- Principal's Report
- Religious Education
- Sports News
- Coordinator Awards
- K-2 Athletics Carnival
- Canteen News
- KJG Gymnastics
- KNB Gymnastics
- Library Monitors Reading
- 1SS Then and Now
- 5/6GZ Science - Yeast Experiment
- KNB Learning About Addition
- KJG Fun
- 3ML Forceful Friction
- 2LS Mixtures in Science
- 4TC Learning About Symmetry
- Position Vacant - Cleaner
- 2LS Religion - Bible Passages About Prayer
- Playground Fun
- Uniform Shop
- Circle of Security Parenting Workshop Flyer
Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,
This Friday we will be holding our school Athletics Carnival at Victoria Park.
Year 3-6 classes will walk to Victoria Park directly from morning lines—except for students participating in the 800m races, who will need to be at Victoria Park by 8:45am— and Kinder to Year 2 will join us in the middle of the day, departing Mt Carmel by bus after Recess.
Students should wear their Sport Uniform on Friday but may choose to bring something in House colours to wear at Victoria Park; sunscreen and a school hat are essential. Please help us to minimise lost property on the day by ensuring that every item of clothing your child wears or brings, and their lunch box and drink bottle are clearly labelled with their name. Students should bring sufficient food and drink for the day but may also wish to bring money as a canteen will be operating at the carnival, with a range of snacks and hot food available through the day.
This year we will be awarding Age Champion points to each year-based age group, that is 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 year-olds. Parents and students should be aware, however, that selections for representation at the Northern Region carnival will be based on placings in the Junior (8-10), Intermediate (11) and Senior (12-13) groupings. So, receiving a place, or even the award of Age Champion, in a year-based age group does not necessarily result in qualification for the Northern Region team.
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, and I encourage all families to contribute.
Open Classrooms and Reports
As we approach the end of Semester One, teachers are all working very hard to prepare reports, which will be sent home on the last day of term.
We are currently in the transition phase to a new reporting tool, and although most aspects of the report will be familiar to parents, there are some differences you may notice.
In Semester 1:
For Kindergarten students:
Achievement in each subject will be reported using a four-point scale (Well Above Expectations, Above Expectations, Meeting Expectations and Working Towards Expectations).
For Year 1 to Year 6 students:
Academic grades for each subject using a five-point scale from A-E will be reported using the NSW Common Grade Scale.
For all students:
Strand Achievement will be reported in English, Mathematics, Human Society and its Environment, PDHPE and Creative Arts using a five-point scale (Excellent, High, Sound, Basic, Elementary).
Engagement with Learning statements, which are taken directly from the Australian Curriculum, will provide specific information about your child’s Critical and Creative Thinking, and Personal and Social Responsibility, using a three-point scale (Beginning, Developing, Consistently).
Individual student comments will not be used in the Semester 1 Reports.
The new approach to Academic Reporting is a developing process. Further work will be undertaken in the coming months to determine how progress and achievement is best reported based on what we know to be important information about a student’s learning and progress.
On Wednesday 23 June, Week 10, from 3:30pm to 5:30pm, we will be holding Open Classrooms so that parents can spend time with their child viewing and discussing the work they have been completing this semester. It is our hope that this experience will provide valuable insights and important context for the reports.
Mt Carmel School has participated in School Banking with the Commonwealth Bank for many years; indeed many of our parents at school will have held a Dollarmites account of their own when at school.
In December last year the Australian Securities & Investments Commission (ASIC) Review of School Banking Programs Report was released and included a recommendation for school communities to assess the appropriateness of their participation in school banking programs. Consequently, the Mt Carmel School Community Council is asking families to complete a simple survey to provide us with an overview of our community’s opinions about school banking.
The following link will take you to the survey, which only takes a minute to complete:
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.
I am pleased to announce to the Mt Carmel Community that Mr Warren Ziebowski will be taking on the role of Assistant Principal for the period of Mrs Harvey’s absence, and that Mrs Eva Karakotas will be our Religious Education Coordinator. Congratulations, Warren and Eva, and thank you for your commitment to Mt Carmel.
Playgroup Cancelled Tomorrow
Unfortunately, playgroup will not be held tomorrow, Thursday 3rd June, but we will be back on Thursday 10th June.
Welcome everyone to Week 7! I am excited to be Acting REC and I am looking forward to working with our school community again.
A big thank you to Mrs Shoring and a group of K-6 students who led a lovely Reconciliation Prayer Service on Thursday 27 May to mark the start of Reconciliation Week.
Gospel, Matthew 28:16-20
This passage focuses on Jesus’ last instructions to “the eleven,” after his resurrection and just prior to his ascension. He commissions his disciples to “go and make disciples of all nations.” They were to baptize and teach. Their mission was to share with peoples of all nations what Jesus had taught them (Fallon, 2020; Harpenau, 2015).
Jesus is speaking directly to “the eleven.” Are the instructions restricted to these individuals, or do they apply to others? Do they apply to us?
How do we follow these instructions?
Enjoy your week!
May peace be with you,
Religious Education Coordinator (Acting)
NSWCCC Cross Country Championships
Good luck to Jed Newman, Emmett Crocker and Henry Gooley who will compete at the NSWCCC Cross Country Championships in Sydney on Tuesday 8th June.
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. As student participation is low across all events, all students will be placed into each event, except 800m, and can opt out on the day if necessary. 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. This form must be completed for all Year 3-6 students, as it includes permission to attend the carnival.
Students who are competing in the 800m event, must make their own way to Victoria Park, and asked to be there by 8.45am, as races will commence at 9am.
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1q2JyUqcvJkZtkBwo1CsslXCCZVTZGb8gPYsEkHzMWok/edit. This form will be disabled on Wednesday night.
After consultation with other schools and the community we have decided to award age champions awards to every age group (8yrs - 12/13yrs) for this carnival. Although for many events at the regional level students in the 8, 9 and 10 age groups all compete in the same events, we thought at school level, because we run events in age groups, we would like to recognise the achievements of all students against their peers. We think this is more equitable and allows us to celebrate the successes of students in all age levels. All events at the carnival will be timed/measured finals and progression to the Northern Region carnival will be based on those results. Selection guidelines for the Northern Region carnival are clearly outlined in the carnival booklet which will be available on the day.
The Legends Shield Gala day has been rescheduled for Monday 7 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.
Information about the event has been sent out via email, if you have not received it, please let me know
Canberra Goulburn Rugby Union Trials
Congratulations to Declan Gourlay and Lachlan Brown who successfully made it through to the Mackillop Boys Rugby Union Team.
MacKillop Boys and Girls Touch Football Selection Trials
Here are some pictures of the Mt Carmel students who participated in the Mackillop Boys and Girls Touch Football selection trials last Friday.
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'.
Sofia 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 Park from 11.30am. 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
The canteen will be operating from Victoria Park on Friday 4th June. The canteen will be open from 10.30-11.03am for recess and from 12pm to 2pm for lunch.
Snack items will include a selection of chips, mega snakes, lolly bags, apricot bites, carrot sticks, biscuits, popcorn and muffins.
Lunch items will include pies, sausage rolls and hot dogs.
Drinks will include a selection of juice poppers and bottles of water.
If you have any questions regarding the canteen at the carnival, please contact Emma via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the front office on 6226 3357.
A permanent/part-time (1 1/2 hours per week) position is vacant for assisting with the cleaning of the Hartigan Centre/Lovat Chapel.
Please contact the Presbytery on 6226 1086 for more information.
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.