Dear Parents and Carers,
This week is National Reconciliation Week. 2021 marks twenty years of Reconciliation Australia and almost three decades of Australia’s formal reconciliation process. National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively.
At STM reconciliation means working to understand and learn about different values. An important and significant part of reconciliation is learning about and respecting Australia’s First Peoples, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. We have been so fortunate this year to have Aunty Jennie (Charlie J’s grandmother) work with a number of our classes. She has taught us so much and continues to do so!
If your child is unwell please keep them at home. It is not only for their benefit but for those around them, including staff. We have noticed an increase in sickness this term; we are reminding students to practice good hygiene.
In Canberra, May is when we start to witness daily UV levels take a nose-dive during certain times of the day, to what is considered "low" levels (under 3). This generally occurs during the morning and afternoon periods; however, by the end of May UV levels drop and remain low (under 3) ALL DAY. In winter, by exposing some skin most days of the week during the middle of the day (i.e., lunch time), students should be able to maintain the bulk of their summer vitamin D. In June and July our students do not have to wear their hats when playing and doing sport outside.
Tell Them From Me Parent Survey
We would like to invite you to complete the Tell Them From Me (TTFM) Partners in Learning survey. As we value the role of parents and carers within our school community, we would greatly appreciate your feedback. The information you provide will be used to maintain our commitment to working together in partnership to further improve student learning and wellbeing at STM. Please complete the survey even if you are happy with our lovely school.
The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. You are able to access the parent survey on your computer or mobile device by using the URL below:
The enrolment period for the 2022 school year has officially closed. If you know of anyone who is interested in sending their child to St Thomas More’s for next year, please let them know they must enrol as soon as possible.
Morning tea through QKR
Tomorrow we are offering a morning tea service for families through QKR. All orders must be in by today at 4pm. Options are below –
Choc Chip Muffin - $4.50
Gluten Free Choc Fudge Brownie - $4
Choc Chip Cookie - $1.50
Carrot & Hummus Cup - $3
Chocolate Milk - $2
Strawberry Milk - $2
Congratulations to Miss Sam Beake on her successful application to a full-time position at Mother Teresa, Harrison. Sam will begin at MT on June 8. Parents of Year 1 have been informed and interviews for Sam’s replacement will be held next week. I would like to thank Sam on her contribution to our community and wish her all the best at her new school.
There will be no Centred in Learning gathering next week due to the public holiday on Monday. Affirmations will be in next week's Newsletter for the following Monday.
Family photos are for sale for $10.00.
If you would like to purchase, please complete the Credit Card Slip below and send into the Front Office.
St Thomas More's Primary School families are warmly invited to participate in Archdiocesan events taking place at St Christopher’s Manuka on Sunday 30th May to celebrate Marriage and Family Sunday and to launch the Year Amoris Laetitia Family announced by Pope Francis which will be celebrated in the Archdiocese until June 2022.
On Sunday 30th May you can participate in:
- Marriage & Family Sunday Mass with the Archbishop, 11am at St Christopher’s Cathedral or watch via https://www.catholicvoice.org.au/mass-online/
- A Marriage & Family Expo 12-1pm in the Haydon Hall, behind the Cathedral, including a free lunch and a launch by the Archbishop of the Year Amoris Laetitia Family
Register here for the Expo, Launch & free lunch 12-1pm http://bit.ly/mfsregistration