St Monica's Primary North Parramatta Newsletter

Term 4 Week 6 (18 November 2020)

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

Week 6!  It is fair to say that this term is flying.  We have had so many incursions and special events this term already - our students are loving the different learning experiences.  On Thursday, we welcome our new Kindergarten students for 2021 for their first of three orientation sessions.  We can’t wait to meet them!

Last week was Remembrance Day and NAIDOC Week.  On Wednesday, we stopped as a school community at 11am to commemorate Remembrance Day.  The reverence displayed by our students demonstrated their understanding of the great sacrifices our veterans made in the past and our current peacekeepers make today.

The theme for NAIDOC Week this year was “Always Was, Always Will Be” which recognises that First Nations people have occupied and cared for this continent for over 65,000 years.  We participated in the Livestream event on Thursday with “Move it Mob Style” teaching some “Deadly” moves.  Check out the photos on Facebook!

Teachers are busy preparing student learning reports for the end of year.  I am incredibly proud of how well our teachers know your children and how they continue to have high expectations for their learning and behaviour.  We look forward to sharing these reports with you at the end of the term.

Yours sincerely, 

Lisa Howell

School Starting time

School start time is 8:50 am.  Parents are advised that the gates will be closed after the morning bell at 8:50 am. 
Students arriving after 8:50 am will need to be signed in at the office via Daking Street.  

Early Arrivals

Parents are reminded that morning supervision commences at 8:20am
It has been noticed that a number of students have been arriving at school well before 8:20am. 

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

Important Dates

Term 4 
Thursday 19 November (W6) ES1 2021 Orientation (Day 1)
Friday 20 November (W6)  Fun Food Day - Sushi (Pre-ordered)
Tuesday 24 November (W7) Parent Information Meeting via Zoom (ES1 2021)
Wednesday 25 November (W7) Krispy Kreme Orders due
Thursday 26 November (W7) ES1 2021 Orientation (Day 2)
Thursday 3 December ((W8) ES1 2021 Orientation (Day 3)
Thursday 17 December (W10) Staff Development Day
Friday 18 December (W10) Staff Development Day

Student Absence Requirements

A standard email will be sent to all families who have children absent from school. 

If your child is absent from school, one of the following must be done BEFORE they may return to school: 

If they displayed flu-like symptoms during their absence or were sent home with flu-like symptoms:

Return a negative COVID-19 test and be symptom free.   Provide us with a copy of the NSW Health or COVID-19 Testing Centre correspondence (e.g. SMS screenshot or email).

If they were suffering from a medical condition without flu-like symptoms:

Provide us with a Medical Certificate or Letter from a Medical Practitioner, clearly detailing medical condition and clearance to return to school.

If they were absent due to a non-medical reason:

Provide us with a detailed description of the absence.

Thank you for your support and understanding as we continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our community.

eSafety Commissioner Website

The eSafety Commissioner Website is a great resource where parents and carers can find advice to help children have safe, enjoyable experiences online.  Please click on the link below for more information.


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. 

Reminder - Kindergarten 2021Orientation Days commence tomorrow!

Kindergarten 2021 Orientation Days will be held on

Thursday 19 November 2020
Thursday 26 November 2020
Thursday 3 December 2020
Under the new COVID-19 guidelines, children will be able to attend in person for the Orientation Days (small groups) which will be held over three weeks. 

Due to COVID-19 restrictions however, the Parent Information Evening will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 24 November 2020 commencing at 6:30 pm. 

An email has been sent to all ES1 2021 families with details regarding the Orientation Days as well as the Zoom link for the Parent Information Meeting.

Merit Awards

Congratulations to the following students who received awards at our recent Assembly.


Giada La Macchia and Emmanuel Lim
Year 1Isabella Andrade, Oceann Gan, Olive Duffy and Parinika Thamisetti
Year 2Aiden Forsyth and Nitya Mallela
Stage 2Markus Nabua, Martin Salib,  Eva Tran, Elijah Corera, Madhumalar Manimaran and Nina Talty
Stage 3Maureen Haddad, Madeline Smith, Theo Choi and Nika Naeme

Water bottles

Parents are reminded to please ensure your child has a water bottle every day.  As the bubblers are not in use, it is most important that students bring at least one bottle of water each day.

NO glass bottles please.

Netball lessons - Week 7, 8 and 9

A reminder that Netball lessons will continue on Mondays during Weeks 7, 8 and 9.

Monday 23 November

Monday 30 November

Monday 7 December

Students are to wear their sport uniform on these days. 

Term 4 - Ice Blocks and Popcorn

Ice Blocks and Popcorn will be available for sale during Term 4.

Zooper Doopers (Monday - Thursday)          50c each   (lunchtime)

Icy Poles  (Fridays)                                            $1 each     (lunchtime)

Popcorn (Monday to Friday)                            50c each  (recess)


A big THANK YOU to all the families who have generously purchased books from our Book Fair this week!

Our students had a great time choosing from the many wonderful titles on display.

The commission we earn from our Scholastic book fair sales directly benefits the school, with all the funds used to buy new school resources for our students!

Mrs Rita Davino
Teachers' Assistant / Library Assistant

Students enjoying the Book Fair!


Monday:            YEAR 2           Morning & Recess 

Tuesday:            YEAR 1           Morning & Lunch 

Wednesday:      STAGE 2        Morning & Recess

Thursday:           STAGE 3        Morning & Lunch 

Friday:                ES1                 Morning

Morning Borrowing from 8.30am - 8.50am.

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

Mrs Rita Davino
Library Assistant

Local Schools Community Fund

St Monica’s Catholic Primary School was fortunate to receive a grant from the Local Schools Community fund, of which the Australian Government provided $30.2 million in 2019–20.

The Fund was an application-based process open to all eligible schools – Government, Catholic and Independent – designed to benefit students and their school community by contributing to small scale projects and their associated costs at the local school level.

The Local Schools Community Fund supported the Australian Government’s commitment to education by providing a contribution to schools for small scale projects and their associated costs. St Monica’s Primary School was successful in receiving funding to purchase new playground equipment. This equipment included table tennis tables, gross motor equipment, blocks, playground library and seating. We would like to acknowledge and thank the Australian Government for funding this project.

Students enjoying the play equipment!

Krispy Kreme Fundraiser

An order form for our Krispy Kreme Fundraiser (to raise money for classroom resources) will be sent home to each family on Friday 20 November. 

Orders forms and payment must be received by Wednesday 25 November 2020.   

  • One dozen glazed donuts      $20
  • One dozen assorted donuts  $25

The donuts will be delivered to school on Thursday 10 December and will be delivered to classrooms in the afternoon.  If you purchase a large quantity, they will be available for collection from the office.

St Monica's Lifesavers

Thank you to our Lifesavers!

For Week 5:

We would like to thank:  Kobe, Tiara, Ashleigh, Ashton, Lola, Kenzh, Charbel, Charli, Abbi, Alicia, Noah, Sophie, Yiannis, Monica, Peter, Elizabeth, Gabriela, Aimee Akiko, Sara, Ruby G, Theo, Parmida, Andrew, Ruby K, Siria, Jessica, Manson, Menuk and Alicia.

Therese Coutinho, Ivana Algeri and Kellee Bagnall
Stage 3 Team

Executive Director's Summer Reading Challenge

These summer holidays, I am again launching my Summer Reading Challenge and encouraging all students to read, read, read! 

Students can read anything they like to enter the challenge, whether it’s a comic, play, a piece of poetry, book, e-book or animated novel. 

Taking part in the Executive Director’s Summer Reading Challenge is easy! Students just need to read something they enjoy and tell us in 50 words or less why they loved it. The more a student reads, the more times they can enter the reading challenge and the more chances they have of winning one of two Chromebooks or one of 30 runner-up gift vouchers to the value of $30. Students can enter online by visiting the CEDP website.

Entries open on 23 November 2020 and close at 5:00pm on 1 February 2021. Terms and Conditions can be found here.

Gregory B Whitby AM KSG
Executive Director
Catholic Education, Diocese of Parramatta

National Road Safety Week 2020

PBS4L Reward System at St Monica’s


Students have been working hard to earn "bees" from teachers acknowledging the appropriate behaviour they see in the classroom and on the playground. 

Each grade/stage is rewarded with a fun classroom game or an extra 5 minutes of play as soon as they fill their class jar. 

Students encourage each other to contribute to the class jar so a whole class reward can be enjoyed. 

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

The outdoor bee boxes are closely monitored by students to see who will be the next winner and what fun activity they will get to enjoy. 

Mrs Rita Davino on behalf of the PBS4L Committee

Playground Bee Boxes

Kindergarten and Year One reached the line this week!  The cheers could be heard all around the school when the announcement was made.  Keep an eye on Facebook to see how they choose to celebrate their achievement!


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.

School Travel for 2021

2021 school travel applications are now open.

Applications for student travel in 2021 opened from Monday 12 October 2020.

Students who require a School Opal card or travel pass for 2021 can now apply online. A new application should be submitted if a student is applying for a school travel pass for the first time or requesting an additional pass as a result of a new shared parental responsibility situation (e.g. joint custody).

Students who have changed school/campus, changed address, repeated a year or received an expiry notification from Transport for NSW for their school travel entitlement should re-apply or update their details.
*Applications must be completed by the student's parent or legal guardian if the student is aged under 16 years. Students 16 years and over must complete the application form themselves.

Where there is a change of distance eligibility based on a student’s grade, the system will automatically update a student’s entitlement if they meet the new criteria. If they do not meet the new eligibility criteria, they will receive an expiry notification via email.

Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition which is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply.

Term Bus Pass holders will receive a notification to re-apply. If a student needs to update their information or re-apply, they should go online to

Applications need to be submitted before 31 December 2020 to ensure that current student entitlements are updated and their current entitlement/card remains valid. If their application is submitted after 31 December 2020, the system will automatically cancel an entitlement/card and a new one will need to be issued.

Students in the Opal network applying for a SSTS or Term Bus Pass entitlement for the first time will receive their card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out from January 2021. Students residing in Rural and Regional (R&R) are

Kiss and Drop- please drive safely!

Parents are requested to drive safely and slowly through the Kiss and Drop Zone.  To ensure the safety of our students please observe the speed limit and drive safely. 

School Fees

School Fees 3rd Instalment

School Fee statements have now been sent out by the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta.  Kindly advise Mrs Rebello in the school office if you have  not received your statement or if you have any concerns regarding school fees. 

School Fees Relief

Thank you to those families who have paid their fees. We understand that many families are affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in terms of loss of income. Please do not hesitate to contact us as there are many ways that we can provide support to families. 

Fee Relief information and procedures to apply for Fee Relief can be accessed by clicking this link.

Alternatively you may contact Mrs Lata Rebello, School Finance Officer on 8832 4100 who will be able to assist you.   All conversations will remain strictly private and confidential.

NEW Building Child Safe Communities - Volunteer/Contractors Undertaking

Dear Parents/Carers 

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

In Catholic Education Diocese Parramatta (CEDP), we see parents and carers as partners in your child's learning journey. Parents and carers are encouraged to become involved in our schools in many important ways such as supporting classroom learning, being part of advisory groups, mentoring programs, coaching sporting teams and supporting other extra-curricular activities, canteen support and other kinds of help.

Please see the link below for more details.

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

ALL Volunteers/Contractors  will require a  BCSC status that is APPROVED to provide services to our school.

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

Uniform Supplier

Oz Fashions supply all our student uniform requirements. 

115-127 Parramatta Road, Granville  (Corner of Parramatta Road and Good Street)

Phone:  9897 3121         Fax: 9897 3222



Opening Hours

Monday—Friday 9:00am-5:30pm

Saturday 9:00am-4:00pm


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

Lost Property

Has your child lost clothing at school?  It is easy to return items that are clearly marked with a child’s name but we have many items where the name is not very clear and some which do not have any name on them at all.

Please check that all your children’s belongings are clearly labelled so that they can be returned to your child (including lunch boxes and drink bottles).

Welcomeasy Winter 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.