- Principal Report
- Religious Educaion
- Sport News
- Principal Awards
- Dress in Green for St Patrick's Day!
- Coordinator Awards
- Cooking in Japanese - Yakisoba
- Premier's Reading Challenge 2020
- Uniform Shop
- Lost and Found
- Lego Wanted
- Definitions of Bullying, Harassment, Discrimination and Violence
- First Reconciliation - Please Pray For......
- Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist 2020
- Too Sick For School?
- Cancer Council - Healthy Lunch Box Snippets
- Trinity Catholic College - 2021 Enrolment Information
- St Francis Xavier College - 2021 Enrolment Information
- St John Paul II College Try High School Day
- Concert for Cobargo
- Yass Show and PBR Bullride
- Spinifex Tennis Camp
Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,
Ongoing Health Concerns
With ongoing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, I would like to remind all in our community that staff and students who are unwell with respiratory illness should remain at home until symptoms resolve. As the impact of the virus on children and healthy adults can be quite mild there may be a tendency to continue working and attending school and hence increase the risk of infecting others. This is in contrast to other viral outbreaks, such as SARS and Swine, where most people were quite unwell if infected. The current advice from Health is that staff and students who have the slightest sign of illness should not be attending school.
Maintaining good hygiene standards is an important way to reduce the risk of acquiring and spreading respiratory infections using infection control guidelines. Students will be reminded to wash their hands as hand washing is the single most effective way to reduce the spread of germs that cause respiratory disease. Please read the "Too Sick for School?" fact sheet attached to this newsletter.
Further information on COVID-19 is also available from NSW Health: https://www.health.nsw.gov.au/Infectious/diseases/Pages/coronavirus.aspx
Mt Carmel is on Facebook
Thanks to those who are now following our school facebook page. We will be making regular posts to keep everyone up to date with the many goings-on in our wonderful school. Please don’t forget that we are looking for contributions for Flashback Friday posts, so if you are a past student or have generational ties to Mt Carmel School, feel free to send any photos, with a brief description and the year they were taken, to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing and sharing some great memories.
Thank you to all families who have returned the social media note to the Front Office – these forms will be kept on your child’s file so we would appreciate any unreturned notes to be handed in as soon as possible.
"The Breastplate,” St Patrick's poem of faith and trust in God:
Christ be with me, Christ within me
Christ behind me, Christ before me
Christ beside me, Christ to win me
Christ to comfort me and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger
Christ in hearts of all that love me
Christ in mouth of friend or stranger.
May God’s peace be in your families,
GOSPEL: Matthew 17:1-9
Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain by themselves. There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as dazzling as light. And suddenly Moses and Elijah appeared to them; they were talking with him. Then Peter spoke to Jesus. 'Lord,' he said, 'it is wonderful for us to be here; if you want me to, I will make three shelters here, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.' He was still speaking when suddenly a bright cloud covered them with shadow, and suddenly from the cloud there came a voice which said, 'This is my Son, the Beloved; he enjoys my favour. Listen to him.' When they heard this, the disciples fell on their faces, overcome with fear. But Jesus came up and touched them, saying, 'Stand up, do not be afraid.' And when they raised their eyes they saw no one but Jesus. As they came down from the mountain Jesus gave them this order, 'Tell no one about this vision until the Son of man has risen from the dead.'
Today Peter, James and John experience the Transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus took these three men up to the top of a mountain. When they arrived there, Jesus was transfigured before them. First, his clothing became dazzling white and then Elijah and Moses appeared and began conversing with Jesus.
After a time, Peter said to Jesus: “Lord, it is good that we are here!” Peter then proposed that three tents be erected: one each for Jesus, one for Elijah and one for Moses. Then a cloud cast a shadow over them and from the cloud, a voice spoke: “This is my beloved Son! Listen to him!” In that instant, Elijah and Moses disappeared and once again the disciples were alone with Jesus. Imagine what went through the disciples’ minds and hearts while all this was occurring. Did they think they were hallucinating? Or were they simply struggling to absorb and understand what they had experienced?
Jesus then instructs his disciples not to tell anyone what they had just experienced. He also told them not to speak of this incident until after the Son of Man had risen from the dead. The disciples did not know what to make of Jesus’ words. They continued to ponder the meaning of the question: “what does rising from the dead” mean?
Have you ever had the experience of hearing or sensing God saying to you: “You are my beloved.” Today I invite you to sit quietly and allow God to speak those words to you. Allow yourself to absorb the reality that you truly are the beloved of God. Imagine yourself being enveloped by God’s love and care for 10 minutes or so. God’s love also has the power to also transfigure us!
After a time, thank God for this incredible gift! God appreciates a loving thank you!
In this week’s Gospel, Luke writes: “Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, went into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil.” During his encounter with the devil, the devil tempted Jesus three times. Each temptation tested Jesus. However, with each temptation, Jesus had a response to the devil. Jesus had the inner strength and wisdom to refuse the earthly temptations that the devil placed before him. Jesus was neither interested in power nor wealth, and he refused to prove who he was to anyone, even the devil. Finally, Jesus bluntly told the devil: “Do not put the Lord your God to the test!” Finally, the devil departed.
Today we also encounter these same earthly temptations: having extraordinary abilities, influence, power, and wealth. Do we have the inner strength to refuse these temptations? The world typically applauds those individuals who have power, wealth or extraordinary abilities. Are we content to be satisfied with a normal life, not to be extraordinary?
Jesus wants us to be holy, wise, and discerning individuals. He knew that the temptations of the world are powerful. Jesus also realises that those same temptations do not necessarily bring happiness and peace. Power is extremely seductive. If we are not discerning, power may tempt us to take a road that might lead to our destruction.
Today, be mindful of the concept of power and its ability to seduce you. Ask Jesus to help you stay alert to these temptations. These temptations may seem insignificant. However, if we give into small temptations, we are more likely to give into more dangerous temptations. (Sr Kristine Anne Harpenau)
Catholics around the world celebrate St Patrick's Day on March 17th. St. Patrick’s Day is a celebration of overcoming all the ways that evil has tried to take you down and praying for even the people who seek to hurt you.
St. Patrick was a brave man who returned to Ireland, where he had been kept as a slave, to help convert the people of Ireland to Christianity from paganism. He lived with constant danger to his life. Legend has it he drove away the snakes of Ireland and used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity. http://www.catholicdigest.com
We celebrate this special day at Mt Carmel as we have a special history with the Sisters of Mercy. This year all students are encouraged to wear green for a gold coin donation which will be donated to the Vinnies Bush Fire Appeal.
ST PATRICK'S DAY PRAYER SERVICE
To celebrate St Patrick's Day, 4KF will be leading us in a Prayer Service on Tuesday 17th March at 9am in the PAC. We welcome our Mt Carmel community to join us for this special occasion.
Around the world, people are coming together to make the world a better place. Whether it's ensuring everyone has access to clean, safe water supplies or a sustainable income source or adequate health care for their families, we’re going to give our all too.
Students are able to give by placing a donation in their classroom Project Compassion box.
Last week we raised a total of $35.35. Thank you to all who contributed.
However you choose to contribute, please donate and help make the world a fairer place for all. Let's go further, together.
Religious Education Coordinator
Matt Giteau Cup
Well done to all the students who participated in the Matt Giteau Cup at Southwell Park, Lyneham yesterday. Many thanks to our parents managers and Mrs Mel Allan for supervising the students.
Trials for Year 5 and 6 students
Please check the C & G sport website and the Facebook page for information about upcoming events including winter trials for cricket (20 March) netball (3 April), rugby league (3 April), hockey (TBA) and boys and girls touch football ( 8 April).
If there is enough interest, we will be able to enter a Year 5/6 netball team in the carnival to be held on 3 April. Students may choose whether they want to trial or not for this event. Team entries are due Friday 20 March while individual entries are due Friday 27 March.
Year 5/6 Tennis Shoot Out
Next Friday all Year 5 and 6 students will participate in a round robin tournament at the Hume Tennis Courts after recess. A note including more details will be sent home soon.
Years 3-6 Cross Country
The Year 3-6 Cross Country Carnival will be held on Friday 27 March from 12pm.
Congratulations to the following students who will receive a Principal's Award at Tuesday's St Patrick's Day Prayer Service. The Prayer Service will commence at 9.00am in the PAC and will be presented by 4KF.
Congratulations to the recipients of this week's Coordinator Merits, which focused on 'Show Respect'.
Sofia Da Deppo
Merits will be presented at Thursday morning's assembly.
Next week, teachers will again focus on 'Show Respect'.
Yakisoba is a popular street food in Japan and it literally means ‘grilled noodles’. Yakisoba can be found sizzling away in stalls from sumo stadiums to traditional omatsuri (festivals). It is made by stir-frying boiled ramen noodles, vegetables, meat or seafood with a sweet and savoury sauce. This week in Japanese we have been tasting Yakisoba and have had cabbage, bacon and carrot. The children have loved it! I am sure they will love helping you make their own at home.
- Fresh yellow noodles (ramen or thin hoiken)
- Bacon (or chicken, beef)
- Yakisoba sauce (you can buy this from Asian Grocery Stores or make your own following the directions below)
- Boil the noodles following the package directions
- Prepare the vegetables
- On one half of the frypan, fry the vegetables and meat. Place the noodles on the other half of the frypan and gently fry.
- Make a circle with the vegetables/meat and place the noodles in the middle. Splash a small amount of hot water over the noodles and mix together.
- Add the sauce (as much as you like!) and mix together.
1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon oyster sauce
1 teaspoon tomato sauce
½ teaspoon soy sauce
½ teaspoon sugar
Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk together. Adjust the sauce to your liking.
Information notes for this year's Premiers Reading Challenge will be sent home tomorrow. If you already have a password you may start logging your books.
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.
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!
A Thomas Sabo ladies ring has been found in the infant girls toilets last week. If this is yours, please come to the office to collect it.
A girls size 8 summer uniform was found outside of 2AH last Wednesday afternoon. If this is your child's dress, please pop into the office to collect it.
A black and white duffle bag was a couple of weeks ago with a girls school uniform, white canvas shoes and additional clothing inside. If you have seen this or picked it up by accident, please drop it to the front office.
First Reconciliation - Wednesday 1st April (6pm)
First Eucharist - Sunday 14th June (10am)
Confirmation - Sunday 13th September (10am)
Church Liturgy - Thursday 26 March 7pm St Augustine's
Sacrament of Reconciliation - Wednesday 1 April 6pm St Augustine's
Commitment Mass - Saturday 2 May 6pm St. Augustine's and Sunday 3 May 10.30am Uniting Church Hall Murrumbateman
Church Liturgy - Thursday 4 June 7pm St Augustine's
Preparation Day - Friday 12 June 9am-3.10pm Hartigan Centre and St Augustine's
Sacrament of First Holy Communion - Sunday 14 June 10am St Augustine's
Registration - Wednesday 29 July and Thursday 30 July 5-6pm Presbytery
Commitment Mass - 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
Reflection Day - Friday 11 September 9am-3.10pm Hartigan Centre and St Augustine's
Sacrament of Confirmation - Sunday 13 September 10am St Augustine's