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Term 2 - Week 7 - 2021

Refer to our school calendar, newsletter and Skoolbag to stay up to date with all upcoming school events.


The St Anthony's school newsletter will now be sent home FOUR times per term (every 3 weeks) in Weeks 1, 4, 7, 10 of each term.

From the Principal

COSHC Opening at St Anthony's next month - Enrol Now

A new service provider for St Anthony's Before and After School and Vacation Care is opening onsite from Monday 28 June, 2021. They are accepting enrolments now for St Anthony's students, please refer to the following flyer for all information. A Vacation care program will be available soon. 

Check out the COSHC Winter Vacation Care activities on offer!

Bookings can be made via email using the form sent home with your child. Send to :

With parents and carers allowed again on site, our Student Led Conferences will be held once again at the end of this term.  Student Led Conferences are an important part of our process of reporting on learning progress to you, as well as empowering your child to take ownership of their learning.  We ask all families to book a time so that your child can share their learning progress with you.  To book, visit, and make a booking using the code: s83k5

Tell Them From Me Survey

Each year, we invite parents to participate in the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) survey. All Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta schools take part in this survey as part of our continued commitment to school improvement.

The TTFM survey is open now until 4:30 pm on Friday 25 June. To complete the survey, go to

We look forward to hearing your feedback.

Catholic Faith and Life

Feast Day of St Anthony of Padua

Sunday 13 June is the Feast Day of the patron saint of our parish and school, St Anthony of Padua.  St Anthony is one of the most renowned and loved saints in the Catholic Church (in fact, when our 2019 school leaders had the opportunity to meet our Bishop, Vincent Long, he told them that St Anthony was his favourite saint!).

St Anthony was well known, particularly in Italy, for his preaching.  Many stories have also been told and recorded about his care for the poor, the sick, groups divided by conflict, as well as his brother friars of the Franciscan religious order.  Our school motto, Word and Deed,  clearly reflects the example of St Anthony, and is a reminder to us all to follow that example in living out the mission of Jesus.

St Anthony's Day is also an opportunity for us to give thanks to God for our community, placed in the care and patronage of St Anthony.  As we were unable to celebrate our school's 70th anniversary last year as planned, and we continue to celebrate 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia throughout 2021, St Anthony's Day takes on extra significance.

As St Anthony's Day falls on a Sunday, we are celebrating next Friday, 11 June.  You will have already received information about our celebrations for the day, and you can find these details and more later in this newsletter.  We warmly invite you to join us for our open classrooms, family picnic morning tea, and celebration of Mass.

A "feast day" in Catholic tradition is a day of festival.  In many cultures, the feast day of a significant saint is a cause for great celebration.  We look forward to celebrating a great day of festival and celebration next Friday.

Living Life to the Full - Our New Religious Education Curriculum

Today, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta released the latest draft of our Religious Education curriculum.  Many of you will be aware that this curriculum is the product of a long process of development, which St Anthony's has been proud to contribute to since the beginning.

The latest draft reflects feedback from parents, teachers, students and priests, as well as professional advice from experts in Catholic theology and Religious Education.  It is another step towards the full implementation of the finalised curriculum in 2022. 

View a message from Bishop Vincent Long, officially naming and launching the latest draft of our new Religious Education Curriculum, Living Life to the Full.

Message from Gregory B Whitby

Read a message from Greg Whitby, Executive Director, Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, about the latest draft of Living Life to the Full.

School News

Important Term 2 Dates

31 May - 21 JuneAFL Clinic operating on Monday afternoons at St Anthony's 3:20-4:20pm - register now
Friday 11 JuneSt Anthony's Feast Day celebrations - parents invited 9:30am-12:00pm for Open Classrooms, Picnic Recess and Mass
Wed 16 and Thurs 17 JuneFirst Reconciliation Liturgies
Friday 18 JuneSemester 1 Student Reports sent home
Tues 22 and Wed 23 JuneStudent Led Conferences - student/parent/teacher

National Families Week - SCG Family Connection Initiative

Join Us Next Friday for our Feast Day Celebrations

St Anthony's Feast Day Information

Uniform:  All students should wear their sports uniform with their House colour shirt.

Open Classrooms

Parents are invited to visit the classrooms of their children. Please adhere to our COVID Safe guidelines which include:

  • refrain from attending if you are unwell
  • sign in using the NSW Health App
  • adhere to 1.5m social distancing

Family Picnic

Families are welcome share in morning tea in our playgrounds. The canteen will also be open to purchase items for morning tea. Please bring:

  • a picnic blanket
  • morning tea


Our school community and guests will celebrate Mass for the Feast of St Anthony. Our parents/ guests will be farewelled after the Mass.

House Activities

Students will remain at school to engage in fun House colour activities.  Unfortunately parents will not be permitted onsite for this part of the day.

Celebrate St Anthony's Feast Day at the Canteen

ACARA Data Collection

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) collects data from schools to determine the Index of Community Socio-educational Advantage (ICSEA). CEDP is currently working to provide relevant details to the Catholic Education Commission of NSW. Data collected is de-identified of personal information​​. 

Parents and caregivers must advise their school by Wednesday 14 July 2021 if they do not want their child's data included in this report.

ICAS 2021

ICAS returns in 2021 for grades 2-6!

ICAS Assessments are designed to recognise academic excellence where students are assessed on their ability to apply classroom learning to new contexts, using higher-order thinking and problem-solving skills

Once again, payment for ICAS will be made online through the Parent Payment System. To confirm your child’s participation, visit and enter our unique school code NHT764 to make a direct payment to ICAS Assessments.

Please see below for sitting windows and closing dates for St Anthony's.

St Anthony's Sitting Dates - ICAS

Volunteer Referees - Sporting Gala Days

When we enter student teams into a CEDP Sports Gala day, we are required to provide one referee for each team entered. So, we are putting the call out to any older brothers and sisters of St Anthony's students who may wish to volunteer as a referee for one of the following events when they arise. This is certainly a role which can also be done by a parent so please express your interest and we will be in contact with you. We are currently looking for a soccer referee for Wednesday 26 May. 

* Soccer

* Basketball

* Netball

Please contact the office if you are interested, leaving the name, grade and current school of the volunteer. In the past these volunteer days have been counted as community service from some of our local high schools.

PBS4L Competition

We are pleased to announce the following winners, in each grade and the overall winner of the PBS4L Logo Competition and you can see their artwork below:

Bhavana ArunYear 1
Manasvi SharmaYear 2
Hansika Sriganesh (Winner overall)Year 3
Achol Nak AjakYear 4
Mikha Joseph (Runner-up)Year 5
Tanisha BanerjeeYear 6

Community Events

Oakhill College

St Anthony's Uniform Shop

St Anthony's normal uniform shop opening hours:

TUESDAYS  & THURSDAYS 8:30-9:15am            WEDNESDAYS 2:15-3:00pm

Outside of these times, orders can be placed in person through the front office if the size of the item is known.

See our school website for uniform requirements and price list.

Mel's Tasty Bites - Canteen Update

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.