School Newsletter

2024 Dates

St Carthage's 

Cross Country - Friday 22nd March

Athletics Carnival -  Friday 14th June

Swimming Time Trials - Friday 22nd November

Richmond Zone 

Winter Sports Trials (football, hockey, netball and rugby league Year 5/6) - Thursday 22nd February

Cross Country - Tuesday 7th May

Athletics Carnival - Thursday 1st August

Richmond Zone Football/Netball/Multi sports Gala Day - Friday 30th August

Basketball and Tennis Trials (Year 4/5) - Monday 4th November

Cricket Trials (Year 4/5)- Wednesday 6th November

Touch Football Trials (Year 4/5) - Thursday 7th November

Lismore Diocesan 

Swimming Carnival - Friday 1st March

Hockey Trials - Wednesday 6th March

Football, Hockey, Netball and Rugby League Trials - Friday 8th March

Rugby Union Trials - Friday 17th May

Cross Country - Tuesday 21st May

Dio Rugby Union Gala Day - Wednesday 12th June

Athletics Carnival - Tuesday 13th August

Basketball and Tennis Trials - Tuesday 26th November

Touch Football Trials - Thursday 28th November

Cricket Trials - Friday 29th November

Please note that dates may change throughout the year. If required, new dates will be provided leading up to the event. 

Representative Sport 

Students are provided with the opportunity to participate in representative sport that commences at a school level and progresses through to a national level. The representative pathway below applies for Swimming, Athletics, Cross Country (8-13 year olds), Winter Sports Trials (Year 5 & 6 - AFL, Football, Hockey, Netball, Rugby League, Rugby Union) and Summer Sports Trials (Year 4 & 5 - Basketball, Cricket, Softball, Tennis and Touch Football).


Richmond Zone Winter Sports Trials 

The Richmond Zone Winter Sports Trials are a representative pathway for students in Year 5 and 6. The sports include, football, hockey, netball, rugby league and rugby union. Thank you to our staff who ran trials over the last week to select students to represent St Carthage's at these trials.

We wish the following students the best of luck at their respective trials:

Football: Tyler Bell, Billy Bradfield, Cole Ruane-Taylor, Myles Weekes, Fraser Wright, Maeve Norwell, Mila Olivieri and Matilda Spokes

Hockey: Maggie Hughes, Georgia O'Brien, Mason Smith, Priya Vantaggiato, Dusty Zorzo and Sassy Zorzo.

Netball: Ebony Andrews, Sophie Bertoldi, Lara Brown, Mikayla Evely and Grace Mills.

Rugby League: Tohbi Olive-Conte, Vincent McDonald, Jordy Williams, Cooper Bennett, Oliver Collings, Lachlan Elphick, Reggie Field and Archie Sauer. 

Rugby Union: Oliver Collings, Lachlan Elphick, Reggie Field, Jake Holmes, Archie Sauer, Myles Weekes and Jordy Williams

The Richmond Zone Rugby Union Trials were held yesterday at the Lismore City Rugby Club. Thank you to Mr Gordon for helping run the trials. Congratulations to the following students who were selected: 

Oliver Collings, Lachlan Elphick, Reggie Field and Archie Sauer. 

We wish you the best of luck in Grafton on Friday 17th May. 

St Carthage's Intensive Swimming Program

The intensive swimming program at St Carthage's has been heavily impacted by COVID and the floods of 2022. After investigating options to resume intensive swimming, we have been unable to develop an appropriate program that would be affordable for our families. The program use to be 5 x 30 minute sessions. Due to the increased price of pool entry, lane hire, coaches and transport the cost of this program would now be in excess of $150. If we were to provide this program, the group sizes would be a minimum of 1:7, which is not ideal for learn to swim programs. Many families would be required to send multiple children, making this a substantial cost for families. 

In addition to this, the pool at Trinity is no longer running. The process of transporting the students to and from a local venue, getting changed and running the program would take 2 hours each day. This is a significant interruption for our students.

Swimming is a vital life skill and we strongly encourage all of our students to participate in swimming lessons. Many local swimming schools offer intensive blocks during the school holidays. Local options for swimming lessons include, but are not limited to: 

Growing Gills Swim School - 0450 061 405

Summit -  6625 2025

Swimsations - 66 255 370

Janelle Heffernan and I have discussed this at length. Please know that this decision has not been made lightly. If you have any questions or would like to discuss this decision please feel free to contact me. 

St Carthage's Swimming Time Trials

The St Carthage's Swimming Trials are held in Term 4 each year. This is our school swimming carnival. Not all students from Year 1-5 attend the swimming carnival because not all students can swim 50m. All students who can confidently swim 50m are encouraged to attend. There are a number of safety considerations that need to be made when holding a sporting event, especially when water is involved. 

Due to the competency of our Year 5 and 6 students, we will be hosting a non-competitive carnival for them at the end of the year. This will commence once all competitive events have concluded at our swimming trials. 

On Friday, the Swimming Carnival Shield for 2023 was presented to Doyle. Congratulations to all of the students from Doyle who attended the swimming trials. It is your willingness to participate and earn points for your house that contributed to your victory. 


Richmond Zone Swimming Carnival

On Tuesday 13th November 28 students from St Carthage's travelled to Alstonville to participate in the Richmond Zone Swimming Carnival. The effort and school spirit shown by the students was fantastic to witness. 

Congratulations to Heidi Cormack, Isabella Mullington and Penelope Gorman who placed in the top 3 for their respective events. We wish them the best of luck on Friday 1st March at the Lismore Diocesan Swimming Carnival. 

A special congratulations to Isabella Mullginton who was awarded U11's Girls Runner Up Age Champion. What a fantastic achievement. 


S2/S3 Colour House Competition

In Term 3 and 4, 2023, students from Year 3-6 participated in a Colour House Competition. Over a 6 week period, the students competed against other colour houses in a range of different sports. The Sports included netball, football, touch football, tennis, cricket and t-ball. 

On Friday, the students (some) were excited to learn that Nagle were awarded the Colour House Shield for 2023. 

Congratulations Nagle!


AFL Clinics

Over the last 2 weeks, all students from K-2 have been involved in an AFL session during their sport time. These sessions were provided to the school free of charge to promote the local Auskick program. Please see the information below for more details. 

Registrations are open and we can't wait to see you at Lismore Swans JAFC Auskick!

Starting Wednesday 6th March at Mortimer Oval, Lismore for 8 weeks! Only $90 and you get an amazing benefits pack. 

Click here to register and become a Swannies Auskicker! Registration Link -



Pope Francis' take on Lent - In a social media era - make private time for God.


Pope Francis said recently that in the social media era, “Even the most tragic and painful experiences risk not having a quiet place where they can be kept. Everything has to be exposed, shown off, fed to the gossip mill of the moment,” he said.

Pope Francis asks us to carve out a silent space for God amid the buzz of the digital era in which little remains private. Francis said God’s invitation for Lent is to “Enter into the secret, return to the centre of yourself.”

In his homily, the pope asked that during Lent to focus upon praying, fasting and giving alms “in secret,” saying Jesus’s invitation to the disciples to “go to your room” to do these things instead of seeking public recognition for them is at the heart of the Lenten season.

Going to one’s room, in this sense, he said, “means journeying from without to within, so that our whole life, including our relationship with God, is not reduced to mere outward show, a frame without a picture, a draping of the soul, but is born from within and reflects the movements of our heart.”

“Without realising it, we find ourselves no longer having an ‘inner chamber’ in which we can stop and care for ourselves, immersed as we are in a world in which everything, including our emotions and deepest feelings, has to become ‘social’,” he said.

“Precisely there, where so many fears, feelings of guilt and sin are lurking, precisely there the Lord has descended in order to heal and cleanse you,” he said.

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday commences the Season of Lent - a time of renewal and of turning back to God. Years 4-6 attended Parish Mass to receive the ashes and Sr Dee and the K-3 teachers led the students in prayer and distribution of the ashes to our students. Sister Dee is a Carmelite Missionary Sister who works within the St Carthage's Parish.
The ashes signify the opportunity to start anew, like green shoots arise from the ashes after a fire. 

Project Compassion

At St Carthage’s we focus upon giving to those in need through Project Compassion - a project sponsored by Caritas - a world-wide Catholic aid agency.
St Carthage's registered for the Online Project Compassion Launch on Monday, 12 February and 8 of our Year 5 students met with leaders from Caritas and a large number of students from other Catholic schools.
Our students appreciated this opportunity and were able to ask a few questions! One of the answers astounded them - they learnt that each night 1 BILLION people go to sleep hungry.
As a part of our fund-raising there will be a casual clothes day on Friday the 16th of March. (This is usually held on St Patrick's Feast day, 17th March).
Casual Clothes with a hint of Green! Please donate a gold Coin on that day which will be collected and sent to Caritas for Project Compassion.
The people, stories, videos and resources we share with the students are at Please feel free to view them.

Bishop Greg’s Lenten Talks 

Bishop Greg will be holding his Lenten Talks in St Mary’s Chapel, 6.00pm on Monday 19, 26 February and 11 March. This year he will speak of “Themes from St Therese of Lisieux”. All are most welcome to attend. 

St Carthage’s Cathedral Parish Caritas Project Compassion Fundraising page:

A Prayer during Ash Wednesday 

Loving God,

This Ash Wednesday, we enter into Lent and a period of reflection. The days before us invite us to reflect upon our relationship with God and others. Help me take the time pray to the Holy Spirit to have the courage to fill those empty spaces. Give me the grace to enter into this time with an open heart and mind. Let your loving kindness flow over me and be evident in my thoughts, words and actions.


St Carthage's School and Parish Sacramental Program

Students who are baptised are invited into the 2024 Parish Sacramental Program through St Carthage’s Primary School. 

  • Sacrament of Confirmation (Students in Year 3) - 27 June, 2024

  • Sacrament of Reconciliation (Students in Year 4) - (Date to be confirmed)

  • Sacrament of the Eucharist (Students in Year 4) - (Date to be confirmed)

Note: Children who have missed the opportunity to participate in any of these Sacraments may still enrol in a Sacrament e.g a Yr 6 student may be enrolled in any of these three Sacraments.

Very Important: Copies of Baptismal Certificates need to be provided to the school unless your child was Baptised in the Cathedral Parish or you provided this Certificate to St Carthage’s school during enrolment. If this is not the case, please provide a copy as soon as possible. You may need to contact the Parish where your child was baptised to obtain a copy.

Event Date

Parent/Carer Information session for the Sacrament of Confirmation

To Be Advised

Retreat for students being Confirmed


Sacrament of Confirmation

27 June, 2024

Parent/Carer Information session for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist 


Sacrament of Reconciliation

Sacrament of the Eucharist  TBA

Please download, complete and return the Enrolment Form (below) to nominate your children for the Sacrament program. Paper forms will also be available from the Office.


The letter below is a thank you message from the Lismore St Vincent de Paul Society President and is in response to our very generous donations to SVDP last year - our Christmas Hampers.

The St Vincent de Paul Society is a lay Catholic organisation that aspires to live the Gospel message by serving Christ in the poor with love, respect, justice and joy, and by working to shape a more just and compassionate society.

This year we have some very eager Year 5 students who are being formed as the Mini-Vinnies group. The mission of our mini-vinnies is to do the same on a smaller scale.

Savannah McPherson, Abbie Challinor, Caitlin Gapes, Elly-Mae Hauser, Jack McCarthy, Georgia Dodds and

Patrick Young



Welcome to the 2024 School Year

Welcome to the 2024 school year to all our returning and new families. I hope you all stayed well and had an enjoyable and relaxing holiday break. We have started the school year well and we look forward to continuing to have a great year full of learning and fun here at St Carthage’s.

Our teachers had a wonderful two days sitting with students to conduct the Mathematics Assessment Interviews (MAIs) during the first week of school. We thank all our parents for working with us to have students attend their appointments. The information gathered, as a result of the interview, is important in helping us to assess where a child's understanding is at for teachers to plan teaching that is targeted to the needs of their learners to enable them to thrive mathematically. 

Thank you also to our Kindergarten parents for organising a time for their Best Start and Mathematics Assessment Interviews. The Best Start Kindergarten Assessment is a state-wide assessment that helps show teachers the literacy skills of each student at the beginning of Kindergarten. As a Diocese, our Catholic schools then complete a MAI with each Kindergarten student so that we have an understanding of their numeracy skills. Both of these assessments help teachers plan lessons to best support the learning needs of every child in their classrooms.

The data collected through the Best Start will be shared with parents during Term One. If you have any questions regarding this please speak with your child’s teacher.

Compass Connect & Seesaw

During the holidays our Diocesan Administrator for Seesaw set up our classes for 2024. During this set up some changes to the platform were made which we have been informed of. The main change to Seesaw functionality that will affect families is that the messaging application on Seesaw for Schools has been disabled. 

 We are in the process of moving over to Compass Connect, a messaging module built into the Compass App. This will allow us to use one app for all school communication. Connect has a similar messaging system to Seesaw. This new way of messaging will become live as of Monday 26th February.

 With regards to messaging, we would like to clarify how to use Compass Connect:


  • Do message your child’s teacher if you want to share something positive from home or congratulate your child on something they have done in school.
  • Do message your child’s teacher if you have a small query or would like to find out something simple.
  • You can message on Compass Connect to arrange a meeting time to see the class teacher.
  • You can use Compass Connect for any general day-to-day communication.  


  • Please do not message your child’s teacher to notify them of absences or illnesses – this should be done via the school office or on the Compass app as normal.
  • Please do not use Compass Connect to message about any urgent or serious issues. You must use the school office and normal school procedures for this.

Teachers will always endeavour to reply as soon as possible. However, please be mindful that school life can be incredibly busy and whilst every effort will be made to reply or acknowledge messages that day, there may be a slight delay as teachers cannot check messages during teaching times. Additionally, please do not expect a reply to any messages sent out of school hours, or during weekends or school holidays.

We hope this helps clear up any questions you may have and that you enjoy connecting with us through Compass Connect. Communication about student learning will remain on Seesaw. From time to time teachers may upload or have students upload work to their portfolios so that you can celebrate their learning at home with them.

More information with regard to Compass Connect will be sent out via Compass during next week.

Welcome Kindergarten

We have recently welcomed our new Kindergarten students to our school. They have had such a positive start to their schooling and it has been wonderful to see so many smiling faces each morning. 

Over the coming weeks, I will be adding some suggestions to the newsletter on how you can support your child/ren through this transition period.



The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is a point-in-time assessment of literacy and numeracy skills. Each year students in Years 3, 5, 7, and 9 participate in tests for writing, reading, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

NAPLAN is held in Term 1 and will take place from Wednesday 13th March to Monday 25th March.

NAPLAN tests are just one part of our school's learning assessment program and questions are primarily based on knowledge, understanding and skills gained from the prior year of schooling.

In preparation for NAPLAN 2024, our school will undertake activities to help students to become familiar with the format and functionality of the online tests. These activities are not an assessment of student ability and will not be marked.

Students and parents can access the public demonstration site ( to familiarise themselves with NAPLAN and the types of questions and tools available. Excessive preparation for NAPLAN is not required nor recommended.

If you have any questions about NAPLAN, please contact your child’s teacher.

Students will need to bring in a set of headphones for the NAPLAN tests. If the headphones could be sent to school as soon as possible so that they can be used in the lead-up to the assessments it would be greatly appreciated.

Traffic Management Plan

At St Carthage's, we strive to ensure that children, staff, and members of our wider community are safe at all times. Additionally, it is our goal to make sure that our community is impacted as minimally as possible by school traffic. Our Traffic Management Plan has been devised to help us to keep all of our community safe. Parents are expected to follow this plan and to cooperate with the directions of staff fully. 

The information below provides you with an understanding of the Traffic Management Plan that has been implemented by St Carthage's. Please share this information with anyone who will be picking up and dropping off your children from school.


Pick-Up and Drop-Off Arrangements

Before and After School

The following areas have been designated as safe areas for the children to be dropped off before school and to be picked up after school:

  • School grounds: Parents may collect children from the school grounds. Children will wait on the Library steps for collection. Parents, please note that the playground area is 'out of bounds' until all bus bays have moved off.
  • Cathedral grounds (preferred option): Children being picked up from the Cathedral in the afternoon line up with their hats on and near the Bus Bay 17-20 line. Teachers will escort them via the underpass to the Cathedral. All children are asked to walk in an orderly way.

DO NOT PARK: Parents are asked to avoid blocking bus zones or private driveways and are not to park in the Police Youth Club Car Park, the Service Station or the Staff Car Park, including the driveway access (located off Dawson Street).

A 'Drive-Through' operates as outlined below at the Cathedral during pick-up time.


Cathedral Pick-up and Drive-Through Guidelines

  • All children must sit on the grassed area and wait for their parents to collect them. (No children are to run off to meet their parents).
  • There is no parking in the middle grassed area of the Cathedral grounds.
  • The drive-through lane is only for parents of children who do not need assistance getting into cars. (speedy operation) Parents, please do not leave your car. Teachers will direct your child/ren to your car when it is time and safe.
  • NO CHILD is to enter a car from the right-hand side of the vehicle when using the drive-through.
  • If your child needs assistance, parents must park in the "Pick-up Parking" area on the far side of the grounds and walk over to pick up their child.
  • All pedestrian access via Cathedral steps and paths. Please do not cross in front of queuing "drive-through" traffic.
  • Vehicles exit the 'Pick-up Parking' area on the inside lane of the Drive-Through queue (see diagram below).
  • Parents in Drive-Through-Lane have the right of way.
  • Please do not block driveway access to the Presbytery, Parish Office or Priest's residences.
  • Parents who need to park and collect children may wish to stagger their pick-up time until after the initial rush.
  • At 3:40 pm, any children still waiting to be picked up will walk back to school with the supervising teachers.
  • During funerals at the Cathedral, wet weather or storms, children are to be collected from the Library steps. A message will be placed on ClassDojo.  

We would appreciate it if all parents could read and share guidelines with other people who might pick up your child and support us in this endeavour to keep your child safe.

Road Safety

Road Safety is a Back to School Essential. As children return to school, it is essential to keep safety in mind. Talk with your children about safely getting to and from school.

  • Keep children safe getting in and out of the car. Always use the door closest to the kerb.
  • Keep children safe by walking distraction-free. Expect your child to take off their headphones while walking.
  • Keep children safe getting on and off the bus. Wait at the bus stop and stand at least one step back from the road's edge. Always meet your child at the bus stop. Never meet them on the opposite side of the road and call them across. Wait until the bus has gone before crossing the road.
  • Keep children safe while using wheeled transport. Children must wear a helmet when riding a bike in any public place – it is the law. Foot scooter, skateboard and rollerblade riders should wear helmets and protective equipment.

Be a positive role model when you are a pedestrian, passenger and driver. Children learn from what they see, as well as what we say.

Never sacrifice safety for convenience, source:

Bus Safety


Aboriginal Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We commit ourselves to actively working alongside Aboriginal people for reconciliation and justice.

Celebrating Cultural Diversity is an Important Foundation for Life ...

Dear Families,

Welcome back to our new school year and our first Newsletter for 2024. I hope you all enjoyed a very relaxing and enjoyable time with family and friends over our Christmas break. We begin this new year filled with hope and anticipation. We look forward to a year full of unknown opportunities for us all to support each other in our partnership of educating, guiding and modelling Christian values to our children.

The term has started with a real sense of purpose and a great spirit of co-operation and enthusiasm for learning. Teachers have worked tirelessly to ensure that classrooms are ready for learning and I am sure that you will be happy with your child‘s new learning environment. We especially welcome our 2024 Kindergarten students and the many families who are beginning their educational journey at St Carthage’s. We hope your time here is happy and rewarding and we thank you for trusting your children to our care.

Congratulations to our students for the way you have started on this new stage of your learning journey and thanks to parents for having them so well prepared for school. Thank you to the staff who spent holiday time at school setting up rooms, developing programs and organising resources and school events for Term One. It is this dedication and commitment which allows us to start the year so smoothly. Well done all!

To you, the parents and families, I eagerly look forward to meeting you over the next few weeks at our beginning of the year meetings, our Welcome Barbeque or out in the playground at drop off and pick up. We are here to work in partnership with you and I would appreciate any input or suggestions which you may have to ensure that our school runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible.

As we complete our third week of school, I hope that your children are settled and happy in their new classes. Certainly, the talk has been very positive, with teachers commenting about how eager and enthusiastic the students have been. As we begin this new year, it is important to remember that parents and teachers are partners in helping each child achieve a successful transition into adulthood. This combined support is essential if the transition is to be a positive developmental experience for your child. A good relationship with your child‘s teacher will make it easier for you to stay informed about your child‘s progress across all areas of schooling and to work together if difficulties or problems arise throughout the year. On occasions, you might find that teachers offer advice or constructive criticism about your child that you may not agree with. However, it is important to keep an open mind to the teacher‘s comments (and they to yours). Unfortunately, none of us are perfect, so if a problem arises, it is important to consider both sides of the story. The outcome should be one that helps your child succeed at school. There needs to be a sensitivity which respects the parents who have a special knowledge of their children, and the teacher as a trained professional.

School staff at St Carthage's are dedicated and caring people  and they want to be not just good educators, but educators who their students will remember because they shared their knowledge and love of learning with them. Jonathan Sarks, Rabbi and author of ―The Politics of Hope, said about teachers:

“Educators open our eyes to the world. They give us curiosity and confidence.

They teach us to ask questions. They connect us to our past and future.

They are the guardians of our social heritage.

Life without a teacher is surely not a life.”

May 2024 be a great year for you and your children and please remember, if you have any questions, queries or concerns regarding your children throughout the year, please contact your child‘s teacher, our Assistant Principals or myself so that we can work together on a joint solution.

Ash Wednesday and the Season of Lent

This week we celebrated Ash Wednesday and the beginning of Lent. Our students in Years 4, 5 and 6 joined with our parish community at Mass and our Kindergarten, Years 1, 2 and 3 students participated in a prayer service led by Mr Hatchman and Sr Di. These celebrations signify the beginning of our faith journey toward Easter and new life.

The word Lent comes from the Old English word ‘lencten’, meaning spring - the time of new life in the northern hemisphere. To move toward ‘new life,' fasting and prayer are practised in Lent as remembrance and reflection of our Lord’s fasting in the wilderness.

During this time, we often talk about what we are going to refrain from. We also discern what we are going to give. Pope Francis has previously told us almsgiving - donating money, goods or time to the poor - ‘sets us free from greed and helps us to regard our neighbour as a brother or sister. What I possess is never mine alone.'

Pope Francis not only underlines giving in Lent, but he warns against our culture that takes, uses or discards: ‘How many of God’s children are mesmerised by momentary pleasures, mistaking them for true happiness! How many men and women are entranced by the dream of wealth, which only makes them slaves to profit and petty interests! How many go through life believing that they are sufficient unto themselves, and end up entrapped by loneliness! How many young people are taken in by the panacea of drugs, of disposable relationships, of easy but dishonest gains! How many more are ensnared in a thoroughly digital existence, in which relationships appear quick and straightforward, only to prove meaningless!

So this Lent, in fasting and giving, let us also think about what it is to take; what it is to discard others; what it is to deny the ‘least of our brothers and sisters.'

Kindergarten 2024

It was great to welcome our Kindergarten students and their families to our school and to see them happily arrive at school each day. I think that there will be some very tired little people tonight and I also think their teachers and support staff will also sleep well! 

Congratulations on a great start!

School Leaders 2024

Congratulations to all our Year 6 student leaders who will be our role models by setting the standard in terms of presentation, respect for all and appropriate behaviour at all times throughout this year. Special congratulations to our School Captains, Vice Captains and Colour House Captains for 2024:

School Captains:   Luca Lombardo and Archie Sauer

Vice Captains:  Isabella Mitchell and Mason Smith


Colour House Captains

Carthage: Lexi Behan and Ben Ryall

D'Arcy: Dusty Zorzo and Zack O'Driscoll-Wilson

Doyle: Penelope Gorman and Oliver Collings

Jerome: Sophie Bertoldi and Lachlan Elphick

Nagle: Mila Smith and Jake Holmes

Thomas: Mila Woolston and Reggie Field


Welcome BBQ and Disco

The Welcome Barbeque and Disco will be held on Thursday evening, 22nd February from 5.15pm - 7.00pm. This is an opportunity for us to come together as a school community to celebrate the new school year. 

Flyers have been sent home and if you are able to join us please fill out the return slip and return it to school by Monday for catering purposes.

Parent Information Meetings

Parent-Teacher Information Meetings are a vital communication link between home and school. I encourage every family to attend these meetings. This sends a powerful message to your children about the value you place on your child’s learning this year. Teachers go to a lot of trouble preparing these nights and I thank them for giving up their family time to assist your children’s education.

Our Kindergarten Meeting was held last night and I thank our families for coming along and gaining information about the year ahead.

Meetings for Years 1-6 are as follows.

Year 5 and Year 6 - Monday 26th February -  5.30pm
Year 3 and Year 4 - Tuesday 27th February - 5.30pm 
Year 1 and Year 2 - Wednesday 28th February - 5.30pm

Parent/Teacher Interviews

We look forward to welcoming our parents and carers in Week 8 (18th - 21st March) to meet with teachers. Working together in partnership helps to clarify goals for your children, inform about areas of strength and areas to work on as well as clarify any issues or concerns which we may not be aware of. 

More information to follow.

School Photos

Our School photos will be taken on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th March. School Photo envelopes will be sent home with the students soon. Please return these envelopes, with the correct payment enclosed, on the Monday of the photos, as
these will be handed straight to the photographers. We do not handle photo money. Sibling envelopes will be available from the School Office. Please ensure that students are in their correct school uniform on these days.

Active Kids Drop Off and Pick Up

Thank you to those parents and carers who have followed our direction to use the Visitor's Carpark as a drop-off and pick-up point for Active Kids. This has become a major safety issue and it is imperative that ALL drop-offs and pick-ups are in the Visitors Carpark or on the kerbs outside of the school grounds.

The Staff Carpark is for staff use only.

We thank you for supporting this request in an effort to keep all of our students and families safe.

Social Media Reminder

It is quite common for parents to establish social media groups or pages to share information or connect with other parents in your child’s class and school community. Please be reminded that it is not permitted to establish a social media presence using the school's name or logo without written permission from the Principal. Any permitted social media pages/groups/accounts must adhere to the schools and the Catholic Schools Office Diocesan Social Media Policies.

Changes to Afternoon Pick Up

If there is a change in your child’s travel arrangements, please let us know by note or phone call. We ask that phone calls to the Office to advise children of an unexpected change to pick-up arrangements be made prior to 2:45pm. This provides Office Staff with the best chance of ensuring that your child receives the message. As you might imagine, a flurry of last minute phone calls at this busy time of the school day is not ideal.

If a child is unsure of their home time arrangements on a particular day, and we have received no notification, the child will be sent home on their bus as usual.

Late Arrival and Early Departure

  • Students arriving after the school bell has rung must be brought to the Office by their parent/carer upon arrival.
  • Parents/carers collecting students early must come to the School Office. Staff will call students to the Office for collection. 

Please Note: We are unable to allow children to go with another parent unless we have permission (preferably written). If unknown to Office Staff, parents/carers calling to collect children will be asked for photographic I.D. This is not meant to offend and is only in the interest of your child/ren’s safety.

Notification of Student Absences

Parents of students marked as Absent (unexplained) will receive an SMS notification asking you to advise the reason for your child’s absence by return SMS. As SMS messages are now considered legitimate forms of communication, a follow-up phone call or note is not required. However, if you are unable to respond to the SMS then the school does require some form of communication via a phone call or email to explain absences.You can also enter your child's absence prior to getting the SMS notification using the Compass App. 

It is both a legal requirement and a safety issue that all visitors report to the Office and sign in and out of the school. This is necessary in the unlikely event of a fire, evacuation, lockdown etc. but more importantly for the safety of the students in our care. If you are staying at the school, you will also be issued with a visitor’s badge.

Infant's Play Equipment After School

Our Infants’ play equipment is designed for use by our younger students under teacher supervision during the school day at the following times: before school from 8:30am to 8:55am, morning tea and lunch. It is not to be used by students from Years 3 to 6 at any time. Students catching buses, walking to Cathedral pick-up or waiting for parents are NOT to be on the equipment as they are not being supervised. Students must be supervised by their parents on the play equipment after school. We don’t wish to spoil fun, but safety is paramount and teachers are spending much time moving students away from this area to where they should be in the afternoons.

Child Protection and Complaints Handling Policies

The Child Protection and Complaints Handling Policies are availble on our school website. Please use the link below to view these policies.

Parish Mass Times

The times for weekday Masses in the Cathedral are Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 8:00am, and Friday at 12:05pm.

Weekend Mass times are; Saturday Vigil – 5:30pm

                                     Sunday Morning – 9:00am

                                     Sunday Morning – 11.00am

This semester, the Year 5 students have participated in the $20 BOSS Project. This program was designed to build the enterprise skills of young people, better preparing them for the future.

The program gave students $20 of funding per student to create, launch, and operate their business venture. The students were encouraged to work in groups. During this, they learned the key elements of social entrepreneurship, business, and organisational skills. Students also focussed on creating social good by donating some of their profits to chosen charities.

The total money donated by Year 5 students was $2606.80. We thank Year 5 for all their hard work and for giving back to our community through their donations.

Jan's Bucket Club


Lismore Diocesan  Summer Sports Trials 

In Week 7, students from Year 4 and 5 attended the Lismore Diocesan Summer Sports Trials. After being selected at the Richmond Zon trials in Week 4, Ebony Andrews, Marcus Hunter, Cole Ruane Taylor (Basketball), Gus Collings, Oliver Collings, Billy McCarthy, Jordy Williams (Cricket), Claudia Curtin, Zarni McGregor and Archie Sauer (Touch Football) competed against students from Tweed, Hastings and Clarence for selection in the Lismore Diocesan Team for their respective sports. 

The standard at all three trials were extremely high. Congratulations to Gus Collings, Oliver Collings, Billy McCarthy and Jordy Williams who were selected to represent the Lismore Diocese at the Polding Cricket Trials on Friday 20th September, 2024. 

Gus Collings, Billy McCarthy, Jack McCarthy and Jordy Williams have been invited to attend the Polding Softball Trials on Thursday 20th June in Sydney. We wish them all the best of luck.

St Carthage's Swimming Time Trials 

On Friday 8th December 50 students from Year 1-5 travelled to the Alstonville pool to participate in the St Carthage's Swimming Time Trials. I am extremely proud of these students for attending the trials and trying their hardest in all of their events. Listed below are the results from the trials. Students written in blue have qualified for the Richmond Zone Swimming Carnival in that specific event. A note will be send out on Compass later this week. 



1st 2nd 3rd
Jnr 100m FS
Snr 100m FS Grace Hogan Isabella Mitchell Penelope Gorman
7yrs 50m FS Hayley Mclean
8yrs 50m FS Audrey Mills Allie Bradfield Mila Handy
9yrs 50m FS Laura Brickhill Lacey Simpson Stella Jones
10yrs 50m FS Isabella Mullington Ella Davey Isabella Mitchell
11yrs 50m FS Grace Hogan Isla Lindsay
8yrs 50m BR Audrey Mills Ella Andrews Ruby Jeffery
9yrs 50m BR Laura Brickhill Lacey Simpson Lucy Lee
10yrs 50m BR Isabella Mullington Kyna Rhodes Heidi Cormack
11yrs 50m BR Grace Hogan
8yrs 50m BK Audrey Mills Allie Bradfield Ella Andrews
9yrs 50m BK Laura Brickhill Lucy Lee Ella Grossfeldt
10yrs 50m BK Isabella Mullington Penelope Gorman Ella Davey
11yrs 50m BK Grace Hogan Isla Lindsay
8yrs 50m FLY Audrey Mills
9yrs 50m FLY Laura Brickhill
10yrs 50m FLY Isabella Mullington Penelope Gorman
11yrs 50m FLY Grace Hogan
Jnr 200m IM Laura Brickhill
Snr 200m IM Grace Hogan


1st 2nd 3rd
Jnr 100m FS Elliot Blandon
Snr 100m FS Oliver Collings Reggie Field Gus Collings
7yrs 50m FS Ezra Lindsay
8yrs 50m FS Harry Hughes Hamish Hughes Elliot Blandon
9yrs 50m FS Marcus Hunter Jamal Magann Elliott Cleary
10yrs 50m FS Gus Collings Jack McCarthy Billy McCarthy
11yrs 50m FS Oliver Collings Reggie Field Lachlan Elphick
8yrs 50m BR Harry Hughes George Curtin Elliot Blandon
9yrs 50m BR Marcus Hunter Elliott Cleary
10yrs 50m BR Gus Collings Nash Loadsman Billy McCarthy
11yrs 50m BR Reggie Field Lachie Elphick Oliver Collings
8yrs 50m BK Hamish Hughes George Curtin Elliot Blandon
9yrs 50m BK Marcus Hunter Elliott Cleary Jamal Magann
10yrs 50m BK Jack McCarthy Gus Collings Nashua Loadsman
11yrs 50m BK Reggie Field Oliver Collings Tom Brodie
8yrs 50m FLY Elliot Blandon
9yrs 50m FLY Jamal Magann
10yrs 50m FLY Billy McCarthy
11yrs 50m FLY Oliver Collings Reggie Field Lachie Elphick
Snr 200m IM Oliver Collings Reggie Field

Age Champions

Girls Boys
7yrs Hayley Mclean Ezra Lindsay
8yrs Audrey Mills Harry Hughes
9yrs Laura Brickhill Marcus Hunter
10yrs Isabella Mullington Gus Collings
11yrs Grace Hogan Oliver Collings


A big thank you to Trinity Catholic College for providing students to assist with the trials. As always, they were extremely helpful and completed all tasks with maturity and attentiveness. 


We wish our St Carthage's Swimming Squad the best of luck at the Richmond Zone Swimming Carnival in Term 1. 

Lismore Primary Schools Basketball Challenge 

On Wednesday 29th November our Year 6 basketball teams participated in the Lismore Primary Schools Basketball Challenge. Our boys team played 3 games. The boys lost their first game by 1 point, won their second and lost their final game in a very tight contest. 

The girls played won their first three games convincingly. They progressed to the final undefeated and again, displayed outstanding skill and teamwork to win the final. 

Congratulations to Amahli Adams, Eamon Bailey, William Collins, Taleah Eades, Ruby Edmonds, Zachary Johnson, Arlo Landers, Jimmi Matthews, Adelaide McFarlane, Erica Robinson, Amaya Schilling, Jak Scofield and Mya Weekes. You were fantastic representatives for our school. As a teacher at St Carthage's, it makes me extremely proud to see the teamwork and sportsmanship that our students consistently display when representing our school. 




A thought for Christmastime

A little boy came into the world more than 2,000 years ago to save us all.

But Jesus also comes into our hearts every day.

But we have to be watchful and alert to see this.

We can notice his presence in our families and friends. 

It's not as easy but we can also watch for Jesus in the hearts of people all around the world. Even in wartime and in those caught up in disasters.

Sometimes we deliberately choose not to see him but if we try hard enough, we can see Jesus even in the hearts of people we don’t care for.

If we call ourselves followers of Christ, we should/can be alert to him everywhere!

Lord Jesus, help me see your face today. Amen.


I'd like to take the opportunity to say a big 'Thank you!' to our families for their support of the school and our mission. Thank you so much for supporting our school. Family life is busy so we appreciate any and all support.

Have a happy and a Holy Christmas.

 The Fullness of Family


Advent is a time for family to enjoy each other's company. In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it's easy to lose touch with each other. Stop. Talk. Ask how their day was. Share a joke. 

Click here to read more. 


Our Presentation Sisters visiting St Carthage's. The Sisters were so happy to see our Nano Nagle memorial so lovingly restored and placed into a place of prominence.


Xmas Hampers?? Yes still collecting until the 13th of December.


(Fun Fact: In the early days of the Christian church, Christians used the letter X as a secret symbol to indicate their membership in the church to others. If you know the Greek meaning of X, Xmas and Christmas essentially mean the same thing: Christ + mas = Christmas. Also, I was taught as a young boy that the X symbolises the Cross Jesus carried on his way to Calvary.)


Some suggestions of essential items you may wish to contribute are...tinned fruit/jams, long-life custard, popping corn, tins of baked beans and spaghetti, biscuits sweet and savoury, breakfast cereals, tacos jars of salsa, sauces/marinades, tinned vegetables, Christmas cake, coffee/Tea, soup, rice mixes, jellies, pasta/pasta sauces 

(Closing date for donations is the 13th of December.)


The awareness Examen

The awareness Examen is a prayer for anyone but has a special place for people who do not belong to religious orders. 

The simple Awareness Examen allows you to remember the day day with gratitude and provides a space and time to become aware of the good things in your day.

It will guide me with happiness and gladness, reveal new understandings and open me to the gift of inner peace. The best time to pray this powerful exercise is at day's end or midday.


A different Examen...



Advent Resources

Please see the flyer from the Catholic Schools Parent Assembly for resources to use at home during Advent to prepare for Christmas.

Thursday 14th December End of year whole school Mass

Mathematics Assessment Interviews (MAI) 2024

Bookings are now open for our Mathematics Assessment Interviews (MAI) for next year for our Year One to Year Six students. MAIs will take place on Monday 30th January and Tuesday 31st January 2023. To make a booking go to:

or use the QR code below:


Follow the prompts to make your booking/s. Please remember to select the year level your child/ren will be in next year (2024).

Bookings must be finalised by Friday 22nd December at 3pm.

Please contact me via email at if there are any issues with your MAI bookings.

I would like to wish everyone a happy and holy Christmas. I hope you all have a chance to spend quality time with your loved ones and relax and renew yourselves ready for 2024.

Stay safe and well over the break and I look forward to seeing everyone in 2024.

Aboriginal Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We commit ourselves to actively working alongside Aboriginal people for reconciliation and justice.

Celebrating Cultural Diversity is an Important Foundation for Life ...

Dear Parents,

We are now into our third week of Advent in the Church Year. The four weeks of Advent allow us time to ponder how Jesus came into the world in such a stunningly humble way. As we contemplate His birth in a bed of straw, in a messAdvent_Image.pngy stable, perhaps we see our own life as being a little messy too. Our life is often distracted, self-centred and sometimes leaves us wishing we were better people. If we can slow down and refocus our attention, we might realise that God is there, waiting to love us, even though we have so many unfulfilled good intentions.

 “Are we there yet?” This is a question we have probably heard, and probably asked, multiple times throughout our lives. It is a question that frequently comes up, especially when the kids are sitting in the back seat wondering when they will finally arrive at the destination. It is also a question that we may be tempted to ask during the Advent season. We know that many people have now jumped right into their Christmas festivities, barely taking taking time to catch their breath but, with this Advent season, we are being reminded that we’re not there yet. This season of Advent, this beginning of the Church’s new liturgical year, is an opportunity for us to take the time to enjoy the journey. To proceed a little more slowly and intentionally towards Christmas – to notice what God is doing in our lives, and in the world around us, to help us be better prepared to welcome Jesus anew.

So, we may not be “there” yet, but, even now, Jesus is here, with us, as we begin this journey through Advent.

Jesus, through Your Holy Spirit, grant us the light and strength needed to journey through this Advent season, so as to always be prepared to encounter You.

End of Year Message

As we approach the end of another school year, it is with a sense of pride and gratitude that I reflect on the incredible journey we've embarked upon together. The 2023 school year has been filled with moments of learning, collaboration, and growth.

To our students, you have embraced the teachings of our faith, demonstrating kindness, empathy, and a thirst for knowledge. Your achievements, both academically and spiritually, reflect the character and integrity that are at the heart of a Catholic education. As you move forward, may your faith continue to be a guiding light, illuminating your path and inspiring those around you.

I express my deepest appreciation to our dedicated staff, whose unwavering commitment to our students has created a positive and nurturing learning environment. Their passion and hard work have not only shaped our students' academic journeys but also instilled in them the values of curiosity, resilience, and compassion.

Our parents and carers play a crucial role in our school community, and I want to express my thanks for your ongoing support. Your partnership with us in fostering a faith-filled learning environment is invaluable. Your involvement, whether through volunteering, attending school events, or engaging in your child's education, has made a significant impact on our collective success. Together, we are building a foundation for a lifetime of learning.

In looking back on the year, we have faced challenges with grace and celebrated triumphs with gratitude. As we approach the holidays, I encourage each of you to take time for prayer, reflection, and quality time with loved ones. Whether you're travelling, spending time with family, or simply enjoying moments of quiet reflection, remember that your efforts have contributed to the success of our school community.

As we eagerly anticipate the start of the next academic year, let us carry forward the lessons learned, the friendships forged, and the memories created. Together, we will continue to foster an environment where every member of our community feels valued, supported, and empowered to reach their full potential.

I love this reflection on the Christmas story put into today’s context and it got me thinking about the way that we are so quick to judge others. During this Christmas season I hope that we all take the time to look at others ‘through the eyes of a child’ so that we can see things more openly and empathetically.

The first Christmas that little Linda learned to read, she was allowed to distribute the family gifts on Christmas day. According to family custom, the one who distributed the gifts could open the first package. After all the gifts were distributed with loving care, Linda kept looking around the tree and among the branches. Finally her dad asked, ‘What are you looking for, dear?’ To which Linda replied, ‘I thought Christmas was Jesus’ birthday and I was just wondering where his present is. I guess everyone forgot him.’

That is the challenge which faces us all this Christmas - to put the Christ back into our family Christmas. This is an ideal time for families to focus on the important things that affect their family life - the time they spend together, the quality of relationships within the immediate and extended family group, the willingness to put others first and to forgive one another. Please remember to include Jesus on your family gift list - make the religious significance of Christmas visible in your home and join with your Church family for this special feast.

And so to another Christmas! The little baby born in Bethlehem, serves to remind us of the truth that our God is a God who loves us, even to the point of becoming one of us. In becoming human, God has given each of us dignity and importance, and the opportunity to transcend the worries of this world and focus on our eternal destiny.

Merry Christmas everyone!

Thank you for another remarkable year. Wishing you all a joyful and holy Christmas and a relaxing and safe holiday.

School Reports

Semester Two School Reports were emailed home on Friday. Please check your Compass email to access these reports.

Year Six Graduation Dinner and Awards                                                           

Congratulations to our Year Six students on completing their Primary education. We wish them all the very best as they begin high school. We thank them for the great contributions each of them has made to our school community.

Please see photos below of their awards ceremony.

Farewell to Families

We would like to wish all families who are leaving St Carthage’s all the very best for the future, wherever life may take you. Thank you for the contribution which each family has made to our school. Our best wishes and prayers go with you.

Farewell to Staff

We would like to take this opportunity to farewell our staff members who will not be returning in 2024. We would like to thank Mrs Loadsman for the great contribution she has made to St Carthage’s school community. Mrs Loadsman will be teaching at St Francis Xavier in Ballina next year and we wish her all the very best for the future. We say thank you to Mrs Taylor for her dedicated work over the past years. It is, however, not goodbye to Mrs Taylor who will be doing casual work in 2024.

Christmas Concert

What a great celebration we had on Monday evening at our Christmas Concert. It was great to see our school families come together to celebrate this joyous time of the year.

Our students were magnificent and we thank Mrs Craig, Mrs Allen, Mrs Farmer and Miss Overell for their wonderful planning and practice for our concert.

Please see photos below.

End of Year Mass
Tomorrow, 14th December we will celebrate the conclusion of our 2023 school year with Mass at 9:30am in the Cathedral. At the conclusion of Mass, we will farewell the 2023 Year 6 students.

All members of our school community are invited to join us for this important celebration.

School Leaders 2024

We congratulate our Year Six leaders for 2024.

School Captains:   Luca Lombardo and Archie Sauer

Vice Captains:  Isabella Mitchell and Mason Smith

Colour House Captains

Carthage: Lexi Behan and Ben Ryall

D'Arcy: Dusty Zorzo and Zack O'Driscoll-Wilson

Doyle: Penelope Gorman and Oliver Collings

Jerome: Sophie Bertoldi and Lachlan Elphick

Nagle: Mila Smith and Jake Holmes

Thomas: Mila Woolston and Reggie Field

Classroom Teachers for 2024


K Gold             Mrs Loretta Farmer

K Blue             Mr Benjamin Evans

K Red              Mrs Megan Yates

Year 1                        

1 Gold             Mrs Janelle Connelly & Mrs  Jenny Allen

1 Red              Mrs Tina Shea & Mrs Wendy Dardengo

1 Blue             Mrs Cathryn Bailey

Year 2                        

2 Gold             Miss Annabel Overell

2 Blue             Mrs Haley Rogusz

2 Red              Mrs Mia van der Walt

Year 3                        

3 Red              Mrs Melissa Winkler-Dunn & Mrs Nicole Jones

3 Blue             Ms Kim Robb

3 Gold             Mr Mark Taylor & Mr David Morrissey

Year 4                        

4 Red              Mrs Louise Mayes

4 Blue             Mrs Donna Atlee

4 Gold             Mr Jason Dimmick

4 White           Mr Andrew Camilleri

Year 5                                    

5 Blue            Mrs Michelle Sudiro

5 Red             Mrs Toni McRae

5 Gold            Mrs Kristine Mumford

5 White          Mr John Gordon

Year 6                                    

6 Blue            Mr Brendan Matthews

6 Red             Mrs Toni Lynch  

6 Gold            Mr Brendan Tickle 

Release from Face to Face 

Music             Mrs Jenny Craig

Drama            Mrs Jenny Allen

PE                  Mr David Morrissey 

Digital Technologies   Mrs Bethany McDermott (Years 4 and 5)

Cordinator Release

Mrs Nicole Jones and Mrs Bethany McDermott


Mrs Tracey Llewellyn and Mrs Janette McFadden 

Mrs Beirsteker and Mrs Kane will be on Long Service Leave in Term One.

St Carthage's Swimming Time Trials

The St Carthage's Swimming Time Trials will be held at the Alstonville Aquatic Centre on Friday 8th December. This is a representative pathway for swimming. Students in Year 1-5 who are competent swimmers are encouraged to nominate. Additional information can be found on Compass. 

Nominations close on Wednesday 22nd November. 

NSWCPS Maroon Award - Football

This year Catholic Schools New South Wales established the Maroon Awards to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of primary students in each sport across NSW (Polding and MacKillop). 

This year Jimmi was awarded the Maroon Award for Football. Jimmi was identified by the Polding and MacKillop Football Coaches as a more than worthy recipient. The blurb below was used by NSWCPS to acknowledge Jimmi's achievements. 

Jimmi has demonstrated exceptional skills in football throughout 2023, representing both the Polding and NSWPSSA teams. His valuable contribution to the Polding team, which secured a commendable 6th place at the NSWPSSA Championship in Nelson Bay, showcased his prowess on the field.

A standout sportsman, Jimmi proudly represents his school, St Carthage’s Lismore, across a diverse range of sports. He earned a well-deserved spot in the NSWPSSA Football Team, which achieved a remarkable 2nd place at the School Sport Australia National Championships in Thornbury, Victoria.

In 2023, Jimmi extended his representation to the Lismore diocese in both football and athletics, and he was a key member of the Polding football team. Notably, he also contributed to the Gold Coast Knights team's international journey to England, where they competed against football giants such as Manchester City, Manchester United, Everton, and Liverpool.

Despite his high level of skill and achievements across a wide range of sports, Jimmi stands out for his respectful and inclusive participation in school sports. His leadership qualities shine through as he ensures the involvement and participation of all his peers on the field.

In light of his outstanding contributions to football and sportsmanship, Jimmi is a highly deserving recipient of the 2023 NSWCPS Maroon Award for Football.


Crazy Socks Day!! What a success!

Thank you so much for your kind donations!!

We raised $520 towards Catholic Mission and their work with the needy in Timor-Leste. 

Loana Wallace - Diocesan Director of Catholic Mission - spoke with the students and reminded them that their donations last year had been spent on purchasing on a number of goats!! The goats were used to provide milk for newborns and orphans.

Your donations make a REAL DIFFERENCE!

Leadership Retreat - Year 5

Thank you so much to the Year 5 teachers who organised for the Year 5 students to experience a leadership retreat last week. The Year 5 students had the opportunity to think about what skills and attitudes are needed to be leaders at St Carthage's.

All students in Year 6 are considered and expected to show leadership but it's important to have an opportunity to talk about and practice these skills.

Thank you one more to the Year 5 teachers for organising and being involved in this aspect of the formation of our students.

Xmas Hampers!! St Carthage’s Christmas Hampers??

Yes! It’s that time of year again! The Season for Giving!




    • We cannot distribute products containing nuts
    • Soft drinks, chips, lollies and bon-bons are only needed in limited quantities.
    • Hampers will be in classrooms and in the Office.

Some suggestions of essential items you may wish to contribute are...

tinned fruit / jams



long life custard

tacos jars of salsa

popping corn


sweet and savoury

tins of baked-beans and spaghetti

breakfast cereals

tinned vegetables

Christmas cake



rice mixes

packets of jellies

pasta / pasta sauces


(Closing date for donations is the 13th of December.)

Feast of the Presentation - Foundation day

Next Tuesday 21st November we remember the contribution of the Presentation Order who founded our school. The children will celebrate with 4 of our Sisters in prayer.

Nano Nagle, the founder of the Presentation Order, was inspired by the example of Mary to care for children in need in Ireland. The Presentation Order eventually sent brave Sisters to Australia to start St Carthage’s school to educate the children of Lismore.

The message for our students is that St Carthage’s would not be here without people who have followed the words of Jesus to love one another.

The link below is the story we will share during prayer.

Advent Resources

Please see the flyer from the Catholic Schools Parent Assembly for resources to use at home during Advent to prepare for Christmas.

St Carthage's School Community Group - You are invited!

See the attachment below to register

Dates for the Term - Assistant Principal - Mission 



What’s happening

Friday - 10th Nov

Yr 5 Leadership Retreat


Friday 10th Nov

Remembrance Day Prayer

Students and Staff will remember the sacrifices made and being made by those who serve to protect our great country

Tuesday – 21st Nov

Feast of the Presentation of Mary - Presentation Sisters Foundation Day

We will celebrate this important day with prayer in the Hall 11:20 – 12:00. Presentations Sisters - will share in our prayer celebration.

Tuesday – 21st Nov

RE Staff meeting

Teachers conclude the process commenced last Term how our Religious Education Units incorporate a ‘service’ action.

Tuesday – 21st Nov

School Community Group meets – 5:30 for 6pm start

Term 4 meeting for our parent body - all welcome

Thursday – 7 Dec

Yr 6 Retreat


Thursday 14th December

End of year whole school Mass

Year 6 class of 2023 will be farewelled.

Every 2nd Friday

Jesus Over Lunch Time - JOLT

In the Hall 1:30-2:00 - children celebrate their faith through games and music with our Mission Assistant Megan


Congratulations to Adrian Brickhill who achieved in the top 10% of the APSMO Mathematics Olympiad Competition. The Maths Olympiad involves the best mathematical minds across Australia and New Zealand competing against each other in a series of problem-solving competitions. 

Congratulations also to Jordan Heath for his wonderful result in the Maths Olympiad. Jordan achieved in the top 25% of the country which is also a fantastic achievement. 

These are outstanding results and we are all extremely proud of Adrian and Jordan and all their hard work.

Understanding the New Semester 2 Student Report - Information for Parents

Why are there changes to the K-6 Semester Two Student Report?

The NSW Government is reforming the curriculum to streamline and strengthen what is taught in every classroom in NSW, so every student is prepared and ready for their future. The curriculum reform has been informed by consultation with teachers, parents and education experts, and is underpinned by extensive research. Curriculum reform involves changing teaching, learning, assessment and reporting to parents. 

The release of the new syllabuses provides the opportunity to revise aspects of the Student Report to align with current research.

“Parents want to know what was taught and how well their child has learnt it, 

as well as where improvement is needed…….  (NESA, 2023)”

What are the changes to the Student Report Comments for Semester Two?

Student Report Comments reflect the Learning Areas on the Student Report. There will be multiple comments:

  • English Comment
  • Mathematics Comment
  • Key Learning Area Comment and 

The English and Mathematics Comments will reflect:

  • Areas of achievement and growth
  • Learning Goals

within each Key Learning Area.

The Key Learning Areas Comments will reflect:

  • Areas of achievement and growth
  • Learning Goals

across Creative Arts, Science and Technology, History, Geography and Personal Development, Health  and Physical Education.

Sample Student Report (your child’s student report may look slightly different)


What are the changes to Religious Education for Semester Two?

Religious Education will no longer be reported on by Units of Work. It will now be reported on as Knowledge and Understanding across the Units of Work. This is in alignment with the reporting processes for other Key Learning Areas.


Will there be further changes to the Student Report?

Yes. In 2024, Year 3-6 will have a new English and a new Mathematics syllabus. In 2025, K-6 teachers will teach, assess and report on new syllabuses for the other Key Learning Areas. The release of the new syllabuses provides the opportunity to revise aspects of the Student Report to align with current research. The research, as well as feedback from schools, will guide future changes.  Your child’s school will communicate any further changes to parents prior to the 2024 Semester One Student Report. 

What if I have questions about the changes?

Parents are encouraged to contact the school to discuss any questions you have about the K-6 Semester Two Student Report.

How to Talk about Big World Problems

News of significant world events can cause distress to children and young people. Please see the information below to help you have positive and supportive conversations about concerning world events with your children.

Aboriginal Acknowledgement

We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We commit ourselves to actively working alongside Aboriginal people for reconciliation and justice.

Celebrating Cultural Diversity is an Important Foundation for Life ...

Dear Parents,

On Tuesday 21st November, the Presentation Sisters around the world will celebrate their Foundation Day, known as Presentation Day. Our school was founded by the Presentation Sisters 138 years ago so their history and involvement in our school, is an integral part of our history. Nano Nagle founded the sisters and we now have a Colour house named after her – Nagle House. Nano Nagle was born in 1718 in Ballygriffin in Ireland. She had 4 sisters and 2 brothers. Catholic schools were not allowed so Nano attended a forbidden ‘hedge’ school. When Nano was 12 she was smuggled to France for the education forbidden in Ireland. She was well educated, talented and enjoyed life in France but she decided to return to Ireland and teach the poor children. Nano found that this was not possible as the strict laws had not changed. She returned to France in order to become a religious sister and to be able to pray for her Irish people. Nano could not settle to this and knew that she had something important to do. She returned once again to Ireland and lived in Cork with her brother Joseph where she secretly taught children. Soon there were 7 schools being taught by Nano and some other ladies. When she wasn’t teaching, Nano was visiting the sick, poor and lonely around Cork. When it was dark she carried a lantern and soon she was known as the “Lady of the Lantern”. At age 57, Nano Nagle founded the Order of the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary – the Presentation Sisters. There were three ladies with her and she knew that a Religious Order was needed to carry on the work they were doing. She was a sick lady and on the 29th April 1784, she died. In 1886, a small group of sisters left Lucan in Ireland and came to Lismore to establish a Convent and schools. On 11th October 1886, St Carthage’s School was opened.

We will celebrate this special day with a prayer service. We will have representatives from the Presentation Sisters join with us.

May the Spirit of Nano Nagle and her Sisters who have been a part of our school’s history, continue to grow in each of us.

$20 Boss Day

Congratulations to the students from Year 5 who participated in the $20 Boss Market Day today. 

The program was developed in consultation with students and educators and was designed to build the enterprise skills of young people, better preparing them for a future of work.

The program gives students $20 of funding per student to create, launch and operate their own venture over the course of a semester. Students were encouraged to work in groups and have been learning key elements of social entrepreneurship. They have also focussed on how to create social good by benefiting humanity and/or the environment through their business. 

It was a great event that brought the whole school together to celebrate hard work, creativity, innovation and social good. The social entrepreneurship created by students far exceeded expectations, and many charities and organisations will benefit from the students' efforts. 

There are many ways that family and friends have supported the students in the $20 Boss Journey. 

  • Thank you to the family and friends who were able to join us on the Market Day and make it such an amazing celebration. 
  • Thank you to the family and friends who have assisted our Year 5 students in idea development, planning, production and implementation for their businesses. 
  • Thank you to parents and carers for allowing your children to visit the Market Day, this greatly supported the Year 5 students and the charities chosen by each group. 
  • Thank you to the Year Five teachers for supporting our students in their creative endeavours.

Year Five Camp
Year Five students will be going to Lennox Head Sport and Recreation for their annual camp in a couple of weeks. They are very excited and are looking forward to participating in the many activities they will be participating in.

School Leaders 2024

Over the past week and next week we will be listening to our Year 5 students campaigning for leadership roles within our school for 2024. Speeches have been presented for School Captains and Vice Captains. These students were nominated by their peers and all students should be very proud of the way they presented their speeches. Colour House Captain speeches will be presented next week. Colour House Captains are students who display school spirit across all areas of the school.

When I spoke to the Year Five group at their Leadership Retreat I began by telling them that leadership is not about being the most popular student or the best athlete or the best scholar but it is more about the qualities, attributes and values that you can bring to the role and about inspiring people to do things they never thought they could and supporting them along the way.

They were asked questions at their retreat such as; what makes a good leader, who is a role model for you in your leadership aspirations and what qualities do you bring to the leadership role you seek. As we know, leadership can be very rewarding but it can also be very challenging, sometimes lonely but always a privilege.

It is exciting to know that we have a group of children who are very excited to be a part of this journey of leadership within our school. I know that any of the children chosen for leadership positions will represent the school well and most importantly represent themselves and their family.  We look forward to congratulating the new leaders in a few weeks time.

Christmas Concert
Our school Christmas Concert will be held on Monday, 11th December starting at 5:15pm with a BYO picnic tea. For those families who are not coming to the picnic tea, we will require all children to be at school at 5:45pm for a 6:00pm start. All our families are invited to bring a chair or picnic blanket along to enjoy the evening’s performance. Students are asked to wear their yellow sports shirt and blue shorts with their black sports shoes. Year 6 students who have a character role will have their costumes provided. All students are expected to participate in this concert, but if your child is unable to do so, please advise their teacher in writing by Friday, 1st December. An invitation is extended to all our new families who will be joining St Carthage’s School community in 2024.

End of Year Mass
On Thursday, 14th December we will celebrate the conclusion of our 2023 school year with Mass at 9:30am in the Cathedral. At the conclusion of Mass, we will farewell the 2023 Year 6 students and the 2024 student School Leaders will be announced. All members of our school community are invited to join
us for this important celebration.

School Reports

School Reports will be emailed home on Friday, 8th December. Some parents may not feel that an interview is required at this time and may prefer to wait for our interview period early in Term 1, 2024, to catch up with your child’s new teacher. If you feel the need for an interview, please contact your child’s teacher directly.

St Vincent de Paul Society

St Vincent de Paul Society Lismore is working to make things a little easier for back to school 2024. They are inviting local families to apply for Back to School assistance. 

At the end of last term we celebrated the Deadly Doors competition winners in 2Gold and 5 Blue.
Each class took part in designing a door or space as part of our NAIDOC Week in Week 3 Term 3. The designs were based around the theme for this year, ‘For Our Elders’. Everyone was a winner by being involved, but we did pick two classes that were exceptional.
2 Gold and 5 Blue could wear free dress for the day and have a pizza lunch.
I know there were many full stomachs that day from the amount of pizza boxes put in the rubbish bins.
Well done everyone!!

Polding Athletics Carnival 

On Friday 13th October Jimmi Matthews, Isabella Moretti and Archie Sauer participated in the Polding Athletics Carnival in Sydney. All three students competed extremely well on the day and thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity.  

Jimmi Matthews 

  • 12yrs boys 100m - 13.96s - 12th

Isabella Moretti

  • 11yrs girls shot put - 9.87m - 1st place

Archie Sauer 

  • 11yrs boys high jump - 1.33m - 5th on a count back (equal 3rd highest jump)
  • 11yrs boys 1500m - 5.47.93 - 11th

Congratulations to all three students on your achievements in athletics this year! We are extremely proud of the way that you have represented yourselves and our school. 


NSW PSSA Athletics Carnival

Isabella Moretti travelled to Sydney to compete in the NSW PSSA Athletics Carnival on Wednesday 19th October. This carnival, brings students from all school systems (Public, Independent and Catholic) together to compete for selection in the NSW Team.

Isabella Moretti competed in the 11yrs Girls Shot Put. She threw 9.37m which placed her 19th overall. Congratulations to Isabella for making it all the way to the state athletics carnival. This is an outstanding achievement that you should be extremely proud of!

Isabella - "It was fun. I was nervous because there was 39 girls there but I was excited to be there."

National Football Titles 
In Week 2 of Term 4, Jimmi Matthews travelled to Melbourne to represent NSW at the National Football Titles. It has been a busy year for Jimmi this year. He has followed the school representative pathway from start to finish; Richmond Zone, Lismore Diocesan, Polding, NSWPSSA (state) to Nationals). 
His dedication to his sport can not be denied. He demonstrates exceptional leadership qualities and sportsmanship. As a school community we are extremely proud of the way you have represented yourself and our school community. 
Jimmi has been nominated for a New South Wales Catholic Primary Schools Sports Award. These awards are an acknowledgement of the outstanding achievements of primary school students in their respective sports. 
Jimmi - "In Melbourne I had a great time meeting new friends. My team was NSW and we came second. We won 5 games and lost 2, I scored 5 goals. Victoria came first and Queensland came third. I really enjoyed myself."

Summer Sports Trials 

Students in Year 4 and 5 were invited to nominate for the Richmond Zone Summer Sports Trials. After selections at school, the following students were invited to attend the Richmond Zone Trials for their respective sports: 

  • Basketball - Ebony Andrews, Marcus Hunter, Sam McKay, Cole Ruane-Taylor and Tom Vinall
  • Cricket - Billy Bradfield, Oliver Collings, Gus Collings, Billy McCarthy and Zack O'Driscoll Wilson
  • Softball - Jordy Williams, Gus Collings, Jack McCarthy, Billy McCarthy and Jordy Williams
  • Tennis - Isaac Barry, Mikayla Evely, Jack Hutley, Clara Miller and Hugh Quade
  • Touch Football - Ebony Andrews, Cooper Bennett, Oliver Collings, Claudia Curtin, Lachlan Elphick, Reggie Field, Clancy Jeffery, Vinnie McDonald, Zarni McGregror, Archie Sauer, Myles Weekes and Sassy Zorzo

Congratulations to all of the students for the way that they represented both themselves and our school. Thank you to Mrs Loadsman for convening the tennis trials and for Mr Camilleri for helping select at the boys touch football trials. We wish the following students the best of luck at the Lismore Diocesan Summer Sports Trials 

  • Basketball - Ebony Andrews, Marcus Hunter and Cole Ruane-Taylor
  • Cricket - Gus Collings, Oliver Collings, Billy McCarthy and Jordy Williams
  • Softball - Gus Collings, Billy McCarthy, Jack McCarthy and Jordy Williams
  • Touch Football - Claudia Curtin, Zarni McGregor and Archie Sauer

Term 4 Dates

21st November - Lismore Diocesan Basketball Trials 

23rd November - Lismore Diocesan Touch Football Trials 

24th November - Lismore Diocesan Cricket Trials 

29th November - Lismore Basketball Challenge (Year 6) 

8th December - St Carthage's Swimming Time Trials (Years 1-5)

St Carthage's Swimming Time Trials

The St Carthage's Swimming Time Trials will be held at the Alstonville Aquatic Centre on Friday 8th December. This is a representative pathway for swimming. Students in Year 1-5 who are competent swimmers are encouraged to nominate. Additional information can be found on Compass.