Welcome back to term 4! We managed to survive the holidays relatively unscathed in terms of COVID and its immediate impact on our school but we watch nervously what is happening around us. We continue to operate under the cohort model and abiding by all NSW Health directives and processes. The students and staff are very relieved to be back at relatively normal operations and continuing with our teaching and learning. Thank you to all the students, staff and families who are graciously following all instructions to help protect our community. A reminder that if any students present with COVID-like symptoms they are required to be sent home and to be tested. Hopefully as time passes this insistence will also pass.
Term 4 holds much promise and much to do. We will endeavour to proceed with our normal routines and finalise our assessment and reporting later in the term. We will also keep the community informed about all of our events and activities when we receive further information about what is permitted. We are hopeful that we will be able to hold Kinder and year 7 transition programs, graduations, work experience, Award presentations and all our important events as we celebrate 2021 and prepare for 2022. A reminder that if you are aware of any families interested in enrolling their children to tell them to contact the school and conversely if students are not continuing with us next year that we are informed of their new school options.
Year 10 are entering their final days with us and we are very proud of the wonderful people they are growing into. They are compassionate, kind and enthusiastic about their futures. They are busily completing coursework and final assessments before they sit their final examinations in Week 5. We hope that they use these final weeks productively and positively to ensure that they give themselves options to take them into 2022.
A reminder that the canteen is operating with online orders only, as per COVID protocols. Hopefully this will also change with the passing weeks and students can have “walk-up” sales. Thank you to all parents for their efficient adoption of this practice. Our canteen ladies – Ms Sutherland and Ms Dawe work extremely hard to ensure our students have a healthy and varied selection to choose from. We are very fortunate to have such a wonderful canteen that provides such excellent service to our community.
Now that the warmer weather is slowly creeping in we have made the switch to summer uniforms. All students are required to have a school hat with them for all breaks and outside activities. Uniform is always a “hot topic” amongst students and families as fashion trends come and go with hairstyles, accessories and jewellery. We strive to maintain a consistent and fair approach to the entire school and follow appropriate procedures to monitor and regulate uniform expectations. If at any time you have an issue with the uniform expectations you are encouraged to make contact with the school to discuss your ideas.
We were scheduled to hold our annual school photos this week but due to COVID restrictions they will be held on 19 OCTOBER. Details on how to order online are in this week’s newsletter and envelopes will be sent out next week for all students. Students will be required to be in full summer uniform with respect to the hair and jewellery school rules.
Our beautiful new shade sails have been installed and they definitely improve the aesthetics and shade value of the playgrounds. Thank you to our P & F for their generous support of the secondary installation. We are very fortunate to have such a committed band of parents who work to provide the extra things for our students.
There is much to look forward to in the coming weeks and we hope that people make the most of every opportunity that we are afforded. Let us pray that we continue to stay safe and well and that we appreciate how lucky and blessed we really are!
Remember, it doesn’t cost anything to be kind and to always pray to have eyes to see the best in people, a heart that forgives the worst, a mind that forgets the bad and a soul that never loses faith in God.
God Bless! Stay well.
Ms Nicky Trinder
Gratitude Prayer Service
During the final week of Term 3 All classes participated in a class prayer service on the theme of Gratitude. The students all acknowledged that they have many things to be thankful for. Below are a few examples of the artwork students created following this prayer service.
October: The Month of the Rosary
Of course, the Rosary belongs to every month, but in October the Church celebrates this prayer in a special way: reminding us of its simple beauty and gentle power. In the company of Mary. it can be a time of grace for us to return to this prayer if we have let it slip away: or perhaps to discover for the first time. Below are the steps to praying the Rosary. The school does have Rosary Beads that we can lead if you need.
Yours in Faith
Mrs Patrece Maxwell
Canberra Goulburn Diocese VIRTUAL Athletics Carnival
Congratulations to those students who qualified for our virtual Athletics Team. Ribbons and Certificates for Primary will be handed out at our next assembly.
11yrs Girls 1st Sophie Sannazzaro
3rd Sacha McLeod
11yrs Boys 2nd Beau Mills
Junior Boys 2nd Oliver Daley
Junior Boys 2nd Oliver Daley
3rd Jake Harris
4th Jett Johnson
11yrs Girls 2nd Sophie Sannazzaro
11yrs Boys 1st Harvey Fitzagerald
9 yr Boys 6th Alexander Byrne
7th Oliver Daley
11yr Girls 7th Sacha McLeod
Primary Sport Dates
CG Virtual Athletics Carnival
Congratulations to all those who chose to participate in the Virtual Athletics Carnival. Final results can be found following the links included and an overview is below.
Overall Winning School - Sacred Heart
This is calculated using the number of place/participation points received and taking into account the number of students enrolled in our secondary school and how many participants we had.
See the attached points balance - here!
Age Champion Places
View all results - here!
Alex Oliver - U16 Girls Runner-up Champion
Lily McLeod - U14 Girls =3rd Place Overall
Caitlyn Cram - U12 Girls 3rd Place Overall
Sam Gash - U16 Boys 3rd Place Overall
Darcey O'Toole - U15 Boys =4th Place Overall
CG Merit Team
These students qualified for the next level.
See the attached list - here!
Well done to all involved.
Secondary Sport Dates
Junior Cricket Registrations
Registrations are currently being taken for Junior Cricket in Cootamundra. The following age divisions/stages apply. Please visit playcricket.com.au and search for Cootamundra. ActiveKids vouchers can be used for all competitions.
Stage 1 - Under 11 - modified rules to encourage playing games of cricket. This is an intra-town comp involving one team from Harden. Games played on Saturday mornings. For 8, 9 and 10 year olds as of 1st September, 2021. Registration is $100.
Stage 2 - Under 13 - some modified rules. This competition is inter-town and does involve some travel to places such as Young and Temora as well as half of the games in Cootamundra on Saturday morning. For 11 and 12 year olds as of 1st September, 2021. Registration is $100.
Stage 3 - Under 16 - This competition is also inter-town as part of the South West Cricket League and involves some travel. Games played on Saturday mornings. For 13, 14 and 15 year olds as of 1st Sept, 2021. If a player turns 16 in 2021 prior to Sept 1 and would like to play, contact the junior committee as these cases are looked at on a case by case basis. Registration is $100.
For those people on Facebook, you can request to join the Cootamundra District Junior Cricket Association page or for further assistance email firstname.lastname@example.org
Swim Club Registrations are now open for season 2021-22
Swim Club will be holding a Registration and Information day.
Saturday 9th October, 2021
10.30am - 12pm
Cootamundra Aquatic Centre
You must be able to swim 25m.
We encourage new swimmers interested to come down and be assessed on their Swimming ability by our coaches.
If you would like to find out more and obtain an information pack or assistance with registration enquires, you can contact our Registrar Brigid Holder at email@example.com