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St Edwards Primary School would like to invite you to join us in celebrating NAIDOC Week 2024 with our staff, students and community. 

This year, we will gather together for a formal assembly and extend our invitation for our special guests and visitors to join us for the cutting of our 2024 NAIDOC cake. 


Date:  Wednesday 3rd July 2024

Time: 10:00am

Location:  St Edwards Primary School, Hillvue Road


NAIDOC Rugby League Tag

Following our NAIDOC assembly, our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students voiced to have a NAIDOC Rugby League Tag game. Please join us field side Wednesday 3rd July to cheer on a mix of our Year 5 & 6 Indigenous and Non-Indigenous students as they play on Gomeroi Country. 




We are inviting and encouraging our parents, guardians and community members to take part in our 2024 NAIDOC colouring competition. 

Colouring sheets will be available to be collected via our 2 campus offices. 

Entries close Wednesday 26th July at 3.00pm. Please return your entry with your name attached back to the school office. 







AEA team


Brittany Cloake

Primary AEA



Jarrod Peachey

Primary AEA



Amanda Gwalter

Infants AEA



Sally-Anne Clarke

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Focus Teacher



Gamilaraay Word of the Week - Maabu (Numbers)

Week 7:  Guulay - Seven

Learn how to count to 10 in Gamilaraay

Burrulaa Balabalaa (Many butterflies)

Word of the Week

Students are encouraged to continually use the "Word of the Week" in context during class, this will gain them points and the student who has used the word of the week the most will be awarded a book at the end of this term.


We will publish our Word of the Week on Facebook and in the newsletter. Please support your child to use this word at home.     


Term 2 Week 7  Word of the Week "PEACHICKS"


St. Vincent de Paul - Winter Appeal Fundraisers

During the winter months, we support the St. Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal to help families in need. Our target this year is to raise $1,000 for the Appeal. We have 2 fundraisers in the coming weeks (Wednesday, Week 8 & Friday Week 10). 

Please see the flyers below:  

Semester 1 Reports 

As we head towards the end of the term, all teachers are working hard finalising assessments and writing Semester 1 academic reports. The reports will be sent home electronically via the Compass parent portal at 3.00pm on Thursday 27th June. If parents have any questions after they receive their child's report they can contact the class teacher in Week 10. 

Winter Uniform Reminder

Our St Edward's School uniform is something that sets us apart from other schools and something which should be worn with pride.  All students should now be in their FULL WINTER uniform. Please ensure this includes the correct black school shoes (not sport shoes) and a school tie.  New winter uniform items are available from Lowes in Peel Street or either school office for good quality second hand clothing pool items. 

Term 2 School Fees

Thank you for your continued support of St Edward's School. Term 2 fees have now been issued via email. The sender will be noreply.schoolfeestatement (please check your junk/spam folders). School fees were due by Monday 10th June 2024.  BPAY is our preferred method of payment for school fees (details are on your statement). BPAY can be set up as a recurring payment with regular amount to cover annual school fees. If you would like a weekly/fortnightly/monthly amount worked out for you or have any further questions, please email Hannah - 

National Consistent Collection of Data

Every year, schools in Australia are required to participate in the National Consistent Collection of  Data on school students with a disability (NCCD). 


Please read full details in the fact sheets and letter attached below. 


eSafety - Parent Resources 

The eSafety Commissioner website offers a wealth of information and tools designed to empower families in today's digital world.

From tips on managing screen time to guidance on cyberbullying prevention, the eSafety Commissioner website is your go-to hub for all things related to online safety. Whether you're concerned about social media use, online gaming, or general internet safety, you'll find comprehensive resources tailored to your needs.

We encourage you to explore the eSafety Commissioner website and take advantage of the wealth of knowledge it offers. Together, we can equip our children with the skills and knowledge they need to stay safe and thrive in the online space. Please visit the link.  

New Sports Polo Available at Lowes

Please note the first shipment of our new St Edward's sports polo have now arrived at Lowes. Students are now able to wear the new sports polo on our sports days, Wednesday and Friday.  At the start of Term 3 students will wear sports uniform on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. 

2024 Pupil Free/Staff Development Days 

We ask parents and carers to please mark the remaining Pupil Free Days for 2024 in your calendars:

Monday 22nd July

Friday 27th September

Monday 14th October

Friday 20th December


Please note the new procedure regarding absences for all schools in the Armidale Diocese.


Parents and Carers of students who have not explained their child/ren's absence for the day will receive an automated text message and an email at 10:00am from the administration staff at school. The message is consistent across the diocese.


Parents of students with unexplained absences who have not explained their absence for the week will receive an email every Friday at 11:00am from the Principal. The message is consistent across the diocese.


If you drop your child/ren off at school after 8:45am and you don't come into the office to sign them in, this will be an unexplained absence. They will be marked as present from the time they walk through the front gate but there will be that timeframe that is unexplained. 


Whilst 90% attendance may seem reasonable, the impact over 6 years of education is substantial as per the table below.

Application for Extended Leave

Family holidays and travel are no longer considered under the Exemption from School Procedures. Travel outside of vacation periods is now counted as an absence for statistical purposes. Please contact the school office if your child/ren will be away from school for 10 days or more as an application form will need to be completed and approved at the discretion of the Principal. 

Working with Children Check (WWCC)

All parents who volunteer at St Edward's School need to supply their WWCC and date of birth to enable us to verify the checks for our WWCC records.  If you are not sure if we have your details, please email Sue Kellett on who will happily check for you. 

Esteem Kids

Before school care is available in the Infants Hall for both Primary and Infants students.  It operates from 7:00am to 8:30am, Monday through Friday during term and breakfast is provided. 

After school care is available in the Infants Hall for Infants students only from 3:00pm to 6:00pm Monday through Friday.  PLEASE NOTE this year that after school care is now operating from the Primary Art Room for primary students only from 3:00pm to 6:00pm Monday through Friday.  Afternoon tea is provided.


Families are encouraged to make enquiries or express interest by contacting William Wong on 0410 841 628 or email: or visit the website at


ABSENCES - Please remember to contact (telephone or text) Esteem Kids St Edward's directly if your child is going to be absent on 0481 373 883.  Thank you.

ADIG Bonus Saver Account

Check out our ADIG Bonus Saver Account - with no account fees and a bonus interest rate, on top of your base rate of interest (subject to meeting certain conditions), we can help you reach your financial goals.

Call ADIG now on:

Tamworth: (02) 5776 8100

Armidale:   (02) 6772 8311


For more information, our current rates and a copy of our Terms and Conditions please visit their website.


For a copy of our disclosure statement, please see below.


School Holiday Paint Party

This pop up paint party workshop has a Safari theme and the children can choose to paint either a giraffe or a zebra. We also have an early bird discount of $10 off each ticket if booked before 20th June.

Foster Carers Needed in Tamworth


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