- Principal Talk with Mrs Lowe
- Religious Education with Mrs Skelly
- School Sport with Mrs Rachael Croker
- Representative Sport with Mrs Sally Croker
- Classroom Support with Mrs Spackman
- Student Awards
- Child Safe Advocate with Mrs Sally Croker
- Music with Mrs Jenny McCarthy
- P & F News
- Parish News
- Scoliosis in Schoolgirls
This week we welcomed a panel of six people at St Mary's for our five-yearly School Re-registration. The panel, consisting of Chair Katrina McGrath, Peer Principals Anne Staines and Nicky Trinder, Performance Improvement Leader Noel Hurley, Curriculum Officer Anne Spence and Catholic Identity Officer Nathan Gallea, viewed our policy documentation, teaching, facilities and programs. They visited classrooms and interviewed staff and students.
Yesterday afternoon the panel fed back a draft overview of their Commendations, Affirmations and Recommendations. We felt encouraged by the comments the panel made. Their observations included the respectful relationships and trust between, staff, students and parents, the positive 'feel' of the school environment, the dedication of the staff, the quiet and settled working environment and the engaged students. I will share more detail about the findings of the panel with you when we receive the final report.
Cross Country Carnival
A map of the course and details about the running of the carnival have been included in the School Sports section of this newsletter.
This week work has commenced on our bottom playground. Kent Writer and Bayden Selmes have removed the fence and begun cutting and filling the surface to create a 1% fall for water runoff.
We are selling the steel fence posts, basketball posts and backboards so if you are interested in purchasing these, for a donation, please contact me.
Showcase of Learning
Our first Showcase of Learning Assembly will be hosted by Stage 3 on Friday 5 April at 12.30pm.
Nut Aware School
We have an increasing number of children attending St Mary’s who suffer from a severe anaphylactic reaction to peanuts/tree nuts and sesame seeds. These reactions can be serious and even life-threatening.
As caregivers, we need to take all precautions necessary to minimise risk of life-threatening anaphylaxis.
As a community, we can work together to minimise risk associated with being exposed to these foods that act as a trigger to such attacks.
Management at School
- Parents/caregivers being encouraged not to send food that contains nuts to school with their children. This includes peanut paste, Nutella, Muesli Bars, all nuts and cooking oil containing peanut oil, as well as foods containing nuts (but does not extend to ‘foods that may contain traces of nuts’)
- Staff supervising students whilst they eat their lunch.
- The Tuckshop will not have ‘for sale’ food items that contain nuts, but does not apply to food labelled ‘may contain traces of nuts’.
- No food sharing between children.
- Staff participate in annual First Aid training to assist with understanding and dealing with anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction).
- Awards of food/sweets will not be given that contain nut ingredients e.g. chocolates.
- Parents are asked not to send peanut butter or nutella on sandwiches, biscuits etc. (to minimise the risk from person to person contact).
- Emphasise the importance of washing hands when eating food at home and at school.
Year 6 Camp
Year 6 are currently preparing for camp, which will be held in the last week of school, Tuesday 9-12 April at The Academy of Sport, Narrabeen. Year 6 have been fundraising to offset the cost of this excursion. There are approximately 9 tickets left in the 100 Club Raffle. If you would like to purchase a $10 ticket, with the possibility of winning $500, please contact Belinda.
As our weather starts to cool the students are able to wear their full winter uniform, if required. Please do not do a mix of our summer and winter uniforms.
Also please note that our school coat, which is a warm bottle green parker style coat, is the only acceptable coat. This is only available at our uniform shop.
Bottle green gloves and beanies can be purchased elsewhere.
Houses for Rent or Buy?
We currently have two families waiting to move to our area who are looking to rent or buy. If you have something suitable for a large family could you please let us, or an agent, know so we can pass this information on.
Reminder invoices have been sent out this week to families with outstanding accounts. We would appreciate it if your account could be finalised immediately. It is expected that unless there is an arrangement already in place, that all other fee accounts are finalised to a $0 balance.
Lent- and God's Love
This weekend we are half way through the Church season of Lent. It’s a good time to stop and reflect on our relationship with God. Yes… relationship! God is all about relationship. ‘He’ created us in ‘His’ own image to be in relationship with Him and each other. He sent Jesus to show us how to relate to Him. Jesus died for our sins to restore our relationship with God.
The story Jesus told about the ‘prodigal son’ is all about relationships. It will be read at this weekend’s masses. A loving father had two sons. The younger son asked for his family inheritance (unheard of while his father was still living!). The father nonetheless divided his inheritance between his sons and the younger son went away and squandered his money. Poor and destitute, he returned to his father asking for a place as a servant. The father, seeing his son coming, rushes to embrace him with love and mercy. The son then realises how selfish and hurtful he has been. The father does not admonish him but gives him gifts and a welcome home celebration. There is a second part to this story. The older brother complains about his ‘undeserving‘ brother being welcomed home. He is angry with his father and resentful, judgemental and envious (even though he has already received his own inheritance and been treated with nothing but love). The father pleads with his son to join the celebration but we are left wondering whether he will accept this invitation or not.
The father in the story of course is God. And he has two problem sons whose issues are different. The sons are not to be dismissed as either good or bad. Simply, they are like us – sinners.
Maybe we squander our time on worrying about or accumulating material things, rather than turning to and trusting in God – from whom all good things come (faith, hope, love, patience, compassion, mercy, forgiveness)
Maybe we try to lead a good, moral life – but sit in judgement on others rather than seeing Jesus’ face in all those we meet and loving our neighbour as ourselves.
The father loved both sons with all his heart, no matter what they did with their lives. Nothing they did could diminish his love for them. Our father lavishes us with love and is always waiting for us with open arms. Will we accept this invitation and ‘join in the celebration?’
Never doubt for a single moment the sustained love God has for us. It is perfect and constant and it never fails and never gives up. Believing in this love can bring us hope, courage and peace.
Our Mini Vinnies committee would like to report that so far we have raised $238 for our brothers and sisters in need. Thank you for your continuing support.
Arrangements for the St Mary’s Cross Country Carnival are as follows –
Venue: St Mary's Primary Bottom Playground
Date: Friday 29 March 2019
Time: 11:45am- first event
Age Division/Distances (in order of running)
12 years boys/girls 3000m
7 years boys/girls 600m
6 years boys/girls 600m
5 years boys/girls 600m
8 years boys/girls 1000m
9 years boys/girls 2000m
10 years boys/girls 2000m
11 years boys/girls 3000m
Children from 9 years age division and above, will be chosen to represent the school at the Northern Region Carnival.
There is no 8 years division at representative level. 8 years children of exceptional talent may compete in the 9 years age group at school level if they wish to be considered for representation. Please notify the school if you wish this to be the case.
On the day of Cross Country, children will eat lunch at school at 11.15am, followed by a short play. The children will then move to the bottom playground for the Cross Country races. There will be a viewing area set up in the middle of the oval so that spectators will have a 360-degree view. Please feel free to bring picnic rugs and fold up chairs. Children will go back to school to eat afternoon tea, or if we have gone over time this will be brought across to us. Please note we are just trialling this as a Cross Country venue this year. Feedback from parents, staff and students will be sought after the event.
Please bring clothing appropriate to the weather forecast. The carnival will go ahead even in light rain. If it is lightly raining the students will be able to return to the shelter of their classroom after their event.
Volunteers – thanks to all who have offered their assistance.
Donation from Cricket NSW
A huge thank you to Michael Minns from Cricket NSW who generously donated a big ball full of plastic cricket stumps and balls for our children to use.
Representative Sport- Canberra/Goulburn Archdiocese
This year there is a new format for registration of students at Diocesan and Archdiocesan level and for individual nominations for Sports, eg. Rugby Union
The website is up and running and all trial nominations for Archdiocese Representative sports trial must be completed by the parents/carers by the due date advertised on the website.
THOSE WHO HAVE PROGRESSED FOR HOCKEY AND SOCCER (10 MAY) ARE STRONGLY ENCOURAGED TO LOG ONTO https://www.csss.nsw.edu.au/nswcps-home.aspx TO FINALISE THEIR CHILD’S REGISTRATION and pay via Tean App https://www.teamapp.com/
Registrations received and Principal approved to date:
Dates to Note for Cross Country
Northern Region Cross Country – Braidwood FRIDAY 3 APRIL
Archdiocesan Cross Country – Mt Stromlo TUESDAY 4 JUNE
Mackillop Cross Country – Eastern Creek FRIDAY 15 JUNE
Today I have attached an article showing the correct methods of holding a pencil.
There are also some images shown of inefficient methods of grasping a pencil. It is important to try to correct this grip to enable children to become more efficient writers as they get older.
If you are concerned about your child’s learning, a good place to start is ensuring you have their eyesight and hearing checked. Attached is a vision checklist that could be used as a guide.
If you are concerned about your child’s learning and/or vision be aware of the following signs and symptoms:
- one eye drifts or aims in a different direction than the other. This can be very subtle
- turns or tilts head while reading or during other visual activities
- head is frequently tilted to one side or one shoulder is noticeably higher
- squinting or closing of one eye
- excessive blinking or squinting
- poor visual/motor coordination skills (often called, "hand-eye coordination")
- problems judging distances while moving in space, frequently bumps into things or drops things
- becomes easily confused when in motion
- frequently loses things
While reading or doing close work your child:
- holds the reading material or object too close
- closes one eye or covers eye with hand
- twists or tilts head toward book or object so as to favour one eye
- uses finger or ruler to read
- frequently loses place and/or skips or repeats lines
- fatigues easily and/or becomes drowsy
- rubs eyes during or after periods of the reading or close work
- reports that words move on page or run together
- has a tendency to knock things over on a desk or table
- exhibits avoidance behaviours
Child demonstrates or reports:
- headaches or eyestrain
- nausea or dizziness
- motion sickness or car sickness
If your child reports seeing double, please take your child for a binocular vision evaluation.
Early detection of visual problems is vital for successful learning!
Autism Workshop Postponed
Please be advised that the "Two for One Workshop" advertised in an earlier newsletter that was supposed to be on April 6, has been postponed.
The Student of the Weeks Award recipients this week are...
Kinder - Ruby Pappalardo & Tommy Picker
Year 1 - Jaydan Costello, Alice Frost & Loralai Ryan
Year 2 - Lauren Fraser & Addin Grove
Year 3 - Ava Nicholson & Naomi Picker
Year 4 – Patrick Walsh
Year 5 - Jake Cosgrove & Darcy Simmons
Year 6 - Paige Croker & Billie Skelly
School Spirit Awards
The School Spirit Award recipients this week are:
Addin Grove- For showing respect for our environment
Lachlan Kilborn- For showing respect for our environment
Harper Seaman- For showing respect for our environment
Marli Selmes- For showing respect for our environment
Awards are presented at our Monday morning Assembly in the Old Hall at 9.05am.
All are welcome to attend.
Friday 29 March: Jane Fraser, Katherine Fraser, Angela Cuskelly
Monday 1 April: Nicola Pursell, Nat Cosgrove, Angela Cuskelly
Friday 5 April: Jackie Blowes, Angella Cuskelly, Claire McCormack
Monday 8 April: Jenifer Heffernan, Dave Culley, Jo Grove
Please remember it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you cannot do your allocated shift.
Term 2 roster will soon be completed by Rechell. If you have dates you are or aren't available, please let her know as soon as possible to minimise changes.
New Tuckshop Monthly Specials!
The tuckshop will be intoducing once-a-month specials. For the remainder of Term 1, the items available will be:
Friday 29 March- Homemade mini sausage rolls, $1 each
Monday 1 April- Spaghetti Bolognaise.
***** Frozen Yoghurt: due to supplier issues, there will be no frozen yoghurt available until Term 2.
DID YOU KNOW??
Many of our Primary students have access to Social media outlets and apps. Interestingly Snapchat is one of the most popular but also an app that can open up a world your child may not be emotionally prepared for.
Snapchat is a photo sharing app for mobile phones, ipads, ipods and tablets. The app allows users to share images, videos and chat with friends. Users can share images and videos directly to specific friends, or through a ‘story’ shared with their entire friend list, which documents the previous 24 hours.
In a study, Snapchat was ranked the 4th most negative app in terms of having an impact on young people’s health and wellbeing, with children feeling that they can use the app Snapchat to “make you look pretty” or make your life seem always good.
Are you aware of who your child is sharing with and what your child is using Snapchat for?
Next Thursday 4 April, the children will be entertained by the wonderful performers of Musica Viva who will be showcasing "Taikoz", the art of Japanese drumming.
"In constant demand all over the world, Taikoz bring their dynamic and heart-stopping traditional Japanese taiko drumming to Australian schools, demonstrating how this incredible art form is made relevant to Australia today. Taikoz shows are so engrossing because they are seen, heard and felt: students literally become sounding boards, vibrating along with the explosive energy coming from the stage – a stage some will even find themselves sharing with these masters of rhythm."
The cost of this performance has been covered by the school.
Crookwell Dogs Rugby BBQ roster
Thanks to all who have volunteered time to help with the P&F BBQ at the Crookwell Dated Dogs vs Cauliflower Club XV this coming Saturday 30 March.
Please see the roster below. If you are able to help and you haven't put your name down, please contact Catherine Culley or Mel Haynes.
For Parish and Sacramental matters please forward your enquiries to Parish Secretary, Janet Haynes or Pastoral Associate Sr Rosemary via email or call into the Parish Office at the Old Convent Building on Tuesdays or Thursdays.
Phone: 48321 633
Address: 55 Wade Street (the Old Convent Building)
31 March- Lillian & Paige Croker, Regan Picker
7 April- Ashleigh Bachta & Olivia Anderson
14 April- Nathaniel Waters & Oliver Gray
21 April- Bella Croker
28 April- Eliza & Chloe Kemp
Please arrive 15 minutes before Mass to help Father prepare.