- Principal's Message Term 3 Week 10 - 2022
- Religious Education - Term 3 Week 10
- Vale Ava O'Brien
- Academic Excellence and Effort Awards Term 3
- MTS Weekly Awards - Kindergarten
- Aladdin Performance - Wednesday 21 September 2022
- School Student Support Referrals and Counselling
- ELC Enrolments
- Tech Talk with Mrs Macarthur
- Qkr! - New Payment Option
- MTS Community Council News & Events
- Community Service Announcements
Change to the days Sophia and Kari will be working
Miss Sophia Caputo - Monday to Wednesday
Mrs Kari Turnbull - Thursday & Friday
Mrs Penny Brown will be on LSL for the first 5 weeks
Mrs Lauren Maher will be covering the class each day
Mrs Lauren Pye will be on LSL for the first week of next term
Mrs Lyanh Thai will be the relief teacher taking the class for the week
Mrs Kelly Boyton will be on LSL for the first two weeks next term
Mrs Kate O'Keefe will be covering the class from Monday to Wednesday
Mrs Jodie Tanchevski will cover her regular days - Thursday and Friday
Chess will continue in Term 4 with bookings opening at the end of Week 1. Lessons will be on Thursday at recess. Yesterday's missed session will be made up next term on Thursday in week one.
Save the Date - Grounds Working Bee
Sunday grounds working bee for early Term 4 - proposed date 23 October.
Future of Education Equity Fund - Helping with the cost of schooling and everyday needs
The ACT Government is committed to helping all children and young people participate in programs and activities that support their educational and well-being needs.
The Future of Education Equity Fund can provide financial support to eligible families, helping students access everyday essentials at school.
The Future of Education Equity Fund provides a one-off, annual payment to low-income families to help cover the costs of education expenses such as school uniforms, school excursions, sport equipment and activities and music lessons.
The Equity Fund has replaced the Secondary Bursary Scheme, expanding its support to families with students in years P–12. It supports low-income families with students enrolled in an ACT preschool (attached to a school) or school (as well as independent students), who meet the eligibility criteria.
More information can be found here.
Second Hand Uniform Shop
Have a lovely holiday, I look forward to seeing everyone on Monday 10 October.
School Student Support Referrals and Counselling
To direct our families to access the best support available through Mother Terese School, we are setting up the following process to assist with referrals and the most appropriate use of our resources.
- Enquiry (teacher or parent) – Request a referral form from the office
- The principal will talk with you and guide you to appropriate support
- Diverse Learning Teacher and team,
- Student welfare officer (individual or small group guidance and/or mentoring support),
- Defence School Mentor,
- School counselling (individual or small group)
- External agencies
If school counselling is recommended the School Counsellor will contact the parents and go through the online CatholicCare referral process if school counselling is suitable. Once the online referral has been submitted and consent is signed, the School Counsellor can begin working with the student.
BYOD Chromebook specifications - Years 4 - 6
The transition of BYOD (Bring your Own Device) to Chromebooks will begin in 2023. If purchasing a new device, we ask that it is a Chrombook. A Chromebook is a kind of laptop running Chrome OS, an operating system made by Google. Chromebooks are made by a range of known technology brands like Lenovo and ASUS. There often is not a lot of difference between brands. You may like to shop around and see if there are student or education deals around.
When purchasing, please be aware of the following specifications:
- 4GB Memory (RAM) minimum
- 32GB Storage for use in primary school is fine, many will have 64GB anyway
- 11-13 Inch screen minimum - personal preference
- At least 8 hour battery life
- Must have the ability to connect to headphones, whether it be via a port or bluetooth - whatever your student has access to
- A touchscreen can be useful for some students (but it's optional)
- Stay away from the Chromebook tablets. These are not recommended.
- In terms of price, don't spend too much on the Chromebook. A budget of up to $500 is reasonable. One of the deciding factors in moving from iPads to Chromebooks was the comparable/cheaper price.
- Warranty should be a consideration when purchasing a device
- A protective case or cover for the Chromebook is required
- Headphones or earphones are required
- Must have a camera
- We recommend that you consider adding the device to your insurance policy
Chromebooks do not require active firewalls, or anti-virus and anti-malware software. When the Chromebook is connected to the school network via specialised BYOD WiFi, it will utilise the online security settings set up by Catholic Education.
To make it easier for payments to be made at Mother Teresa School, we have introduced the use of Qkr! by Mastercard, a secure and easy way to order and pay for school items from your phone at a time and place that suits you.
Please refer to the attached document for instructions on how to download the app to your phone. I have also included several screenshots from my phone so you will know what it looks like once registered.
This will become our preferred option for many school payments in the future. Additional payment options will be added as required eg, sporting events.
The MTS Yearbook request for photos
The Mother Teresa School Yearbook has been confirmed for 2022, but this year, we are going to need your help to get it across the line.
Families that have been with us since 2019 would know that each year, with the help of our school committee and dedicated parents, we have produced a 200 page, professionally printed yearbook featuring all classes and highlighting the momentous occasions and experiences throughout the year.
The Yearbook has always been wonderfully received in the school community and are great keepsakes for your children to reflect on their journey here.
But the Yearbook is no easy feat to produce. It is a costly exercise and takes long hours assembling pictures, words, stories, graphics etc, to compile into something that caters to all families and reflects the values of Mother Teresa School.
This year we’d like to take families and students on the journey to building the Yearbook with us, our first request is for pictures! If you’re attending school events (sporting, social etc) and you like taking photos (or have attended events earlier in the year), we’d love for you to snap and send a few back to us to use in the yearbook (appropriate permissions will be sought).
If you can help us with the above, please reach out and contact the Yearbook team via the yearbook email MTSYearbook00@gmail.com, or upload your files directly to https://www.dropbox.com/sh/tzo57pi7vcgshyj/AABws_TMRw_VYRu1AO1DPPHwa?dl=0.