- Principal Report
- Religious Education
- Sport News
- Coordinator Merits
- Peer Support
- PRC Update
- Envision Hand Challenge on Yass FM
- Book Week 2019
- Book Week Timetable
- Book Week Sausage Sizzle
- Tohby Riddle - Book Order Form
- Altar Server Permission Note
- Welder Needed
- Canteen News
- Uniform Shop
- Confirmandi Prayer List
- Morning Tea for Sacrament of Confirmation
- Parish News - Sacraments of 2019
- CWA of NSW Southern Tablelands - Education Grant
- Yass Netball Disco Night
- 2019 Yass Touch Football
- Irish & Celtic Music Festival
Feast of the Assumption
Tomorrow is the Feast of the Assumption, on which we celebrate Mary’s bodily ascension into heaven at the end of her earthly life. Each of us is called to be the best we can be as people of God. Mary, mother of Jesus, is a wonderful role model for all men and women, boys and girls—she represents courage, compassion and unconditional love. As Christians, we too should strive to demonstrate these qualities in our everyday actions, whether we are in the classroom, at home, on the sporting field or facing burdens in our life. Being a holy day of obligation, we will attend the Parish Mass at 9:45am and, as always, parents and families are warmly invited to attend Mass with us.
The parish is still recruiting Altar Servers to serve at Mass on Saturday nights. Serving on the altar helps children to become more engaged with the Mass and to better understand its rituals. It is also a great way to encourage our children to become active citizens, with a positive attitude towards community service.
Servers must have received the sacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Anyone from Year 3 and up would be most welcome to participate in this important role. Training will be provided during school hours and at Mass by the Liturgy committee and experienced servers. Please return the commitment slip (attached to this newsletter or collected from the front office) if your child would like to help with this special job.
Book Week Author Visit
Next Thursday, during Book Week, Mt Carmel will be visited by the well-known author and illustrator Tohby Riddle. A limited selection of his books will be available for purchase and will be signed by Tohby on the day. Families interested in making a purchase must pre-order their books using the attached order form by Monday 19 August at the latest. Orders will be processed by The Children’s Bookshop so payment via Qkr! is unavailable.
Book Week Sausage Sizzle
Thank you to the many parents who have responded to our call for help with the sausage sizzle next Friday. Please ensure that the family order form is returned by Monday 19 August if you staying for lunch after the Book Week Costume Parade. Please note that Mt Carmel students have already been catered for and the form only needs to be completed for parents, grandparents, siblings etc.
CSO Music in My School
On Wednesday 28 August, Week 6, Mt Carmel will be visited by an ensemble from the Canberra Symphony Orchestra to perform a series of concerts based on repertoire that students have been exploring in Music this term. This exciting incursion is being provided to the school at no cost.
Irish and Celtic Music Festival Children’s Workshops
On 14-15 September, as part of the Irish and Celtic Music Festival, Mt Carmel will be hosting the Junior Fleadh.
Fleadh (pronounced flah) is a Celtic word that means festival, and it is a chance for students who are interested in Irish music to come and join in free instrumental and dance workshops, culminating in a concert in the Lovat Chapel; all experience levels are welcome. More information and an RSVP link can be found further in this newsletter.
May God’s peace be in your families,
GOSPEL: Luke 12:32-48
'There is no need to be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom. 'Sell your possessions and give to those in need. Get yourselves purses that do not wear out, treasure that will not fail you, in heaven where no thief can reach it and no moth destroy it. For wherever your treasure is, that is where your heart will be too. 'See that you have your belts done up and your lamps lit. Be like people waiting for their master to return from the wedding feast, ready to open the door as soon as he comes and knocks. Blessed those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. In truth I tell you, he will do up his belt, sit them down at table and wait on them. It may be in the second watch that he comes, or in the third, but blessed are those servants if he finds them ready. You may be quite sure of this, that if the householder had known at what time the burglar would come, he would not have let anyone break through the wall of his house. You too must stand ready, because the Son of man is coming at an hour you do not expect.' Peter said, 'Lord, do you mean this parable for us, or for everyone?' The Lord replied, 'Who, then, is the wise and trustworthy steward whom the master will place over his household to give them at the proper time their allowance of food? Blessed that servant if his master's arrival finds him doing exactly that. I tell you truly, he will put him in charge of everything that he owns. But if the servant says to himself, "My master is taking his time coming," and sets about beating the menservants and the servant-girls, and eating and drinking and getting drunk, his master will come on a day he does not expect and at an hour he does not know. The master will cut him off and send him to the same fate as the unfaithful. 'The servant who knows what his master wants, but has got nothing ready and done nothing in accord with those wishes, will be given a great many strokes of the lash. The one who did not know, but has acted in such a way that he deserves a beating, will be given fewer strokes. When someone is given a great deal, a great deal will be demanded of that person; when someone is entrusted with a great deal, of that person even more will be expected.
The Gospel for this week opens with Jesus speaking to his disciples. He says to them: “Do not be afraid any longer little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom.” Jesus then instructs them: “Sell your belongings and give alms. Provide money bags that will not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven that no thief can reach nor moth destroy. For where your treasure is, there also will your heart be.”
Jesus also says to His disciples: “Gird your loins and light your lamps. Be like a servant who awaits the return of the master from a wedding celebration who is waiting at the door so the door may be opened the moment the master knocks.” Jesus then adds: “Blessed are the servants whom the master finds vigilant on his arrival.” Then Jesus shocks His listeners when He says: “The master will have His servants sit down at the table and the master will wait on them. If the master returns very early in the morning and finds the servants waiting for him, blessed are those faithful servants.” Then Jesus adds: “Be prepared, for the Son of Man will come when you do not expect Him.”
Today Jesus tells us: “Gird your loins and light your lamps. I will be coming to you today in various ways. Be alert! Be vigilant! You may find me in the smallest things that happen to you. Or you may experience a clear sense of my presence with you today. Be awake and alert or you likely will not recognise my Presence. I long to spend time with you today. Open your eyes, your mind and your heart. I will not fail you.
FEAST OF THE ASSUMPTION MASS
Monday, 15 August the Church celebrates the Feast Day of the Assumption of Our Lady when according to our faith, the Holy Mother, “having completed her course of her earthly life, was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory”.
Although defined as an article of faith by Pope Pius XII just over half a century ago, the Assumption of Our Lady into heaven has been accepted from back to the earliest of Christian times.
The Assumption signals the end of Mary’s earthly life and marks her return to heaven to be reunited with Jesus. While the bodies of both Jesus and Mary are now in heaven, there is a difference between the Assumption and the Resurrection. Where Jesus arose from the tomb and ascended into heaven by his own power, Mary’s body was taken up to heaven by the power of her Son.
For this reason we use different words to describe each event. One is the Ascension of Christ and the other, the Assumption of Mary. https://www.catholicweekly.com.au/the-assumption-of-our-lady-15-august/
On Thursday, August 15, we will celebrate the Feast of the Assumption through a Parish Mass at St Augustine's Church, commencing at 9:45am. We welcome all members of our community to come and celebrate with us.
Religious Education Coordinator
Archdiocesan Athletics Carnival - Thursday 22 August at AIS, Canberra.
Todd Woodbridge Cup Zone - Wednesday, 11 September, 2019
Years 3-6 Cricket Blast School Cup - Tuesday 24 September, 2019
All students will be participating in the Cricket Blast Cup to be held at Joe O'Connor park.
Boorowa Touch and Netball Carnival - Friday 25 October, 2019
Thank you for the great response from everyone to participate in this carnival. Please return permission and payment through Qkr! if possible OR via the note sent home. These permission forms are due this Friday 16 August.
Congratulations to the recipients of this week's Coordinator Merits, which focused on 'Be Fair'.
The August 30 deadline is coming quickly! Please, please try and finalise your Reading Records ASAP.
I want to take this opportunity to thank the senior students we have in our community who come along and read to the younger students on Monday lunchtimes; it makes me so proud to be part of the Mt Carmel community.
Congratulations to the following students who completed the challenge: Lily Butt, Bonnie Maxwell and Grace McPherson
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
Please note: Pets are not permitted in the parade.
Library Book Week Display Visit: please visit these on Friday after the parade with your child and experience their creativity and their teachers inspiration in celebrating Book Week.
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
Theme: “Reading is My Secret Power”
Recess: Story time for K-2 in Library (11.00am)
Lunchtime at lines: Year 5 Library Monitors- Readers Theatre
Recess: Story time for 3-6 in Library (11.00am)
Lunchtime at lines: Year 5 Library Monitors- Readers Theatre
Lunchtime at lines: Year 5 Library Monitors - Readers Theatre
Lunchtime at Lines: Year 5 Library Monitors - "Let's be Superheroes"
Tohby Riddle - Author visit
Lunchtime at lines: Year 5 Library Monitors - "Let's be Superheroes"
Book Parade: 12.30pm
BBQ after the parade
Visit library displays after BBQ
Lunchtime: Year 5 Library Monitors "Let's be Superheroes"
Afternoon: Book Week activities provided for K-6 classes
Mt Carmel is providing a FREE SAUSAGE SIZZLE FOR ALL STUDENTS next Friday, 23 August. Each student will receive one sausage sandwich at lunch time. The canteen will still be available for children who would like to order additional lunch items or for cash sales. Parents, friends and family members are welcome to order a sandwich for the day. A note was sent home last week requesting additional family sausage sizzle orders. If you have any questions regarding the sausage sizzle, please contact Carol or Emma in the office on 6226 3357 by Monday.
We have two small trampolines in need of some minor welding repair. If anyone knows someone who may be able to assist the school and have these items welded, it would be very much appreciated.
If you have any questions, or are able to help, please call Carol or Emma in the front office on 6226 3357.
Dont forget, the canteen now has Mini Pizza Muffins and Cheesy Garlic Bread available at recess. 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 need to be pre-ordered, via Qkr or lunch bag, to ensure they are ready at recess or lunch time for collection. If a child has cash to purchase any of these items, please ask them to place a note in their lunch tub of their order, or pop into the canteen in the morning to place an order.
Front room of the PAC (off Dutton Street)
$3 for the first child, $1 for each subsequent child
Morning tea provided
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.
Following Mass on Sunday 8th September there will be an opportunity to gather for a morning tea and cutting of the cake for these young people.
It would be very much appreciated if parents could help with the supply of sandwiches, slice etc. on this special occasion. Food may be dropped off to the school office on Friday 6th September or at the Mt Carmel Performing Arts Centre in Dutton Street prior to Mass. Enquires to Mt Carmel School 6226 3357 or Dianne Carey 0419 276 889.
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
All applications and references are strictly confidential.
Applications close September 30 2019.