite of Enrolment Masses- Sat 8 August, 6.00pm or Sun 9 August, 8.30am

Retreat Day- Thursday 17 September


St Joseph's Altar Servers

Starting next week, and finishing in Week 8, Fr Vince will be conducting some lunchtime training sessions for all new and existing Altar Servers. Following this, all Altar Servers will participate in a ceremony at Sunday Mass on the 29th March, either in the Rite of Institution (for new Altar Servers) or in the Renewal of Commitment (for existing Altar Servers). Further information will come home about this shortly.

Saturday 22 February 6.00 pm - Lily Jolliffe, Lucas Sardinha, Lucas Grosser

Sunday 23 February 8.30 am -  Olivia Bennett, Jedd Smallwood, Jonathon Martin .


The Learning Zone

Reading with Your Child


Year 5 Explicit Teaching

Explicit teaching time in Year 5! Students and teachers gather in this space to view an explicit lesson of a new concept. Students are listening attentively and participating in offering answers.



Kinder have been learning that a noun is a person, place or thing! We also discovered that they are anything you can take a photo of!(even a selfie!)


Year 1 Maths

Year 1 are learning about numbers to 100 using a 100’s chart .


Out and About the School

Language Classes

In 2019 Rachael Field our Aboriginal Education Assistant completed her Certificate 2 in Basic Aboriginal language. Rach has a strong interest in helping out students learn about their culture. She has started to work with our younger students in teaching them aspects of the Kamilaroi language. 

Year 1 has been learning numbers 1 to 10. They also learned how to say hello (yamma) and goodbye (yaluu). 


Library News

Welcome to the Library for 2020! This year we have three wonderful Junior Librarians who are full of knowledge about our Library space and ready to help students in any way they can. 

The Junior Librarians are Emily Swain, James Wilkinson and Katie Kingdom. The three of them have already been busy running a variety of lunchtime activities including colouring in, games and puzzles and of course the very popular storytime which involves reading books to some of our younger students.

The Junior Librarians have also been busy becoming familiar with our new Library space for 2020. The general consensus is that it is cosy, inviting and has wonderful air conditioning! So if you are at school dropping off or picking up your children please pop by and say hello!


Stay tuned for more updates and information from the Library in future newsletters!

Kinder Fun


Year 7 2021


Compass Parent Portal

We still have a few parents who have not logged into the Compass Parent Portal. The Portal will be used a lot more this year and it will become the main source of communication from your child's classroom to you at home. If you have lost your log in details, please contact the office.

Don't forget, once you have logged in on the Compass website, you can download the App to your phone.


School Magazine

The 2019 School Magazine is still available to order on Qkr. They cost $20.00.

School Fees

Term 1 school fee statements have been emailed and are due by 13 March.  Please contact the office if there are any issues with payment.

Uniform Shop



Thank you to those who answered our call for help last week.

Sue still needs volunteers on the following days:




We lost quite a few helpers at the end of last year as their children were finishing Yr 6.

Please contact the office if you are able to help.


The next P&F Meeting will be held tonight, Wednesday 19 February at 5.30pm.

All welcome to join and meetings are kid friendly!

This months meeting will be in the St Xavier's Staff Room - located in the administration building.
We are looking forward to a great year and hope to have some fresh faces with new ideas and input.
Don't forget you do as much or as little as you like.....we encourage all parents to have a say in how we support our children and schools.


End of Day Pick Up

All Kiss and Drop cars can you please have the surname of your children displayed clearly on the passenger visor. This helps the duty teachers identify you and move your child to your car faster. The office is happy to type one up for you if you let them know.
ALSO for YEAR 1 AND 2 parents who collect your children from the classrooms, can you please wait under the tree in the eating area. The verandahs are too congested.
Thanks for your cooperation.

School Photos

The new dates for School Photos are set for: 

Tuesday 9 June

Wednesday 10 June

Sport Days

All students wear their Sport Uniform on Fridays.

The following days are PE Days:

Tuesday- Year 5 and 6

Wednesday- Kindergarten, Year 1, 2, 3, 4

Around the Grounds

2020 Swimming Carnival

Friday 21 February, start time 8.50am .

We are all getting very excited about the Swimming Carnival on Friday. Information was sent home earlier this week (and I have attached it here). Please take the time to read it , especially  the drop off and pick up procedures. 

Year 3-6 must all go to the pool in the morning. DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Year 1-2 children who have nominated to swim must go to the pool in the morning. DO NOT COME TO SCHOOL

Kinder must come to school as normal.

Year 1-2 children who are NOT nominated to swim must come to school as normal.


Polding Summer Trials

On Friday 7 February, Zoe Law and Ella Cameron traveled to Lismore as part of the Diocesan Basketball Team. They had a great day, met lots of new people and learnt some really great skills.

Due to the weather in Lismore, the Polding Tennis has been postponed twice, so we will have to wait to hear how Mimi Pinfold and James Fenton get on when they eventually get there!


Community News







St Xavier's Newsletter
P&F Newsletter.pdf
2020 Follow-up Note_program.pdf