St Anthony's Primary School Girraween

Term 2 - 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 3 on Monday 12 July, 2021

From the Principal


As we come to the end of the term, we farewell some special members of our school community.

Ms Anne Buttigieg - thank you for all your work with the Year 3 students and families this year. We wish you all the best of luck in the future with your Veterinary Nursing studies and we will see you again soon as a valued casual teacher at St Anthony's.

Girraween Activity Centre - we sadly farewell Sharon, Virginia and all the staff of GAC as they finish their time at St Anthony's as our out of school care providers. We have been blessed with the care you have shown to our student and families and the fun and education you have provided children over the last 30 years. May God bless you in all your future endeavours, we wish you every happiness and success. You will be missed!

Tell Them From Me Survey

Thank you to everyone who has participated in the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) survey. All Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta schools take part in this survey as part of our continued commitment to school improvement.

The TTFM survey is open until 4:30 pm this Friday, 25 June. To complete the survey, go to

We look forward to hearing your feedback.

A fun Dr Seuss style poem from Elly in Year 4 for you to enjoy!

Catholic Faith and Life

Learning in Religious Education

In Religious Education this term, Year 2 have been inquiring about how we show love to our neighbours, and Year 5 about how we can bring hope and joy. On Tuesday, they made nearly 180 snack packs, which will be handed out by St Vincent de Paul Society volunteers through their Vinnies Van Night Patrol service. Thank you to our Year 2 and 5 parents who supported their children with donations to help them put their faith in action.

This afternoon, Mr Barden delivered the snack packs Year 2 and Year 5 made to the St Vincent de Paul Society's Greystanes Centre, just as the Vinnies Van was being prepared for tonight's Night Patrol.  The staff were very appreciative of our generous donation, which will be distributed to the approximately 250 people who seek the support of the Vinnies Van each month.  Students in many of our local Catholic high schools also support the Vinnies Van by volunteering to work on the Night Patrol once a month.

Year 1 have been inquiring in response to the driving question What is prayer?  They have recently reflected on their learning, recording what they have learnt about what prayer is and how we pray.  The Year 1 teachers were impressed with just how much the students have learnt.  Here are just a few of the many great responses from Year 1.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Over the past two months, students from our school participated in the parish program of preparation for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  Last week, this came to its culmination as they participated in the liturgical celebration.  Please pray for Luke, Bently, Aoife, Rhianna, Neola, Frederick, Jonah, Luke, Jerico, Mila, Hayden, Rahul, Amelia, Shawn, Rithwik, Nicole, Ethan and Sienna as they continue their journey of faith.

Preparation for First Holy Communion

The process of preparation to celebrate First Communion at St Anthony's Parish will begin early next term. Parents of Catholic children in Years 4, 5 and 6, who have celebrated First Reconciliation, and who believe their child is ready to celebrate First Communion, are invited to attend a parent information meeting. This meeting will be on Thursday 22 July at the church. Full details are provided in the attached letter.

Letter to Parents - First Communion Enquiry Night


School News

Important Upcoming Dates

Please note: the following events are intended to be run as on site events with parents and visitors. This is dependant on COVID restrictions at the time. We will communicate for each event as needed. 
Fri 25 JuneLast day of Term 2
Mon 12 JulyFirst day of Term 3
Wed 14 JulyStudent Led Conferences - same sessions and times (made up from postponed event on 23 June)
Mon 19 July

K-2 Athletics Carnival at school

Anti-bullying, Cyber Safety and Resilience Presentation for Years 5 and 6

Wed 21 JulyStage 2 Boys and Girls Soccer Gala Day
Mon 26 JulyFeast Day of Sts Joachim and Anne, and Grandparents Day Celebrations
Fri 30 JulyMini Vinnies Winter Sleepout, Pyjama Mufti Day
Wed 4 AugZone Athletics Carnival
Fri 6 Aug

Celebration for the Feast Day of St Mary MacKillop

COSHC Opening at St Anthony's on Monday - Enrol Now

A new service provider for St Anthony's Before and After School and Vacation Care is opening onsite from Monday 28 June, 2021. They are accepting enrolments now for St Anthony's students, please refer to the following flyer for all information.

Check out the COSHC Winter Vacation Care activities on offer!

Bookings can be made via email using the form sent home with your child. Send to :

ACARA Data Collection

The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) collects data from schools to determine the Index of Community Socio-educational Advantage (ICSEA). CEDP is currently working to provide relevant details to the Catholic Education Commission of NSW. Data collected is de-identified of personal information​​. 

Parents and caregivers must advise their school by Wednesday 14 July 2021 if they do not want their child's data included in this report.

Athletics Carnival

Our Annual Athletics Carnival was held last Monday at C.V Kelly Park. Due to the unpredictable weather, we had to modify the carnival by only running the track events. Our students were involved in 800m, 200m and 100m running events. 

Well done to all our athletes and a big thanks to our amazing parent volunteers. Without your help the Athletics Carnival would not have been so successful. 

Our overall colour house points trophy and age champions will be announced next term. 

Congratulations to all students and thank you to all teachers and parents for a wonderful day!

Marina Agaiby

Leader of Learning-PDHPE

Photos from the Athletics Carnival

Stage 3 boys - Soccer Gala Day

Our Stage 3 Boys Soccer teams have had a ball representing St Anthony’s at their gala day yesterday. All boys showed great team work. 

Mini Vinnies - Sleepout Appeal

Hi there, Mini Vinnies have decided to make a difference by participating in the winter sleep out at our school. We are taking part in this event to raise much needed funds to support the Vinnies Winter Appeal. Please help us reach our team's fundraising goal of $2,000 to help the homeless services and raise awareness about this important issue.  We need your help with a donation, big or small.   All donations over $2 are tax deductible and you will be issued with a receipt via email as soon as you make a donation. 

Help do even more by 'liking', leaving a 'comment' and 'sharing' our page too.  Every little bit helps to reach our target of $2,000.

Thanks so much for your support!

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.