St Monica's Primary North Parramatta Newsletter

Term 3 Week 8 (9 September 2020)

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

This week is National Child Protection Week and we all play a part in keeping children and young people safe and ensuring they can live and learn in a safe environment.  At St Monica’s, we pledge commitment to listening to the voices of children and young people and remaining vigilant to their safety and wellbeing.  The theme of this week is “Putting Children First”, and in line with the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards, CEDP is committed to the establishment and implementation of child safe systems, policies and procedures.  

The aim is to have in place practices that are proactive and preventative in nature, providing children and young people with school environments where they are safe, informed, participate, and where the adult community, working together with children and young people, work towards making this happen. 

Recently, CEDP have moved from what was primarily Child Protection to Safeguarding, which requires us to do things differently, enabling a greater level of proactivity, children's voice and building all-round knowledge for what is safe behaviour when working with students and children. The CEDP Safeguarding team's role is to support the implementation of the Standards, to manage concerns raised about employees, Working With Children Checks (WWCC), and to provide training, education and support to the CEDP community. 

By providing the community with the knowledge, support and procedures to keep children and young people safe we are equipping everyone with the tools and skills needed to be ambassadors of child safety! Throughout 2020, CEDP's Safeguarding Team have been working on many projects to align with the National Catholic Safeguarding Standards. 

Check out​ - after all, what's more important than the knowledge to help keep children and young people safe!

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.  

Important Dates

Fri 18 September (W9)        Stage 1 Fizzics Education Incursion
Fri 25 September (W10)       Staff Development Day

Term 4 

Fri 6 November (W4)            Staff Development Day
Thurs 17 December (W10)  Staff Development Day
Fri 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.

R U OK? Day 2020

R U OK? Day is an Australian-wide, national campaign whose vision is a world where we are all connected and protected from suicide.

Its mission is to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them and support anyone struggling with life.

We know that suicide prevention is a complex and sensitive challenge the world over. But we also know that some of the world’s smartest people have been working tirelessly and developed credible theories that suggest there’s power in that simplest of questions - “Are you OK?”

The message for R U OK? Day 2020 is:


2020 has been a challenging year for everyone and circumstances have made it even more important for us all to stay connected and, for those who are able, be willing to support those around us. 

What do we say when someone says they’re not OK? How do we continue a conversation that could change a person’s life.

You don’t have to be an expert to keep the conversation going when someone says they’re not OK. 

By knowing what to say you can help someone feel supported and access appropriate help long before they’re in crisis, which can make a really positive difference to their life.

We can all make a difference in the lives of those who might be struggling by having regular, meaningful conversations about life's ups and downs.

If you feel like something’s not quite the same with someone you know – there’s something going on in their life or you notice a change in what they’re doing or saying - trust that gut instinct and take the time to ask them “Are you OK?”

By acting as  ‘eyes and ears’ and reaching out to anyone who's going through a tough time we can show them they’re supported and encourage them to access help sooner.

There are places you can go if you or someone you know isn’t OK: 

Kids Helpline  1800 55 1800

Lifeline (24/7)  13 11 14

Suicide Call Back Service (24/7) 1300 659 467

 beyondblue (24/7) 1300 224 636

SANE Australia 1800 18 SANE (7263)

Mensline (24/7) 1300 78 99 78

More contacts:

Mary-Anne Stenning
Assistant Principal

Staff Development Day

A reminder that Friday 25 September (Term 3 Week 10) is a Staff Development Day. 

Students DO NOT ATTEND school on this day.

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.

Happy Birthday!

Happy birthday to the following students and staff who celebrate birthdays in September!

Christos CardomatisHelen EliasOlivia HekeikAshleigh North
Sanoy BhattachanMarley AustinHugh GholabZi Han Lin
Elyse PatersonOlivia CardomatisCaesar MetierreJonathan Hekeik
Jared DavidPare NaderLukas Lozancic BabicStaff:  Mrs Algeri

Thank You - Fathers' Day Gifts

Thank you to Jin Joo Lee for coordinating the Fathers' Day Gifts this year.  We would like to thank Jin Joo and all the wonderful parent volunteers who assisted in the wrapping and labelling of all the gifts.  We trust a Happy Fathers' Day was had by all.   

Thank You for your Support!

We would like to thank everyone that got involved and supported the Cartitas fundraiser for the victims of the disaster in Lebanon.   Through our mufti day on Wednesday, 2nd September, we raised $812.35. An outstanding effort.

Thank you again for your ongoing support as we reach out to those who are suffering in our world.

Therese Coutinho

Religious Education Coordinator

Merit Awards

Congratulations to the following students who received Merit Awards at our recent assembly.


Christian Azar, Aiva Bernardez, Domenic Galati, Pablo Jimenez,
Year 1Sophia Cerda, Hugh Gholab, Giselle Heathcote, Elyse Paterson, Vriya Love, Jonathan Payne
Year 2Joshua Chandra, Mia Fernandes, 
Stage 2Olivia Cardomatis, Alexis Crame, Georgia Fernandes, Imeth Wijeratne, Jared David, Allegra Jammo, Olivia Nguyen, Amelia Wong
Stage 3Monica Salic, Sophie Stoker, Sanoy Bhattachan, Michael Maffina

Sport Uniform in Term 3

Students are to wear their SPORT UNIFORM on the following days in Term 3:

Year 1AMonday and Tuesday
Year 1BMonday and Tuesday
Year 2Monday
S3AMonday and Thursday
S3BMonday and Thursday

Tennis lessons are being held on Mondays during Term 3. 

Safety Rules on the Road

Here at St Monica’s we take the safety of our students seriously and are continuing our safety messages. Use the information below and discuss with your children the importance of car safety. 

When using Kiss'n'Drop it is important to remember that all children must exit the vehicle on the driver’s side to avoid any danger.

Please move your car all the way up to the crossing when letting your  children out via the driver's side.

You should also ensure you teach children about the importance of buckling-up on every trip

• Adults should ‘model’ correct buckling-up behaviour. 

• Do not start the car until everyone is buckled up correctly. 

• Ensure children know that they are not allowed to unbuckle their seat belts until you say so. 

• Watch out for children trying to help you by undoing restraints for their baby brother or sister. 

• Never allow children to share a seat belt. 

• Never hold a child on your lap whilst travelling in a motor vehicle.  This is unsafe and against the law.

                                   LIBRARY TIMES  

Monday-Thursday: 8.30am-8.50am  (OPEN TO ALL CLASSES)

Extra Borrowing Times for Classes:

Monday:     YEAR 2  Recess 

Tuesday:    YEAR 1   Lunch 

Wednesday: STAGE 2 & YEAR 5 Recess

Thursday:   ES1 & YEAR 6 Lunch (storytime)

We have a great range of new books in the library to suit all age levels

Please encourage your children to come & borrow - 
a ‘bee’ for their class reward jar is given when a student borrows a book and then another given when the book is returned!

Mrs Rita Davino, Library Assistant

Book Week

St Monica's will be celebrating Book Week in Term 4 Week 2
(19th-23rd October) with some exciting activities!
Stay tuned for more details in the next newsletter!

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

Congratulations Year 1A

Last week, Year 1A enjoyed a fun 10 minute game of 'Cat & Mouse' when they reached the line on their class jar to celebrate what Safe, Respectful Learners they are!

Playground Bee Boxes

The outdoor bee boxes are also being closely monitored by students to see which class will be the next winner and what fun activity they will get to enjoy!

St Monica's Lifesavers for Weeks 7 & 8

Thank you to our Lifesavers for Week 7 & 8!

For Week 7,  we would like to thank: Tiara, Peter, Liam, Ruby K, Sanoy, Michael, Lola, Max, Theo, Ashton, Charli, Sara, Menuk, Kenzh, Ruby G, Jessica, Noah, William, Riana and Gabi

For Week 8, we would like to thank:  Parmida, Charbel, Manson, L’Lysse, Kobe, Evan, Monica, Ryan, Theo, Yiannis, Abbi, Theresa, Zi Han, Andrew, Siria, Parmida, Nathan, Samuel, Nika and Ashleigh

Therese Coutinho, Ivana Algeri and Kellee Bagnall
Stage 3 Team

Recess / Lunch utensils

Just a reminder to please send a plastic spoon or fork in your child's lunchbox if they require one to eat their recess or lunch.   

We have had a number of students attending the office this week requesting utensils. 

Please note that the office does not keep supplies of these items for students. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

COVID-19 Bulletin Updates - Keeping families and children well

Information provided for schools, child care services and family day care services in Western Sydney.  Provided by Western Sydney Local Health District's Munch & Move and Live Life Well @ School teams.

The bulletins contain helpful information and resources on current COVID-19 topics, as well as practical ideas to keep everyone healthy and active during this time.

Issue 15: 7 September 2020

Issue 14: 31 August 2020

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. 

NEW Building Child Safe Communities - Volunteer Undertaking

Dear Parents/Carers 

All Volunteers have until 30 September 2020 to submit a new Undertaking in the new system. 

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 are required to complete

Volunteers - BCSC Number

If you wish to assist with school events, it is a mandatory requirement that you complete the new Building Child Safe Communities (BCSC) form and Online Training Module prior to assisting.  

Once your form has been “Submitted”, the system will generate an automated email to  confirm the status of your submission within 24 hours. From 1 October 2020 ALL Volunteers need 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 (parents included) will be granted permission to assist with a school event without a valid BCSC number

Rush Hour Australia

2 Day School Holiday Fun Camp   K - YR 7

Sept 30/Oct 1 & Oct 7/8
Gladstone Streeet, North Parramatta
1300 007 874

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

Welcomeasy's new Winter Menu is now available. 

Parents can order student lunches online.  Lunches are delivered to school each  day.


Uniform Supplier - Oz Fashions

All school clothing requirements are available for purchase through Oz Fashions  

 Oz Fashions location:   115-127 Parramatta Road, Granville                           Phone:  9897 3121

 Opening Hours:        Monday-Friday   9:00am - 5:30pm                         Saturday  9:00am - 4:00pm

 Parking is available on site.    

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