- Dutton Street Safety Plan
- Principal's Report
- Religious Education
- Sport News
- Coordinator Merits
- 3MA, 4SS and 4TC Learning About e-Safety
- Sizzle Weeks 3 and 4
- National Simultaneous Storytime 2021
- Canteen News
- Uniform Shop
- Positive Partnerships - Autism Workshop
- Trinity Catholic College - Now Enrolling
- Bravely Being Me Group
- Yass Roos Auskick Flyer 2021
Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,
A reminder that School Photos will be taken next Monday 10 May and that students should wear their full winter school uniform, including jumper. All students have received their order envelope this week. Check you child’s bag if you haven’t seen it yet and contact the school office if you require a replacement. If you would like a Family Photo, envelopes can be collected from the office and must be presented to the photographers on Monday.
Dutton St Acces
We have received very short notice that the Yass Valley Council will be replacing the footpath along the school side of Dutton Street with a 2.5m shared walkway, with work possibly commencing this week depending on weather. Access to school grounds via Rossi Street will be unaffected whilst this work is being completed, so I ask that, where possible, families make alternative arrangements for morning drop off and afternoon pick up. A safety plan for access to school premises via Dutton Street for the period of construction can be found at the end of this newsletter. For everybody's safety, I ask for your cooperation and patience during this time.
Northern Region Cross Country
Best of luck to the 49 students travelling to Crookwell on Friday for the Northern Region Cross Country. Stay warm and run well!
The annual National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will commence next week for students in Year 3 and Year 5. We will be treating participation in NAPLAN as just another day at school. Please don’t feel the need to do anything at home in preparation for your child’s participation in NAPLAN; a good night’s sleep and a healthy breakfast are the best assistance you can provide to help your child perform at their best. If you have any concerns or questions about NAPLAN, please speak with your child’s teacher.
2022 Enrolments — Open Days and Parent Information Evening
Our enrolment drive for 2022 is well underway — the official enrolment period for Catholic Schools in this Archdiocese runs for the month of May. If you have a pre-school child ready for Kindergarten, it’s time to enrol now. Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn has an online enrolment form, which can be accessed by clicking the link below. If you need to access a hard-copy form, please contact the Front Office. An enrolment interview will be organised once the application is received. If your friends have a child starting in Kindergarten next year, please encourage them to consider Mt Carmel as an option for their children’s education.
We will be holding Open Day Tours for interested families on Tuesday 18 and Wednesday 19 May (Week 5) at 10am, 12pm and 2pm, guided by our Student Leaders. Our K-2022 Parent Information Evening will be held on the evening of Wednesday 19 May at 7pm in the Lacey Library.
Enrol Now (https://enrolments.mtcarmel.nsw.edu.au/enrol/)
To all of the Mt Carmel Mums and other special women in the lives of our students, I wish you a very happy Mother’s Day. May God bless each and every one of you, and I hope that you have a wonderful Sunday, filled with love and joy. KNB has been preparing a Mother’s Day Prayer Service, but because we do not have the capacity under current COVID-19 restrictions to invite all families to attend we will instead be sharing the Prayer Service online. A link will be shared via SZapp and Facebook on Friday morning.
All-loving God, we give you thanks and praise for mothers young and old.
We pray for young mothers, who give life and count toes and tend to our every need; May they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families and themselves with great joy.
We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us; May they continue to guide us in strong and gentle ways.
We remember mothers who are separated from their children because of war, poverty, or conflict; May they feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes every tear away.
We pray for women who are not mothers but still love and shape us with motherly care and compassion.
We remember mothers. grandmothers, and great-grandmothers who are no longer with us but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love.
May God’s peace be in your families,
GOSPEL: John 15:1-8
I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that bears no fruit he cuts away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes to make it bear even more. You are clean already, by means of the word that I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I in you. As a branch cannot bear fruit all by itself, unless it remains part of the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me, with me in him, bears fruit in plenty; for cut off from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a branch -- and withers; these branches are collected and thrown on the fire and are burnt. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for whatever you please and you will get it. It is to the glory of my Father that you should bear much fruit and be my disciples.
In this week's Gospel, Jesus uses the image of the vine and the branches. This is a familiar parable to us. Jesus tells his disciples that he, Jesus, is the “true” vine and his Father is the vine grower. And if his Father is the vine grower, He is responsible for growing good grapes that will make good quality wine. Jesus also says that the vine grower will prune us. Painful as this seems, this pruning will enable us to bear more fruit.
However, who wants to be pruned? Do you? For myself, I don’t like it when I am being pruned! Typically, pruning entails loss and pain. Personally, I prefer to be left alone. However, if I am not pruned, the consequence is that I will not bear good fruit.
Life prunes us all the time. And most often, we do not like the pruning. Being pruned is typically painful and difficult. Yet, after a period of time, we may come to realize that this pruning has enabled us to bear fruit in new and different ways. We also may begin to experience the new life that has come from our pruning. We may have grown and changed for the better!
The vine grower recognizes when the vines need to be pruned. And the vine grower also realizes that better fruit will grow because the vine has been pruned. Do we trust our “vine grower?” Do we trust that God only desires goodness, happiness and abundant fruit for us? Hopefully our answer is yes! True, it does not take away the pain of being pruned. Most often “being pruned” is difficult. However, if we trust our vine grower and believe that growth and plenty will come from the pruning, we will bear abundant fruit in our lives.
Today and always may we trust our Vine grower. He only desires what is best for us. And He will prune us in a gentle and loving way! (Sr Kristine Anne Harpenau)
On Sunday we celebrate Mother’s Day.
Mother’s Day has been celebrated in Australia on the second Sunday of May since 1924. But, Catholics have been celebrating a sort of mother’s day since the first few centuries of the Church. The fourth Sunday of Lent, or Laetare Sunday, traditionally was a time to return to your mother church (home parish) and leave an offering.
Those who practised this custom were said to have gone “a-mothering”, and soon it became known as “Mothering Sunday.” As the popularity of “Mothering Sunday” grew, it became a day when domestic servants were given leave to be with their families. The day became one of the few times a year where a grown family could gather, as working families often had conflicting schedules. Once the tradition became a day for family reunion, with a reference to mothers in the name, it naturally evolved to include all mothers within the celebration. For children, the long walk back home became a time for picking flowers for mum, and this would grow to the tradition of giving gifts of all sorts to mothers.
In Catholic tradition, the month of May is dedicated to Mary. Chosen by God above all other women, Mary’s faith and obedience paved the way for the Incarnation. Her example teaches us faith, obedience, humility and most of all, how to love. As St Thomas of Villanova said, “If in this world any creature ever loved God with whole heart, with whole soul, and with whole mind, she was the creature.”
At the foot of the cross, her heart broke for Jesus, yet she accepted God’s will not only for her Son, but for herself in her new role as mother to us all (cf. John 19:25–27). As we honour today our earthly mothers and mother figures—including stepmothers, relatives, guardians, close family friends and those who would be mothers—let us honour our heavenly mother as well. Those devoted to her are always led to her Son. For her wise counsel tells us, “Do whatever he tells you” (John 2:5).
And so, we invite you to pray:
Lord Jesus Christ, You chose to put yourself—tiny, needy and helpless—into the nurturing and watchful hands of a human mother. Since then, every act of mothering, both physical and spiritual, in every time and every corner of the world recollects Mary’s. Inspired by this example, we, too, honour our mothers and mother figures today. Bless these women, that they may be strengthened as Christian mothers and nurturers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, honour them always with a spirit of profound respect.
We ask this in your holy name. Amen. (https://www.dow.org.au/a-mothers-day-prayer/)
To celebrate this special day, KNB have prepared a prayer service which will be shared with all families via video link on Friday. We wish all of the wonderful Mother’s and Women in our lives a very Happy Mother’s Day!
Religious Education Coordinator
Congratulations to Henry Gooley, Lewis Matthews, Billy Buser, Archer Regan, Jackson Shelton Spencer Crocker, Macy Camilleri, Lucy Miller, Zoe Seselja, Reese Flynn, Camilla Bremner, Sophie Connell-Hewlett, Jed Newman, Emmett Crocker, Joshua Miller, Ayrton Camilleri, Sidney Luckie, Oscar Walsh-Devoe, Katherine Raniga, Stella Pack, Milla Shelton, Annabella Nagle, Ella Johnson, Emma Barker, Bryson Flynn, Riley Hewitt, Charles Miller, Wyatt Brassil, Jack Ryan Nicholas Cassidy, Mia Buser, Chloe Pearce, Lulu Merriman, Georgina Burke, Georgia Inkster, Anna Samperi, Eli Cassidy, Lewis Jones, Jack Shannon, Simon Bremner, Liam Beeten, Samuel Leighton, Lola White, Elliot Barnes, Caitlin Guiney, Hayley Reardon, Skye Edwards, Macy Tarlinton and Isla Pearsall-Membrey who will represent Mt Carmel at the Northern Region cross country carnival in Crookwell this Friday 7th May. If participation notes have not been returned, please do so by tomorrow.
Venue: Crookwell Showground- Goulburn Street then turn left at East Street for entrance and parking.
Date: Friday 7 May 2021 (Week Three Term Two)
Time: 9:20am Team Manager meeting
9.30am Walk the course
10.00am First event
9 years boys/girls 2000m
10 years boys/girls 2000m
11 years boys/girls 3000m
12/13 years boys/girls 3000m
Children will compete in their school sport uniform.
Archdiocesan Carnival: 6 competitors from each age group will progress to the Archdiocesan Carnival, which will be held at Stromlo Park on Wednesday 19 May 2021.
Canteen Facilities will be available.
Please bring clothing appropriate to the weather forecast. The carnival will go ahead even if it is raining. It is suggested competitors bring extra shoes and socks as the track may be wet if there is rain leading up to or on the day. There is limited protection from the weather, so please consider shelters etc.
Legends Shield and Matt Guiteau Cup
Both the Matt Guiteau Cup and Legends that were to be held this week were postponed due to poor weather. I will send out information with new dates as it comes to hand.
Congratulations to Caelan Cassidy, Lulu Merriman who represented Mt Carmel at the MacKillop Hockey trials last Friday.
Congratulations to Lachlan Brown, Jed Newman, Sid Luckie, William Hall and Darcy Gooley who represented Mt Carmel at the MacKillop Rugby League Trials last Friday
Congratulations to Neve Luckie, Skye Edwards and Lola White who represented Mt Carmel at the MacKillop Netball Trials last Friday
Congratulations to Neve Luckie, Hayley Reardon, Lola White, Darcy Gooley, Eli Cassidy and Will Hall who made it through to the MacKillop Trials for touch football in Sydney on 28th May.
As part of our latest Sporting Schools grant, KNB, KJG and 1EK will be doing 1 hour gym sessions at Yass Gymnastics every Friday for the next four weeks.
Trials for Year 5 and 6 students
MacKillop Trials - Touch Football: Friday 28th May 2021, Kingsway Touch Fields,
The Kingsway Werrington NSW
Canberra Goulburn Rugby Union Trials (Boys and Girls): Monday 31st May, Southwell Park, Northbourne Avenue, Lyneham, 2603, ACT
Congratulations to the recipients of this week's Coordinator Merits, which focused on 'Be Fair'.
The focus in SIZZLE for the next two weeks will be ‘Take Turns When You Talk’.
Students will learn that when we take turns when talking to others, it is easier to hear others and is respectful of them. Taking turns when talking helps you learn from others and can be helpful when you are meeting people for the first time. When you take turns when talking with others, you have to listen, do something to show you are listening, talk after the person stops talking, and then wait for a response.
Students will be able to
- talk about the importance of taking turns when talking with others,
- name feelings associated with taking turns when talking with others,
- identify positive examples of this skill, and
- show how to take turns when they talk with others
Attached is the skill step card outlining the skill steps of:
Step 1: Listen to what the person is saying.
Step 2: Do something to show you are actively listening (nod your head, smile).
Step 3: Talk when the person has stopped by asking a question or making a comment.
Step 4: Wait to hear what the person says when you are done talking; don’t interrupt.
Step 5: Repeat steps again to continue taking turns talking and listening!
National Simultaneous Storytime aims to:
- promote the value of reading and literacy,
- promote the value and fun of books,
- promote an Australian writer and publisher,
- promote storytime activities in libraries and communities around the country,
- and provide opportunities to involve parents, grandparents, the media and others to participate in and enjoy the occasion.
"Una dreams of a life in Space. Life on Earth is just so so-so. But how will she get there? And will she complete her mission to discover life in Space? And did she remember to feed Neil the goldfish?"
Written and Illustrated by Philip Bunting.
Published By: Scholastic Australia
This Friday, Cheesy Garlic Rolls will be added to the Friday recess menu and next week, Savoury Muffins will also be added to the recess menu, and available both Thursday and Fridays.
Dont forget, Hot Chocolate, Lasagne and Macaroni and Cheese have been added to the canteen menu this term. If you have any questions regarding the canteen menu, please contact the school on 6226 3357 or email email@example.com.
Click here to view a copy of the Term 2 menu.
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.