Dear St Monica’s families and friends,
Swimming Carnival - It was an incredible day on Monday, out at Stromlo Leisure Centre, for the 2024 Swimming Carnival. It is no easy feat organising 300 students into events, marshal them, support and cheer them on. Big shout out to Mr Meagher, who organised and coordinated this year’s event any many thanks to all parent volunteers, teaching and support staff and the crew from TeamKids who helped make the carnival run like clockwork!
Parent / Teacher Get to Know You Meetings - I trust you found the Get To Know You Meetings a valuable opportunity to talk to your child’s classroom teacher about your child. These meetings bolster the partnership our families have with the school and, lay the groundwork for positive parent – teacher relationships. We thank you for openly sharing your child’s strengths, interests and areas in which they experience challenge. The Australian Parenting Website – raisingchildren.net.au has some valuable tools and resources to assist families, of school age children. https://raisingchildren.net.au/school-age/school-learning/working-with-schools-teachers/problem-solving-for-parents-teachers
Whole School Prayer - Tomorrow, we hold our first Whole School Prayer celebration for 2024. The focus is ‘when I show respect for myself, I will flourish’. Pope Francis wants us to live out this message from Christus Vivit #257…
A vocation, he said, is a gift that “will help you live to the full and become someone who benefits others, someone who leaves a mark in life; it will surely be a gift that will bring you more joy and excitement than anything else in this world. Not because that gift will be rare or extraordinary, but because it will perfectly fit you. It will be a perfect fit for your entire life.”
School Fees - Thank you for your patience as we await school fee invoicing for 2024. Catholic Education have implemented a new system and there has been some administration delays, which means Term 1 school fees have not been issued yet. It is anticipated you will receive your fee statement soon. If you wish to discuss methods of payment, your BPay code or family and sibling discounts please contact Kirralea Thompson (Finance Manager) and she will be able to assist you. If you hold concerns that school fees in 2024 may cause hardship for you and your family, I encourage you to contact me directly for a confidential discussion, on the assistance available to support you.
Dates for your diaries:
- Tuesday 27 February - Netball & Rugby League Gala days
- Thursday 29 February - Catholic School Parents Australia Reserach Visit
- Tuesday 19 March: School Photo Day
- Friday 29 March – Monday 1 April: Easter Long Weekend
- Saturday 6April: St Monica’s School Fete
- Wednesday 10 April: School Athletics Carnival
Peace and blessings to all families,
Catholic School Parents Australia (CSPA) has invited parents, and staff, from our school to be involved in a research project. CSPA wants to hear the voices of parents and school staff about 'How to build and maintain effective School-Parent Communication'. We are 1 of only 46 schools across Australia, who have been invited to participate.
If you would like to take part in this important research, please take some time to read the attached information. There are different ways that you can be involved including; surveys, 1:1 interview, phone interview or as a focus group of 3 - 4 parents.
The information captured in the research project remains strictly confidential and is not reported back to the school. However, for the purposes of organising the on-site interviews, we do need to know if you have provided your consent to participate in the project. Please phone or email Stephanie Flynn - email@example.com to let her know of your voluntary participation and advise how you will be participating ie 1:1 interview, phone interview, as a focus group.
The Research Team will be on-site on Thursday 29 February. They have advised they are able to conduct early morning interviews and evening interviews for working parents. We encourage as many parents as possible to participate, as this will provide valuable information about school - home communication.
Prayer and Worship
Tomorrow we will gather as a whole school in St Monica’s church for our first Whole School Prayer led by Mrs Harris and Mrs Lloyd on Respect for Ourselves. All are invited to join us.
During the season of Lent we have been challenged to lengthen our prayers, our acts of kindness and give up the things that do not show others that we follow Jesus. How are you going? What change could you start with this week?
Flourishing in the Footsteps
Term 1 Liturgical Life of St Monica’s Primary School
Whole School Prayer
Whole School Prayer Focus: Flourishing Respect Others led by 5 White
Grade Mass Wednesday 9.30am: Year 5
Whole School Prayer Focus: Flourishing Respect God led by 3 White Friday 9.15am
Grade Mass Wednesday 9.30am: Year 4
Whole School Prayer Focus: Palm Sunday led by 1 White
Grade Mass Wednesday 9.30am: Year 3
Whole School Liturgy Focus:
Holy Thursday, Thursday 9.15am
Good Friday led by Year 6 throughout the day Thursday
Whole School Liturgy Focus: Easter
Grade Mass Wednesday 9.30am:
Year 1 and K
Social Action and Justice
Social Justice in Action at St Monica’s
Following the arrival of the Project Compassion materials to our classroom, Ella C from 3W was so inspired by the idea she went home with a plan! Ella, with the assistance of her family and neighbours set up a Lemonde stall to raise some money. Ella really wanted to raise $65 dollars to purchase a goat for a community in Malawi. Due to Ella's commitment and enthusiasm, a community can now purchase that goat. Congratulations Ella- what a wonderful example for us all!
Project Compassion- First Week of Lent
This year, Project Compassion brings you the stories of three resilient women from three different corners of the world. They are facing vastly different challenges but are all united by one dream: to create a better tomorrow for all future generations.
Meet Ronita from the Philippines. Ronita lives with her husband and two children in a barangay (local district) in Quezon City, which is situated in Metro Manila in the Philippines. She went back to school to finish her education so that she could earn income to support her children.
Meet Leaia from Samoa. Not having access to a reliable source of clean water was very difficult for Leaia and her family. But, with the support of Caritas Australia, a water tank was installed at their home, improving their health and living conditions.
Meet Memory from Malawi. Memory, the eldest daughter from a rural Malawian family, trained to become a carpenter and is now a trailblazer for future generations of women in her village.
Throughout Project Compassion, you will get to know the stories of Ronita, Leaia and Memory. Journey with them as they forge a path to a brighter future for all generations.
Watch a short film: Introduction to Project Compassion
Please donate to Project Compassion.
You can donate through Project Compassion donation boxes, online by visiting caritas.org.au/project-compassion or by calling 1800 024 413.
Photo: Richard Wainwright/Caritas Australia
2024 Parish Sacramental Program – for students who are baptised and in Years 4-6 in 2024.
Sacraments to be celebrated in 2024
Sacrament of Reconciliation – will be celebrated during Term 1 on:
Tuesday 2 April in St Michael’s Church, Kaleen;
Wednesday 3 April in St Monica’s Church, Evatt; and
Thursday 4 April in St Monica’s Church, Evatt.
Registrations are now open. Registration for the Sacrament must be made via the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Qkr! App (NOT the school app).
If you are registering more than 1 child you will need to fully complete and pay for each separate registration.
No late registrations will be accepted after the closing date.
Sacrament of First Communion - will be celebrated across the four Sunday Parish Masses on the weekend of 15 and 16 June.
Sacrament of Confirmation – will be celebrated on 17, 18, and 19 September.
Update from the Fete Committee
Calling all parents! Join us in making this year’s school fete unforgettable! Volunteering isn’t just about lending a hand; it’s a chance to build connections, create lasting memories, and be an integral part of our wonderful school community. Your support makes a difference. Sign up and let’s make the upcoming fete a success together. Click the link here to sign up or get in touch with the fete team if you have any questions.
We are looking to make our garden stall bloom with life! If you have any extra plants you’d like to contribute, we’d love to accept your donations.
Mark in your diaries! You can drop off your pre-loved goods to be sold at the White Elephant stall on the following days between 2-4pm:
- 17 March
- 23 March
- 24 March
- 1 April
Volunteer opportunities for drop off days are now open.
Keep an eye out for raffle tickets. These will go home with the eldest child next week.
Want to contact us?
Please get in touch – we’d love to hear your ideas and happy to answer any questions. You can reach us via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep an eye on our Facebook page and the newsletter for regular Fete Committee updates.
The Importance of Sleep
It’s a well-known fact that sleep is incredibly important for everyone. Sleep is the body’s chance to rest and reset for the next day. For young people, sleep is especially important because their bodies are going through their formative years and need recovery in order to change and develop. Despite sleep being so important for young people, good sleep patterns are often resisted due to a variety of reasons such as screens and social media, worrying/racing minds, and other distractions. So how can parents and carers support their children to have better sleep patterns?
It can be difficult to go to sleep at the same time every night, however maintaining some routine is important so that the brain knows when to relax and prepare for rest. It can be a good idea to have a limit to how late your child can stay up for, and they can choose to go to bed before or on that time. A pre-bed routine is also helpful for a good sleep, and can include brushing teeth, reading a chapter of a book or listening to a relaxing podcast. Every person is different, but young people should be aiming for at least 8 hours of sleep per night. A good sleep routine also includes waking up at a reasonable time each morning. Remind your child that while it may be difficult at first, their body clock will adjust, and it will get easier.
Avoiding screens is extremely important and we should not be looking at phone, television or computer screens for at least one hour before bed. This is because screens stimulate us, not relax us. Screentime reduces the quality of our sleep and does not allow us to wind-down properly.
Other common stimuli can include sugar, caffeine, and energy drinks. These should be limited and not consumed during the afternoon or night.
Create a Good Environment
Young people will sleep easier if they are in a comfortable, tidy environment. It is also a good idea to encourage your children not to do homework on their bed. Their bed is supposed to be a place of rest and relaxation, and it can be harder to switch off if they have spent all afternoon working on it.
Check-in Before Bed
Sometimes young people can struggle to sleep due to stress. There are many worries that can keep young people up at night – from social issues such as friendships and bullying, to school issues such as assignment stress. It can be helpful to check-in before bed and offer comfort or advice if they need it.
If you are worried about your child’s sleep, check in with their GP to discuss this further. For more information, read this with your child: https://headspace.org.au/explore-topics/for-young-people/get-enough-sleep/.