- Principal Report
- Religious Education
- Week 10 House Spirit Challenge
- Canteen News
- Book Week 2020
- School Banking
- Year 2-6 Holiday Reading? Why not use the Sora app!
- Uniform Shop - Small Hats Have Arrived
- Reduce Fruit & Vegetable Waste
- Yass Gymnastics Holiday Program
- Yass Junior Cricket - Register Now
- Yass Swimming Club - Registration Now Open
- Future Stars - Tennis Clinic
This morning our students received a surprise visit from the Brumbies 2020 Grand Final players, Will Miller and Bayley Kuenzle. They spoke briefly with the students and then signed posters for all students – it certainly started the school day with a lot of happiness and there was an excited buzz all through the school from both students and staff. A highlight for everyone was being so close to the incredibly heavy Grand Final trophy!
A reminder to all families that, due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, we are unable to host Open Classrooms today 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.
Dutton Street afternoon pick up
Road safety for every child is critically important and of paramount concern. All students being collected after school from the Dutton Street entrance are to be under the supervision of the duty teacher next to the office building. The teacher will send your child to you when your car arrives. If you do park your car on the opposite side of Dutton Street (near the railway line) we request that you cross the road and collect your child from the supervising teacher to ensure their safety crossing the road as it is a busy thoroughfare directly after school.
On behalf of Michael and myself we would like to express our sincere thanks to all teachers, students and families for a wonderful and hard-working Term 3. We hope that everyone has a restful and enjoyable holiday break, that all who are travelling return safely home, and that everyone comes back to school refreshed and ready for a strong finish to the school year. Please note that there is no pupil-free day at the start of Term 4 and students return on Monday 12 October in full summer uniform.
May God’s peace be in your families,
GOSPEL: Matthew 20:1-16
'Now the kingdom of Heaven is like a landowner going out at daybreak to hire workers for his vineyard. He made an agreement with the workers for one denarius a day and sent them to his vineyard. Going out at about the third hour he saw others standing idle in the market place and said to them, "You go to my vineyard too and I will give you a fair wage." So they went. At about the sixth hour and again at about the ninth hour, he went out and did the same. Then at about the eleventh hour he went out and found more men standing around, and he said to them, "Why have you been standing here idle all day?" "Because no one has hired us," they answered. He said to them, "You go into my vineyard too." In the evening, the owner of the vineyard said to his bailiff, "Call the workers and pay them their wages, starting with the last arrivals and ending with the first." So those who were hired at about the eleventh hour came forward and received one denarius each. When the first came, they expected to get more, but they too received one denarius each. They took it, but grumbled at the landowner saying, "The men who came last have done only one hour, and you have treated them the same as us, though we have done a heavy day's work in all the heat." He answered one of them and said, "My friend, I am not being unjust to you; did we not agree on one denarius? Take your earnings and go. I choose to pay the lastcomer as much as I pay you. Have I no right to do what I like with my own? Why should you be envious because I am generous?" Thus the last will be first, and the first, last.'
This week we hear the parable of the landowner who went out at dawn to hire day laborers for work in his vineyard. He agreed to pay them the standard daily wage. Several hours later, the landowner saw several more workers in the marketplace. He told them: “Go to my vineyard and I will pay you a fair wage.” So they went to the vineyard. The landowner went out at noon and again at 3:00 p.m. He sent more laborers to his vineyard, promising to pay them for their work. And he did the same at 5:00 p.m.
At evening, the owner told his foreman to bring the laborers so he could pay them. However, the owner added: “begin with the last one hired and end with the first laborer who was hired.” The foreman did as the owner asked. The laborers who were hired late in the day were very surprised when they received a full day’s wage. After all, they had only worked a short amount of time. They went away very pleased. When the laborers who had been hired first thing in the morning came to receive their pay, they assumed that they would receive more than the wage they had negotiated. However, they received the same wage as all of the other workers that had been paid. These workmen were outraged. After all, they had labored all day long in the heat and they had worked many more hours than the men who were paid the same wage for only a couple of hours of work. The owner was not being fair! How dare he?
The landowner, however, stood his ground. He told them: “I am not cheating you! I am paying you the wages you agreed to. Tell me: how am I cheating you? If I decide to be generous, do I not have that right?” Jesus ends with the astounding statement: “The last shall be first and the first shall be last!”
I assume that most of us identify with the upset day laborers. Americans place a high value on fairness. Jesus’ statement may not fit the criteria many of us may attribute to our concept of fair play. However, Jesus challenges us to step beyond our societal norms. The landowner was a generous man and he made the choice to pay each of his laborers a full day’s wage, regardless of whether they worked 8 full hours or only 30 minutes. He was fair to the workers who had worked a full day; he paid them the amount of money that they had agreed upon.
As we know, these workers were jealous and they grumbled. Are we ever jealous or resentful when someone else receives a gift, acclaim, or praise for an act that we think they neither deserved nor earned? Jealousy and resentment may not affect the other person; however, it does affect us! It can eat away at us and make us miserable. When we compare ourselves to others, we typically may judge ourselves as above them or below them. Both judgments damage the other person as well as ourselves.
God is the one who will judge in fairness and truth. We do not have the right to judge others and yet we do it all the time! Most of us have been gifted with abundant blessings. Today may we give thanks for the gifts and graces that we have received and let us thank God for the many gifts we have been given! May we let go of judgment, envy, and jealousy. If we choose to do this, we will be happier and more peaceful. (Sr Kristine Anne Harpenau)
FRUIT AND VEG MONTH 2020
Reduce fruit and vegetable waste
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.
Did you know that NSW households waste 1/3 of the fresh food (such as fruit and vegetables) they buy? Not only does this waste money it also wastes all the resources it took to grow and produce that food. And rotting food in landfill produces greenhouses gases. This resource has helpful hints on how to reduce fruit and vegetable waste, save money and help the planet.
Read the resource further in the newsletter 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.
We have arrived at the end of another productive term and everyone is ready for a well-earned rest. The end of this term also marks the start of my Long Service Leave. I place you in the capable hands of Eva Karakotas for the remainder of the year who will oversee the religious life of our school. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your incredible support during what has been a very challenging year in so many ways. I pray that everyone has a wonderful Spring holiday and that the remainder of the year sees many blessings come your way. I look forward to working with you all again in 2021.
Religious Education Coordinator
Meal Deal Day
Thank you to all the students and parents who have pre-orderedd their hot dog meal deal for this Friday. We've had a wonderful response with 184 orders placed. Orders for sausage rolls, pies, corn cobs and sandwich can still be placed up until Friday morning at 9am.
Term 4 Specials
Sushi will be back on the lunch menu from Week 1 to Week 4 and available on Friday's only.
Options: Teriyaki Chicken and Vegetarian (carrot and cucumber).
Both options will be gluten free.
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.
A very big thank you to our wonderful helpers Tara Leighton, Karli Stonham and Mathew and Melissa Carroll who have been helped in the canteen throughout Term 3. With 210 lunch orders last Friday, your help is very much appreciated.
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!
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
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.