- Principal Report:
- Religious Education
- Sport News
- Bullying. NO WAY!
- Community Welcome Event
- WANTED - Parent Volunteers
- Thank you
- Canteen Open at Athletics Carnival
- Parish News - Sacraments 2019
- Royal Far West - Information Sheets
- Spinifex Tennis - Easter Camp
- Trinity Catholic College - Year 7 Information for 2020
- St John Paul II College - 2020 Enrolment Period
- Yass Show and PBR Bullride
- Twilight Picnic Fair Cooma Cottage Yass
Royal Far West Connect for Kids in Southern NSW
A significant number of children in Australia experience mental health concerns. The Australian Government’s Report on the second Australian Child and Adolescent Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing in 2016 reported that almost one in seven 4-17 year-olds had been assessed as having mental disorders in the previous 12 months. It can be challenging for families to access appropriate supports and therapies for their children, but a new service is available, from Royal Far West, that may be of interest. It is called Connect for Kids and is a mental health service delivered by psychologists via video conference. Details of this service and how to access it can be found in the attachments of this newsletter.
I have been recently contacted with a report of a student having troubles with posts on social media. Each family will make their own choices about what kinds of online access they will allow, and it is common for parents to feel pressure to allow children access to particular apps or sites; the “...but all my friends are using it!” argument. Having said that, the general rule for social media sites and apps is that users must be 13 years or older to hold or access an account—the terms and conditions are on your side if you choose to say no. Regardless of what parents decide about their children’s access to technology, it is always important to monitor your child’s online activities and speak openly about any questions or concerns that you or they may have.
National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence
This Friday is the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence, and we will be marking the day by taking part in the Bullying—No Way! initiative. Bullying is a word that carries a great deal of weight, and in many instances it is used to describe things that are not bullying at all. The national definition of bullying for all Australian schools defines bullying as an ongoing misuse of power in relationships through repeated verbal, physical and/or social behaviour that causes physical and/or psychological harm. It can involve an individual or a group misusing their power over one or more persons. Bullying can happen in person or online, and it can be obvious (overt) or hidden (covert). Bullying of any form or for any reason can have long-term effects on those involved, including bystanders. Single incidents and conflict or fights between equals, whether in person or online, are not defined as bullying. Any adverse interpersonal interactions or conflicts, whether considered to be acts of bullying or not, need to be appropriately resolved. If you have any concerns about what your child is experiencing at school, it is important to speak with their class teacher promptly.
St Patrick’s Day
The celebration of St Patrick’s Day is an important tradition at Mt Carmel, thanks to the Sisters of Mercy who travelled to Yass from Ireland in 1875 and were an integral part of our school until the 1990s. This year we will not be having a dress up day for St Patrick’s Day, as it falls on the weekend. We will, however, still be celebrating the feast day with a prayer assembly next Monday at 9am in the PAC, hosted by 4KF. Students are invited to add something green to their uniform for the day, to mark the occasion.
Welcome Evening - RSVP's Due Tomorrow
Don't forget to RSVP via Skoolbag by tomorrow afternoon if you will be joining us for an evening of conversation, nibbles and drinks at Clementine Restaurant. The evening will commence at 6.30pm on Wednesday 20 March. The cost of $40 per person. We hope to see you there.
Dogs at School
I ask for all families' cooperation in ensuring that any dogs brought onto school grounds are kept on a leash, please.
May God’s peace be in your families,
GOSPEL: Luke 4:1-13
Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert, for forty days being put to the test by the devil. During that time he ate nothing and at the end he was hungry. Then the devil said to him, 'If you are Son of God, tell this stone to turn into a loaf.' But Jesus replied, 'Scripture says: Human beings live not on bread alone.' Then leading him to a height, the devil showed him in a moment of time all the kingdoms of the world and said to him, 'I will give you all this power and their splendour, for it has been handed over to me, for me to give it to anyone I choose. Do homage, then, to me, and it shall all be yours.' But Jesus answered him, 'Scripture says: You must do homage to the Lord your God, him alone you must serve.' Then he led him to Jerusalem and set him on the parapet of the Temple. 'If you are Son of God,' he said to him, 'throw yourself down from here,
for scripture says: He has given his angels orders about you, to guard you, and again: They will carry you in their arms in case you trip over a stone.' But Jesus answered him, 'Scripture says: Do not put the Lord your God to the test.' Having exhausted every way of putting him to the test, the devil left him, until the opportune moment.
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 realizes 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)
Project Compassion is Caritas Australia's annual Lenten fundraising and awareness-raising appeal. Millions of Australians come together in solidarity with the world's poor to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. This year the theme for Project Compassion is 100% Hope. There is a class box in each classroom so let us give up something we would like this Lenten season and help others.
ST PATRICK'S DAY PRAYER SERVICE
On Monday 4KF will lead our school in a St. Patrick's Day Prayer Service. Given our school's strong connection with it's Irish heritage, we warmly welcome our school community to join us in this celebration at 9am in the PAC.
Religious Education Coordinator
Well done to Abby Jones, Brodie Doyle and Baxter Sicily who participated in the Touch trials last Friday. Congratulations to Brodie and Baxter for being selected for the Archdiocesan team that will compete at the Mackillop Trials in Penrith on 31 May.
Archdiocesan Winter Trials
Well done to all the students who attended the trials yesterday for soccer and netball. Congratulations to Brodie Doyle, Dominica White, Ella Broers and Tahlia Wullaert who have been selected for the Archdiocesan teams.
Matt Giteau Cup
The Matt Giteau Cup which will be held on Friday 22 March. First games to kick off at 9:30am with the competition concluding by approximately 2:00pm. A note with team lists and further information will be sent out later this week once the draw has been finalised.
Our Athletics sessions with Suzan Fulop started this week. These will continue over the next few weeks and will cover the basic skills of running, jumping and throwing.
Mount Carmel Cross Country Carnival - Friday 5 April
School communities around Australia, embrace the National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence (NDA) each year and help unify one main message 'Bullying. No Way!'
Mt Carmel School is a registered official NDA school. This week, on Friday 15 March, we will participate in the 2019 National Day of Action against Bullying and Violence. We are an anti-bullying school where positive and respectful relationships are promoted.
- Participate in class discussions about bullying.
- Receive a Bullying NO Way! wristband
- Receive a card – Student tips about bullying
Parent cards have been sent home today, to assist with talking to your child about bullying.
Over the next few weeks, fact sheets for parents and carers, will be included in the newsletter. They include information to guide discussion about bullying with your family.
Excellent information for parents and students can be found on this website: https://bullyingnoway.gov.au/
If you have a spare hour or two to spare on any day of the school week please contact the front office to indicate when you are available.
Volunteers need to have attended one of the Assisting Children with Reading sessions facilitated by Trish O’Dell.
If you have any queries please contact Trish either on 62263357 or email email@example.com
Your help will be greatly appreciated.
Registration- Wednesday 31 July and Thursday 1 August 5-6pm Presbytery
Commitment Mass -Saturday 3 August 6pm St. Augustine's and Sunday 4 August 10.30am Uniting Church Hall Murrumbateman
Church Liturgy 1 -Thursday 15 August 7pm St Augustine's
Church Liturgy 2 -Thursday 29 August 7pm St Augustine's
Reflection Day - Friday 6 September 9am-3.10pm Hartigan Centre and St Augustine's
Sacrament of Confirmation - Sunday 8 September 10am St Augustine's