St Canice's Primary School Newsletter

4th February Term 1 Week 2

Address: 158 Katoomba Street Katoomba

Phone:     4780 6800



Facebook: St Canice’s School Katoomba


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.



A Message from Mrs Meaney

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

Many thanks for your warm welcome to the community. I have enjoyed meeting all of our students and getting to know many of you. This will be an ongoing priority for me this term. 

The students have had an excellent start to Term 1. Those who have returned to us have settled straight into their classroom learning. They have been reigniting old friendships and making new ones. We welcomed our Kindergarten class of 2020 along with new students Claire, Grace, Joshua and Connor to St Canice’s last week. We will work with them and with all of our students throughout 2020 to ensure that they benefit from a great education, focused on community, built on our faith and inclusive of all. 

We appreciate the stresses many within our community experienced over the holiday break due to bushfires and drought. We continue to pray for rain and for the restoration of our beautiful Blue Mountains environment. The children will participate in a fundraising activity in mid February as a response to the bushfire disaster and we look forward to sharing more details about that with you in due course.  

We will officially open the school year on Friday this week with Mass at St Canice’s parish church at 12:00pm. This is one of the most significant events in our school calendar and we hope that you can attend. The children will remind you throughout the week, as they did for last week’s Meet and Greet, which resulted in a great turnout.

Kind regards,

Miriam Meaney, Principal

Notes that have been distributed

Swimming Carnival 2020


Curriculum Overview Kindergarten

Curriculum Overview Stage One

Private String Lessons

St Columba's Catholic College Year 7 2021 Information Evening

School Photo Order Envelopes

Whole School Mass

Parents and carers are invited to attend the whole school Mass this Friday February 7th at 12pm.  Our School Leaders will receive their badges as they are inducted into their roles for 2020.

Sports Day

Sport day for all students during term 1 will be WEDNESDAY.

All students are to wear their summer sports uniform.

Students will participate in dance lessons with Dance Fever.

St Canice's Swimming Carnival

Our school Swimming Carnival will be on Wednesday the 5th February at Katoomba Sports and Aquatic Centre.

The carnival will take place after school at 3:30pm. 

Please note these are timed trials for the Nepean Zone Carnival to be held on Monday 17th February at Glenbrook Pool. 

 Your child should be a confident swimmer (who can swim at least 50m) and be 8 years or older in 2020.

Parents must stay to supervise their child for the entire carnival.

If you are able to assist at the carnival, please notify the Office and if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Mr Alan Wedesweiler

Sports Coordinator

January Birthday Wishes

Happy Birthday to all who celebrated during January

Caeden Shaw

Arthur Balkin

Andrew Jones

Alexia Anagnostopoulos

Billy ward

Jake Pereira

Oscar Bull

Marshall Field

Jacob Nguyen

Darcy Nicholson

Ella Campbell

Angie Ho

Bonnie O'Connor

Mr White

Mrs Laznik

Ms Frazer

February Birthday Wishes

Happy Birthday to all who celebrate during February

Seamus OKeeffe

Anusha Formosa

Grace Linehan

Cooper Darrington

Daisy Gatenby

Jonah Crye

Mirade Gillard

Dotti King

Khloe Lang

What's Happening in Year 2?

After writing persuasive letters to Mrs Meaney about why we should have a class pet........

Year 2 were excited to find their classroom pets in a tank !

We have 4 yabbies!

We took a vote to decide names and decided on Arthur, Blue, Yab Yab and Yo Yo.

We look forward to watching them grow.

Yr 2 have a class pet

Welcome to Kinder 2020

Update regarding coronavirus and recent travel to Hong Kong

As you know, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta is closely monitoring Government advice about coronavirus. On the 29th of January, we updated you that students and staff who have travelled to China in the past two weeks should stay at home until after the 14-day incubation period for coronavirus has ended. I can now confirm that advice applies to anyone who has travelled to Hong Kong, as well as mainland China. This direction was in addition to earlier advice that students and staff who have had contact with a confirmed case of coronavirus should not attend school or preschool for 14 days, and should be monitored for symptoms. Please provide this updated advice about recent travel to Hong Kong to parents and carers as well as staff in your school community. 


Mark Rix  

Head Executive Office ad Communications

Attendance Matters

A warm welcome to our new students including our new kindergarten students, as well as their families and carers as they join our St Canice’s family.

We are blessed and honoured to have you here in our community. May your time here at St Canice’s be filled with “Growth Through Love and Learning”.

As part of my position as Attendance Officer I monitor the attendance  rate of all students at St Canice’s on a weekly basis.

Starting “big” school is new and exciting, however getting to school on time and coming every day can prove challenging in the initial stages of transitioning from preschool to primary school. Arriving to school on time helps your child learn the importance of punctuality and routine. It also reduces classroom disruption by giving students time to greet/play with friends before class. It is important to convey these expectations to your child so that they know what is expected of them.

If you require assistance with getting your child to school on time, please contact me via the front office so that we can work in partnership and help your child be the best that they can be.

Miss Elizabeth

Attendance Family Liaison Officer

School Photo Day

St Canice’s Primary School    

Photo Day 2020

Thursday 27th February

Cashless Made Simple!

Australia is on the brink of becoming a cashless society.

MSP Photography have embraced this new change to help improve your school photography experience!

To Order Photos.

Once the school have handed out your photo order form, go to, enter your unique shootkey and follow the prompts.

If you’re missing your shootkey, please give us a call on 02 9831 5505.

Family Photos.

Please order online prior to photo day with your unique shootkey.

One shootkey per family.

Please note - All orders placed after photo day incur a $20 late fee.

Maths Matters

St Columba's Catholic College - Year 7, 2021 Information Evening


Student Banking Every Tuesday

Students participating in School Banking will get weekly hands-on saving practice, when they bring their deposit to school in their Dollarmites deposit wallet on School Banking day.

When a deposit is received, a silver Dollarmites token will be given, which can then be redeemed for a Treetop savers reward (maximum one reward per item). 

Skoolbag App

Please ensure you have the skoolbag app for all current and up to date school alerts.

Download skoolbag from the app store

Select St Canice's Catholic Primary Katoomba

My School Lunchbox

My School Lunchbox delivers every Monday & Friday. My School Lunchbox is offsite with orders being placed via Payment is made by credit card or PayPal. Simply browse the menu and select the desired food and drinks. My School Lunch Box exists to ensure kids receive the healthiest, fresh lunches in a convenient way.

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


If you would like to volunteer at our school, this is what you need to do:

Log in to

Hover over “Our Schools”    and select Parents as Partners     Scroll to Volunteer Training     Select Volunteers or Contractors

Step 1 – Complete either Volunteer or Contractor Form

Step 2 – Complete Training Module

You will receive a confirmation email once the forms have been submitted.

Parents and close relatives of a child who volunteer do not require a WWCC.

A WWCC is required if

  • A volunteer is part of a formal mentoring program.

  • Where volunteering involves intimate personal care of children with a disability.

Volunteers are not parents or close relatives.

Opal Cards

Students using an Opal card to travel to and from school are required to tap on and off each trip.

Please remember not to throw away Opal cards at the end of the year.

Eligible cards will be automatically updated for the new school year.

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Gatsby Casino Night Fundraiser

Come One, Come All - Giant FUNDRAISER for Katoomba Rotary and Rural Fire Service. 

We all need a break after the endless bushfires threat in the mountains over the past couple of months - what better way to have a fun night and help us raise funds at the same time!

With the generous support of the Escarpment Group - all proceeds from the Hydro Majestic Gatsby Casino Night entry will be donated to charity.

A chance to dress for the occassion - get out your 20's gear and get a group together - leap into a leap year - maybe the 29th is your lucky day!

The simplest way to keep food safe in summer


School Calendar

Bishop Office

Positions Vacant
  • Volunteers – Mamre Creche - CatholicCare
  • Office Manager – Tribunal of the Catholic Church (NSW and ACT), Diocese of Parramatta – Applications close 3 February.
  • General Manager, Early Years Education & Care – Catholic Diocese of Parramatta Services Limited (CDPSL) – Applications close 4 February.

More details at:

CatholicCare Blacktown Neighbour Aid Volunteers Needed

Blacktown Neighbour Aid, a program with CatholicCare, is looking for volunteers to support our senior clients in the Blacktown area to remain living independently in their own home. If you feel you would like to make a positive difference to other’s lives in this way, please contact the Manager, Deb Woolacott on 0418 114 055 or email

Lalor Park Parish Wednesday Evening Devotions

St Bernadette’s Parish, Lalor Park, is hosting weekly devotions to Mary Immaculate and St Bernadette and Adoration of the Blessed Sacraments every Wednesday evening at 7pm, followed by Mass at 7.30pm. All are welcome. For more information, contact the parish office on (02) 9672 4037 or

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.

CEDP High Support Learning Centres

Kirinari, located in Llandilo and Wiyanga, located in Dundas, are purpose built centres for learning that provide an inclusive education for students with a moderate intellectual disability and high support needs. If you have a child or know someone who would benefit from an alternate platform for learning in Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, please phone (02) 9840 5689 for further information.

Office for Worship Liturgical Ministry Formation Courses

The Office for Worship’s Liturgical Ministry Formation Courses will be held again next year, commencing early February 2020. If you are interested or would like more information, please contact the Office for Worship on 8838 3456 or

Greystanes Parish Biblical Studies Part 2: February 2020

Throughout the month of February, Fr Joseph Lam from Our Lady, Queen of Peace Parish, Greystanes, will run a series of biblical studies on Prophetic Literature in the Old Testament. Sessions will be held at the parish every Thursday in February and on 5 March from 7.30pm to 9pm. Registrations are essential by, where you can also obtain the recommended reading list.

Plenary Council 2020 Diocesan Session: 6 February

You are invited to attend a Plenary Council 2020 Listening and Discernment session on 6 February from 10.30am to 1pm at the Institute for Mission, Blacktown. At this session, you will have the opportunity to select and explore one of the six Themes for Discernment. Morning tea will be provided. To RSVP, please contact

Honouring the Feast Day of St Josephine Bakhita: 8 – 9 February

Long after slavery was officially abolished, the practice not only continues but thrives, with millions of people forced to perform labour through coercion, intimidation or deceit. On the weekend of 8 and 9 February, we celebrate the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, Patron of Victims of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking. We are encouraged to pray for all those affected by the crimes of modern slavery and human trafficking, and for the people who volunteer and work for the eradication of these crimes.

Pastoral Planning Alpha Team Training Workshop: 9 February

The Pastoral Planning Office is running a training day in the Alpha Catholic program at the Institute for Mission, Blacktown, Sunday 9 February from 9.30am to 4.30pm. The workshop will look at where Alpha fits in the faith formation process in a Parish. To register, and for more information, please contact Lisa in the Pastoral Planning Office on 8838 3497 or

World Day of the Sick Mass: 11 February

A Mass for the World Day of the Sick will be celebrated in the Diocese of Parramatta on Tuesday 11 February 2020 at Mary, Queen of the Family Parish, St Patrick’s Church, Blacktown at 10.30am. The Mass will include the Sacramental Rite of Anointing of the Sick and Prayers for Healing. Please RSVP to Marisa VanderHout on (02) 8838 3460 or to assist with seating and catering.

Plenary Council 2020 Diocesan Session: 13 February

You are invited to attend a Plenary Council 2020 Listening and Discernment session on 13 February from 6.30pm to 9pm at the Institute for Mission, Blacktown. At this session, you will have the opportunity to select and explore one of the six Themes for Discernment. A light supper will be provided. To RSVP, please contact

LIFTED Live featuring Gen Bryant: 13 February

Youth, young adults and families are invited to a celebration of our local Church 'alive and brilliant' at CYP’s LIFTED 2020 Launch on Thursday 13 February at WEST HQ, Rooty Hill from 7.30pm to 10pm. Live music, worship and plans unveiled for young people and acclaimed Catholic singer-songwriter from Melbourne Gen Bryant on-stage. Register your interest now at

Institute for Mission Themes of Faith: Starting March 2

The Themes of Faith program invites participants to share conversation and reflection in small groups. Each group is accompanied by a mentor with a focus on different key life/faith theme each time. Sessions, arranged in two blocks of 5 Monday evenings, start on 2 March. To register, visit and for more information, contact Donnie or Fr Paul on (02) 9296 6369 or or

Institute for Mission Reflective Ministry Program: Starting March 10

If you are serving in any ministry or hoping to get involved, this program gatherings will nurture your relationship with God and further equip your purpose and serving! Sessions start on Tuesday 10 March and will run every Tuesday night for twelve weeks. To register, please visit or for more information, contact Sr Grace on (02) 9296 6369 or

Australian Church Bushfire Response

Thank you for your support of the Vinnies Bushfire Appeal during the Australia Day weekend. Australia is currently facing an unprecedented bushfire crisis in many parts of the country, including within the Diocese of Parramatta. We are urged to pray constantly for those affected, for those fighting the fires and for an end to the bushfires. To access prayer resources, make a donation or for more information, including how to support people affected by bushfires within the Diocese of Parramatta, visit

Australian Commemoration of the Sunday of the Word of God

The Bishops Commission for Liturgy is considering how the Church in Australia will mark the celebration of the Sunday of the Word of God, established by Pope Francis and held on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. This celebration is held in Rome during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which is celebrated much later in the year in Australia. The Commission has proposed another date be established for the Sunday of the Word of God in Australia, and will provide recommendations to the Bishops Conference in May.

Country Care Link Volunteers Needed

Open Support, a not-for profit, community service organisation is in need of volunteer drivers for their Country Care Link program, which is a transport service for regional NSW families, couples and individuals when in Sydney for medical appointments and hospital stays. For more information or to receive a volunteer information pack, please email, call (02) 8382 6437 or visit

Catholic Mission Camino 2020 Pilgrimages

Catholic Mission is organising two pilgrimages to walk the Camino Portugués (17 days) from 11 to 27 May 2020 and the Camino Francés (16 days) from 19 September to 5 October. Each pilgrimage will offer small groups lead by an experience guide. For more information, please contact Sr Veronica Rosier OP on 0451 387 906 or visit

Catholic Healthcare

Government-funded Home Care Packages. Catholic Healthcare’s local Care Advisors can work with you to create a customised support plan. Their in-home services include gardening, shopping, meal preparation, transport and nursing. Get a quote on 1300 734 350.

Holy Hour for Vocations: 6 February

Youth aged 18 to 35 are invited to join the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth for their Holy Hour for Vocations on Thursday 6 February at 7pm at the Holy Spirit Convent, Plumpton. A meal will be served afterwards. To RSVP, please contact Sr Paula on 0449 656 406 or

Christian Meditation: 16 February

You are invited to a Christian Meditation Introduction and Renewal Day at St Benedict's Monastery, 121 Arcadia Rd, Arcadia on Sunday 16 February from 10.30am to 3pm, with registration from 10am. Contact Br Terry on 0438 282 318 for possible accommodation in monastery guest house. For other enquiries, please contact either Ann Bergman on or Ann Lomas on or 9653 2637.

Shaping the Future of the Catholic Church Symposium: 4 March

The Implementation Advisory Group (established by ACBC and Catholic Religious Australia) are hosting a symposium on ‘Shaping the Future of the Catholic Church’ with three international experts on Wednesday 4 March from 1pm to 5pm. The experts will address numerous topics including the Ecclesiology of Vatican II; Theology and the Sexual Abuse Crisis; and Participative Engagement and Structures in a Missionary and Synodal Church. RSVP, tickets and event details can be found at

Gift of Ageing 6-Day Retreat: 6 – 12 March

St Mary’s Towers Retreat Centre, Douglas Park, NSW, is hosting a six day retreat on the ‘Gift of Ageing: Awakening to God’s Surprising Gifts’ from 6 to 12 March. Sr Kerin Caldwell sgs will lead participants in themes such as less doing and more being and how am I coping with change. $750 for 6 days or $250 for weekend of 6 to 8 March. To RSVP, please contact (02) 4630 0233, email or visit

Mindfulness and the Presence of God Retreat: 13 – 15 March

St Mary’s Towers Retreat Centre, Douglas Park, NSW, is hosting a weekend retreat on ‘Mindfulness and the Presence of God’ on 13 to 15 March. Presenters Michelle Vass and Lou Nulley will discuss being mindful in the Christian Tradition, mindfulness practices and mindfulness meditation. Registration is $250. To RSVP, please contact (02) 4630 0233, email or visit

Paul’s Letter to the Galatians Retreat: 20 – 26 March

St Mary’s Towers Retreat Centre, Douglas Park, NSW, is hosting a six-day retreat on St Paul’s Letter to the Galatians from 20 to 26 March. Fr Michael Fallon msc will lead retreatants through Paul’s life and what Jesus meant to Paul. A weekend option is available for 20 to 22 March. To RSVP, please contact (02) 4630 0233, email or visit

Men’s Prayer Weekend Retreat: 27 – 29 March

St Mary’s Towers Retreat Centre, Douglas Park, NSW, is hosting a men’s prayer weekend from 27 to 29 March. Paul White and Fr Thang Nguyen msc will reflect on scripture and modern writers regarding the interaction between trust and discernment in times of transition in our lives. To RSVP, please contact (02) 4630 0233, email or visit

A Weekend of Poetry and Religion: 17 – 19 April

Fr Dom Carrigan CSsR invites retreatants to bring their religious poems to share with others, in the spirit of Les Murray’s poem ‘Poetry and Religion’. St Clement’s Retreat Centre, Kalangan Rd, Galong, NSW, from 17 to 19 April. Ensuite room $300, room with shared facilities $260. For enquiries and bookings, please contact

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Marriage Enrichment Weekend: 17 – 19 April

The Worldwide Marriage Encounter are hosting a Marriage Enrichment Weekend from 17 to 19 April at the Mt Carmel Retreat Centre, Varroville, NSW. Take the time to step back from everyday distractions and rediscover your relationship. Book online at or contact Adrian and Janet on 0490 774 419 or

National Pastoral Ministry Conference: 9 – 11 July

Save the date for the National Pastoral Ministry Conference, titled ‘Alive in the Spirit: Being the Community Christ calls us to be’. The conference will be held on 9 to 11 July 2020 at St Mary, Star of the Sea College, Wollongong. More information to come. For more information, please contact Lisa Bright on 0448 652 720 or

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