- Principal Report
- Religious Education
- Sports News
- Kindergarten Alphabet Boot Camp Medal Presentation
- K-2 Cross Country Carnival - Tuesday 9 April
- Easter Bonnet Parade - Tomorrow, Thursday 11 April
- 3LS Classmate Success at Yass Show
- Thank you
- Library - Helpers Needed
- Canteen Open at Athletics Carnival
- Healthy Lunch Box Snippets
- Uniform Shop
- Bullying - Types of Bullying
- First Reconciliation - 10 April
- Parish News - Sacraments 2019
- Yass Gymnastics - Easter School Holiday Program
- Yass Netball - School Holiday Clinic
- Spinifex Tennis - Easter Camp
- Twilight Picnic Fair Cooma Cottage Yass
All families will receive login slips this week for PTO, the online Parent-Teacher Interview booking system, which will be activated to accept bookings from 7am on Monday 1 April. To access PTO, go to the Parents page on our school website and click on the PTO icon; alternatively, you can click on the PTO icon on the left.
Congratulations to Tahlia Wullaert, Luke Hewlett, Emily Ryan and Charlie Jamieson, who today represented Canberra-Goulburn at the NSW Catholic Primary Schools Swimming Championships in Homebush.
School Cross Country Carnival
Next Friday, 5 April, Mt Carmel will be running the 3-6 Cross Country Carnival at Walker Park. Students will be leaving school at 11:30am to walk to the venue, races commencing with 8-year-olds at approximately 11:45am. We will return to school in time for lunch at 1:30pm. Students in Year 2 who are turning 8 this year may compete at the 3-6 carnival; however, there will be a separate K-2 Cross Country event held at school the following Tuesday, 9 April. Please contact Mrs Esther Glover if you may be able to assist with the 3-6 carnival next Friday.
This year, in May, Years 3 and 5 students at Mt Carmel will be completing NAPLAN online rather than the pencil-and-paper version experienced in previous years. Next Monday participating students will undertake a 45-minute practice test to familiarise them with the online testing environment.
May God’s peace be in your families,
GOSPEL: Luke 13:1-9
It was just about this time that some people arrived and told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with that of their sacrifices. At this he said to them, 'Do you suppose that these Galileans were worse sinners than any others, that this should have happened to them? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen on whom the tower at Siloam fell, killing them all? Do you suppose that they were more guilty than all the other people living in Jerusalem? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did.' He told this parable, 'A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it but found none.
He said to his vinedresser, "For three years now I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and finding none. Cut it down: why should it be taking up the ground?" "Sir," the man replied, "leave it one more year and give me time to dig round it and manure it: it may bear fruit next year; if not, then you can cut it down." '
The first part of the Gospel reading for this week is sobering. Luke writes about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with the blood of sacrifices. Jesus says: “Do you think that the Galileans who suffered were greater than other Galileans?” Jesus continues on in this vein. The point that Jesus is trying to make with the people is that if they do not repent, they will perish.
Jesus then tells them another parable. He says: “There once was a person who planted a fig tree in his garden. When the man came to pick the fruit, the tree had not born any fruit. The man immediately went to his gardener and told him: “For the past three years I have come to pick figs from these trees and for the past three years, the tree has not borne any fruit. I want you to cut the tree down now.” The gardener said: “Sir, I ask you to leave the tree one more year. I will fertilize it and cultivate the ground around it. And if it does not bear fruit this year, then you can cut it down.”
What a patient man this gardener is! The gardener wants to give this tree one more chance. He is unwilling to “cut it down.” It is seldom that anyone has a perfect garden. Gardeners learn to let nature take its course and yet to intervene when it is appropriate. This gardener was determined to try some other tactics before uprooting the plant.
This Gospel gives a wonderful image of God. God is the gardener – a hopeful and patient gardener. God will not toss us aside immediately if we are not bearing fruit. Our gardener, God, will fertilize us, nurture us, and pull the weeds that are growing within and around us. However, we have to allow God to be our gardener. The question for us is: will we bring our weeds to God and ask him to help us uproot the weeds from our hearts?
If we ask God to do so, God will gift and grace us as we work together with God to uproot the weeds from our lives. Hopefully, over time, the weeds will gradually disappear from our lives. We have to trust our Divine Gardener’s timing. We human beings typically want instant answers and instant solutions. However, our weeds may be deeply rooted and it may take time for them to be completely uprooted. Will we trust God, our gardener? Will we strive to be patient with the process?
Today I invite you to ask yourself: What is the weed I want uprooted from my heart and life? Take your desire to God and place it in God’s hands. God is trustworthy! God will not fail you! In the meantime, trust and be patient. (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. So far we have raised $1322.90 which is an amazing effort. Thank you for your generosity.
Religious Education Coordinator
Matt Giteau Cup
Well done to all the students who participated in the Matt Giteau Cup last Friday and represented our school so well. Thank you to Linda Swadling for attending on the day. Please return any outstanding Mt Carmel jumpers as soon as possible.
Congratulations to Tahlia Wullaert, Luke Hewlett, Emily Ryan and Charlie Jamieson who competed at the CPS Swimming Championships at Homebush today as part of the Mackillop team.
Our Athletics sessions with Suzan Fulop will continue this week on Friday for Years 3-6. Please note that students in Years 4-6 will again be asked to wear their Sports uniform on Monday 1 April for our final session of Athletics’ skills. A message will go out on SZapp on Sunday as a reminder.
Years 3-6 Mount Carmel Cross Country Carnival - Friday 5 April
Our cross country carnival will be held next Friday 5 April. Students and teachers will walk up to Walker park after recess (11.30).
Any children turning 8 in 2019 in Year 3 will run 1000m at our carnival. Any children in K-2 may choose to run in the Years 3-6 carnival, although this is not compulsory ( they can just participate in the K-2 carnival if they choose). If your child is an outstanding 8-year-old athlete who wants to compete at the Archdiocesan and MacKillop level and/or qualify for age champion, they must run in the 2000m events with the 9-year-old runners to gain selection. If you want your child to do this please notify their teacher in writing by Friday 29 March.
We need parent helpers on the day to act as marshals on the course. Your presence will be required from 11.30-1.00pm. If you can assist, please contact Mt Carmel School office or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and leave your details.
Northern Region Cross Country - Friday 3 May in Braidwood
The K-2 Cross Country Carnival will be held next week (Week 11) on Tuesday 9 April on the school bottom oval from 12.00pm-1.30pm.
Students are to wear their sports uniform, hats, sunscreen and bring their water bottle.
All parents are invited to come along and watch their child participate in this enjoyable school event and at the conclusion of the races, to stay and share lunch with your child. Please bring a seat and shade for your comfort.
Stage 3 students will also be attending to cheer and support their buddies.
Students will parade with their class.
We look forward to sharing this enjoyable event with you.
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