St Monica's Primary North Parramatta Newsletter

Term 4 Week 10

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

On behalf of the staff at St Monica’s, we wish all of our students and families a joyous and holy Christmas.  We extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to our parent community for all your support throughout 2020 and for your generous gifts and well wishes.  Have a safe holiday break and we look forward to seeing you next year.

With Christmas blessings,

Lisa Howell

Preparing for 2021

Please remember the following as you prepare for the new school year:

All students are expected to wear the St Monica’s uniform with pride throughout the year.  This includes wearing the correct hat, socks and shoes.  This helps to keep students focused on their learning whilst also maintaining a consistent atmosphere across the school.

 Some important reminders:

· School shoes are black leather lace ups/Velcro/buckle.

· Sport shoes are predominantly white for sport with white laces.

· No slip on “Raben” type shoes or coloured joggers, runners or basketball boots are to be worn.


Parents are reminded to please follow the guidelines for haircuts.  Please keep extreme styles to the school holidays so that all children return in 2021 with styles adhering with the school policy.  Please see the guidelines as per the Parent Handbook.

2021 Staffing

PrincipalMrs Lisa Crampton
Assistant PrincipalMrs Mary-Anne Stenning
Religious Education Co-ordinatorMr Andrew Baker
Leader of Learning (Numeracy)Mrs Lauren Hartz
Leader of Learning (Literacy)Miss Catherine Shaw
Diversity LeaderMs Tracie Hope
Parish AdministratorFr Ephraim Lam
Senior Finance OfficerMrs Lata Rebello (Monday - Friday)
School Office AdministrationMrs Jacqueline Abood (Monday-Thursday)
Mrs Louise Bright (Fridays)
Early Stage One Teachers

Miss Jowelle Chahine (ES1)
Mrs Magdalene Skamvougeras (M/T)
Mrs Nerida Samaha (W/Th/F)

Year 1 TeachersMrs Samantha D'Silva (Year 1)
Mrs Loretta Farrelly (M/T/W)
Mrs Kellee Bagnall (Th/F)
Year 2 TeachersMrs Denelle Gardoni (Year 2A)
Mrs Tracie Hope (Year 2B)
Mr Andrew Baker
Stage 2 TeachersMrs Robyn Withford (Stage 2A)
Mrs Lauren Hartz (Stage 2B)
Miss Catherine Shaw
Mrs Loretta Farrelly (M/T/W)
Mrs Kellee Bagnall (Th/F)
Stage 3 TeachersMiss Hayley Anschau (Stage 3A)
Miss Armani Barakat (Stage 3B)
Mr Andrew Baker
Teachers' AssistantsMrs Rita Davino, Mrs Louise Bright, Mrs Bernadette Moussa
School CounsellorMrs Madeline Patrick (Tuesday & Wednesday)
IT TraineeMiss Kaylan Machado (Thursday & Friday)
RFF TeamMr Andrew Baker
Mrs Nerida Samaha
Mrs Maggie Skamvougeras
Mrs Loretta Farrelly
Mrs Kellee Bagnall
Japanese TeacherMrs Emma Eastman
MaintenanceMr Dennis Cheung

Christmas Gifts Thank You

On behalf of St Monica’s Staff we would like to say THANK YOU to all the students and families who have so kindly passed on their Christmas wishes and generous gifts to us.

Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated. 

We wish you all a happy Christmas and a wonderful New Year
and we look forward to seeing you in 2021. 

Thank you!

2021 School Terms and Important Dates

TERM 1 2021

Tuesday 26 January 2021Australia Day Public Holiday
Wednesday 27 January 2021
Pupil Free Day
Mathematic Assessment Interviews for Years 1-6 2021 (pre-booked appointments)11:30am-4:30pm
Thursday 28 January 2021
Pupil Free Day

Mathematic Assessment Interviews for Years 1-6 2021 (pre-booked appointments)


Friday 29 January 2021

Years 1-6 commence first day for Term 1

Mathematic Assessment Interviews for Kindergarten 2021 (pre-booked appointments)


Monday 1 February 2021

2021 Kindergarten commence school

(9:15 am Welcome Morning Tea / Tea & Tissues (Year 1 2021 families to provide morning tea)

Friday 5 February 2021Welcome BBQ
Term 1 endsThursday 1 April  (Good Friday 2 April)
Term 2 Monday 19 April to Friday 25 June
Term 3Monday 12 July to Friday 17 September
Term 4Tuesday 5 October to Friday 17 December 

Staff Development Days for 2021 have not yet been confirmed.  Parents will be advised of these dates as soon as possible. 


Farewell and thank you to the families leaving St Monica’s this year.  Your help and continuous support over the years whether it was assisting at excursions or carnivals, supporting events, attending POSMs meetings or even kind words of encouragement were greatly appreciated.  

Thank you to the following families who have been associated with St Monica’s for many years, as their youngest child leaves Year 6.

Assaf, Haddad, Knight, Munda Cruz, Nassif, Smith, Stoker, Toman, Bhattachan, Foroutan, Gunawardena, Keranis, Meldrum, Naeme and North.

Also leaving St Monica's this year are Lukas Lozancic Babic, Nitya Mallela, Jaylen Brohier, Tahlia Brohier, Elyssa Ekert, Jonathan Payne, Mugilmaran Manimaran, Madhumalar Manimaran and Rafaella Santos.

We wish you all the very best for the future and thank you for being a part of St Monica's.

Library News

Students have had another wonderful year of borrowing from the library and we look forward to another great year of reading and many exciting events in 2021!

A BIG thank you to all the library monitors who have helped this year - new monitors will be chosen in Term 1 next year.

CONGRATULATIONS to our Term 4 ‘Bookworm of the Term’ 

ES1 - Jonathan Hekeik

Year 1 - Archie Levins

Year 2 - Madalena Sarantakos

Year 3 - Juo Choi

Year 4 - Olivia Hekeik

Year 5 - Tiara Arredondo

Year 6 - Ashleigh North

These are the students who borrowed the most books in their class during term 4

 They have won a book prize and will now have their name & face displayed on our Bookworm Farm in the library during term 1! 
Well Done!

Mrs Rita Davino
Teachers' Assistant / Library Assistant

End of Year Awards

Congratulations to the following students who received awards at the
End of Year Awards Ceremony.

Year 6 Mercy Award -  Samuel Nassif

Active Citizenship Award -  Ashleigh North

AwardChristian LivingAcademic AchievementConsistent EffortMost ImprovedSchool Spirit
KindergartenAiva BernardezPablo JimenezJasper CorinKeira FilgateGiada La Macchia
Year 1Aryana ErskineArchie LevinsEvangeline HbeicheNoah Abi-DaherMargarita San-Juan
Year 2Amelia CoreraMadalena SarantakosAbigail CoreraAngus GrahamElijah Essey
Year 3Lydia SunLucas AlvarezSelini TissathejaIryssa AlleyBraxton Cooper
Year 4Manuela SalibBai Rui (Barry) ZhangAva CongGeorgia FernandesEva Sentas
Year 5Ryan MalatagRiana ArredondoTiara ArredondoAbbi MealeSiria Mondinelli
Year 6Menuk GunawardenaKenzh Munda CruzElizabeth TomanJohn SadekCharli Meldrum

Stage 2 Fundraiser

During Week 9, Stage 2 ran a fundraiser as part of their religion learning cycle ‘Why are people hungry in a world full of plenty?' "For I was hungry, and you gave me food, I was thirsty, and you gave me drink" Matthew 25: 35. 

Stage 2 ran a guessing competition where students could guess how many lollies were in a jar. The students showed their charity by giving up their lunch times to raise money for St Vincent De Paul. 

Lottie Stewart and Cadence Metierre guessed 56 lollies which was the closest, without going over. The girls split the lollies evenly. Congratulations! 

Lauren Hartz, Catherine Shaw and Nerida Samaha

Stage 2 Team

Netball Term 4

St Monica’s students had the privilege of participating in Netball sports program in Term 4.

It has been a very successful term with students participating respectfully whilst demonstrating their ball and teamwork skills. The students had a lot of fun and we hope to have other sport programs in the future. 

Lauren Hartz

Leader of Learning and Sports Coordinator

Students enjoying the netball program!

St Monica’s Swimming Carnival

Some of our St Monica’s students participated in a competitors only swimming carnival.

It was a very successful day with students competing respectfully whilst supporting their peers from the sidelines. The students were an exceptional representation of our school and should be commended. 

We also had some Year 6 helpers come along to assist the teachers in their roles on the day. These students were very supportive and showed exceptional responsibility. Thank you to the parents who understood that due to COVID-19, we could not have any spectators on the day. 

Lauren Hartz

Leader of Learning and Sports Coordinator

Students enjoying the Swimming Carnival!

2020 Premiers Reading Challenge

Congratulations to the following students who participated in the Premiers Reading Challenge for 2020.  Well done!!!

Year 2            Elijah Essey and Angus Graham

Year 3            Ruby Elias

Year 4            Helen Elias and Onur James Unver

Year 5            Liam Sciacca

Year 6            Ruby Graham and Maureen Haddad

Mrs Denelle Gardoni
Year 2 Teacher

2020 St Monica's Christmas Mass Timetable

Executive Director's Summer Reading Challenge

We all know the importance of reading and how a great book can spark imagination and creativity too. These summer holidays, Mr Greg Whitby, our Diocese’s Executive Director, is again launching his Summer Reading Challenge and encouraging all students to read, read, read! 

Students can read anything they like to enter the challenge, whether it’s a comic, play, a piece of poetry, book, e-book or animated novel. 

Taking part in the Executive Director’s Summer Reading Challenge is easy! Students just need to read something they enjoy and tell us in 50 words or less why they loved it. The more a student reads, the more times they can enter the reading challenge and the more chances they have of winning one of two Chromebooks or one of 30 runner-up gift vouchers to the value of $30. Students can enter online by visiting the CEDP website. 

Entries open on 23 November 2020 and close at 5:00pm on 1 February 2021. Terms and Conditions can be found here.

School Travel for 2021

2021 school travel applications are now open.

Applications for student travel in 2021 opened from Monday 12 October 2020.

Students who require a School Opal card or travel pass for 2021 can now apply online. A new application should be submitted if a student is applying for a school travel pass for the first time or requesting an additional pass as a result of a new shared parental responsibility situation (e.g. joint custody).

Students who have changed school/campus, changed address, repeated a year or received an expiry notification from Transport for NSW for their school travel entitlement should re-apply or update their details.
*Applications must be completed by the student's parent or legal guardian if the student is aged under 16 years. Students 16 years and over must complete the application form themselves.

Where there is a change of distance eligibility based on a student’s grade, the system will automatically update a student’s entitlement if they meet the new criteria. If they do not meet the new eligibility criteria, they will receive an expiry notification via email.

Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition which is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply.

Term Bus Pass holders will receive a notification to re-apply. If a student needs to update their information or re-apply, they should go online to

Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2020 to ensure that current student entitlements are updated and their current entitlement/card remains valid. If their application is submitted after 31 December 2020, the system will automatically cancel an entitlement/card and a new one will need to be issued.

Students in the Opal network applying for a SSTS or Term Bus Pass entitlement for the first time will receive their card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out from January 2021. Students residing in Rural and Regional (R&R) are

Uniform Supplier

Oz Fashions supply all our student uniform requirements. 

115-127 Parramatta Road, Granville  (Corner of Parramatta Road and Good Street)

Phone:  9897 3121         Fax: 9897 3222



Opening Hours

Monday—Friday 9:00am-5:30pm

Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm


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