- Principal Report
- Religious Education
- Sport News
- Reading and Writing Information Sessions
- 2019 Replacement Yearbooks
- Book Fair and Grandparents/Older Friends Morning Tea
- Book Fair & Grandparents/Older Friends Morning Tea Invitation
- Playgroup Starts Tomorrow
- Uniform Shop
- CatholicCare School Counsellor Requirements 2020
- Music Books for Margaret Hanson
- Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist 2020
- Trinity Catholic College Goulburn - Upcoming Information Night & Open Day
- Netball Registration - Closes this Friday
- Yass Rams Season Launch - 22 February
- Yass Minor Rugby League - Registration
Welcome BBQ and Open Classrooms
Thank you to the families who have submitted their RSVP for tonight's Welcome BBQ; I look forward to seeing you this afternoon. The Community Council will be serving sausage sandwiches from 5pm.
At 5:45pm there will be a brief gathering in the PAC for a prayer and Principal’s Address, then Open Classrooms will run between 6pm and 7pm.
There will be no formal presentations from teachers in the classrooms, although each will have information about classroom routines and learning for Term 1. The open classroom is intended as an opportunity for your child to show you their classroom, introduce their teacher to you and share their learning so far. If you have more than one child at Mt Carmel, you can visit their classrooms in any order you like; there are no scheduled times.
Mt Carmel Playgroup
A reminder that playgroup will start tomorrow with Mrs Hodges 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!
Parent Reading Information Sessions
Next Thursday 27 February Trish O’Dell, our Classroom Support Teacher, will be hosting two information sessions for parents to find out how to best help your child with reading at home. We also encourage attendance at one of these sessions for parents wishing to volunteer as a reading helper in the classroom. The sessions will be held at 9.15am and 7pm in our Professional Learning Room, upstairs in the office building.
Northern Region Swimming Carnival
Mt Carmel was represented by 35 students at last Friday’s Northern Region Swimming Carnival in Queanbeyan. My sincere congratulations to all students who participated so well; I am extremely proud of you all. From this event, 21 Mt Carmel students have been selected to represent the Northern Region at the Archdiocesan Swimming Carnival in Narooma on Monday 2 March. Congratulations to you all.
Next Wednesday marks the start of Lent, the period of preparation leading up to Easter, and we will be marking 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.
At 9am in the PAC we will be holding our Ash Wednesday Prayer Service, hosted by 5/6GZ. Families are warmly invited to join us at our first Prayer Service for the year. The first Principal’s Awards for 2020 will be presented at the end of the Prayer Service.
Trinity Catholic College Information
On Monday morning Mrs Gaye McManus, principal of Trinity Catholic College Goulburn, along with some ex-Mt Carmel students, will visit Stage 3 classes for a discussion about starting High School. For families who are interested in finding out about this educational pathway, there will be an information evening on Wednesday 26 February from 6:00pm to 6:45pm in the Yass Soldiers Club Auditorium. More information can be found in the flier later in this newsletter.
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.
Book Fair and Grandparents’ Morning Tea
Next Friday will be our annual Book Fair and Grandparents’ Morning Tea. The Book Fair is open for browsing and orders from 9:00am to 3:45pm and the Morning Tea will be held in the Convent courtyard from 10:00am to 11:30am. Thank you, in anticipation, to Mrs Turner and Mrs Patmore for the tremendous amount of work that goes into preparing for this wonderful day.
May God’s peace be in your families,
GOSPEL: Matthew 5:17-37
'Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them. In truth I tell you, till heaven and earth disappear, not one dot, not one little stroke, is to disappear from the Law until all its purpose is achieved. Therefore, anyone who infringes even one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be considered the least in the kingdom of Heaven; but the person who keeps them and teaches them will be considered great in the kingdom of Heaven. 'For I tell you, if your uprightness does not surpass that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of Heaven. 'You have heard how it was said to our ancestors, You shall not kill; and if anyone does kill he must answer for it before the court. But I say this to you, anyone who is angry with a brother will answer for it before the court; anyone who calls a brother "Fool" will answer for it before the Sanhedrin; and anyone who calls him "Traitor" will answer for it in hell fire. So then, if you are bringing your offering to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your offering there before the altar, go and be reconciled with your brother first, and then come back and present your offering. Come to terms with your opponent in good time while you are still on the way to the court with him, or he may hand you over to the judge and the judge to the officer, and you will be thrown into prison. In truth I tell you, you will not get out till you have paid the last penny. 'You have heard how it was said, You shall not commit adultery. But I say this to you, if a man looks at a woman lustfully, he has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye should be your downfall, tear it out and throw it away; for it will do you less harm to lose one part of yourself than to have your whole body thrown into hell. And if your right hand should be your downfall, cut it off and throw it away; for it will do you less harm to lose one part of yourself than to have your whole body go to hell. 'It has also been said, Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a writ of dismissal. But I say this to you, everyone who divorces his wife, except for the case of an illicit marriage, makes her an adulteress; and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery. 'Again, you have heard how it was said to our ancestors, You must not break your oath, but must fulfill your oaths to the Lord. But I say this to you, do not swear at all, either by heaven, since that is God's throne; or by earth, since that is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, since that is the city of the great King. Do not swear by your own head either, since you cannot turn a single hair white or black. All you need say is "Yes" if you mean yes, "No" if you mean no; anything more than this comes from the Evil One.
This week Jesus instructs His disciples what not to do. He begins His instructions by saying: “Do not think that I have come abolish the law and the prophets, I have come, not to abolish them, but to fulfill them.” He continues on: “Of this much I assure you: until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter of the law. . . shall be done away with until it all comes true.” Anyone who fulfills the law is the least in the kingdom.” Then He adds: Whoever fulfills and teaches these commandments shall be great in the kingdom of God. And unless your holiness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of God.”
Jesus also speaks about judging others. If we judge a sister or brother, we are the ones who will be liable for judgment, not them. He then talks about anger. He tells his disciples that if they get angry or use abusive language they will be held in contempt and they also are risking “the fires of Gehenna.” Jesus warns his disciples about the danger of thoughts of impurity, adultery, divorce or making false oaths or pledges. He ends with these words: “Say ‘Yes’ when you mean “yes” and ‘no’ when you mean “no.” Anything else is from the evil one.”
Take a moment and ask yourself: how often do I speak and words that are neither just nor appropriate? If you are like me, it is far too often! Yet, I may continue to do it. Why do we do this? Most of us know what is appropriate and inappropriate yet we continue to berate, judge, or demean others. In today’s Gospel, Jesus is very clear about what we are not to do! Today pause a moment and ask yourself: Do I take Jesus’ words seriously? Do I strive to live as He calls us to live? Or will I continue to act in a manner I know is not healthy for me or for the people in my life? Every day, every moment, we have a choice! What will we choose today? (Sr Kristine Anne Harpenau)
PANCAKE BREAKFAST & RACE
In Australia the day preceding Ash Wednesday is popularly known as Shrove Tuesday. It is also frequently called Pancake Tuesday. We will be celebrating this special day next Tuesday, 25th February. It is the name “Shrove” that shows its religious origins. Shrove is the past tense of the English verb “Shrive” which means to obtain absolution for one’s sins by way of confession and by doing penance.
With Shrove Tuesday taking place before the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday, it was the day when Christians were encouraged to go to confession in preparation for the penitential season that would end 40 days and 40 nights later with Easter Sunday.
Dating back to 1000 AD, over the years Shrove Tuesday not only became a day for Confession but a time for Catholics to feast on eggs, sugar and dairy which are traditionally restricted during the Lenten fast.
Not only was Shrove Tuesday a last chance to gorge on such foods but it was also a way to use them up before the fast began. (https://www.catholicweekly.com.au/shrove-tuesday/)
To celebrate, we will be holding a pancake breakfast from 7:30am served from the Food Tech room. This will be followed by our annual pancake race which will be held on the oval after morning lines. I wonder which house will secure the pancake trophy this year. Be sure to come along, cheer on the teams and find and enjoy a fun race.
Next Wednesday, February 26th, 5/6GZ will be leading the school for an Ash Wednesday Prayer Service in the PAC at 9am. We extend a warn welcome to all members of our Mt Carmel Community to come and join us in prayer.
Religious Education Coordinator
Mt Carmel Swimming Carnival
Congratulations to the McAuley House, the winning house for 2020!
A special congratulations to the following students who won the House Spirit Awards nominated by the house captains.
Lulu Merriman - McAuley
Nicholas Marchei - Mullungang
Madelyn Richardson - Fielding
Caelan Cassidy - Hartigan
Archdiocesan Swimming Carnival
Well done to all the students who competed at the Northern Region Swimming Carnival last Friday in Queanbeyan. Ribbons from this day will be handed out in Week 6. Congratulations to the following students who will be competing at the Archdiocesan Swimming Carnival in Narooma on Monday 2 March:
Archer Lees, Flynn Wullaert, Kobe Walsh-Devoe, Tommy Markota, Charlie Jamieson, Jed Newman, Jack Ryan, Jake Wullaert, Jack Shannon, Nicholas Marchei, Neve Luckie, Willoughy Walsh-Devoe, Brooke Reardon, Camilla Bremner, Grace Ryan, Emily Ryan, Delilah Rajic, Skye Edwards, Ella Cassidy, Mille Maher and Rachael Widdows.
Please register through the CSNSW website if you have not already done so.
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 be non-scoring games with the focus on the development of participants. Please return the note by this Friday if you wish to attend.
Trials for Year 5 and 6 students
Please check the C & G Sports website and the Facebook page for information about upcoming events including winter trials for netball, rugby league, hockey and touch football.
- Do you want to know how children learn to read and write?
- Is your child struggling with reading and writing and you want to learn more about how to support them?
- Has your child just started Kindergarten and you want to know how to help him/her with Home Reading?
- Do you want to help with reading in the classroom?
If you answered YES to any of the above questions, then please come along to one of the following Reading and Writing Information Sessions to be held on Thursday 27 February at 9.15am and 7.00pm in the Staff Professional Learning Room. Trish O’Dell our Classroom Support Teacher will facilitate the sessions. You only need to attend one of these sessions on Thursday as the content is the same for both sessions.
Parents who wish to volunteer to assist with reading in the classroom are required to attend one of the reading sessions.
Where is the Staff Professional Learning Room? Please enter the school via the main gate on Dutton Street and come into the front office where you will be directed to the Staff Professional Learning Room.
Please contact Trish O’Dell if you have any queries and RSVP either by email at email@example.com or by ringing the front office on 6226 3357.
If you purchased a 2019 Mt Carmel Year Book please come to the office to collect a replacement book. Due to an error with them being bound, they may fall apart over the coming months. Please send your child to the office to collect one, alternatively, please call the office and let us know to send one home with your child.
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
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. Please note that there is no back order on posters, once we sell out, we are unable to purchase anymore.
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.
Thursday Mornings: 9am - 11am
Front room of the PAC (off Dutton St)
$3 for the first child, $1 for subsequent children in family
Come and enjoy a morning of fun activities, play
and morning tea.
Please bring a friend—everyone is welcome!
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.
Please note: a new referral form must be completed for exisitng families.
Each Tuesday during school term: 8.30am-3.00pm
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