St Anthony's Primary School Girraween

Term 4 - Week 10 - 2021

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

From the Acting Principal

Staffing Announcement - Religious Education Coordinator

It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Venessa Ward as Acting Leader of Learning - Catholic Faith and Life for 2022 (Religious Education Coordinator or REC). With a broad knowledge of the St Anthony's history and culture, she bring a strong sense of community, Mercy Values and Faith in action to the role. Good luck in this new role!

Farewell and Goodluck

As another year draws to a close, it brings with it the time to say goodbye to those members of staff who've chosen to take on different roles and journeys in 2022. It is with bittersweetness that we wish Mr Robert Barden (Religious Education Coordinator), Mr Ben South (IT Trainee), and Mrs Elizabeth Heness (Library Assistant) farewell as they depart St Anthony's at the end of 2021.

We thank them for their contributions throughout their time at St Anthony's and wish them all the very best for their future endeavours.


2022 Teaching Staff

It is with great pleasure and excitement that we present to you the teaching teams of 2022. We especially welcome new teaching staff members to St Anthony's: Rose Keane (Instructional Leader)Amy Whitfield (Yr 2) and Susan O'Neill (Yr 6).  Today all students were informed of their class and teacher for 2022.

Leadership and Diversity Structure for 2022

Principal - Trish Reilly

Assistant Principal & Stage 2 (Year 3-4) Coordinator - Patrick Cairns

Leader of Learning Catholic Faith and Life - Venessa Ward

Leader of Learning Diversity & Early Stage 1/Stage 1 (Year K-2) Coordinator - Venessa Ward

Leader of Learning Instructional Leader & Early Stage 1/Stage 1 (Year K-2) Coordinator - Rose Keane 

Leader of Learning & Stage 3 (Year 5-6) Coordinator - Caitlin Mackey (for term 1 only)

Learning Support and Specialist Intervention Teachers in Reading and Numeracy - Venessa Ward, Rose Keane, Louise Korny, Kate Robertson, Sheldon Law, Patrick Cairns, Rachel Grima

Specialist RFF Teachers - Luisa Onorato (PDHPE) and Belinda Martin (Creative Arts and Library)

Important Upcoming Dates

Please see below the key dates and events occurring for students as we approach the end of the year.  Please remember, however, that COVID restrictions for schools do not allow parents to visit the school site at this time.

Thurs 9 DecLast day of trading for the Uniform Shop
Fri 10 Dec

End of Year Liturgy and St Anthony of Padua Awards

Semester 2 Student Learning Observations sent home

Mon 13 Dec

Meet the 2022 Teacher - Years 1-6

Year 6 Graduation and Dinner

Tues 14 DecYear 6 Fun Day
Wed 15 DecLast day for students
Fri 28 Jan, 2022MAI Testing 
Mon 31 Jan, 2022MAI Testing
Tues 1 Feb, 2022First day for Years 1-6
Wed 2 Feb, 2022First day for Kindergarten

School Leaders for 2022

Over the past two weeks, our Year 5 students have nominated for school leadership roles, and students in Years 3, 4 and 5 and staff have elected our student leadership team for 2022.  Congratulations to:

School Captains: Maisey Brown and Kishore Vasanthakumar

School Vice Captains: Zoe Heuston and Leo Cutajar

Enda House Leaders: Ryan Hamilton and Jessica Shirley

McAuley House Leaders: Charlize Berville and Sai Shailesh

MacKillop House Leaders: Ayan Prasad and Riya Parikh

Padua House Leaders: Isaiah Mikha and Fredric Mikhael

Students of the Term

Baby News

Congratulations to Mrs Christina Nubla and her husband, Kris, on the birth of Joshua last Saturday.  Mrs Nubla was teaching 2G this year as the leadership release teacher for Mr Barden.  Mum and baby are both well.  On behalf of the St Anthony's community, we offer our prayers and best wishes to the entire Nubla family.

St Anthony of Padua Award

Today we presented our St Anthony of Padua Awards.  The St Anthony of Padua Award is presented to one student in each class, at the end of each academic year.  The award is awarded to a student who, through their words and deeds, models and gives witness to the example set through the lives of St Anthony of Padua and Jesus Christ, and whose growth and transformation during the year is worthy of recognition.  This is demonstrated through their outstanding and consistent display of the following qualities:

    • Integrity - honesty and trustworthiness

    • Self awareness - humility and gratitude

    • Relational - love, empathy and inclusion

    • Responsibility - loyalty and reliability

    • Commitment - engagement and perseverance

    • Leadership - motivation and initiative

    Congratulations to all our worthy recipients.  Year 6 St Anthony of Padua Award recipients will be announced at our Graduation Ceremony on Monday night.

    Catholic Faith and Life

    Thank you to everyone who participated in our Christmas Event.  The event has already had hundreds of views, so it is pleasing to see so many people take part.  If you weren't able to join us on Wednesday evening, the video will remain online until the end of the term.

    Our Christmas Event was based on a newly-released book, Star, written by Artelle Lenthall, who is an ex-student of St Anthony's.  If you'd like your own signed copy or give it as the perfect Christmas gift for another precious little star in your life, it's available to purchase right now at Five Senses Education, Seven Hills.

    Mini Vinnies - Christmas Appeal

    School News

    Library News


    Due to the extended lockdown and remote learning that has taken place last term and early this term, we needed to alter the way that we report about your child's learning this semester.  The report you received today takes the form of Student Learning Observations, in a style similar to the first half of last year.  Full information is provided in this video.

    From the Office

    Relocating or changing schools in 2022? Let us know

    We need to be informed if your child/children will NOT be returning to school at St Anthony's in the 2022 school year (other than current Year 6 students).  Could you please provide WRITTEN NOTICE to the School Office immediately if your child will NOT be returning next year.  This information needs to be passed on to the Catholic Education Office, as it impacts our funding for 2022.  Ten weeks notice is required for change of enrolments to avoid incurring any additional fees.  We also have a waiting list in some grades for 2022 and could offer this place to another student.

    Thank you for your support.

    School Fees

    A reminder that School Fees are now due.  If you are having difficulties with your school fee payment, please contact the office for a confidential discussion.

    Please note the school office will not be accepting any further payments this year.

    Payments can be made via BPAY or Credit Card at Australia Post using the reference on your statement.

    School travel passes gives eligible school students free travel between home and school or TAFE on NSW public transport, including trains, buses, ferries and light rail. Depending on where you're travelling, you may receive a free school travel pass, a School Opal card, or both.  This follows on from the information above.

    St Anthony's Uniform Shop

    The uniform shop will be open for pre-orders only. Order forms can be downloaded from our school website. This can be sent with you child or emailed to 

    No cash will be accepted at this time; please complete the payment using the order form.

    Orders will be sent home with your child.

    Mel's Tasty Bites - Canteen Update

    The Canteen has now reopened.  Help us follow COVID Safe Practices by ordering online as much as possible.

    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.