- Principal's Report
- Religious Education
- Week 9 House Spirit Challenge - Mandala
- House Spirit Mandala Promotion by 2SS
- Walk to School Day Photos
- Canteen News
- Little Athletics Program for Schools (LAPS) Photos
- Art in 2AH
- KNB reading in the Sunshine
- Book Week 2020
- Uniform Shop - Small Hats Have Arrived
- Fruit & Veg Month - Choose Local & In Season
- Yass Touch 2020 Season Information
- Yass Junior Cricket - Register Now
- Yass Gymnastics Holiday Program
- Future Stars - Tennis Clinic
Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,
A reminder to all families that, due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to host Open Classrooms next Wednesday as planned. Instead, so that parents can receive a mid-semester update on their child’s learning and ongoing work, students will bring their 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.
A reminder that when Term 4 commences on Monday 12 October, students will return to school in their summer uniforms, including their school hat, which must be worn at Recess and Lunch if students wish to play on the ovals, sports courts or equipment. Please ensure that all uniform items, especially hats, jumpers and track suit, are clearly labelled with your child’s name—we have a tremendous amount of lost property that is unnamed!
Canteen Meal Deal Next Friday
To celebrate the end of the term, next 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 are now open 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.
Next term Mr Ziebowski will be taking leave and Ms Grace will be teaching 5/6GZ full-time. In Mr Ziebowski’s absence Mrs Karakotas will be Acting Religious Education Coordinator and I welcome her to the school Leadership Team. The role of Religious Education Coordinator entails three days per fortnight release from the classroom; Mrs Emily Rhodes will be teaching 1EK on these days.
And finally, as I will be on leave next week, I would like to wish everybody a safe and restful Term 3 holiday. I look forward to seeing everyone back at school for what will I'm sure will be a busy and exciting final term of the 2020 school year.
May God’s peace be in your families,
GOSPEL: Matthew 18:21-35
Then Peter went up to him and said, 'Lord, how often must I forgive my brother if he wrongs me? As often as seven times?'
Jesus answered, 'Not seven, I tell you, but seventy-seven times. 'And so the kingdom of Heaven may be compared to a king who decided to settle his accounts with his servants. When the reckoning began, they brought him a man who owed ten thousand talents; he had no means of paying, so his master gave orders that he should be sold, together with his wife and children and all his possessions, to meet the debt. At this, the servant threw himself down at his master's feet, with the words, "Be patient with me and I will pay the whole sum." And the servant's master felt so sorry for him that he let him go and cancelled the debt. Now as this servant went out, he happened to meet a fellow-servant who owed him one hundred denarii; and he seized him by the throat and began to throttle him, saying, "Pay what you owe me." His fellow-servant fell at his feet and appealed to him, saying, "Be patient with me and I will pay you." But the other would not agree; on the contrary, he had him thrown into prison till he should pay the debt. His fellow-servants were deeply distressed when they saw what had happened, and they went to their master and reported the whole affair to him. Then the master sent for the man and said to him, "You wicked servant, I cancelled all that debt of yours when you appealed to me. Were you not bound, then, to have pity on your fellow-servant just as I had pity on you?" And in his anger the master handed him over to the torturers till he should pay all his debt. And that is how my heavenly Father will deal with you unless you each forgive your brother from your heart.'
This week we have another challenging Gospel. Peter comes to Jesus and bluntly asks him how many times he needs to forgive another, be that his brother, his sister, friend or co-worker. Peter asks if he should forgive the other person seven times? I wonder if Peter had a family member, a spouse, or a friend whom he had wounded multiple times. Or was Peter simply asking the question because he wanted to hear how Jesus would answer it?
As often is the case, Jesus does not answer Peter’s question directly. Rather Jesus bluntly tells Peter that he should forgive the other person, not just seven times, but 77 times. That is a lot of forgiveness! It is easier to forgive another if the hurt or insult is minor. However, when a person has been betrayed or slandered us, we may find it more difficult to forgive the individual. This is understandable because our trust has been betrayed.
Was Peter surprised by Jesus’ answer? Was Peter thinking of a family member or friend that he needed to forgive or was he remembering someone he had hurt or wounded? Was Peter hoping that, at some point, he would be forgiven?
Hopefully, over time, we will forgive the person who wounded us and, in this process, we will free ourselves also of the heavy burden we have been carrying. Lack of forgiveness usually has more effect on us than on the individual we need to forgive. Resentment and anger poison us. True, it is not easy to let go of our anger and hurt. If we can place our anger, hurt, and resentment into God’s hands, God will heal us. It may take a long time.
The grace is Jesus does not expect us to deal with these hurts and resentments alone. Jesus walks with us, encourages us, and gives us the grace to let go and to forgive those who have hurt us. We have to be patient with this process and we need to keep coming back to Jesus and asking him to help us forgive. Jesus wants us to ask him to free us of this burden, this pain. Jesus is with us and He will answer our prayers!
Today may we place all our burdens, our anger, and our pain in Jesus’ hands. This will lighten our loads immensely and will free us also. Will we, do we, trust Jesus? (Sr Kristine Anne Harpenau)
FRUIT AND VEG MONTH 2020
Our school is participating in Fruit & Veg Month 2020. This year’s theme is ‘Planet Fruit & Veg’, because eating more fruit and veg is good for us and the planet. This week we are looking at how to ‘up the fruit and veg’ at your place – for yourselves and the planet.
Where possible, choose locally grown (e.g. grown in your city, town or region) and in season fruit and vegetables. They will taste better, be more nutritious, are more likely to cost less and will reduce the environmental impacts of food transport and cold storage. Take a look at the resource included in this week's newsletter for tips on how to go local and in season.
Read the resource and answer the survey questions to go into the running for a $20 shopping voucher.
If you require more information on what activities our school is doing for Fruit & Veg Month, please contact the school or your child’s teacher.
Religious Education Coordinator
Children can choose to bring in their own coloured sheet from home or they can complete a sheet in class.
Students are asked to write their name and house on the back of their colouring and give to their teacher by Friday.
Meal Deal Day
Next 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 are now open and will close on Friday 18 September at 2.30pm.
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 flavours 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 are gluten free.
The mayonnaise and butter we use in the canteen are both lactose free and gluten 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.