- Principal's Report
- Religious Education
- Sports News
- 100 Days of Kindergarten
- Coordinator Merits
- Special Group Photos
- KJG Littlescribe Session
- KNB Littlescribe Session
- PRC Update
- 1SS making Shapes with Equal Parts
- Year 1 & Year 5/6 Reading Buddies
- Book Week 2021
- 2SS Littlescribes
- 2LS Rocket Making
- 3ML Maths Burst
- Netball with Years 5 & 6
- Wolf Sketches by 5/6GZ
- Music with 5/6GZ
- Save the Date - First Reconciliation
- CWA Educational Grants for Year 7 Students 2022
- SAYG - Postponed until Further Notice
- Mary Magdalene Dinner - 3 September
Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,
Compass Kiosk and Parent Portal
We are currently in the process of transitioning to a new Student Administration System called Compass, which will mean a few changes for parents as well. First is a new student and visitor sign-in and out system at the front office. The Compass Kiosk has now replaced the iPad at the office, and when parents sign their child in or out of the school, the Kiosk interacts directly with our attendance system to accurately record all information. If you are bringing your child to school late, it is important that you do not just drop them at the school gate. All late arrivals must be signed in by a parent, otherwise their partial absence is recorded as unexplained. Another facility that Compass will offer is called Parent Portal, and in the coming days you will receive a letter containing information about how to access your Parent Portal account, which will allow you to submit absence and permission notes, see your child’s attendance records, receive messages from the school and access your child’s academic reports. The Parent Portal can be accessed via a smartphone app or via a web-browser and will be replacing SZapp as our primary method of communication.
Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop
This Sunday is the Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop — Australia’s first saint. We will be marking Mary’s feast day with a Prayer Service in the PAC this Friday at 9am, led by 3MA.
Mary MacKillop is recognised for her commitment to education and the poor, helping those who needed it the most in any way she could. One of Mary’s best-known sayings is “Never see a need without doing something about it”, and I challenge all in our school community to take these words to heart in their daily lives.
100 Days of Kinder
On Friday Kindergarten had lots of fun celebrating their 100th day of big school. Time flies when you’re having fun!
SPIN Pyjama Day
At last Friday’s Pyjama Day, Mt Carmel raised a little over $400 for the Yass Valley SPIN Foundation, a wonderful charity supporting people in need in our own community.
Athletics Field Distance Markers
Many thanks to Yass Outdoor Sports and Camping and to Mark Welsh for their generous sponsorship of two new sets Sport Positional Marking Pins to assist with our athletics field events.
We are very grateful for your support!
3MA will be leading a prayer service this Friday 6 August to celebrate the Feast of Saint Mary MacKillop.
The Feast Day is held every August 8th, in honour of the revered Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop. She was the first Saint of Australia, and her influence in the country has spread far and wide. She is recognised for her commitment to the poor, helping those who needed it the most in any way she could (Mount Gambier Point, 2021). Below are a few of Saint Mary’s quotes:
Religious Education in the Classroom
Teachers and students have been using different Visible Thinking Routines (VTRs) to gain a deeper understanding of concepts taught. VTRs assist teachers to identify what students understand, the product of their thinking, and how students process their thinking. Year 1 students used the VTR: See, Think, Wonder to explore Genesis 2: 4b-8,15-23, through different images.
Last Wednesday afternoon, after school, all teachers participated in a Professional Learning session exploring a few different VTRs. It was demonstrated that VTRs can be used as powerful tools to assist in the development of students’ thinking with content learning across the curriculum.
Vinnies Winter Appeal - This is Mt Carmel’s last week of collecting donations. We invite you to donate to help those doing it especially tough during the winter months. Each classroom will have a basket for the donations or you can donate online at https://donate.vinnies.org.au/winter-appeal
Little girl’s story - https://video.link/w/5oX3c
An invitation to pray:
O God, source of all goodness,
who have shown us in Saint Mary
a woman of faith living by the power of the Cross,
teach us, we pray, by her example
to live the gospel in changing times
and to respect and defend
the human dignity of all in our land.
Through our Lord. Amen.
May peace be with you,
Religious Education Coordinator
Advice from the CE regarding inter-school sport can change rapidly given the current Covid 19 outbreak in NSW. We will plan for the following events in the hope that the situation will be resolved by the time they are held.
Boorowa Touch and Netball Carnival
The BOOROWA TOUCH/NETBALL CARNIVAL will be held on FRIDAY 15TH OCTOBER 2021 and we will be entering Year 2-6 teams in both the netball and touch competitions.
In preparation, we ask parents of all children in Years 2 to 6 to indicate their intention to attend the carnival or not, using the form at the following link:
Todd Woodbridge Cup
The Todd Woodbridge Cup is a primary school competition for stage 2 (years 3 and 4) students that uses modified equipment, numeric scoring and mixed gender teams.
The competition commences with school zone events followed by regional playoffs (term 3) and finally a state final that is held at Sydney Olympic Park each year (Term 4).
The Todd Woodbridge Cup is not just about selecting the best students, but encouraging participation, providing a positive experience playing tennis, growing friendships and giving students the opportunity to represent their school in a team environment. For the majority of students, this may be their first experience representing their school.
The details of the Yass zone event are as follows:
Hume Tennis Club, Yass
Date: Wednesday 8th September, 2021
Time: 9.30am start - 1:30pm finish
School team/s of four boys and four girls. Cost is $5 per player.
Players are required to take recess, lunch, water bottle, hat and sunscreen.
If you wish to nominate your child/guardian for the event, please fill out the following Google form:
Congratulations to the recipients of this week's Coordinator Merits, which focused on 'Catholic Values'.
Merits will be presented at Thursday morning's assembly.
If you would like to order one of these special group photos from MSP Photography, please collect an order form from the front office. Order forms need to be sent directly to MSP by Friday 13th August. Late orders will incur a late fee payment.
KJG's Littlescribe session with Susanne Gervey was about developing character. KJG created their own characters and then worked out what would happen if their character met someone else’s character. Great storytelling, KJG!
Congratulations to the following students who completed their reading records this week:
All reading records need to be submitted Friday, 3 September. Please note, the challenge has been extended by two weeks, so if you would still like to participate let me know and I can organise login details. Also, please contact me if you are having any troubles logging the books and I will assist in any way I can.
Mt Carmel School will be celebrating CBCA Book Week in Week 7 this term.
The Children’s Book Council of Australia has shortlisted the 2021 books from a large selection of books. Each class from K-6 has been assigned a book to study. Students will then create a display based on the book for exhibition in the Lacey Library during Book Week.
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!!!
Dress Up: The children are encouraged to dress up as a book character for the day. They can use the clothes they have at home and change them slightly. They do not have to buy a costume but if you wish to that’s your choice.
WHY NOT try this….
*Swap last year’s costume with a friend or a cousin
*Use what clothes you have at home and add a few props
*Visit St Vincent de Paul’s dress up rack
We will also be having a sausage sizzle for lunch on that Friday for the children. Dietary requirements will be catered for.
If any current year 6 student would like to apply for this 2022 Educational Grant, please collect the application form from the front office.
This year, the Southern Tablelands Group of the CWA of NSW are awarding 15 grants of $250 each.
In addition, the Yass Branch will be making a further four grants of $250 each to ensure one student from each primary school in the local branch will receive an award.