Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,
As shared with families via email and SZapp on Sunday, Yass Valley Council has issued a ‘Boil Water Alert’ for Yass and, consequently, the playground bubblers at school will remain turned off until the alert is lifted. Latest advice from Council is that the alert will probably remain in place for at least one week, depending on how quickly the town water supply stabilises following the recent heavy rain. I ask all families to ensure their child/ren bring a water bottle from home each day, filled with either boiled, tank or bottled water. Click here for more information on the Boil Water Alert.
Feast of the Assumption Prayer Service
This coming Saturday, August 15, is the Feast of the Assumption, on which we celebrate Mary’s bodily ascension into heaven at the end of her earthly life. Each of us is called to be the best we can be as people of God. Mary, mother of Jesus, is a wonderful role model for all men and women, boys and girls—she represents courage, compassion and unconditional love. As Christians, we too should strive to demonstrate these qualities in our everyday actions, whether we are in the classroom, at home, on the sporting field or facing burdens in our life. 5/6ML will be leading a simultaneous school-wide prayer service on Friday to celebrate this important Feast Day. A link will be shared via SZapp and Facebook on Friday morning for families who would like to join us.
Annual Satisfaction Survey
The annual satisfaction survey for parents, students and staff closes next Wednesday, 19 August. The surveys are designed to gather feedback from parents, staff and students about our school and will be used to inform school improvement. Responses are confidential and individuals can not be identified. Parents, if you did not receive an email inviting you to respond or if you have not yet submitted a survey response, you can use the following link to do so:
Growing Up Digital Australia Survey
The Gonski Institute of Education at the University of NSW are working on a research project called Growing Up Digital Australia. This international research project, in partnership with Harvard Medical School, the University of Alberta and Alberta Teachers Association, seeks to understand the health, wellbeing and learning impacts of growing up in a digital world on our young people. A number of Australian organisations are supporting this project, including Departments of Education, parent organisations and teacher associations. This longitudinal study will reframe issues surrounding children’s consumption of media and digital technologies moving into an evidence-based solutions to parents, educators and young people to live healthier, safer and happier lives here in Australia. The current phase of the project involves a survey, which will be open until 11 October, 2020.
If you are a parent, carer or grandparent of any child aged 5-17 and would like to read more about this project and participate in the survey, please follow the link below:
May God’s peace be in your families,
GOSPEL: Matthew 14:22-33
And at once he made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he sent the crowds away. After sending the crowds away he went up into the hills by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, while the boat, by now some furlongs from land, was hard pressed by rough waves, for there was a head-wind. In the fourth watch of the night he came towards them, walking on the sea, and when the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified. 'It is a ghost,' they said, and cried out in fear. But at once Jesus called out to them, saying, 'Courage! It's me! Don't be afraid.' It was Peter who answered. 'Lord,' he said, 'if it is you, tell me to come to you across the water.' Jesus said, 'Come.' Then Peter got out of the boat and started walking towards Jesus across the water, but then noticing the wind, he took fright and began to sink. 'Lord,' he cried, 'save me!' Jesus put out his hand at once and held him. 'You have so little faith,' he said, 'why did you doubt?' And as they got into the boat the wind dropped. The men in the boat bowed down before him and said, 'Truly, you are the Son of God.'
This week’s reading from the Gospel of Matthew is the story of the apostles being tossed about by a violent storm at sea. The wind was so fierce that the apostles were terrified that their boat would sink and they might even die! When Jesus walked on the water toward them, it seems that they would have been reassured. Instead they became even more afraid.
Even when Jesus spoke to them and reassured them that it truly was him, they still did not believe! Peter replies, “If it really is you, Jesus, let me come to you.” Peter needed proof that this “apparition” truly was Jesus. Jesus heeded Peter’s request by simply replying, “Come.”We all have some doubts inside us like Peter did. We often ask for “proof” of Jesus’ presence, Jesus’ call. In turbulent or painful times is Jesus also asking us to trust? Are we willing to take the risk, step out and make that “trust walk,” believing that Jesus will enable us to get through our difficult times? Let us pray for the grace to trust that Jesus is always with us — especially when we need him the most! (Sr Kristine Anne Harpenau)
The Assumption of Mary, or simply The Assumption, is the taking up of the body of Virgin Mary to heaven. It signifies the end of her human life on earth. The dormition of Mother of God is the other name of Assumption of Mary. This event is one of the most important events in Christian community. The Assumption of Mary is one of the most relevant among all Marian Feasts. This day is considered as heavenly birthday of the Virgin Mary.
Feast of the Assumption in AustraliaThe Assumption is a holy day of obligation. In Australia, Christian people are obliged to go to the church to attend the services in line with the Feast of the Assumption. The churches in Australia, especially the images of the Blessed Virgin Mary, are decorated with flowers and are lighted with candles. In most cases, processions and parades are also organized by the ministry of church.The readings, sermons and teachings in the Christian churches talks about lifting of the human body from the Blessed Virgin Mary to the heaven during the Feast of the Assumption of Mary. In Christian or Catholic schools, the students are taught of the story of the Assumption of Mary. There are also school activities that encourage the students to learn more about the story of the Blessed Virgin Mary.Orthodox community also celebrates the Assumption. They have a fourteen-day of fasting in preparation to the celebration of taking up of human body of the Blessed Virgin Mary.Mt Carmel will be celebrating this special feast day with a video prayer service which has been prepared by 5/6ML. A link for the prayer service will be sent out to all families on Friday.
Father in heaven,All creation rightly gives you praise,for all life and all holiness come from you.In the plan of your wisdomshe who bore the Christ in her wombwas raised body and soul in glory to be with him in heaven.May we follow her example in reflecting your holinessand join in her hymn of endless love and praise.We ask this through Christ our Lord.Amen.
God Bless,Warren ZiebowskiReligious Education Coordinator
5/6 Library classes have been producing a Book Character Kit based around a pizza design. There are 8 pieces of work to complete and an extra piece of art work that reflects their book character’s personality. Each 5/6 class will have time to showcase their kit for others to view.
Year 5 Library Monitors are reading books at lunchtime in the library.
Please make sure you have your reading logs entered before Friday 28 August.Congratulations to the following students who have already completed this year's challenge:Kindergarten:Madeline CaldowAlia CampbellHarper Rosemond-StephensYear 1:Lily ButtZara McEvoyHudson Rosemond-StephensYear 2:Ellie CarrollRushad ChowdhuryJuliette GloverAva LeightonEkaterina MulcairYear 3:Landon GloverMax HardingMegan LymberyAbby McEvoyYear 4:Sienna CarrollAlexander DonaldsonYear 5:Charlotte AlexanderLachlan BrownNicholas DrakeRory SwadlingYear 6:Lauren BattyeLucy Field-WilsonLucy LeightonAmelia MarkotaLuca RajicKeep reading,Jaclyn Green
A very big thank you to Tara Leighton and Matthew and Melissa Carroll who were our canteen helpers last Friday. With 195 lunch orders, your help was very much apprecaited.
Please note with the high level of lunch orders over the last few weeks, Macaroni and Cheese will be purchased from our supplier for the next couple of weeks.
Due to a shortage with our supplier, the Chocolate Icy Mony ice blocks will not be available until further notice. Apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.
Please remind your child/ren to come to the canteen to collect any items highlighted on their lunch bag or if they have something missing from their lunch order. During the busy lunch packing period, some items can be missed from lunch bags.
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 form, 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.