- Principal's Report
- Religious Education
- Sports News
- Sizzle - Week 1 & 2
- Premier Reading Challenge Update
- Book Week - Save the Date!
- Canteen News
- Year 2 Gymnastics
- 3ML Indigenous Dance
- 4TC Science
- CWA Country of Study Competition - Malaysia
- Save the Date - First Reconciliation
- Mary Magdalene Dinner - 3 September
- Nutrition Snippets
- Term 3 COVID Update
- NCCD Information
Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,
Welcome Back for Term 3
I would like to extend a very warm welcome back for Term 3 to all students, families and staff. I trust that the two-week break provided an opportunity to refresh and unwind, and that all are now ready to take on the challenges of a new term. It’s been lovely catching up with students on the playground and hearing about their holiday break.
Following the school holidays, when many in our community have travelled, it is very important that COVID-19 guidelines be carefully followed. A letter detailing ongoing precautions was sent to families via SZapp on Saturday; it is attached to this newsletter for your information.
At this stage, the COVID restrictions do not prevent us from continuing playgroup, so it will be on as usual between 9am and 11am tomorrow. All visitors to the school must sign in using the Service NSW QR code.
Mt Carmel Day
This Friday 16 July is Mt Carmel Day, and it is a rare opportunity to celebrate our Feast Day on its actual date — the day normally falls during the school holidays. Unfortunately, due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we have to modify our plans somewhat: instead of a whole-school Mass we will be holding a prayer service in the PAC and parents cannot be invited to attend; we will not be moving around the school en-masse for rotation activities but we will still be having mixed year buddy-groupings in each classroom; because we can’t invite parent-helpers we will not be able to have a sausage-sizzle lunch, but there will be a special treat for everyone at recess.
Attached to this newsletter is information about the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the NCCD. The process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about support provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD guidelines (2019). The NCCD provides state and federal governments with the information they need to plan more broadly for the support of students with disability.
Guess who Ducked in for a Visit?
The Front Office can be can be an unpredictable place – on any given day you never know waddle happen. Mrs Cassidy and Mrs McEvoy were surprised and concerned about some unusual noises coming from the old, boarded-up fireplace in the Front Office yesterday… but there was no fowl play, just a feathered friend who ducked down the chimney, probably looking for nice hollow to nest in. It’s a good thing he came at the end of the school holidays rather than the start — a very lucky duck, indeed!
Welcome back to Term 3. I hope you had a restful and enjoyable break with your family.
Our Lady of Mt Carmel Prayer Service
1EK will be leading a prayer service this Friday 16 July to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, the feast day of our school. On Mt Carmel day in 1876, the foundation stone for the Convent of Mercy was laid. Our Lady of Mt Carmel has been a patron of our school since then.
In the year of 1251, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel appeared to Simon Stock with a scapular in her hand. On Sunday, July 16th she appeared to him holding the child Jesus in one arm and the brown scapular in her other hand. She said to Simon,
“Take, beloved son, this scapular of thy Order as a badge of my confraternity and for thee and all Carmelites a special sign of grace; it is the sign of salvation, a safeguard in dangers, and a pledge of peace and of the covenant.”
The Carmelites see the Blessed Virgin Mary as a perfect model of prayer and contemplation to which the Carmelites aspire, a model of virtue and the one who was closest in life to Jesus Christ.
Mt Carmel Day Celebrations
Following the prayer service, students and staff will be participating in activities to celebrate this special day for the school. Photographs will be posted on our Mt Carmel School facebook page.
An invitation to pray:
Dear God, we make our prayer in Mary’s name and ask for her to be in our hearts and our lives. Help us to always follow her example and give us courage to follow Jesus Christ, who is Lord for ever and ever.
May peace be with you,
Religious Education Coordinator
Due to current COVID guidelines, there have been a number of upcoming sporting events postponed. If you have any questions or concerns regarding any upcoming events, please contact me via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please see the following postponements;
- NSWCCC Football Knockout – Canberra Goulburn, Wagga Wagga and Bathurst day
- NSW All Schools Cross Country
- NSWPSSA Netball Championship
- NSWCPS Girls Rugby 7s Selections
TELL OTHERS ABOUT YOUR SKILLS
For the next 2 weeks in SIZZLE, we are talking about ‘Telling others about your skills’. Talking about your skills means telling others what you believe you can do well and what things you may need to improve. When you tell others about your skills, it is best to describe your skills accurately without exaggerating or bragging. Be confident and polite when you talk about your skills and others will listen better. When we talk about this skill, we use words like accurate, strengths, weaknesses and confidence.
Students will learn to
- talk about when to tell others about his or her skills,
- name feelings associated with telling others about their skills,
- identify positive examples of this skill, and
- show how to properly tell others about his or her skills.
When others ask you to tell them about your skills, you can use these four steps:
Step 1: Think: Given the situation, what are my strengths and weaknesses?
Step 2: Tell: Look at the other person and tell them about your strengths in a way that is accurate; talk about some of your weaknesses.
Step 3: Smile: Show you are confident and positive about your skills.
Step 4: Ask: Ask if the other person has questions about your skills.
I have attached a copy of the skill step card for you to print and refer to at home when you talk about each other's strengths.
Have a wonderful week
Firstly, my most sincere apologies; my attempt to try and streamline the PRC this year by using an online form has not proven to be successful. I will send a note home tomorrow to ensure that everyone who would like to participate has their details. Otherwise, please email directly and I will try to sort out any problems. Thank you to the families that have already emailed me.
If you would still like to participate, it is not too late! Remember books read from September last year can count towards this year's challenge. Also, K-2 participants can have their book read to them. Please remember, this challenge is here to meet all participants at their reading level. You and your child can choose the level of participation that best suits their needs.
I have included the link to PRC for those who would like more information: https://online.det.nsw.edu.au/prc/rules.html.
This year we are hoping to hand out the most platinum certificates yet! Platinum certificates are awarded to students who have completed the challenge for every year of primary school.
Mt Carmel School will be celebrating CBCA Book Week in Week 7 this term.
Depending on Covid guidleines at the time, the parade will either be on the School Playground with parents in attendance OR via a Zoom Parade where parents can watch from home or work!!!
This term, the canteen will be offering some new specials.
Chicken and Corn Rolls will be available at both recess and lunch, Spaghetti Bolognase as a lunch option and Cheeseburgers on Friday lunch only.
Please be aware that this week, the canteen will not have all items on offer on the menu. We will be doing some cooking over the coming weeks to restock the frigde and freezer. We apologise if this causes any inconvenience.
Click here, to view a copy of the Term 3 menu.
If you have any questions regarding the canteen menu, please call the office on 6226 3357 or email email@example.com.