St Anthony's Primary School Girraween

Term 4 - Week 7 - 2021

From the Principal

Farewell Mr Ross Howse

Mr Ross Howse has been a valued staff member of St Anthony's for the past 21 years and will be concluding his teaching career at the end of this year. Having been a part of our community over these years in many different teaching roles, has meant Mr Howse has been fortunate enough to see all the children within many families pass through our school. Mr Howse started his teaching career in 1983 and has taught and led in different systems and schools during this time, mainly at Patrician Brothers Fairfield and St Anthony's. We wish Mr Howse every happiness in his next chapter.

Important Upcoming Dates

Please see below the key dates and events occurring for students as we approach the end of the year.  Please remember, however, that COVID restrictions for schools do not allow parents to visit the school site at this time.

Fri 26 Nov

Farewell Liturgy for Ms Ducksbury and Mr Howse

Mufti Day for Ducksbury Disco

Wed 8 Dec

Christmas event online, 5:30 - 6:00 pm
Thurs 9 DecLast day of trading for the Uniform Shop
Fri 10 DecEnd of Year Liturgy and St Anthony of Padua Awards
Mon 13 Dec

Meet the 2022 Teacher - Years 1-6

Year 6 Graduation and Dinner

Semester 2 Reports sent home

Tues 14 DecYear 6 Fun Day
Wed 15 DecLast day for students
Tues 1 Feb, 2022First day for Years 1-6
Wed 2 Feb, 2022First day for Kindergarten

Principal transition periods

A transition period will occur in the Principal leadership of St Anthony's between now and January 2022. Below are the key dates:

Ms Linda Ducksbury - last day at St Anthony's Friday 26th November

Mr Patrick Cairns (Acting Principal) - November 27, 2021 - January 27, 2022

Mrs Patricia Reilly - Principal St Anthony's 2022

2022 Organisation of Classes

Next week, teachers and leaders will be working together to create the 2022 class groupings.  This is done to achieve the most appropriate academic and social mix of students that maximises learning for all students.

Teachers will create two class groups which endeavour to be evenly balanced with consideration to gender, academic ability, support for learning, behaviour, friendships and class size.  It is a task which takes time, effort and information.   Your child's teacher will draw upon as much data as they currently have to create these classes including friendship information directly from your child.

If you feel that there is an important aspect in regard to your child that the teacher is not currently aware of in preparing next year's class, please put your considerations into writing and send confidentially to Ms Ducksbury via the school email or letter to the office by 22nd November, 2021.

Catholic Faith and Life

As we cannot hold our usual Christmas Concert, this year we invite you to join us in celebrating Christmas through a special online event.

Students are already preparing for this event, making a special Christmas decoration to share with their families in their Creative Arts lessons.  We will also be reflecting on the central story of the event, Star.

We encourage you to make time on Wednesday 8 December to share in this event as a family, which will be broadcast through our YouTube channel.  If you cannot join us at that time, the event will remain online until the end of the school year so that you don't miss out.

Mini Vinnies - Christmas Appeal

Upcoming Liturgical Celebrations

Recent changes to the COVID roadmap for schools allow us to gather together again as a school community to prayerfully celebrate two occasions before the end of this year:

Next Friday, 26 November, we will participate in a special celebration to ask for God's blessing on Ms Duckbury as she moves to her new role at Santa Sophia Catholic College, and Mr Howse as he leaves St Anthony's.

On Friday 10 December, we will participate in a Celebration of the Word in Thanksgiving for the Conclusion of the School Year.

While students and staff can gather together for these celebrations, unfortunately we are not yet able to invite parents and carers to join us.  We look forward to this being possible for our liturgical celebrations in 2022.

School News


Learning News

Life Education-Healthy Harold

On Monday and Tuesday, students in Kindergarten, Year 1, Year 3 and Year 5 participated in the Healthy Harold program via Zoom. These interactive programs are designed to empower children and young people to make safer and healthier choices. 

We have made the decision that students will attend the Life Education van once during each stage. This is due to overlaps in the content and curriculum. 

Below is an overview of the modules that each grade participated in.


Year 1

Year 3

Year 5

Due to the extended lockdown and remote learning that has taken place last term and early this term, we need to alter the way that we report about your child's learning this semester.  The report you receive at the end of this term will take the form of Student Learning Observations, in a style similar to the first half of last year.  Full information is provided in this video.

New Homework Guidelines on our Website

Recently we revised our former homework policy document.  The new homework guidelines are designed to explain our current practices succinctly, and clearly outline the roles of teachers, parents and students.  This follows work that teachers have engaged in as a school since the beginning of the year to regularly and clearly communicate what is being learnt in class, and how you can prepare for, or consolidate this learning at home.

Our updated homework guidelines can be found on the policies and procedures page of our school website.

From the Office

Relocating or changing schools in 2022? Let us know

We need to be informed if your child/children will NOT be returning to school at St Anthony's in the 2022 school year (other than current Year 6 students).  Could you please provide WRITTEN NOTICE to the School Office immediately if your child will NOT be returning next year.  This information needs to be passed on to the Catholic Education Office, as it impacts our funding for 2022.  Ten weeks notice is required for change of enrolments to avoid incurring any additional fees.  We also have a waiting list in some grades for 2022 and could offer this place to another student.

Thank you for your support.

School Fees

School travel passes gives eligible school students free travel between home and school or TAFE on NSW public transport, including trains, buses, ferries and light rail. Depending on where you're travelling, you may receive a free school travel pass, a School Opal card, or both.  This follows on from the information above.

St Anthony's Uniform Shop

The uniform shop will be open for pre-orders only. Order forms can be downloaded from our school website. This can be sent with you child or emailed to 

No cash will be accepted at this time; please complete the payment using the order form.

Orders will be sent home with your child.

Mel's Tasty Bites - Canteen Update

The Canteen has now reopened.  Help us follow COVID Safe Practices by ordering online as much as possible.

MENUS - check out the St Anthony's menus at

CANTEEN ACCOUNTS - consider opening a canteen account to minimise cash handling, see information on our website

BIRTHDAYS - Please contact the Canteen for options.