Alexander Graham Bell was born in Edinburgh in 1819. He is now perhaps best remembered for having invented the telephone. He died in Canada on this day in 1922.
When he was aged 11, his friend’s father saw Alexander and his own son playing around his water mill where farmers went to grind their corn. They were a distraction, and he asked if they could find something useful to do. He handed them some wheat and asked them to take the husks off the head of wheat. They set to experimenting and, later in life, Bell would look back on this moment as the time when he began to be creative and invent.
Alexander’s two brothers died of tuberculosis (T.B.). His parents, anxious not to lose their remaining son, sent him to Canada, away from the dampness of Scotland. A year later his health improved and he moved south to the United States, teaching in the Boston School for the Deaf. He was particularly keen to invent something that might change the sound of a person talking into something that somehow could be seen by deaf people. As it happened, his experimenting led him to invent the telephone.
Alexander worked with people who had problems with speech and hearing, as also did his father and grandfather. His mother was almost completely deaf. He grew up with a sensitivity towards people with difficulties, and he knew that people tended to take their senses for granted until they were lost. He wrote these words: “We are all too much inclined, I think, to walk through life with our eyes closed. There are things around us and right at our very feet that we have never seen because we have never really looked.”
Let us pray:
Lord our God, open us up to your Spirit living within us, that we may live fully each day of our lives.
Touch us, that we may become more aware of all that is around us, growing in a sense of wonder and awe, and in appreciation for all that we see and hear and touch and taste and smell.
May we live in such a way that we never take anything for granted, but always be appreciative and express our thanks to those who are part of our lives.
Last Friday our school community travelled to Mt Selwyn and had a fantastic day in the snow. Our sincere thanks to Patrece Maxwell for volunteering to take on the huge amount of organisation for the excursion. Thanks to our teachers who travelled with students and parents to ensure this favourite opportunity was able to go ahead.
Congratulations to our U/13 and U/16 League teams for once again making the finals for Small Schools in Boorowa yesterday. We wish all our players the best as they travel to Dubbo as reigning champs on 15th August! Thanks to Andrew Alderman for managing the team, Mick Nasser and Matt Paterson for coaching U13s, John Hogan for coaching U16s and to all our supportive parents who travelled with our students and assisted throughout the day.
At Sacred Heart we have zero tolerance to bullying and take active steps to promote anti-bullying messages and act quickly on any reported cases. Bullying is a cruel and challenging behaviour that takes place in many shapes and forms. Often we are very hard on ourselves with regards to our body image, and bullying anybody about their body shape, etc is abhorrent. We need to ensure that our students have strong self-esteem and body image and that we appreciate that we all come in different shapes and sizes and that is actually a good thing! This month on SchoolTV explores Body Image.
Kids today are more obsessed with their body image than those in past generations. This is partially influenced by the media and their social connectivity. Encouraging kids to have a healthy body image in childhood, can lay the foundations for good physical and mental health later in life.
A recent study highlighted that body image is one of the top three concerns for Australian youth. Over half of girls in high schools have tried to lose weight. One-third of teenage boys wanted to be thinner and another third wanted to be larger. Children need to understand that their body shape and size is not a reflection of their health or success. Parents and schools need to work together to help kids understand that everyone is born with their own ‘body-suit’.
In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn how to encourage their child to have a positive body image and why it is so important to their mental health. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition and we always welcome your feedback.
If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information.
Here is the link to this month’s edition http://shcoota.nsw.schooltv.me/newsletter/body-image
Please remember to book your parent/teacher interview if you would like to discuss your child’s learning with their teacher/s by using Session Keeper via the URL
https://shcscootamundra.sessionkeeper.com.au/. The link is also available on our website. Interviews will be held Thursday 2 August 3.30pm to 5.30pm and Tuesday 7 August 5pm to 6.30pm.
Mrs Janet Cartwright
2 Weeks ahead
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Archdiocesan Athletics Carnival
Secondary Mass Saturday 4th August
Stage 3 Personal Development and Health unit
ES1 Mudyi Literacy Groups Term 3
S2 Niyambaa Literacy Groups Term 3
Students had a great day at the Tennis Day Gala, playing against Cootamundra Public and EA Southee. The sun was shining and students played numerous amounts of doubles games.
SSA 2019 NETBALL NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
The Southern Sports Academy is now calling for nominations for the 2019 Wagga RSL Club Netball Program. The nomination forms for the 2019 squad need to be returned to the Academy by Friday 28th September 2018.
This year, as part of the selection process for the Netball program, all intending nominees must be available to attend a phase one clinic at the Junee Recreational Centre, Junee on Saturday 6th October. Athletes selected from this day will then attend phase two selections which will be held the following day on Sunday 7th October at the Junee Recreational Centre.
To be eligible for consideration, nominees must be born between 2003 and 2005 inclusive.
Application forms will also be available online at the Academy Web Page www.ssa-nsw.org.au.
If you require additional information concerning the program or the Southern Sports Academy, please do not hesitate to contact Mark Calverley on (02) 6931 8111.
Small Schools Rugby League
A full report to follow next week
Archdiocesan Netball Carnival
A full report to follow next week.
Secondary Sport Choice.
Friday week 3 marks the beginning of the new set of secondary sport choices. All students will receive a letter informing parents of their chosen activity and the cost involved. Please return this note with the full amount of money if your child’s sport choice requires payment.
Trent Barrett Shield Gala day 7th August - Harden
Archdiocesan Athletics Carnival Canberra 21st August - Canberra
Archdiocesan Athletics Carnival Canberra 21st August - Canberra
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