St Anthony's Primary School Girraween

Term 1 - Week 10 - 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.

School resumes for Term 2 on Tuesday 20th April

From the Principal

Happy Easter

Wishing all of our families a happy and holy Easter as we celebrate the joy of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday, the foundation of our Christian faith.

May the following two weeks be a time of renewal and moments spent with family. The students of St Anthony's have had a wonderful term of learning and are looking forward to their school holidays, as are the teachers and staff! We pray that you all stay healthy and safe and look forward to seeing you in term 2. Thank you to all our parents for your ongoing support of our school community.

Available to read or view via this link, please see the Easter 2021 Message from Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta for the people of the Diocese of Parramatta.

Easter Mass Times at St Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, Toongabbie

Catholic Faith and Life

Celebrating Holy Week

On Tuesday and Wednesday, every class commemorated Holy Week by participating in a Holy Week Prayer Room. It combined prayer, song, actions, listening and silence to reflect on the final days of Jesus' life, his suffering and death.  The prayerful reflection engaged students in key events of Holy Week in different ways:

  • Classes began by watching a video that retold the key events that they would be reflecting on
  • Students engaged in the crowd's reaction to Jesus' arrival in Jerusalem on Palm Sunday through taking on their role in actions and song
  • The Last Supper was retold and modelled, focusing on the key actions of breaking and sharing bread and wine
  • Teachers used Scripture and Catholic Tradition Storytelling to focus students on Jesus' prayer and arrest in the Garden of Gethsemane
  • Classes solemnly recalled Jesus' crucifixion on Good Friday through silent and spoken prayer, and song
  • Finally, each student received a cross which they could colour, cut out and keep as a reminder of the commemoration.

Holy Week leads us to the most important feast in the Church's year - the Easter celebration of Jesus' resurrection from the dead.  By dying on the cross, Jesus reconciled the world to God and offered the gift of eternal life to all.  We invite you to participate in the Easter celebrations in your local Church community.

First Reconciliation at St Anthony's Parish

The preparation process to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time will begin in our parish in May.  If you wish for your child to celebrate First Reconciliation this year, please read the information in the letter below and ensure that you attend the parent information session.

Letter to Parents from St Anthony's Parish regarding First Reconcilation

Project Compassion

Thank you again to everyone who has supported the Project Compassion appeal.  Your donations will make a difference to the lives of others.

Our staff have also been busy supporting Project Compassion, with special morning teas and lunches arranged.  The Project Compassion box in the staff room has been getting quite full!  Thank you to all the staff who have organised and supported these events.

School News

Important Dates

Monday 19 AprilStaff Development Day - no school for students
Tuesday 20 AprilFirst day of Term 2
Friday 7 MayMother's Day Stall
Wednesday 19 MaySchool Photo Day

What's Happening at Lunchtimes?

Gardening Club Term 1

Our Gardening Club occurs every Monday and Tuesday during lunch time.  All students from Kindergarten to Year 6 are welcome to be a part of the group. During this time, students enjoy a range of outdoor activities such as weeding, mulching, planting seedlings, watering and picking a range of herbs, vegetables and fruit to taste. This term our gardeners have had a lot of success with growing our Sunflowers. Our gardeners have learnt about the life cycle of a Sunflower, held their own guessing competition to guess the height of the Sunflower plant and they took turns estimating how many Sunflower seeds were in the head of the Sunflower. 

The Gardening Club look forward to spending more thyme in the garden in Term 2. 

PBS4L Holiday Competition

At St Anthony’s we Act Respectfully, Live Responsibly and Learn Together.  To remind us of our school’s expectations and values we need to create a logo that represents this.  Over the school holidays we are asking for our talented students to design a logo for our PBS4L resources. 

Think about how you would represent us acting respectfully, living responsibly and learning together in one logo.  Think about what it will look like and what colours should be in the logo. The winning logo will be used to design an official one which will be used on all our PBS4L signage and correspondence moving forward.

There will be prizes awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place for each stage. Entries will close on Friday 23rd April.

Harmony Day and Bullying

Free Holiday events and activities program

Looking for something fo your children to do in the holidays?

Free school holiday events and activities program courtesy of Cumberland City Council.

The program begins on Tuesday 6 April 2021 with activities aimed at different age groups between 5 and 18 years old. 

Numbers are limited and bookings are essential. 

Important info for free activities
  • The programs are for children aged from 5 to 18 years old who live in the Cumberland City Council area. Proof of residence may be required.
  • Parental consent and waiver forms are required in order for children to participate in many of the activities.
  • Some activities will require children to be accompanied by an adult over 18 years.

Check out all the programs on offer

Parenting Ideas - Building deep emotional connections with kids

Our subscription to the Parenting Ideas portal provides us with access to many parent education resources by Michael Grose, one of Australia's leading parenting educators.

We will aim to share articles, videos and eResources in our newsletters on topics that may be useful and helpful to you and your family.

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.