The Guinness Book of Records mentions that in 1869 the Territory of Wyoming in the U.S.A. was the first law-making body to give the vote to women. That was followed by the Isle of Man in 1881. The first country to give votes to women was New Zealand in 1893.
Emmeline Pankhurst led the movement in Britain to give the vote to women. It was called the Suffragette Movement. Public meetings and public marches did not seem to advance their cause, and some members took to action that landed them in prison. Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters Christabel and Sylvia were among those who broke windows so as to be arrested for criminal damage. They saw this as a way of keeping in the public eye the cause of votes for women.
Other Suffragettes chained themselves to railings and interrupted political meetings. The home of a senior politician, Lloyd George, was bombed. One woman, Emily Dickinson, was killed as she threw herself under the king’s horse at the Derby horse race in 1913.
When the First World War started, the Suffragette Movement called off their action. As men went off to war, women took on most of the jobs that the men had been doing. It has been argued that women’s actions during the war advanced their cause far more than did the violence. As the War ended in 1918, women over 30 were given the right to vote.
On this day in 1928 Emmeline Pankhurst died, a few weeks after full voting rights were given to women.
Let us pray for all who are not given equal opportunities.
Lord, in your mercy - hear our prayer.
Let us pray for those who are treated unfairly today, who do not experience justice.
Lord, in your mercy - hear our prayer.
Let us pray for a growing awareness of the dignity of each person we will meet today, that we may have as much respect for others as we would like them to have for us.
Lord, in your mercy - hear our prayer.
Let us pray for a change of heart in those who abuse others or take advantage of them; those who take people for granted; those who look down on other people; and those who are selfish.
Lord, in your mercy - hear our prayer.
Please pray for our candidates as they prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation at Mass from 5pm on Saturday 16 June. We welcome Archbishop Christopher Prowse into our community for this very special evening and hope that many of our families, staff and friends will join us.
Confirmation is the sacrament by which Catholics receive a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Through Confirmation, the Holy Spirit gives us the increased ability to practice our Catholic faith in every aspect of our lives and to witness Christ in every situation.
Confirmation blesses us with:
- An increased portion of the gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, knowledge, right judgment, understanding, courage, piety, and fear of the Lord
- A deepening and strengthening of the grace received at Baptism
- A more intimate relationship with Jesus Christ
- A closer bond with the Catholic Church
- The ability to take a greater, more mature role in the Church's mission of living the Christian faith daily and witnessing to Christ everywhere
Each person's ability to embrace these effects depends on his or her openness to the sacrament and willingness to accept it as God's personal gift.
Lord, we pray that our students’ hearts are touched by you, so that they may believe in You and in Jesus whom You sent. Look kindly on all candidates for Confirmation as they listen to Your voice. We also pray for our students’ families and all those who have supported them in their preparation. Amen
Enrolments for 2019 have commenced
We are offering a range of opportunities for parents to get to know our students, staff and school a little better in upcoming weeks. If you are considering the possibility of enrolling your child at Sacred Heart, please come and see us and make an informed decision about the quality education that is offered at our school.
Our system requires our staffing and class number requirements by the end of August with regards to enrolment numbers for 2019.
Some important upcoming events and dates include:
We have introduced a waiting list system for classes which are full. Please ensure enrolment applications are received prior to 1 August 2018 (Kindergarten) and 20 August 2018 (Year 7) to avoid disappointment.
Thank you for choosing Sacred Heart
We are very blessed to have children who usually use their manners, are well behaved and do their best to learn and support the learning of others. We are also preparing our students to become young adults who will make a difference in our world. Research tells us that there is a significant decline in society for community minded behaviours which support each other and tend towards individual selfishness which is having a major impact in many areas, including mental health. Our goal is to support our students to also be aware of such behaviours as they make their way in the real world. Working together as parents, community and school we believe we can make a positive difference and reduce the impact of negative behaviours. The article below outlines some interesting research findings:
"We face a crisis of self-regulation," Lewis writes. And by "we," she means parents and teachers who struggle daily with difficult behaviour from the children in their lives.
Lewis, a journalist, certified parent educator and mother of three, asks why so many kids today are having trouble managing their behaviour and emotions.
Three factors, she says, have contributed mightily to this crisis.
First: Where, how and how much kids are allowed to play has changed.
Second, their access to technology and social media has exploded.
Finally, Lewis suggests, children today are too "unemployed." She doesn't simply mean the occasional summer job for a high school teen. The term is a big tent, and she uses it to include household jobs that can help even toddlers build confidence and a sense of community.
"They're not asked to do anything to contribute to a neighbourhood or family or community," Lewis tells NPR in a recent interview. "And that really erodes their sense of self-worth — just as it would with an adult being unemployed."
Below is more of that interview, edited for length and clarity.
What sorts of tasks are children and parents prioritizing instead of household responsibilities?
To be straight-A students and athletic superstars, gifted musicians and artists — which are all wonderful goals, but they are long-term and pretty narcissistic. They don't have that sense of contribution and belonging in a family the way that a simple household chore does, like helping a parent prepare a meal. Anyone who loves to cook knows it's so satisfying to feed someone you love and to see that gratitude and enjoyment on their faces. And kids today are robbed of that.
It's part of the work of the family. We all do it, and when it's more of a social compact than an adult in charge of doling out a reward, that's much more powerful. They can see that everyone around them is doing jobs. So it seems only fair that they should also.
Kids are so driven by what's fair and what's unfair. And that's why the more power you give kids, the more control you give them, the more they will step up.
You also argue that play has changed dramatically. How so?
Two or three decades ago, children were roaming neighbourhoods in mixed-age groups, playing pretty unsupervised or lightly supervised. They were able to resolve disputes, which they had a strong motivation to because they wanted to keep playing. They also planned their time and managed their games. They had a lot of autonomy, which also feeds self-esteem and mental health.
Nowadays, kids, including my own, are in child care pretty much from morning until they fall into bed — or they're under the supervision of their parents. So they aren't taking small risks. They aren't managing their time. They aren't making decisions and resolving disputes with their playmates the way that kids were 20 or 30 years ago. And those are really important social and emotional skills for kids to learn, and play is how all young mammals learn them.
While we're on the subject of play and the importance of letting kids take risks, even physical risks, you mention a remarkable study out of New Zealand — about phobias. Can you tell us about it?
This study dates back to when psychologists believed that if you had a phobia as an adult, you must have had some traumatic experience as a child. So they started looking at people who had phobias and what their childhood experiences were like. In fact, they found the opposite relationship.
People who had a fall from heights were less likely to have an adult phobia of heights. People who had an early experience with near-drowning had zero correlation with a phobia of water, and children who were separated from their parents briefly at an early age actually had less separation anxiety later in life.
We need to help kids to develop tolerance against anxiety, and the best way to do that, this research suggests, is to take small risks — to have falls and scrapes and tumbles and discover that they're capable and that they can survive being hurt. Let them play with sticks or fall off a tree. And yeah, maybe they break their arm, but that's how they learn how high they can climb.
You say in the book that "we face a crisis of self-regulation." What does that look like at home and in the classroom?
It's the behaviour in our homes that keeps us from getting out the door in the morning and keeps us from getting our kids to sleep at night.
In schools, it's kids jumping out of seats because they can't control their behaviour or their impulses, getting into shoving matches on the playground, being frozen during tests because they have such high rates of anxiety.
Really, I lump under this umbrella of self-regulation the increase in anxiety, depression, ADHD, substance addiction and all of these really big challenges that are ways kids are trying to manage their thoughts, behaviour and emotions because they don't have the other skills to do it in healthy ways.
You write a lot about the importance of giving kids a sense of control. My 6-year-old resists our morning schedule, from waking up to putting on his shoes. Where is the middle ground between giving him control over his choices and making sure he's ready when it's time to go?
It's a really tough balance. We start off, when our kids are babies, being in charge of everything. And our goal by the time they're 18 is to be in charge of nothing — to work ourselves out of the job of being that controlling parent. So we have to constantly be widening the circle of things that they're in charge of, and shrinking our own responsibility.
It's a bit of a dance for a 6-year-old, really. They love power. So give him as much power as you can stand and really try to save your direction for the things that you don't think he can do. He knows how to put on his shoes. So if you walk out the door, he will put on his shoes and follow you. It may not feel like it, but eventually he will. And if you spend five or 10 minutes outside that door waiting for him — not threatening or nagging — he'll be more likely to do it quickly. It's one of these things that takes a leap of faith, but it really works.
Kids also love to be part of that discussion of, what does the morning look like. Does he want to draw a visual calendar of the things that he wants to get done in the morning? Does he want to set times, or, if he's done by a certain time, does he get to do something fun before you leave the house? All those things that are his ideas will pull him into the routine and make him more willing to cooperate.
You offer pretty simple guidance for parents when they're confronted with misbehaviour and feel they need to dole out consequences. You call them the four R's. Can you walk me through them?
The four R's will keep a consequence from becoming a punishment. So it's important to avoid power struggles and to win the kid's cooperation. They are: Any consequence should be revealed in advance, respectful, related to the decision the child made, and reasonable in scope.
Generally, by the time they're 6 or 7 years old, kids know the rules of society and politeness, and we don't need to give them a lecture in that moment of misbehaviour to drill it into their heads. In fact, acting in that moment can sometimes be counterproductive if they are amped up, their amygdala's activated, they're in a tantrum or exploited state, and they can't really learn very well because they can't access the problem-solving part of their brain, the prefrontal cortex, where they're really making decisions and thinking rationally. So every misbehaviour doesn't need an immediate consequence.
You even tell parents, in the heat of the moment, it's OK to just mumble and walk away. What do you mean?
That's when you are looking at your child, they are not doing what you want, and you cannot think of what to do. Instead of jumping in with a bribe or a punishment or yelling, you give yourself some space. Pretend you had something on the stove you need to grab or that you hear something ringing in the other room and walk away. That gives you just a little space to gather your thoughts and maybe calm down a little bit so you can respond to their behaviour from the best place in you — from your best intentions as a parent.
I can imagine sceptics out there, who say, "But kids need to figure out how to live in a world that really doesn't care what they want. You're pampering them!" In fact, you admit your own mother sometimes feels this way. What do you say to that?
I would never tell someone who's using a discipline strategy that they feel really works that they're wrong. What I say to my mom is, "The tools and strategies that you used and our grandparents used weren't wrong, they just don't work with modern kids." Ultimately, we want to instil self-discipline in our children, which will never happen if we're always controlling them.
If we respond to our kids' misbehaviour instead of reacting, we'll get the results we want. I want to take a little of the pressure off of parenting; each instance is not life or death. We can let our kids struggle a little bit. We can let them fail. In fact, that is the process of childhood when children misbehave. It's not a sign of our failure as parents. It's normal.
Mrs Janet Cartwright
We pray for the students who will be bestowed with the Sacrament of Confirmation this Saturday night. These students have spent the past five weeks preparing for the sacrament through prayer, reflection and working with their families and the sacramental team. We give a huge thank to Dan O’Brien who has planned and facilitated a wonderful program for these young adults.
Jake Blackney, Charlie Deep, Lilly Deep, Lucy Deep, April Dickinson, Dieter Dickinson, Caitlin Drum, Corey Gale, Georgia Harris, Harvey Hines, Brock Holder, Sasha Louttit, Isiah Monteleone, Andie McTavish, Lily Murhpy, Ned Murray, Samuel Nasser, James Paterson, Oscar Roberts, Mitchell Scifleet, Sam Sharman, Emma Shields, Xanthe Tozer and Jake Williams.
Stage 2N Class Mass
On Wednesday Stage 2N celebrated their class mass. The theme of the mass was Creation. Thank you to those family members who joined Stage 2N in the celebration.
Last week all secondary students received a letter and payment envelope in regards to the Y7 -10 Catholic Life talks that will be taking place in Week 8. Choices Decision Outcomes, (CDO) is an innovative value based education program encouraging adolescents to make healthy lifestyle choices regarding sexuality. Please read the attached information and return the permission slip and payment of $5 via the blue permission envelope to the front office by the due date.
Yours in Faith
|Jacob Nalder||Bella Betts|
|Nate Vitnell||Gillian Hunt|
|Mia Hines||Carlos Burgess|
|Cameron Sargent||Archie Blackman|
|Olivia Blackney: for helping others in her quite and thoughtful way.|
All the best to Claudia McLeod, Victoria Clancy and Will English who are travelling to Sydney for tomorrow's CCC Cross Country.
A big day tomorrow with 100 primary students attending the Young Soccer carnival. Keep an eye out for our new Sacred Heart tent. Thank you very much to our wonderful P&F for its purchase.
All the best to the below students travelling to Penrith next week to represent at the CCC touch championships.
|Nick Louttit||Emma Holder|
|Sam Churchill||Meghan Roberts|
SPORT at SHC
We have had a very busy few weeks of Sport and Sacred Heart. My apologies for not getting these reports in earlier newsletters.
CG Secondary Basketball - Canberra
On Tuesday 29th May, two teams travelled to Canberra to compete in the Canberra Goulburn Diocese Secondary Basketball carnival.
The Year 7/8 Girls team played three pool games. The results were:
V Cooma - 39 - 2 win
V Lumen - 15 - 0 win
V Young - 15 - 0 win
This put the girls through to the semi final, where they were narrowly beaten by Goulburn.
The Year 9/10 Boys team played four pool games and ended up 3rd in their pool. The results were:
V Tumut - win
V Cooma - 29 - 4 win
V Lumen - 16 - 4 loss (Lumen had won all their games so far by very large margins so to keep the score quite low was impressive).
V Broulee 2 - 15 -11 loss
Congratulations and thank you to all the players for an enjoyable day. Thank you to the parents who assisted with travel and bench duties.
7-9 League Tag Finals - Wagga
On Friday 1st June, our Year 8/9 Girls League Tag teams travelled to Wagga to contest the finals series of the League Tag after winning in Young earlier in the year.
The girls lost the first pool game 4-0 to Tumut, then won the second pool game 24-0 against Wade HS in a much more cohesive performance. This placed us second in the pool to play Hennessy in the Preliminary Final. Hennessy proved too strong defeating SHC 20-6. The day was played in high spirits and with lots of encouragement for each other. Abbey Tozer was voted the players player for the day.
Congratulations girls and thank you to the parents and helpers for driving and taking on various roles throughout the day.
CG Secondary Soccer - Canberra
On Friday 8th June, two Soccer teams travelled to Canberra for the CG Secondary Soccer Gala Day.
The Mixed team unfortunately lost both their pool games against Hennessy and Broulee. All students played with sportsmanship and enthusiasm!
The 7-9 Girls won their pool games against Hennessy and Broulee which put them straight through to the Grand Final. They won the GF against Trinity Goulburn 4-0 in a great display of skill and determination.
Thank you to Mr Alderman for taking the excursion at the last minute, and driving the bus. Thank you to John and Jacinta English for offering to manage the teams, and to the other parents who transported students for the day.
Congratulations to the following students: