St Monica's Primary North Parramatta Newsletter

Term 1 Week 4 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Carers,

Yesterday was Ash Wednesday and we acknowledged the beginning of Lent as a whole school community in our church with Fr Ephraim. It is such a comfort to be connected in this way again. 

During this Lenten journey, our task is to reflect upon our life as disciples of, and ambassadors for Christ.  We are asked to ponder how we fail to love, to forgive, to speak out when there is injustice.  How are you going to open your heart to let God in this Lent?

  • Give up Social Media

  • Reach out to friends and family you haven’t spoken to in a while

  • Give up Uber Eats

  • Read a book every night with your children

  • Be home early at least once a week

  • Give up buying lunch

With an open heart,

Lisa Crampton

How brave are you?

This is what some of our students at St Monica’s feel about being brave enough to be bad at something new!

Iryssa (Stage 3) - I’m going to be brave enough to be bad at swimming.  When I don’t know how to do something well, it makes me think I can be better and I just have to practise.  I feel happy when I do better than usual.  Sometimes I feel like giving up because it’s hard but I want to keep on trying because I really want to swim.

Atticus (Stage 2) - I want to get better at goal keeping.  It makes me feel bad about myself because I like to be the winner at everything. It makes me want to give up but I want to be goalie so I’m going to practise at recess.

Keira (Year 1) - I was bad at the running part in Sport. You just have to keep on trying. I feel nervous, afraid and worried when I’m bad at something. When I’m good at it, I feel happy.

Sarah T (Stage 2) - This week is just my second lesson at piano. I’m pretty bad at it at the moment. I feel excited and nervous at the same time.  I’m going to practise a lot at home.  I don’t want to give up because it’s just so much fun.

Christos (Year 2) - I’m bad at skateboarding but I want to get good at it.  I have to practise so I can do a flip.  

Amelia C (Stage 2) - We have this big slope that goes underground when I ride my scooter.  I need to learn how to not always crash into the wall.  Sometimes I feel nervous when I’m not good at it but I feel very brave to get good at it.  That would make me feel proud of myself.   If you give up, you’ll never ever learn.

Scarlett (Kindy) - I’m not really very good at cartwheels. I’m trying my best to do it. I’m going to practise a lot.

Evangeline (Year 2) - I’m going to be brave at hula hooping.  I feel a little bit sad because I see my other friends hula hooping but I’m going to try.  You have to practise it and practise it until you’re better at it.  You can’t give up because practise makes perfect.  My mum is going to be brave at reading maps and my dad is going to be brave at cooking.  I used to think that adults were good at everything but now I know that adults have to practise stuff too to get better and better.

Alexis, Eva and Annabelle (Stage 3) - It makes us feel sad when we’re not good at something. Our friends can help us get better.  We usually say things like “It’s ok, you can try again. Don’t give up. Believe in yourself.” It makes us feel better.

Early Arrivals

Parents are reminded that morning supervision commences at 8:20am
Students ARE NOT supervised before this time.
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

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.  

Student Absence Requirements

NSW Health and CEDP have issued us with further guidelines and restrictions to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff and Community.

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.

If they were absent due to ongoing medical symptoms

  • In circumstances where children have other medical reasons for recurring symptoms, a letter from their treating doctor is sufficient to negate the requirement for a negative COVID-19 test. 

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


Parents are advised that all communication is delivered via the Skoolbag app. If you have not yet downloaded the Skoolbag app, please do so immediately as this is our primary source of communication with parents. 

Once you have download the app, please go to GROUPS and select the class groups that your child/children are in so that you do not miss any notifications  Skoolbag

2022 Kindergarten Enrolments are now open

Kindergarten 2022 Enrolment Application packs are available from the school office.  Kindly let your family and friends know that we are now accepting enrolments for Kindergarten next year.

Enrolment Forms may also be downloaded from our  website

Due to COVID restrictions , completed Enrolment Applications, together with all supporting documentation, may be emailed to the school email address

Please note that the original Enrolment Application, together with original supporting documentation, will need to be submitted at a later date. 

Our Open Day for new families will be held on Thursday 11 March 2021.  There will be two school tours for families:  3:30pm-4:00pm and 4:15pm-4:45pm

Due to COVID restrictions, 2 members per family may attend and bookings are required

Bookings may be made at and use the code f7vfe

Enrolment Applications are required to be submitted by 31 March 2021.

Reviews of our School

Families looking to enrol at St Monica’s always look at Google, or our Website and Facebook page.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could add a Review on our Facebook page and/or Google, highlighting a positive aspect of our community. 

St Monica’s is certainly a beautiful community to be part of and we would love to see your affirmations. 

Facebook Review

Google Review

Mrs Mary-Anne Stenning

Assistant Principal

Growth Mindset in Maths

In general, a growth mindset is the belief that intelligence and ‘smartness’ can also be learned and that the brain grows from experience and effort.  The opposite, a fixed mindset, is the idea that you are smart, or you are not. In maths, that translates into “some people are good at maths, and some are not.” 

Did you know that praising efforts rather than intelligence or results can impact your child’s ability to persevere in challenges?! The goal is to have children thrive on challenges and see failures, not as a sign of low intelligence, but as a learning opportunity.  

Brain research tells us that making mistakes actually wires more connections into the brain! When a person has a growth mindset, they accept challenges, see their efforts as worthwhile, and are open to learning from mistakes. Students with a growth mindset achieve at higher levels than those with fixed mindsets. How can you help? 

Some simple ways:

  • Adding “yet” when they claim they are “not good at this” (Respond: “You are not good at this yet.”)

  • Ask questions that focus on their effort and choices and get them to reflect on satisfaction of that effort (e.g. What did you learn today? What mistake did you make that taught you something? What did you try hard at today?)

  • Model this yourself as you share about your day.

Be brave enough to be bad at something new

February Census - tomorrow Friday 19 February 2021

The 2021 February Census will be conducted tomorrow Friday 19 February 2021 as per advice from the Catholic Schools New South Wales (CSNSW).

The February Census collects information on students from all non-government schools.

Tomorrow will be a normal school day for all students.  If your child is not attending school due to illness or other approved leave, please advise the school as soon as possible. 

Notification of your child's absence may be made by emailing or by using the Skoolbag app (go to EFORMS then ABSENTEE FORM).

Thank you in advance.

Our new student leaders were presented with their badges at our Welcome Mass.

Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday is a special day for Catholics. Not only to eat delicious pancakes but to also celebrate the last treat until we sacrifice a promise for forty days like Jesus did.

Thank you to the parent helpers who gave up their time and cooked pancakes for us. We especially thank our new Kindergarten parents who assisted at this special event!

Sara Y and Will S (Stage 3)

Students enjoying their pancakes!

Project Compassion

“Aspire not to have more, but to be more.” – Saint Oscar Romero

This week the season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, which also marks the beginning of the annual Caritas Australia Project Compassion Appeal. Donations to Project Compassion allows Caritas Australia, the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, to work with local communities around the world to alleviate poverty, hunger, oppression and injustice.

We encourage you to put your compassion into action this Lent through your prayer, fasting and almsgiving by supporting Project Compassion.

Each family will receive a Project Compassion box for their donations or you can donate online via the Caritas Australia website at:    
There will also be Project Compassion boxes in each Learning Space.

Saint Oscar Romero is our inspiration for Project Compassion 2021, so in his words let’s “Aspire not to have more, but to be more.”

Mr Andrew Baker
Religious Education Co-ordinator

St Monica’s Sacraments - Confirmation

Registrations will take place on the 20/21 February 2021 after Mass.  (The child is eligible to receive this sacrament if he/she has received the sacrament of First Holy Communion and is in year 5 or above )

After Mass on 20/21 February 
-  to register please bring to Mass a copy of the Baptism certificate along with a copy of the First Holy Communion Certificate (if completed at another parish) and a cash donation of $30 payable at the time of registration.

For all enquiries please contact

School Photographs - Thursday 25 February

School photography day is coming up soon. Group and portrait photographs can be purchased by following the link below or by returning the order envelope with your payment to our photographer on school photo day.

NEWadvancedlife now offers Latitude Pay! To take advantage of LatitudePay and split the cost of your order into 10 small easy payments, simply order your school photos online as usual, set up a Latitude Pay account in just a few clicks and pay no interest or fees when you pay according to your payment schedule; it’s that easy.

3 easy ways to purchase:

  • LatitudePay – Click on the link below, set up an account during the online order process and split your payments across 10 weeks with no interest or fees, if you pay on time
  • Visa, MasterCard or PayPal
  • Cash – complete the envelope supplied and return it to our photographer on photo day
  • Or visit: and enter online order code: FEF 88K ZMQ


    Parent Involvement Committee Meeting (PIC)

    The next PIC meeting will be held on Monday 22 February 2021 at 7:00pm.

    The link to the meeting will be sent on Skoolbag on Monday.  If you have anything you would like added to the agenda, please email the school office

    SRC Representatives for Term 1

    Zone Swimming Carnival

    Congratulations to the following students who participated in the Zone Swimming Carnival held on Wednesday 17 February at Mount Druitt Swimming Centre. 

    James ALucas AAva CBraxton C
    Charlize CAshton DMia FGeorgia F
    Aiden FLiam FOlivia HAlessia L
    Pare NWilliam PLola SBai Rui Z

    School Fees

    School fees have now been issued to your mailing address.

    Flexible Payment Plan (Direct Debit) is offered with your first instalment. For those families that do not accept Flexible Payment Plan, your first instalment is due on 17th March 2021.
    Any families that do not receive their first Invoice by Friday 26 February are requested to contact Mrs Lata Rebello in the school office on 8832 4100.   

    Mrs Lata Rebello
    Senior Finance Officer

    Bragging Rights - Ex Students

    Congratulations to all of our Ex-Students who completed their Year 12 HSC last year in extremely challenging circumstances due to COVID-19.   

    Special congratulations to two of our Ex-Students who were announced as Dux of their schools!

    • Nash Hawkins - Dux of the class of 2020 at Parramatta Marist High School.  Nash achieved an ATAR of 99.90.  He received a Scholarship and will be completing a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Mathematical Sciences at Sydney University.
    • Edward Joseph - Dux of the class of 2020 at Oakhill College.  Ed achieved an ATAR of 99.55 and will be studying a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering and a Masters of Biomedical Engineering at UNSW.
    • Jacob Khadi          ATAR  99.05
    • Bernard Kneipp   ATAR 94.60
    • Bryce Hossack     ATAR 92.05

    Thank you to the parents for informing the school.  We always like to hear about the achievements of our ex-students!

    Congratulations to our Ex-Students

    Mothers' Day - Can you Help?

    We are requesting assistance from a parent or group of parents to co-ordinate our Mothers' Day Stall this year.  Anyone who would be interested is requested to contact the school via the school email.

    Thank you in advance for your support!

    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 (located at the back of Stage 3) during their class’s borrowing 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 Semester 1 library monitors are:
    Manuela S, Ruby E, Lola S, Mia S, Calista S, Olivia H, Alexis C, Tiara A, Amelia W, Lucas A, Juo C and Eva T.

    These 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

    Scholastic Book Fair - Term 1 Week 7

    Monday 8 March - Wednesday 10 March 2021

    There will be a great selection of books to buy and every purchase will directly benefit the school.  More details to follow!

    Bookworm of the Term

    Each term we will be looking for the student in each class/stage who borrows & reads the most books from the library.

    That student will be crowned the “Bookworm of the Term”

    These students will win a prize and have their name & face displayed on our Bookworm Farm in the Library.

    Mrs Rita Davino
    Teachers' Assistant / Library Assistant

    Term 1 - Ice Blocks

    A reminder that Ice Blocks are on sale at lunchtime during Term 1.

    Zooper Doopers (Monday - Thursday)          50c each  

    Icy Poles  (Fridays)                                            $1 each 


    Sympathy is extended to the following families on the recent passing of their loved ones.
    Please keep the Essey and Kabuhat families in your thoughts and prayers at this sad time in their lives.

    • Essey Family (Elijah's great grandfather)
    • Kabuhat Family (Jessica's grandfather USA - COVID related)


    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. 

    Please LABEL everything!

    Please ensure that every item of your child's clothing, lunch boxes and drink bottles etc have a clearly marked name label.

    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.

    We thank you in advance for your support. 

    Water bottles

    Please ensure your child has a water bottle every day
    A number of students are still forgetting to bring in their water bottle each day. 

    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.

    PBS4L Reward System at St Monica’s


    CLASS JARS:  Students have been working hard in class to earn "bees" from teachers acknowledging the appropriate behaviour they see. 

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

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

    Bees are given out freely and 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.

    The grade/stage is rewarded as soon as they fill the jar.

    Some of the class rewards that can be earned are:

    • 5 minutes early playtime at lunch
    • 5 minute game of Heads Down,Thumbs Up 
    • 5 minutes free choice sport
    • 5 minute game of 4 Corners/ Kahoot

    PLAYGROUND CASES:  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 which are then closely monitored by students to see who will be the next winner and what fun activity they will get to enjoy.

    Congratulations to Stage 2 and Year 2 who are the first winners of our Playground Reward!!  Students will vote on the reward that they will enjoy!

    Some great ideas for reward time might be - 

    crazy sock day/jersey day/crazy hat day/class party/movie afternoon.

    Mrs Rita Davino on behalf of the PBS4L Committee

    Kindergarten enjoying their early lunchtime play reward!

    Year 2 enjoying 10 minutes of extra play after lunch reward:

    Our Lady of Mercy College Parramatta Open Day Sunday 7 March

    You are warmly invited to the OLMC Parramatta Open Day on Sunday 7 March from 10am – 2pm.

    Discover how OLMC is transforming learning and meet the new College Principal, Ms Lucie Farrugia.

    Register for Open Day at


    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.

    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. 

    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

    Sunday CLOSED

    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 Summer 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.