Dear St Anne's Community,
Welcome to the 2021 school year. I hope that you had an enjoyable Christmas and New Year and that you were able to spend some quality time with family and friends. It was nice to see the students smiling faces as they walked through the gates on Monday. I was very impressed with how settled the school was when we met in the church for an assembly. Thank you to the staff at St Anne's for making the first week back an organised and successful one.
A very warm welcome to all of our new families joining us this year. We are lucky to have 15 new families starting with us across K-10. Welcome to: Noah (Yr 2), Markus (Yr 7), Lilah (Yr 3), Kayla (Yr 7), Scarlett (Yr 7), Chelsea (Yr 7) and the 24 Kindergarten students. Best of luck to our 24 Year 7 students on the start of their secondary education. Welcome to our 2 new teachers, Mr Rob Turner (Secondary Maths/Science) and Miss Jennifer Cutcliffe (Year 2). We are lucky to have them join us at St Anne's. We are still searching for a Wood/Metal teacher. I requested that this be made a fulltime position to attract more candidates and this was approved.
Last week, staff participated in 3 days of Professional Learning. There is a new system wide initiative called "Catalyst" being introduced and we spent a full day learning about this. On the other 2 days we covered topics such as First Aid, Religious Education, Scriptural Theme for the year, Behaviour Management, Student Data Analysis and our Strategic and Operational Plans. A reminder that students will start Term 2 on Monday 19th April, not the Tuesday.
Our Annual St Anne's Long Lunch is taking place on the 27th March. You don't need to be on a table of 10 to attend the event. Please see the flyer attached to this newsletter for more information. This is a really good social gathering and fundraiser.
I pray that 2021 is a safe, healthy and prosperous year for all of you.
See you at the Welcome BBQ and Open classrooms on Wednesday 10th February.
Each year the school concentrates on one of the four focus areas which are listed at the bottom of the School Identity Statement (pictured above).
In 2021 our school-wide focus is on supporting the students to develop their skills of ‘curiosity and critical thinking’.
These skills are valuable tools to have and we can all continually improve in these areas which impact our lives, which include:
- Thinking deeply
- understanding another’s point of view
- showing empathy
- challenging our old ways
- thinking differently
- wondering about the world around us
- asking questions
- posing more questions
- thinking through answers with greater consideration
- Considering other viewpoints
- Gaining expert opinion
In order to promote lifelong learning, we value these essential skills at St Anne’s, and work in partnership with families and the community to help foster these in the students. This is our goal for 2021.
We also have our Scriptural quote for this year which derives from this goal, the identity statement and also the strong tradition of the Josephite sisters in the Temora community and in particular the influence of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. Mary MacKillop’s life was dedicated to serving others, recognising the needs of others and taking action. We hope to instill this same sense of service in the students of St Anne’s. It is our aim to not only encourage a sense of selfless service, but also to promote initiative to seek out a relationship with God, to use their voices to stand up for injustice and to act.
Our scriptural quote for 2021 is:
“Ask, and it will be given to you;
search, and you will find;
knock, and the door will be opened for you.”
Monday 8th February - Swimming Carnival (3-10)
Tuesday 9th February - Opening School Mass 10.15am (K-10)
Wednesday 10th February - Parent BBQ 5.30pm
- Open classrooms 6.00-7.00pm
- Parent information evening 6.00-6.30pm (Year 7)
- Parent information evening 6.30-7.00pm (Year 10)
Monday 15th February - Western Region Swimming Carnival (West Wyalong)
Thursday 4th March - School Photos
Wednesday 17th March - Ash Wednesday Mass 10.15am (K-10)
Saturday 27th March - St Anne's Long Lunch 12.00noon
Tuesday 30th March - Year 8 Retreat Day (School Hall)
Tuesday 30th March - Western Region Cross Country (Boorowa)
Wednesday 31st March - Year 9 Retreat Day (School Hall)
Thursday 1st April - Last Day Term 1
- Easter Hat Parade 9.00am
- Easter Pageant 2.00pm
Monday 19th April - School Resumes Term 2 (K-10)
During the holidays, the following maintenance items were carried out:
- Pest spraying
- Carpets professionally dry cleaned
- Wood/Metal machines professionally serviced
- Various high pressure cleaning of pathways and balconies
- New bag hooks for the Year 1 and 2 classrooms
This year we will have a focus on improving the playground. This will need to happen in this order:
- Fix and/or install stormwater drainage across the school
- Lay new asphalt to the playground
- Source new playing equipment and line markings
The renovations continue in the Secondary classrooms. The Science room is 90% complete and the students moved in there today. The Food Tech room will be available at the end of February, with the kitchen being installed next week. The Wood/Metal room will be completed at the same time as the Food Tech room. We look forward to the end of the renovations so that we can show you around the new rooms. In the holidays, the underboring for the power upgrade occured also. The next part of the power upgrade will occur in the April school holidays.
Issue 1 of the Scholastic Book Club for 2021 has been sent home today.
How to order
It would be appreciated if all orders were made and paid for via LOOP.
To pay by credit card, visit scholastic.com.au/LOOP or download the LOOP app.
Orders are due back at school by Monday 15th February. They are to be handed in to your class teacher/front office.
Book Club orders are due by Monday, 15th February.
If you have any questions regarding Book Club, please contact Mrs Klara Kite.
We offer classes in ballet, tap, jazz, hip hop, contemporary and highland. Experienced and qualified teachers.
Ages from 3 and up.
Studio is at the C.W.A. Hall next to the Court House.
Classes have resumed but enrolments are still being taken.
For enquiries please phone Christine on 0427 782 954.