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- Religious Education with Mrs Skelly
- Representative Sport with Mrs Sally Croker
- Classroom Support with Mrs Spackman
- Library News with Mrs Hewitt
- Student Awards
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- St Mary's Sharepoint
- Parish News
- School and Community Notices
- ICAS & Reach Assessments
Men's Health Week
This week is Men's Health Week.
Men's Health Week encourages us to put men's health in the spotlight. It reminds us to give the men in our lives support & motivation to have a check-up with their doctor.
The following are some alarming facts from the Men's Health Week Website;
"A boy born in Australia in 2010 has a life expectancy of 78.0 years while a baby girl born at the same time could expect to live to 82.3 years old. Right from the start, boys suffer more illness, more accidents and die earlier than their female counterparts.
Men take their own lives at four times the rate of women (that's five men a day, on average). Accidents, cancer and heart disease all account for the majority of male deaths".
These are very alarming statistics! Please visit the Men's Health Week website for more information and ideas https://www.menshealthweek.org.au/
On the first weekend in June, our Kindergarten families worked together to organise and run a street stall for our Parents and Friends Association. The stall was a huge success, raising $2019.50! Thank you to all our parents who donated wood, baked goods and other saleable items along with those who donated their valuable time. Thank you Ange Cuskelly for coordinating this successful event.
Mrs Del Davies drew the wood raffle winners on the day with Dennis Marshall winning the first load and Denis O'Brien the second. Congratulations!
Review of Counselling and Wellbeing Services
In the interests of ensuring our students have access to high-quality programs and systems to support their wellbeing, Catholic Education is conducting a review of the wellbeing services and programs that are currently available in our schools.
As a key stakeholder, we seek your input into this process of review. We, therefore, invite you to complete an online survey which may be accessed by following the hyperlink:
In advance, we thank you for taking the time to share your insights and perspectives.
We are currently in the process of migrating to the SZapp for our communication messages and website. This is the app for the platform Schoolzine, which our newsletter is published through. You may have noticed a few messages come through this channel already. The Schoolzine products are supplied financially from the Catholic Education Office, whereas Skoolbag is funded solely by us. As the SZapp performs everything Skoolbag does, we have decided there is no sense in paying for this product. SZapp will allow you to do absence notes, changes of travel arrangements, changes to details, etc.
Attached below are instructions on how to download the SZapp. If you experience any problems, please see Belinda.
We appreciate your patience and understanding with this change.
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 Reminder
Our school photo date is fast approaching on Monday 1 July. Have you placed your order yet? If not, go to http://www.advancedlife.com.au and enter this code AN3 WE9 3JZ.
Pentecost Sunday and Holy Trinity Sunday
The Season of Easter concluded last Sunday with the celebration of Pentecost. Pentecost is the BIRTHDAY of the Church because it marks the official beginning of Jesus’ CHURCH (people of God). The Holy Spirit came upon the apostles gathered in the upper room in Jerusalem after Jesus’ death and resurrection. Jesus gives his apostles the gift of the Holy Spirit to help them ‘GO OUT’ in the world and continue the work he has begun (spreading his message about God; about peace, love, mercy, etc ).
Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”(Jn 20:21). “I will send you the Helper from the Father. The Helper is the Spirit of truth who comes from the Father. (John 15:26-27)
This coming Sunday, we celebrate Trinity Sunday – God continues to reveal Himself to us in the Holy Trinity:- FATHER(creator), SON (Jesus), and HOLY SPIRIT. The mystery of the Trinity is difficult to put into words. It is a divine, loving relationship. St Ignatius spoke of the Trinity in terms of three notes that combine to make one musical chord – each makes an equally profound contribution to the whole.
The Father, Son and Spirit have always been ONE; they act of one accord, seeking the same good – loving us, sharing their truth and sharing all they are. We are invited to allow the gift of Father, Son and Spirit touch our lives and to find ourselves in relationship with them and one another.
As our journey through life continues, the Holy Spirit gradually reveals God’s message so that it speaks to us at appropriate times in our lives, revealing more, and guiding us to God.
Prayer is a time of allowing the gift of the Holy Trinity - Father, Son and Spirit - reach deeply into our lives. Prayer helps us to grow in love, in friendship, in understanding of the ways of God. The Spirit assists us, revealing God’s message, helping us to recognise how our way of living conforms to what God our Father asks of us and revealing how it does not. Jesus, the Son, shows us the right way through His life example.
May we grow in appreciation that we are created, redeemed and made holy by the continuing action and presence of the Holy Trinity.
MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN OUR WORLD by supporting our Mini Vinnies WINTER APPEAL
Donation of the following items would be greatly appreciated:
- New thick socks
- New gloves/mittens
- Coats and scarves
- Sleeping bags
(please make sure any used items are in reasonable condition)
NSWCPS MACKILLOP CROSS COUNTRY.
CONGRATULATIONS and best of luck to Ellie McCormack for tomorrow, Friday 14 June at the DIOCESAN CROSS COUNTRY in Eastern Creek. First 6 place getters will progress to NSW PSSA on 26 July.
Great news as all events are going to be LIVE STREAMED. Eleven year Girls will be racing at 1:20pm. Family and friends can watch via https://www.facebook.com/CatholicSchoolsNSW/
LIKE the page and start watching.
MACKILLOP BOYS HOCKEY
George completed his final day at the Hockey PSSA with a match against Polding. The result afforded Mackillop 6th position overall.
“I really enjoyed playing with new friends and also enjoyed all the support from the sidelines when we were playing. We flew there on a really small plane and on the way back there was lots of turbulence and bats on the runway! I was glad to get off.
I can’t wait to try again next year”
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
Transport is a parental responsibility. I will be coordinating our team on the day. All students are to be at Hudson Park by 9:30 in full sport uniform please.
PLEASE ENSURE THE NOMINATION FORM IS RETURNED WITH PAYMENT THIS WEEK AS FINAL NOMINATIONS ARE DUE IN GOULBURN ASAP.
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!
DDA-Disability Discrimination Act
Some of you would be familiar with the Disability Discrimination Act of 1992. As a result of this Act, the Disability Standards for Education were provided in 2005, as a framework to ensure students with a disability are able to ACCESS and PARTICIPATE in education on the same basis as everyone else.
Sometimes the disability is a diagnosed disability, sometimes it is an imputed disability. Students, who struggle with one or more areas of learning, may have an imputed disability. More simply defined a learning difficulty in reading, spelling or maths. This does not mean they always have this difficulty; it may simply take them longer to learn to read.
Teachers are continually making adjustments to their learning programs to ensure students can ALL access the curriculum. An adjustment for one child often benefits many children. An adjustment might include repeating instructions, giving ‘wait’ time before an answer is expected, using visuals, cue cards, voice activated soft-ware, modifying a task, reducing the task, extending the time to complete a task, allowing breaks from the classroom. There are many other adjustments teachers make every day to ensure the differentiation of learning best supports ALL students.
SUPPORTING CHILDREN TO DO THEIR HOMEWORK:
- Make it clear that it is their homework, not yours!
Help your children to understand it is their homework and their responsibility to complete it. Guide them and help them and eventually they will do it themselves. It does not have to be perfect! It is their work!
- Don’t force them to do their homework!
Don’t make it a power struggle. Nurture your relationship, it is much more important.
- Discuss expectations and consequences with them!
Have a calm discussion with your child at the beginning of every term. This will help give them a sense of ownership. Set the time when homework will usually happen and where. Decide together which privileges will be off-limits until homework is done. Decide on the consequences together if the homework is not done.
- Don’t micromanage them!
It is possible for your child to do their homework on their own. As you support them in the early years, this help should become less and less. Some children are very independent and don’t need your help. They can just do it. Praise them for doing it on their own.
- Create a distraction-free area for homework and studying!
Setting aside an area for study will help with focus. Make it an area where there is no TV or digital device distraction.
- Acknowledge their good behaviour!
Be observant and find opportunities to praise your children for their efforts. Eg. “That’s great that you focused on your work for 20 minutes.”
- Do your homework at the same time as them!
While your children are doing their homework, read, pay your bills, do an online study course so they see the importance of completing homework.
Homework is important, but there are other things that are even more important: Responsibility, persistence, commitment, curiosity, a love for learning. Homework is just one tool to reach these higher goals.
Read More in May
Congratulations to all the students who participated in the National Family Reading Month "Read More in May", especially Lucy Gamble, Nathaniel Waters, Sienna Charnock, Sophie Culley, Hayden Tarlinton, Charlotte Crosbie, Georgina Culley and Charlie Tarlinton who have entered the prize draw to win vouchers.
Orders for Book Club are due Thursday 20 June. Preferred method of payment is by LOOP.
The Student of the Week Award recipients this week are...
Kinder - Billie Garnham & A'dee Reynolds
Year 1 - Charlotte Crosbie, Emmett McIntosh & Sophia Foran
Year 2 - Patrick Croker & Lachlan Kilborn
Year 3 - Finn McCormack
Year 4 – Max'e Reynolds
Year 5 - Jake Cosgrove & Will Fraser
Year 6 - Ashleigh Bachta
School Spirit Awards
Taj Cooper & Darcy Selmes 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.
Please remember to clearly name your children's items of clothing so we can return any lost items as soon as possible.
It would also be appreciated if you could please check the items of clothing your children bring home to ensure it belongs to you as we have had a lot of items that have been named, that have not returned to their rightful owners. Thank you for your assistance with this.
Friday 14 June- Amanda Kemp, Katherine Fraser, Sally Galland
Monday 17 June- Allison Hewitt, Angela Cuskelly, Claire McCormack
Friday 21 June- Angela Cuskelly, Rebecca Scott, Belinda Foley
Monday 24 June- Pip Frost, Tori Simmons, VOLUNTEER REQUIRED
Friday 28 June- 3X VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED OR TUCKSHOP WILL BE CLOSED.
Please arrive at 9.15am.
Please remember it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you cannot do your allocated time.
A reminder that the Pie Drive forms need to be returned by THIS FRIDAY. Attached below is a price list and order form. 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
We'd love to be able to share your stories, so please remember to send them in! Email to: Office.Stmarysc@cg.catholic.edu.au
Kevin Naughton- Australia's Oldest Paperboy!
On a snowy Tuesday, the ABC "7.30 Report" film crew came to St Mary's to record Kevin Naughton delivering the local paper to his granddaughter Tahlia. Kevin is recorded as Australia's oldest paperboy, something his family are very proud of! Keep an eye out for the segment on the ABC.
Some of our students have had recent success at the ACT June Long Weekend Carnival.
Congratulations to Bella Croker and Issy Galland whose team won the Under 13 Girls Division 1 competition.
Further congratulations to Nate Kemp, George Skelly, Henry Galland whose team, with assistant coach Mrs Rachael Croker, won the Under 11 Boys Divison 1.
And finally, congratulations to Ellie McCormack, Bree Hearne, Regan Picker and Sophia Galland whose team was Under 11 Girls Divison Runner's up.
Congratulations to all of our students who participated in teams.
Recently 3 of our students, Charlie Cramp, Paige Croker and Fynella Parsons, competed in Bathurst playing for the Southern Tablelands Football Association Under 12 Girls team in the Football NSW Under 12 Run Country Cup. The team won 1 of 3 games however all honed their skills to now head to Forbes at the end of the month to play in that Associations Tournament.
First Holy Communion
The last lesson and practice for First Holy Communion at St Mary's Church is Wednesday 19 June from 4-6pm. Parents please come to the church at 5pm to meet your child.
Students in Years 6 & 7 who registered last year for Confirmation, the information evening is Thursday 27 June, commencing at 6.00pm, at St Mary's Church.
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)
16 June- Nathaniel Waters & Oliver Gray
23 June- Bella Croker
30 June- Eliza & Chloe Kemp
7 July- Ashleigh Bachta & Olivia Anderson
14 July- Nathaniel Waters & Oliver Gray
21 July- Bella Croker
28 July- 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.