St Monica's Primary North Parramatta Newsletter

Term 2 Week 8 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

Last Friday, the staff of St Monica’s spent the day at Benedict XVI Retreat Centre to engage in reflection and learn more about the origins of the Sisters of Mercy in Parramatta and the impact of the Mercy Values at St Monica’s, both historically and today.

Not only was the venue beautiful and tranquil and the perfect location for reconnecting with each other, it was wonderful to spend the day nourishing our own spirit, with the support of the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta Mission Animation Coordinator, Ana Pintos and our very own Religious Education Coordinator, Andrew Baker.

At St Monica’s, we are the face of mercy for our students and our families.  We weave the Mercy Values, which are also the Gospel Values, into our everyday life - Justice, Service, Dignity, Stewardship, Compassion, Excellence, Hospitality and Preferential Option for the Poor, just as Catherine McAuley, the founder of the Sisters of Mercy in Dublin, Ireland, and Mother Clare Dunphy, the founder of the Parramatta Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy.

We look forward to sharing our learning with our students in the coming weeks and months as we continue to weave the Mercy Values into everything we do.

Lisa Crampton


Spirituality Day

Student Absences due to illness


Dear Parents and Carers,

Please see NSW Health and CEDP guidelines below for students returning to school after an illness (NB: these guidelines have not changed):

  • Students must not attend school if they are unwell.  This includes even minor flu symptoms.
  • Students must return a negative COVID-19 test result and be symptom free before returning to school.
  • Schools must sight the negative COVID-19 test result prior to allowing students to return to school.

If you are unwilling to allow your child to undertake a COVID-19 test or provide the school with a negative COVID-19 test result, the student is to be excluded from school for a 10-day period.  Additionally, the student must by symptom free for at least 3 days before returning to school.

SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 (as per the Government Health Guidelines)

Symptoms of COVID-19 can range from mild illness to pneumonia. Some people will recover easily, and others may get very sick very quickly.
People with coronavirus may experience symptoms such as:

  • fever
  • respiratory symptoms
    • coughing
    • sore throat
    • shortness of breath.

Other symptoms can include:
runny nose, acute blocked nose (congestion), headache, muscle or joint pains, nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting, loss of sense of smell, altered sense of taste, loss of appetite and fatigue.

To stop the spread of COVID-19 people with even mild symptoms of respiratory infection should get tested. 

Thank you for your cooperation in ensuring the safety of all students and staff at St Monica's.

Enrolment Vacancies - in some grades

We wish to advise that there are vacancies available in some grades. 

Enrolment applications may be downloaded from our school website or collected from our school office (Monday -Friday). 

You may contact the school office on 8832 4100 for more information.

Congratulations to our Confirmation candidates!

Congratulations to the following students who received the Sacrament of Confirmation on Saturday 29 May 2021 at St Monica's Church.  

Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv DD STL and Fr Ephraim Lam celebrated the Confirmation Mass.  

Thank you also to Mrs Crampton, Mr Baker and Miss Barakat for attending the Ceremony and supporting our students at this special time. 

Ava CElijah CAmelia CAbigail C
Alexis CGeorgia FEthan GManda L
Mia SCalista SWilliam SNina T
Eva TAmelia WTheresa W

Growth mindset is more than just effort

Having a growth mindset means more than just accepting feedback and being open-minded. It’s about taking feedback, learning from experience, and coming up with strategies for improving. It’s believing that even if you fail at something, you can still succeed.

Another misconception about growth mindset is that it’s the same thing as effort. Knowing the difference can help you give your child the best kind of praise.

Praising your child’s talent or “smarts” — “You’re really good at math” — can actually promote a fixed mindset. It’s like saying that the ability to do math is just something your child “has.”

Praising your child’s effort — “You worked really hard” — is more helpful. It can help build your child’s self-esteem .

But that’s still not enough to promote a growth mindset. If kids don’t use the right strategies, they might try hard but still not improve.

The most important thing to praise is how they approached the challenge, not how hard they tried or how well they did.

For example, you could praise the way your child solved a math problem. Or the system your child used to make sure homework got done on time all week. This is called process praise. And it’s the most helpful type of praise for promoting a growth mindset. It puts the emphasis on the steps your child took to get to the end result.

By focusing on process, it shows that getting stuck, asking for help, and trying new strategies are important, too.

Mrs Mary-Anne Stenning
Assistant Principal

Reminder - Parent Workshop - Numeracy TOMORROW

At our Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) Meeting this term the idea was raised about parents wanting to know more about what Mathematics lessons look like in our classrooms. In response to this request we have organised a date for a Numeracy Workshop for parents.

This will be held tomorrow morning, Thursday 10th June at 9.15am in the Parish Hall.

If you would like to attend this workshop, please RSVP using this link.

Many thanks,

Mary-Anne Stenning
Assistant Principal

Winter Sleepout

This year St Monica’s will be holding a Winter Sleepout event to raise awareness about the suffering of those less fortunate in our society. This will be taking place this Friday 11 June, which is the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 

The event is for Stage 3 students only. There will be a visit from St Vincent de Paul, some food making for the homeless and Mass in the Church. They will eat some basic food and sleep in conditions unlike their normal warm beds. The aim is for students to gain insight into how lucky they are to have heating, comfortable bedding, warm clothes and blankets.  Stay tuned for some photos of this exciting event! 
Andrew Baker
Religious Education Coordinator

Tell Them From Me Survey (TTFM)

From Monday 31 May, we will be inviting students, teachers and parents to provide feedback on their experience of our school using an online survey. The surveys are an important part of our whole school evaluation and planning process.

We would like to invite you to complete the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Partners in Learning survey.  We value the role of parents and carers within our school community and 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.

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 from Monday 31 May:

Mary-Anne Stenning
Assistant Principal


Celebration of Learning

We would like to invite you to come and have a look at our learning at St Monica's!

Our first "Look at what we're learning" afternoon will be Friday 11 June from 2:20pm

Everyone welcome! 

Please sign in via the sign on sheet and QR code at the hall gate.

Living Life to the Full: our Draft New Curriculum for Religious Education

For several years now, our Catholic community has been working together to update the way we share our faith with children and young people. This draft new curriculum for Religious Education will be known as Living Life to the Full and is now available on the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta website together with a guide to help community members learn more. 

Faithful to Sacred Scripture and Tradition, Catholic Teaching and Values, Living Life to the Full is designed to be age-appropriate for children and young people. When it is launched in late 2021 the Draft New Curriculum will replace ‘Sharing Our Story’, the current curriculum that has been in place for more than 20 years. 

Parent/Teacher Conferences and Student Learning Reports

Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences commenced this week and will continue in Week 9.

On Friday 18 June (Week 9), Student Learning Reports for Semester One will be sent home with your child. 

In previous years our Student Learning Reports have been created in a platform known as FACES. In light of system changes at CEDP and the closure of the FACES platform, schools throughout the Diocese of Parramatta are moving to reports being created in Compass.

Compass is the current school system for our enrolments and attendance data.  Therefore, the appearance of the report will look slightly different to its previous format.

Student Learning Reports

Unexplained Absence Letters

Parents are advised that Unexplained Absence Letters will be sent home tomorrow with your child.  If you receive a letter, it would be appreciated if you could kindly complete and return the letter to the school office by this Friday 11 June so that your child's attendance can be updated.

Please note that all absences are reflected in your child's Student Learning Report. 

School Fees - 2nd instalment now overdue

Thank you to those families who have paid their second school fees instalment.    

For those families who have not accepted the Flexible Payment Plan, your second instalment payment was due on 26th May 2021Could you please finalise your payment at the earliest convenience.

Families who have not received their second Invoice are requested to contact Mrs Lata Rebello in the school office on 8832 4100.  

Mrs Lata Rebello
Senior Finance Officer

NSWCCC Cross Country Championships

On Tuesday, June 8, Liam S of Year 6 represented the Parramatta Diocese at the NSWCCC Cross Country Championships.  He ran 3km in an incredible time of 13 minutes and 58 seconds.

The St Monica’s community and the Parramatta Diocese are extremely proud of you Liam.


Miss Armani Barakat 
Sports Coordinator 

Farewell Mrs Robyn Withford

Thank you to Mrs Robyn Withford who has been with St Monica's this year. 

Mrs Withford has been a valued member of our staff this year and has been passionate in her role as an educator, willingly sharing her expertise and supporting the learning initiatives within the school.

I am sure you will join me in wishing Mrs Withford all the very best in the future.

Mrs Lisa Crampton

Welcome Miss Rachelle Atike

We welcome Miss Rachelle Atike who will be taking the Stage 2 Classroom Teacher role from Term 3, replacing Mrs Withford.  Miss Atike is well known to our staff and students and will continue the quality teaching and learning in Stage 2 with Mrs Lauren Hartz and Miss Catherine Shaw.

I know you will welcome Miss Atike to our St Monica's Community!

Mrs Lisa Crampton 

St Monica's Youth Camp

Key Information
Dates:    29th June-2nd July (during school holidays)
Cost:      $260 (and $15 discount for every additional child of the same family; i.e. $245 for the second child)
Topic:    The challenges of being a Christian (youth) in the modern world, and how we can overcome them.
The cost is inclusive of accommodation and food, and we have a good mix of games, sport activities and learning sessions.
Open to all youth Year 5 and above.
For more information, please contact Cheryl Wong (0481507169).

Cybersafety- eSafety Commissioner

At our recent Parent Involvement Committee (PIC) Meeting, some parents expressed an interest in learning more about online safety at home.  

The eSafety Commissioner provides free webinars for parents and carers.  There are still some dates available this term!

  • Wednesday 16 June 7.30 to 8.30 pm

These live webinars explore the latest research and they are a great way to learn how you can help your child develop the skills to be safer online. 

All sessions are delivered by eSafety's expert education and training team.

Click here for more information and to register your attendance.

Merit Awards

Congratulations to the following students who have recently received Merit Awards

KindergartenEllie A, Diya B, Carter Y
Year 1Baydon A, Pablo J, Cassiel M, Oliver K
Year 2Noah A, Isabella A, Dominik L, Keiralee C, Stephanie S, Sarah T
Stage 2Pranvee B, Tiffany D, Allegra J, Martin S, Lana S, Joshua C, Abigail C, Pare N, 
Stage 3Siria M, Amelia W, Theresa H, Ryan M


Thank you to Mrs Insiya Jinwala, Mrs Laura Jilwan, Ms Andrea Ong and Mrs Trish Forsyth for co-ordinating and assisting with the Fun Food Day held on Friday 28 May. 

We enjoyed our Subway lunch and thank you for organising this Fun Food Day for the school.

Fundraising - Mufti Day

Our first fundraising event for 2021 will be a Mufti Day on Friday 25 June (the last day of term 2).  The theme will be HAWAII HOLIDAY FRIDAY!

Donations can be made from Monday 21 June (Week 10), using QKR!

Fundraising - Disco

Our second fundraising event will be a DISCO on Friday 23 July (Term 3)

from 5:30 - 7:00pm for Years K-6.  More information to come!


Our condolences are extended to the Icao family (Maxine, Yr 2A) on the recent passing of Mrs Icao's father. 

Please keep the Icao family in your thoughts and prayers at this sad time. 

Please update your Qkr! app profiles

Thank you to those parents who have downloaded the Qkr! app.  

To ensure payments are processed correctly, we request that you please update your child's profile.  A profile needs to be created for each child. 

Please check that you have correctly entered your CHILD'S NAME and CLASS.  If you are unsure what class your child is in, please contact the office.

There are a number of payment options available on the app.

  • Enrolment Deposit - only to be used for NEW students to the school.
  • Library Book Replacement Cost - only for parents who receive a letter from Mrs Davino requesting payment for library books.

Please do not use these two payment options unless you have been requested to. 

Instructions to download the Qkr! app can be found here.

Thank you.

MondayYear 1Morning & Recess
WednesdayStage 2Morning & Recess
ThursdayES1Morning & Lunch

Stage 3

Year 2



Morning Borrowing from 8.30am - 8.50am

Students who want to borrow will go upstairs with Mrs Davino at 8.30am.

Please encourage your children to come & visit the library during their time.  

We have a great range of books to borrow and a “class bee” is given when books are borrowed and then another when it’s returned!

Our library monitors & Mrs Davino are in the library during these borrowing times to help any students.

The St Monica’s message bag or a material/cloth bag can be used to protect borrowed books.

Mrs Rita Davino

Teachers' Assistant / Library Assistant

PBS4L Reward System at St Monica’s


Students are continuing to work hard in class to earn "bees" from teachers acknowledging when they are safe, respectful learners.

Students encourage each other to contribute to the class jar so they can enjoy a reward as soon as it is filled.

Bees are given out frequently so students can contribute to and enjoy a whole class reward often.

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


Safe, respectful playground behaviour is also acknowledged with a white “bee” given out by teachers. 

Students place these bees into the class boxes in the playground.

There is great competitive fun to see who the next winner will be and what fun activity they will get to enjoy.

Class rewards that were earned last week:

  • ES1- celebrated with running races!
  • Stage 3 - celebrated by having an extra 10 minutes of playtime at lunch!

Mrs Rita Davino on behalf of the PBS4L Committee

ES1 students enjoying their running races!


Parents are requested to ensure that your child has a water bottle EVERY DAY

There are still a number of students attending the school office each day requesting cups of water.  

As the bubblers are not in use, it is most important that students bring at least one bottle of water each day so that they are not dehydrated.

NO glass bottles please.

Thank you in advance for your assistance. 

Winter Uniform

All students must now be wearing their FULL WINTER UNIFORM.   It has been noticed that some students are still wearing their summer uniform. 

With the colder weather now here could you please ensure your child is wearing the correct uniform.

All school uniform requirements may be purchased through Oz Fashions. 

115-127 Parramatta Road, Granville 2142
(Cnr Parramatta Rd and Good St)
Phone: 9897 3121 Email:

Click here for Winter Uniform requirements.

Skoolbag - Have you downloaded the app?

Skoolbag is the school’s primary avenue for immediate communication with parents.

Skoolbag is a communication app which all parents are strongly advised to install on their smartphones, ipads etc. 

Please ensure you have this app downloaded so that you do not miss any important messages.   

Remember to subscribe to your child's class group! 

Once you open the St Monica's Skoolbag app - Select Groups - then add your child's class.      You may add/remove class groups as required. 

Early Arrivals

Parents are reminded that morning supervision commences at 8:20am
Students ARE NOT supervised before this time.
If you need your child/ren supervised before this time, please contact COSHC.  (Details below)

Phone: 0429 990 179
Morning 6:45am to 8:45am            Afternoon 3:00pm to 6:30pm


We remind students that there is NO SHARING OF FOOD at St Monica's. 
Parents are requested to please send only healthy food options for your children to eat at recess and lunch. 

Chocolates, lollies and lollipops are treats for home and should not be sent to school.

Thank you for your support. 

How to access the school Google calendar

To keep informed of upcoming events, parents may subscribe to the School Google calendar.  The Google calendar will be the primary source of information about school dates in the future.

Go to our School Website and scroll to the bottom of the calendar.

Click  “subscribe" near Parent Calendar.

Please LABEL everything!

Please ensure that every item of your child's clothing, lunch boxes, drink bottles and mobile phones (if applicable)  have a CLEARLY MARKED NAMED LABEL. 

It is easy to return items that are clearly marked with a child’s name. 

We thank you in advance for your support. 


For all urgent enquiries, please contact the school office on 8832 4100 or as teachers do not always access their emails during the day. 
Please do not email teachers directly unless it is a specific enquiry related to learning.

Building Child Safe Communities - Volunteer/Contractors Undertaking

Dear Parents/Carers 

All Contractors / Volunteers who visit St Monica's School must have a BCSC number before they will be allowed to enter the school grounds.

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

  • 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 Contractor / Volunteers (parents included) will be granted permission to assist with a school event without a valid BCSC number. 

Feedback and Complaints

We always welcome feedback and ideas from the parent community.

Please note that at any time that you would like to make a complaint/grievance in regards to any school matter, a form is available on our school website or you may request a copy from the school office. 

All matters brought to our attention will be attended to under strict confidentiality.

Please note: St Monica's North Parramatta follows the CEDP Complaints Handling Policy

Welcomeasy Menu

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


The SkoolBag app is the easiest way keep up with school events, last minute notices, newsletters and all school communications.