- Principal Talk with Mrs Lowe
- Religious Education with Mrs Skelly
- Representative Sport with Mrs Sally Croker
- Child Safe Advocate with Mrs Sally Croker
- Classroom Support with Mrs Spackman
- Student Awards
- P & F News
- Student Banking still on hold
- ICAS Tests
- Goulburn Mission Parish News
- School and Community Notices
This project will be funded by the Australian Government under the Capital Grants Program, with a grant of $417,803. Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn will be supporting the project with a $900,000 contribution and the school will be contributing $100,000.
We are very thankful for Catholic Education Canberra Goulburn, the Federal Government and Catholic Schools NSW for supporting our application for this project. And to our architects Dutallis Randall for all the work they have done designing the new spaces.
I believe we have a lovely uniform that should be worn with pride. A reminder that:
- shirts must be tucked in at all times
- top buttons and ties are done up
- coats should only be purchased from the school uniform
- hair ribbons/scrunchies/headbands should only be school colours
- black 'sand shoe' style school shoes do not comply with our uniform policy
- only stud or sleeper style earrings are acceptable and
- no jewellery, other than a crucifix can we worn
Your support with these matters is appreciated.
Please spread the word about our School Tours. If you know someone who is interested in learning more about St Mary's or who has a child ready to start Kindergarten in 2021, we welcome their visit. Social distancing regulations will be put in place for our tours.
Enrolments can now be placed online. Go to https://enrolments.stmarysc.nsw.edu.au/enrol/ to enrol now.
Enrolments packs are available from our School Office or can be downloaded from our website http://www.stmarysc.nsw.edu.au/enrolment.html
The School Explorers Program
Next term our preschool friends will be visiting each Friday afternoon to participate in The School Explorers, our school readiness program.
Attached below is the amended program dates, please share this around!
Peace I leave with you
This coming Sunday is the feast of the Ascension of Jesus into heaven.
Having experienced the pain and sorrow of Jesus’ crucifixion, then the joy and new life of His resurrection, His followers have to face the reality of His departure – again. Jesus knows their confusion, pain and sense of loss. Before he leaves them, he gives two parting gifts; the Holy Spirit and His own Peace.
Jesus doesn’t give them all the answers to the questions they have. He knows that they will have to face difficulties, disagreements and differences. So he prepares them for the road ahead by strengthening and encouraging them with His Holy Spirit and His own inner Peace. He is sending them out to proclaim the Good News, but He does not expect them to do it on their own. His ongoing presence reassures them that they will never be alone or helpless.
Neither will the community of believers today. The Christian's life is not shaped by Jesus' absence but by God's abiding presence. We are asked to face our daily reality and lives not just with optimism but also with faith and hope in the risen Jesus and each other.
As our celebration of the Easter season is coming to an end, we remember that Jesus remains with us through the Holy Spirit, who teaches us everything we need to know, reminds us of all that Jesus taught, and brings us peace.
“But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.”
Prayer for Our Lady Help of Christians
24- 25 May 2020
Our Year 6 Mini Vinnies students launch the Vinnies Winter Appeal next week!
Every year the St Vincent de Paul Society runs it's Winter Appeal to collect items to assist people through the coldest time of the year.
A study titled “Poverty in Australia 2018” which was released last year showed that more than 3 million Australians are currently living in poverty. This figure includes more than 739,000 children aged 12 and under. The St Vincent de Paul Society is able to provide not only emergency assistance to these people – but also a hand up to a better life.
By supporting the 2020 Vinnies Winter Appeal, you are helping provide support to more than 40,000 people from the Canberra/Goulburn region who are currently living in poverty.
Donation of the following items would be greatly appreciated:
- New thick socks
- New gloves/mittens
- Coats and scarves
- Sleeping bags
- Blankets/doonas (please make sure any used items are in reasonable condition)
Many thanks from St Mary’s Mini Vinnies Team
Levy Refunds for all of the Canberra Goulburn, NSWCCC and MacKillop sporting events that were cancelled will be processed starting this week and should be completed by the end of next week.
Thank you to all that have been patiently awaiting their refund, it has been a lengthy process and we do apologise for the wait.
A letter from CECG Sports Coordinator Sherree Bush
In these unpredictable and uncertain times, we are attempting to keep any sporting pathways open for our students that are on offer, therefore we are continuing to plan Term 3 Archdiocesan sporting events as per usual. This may however change and each school within our Archdiocese will have a differing set of circumstances. Moving forward we have a few different scenarios that may play out;
- Schools may run qualifying events during PE lessons in order to put in to place measurements to submit times, distances and/or heights for athletics in the case we are able to hold the Archdiocesan Athletics Carnival as per scheduled on the calendar for Term 3 Week 5.
- In the case that this is not possible, previous years’ results may be used for consideration for the Archdiocesan Carnival
- If we are unable to hold the Archdiocesan Carnival these entry times, distances and/or heights will be used for the NSWCPS (MacKillop) Athletics carnival.
- NSWCPS (MacKillop) Athletics still is going ahead and will more than likely be held in Term 4.
- At this stage, the NSWPSSA Athletics carnival is also still going ahead at this stage
In the event that we are able to hold the Archdiocesan Athletics Carnival and CSNSW decide to cancel the NSWCPS (MacKillop) carnival we will still go ahead with the Archdiocesan Carnival as these results may still be used to progress to NSWPSSA should it still be held.
All of the above carnivals will follow the COVID-19 Guidelines from the Government for schools, sporting events and venues at the time of the event. This may result in reduced numbers and/or no spectators or parents being permitted at the event. In the event that there are no parents or spectators to be admitted and your school is unable to provide transportation for the event you may have to either transport your child or organise to carpool and drop them off and collect them at the completion of the event.
We understand that there may be some financial constraints so there is no pressure what-so-ever to compete at the Archdiocesan Carnival – it is up to your discretion and the circumstances that your family may be experiencing.
We apologise that we are unable to give any definite decisions as of yet, the circumstances are ever-changing and we will keep everyone updated as to any situational changes that occur. The safety and well-being of our students, staff and parents is a priority and we intend to keep within the guidelines that have been set by the Government at the time.
For St Mary's...
St Mary’s Staff are working together to plan a possible and maybe modified, Athletics Carnival towards the end of this term. As has been the norm during COVID-19 restrictions, we will need to constantly revise and work with authorities to determine how this will look.
We will endeavour to communicate outcomes as they arise.
As mentioned in Sherree’s letter, various sporting trials/events timetabled for Term Three are still planned for. This includes Cricket and Touch Football.
During the uncertain time of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to take the time to ensure that children and young people’s wellbeing is nurtured and that their views and wishes are heard and considered.
There are a variety of ways in which we can be more child centred in our approach.
The Institute of Child Protection Studies has developed a series of resources for all adults who support children and young people based on the Kids Central Toolkit. The series includes an overview and a range of tip sheets based on the Kids Central principles.
Attached are a few tips related to Principle 1 KEEP ME SAFE DURING COVID19
Please be advised that until the social distancing regulations are relaxed, unfortunately, our volunteer-run programs will be on hold. This is to support the health of everyone. Thank you for your understanding.
No Maths Club
Maths Club is currently on hold. We will advise when this will recommence.
The Student of the Week Award recipients this week are:
Kinder - Henry Butler and Max Strode
Year 1 - Sophie Croker, Tommy Picker and A'dee Reynolds
Year 2 - Emmett McIntosh and Elkie Storrier
Year 3 - Mia Butler and Chloe Bensley
Year 4 – Naomi Picker and Harry Price
Year 5 - Bryce Foley and Lucy Gamble
Year 6 - Hayley Francis and Nathaniel Waters
School Spirit Award
Rory Bensley for striving for Excellence at all times
Payton Selmes for being a kind and caring friend
Max Strode for Excellence in all areas
Georgina Culley for never seeing a need without doing something about it
Nathaniel Waters for always being willing and ready to lend a hand
P & F Left-Over Food Sale- LAST CHANCE, ORDERS CLOSE FRIDAY 22 MAY
You can now choose when purchasing if you would like your meat frozen or defrosted.
Kindergarten Fundraiser- 100 Club
With the current Covid-19 guidelines, fundraising is particularly difficult at this time. With all other Term 2 fundraisers cancelled, we would appreciate your support in buying a ticket in the 100 Club, run by Kindergarten.
Tickets are available for sale on Qkr under the "P&F Payment" section.
Due to the current situation, the tuckshop will remain closed until further notice.
All students should now be wearing their full winter uniform.
Items can be purchased from the Uniform Shop via Qkr or picking up in person on Tuesday and Thursday's only, 12-1pm
** Please ensure if you have taken uniform to try on, that you either return ASAP or pay for it, otherwise we won't be able to offer this any longer. Thank you **
Message from Commonwealth Bank
The health, safety and wellbeing of our communities and our people remains our highest priority. Due to the ongoing uncertainty surrounding coronavirus, the School Banking program will remain on hold. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you informed with any updates including how we will be managing Dollarmite tokens for students.
In the meantime, here are some handy online resources for parents who wish to maintain momentum with their child’s financial education:
Students will have the option to participate in ICAS again this year. The assessments are now fully online and sitting dates will commence in Term 3. Learn more by visiting unsw.global/icas
Latest protocols for NSW Parishes
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)