No. 6
Date 07/05/10
Week 3
Term 2
Dear St Thomas Aquinas Families,
This Sunday is Mothers Day – a day when we honour all our mothers,
grandmothers and mother figures who bless and enrich our lives. We
acknowledge them with love and praise for their nurturing guidance
and wisdom. It is a day to cherish the invaluable and sacred role they
play from childhood through to adulthood.
On Thursday this week the school was able to host a Mothers Day stall
for students. During the day children from each class were able to
purchase a small item for Mothers Day. Items included plants, craft
items created by our mothers group and other gifts.
My sincere gratitude to the following parents/carers who so generously
organised and helped out during the day – Moya Dyer, Bess Bauerhuit,
Sonya Fowler, Joan Williams, Suzanna Okladnikov, Kirsty Szmytka, Maree Reichel, Carolyn Edwards,
Kerri Jones, Gaylene Mazuek, Ann Ward and Alison Edwards.
A special note of thanks to OASIS Nursery P/L for kindly donating potted annuals for sale. The
proceeds of the stall ($1291.70) will be used to purchase new books for the school library including
books specifically related to mothers.
Wishing Mothers, Grandparents & Mother figures a blessed Mothers Day!
Sergio Rosato
“When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always
has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child.” Sophia Loren
Kindergarten 2011 Enrolment
Enrolments for Kindergarten 2011 are now well and truly open. The month of May is traditionally
when the majority of enrolments are processed. Enrolment enquiries for Kindergarten next year are
extremely healthy. Whilst enrolment numbers are still by no means finalised, it appears based on
current interest that we will able to form 3 Kindergarten classes next year.
I would strongly encourage families to return enrolment forms by 28 May. Offers of places will be
made during June. Please advise family and friends of this information. Enrolment packs are
available from the school office.
Open Days for Prospective Enrolments 2011
The school will be holding School Tours by the Principal & Assistant Principal for
prospective families during May on the following dates:
10.00am – 11.00am or 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Tuesday - 11th May, 2010:
Wednesdays Thursdays –
May, 2010:
10.00am – 11.00am or 2.00pm – 3.00pm
May, 2010: 10.00am – 11.00am or 2.00pm – 3.00pm
Each session will involve a tour of the school followed by refreshments. Please visit
the school office first. For further information please phone the school office on
4754 2554. Late enrolments will be considered based on availability of places. There
are also some places available in selected grades.
These times and dates will also be advertised in the Blue Mountains Gazette during
the next fortnight.
Lost Property
A reminder to parents to please check the lost property box for any items recently lost at school.
Many jumpers have been left behind due to the changeable weather. Please remember to mark your
child’s name clearly on all items of clothing, lunchboxes and drink bottles etc. Also, sometimes smaller
items are handed into the office such as jewellery or small toys, so please enquire at the office for these.
Position Vacant
Volunteer receptionist for Parramatta office of Natural Fertility Services one Wednesday night each month beginning
June. Hours: 5.30pm-9.30pm (sometimes less). Own transport essential. Duties: greet clients, make appointments,
receive payments, issue receipts and some filing. Essential: knowledge of and ability to use Microsoft Outlook. If
interested please telephone (02) 9630 7404 on Mon, Wed or Thurs 9.30am-2.30pm or leave a message at other times.
Pentecost Sunday: 23 May
Return to the Upper Room - Day of Prayer & Praise with Charismatic Mass. Including: Stephen Kirk and band, President
of the Catholic Fraternity Matteo Calissi on DVD, founder of the Missionaries of Gods Love™ Fr Ken Barker MGL, and
Kristen Toohey, Manager of Receive the Power LIVE. Time: Noon - 5pm. Our Lady Queen of Peace, 198 Old Prospect
Rd, Greystanes.
Baby Congratulations
Congratulations to James (6C teacher) and Toni-Maree Costigan on the birth of their son Liam James, brother
for Patrick (1D).
Monday 10
Week 4
Monday 17
Week 5
12.30pm Assembly
Naplan Test – Yrs 3 & 5 (Writing)
Open Day Tours of School 10.00 – 11.00am,
3.40pm Staff Meeting
8.30am Staff Briefing
Naplan Test – Yrs 3 & 5 (Reading)
8.30am Staff Prayer
Naplan Test – Yrs 3 & 5 (Numeracy)
9.05 – 10.00am Cuppa & Chat
Open Day Tours of School 10.00 – 11.00am,
9.20am Parish Mass – 2T & 5R attending
No Assembly
Staff Development Day – (Pupil free)
e-conference re Mary Mother of God
8.30am Staff Briefing
Open Day Tours of School 10.00 – 11.00am,
8.30am Staff Prayer
9.05am Cuppa & Chat
9.30am Short Talk
Writers’ Festival – selected Yr 6 students
Open Day Tours of School 10.00 – 11.00am,
9.20am Parish Mass – 1D & 6M attending
2.00 – 3.00pm
2.00 – 3.00pm
2.00 – 3.00pm
2.00 – 3.00pm
National Families Week: To celebrate National Families Week in May the Lower Mountains Family Support Service will be hosting 2
events. The first will be a Teddy Bears Picnic at Winmalee Public School, Whitecross Road, Winmalee, on Wednesday 19 May from 9.15
– 11.30am. Enjoy free crafts, games, story time, children’s activities, supported playgroups, toy library and morning tea. Other
community groups will be available to chat. Mums, dads, aunties, uncles, grandparents and friends welcome. The second event is a
Family Fun Day at the Lower Mountains Family Support Service centre, 70 Old Bathurst Road, Blaxland, on Thursday 20 May from
10.00am – 1.00pm. Enjoy crafts, games, jumping castle, storytelling, other children’s activities, supported playgroups, toy library and
free morning tea. Other community groups will be available to chat. Mums, dads, aunties, uncles, grandparents, friends and kids
welcome. For more information on either of these events please call Jill, Jenny or Kaaren on 4739 5963. We hope to see you there!
Drawing Classes: Kids learn the techniques used by artists to improve their drawing skills. Friendly, relaxed and confidence building.
Small class sizes for individual attention. Only $8/hr with all art materials included. New class starting soon on Wednesday afternoons.
For more information call Vanessa Joret on 4758 8030.
Sent Home Recently:
• Mothers Day Stall Reminder Note (pink)
• Naplan in Catholic Schools note – Yrs 3 & 5