- Principal's Report
- Religious Education
- Sports News
- Coordinator Merits
- 3ML Mathematics
- Lacey Library News
- Book Club - Issue 8
- Canteen News
- Drum Lessons 2022
- eSafety's Parent Guide
- Girl's Tech Day Flier
- Yass Community Garden - Tours & Information Night
- Alphability - Literacy Boost - January 2022
- Spinifex Tennis - Summer Camp 2022
- Yass Community Christmas Carols
Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,
Tomorrow will be a very exciting day for our Year 5 Student Leadership nominees, who will be making speeches to the school community from 9:30am. The Year 5/6 classes will gather in the PAC in order that the nominees can present their speeches to a live audience; all other classes in the school will watch the speeches from their classrooms via a live Teams event, to comply with our Level 3 COVID restrictions. The link to this event will be forwarded to Year 5 parents tomorrow morning, so that families can watch the speeches too.
Teachers are all working hard at the moment to finalise student assessment and prepare Semester 2 reports. This year, for the first time, we will not be sending home printed reports; families will, instead, need to access the reports via their child’s Compass profile under the Reports tab. The reports will be published on Monday 13 December, Week 10, and a Compass notification will be sent to confirm that reports can be viewed. If you have not yet activated your parent Compass account, please do so as soon as possible, and contact the school office if you require confirmation of your login details.
Because of the disturbed semester and prolonged period of Remote Learning, not all subject areas and strands are able to be accurately reported. Grades for Religious Education, English, Mathematics, Geography, and some strands of PDHPE and Creative Arts will be included on your child’s report, however.
A reminder to all families that a discount on the Primary Tuition Fee is available to any family with older siblings attending a Catholic Systemic Secondary School — that is, MacKillop, St Clare’s, Merici, St Francis Xavier, Trinity or St John Paul II. A form was sent home this week to indicate your eligibility for this discount; the form must be submitted again if it has been done in previous years.
Beach to Bush
On Tuesday November 30, each year level in the school will be participating in the Beach to Bush Water-Safety program. This valuable virtual incursion is provided at no cost by Surf Lifesaving New South Wales.
Stage 3 Day Camp
On Wednesday 8 December, Week 10, we will be holding a ‘Day Camp’ excursion to Wee Jasper for our Year 5 and 6 students. An exciting day of activities has been planned by Mountain Trails Adventure School and it will be a wonderful way to round out the year for our senior students, who have missed out on an overnight camp for two years running. A note with full excursion details and and permission slip will be sent home shortly.
Because COVID restrictions haven't allowed us to have a school disco this semester and we don't want Students to miss out on the fun, the SRC will be running Daytime Discos next week on Thursday and Friday. Restrictions still require us to minimise mixing of cohorts as much as possible, so we will have a K-2 disco at recess on Thursday, a 3-4 disco at lunchtime on Thursday, and a 5-6 disco at lunchtime on Friday. There is no cover-charge to pay, and there will not be food avaiable to purchase; it's just about having fun with friends and celebrating the approaching end of the school year. Students do not need to wear school uniform on the day of their disco - wear your best dancing clothes (enclosed shoes, though, please), and everyone will be provided with a free icypole to cool down at the end.
Over the next four Fridays, each of our Kinder to Year 2 classes will be participating in a Tennis clinic at school. And, as a bonus, all Kinder students will receive a racquet of their own to keep!
Body Bright Program
This Friday, as part of their PDHPE program, Stage 3 classes will be participating in an online seminar to explore important attitudes towards body-image. For more information and for resources to support families, go to https://www.butterflybodybright.org.au/resources-activities.
eSafety’s Parent Guide to Digital Technologies and Mental Health
The Council of Catholic School Parents NSW/ACT (CCSP) invite parents and carers of children 10 years and older to join the eSafety Commissioner’s education and training team for a free live webinar on Monday, 22 November 2021 from 7.30pm to 8.30pm. The webinar will provide parents and carers with strategies to assist young people and their mental health when engaging in an online environment. The webinar will cover topics such as:
- What to do about accidental exposure to content about suicide, self-harm and eating disorders.
- Using games, apps and social media to support mental wellbeing.
- The pros and cons of digital mental health platforms.
- Strategies for young people to support friends online.
Interested parents and carers can register their participation online by completing a brief registration form. Details can be found on a flier attached to this newsletter.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) Girls’ Tech Day 2021 – Mission Possible
The AWS Girls’ Tech Day commenced last Saturday, 13 November and is available to access online until Monday 13 December. The virtual event is designed to inspire and motivate girls and young women ages 8 to 24 to develop and pursue their interests in technology. Participants can explore coding, robotics, cloud computing, problem solving and more through keynote speakers, hands on learning sessions and fun activities. Registration is free of charge. See attached flier for details.
May God’s peace be in your families,
Religious Education in the Classroom
Welcome to Week 7! Year 4 students are learning about the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church and focusing on the Sacraments of Healing. The seven sacraments are organised into three categories:
I asked students to explain what the sacraments mean to them and below are their answers.
Lydia: I can use the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick because I could be a nurse when I am older to help people feel better.
Mia: To change your actions and to forgive other people.
Ted: To pray to God.
Imogen: I use the Eucharist Sacrament because I go to Mass every Saturday night.
Toby: I use the Reconciliation Sacrament every time I have done something. I pray to God and say sorry.
5/6GZ have been learning about The Trinity: the unity of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit as three in one Godhead. Below are students’ visual representations of the Holy Spirit.
This week Mt Carmel launched Vinnies Christmas Appeal and each classroom has been provided with a basket for donations. At the end of the term, we will be delivering them to the St Augustine’s Conference, Yass, of St Vincent de Paul. We are seeking your support to help those less fortunate in our community through generous donations of non-perishable food items. Your generosity and support is most appreciated. St Augustine’s Conference has requested the following items:
Thank you to 1SS and Miss Cassidy for leading a beautiful prayer service. If you have not yet viewed the prayer service click here.
Prayer and Reflection
Let us be still and ask the Holy Spirit to be with us.
Be with us as we pray.
Open our ears to hear your Word in the Gospel.
Unite us in faith, hope and love as we pray together.
Send your Holy Spirit to inspire and sustain us in our mission.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
I invite you to participate in a 3 minute prayer reflecting on a Scripture passage. Click here to access the Scripture passage.
St Augustine Parish Mass: WEEKEND MASSES THIS MONTH – NOVEMBER
Saturday 13th & 27th 6:00pm - Murrumbateman
Saturday 20th 6:00pm - Gunning
All Sundays 10:15am - Yass
Enjoy your week!
Religious Education Coordinator
As part of our Sporting Schools grant, all Infant classes will be having a half hour tennis clinic every Friday for the next four Fridays. Scott Eulenstein will be running the clinics on the sports courts from 9am - 1pm. I hope to get some great shots of the kids in action to share with you over the coming weeks.
Congratulations to the recipients of this week's Coordinator Merits.
Merits will be announced during Thursday morning's virtual assembly.
Next week, Week 8, will be the last week students will be able to borrow from the library. Children will still be able to borrow books online via Overdrive-Sora for the remainder of the term and over the holidays.
The library will be closed from Week 10 as stocktake will commence. It is requested that any library books you have at home, please start to return them as soon as possible.
If you would like order from Issue 8, orders need to be placed by this Thursday 25th November.
To view Issue 8, click here.
To order from this issue, you will need an account on Loop.
To access Loop, please click below.
Paper orders can also be placed with the Book Club Order Form at the Front Office.
Unfortunately, with Level 3 restrictions still in place, the school canteen is permitted to open; however, it is still operating with pre-orders only at both recess and lunch — no counter sales.
Lunch tubs will be collected from the canteen at both recess and lunch by each class. All items ordered will be delivered to the classrooms in these tubs.
Ice creams will again not be available to puchase at lunch time. Ice creams will be available at recess time only.
Please be advised that we are currently unable to source Vegan Sausage Rolls from the supermarket, so until we can purchase these again, Vegan Sausage Rolls will not be available from the Canteen. Vegan fried rice, corn cobs and a selection of sandwiches are available to purchase.
The canteen is now offering Dairy Free/Vegan friendly cheese on sandwiches.
Gluten Free, Dairy Free and Vegan friendly butter is used, along with Dairy Free mayonnaise on all sandwiches, wraps and rolls. Vegan friendly mayonnaise can be used on request.
Please order all recess and lunch orders via Qkr before 9am on Thursday and Friday mornings.
If you have any questions regarding the canteen menu, please email email@example.com or call the office on 6226 3357.