- Principal Talk with Mrs Lowe
- School Fees
- Religious Education with Mrs Skelly
- School Sport with Mrs Rachael Croker
- Representative Sport with Mrs Sally Croker
- Classroom Support with Mrs Spackman
- Library News with Mrs Hewitt
- Child Safe Advocate with Mrs Sally Croker
- Peer Support
- Student Awards
- P & F News
- Parish News
- School and Community Notices
Term 3 Key Dates
|Tuesday 10 September||Cricket Blast School Cup Years 3- 6|
|Thursday 12 September||Counsellor visit|
|Years 3 & 4 Mass 9.30am|
|Friday 13 September||Official Opening of the Multipurpose Sports Court|
|Friday 20 September||Archdiocesan Public Speaking Competition Boorowa|
|Friday 20 September||K/1/2 Excursion to National Zoo and Aquarium|
|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|
On Friday 13 September, Member for Goulburn Wendy Tuckerman, along with representatives from the Parish, Catholic Education Office, Upper Lachlan Shire Council, School Board, Parents and Friends Association, will join the staff and students for an official opening and blessing of our new multipurpose sports court.
This will occur on-site at 10.30am. Our school community are welcome to join us for this special event.
Next Tuesday the students will be transported by Kip Skelly to Todkill Park for the Year 3 - Year 6 Cricket Blast. Primary Students are to wear their SPORTS UNIFORM on Tuesday and bring a hat, packed lunch and morning tea and a water bottle.
Please see information about this in the School Sports section.
2020 Kindergarten Enrolments
I will be conducting our 2020 Kindergarten Interviews, with our new students and their parents, from 16 - 20 September. This process helps us ensure that we cater for each of our incoming student's individual needs.
If you are intending on enrolling your child at St Mary's, but have not yet done so, could you please complete this process as soon as possible.
Enrolments can now be placed online. Go to https://enrolments.stmarysc.nsw.edu.au/enrol/ or collect an enrolment form from Belinda in the Office.
For assistance with the application process please contact Belinda.
With the weather starting to warm up, students are keen to take their jumpers off when they get the chance, which often results in clothing inadvertently going home with the wrong family. Please continue to regularly check items to ensure you have the correct ones.
To assist with lost property making its way back to the rightful owner, please ensure all items that brought to school are clearly named.
if the weather warms significantly before the end of the term, students have the option of wearing either their summer or winter uniform but not a combination of these uniforms.
Each year the Country Women's Association of NSW offers Education Scholarships to assist with secondary schooling and the area of the Arts. Application forms can be collected from the school office and need to be submitted to the CWA State Office by 30 September.
A kind reminder that our Term 3 school fees are now overdue for those who do not have an existing arrangement in place.
It may also be timely to review your current direct debit arrangement to ensure that the payment amount is enough. Belinda is able to help you with this, so please feel free to contact her at the School Office.
RESPECT - CARE for CREATION
Pope Francis established 1 September as an annual World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation.
The Season of Creation or ‘Creation Time’ is marked throughout the Christian world from 1 September to 4 October (Feast of St. Francis of Assisi). It celebrates the joy of God’s creation as well as encouraging awareness about the need to protect the natural environment. We are encouraged to deepen our relationship with God, our neighbour, and the earth we share, being ever more attentive to the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor.
At St Mary’s we will be focusing on how we can do our part to respect and care for all aspects of creation as gifts from God (the tiniest seed, plants, animals and human beings).
Pope Francis on Caring for Our Common Home
“We need to strengthen the conviction that we are one single human family.”
“The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish.”
“Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last 200 years.”
“We are not God. The Earth was here before us and was given to us.”
“The idea of infinite or unlimited growth, which proves so attractive to economists, financiers and experts in technology … is based on the lie that there is an infinite supply of the earth’s goods, and this leads to the planet being squeezed dry at every limit.”
“Yet all is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start.”
(why not spend a moment every day appreciating and giving thanks for creation).
Father, Lord of all creation,
we praise you with all your creatures
and the whole universe that comes forth from the work of Your hands.
We acknowledge the privilege and responsibility
that You give us as stewards of Your creation.
In our ignorance we have done damage to our common home
and our brothers and sisters are suffering.
Through faithfully following your Son
guide and direct us to prepare for a better future.
Teach us to contemplate You in the beauty of the universe,
for all things speak of You.
Give us the grace to recognise, respect and protect
all You have created, using wisely all that You have entrusted to us.
who first hovered over the dawn of creation and drew order out of the chaos
help us to build your kingdom of justice, love, peace and beauty
where the poor of the earth are crying out.
You, who live and reign, world without end,
St Mary’s Primary School Mini Vinnies
Jesus tells us to ‘Feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, look after the sick and visit the imprisoned.’
Thank you to all those who have helped us in our task to do as Jesus asks and reach out to the less fortunate this winter.
Years 3-6 have been invited by Cricket NSW to take part in the Cricket Blast on Tuesday 10 September at Todkill Park, Crookwell.
Students will be divided into class teams, and take part in modified games during the day.
Students will wear their sports uniform and will need to ensure they have packed their school hat, plenty of water and sunscreen. They will not be required to bring their own cricket gear, all equipment will be supplied on the day.
There is no requirement for a permission note for this event, as the students Local Excursion forms cover this.
Any enquiries, please contact Mrs. Rachael Croker.
An interesting read for those hard days: Kids are for Keeps
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.
eSafety for parents and carers
Tips and advice on helping your child have safe and enjoyable experiences online
Good habits start young
Parents and carers play an important role in helping children to develop digital intelligence — the social, emotional and practical skills needed to successfully navigate the digital world.
Even for preschool children, it is never too early to instil good habits, and as your child gets older it is useful to keep reminding them of these basic digital intelligence principles: respect, empathy, critical thinking, responsible behaviour and resilience. These are also principles you can emphasise with your child when things go wrong.
How to build digital intelligence
Promote respectful communication
- Encourage your child to use the same positive manners and behaviour they would use offline, understanding that others may have different cultures, backgrounds or points of view. If it is not OK to say or do something face to face, it is not OK online.
- Remind them to avoid responding to negative messages and to tell you or another trusted adult if they receive them. Tell them it is OK to report others who are not being nice.
- Emphasise the positives. For example, ‘I know what a kind and respectful person you are, and it makes me so proud to see you acting the same way when you're online. You are such a great friend — I can see how much everyone looks up to you at school.’
- Help your child to imagine being in someone else’s shoes, so they can relate to diverse opinions and understand what might make people behave in different ways.
- For example, you might say something like: ‘I noticed that Sam seemed a bit sad when she came over yesterday. Have you noticed anything? What do you think is wrong? Would that make you sad? What can we do to help?’
Teach them to question
- Encourage your child to think critically about what they see online. Teach them to ask questions so they can identify content or messages that may be misleading or exploitative.
- Talk to them about ‘fake news’, or false information that is designed to look like a trustworthy news report, and how quickly it can spread on social media. Teach them to fact check news sources and do their own independent searches on issues, so they can see the variety of opinions on a particular issue and make up their own mind.
- Remind them to be careful when making new friends online as people may not be who they say they are. We are increasingly seeing ‘Finstas’ (fake Instagram accounts) and other impersonation accounts. So it is important to question whether what they are seeing online from their friends is real or not. If it seems out of character, it could be from a fake account.
- Alert your child to the dangers of meeting someone in person that they have been talking to online. Advise them to never arrange to meet an online friend unless a trusted adult is with them and it is during the day in a public space.
Encourage safe and responsible behaviour
- Work on achieving a healthy balance in your child’s online and offline activities and set boundaries for digital device use in your home.
- Remind your child of the importance of safeguarding personal information that can be used to identify or locate them.
- Explain why they should be suspicious of unsolicited messages and emails, and avoid clicking on pop-up ads on websites. Some pop-ups that seem safe can lead to inappropriate sites or ask for personal or financial information.
- Help them configure the strongest privacy settings on all the social media apps and sites they use. It is best that only their circle of friends can view their information, tag them in a photo or share posts. And get them to check their settings regularly as updates can sometimes change them back to the default.
- Ensure your child uses strong passwords on devices and accounts, and explain the importance of not sharing passwords, even with friends.
Help them build resilience
- Keep your cool if your child experiences a negative experience online. Remember, the choices they make as they navigate difficult situations can help them learn. 2017 ‘State of Play’ researchshows round six in ten young people were able to identify some positive impacts from a negative online experience.
- Remind your child that they can screen who they accept as online ‘friends’.
- Make sure they know how to block and report users or pages on the sites they use.
- If they have a negative online experience, find out how they are feeling about it, offer support and encourage them to keep things in perspective at the same time.
- For example, you might say: ‘What that person has done is not OK. They must be feeling pretty bad about themselves to treat you like this. How are you feeling? Let's block them to stop their messages coming through.’
- Build your child’s confidence and encourage positive ways of thinking — looking on the bright side, thinking rationally, understanding that difficult times are a part of life but there is help and support available.
(sourced from eSafety.gov.au)
Peer Support- Moving Forward
Week 4 of Program
This week in Peer Support children will revise what they have learned about resilience and discuss the people who show them support.Through a story the children identify where the character has used her personal qualities, strengths and skills to help her overcome challenges.They identify times when she needed support to continue.The children discuss a range of challenges and determine the best person to approach for support.The children consolidate the protective factors for resilience by revising their own strengths and skills and identifying 5 people they can go to for support.
Remind your child of their qualities and skills and encourage them to ask for help in challenging situations.
The Student of the Week Award recipients this week are...
Kinder - Sophie Croker and Flynn Reeves
Year 1 - Sophie Culley, Loralai Ryan and Elkie Storrier
Year 2 - Phoebe Fannin
Year 3 - Briana Blowes and Peter Lawson
Year 4 – Max'e Reynolds
Year 5 - Jake Cosgrove and Dylan Greenwood
Year 6 - Bella Croker
School Spirit Awards
Georgina Culley for demonstrating the School Value of Service.
Awards are presented at our Monday morning Assembly in the Old Hall at 9.05am.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
Friday 6 September - Mandy Kemp, Katherine Fraser, Daria Lawson.
Monday 9 September- Daria Lawson, Jackie Blowes, VOLUNTEER REQUIRED
Friday 13 September- Daria Lawson, Rachael Selmes, VOLUNTEER REQUIRED
Monday 16 September- Volunteers required or will be closed
Friday 20 September- Daria Lawson, Rachael Selmes, Jackie Blowes
Monday 23 September- Volunteers required or will be closed
You might have noticed that Chicken Chippees are no longer available on the recess menu. It has been decided that rather than supply two different types of chicken nugget-type products, that the Chicken Chippees will be replaced with Chicken Dinos. Chicken Dinos come in packs of 3 and are now available both 1st and 2nd breaks. Chicken Dinos are the healthier option of the two and fit within the NSW Healthy Canteen Guidelines.
Goulburn Catholic Mission Mass and Lunch
On Sunday 15 September, the Goulburn Catholic Mission will be having mass followed by lunch to celebrate 180 years of the Goulburn Parish and to farwell Fr Dermid. Please find further information regarding time and tickets below.
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)
8 September- Phoebe Selmes & Oliver Gray
15 September- Olivia Anderson
22 September- Nathaniel Waters
29 September- Regan Picker
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.
Local Junior Hockey
Crookwell Hockey B Grade Grand Final winners : Red Team bt Royal Blues
Red Team - Thomas Walsh, Chloe Bensley, Charlie Bensley & Elkie Storrier all played in the winning team on Saturday. Will and Sophie Croker played all season but were uanble to play in the grand final. They all got medals.
Will was awarded the "Encouragement" award out of all the B Grade players.
Gabby Price played for the Royal Blues in her first season!!
In A Grade, Will Heffernan was awarded the Club Member of the year.
A very successful season for St Mary's hockey players.
Crookwell Mary Gilmore Festival
The Crookwell Mary Gilmore Festival Performing Youth Showcase competition will be held on Saturday 26 October from 1.30pm in the Dome Pavilion at the Crookwell Showground. Categories are band, musical instrument, vocal and poetry. More details are in the attachment. Please note the amendments below.
Taralga Fun Run
As part of the Taste of Taralga Festival, there will be a fun run held on Saturday 5 October. Go and be a part of the festivities!