|Tuesday 18 July to Tuesday 8 August||
Mrs Lowe attending APPA Conference followed by leave
|Thursday 20 July||
NAIDOC Mass Goulburn
|Friday 21 July||
|Monday 24 July||
|Tuesday 25 July||
Year 2 Art Focus Day
Madi Burns- school counsellor available
|Thursday 27 July||
Welcome back Mass 12.00 St Mary's Church
|Friday 28 July||
|TERM THREE DATES|
|Friday 4 August||
Jeans for Genes Day - Students wear jeans and bring a gold coin donation for genetic research
|Tuesday 8 August||
St Mary's Public Speaking Competition Yrs. 3 - 6
Friday 18/25 August,
The School Explorers 9.30am - 11.00am
|Friday 18 August||
NR Public Speaking Competition
|Friday 22 September||
Stage One Showcase of Learning Assembly
|19 - 22 September||
Year Six Camp at the Collaroy Centre
Welcome back to Term 3! We hope this message finds you well and that you had a restful and enjoyable break.
We are excited to start this new term with our students and continue to provide a safe and engaging learning environment. Our dedicated teachers and staff are committed to supporting your child's growth and academic success.
We have planned various student activities and events this term, including excursions, fundraisers, feast days and sporting events. We encourage you to stay up-to-date with our school newsletter, calendar and Compass so you know when these events are on.
We look forward to working with you this term to ensure your child has a successful and fulfilling experience.
It is with mixed emotions that we as a staff, offer our sincerest congratulations to our Principal, Sarah Lowe. The news was just as much a shock to us as it was to our parent body and students. We are extremely grateful for her leadership and expertise as Principal here at St Mary's and know that St Matthew's are getting a dedicated and talented new Principal.
For those who missed the news, Mrs Lowe has accepted a position from January 2024 to be the new Principal at St Matthew's in Page, ACT.
So, congratulations Mrs Lowe, we will miss you more than you know.
Congratulations to Tressa, Shane and Year Two student Henry Elsley-Mattox on the safe arrival of their baby brother, Edward. We look forward to meeting him very soon.
Acciona Wind Farm Grant
Last Term we received news that our application to ACCIONA Energía’s Gunning Wind Farm Sponsorship Program for 2023 had been successful. We have received $2,900 towards transport funding for the Year Six Camp at the Collaroy Centre at the end of this term.
This year they received an exceptionally large number of high-quality applications and considered the project’s overall benefit to the local and surrounding community.
Mrs Lowe and myself were invited to a morning tea at The Stables in Gunning with all the other recipients. We are very thankful to Acciona Energia.
Stage 2 Showcase of Learning
Last term we enjoyed our Year 3 and Year 4 showcase of learning performance. This piece of art was created by Mrs Skelly to show the various learning styles we have journeyed through since the 1950's.
This production was timely as it coincides with a momentous occasion in the history of our school and community. This year marks the 120th anniversary of Catholic education in Crookwell. It is a time for us to honour the legacy of the Sisters of Mercy, whose arrival brought education, compassion, and a strong sense of community to our town.
There were many laughs and giggles from grandparents and parents alike as they all found something in the performance that resonated with them and their glorious school days.
We were also entertained by Grace, Sophie, Ruby, Joe and Rory, who showcased their skills learnt at private music lessons at St Mary’s.
The School Explorers - School Readiness Program
Is your little one starting school in 2024? Help them embark on an exciting educational adventure with "The School Explorers" commencing in Term 3 on Friday, 18th August.
"The School Explorers" is a comprehensive school readiness program designed to familiarise children commencing school in 2024 with our caring staff, friendly students, state-of-the-art facilities, and the exciting world of the NSW curriculum key learning areas. This program aims to make the transition to primary school smooth, enjoyable, and filled with confidence!
All preschool-aged children are invited to attend regardless of school choice. Come along to all or as many sessions as suits you. Parents you are welcome to stay for the session, leave your child in our capable hands, or a combination of both.
To register or for more information, don't hesitate to get in touch with Belinda on 48321 592. We can't wait to welcome your child to St Mary's!
Public Speaking Competition
In Week Two or Three, each student will have the opportunity to present a speech to their class. This allows our students to gain valuable experience in public speaking within a comfortable and familiar setting. It also allows them to engage with their peers, share their ideas, and practice their communication skills.
The speech topics are as follows:
Year 3 - My backyard - 2 minutes
Year 4 - Sport brings us together - 2 minutes
Year 5 - Learning from the past - 3 minutes
Year 6 - Difficult journeys - 3 minutes
Following the class presentations, five representatives from each year group will be chosen to present their speeches to the entire school on Tuesday, 8th August. These finalists will compete to be one of the two chosen speakers for their respective year groups.
The selected speakers from our school will then move on to represent St Mary's at the Northern Region Public Speaking Competition on Friday, 18th August. This is an exciting opportunity for our students to showcase their talents and compete with other schools in the region.
We encourage all students to participate enthusiastically in their class presentations and make the most of this valuable learning experience. Public speaking enhances communication skills and boosts confidence, critical thinking, and self-expression.
Parents and families are welcome to attend the school competition and show their support for our budding speakers.
Uniform for Sale
One of our recently-departed families has uniform items for sale, which are only 2 terms old.
ALL size 14
Long pants x 2
Shirt x 2
Dress x 2
Sports long pants
For more information or cost, please contact Belinda for the sellers details.
Please check your child's uniform items
Over the holidays as the daily routine may have slowed a little, you may have had the time to check your child's school uniform and noticed that you were missing things or had gained extra items that didn't belong to your family.
We have a large number of school jumpers and sports jackets, all with no name and some quite new, sitting in our lost property. These items will remain there for the next 2 weeks, after which they will be relocated to our second-hand store for other families to choose from.
To assist us with returning items to the rightful owner as soon as possible, please name all clothing items.
Term 3 School Value- Compassion
This term St Mary’s will focus on living our school value of COMPASSION.
Compassion is much more than just feeling sorry for another person or group of people.
The mercy value of compassion is about feeling AND ACTION. It is about loving and caring for your family and friends, and about showing kindness to people who are feeling sad or upset to help them feel better. The mercy value of compassion is about feeling that you can make a difference and setting out to do this as best you can.
Jesus is the perfect model of compassion. He showed God’s unconditional love for all humankind by always reaching out with concern, care, and kindness. Out of compassion for all of humanity, he gave the ultimate sacrifice; he was crucified to free us from sin and restore our relationship with God.
How can you model Jesus’ compassion in your everyday life?
We encourage our students daily to ‘CHOOSE KINDNESS’.
At school, we are reflecting on the following Scripture passages to lead us to be more compassionate members of our community…
Ephesians 4:32 “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.”
Colossians 3:12-14 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.”
1 Thessalonians 5:15 “Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.”
NSWPSSA Cross Country Championships
William Waldron of Year 5 received some very exciting news earlier this week. William has progressed to the NSWPSSA Cross Country Championships to be held this Friday, 21 July. William will travel to the Sydney Motorsport Park at Eastern Creek to run as part of the MacKillop team in the 11yr boys 3km race.
We wish Will all the best and look forward to race updates.
- Golf- 9 Hole MacKillop and 18 Hole MacKillop.
CLOSE DATE: Applications for this CSNSW Sport selection Trial (MacKillop 9 Hole Tournament) close on Thursday, 27th July 2023
REGISTRATION: In order for your child to be accepted to participate in the selection trial you or your child must accurately complete the following:
DOB: 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2015
School Years: 2 to 6
Cost: $35.00 for 9 hole, $45.00 for 18 hole
Confirmation Enrolment Night- Yr. 5 & 6
The enrolment night for the sacrament of Confirmation will be held at 6.00pm on Wednesday 9 August here at school. This will be for Yr. 5 & 6 students.
Enrolment and payment is now available on Qkr under "St Mary's Crookwell". To access:
Select Goulburn Mission (you may be prompted to add a profile)
Then on the menu Select St Mary’s Parish Crookwell
Then select ‘sacraments’ and then select St Mary’s Crookwell Confirmation 2023 $70.
The meetings will be held Wednesdays 16/23/30 August and 6 September, followed by the retreat on Thursday 14 September, and Confirmation on Sunday 24 September.
Please contact the Parish Office for more information.
Student of the Week Awards
The Student of the Week Awards go to...
Kindergarten: Harvey Kensit, Andy Storrier
Yr. 1: Gabby McDonald, Adrian, Hadly Reynolds, Lucas Charnock
Yr. 2: Fraser McIntosh, Abby Crosbie
Yr. 3: Luca Morning, Flynn Doran, Harry Frost
Yr. 4: Imogen Hewitt, Tommy Picker
Yr. 5: Jaydan Costello, Sophie Kilborn
Yr. 6: Emilee Salt, Saxon Montgomery
Uniform Appreciation Award
Congratulations to Hadley Reynolds, Addin Grove and Joshua Fraser on wearing their uniform correctly and with pride.
School Spirit Awards
Charlie Lang for showing kindness to a classmate
William Croker for modelling ALL school values everyday
Jack Strode for modelling our school values everyday
Riley O'Brien for modelling RESPECT in all his tasks
Jess Plumb recognised by Mrs Wendy Tuckerman.
Below is an excerpt from Wendy Tuckerman's recent communications to the community about one of our parents, Jess Plumb:
Mrs WENDY TUCKERMAN (Goulburn)—I rise today to recognise Jess Plumb. A Gumbaynggirr woman, proud of her culture and heritage introduced to painting through an Aboriginal Woman's Group hosted by the Pejar Local Aboriginal Land Council [Pejar LALC]. Jess has described her experience with the group as embarking her into a journey of creativity, which embodied a very "natural and therapeutic" sense of being, hence the continuation of her painting artistry. With a sense of delight Jess, completed her first commissioned artwork for another family from Crookwell, where Jess also resides with her young family. Jess has also presented Acknowledgement To Country workshops, teaching Aboriginal culture and history, whilst also assisting students to make Aboriginal art through her role with the Pejar LALC. Jess also recently participated in designing the Southern Tablelands Arts car, which saw a car basically wrapped in Aboriginal art, called "Travelling Arts". As a First Nation woman, Jess has resoundingly taken a leadership role in educating and providing an environment for students within the local schools and preschools to learn about the traditional owners of the land, whilst also encouraging and inviting them to participate in uncovering their own creative selves. Thank you, Jess, for your amazing contribution.
ACT Interschool Equestrian Competition
For those who are interested in representing St Mary's at the ACT Interschool Equestrian Competition, it will be held on 13/14/15 October at the Bungendore Showgrounds. More information or to register your name, please contact Catherine Culley.