It was wonderful to see our students sharing their achievements and goals with their parents this week. Thank you all for making the time to come in and converse with your child’s teacher. If you missed the Student/Parent/Teacher Conversations this week please contact your child's teacher to arrange a suitable time. Remember that you are welcome to make an appointment to see your child's teacher at any time throughout the year.
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) 2019
On Monday were fortunate to commence NRW with a performance by Troy Allen and his son, Tray. The talented Bundjalung Goori (East Coast) men braved the cold day to present song, music, dance, artefacts and a fire making demonstration, with the help of Mr Collinge.
Are you getting enough sleep?
Getting a good night's sleep is crucial for your mental and physical wellbeing. There are two types of sleep – ‘deep sleep’ and ‘dream sleep’. Good quality sleep is about the amount of ‘deep sleep’ a person gets, not the length of sleep.
Most ‘deep sleep’ occurs during the first five hours after falling asleep. Sleep can be disrupted for a number of reasons, such as illness, pain, anxiety or depression.
How disrupted sleep affects your wellbeing
Examples of disrupted sleep patterns
- difficulty in getting to sleep
- poor-quality sleep
- less sleep
- frequently waking during the night
- waking very early in the morning and being unable to get back to sleep.
Consequences of inadequate deep sleep
- tiredness during the day
- poor concentration
- aches and pains in muscles and bones
- weakened immune system.
When you wake in the morning
get out of bed immediately
get up at approximately the same time every day
get some fresh air by going outside
do some physical activity.
During the day
don’t nap during the day
try to be physically active
limit your caffeine intake and avoid caffeine after 4pm
address any stressful issues during the day.
Before going to bed
avoid going to bed too early as it isn’t the right time for ‘deep sleep’
avoid smoking, vigorous exercise and drinking alcohol
don’t go to bed hungry or with a full bladder
allow yourself time to wind down
avoid using electronic devices in your bedroom or within 30 minutes of your bedtime
While you sleep
- keep your bedroom quiet, dark, well ventilated and cool
- avoid too many blankets and electric blankets – if you’re too hot, you won’t go into a deep sleep.
Recommended Hours of Sleep
The School Explorers - School Readiness Program
Our School Explorer’s Program will commence tomorrow, Friday 31 May with a movement and dance session with Mrs Croker, Mrs White and Year 4. Our school readiness program aims to increase the children's familiarity with the primary school setting. A copy of the program can be downloaded here or picked up from the School Office.
Enrolments can now be placed online. Go to https://enrolments.stmarysc.nsw.edu.au/enrol/ to enrol now.
Enrolments packs have been sent home with students who have siblings commencing in 2020. If you did not receive your bag please contact Belinda in the School Office.
Information can also be downloaded from our website http://www.stmarysc.nsw.edu.au/enrolment.html
School Photos- Further Change of Date
Due to St Mary's having our largest ever number of MacKillop Hockey Representatives, we have had to change our photo date again so as not to clash. Please note that our school photos will now be taken during Week 10 on Monday 1 July. Ordering can be done online by inputting the 9 digit code AN3 WE9 3JZ on the Advanced Life website http://www.advancedlife.com.au/ . Envelopes were sent home last term.
Striving for EXCELLENCE- Helping others to ‘do their Best’
We were all created in God’s image. That means we were all created to strive for and achieve excellence… in all endeavours in all areas of our lives. Excellence in our work, leisure and relationships with each other and God. As children in God’s family, we have a responsibility to support each other as we strive every day to do and be the best we can.
Jesus tells us to “Love one another” and Scripture tells us to do this by ‘encouraging each other and building each other up’.
With everything we say and do, we influence the people we care about. Here are some ways you can help others see and realise the best that’s within them.
- Believe in Them: Having someone believe in you through good times and bad is priceless.
- Encourage Them: "You can do it. I know you can." Sincere encouragement can go a long way in helping someone ‘pick themselves up’, ‘persevere’ and ‘go the distance’.
- Expect the best: we can rise to the challenge when someone expects more of us than we think we are capable of.
- Tell the Truth: telling the truth is a loving act. You may be the only person who can or will say to another what needs to be said.
- Be a Role Model: What we do and who we are speaks much more loudly than what we say.
- Share Yourself: When you share from your own experience, especially your failures, you increase empathy, you’re more approachable and others can relate to you.
- Challenge Them: Remind people of their commitment to being their best.
- Acknowledge Them: If you’re looking for the best in someone, you’ll see it. Catch people doing things right and tell them. When we acknowledge the good deeds of others, they tend to do more of them. Write a note. Send a card. Give them a call. Praise them in front of others.
- Spend Time With Them: By devoting your most precious resource (time) to another individual, you’re showing them that you truly value them and your relationship with them. Invest time in your relationships; it’s what life is made of.
IT’S UP TO YOU…
One song can spark a moment,
One flower can wake the dream.
One tree can start a forest,
One bird can herald spring.
One smile begins a friendship,
One handclasp lifts a soul.
One star can guide a ship at sea,
One word can frame the goal.
One vote can change a nation,
One sunbeam lights a room.
One candle wipes out darkness,
One laugh will conquer gloom.
One step must start each journey,
One word must start each prayer.
One hope will raise our spirits,
One touch can show you care.
One voice can speak with wisdom,
One heart can know what's true.
One life can make the difference,
You see, It's Up to You!
I would like to acknowledge the work of Glenn Gerreyn the founder of The Hopefull Institute. These images come from his webpage below.
5 tips for Positive Parenting!
Identify your child’s strengths and work on fostering and developing them.
Be present in the moment with your children, actively listening and communicating with them.
Home should be a happy place. You want your children to feel safe and loved. Tell them you love them. Tell them you are proud of them and tell them why.
Reading Helpers Needed
We still need a few more volunteers for our READING INTERVENTION programs. If you have 45 minutes available on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday, we would love your help!
Special Lunch Order Item- Friday 31 May
For $4.00, you can order Honey Soy Drumsticks with rice. This is available to be ordered via Qkr or cash.
Friday 31 May- Jackie Blowes, Daria Lawson, Alan McCormack
Monday 3 June- Marguerite Walsh, Allison Hewitt, Maureen Lucock
Friday 7 June- Sally Gamble, Jayde Costello & VOLUNTEER REQUIRED
Monday 10 June- NO TUCKSHOP PUBLIC HOLIDAY
Friday 14 June- Amanda Kemp, Katherine Fraser, Sally Galland
Please arrive at 9.15am.
Please remember it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you cannot do your allocated time.
An updated paper copy of the roster will go home which includes your contact phone number. If you wish to not have your number listed, please contact the office. This is to ensure a smoother process for volunteers to arrange their own replacement.
The P&F Executive would like to make special mention of the numerous volunteers who provide their time to ensure the tuckshop runs smoothly twice a week. It is never easy to find the time, so a huge thank you to everyone who has (and will be in the coming weeks) volunteered to prepare the food and serve the children, the P&F appreciate you!
Rechell Naughton has kindly taken on the coordination of the regular TBP Pie Drive. Attached below is a price list and order form which needs to be returned to school by Friday 14 June. Delivery will be on 25 June after 10.30am
Payment can be made via Qkr under the "P&F Payments" or by cash or cheque
Copies of the order form are also available at the school office
The Student of the Week Award recipients this week are...
Kinder - Anna Cuskelly & Flynn Reeves
Year 1 - Alice Frost, Elsie McIntosh & Maddie Strode
Year 2 - William Croker & Addin Grove
Year 3 - Toby Charnock & Sophia Galland
Year 4 – Nate Kemp & Olivia Pursell
Year 5 - Hayley Francis & Chloe Salt
Year 6 - Issy Galland & Lachlan Nagle
School Spirit Awards
Henry Galland, Andrew Lawson, Emmett McIntosh & Hayden Tarlinton for demonstrating the School Value of Compassion
Georgina & Sophie Culley for offering Service to Others
Awards are presented at our Monday morning Assembly in the Old Hall at 9.05am.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Next week we have seven students representing St Mary’s at a variety of sporting events.
Archdiocesan Cross Country – Next Tuesday 4 June at Mt Stromlo we have five students participating as members of the Northern Region Team. We wish Lachlan Nagle, Ellie McCormack, Charlie Cramp, Isabelle Galland and Ava Nicholson the best of luck!
Mackillop Boys Hockey – George Skelly will be travelling to Lismore next Monday to take up his position as team member of the Mackillop Hockey team. George trialled as either Midfield or Striker and will compete with his team against teams from all over NSW.
Their draw includes:
- 8:15 V North West
- 10:45 V Sydney North
- 2:05pm V Hunter
- 7:50am V Sydney West
- 1:40pm V Sydney East
- 3:10pm V Riverina
Depends on placings...
We wish him all the very best as he represents St Mary’s Primary and NSW Catholic Primary Schools from The Archdiocese of Canberra / Goulburn, Diocese of Parramatta, The Archdiocese of Sydney, Diocese of Wagga Wagga and the Diocese of Wollongong.
We also wish Mrs Rachael Croker the best in her role as Mackillop Boys Team Manager.
Northern Region Athletics- Wednesday 19 June
Below are the details for this year’s Northern Region Athletics Carnival.
Date: Wednesday 19 June 2019
Venue: Hudson Park, Bradfordville, Goulburn
Entry Fee: $7.50 per student
If your child is not going to take their spot in our School Team we need to be notified ASAP so the next chid in line can receive an offer.
Read More in May
The “Read More in May Challenge” will conclude on Friday 31 May.
If your child/ren have completed the challenge sign up to scholastic.com.au/nfrm to go in the draw to win prizes.
Please return completed coloured calendars to the office.
National Simulataneous Storytime
National Simultaneous Storytime took place last Wednesday 22 May.
All classes listened to Alpacas with Maracas by Matt Cosgrove and thoroughly enjoyed it
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)
2 June- Regan Picker
9 June- Ashleigh Bachta & Olivia Anderson
16 June- Nathaniel Waters & Oliver Gray
23 June- Bella Croker
30 June- Eliza & Chloe Kemp
Please arrive 15 minutes before Mass to help Father prepare.
It is important that you contact another server to arrange a swap if you are unable to make it on your rostered day.
We would love it if some more children could join our Altar Serving team. Please contact the Parish Office if your child is interested. Training is provided and new children are rostered on with experienced servers.
WerQin' in Oz!
Classes right here at St Mary's! Come along for a try...
See Kelly Seaman for further information.
Pictures and Popcorn at the Arena
School and Regional Travel
Please see the PDF attachment for information regarding bus transport and how to apply for a bus pass.