ISSUE 12, 5 November 2021

Important Dates

Week 6:

  • Friday (12 November) - P&C Trivia Night

Week 10:

  • All week (6-10 December) - Preschool Stay & Play Sessions


Welcome Back to Onsite Learning

A big welcome back to our fabulous Evatt community to onsite learning. We are thrilled to have our students back on deck and getting back into the groove of learning at school.

The students are doing a fantastic job learning and operating in their cohorts and many of them have commented that they love the three outside breaks each day.

A big thank you to all our parents and carers for following our covid protocols particularly at drop off and pick up times.

We value strong partnership with our parents and community and hopefully it won't be too long until the gates and doors of the school are back open for everyone.

Onsite Learning Roadmap

As we continue to work through the return to school roadmap, our priority is the health and safety of students, staff and our community. There will be a phased approach to returning to school as we know it and this will be done following the advice of ACT Health and the ACT Education Directorate.

We will continue to work through this week by week and understandably some term 4 events that we have become accustomed to may not be able to go ahead. We are working hard to ensure that we can still have important end of year transitions, preschool and kindergarten information evenings and of course year 6 graduation.

Stay tuned as we continue to work through these important events.

Staffing News

  • Congratulations to Rebecca Swiridziuk who has won the Business Manager's role at Evatt Primary School. Rebecca comes into this role following Jo Davies retirement earlier this year.

  • Congratulations to Oliver Cashman who has won the School Secretary position. Many of you know Ollie as he meets and greets in the front office every day and we are thrilled to have him in this job permanently.

During the remote learning period we said goodbye to some highly respected Evatt staff;

  • Deb Bissell who has worked at Evatt Primary School for 28 years, most recently as our school librarian retired in October. We thank Deb for her wonderful contribution to our school for many years.

  • Blake Macdonald has moved into a new role in disability care after 5 years at Evatt Primary School. Blake has been a cherished LSA who has supported many of our students over the years.

  • As shared with our Year 1 Playful Pandas earlier this week, we welcome Maddi Powderly as the classroom teacher who is replacing Casey Purcell. Casey has commenced maternity leave following the birth of her baby, little Tommy.

P&C Trivia Night

A big reminder that the P&C Trivia night is next Friday night 12 November. No doubt it will be a great evening with lots of fun and the P&C would love to see lots of parents and carers attend. Information is on the flyer below.

Canteen Update

Unfortunately due to a large amount of restrictions placed on school canteens at this time, it won't be viable for our canteen to operate this term. The canteen may operate for one-off meal deal days which are loved by our students and this will be shared with families when they happen.

A big thank you to April and Ash who did a great job in our canteen prior to lockdown and also a big shout out to Tracy who continually provides time and support with our canteen and across the school.

Christian Education in Schools Cancelled for Term 4

To any Parents or Carers who have opted in to the CEIS program, please be advised that CEIS has made the decision to cancel all CEIS sessions for Term 4. This is in respect of the current COVID-19 situation, the challenging term for school staff and students, and the recommendations provided in both documents: ACT Public Schools Term 4 Plan and Health Guidelines for Schools (ECEC, OHSC). It is also in respect of CEIS volunteers and the structure of CEIS sessions, that would not meet the recommended guidelines.

Stay and Play sessions for 2022 Preschoolers

We have planned some optional Stay and Play sessions for you and your child to come along to. All 2022 preschool children will be welcome to attend these sessions with a parent or carer. They will be held between 9am to 11am, every day in week 10 (December 6 through December 10).

These sessions are a great opportunity for you and your soon-to-be-Preschooler to get to know the Evatt Preschool staff, become familiar with the preschool environment, and meet some other Evatt families.


Supporting student safety: mobile speed camera vans and parking enforcement teams return to 40 km/h school zones

With the recommencement of term 4 and students returning to schools, it is critical that parents drive and park safely and legally at and around our schools.

In addition to sticking to the speed limit, please remember it is critical to park safely – including not parking across pedestrian crossings, in no stopping zones, on corners, verges and double parking. Unsafe and illegal parking can reduce visibility of our students and motorists to see each other, creating a significant hazard when students cross the road.

Mobile speed vans will be in operation, as well as Access Canberra parking enforcement teams, to support our students’ safety. These enforcement teams play a critical role in supporting our students to get to and from school safely and we thank them for their ongoing support.

Let’s work together to keep our kids safe.


There are no announcements from the School Board.


Evatt P&C Trivia Night

The Evatt P&C trivia night is back on! Bookings have been extended until Monday morning (8 November) so get in quick!

New event date: Friday 12th November

Book here:

Canteen Closed for Term 4

As shared by Michael Hatswell above, the canteen will be closed in Term 4. We look forward to re opening when possible!


Student School Improvement Team

There are no announcements from the SSIT.


NSW Transport

2022 school travel applications now open

Applications for student travel in 2022 opened on Tuesday 12 October 2021.

Students who need a School Opal card or travel pass for 2022 can apply now. A new application will need to be submitted if they are applying for a school travel pass for the first time, or if they are requesting an additional travel entitlement as a result of a new shared parental responsibility situation (e.g. joint custody).

Students who change address, school, campus location, or who have repeated a year or received an expiry notification from Transport for NSW for their school travel entitlement should renew or update their details before the end of term 4. This will ensure that schools can endorse applications and current entitlements are updated and remain valid. School Opal card holders will have the changes applied to their existing card.

If a student’s distance eligibility has changed based on their grade the system will automatically update their entitlement if they meet the new criteria. If they do not meet the new eligibility criteria, they will receive an expiry notification via email.

Students who have an entitlement approved under a medical condition that is due to expire will receive a notification advising them to re-apply.

Term Bus Pass holders will receive a notification to re-apply.

Students in the Opal network applying for an Opal card (including a Term Bus Pass) for the first time will receive their Student Opal card at their nominated postal address. Cards will be mailed out from January 2022.

Students living in rural and regional (R&R) areas should receive their travel pass at the start of the new school year from their nominated transport operator. It may come via the school or be sent directly to them at home. Note: some R&R operators do not issue travel passes. Students/parents should confirm with their nominated operator if they do not receive a pass.

2022 Enrolments

2022 enrolments are now open. Find more information on the Education Directorate website:


Crowajingalong Scout Group: Christmas Tree Fundraiser

International Day of People with Disability: Student art competition

Individual students are encouraged to submit a creative drawing, artwork or poster for International Day of People with Disability that incorporates the theme ‘Grow Inclusion’.

A high-resolution photograph, scan or electronic copy of the original artwork must be submitted and attached to the online entry form (hard copies of original artworks will not be accepted).

The student competition will be judged across three categories – junior (year K-3), middle (years 4-6) and senior (years 7-12). The winner of each category will receive a $250 gift voucher.

Please refer to the competition Terms and Conditions – Student category for further details.

Submit your entry to the Grow Inclusion Schools Competition by completing the fields below. Please note that entrants under the age of 18 must get their parent or guardian to complete the Consent section at the bottom of the form.

See more here:

Parentline ACT

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