St Monica's Primary North Parramatta Newsletter

Term 3 Week 6 -26 August 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

On Sunday, 16 members of our St Monica’s community received the Sacrament of First Eucharist.  The Gospel on Sunday was Matthew 16:13-20, where Jesus told his disciple, Simon Peter, that:

“You are Peter and on this rock I will build my church.”

Many people see “Church” as referring to a building, but it actually means much more. It is a community of the followers of Jesus.  These people share the same sacraments and worship together as members of God’s family.  

Tomorrow, during our St Monica’s Feast Day celebrations, we welcome Menuk, Parmida, Zi Han, Ziyang, Ava, Jonathan and Theo into God’s family and our “church” through the Sacrament of Baptism.  Congratulations to those students and their families, as they receive special gifts to help them live as members of God’s family.

We wish Mrs Emily Harrison and her husband Mitch all the best for the upcoming arrival of their baby.  Emily, we will miss you but know that Archie and your new baby will keep you busy for a while!

We welcome Miss Josefine Lander Baek (Weeks 7-10) and Miss Armani Barakat (from Week 10) to St Monica’s as the new Year 1A classroom teachers.  I know you will make them feel welcome. 

Thank you for completing the Tell Them From Me Parent Survey - so far we have had 75 parents complete the survey - this is a huge improvement from the 9 responses received in 2019.  Your feedback is really important to us so that we know what we are doing well, and what we need to work on.  We will be sharing your feedback in coming weeks.

Thank you for your cooperation with the new COVID-19 restrictions and procedures for absences.  We acknowledge that this puts additional pressure on families and we appreciate your support.

At St Monica’s, we continue to work towards our school goal of students being able to articulate where they are going in their learning, where they are now, and what their next steps are.  Our Leadership Team have engaged in Module 2 of the Growing Great Leaders program, Miss Shaw and Mrs Hartz have participated in the next module of Rigorous PBL and as a whole staff, we have continued to refine our teaching practices in Reading.  

Have a wonderful week and enjoy the sunshine this weekend!

Lisa Howell

School Starting time

School start time is 8:50 am.  Parents are advised that the gates will be closed after the morning bell at 8:50 am. 
Students arriving after 8:50 am will need to be signed in at the office via Daking Street.  

Important Dates

Thurs 27 August (W6)           St Monica's Feast Day Celebrations
Wed 2 September  (W7)       Fathers' Day Gift orders due 9am
Wed 2 September (W7)        Mufti Day - Caritas Appeal               
Fri 4 September (W7)           Fathers' Day Liturgy (live-streamed)    
Fri 25 September (W10)       Staff Development Day

Term 4 

Fri 6 November (W4)            Staff Development Day
Thurs 17 December (W10)  Staff Development Day
Fri 18 December (W10)        Staff Development Day

REMINDER - Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Partners in Learning Survey

Dear Parents and Carers,

The Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Partners in Learning survey has been extended until Friday 28 August.  If you have not yet completed the survey we invite you to do so as soon as possible. 

As we value the role of parents and carers within our school community we would greatly appreciate your feedback.

The information you provide will be used to maintain our commitment to working together in partnership to further improve student learning and wellbeing at St Monica’s Primary, North Parramatta.

The survey is anonymous and will take approximately 20 minutes to complete

You are able to access the parent survey on your computer or mobile device by using the URL below:

Many thanks for your continuing support,

Lisa Howell and Mary-Anne Stenning

Student Absence Requirements

If your child is absent from school, one of the following must be done before they may return to school: 

If they displayed flu-like symptoms during their absence or were sent home with flu-like symptoms:

● Return a negative COVID-19 test and be symptom free.   Provide us with a copy of the NSW Health or COVID-19 Testing Centre correspondence (e.g. SMS screenshot or email).

If they were suffering from a medical condition without flu-like symptoms:

● Provide us with a Medical Certificate or Letter from a Medical Practitioner, clearly detailing medical condition and clearance to return to school.

If they were absent due to a non-medical reason:

● Provide us with a detailed description of the absence.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community.

St Monica's Feast Day Celebrations

St Monica's students and staff will celebrate St Monica's Feast Day tomorrow (Thursday 27 August) with a Liturgy at 11:30 am (live streamed to the Learning Space from the Church). 

Click here for the Liturgy live stream link.

Students will also participate in games and activities during the afternoon.

The timetable for the day will be as follows: 

11:30 am Liturgy  (live streamed)

12:20 - 1:20 pm Activities

1:20 - 2:00 pm  Lunch 

2:00 - 2:45 pm Activities

3:00 pm Dismissal

Esafety - Webinars for Parents and Carers

This week’s read:

Mary-Anne Stenning
Assistant Principal

Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday to the following students and staff who celebrated birthdays in July and August!


Skylar NoronhaEnzo InigoAtticus SloaneSofia Arbulu Caycho
Domenic GalatiGeorgia FernandesAimee Akiko LoofNitya Mallela
Ryan MalatagMax LukasikLottie StewartLiam Forsyth
Aiden ForsythEvelyn WongStaff:  Miss Shaw, Mr Adams (I.T.) and Mrs Stenning


Alessia La MacchiaCharli MeldrumSelini TissathejaHarshit Sharma
Kristian RomicAmaira MehtaGiada La MacchiaJuo Choi
Maxine IcaoMarco JimenezAbbi MealeSamuel Nassif
Madeline SmithParmida ForoutanAngela LiZiqi Monica Chen
Kobe PuyatSarah TriantisStaff:  Mrs Hanna, Mrs Davino and Mrs Abood

School Fees

School Fees 3rd Instalment

School Fee statements have now been sent out by the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta.  Kindly advise Mrs Rebello in the school office if you have  not received your statement or if you have any concerns regarding school fees. 

School Fees Relief

Thank you to those families who have paid their fees. We understand that many families are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of loss of income. Please do not hesitate to contact us as there are many ways that we can provide support to families. 

Fee Relief information and procedures to apply for Fee Relief can be accessed by clicking this link.

Alternatively you may contact Mrs Lata Rebello, School Finance Officer on 8832 4100 who will be able to assist you.   All conversations will remain strictly private and confidential.

Fathers' Day Liturgy

On Friday 4th September,  all students will be uniting in prayer together to celebrate our amazing fathers, grandpas, uncles and special men in our lives with a very special Fathers' Day Liturgy which will be live streamed via YouTube.  All students will be participating from their own learning space.

We invite all members of our St Monica’s community to celebrate via the live stream at 11.30am

A link will be sent to all families via Skoolbag so that you can share this special moment with the community at St Monica’s. 

Deuteronomy 1:31 

"There you saw how the Lord your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place."

Fathers' Day Gifts Order Form - Don't miss out!

Fathers' Day Gifts are available for purchase.   

Please select from the options below.

Gifts range from $3-$7.


  • Limit of 3 gifts per family.
  • Limit of one of each item.
  • Colour/style selection will be random.

When items have sold out, they will be removed from the order form. First in, best dressed.

Orders are due by 9am on Wednesday 2nd September. 2nd round orders (if any gifts left) will be accepted on Thursday 3rd September.

Orders will be sent home from school on Friday 4th September with your child/ren.  

EXACT MONEY needs to be in a sealed ziplock bag or envelope with your eldest child's name on it,  before Friday 4th September.    
Change will not be provided.

Please note that gifts will not be sent home until payment has been received.  

2020 Fathers' Day Gifts Order Form  available here.

Thank you.

Merit Awards

Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Awards at our recent assembly.


Phenicia-Grace Dankwa, Matina Haramis, Lottie Stewart, Liam Szymanski
Year 1Dariuz Alley, Manton Lu, Maxine Icao, Marco Jimenez, Amaira Mehta
Year 2Amelia Corera, Soraya Mondinelli, Ivy Tran
Stage 2James Ahn, Lucas Alvarez, Annabelle Boasiako, Mathew Dretvic, Helen Elias, Olivia Hekeik, Barry (Bai Rui) Zhang
Stage 3Aaliyah Assaf, Ruby Graham, William Paterson, Aimee Akiko Loof and Samuel Nassif

Tennis - Mondays during Term 3

On Mondays at St Monica’s, from now until the end of Term 3, students will get the privilege of enjoying tennis lessons from professional coaches provided to us from Tennis Australia.

On Monday they had their first lesson and thoroughly enjoyed themselves along with demonstrating some amazing skills.

We look forward to seeing what they can achieve by the end of the term. 

Mrs Lauren Hartz
Leader of Learning / Sports Co-ordinator

Good luck Mrs Harrison

We wish Mrs Harrison and her husband Mitch all the very best as they await the birth of their second child.   

We will look forward to hearing about the new baby and we will all miss you while you are on leave.

Enjoy this special time!

Registration Reminder - Sacrament of Reconciliation

Parents who have missed the registration for the Sacrament of Reconciliation for their children are requested to please contact the Sacramental Co-ordinator ASAP via

Sacrament of Eucharist

Congratulations to our St Monica’s students who received the Sacrament of the Eucharist (First Holy Communion) on Sunday, 23rd of August.  

We would like to congratulate: Helen Elias, William Stewart, Lukas Lozancic Babic, Calista Soriano, Theresa Wong, Manda Lu, Eva Tran, Georgia Fernandes, Elijah Corera, Abigail Corera, Amelia Corera, Alexis Crame, Nina Talty, Olivia Hekeik, Mia Siemsen and Amelia Wong.

As a school community, we pray that you will continue to grow in your faith, nourished by the gift of the Eucharist.

Therese Coutinho

Religious Education Coordinator

Caritas Appeal for Victims of the Disaster in Lebanon

Next Wednesday, 2nd September, we are inviting the students of St Monica’s to wear mufti to raise money for the Caritas Appeal for victims of the disaster in Lebanon. We understand that this might be a difficult time for families financially, and so we are inviting all students to participate in our Mufti Day, however, donations are voluntary and we ask that, if you choose to make a donation, that you determine the amount based on your family’s circumstances. 

Please ensure that students wear appropriate clothing and enclosed footwear on the day.

Thank you for your ongoing support as we reach out to those who are suffering in our world.

Therese Coutinho

Religious Education Coordinator

Sacraments of Initiation

On Thursday, 27th August, during our St Monica's Feast Day liturgy, seven of our students will be initiated into the Catholic Church. These children have spent the past three months preparing to receive these sacraments and we ask that you pray for them as they begin their new life as a part of our Church community and God’s family.

The children that will be receiving the sacraments are: Menuk Gunawardena, Parmida Foroutan, Zi Han Lin, Ziyang Lin, Ava Cong, Jonathan Cong, and Theo Choi.

They were also joined by Nika Naeme who attended our formation sessions after already having received the sacraments and wanting to know more about the Catholic faith.

We are all very proud of the work they have put in to learning more about the Sacraments of initiation and we look forward to sharing this joyous occasion with them.

Therese Coutinho

Religious Education Coordinator

Safety Rules on the Road

Here at St Monica’s we take the safety of our students seriously and are continuing our safety messages. Use the information below and discuss with your children the importance of bike safety. 

Until children are at least 10 years old they should ride away from vehicles and driveways. As they are learning to ride it is important to ride or walk alongside them and talk about how to be a safe bicycle rider. Children between 10 years old and 12 years old should ride away from busy roads. 

Children under 16 and adult riders accompanying and supervising them may ride on the footpath, unless there are signs specifically prohibiting cycling. 

Teach your children to be safe bicycle riders by getting them to always: 

    • follow bicycle road rules including: - ride to the left on footpaths - give pedestrians right of way on footpaths - watch out for cars entering or leaving driveways

    • wear a correctly fitted bicycle helmet – it’s the law 

    • wear bright-coloured clothing such as a vest so other road users can see them.

For older children, think carefully about the following when judging their ability to ride on their own: 

  • How safe is the travel route?

  • What are their riding skills like? 

  • How aware are they of their surroundings in the traffic environment? 

  • How well can they manage unexpected hazards? 

    Safe Kids recommends kids take the Helmet Fit Test. in order to wear their helmet properly 

    • EYES check: Position the helmet on your head. Look up and you should see the bottom rim of the helmet. The rim should be one to two finger-widths above the eyebrows.

    • EARS check: Make sure the straps of the helmet form a “V” under your ears when buckled. The strap should be snug but comfortable.

    • MOUTH check: Open your mouth as wide as you can. Do you feel the helmet hug your head? If not, tighten those straps and make sure the buckle is flat against your skin.

    At St Monica’s our procedures are very important for effective safety and our policies and procedures road safety plan can be found on our website with this link 

                                   LIBRARY TIMES  

Monday-Thursday: 8.30am-8.50am  (OPEN TO ALL CLASSES)

Extra Borrowing Times for Classes:

Monday:     YEAR 2  Recess 

Tuesday:    YEAR 1   Lunch 

Wednesday: STAGE 2 & YEAR 5 Recess

Thursday:   ES1 & YEAR 6 Lunch (storytime)

We have a great range of new books in the library to suit all age levels

Please encourage your children to come & borrow - 
a ‘bee’ for their class reward jar is given when a student borrows a book and then another given when the book is returned!

Mrs Rita Davino, Library Assistant

PBS4L Reward System at St Monica’s


Students have been working hard to earn "bees" from teachers acknowledging the appropriate behaviour they see in the classroom and on the playground. 

Each grade/stage is rewarded with a fun classroom game or an extra 5 minutes of play as soon as they fill their class jar. 

Students encourage each other to contribute to the class jar so a whole class reward can be enjoyed. 

Bees can also be earned in the library when borrowing & returning books and even when students visit the office and display respectful behaviour!

The outdoor bee boxes are closely monitored by students to see who will be the next winner and what fun activity they will get to enjoy. 

Mrs Rita Davino on behalf of the PBS4L Committee

PBS4L Playground Awards

Last week ES1 enjoyed a class party when they reached the line on their class jar to celebrate what Safe, Respectful Learners they are!

Congratulations to Year 2 who are our next Safe, Respectful playground winners! They celebrated their win by having a free choice art afternoon!

Well done ES1 and Year 2!

ES1 enjoying their class party!

Year 2 enjoying their art afternoon!

St Monica's Lifesavers for Weeks 5 & 6

Thank you to our Lifesavers for Week 5 & 6.

For Week 5, we would like to thank: Maureen, William, Lola, Ashleigh, Siria, Riana, Sara, Noah, Liam, Peter, Ashton, Zi Han, Michael, Gabbi, Charlie, Charlize, Abbi, Theo, Max, Menuk, Ruby K, Max and Andrew.

For Week 6, we would like to thank:  Ashleigh, Charbel, Aimee-Akiko, Madeline, L’Lysse, Kristian, Theresa, Sophie, Monica, Theo, Gabbi, Parmida, Nika, Maureen, Simon, Samuel, Ryan, Nathan, Manson, Alicia and Tiara.

Therese Coutinho, Ivana Algeri and Kellee Bagnall

Stage 3 Team

Counsellor’s Corner - Mrs Madeline Patrick

From Tricky Behaviours by Andrew Fuller (Child Psychologist)

A pledge to my child

To my dear son or daughter,

I am your parent. I am NOT the hired help, the locator of all lost socks or an open-all-hours convenience store that delivers anything you could ever wish for. I repeat, I am your parent.

This means there are times that I will use the word ‘No’. This means what it sounds like. You will not like it when I use this word.

There will be times that you think you hate me. There will be times that you think I am the worst parent on earth. There may be times that you are right, even though you won’t hear me admit it.

As a parent I am responsible for raising you to be a decent human being who treats themselves and others with tolerance and respect.

That is my job and I take it on willingly because I love you and want the best for you. This means that I will watch you with a level of surveillance that most spy agencies would envy. I will track you like a bloodhound. I will check whether you have schoolwork to do and whether you are doing it to the best of your ability.

I want you to have as many moments of sheer delight as possible, however, my job is to prepare you for real life. It may surprise you to learn that you will not blitz every test at school, be picked for the leading role in every play, be the best player in the team, win every award or be invited to every birthday party. These are not failures. This is real life. I won’t like these setbacks any more than you will. In my heart I would love you to have an endless progression of unwavering success but I know that having setbacks helps you to be humble, to try harder and to acknowledge others. They also make you stronger in the future.

Disappointments forge determination and increase the likelihood you will be able to go some way towards supporting me in my more senior years.

In the house that I work to pay for there will be rules and there will be jobs to do. You will not like all of these rules and you certainly won’t like all of the jobs. These rules are in place so I do not go crazy while raising you. These jobs are there so you can learn that responsible people make a positive contribution to others.

You have the right to argue with me. You do not have the right to remain silent or brush me off with vague comments like ‘Don’t know’, ‘As if’ or ‘That’s so random …’

I’m sure we are going to get along just fine. Through all this please know that I love you for who you are and will continue to do so even if you stuff up.

Love, your parent


Kiss and Drop- please drive safely!

Parents are requested to drive safely and slowly through the Kiss and Drop Zone.  It has been noticed that some cars are moving very quickly (on the left) while other parents are stopped to let their children out of their car in the mornings.  To ensure the safety of our students please observe the speed limit and drive safely. 

NEW Building Child Safe Communities - Volunteer Undertaking

Dear Parents/Carers 

All Volunteers have until 30 September 2020 to submit a new Undertaking in the new system. 

In Catholic Education Diocese Parramatta (CEDP), we see parents and carers as partners in your child's learning journey. Parents and carers are encouraged to become involved in our schools in many important ways such as supporting classroom learning, being part of advisory groups, mentoring programs, coaching sporting teams and supporting other extra-curricular activities, canteen support and other kinds of help.

 A range of checks and undertakings are required for people who work for or provide services to CEDP. These checks reduce potential risk and form part of our strategy to build child safe communities.

CEDP has launched a new Building Child Safe Communities form and online training module that all volunteers are required to complete

The purpose of this training is to inform you of the standards of behaviour and other requirements that must be adhered to when volunteering for CEDP.

The undertaking should take no more than 5 minutes to complete and the training module approximately 10 minutes. Once the form and training modules are submitted, an automated email will be sent to you within two business days to confirm the status of your submission.

The undertaking form will expire within two years or when your Working With Children Check expires (if applicable), whichever is sooner.  At that time you will need to complete the undertaking form and training module again. You will receive an automatic reminder email when this occurs. 

Further information on the new online form and training module can be found at and clicking on About Us/Building Child Safe Communities.  Within the form you will also find help sheets and a video tutorial to assist you. 

Thank you in advance for your support.

Lisa Howell

Volunteers - BCSC Number

If you wish to assist with school events, it is a mandatory requirement that you complete the new Building Child Safe Communities (BCSC) form and Online Training Module prior to assisting.  

Once your form has been “Submitted”, the system will generate an automated email to  confirm the status of your submission within 24 hours. From 1 October 2020 ALL Volunteers need a BCSC status that is Approved to provide services to our school.

You must provide your BCSC number to the school prior to assisting at an event. (Please forward the automated email to the school email address or provide a hard copy)

No Volunteer (parents included) will be granted permission to assist with a school event without a valid BCSC number

ACARA Collection Student Background Data Notice

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) collects data from schools to determine the Index of Community
Socio-educational Advantage (ICSEA). CEDP is currently working to provide relevant details to the Catholic Education Commission of NSW.  Data collected is de-identified of personal information.

Parents and caregivers must advise their school if they don’t want their child's data included in this report by 28 August 2020.

Copies of Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta (CEDP) Standard Collection Notice and Privacy Policy can be obtained from the school office.

Lost Property

Has your child lost clothing at school?  It is easy to return items that are clearly marked with a child’s name but we have many items where the name is not very clear and some which do not have any name on them at all.

Please check that all your children’s belongings are clearly labelled so that they can be returned to your child (including lunch boxes and drink bottles).

Welcomeasy Winter Menu

Welcomeasy's new Winter Menu is now available. 

Parents can order student lunches online.  Lunches are delivered to school each  day.


Uniform Supplier - Oz Fashions

All school clothing requirements are available for purchase through Oz Fashions  

 Oz Fashions location:   115-127 Parramatta Road, Granville                           Phone:  9897 3121

 Opening Hours:        Monday-Friday   9:00am - 5:30pm                         Saturday  9:00am - 4:00pm

 Parking is available on site.    

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