St Anthony's School News

Term 1: 16th February 2023

Acknowledgement of Country

St Anthony’s School acknowledges Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, the traditional custodians of lands, waterways and skies across Australia.

We thank you for sharing and caring for the land we learn and play on.

We pay our respects to Elders, and we share our friendship and kindness.

Our Vision Statement

St Anthony's School community works collaboratively to teach and live the values of Christ. While respecting tradition, and to meet the demands of a rapidly changing society, it strives to educate our children to their full potential.

Message from the Principal

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Afternoon Pick-up

Thank you to the parents who clearly display their family name on the car to assist the quick flow of traffic in both car parks. If your family name is not clearly displayed, please ensure this is done ASAP as it will help us with traffic management. In anticipation – thank you.

St Anthony’s School Parents and Friends

Last Wednesday morning, our P&F held their first meeting of the year. Thank you to all who attended and contributed to promote community in our school.

The P&F Executive is:

Chairperson: Sarah Brandis

Treasurer: Leah Bennett

Secretary: Tracey Maas

At this first meeting of the year the P&F brainstormed potential events/activities for 2023. There are exciting times ahead.

The P&F play a vital role in supporting the school to finance the extra things for the children. In 2022 they paid for the ninja playground on the oval and the new climbing equipment in the Year 1 and 2 sandpit. Donations to each class and specialist area saw the purchase of new couches, class sets of novels, more loose play equipment for the Kindy/Pre-Primary area, books for the library, extra sporting equipment to name but a few. Already this year the P&F have purchased new, easy to erect faction shelters as well as a shelter to be used for interschool events.

We thank the P&F for all their hard work in raising funds for your children’s benefit in the school.

God Bless

Therese Bandy


Faith In Action

For over half a century, Project Compassion, an initiative of Caritas Australia, has raised funds to support people living in poverty around the world.

Since its inception in 1965, generations of compassionate Australians have participated in Project Compassion, making it one of the nation’s longest running charity campaigns. On average, nearly 900 parishes and 1300 schools across Australia are now involved in fundraising for Project Compassion. In the past year alone (2019-20), Project Compassion’s supporters have helped us to reach over 3 million people worldwide, including many affected by disaster or conflict.

“Together, we can make a difference now, and For All Future Generations”.

The St Anthony's Way

The Parent and School Partnership

The parent and school partnership is critical for the success of a child's education and overall development. This partnership involves open communication and collaboration between the parent and the school to ensure that the child receives the best possible education and support. As parents, it is widely recognised that you are the first educators of your children, and you will provide a solid foundation for your child’s learning and development.

Here are some of the reasons why this partnership is so important:

1. Improved academic performance

When parents and schools work together, the child is more likely to achieve their academic goals. This partnership can help to ensure that the child is receiving consistent support and guidance both at home and at school.

2. Better behaviour

Children are more likely to behave positively when their parents and teachers work together. The school can provide the child with a structured and safe environment, while the parents can reinforce these positive behaviours at home.

3. Increased engagement

When parents are involved in their child's education, the child is more likely to be engaged in the learning process. This can lead to increased motivation and a deeper understanding of the material.

4. Better communication

The parent and school partnership promotes open communication, which is essential for the child's success. Parents and teachers can work together to address any concerns or issues that may arise and find solutions that work best for the child.

5. Greater understanding

When parents and schools work together, they can gain a deeper understanding of the child's needs, strengths, and weaknesses. This information can be used to create an educational plan that is tailored to the child's individual needs.

The parent and school partnership is crucial for the success and well-being of children. By working together, parents and schools can provide children with the support, guidance, and opportunities they need to achieve their full potential.

Kind regards

Mike Barns

Assistant Principal

St Anthony's Way Awards

Year 2

Evelyn Carr, Emerson Briggs, Evanna Makkar, Mac Owens, Odell Davies, Jaxon Tedesco


Esmae D’Silva

Year 4

Rehaan Khapra, Tyler Hughes, Darome Darius, Rocco Westwood, Chloe Dunne, Nina Berlingeri, Savi Jagtap, Chase Dzienis

Year 6

Kian Henderson, Isla Foppili, Jayden Boland

Personal Best and Faith in Action

Over the past 14 days, our focus has been on the values of Personal Best and Faith in Action. As students at St Anthony's School, we strive to become the best version of ourselves. To demonstrate our commitment to Faith and Action and doing our Personal Best we can:

Attend church services.

Participate in Sacraments

Reduce screen time and spend time outdoors.

Offer prayers for others.

Avoid speaking negatively about people.

Speak up for those who are being mistreated or being bullied.

Donate second-hand items, such as clothes, toys, kitchenware, and canned food, with a heart of Christ

Read biblical stories.

Holding ourselves to high standards

Taking responsibility for our actions

Consistently using good manners

Collaborating effectively as a team

Finding solutions to problems

Recognising that making mistakes is normal and using them as opportunities to learn and improve.

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Vision for Learning - Snapshots of our Early Childhood Charter

Children learn through a variety of structured and unstructured play experiences, in safe and welcoming learning environment.

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National Apology Day

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'Kaya' - Hello!

13th February each year marks the anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations, who suffered trauma because of past government policies of forced child removal.

Many of these removals occurred as the result of laws and policies aimed at assimilating the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population into the predominately white community.

Stolen Generations survivors are some of Australia’s most vulnerable people and many have kept their stories and experiences secret for many years, even decades.

Through hearing the resilient stories of Stolen Generations survivors there is now a willingness for Australians to join in on the healing journey. To be part of solutions into the future. This is the spirit of the anniversary.

(, 2023)

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have lived in Australia for more than 60,000 years. Our school sits within 'Noongar Country', in the southwest of Western Australia, from Esperance to Jurien Bay, and contains 14 different language groups.

(, 2023)

The Noongar language groups have some common words that will be featured here each week. This one is especially for Valentine’s Day.

Koort - Heart, hearts, two hearts together

There are also six Noongar seasons, and we are now in:

Bunaru – Second summer – February and March

Let’s celebrate and learn about our local Noongar culture.

Mrs Walker

Sports News

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If you are interest in your child attending tennis lessons at St Anthony's School please contact Mike.


Monday 3.00-345pm

Thursday 7.35-8.20am

6 weeks x 45mins

Cost is $105 - racket hire is included

Pre-Primary to Year 6

To book or for further information call or text Mike Roberts: 0412 572886

Upper School Science

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This term the Year 4s, 5’s and 6s will be learning about Chemical Science. You can help your child by talking about science at home with some simple activities.

Year 4 - materials, their properties and suitability for use.

Talk about different objects around the home, what materials are they made from? What properties do they have? Why have they used that material?

Year 5 - solids, liquids and gases.

Identify materials in different states around the house. What materials are in liquid state in the fridge/freezer/room? Investigate what happens to different materials at different temperatures? Are there any gases that are evident in your home?

Year 6 - reversible and non-reversible changes.

While cooking dinner look for changes that are reversible or irreversible. Why are they reversible or irreversible?

Below is a glossary of terms that may help your child understand more about Chemical Science:


A substance with qualities or that is used for specific purposes.

Natural materials

Products or physical matter that come from plants, animals, or earth and have undergone very little modification by humans, minerals and metals that can be extracted from them (without further modification) are considered natural materials.

Processed materials

Products of physical matter that have been modified from natural materials by human intervention or that do not occur at all in the natural environment, but have been designed and manufactured to fulfil a particular purpose.


A physical substance; anything that has mass and occupies space.


An attribute of an object or material, normally used to describe attributes common to a group.

Reversible changes

This is when materials can be changed back to how they were before the reaction took place. For example, when ice melts to form water. It could be frozen back to ice again.

Irreversible changes

This is when materials cannot be changed back to how they were before. For example, when a piece of wood is burned to form ash. It cannot be made wood again.

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Angela Walker

Science Teacher

Year 1 News

Year 1 has begun with lots of excitement.

All of the children have settled into the Year 1 routines beautifully.

It has been a delight to see their smiles as they arrive each morning.

In Religious Education Year 1 have been learning about the Sacrament of Baptism. Jesus invites people to be part of God’s family. He told his followers to baptise people and to follow his teachings. We have learnt that people are baptised at the baptismal font in the church. The font holds the water to be used at Baptism and reminds people to show love to God and others by following the teachings of Jesus in their daily lives. We each made a paper person to represent each of us growing in God’s love.

This term we are learning some new maths games. These games help us to practice the mathematical skills of number and quantity as well as addition and subtracting.

Mrs Bakwell & Mrs Manios

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Student Wellbeing

Role of the Social Worker at St Anthony's School

The social worker works collaboratively with staff, parents and students to optimise the educational experience of the students.

The social worker provides counselling to help students and their families deal with any social or emotional issues relating to school or affecting a child's academic performance. The role of the school social worker is varied from providing counselling for students to facilitating small group work, whole class sessions/programs as well as making referrals to other professionals and agencies.

If during the school year your child experiences social or emotional problems that impact their learning or school attendance, please discuss this with the classroom teacher and/or contact me directly I work at St Anthony's School on Tuesday and Wednesday each week.

Message from the Social Worker

For children starting school for the very first time, those commencing at a new school, as well as those returning to begin a new school year, this transition time can bring mixed emotions, excitement, worry, happiness, anticipation ..... to name a few. These emotions can be experienced by both children and parents. In this article Kate Highfield offers some practical strategies for parents to help ease their children into the new school year.

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Woolworths Lego Bricks

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We will be collecting the Woolworths Lego bricks for prizes and for the library.

Please send in any spares you may have to the library or the office.

Many thanks!


Mrs Shenton

Uniform Shop

Online Ordering (Preferred Method of Ordering)
Ordering online is our preferred method of purchase. Please use the Quickcliq link below to set up an account. If you have already set up an online canteen account, please use the same login.

Ordering Via the Office

To view uniform prices or order uniforms via the school office, choose the relevant uniform order form below, print off and send in with the appropriate payment. The form can also be emailed directly to the uniform shop with credit card details.

Uniform Shop Opening Hours

If you wish to visit the uniform shop, it is open every Wednesday between 8.00am-9.00am.

Kindergarten Uniform Order
Summer Uniform Order


If you have any uniform queries please feel free to email me at: or you can ring the school and speak to me on Wednesdays between 9.00-10.00am.

Many thanks
Gabrielle Murphy
Uniform Shop Coordinator

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Please be aware that St Anthony's School utilises CCTV for security purposes.