- Principal's Report
- Religious Education
- Sport News
- St Patrick's Day Prayer Service Presented by 4KF
- Bullying - NO WAY! Definitions of Bullying
- Canteen Open at Athletics Carnival
- Healthy Lunch Box Snippets
- Uniform Shop
- Parish News - Sacraments 2019
- Trinity Catholic College - Try it at Trinity Day
- St John Paul II College - 2020 Enrolment Period
- NSWPSSA Selection Trials - 2019 Athletics Team
- Yass Show and PBR Bullride
- Yass Netball - School Holiday Clinic
- Yass Gymnastics - Easter School Holiday Program
- Spinifex Tennis - Easter Camp
Tomorrow, March 21, is Harmony Day, celebrating Australia’s cultural diversity, and Mt Carmel will be marking the day with a wonderful cultural incursion—the Wala Drum and Dance ensemble from West Africa. Harmony Day is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for all Australians, from the traditional owners of the land to those who have come from many countries around the world.
Inspired by our greatest teacher, Jesus Christ, Mt Carmel is a proudly inclusive community where all are welcome. We seek at all times to be a place of hope, joy and wonder where the unique gift of each individual person is recognised as the face of God in our midst.
And bearing in mind the potential consequences of intolerance and bigotry, as recent international events have so terribly illustrated, I ask you to join me in prayer:
You are the source of human dignity, and it is in your image that we are created.
Pour out on us the spirit of love and compassion.
Enable us to reverence each person,
to reach out to anyone in need,
to value and appreciate those who differ from us,
to share the resources of our nation,
to receive the gifts offered to us by people from other cultures.
Grant that we may always promote the justice and acceptance
that ensures lasting peace and harmony.
Help us to remember that we are one world and one family.
Community Council Welcome Evening
Unfortunately, the Community Council Welcome Evening that was planned for this evening on the lawn at Clementine restaurant has been cancelled. We will endeavour to provide opportunities for social interaction for families in the Mt Carmel community at different times throughout the year. Our next Community Council Meeting will be held next Thursday 28 March.
Interim Reports and Parent-Teacher Interviews
Parent-Teacher interviews will be held this Term, in Week 11, from 3:30 to 7:30pm on Wednesday 10 April and from 3:30 to 6:30pm on Thursday 11 April. PTO, the Parent-Teacher Online booking system, will open on Monday 1 April, Week 10, and Interim Reports will be sent home on Friday 5 April.
Mt Carmel’s annual celebration of Music, Art, Dance and Drama—MADD Night—is almost upon us. MADD Night will be held at 6:30pm in the PAC on Friday 10 May (Week 2, Term 2). It is not a talent quest; there will be no judging, no prizes, no awards. Students wishing to audition will need to first fill in an application form, available from the school office from this Friday. Auditions will be held in Week 10 this term. Anyone who has previously attended MADD Night will know that we encourage a diversity of acts and welcome all abilities. I ask for the help of all parents in assisting their child to prepare for their audition and performance, especially in selecting appropriate music that is suitable for a Primary-School-aged audience.
The NSW Primary Schools Sports Association has asked schools to pass on to parents that there is a change to the pathway program for Athletics in 2019. This information only applies to 10 to 12 year olds who may expect to participate competitively up to MacKillop level in Athletics. More information can be found attached to this edition of the Carmeletta.
A reminder that Mt Carmel has changed its parent communication platform from Schoolbag to SZapp. Szapp is now fully functional and can be used to view the Carmeletta, submit absentee notes, keep up to date with the school calendar and more. Szapp is a free downloaded for both iOS and Android.
May God’s peace be in your families,
GOSPEL: Luke 9:28-36
Now about eight days after this had been said, he took with him Peter, John and James and went up the mountain to pray. And it happened that, as he was praying, the aspect of his face was changed and his clothing became sparkling white. And suddenly there were two men talking to him; they were Moses and Elijah appearing in glory, and they were speaking of his passing which he was to accomplish in Jerusalem. Peter and his companions were heavy with sleep, but they woke up and saw his glory and the two men standing with him. As these were leaving him, Peter said to Jesus, 'Master, it is wonderful for us to be here; so let us make three shelters, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.' He did not know what he was saying. As he was saying this, a cloud came and covered them with shadow; and when they went into the cloud the disciples were afraid. And a voice came from the cloud saying, 'This is my Son, the Chosen One. Listen to him.' And after the voice had spoken, Jesus was found alone. The disciples kept silence and, at that time, told no one what they had seen.
Naturally, the Gospel for this feast is the account of Jesus’ transfiguration. Jesus took Peter, John, and James up a mountain to pray. While Jesus was praying, His face was transfigured and His clothing became dazzling white. Then Moses and Elijah appeared and began conversing with Jesus. These men appeared in glory. They spoke of Jesus’ exodus, which would be accomplished in Jerusalem.
Peter, James, and John fell asleep. When they woke up, they saw Jesus in His glory and the two men who were with Jesus. Peter said to Jesus: “Master, it is good that we are here; let us make three tents, one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” Luke then tells us: ‘Peter did not know what he was saying.’
While Peter was still speaking, a cloud overshadowed them. The disciples became frightened when a voice spoke from the cloud and said: “This is my chosen Son; listen to him.” Then the voice faded away and once again there were alone. The disciples were silent and they did tell anyone what they had experienced.
I wonder if Peter, James and John were in shock from what they had experienced. Were they so awestruck that they could not speak? I suspect that they were unable to clearly verbalise what they had experienced. Yet they had clearly heard the words: “This is my chosen Son; listen to Him.”
What is the significance of this mysterious appearance? Peter, James, and John were asleep when this transpired but upon awakening they discovered the transfiguration of Jesus along with Moses and Elijah. I wonder how much we miss of God's glory because we are asleep spiritually? The unexamined life can keep us from being spiritually awake. Maybe we're frantically occupied with daily anxieties of life or seeking pleasure, prestige, or wealth. Possibly prejudice is keeping us blind to something new the Lord may have for us.
Are you awake? Examine your thoughts, words, and actions! Be alert and attentive! We do not want to miss Him! (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.
Religious Education Coordinator
Matt Giteau Cup
Good luck to all the students who are participating in the Matt Giteau Cup which will be held on Friday 22 March. A note with a draw and team lists will be sent home this afternoon.
Good luck to Tahlia Wullaert, Luke Hewlett, Emily Ryan and Charlie Jamieson who will be competing at the CPS Swimming Championships at Homebush on Wednesday 27 March.
Our Athletics sessions with Suzan Fulop will continue next week on Tuesday and Friday for Years 3-6. 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
Northern Region Cross Country - Friday 3 May
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 from 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.
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