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ELC - Remote Learning Extension into Term 4

Dear Families,

Please read the attached information regarding the extension of lockdown and remote learning into Term 4.  In addition to this the Catholic Education ELC's will continue to waive the ‘gap fees’ paid by parents to help support families during the ACT lockdown. The Australian Government has also announced access to additional allowable absences at this time.  Students who attend Preschool or have enrolled in Holiday Care will be charged current fees. 

We hope you all have the chance to relax and enjoy the holidays.

The ELC team.   

School Attendance Survey Reminder - PLEASE COMPLETE

Dear St Anthony's Primary School Families,

Earlier this week, we sent out a survey requesting information regarding students accessing their learning from school next term. If you have not already completed this survey, please do so as a matter of urgency. 

This information impacts our at school staffing for next term.

If you are unsure about your child/ren's attendance, please contact me directly on ClassDojo or via email at 

Beth Lehmensich
REC and Wellbeing Teacher

ELC - Attendance Update Required IF ATTENDING


Dear ELC Families,

We hope that you are all well, safe and enjoy this lovely Spring weather.  

Due to the continuation of lockdown and restrictions we are asking you to please complete another form so we can prepare, plan and program accordingly. 

We ask that only families whose children will need to attend complete this form by 4pm tomorrow, Friday 17/9/21.  The form will provide details about the care needed for these children from Tuesday 5th October to Friday 29th October and will allow us to prepare and staff our centre as required.

Please note you are not locked into these responses and you can contact us at any time if your circumstances change and you do or do not need to attend. 

We remind families that we will remain open during lockdown for students of parents/carers who are unable to provide care for their children due to being essential workers and for vulnerable students.  For those families able to care for their children at home, we will continue to offer support and home learning opportunities for the children.

Yours sincerely,

Michelle Woodward


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K-6 School Attendance Term 4, Weeks 1-4

Dear St Anthony's Primary School Families,

We've almost made it to the end of the term. After 5 weeks of remote learning, we have been so proud of and grateful for the way you have all worked with our school staff to support the academic and wellbeing needs of our children.

Given the news yesterday that remote learning will be extended until the 29th of October, we again need to know whether your child/ren will be accessing their learning from home or from school. This information informs our staffing requirements at school. We understand that the details you provide may change as family situations change over the coming weeks, but ask that you complete the survey below to the best of your ability. If you are unsure or if your circumstances change, please contact me directly via email or ClassDojo. If we note a significant change in the need for at school attendance, we will send another survey at the end of Week 2.

As noted in the ACT Government's lockdown restrictions, our 'schools will continue to be open for school-based staff, vulnerable children and where care cannot reasonably be obtained in the child’s residence (ie. parents or carers who cannot undertake essential work from home).' We are grateful that our St Anthony’s families have been following the current health advice and taking every precaution to keep our children, families and school staff safe. 

We ask that ALL families complete the online form below by 5pm THURSDAY 16th of SEPTEMBER, providing information regarding access to learning for Weeks 1-4 next term so we can prepare and staff our school accordingly. We are operating on a skeletal staff to ensure the highest level of safety for our staff and children and this information is critical in ensuring we are able to cater for the children of essential workers and those who need to access their learning from school.

Student Attendance Survey: Term 4 Weeks 1 - 4

Please contact me via email ( or ClassDojo if you have any questions, would like to change your selection or if your family is in need of any support at this time. 

Beth Lehmensich
REC and Wellbeing Teacher

Year 5 & 6 Families, from our Youth Minister

Dear Year 5 and 6 families,  

Come along to Belong. All Year 5 and 6 students are invited to come, connect with each other (with some fun games), and connect with the word of God. I will be hosting this small online gathering every Sunday morning and would love to see you all. This is a chance to see your friends, maybe meet new people from the parish and grow in your faith. I especially invite those in the youth ministry team, because as covid knocks about our plans to meet and minister at school, this is another way that we can live out our faith.  Belong is starting Sun 19th Sept 10am, to run for about 30min. To register follow this link


With love 

Kathryn Liston 

Youth Minster 

Youth Ministry

Dear St Anthony’s and ELC Families,

I hope you are doing well in this lockdown and getting enough time away from your computers to connect with each other. Some ways for you and your children to connect with friends and continue to grow in your faith over this time are:


For all Year 5 and 6 students. Every Sunday I will have a small online gathering for anyone in Year 5 and 6 to hang out (with some fun games), pray and discuss Jesus (through scripture). This is a great opportunity to see your friends and learn more about God. Belong is starting Sun 19th Sept 10am. Gathering will run for about 30 minutes. To register follow this link


The Parish

Miss going to Mass? Miss actually seeing the people you are praying with? Visit the parish website to join a variety of parish happenings in the digital world:

· Mass Online (each day at 12.15pm) This comes from the cathedral and Mass is celebrated by different priests from our diocese.

· Mass Online (Sundays at 11am) with Archbishop Christopher

· The rosary (Wednesday & Friday at 4pm). Led by Archbishop Christopher or Father Trenton.

· Brother Barry’s Tuesday discussions 2pm.

· Evening Prayer (each day at 5.30pm via Zoom)


Another resource for you and your children is Beyond. This is a video series that goes through the fundamentals of the catholic faith made just for you, primary school children and their parents. These videos are great for starting a conversation at home. Each include some discussion of core beliefs, interviews with children and prompts for prayer, which make them great for growing in faith with your children during this time. You can access these here.

Last but most definitely not the least; stay safe. I hope and pray that you all are well. I know that while lockdown can lessen some loads it maximises others which can be really hard. May we during this time remember our theme for the year “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10) because “In God’s hand is the life of all living things and the breath of every human being” (Job 12:10).

With love

Kathryn Liston

Youth Minister

Extension of Remote Learning

Dear Parents and Carers,

Thank you for your support over the past few weeks as we have transitioned to remote learning as part of the ACT’s health response to COVID-19.  St Anthony’s staff appreciate all of the positive feedback from our community, and we are working hard to continue to provide learning for our students and support for our families.

Following advice today from the ACT Government and Chief Health Officer, remote learning will continue for all Catholic Education primary school students during the first four weeks of Term 4 which begins on Tuesday 5 October.

Catholic Education will be working over the school holidays to develop further plans for a phased return to on-campus learning in Term 4 when it is safe to do so. Any plans will of course be completely subject to health advice, including in relation to case numbers and vaccination rates.

While I am sure this news will be disappointing to some, the Chief Health Officer has made this decision based on what we know about the COVID-19 outbreak in our community.

The health and safety of students, staff and their families is our number one priority.

During remote learning, our school will continue to remain open for children who need to attend school. Those students will be supervised as they access the same remote learning program as their classmates.  Our ELC and OOSCA services are also open and operating under the same conditions.  Please contact the centres for specific information.

Please remember the most important thing you can do is support your child’s wellbeing. Keep in mind that children can express their feelings in many ways. I encourage you to speak openly with your children about how they are feeling.

If your child requires extra help and assistance, counselling is available through CatholicCare. To access the service, a booking request may be made by contacting (02) 6162 6100.

You can keep up to date with the latest health information and advice on the ACT’s COVID-19 website

Please contact us if you have any feedback about remote learning, or if you have any concerns.

I hope your family is able to spend some time together relaxing during the upcoming school holidays.


Greg Walker

Wednesday - Footy Fever Day


Wednesday 15th of September is this weeks uniform free day - the theme will be footy finals fever.

All students either physically at school or remote learning from home are invited to wear their favourite sporting team colours.

(remember a hat and sensible footwear if at school)

School Board Treasurer - Expressions of Interest

Dear Parents and Carers,

I am writing to you seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced candidates for the position of School Board Treasurer from the start of the 2022 school year.  This is an important position that is essential for the administration of the school. 

Our current Treasurer, Monica Atkinson, will vacate the position at the end of the year when her family moves overseas for work. This is a wonderful opportunity for Monica and her family and we have really appreciated the expertise she has brought to this role over the past 2 years.     

We are seeking expressions of interest now so that the successful person can work with Monica on a successful transition and handover of the role.  Good budgeting and accounting procedures are in place but the role does require the successful person to have finance and accounting experience.  The treasurer has the support of our school finance officer, Katie Akers, the principal and Catholic Education.  

Expressions of interest close on Friday 8 October, end of Week 1 Term 4. However, I welcome enquiries as soon as possible to track interest and I am happy to answer any questions. 

Please email me at and provide me with some details of your interest and experience to undertake the position. 


Greg Walker