- Principal Talk with Mrs Lowe
- Religious Education with Mrs Skelly
- Child Safe Advocate with Mrs Sally Croker
- School Sport with Mrs Rachael Croker
- Representative Sport with Mrs Sally Croker
- Classroom Support with Mrs Spackman
- Library News with Mrs Hewitt
- Student Awards
- P & F News
- Parish News
- Lost Property
- School and Community Notices
|Friday 28 February||Clean Up Australia Day|
|Monday 2 March||CG Swimming Carnival at Narooma|
|Year 2 Art Focus Day|
|Tennis Coaching - Years 3-6 - Sports Uniform|
|Tuesday 3 - Friday 6 March||Mrs Lowe at the Archdiocesan Principal's Meetings and Retreat|
|Thursday 5 March||Stage 3 Lenten Mass - All welcome!|
|Friday 6 March||Interim Reports sent home|
|Monday 9 March||Tennis Coaching - Years 3-6 - Sports Uniform|
|Wednesday 11 March||Year 4 Art Focus Day|
|Thursday 12 March||Stage 2 Lenten Mass - All welcome!|
|Friday 13 March||School Cross Country Carnival|
Clean Up Australia Day
This Friday all of our students will participate in Clean Up Australia Day. The younger students will clean up our playgrounds and along the front of the school, with the older students cleaning some of our adjoining streets. All students will be supervised. Please send in a glove and a plastic bag to put the rubbish in. There will be a small amount available at school as well.
Family Mass & St Patrick's Day Family Picnic
On Sunday 22 March we will hold our school welcome function. The day will commence with a Family Mass at 9.00am in the Church followed by a fun morning of activities on our Bottom Playground. Activities, involving the whole family, will include sack races, family challenge tug-o-war, egg and spoon races and more!
Bring a packed morning tea picnic, a rug and wear green to celebrate St Patrick's Day. This event is based on an old much loved St Mary's tradition.
Family, friends and parishioners welcome.
Please let us know if you will be joining us for this fun morning by clicking on the link below or by calling Belinda in the School Office 48321 592.
Next week I will be away from lunchtime Tuesday to Friday at various meetings. Sally Croker will be acting in the role of Principal in my absence.
Medical Action Plans
If your child has an Anaphylaxis or Asthma Action Plan, please ensure Belinda has the most up to date copy.
A "Consent to Dispense Medicine" form must also be completed for students who require regular medicine. If you haven't completed one of these, please see Belinda.
All medicine must be kept at the Office, not in student's bags please.
During LENT we are called to take a good hard look at ourselves… How are we living our lives? Are we really trying to be like Jesus? Do we practise… compassion, mercy, Justice, humility, forgiveness, prayerfulness?
We are asked to practise three things during Lent to get us back on track
- PRAYING – spend some quality time with God. Pray the ‘Our Father’ or ‘Hail Mary’ really thinking about the words in the prayer; have a conversation with God; reflect on the Scriptures; or simply sit in a quiet place and BE with God. Take time to just BE in God’s presence, experience His love and receive His blessing by attending Mass.
There are many websites dedicated to daily prayer and meditation. Sign up for free and receive daily emails. A couple of great ones are:
- 3 minute retreat; and Lenten Moments of Mercy loyolapress.com
- Daily prayers and Scripture; pray.com.au
Each Monday morning (9am) during Lent (beginning on Monday), there will be a whole school Lenten Prayer. All are welcome to join us for this.
- FASTING – fast from those things that keep us from being close to God and from being the best person we can be (TV, computer, overindulgence, gossiping, selfishness. I can think of a multitude of things I could fast from).
- ALMSGIVING – Reach out to help the poor - support Project Compassion; look for works of love and mercy you can do every day; go out of your comfort zone, go over and beyond to spread Jesus’ message of hope, love and joy.
Our Year 6 students had a visit from Mini Vinnies leaders from Canberra last week. They spoke about social justice and how they could follow in Jesus’ footsteps to work for a JUST world.
Year 6 comments: “Josh and Therese made me feel very lucky for what I have. They gave us facts about homeless people and how they might become homeless”
“It was interesting because we learnt how many people are actually working with St Vinnies and how they do food drives, giving warm blankets to homeless and help people pay their bills if they need”
“Therese told us about how six Uni friends in France decided they would like to help the homeless people after seeing them on their way to Uni. They started Vinnies and it’s called a Conference when there’s a group of them working together.
“I can’t wait to start our own mini-vinnies conference here at school”
Our school Mission Leaders (Madeleine, Regan and Olivia) and other class members will be signing up to form our St Mary’s Mini Vinnies Team. Stay tuned to find out how they will be working for justice and peace and how YOU can support them.
During Lent our Mini Vinnies team will be working to answer Jesus’ call to give alms (almsgiving). Let us all help them supporting PROJECT COMPASSION through raising money for ‘the least of our brothers and sisters’.
Please support PROJECT COMPASSION by sending along ANY change you can spare for the Project Compassion box.
10 Questions to ask your child after a busy day at school.
It’s not always easy to get information from your child about how their school day was or how they really felt about how their day went. A typical after-school conversation might go a little something like this:
“How was your day?”
“What did you do?”
You continue on with your afternoon or evening with no further information than that, feeling frustrated or disappointed that your child doesn’t want to talk to you about school at all.
If you’re tired of repeating this process each day with no change, it might be time to start thinking about some other questions to ask instead. Leading with a question that requires more than a simple yes or no is a great way to open a conversation and get your child talking about their day.
Try one or more of these 10 questions tomorrow and see how your child reacts:
- What was the best thing you did today?
- What was something different that happened today?
- What made you laugh?
- Who did you play with?
- What are you looking forward to about tomorrow?
- What did you learn about in music/PE/library?
- What’s something your teacher said to you today that made you think?
- If you could change one thing that happened today, what would it be?
- What part of your day went the slowest? Why?
- What games did you play at lunchtime?
Of course, if your child doesn’t want to talk about school, you should respect that too. Some children need a little space and time to relax after school before they are ready to talk about it and by giving them a little space, they might be more willing to open up later.
By asking meaningful questions and really listening to the answers you can get to know a lot about your child and how they are doing at school. It also creates a great connection between you, showing your child that you care about their wellbeing and are taking time to hear about how their day has gone.
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 by Monday 2 March.
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.
If you are able to assist on the day with supervision of a checkpoint, please email me at email@example.com
Congratulations to our St Mary’s Girls and Boys who trialled for MacKillop Soccer in Canberra last week.
Attending were Finn McCormack, Saxon Greenwood, Dylan Greenwood, William Heffernan, Jake Cosgrove, Marnie McCormack, Ava Nicholson, Georgina Culley and Charlie Cramp.
Numbers trialling on the day were high with over 60 boys and 15 girls competing for a spot at the next level.
Impressive results for four of our girls means that they are now eligible to attend MacKillop Football Selections at Cookbundoon Football Fields, Goulburn, on the 27 March.
Sport Trials 2020
Please note registration is open for Winter Trials, which includes Rugby League and Hockey. Parents are encouraged to look at the calendar and register ASAP for any sport your child might be interested in for this year. It does not need to be before the registration cut-off time. For example, you can register now for Touch Football which is generally later in the year.
PLEASE CLICK ON THE BELOW LINK FOR INFORMATION FOR YOU TO READ ON REGISTRATION PROCESS
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
Anxiety CAN look like:
- Avoidance of new things/events/situations
- Needing things to be the same
- Insisting on the same rule/routines
- Social Withdrawal
- Repetitive noises/sounds/behaviours
As parents and teacher, we need to teach our children how to self-regulate their own anxiety.
We need to teach them strategies to calm themselves, seeking a break/time out.
Sometimes we give our children visual cards because when they are anxious it can be difficult to communicate their concerns or that they need a break.
Breaks might include:
- A quiet area
- A chewy toy/treat/gum
- Listening to music
- Headphones to alleviate noise
- Reading a book
- Playing a game
- An ipad
- Movement breaks
- A wall pushup
- Deep breaths
- Counting to 10 or further
- Having a drink
- Carrying something heavy
- Exercise ball
- Star jumps
- Running an errand
- Retreating to a safe place
- Sitting away from others
- Sharing a joke
- Talking to a friend
- Playing with a friend
There are many Free Learning Resources for parents at the following site.
There are still a number of forms outstanding. 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 - Bodi Cooper, Harry Frost and Georgia Proudman
Year 1 - Billie Garnham and Quade Haynes
Year 2 - Alice Frost, Sophie Kilborn, Andrew Lawson and Loralai Ryan
Year 3 - Lachlan Pascoe and Katyanna Waters
Year 4 – Tahlia Anderson and Saxon Greenwood
Year 5 - Charlie Cramp and Patrick Walsh
Year 6 - William Fraser and Ethan Whittle
School Spirit Award
Chloe Salt for her generous service to others
Awards are presented at our Monday morning assembly at 9.05am. All are welcome.
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
Monday 9 Mar: Renae Strode, Elizabeth Egan, Claire McCormack
Friday 13 Mar: Elise Croker, Daria Lawson, Rachael Selmes
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.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Lessons will commence on Thursday 27 February at 4.00pm in the Parish Office Meeting room.
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)
Already there is an increasing amount of lost property which has been handed into the Office. All efforts to find names and distribute back to the righful owner has been made, but sometimes it is not possible. Please ensure items you send to school are clearly named.
Attached is a photo of some items we have. Please feel free to come and check the uniform lost property container for items.
Book Recommendation from Mrs Lowe
I am currently reading The Resilience Project, Finding Happiness Through Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness by Hugh Van Cuylenburg, a recommendation from one of our Year Six parents. I wanted to share a valuable snippet from this text. It's from Chapter Two - A Lesson in Gratitude. It is part of the story is from the eyes of six-year-old Hugh.
"Dad pitched up a juicy half-volley; he had clearly decided to give me the opportunity to win. I managed to whack the ball into a gap between two gum trees, definitely enough to allow me to run two and win the game.
'Whoa! He's got a hold of that . ..'
I scampered up the yard and turned, but as I was coming back for the second run I saw Dad had picked up the ball. His competitive nature must have kicked in, because he had a shot at the stumps from miles away, between the narrow gap in the trees. It hit! I was spectacularly run out, just one run shy of victory. Frustrated and upset, I hurled my bat hard into the wood paling fence and burst into tears.
Bill Lawry fell silent as Dad slowly walked over to where I was sobbing on the grass. He got down on his haunches, looked me in the eye and said very calmly and very clearly: 'Don't you ever behave like that. If you carry on like that again, it will be the last game of cricket we ever play together.'
I was stunned. Dad had never spoken to me in that way before. I don't think he has since. It's not as if he raised his voice or was visibly angry; there was just something profound about what he said and how he said it. I understood immediately I was being given an important life lesson.
From that moment I knew it really matters how you behave when things don't go your way, and I adjusted my attitude accordingly. Even during spirited lunchtime games of cricket at Greythorn Primary School, I made sure I never again showed disappointment or carried on like a brat if I got out or lost a game.
Though Dad didn't say it in so many words, there was more to his message than simply not being a fool: he was also saying that having the opportunity to play cricket was more than enough to celebrate. Being ablebodied, having someone to play with, having a dad, owning a bat and a ball and having somewhere to play - those were victories in life, and they counted more than the tally on the scoreboard ever could."
Ellie McCormack's Golf Results
Ellie played in the Saturday 18 hole competition in Crookwell. There was 32 people (men and women) playing , however Ellie was the only junior playing.
Overall Ellie placed first on the day with 48 points which was better then her handicap by 12 points.
What a fantastic effort Ellie!
Please send us your interesting news so we can share it with our St Mary's Community!
Year 6 Camp Fundraising Street Stall
Basketball Skills Session
Welcome to Crookwell
The Crookwell Uniting Church are hosting an information afternoon for any new residents to the Upper Lachlan Shire on Thursday 12 March from 5.30pm. All welcome!
Book Fest Guide
Budding authors and interested parents might find the Author Talk worthwhile.
More information and a program can be found in the attached PDF.
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.