- Principal's Report
- Religious Education
- Tennis with KNB
- Japanese Chicken Curry チキンカレー
- Week 8 House Spirit Challenge
- 1EK Fine Motor Skills
- Canteen News
- No Contact House Spirit Handshake Winners
- Lego Club
- Book Week 2020
- Uniform Shop - Small Hats Have Arrived
- Week 9 House Spirit Challenge - Mandala Colouring
- Book Club - Issue 6 Closes Tomorrow
- Sacraments 2020
- Yass Junior Rugby Plant Sale - This Sunday
- Yass Touch 2020 Season Information
- Yass Gymnastics Holiday Program
- Future Stars - Tennis Clinic
Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,
Open Classrooms provide a valuable opportunity for parents to visit their child’s classroom and see their ongoing work in context. Most importantly, they are a springboard for discussion with your child about their learning: what they are proud of, what they have achieved and what they are still struggling with. Open Classrooms were scheduled to be held in Week 10; unfortunately though, the current level of COVID-19 restrictions do not allow us to hold such events at this time. Instead, so that parents can receive a mid-semester update on their child’s learning and ongoing work, students will bring their Open Classroom home to you, with a selection of work samples from across the curriculum to provide a broad snapshot of their learning this term. Samples provided will range from work-in-progress to published-quality standard, so we ask you to take the time to discuss each piece with your child with the understanding that what you are viewing is more than a product in its own right – it represents part of a process. To help place the samples in context, brief descriptions of the learning intentions for each task will be provided. Although this will not be quite the same experience as visiting your child’s classroom to share in their work, we hope that you find this alternative useful and that you and your child enjoy discussing their learning together.
Walk Safely to School Day
This Friday is National Walk Safely to School Day and we are encouraging all students to participate. As in previous years, we will be leading a ‘walking school bus’ from the Liberty Theatre corner; however, this year we cannot invite parents to join us. Teachers will be waiting at the corner of Comur and Lead Streets from 8:15am and will commence walking to school a little after 8:30am. Families are welcome to drop off their children to join us on the walk to school.
Most families are probably aware now, from news reports overnight, that social media posts with extremely disturbing content have been circulating on TikTok, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It is timely, therefore, to remind everyone of the importance of monitoring children’s internet access and making informed decisions about the kinds of apps and platforms they are allowed to access. For the record, all of the major social-media organisations clearly stipulate in their terms and conditions that uses must be a minimum 13 years of age to hold an account.
If you have allowed your child access to social media, they may be able to access this distressing material through their personal devices, should they actively look for it or if it is shared by a friend. I would urge extreme caution in how you raise this issue with your child if they have not already heard of or been exposed to this video. Drawing undue attention to the issue may cause unnecessary worry or distress and potentially increase the risk of exposure.
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has resources available to help children, young people and their families navigate the online world. The following links may be useful to support conversations with your child.
Sickness and COVID-19
I am very grateful to everyone for their cooperation in following the NSW Health guidelines with regards to COVID-19 testing and keeping their children at home when sick. We have had a few questions recently about the testing requirements for those who suffer from seasonal allergies. It is recommended that testing occur in the first instance of an attack, as there are some common symptoms and to be certain that it is not COVID-19. Documentation from your GP can then be provided confirming that symptoms are typical for the condition and further testing would only need to occur if new or changed symptoms develop. For more information or clarification of requirements, visit the NSW Health website.
May God’s peace be in your families,
GOSPEL: Matthew 18:15-20
'If your brother does something wrong, go and have it out with him alone, between your two selves. If he listens to you, you have won back your brother. If he does not listen, take one or two others along with you: whatever the misdemeanour, the evidence of two or three witnesses is required to sustain the charge. But if he refuses to listen to these, report it to the community; and if he refuses to listen to the community, treat him like a gentile or a tax collector. 'In truth I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. 'In truth I tell you once again, if two of you on earth agree to ask anything at all, it will be granted to you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three meet in my name, I am there among them.'
In this Gospel, Jesus challenges his disciples: “If your brother or sister sins against you, you should go and talk with them about the situation.” Now ask yourself: What is your typical reaction when someone sins against you? Do you ignore them? Do you take some time to decide how you want to respond? Or do you nurse your anger or hurt? Do you retaliate in like manner?
Most of us developed and honed our personal response to being sinned against at a very young age. We didn’t even know we were developing a personal response. We may have modeled our response on how our parents responded in these types of situations. We may have learned how to manipulate others. Or we simply may have decided to keep our distance from the individuals who sinned against us (if that was an option). Or perhaps you were taught to talk with the person who had sinned against you and work it out?
Now take a moment and ask yourself: Today how do I respond when another person sins against me? Is my response different from when I was a child? Or is my reaction basically the same as when I was an 8-year old or a 14-year old? The reality is that our instinctive (and automatic) responses are developed at a very young age, perhaps even beginning while we are still in the womb. These responses become so automatic in our childhood that we may not consciously be aware of them.
Today may be a good day to ask ourselves: how do I respond when I feel sinned against by another? Do we bind another to us with our anger or resentment? Or do we “loose the other person” by striving to “let the hurt, anger or jealousy go” by talking with the individual? The gift is we can always change our automatic responses to certain situations. It typically takes a concerted effort. It is so easy to slip back into old patterns.
Ask yourself: Do you wish to change your automatic response? It is possible to do if we keep alert and mindful. However, it may take us several weeks or perhaps even months. However, if we choose to do this, then we have a conscious choice to make. We may begin to realize that we are happier and freer. In this process we not only may have freed the individual who sinned against us, we also may have freed ourselves from the pain, anger and hurt that we have been carrying.
Today, ask yourself: what is the pain, hurt and frustration that I am carrying? Am I ready to let it go? I pray you are! (Sr Kristine Anne Harpenau)
Congratulations to all of our students who celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation last Wednesday. It is a remarkable gift and blessing to receive the grace of God's forgiveness. May the peace you feel in your heart and soul remain with you always.
KNB prepared a beautiful prayer service to celebrate Father's Day last Sunday. For those that did not get an opportunity to view it, please find the link below.
FRUIT & VEG MONTH 2020
Our school is participating in Fruit & Veg Month 2020. The theme for this year’s event is ‘Planet Fruit & Veg!’
We need to take better care of ourselves and the planet, so let’s teach our kids to eat more fruit and vegetables, to choose local and in-season produce and not to waste fresh food. This year’s Fruit & Veg Month is all about looking at fruit and vegetables through the lens of sustainability.
Fruit & Veg Month 2020 runs for the last four weeks of Term 3 – from Monday 31 August to Friday 25 September.
As part of Fruit & Veg Month, students will be involved in various classroom and school-based activities which encourage them to eat more fruit and vegetables.
Let's eat healthy and look after our planet together!
Religious Education Coordinator
In Japanese, we have been cooking Japanese Chicken Curry. Yes, there is a Japanese version of curry!
Curry Rice (Kare Raisu, カレーライス) is quite popular for all generations in Japan and it’s widely available in many restaurants. The Japanese curry is a popular dish outside of Japan as well, especially in Asian countries.
The curry was introduced to Japan in late 1800 by the British and originally it was Western-style stews mixed with curry powder. The Japanese adapted curry to their own version, Curry Rice (Kare Raisu, カレーライス) soon after. By 1950s the curry roux in block form was sold by S&B Foods and everyone could make it easily at home.
The consistency of Japanese curry sauce is much thicker and the taste is on the sweeter side. The sweetness comes from caramelized onions, grated apples, and carrots. It is also less spicy which is suitable for children. The curry is always served with rice.
The version of (Kare Raisu, カレーライス) we made this week was taken from Just One Cookbook.
JAPANESE CHICKEN CURRY
- 1kg boneless skinless chicken thighs (or beef, pork, seafood, tofu, or more vegetables)
- kosher/sea salt
- freshly ground black pepper
- 2 carrots
- 2 onions
- 1-2 potatoes
- ½ tbsp ginger (grated)
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 ½ tbsp neutral-flavoured oil (vegetable, canola, etc)
- 4 cups chicken stock/broth (for low-sodium intake, you can use water only, or use half stock + half water) I used half stock + half water
- 1 apple
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 box Japanese curry roux
- 1 ½ tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp tomato sauce
- soft/hard-boiled egg
- Fukujinzuke (red pickled daikon)
- Gather all the ingredients.
- Discard the extra fat from the chicken and cut it into bite size pieces. Season with a little bit of salt and pepper.
- Peel and cut the carrot into small chunks and cut the onions in wedges.
- Cut the potatoes into 1.5 inch pieces and soak in water for 15 minutes to remove excess starch.
- Grate the ginger and crush the garlic.
- Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat and sauté the onions until they become translucent.
- Add the ginger and garlic.
- Add the chicken and cook until the chicken changes colour.
- Add the carrot and mix.
- Add the chicken broth (or water).
- Bring the stock to boil and skim the scum and fat from the surface of the stock.
- Peel the apple and grate it (use as much as you like to add sweetness)
- Add the honey and salt and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the potatoes and cook for 15 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender, and turn off the heat. Meanwhile you can make homemade curry roux.
- When the potatoes are ready, add to the curry. Put 1-2 blocks of roux in a ladle and slowly move it with a spoon or chopsticks to let it dissolve . Continue with the rest of blocks.
- Add the roux paste back into the stock in the large pot and stir to combine.
- Add soy sauce and ktomato sauce. Simmer uncovered on low heat, stirring occasionally, until the curry becomes thick.
- Serve the curry with Japanese rice on the side and garnish with soft boiled egg and Fukujinzuke (optional). You can store the curry in the refrigerator up to 2-3 days and in the freezer for 1 month. Potatoes will change the texture so you can take them out before freezing.
Source: Just One Cookbook
Meal Deal Day
On Friday 25 September, the canteen will be running a Meal Deal Day for lunch. Kids can choose between a Hot Dog and Ice Block or Hot Dog and Juice Popper.
If you wish to purchase a Meal Deal, orders must be pre-ordered, as we will need to pre-order the buns and hot dogs prior to the day from the supermarket.
Pre-orders will be available from next Tuesday, 16 September (12pm) and will close on Friday 18 September at 2.30pm.
Sausage rolls, pies, corn cobs and sandwich options will also be available on the day, although these do not need to be pre ordered.
Term 4 Specials
Sushi will be back on the lunch menu from Week 1 to Week 4 and available on Fridays only.
Options: Teriyaki Chicken and Vegetarian (carrot and cucumber).
Both options will be gluten free.
Pizza Roundas will be new to the menu and will be available at both recess and lunch. These are an oven baked roll filled with pizza filling and have no artificial flovours or colours.
Removed from menu in Term 4
The below items will be removed from the recess and lunch menus at the end of Term 3.
Cheese and Garlic Rolls
Banana Muffins from this week, Thursday 10 September, will be gluten free.
The mayonnaise and butter we use in the canteen are both lactose free.
Mt Carmel will be celebrating Book Week in Term 4 and will be slightly different to previous years. CBCA has moved the date due to COVID.
Each class will be studying a short-listed book and preparing a class display for the library.
The children will be invited to dress up as a Book Character on Friday 23 October (Week 2).
Parents will get to see their child’s/children’s class dressed up and be a part of the week’s celebration; however, this may need to be done online, depending on restrictions at the time. Parents will be informed as the day approaches.
We will also be having a sausage sizzle lunch on that Friday for the children.
I will keep you updated about Book Week as developments arise!
Our new stock of small hats have arrived and can be purchased from the Uniform Shop or via the school office.
Just remember, next term the children will be wearing their summer uniforms. If you need to purchase any new summer items, please do so before the end of this term. Term 4 commences on Monday 12 October.
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.
Next week's challenge is Mandala Colouring. Children can chose to bring in their own coloured sheet from home or kids can complete a sheet in class.
Students are to write their name and house on the back of their colouring.
Issue 6 is now available! Paper catalogues are not being sent home, so if you would like to view the online catalogue, please click below.
Please note the revised program for the Sacrament of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion. Confirmation this year is postponed until 2021.
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