Dear Parents and Carers,
Teachers have almost completed the process of writing Semester 1 reports. Below I have a copy of the descriptors for A-E Reporting (Years 1-6) so you can see what students are required to demonstrate to get a particular grade. If you look at the descriptors you can see the increasing level of complexity as students move from the E to A, bearing in mind that a ‘C’ grade is a very acceptable grade to receive as it means the student has achieved all that is required in that curriculum area.
The Kinder reporting scale is as follows – Competent, Developing, Experiencing Difficulty. The Kinder students do not receive A-E grades.
Parent/Teacher Interviews will early next term, most likely in Week 2.
Year 1 – Year 6 Achievement Scale
Parent Commitment Agreement
From 2020 onwards offers of enrolment for schools in the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Catholic School System will be conditional on parents of prospective students agreeing to be bound by the Parent Declarations and Commitments that are made in a new Parent Commitment Agreement (PCA).
The purpose of the PCA is to clearly set out at the commencement of each child’s educational journey with us the expectations that Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn has of parents within Catholic schools. It is designed to help us to keep students, teachers, support staff and parents within our schools safe, as well as to assist in the operation of our schools.
We rely on parents supporting our schools, our teachers, our support staff and Principals like myself. Co-operative working relationships with parents and students are an important part of delivering our educational programs in an environment that is both physically and psychologically safe.
All our new families will be required to sign the agreement before starting at the school.
St Thomas More’s Feast Day
We had a wonderful celebration for our Feast Day on Monday. The students really enjoyed the day and it was lovely to see them take part in a fun day after the cancellation of many of our events so far this year. Special thanks to Fr Emil for spending time with us on Monday.
Schoolzine – Absent notifications
We are moving to a new data collection system tomorrow and as a result we are asking parents to submit student absenteeism via the Schoolzine app ONLY. We have been advised that we need to use a central data collection point for noting student absenteeism. Parents using the app will help us in streamlining the new procedures that start tomorrow. If you call the school or email, you will be asked to also submit your child’s leave via the app. It would therefore make sense to only use the app in such circumstances. There is a section on the form to submit a reason or explanation to your child’s teacher. Thank you for your cooperation.
St Thomas More Feast Day
Thank you to Father Emil who said Mass on Monday to help us celebrate our Feast Day. As there are still restrictions in place for places of worship we needed the help of Rossen de Ramos, our Youth Minister who filmed the Mass so that we could all attend. The 5/6 students were able to be present in the Church while the rest of us watched the Mass in our classrooms. Rossen has filmed a number of Masses for us over the last few months so we could still participate while not being allowed in the Church. Thank you Rossen.
Parish Family Youth Mass.
St Thomas More’s Parish will celebrate their first Family Youth Mass on Sunday, June 28, at 9:30 am. If your family is planning to attend and would like to take part in the Mass please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Return of Sacramental Program
The children will be asked to participate in a meeting after Mass on Sunday 2 August. A mini Retreat will be held for the children on Wednesday 5 August. The children will make the Sacrament at 11:00 am on Saturday 8 August.
Enrolment for those children wanting to make the Sacrament will be after the 9:30 am Mass on Sunday 9 August (please note this is also the date for Confirmation Enrolment). A Retreat day will be held at school on Wednesday 16 September. The children will make the Sacrament on Sunday 20th September.
Enrolment for those children who want to make Confirmation is Sunday 9 August. The Confirmation retreat day is to be confirmed. The Sacrament of Confirmation will take place on Sunday 25th of October. The retreat day for Confirmation is now Thursday 22nd October.
Yours in Christ,
Religious Education Co ordinator
Family photos are now available for purchase from the office for $10.00. The Portrait Gallery generously donate all funds from the family photographs to our school. If you would like to purchase the photo, click on the link below to download the credit card payment slip. The slip can be sent in with your child and the photograph will be sent home that afternoon. Alternately you can contact the office and provide your details over the phone on 62498869.
Click here CC_Slip.pdf
If you wish to purchase additional copies of the photo please contact the Portrait Gallery directly on email@example.com
Library - Book Covering
We have many new books waiting to be covered in the Library. If you can lend a hand to cover approximately 10 books, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will arrange a 'book covering pack' to send home with your child.