St Anthony's Primary School Girraween

Term 4 - Week 10 - 2020


KGSarah GrahamKWMarina Agaiby
1GLouise Desira1WRachel Grima
2GRobert Barden2WJessica Camilleri

Luisa Onorato (M-Th) and

Anne Buttigieg (F)


Sasi Rajendran (M, T & F) and

Anne Buttigieg (W & Th)

4GCharlene Sheraton4WDeepa Francis
5GSonia Awkar5WNikita Hubbard
6GCaitlin Dooley6GVanessa Robinson

Coordinator/Teacher Release: 2G Christina Nubla (every 2nd Thursday and each Friday)

PrincipalLinda Ducksbury
Assistant Principal & Stage 2 (Year 3-4) CoordinatorPatrick Cairns
Leader of Learning Catholic Faith & LifeRobert Barden
Leader of Learning Diversity and Wellbeing & Early Stage 1/Stage 1 (Year K-2) CoordinatorVenessa Ward
Leader of Learning Numeracy & Stage 3 (Year 5-6) CoordinatorAmanda Smith (for term 1 only)
Leader of Learning PDHPEMarina Agaiby

Learning Support & Specialist Intervention Teachers in Reading & Numeracy Venessa Ward, Louise Korny, Kate Robertson, Amanda Smith & Patrick Cairns
Specialist RFF TeachersSheldon Law (PDHPE) and Belinda Martin (Creative Arts and Library)

Senior Finance OfficeJuliette Yacoub
School Support OfficerRowena Laurie
Teachers AidesVicki Baiada, Michele Bowen, Julie Brownlow, Sue Haigh, Anne Pittam & Julie Wightman
Library AssistantElizabeth Heness
Uniform Shop ManagerSue Haigh
ICT TraineeBenjamin South
Maintenance ManagerMagdy Saad
CleanersAda Melgar & Roberto Melgar

St Anthony of Padua Award

At St Anthony’s, we live by our school motto, Word and Deed, and the example of St Anthony of Padua.  St Anthony modelled himself on Jesus Christ, who came that we might have life in its fullness, and taught people to “let their words teach and their actions speak”.  We believe it is important to acknowledge students who are exemplars of this in our school community.  One way that we do this is through the annual presentation of the St Anthony of Padua award. 

The recipients are as follows:

KGCamille McDermottKWJames Issanchon
1GAshton D'Souza1WSana Nazeeb
2GNaksh Janasari2WAradhya Chauhan
3GMisha Karanth3WRahul Rozario
4GAarvi Gohil4WSai Shailesh
5GMarcus Heuston5W

Shalini Kanagasundaram

6GKayla Mulligan6WAlyssa Roque Talato

Year 6 Graduation Award Recipients

Congratulations to the following students:

AwardSponsorAwarded to
Pursuit of ExcellenceCumberland CouncilNayana Hosakere
Excellence in Academic PursuitsDiaz and Diaz LawyersAyush Gaur
Christine Watson Creative Arts AwardDiaz and Diaz LawyersJocelyn Ward
Outstanding Learner and Leader
Nikhil Pandey
Community SpiritMichelle Rowland MPAlexandra Lizzio
Outstanding Sports Person Award School BasedJack Herc
St Anthony of Padua AwardsSchool Based

Kayla Mulligan 6G

Alyssa Roque Talato

Exceptional Improvement AwardHugh McDermott MPAdut Kuol

Congratulations & Farewell to all our Year 6 Students.

Year 6 Student Leaders 2021

The elected Year 6 student leaders for 2021 are:

SCHOOL CAPTAINS: Olivia Atkinson and Ekene Okoye

VICE CAPTAINS: Marcus Heuston and Manuela Serwaa

Sports House Leaders are:

ENDA - Annah Conduru and Sammer Singh

McAULEY - Suyandee Onta and Shiv Patel

MacKILLOP - Rosie Touma and Shalini Kanagasundaram

PADUA - Anastasia Lay and Daniel Kulangaramurayil

SCG Annual General Meeting

We had a great attendance at our Annual General Meeting last Wednesday with parents committed to contributing their time and energies next year as a volunteer or executive committee member. Thank you to all those parents who attended and gave their apologies but all indicating their availability to assist with 2021 events and celebrations.

We would like to thank the following people for accepting leadership positions on the School Community Group for 2021:

PresidentDavid Halabi
Vice PresidentHugh McDermott
SecretaryStephen Keane
TreasurerCathy Hall
Assistant TreasurerRichel Gnanapragasam
Social Committee CoordinatorNatalie Lette
Assistant Social Committee CoordinatorDayan Lavalu

2021 Executive - School Community Group

Catholic Faith and Life

SVDP Christmas Hamper Appeal

Each grade K-6 collected 100 or more individual items to contribute significantly towards our annual social justice initiative at Christmas, the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal. Thank you to all our families for your generosity.

A word of thanks from Mr Paul Sinclair on behalf of the SVDP chapter of St Anthony's Church, Toongabbie.

I extend my thanks to the entire School community for your support of the Christmas Hampers.  The generosity of the school was terrific as was the enthusiasm and energy of the children in the Mini Vinnies Group.I would also like to recognise the hard work of Julie Brownlow and Sonia Awkar in coordinating the school's efforts. 

Congratulations Kayla and Addison

Congratulations to two of our Year 6 students Kayla Mulligan and Addison Clark who were presented with the 'Blessed Frederic Ozanam Award' for demonstrating a commitment to community service and living the Gospel message of serving those in need. They have devoted themselves, along with fellow stage 3 students to their role in Mini Vinnies during their time at St Anthony's.

School News

Important Dates

Wednesday16th DecemberLast day of School for Students
Wednesday27th January 2021Maths Assessment Interviews
Thursday28th January 2021Maths Assessment Interviews
Friday29th January 2021Years 1 - 6 Return to School
Monday1st February 2021Kindergarten start School

Maths Assessment Online Bookings

Your child’s class teacher for 2021, would like to make an appointment for your child to attend a ‘Mathematics Assessment Interview’ early in Term 1, 2021.

St Anthony’s School is having two Staff Development Days in January, 2021.  These dates have been specifically set aside for teachers to complete MAI testing on all their students and this time can be hard to find once school resumes.

The date and times are:-

Wednesday  27th January, 2021 – 1pm to 4pm & Thursday  28th January, 2021 – 8am to 4pm

1. Book a ‘Mathematics Assessment Interview’ time by visiting

2. Follow the instructions using the code  awh36

3. Select your child's teacher's name or any other available teacher for that grade

If you know that you will not be available on the above date for the Mathematics Assessment Interview, could you please still go online and enter the code ackrh to RSVP your unavailability. 

Year 1 - 2021 Welcome Letter and Resource List


Year 2 - 2021 Welcome Letter and Resource List


Year 3 - 2021 Welcome Letter and Resource List


Year 4 - 2021 Welcome Letter and Resource List


Year 5 - 2021 Welcome Letter and Resource List


Year 6 - 2021 Welcome Letter and Resource List


Athletics Carnival

On Monday 7th December each student participated in a mini Athletics Carnival. It was a fun and fantastic way to celebrate the end of the year and to conclude our Athletics program for 2020. 

The students competed in their house teams in stage groups for each carnival. They displayed our house values of excellence, courage, perseverance and justice as they participated in each event. Congratulations to the McAuley house who won the Stage 2 carnival and to the MacKillop house who won the Stage 3 carnival.

Extending Mathematical Understanding (EMU)

Throughout 2020, nine children from Years 1, 3 and 4 engaged in the EMU program. During that time they participated in mathematics lessons which challenged the students to solve problems, think mathematically, articulate reasoning strategies and develop a growth mindset.

We would like to wish congratulations to the following students:

  • Anne-Marie Underwood
  • Rebecca Ribin
  • Chloe Kshetry
  • Avaneesh Uruthiran
  • Samahna Palikhe
  • Albert Gomes
  • Danielle Asare-Akuoko
  • Ayusha Parajuli
  • Anabelle Bernard

EMU Participants - 2020

Safer Internet Day - 9 February 2021 eSafety Webinars for Parents/Carers

At Catholic Education Diocese Parramatta (CEDP) we see parents and carers as partners in your child's learning journey. In partnership with the eSafety Commissioner, CEDP would like to invite you to join the following free webinar for parents and carers:

 eSafety’s parent guide to cyberbullying and online drama 

  • Tuesday 9 February 7.30 to 8.30 pm

  • Wednesday 10 February 12.30 to 1.30 pm

  • Wednesday 10 February 7.30 to 8.30 pm

  • Monday 15 February 12.30 to 1.30 pm

  • Monday 22 March 12.30 to 1.30 pm


This live webinar will include case studies, research and targeted advice so you can support the young people in your life to have safe, enjoyable online experiences. All sessions are delivered by the eSafety Commission’s expert educators.

About the webinar

The session will cover topics including:

  • starting conversations with your child about their online friendships and positive ways to deal with changing relationships

  • understanding the rights, laws and community expectations that govern social media use

  • where to seek help if your child is involved in a cyberbullying incident.

What you need to do

Please register for the course via the eSafety Commisions website via the following link: 

If you have any further enquiries please email

St Anthony's Uniform Shop

St Anthony's uniform shop opening hours at the start of Term 1, 2021 will be:

WEDNESDAY 27th January, 2021 - 12noon - 2:00pm

THURSDAY 28th January, 2021 - 8:30am - 10:30am & 11:30am - 1:30pm.
From Week 2 the usual uniform shop days are as follows:

TUESDAYS  & THURSDAYS 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 commence Term 1, 2021 in their summer uniform.

Community News

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 - $2 each cupcake (72 hours notice required)