End of Term 3
As Term 3 draws to a close, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support. During a period of time that has brought forth many changes to our usual routines, you have been a pillar of strength for your children. Keeping calm, consistent, resilient and positive during this time has enabled your children to continue learning in a secure environment, and for that you can be very proud.
Please be assured that even though you may not have got through all the teacher set learning, please do not worry, other very important learning has taken place during this time too.
Please note the following school dates.
Friday 17 September
End of Term 3
Monday 4 October
Labour Day Public Holiday
Tuesday 5 October
Staff Development Day - Pupil Free Day
Wednesday 6 October
Term 4 commences for students
Thursday 7 October
Virtual School Public Speaking Competition
I wish all our students a restful and happy break and I look forward to seeing them, in their summer uniform, on Wednesday 6 October. Of course, if it is cold, they may continue to wear their winter uniform for the first few weeks.
The current restrictions and protocols will be in place upon return, unless restrictions change in the meantime and if this is the case you will receive further communication over the break.
Morning Club will not be available until further notice. A friendly reminder that school supervision commences from 8.40am, please do not send your children earlier than this time. Also, be aware that the front of the school is a Bus Zone and you are unable to drop your children off in this area. Police do patrol this and have booked parents in the past. The Bus Zone finishes just before the bottom gate, so you can use this spot for this purpose.
On Thursday 7 October, we will hold our school Public Speaking Competition for selected students in Years 3-6. Each teacher has chosen 5-6 representatives for their class this week. It has been pleasing the hear that there has been many well-prepared and practised speeches and I know the staff have found it very difficult to choose their class representatives.
On Thursday the class representatives will join me in the Library to present their speech virtually to the classrooms and home participants. From there, the staff will select two from each grade to represent St Mary's at the Northern Region Public Speaking Competition, which is being hosted virtually by St Bede's on Wednesday 13 October (TBC). The students who are successful at this level will then speak at the virtual Archdiocesan Competition hosted by St Patricks, Cooma, on Tuesday 26 October.
Free Webinars for Families
There are a number of upcoming free webinars on a variety of topics for a range of ages that are available for families to participate in. The digital flyer contains active hyperlinks for easy access to registration.
Please direct all inquiries to Sarah Rose, Family Engagement Officer (Sarah.Rose@cg.catholic.edu.au or 0447 888 326).
Returning of Borrowed Devices
If you have not already done so, please ensure that any borrowed devices or technology are returned to the School Office as soon as possible before the end of term.
May we be channels of God’s Peace during the pandemic and over the holidays
CoVID affects us all in some way or another: anxiety/frustration about a disease that we have little control over; working from home, children learning remotely, meetings cancelled, trips cancelled, visits with friends cancelled, feelings of isolation. Life at the moment all seems fast, and out-of-proportion and disorienting.
What can we do?
We can expand our hearts and our minds to see ourselves and see our families as part of a much bigger community that can have a massive impact on the lives of other people. You can help by asking yourself, “What can I and my family do to help?” “What can we offer?”. Every small act of ‘not doing' what you are not meant to do’, and ‘doing’ acts of kindness or support will add up. Your contribution may seem small, invisible, inconsequential but it makes a difference. Each and every one of your contributions to our St Mary's School community (no matter how small) has continued to be invaluable, even more so during Remote Learning.
Imagine if we could make our response to this crisis our finest hour. Imagine if a year or two from now we looked back on this and told the stories of how we continued to come together as a team not only in our school community but in our town, state, nation and across the world.
It can be our finest hour if we work together. We are all on the team. And we all need to keep shining in whatever way we can.
God of all life…
May your love and light shine through us today
in a way no mask can hide.
May our eyes dance with laughter and joy,
replacing our hidden smiles.
May our actions of care and concern
speak louder than our muffled voices ever could.
And may the generosity of our hearts
radiate who we are
and how we respond to the world around us
so that others may not see our masks
but your image shining out and moving in and through us.
When this is over,
may we never again take for granted
a handshake with a stranger
conversations with neighbours
a crowded theatre
Friday night out
the taste of Communion
a routine check-up
coffee with a friend
attending a footy game
each deep breath
a boring Tuesday
When this ends,
may we find that we have become
more like the people we wanted to be,
we were called to be,
we hoped to be.
And may we stay that way – better for each other because of the worst.
Canberra-Goulburn Virtual Athletics 2021
Even though our athletes did not get to actually compete at the C-G Archdiocese carnival at the AIS they have been lucky enough to have had their results used in a virtual Carnival expertly organised by Mrs Sheree Bush.
The process towards the results was as follows;
- Northern Region were lucky enough to be able to run their carnival so the students qualified through this whilst Western and Southern Region teams were put together from school carnival results.
- These results were entered into Meet Manager so the program would seed them so it was in order of placings.
- 1st, 2nd and 3rd for each event will receive ribbons for these events
- Age champions will be awarded with a medallion and runner up age champions with a certificate.
- Every participant will receive a certificate of recognition for qualifying for the virtual carnival
Anyone who placed 1st or 2nd will receive an additional certificate of achievement for being selected in the Canberra Goulburn Merit Team as well as having access to purchase any Canberra Goulburn representative gear if they wish.
All the ribbons, certificates, medallions and athletics hoodies that were ordered are packaged and will be posted today to present next Term.
All parents will receive an email of the results.
Hopefully 2022 will be a better year in sport.
ST MARY’S INDIVIDUAL RESULTS
Boys 11 yr SHOT PUTT – 2nd PETER LAWSON
Girls 12 yr 100m – 1st BRIDIE CROKER
Girls 12/13 yr 200m – 2nd – BRIDIE CROKER
Girls 11 yr LONG JUMP – 1st – SOPHIA GALLAND
Boys 8-10 yr SHOT PUTT – 3rd -ANDREW LAWSON
Bridie was named equal Runner-Up Senior Girl Champion
ST MARY’S MEMBERS OF C-G MERIT TEAM
These three students would have qualified to compete at Homebush with their individual results.
CONGRATULATIONS AND WELL DONE
There are a few upcoming sporting events that have been cancelled due to the current COVID situation across NSW. This is disappointing for our students, but we are hoping that sport in 2022 brings a multitude of sporting opportunities for all students.
Boorowa Touch Football
Todd Woodbridge Tennis Cup
Mia Croker for making sensible choices
Henry Elsley-Mattox for using initiative when writing
Lizzie Walsh for writing independent sentences
Harry Day for improved personal organisation
Connor Plumb for fantastic science results
Spencer Charnock for his good work with fractions
Quade Haynes for trying hard in reading
Sophie Culley for a well prepared and engaging speech
Sophia Foran for being such a positive influence
Chase Lucock for his awesome effort with Remote Learning
Phoebe Fannin for her positive, cheerful outlook
Kaitlin Francis for perservering with Literacy Tasks
Katyanna Waters for her consistent conscientious effort with her Remote Learning
Saxon Greenwood for his consistent effort with Remote Learning
William Millett for his consistent effort with Remote Learning
Bridie Croker for her great effort with Science and Geography activities
Elisha Marcelino for a wonderful piece of "Mary" art
Meal Deal - Thank you!
Today, the staff and students at school benefited from a COVID-safe special Meal Deal prepared by Reané Strode. Reané, single-handedly, prepared 72 meals! This deal gave the P&F the opportunity to clear some stock before it reached its 'Used By' date.
Thank you, Reané!
The expected delivery date will be Thursday 14 October, Week 2 of Term 4. Contactless collection will be from the Old Hall.
Tuckshop Coordinator 2022
If you are interested in being a part of a small volunteer group to coordinate the canteen in 2022 please contact Daniel Walsh or Daria Lawson as soon as you are able.
The canteen coordinator is in charge of ordering the food and preparing the menu. They are not required to be at school for each shift or to do the banking or roster. The position could be managed by one person or a small group.
For Parish and Sacramental matters please forward your enquiries to Goulburn Parish Secretary, Sharon Cashman, via email or call into the Parish Office at the Old Convent Building on Thursdays only.
Phone: 48321 633
Address: 55 Wade Street (the Old Convent Building)
Crookwell cricket registrations now open
Goulburn Gallery School Holiday Remote Workshops
Powerful Plastics- Online resource
When: from Wednesday 22 sept.
Access: Website and Facebook
Ages: 6 years and older
Cost: Free, bookings not required
Catch up with the Gallery team as they work with Council's waste department to bring you a video and PDF package to inspire a new life for your plastic waste.
Easily accessed on the Gallery Facebook page from 22 sept., the resource kicks off with an introduction with Hannah Gee to the work of Kim Williams and Lucas Ihlein in Gallery 2, whose work is all about navigating the useful and dangerous aspects of plastic. We'll then hear from Hannah Cotton who jumps in from the Goulburn Waste Management Centre to discuss the impact single use plastics have on the environment. Sally wraps it all up with some ideas to transform your own plastic items into creative pieces of art.
Inside, Outside with artist Harriet Body- Zoom workshop
When: Monday 27 sept.
Ages: 8 years and older
Cost: $5, bookings required via Eventbrite
Whip out some items from your home and garden to create nature wands and collages with artist Harriet Body.
You will require a device or computer with internet access, microphone, speaker and camera for this workshop. Before your workshop you will be sent a meeting link and details for the Zoom meeting. Sally will be present to introduce Harriet and administer the workshop.
Please ensure you have the below materials ready for you workshop:
- a strong stick about 30cm long
- leaves, flowers, grasses, twigs from outside
- playdough (find a good recipe here or use your own)
- plain white paper
- coloured textas or pencils