- Principal Report
- Religious Education
- Sport News
- Coordinator Merits
- Springtime Sunshine being enjoyed by KJG & 5/6JH during Buddy Reading
- 3-6 Book Week Parade Photos
- Lacey Library Book Week Displays
- Teacher's Book Week Parade Photos
- Lacey Library Thank You
- Peer Support Week 7 Photos
- Wanted - Newspapers for Peer Support Activity
- Wanted - Cake Pop Maker
- Welder Needed
- Canteen News
- Uniform Shop
- Playgroup on Tomorrow
- Confirmandi Prayer List
- Morning Tea for Sacrament of Confirmation
- Parish News - Sacraments of 2019
- Seminar - Emotional Wellbeing of Students with Autism
- Healthy Lunch Box Nutrition Snippets
- On-Call Firefighters in Yass Wanted
- Irish & Celtic Music Festival
- 2019 Yass Touch Football- Register Now
- Spinifex Tennis Holiday Program
Dogs on the Playground
We have a number of children at Mt Carmel who experience anxiety around dogs, so I ask for the cooperation of all families who walk to or from school with their pets to not bring them on to the school playground but to drop off and pick up your children at the school gate instead.
In order that the Mt Carmel School uniform has equitable summer uniform options for girls, a proposal has been approved by the school Community Council for presentation to the school community. The girls’ winter uniform already has the option of navy slacks with a white blouse, so the proposal is that a summer version of this uniform be made available. That is, that navy pleated shorts and a short-sleeved white blouse be added to the girls’ summer uniform as an optional alternative to the navy and white checked dress. The proposed items have price parity with the equivalent boys’ uniform. Any changes to the school’s uniform policy must be endorsed by at least 50% of the parent community. A survey seeking parent responses to this proposal was sent home last week; thank you to the families who have already returned their survey. A reminder that you have until this Friday 6 September to have your say.
This Sunday, at 10:00am, 11 of our Year 6 students will be celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation. Confirmation completes Baptism, by which in the laying on of hands and anointing with Chrism Oil, which first happened at Baptism, we are confirmed with the fullness of the Holy Spirit. We are reminded of our participation in the ministry and mission of Jesus and strengthened to follow Jesus more closely. The Sacrament will be followed by morning tea in the PAC, and as the sacraments are a community celebration, all are warmly invited to join us. Please note that the regular vigil Mass will be held, as usual, on Saturday at 6pm.
Stage 3 Camp
Next week our Year 5 and 6 students will be heading off for three fun-filled days at Camp. This year we will be going to Warrambui, and students will be participating in a range of exciting activities including archery, orienteering, initiative challenges and a night hike. Going away to Camp is a milestone event in the lives of our students; I wish everyone (including the teachers) all the best for a terrific three days.
Premier’s Reading Challenge
Congratulations to all the students who have completed the Premier’s Reading Challenge this year. Although student access to the PRC portal has now closed, last minute additions can be made, up until 13 September, by contacting Mrs Green directly.
Open Classroom Evening
A reminder that we will be holding an Open Classroom afternoon on Wednesday 18 September, Week 9, from 3:30 to 5:30pm. You are warmly invited to come with your child to visit their classroom and share in the wonderful work that they have been doing this term. Although an Open Classroom is not the appropriate forum for a Parent-Teacher Interview, parents are always welcome to make an individual appointment any time they would like to discus their child’s progress.
Country Women’s Association Year 7 Educational Grant
The Southern Tablelands Group of the CWA is awarding fifteen education grants of $250 each for children entering Secondary School in 2020; the Yass Branch will be awarding one of these. Applicants must live in the Southern Tablelands Group area, have demonstrated a commitment to their school life and community and be completing Year 6 in 2019. Applications close on 30 September and successful applicants will be announced in early December. Any family interested in applying for this grant should contact the school office to obtain an application form and a copy of the selection criteria.
May God’s peace be in your families,
GOSPEL: Luke 14:1, 7-14
Now it happened that on a Sabbath day he had gone to share a meal in the house of one of the leading Pharisees; and they watched him closely.
He then told the guests a parable, because he had noticed how they picked the places of honour. He said this, 'When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take your seat in the place of honour. A more distinguished person than you may have been invited, and the person who invited you both may come and say, "Give up your place to this man." And then, to your embarrassment, you will have to go and take the lowest place. No; when you are a guest, make your way to the lowest place and sit there, so that, when your host comes, he may say, "My friend, move up higher." Then, everyone with you at the table will see you honoured. For everyone who raises himself up will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be raised up.' Then he said to his host, 'When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relations or rich neighbours, in case they invite you back and so repay you. No; when you have a party, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind; then you will be blessed, for they have no means to repay you and so you will be repaid when the upright rise again.'
On the Sabbath, Jesus was invited to dine at the house of a prominent Pharisee. There were other guests in attendance and they intently observed Jesus. When Jesus arrived, he noticed how many of the guests had vied for places of honor at the table. After a time, Jesus said to the guests: “When you are invited to a wedding banquet, do not sit in a place of honor at table. It may happen that a guest deserving of a place of honor may arrive and need a high seat of honor. Thus, the host may approach you and ask you to give your place to the honored guest. And you would experience the embarrassment of having to move down to a lower place.”
Jesus tells his listeners that it is better to take a lower place at the table. Then the host may come to you and say: "My friend, move up higher.” The other guests then may hold you in high esteem. Jesus concludes with the statement: “For everyone who exalts himself/herself will be humbled, but the one who humbles himself/herself will be exalted.”
In today’s world, individuals vie for fame, fortune, power, and status every day. The people who have achieved any of these advantages typically are held in high esteem. However, Jesus completely reverses this idea. He proposes that it is always best to choose a lower place rather than a higher place. Thus, you will never be embarrassed by being asked to move to a lower place, and possibly you may be invited to move up to a higher place.
Status-seeking is rampant in our world. Many people seek fame, power and recognition. However, there also are many individuals who live their lives quietly and simply. They are content with God, family, friends, and a simple lifestyle. Fame may look glamorous. However, almost every day in the newspaper or on television we hear stories of how the famous and the glamorous have fallen or been disgraced, often by their own choices.
Today Jesus encourages us to be content with what seems to be the lowly and least. Often it is in the small and seemingly insignificant gifts of everyday life where we may experience the greatest love, joy, peace, and contentment. Today, be mindful and notice the many small gifts you receive. Thank the giver and thank God! (Sr Kristine Anne Harpenau)
This Sunday some students from our school and parish community will unite to celebrate their Confirmation. The celebration will take place at St Augustine's Church at 10am. We extend a warm welcome to everyone. The mass will be followed by a morning tea in the PAC. It would be appreciated if any donations of food be dropped off at the PAC prior to the mass. We thank you in advance and look forward to celebrating this very special occasion with our Confirmandi.
Religious Education Coordinator
Todd Woodbridge Cup Zone - Wednesday, 11 September
Participating students will be walking up to Hume Tennis courts after morning lines and return after lunch.
Years 3-6 Cricket Blast School Cup - Tuesday 24 September
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
Teams have been entered and classroom teachers will be putting the teams together this week. Please note that parents must make their own transportation arrangements for their child/children to attend this carnival.
Mackillop Cricket Trials
Good luck to Baxter Sicily and Jack Kelk who will be participating in the Mackillop Cricket Trials as part of the Archdiocesan team
Congratulations to the recipients of this week's Coordinator Merits, which focused on 'Show Respect'.
Sofia Da Deppo
Merits will be presented at Thursday morning's assembly.
Next week, the focus will be on 'Stay Safe'.
A very big thank you to Tara Leighton, Cassie Streatfeild and Tanya McPherson for covering many of our new library books which we received from the Book Fair.
Your time and assistance is very much apprecaited.
Do you have any spare newspapers lying around?
If so, could you please drop them off to the school office by Wednesday 18th September.
The newspaper will be used for a Peer Support Activity in Week 10.
If you have a cake pop maker you are able to lend the school for this cooking experience, it would be very much apprecaited.
Please contact Carol or Emma on 6226 3357 if you have any questions regarding this request.
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.
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 this 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 this 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.