St Canice's Primary School Newsletter

31st March Term 1 Week 10

Address: 158 Katoomba Street Katoomba

Phone:     4780 6800



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Mass Times

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Parish

Parish Priest Fr Carlos Walker         Assistant Priest Fr Omar Mazzega

 Presbytery Contact  Ph: 02 4782 2804

                                         Fax: 02 4782 6090


Mass Times

Friday: Katoomba 12 noon Mass

Saturday: Katoomba 9.30 am Mass Saturday Vigil: Leura 5pm Mass

Sunday: Wentworth Falls 8am Katoomba 10am Leura 5pm

Rosary: Monday Katoomba 8.30 am, Tuesday Leura 4.45pm,

Wednesday Wentworth Falls 9.30 am, Friday Katoomba 11.30 am.

Saturday Katoomba 9 am.

 All Church services will be discontinued until further notice.


A Message from Ms Meaney

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

Our newsletter this week reflects the great work that has been happening in your homes in the past 10 or so days. Make sure to share the work of our students  with your children so that they can see and talk about what their young friends are doing. We continue to welcome and care for those children who cannot learn anywhere else to school each day and they too are learning and happy. 

Parents, you may be concerned about how attendance is being recorded currently. If we know that your child is at home learning, we mark your child as present engaging in flexible learning from home on our system. Therefore, children at home are required to engage in the schoolwork planned by their teachers. We understand that children cannot engage in their work when sick. If your child is unwell, we ask that you call the school so that we can record him / her as absent from learning. 

You will agree that the teachers have provided exemplary learning resources for your child. We now need your help more than ever before in supporting your child as he / she develops a routine around learning at home. This week, the teachers are following up with students, providing feedback and contacting parents where we feel this is helpful. Please keep in touch with us if you feel you or your child needs help with learning. We are in a new learning paradigm and if the children are to grow as learners, learning must happen at home, with your assistance. We greatly appreciate your role as primary educators at this very demanding time. 

Easter ceremonies this year will be unable to take place. As a faith community, we see Easter as central to our Christian belief. Put simply, without Easter, we would not be Christian. We ask that you engage with your family in remembering the 40 days of Lent, the key events during Easter Week and the joy of the risen Christ on Easter Sunday. My thanks to Mrs Wedesweiler for providing a resource to support you with this, included in the newsletter.

Parents and Carers, I wish to also draw your attention to the item in this week’s newsletter, from our School Counsellor, Shane. Shane has provided some great advice to support you through this time along with a wealth of excellent resources.

As I have been writing to you all daily with our summaries of learning, Parents and Carers, I will sign off. On behalf of the St Canice’s staff, I wish you the best in the days and weeks ahead. We wish you peace and joy at Easter and pray that we can come together again as a community in the foreseeable future.

God bless,

Miriam Meaney

School Principal.

Notes that have been distributed

All notes have been distributed via skoolbag in relation to learning from home and COVID19 updates

Attending to Wellbeing

As we undertake the health-conscious practices of hygiene, social distancing and restricted movement in our community, our experiences of ourselves, our relationships with each other and our immediate environment have been upended in ways we have not ever experienced before. 

Recognising and addressing the psychological and social impacts this will have on each of us will be important to help navigate what will be a prolonged period of intense discomfort. We will need  to monitor and address emerging emotional stresses for children over an extended timeframe whilst feeling the same pressures ourselves. The following ideas may be helpful to explore. 

If you have concerns about how your child is managing or you need support in helping them, please feel free to reach out to the school through their teacher.

Parenting Information

Australian Parenting Website:

Talking to Kids about COVID19:

Dr Michael Carr-Gregg:

Newspaper article:

Kids questions answered:

Macquarie University:

A story for little kids: Time to come in Bear

A collection of resources:

Wellbeing and Mental Health

Anxiety: From APS : Tips for coping with coronavirus anxiety

Mindfulness exercise:

Safety online: eSafety Commissioner:

Activities for down times or for the family

Free childrens’ books as audiobooks:


Family eGuide:


Kids Helpline: 1800551800

Parent Line NSW 1300 130 052, 9 am-9 pm Monday to Friday, 4 pm-9 pm weekends

The National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line: 1800RESPECT, or 1800 737 732, available 24/7.

Beyond Blue:    1300 22 4636 

Shane Cooper

School Counsellor

Holy Week

Holy Week is the most important time of the year for our Church and community. It will be an unusual time as none of us can come together to remember the events of Holy Week and then celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. 

 The Parramatta Diocese have partnered with Andrew Chinn to provide a resource to support a prayerful experience. “We Remember” draws on material that you may be familiar with from Andrew’s engagement in this school. It is presented in PowerPoint form and simply clicks through a prayerful reflection which includes video and music which plays throughout. The text for scripture and prayer appears on the screen for users to read during the presentation. There is a K-2 version and a 3-6 version. Both are accessible here on Google Drive. This requires your children to login via their account. It is an opportunity for families to come together for a prayerful reflection.

“We Remember” intentionally ends with Easter Sunday immediately following Holy Week. We thought it would be fitting in this time to end with a sense of hope. St Canice’s wishes all the families a hopeful Easter Season.

Learning from Home


Congratulations to Mrs Sarah Nicol and her husband Geoff on the safe arrival of their twin boys.

Blake James Nicol and Jack Gordon Nicol were born on Thursday 19th March, they join excited big sisters Ally and Ashleigh.

Grandmother Mrs MacPherson now has 8 beautiful grandchildren to spoil and adore.

Miss Emma (Aunty Em) is very excited to share our news and we pray that these tiny little bundles grow healthy & strong.

St Patrick's Day Infant Liturgy

Gold Award Assembly

There will be no Gold Award Assembly this Friday, we will postpone until we are all together again.

Term 2

The commencement of Term 2 2020 is scheduled to begin for students on Tuesday 28th of April. If this changes, notification will be confirmed via a skoolbag announcement.

From all of us at St Canice's, We wish you a safe, happy and wonderful Easter

St Columba's Catholic College Year 7 2021

A reminder that enrolment applications for Year 7, 2021 at St Columba's Catholic College are now due. For further information contact the Enrolment Secretary, Sandra O'Brien, on 4754 8900 or 4754 8907.

Student Banking Cancelled for Remainder of Term 1

Due to circumstances beyond our control, Student Banking will be cancelled for the remainder of term 1.

Banking will resume on Tuesdays in Term 2  - so please encourage your children to continue their saving.

Skoolbag App

All messages and notifications from the school are sent through the "Skoolbag" app.

Please make sure you have this app on your devices for all current and up to date school alerts.

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Preschooler’s reading group will be suspended until further notice.


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Upper Blue Mountains Parish Adoration Chapel

St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Parish in the Upper Blue Mountains has opened an Adoration Chapel at St Canice’s Church, Katoomba. If you would like further information or would like to sign up for a weekly hour of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament, please call the parish office on (02) 4782 2804.

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