- Principal Report
- Religious Education
- Sports News
- Coordinator Awards
- Canteen News
- Uniform Shop
- Playgroup Dates for Term 4
- Wanted - Sandpit Toys
- ST AUGUSTINE'S BOOK FAIR – November 2 & 3
- Cricket - Register Now!
- Yass Park Run
- Bingo Night Fundraiser - Yass Gymnastics
- Yass Swimming Club
- Book Parade Flyer
Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,
Welcome to Term 4
A very warm welcome back to all our students, staff and families. I do hope that the two-week break was restful and enjoyable for everyone. A very special welcome back and congratulations to Miss Rootsey, who returns to Mt Carmel as Mrs Goode after her wedding towards the end of last term.
Term 4 is always busy and I’m sure that this year will be no exception. There are a number of significant events coming up including Walkathon, the Boorowa Touch Football and Netball Carnival, a School Disco, the end of year Christmas Concert and our Year 6 Graduation, to name just a few.
Thank you to everyone who has returned their walkathon card. At this stage only around half of students have returned their cards and so far we have received a little over $6500 in donations and pledges. Our target this year is $10 000. Qkr has now been set up to receive Walkathon payments too. I ask that all families return their cards tomorrow so that we can let students know if they have raised enough for their Crazy Hair Day reward and so that I know whether or not to bring the clippers...
Kinder Orientation for 2020 commences next week on Wednesday 23 October from 9:30am to 12:30pm for three consecutive Wednesdays. New Kinders will need to bring a hat, a water bottle and something to eat for recess. On Wednesday 6 November we will hold a K-2020 Parent Information Evening in the Lacey Library to provide specific information and answer questions about starting school.
Transition to High School
Term 4 is a very exciting, and sometimes nervous, time for our Year 6 students as they prepare for the move to High School. Most schools have transition/orientation days this term and I encourage all students to take advantage of these. Next Monday we will have a guest speaker from Headspace visiting our Year 6 students to discuss self-care and managing emotions in times of transition.
May God’s peace be in your families,
Gospel Reading Luke 17:11-19
Jesus heals 10 lepers, and one, the Samaritan, returns to give thanks.
Background on the Gospel Reading
Last Sunday we heard about how Jesus, continuing on his journey to Jerusalem, heals 10 lepers. This story is a lesson about faith and reminds us that faith is sometimes found in unlikely places. Ten people afflicted with leprosy cry out to Jesus. Struck with pity, Jesus heals all 10. However, only one is described as glorifying God and returning to thank Jesus. The one who returns is a Samaritan, a foreigner. In the Jewish circles in which Jesus lived, Samaritans were looked down upon because of the differences between the two communities in their observance of Judaism. It is significant, therefore, that Jesus commends the Samaritan for his faith, which has been his salvation. Throughout Luke's Gospel, faith is found in surprising places.
Another lesson for us in this Gospel has to do with salvation. All 10 of the lepers were given the gift of healing, but in his gratitude to God for this gift, the Samaritan found salvation. Our salvation is found in recognizing the gifts we have been given and knowing to whom we must offer our thanks.
Making Good Choices
Our conscience is the inner voice that helps us to know the law God has placed in our hearts. Our conscience helps us to judge the moral qualities of our own actions. It guides us to do good and avoid evil.
The Holy Spirit can help us to form a good conscience. We form our conscience by studying the teachings of the Church and following the guidance of our parents and pastoral leaders.
God has given every human being freedom of choice. This does not mean that we have the right to do whatever we please. We can live in true freedom if we cooperate with the Holy Spirit, who gives us the virtue of prudence. This virtue helps us to recognize what is good in every situation and to make correct choices. The Holy Spirit gives us the gifts of wisdom and understanding to help us make the right choices in life in relationship to God and others. The gift of counsel helps us to reflect on making correct choices in life.
The Ten Commandments help us to make moral choices that are pleasing to God. We have the grace of the sacraments, the teachings of the Church, and the good example of saints and fellow Christians to help us make good choices.
Making good choices involves the following steps:
- Ask the Holy Spirit for help.
- Think about God’s law and the teachings of the Church.
- Think about what will happen as a result of your choice. Ask yourself, will the consequences be pleasing to God? Will my choice hurt someone else?
- Seek advice from someone you respect and remember that Jesus is with you.
- Ask yourself how your choice will affect your relationships with God and others.
Making good choices takes into consideration the object of the choice, our intention in making the choice, and the circumstances in which the choice is made. It is never right to make an evil choice in the hope of gaining something good.
Gymnastics Term 4
Infants classes will be participating in four sessions of gymnastics this term with Yass Gymnastics.
Boorowa Touch and Netball Carnival - Friday 25 October
Team lists and draws are being finalised and will be sent out shortly.
We require one referee/umpire per team so if you are able to assist or know someone who can (siblings and friends welcome!), please let me know via the front office or e-mail.
Congratulations to the recipients of this week's Coordinator Merits, which focused on 'Catholic Values'.
Merits will be presented at Thursday morning's assembly. Next week, the teachers will be on the look out for children who 'Stay Safe'.
Flavours - Strawberry Burst and Orange Crush
- 99.9% fruit juice (sourced from Australian Growers)
- Natural Flavours and Natural Colours
- 99% Fat Free
- No Added Sugar
- Gluten Free
Available at lunch time only
Available on Fridays only.
Please note that the Canteen will be closed next Friday, 25 October due to the Boorowa Touch and Netball Carnival taking place.
Please remember to pack recess and lunch for your child if they are school on Friday.
The girl's summer uniform optional alternative is now available to purchase. The white sleeve blouse and navy shorts can be found on Qkr or on the order form available from the front office.
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 to the front office and the correct size/item can be sent home.
Thursday Mornings: 9am - 11am
Front room of the PAC (off Dutton St)
$3 for the first child, $1 for subsequent children in family
Teddy Bear’s Picnic—Thursday 12 December (Week 9)
This week will be the last Playgroup for 2019 and we will
be hosting a Teddy Bear’s Picnic.
If you are able to attend, please have your child/children
bring along a teddy (or favourite toy) and a plate of food to
share with the other children.
* Please note no egg and nuts to be included in food.
Do you have any sand pit toys laying around that you don't use anymore? The school is looking for some toys in good conition to be used in the sandpit for our upcoming Kindergarten Orientation Days.
If you would like to donate any toys, please drop them off to the school office.
St Augustine's Parish will be holding its annual Book Fair again this year, on the same weekend as Classic Yass (November 2 & 3). Last year’s Book Fair was highly successful and the parish hopes that with your support, this year’s can be even better. Funds this year will go to various parish building/maintenance commitments, with a proportion being directed towards Yass Rural Australians for Refugees to assist them with their valuable work.
If you’ve been putting off going through the book shelves and cupboards, now is the time to start! Donations of books, DVDs, CDs, vinyl records, games, puzzles and the like are all welcome. Donations can be accepted from now until Tuesday 29 October.
Please contact Deb Valencic at firstname.lastname@example.org or ring or text 0427 674 246 to advise that you have goods to donate and to organise a time to drop off donations or to have them picked up.
Donations of encyclopaedias and magazines cannot be accepted this year.