Welcome to back to a new term. Already we have had a tumultuous start to a very cold winter term. These past two weeks we have weathered freezing temperatures, COVID threats and increased restrictions to our normal functioning. Despite all this there is much to look forward to this term. Thankfully the COVID scare has not eventuated as yet but we need to continue to be vigilant in our COVID safe practices and promote the wearing of masks for all secondary students, staff and essential visitors to the school. Hopefully this will see an easing of the restrictions and the looming threat of a spread of COVID to our community. We are in constant contact with NSW Health and Catholic Education to monitor recommendations and latest developments. We will communicate any changes as soon as we are made aware of them.
We apologise for the inconvenience of cancelling the Parent/Teacher/Student interviews for the First Semester reports. As detailed on the schoolzine message, if you would like to speak with a teacher please contact the Front Office and they will coordinate a phone conversation with the requested teacher at the earliest convenience. Some teachers may also contact parents to initiate a conversation about the progress and growth of a student. Please be patient as we navigate this format. Hopefully in coming weeks we will be able to review the current restrictions to permit face-to-face conversations.
As of last night the CG Athletics has been postponed with a new date to be advised, as has the CG Secondary Netball. So too, the Small Schools League State Title has been postponed and a new date has been set as 1 September in Bathurst. We will carefully monitor the situation in Orange and look to canvas the parents about intended travel arrangements. Please keep an eye out for this letter.
2022 staffing is under review at the Canberra Head office of Catholic Education and we are busy preparing projected enrolments for an accurate staffing allocation. If you are aware that there are potential enrolments for 2022 please encourage them to make contact with the Front Office or conversely, if you are intending for alternate arrangements for your student next year we would really appreciate that you also contact the school.
We ask that you keep Mrs Samantha Price (our wonderful School Counsellor) and her family in your prayers after her husband was involved in a serious car accident last week and is currently in hospital in Sydney. Sam was unable to join us this week and we will wait on news of her return to school. In the short term if any student is in need of speaking with someone urgently then we can strive to arrange support via ZOOM with the Canberra team. Please contact me at school if this is something that you consider necessary.
It is with great pleasure that we welcome Mrs Amy Mergard to the staff as she takes up a job share position with Mrs Kate Maher on Stage2N. Mrs Mergard travels from Harden and is looking forward to meeting parents and being part of our wonderful community. Mrs Mergard will work Wednesday, Thursday and Friday each week. We also welcome Mrs Marie Tulenew who is currently completing her teaching studies and will be working with Ms Van Kerk Oerle in Stage 2W all term. It is lovely to have both ladies as part of our staff and contributing to the growth and development of our Stage 2 students.
We have started using the new management platform COMPASS across the school for monitoring and recording attendance. There are a few little hiccups but we are very pleased with what the platform will offer us in terms of monitoring and tracking students. In time we will transition through to reporting and different modes of communication slowly phasing out the systems and processes that we currently use. It is very well supported by Catholic Education and there is a wealth of help information as parents gradually become familiar with the processes. A parent portal will be made available in Term 3 and all information will be funnelled through this portal including access to reports and attendance information. Stay tuned for further information as it comes to hand.
We are very fortunate that our local police are very supportive and involved in the welfare and care of our students. We consult with them regularly, and as needed, on important issues of student safety. They are also very keen to be proactive in supporting our students by building positive relationships and conducting information sessions for our students and maybe even our parents. They are currently working on developing a presentation around the topical issue of vaping to make our students aware of the health concerns and legal matters around this new and pervasive trend. We would also hope that there will be information made available to parents as well. The police will also be on site to help us conduct a safety audit in the coming week to advise us on correct policy and procedures. We are grateful and appreciative of their commitment to our school.
Remember: If you can be anything…be kind!
Congratulations to the students below who were confirmed during the holidays.
Declan Emery, Callum Kiely, Lucinda Shields, Kelsey Smith and Isabella Ward.
From the Classroom
Over the past two years our Religious Education curriculum has been undergoing several significate changes. Through the development of inquiry-based units of work our students are developing a deep understanding of our RE content.
Stage 1 have been learning about the geographical, political, religious and social situations that occurred during the time of Christ. They recreated the Old City of Jerusalem which was a central location in the life a Jesus. Stage 1 then shared their new understandings with our Stage 3 students.
UNIFORM FREE DAY
NEXT WEDNESDAY 28TH JULY 2021
All money raised will be donated to the Soup Kitchen.
TERM 3 SCHOOL FEES HAVE BEEN EMAILED OUT TO PARENTS
PROMPT PAYMENT WOULD BE GREATLY APPREICATED.
FEES ARE DUE BY WEDNESDAY 11 AUGUST 2021.
Due to the current restrictions Sport is likely to change multiple times throughout the term. All Pathway sporting selections have been postponed with no dates yet to be set. Please stay informed as information goes home and contact the school with any concerns.
Current message from NSWCCC/CPS
Postponed events in Week 2 Term 3
Western Region Athletics
NSWCCC Football Knockout – Canberra Goulburn, Wagga Wagga and Bathurst day
NSW All Schools Cross Country
NSW All Schools Opens Hockey Tri-Series - 19 July
NSW All Schools Water Polo Quad-Series - 22 & 23 July
NSWCCC 15 Years Touch Camp & NSW All Schools 15 years Touch Football - 23 - 25 July
NSWPSSA Netball Championship - 19 - 21 July
NSWCPS Girls Rugby Selections - 23 July
Finish date for NSWCCC Football Knockout Quarter finals finish date to be extended
In line with the Premier’s announcement regarding the extension of COVID-19 restrictions for Greater Sydney, the NSW All Schools Opens Hockey Tri-Series on Monday 19 July 2021 at Newcastle; the NSW All Schools Water Polo Quad-Series from Thursday 22 July 2021 to Friday 23 July 2021 at Woy Woy; the NSW All Schools 15 years Touch Football Camp & Tri Series from Friday 23 July 2021 to Sunday 25 July 2021 at Narrabeen; the NSWPSSA Netball Championship from Monday 19 July to Wednesday 21 July 2021 at Menai and the NSWCPS Girls Rugby 7s at Ryde have been postponed.
With the current COVID-19 restrictions for Greater Sydney, we are conscious that these events require travel for a number of families and staff therefore wish to provide as much notice as possible.
CSNSW Sport and the School Sport Unit will investigate dates and venues with a view to running the events later in the year and will provide regular updates for students, families, staff and schools.
Western Region Athletics
We still are waiting on a date for Western Region. We will update you as soon as we know. This may affect the date of the C&G Athletics carnival.
Todd WoodBridge cup
The new day for the Todd WoodBridge cup is set for the 26th of August.
If you have any questions about Primary sporting matters please contact me.
Wendy Van Kerk Oerle
Primary Sports Coordinator
Weekly Sport - Sport Choice Block Week 1-5
Sport choice notes for Squash went home last week. Please return any money and the permission note to the front office as soon as possible, preferably by Tuesday 20th July.
Week 5 - Small Schools Rugby League - Going ahead at this stage - more information soon
Week 5 - CG Athletics Carnival in Canberra - Going ahead at this stage - more information soon
Week 6 - CG Netball Gala Canberra - POSTPONED
Week 7 - Katrina Fanning Cup - Girls Tackle Rugby League Competition - NEW DATE SEE BELOW
To complete money collection for the end of the financial year, a note for swimming attendance for Semester 1 will go home this week. Please finalise any outstanding money as soon as possible and contact Megan Withers or Emma Deep if you have any concerns.
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