- Principals Report
- Religious Education
- Addams Family House Spirit Challenge
- Published authors from 3MA
- Artwork by 4SS - Prayer of Thanks
- Make or Break Maths Activity in 3EG
- Japanese Holiday Cooking - から揚げ
- Year 3-6 Holiday Reading? Why not use the Sora app!
- Canteen Menu
- School Banking to Resume in Term 3 Week 2
- Uniform Shop
- Sacraments 2020
- 2020 Non-Government School Census Collection Notice
- CWA of NSW Education Grants for Year 6 Students
- Wanted - Old School Photos
- Yass Gymnastics Holiday Lessons
- Yass Little Learners Holiday Program 6-20 July 2020
- Yass Rams - Players Wanted
- Drum Kit Lessons (Shared)
- Guitar Lessons
- SZapp for iPhones - Version 3.5.0 - 28
Semester One Reports
This Friday you will receive your child’s Semester One Report. This is a wonderful opportunity to take time with your child to sit and talk about the learning they have undertaken so far this year. Celebrate their successes and help them work out strategies for the areas that may need further development.
This report has been modified to reflect the changed circumstances and disruption to schooling this semester. Student achievement will be reported as an A-E grade for Year 1 to Year 6 in the three core areas of Religious Education, English and Mathematics (Kindergarten students do not receive A-E grades; their achievement is reported using a three-point scale of Competent, Developing and Experiencing Difficulty). Other subjects and strands may receive a grade if the teacher has sufficient evidence of learning, otherwise ‘Not assessed’ will be displayed. This is in recognition that, although learning throughout the semester has been rigorous, the circumstances of schooling mean that in some subjects or strands it may not be possible to make an overall judgement about a student’s achievement against specific curriculum outcomes. A new section, Engagement with Learning, has been developed to replace the Personal and Social Capabilities. The new statements are based on the Australian Curriculum: General Capabilities and target four key areas of learning engagement: Thinking, Communication, Responsibility and Collaboration. The inclusion of the ‘Engagement with Learning’ statements means that the General Comment section of the report is no longer required; the statements give detailed information on your child’s approach to learning.
Teachers commit significant hours outside of school time to prepare our children’s reports; I am very grateful for the dedicated teaching staff we have here at Mt Carmel.
Easing of Restrictions Roadmap
Catholic Education has developed a guide to help schools plan for safe operations as restrictions continue to be eased in the face of positive local responses the COVID-19 pandemic. The plan, at this stage, will allow us to once again hold whole-school gatherings (assemblies, prayer services etc.) inside the PAC, but there would still be limits on the attendance of parents at such events. We will develop a plan about the reintroduction of these school events after the holidays. Recent developments in Victoria clearly demonstrate that, although things have been going well in our region, circumstances can change quickly, so it is important that we continue to follow health guidelines and have appropriate procedures in place to keep everyone in our community safe.
Each year in August the Australian Government collects census data from non-government schools to provide the community and government with information about schools and students in Australia. The annual Census collects information including:
- the numbers of students and staff per school
- students on a visa
- students with disability
- Indigenous Australian students
Census informs part of the My School website, giving parents and the community information about the needs of each school’s students. The Government uses census data to calculate funding and create informed and tailored policies for Australian schools.
Census reporting is required under the Australian Education Act 2013.
Attached to this newsletter is a letter from The Australian Government about the census, for the information of families.
For more information about the Census, visit http://ssphelp.education.gov.au/census.
Because of COVID-19 the Sacraments of Reconciliation, First Communion and Confirmation were all postponed this year. With local restrictions being eased, the parish Sacramental Team has reviewed the schedule and set new dates for Reconciliation and First Communion; however, Confirmation has been postponed until 2021. Details of dates can be found further in the newsletter.
Fearful and anxious behaviour is common in children – especially as they come across new situations and experiences. Most children learn to cope with different fears and worries. However, they may need some extra support when:
- they feel anxious more than other children of a similar age
- anxiety stops them participating in activities at school or socially
- anxiety interferes with their ability to do things that other children their age can do
- their fears and worries seem out of proportion to the issues in their life.
The following clip may be a useful resource for families developing strategies to assist with childhood anxiety: Calming Anxious Kids Video
Please note that students return to school on Tuesday 21 July in their sports uniform. Thank you to everyone for their wonderful work this term. Staff, students and parents have worked incredibly hard and these efforts are very much appreciated. I trust that everyone will have a restful and enjoyable mid-year break. Travel safely, if you are going away, and stay warm. I look forward to seeing you in Term 3.
May God’s peace be in your families,
GOSPEL: Matthew 10:37-42
'No one who prefers father or mother to me is worthy of me. No one who prefers son or daughter to me is worthy of me. Anyone who does not take his cross and follow in my footsteps is not worthy of me. Anyone who finds his life will lose it; anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it. 'Anyone who welcomes you welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me welcomes the one who sent me. 'Anyone who welcomes a prophet because he is a prophet will have a prophet's reward; and anyone who welcomes an upright person because he is upright will have the reward of an upright person. 'If anyone gives so much as a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is a disciple, then in truth I tell you, he will most certainly not go without his reward.'
Today’s gospel concludes Jesus’ teaching on mission. It is clear that if we are going to walk with Jesus, we have a price to pay. Sacrifice and suffering are part of the journey. This is the way to life and freedom in the scheme of the gospel. The gospel law of love means that persons who seek only themselves are bound for ruin. Our salvation is found in moving out of ourselves in service and reconciliation.
I like to reflect about our encounter with God’s will with this example. Each morning we wake up with a short note from God awaiting us on this imaginary table next to our bed. It is our to-do list for the day. The top priorities are relationships and responsibilities. Each of us in the journey of life has created a network of love and service. This is the clearest expression of God’s will for us.
Today’s seemingly severe words of Jesus about family are simply an invitation to put everything in order. When we love God first, not only do we love our family more, this love is more selfless and life-giving, free of deception and illusion.
Likewise, discipleship of Jesus enriches and expands our vision of the world. Our daily responsibilities of work, community and society open up to new horizons when we walk with Jesus. We are invited beyond the surface, outside the narrow limits of our selfishness. We are called to enter into the depths of life where we meet the wonder of God’s love in the ordinary flow of life.
Jesus makes it clear. We need sacrifice and deeper reflection to transform our lives with our families and our professional responsibilities. This same sacrificial effort opens up how we relate to our neighbors, how we face the challenge of a world suffering from the neglect of our indulgent lifestyle. Our consumer culture has set no limits on our desires. We are on the edge of destroying our planet. God’s will is clear. Enough already!
Today’s gospel tells us those who seek themselves are on the road to self-destruction. Our relationship with God, our loved ones, our community and our world only finds life through self-giving.
“Anyone who does not take his cross and follow in my footsteps is not worthy of me. Anyone who finds his life will lose it; anyone who loses his life for my sake will find it.” Mt 10: 38-39
Jesus of the gospels is clear. The way to life is through sacrifice, self-denial and our daily cross. Our great and continuing temptation is to create a new Jesus in our own image that frees us from the harshness of this clear message. (Tracy O’Sullivan)
I would like to conclude by saying a big thank you for all the wonderful support you have offered our community over the term. Online learning would not have been possible without the help from each family and we are very grateful to each of you for working with us and ensuring the quality education Mt Carmel offers each child was able to continue. I hope you have a wonderful break and I look forward to working with you all again in Term 3.
Religious Education Coordinator
Karaage から揚げ Japanese Fried Chicken
As we have been unable to cook in Japanese this term, I thought it might be fun to do some holiday cooking at home. Below is a delicious chicken recipe that is one of the greatest fried chickens in the world! I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.
Karaage or Japanese fried chicken, is a classic dish you can find at any Japanese home, bento lunch box, street-side stalls or restaurant.
With tender and juicy marinated chicken coated in a crispy shell, Karaage is a staple in Japanese home-cooked meals.
- 700g boneless skin on chicken thighs
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons potato starch/corn starch
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose plain flour
- ½ teaspoon grated ginger
- 1 clove minced garlic
- ½ tablespoon soy sauce
- ½ tablespoon rice wine (optional)
- ½ teaspoon sesame oil
- Gather all the ingredients.
- Cut each chicken thigh into 2-inch pieces and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- In a large bowl, combine the ginger, garlic, soy sauce, rice wine (optional) and sesame oil and whisk together.
- Add the chicken to the bowl and mix. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
- Prepare the potato/cornstarch and all purpose flour in separate bowls.
- Pour the oil into a heavy based frypan/sauce pan and heat the oil on medium heat.
- To coat chicken, firstly coat each chicken piece in the plain flour and dust off any excess. Then coat the chicken in the potato/corn starch and remove excess.
- When the oil has reached temperature, gently submerge each chicken piece into the oil. Do not overcrowd the pan.
- First Deep Frying: Deep fry for 90 seconds or until the outside of the chicken is a light golden colour. Transfer to a wire rack to drain excess oil. Continue with remaining chicken. Pick up the crumbs in the oil with a fine mesh sieve to keep the oil clean.
- Second Deep Frying: Bring the oil back up to medium heat and submerge chicken in batches. Deep fry until the skin is a nice crispy golden colour and the chicken is cooked through. Drain on wire rack to remove excess oil.
Serve the chicken hot. Karaage is often served with a wedge of lemon and Japanese mayo.
I would love to see your cooking creations. Please share them with me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will post some photos next term of your home cooking experience.
Source – Just One Cookbook
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
Coming in Term 3 we will be adding Cheeseburgers (tomato or bbq sauce) and lasagne to the lunch options. Please note that fish burgers will be removed from the menu in the coming weeks.
Unfortunately Icy Twists have been removed from the menu due to their star rating. The Cracker Cups and Cheese and Cracker Plates, available as a snack item, will now have an option to have salsa as the dip. You will be able to make the choice when using Qkr to order these items.
Please remind your child/ren that any recess orders, ice blocks, fruit cups and apple pies orders need to be collected from the canteen.
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 the revised program for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Because of the uncertainty of the direction Covid-19 will take, we won’t begin preparations until August with First Holy Communion on the Feast of Christ the King, 22nd November. Confirmation this year is postponed until 2021.
Registration - Completed
Commitment Mass - Completed
Church Liturgy - Thursday 27 August 7pm St Augustine's
Sacrament of Reconciliation - Wednesday 2 September 6pm St Augustine's
Registration - Completed
Commitment Mass - Saturday 5 or 12 September 6pm St. Augustine's and Sunday 6 or 13 September 10.15am St Augustine’s
Church Liturgy - Thursday 12 November 7pm St Augustine's
Preparation Day - Friday 20 November 9am-3.10pm Hartigan Centre and St Augustine's
Sacrament of First Holy Communion - Sunday 22 November 10.15am St Augustine's
Postponed to 2021
Phone: Gerard Noonan (Tutor) on 0408622819 if interested.
iPhones using iOS Versions above 13.3 are experiencing intermittent push notification issues to the lockscreen. Push notifications are being succesfully sent and accepted by the device but are not shown on the lockscreen.
Messages are still delivered and accessible within SZapp. Messages are indicated by the 'Badge' shown on SZapp's icon. Additionally, push notifications may also be visible in the 'Notification Centre' on your device.
Schoolzine is working towards the release of our next app update, this is currently scheduled for Mid-July 2020. This verison will address iOS Notifications as well as provide an improved user experience.
Users with automatic updates enabled on their device will have this update installed automatically upon release.