- Principal Report
- Religious Education
- Primary Sport
- ANZAC Day March
- Easter Prayer Service by 5/6JH
- Scholastic Book Fair is on Tomorrow!
- Publishing Celebration - 1EK and 4EG
- 2019 Reach Assessments
- Easter Hat Parade Photos
- Stations of the Cross Photos
- Certificate of Appreciation - Vinnies Christmas Appeal
- Certificate of Appreciation - Catholic Mission 2018
- Canteen Open at Athletics Carnival
- Uniform Shop
- Woolworths Earn & Learn
- Parish News - Sacraments 2019
- NSWPSSA Selection Trials - 2019 Athletics Team
Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,
I wish all our students, parents and teachers a very warm welcome to Term 2 and I hope that the holiday break was a refreshing and relaxing time for all. My sincere thanks to all who were able to join us to represent Mt Carmel at the Yass ANZAC Day parade last Wednesday. That so many in our community were prepared to give up time in their holidays to honour the service of others is truly admirable.
Our students look fabulous in their winter uniform. Thank you to all our parents for being so supportive of our uniform policy. A reminder that the school hat is not compulsory during Terms 2 and 3. The uniform shop has been running hot as the weather gets colder; a reminder that the uniform shop is open for sizing and sales on Tuesday afternoons and orders placed via the Qkr App are dispatched on Wednesdays. If you have purchased new uniform, please ensure that every item is clearly labeled with your child’s name.
Our enrolment drive for 2020 has already begun. The official enrolment period for Catholic Schools in this Archdiocese runs from Wednesday 1 May until Friday 24 May. If you have a pre-school child ready for Kindergarten, it’s time to enrol now. Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn has a new online enrolment form, which can be accessed by clicking the link below. If you need to access a hard-copy form, please contact the Front Office. An interview will be organised once the enrolment application is received. If your friends have a child starting in Kindergarten next year, please encourage them to consider Mt Carmel as an option for their children’s education. Our K-2020 Parent Information Evening will be held next Wednesday evening commencing at 7pm in the Lacey Library.
Enrol Now (https://enrolments.mtcarmel.nsw.edu.au/enrol/)
School photos will take place on Monday 13 May (Week 3); students are to wear their full winter uniform, including jumper. Photo order envelopes will be distributed shortly; family photo envelopes will be available from the front office, if required.
Catholic Schools Week and Open Day Tours
Next week we celebrate Catholic Schools Week. On Tuesday our student leaders will be conducting Open Day tours at 10am, 12pm and 2:30pm, on Wednesday we will be holding our Parent Information Evening for Kinder 2020, and we will finish the week with our Mothers Day prayer service on Friday morning and MADD Night on Friday evening.
Mt Carmel is awash with aspiring performers who are rehearsing excitedly for MADD Night next Friday. We will have a dress rehearsal next Wednesday 8 May at 11:30am and the big show will commence at 6:30pm on Friday evening. Entry will be by gold coin donation, so come along and enjoy the show—you’d be MADD to miss it!
During the school holidays the Snowy Mountains Interschools Equestrian Competition was hosted by Snowy Mountains Grammar. During this four-day event, Bella Jarratt represented Mt Carmel, competing in dressage, showjumping, working hunter, stockmans challenge, sporting and combined training. Ella Young and Bella also stewarded as volunteers throughout the event. I am told that both girls represented Mt Carmel beautifully; congratulations to both Bella and Ella.
Our school Athletics Carnival will be held in Week 4 on Tuesday 21 May. A reminder to all that this year the NSW Primary Schools Sports Association has made a change to the pathway program for Athletics in preparation for the School Sport Australian Championships to be held in Darwin later this year. This will only affect to 10 to 12 year olds who may expect to participate competitively at state level in Athletics; more information can be found attached to this edition of the Carmeletta. The normal Athletics pathway will still apply from our carnival up to NSWPSSA level.
May God’s peace be in your families,
GOSPEL: John 20:19-31
In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, 'Peace be with you,' and, after saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord, and he said to them again, 'Peace be with you. 'As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.' After saying this he breathed on them and said: Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone's sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone's sins, they are retained. Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. So the other disciples said to him, 'We have seen the Lord,' but he answered, 'Unless I can see the holes that the nails made in his hands and can put my finger into the holes they made, and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.' Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them. 'Peace be with you,' he said. Then he spoke to Thomas, 'Put your finger here; look, here are my hands. Give me your hand; put it into my side. Do not be unbelieving any more but believe.' Thomas replied, 'My Lord and my God!' Jesus said to him: You believe because you can see me. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe. There were many other signs that Jesus worked in the sight of the disciples, but they are not recorded in this book. These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through his name.
On the Second Sunday of Easter, we read that Jesus’ disciples were gathered together. Despite the fact that the disciples knew that Jesus had risen, John writes that they “had locked the door of the room, for fear of the Jews.” They were terribly frightened of the Jews! Most likely they were worried that they might have to die as Jesus did, even though none of them had been harassed or accosted since Jesus’ death. Despite that fact, they continued to be fearful, not joyful.
Then Jesus quietly appears in their midst. Did they rub their eyes wondering if something was wrong with their eyesight? Did they think they were going crazy when they saw Jesus? Did they immediately recognize that this apparition was Jesus, their beloved friend and teacher?
Jesus quietly and simply said to his beloved friends and disciples: “Peace be with you.” I suspect that the primary emotion the disciples experienced when they saw this apparition was not “peace.” Rather, I assume that they felt shock, fear, disbelief, astonishment and perhaps hope. Did they ask themselves: How could this be? Is this real? Is Jesus truly here with us?
Then Jesus showed his beloved friends his hands and his side. Did Jesus do this so they would know and believe that Jesus truly was in their midst? I suspect that the disciples needed some proof that this apparition truly was Jesus, their teacher and friend. Yet as they began to absorb the fact that Jesus truly was with them once again, they rejoiced. They were awed and amazed!
Jesus once again said to his disciples: “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” Did the disciples experience peace envelop them when Jesus spoke these simple yet powerful words? Jesus then breathed on them and said: “Receive the Holy Spirit! Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained!”
Take a moment and hear Jesus say to you: “Peace be with you (your name)! Then quietly breathe in Jesus’ gift of peace for 3-4 minutes! Allow Jesus’ peace to envelop you, to fill you! (Do it, don’t just read the sentence and move on!)
What was your experience? Do you feel Jesus’ peace within you? Do you feel less stressed or worried? Jesus gives us the gift of peace every day! However, we have to consciously accept and absorb His peace! If we do this every day, we may find that we are more peaceful, relaxed and joyful! (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 was 100% Hope. If you still have donations or boxes at home, could you please send them into school before the end of the week. So far we have raised $2600 which is an outstanding effort and will support others who are in need. Thank you for your generosity.
We congratulate our students who celebrated their First Reconciliation at the end of last term. Through forgiveness we find eternal rest and freedom. May you always carry the light of Christ with you.
Religious Education Coordinator
We will be continuing to practise our Athletics skills during our PE lessons. We would love for any parents, grandparents or community members with an expertise/passion in athletics to help us out on Tuesdays and Fridays in the lead up to our carnival. Please contact me or your child’s teacher if you are able to assist.
NSWPSSA Selection Trials
Please see the information within this newsletter regarding these trials.
Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Rugby Union Trials
These trials will be held on Friday 7th June at Southwell Park in Lyneham. Please complete the Expression of Interest Form on the website by 31 May https://www.sport.cg.catholic.edu.au/nominations.
Please note that that MacKillop will be having trials for individual students for a Girl’s Rugby 7’s team. If you are interested and if they are to register on the CSSS Website under rugby. A date and location for these trials are yet to be advised.
2019 NSW Catholic Primary School Sport Golf Tournament
This tournament is open to any student in Years 3-6 at a NSW Catholic School affiliated with NSWCPS MacKillop & Polding. For more information, visit https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WJ2MuYt6TjxK08D12nbT3UD25JYevOmV/view.
Northern Region Cross Country - Friday 3 May in Braidwood
Good luck to the following students who will be representing Mount Carmel at the Northern Region Cross Country Carnival on Friday this week. Please return notes and payment of $5 if you haven’t already done so.
|8/9 Year Boys
|8/9 Year Girls
|10 Year Boys
|10 Year Girls
|11 Year Boys
|11 Year Girls
|12 Year Boys
|12 Year Girls
It's On Tomorrow!!
Where: Lacey Library
Book Fair: 9.00am - 3.45pm
Morning Tea: 10.00am - 11.30 am
This Friday, 31 May, we will be holding our annual Scholastic Book Fair in the Lacey Library from 9.00am-3.45pm.
We would like to invite our grandparents and older friends to the Book Fair and have morning tea at Mt Carmel. If you can provide some food for our morning tea that would be fantastic! Please drop morning tea items at the school office or Lacey Library before 10am.
We hope to you see you tomorrow.
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.
A very big thank you to Helen Shaw for collecting all of the sheets and stickers from the schools box at Woolworths.
For more information on the Earn and Learn program or to print a sticker sheet, click here.
Registration- Wednesday 31 July and Thursday 1 August 5-6pm Presbytery
Commitment Mass -Saturday 3 August 6pm St. Augustine's and Sunday 4 August 10.30am Uniting Church Hall Murrumbateman
Church Liturgy 1 -Thursday 15 August 7pm St Augustine's
Church Liturgy 2 -Thursday 29 August 7pm St Augustine's
Reflection Day - Friday 6 September 9am-3.10pm Hartigan Centre and St Augustine's
Sacrament of Confirmation - Sunday 8 September 10am St Augustine's