- Principal Report
- Religious Education
- Sports News
- Coordinator Awards
- Hawaiian School Disco on Tomorrow!
- Lacey Library - Overdue Books
- End of Year School Events
- Canteen News
- Uniform Shop - Opening Dates 2020
- Playgroup Dates for Term 4
- Last Day for School Banking
- BYOD Note and Pricing List
- Free Dyslexia Seminar
- Flix in the Sticks - Montessori Movie Night
- 2020 Keyboard & Drum Lessons
Today the K-2 Classes visited a very informative safety incursion about keeping safe around vehicles, hosted by the Georgina Josephine Foundation, to learn about how little a driver can actually see from inside their vehicle.
It is extremely important that, as parents, we model safe behaviour around traffic. Teachers on afternoon supervision frequently report concerning behaviours to me, including crossing the road between buses, calling children across the road rather than collecting them, and riding rather than walking bikes or scooters across roads. Safety around our school is everybody’s responsibility.
Transport NSW recommends that children should hold an adult’s hand, not only when crossing roads but whenever around vehicles, until at least the age of 8 and be closely supervised around traffic until at least the age of 10.
Injuries to young children often happen:
- when a child is walking with an adult, but not holding hands
- when a child is close to home, playing in a quiet street or driveway that is considered safe from traffic
- when a supervising adult is unaware a child has slipped away
- when a child is playing in an unfenced play area
- when a relative or family friend is driving off or returning home.
Boys are twice as likely to be killed or injured as pedestrians than girls.
More information about the Georgina Josephine Foundation can be found at http://www.gjfoundation.com.au and about Traffic Safety and Children, at http://www.kidsandtraffic.mq.edu.au.
Hours of Supervision
A reminder that our hours of supervision at school are between 8:30am and 3:40pm.
Thank You Morning Tea
We will be holding our Thank You Morning Tea next Wednesday 27 November in the Staff Room at 10:50am. So to all parents, grandparents and friends who have assisted in any capacity around the school this year, you are warmly invited, with our sincere thanks for all you have done to help, to join us for morning tea. Please RSVP to the school office by Monday 26 November.
Last Friday evening at Berinba School 20 Mt Carmel students participated in the CWA-Rostrum Talkfest Public Speaking Competition. They presented a variety of entertaining and informative speeches and represented our school beautifully. My sincere congratulations to all the participants, especially the following students who were awarded places: in Year 2, Pia de la barre de Nanteuil and Milly Shannon were both Runners-up; in Year 3, Mackenzie Kline placed First and Delilah Rajic was Runner-up; in Year 4, Skye Edwards placed First and Anna Samperi was Runner-up; and in Year 5 Catie Harding was Runner-up.
BYOD Information Evening
On Monday evening we held our Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) information evening for Year 4 parents. Handouts from the meeting have been attached to this newsletter, for the benefit of those parents who were unable to attend. Alternatively, please contact the school office and we will send paper copies home.
Student Leadership 2020
A reminder that nominations for 2020 Student Leadership positions are due by this Friday. Nominees will then present a two-minute speech at an assembly on Wednesday 27 November (Week 7) and attend a panel interview on Monday 2 December (Week 8).
A request to any K-5 families moving from Mt Carmel at the end of this year: it would greatly assist our preparation for 2020 if you would send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible indicating your intentions along with your destination. Much of this term is spent preparing for next year and our student numbers need to be accurate. Thank you for assisting us with this information gathering.
May God’s peace be in your families,
GOSPEL: Luke 21:5-19
When some were talking about the Temple, remarking how it was adorned with fine stonework and votive offerings, he said, 'All these things you are staring at now -- the time will come when not a single stone will be left on another; everything will be destroyed.' And they put to him this question, 'Master,' they said, 'when will this happen, then, and what sign will there be that it is about to take place?' But he said, 'Take care not to be deceived, because many will come using my name and saying, "I am the one" and "The time is near at hand." Refuse to join them. And when you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be terrified, for this is something that must happen first, but the end will not come at once.' Then he said to them, 'Nation will fight against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes and plagues and famines in various places; there will be terrifying events and great signs from heaven. 'But before all this happens, you will be seized and persecuted; you will be handed over to the synagogues and to imprisonment, and brought before kings and governors for the sake of my name -and that will be your opportunity to bear witness. Make up your minds not to prepare your defence, because I myself shall give you an eloquence and a wisdom that none of your opponents will be able to resist or contradict. You will be betrayed even by parents and brothers, relations and friends; and some of you will be put to death. You will be hated universally on account of my name, but not a hair of your head will be lost. Your perseverance will win you your lives.
Today’s Gospel begins with people commenting on the adornments of the temple and votive offerings. After hearing their words, Jesus makes a statement that must have been unsettling to his listeners. He said: “All that you see here, the days will come when there will not be left stone upon stone upon another stone. All of the stones will be thrown down.”
Naturally, his disciples said: “When will this happen? What signs can we look for so we will be prepared?” Jesus then tells his disciples to “beware.” He says: “Many people will come and try to deceive you, saying ‘I am he’ or ‘The time has come.’ However, do not follow them.” Jesus also predicts “one nation will rise against another nation. And there will be earthquakes, famines, and plagues.”
Jesus’ description sounds like the state of our world today. Nations are at war. Men and women are starving and living in destitution. Everyday women, men, and children are abused physically, sexually, and emotionally. Numerous people are killed on the streets. And as we well know, Australia is not an exception. Yet we claim to be civilized, a “first world country.”
Today Jesus encourages us to “seek what will last,” to seek what is good and loving. If each one of us did this, we might change our hearts, our country and perhaps our world. What will we choose today? Will we simply maintain the status quo? (Sr Kristine Anne Harpenau)
VINNIES CHRISTMAS APPEAL
With 3 million people living below the poverty line in Australia, including over 739,000 children, your donation allows the St Vincent de Paul Society to provide more than immediate help, it provides something much more valuable - the opportunity for a better life.
This year we are again seeking your support to help those less fortunate in our community through generous donations of non-perishable food items, gift vouchers or gifts or new toys for children or a thoughtful gift for an adult.
Each classroom has been provided with a basket for you to place your donations in and we will be delivering them to the Yass branch of St Vincent de Paul at the end of the term. Your generosity and support is most appreciated.
Religious Education Coordinator
Congratulations to the recipients of this week's Coordinator Merits, which focused on 'Stay Safe'.
Merits will be presented at Thursday morning's assembly. Next week, the teachers will be on the look out for children who 'Show Respect'.
Available on Fridays only.
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.