- Principal's Report
- Religious Education
- Sport News
- National Simultaneous Storytime
- Coordinator Awards
- Stage 3 Excursion - Parliament House
- SIZZLE Week 5 & 6
- EnvironMentors Incursion Photos
- KJG at Gymnastics
- Science in 4TC
- Mt Carmel Playgroup
- Uniform Shop
- Trinity Catholic College - Now Enrolling
- Sydney Fleadh
Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,
Anyone who was unable to make it to either of these events is welcome to contact the school office to arrange a personal tour.
Well done to the Year 3 and 5 students who have, over the last week, completed NAPLAN. We have until Friday to complete any catch-up sessions for students who were away on one of their class’ NAPLAN days.
This Friday will be the Confirmation Retreat Day for the forty confirmandi receiving the Sacrament this weekend. There is a particularly large group receiving the Sacrament this year because last year’s Confirmation was postponed due to COVID-19. Confirmation Masses will be on Saturday at 12 noon and at 6pm, and on Sunday at 10:30am. Confirmation completes Baptism, by which in the laying on of hands and anointing with Chrism Oil, which first happened at Baptism, we are confirmed with the fullness of the Holy Spirit. We are reminded of our participation in the ministry and mission of Jesus and strengthened to follow Jesus more closely.
Vinnies CEO Sleepout
This year I am again participating in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout. On Thursday 17 June I will be joining a number of Catholic School Principals and business leaders to sleep rough at the National Arboretum in Canberra and raise much needed money for those in our community who can't afford the basics - food, education, utilities and even a place to call home. My personal goal is to raise $2000 for Vinnies; if you are able to donate to this important cause, go to https://www.ceosleepout.org.au/fundraisers/michaelgreen/canberra.
Dutton Street Update
A reminder to all families using Dutton Street as a drop off/pick up zone to be patient and especially mindful of traffic and pedestrian safety while the footpath upgrade is proceeding; work on the footpath should be completed by early next week. If at all possible, I ask families to consider alternative arrangements to reduce congestion at the front of the school. To view the Dutton Street Safety Plan, click here.
May God’s peace be in your families,
GOSPEL: John 17:11-19
I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep those you have given me true to your name, so that they may be one like us. While I was with them, I kept those you had given me true to your name. I have watched over them and not one is lost except one who was destined to be lost, and this was to fulfil the scriptures. But now I am coming to you and I say these things in the world to share my joy with them to the full. I passed your word on to them, and the world hated them, because they belong to the world no more than I belong to the world. I am not asking you to remove them from the world, but to protect them from the Evil One. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world. Consecrate them in the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world, and for their sake I consecrate myself so that they too may be consecrated in truth.
This week’s Gospel is a loving and tender passage. Jesus is praying for all the people (including us) whom God has entrusted to his care. Jesus realizes that his time on earth is short. He is concerned about the people whom he soon will be leaving. Jesus prays and asks his Father to keep them “in his name.” Jesus longs for his “flock” to be protected and safe when he is no longer with them. What a caring and loving shepherd we have!
Clearly Jesus dearly loved his disciples. He longed for them to share his joy fully and completely. Jesus knew that he would be leaving them and he longed for them to be safe and secure in God’s love and care for them. Jesus also longed for his disciples to share the depth of joy He experienced in being one with God.
Take a moment and remember a time when you experienced a sense of closeness or oneness with God or Jesus. Do you remember the time or place? What were the emotions you experienced? Joy? Peace? Love? Awe?
Jesus longs to share his peace, his joy and his truth with us today. Are we open to receiving these gifts? If so, I invite you to sit quietly in Jesus’ presence with an open mind, heart and hands. . . .and wait! Jesus will come and gift you! Be patient!(Sr Kristine Anne Harpenau)
This Sunday we celebrate Pentecost on Sunday 23rd May.
Pentecost, also known as Whit Sunday or Whitsunday, is observed on the seventh Sunday after Easter and 10 days after Ascension. The name comes from the Greek word "pentekoste" which means fiftieth as Pentecost Sunday takes place on the 50th day of Easter.
As the date is based on Easter, this day is a moveable feast. The earliest day that Pentecost Sunday can fall is May 10th (as in 1818) and the latest possible date is June 13th (next in 2038).
It marks the end of the Easter cycle, that began 90 days ago with Ash Wednesday at the start of Lent.
This Christian holy day commemorates the coming of the Holy Spirit in the form of flames to the Apostles and other followers of Jesus Christ, as recorded in the New Testament in Acts 2:1–31, the fifth book of the New Testament of the Bible.
The Holy Spirit allowed the apostles to speak in other languages, and they started preaching the word of Jesus to the Jews who were in Jerusalem for the feast of Shavuot (also known as the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost - in this case, meaning seven weeks since Passover).
Many Christians recognise the Descent of the Holy Spirit as the birth of the Church. (https://www.officeholidays.com/holidays/pentecost-sunday)
This weekend many of our Year 6 students will be making their Confirmation. The Sacrament of Confirmation is the second of the three sacraments of Christian initiation.
Confirmation completes Baptism, by which in the laying on of hands and the anointing with Chrism Oil, which first happened at Baptism, we are confirmed with the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
We are reminded of our participation in the ministry and mission of Jesus, and strengthened to follow Jesus more closely. We pray for each of our Confirmandi and wish them all the best as the celebrate this special sacrament.
Religious Education Coordinator
Northern Region Cross Country
The Canberra and Goulburn Cross Country Carnival to be held at Stromlo Forest Park on 25th May.
Mt Carmel Athletics Carnival
Our athletics carnival has been booked-in at Victoria Park for Friday 4th June. Please use the link below and fill out the Google form to register students in events. The form also has information about how you can help out on the day. There are lots of jobs to fill so offers of assistance would be greatly appreciated.
1500m Event for Athletics
We have also booked Victoria Park for the morning of Friday 21st May to run the 1500m event. If you wish to register your child/dependent for the event, please use the following link. The 1500m is nearly 4 laps of Victoria Park run at pace, please only register your child/dependent if you think they are capable of it.
Registrations for this event will close at 12pm 20/5/21
The Legends Shield Gala day has been rescheduled for Monday 07/06/21 at North Park, Goulburn. If you wish to register your child/dependent in the event, please use the link below and fill out the Google form.
Matt Guiteau Cup
The Matt Giteau Cup has been rescheduled for Monday 24th May 2021 at Southwell Park. If you wish to register your child/dependent in the event, please use the link below and fill out the Google form.
I currently only have 8 entries for this event, not enough for any teams. If you are interested, please register ASAP or I may have to withdraw our registration.
Trials for Year 5 and 6 students
Canberra Goulburn Rugby Union Trials (Boys and Girls): Monday 31st May, Southwell Park, Northbourne Avenue, Lyneham, 2603, ACT
NB - Girls may trial for both the Girls Rugby 7’s MacKillop team AND the Canberra Goulburn full side Rugby Union team and pathways.
Please refer to the CSNSW calendar to check for upcoming trials.
Congratulations to the recipients of this week's Coordinator Merits, which focused on 'Catholic Values'.
Pia de Nanteuil
Merits will be presented at Thursday morning's assembly.
The focus in SIZZLE for the next two weeks will be ‘Do The Right Thing’.
Students will learn that doing the right thing involves following rules and helping others when they need it.
Students will be able to
- talk about the importance of doing the right thing for oneself and others,
- name feelings associated with doing the right thing,
- identify positive examples of this skill, and
- show how to do the right thing in a variety of situations
Attached is the skill step card so students can follow the steps and do the right thing.
Step 1: Think about what the right thing is and what you can do.
Step 2: Ask a question if you are not sure what the right thing is to do.
Step 3: Decide what to do.
Step 4: Do something to show you know what the right thing to do is.
School Ties - Week 5
Size 12 Boys Trousers - Week 7
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.
Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd May
St Augustine’s, Yass Saturday 22nd May at 12 noon (Note - 9am parish mass moved to midday)
St Augustine’s, Yass Saturday 22nd May at 6pm (regular parish mass)
St Francis Xavier’s, Gunning Sunday 23rd May at 8.30am (regular parish mass)
St Augustine’s, Yass Sunday 23rd May at 10.30am (Note - regular parish mass delayed 15 minutes).