Week 3 already! The lovely rain yesterday has possibly marked the end of the balmy weather and we are making the transition to winter. This will mean that all students will be required to be in full winter school uniform as soon as is practicable. This does include the tie and we encourage all students to wear it correctly. If you have any questions regarding the correct items for the winter uniform please contact the front office. We are very proud of our uniform and are thankful to all the students and families who represent the school with pride each and every day.
Currently there is a lot of information coming into schools about the use and hazards of e-cigarettes or VAPING. Despite limited longitudinal studies there are obvious health risks associated with using ”vapes” and it is our responsibility to stay informed around legislation and health advice concerning their use. Included below is some important information around e-cigarettes that is worth reading and discussing with your child/ren. In coming weeks we plan to invite the local police to lead some information sessions for our student in the hope that they can make informed and sensible choices about their own health.
What are e-cigarettes? (information taken from the Royal Melbourne Hospital for children website)
Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are battery-powered devices that come in many forms. They all heat liquids, called e-liquids, into an aerosol that users breathe in. They may contain nicotine, flavourings and a range of harmful and toxic chemicals. Many e-liquids come in flavours that are attractive to young people, such as mango, lime and mint. The e-cigarette heat may also produce toxic substances. E-cigarette devices come in many different shapes and sizes. They can look like traditional cigarettes, cigars or pipes. Some look everyday items commonly used by young people, such as pens or memory sticks (USBs). Some are even disguised as medical devices or concealed within clothing.
Using e-cigarettes is often called ‘vaping’. It is sometimes referred to as ‘juuling’.
Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, which is highly addictive especially for teens. E-cigarettes and e-cigarette liquid may contain nicotine, even if they have been labelled ‘nicotine free’. One e-liquid pod can contain as much nicotine as a packet of cigarettes.
Nicotine exposure during the teenage years can harm brain development, which continues until about age 25. It can impact learning, memory and attention, and increase risk for future addiction to other drugs. Young people who use e-cigarettes may be more likely to go on to use regular cigarettes.
E-liquids can poison children and adults through swallowing or skin contact. Symptoms of nicotine poisoning include sweating, dizziness, vomiting and increased heart rate.
E-liquids can also be a danger to young children if inhaled, swallowed, or spilled on the skin. A young child can die from very small amounts of nicotine. The effects of nicotine poisoning can come on very quickly. If you think your child may have been exposed to nicotine, you should seek medical attention or call an ambulance immediately.
While scientists are still learning about the short and long-term health effects of using e-cigarettes, a recent outbreak of lung disease and deaths related to e-cigarette use in the United States demonstrates that e-cigarette aerosol can be harmful to the lungs. E-cigarettes can also be modified to deliver marijuana and other harmful substances that have been linked to lung disease.
Defective e-cigarette batteries have caused some fires and explosions, which exposes the user to the risk of serious injury and burns.
Parents should learn about e-cigarettes. It’s important to talk to your children about the health risks of e-cigarettes. Many teenagers are under the misconception that e-cigarettes are safe. It is helpful to know what the different devices look like and the different words young people may use to describe using e-cigarettes. This will help you to talk about e-cigarettes with your child.
NAPLAN 2021 (WEEK 4)
Once again the NAPLAN testing program will be conducted in schools over the coming week, with a catch up week scheduled for week 5. All students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 (unless they are exempt) will complete the literacy and numeracy tests along with their nationwide peers. It essentially provides information for schools on the different literacy and numeracy skills that are demonstrated and allows schools to recognise strengths and weaknesses in the student cohort. We strive to ensure that it is as stress less as possible for the students and hope that the students endeavour to do their best in the different tests. Once again this year, the testing will be online. Please do not book any appointments if possible during this testing period. This testing will be conducted in a COVID safe manner. Please contact the classroom teacher/PCA or Mr Ken Mooney if you have any questions.
We continue to push the importance of attendance to improving student outcomes and building lifelong skills. Please contact the classroom teacher/PCA if you have any issues or challenges around attendance.
Tomorrow our Year 7 students will head to Camp Hudson, just outside Tumut, for the annual Wiradjuri Cultural immersion experience. They will return Thursday and Year 8 will head up for their postponed experience – dues to COVID. This is a wonderful opportunity for our Stage 4 students to learn about and appreciate many different and fascinating skills, beliefs and experiences of the First Nations people. We thank Mrs Maher for all her organisation. Hopefully there will be photos and a report in subsequent newsletter.
Our Faith in Action program for Year 10 students has started again for Term 2. Currently our fabulous Year 10 students are involved in a range of activities to support our community in a faith-driven way. The year 10 class help out at Elouera School, the Nursing Home, the Sacred Heart Parish and in our Infants classrooms. Below are some pictures of our Year 10s supporting our littlest learners.
Remember: If you can be anything…be kind!
“Go gently” was the parting message from Fr Kevin every time I saw him. It is sage advice for us all!
Mrs Nicky Trinder
Sacrament of Confirmation
The sessions for Confirmation will take place on Thursday afternoons, over a period of 6 weeks (5 lessons plus a twilight retreat), as indicated below. With the obvious time constraints, it is critical that you child attend all the preparation sessions and the final Twilight Retreat, and family members supporting the children are most welcome to attend any of the sessions as well. It is important the children have adequately prepared for the reception of confirmation. If there is the unplanned inability to attend a session, please advise Fr Lolesio as soon as possible.
VENUE: Sacred Heart School Library
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Session 1: 20th May
Session 2: 27th May
Session 3: 3rd June
Session 4: 10th June
Session 5: 17th June
Twilight Retreat: 24th June 4.00pm - 7.00pm (including shared supper)
Sacrament of Confirmation Celebration: Saturday 26th June (5.00pm Mass)
Enrolment form must be returned to the Parish or school office by Friday 14th May, 2021.
|Matilda Wray||Lincoln Childs|
|Maria Mackie||Archie Byrne|
|Joseph Walker||Henry Barnes|
|Thomas Gay||Sonny Kane|
|Eli Slattery-Jones||Darcy Fry|
|Caleb Barton||Kalan Lewis|
|Sarah Lake||Reuben Smith|
|Lauren Summerfield||Loxley Beddow|
|Gillian Hunt||Tia Lawson|
NAPLAN 2021- Week 4 10th May- 14th May
Tuesday 11th May 9:05-10:05 – Year 3 and 5 Writing
Wednesday 12th May 9:05-10:05- Year 3 and 5 Reading
11:45-12:45- Year 3 and 5 Conventions of Language
Thursday 13th May 9:05-10:05- Year 3 and 5 Numeracy
Wednesday 12th May Period 1 (9:05) Year 7 and 9 Writing
Thursday 13th May Period 1 (9:05) Year 7 and 9 Reading
Period 3 (11:45) Year 7 and 9 Conventions of Language
Friday 14th May Period 1 (9:05) Year 7 and 9 Numeracy
Isabella Kingwill, Jack Murphy, Zara English and Matilda Coggan were selected to participate in the REROC Build a Bridge program, an engineering and design course run over 3 days at Borambola Sport and recreation Camp.
Young Soccer carnival
Thank You to those who brought their notes in for the Young soccer carnival. If you are able to assist with transport or on the day please let me know, by emailing email@example.com. We have quite a few teams entered. Students will need to have their own shin pads, boots and socks (coota blue soccer ones will be fine). The carnival will be held Friday 14th May at the Young soccer fields.
Mortimer shield, for our stage three students will be held at Keith Cullen Oval, Young on the 27th May. Again if you are able to assist as a manager or with transport please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Boys will need a mouthguard and headgear, girls will play tag league. We will run some training sessions at lunch times.
If for any reason your child has missed a note to either of these events please let their classroom teacher know.
Congratulations to Ryder Gillers and Spohie Sanazzaro for trailing out for different NSWCCC teams. Ryder tried out for Rugby League and was unsuccessful at the second level. Sophie tried out for soccer and was again unsuccessful at the second level. She also tried out for touch football this week. And has made it past the first trails and will now try out for NSWCCC.
This is a huge achievement for both of these students as they competed for a place in their respective teams against students from all catholic schools in NSW.
Primary Sport Dates
Please remember that registration for NSWCCC representative sports are done at
CSNSW Sport and is the responsibility of individual families.
If you have any questions about primary sporting matters please contact me
Wendy Van Kerk Oerle
Primary sports coordinator
Congratulations to Darcey O’Toole for making the U15’s Southern Country Rugby League team. Congratulations to Sam Gash, representing the U18’s Rugby League Presidents team. Both gentlemen will be competing at the NSWCCC Rugby League Selection Tournament on the 20-21st May at St Marys in Sydney. Congratulations and good luck!
Congratulations to Alex Oliver for being named first shadow player for the Opens NSWCCC Basketball team on Monday 3rd May. This is a massive achievement considering Alex is in Year 10 and students can be selected from all of NSW Catholic school students from Year 10 to Year 12. Well done Alex.
Congratulations to Zara English who was named as a shadow player for the Wagga/Canberra Goulburn Open Girls Soccer team. This is again an Opens team with students mostly from Year 12 selected in the squad. Well done Zara.
Archdiocesan Soccer Gala Day
Congratulations to our teams who competed in the CG Soccer Gala day in Canberra on Monday. The students represented Sacred Heart impeccably.
There will be some photos to view below, however, my camera was going flat and I only got photos from one game. If any parents have any photos I could include in next week's newsletter I would very much appreciate you sending them to email@example.com. Thanks in advance.
The 7-8 Girls team played 4 games and although they did not manage to win any games they all improved and had moments of individual brilliance.
The 9-10 Girls team played 4 games also. They drew 2 games 1-1, won one game 6-1 and lost the last game 1-3. The last game was played essentially as a final, and was to determine the overall winners of the day. Congratulations for placing second overall.
The 7-10 Boys team played 3 games. They won the first 4-0, drew the second game 0-0 and fought hard to come back from 2-0 down to draw at 2-2. This placed them second in their pool and unfortunately did not advance through to the final.
The teams were as follows:
Jack Murphy (Super Coach)
For further information on registrations for NSWCCC representative sports, please see Ms Withers, or go to the links below.
- SPORT at SHC Google Classroom
- CSNSW Sport website https://csnsw.sport/
- Canberra Goulburn Sport Nominations https://www.sport.cg.catholic.edu.au/nominations
Please note that registrations and travel are the responsibility of individual families.
If you are concerned about anything to do with PE or Sport, please arrange a meeting or get in contact with me at your earliest convenience. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 02 69422612 during school hours.
Secondary Sports Coordinator