- Principal Report
- Religious Education
- Sport News
- Principal Awards
- Coordinator Merits
- Principal Awards - Advent Prayer Service
- Year 1 & 2 Swimming Program Photos
- Cooking in Japanese - Inari Sushi
- 5/6MA Student-led Lessons
- Lacey Library News
- Year 3-6 Holiday Reading? Why not use the Sora app!
- End of Year School Events
- Canteen News
- Playgroup News
- 2020 Term Dates
- Uniform Shop - Opening Dates 2020
- CatholicCare School Counsellor Requirements 2020
- Lost Property
- 2020 School Banking
- Christmas Mass Times
- Sun Smart Snippet
- Ray White & St Vincent de Paul - Giving Tree
- Yass Late Night Shopping
- Australian Open Tennis Camp
- 2020 Keyboard Lessons - Drum Kit Lessons – Drumline/Drum Corps
- Happy Holidays
I am very pleased to be able to announce, with my sincere congratulations, the appointments to our Student Leadership Team for 2020:
School Captains: Hope Seselja and Jeremy Bremner
Vice-Captains: Lucy Field-Wilson and Felix Makin
Mullungang Captains: Delanie Brassil and Max Buser
Hartigan Captains: Aimee Kelk and George Foran
McAuley Captains: Rachael Widdows and Cooper Hodges
Fielding Captains: Bhinanca Pandoo and Oliver Hughes
SRC Representatives: Lily Lachlan and Samuel Hillman
I would also like to congratulate all the other Year 5 students who put themselves forward as nominees for Student Leadership. All of the applications, speeches and interviews were of outstanding quality and I would like to reaffirm that, even without a formal Leadership position, all of our Year 6 students are considered to be leaders within our school.
2020 Class Lists
Class lists with their class teacher’s name will be sent home with your child next Monday along with their semester report. Please understand that once the lists have been published, students cannot be moved to another class. Thank you to the staff for the hours of dedication that are required in constructing the class lists to best meet the learning needs of each child.
Thank you and congratulations to Miss Tara Cassidy for coordinating and compiling our 2019 Yearbook. It is a wonderful memory of the events of this year and I recommend it to all. It will be distributed next week to families who have placed an order.
Mt Carmel’s Presentation Evening will be held tomorrow at 7pm in the PAC. Only families of children receiving awards need to attend the evening, and these have been notified by letter. Congratulations to all our 2019 award recipients. It is important that students arrive by 6:45pm at the latest so the evening can commence promptly.
The K-6 Christmas Concert will commence at 11:30am this Friday 13 December. Remember to please bring a folding chair if you can, as we will have limited guest seating available. If weather conditions, including excessive smoke in the air, necessitate a change of time or venue an alert will be sent via the school app on Friday morning.
End of Year Celebrations
Next Tuesday, at 9:45am in St Augustine’s Church, we will be celebrating our Year 6 Graduation Mass. All families are most warmly invited to attend. Following Mass there will be a morning tea in the Hartigan Centre for all Year 6 families.
At 11:30am we will hold our traditional Farewell Assembly for Year 6 in the PAC and at 6pm in the evening our Year 6 Colour Party.
Special thanks to Joh McColl and Kirby Jones for organising the social events to help mark the end of an era for our senior students.
2020 Commencement Date
The first day of the 2020 school year will be on Thursday 30 January. On Tuesday and Wednesday of that week staff will be participating in Staff Planning and Professional Learning days. I look forward to seeing everyone after the holidays, especially our new Kindergarten students!
Finally, as this is our last newsletter for the year, thank you to every fabulous family for their support this year; I am very grateful to you all. Thank you to the teaching and support staff for their tireless effort, commitment and vocation.
Thank you to the sensational students; I hope that you are all proud of your efforts and achievements this year. Now it’s time for a rest; take good care over the Christmas break.
May you all, and your families, have a happy and Holy Christmas in this year of Our Lord, 2019, and may the peace of the Infant Child be with you every day.
May God’s peace be in your families,
GOSPEL: Matthew 3:1-12
In due course John the Baptist appeared; he proclaimed this message in the desert of Judaea, 'Repent, for the kingdom of Heaven is close at hand.' This was the man spoken of by the prophet Isaiah when he said: A voice of one that cries in the desert, 'Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight.' This man John wore a garment made of camel-hair with a leather loin-cloth round his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem and all Judaea and the whole Jordan district made their way to him, and as they were baptised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins. But when he saw a number of Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism he said to them, 'Brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the coming retribution? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance, and do not presume to tell yourselves, "We have Abraham as our father," because, I tell you, God can raise children for Abraham from these stones. Even now the axe is being laid to the root of the trees, so that any tree failing to produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown on the fire. I baptise you in water for repentance, but the one who comes after me is more powerful than I, and I am not fit to carry his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fan is in his hand; he will clear his threshing-floor and gather his wheat into his barn; but the chaff he will burn in a fire that will never go out.'
The main character in this week’s Gospel is John the Baptist. As we know, John was Jesus’ cousin; however he also was a prophet. As John traveled through the desert, he proclaimed: “Reform your lives! The reign of God is at hand”! It was of John that the prophet Isaiah said: “A herald’s voice in the desert: ‘Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his path’”.
John was clothed in a garment of camel’s hair, he wore a leather belt around his waist and he ate grasshoppers and wild honey. Many people from Judea came to hear John preach. He baptized many of his followers in the Jordan River and they confessed their sins to God. However, when John realized that many of the Pharisees and Sadducees were coming to him to be baptized, he bluntly said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who told you to flee from the wrath to come? Give some evidence that you truly wish to reform your lives”! He spoke of Abraham then he adds: “Do not pride yourself that Abraham was your father”. John had the courage to be truthful with the Pharisees.
John came to pave the way for Jesus. He was called by God to prophesy to the people. He was popular with some people and not with others. I am sure that his preaching was disturbing to the people who feared his message and his popularity was also frightening to the people in power. Ask yourself: How would I respond if someone today were preaching the message that John preached? Most likely, I would respond as many did at that time. However, I would hope that I would be open-minded enough not to completely dismiss his preaching. I hope that I would examine his words seriously and sense his complete sincerity.
We never know when we might encounter a “John” in our lives. We still have prophets in our day! May you (and I) be open to their teaching and to the sincerity of their lives! Open your mind and heart today! You may receive an unexpected message!
(Sr Kristine Anne Harpenau)
VINNIES CHRISTMAS APPEAL - FINAL WEEK
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. Thanks to all of the families who have already donated. Your generosity and support is most appreciated. Baskets will be delivered to Vinnies next week.
"The birth of Christ is the central event in the history of the earth -- the very thing the whole story has been about." -- C.S. Lewis
Advent is the first season in the church calendar. Since the 7th century A.D., Christians have included this celebration in their preparation for Christmas Day.
This Sunday we celebrate the third Sunday of Advent. We light a pink candle on the third Sunday of Advent to represent joy.
Joy can be exuberant when we experience the faithfulness of God, it can be calm confidence in His sovereignty, or pure delight as He expresses His love.
Joy has many shades. It should never be determined by how we feel, but on who God is. The joy of the Lord can thrill us or make us resolute in the secure knowledge of God's presence. Paul tells us in 1 Thessalonians 5:16 to be joyful always. Jesus tells us "With God all things are possible." Mark 9:24 This combination of truth should help us be joyful each day. (www1.cbn.com)
ADVENT PRAYER SERVICE
We will celebrate the third Sunday of Advent with a prayer service on Monday morning at 9am in the PAC. Week 3 has kindly been prepared by 1JR. We extend a warm welcome to all members of our school community to come and celebrate with us.
On Friday 13th December, we will celebrate the Christmas Story through narrative and song. All classes from Kindergarten to Year 6 will be presenting and we would love for you to come and join us. The concert will commence at 11:30am on the asphalt where the students line up. Please bring a folding chair with you as seating will be limited.
On Tuesday 17th December, we will celebrate our Year 6 student's completion of primary education with a mass. The mass will commence at 9:45am in St Augustine's Church. Again we invite all members of our school community to come and celebrate this great milestone in the lives of our Year 6 students with us. The mass will be followed by a morning tea for our graduating students and their families in the Hartigan Centre.
THANK YOU AND MERRY CHRISTMAS
It only feels like yesterday that I sat down and welcomed you all to another school year. In the blink of an eye, we have now reached the end. We have had many wonderful moments throughout the year and have created endless memories. None of which would be possible without your endless support and the love and care you provide your children with each and every day. As we commence our Summer holidays, I am sure that there will be much quality time shared in each family. Whatever you do or however you spend your holidays, I wish you all the very best and hope that you have a blessed Christmas and a safe and wonderful New Year under the loving care of our Father above.
Seasons Greetings and God Bless,
Religious Education Coordinator
Tennis Trials/Basketball Trials
These trials will be held in Belconnen on Tuesday, 11 February, 2020. Please go to https://www.sport.cg.catholic.edu.au/nominations to register. Registrations are due by Tuesday 4 February.
Save the Date 2020
Mt Carmel Swimming Carnival - Friday 7 February, 2020 (Back Up - Tuesday 11 February)
Northern Region Swimming Carnival in Queanbeyan - Friday 14 February, 2020
Mt Carmel Cross Country Carnival - Friday 27 March 2020 (Back up- Tuesday 31 March)
Northern Region Cross Country in Braidwood- Friday 1 May, 2020
Mt Carmel Athletics Carnival - Friday 22 May, 2020 (Back up- Tuesday 26 May)
Northern Region Athletics in Goulburn- Friday 19 June, 2020
Congratulations to the following students who will receive a Principal's Award at Friday's K-6 Christmas Conert. The Christmas Concert will commence at 11.30am on the ashphalt.
Congratulations to the recipients of this week's Coordinator Merits, which focused on 'Catholic Values'.
Merits will be presented at Thursday morning's assembly.
Congratulations to the following students who will receive a Principal's Award at Monday's Advent Prayer Service. The Prayer Service will commence at 9.00am in the PAC and will be presented by 1JR.
For our last cooking experience of they year, we made Inari sushi which is vinegared rice tucked inside little deep-fried tofu pockets. Inari Sushi is easily one of the easiest sushi to make at home.
Inari Sushi or Inarizushi, is made of sushi rice that is stuffed inside seasoned deep-fried tofu pockets called Inari Age (pronounced [ah geh]). Inari Age is made by simmering tofu pockets in sweet and savoury dashi-based broth. After the tofu pouches absorb all the flavours, they are squeezed to remove the liquid and ready to be stuffed with sushi rice. These pouches can be purchased in Asian Grocery Shops.
How To Prepare
- Prepare sushi rice ahead of time.
- Once the sushi rice is prepared and cooled, open an inari tofu pocket and stuff a ball of rice inside.
- Sprinkle the inari sushi with some toasted sesame seeds or nori and serve with soy sauce.
Source – Just One Cook and Japan Centre
Over the past few weeks, Mrs Allan set her Stage Three students a challenge. They were asked to generate lesson plans of teaching experiences for their classmates based on areas of interest, ideas and topics we have covered this semester. She could not be prouder of their lessons, creativity and the wonderful leadership they have shown.
5/6MA have been amazing in their teaching and the way each class member participated in the lessons.
We have learnt about elephant toothpaste, created information reports, participated in a Try-math-a-lon and completed artworks showing ocean pollution. There’s been drama improvisation, algebra, prayer services, mandala creations and sporting activities. Just to name a few!
Mrs Allan would like to thank her students for their hard work, creative lessons & the enthusiasm each student has displayed to finish the year on such a high! Well done 5/6MA!
Please return any overdue library books as soon as possible.
Children are allowed to borrow several books to read over the holidays. They just need to bring a bag for their books.
Sora - Year 3-6 Children
Children are encouraged to use the Sora e-book library system over the holidays This is free to all Mt Carmel Students. Find the deatils on how to use Sora in the following newsletter article. This facility is always available for the students to use, especially during the holidays.
Librarian / Teacher
Remember, you can login to Sora with your normal CENet login that you use for Overdrive.
Visit https://soraapp.com in your web browser, or download the free Sora app from the Apple and Google Play stores on a mobile device.
This facility is always available for the students to use, especially during the holidays.
Librarian / Teacher
This week will be the last week the canteen will be open for 2019. We hope the students have enjoyed the items on offer over the year. Next year, we will be offering a number of specials each term to provide a better variety of lunch options. We will also be phasing out some of the regular chips and ice creams to come in line with the NSW Healthy School Canteen Strategy developed by the Healthy Kids Association. A new canteen menu will distributed via Szapp before the end of the school year.
Thank you very much to Tara Leighton, Karli Stonham and Maree Doyle who have volunteered throughout the year. Your help on a busy Friday is always apprecaited.
2020 Canteen Opening Dates
Week 1 - Closed
Thursday 6 February - Limited menu
Friday 7 February 2020 - Closed
Week 3 - Open with full menu available
A special Lent menu will be avialble each Friday during Lent (Wednesday 26 February - Thursday 6 April)
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.
Thursday Mornings: 9am - 11am
Front room of the PAC (off Dutton St)
$3 for the first child, $1 for subsequent children in family
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.
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.
Please note: a new referral form must be completed for exisitng families.
Each Tuesday during school term: 8.30am-3.00pm
Gerard Noonan has been performing for over 30 years & has qualifications of CPM III(Honours) & AMEB II in percussion. Experience includes eisteddfods, examinations & performance in bands such as Shiraz & Ridgefort Drumline & is proud to offer lessons at school-Parents can choose from options below for their child & can check days/times offered for school lessons by SMS to 0408622819. Required instruments & equipment are supplied during lessons by Mr Noonan.
DRUM CORPS GROUP: The best start in Drums for ages 6-9. Technique, notation, rhythms & fills on marching drum & basic drum kit.
DRUMLINE GROUP: (ages 10+). Learn rapid rolls, dynamic rhythms, performance & charting on tenor drums, deep snare & bass drum.
BEGINNER KEYBOARD GROUP: Learn key positions, essential theory & reading in songs from traditional to modern on keyboard.
PIANO/KEYBOARD LESSONS: Learn technique, key recognition, more advanced reading & songs from traditional to modern genres.
DRUM KIT LESSONS: Learn technique, more complex rhythms in different styles & songs in addition to chart reading on drum set.
ELECTRONIC MUSIC PRODUCTION: Theory, composition, software ops like ProTools & Logic ProLite on midi keyboard & Lap top
Group lessons (per student per group): $90 per term.
Private lessons: In school: (20 minute lessons): $210 per term
After school lessons (30 minute): $300 per term
How to Enrol your child:
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or sms 0408622819 stating which instrument & lesson type you wish to enrol your child.
Fees paid by direct deposit to: GERARD NOONAN - BSB: 012800 Acc: 351917822. – These can be paid in 2 equal instalments with the first half at the start of term & the second half mid term (eg: $45+$45 for group lessons). CREATIVE KIDS VOUCHERS ALSO ACCEPTED