- Principal's Report
- Religious Education
- Sport News
- Coordinator Awards
- K-2 Athletics Carnival
- Japanese Incursion
- Sean Choolburra Incursion
- Lacey Library News
- KJG at Gymnastics
- 1EK Living Things Dioramas
- 1EK Scientists in Action
- Year 3 Literacy Rotations
- 4SS Science - Force and Motion
- NSS 2021 Activities- KJG & 5/6GZ
- NSS 2021 Activities - 56EG & Year 1 Buddies
- Uniform Shop
- Mt Carmel Playgroup
- Confirmation 2021
- Trinity Catholic College - Now Enrolling
- Marriage and Family Sunday
- The Lovat Chapel - Liminal Moments
- Sydney Fleadh
Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,
Annual Satisfaction Surveys
This year we are using a different tool for our Annual Satisfaction Surveys; it is called, Tell Them From Me. The Tell Them From Me Parent Survey is a comprehensive survey that is based on a framework for fostering positive relations between the school and the community and captures parents’ perceptions of children’s experiences at home and school. Parents can access the survey using the link below, to provide us with valuable feedback that informs our Annual and Strategic Plans. Students from Year 4 to Year 6 will complete a Student Satisfaction Survey at school.
The survey will be open until 11 June, Friday Week 8.
Sorry Day/Reconciliation Week
Tomorrow is National Sorry Day and the start of Reconciliation Week, and we will be holding a prayer service in the PAC at 9am to mark this important day.
Dutton Street Footpath
I’m very pleased to let the community know that the new shared walkway along Dutton Street in front of the school is now complete. I’m very grateful to Nick and his team for doing everything possible to minimise disruption and maintain access to the school. They also helped us to move some new sandstone blocks into position for natural seating in the playground and provided a focus of interest to Kindergarten who were thrilled to watch a concrete truck in action!
Vinnies CEO Sleepout
This year I am again participating the 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.
GOSPEL: John 20:19-23
In the evening of that same day, the first day of the week, the doors were closed in the room where the disciples were, for fear of the Jews. Jesus came and stood among them. He said to them, 'Peace be with you,' and, after saying this, he showed them his hands and his side. The disciples were filled with joy at seeing the Lord, and he said to them again, 'Peace be with you. 'As the Father sent me, so am I sending you.' After saying this he breathed on them and said: Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone's sins, they are forgiven; if you retain anyone's sins, they are retained.
This Gospel begins by describing how Jesus’ disciples had locked themselves in a room. They were afraid of the Jews. Imagine this scene! Here are eleven grown men locked in a fairly small room, fearful of what might happen to them. So much for Jesus’ “brave disciples.”
Then Jesus quietly appears in their midst. Did they rub their eyes wondering if something was wrong with their eyesight? Did they think they were going crazy when they saw Jesus? Did they immediately recognize that this apparition was Jesus, their beloved friend and teacher?
Jesus quietly and simply said to his beloved friends and disciples: “Peace be with you.” I suspect that the primary emotion the disciples experienced when they saw this apparition was not “peace.” Rather, I assume that they felt shock, fear, disbelief, astonishment and perhaps hope. Did they ask themselves: How could this be? Is this real? Is Jesus truly here with us?
Then Jesus showed his beloved friends his hands and his side. Did Jesus do this so they would know and believe that Jesus truly was in their midst? I suspect that the disciples needed some proof that this apparition truly was Jesus, their teacher and friend. Yet as they began to absorb the fact that Jesus truly was with them once again, they rejoiced. They were awed and amazed!
Jesus once again said to his disciples: “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” Did the disciples experience peace envelop them when Jesus spoke these simple yet powerful words? Jesus then breathed on them and said: “Receive the Holy Spirit! Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained!”
Take a moment and hear Jesus say to you: “Peace be with you (your name)! Then quietly breathe in Jesus’ gift of peace for 3-4 minutes! Allow Jesus’ peace to envelop you, to fill you! (Do it, don’t just read the sentence and move on!)
What was your experience? Do you feel Jesus’ peace within you? Do you feel less stressed or worried? Jesus gives us the gift of peace every day! However, we have to consciously accept and absorb His peace! If we do this every day, we may find that we are more peaceful, relaxed and joyful! (Sr Kristine Anne Harpenau)
Last weekend many of our Year 6 students celebrated their Confirmation. Congratulations! This was a beautiful day of commitment, celebration, and joy. We hope nothing but the best for each student as they continue their spiritual journey.
NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK
Tomorrow marks the beginning of National Reconciliation Week across the country which concludes on the 3rd of June. Reconciliation Australia’s theme for 2021, More than a Word. Reconciliation takes action, urges the reconciliation movement towards braver and more impactful action.
Reconciliation is a journey for all Australians – as individuals, families, communities, organisations and importantly as a nation. At the heart of this journey are relationships between the broader Australian community and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. (https://nrw.reconciliation.org.au/)
Tomorrow we will commence National Reconciliation Week with a special prayer at morning lines. We welcome our school community to come and pray with us.
Religious Education Coordinator
Canberra Goulburn Cross Country
Congratulations to the Mt Carmel students who represented Northern Region at the C & G carnival yesterday in Canberra. Jed Newman, Emmett Crocker and Henry Gooley were successful in making it through to compete at the NSWCCC Cross Country Championships in Sydney on Tuesday 8th June. Well done boys!
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. I would strongly encourage everyone to at least go in one field event and one track event on the day so that they can earn points for their house and stay warm and involved. 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.
The Legends Shield Gala day has been rescheduled for Monday 7th June 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
Congratulations to all students who participated in the Matt Giteau Cup on Monday. Both teams battled valiantly and displayed tremendous teamwork in the way they encouraged each other all day. Thanks to Adam Dawes, Andrew Fielding, Sarah Watson and Tara Leighton for coaching and managing on the day. Thanks also to all the parents who showed up to support the teams. Below are some pictures from the event.
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.
Sharee Bush has asked me to specifically remind students of this event as numbers are very low.
MacKillop Boys and Girls Touch Football Selection Trials: Friday 28th May 2021, Kingsway Touch Fields, The Kingsway, Werrington NSW
Please refer to the CSNSW calendar to check for upcoming trials.
Congratulations to the recipients of this week's Coordinator Merits, which focused on 'Stay Safe'.
Vinnie Da Deppo
Merits will be presented at Thursday morning's assembly.
The K-2 Athletics Carnival will be held on Friday 4 June from 11.45am until 2.30pm at Victoria Park. K-2 students will travel by bus to Victoria from 11.30am. Yeay 2 students who have indicated that they are participating in the 8-year-old races with Year 3 students, will walk to Victoria Park with Mrs Hall and Year 3-6 students after morning lines. See below the agenda for the K-2 carnival.
Recess at school
Students move to Primary Lines
KJG, KNB and 2AH catch bus to Victoria Park
1EK, 1SS and 2LS catch bus to Victoria Park
Set up in class groups
50m and 70m events – 2AH, KNB, KJG
50m and 70m events – 2LS, 1EK, 1SS
Activities Stations begin
KJG, KNB and 2AH catch bus back to school
1EK, 1SS and 2LS catch bus back to school
On Monday 31st May, all students will enjoy a special Japanese incursion performed by Games Boy Japan.
As the world gears up to watch the 2021 Tokyo Olympics from afar, we're gearing up to bring students a hilarious and thoroughly educational Japanese-themed incursion. Games Boy JP is an on-stage show plus workshop that engages students on Japanese language and culture waaay beyond the cliches of sushi and samurai.
Games Boy JP is interactive theatre for young people that highlights aspects of Japanese existence that make this small island chain a cultural powerhouse. From local characters and cuisine that animate daily life to the stories behind the little understood ninja, geisha and distinctly Japanese notions of good manners.
Weaving in his own experiences as a student in Tokyo and traveller to Japan’s lesser-touristed corners, comedian Sean Murphy introduces students of the Japanese language to a country they won’t see from behind a screen:
“Like a lot of Aussie kids, I was first drawn to Japan by video games, anime and the idea of Tokyo as this futuristic metropolis. It wasn’t until I lived there that I came to appreciate that the more compelling sights and sensations were to be found in mountain temples, distinct small towns and, of course, the addictive culture of onsen [hot spring baths].”
Each day in the library at 1:45pm two Library monitors will be reading a book to the infants children. We hope they enjoy their special time with our special year 5 students.
Storytime in the library today. Book read by two Year 5 Library Monitors, Zara and Mackenzie.
School Ties - *UPADTE* Week 8
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.
A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Confirmation a special celebration. I’m grateful to the parents; Fr Peter and the sacramental team - Kassie Miller, Maryanne Hannan, Linda Swadling, Mandy Leahy and Warren Ziebowski who supported our young parishioners in their preparations; Peter Cleary for the decorations and many behind the scenes preparations in Yass; Maryanne and the Gunning Community for their mass preparations; Grace Miller, Charlotte and Grace McPherson, Imogen Maher and Anna Samperi for altar serving; Annabelle O’Connell, Anne Eade, Linda, Sarah Johnston and Paul Trezise for the wonderful singing in Yass; Cath Courtney for playing so beautifully in Gunning; Annabelle, Kassie, Linda and Mandy for their wonderful work on the stoles; and all the members of our community who supported these young people through prayer, many thanks.
I would also like to thank Ariana Strmota, Katrina Grace and Fr Alix, who worked with the Confirmandi at the retreat day last Friday.
Sacramental Team Leader
Mt Carmel School families are warmly invited to participate in Archdiocesan events taking place at St Christopher’s Manuka on Sunday 30th May to celebrate Marriage and Family Sunday and to launch the Year Amoris Laetitia Family announced by Pope Francis which will be celebrated in the Archdiocese until June 2022.
On Sunday 30th May you can participate in:
- Marriage & Family Sunday Mass with the Archbishop, 11am at St Christopher’s Cathedral or watch via https://www.catholicvoice.org.au/mass-online/
- A Marriage & Family Expo 12-1pm in the Haydon Hall, behind the Cathedral, including a free lunch and a launch by the Archbishop of the Year Amoris Laetitia Family
Register here for the Expo, Launch & free lunch 12-1pm http://bit.ly/mfsregistration