- Principal Report
- Religious Education
- Sport News
- Safer Internet Day - 5/6ML
- Safer Internet Day - Year 3
- Book Fair and Grandparents/Older Friends Morning Tea
- Book Fair & Grandparents/Older Friends Morning Tea Invitation
- Mr Dunstan Wants You!
- Money Found at Swimming Carnival
- Canteen News
- Uniform Shop
- Playgroup Returning Week 4
- Music Books for Margaret Hanson
- Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist 2020
- Trinity Catholic College Goulburn - Upcoming Information Night & Open Day
- Cancer Council NSW - Healthy Lunch Box Ideas
- Yass Rams Season Launch - 22 February
- Yass Minor Rugby League - Registration
Last Friday’s Swimming Carnival was a wonderful day. Thank you to Mrs Esther Glover for her organisation of this event; it is always a monumental task! My sincere thanks also to the large number of parent volunteers without whom we could not run a carnival. We were also very fortunate to have the assistance of several students from Yass High School who helped with timekeeping, novelty events and as in-pool helpers for the 25m events. Thanks to Mrs Emma McEvoy for her delicious catering and to all of our teachers for their support and assistance on a long, hot day in the sun. Congratulations to the 35 students who have progressed to the Northern Region carnival in Queanbeyan this Friday; swim well, and good luck! Ribbons and age champion medalions will be presented on Monday morning, 17 February during morning assembly.
Our opening school Mass and induction of student leaders will be held at 9:45am tomorrow in St Augustine’s Church. All parents and families are warmly invited to share this celebration with us. There will be a morning tea for our new student leaders and their families in the Staff Room after Mass.
Welcome BBQ and Open Classrooms
Next Wednesday 19 February we have our welcome BBQ and Open Classroom Night. You are all warmly invited to join us for a family BBQ at 5pm to meet and mingle with other families and Mt Carmel staff. I will lead a brief address in the PAC at 5:45pm, followed by Open Classrooms throughout the school from 6 to 7pm. There are no scheduled times for particular classes and teachers, please feel free to visit your child’s classroom with them at your convenience. It will be an opportunity for your child to show you the work they have been doing so far this year and for you to meet your child’s teacher, if you haven’t already, and find out about routines and information specific to each class. Please note, though, that this is not an occasion for individual parent-teacher meetings. To assist with planning, I ask that you RSVP for the BBQ by this Friday via the SZapp App.
Mt Carmel Playgroup
Katrina Hodges will be running our Mt Carmel Playgroup again this year, starting next Thursday 20 February, in the Playgroup Room off the Dutton Street entrance to the Performing Arts Centre from 9-11am. Cost is $3 for the first child, then $1 for any additional children and includes morning tea. All welcome!
Kindergarten Rest Days and Assessment
A reminder to all our new Kindergarten families that Rest Days will continue on Wednesdays until Week 6. The final rest day will be on March 4, with full weeks commencing in Week 7. If you have not yet made an appointment time with your child’s teacher for the Best Start Kindergarten Assessment, please contact the school office as soon as possible – bookings are filling fast!
Ash Wednesday this year falls on 26 February, Week 5, marking the start of Lent, the period of preparation leading up to Easter, and we will be celebrating Shrove Tuesday with our traditional Pancake Breakfast. Pancakes will be served from 7:30am in the school kitchen; all are welcome and gluten-free and dairy-free pancakes will be available. A big thanks, in advance, to the teachers and SRC members who come in early to cook and serve. During Lent, our school canteen will not be serving meat on Fridays; fish cocktails and fish burgers will be available to order on Fridays instead.
A friendly reminder to all families of the importance of wearing correct school uniform, including socks, hats and jackets/jumpers. If you have any difficulties obtaining correct uniform, please feel free to contact me directly.
Many families provide a mobile telephone for their child for safety reasons, especially when travelling to and from school independently. Mobile telephones are not to be used during the school day, and we ask that students leave them for safekeeping at the school office, to be collected at 3:10pm. Developments in technology have seen a variety of phone-enabled watches now available on the market; if families choose to provide one of these for their child the same policy applies: telephones are not to be used during the school day and we ask that they be left at the office for safekeeping or set to school-mode (telephone disabled) during school hours. Telephones used during school hours, including watches, will be confiscated.
May God’s peace be in your families,
GOSPEL: Matthew 5:13-16
'You are salt for the earth. But if salt loses its taste, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled under people's feet. 'You are light for the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house. In the same way your light must shine in people's sight, so that, seeing your good works, they may give praise to your Father in heaven.
This week Jesus coins a phrase that we continue to use today. He tells his disciples: “You are the ‘salt of the earth.’”
What does that phrase mean to you? What characteristics would you use to describe a person that you consider to be “the salt of the earth?” Down to earth? Practical? Sensible? Caring? Most likely all of us are “salt of the earth” in a variety of ways. However, Jesus also says that if we lose our “saltiness,” we also lose our tastiness and then we are not good for anything! Is that what we desire?
Jesus also tells his disciples (and us): “You are the light of the world.” This is a powerful and yet perhaps an intimidating statement. Light is essential in many ways. Plants would not grow without light. Light enables us to see more clearly. If we do not have “light” we stumble and struggle through life. And if we take Jesus’ words seriously, we need to share our light with everyone we encounter.
As yourself: Do you truly consider yourself “the light of the world?” If you answer yes, how do you share your “light?” What acts do you do that bring light to other people? What are the “gifts of light” you share with others: a smile, a kind act, noticing someone who needs some help or encouragement, reaching out to someone who is lonely, sitting with a friend who is ill or simply sharing a flower or fresh tomato from your garden? These are small acts but they are filled with “light!”
Now, let’s shift the focus. What are the arenas of your life where your “light” may be dim or perhaps even extinguished? What is the cause of the loss of light? Do you sense any glimmer of light beginning to shine in this arena of your life? How do you experience God in this situation?
Our “light” is not our creation. God chose to make us creatures of “light.” Our light is not ours. It is a share of God’s light! Nor is our light to be hoarded. Our light has been given to us to share with our family, friends, the strangers we meet and our world. Today may you consciously and generously let your light shine! After all, our light comes from God, thus it truly is God’s light that is shining through us!
Our world is in desperate need of “light.” There is a tremendous amount of darkness, pain, tragedy, loneliness and sadness in our world. Today and every day, the world needs your light and my light! Together we can “light up” the world with God’s light and love! (Sr Kristine Anne Harpenau)
OPENING SCHOOL MASS
Tomorrow, Thursday 13th February, we will be celebrating our Opening School Mass which will see the commissioning of our new school leaders. We extend a warm welcome to all of the Mt Carmel community to come and celebrate with us. The mass will commence at 9:45am at St Augustine's Church.
The Gardening Club are currently constructing a sensory garden as part of the upgraded infants playground. The garden will be planted out in the coming weeks with plants that will provide students with the opportunity to enjoy their colous, feel, smell and taste.
Religious Education Coordinator
Mt Carmel Swimming Carnival
Well done to all the students who participated in our swimming carnival last Friday. Thank you to all the teachers, parents and other volunteers for helping us on the day. We appreciate your support and commitment to making these events a success.
Congratulations to the following students who will be awarded certificates at the morning assembly on Monday 17 February. Ribbons for will also be handed out.
1. Esther Adie
2. Emily Ryan
3. Lulu Merriman & Amelia Shannon
1. Neve Luckie
2. Skye Edwards
3. Hayley Reardon
1. Hugh Merriman
2. Jeremy Bremner
3. Max Buser
1. Ella Cassidy
2. Delanie Brassil
3. Willoughby Walsh-Devoe
Northern Region Swimming Carnival
Good luck to the following students who will be competing at the Northern Region Swimming Carnival this Friday 14 February in Queanbeyan:
Archer Lees, Flynn Wullaert, Kobe Walsh-Devoe, Fletcher Douglas, Tommy Markota, Charlie Jamieson, Jed Newman, Jack Ryan, Jake Wullaert, Jack Shannon, Liam Beeton, Lewis Jones, Hugh Merriman, Jeremy Bremner, Oliver Hughes, Nicholas Marchei, Max Buser, Neve Luckie, Willoughy Walsh-Devoe, Esther Adie, Lulu Merriman, Brooke Reardon, Camilla Bremner, Grace Ryan, Emily Ryan, Stella Pack, Delilah Rajic, Clare Broers, Hayley Reardon, Skye Edwards, Annabel Barber, Ella Cassidy, Millie Maher, Delanie Brassil and Rachael Widdows.
Please return your permission note and $12.50 to the front office if you have not already done so by tomorrow.
The Mal Meninga Cup and Laurie Daley Shield will be held on Tuesday 3 March at the Gungahlin Enclosed Oval. The event will be organised and run by the NRL Game Development team and will consist of 2 divisions; Year 3/4 and Year 5/6. Both Divisions will non-scoring games with the focus on the development of participants. A note will be sent out for this gala day this week.
Summer Trials for Year 5 and 6 students
Registrations are currently open for the following sports’ trials:
Cricket – Friday 20 March 2020 (Gundagai)
Soccer – Thursday 20 February (Lyneham, ACT)
For more information or to register, please go to https://www.sport.cg.catholic.edu.au/nominations.
Please check the C & G website and the Facebook page for information about upcoming events including winter trials for netball, rugby league, hockey and touch football.
Safer Internet Day is a worldwide event that raises awareness about online safety and encourages everyone to help create a better internet. Safer Internet Day was held yesterday, Tuesday 11 February and throughout the day, a number of the classes participated in activities learning how to use the internet safely.
For more information regarding Safer Internet Day, please have a look at the following link - https://www.esafety.gov.au/safer-internet-day
When: Friday 28th February
Where: Lacey Library
Times: Book Fair 9.00am - 3.45pm
Morning Tea 10.00am - 11.30 am
Monday 24th February 3.30 - 4.00pm
Tuesday 25th February 3.30 - 4.00pm
The Book Fair books will be arriving on Monday 17th February!
On Friday 28 February we will hold a Scholastic Book Fair in the Lacey Library. The students will be able to purchase books for themselves from the great range which Scholastic have provided. The more books sold, the more free books can be bought for the Lacey Library! Parents you are most welcome to visit the Book Fair on Friday with your child or children. If you can’t make it, I will visit the classrooms and collect any student who wants to purchase a book or resource and take them to the Book Fair.
There will be two browsing afternoons, where you can purchase the books or place an order before the actual book fair. The orders will be sent off by email and returned to the school as soon as possible. This reduces disappointment when there is a particular popular book.
This year you will be able to visit the Lacey Library on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th February from 3.30-4.00pm, to browse, purchase or order books .
We would like to invite our grandparents and older friends to the Book Fair and have morning tea at Mt Carmel. If you can provide some food for our morning tea that would be fantastic.
Please find attached an invitation which you may like to give to your grandparents or older friend. Please come and enjoy the day.
If you are a male 35+ I want to recruit you to play in a Yass men’s masters soccer team in the 2020 Capital Region competition. No experience or skill is necessary, just a willingness to be part of a team and give it a go. Training will be optional or non-existent. At this stage, games will be on Sunday mornings at 11am. Registration will be about $350 and will include a kit. Registration needs to be in by 15 February so if you or someone you know is keen, just contact the front office or let me know in person ASAP. Go on, you know you want to!
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.
If any students have borrowed music books from Margaret Hanson, can you please return them as soon as possible. Books can be given to Margaret directly, or passed to the front office. Thank you.
Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist 2020
The Catholic Parish of St Augustine's, Yass, invites children baptised in the Catholic tradition, Year 3 or older, to continue their journey in faith by preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation in preparation for their First Holy Communion. If you believe your child is ready to take this next step and you are prepared to be involved in the journey, please enrol your child at St Augustine’s Presbytery on Wednesday 26 February or Thursday 27 February between 5-6pm. For further details and to print an enrolment form please visit the parish website www.staug-yass.org.au/wp/sacraments or contact Dianne Carey 0419 276 889 Sacramental Team Leader.
First Reconciliation and Eucharist Registration
Wednesday 26th February between 5-6pm at the Presbytery
Thursday 27th February between 5-6pm at the Presbytery
First Reconciliation - Wednesday 1st April (6pm)
First Eucharist - Sunday 14th June (10am)
Confirmation - Sunday 13th September (10am)
Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 February 5-6pm Presbytery
Saturday 29 February 6pm St. Augustine's and Sunday 1 March 10.30am Uniting Church Hall Murrumbateman
Thursday 26 March 7pm St Augustine's
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Wednesday 1 April 6pm St Augustine's
Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 February 5-6pm Presbytery
Saturday 2 May 6pm St. Augustine's and Sunday 3 May 10.30am Uniting Church Hall Murrumbateman
Thursday 4 June 7pm St Augustine's
Friday 12 June 9am-3.10pm Hartigan Centre and St Augustine's
Sacrament of First Holy Communion
Sunday 14 June 10am St Augustine's
Wednesday 29 July and Thursday 30 July 5-6pm Presbytery
Saturday 1 August 6pm St. Augustine's and Sunday 2 August 10.30am Uniting Church Hall Murrumbateman
Church Liturgy 1
Thursday 20 August 7pm St Augustine's
Church Liturgy 2
Thursday 3 September 7pm St Augustine's
Friday 11 September 9am-3.10pm Hartigan Centre and St Augustine's
Sacrament of Confirmation
Sunday 13 September 10am St Augustine's
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