- Principal Report
- Religious Education
- Sport News
- Coordinator Merits
- 100 Days of Kindergarten
- Peer Support/STEAM Groups
- PRC Update
- Book Week 2019
- 2019 Reach Assessments
- Playgroup Cancelled this Week
- Canteen News
- Uniform Shop
- CWA of NSW Southern Tablelands - Education Grant
- Sacrament of Confirmation
- Parish News - Sacraments 2019
- SPIN Pyjama Day - This Friday
- Yass Gymnastics Disco Night - Aloha!
- Creative Place Programs
Annual Satisfaction Survey
An annual satisfaction survey of parents, students and staff will be conducted on behalf of all Catholic schools in the Diocese this term. The surveys are designed to gather feedback from parents, staff and students about our school and will be used to inform school improvement. Responses are confidential and individuals can not be identified.
The surveys were launched via email on 29 July and close on 9 August 2019 using email addresses supplied to the school. If you have not received an email with a link to the survey, you can access and complete the survey at the following link: https://www.research.net/r/mountcarmelparent2019
100 Days of Kinder
They say that, when you have children, the days are long but the years are short; it’s hard to believe that our youngest students reached the 100 day mark on Monday. This week KJG and KNB have spent lots of time exploring the number 100: counting, building, measuring, comparing and–perhaps best of all–sharing a special 100-day cake with their buddies. And yes, of course there are 100 freckles on that cake!
The very best of luck to our Stage 3 students who are performing in this evening’s Wakakirri concert at the Canberra Theatre. Break a leg!
Rostrum Public Speaking
Best of luck, also, to Montana Pidding who is competing this evening in the Rostrum Public Speaking semi-final.
Unfortunately we will not be running playgroup this Thursday; apologies for any disappointment.
Mt Carmel Day
The feast day of Our Lady of Mt Carmel was on 16 July, but as this occurred during the school holidays we will be celebrating the Feast this Friday 2 August. The day will commence with a whole-school Mass at 9:45am in St Augustine’s Church; parents and families are most welcome to join us at this Mass. After Recess students will participate in rotation activities to learn about our history, have fun with their friends and celebrate our wonderful school.
Yass Valley SPIN Foundation Pyjama Day
Next Friday 9 August, Mt Carmel will be supporting the Yass Valley SPIN Foundation's Pyjama Day. Everyone is invited to wear their favourite PJs to school and bring a gold-coin donation to support local families in need.
May God’s peace be in your families,
GOSPEL: Luke 11:1-13
Now it happened that he was in a certain place praying, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said, 'Lord, teach us to pray, as John taught his disciples.' He said to them, 'When you pray, this is what to say: Father, may your name be held holy, your kingdom come; give us each day our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive each one who is in debt to us. And do not put us to the test.' He also said to them, 'Suppose one of you has a friend and goes to him in the middle of the night to say, "My friend, lend me three loaves, because a friend of mine on his travels has just arrived at my house and I have nothing to offer him;" and the man answers from inside the house, "Do not bother me. The door is bolted now, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot get up to give it to you." I tell you, if the man does not get up and give it to him for friendship's sake, persistence will make him get up and give his friend all he wants. 'So I say to you: Ask, and it will be given to you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; everyone who searches finds; everyone who knocks will have the door opened. What father among you, if his son asked for a fish, would hand him a snake? Or if he asked for an egg, hand him a scorpion? If you then, evil as you are, know how to give your children what is good, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!'
In the Gospel, the disciples ask Jesus: “Teach us how to pray.” The disciples knew that John had taught his disciples to pray and, like John’s disciples, Jesus’ disciples had a deep desire to learn how to pray. Jesus then said to them: “Pray in this way: ‘Our Father, hallowed be your Name. Come to us and establish your kingdom. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive our sins and we will strive to forgive anyone who has wronged us. And keep us from temptation.”
Most likely this prayer is one of the first prayers that we learned as children. It also is the prayer that is typically is prayed daily by many people in our church and in our world. The Our Father is an integral part of our faith and our worship. However, this prayer may become so familiar to us that we may rattle it off rather than mindfully praying this prayer.
Each day this week, I invite you to pray, not simply say, the Our Father three times: morning, midday and evening. Pray this prayer slowly and attentively. Then sit quietly for two or three minutes. At the end of the week, review the past seven days. Was your week different because you took the time to truly pray this prayer? How are you different? Prayer truly will change our lives and prayer also will change us if we mindfully make and take the time to pray. (Sr Kristine Anne Harpenau)
MT CARMEL DAY MASS & FESTIVITIES
On Friday 2nd August, our school will be celebrating Mt Carmel Day commencing with a mass led by Stage 2 at 9:45am in St Augustine's Church. We invite all members of our Mt Carmel community to come along and celebrate with us. The mass will be followed by a day of activities to celebrate this special feast day of our school.
The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, celebrated on July 16, was first instituted in the late 14th century in commemoration of the approval of the rule of the Carmelite Order a hundred years earlier. According to legend, a religious community was established even before the time of Christ on Mount Carmel. This is the mountain overlooking the Mediterranean Sea on which the prophet Elijah successfully challenged the priests of Baal and won the people to the true God. The feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel entered the Calendar of the universal Church in the early 18th century.
Although there is no historical evidence for the pre-Christian Carmelite community, references in the 12th century record a community of monks on the holy mountain. Despite continual difficulties, the community built a monastery and church dedicated to the Virgin Mary on Mount Carmel in 1263. Saint Louis, King of France, had visited Mount Carmel in 1254, and brought back six French hermits for whom he built a convent near Paris.
Mount Carmel was taken by the Muslims in 1291, and the brothers were killed and the convent burned. The spread of the Carmelites in Europe is largely attributable to the work of Saint Simon Stock (1247-1265). The Carmelite Order was formally approved in 1274 at the Council of Lyon. (https://www.catholicnewsagency.com)
FEAST OF SAINT MARY MACKILLOP PRAYER SERVICE
On Thursday 8th August, 2TD will be leading the school in a special prayer service to celebrate the Feast of Saint Mary MacKillop at 9am in the PAC. We invite all members of our school community to come and pray with us.
Religious Education Coordinator
Archdiocesan Athletics Carnival - Thursday 22 August at AIS, Canberra.
There are still outstanding registrations. Please register as soon as possible for this carnival https://www.sport.cg.catholic.edu.au/nominations
Todd Woodbridge Cup Zone - Wednesday, 11 September, 2019
Cricket Blast School Cup - Tuesday 24 September, 2019
Boorowa Touch and Netball Carnival - Friday 25 October, 2019
Congratulations to the recipients this week's Coordinator Merits, which focused on 'Be Fair'.
Merits will be presented at Thursday morning's assembly. Next week, the focus will be on 'Show Respect'.
Our 2019 Peer Support/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) Groups have started this week with an innovative approach on how our groups have been run in previous years. The Peer Support Program is a peer-led by our Year 6 students, skills-based, experiential learning program designed to develop the understandings, attitudes and skills necessary to help students:
- enhance their self-esteem
- increase their resourcefulness
- make safe and healthy life decisions
- cope with their changing environment
- foster positive relationships with others
- contribute to the wellbeing of the school community
Peer Support in 2019 has been designed to meet a range of needs across the curriculum from K-6, specifically aligned to the Science and Technology KLA of the NSW Curriculum. This is to provide students with opportunities to consider how solutions that are created now will be used in the future. Through student leadership and teacher guidance, it is hoped all students are exposed to the below processes and production skills listed throughout the curriculum:
- investigating and defining
- generating and designing
- producing and implementing
- collaborating and managing
We look forward to sharing these exciting and engaging experiences with the students. The photos this week show the year 6 students during their training day and students enjoying the Float and Sink activity on Monday.
Click on this link to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E_-KxuDRXOg
Theme: “Reading is my Secret Power”
Dates: 17 - 23 August 2019
Book Week Parade: Friday 23 August, 12.30pm
The Children’s Book Council of Australia has shortlisted the 2019 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. All parents, grandparents and friends are invited to Mt Carmel to enjoy the Book Week Parade and the Class shortlisted Book Displays for 2019.
Book Week Parade: Friday 23 August, 12.30pm
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 in another town.
*Use what clothes you have at home and add a few props.
*Visit St Vincent de Paul’s dress up rack.
Tohby Riddle is an award-winning writer, illustrator, cartoonist, designer and sometime editor based in Sydney. He has written and illustrated numerous well-loved picture books; written a young adult novel; was the cartoonist for Good Weekend for nearly ten years; and is a former editor of The School Magazine, a literary magazine for children published by the NSW Department of Education.
Tohby will be visitng the school on Thursday 22 August to talk to the students about the process involved in creating a book and his wonderful achievements. His book 'Here Comes Stinkbug!' has been shortlisted in this year's Early Childhood category.
Teacher / Librarian
Next week the canteen will have Mini Pizza Muffins and Cheesy Garlic Bread available at recess time. Both items will be $1.00 each, served hot and only available at recess.
At lunch, we will have Apple Pies available for $1.50 each. These will also be served hot and will need to be collected from the canteen.
These items will need to be pre-ordered, via Qkr or lunch bag, to ensure they are ready at recess or lunch time for collection.
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.
All applications and references are strictly confidential.
Applications close September 30 2019.
The Catholic Parish of St Augustine’s, Yass, invites children in Year 6 or older, who have made their First Eucharist, to continue their journey in faith by preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. If you believe your child is ready to take this next step and you are prepared to be involved in the journey, please enrol your child at St Augustine’s Presbytery this afternoon, Wednesday 31st July or tomorrow, Thursday 1st August between 5:00-6:00pm. For further details and to print an enrolment form please visit the parish website www.staug-yass.org.au/wp/sacraments or contact Dianne Carey (Sacramental Team Leader) on 0419 276 889.
Sacraments of Confirmation will take place on Sunday 8th September 2019 at 10am.
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