St Canice's Primary School Newsletter

13th August 2019 Term 3 Week 4

A Message From Mr Geerligs

Dear Parents Families and Friends


Are you Ready?

In Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 12: 32-40) Jesus gives us advice - “You too must stand ready”. Jesus is not trying to make us nervous or worried about when the “Son of Man is coming”, but to always be looking at doing what is right and doing your best.  He challenges us daily to be the type of person we know is best to be. St Mary of the Cross MacKillop also said something similar - “Never see a need without doing something about it”. It is also said that in every day, there are 1,440 minutes. That means we have 1,440 daily opportunities to make a positive impact. We can be ready for the future, by being the best we can in the present, we can make a positive impact.

Our Mini Vinnies sleepout is an example of how we can be the best we can in the moment. The students and staff who slept at school recently had an experience of selflessness. They gave up their comforts, gave up their devices and gave up their money all in the aid of others less fortunate. Thank you all, students, staff and for your generous donations, the Katoomba Chapter of St Vincent de Paul greatly appreciate all that St Canice’s does for those less fortunate.

To answer that question in the beginning - Yes I think every day we are ready -  when we love, show compassion and forgiveness towards others and ourselves. The St Canice’s family is a very giving and loving community. What a great school here on the top of the mountain (even when it snows!!)


Mr Mark Geerligs    Principal


Book Week

We are excited to have Blue Mountains children’s book author, Jodie Mcleod visit St Canice’s to read and talk about her book Leonard the Lyrebird!


When:    Tuesday 20th August

Time:      Kinder / Year 1 1:15pm—1:40pm

               Year 2  - Year 6 1:45pm—2:45pm

Where:   The Hall


Leonard the Lyrebird is Illustrated by Katoomba artist Elouise Short and the book is set in the Blue Mountains. It is a story about friendship, bravery and being yourself, and we are thrilled to have Jodie share it with us.


If you would like to purchase a signed copy of the book head to

Please apply the code LOCAL upon checkout to wave the postage fees. Jodie will bring your book to school to collect.

If you’d like a personalised message in your book,     include a note to Jodie when you make your purchase.


Books will also be available for purchase and signing at St Canice’s on the day.

Hard cover books are $25

Soft cover books are $17


Book Week

Book Week

The 2019 Book Week Theme is      " Reading is my Super Power".

Students are invited to come to school in costume on

Wednesday 21st of August to celebrate.

There will not be an all school parade this year.

Students will celebrate in class.




Pick A Peck of Pickled Poems

Pick A Peck of Pickled Poems

The School performance tour, Pick a Peck of Pickled Poems will be visiting St Canice’s on

Wednesday 21st of August to celebrate Book Week.


Parents and Carers are  invited to attend with    students in the hall at 1:50pm for an afternoon of entertainment.



KOOSH Survey

Katoomba Out of Hours service is asking parents and community members to help them collecting  information regarding safe travel on public transport for school children.

To fill out the survey, please go to



Winter Sleep Out 2019

Mrs Friend’s Preschool Reading Group


Preschooler’s and parents are welcome to join Mrs Friend's Preschool Reading Group in the library every Tuesday morning for a fun story reading session from 8:40-9:00


Nepean Zone

Congratulations to all of our Zone athletes who represented our school. Not only did they do well on the field, but their support and encouragement off the field were especially noticed and commended. 

Well done team.


Cake & BBQ Sale

A huge thank you to all who volunteered their time and those who donated their delicious baked goods. St Canice’s raised $655.70


Japanese visit

In week 3 we had 10 students from Japan visit our school. 

These students were from Tomi Junior High School.

It was a great experience for these students and for our students.

Thank you to all of our host families.


Whole School Mass

Parents and carers are invited to attend this Thursday’s Whole School Mass at 12pm to celebrate The Feast of the Assumption


CamBROdia 2020

Over 11 exciting days in January 2020,

Mr Wedesweiler and his son Gabriel are travelling to Cambodia for Catholic Mission’s Ride and Stride.

If you would like to help by donating to this worthy cause, you can sponser CamBROdia  using the following link.

All funds raised will directly be used to support life changing projects within Cambodia.


Attendance Matters End Of School Day Student Pick-Up

Punctuality is very important at the end of the school day.

Whilst we recognise that there are often circumstances in life that are unavoidable and impact on punctuality children often get distressed if parents/ carers are late picking them up.

Teachers often have other commitments after school such as preparing for the next day's lessons or meeting with parents.

If you are delayed please notify the school as soon as possible on 4780 6800.

Thank you for working in partnership with the school.


Miss Elizabeth

Attendance Family Liaison Officer.


Blackheath Excursion

11 lucky students had an enjoyable afternoon at the Blackheath Visitors Centre with Chris Tobin learning about Aboriginal culture to celebrate NAIDOC week.



Katoomba RSL Opening

All St Canice’s students are invited to perform at the Grand Opening of the new Katoomba RSL. 

Saturday 24th August. 

Please see if you can attend this very historical event within our Community and return your RSVP to the Office.

At Home Numeracy Challenge


Mr. Slow is such a slow eater that when he eats peas, he eats only 1 pea at a time!

Guess what?

It takes him 20 seconds to chew and swallow just 1 pea.


If 48 peas are on his plate with his roast dinner, how long does it take him to eat all of his peas?


After his peas, Mr. Slow slowly begins eating 3 roast potatoes (each 1 takes 15 minutes to eat) and 2 pieces of lamb (each piece takes an hour to eat).


If he starts eating his dinner at 6:30 p.m., what time will he finish?



When you have your answers, write them down and bring them to Ms Honeyman in the Sunshine Room.


Birthday Wishes

Happy Birthday to those who celebrate in August


Sebastion Campbell

Ava McCarthy

Silvio Marcal

Zahra Andrews

Roman Hay

Billy Moseley

Madeline Chacana

Emma Garraway

Ms Fenech

Ms Friend

Ms Sally


Student Banking

Student Banking is Every Tuesday


Special Offer

Check the back of your Katoomba Big W receipts for a St Canice’s Special Offer


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