- Principal Talk with Mrs Lowe
- Religious Education with Mrs Skelly
- School Sport with Mrs Rachael Croker
- Representative Sport with Mrs Sally Croker
- Library News with Mrs Hewitt
- Classroom Support with Mrs Spackman
- Student Awards
- Child Safe Advocate with Mrs Sally Croker
- Parish News
- Crookwell Hockey Registration
- District Happenings....
Congratulations to the McIntosh family on the safe arrival of a baby girl, Rosey Hazel who was born on Monday 11 March at 2.47am and weighing 2.92kg. What wonderful news for Kimberley, Ben, Elsie and Laela. We hope that mum and bub are going well!
'Bullying. No Way'!
Tomorrow, Friday 15 March, is 'Bullying. No Way!' Day. St Mary’s students will participate in various activities that support the National Day against Bullying and Violence.
It is a great reminder to our school community that our students’ wellbeing is our number one priority. Our Pastoral Care structures have been developed to ensure that the culture of our school is safe and supportive and that the students are educated to act responsibly and respectfully to others.
‘Bullying. No Way!’ Day gives the opportunity to remind students that they can communicate their worries or concerns. We encourage St Mary’s students to SPEAK UP if they, or someone they know, is being bullied. Talking to someone is the first step to making the bullying stop.
Next week 18-22 March is Harmony Week. This event is a day to celebrate Australian multiculturalism. This year's theme is 'Everyone Belongs'. It is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values. To celebrate Harmony Week, Year Six students will host a Fundraiser. Students can come to school dressed in multi-coloured clothes on Friday 22 March. A gold coin for this privilege will be collected. The money raised from this event will go towards our Caritas Project.
Just a reminder that all boys and sports socks are to be purchased from the uniform shop. Boys are to wear grey socks with the green and gold strip each day and all students are to wear the bottle green sports socks with gold strips each Friday.
Showcase of Learning
Our first Showcase of Learning Assembly will be hosted by Stage 3 on Friday 5 April at 12.30pm. Save the date!
Qkr Tuckshop Orders
The cut off for Qkr! Tuckshop orders is 8.47am each Monday and Friday as the orders need to be collated and the stickers printed for the volunteers to commence at 9.15am.
Just a reminder that all school fees are due by Friday 22 March. We would appreciate it if your account could be finalised by then.
Pope Francis on the season of LENT – a ‘wake-up call for the soul!’
“Lent is the time to rediscover the direction of our lives. Are we seeking the path forward in the journey of life or are we satisfied with living in the moment and thinking only of feeling good, solving some problems and having fun? What is the path? Is it the search for health, … possessions and well-being?
Of the many things occupying our thoughts, which we chase after and worry about every day, nothing will remain. No matter how hard we work, we will take no wealth with us from this life…earthly realities fade away like dust in the wind. Possessions are temporary, power passes, success wanes.
Lent is the time to free ourselves from the illusion of chasing after things that will not last and for rediscovering that we are created for God, not for the world; for the eternity of heaven, not for earthly deceit; for the freedom of the children of God, not for slavery to things.
The three steps of Lent
Three Lenten practices bring us back to the three realities that do not fade away:
- Prayer reunites us with God;
- charity and compassion reunites us with our neighbour;
- fasting reunites us with our true selves.
Lent: a time of grace
Let us not allow this Lenten season of grace to pass in vain! Let us leave behind our selfishness and self-absorption and turn to Jesus. Let us stand beside our brothers and sisters in need, sharing our spiritual and material goods with them. In this way, by concretely welcoming Christ’s victory over sin and death into our lives, we will also radiate its transforming power to all of creation.”
Project Compassion and Harmony Day
Our Year 6 Mini Vinnies students have been busy contemplating the needs of others and discussing how we at St Mary’s can make a difference. Our first fundraiser will be next Friday 22 March. Next week is HARMONY WEEK – it is the United Nations International anniversary for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. It is a time to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community. In other words, a time to celebrate the giftedness of all human beings. And a time to celebrate peace, justice and compassion.
Children are to come in colourful clothing on Friday 22 March and bring a gold coin donation to support ‘Project Compassion.’
Arrangements for the St Mary’s Cross Country Carnival are as follows –
Venue: Crookwell Showground
Date: Friday 29 March 2019
Time: 11:30am- first event
Age Division/Distances (in order of running)
12 years boys/girls 3000m
7 years boys/girls 600m
6 years boys/girls 600m
5 years boys/girls 600m
8 years boys/girls 1000m
9 years boys/girls 2000m
10 years boys/girls 2000m
11 years boys/girls 3000m
Children from 9 years age division and above, will be chosen to represent the school at Northern Region.
There is no 8 years division at representative level. 8 years children of exceptional talent may compete in the 9 years age group at school level if they wish to be considered for representation. Please notify the school if you wish this to be the case.
On the day of Cross Country, children will eat morning tea at school at 10:30am and then walk to the Showground for the 11:30am start. Children will walk back to school to eat lunch, the school tuckshop will still provide morning tea and lunch.
Please bring clothing appropriate to the weather forecast. The carnival will go ahead even in light rain.
Volunteers – Parent helpers are required to make the running of our carnival a success. Helpers will be asked to be course check points and line place judges/markers. Please complete the below eForm ASAP if you can assist on this day.
Local Consent Forms completed at the beginning of the School year will cover this event.
Representative Sport- Canberra/Goulburn Archdiocese
This year there is a new format for registration of students at Diocesan and Archdiocesan level and for individual nominations for Sports, eg. Rugby Union
The website is up and running and all trial nominations for Archdiocese Representative sports trial must be completed by the parents/carers by the due date advertised on the website.
Due to insufficient numbers this physical trial did not happen. All those who nominated are now required in Canberra on FRIDAY 10 MAY. Please make sure you have logged on to NSWCPS to register for this next level. Payment must be by the Team App please.
Congratulations to all who trialled this week for Soccer. Thank you to Stephen Greenwood for managing the team.
Paige, Fynella, Charlie C and Georgina have all been selected as members of the Archdiocesan Girls Soccer Team. They are also required to register via the NSWCPS site and make payment through the Team App.
Thursday 21 February 2019 is the due date to have Book Club orders submitted through the LOOP website.
- For a quick start, just 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
Dysgraphia is a specific learning disorder which can remain undiagnosed. A student can have trouble with written expression. A student with motor-dysgraphia can find the mechanics of writing difficult and often painful. A student with language-based dysgraphia can have trouble processing and sequencing ideas in writing. These students often have to work much harder and for longer to complete a piece of writing.
Books on Autism available to borrow
We currently have two boxes of books on Autism, on loan from Catholic Education. Please see Mrs Spackman if you are interested in borrowing any of these fabulous resources. There are children’s picture books as well as books for adults.
The Student of the Weeks Award recipients this week are...
Kinder - Quade Haynes & Flynn Reeves
Year 1 - Lily Coggan, Sophie Culley & Elsie McIntosh
Year 2 - Kaitlin Francis, Lachlan Pascoe & Charlie Tarlinton
Year 3 - Sommer Gann & Finn McCormack
Year 4 – Bryce Foley & Max'e Reynolds
Year 5 - Will Fraser & Alec McIntosh
Year 6 - Isabelle Galland & Archie Pursell
School Spirit Awards
The School Spirit Award recipients this week are:
Ellie McCormack for demonstrating great resilience
Billie Skelly for showing compassion
Awards are presented at our Monday morning Assembly in the Old Hall at 9.05am.
As the staff member fulfilling the role of Child Safe Advocate this year, I will be attending many Professional Development duties. As I gather resources I will use the School Newsletter to share tips and suggestions to assist parents with keeping their children safe. One of my priorities to begin this year will be Online Safety. Our children are tech savvy and many of them spend a lot of time on various sites that we deem 'safe'. YouTube is a very popular video sharing application that enables viewers to access a wide variety of content. There are ways that you can restrict the content they view and what they share.
Please take the time regularly to check 'where' they are and what exactly they are accessing. The poster below will outline ways you can ensure your child's online safety. If you would like a paper copy of this poster, please contact the Office.
Friday 15 March: Mary-Ann Kilborn, Sally Galland, Angela Cuskelly
Monday 18 March: Candice Millet, Linda Walsh, Alison Hewitt
Friday 22 March: Katherine Freaser, Jayde Costello, Angella Cuskelly
Monday 25 March: Brooke Wong, Mandy Kemp, Jackie Blowes
Friday 29 March: Jane Fraser, Elizabeth Egan, Tory Simmons
Please remember it is your responsibility to find a replacement if you cannot do your allocated shift.
If you would like to offer a date/s you are available to help , please contact Rechell Naughton
New Tuckshop Monthly Specials!
The tuckshop will be intoducing once-a-month specials. For the remainder of Term 1, the items available will be:
Friday 22 March- Homemade mini sausage rolls, $1 each
Monday 1 April- Spaghetti Bolognaise.
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)
17 March- Bella Croker
24 March- Eliza & Chloe Kemp
31 March- Lillian & Paige Croker, Regan Picker
Our Autumn Education Program is open...
The great news is that Goulburn Mulwaree Council is a now a registered Creative Kids provider. Bring your voucher along to the Gallery to redeem for your workshops fees.
While things are cooling off outside, we're heating things up with a great Autumn Education Program to keep the kids busy. Enrollments are now open for April School Holiday and Term 2 Workshops. Contact Sally O'Neill, Education Officer on 4823 4442 or firstname.lastname@example.org to book your spot. We're finding these are selling out within days so do book early to avoid missing out
School Holiday Workshops
Steampunk sculptures with Anna O'Neale
Photomontage with Sally