|Friday 21 February||CG Cricket Trials|
|Monday 24 February||Tennis Coaching - Years 3-6 - Sports Uniform|
|Wednesday 26 February||Ash Wednesday Mass - 9.30am|
|Year 3 Art Day|
|Friday 28 February||MacKillop Basketball Trials|
|Clean Up Australia Day|
|Monday 2 March||CG Swimming Carnival at Narooma|
|Friday 6 March||Interim Reports sent home|
Welcome to the Skinner Family
I would like to offer a very warm welcome to the Skinner Family to St Mary's Primary School Community. Kaylee commenced in Year 4 last week. We wish the Skinner family a smooth transition into St Mary's and Crookwell life.
Annual Improvement Plans
Each year the staff work towards setting goals for school improvement. These goals are informed by our data, survey results and system priorities.
This year our three main goals focus on Wellbeing of students, parents and staff; Teaching and Learning, in particular, Explicit Instruction; and Student Engagement focusing on feedback, collaboration, learning spaces and resources.
Below is a flyer that highlights the way our areas of improvement all fit together.
Tennis Coaching Skills
Next Monday, 24 February, Years 3 - 6 will commence Tennis coaching sessions with David Ridland. These will continue for five weeks, with the final session being held on 23 March. Primary students are to wear their sports uniform each Monday (instead of Friday) for these weeks. The exception will be for our Cross Country Carnival on Friday 13 March. Students will wear their sports uniform twice that week, on Monday and Friday.
Parents & Friends Association
Thank you to all the parents who came along to the P & F AGM and General Meeting on Tuesday night. Once again a strong P & F Executive team has been formed. We also have generous volunteers to oversee the Tuckshop, Cattle Fund and class fundraising events for 2020.
Congratulations to Daniel Walsh who has been re-elected to the position of President and Craig Croker, Rechell Naughton and Catherine Culley who will support him in their role as Vice Presidents. We also welcome back Allison Hewitt who has taken on the position of Treasurer and Mellissa Haynes who has again accepted the role of Secretary. Our sub-committee coordinators are James McCormack- Cattle Committee and Daria Lawson- Tuckshop.
At this meeting, most classes were allocated a fundraising event for the year. (See P & F News in this Newsletter.) You will receive information about your class event, from the coordinator, as the year progresses.
Thank you to all our parents for your consistent support of St Mary’s P & F events.
'You Can Do It!' Program
This year classes from Years One - Year Six have commenced with 'You Can Do It!' (YCDI) a Personal Development and Health - Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Program. This program provides resources and training programs designed to strengthen the personal, social and performance capabilities of people of all ages.
The YCDI programs are designed to provide educators and parents with the learning tools to boost success, improve relationships, reduce stress, and promote optimal levels of wellbeing.
YCDI is an Australian program developed by Professor Michael Bernard, from the Melbourne Graduate School of Education.
The program explicitly teaches and develops skills with confidence, persistence, organisation, getting along and resilience.
To learn more about the program you can visit the website. It contains useful articles and resources for parents as well.
The Term One school fee accounts have been emailed out this week. Please check to ensure you have recevied yours. If you would prefer a print copy please let Belinda know.
Fees are due by Week 7, Friday 13 March, unless a regular direct debit setup is in place.
The Tuition Fee for St Mary’s is set annually by the Catholic Education Commission. This non-negotiable fee is paid by the school to the Catholic Education Office in Canberra each term.
The School Board sets levies for Building, Utilities and Maintenance, Resources and Technology, as part of the process of forming the annual school budget.
The Resource Levy covers all stationery, text materials, classroom paper, art and craft materials and sundry items purchased for the children and the classes. The Utilities Levy covers the costs associated with the general running of the school itself. These include cleaning, gas and electricity, upkeep of the yards and gardens, phone, mowing, waste disposal etc.
The payment of your account within the allocated time is greatly appreciated. Payment can be made in full or via regular direct deposits. Please see Belinda for assistance with this.
If, at any time, you are having difficulty paying your school account, please make an appointment to see me.
Family Mass & St Patrick's Day Family Picnic
Ash Wednesday - Next Wednesday 26 February
This is an important day in the Church calendar as we begin the season of Lent. On Ash Wednesday, our School and Parish community will gather for Mass in the Church and receive a cross of ashes on our foreheads. This is a sign to remind us that we are God’s children, called to follow Jesus and live his way of love, peace, justice, compassion and mercy. The ashes remind us that we need to ask God’s forgiveness for the times we don’t act as Jesus calls us to; and we need to have a change of heart, so that we can live in right relationship with God and each other.
For Catholics, Ash Wednesday is also a day of fasting and abstaining from meat. Fasting is a reminder that food and material things alone cannot make us happy. Catholics believe in the need to be fed/nourished with prayer, God’s Word (in Scripture) and the Sacraments.
Parents and friends are welcome to join us for 9.30am Mass next Wednesday.
Lent also marks the beginning of the annual Caritas Australia Project Compassion Appeal. Donations to Project Compassion allow Caritas Australia, the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, to work with local communities around the world to alleviate poverty, hunger, oppression and injustice. As a school community, during the six weeks of Lent, we will be learning about the needs of these communities and giving to this appeal. Stay tuned to hear more about this from our Year 6 Mission Leaders.
Please support us in putting our compassion into action.
You can learn more about Project Compassion here - www.lent.caritas.org.au
Thank you to our helpers who volunteered to assist with our spelling, reading and maths intervention programs.
The time and help you give is greatly appreciated!
NEW RULE AT MORNING CLUB:
No personal devices or screen time during Morning Club.
Thank you for your understanding!
Morning Club is available each day from 8am-8.40am. It is an opportunity for children to arrive at school early when it is difficult for parents who need to be at work early or have appointments. This service is available for all children from K-6 and is held in the library. The children will be required to participate in quiet activities during this time, reading, writing, drawing, colouring, board games, card games, puzzles and/or homework tasks. At 8.40am the children who attend will then go to the playground for morning supervision by a staff member. No student is to be in the playground unsupervised before 8.40am.
Personalised Plan Meetings
Thank you to the families who attended our Personalised Plan meetings. As you would understand, a lot of time goes into the planning and timing of these meetings. It is very difficult to manage the coordination of the meetings, release teachers from class by employing casual teachers, have sibling meetings at a similar time and ensure all staff are available. I am very appreciative of those who attended scheduled times or were able to make alternative times to meet. Thank you.
These meetings are held for students with additional needs requiring intervention or adjustments. If you were unable to attend these meetings, please contact the School Office, your class teacher or myself to reschedule the meeting. Interviews for students in Kinder will be held later in the term, allowing them time to settle into the school routine.
Maths club is held every Monday after school from 3.15pm until 4pm. It is an opportunity for children who love maths to do more maths, an opportunity for those who have some difficulties with maths to seek help and a chance for children to complete maths homework.
I am very happy to take this club and enjoy working with the children who attend. Generally, the children that attend work hard and are very attentive however, over the past two weeks I have had to speak to a couple of children about their behaviour. Having to do this cuts into vital maths learning time. It would be appreciated if you could take the time to speak with your child about Maths Club and its purpose. Most children are very well behaved. Thank you.
Years 3,4,5,6 will commence their weekly skills session for tennis on Monday 24 February. These sessions will be run by qualified coach Dave Ridland, and will be held at school at our new court facilities. Students will NOT need to supply their own racquets as we received a fabulous delivery this week of 50 new racquets, stand-alone nets and other equipment.
Mondays will become the weekly sport day for students in Years 3,4,5,6 for Weeks 5,6,7,8 and 9. This will mean that students in Years 3-6 ONLY will wear their sports uniform on MONDAYS for these weeks, and their normal school uniform on Fridays. The exception to this will be on Friday 13 March, students wear their sport uniform again for Cross Country.
Years K-2 will still wear their sports uniform on FRIDAYS ONLY.
We are excited to be able to offer this program to the students, and look forward to watching their skills develop during the program.
Peter Lucas Rugby Union
Students have had the opportunity this week to collect notes to express their interest in playing in the Peter Lucas Rugby Union Gala Day on Friday 20 March.
Please note that this year we will be entering Tackle Teams only as students have the opportunity to play in a Touch Football Gala Day later in the year.
We will be looking for coaches for the day, if you are available please complete the form on the permission note and return to school as soon as convenient.
Cross Country Carnival
Save the date of 13 March for our school Cross Country Carnival. This will be held at the school bottom oval as it was quite successful as a venue last year. Next year, however, we ill return to the Showground as we host the Northern Region Carnival and will need our tracks mapped out and trialed.
If you are able to assist on the day with supervision of a checkpoint, please email me at email@example.com
Canberra / Goulburn Swimming
Congratulations to our Northern Region Swimmers who swam competitively last Friday in Queanbeyan.
Thanks also to the parents who assisted with time keeping our lane and to Mrs Walsh for managing the team.
Impressive results for four of our swimmers means they are now members of the Canberra Goulburn Team who will travel to Narooma on Monday 2 March. They will compete at the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn Championships to vie for selection in the C & G Team to compete at the MacKillop Swimming Championships in Sydney. We wish them the best of luck!
BRIDIE CROKER (3rd)- 11yrs Breaststroke
SOPHIE CULLEY (2ND) – 8YRS Freestyle
ANDREW LAWSON (1st) – 8yrs Freestyle
WILLIAM HEFFERNAN (4TH) -12 yrs Breaststroke
Sport Trials 2020
PLEASE CLICK ON THE BELOW LINK FOR INFORMATION FOR YOU TO READ ON REGISTRATION PROCESS
Registrations are currently open for the following sports:
Primary: Cricket and Football (Soccer)
For more information on Primary Sports visit the Canberra Goulburn Sport Page - https://sport.cg.catholic.edu.au/nominations and click on the information link.
Registration for ALL Canberra Goulburn, MacKillop and NSWCCC is through the new CSNSW website: https://csnsw.sport/help/help-guide-for-parents
There are closing dates so if you are planning of trial please complete the registration process ASAP!
If you have any queries please email Sherree Bush at firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent SETTING UP AN ACCOUNT If you had an account on the previous website (www.csss.nsw.edu.au), you would have received an email requesting you to go to the new portal to update your details. If you have NOT previously had account, you will need to set one up so you can register your child.
Additional detailed information can be read from the Registrations page.
Monday 2nd March
Narooma Swimming Centre. Bluewater Drive, Narooma
Friday 21st Feb
Friday 20th March
Owen Vincent oval Landen Street Gundagai
Friday 13th March
Friday 3rd April
Southwell Park, Northbourne Avenue, Lyneham ACT
Team Entries - Friday 20th March Individual entries Friday 27th March
Friday 3rd April
Southwell Park, Northbourne Avenue, Lyneham ACT
Friday 27th March
TBA if Required
Friday 20th March
Wednesday 8th April
Southwell Park, Northbourne Avenue, Lyneham ACT
Wednesday 1st April
Scholastic Book Club
Scholastic Book Club will be issued in Terms 1, 2 and 4. Please order using the Loop website: scholastic.com.au/LOOP
LOOP enables parents to order and pay for your child’s order online using a credit card or voucher if you have one.
The catalogues are distributed at school.
- Click on ORDER
- OR Register first to save your details for next time
- Select your school and your child's class
- Add your child's first name & last initial (so the school knows who the book is for)
- Enter the item number from the Book Club catalogue
- Follow the instructions for payment and submit
- All orders are sent directly to the school for submission to Scholastic.
- Books will still be delivered to your child's classroom if you order by the close date
- Afterwards, there is no need to return paper order forms or payment receipt details back to your school!
Closing date for Issue 1 is Thursday 20th February.
If you have trouble please contact me.
Please return to the office the Acceptable Use by Students Policy Form (children in Years 3-6) as soon as possible.
Volunteers are needed to cover books for the Library. Plastic covering is supplied and you are able to do this at home in your own time. If you are able to assist, please complete the form below and I will contact you. Thank you!
The Student of the Week Award recipients this week are...
Kinder - Hamish Carlon, Joe McCormack and Payton Selmes
Year 1 - Sophie Croker and Imogen Hewitt
Year 2 - Eli Cooper, Charlotte Crosbie, Tahlia Naughton and Braith Plumb
Year 3 - Joe Hayes and Riley Haynes
Year 4 – Sophia Galland and William Millett
Year 5 - Bryce Foley and George Skelly
Year 6 - Bree Hearne and Chloe Salt
Awards are presented at our Monday morning assembly at 9.05am. All are welcome.
P & F Annual General Meeting President’s Report
2019 saw another successful year for the St Mary’s P&F Association. The Association was blessed by the good work of those that held executive positions. A big thank you to Melissa Haynes, Allison Hewitt, Craig Croker, Catherine Culley and Rechell Naughton. I would also like to thank Daria for her dedication and tireless efforts in managing the tuckshop, and her team of volunteers for their time. Likewise, James and his team of farmers for managing the cattle herd through a particularly difficult season. A special thank you and congratulations to all those lovely people who organised and ran year group fundraisers throughout the year.
Notably, in 2019, the P&F aided the school with:
$16,491.50 into the court project on the bottom playground
$10, 000 for resources for key learning areas
Donated $1400 to students who achieved a high representative level in sport and music.
Purchase of a new BBQ.
Fundraising achievements in 2019 that allowed us to provide these funds include:
Tuckshop Profit: $9,129.12
Cattle Sales: $9,542.30
Year Group and other Fundraising: $9,371.52
Well done to everyone involved!
All of this would not have been possible without the support and leadership of our school principal Mrs. Sarah Lowe. It is Sarah’s dedication, and the work ethic of all staff, that has seen the schools’ substantial growth and continued success over the last few years.
It is with this in mind, I feel that the school, along with the P&F are in a steadfast position to capitalise on future growth and achievement. With continued support from parents and friends, I’m sure 2020 will be another successful year, providing much-needed funds for improvements to the school that all students will benefit from.
2020 Elected P&F Executive
President - Daniel Walsh
Vice Presidents - Catherine Culley, Rechell Naughton and Craig Croker
Secretary - Mellisa Haynes
Treasure - Allison Hewitt
Congrualtiations to our re-elected P&F Executive team!
Class Events and Coordinators
Our Class Events and Coordinators are as follows;
Kindergarten (Term 2) - One Hundred Club - Reane Strode (Term 2)
Year 1 - Street Stall and Woodraffle - Mellisa Haynes and Allison Hewitt (Term 2)
Year 2 - NR Public Speaking - Rechell Naughton and Catherine Culley (Term 3)
Year 3 - Athletics Carnival - Brendan and Allison Hewitt (7 April - Term 1)
Year 4 - Cook Book - Daria Lawson, Tash McCormack and Donna McGeechan (Sales Term 4)
Year 5 - Clearing Sale - Craig Croker, Daniel Walsh and Marty Reynolds (with help from Kindergarten) (2 May -Term 2)
Year 6 - Grandparents & Special Friends Day - Tash McCormack (7 August - Term 3)
Please stay tuned for details about your class event and how you can help.
Cheese Toastie Day
Thank you to Catherine Culley, Jenifer Heffernan, Alison Hewitt and Rechell Naughton for organising the Cheese Toastie Day yesterday at school. The kids certainly enjoyed the yummy toasties on a cooler day!
Friday 21 Feb: Sally Galland, Claire McCormack, Sally Gamble
Monday 24 Feb: Elise Croker, Belinda Foley, Maureen Lucock
Friday 28 Feb: Maureen Lucock, Jenny Skelly, Bec Scott
Monday 2 Mar: Tash McCormack, Candice Millett, Nicola Pursell
Friday 6 Mar: Mandy Kemp, Pip Frost, Eleanor Fraser
One of our parents lost their red and silver thermos coffee mug at our BBQ at Crookwell Show. If you saw it or happen to have it, please let Belinda in the Office know. Thank you.
Information Night for the Sacrament of Reconciliation
For Children in Yr 3 or older, there is an information evening tonight Thursday 20 February, commencing at 6pm at the Parish Office Meeting room. It is very important that a parent and/or grandparent attend as all the information that is needed for Reconciliation is provided.
Lessons will commence on Thursday 27 February at 4.00pm in the Parish Office Meeting room.
Ash Wednesday Mass in Taralga
There will be a Mass in Taralga for Ash Wednesday commencing at 5.00pm.
23 February: Oliver Gray and Skyelah Gray
1 March: Phoebe Selmes and Oliver Gray
8 March: Regan Picker and Seth Grove
15 March: Oliver Gray and Skyelah Gray
22 March: Nathaniel Waters and Abigail Gray
29 March: Nathaniel Waters and Abigail Gray
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.
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)
A big congratulations to Vinnie Maloney in Kindergarten who has just become a big brother again. Welcome to the world Maggie Lyn Maloney, who was born on 17 February. Our best wishes to Nicole and Justin and we look forward to meeting Maggie soon.
Year 6 Camp Fundraising Street Stall
Part-time work available!
Belinda Foley is looking for someone to work part-time during school hours (flexible) to help make natural products. The person would have to be willing to travel to their family farm. If you're interested or would like further information please contact Belinda Foley on 48362 114.