Term 3 Key Dates
|Fridays in August||School Explorers Program 2/8, 9/8, 16/8, 23/8|
|Wednesday 14 August||Northern Region Public Speaking Competition Years 3-6|
|Thursday 15 August||Feast of the Assumption - St Mary's Feast Day - Wear blue|
|Tuesday 20 August||Book Week Parade 12.10pm in the Old Hall|
|Thursday 22 August||Archdiocesan Athletics Carnival- Lachlan,Bridie,Rosa,Ava,Fynella|
|Saturday 24 August||P & F Social Function- Gatsby Night|
|Thursday 29 August||Fathers Day Gift Stall|
|Tuesday 10 September||Cricket Blast School Cup Years 3- 6|
|Friday 13 September||Official Opening of the Multipurpose Sports Court|
|Friday 20 September||Archdiocesan Public Speaking Competition Boorowa|
|Thursday 26 September||School Disco 6pm - 7.30pm Years 3-6|
|Friday 27 September||Stage 1 (Year 1and Year 2) Showcase of Learning 12.30pm|
|End of term|
Thank you for your support with our Favourite Sport or Sporting Team Mufti Day. The students raised $200 which was very gratefully received by Isabelle and Bella. I think Mrs Skelly won best dressed with her rendition of Canberra Raiders player Charnze Nicoll-Klokstaf with knee injury, ponytail and all!
Five students out of each of our primary classes presented their speeches to the school community yesterday at our 2019 Public Speaking Competition. Staff adjudicated these speeches and selected two from each grade to represent St Mary's at the Northern Region Public Speaking Competition. The speeches were all well written and expressively delivered, making the selection process particularly difficult this year.
Congratulations to the following students:
Year 3 – Sophia Galland and Peter Lawson
Year 4 – Lucy Gamble and Seth Grove
Year 5 – Sienna Charnock and Alec McIntosh
Year 6 – Bella Croker and Paige Croker
Next Wednesday the Northern Region Public Speaking Competition will commence here at St Mary's with morning tea at 10am, followed by the competition at 10.30am for Years 3 and 5 and 11.15am for Years 4 and 6.
Year 5 and Year 6 will present their speeches in the Old Hall adjudicated by Anne Cleary and Lauren Shinfield.
Year 3 and Year 4 will present their speeches in the Library adjudicated by Patrice Rowe and Alexandra Dunwoodie.
The Archdiocesan Public Speaking Competition will be held on 20 September at St Joseph's in Boorowa.
If you are about to assist our Year 5 parents with preparing and serving morning tea please contact Belinda.
St Mary's Feast Day - Feast of the Assumption
Next Thursday 15 August is the Feast of the Assumption and our St Mary's Primary School Feast Day. On this day students may come to school wearing blue, a traditional colour associated with Mary.
The day will start with Mass at 9.30am and be followed by an early morning tea. During the middle session, the children will participate in some creative mixed age 'Mary' activities.
ST MARY’S FEAST DAY – Next Thursday 15 August
Next Thursday we celebrate the Church feast of The Assumption of Blessed Mary into Heaven.
Mary was the very first saint – the first follower of Jesus - from the moment she said “YES” to God’s request to become his mother on earth. On this special feast day we give thanks for Mary (the patroness of our school and Parish); and we celebrate her being welcomed into heaven body and soul. What a beautiful image this is, Jesus welcoming his beloved mother back into his presence. The Assumption of Mary gives us hope that we may also be welcomed body and soul into God’s presence one day.
We are all called to be saints, and so we ask Mary to pray for us that we may follow her example in better devoting our lives to God.
We learn to be humble – to surrender to God’s will and say “Yes”.
We learn to be courageous –when faced with tough times and decisions
We learn to trust when all hope seems gone
We learn to go out of ourselves and reach out to others just as she did with Elizabeth
We learn to love Jesus her Son
Mary said "Yes" Mary and her cousin Elizabeth Mary and her Son (our Lord) Jesus
St Mary’s FEAST DAY will begin with a special whole school Mass to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption. All are welcome to join us.
Following Mass, the children will participate in a number of special activities at school to honour Mary.
The children are asked to wear BLUE clothing to school next Thursday.
Last chance to send in items for our Mini Vinnies! Please send in by next Friday at the latest.
Primary Sport- Canberra/Goulburn Archdiocese
Ellie McCormack and Marnie McCormack participated alongside 80 other Year 5 and 6 girls from NSW Catholic Schools to vie for a position as members of either the Mackillop or Polding Girls Rugby 7s team.
Their day at St Joseph’s Hunters Hill had an early start with a morning of drills, skills and training. From this they played a series of 4 games. Ellie – halfback, Marnie – centre
Ellie was then selected to participate in the Possibles and Probables game and was unsuccessful but was selected as a shadow player for the Mackillop Team.
Both girls are keen to give it another go in 2020.
Helpers Needed For Our Intervention Programs
If you would like to assist with any of our intervention programs at school, please complete the volunteer form link below or contact Belinda, Sarah or myself. Parents/grandparents/community members are welcome to help. They need to have a Working with Children Check and we can help them with this application process. We will train the volunteers in what to do. You may like to come and simply listen to some children read. We currently offer intervention programs in Spelling, Reading and Numeracy.
Morning club is available each day from 8am-8.40am in the library. All St Mary’s children are very welcome to attend. It is an opportunity for children to arrive at school early when it is difficult for parents who need to be at work or have an appointment early. The children participate in quiet activities during this time- reading, writing, drawing, playing games colouring, homework tasks and ipad tasks. At 8.40am the children who attend then go to the playground for morning supervision.
Children from Years 2-6 are welcome to attend Maths club on a Tuesday afternoon from 3.15-4pm. The staff volunteer their time to supervise these weekly sessions.
Peer Support- Moving Forward
Our whole school will be starting Peer Support sessions this week. The children will be participating in a new module, Moving Forward, which focuses on resilience. The experiences in the module help children to identify their qualities and strengths, develop skills, respond with a range of strategies and seek support when faced with challenges. In this session, the children will establish connections with the other members of their group and develop their group agreement to enable them to work well together.The children will discuss an example of a challenging situation and some resilient and non resilient responses.
You might like to discuss with your child what they can do to help them take an active role in Peer Support.
Safe parking behaviours
Unsafe driving and parking behaviours increase the potential road safety risk for children around schools. Road safety is a shared responsibility, it is important the road rules are followed near our school to ensure the entire school community feels safe.
Please remember children are more at risk than adults around schools because they are smaller and less visible to drivers. They are also less predictable and less experienced, which makes them more likely to make errors of judgement.
Failing to follow simple road rules like parking on the verge, in no stopping zones, in bus stops, near children’s crossings, on footpaths or across driveways increases the risk to children around schools. Please do the right thing to create a safe environment around our school.
If you need to drive, follow the road rules around our school to ensure the entire school community feels safe. http://bit.ly/safeparking
The “Book Character Parade” will be on Tuesday 20 August at 12.10pm in the old hall. Children are encouraged to participate and come dressed in costume as a book character.
To encourage involvement in ‘Book Week’ a family quiz about Literature will go home next Thursday 15 August.
Participating families will be given a participation certificate.
The Student of the Week Award recipients this week are...
Kinder - Billie Garnham and Tommy Picker
Year 1 - Charlie Bensley, Sophie Kilborn and Emmett McIntosh
Year 2 - Will Croker, Angus Foley and Kaitlin Francis
Year 3 - Rorey Hearne
Year 4 – Nate Kemp and Phoebe Selmes
Year 5 - Hayley Francis and William Heffernan
Year 6 - Archie Pursell
School Spirit Awards
Logan Anderson- for consistently showing respect to all
Flynn Reeves- for consistently showing respect to all
Awards are presented at our Monday morning Assembly in the Old Hall at 9.05am.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Tuckshop- Special Lunch Order tomorrow
Tomorrow the tuckshop will offer a special lunch order option of Chicken Fried Rice in a bowl for $5.00
Orders can be via Qkr or cash.
Friday 9 August- SPECIAL LUNCH ORDER DAY Alison Picker, Jane Fraser, Belinda Foley, Daria Lawson
Monday 12 August- Daria Lawson, Candice Millett, Katherine Fraser
Friday 16 August- Maureen Lucock, Mandy Kemp, Jenny Skelly
Monday 19 August- Allison Hewitt, Maureen Lucock, Elise Croker
Friday 23 August- Mary-Ann Kilborn, Claire McCormack, Sally Gamble
Our Term 3 Social Function, coordinated by our Year 3 families, will be held at the Crookwell RSL Club on Saturday 24 August, with the theme of "Gatsby Night".
Tickets for the night are available from the School Office, the RSL Club as well as some local shops.
Raffle tickets have been sent home with each family yesterday. Tickets are $2 each with the prize being a full butchered lamb. If you would like more raffle tickets, these are available from the School Office.
It's set to be a great night so be sure to put it on your calendar!
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)
11 August- Ashleigh Bachta & Olivia Anderson
18 August- Nathaniel Waters & Oliver Gray
25 August- Bella Croker
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.
Congratulations to the following students who received first place for their CWA Projects on Papua New Guinea:
Paige Croker, Jake Cosgrove, Sienna Charnock, Georgina Culley, Ava Nicholson, Phoebe Fannin, Sophie Culley and Riley O'Brien.
These students have been invited to an afternoon tea and presentation on Wednesday 14 August at the Crookwell CWA Rooms.
Well done to all who participated and provided entries!
The parent payment system for the ICAS assessments will close on Wednesday 14 August, so there is still time if you wish to register your child to participate in 2019.
We would like to say thank you to the staff and students for their support and very kind donations on our Mufti Fundraising Day last Friday. We are grateful for your support and are lucky to be a part of such a wonderful school community.
We would also like to acknowledge and thank the School P&F for their support following our MacKillop team selection.
We are excited to be representing NSW at the PSSA Championships at Bendigo in two weeks’ time. We hope that we do our school community proud.