St Anthony's Primary School Girraween

Term 4 - Week 1 - 2020

A warm welcome back to the final term of 2020! 

The students have settled in well to the first week of learning for term 4. 

We have much to look forward to in the next ten weeks. As some restrictions have eased, we will see a few more events happening for the students such as grade/stage based celebrations and activities and in-school excursion experiences. We will communicate with you soon about what format Kindergarten orientation, Year 6 graduation and farewell and how any celebrations of Christmas or the end of year will occur. We trust our parents are still feeling connected to what is happening through our digital communication and social media channels. We thank you for your continued support, please don't hesitate to contact us as needed.

Diary note: School for Term 4 concludes for students on Wednesday 16th December

Catholic Faith and Life

You Can View the Latest Draft of the New Religious Education Curriculum

For several years now, our Catholic community has been working together to update the way we share our faith with children and young people. An updated version of the Draft New Curriculum for Religious Education with references to the relevant sections of the Catechism of the Catholic Church is now available on the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta website, together with a guide to help community members learn more. 

Where should I start reading?

Start with the Guide to Understanding the Draft New Curriculum.  Then, to understand the intention of the curriculum, go first to reading about the dispositions - the head, heart and hand paradigm we have explained in our recent videos.  This is central to the curriculum.  This then flows into the rationale; the "why" for the curriculum.  Both of these then shape the learning cycles that your students engage in in the classroom.

What is my child learning this term?

The public sharing of the curriculum gives you an opportunity to see the learning cycle explained in greater detail.  This is the same documentation that teachers use to guide the learning.  The learning cycles each grade are engaged in this term are listed below:

KindergartenEarly Stage 1, Cycle 2Who is my neighbour?
Year 1Stage 1, Cycle 2What is prayer?
Year 2Stage 1, Cycle 8What is Sacred Scripture?
Year 3Stage 2, Cycle 1What is a Sacrament?
Year 4Stage 2, Cycle 3Who are our heroes?
Year 5Stage 3, Cycle 5What does it mean to think about my thinking?
Year 6Stage 3, Cycle 6What is human dignity?

Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta today released an updated version of its Draft New Curriculum for Religious Education. Though the document remains a draft, the move is an act of good faith in working together as a Catholic community. Read more...

Letter to Parents regarding the Draft New Curriculum


School News

Thank You to Parish Volunteers

A trusty group of Parish volunteers generously gave their time, tools and efforts on a hot Saturday to assist with some gardening work here at St Anthony's in the holidays. They trimmed, weeded, pruned, cut back and cleaned up the gardens which is of great benefit to the school. As a result, our grounds are looking great for the start of the new term. It is always wonderful to maintain a connection between the church and school especially during this year when we haven't been able to celebrate and worship together at the Church as normal. 

A huge thanks and appreciation to Bill Ryan, Vince Adams, Charlie Baiada, Charlie Bugeja, Jeff Lette, Vince Macri, Neil Milgate and Keith Steele. Thank you to Mrs Vicki Baiada for coordinating this work.

World Teachers Day - A shout out to St Anthony's teachers!

Australia will celebrate and thank the teaching profession on World Teachers’ Day - Friday 30 October. Teachers, with support from parents and carers, have ensured education continues across the country this year, despite major challenges. It has reinforced the significant role teachers play in the lives of children and students, their families and communities.

On Friday 30 October, help us celebrate teaching by saying a big thank you to your teachers with a smile and tell us what you love about school and learning at St Anthony's!!

St Anthony's school pick up zone (afternoons)

Dear Parents,

With the instalment of the pedestrian crossing on Girraween Road, there have been some adjustments to the road signs and rules in this area. Please familiarise yourselves with these. It is also timely to remember the guidelines to a safe and successful pick up in the afternoons. Please see these below.

How can I order a 'surname' sign for my car?

You can order a 'surname' sign by submitting an e-form via Skoolbag. Please refer to the screenshots below for support.

Picnic with the Principal for Student of the Term (Tm 3)


Mercy Awards

Congratulations to the following students who received Mercy Awards in their class for 2020. The Mercy Award is awarded to one student per class each year on Mercy Day as recognition of the demonstration of one of the Mercy values of Hospitality, Justice, Compassion, Respect, Service or Courage.

KG - Sana Paul

KW - Olivia Frleta

1G - Jaathana Pakeerathan1W - Sana Nazeeb
2G - Veer Patel2W - Michelle Pham
3G - Isha Singh3W - Sarah Nazeeb
4G - Nikita Pandey4W - Zoe Heuston
5G - James Chahine5W - Annah Conduru
6G - Ryan Harris6W - Sam Boulos

Mercy Cup Netball Competition - Y5 v Y6

During the last four weeks of Term 3 a group of Year 5 and Year 6 students represented their houses in a modified version of the Mercy Cup Netball. Due to COVID-19, we were unable to hold our much loved staff v student version of this event. Each team played each other once with the finals being held on Thursday of week 10. After a close competition in both grades the Year 5 finalists were Enda and McAuley with McAuley coming out as winners. The Year 6 final was held between MacKillop and McAuley, with MacKillop coming from behind to take the win!

We are all very proud of the sportsmanship displayed by all players during this time and the support from the sidelines.

Congratulations to McAuley and MacKillop!

St Ant's Can Dance - Our 1950s Dance Showcase was lots of fun!

Mercy Markets

Check out the Catholic Outlook article about St Anthony's support of Mercy Works.

Well done to our Year 6 students. The total funds raised from our 2020 Mercy Markets was $1489.60.

Term 4 Sport K-6

Building Works

During the school holidays, work commenced on constructing a lift and awning to our upstairs classrooms, a project funded and managed by Catholic Education, Diocese of Parramatta. Unfortunately, the work was delayed and the awning was not completed in time for return to school. As a result, there is scaffolding and a sectioned off work site outside Year 4 and 6. Some alternate walkways have been established for access to these classrooms and to the staff study. We are hoping some weekend work can take place in term 4 but otherwise the project will be finished during the December/January holidays with the lift being operational for the start of the 2021 year.

Goodbye to our Jacaranda Tree!

The Jacaranda Tree on our Area C playground was a much loved outdoor feature for staff and students for many years. Children would lie on the grass in its dropped purple flowers and many an outdoor class or celebration was held in the shade of its branches. Sadly, it was identified in our annual tree safety report as needing to be removed. There were many gasps and tears as the children watched it being cut down. We were lucky to be able to keep its mulch to nurture our other garden beds and have some special cut stools from its trunk to put in our Mary Garden.

Child Safety Handbook


We are pleased to advise that a new edition of this valuable safety resource is now valuable online with updated safety content.

We urge all parents and carers to download this latest edition and discuss the safety content with your children.

Child Safety Handbook App available for download:  

Visit the Child Safety Hub

Please click here to view the booklet


Student Data Validation - CEDP

As part of our annual system and legal requirements, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) is asking families to ensure all relevant contact and student information is up to date and accurate for the purposes of communication and providing relevant support to students. 

On Monday 19 October, households will receive an email or SMS from CEDP with a link and login details to the Student Data Validation (SDV) form. 

Once you have logged in you will be able to verify existing information from the school database and update if necessary. The process should not take more than 15 minutes and will need to be completed by 5:00pm on Friday 6 November.

If you have any questions about the Student Data Validation form, please contact our Community Liaison Team on 9840 5796. ​

Community News

2021 School Travel Applications are now open

Applications for student travel in 2021 opened on Monday 12 October 2020.

Students who require a School Opal card or travel pass for 2021 can now apply online. A new application should be submitted if a student is applying for a school travel pass for the first time or requesting an additional pass as a result of a new shared parental responsibility situation (e.g. joint custody).

Students who have changed school/campus, changed address, repeated a year or received an expiry notification from Transport for NSW for their school travel entitlement should re-apply or update their details.

Where there is a change of distance eligibility based on a student’s grade, the system will automatically update a student’s entitlement if they meet the new criteria. If they do not meet the new eligibility criteria, they will receive an expiry notification via email.

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.

Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2020 to ensure that current student entitlements are updated and their current entitlement/card remains valid. If their application is submitted after 31 December 2020, the system will automatically cancel an entitlement/card and a new one will need to be issued.

Students in the Opal network applying for a SSTS or Term Bus Pass entitlement for the first time will receive their card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out from January 2021.

OLMC Parramatta

School Crossing Supervisor

Mel's Tasty Bites - Canteen Update

MENUS - check out the St Anthony's menus at

CANTEEN ACCOUNTS - consider opening a canteen account to minimise cash handling, see information on our website

BIRTHDAYS - Canteen options are available for a child to celebrate their birthday with their classmates. 

* Animal Pops Bucket - $1 each ice block

* Cupcakes with frosting - $1.80 each cupcake (72 hours notice required)

St Anthony's Uniform Shop

St Anthony's uniform shop opening hours in Term 4, 2020 are by BOOKED APPOINTMENT ONLY:

TUESDAYS 8:30-9:15am            WEDNESDAYS 2:15-3:00pm

Outside of these times, orders and payments can be placed in person through the front office if the size of the item is known.

See our school website for uniform requirements and price list.

All students come back to school in Term 4 in their summer uniform.