St Canice's Primary School Newsletter

14th June 2022 Term 2 Week 8

Address: 158 Katoomba Street Katoomba

Phone:     4780 6800



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A Message from Ms Miriam

Dear Parents, Carers and Members of the St Canice’s Community,

The sunshine was very welcome this weekend and I am sure that you and your family benefited from the beauty of The Blue Mountains. We have had and continue to have busy times at St Canice’s. 

Open Day was a great success. Thank you to those parents who were able to join us for our wonderful Music concert, Art activities and Open Classrooms. Many thanks to Ms Frazer whose drive, passion and skill has created excellence in Music at St Canice’s. Many of you saw the capacity of our children to sing and play an instrument with confidence. Thank you also, Ms Morley, for your efforts. Some visiting toddlers spent time painting  in the art room and our own students contributed to a beautiful floral canvas. Otherwise, there was time to see learning in our learning spaces. We ensured a variety of activities. I know that your children love showing you their work and talking to you about their learning when you visit. 

The purpose of Open Day is to give you and others the opportunity to see our great school at work. Our next Open Day is on Wednesday, 27 July. We need your help advertising Open Day in our community. Please encourage those you know who may like to consider St Canice’s for their children to come along and see us. There is no need to wait until 27 July- every day is Open day at St Canice’s!

Tell Them From Me                                                                                                 I am very grateful to the 20 parents who have completed the Tell them from Me survey. We will continue to remind you in the days and weeks before the end of term to complete the survey. Your feedback helps us at system level. You ensure we have a voice by responding. Do not underestimate your impact on decision-making! 

Reporting on achievement                                                                               The teachers at the school are currently finalising your child’s Semester 1 report. These will be made available to you via COMPASS on Friday, 24 June. The student-led conferences of recent weeks enabled your child to express his / her goals and to show evidence of learning to you. Now is the time for the teachers to use their professional expertise in crafting your child’s report. Should you have any queries about your child’s report when you receive it, please contact a member of your child’s team in the first instance.

The link to the survey is: 

Mrs Amber Baines joined us for the first time last week and will join us on an ongoing basis from Monday, 20 June. Amber enjoyed meeting the teachers, the students and engaging in initial planning for K-2 in Term 3. We have ensured that Amber will have time to work with the K-2 team of teachers to plan learning and to get to know the children.

I hope that we see you at one or more of our special events in the weeks ahead,

God bless,

Ms Miriam

Prayer Assembly for Mrs Karatovic

We will farewell Mrs Karatovic on Wednesday this week, Wednesday, 15 June, with a Prayer Assembly at 2:15pm. All are invited to attend and to join us in wishing Mrs Karatovic well as she prepares for the birth of her third daughter. My thanks to Mrs Karatovic for her contribution to St Canice's this year and last year and look forward to welcoming her back to us in 2023.  

Stage 3 Art / Music Excursion

Stage 3 students will walk from St Canice’s to the Three Sisters on Thursday, 16th June at 9:40am returning by 12:00pm

They will connect with the Three Sisters as a stimulus for painting. This forms part of the Stage 3 connection with the Three Sisters totem that Aunty Carol has helped us relate to and care for.

Students' work from this day will be incorporated into a larger piece of artwork that is to be presented at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander conference in the Fairmont Hotel on 13-14 October.

We encourage parents who are available to join us on Thursday 16th June. Feel free to walk with us from school or join us at any stage.

Refugee Week

Next week, June 19 - 25, is Refugee Week. The theme this year is Healing. At St Canice's we are a catholic school for all. We welcome all and are privileged to have a very diverse community. We think of our refugee families in a particular way next week. We contemplate the efforts they went to to find safety in Australia and the sacrifices they have made in leaving their troubled homelands. We also celebrate the contribution they make to our community and to Australian society. We advocate for them to ensure that they too have what is required to live life to the full. My thanks to Mrs Clarke who is coordinating a special assembly dedicated to refugees on Friday next, 24th June at 2:15pm.

Mrs Szyzcpek and Mr van der Walle will leave us at the end of Week 10. We will mark their contribution to St Canice’s and wish them well at a special assembly on Thursday, 30 June at 9:00am. Whilst Mr van der walle is resigning, Mrs Szyzcpek will also return to St Canice’s in 2023.

Congratulations to Marshall in Stage 3 who competed at the NSW CCC & CPS Cross Country Championships

PJ Day 2022

Art with Ms Morley

Qkr! Instructions

As we move forward in the cashless environment, we have a new program that the school will be utilising for fund raising and events.  Attached are instructions on how to download the App and setup registration profiles for your children.

Religious Education and Events


Some of the students on the FIAT (Faith in Action) team in Stage 3 spent last Friday afternoon at St Columba’s school in Springwood, accompanied by Mrs Wedesweiler and Mr McCarthy. Six children from Stage 3 attended. 

Ava and Natasha explain below how it worked:

We did a tour of the school and thought it was an awesome campus. Then we did activities and sang songs that we heard at Lifted Live. We met students from St Thomas Aquinas, Springwood, Our Lady of the Nativity, Lawson, Our Lady of the Way, Emu Plains and St Finbar’s, Glenbrook. It all finished up with pizza- Yum!  


We will celebrate a wonderful event in our Church tomorrow Wednesday, 15 June at 12:00pm. Grace in Stage 3 will be baptised. We will take the opportunity to celebrate Grace and also to mark the gift of the Spirit at Pentecost at this mass. If you can, please come and join us as we can gather as a community. 


A number of our children received the sacrament of Reconciliation recently. They prepared at school with their parents under the guidance of Mary Gale, who coordinates the sacramental program for our parish. Some of the children at St Canice’s will receive their First Eucharist on Sunday next, 19 June. This is being celebrated on the feast of Corpus Christi, the feast of the Eucharist. Thank you for joining with us in praying for them. If you can, we would love you to join us in St Canice’s church at 10:00am next Sunday. God bless Annie, Billy, Claire, Owen, Nate, Poppy, Mia, Violet, Harry, Sophia and Elizabeth 

Everybody Get Snapping 2022 Photography Exhibition - Entries Close 20th July!

We are so excited to be able to run our Annual Photography Exhibition this year. The Exhibition was started in 2018 by our previous Principal Mark Geerligs, a keen photographer himself, his vision was to encourage all children and adults to explore the art of photography.This year we have the opportunity to showcase some of our photos at the Catholic Schools NSW Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander State Education Conference which will be held at the Fairmont Resort in October 2022.  So please take this opportunity to explore our local area with your children and capture something that relates to our beautiful Blue Mountains, in particular our Totem area of the Three Sisters. We would like a wide variety of subjects to display so let your creativity flourish! 

Staff Development Day - Friday 10th June 2022

Handling Complaints at St Canice’s

At St Canice’s, we want to hear complaints as they arise because we want to ensure that we are working with our community to maintain positive relationships and a safe and happy school. 

All complaints are treated seriously, dealt with as soon as practicable and conducted in a fair, impartial and professional manner.   

Depending on the nature of the complaint, parents and carers are encouraged in the first instance to raise the complaint with the relevant staff member. If a parent / carer deems that the Principal or Assistant Principal need to be aware of the complaint, an appointment time should be made to discuss the complaint. 

If the complaint is not resolved to the parent / carer’s satisfaction, he / she should put the complaint in writing. The school will assess the complaint and seek a resolution.

Parents / Carers who feel that the school is not resolving the complaint  should contact CEDP at  or telephone on 9840 5600. Alternatively, they can access the CEDP Handling Complaints Form at the link provided below. 

The CEDP Handling Complaints Policy is available from our website at this address: 

Students with Allergies / Anaphylaxis

A reminder to all families that we have students at St Canice's who have severe allergies that result in anaphylaxis.

We ask that no nut / nut products be sent to school.

As a strategy to reduce risk, we ask that you remind your child not to share their food with other students.

Contacting your child’s teacher and other school staff

We value our strong relationship with families and welcome opportunities to communicate with parents and carers. We also recognise that email is a fast and convenient way to contact your child’s teacher or other school staff.

Although staff will read their emails at various times throughout the school day, they are not expected to respond to emails outside of normal working hours. Staff will try to respond to emails within 24 hours.As some staff work part time, it is reasonable to expect an email response from part time staff on their next working day.

In the case of an emergency, do not rely on email.  In such situations, please contact the school office on 4780 6800. Our caring team will return your call as soon as possible.

If you wish to contact the office via email, please email

If you need to contact a staff member and are not sure of the staff member’s email, you can also send your email to It will then be directed to your child’s teacher or another relevant staff member.

Thank you so much for your assistance and understanding.

Ms Miriam Principal

Library News

The borrowing of Library books for students will be on Mondays from the begining of term 2.

If students have a library bag, please bring it along each week.

Thank you to all the parent volunteers who have informed me of your interest. I will be in touch soon.

Happy reading.

Ms Sue

Volunteering at St Canice's

We look forward to welcoming parent / carer volunteers into St Canice's in the future.  If you are interested in volunteering your time either in the classroom or at any of the exciting upcoming events, please ensure your Building Child Safe Communities training is up to date.

This module must be completed every two years and is mandatory for anyone wanting to volunteer regardless if you hold a WWCC number or not.

Please follow the link to complete your training

Uniform Orders are made through The School Locker

All students should be wearing full school summer uniform.

Uniform can be purchased through The School Locker

Delays in processing uniform orders may occur - please ensure you order several weeks before items are needed.


School Uniform

Please see attached document with school uniform images

Term 2 School Fees

Term 2 Statements have been posted to all families.  If you have not received your Statement, or if you have any questions, please call the office on 4780 6800 or email

Compass Parent Portal

Compass is the school management system that St Canice's will use to communicate with parents and carers about our school and your child’s progress.

Compass includes many different features, including the ability to:

• Monitor your child’s attendance and enter an explanation for absence or lateness.

• Download and view your child’s academic reports – as there will be no paper reports distributed.

Compass is accessible on any modern web browser (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari) or by using the Compass iOS or Android apps.

To access the parent portal, you will require your unique family username and password. Upon first login, you will be required to change your password and confirm your email address and mobile phone number.

You can download Compass App on iOS and Android devices, search for Compass School Manager in the store


Enrolling NOW!!!!!

We encourage parents and carers to contact us at any time to arrange a tour of our school, meet our staff and see our learning in action. Please phone 4780 6800 during our office hours 8:30am - 3:30pm or email

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Everyone is welcome at St Canice's


Kinder Enrolments 2023

We are now taking enrolments for Kindergarten 2023, if you know of people looking for a school for their child (even if it is for the other grades), please let them know about St Canice’s. The power of your words of recommendation has an enormous effect on our enrolments. Let’s keep working together to make St Canice’s that great school that has been in operation for the past 120 years.

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Friday Farm Photos! We finally have a name for our new steer! Students nominated a couple of possible names and now the votes are in and he is named… Spud!! This name came about as it needed to start with ‘S’ and his colour resembles a potato!

Counting 1-10 in Dharug

NSW Police Legacy Child Safety Handbook

The Child Safety Handbook has been produced by NSW Police Legacy, together with its partners, for over 11 years. It aims to raise awareness about risks to children and steps that can be taken to protect and keep them safe.  The Handbook has the support of the NSW Government and of the NSW Governor, Her Excellency the Honourable Margaret Beazley AO QC, the Patron of NSW Police Legacy. 

Child Safety Handbook

ESafety Free Webinar

In partnership with the eSafety Commissioner, CEDP would like to remind schools about the availability of the following free webinars for parents and carers in Term 2: 

  • Parental controls

Designed for parents and carers of young people aged 4-13

Register now 

  • Online gaming

Designed for parents and carers of young people aged 8–13.

Thu 9 June 2022 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Fri 17 June 2022 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Tue 21 June 2022 7:3pm - 8:30pm

Register now 

The full 2022 parent and carer education schedule is available here.

Follow this link to access details of dates and instructions on how to register. 

Cultural Yarning Circle

you're invited to come and join us at our cultural yarning circle with Aboriginal Elder Aunty Marie Clegg & Kamilaroi woman Lana Leslie. This gathering is for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander young people to yarn and strengthen their cultural identity in a culturally safe space. Free pizza included

when & where

Wednesdays 3:30pm to 5:00pm

25th May, 1st June, 22nd June, 29th June, 6th July at

Blue Mountains Cultural Centre


15th June at Headspace, Katoomba


Debra at headspace Katoomba 1800 478 626


Reserve your attendance via email to or call on 1800 478 626


Katoomba Adoration Chapel

KATOOMBA ADORATION CHAPEL 10:00am Monday - 8pm Friday.

The chapel is at the back of St. Canice's church. Entry is from the outside. You are invited to sign up for an Adoration hour. Please contact Catherine Gale 0420 337 033. “One cannot know the Lord without the habit of adoring in silence (Pope Francis).”

Mary Gale

St Canice’s Parish

Mass Times

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Parish

Parish Priest Fr John McSweeney

 Presbytery Contact  Ph: 02 4782 2804

                                     Fax: 02 4782 6090



Monday 9.30am, Tuesday 5:15pm, Wednesday 9:30am, Thursday 5:15pm Friday 12.00pm Saturday 9.00am Sunday 10.00am


Saturday 9.30am Confession outside this time is available on request


Saturday Cenacle Rosary and Consecration following benediction after 9am Mass

Stations of the Cross

1st Friday of month, 12.30pm

Exposition of Blessed Sacrament

Fridays (Except 1st Friday) 12.30pm


Benediction Saturdays following 9am Mass

Weekly Divine Mercy Hour

Sundays 12.00pm to 1.00pm


4th Monday of month - 6pm

Active & Creative Kids Vouchers

Parents of school-age children are reminded to register for their Active Kids and Creative Kids vouchers. The NSW Government’s Active Kids program provides  vouchers for parents, guardians and carers of school-enrolled children to use towards sport and active recreation costs each year and also vouchers that can be redeemed for creative activities  such as drama & visual arts. Creative Kids vouchers are also available to be redeemed for creative activities and craft supplies.

To find out more information on how to apply please visit

Your creative kids voucher can be used to purchase items via approved websites, check out the links below.

Creative Kids Wonderland
Artzee Kids


Katoomba Neurodiversity Hub

Facilitating pro-neurodiversity peer support networks

Mini Majik's

Futsal Skills Training and Game

3-5 year olds


10am - 11am

Katoomba Sports & Aquatic Centre

For more information, call Sue 0419 434 725

Katoomba Junior Futsal Returns

Thursday Afternoon Juniors: 5 - 15 year olds

Cost is $80 per player per term.

Plus yearly registration fee wit Futsal NSW

Girls and Boys / Registration of teams and individuals welcome

Competition held at Katoomba Sports and Aquatic Centre

Contact Sue Kindek

0419 434 725

Competition commences Term 2 Thursday 28th April 2022

Gracie Jiu-Jitsu

Zany Yare Youth Circus

We offer a variety of class from primary to adult, teaching aerial, acrobatics, props, stilts, unicycle and performance skills.

School Holiday Kids Acting Workshop Play in a Day Workshop for children in Years 4 to 6 8am-4pm, Monday 11 July


School Holiday Acting Workshops



You’ll never look at a cardboard box the same way again! For kids aged 5+ and their families

Tues 5 July & Wed 6 July

BOOKINGS 4723 5050*106 Macquarie Rd Springwood* with Junkyard Beats


Blue Mountains Kyokushin Karate

Kyokushin Karate is a traditional Japanese Martial Art, or Budo Karate. In Kyokushin Karate emphasis is placed on discipline of the mind, body and spirit, the result is both effective self-defence and personal development.

Interested? Contact Sensei Darren 

m: 0412 507 051 or                         


f: Blue Mountains Kyokushin Karate or visit us at, St Canice's Parish Hall, 158 Katoomba Street, Katoomba NSW 2780 and Wentworth Falls Lake 



KU Bilya Gulyangarri Preschool Enrolling Now

KU Bilya Gulyangarri provides high quality, community-based preschool education for children aged 3 - 5 years old, including: 

An educational, play-based curriculum Qualified, caring and experienced staff A large outdoor environment promoting sustainability Located next to North Katoomba Primary School Rated as ‘Exceeding’ the National Quality Standard 

To learn more, visit or contact: 

KU Bilya Gulyangarri Preschool Cnr Verdun and Barton Streets, North Katoomba T 4782 5847 E