Every child of the Jewish faith learns the words of a prayer called the “Shema”. Its opening words are these: “Hear, Israel, and listen: the Lord our God is the only God. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”
Each morning and evening Jews recite these and some other words from the Bible that together make up the “Shema”, which is Hebrew for “hear” or “listen”, the first word of the prayer. The same passage continues: “Let these words today be written in your heart. Write them, too, on the doorposts of your house.”
And so Jewish families have a small, thin container made of wood or metal attached to the right-hand doorpost of their homes. This prayer box, called a “Mezuzah” is a few centimetres long and maybe a centimetre wide. It contains some parchment on which is written the words of the “Shema”. As family members enter the house, they touch the “Mezuzah” as a sign of respect for God and for what he has told them to do. It also serves as a reminder of God’s presence.
The opening words - “the Lord our God is the only God” - were first spoken to the people of Israel when they were led out from slavery in Egypt and guided towards the Promised Land. Down the ages Jews have held firmly to their belief in one God, giving priority in their lives only to him.
Lord, inspire me to get my priorities right
and make my choices wisely.
Please keep in your prayers Emma McDonnell, her family, friends and our whole school community. We also pray for the Drs and nurses who are taking such good care of Emma. Thank you to our parishioners who prayed for Emma yesterday and for all the support we have received during this difficult time.
Congratulations to our public speakers
Lily Murphy, Lucy Shields, Declan Brown, Bella Jones, Archer Blackman, Angus Hunt, Hannah Drum and Emma Shields travelled to Temora yesterday to compete in the interschool level for public speaking. The quality of speaking was outstanding and we congratulate our students who competed for their preparation and delivery on the day.
Special congratulations to Lucy, Angus and Declan who won their division and will now compete at the WR finals to be held in West Wyalong.
Congratulations Maddie Brown
Maddie Brown from Year 7 decided that she was ready to cut her long hair and thought that it could be put to good use, not just have a haircut. She approached the Leadership Team about her idea to raise funds for the Leukemia Foundation and wanted to be able to cut her hair and shave her head at school to raise awareness for this very worthy cause – which we fully supported.
We congratulate Maddie for her compassion and consideration for others and her courage to take part in the Greatest Shave. Last Friday, her father did the chop to cut the bulk of her hair and we thank Trish Hines for then shaving the remainder of her hair.
Thank you to everyone who donated to the cause and assisting Maddie to raise over $3000. What an outstanding effort!
Trent Barrett Shield
Thank you to all our students who competed at the Trent Barrett Shield on Tuesday. Your sportsmanship and encouragement of each other was noted and I received much positive feedback about our team spirit. Thanks to Jacki Cameron for organising and managing on the day and to Todd Bryant, David Harris and Mark Lake who assisted with coaching. Thank you to all our parents who also supported on the day.
Small Schools League Grand Final
Good luck to our U13s and U16s teams who will compete in the Small Schools Rugby League grand final in Dubbo next week on Wednesday!
Year 7 Info evening
All parents and students interested in attending tours of our Secondary facilities, having a chat with our friendly staff and finding out information about our Year 7 transition program for 2019, are invited to come along on Tuesday 14 August. Tours will commence at 5.30pm with our current Year 7 students as guides. Parents are asked to come to the front office so they can be introduced to their guide.
The information session will commence promptly at 6.30pm and finish at 7pm. This will be followed by a light supper and opportunity to speak to teachers and ask any questions you may have.
8/9 Elective evening
We are holding a showcase and information session for all Year 8 and 9 students and parents to consider their elective choices for 2019. Teachers will have information and displays in Rooms 7 & 8 Secondary and be available to speak to about the different electives on offer.
We are very lucky to be able to offer a wide range of elective choices including:
Agricultural Technology, Industrial Technology - Metal, Industrial Technology - Wood, Commerce, Child Studies, PASS, Drama, STEM, Food Technology, French, Music, Textiles and Design Technology and Visual Arts. Our students can select from these options, however depending on numbers of students who select each subject, we usually run 8 electives for our Year 9/10 cohort.
The showcase will be open from 5.30pm and the information session will commence at 6pm. The information will assist in understanding the processes and considerations and timeline for when options need to be submitted and classes that will run in 2019 notified.
Uniform Committee Meeting
The uniform committee will meet on Monday 13 August at 5pm in the staff room. All parents are welcome to attend and we value your input.
Change to bus route
Year 11 and 12 students who live on the Milvale bus run now have an option to continue their Catholic education pathway as an extended bus service will be available for Year 11 and 12 students to catch the bus to Hennessy Catholic College in Young. K to 10 students are still able to access the Catholic education option at Sacred Heart as usual. Please see the attached letter from the Principal at Hennessy, Mrs Trazel Scott for further information.
Mrs Janet Cartwright
Saturday Night Mass
Thank you to the student and families that joined us in the celebration of Saturday Night Mass lead by the Secondary students.
Feast of the Assumption
Wednesday 15th August is the feast of the assumption. This is a holy day of obligation celebrating the Assumption of Mary into Heaven. The Sacred Heart Parish and school community will be celebrating Mass together on Wednesday at 10:00am. Family and community members are welcomed to join us.
Upcoming Faith Formation special events.
Early Stage 1 Reflection Day-22/8/18
Stage 1 G/H- Class Mass- 22/8/18-10:30
Stage 1 M Class Mass-29/8/18-10:30
Stage 3 Saturday Night Mass-1/9/18
Year 71 Class Mass-12/9/18-1:15
Year 82 Class Mass-17/9/18-2:30
Year 10 Class Mass-20/9/18
Western Region Mass-Cootamundra 18/9/18
Year 10 Class Mass-20/9/18-10:05
Traditions Day Mass- 21/9/18- 11:45
Year 3 Reflection Day-26/9/18
Stage 3 W Class Mass-26/9/18-10:30
Yours in Faith
|Ella Gammon||Lucy Coggan|
|Lucas Walker||Ivy Clark|
|Malee Holihan||Archie O'Brien|
|Mackenzie Close||Angus Hunt|
|Thomas Peacey||Angel Hall|
|Samuel Grewal||Mia Northey|
|Matilda Blackney||Libby Evans|
|George Clark, Lily Peacey, Sophie Knewstubb, Gillian Hunt, Tia Lawson, Oliver Daley, Beau Northey,|
'Grow Your Mind'
On Monday, Stage 3M participated in a lesson using our new ‘Grow Your Mind’ kit. The lesson introduced the kit and the importance of looking after our wellbeing as well as our physical health. We used breathing as a useful strategy to keep us grounded and help us to relax. Each week we will learn more strategies to support our wellbeing with a focus on gratitude, regulation, strengths and kindness. We have some posters in our classroom to remind us of our learning.
Trent Barrett Shield
Well done to our Stage 2 League and tag league team that competed in the Trent Barrett Shield in Harden on Tuesday. Thank you to Mrs Cameron for organizing the day. Also to the parents who assisted with transporting students and managing teams.
All the best to Sasha Louttit who will compete in the PSSA Touch Championships next week as part of the MacKillop Team.
Small Schools Rugby League
Good luck to our 13’s and 16 Small School’s rugby League teams as they compete in the Final of this state wide competition in Dubbo next Wednesday.
Southern Sports Academy
The Academy is now calling for nominations for the 2019 Athlete With A Disability (AWD) and Individual Athlete Programs (IAP). The nomination forms for the 2019 squads need to be returned to the Academy by Friday 7th September 2018.
To be eligible for selection the following criteria must be met:
IAP - Application is open to male and female athletes aged between 13 – 18 in 2019, who live in the Southern Sports Academy region, and who have been selected for State (NSW only) or National level representation in their chosen sport.
AWD - Application is open to male and female athletes, who live in the Southern Sports Academy region, and who have been selected for regional, State (NSW only) or National level representation in their chosen sport. There is no age limit for this program
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.
Archdiocesan Athletics Carnival Canberra 21st August - Canberra
TWC Cup Regional Final 5th September - Wagga Wagga
Small Schools Rugby League Final 15th August - Dubbo
Archdiocesan Athletics Carnival Canberra 21st August - Canberra
Boorowa Under 16’s match reports
Rugby League at Sacred Heart is experiencing a golden era with both the Under 13’s and under 16’s making their way to the State Finals to be held in Dubbo on the 15th of August. The Sacred Heart Under 16's Rugby League team will be there to defend their state title after three convincing wins at the Southern Regional carnival in Boorowa last Wednesday. The day begin with a strong result, defeating the local Boorowa side 26-0. From the opening kick-off, Owen Battye set the standard with some outstanding defence and forcing the error enabling Joe Ward to cross over after three minutes of play and Nick Holt successfully converting the try for an early 6-0 lead. From the insuring kick off Sacred Heart let the ball go dead, but were however able to regain possession enabling Lachlan Wilson to take the play back into opposition’s half. Another try to Joe Ward and the score was now 10-0. Strong performances were also had from Bailey Sawyer and Lachlan Sedgwick. Joe Ward went on to score again and with Nick Holt kicking goals from all over the ground the score was 22-0. During the later stages of the game, a clever switch of play from Cootamundra school saw Liam Bourne dash down the blindside and the try from Cootamundra completed a 26-0 victory.
Our second game was against an unknown Bombala side. The game began with the kick off going out on the full and Sacred Heart were awarded a penalty. From the restart some strong lead up work from Aaron Mugridge and Jim Hogan enabled Joe Ward to score under the posts and the successful conversion saw an early lead of 6-0. The Bombala side were then applying pressure on the Cootamundra line with an unfortunate bad pass being regathering by Sacred Heart enabling Ward to increase the lead to 12-0. Ben Rumble consistently displayed outstanding skills and his general play and was strongly supported by Isaac Tregear. An early try in the second half with excellent kicking from Nick Holt resulted in the lead increasing to 18-0. Sterling Cooper-Duck supported play very well and his unassuming contributions were greatly appreciated by the team. The speed of Liam Bourne combined with lead up work from Ted Caldwell enabled the score to finish up at 22-0 in favour of the Sacred Heart team.
The final game of the day was against the always competitive St. Anne's side from Temora. An early try in the corner to Bailey Sawyer was just the start the team needed and a 4-0 lead. Following a penalty against the Temora side, Liam Bourne was able to cross over in the corner to increase the lead to 8-0. Defense became crucial for the Sacred Heart side and Jack Ruskin rose to the occasion displaying an incredible ability to stop anyone that ran at him. He was supported by Charlie Howse who carried on his improved form from earlier games. Strong attack was displayed by Lachlan Sedgwick who was able to burst through the Temora defense to score under the posts and increase the lead to 14-0. Supporting each other in all aspects of the game was the message from coach John Hogan during his halftime talk. Lachlan Wilson responded to the coach and displayed a strong attacking style of play. A late try to Isaac Tregear, who was under immense pressure, sealed the day for Sacred Heart and booked their ticket to Dubbo.
The Under 16’s squad consists of;
Jim Hogan, Aaron Mugridge, Owen Battye, Joe Ward, Lachjlan Wilson, Nick Holt, Liam Bourne, Jack Ruskin, Isaac Tregear, Charlie Howse, Lachlan Sedgwick, Ben Rumble, Sterling Cooper-Duck, Bailey Sawyer, Ted Caldwell, Malachi Murray, Jay Mugridge.
Boorowa Under 13’s match report
The Sacred Heart Under 13’s Rugby League side will also be competing for the title of Small Schools State Champions following their convincing win against Narrandera last week. The game began just as the Sacred Heart team wanted to with Jake Blackney’s barnstorming attack setting up the first try for Toby Rumble and an early 6-0 lead. From the kick-off Blackney made valuable metres enabling James Paterson to show his skills with a great offload to Rumble who was pulled down short of the try line. Jed Guthrie displayed excellent defense during the early stages of the game.
The Cootamundra backline then swung into action with each player being involved before the ball came back to Sam Sharman who was able to increase the lead to 10-0. Jake Blackney was again soon in the action with a strong run to score under the posts and Sharman was able to add the extras for a 16-0 lead. Darcy O’Toole came into the game with an incredible display of skill to weave his way through the opposition and score under the posts. Cootamundra now had a comfortable 22-0 half-time lead.
The second half began with a penalty awarded to Sacred Heart due to a dangerous tackle on Joseph Hutchinson. From the penalty, Rumble was able to score to increase the lead to 28-0. Ethan Sheppard and Ryan Bourne were excellent in the support play and Rhyley Kennedy’s defensive efforts were again outstanding. Narrandera were still keen to try new tactics and a short kick-off was brilliantly covered by Corey Gale. A strong run from Ned Murray set up James Paterson to score under the posts for a commanding 34-0 lead. Sam Nasser was consistently working hard and unlucky not to break through the oppositions line. A late try to Jake Blackney increased the lead to 40-0 and the Sacred Heart team were well on their way to Dubbo.
The date for the State Finals is the 15th August with the games to be played at Apex Oval. Times for the games are yet to be confirmed.
The Under 13’s squad consists of;
Ethan Shepherd, Sam Sharman, James Paterson, Jake Blackney, Jed Guthrie, Toby Rumble, Ryan Bourne, Joseph Hutchinson, Rhyley Kennedy, Sam Nasser, Darcy O’Toole, Ned Murray, Corey Gale.
CG Netball - Canberra
On Wednesday 1st August, 18 students travelled to Canberra to compete in the Canberra Goulburn Diocese Secondary Netball Carnival. There were 31 teams in total - 16 in the Years 7/8 Division, 9 in the 9/10 Division and 6 in the 11/12 Division. We entered 2 teams in the 7/8 Division with a few of our Year 9’s being allowed to play in the lower age group to complete the teams.
Although we did not win any games, the girls had a fun time learning the rules and skills of Netball and enjoying a laugh at themselves. It was a new experience for most having never played a competitive game of Netball until Wednesday.
Thank you to all the parents who drove students to the event. Without driver assistance and volunteers we would not be able to represent in these opportunities. A very big thank you to Carmen Hickey-Brennan who umpired all day, to Julia McLeod for managing a team, and to Chris Scott and Min Chambers for manning the score boards.