- Principal Report
- Religious Education
- Primary Sport
- Principal Awards
- K-2 Cross Country Carnival - Tuesday 9 April
- Easter Bonnet Parade - Tomorrow, Thursday 11 April
- Wala Performance
- Premier's Reading Challenge 2019
- Year 3-6 Holiday Reading? Why not use the Sora app!
- Canteen Open at Athletics Carnival
- Uniform Shop
- First Reconciliation - 10 April
- Bullying - Sign of Bullying
- YASS NDIS Information Sessions - 7 & 8 May
- Twilight Picnic Fair Cooma Cottage Yass
- Junior Magpies Seeking Under 11 Players
- Spinifex Tennis - Easter Camp
- Yass Gymnastics - Easter School Holiday Program
- Yass Netball - School Holiday Clinic
Interim Reports and Parent-Teacher Interviews
Cross Country Carnival
A reminder that our 3-6 Cross Country Carnival will be held this Friday at Walker Park from 11:45am. Parent helpers are always welcome; please contact Mrs Esther Glover if you are able to assist on the day. K-2 Classes will be having their own Cross Country races at school next Tuesday 9 April at 12:00pm.
Holy Week Prayer Service
Easter Bonnet Parade
Everyone is invited to attend the Mt Carmel Annual Easter Bonnet Parade next Thursday 11 April at 1.00pm under the shadecloth in the playground. Students from K-2 are encouraged to create an Easter Bonnet out of materials from around the home; reuse, recycle and be creative! Students in Year 3 to Year 6 may also with to participate in the parade.
After the school holidays we return in winter school uniform. I would like to request parent support to ensure that each child is complying with school uniform requirements. At all times, students at Mt Carmel represent themselves and the School. We hope wearing the uniform is a source of pride for our students in identifying themselves as a Mt Carmel School student. Students should be wearing the correct school hat, in Terms 1 and 4, and school jumper; and although it is an honour to be selected for representative sports, souvenir apparel is not part of our school uniform. Please ensure that all uniform items are clearly labelled on the inside so that if misplaced it is easily returned. Likewise the full school sports uniform should be worn on Tuesdays and Fridays. We need to collectively maintain the high standard of wearing the correct uniform items, which reflects our pride in our School. I thank you for your attention to this.
Anzac Day Parade
The ANZAC March commences at 10:45am so Mt Carmel students (in winter uniform) need to assemble outside the Liberty Theatre in Lead Street at 10.30am. The ANZAC ceremony will conclude outside the Yass Memorial Hall at approximately 11:45am. It would be fantastic to have every student participating.
This Friday at 9am 2HR and 3LS will be hosting our assembly presentation. I’m looking forward to seeing the wonderful work each class has been engaged in. Principal’s awards will be distributed at the assembly; recipients are listed below.
Dogs on the Playground
Today at lunch time two dogs made their way on to the school playground. Fortunately the dogs did not cause any harm and were safely removed from the school grounds. Some children did get a bit of a fright and others became over-excited and silly. Each year we are visited by the Responsible Pet Ownership incursion—they are coming next term in Week 1—and we are taught about safe behaviour around dogs. Can you please reinforce with your child that if approached by an unfamiliar or unattended dog they should be still and quiet. I also ask for everybody’s assistance in ensuring that they close the gate after entering or leaving school grounds.
May God’s peace be in your families,
GOSPEL: Luke 15:1-3, 11-32
The tax collectors and sinners, however, were all crowding round to listen to him, and the Pharisees and scribes complained saying, 'This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.' So he told them this parable: Then he said, 'There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, "Father, let me have the share of the estate that will come to me." So the father divided the property between them.
A few days later, the younger son got together everything he had and left for a distant country where he squandered his money on a life of debauchery. 'When he had spent it all, that country experienced a severe famine, and now he began to feel the pinch; so he hired himself out to one of the local inhabitants who put him on his farm to feed the pigs. And he would willingly have filled himself with the husks the pigs were eating but no one would let him have them. Then he came to his senses and said, "How many of my father's hired men have all the food they want and more, and here am I dying of hunger! I will leave this place and go to my father and say: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son; treat me as one of your hired men." So he left the place and went back to his father. 'While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with pity. He ran to the boy, clasped him in his arms and kissed him. Then his son said, "Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son." But the father said to his servants, "Quick! Bring out the best robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the calf we have been fattening, and kill it; we will celebrate by having a feast, because this son of mine was dead and has come back to life; he was lost and is found." And they began to celebrate. 'Now the elder son was out in the fields, and on his way back, as he drew near the house, he could hear music and dancing.
Calling one of the servants he asked what it was all about. The servant told him, "Your brother has come, and your father has killed the calf we had been fattening because he has got him back safe and sound." He was angry then and refused to go in, and his father came out and began to urge him to come in; but he retorted to his father, "All these years I have slaved for you and never once disobeyed any orders of yours, yet you never offered me so much as a kid for me to celebrate with my friends. But, for this son of yours, when he comes back after swallowing up your property -- he and his loose women -- you kill the calf we had been fattening." 'The father said, "My son, you are with me always and all I have is yours. But it was only right we should celebrate and rejoice, because your brother here was dead and has come to life; he was lost and is found." '
This week the Pharisees continue their criticism of Jesus. They are upset and angry that he not only welcomes sinners but that he also has the audacity to actually sit down at table and eat with them. How dare he do this! And as always, Jesus is able to read the minds and the hearts of the Pharisees.
However, Jesus decides to respond to their unspoken criticism in a round-about way. As he often does, Jesus tells them a parable. Today’s parable is the familiar Prodigal Son parable. This is a Gospel passage we all are very familiar with. We know that the father in the story has 2 sons. The youngest son comes and asks his father for his inheritance. The father agreed to his request and he divided all that he had and gave his 2nd son his fair share. This son immediately took his inheritance and left. He had wanderlust and wanted to see the wonders of the world. However, in the process of his wanderings, he spent the whole of his inheritance.
On the other hand, the eldest son is extremely responsible. He is very obedient to his father and he manages the estate. He is dutiful as well as a good steward of all that is in his charge, including the servants and the temporalities. The eldest son is faithful to his father and to his duties.
The youngest son went off and squandered his inheritance on loose living. However, after the money ran out he actually had to tend swine for a period of time as he had no real skills. His life consisted of drudgery and hard and dirty work as he cared for another farmer’s swine.
Finally, the younger son came to his senses. He decided to return home. Note: it was his hunger and poverty that brought him to his senses. He had nothing to eat. He was so hungry that he thought about eating what the swine were eating. He knew that his father’s servants were well fed. And if he worked for his father, at least he would have food to eat and a roof over his head.
However, he also realized that he would have to ask his father for forgiveness. He also knew that he had received his share of his inheritance. His father owed him nothing. However, if he could work for his father, at least he would have food to eat and a place to live. So the youngest son begins his journey home.
Imagine that you are the youngest son who is returning home. What thoughts are going through your mind? Are you planning what you will say to your father? How high is your anxiety level? What is your greatest fear? And yet, what do you have to lose? Your life is in shambles and if needed, you will accept whatever is given to you, no matter how menial it might be. Your pride has to be left behind.
As we well know, the father had been looking for his son since the day his son had left him. Every day the father went out hoping that he would see his son walking up the road. And up until this day, every day the father had returned home sad, yearning for his son to come home. Day after day the father waited.
Finally the day arrives when the father sees someone coming down the road and realizes, it was his youngest son! Luke writes: the father was filled with compassion (and perhaps great joy and happiness). As soon as he saw his son, he ran to him and embraced him. Immediately, the prodigal son knew that he truly was forgiven and he realized how deeply his father loved him.
Today is a good day to place ourselves in the shoes of the prodigal son or the prodigal daughter. At times in our lives, we also have left the home of our God. We have wandered away and perhaps we also have squandered what little we had. How long did we keep our distance from God? Were we afraid that God would never forgive us? Perhaps we thought we did not deserve to be forgiven. And yet, God is always on the lookout for us, yearning for us, waiting for us to return home. God will never stop loving us!
Today take a few moments and thank God for the steadfast love, care and blessings that God has bestowed on you in your life. Bask for a few moments in this reality. There is no greater gift. God will never leave us! And if (and when) we do leave God for a period of time, God patiently will look for us and wait for us until we return home! Then the celebration for us begins! (Sr Kristine Anne Harpenau)
Project Compassion is Caritas Australia's annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal. Millions of Australians come together in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. This year the theme for Project Compassion is 100% Hope. There is a class box in each classroom so let us give up something we would like this Lenten season and help others. So far we have raised $1699.80 which is an amazing effort. Thank you for your generosity.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Next Friday, April 12th, we will be acknowledging Easter week with our Stations of the Cross Prayer Service at 9:30am on the Infants Playground (Equipment area). We welcome all members of our school community to come and join us.
Religious Education Coordinator
Cross Country - Friday 5 April
This Friday, the Cross Crountry will be held from 11.45am at Walker Park.
Students will walk from the school to Walker Park at 11.30am.
Please remember to pack a hat, water bottle and sunscreen for your child.
An assembly will be held on Monday 8 April at 9.00am to announce Age Champions and present the certificates and ribbons for first, second and third place getters.
If you are able to voluneteer your time throughout this event, please contact the school office or email Mrs Esther Glover.
The Northern Region Cross Country will be held in Braidwood on Friday 3 May.
Congratulations to the following students who will receive a Principal's Award at this Friday's assembly. The assmbly will be held at 9am in the PAC and presented by 1SS and 4KF.
|Amelie Nagle||Mabel Adie|
|Vanessa Stonham||Xavier Arnold|
|Jacob Hall||Olivia Scanlon|
|Rory Welsh||Tommy Markota|
|Amber Watson||Emma Barker|
|Jackson Shelton||Ayrton Camilleri|
|Annabella Nagle||Grace McPherson|
|Brooke Reardon||Chloe Pearce|
|Georgina Burke||Kiralee Hooper|
|Bryson Flynn||Simon Bremner|
|Amelia Maguire||Annabel Barber|
|Archer Lees||Charlie Bush|
|Cooper Hodges||Shelby Connolly|
|Isabella Jarratt||Samuel Hillman|
The K-2 Cross Country Carnival will be held next week (Week 11) on Tuesday 9 April on the school bottom oval from 12.00pm-1.30pm.
Students are to wear their sports uniform, hats, sunscreen and bring their water bottle.
All parents are invited to come along and watch their child participate in this enjoyable school event and at the conclusion of the races, to stay and share lunch with your child. Please bring a seat and shade for your comfort.
Stage 3 students will also be attending to cheer and support their buddies.
Students will parade with their class.
We look forward to sharing this enjoyable event with you.
All passwords have now been sent home; please let me know if your child did not receive their card or the passwords aren't working.
Please note passwords are generated by the PRC site (I accept no responsibility for the unusual passwords) and I needed to update some passwords. Hopefully all issues have now been resolved.
Our first Monday lunchtime session was held this week. A special thank you to Maddelin, Aimee and Max who came and read to some keen Kindergarten students and even helped them log their books.
Remember, you can login to Sora with your normal CENet login that you use for Overdrive.
Visit https://soraapp.com in your web browser, or download the free Sora app from the Apple and Google Play stores on a mobile device.
This facility is always available for the students to use, especially during the holidays.
Librarian / Teacher
The Mt Carmel School Uniform Shop is open each Tuesday afternoon, between 2.30pm– 4.00pm during school terms.
Ordering Options - Uniform orders can be placed online via Qkr! or by order from which can be collected and paid for from the front office.
All Qkr! orders placed before 2pm each Tuesday, will be bundled up and sent home with your child on Wednesday afternoon.
Please note that if the incorrect size/item is ordered or the size selected does not fit correctly, please return the item along with a note regarding changes required and the correct size/item can be sent home.