St Monica's Primary North Parramatta Newsletter

Term 2 Week 10 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

How quickly things can change. In the last term, we have felt like we were getting back to ‘normal’ and welcoming parents into our learning spaces to celebrate Mothers’ Day, meet with teachers, engage in learning workshops and Look at what we’re learning! And now, we are on the brink of significant restrictions due to COVID-19!

We are about to enjoy a much deserved two weeks away from school to rest and recover.  Many of our families and staff have holidays booked interstate and within New South Wales, to reconnect with family and friends.  It will be devastating for some that this may not go ahead.

Pope Francis, in his book “Let us Dream”, says to us that “In the trials of life, you reveal your own heart: how solid it is, how merciful, how big or small.”  Let us reveal our hearts to those in our families and our community who need mercy, including ourselves.

My wish for you these holidays is that you appreciate these moments with your loved ones and stay safe.

Lisa Crampton

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.

Term 3 commences on Monday 12 July

A reminder that students return for Term 3 on Monday 12 July 2021. 

We wish everyone a wonderful holiday break!

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.

Fundraising - Mufti Day

A reminder that our first fundraising event for 2021 will be a Mufti Day which will be held tomorrow Friday 25 June .  The theme will be HAWAII HOLIDAY FRIDAY!

Please note that students must wear suitable footwear (ie joggers or closed in shoes). 

Donations can be made via the Qkr! app. 

Funds raised will be going towards school resources including technology and representative sports singlets!

Don't forget to donate for tomorrow's Mufti Day!

A reminder that donations for our Mufti Day on Friday 25 June are to be paid via the Qkr! app.  No cash can be accepted. 

You may donate $1, $2, $5, $10 or any amount. 

Thank you in advance!

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Children who have received the Sacrament of Baptism,  and are in Year 3 or above, are eligible to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 

Registrations will be held at St Monica's Church at Masses on Saturday 31 July (5pm) or Sunday 1 August (9am). 

There will be a Compulsory Parent Meeting on Tuesday 17 August  at 7pm  (venue to be advised).  Parents who do not attend the Compulsory Parent Meeting MUST have a meeting with Father Lam at his office before commencement of the 1st lesson.

Mr Andrew Baker
Religious Education Coordinator


Winter Sleepout - Thank You!

Thank you to Mr Baker, Mrs Hartz, Miss Barakat, Miss Atike, Miss Shaw and Mrs Crampton for sleeping overnight and to Miss Anschau, Mrs Gardoni, Mrs Davino for staying late on Friday night to help out. 
We are very lucky at St Monica’s to have such dedicated staff, who gave up time with their own families to create a memorable experience for our Stage 3 students.

Winter Sleepout!

Tell Them From Me Survey (TTFM)

Thank you to those families who have already completed the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Parent Survey for 2021.

If you have not yet completed the survey, we would love your feedback. The survey will close tomorrow Friday 25th June.

Mary-Anne Stenning
Assistant Principal


Stage 3 Semester 1 Reports

Parents of Stage 3 students are advised that due to a technical error with the new reporting system, incorrect attendance dates were reflected in the Stage 3 student reports. The reports will be reprinted and distributed early next term. 

We apologise for the inconvenience and thank you for your understanding and patience. 

SMNP Staff

Sports News!

In Week 4 of Term 2, our students participated in the 2021 Athletics Carnival. 

We would like to thank each student for participating so enthusiastically and trying their very best in each event.   

A special thank you is also extended to the parents and families who assisted on the day and made the event possible. 

Congratulations to the MERCEDES house who scored a total of 482 points and placed first on the day.

Each student and teacher from the MERCEDES house will receive a Zooper Dooper at lunchtime on Friday. 

Congratulations to our other houses who also scored an incredible amount of points. The McCauley and Callan houses both scored 474 points, and Clare scored 451 points.  This year, we also acknowledge and congratulate the students who performed exceptionally well in both track and field events. 

For each competitive age group, there is a boys and a girls age champion. 

8 Years Age Champion

Hugh G

Soraya M

9 Years Age Champion

Liam F 

Alessia L 

10 Years Age Champion 

Braxton C 

Pare N 

11 Years Age Champion 

Liam S 

Siria M 

12 Years Age Champion 

William P (absent in image) 

Aimee Akiko L 

There will be a house meeting on Friday afternoon at 2:15pm where we will meet and enjoy a fun afternoon with our house colour. 

We are already looking forward to our 2022 Athletics Carnival! 

Armani Barakat 
Sports Coordinator 

Age Champions

End of Term Awards

Congratulations to the following students who received awards at our End of Term Assembly.

Being SafeBeing RespectfulBeing a LearnerSt Monica's Award (for perseverance)
KindergartenJade SCharlize ATheodore DNorman N
Year 1Matina HAiva BDominic PLottie S
Year 2Mason NAngela LMia RArchie L
Year 3Angus GAbigail CAiden FAlessia L
Year 4Amelia BZiyang LMaan PAllegra J
Year 5Mia SMia HHelen EAnnabelle B
Year 6Ryan MMichael MRiana ACharlize C

Congratulations to our End of Term Award Recipients!

Term 3 Sports Day

Students will participate in Gymnastics (run by Dance Fever) every Tuesday during Term 3. 

Students will wear their Sport Uniform on Tuesdays in Term 3. 

You will be advised of any additional days that your child will need to wear their sport uniform next term. 

School Fees - 2nd instalment now overdue

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

Families who have not accepted the Flexible Payment Plan and have not paid their fees, are requested to contact Mrs Lata Rebello in the school office on 8832 4100.  

Mrs Lata Rebello
Senior Finance Officer


Congratulations to the Bansal family (Diya, ES1) on the birth of their son Reyaan on 25 May.  

Munchbox Matters with Monica Mango

With the school holidays around the corner, the team at Healthy Lunchbox is running a campaign promoting the Healthy Holidays Guide.  The guide is full of ideas and activities to keep the kids entertained and get them cooking, crafting and moving over the school holidays.  There is even a special discount code to use in the Cancer Council NSW stores!

Healthy Holidays Guide

Monica Mango hasn’t got to see any photos of any delicious foods that have been cooked in munchboxes. Remember to share any photos of recipes you try!

Children need to eat more as they grow. As a guide, your child should eat these foods every day. (See the attached flyer for more information).

  • 2 to 3 years: 1 serve of fruit; 2½ serves of vegetables; 4 serves of grains; 1 serve of meat/poultry; 1½ serves of dairy
  • 4 to 8 years: 1½ serves of fruit; 4½ serves of vegetables; 4 serves of grains; 1 ½ serves of meat/poultry; 1½ to 2 serves of dairy
  • 9 to 11 years: 2 serves of fruit; 5 serves of vegetables; 4 to 5 serves of grains; 2½ serves of meat/poultry; 2½ to 3 serves of dairy
  • 12 to 13 years: 2 serves of fruit; 5 to 5 ½ serves of vegetables; 5 to 6 serves of grains; 2 ½ serves meat/poultry; 3 ½ serves dairy

This week’s recipe gets some veggies in, but in a delicious way! Great hot or cold!

Zucchini slice

  • 5 eggs
  • 150g (1 cup) self-raising flour, sifted
  • 375g zucchini, grated
  • 1 large onion
  • 200g rindless bacon, chopped
  • 1 cup grated cheese
  • 60ml (1/4 cup) vegetable oil

Optional extras – could also add in an extra egg and leftover vegetables, or other vegetable options could be pumpkin, capsicum, mushrooms, corn, mixed vegetables


1.    Preheat oven to 170 degrees.

2.    Beat the eggs in a large bowl until combined. Add the flour and beat until smooth, then add zucchini, onion, bacon, cheese and oil, stir to combine.

3.    Grease and line a 30 x 20cm lamington pan. Pour into the prepared pan and bake in oven for 30mins or until cooked through.

See the 'Healthy Eating for Children Brochure' below which includes  information about the Australian Dietary Guidelines and up-to-date advice about the amount and kinds of foods that we need to eat for health and wellbeing. 

Healthy Eating for Children Brochure

Recipe credit:

Ms Kellee Bagnall

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!

Fun Food Day - Term 3

Our next Fun Food Day (Pies and Sausage Rolls) will be held on Friday 30 July (Term 3 Week 3).   Orders will be via Qkr! app. 

More details to follow!


Our condolences are extended to the Bernardez family (Aiva, Year 1) on the recent passing of Aiva's grandfather.   

Please keep the Bernardez 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 will have a movie afternoon this Friday!

Mrs Rita Davino on behalf of the PBS4L Committee

'Bookworm of the Term'

Congratulations to our Term 2 'Bookworms of the Term'!

These students borrowed the most books in their class this term. 

They have won a prize and will have their faces proudly displayed on our
 Bookworm Wall in the library!

ES1Elsa S
Year 1Amaira P
Year 2Olive D
Year 3Soraya M
Year 4Lydia S
Year 5Mia S
Year 6Tiara A


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.