To book a Principal Tourhttps://www.stcaths.catholic.edu.au/enrolment/book-a-tour
To Register to attend a Liturgy/Mass/Assembly
Dear Parents, Friends, Staff and Students of St Catherine’s,
We started the term with a sense of cautious optimism and now, half way through the term, we are enjoying school life that is more familiar with some of the government restrictions having been eased. With the changing landscape of COVID-19 however, we need to remain ever vigilant and responsive to information we receive from Catholic Education and SA Health. To date, we have been able to proceed with our scheduled events, however we are aware that changes may need to be made at any point in time to maintain the safety of all our staff, students and families. I'd like to acknowledge and thank all our parents for their ongoing support during these times.
St Dominic's Week
The Feast of St Dominic was celebrated on Saturday 8th August. Leading up to this day, students celebrated the life of St Dominic by engaging in activities aimed at helping them learn more about St Dominic's life and work through the Four Pillars of the Dominican Way. We came together as a school community for a whole school Mass held on Tuesday in our newly refurbished hall and it was great to have parents and grandparents join us.
Catholic Schools Open Week
This year Catholic Schools Open Week took place during the week of August 10-14. We held a Principal's Tour the week prior to this (which was the first one since COVID restrictions came into place) to invite families to see the fantastic learning environment on offer at St Catherine's. During Catholic Schools Open Week, a journalist from the Courier Newspaper visited to talk with myself and our School Captains about the new classrooms and hall refurbishment and the article appeared in the Wednesday 19th August edition of The Courier.
Our three debating teams participated in their second debate at Pultney Grammar School on Tuesday night this week. The students did a fantastic job, presented their arguments clearly and provided effective rebuttals as part of their debates. All three teams won their respective debates and I'd like to congratulate Genevieve in Year 6 who was awarded a 'Speaker of the Night' award. Thank you to Corey Lewis for facilitating the debating practices and to Krystina Dawe for supporting the students at each of the competitions. Information regarding the competition can be found on the Debating SA website: https://www.debatingsa.com.au/schools-competition/team-rankings/?division=Year5
Kathryn Thompson has begun rehearsals for our school musical performance, Matilda which will take place next term on Tuesday 20th and Wednesday 21st October. The year 5 and 6 students are working hard to learn their various parts and are looking forward to sharing their performance with us. Further details regarding performance times and ticket purchases will be communicated with families in the coming weeks.
We have been fortunate enough to have a Sporting Schools Grant which will enable us to run hockey lessons across the school between weeks 7-10 this term. Each class will participate in 4 x 40 minute hockey lessons on either a Thursday or Friday during those weeks.
I'd like to remind parents and carers that the drop off and pick up zone has a speed limit of 5km/h. This limit applies as soon as you enter the carpark driveway. There have been several occasions recently where people have not adhered to this speed limit, putting the safety of the children, our staff and other parents at risk. Please ensure you slow to a walking pace and remain at this speed along the entire drop off zone.
To support the flow of traffic and to ease congestion on Ayers Hill Rd, please consider parking and collecting your child. I also remind parents and carers that we have staff supervision available after school until 3.30pm and that if you are able to time your pick up to be between 3.15 and 3.30pm that this also helps ease congestion.
Strategic Planning Parent Survey
Parents should have received an email with a link to a St Catherine's Strategic Planning Parent Survey earlier this week. The information gained from this survey will be used to inform our strategic direction for the school over the coming years. If you can spare 5-10 minutes to complete this survey, it would be very much appreciated.
Staff Formation Day
Next Monday, 24th August is a Pupil Free Day and as a staff, we will be involved in further developing our understanding of how ecology and ecological conversion forms part of our Catholic Identity. This ongoing work is a strong foundation of the teaching and learning at our school.
Stay dry and warm.
St Catherine's School
Earlier this term, Dr Neil McGoran shared a message to all families in Catholic Schools in South Australia. Included in the message is reference to ways in which we enable access to our quality Catholic education through a review and reduction of fees for every diocesan Catholic School. This is very exciting news and the specific details of the fee reductions at our school will be published in September following a decision by the South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools.
Today you will have received a Catholic Charities Appeal Brochure. Catholic Charities supports people to live with dignity, feeling welcomed, included and supported in their lives through agencies such as Catherine House, Centacare and Hutt Street Centre. They rely on ongoing support to be able to continue to provide assistance to those in our community who are vulnerable and disadvantaged. You are invited to make a monetary donation to support the 2020 Catholic Charities Appeal.
During Catholic Schools Week Catholic Schools across South Australia took time to pause and share in the ritual of Grace as a means of giving thanks to creation. This also helped mark the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si' and was a way to recognise our connectedness as a system and our commitment to integral ecology and ecological conversion. Students and staff across the school shared in Grace but also spent time wording their own Grace to use at school and at home. It is hoped that this rituals continues to find life as a means of thanksgiving.
This term we have celebrated the Assumption of Mary. This can be a difficult concept for children to understand but as a significant Feast Day it is important to take time to remember when Mary ascended into heaven. Even though Mary has now entered the Kingdom of Heaven, we know that she is always with us, and as classes have prayed the rosary they have been able to remember this and know her endless love for us.
As the students prepare for their Sacrament of Confirmation and Holy Communion on Saturday September 19th we continue to keep them in our prayers.
The Book Fair will coincide with Book Week.
There is SNOW much to read! A blizzard of books is arriving in Term 4 Week 2.
Bundle up for an Arctic Adventure. It will be the coolest place to be!
Maggie Champion two years in a row!
Congratulations to Maggie, Year 4, who finished 1st in both the State U10 Little Athletics Cross Country Championships and the SACPPSA Cross Country Carnival. Maggie defended her title from last year in both events and has now finished 1st two years in a row at both Carnivals!
Max Selected in SAPSASA Hills Soccer Team
Congratulations to Max, Year 6, on his selection in the SAPSASA Hills Soccer team for 2020. Max will participate in the State Championships in week 6 of this Term at Barrett Reserve, Henley Beach. Best of luck Max!
Chloe Selected in SAPSASA Hills Netball Team
Congratulations to Chloe, Year 6, on her selection in the SAPSASA Hills Netball team for 2020, Chloe will participate in the State Championships in week 8 of this Term - Wednesday 9th to Friday 11th September at ETSA Park stadium. Best of luck Chloe!
……Aston, Xavier, Lina and Eliza, hope you are enjoying the savings journey and redeeming some fun rewards along the way.
Now that physical tokens are not being issued just a reminder about the app that you can use to track tokens.
The CommBank Youth app provides a hands-on experience teaching your child to earn, save and spend their money responsibly. With the CommBank Youth app your child can:
· Check the balance of their Youthsaver account
· View School Banking deposits in their transaction history
· Track the number of Dollarmites digital tokens they earn towards receiving a reward
· Set up savings goals and track progress
· Create a list of chores/jobs they can do to earn pocket money.
1. Download the CommBank Youth app on any iOS 9+ device.
2. Your child can securely log on to the CommBank Youth app using their NetBank client number. If your child hasn’t got a NetBank client number, you can set this up by visiting your nearest Commonwealth Bank branch with your driver licence and child's birth certificate.
Parent volunteer - School Banking Coordinator
We have a young rooster to give away.
If you are interested, please contact Gerry McCarthy