I write this week’s newsletter sitting in a motel room in downtown Crookwell on the edge of the Highlands. It is wet, wild and windy weather that feels more like the deepest winter than early autumn. I have the privilege of being on the Registration Panel for St Mary’s Crookwell where I am a very welcome guest to wander through their school, read their polices and documents, look into their classrooms, consider how they operate and talk to their community. This is a process that each Catholic school must undergo each 5 years to be registered by the Department of Education to continue to teach and provide educational services. Many, many hours go into preparing for Registration but it is an important time for schools to consider what they do and how they do it! The process recognises what we do well and what we can improve on. Sacred Heart will undergo this process over the coming year to prepare for Registration in 2020. Sacred Heart is already an amazing school with wonderful, committed staff, a fabulous community and the very best students but there are always things that we can do better. Education is about improving; outcomes, understanding, wellbeing, our opportunities and our futures. The mission in education is always to improve the lives of our students by teaching them to embrace challenges and be life-long learners who make the world a better place.
COMMUNITY BREAKFAST and CRAZY HAIR DAY
This Wednesday 27 March is our monthly community breakfast where we would love you to join us for a light breakfast around 8am. It is also our uniform free day where this month all proceeds will go to support Leila Ismay in her fundraising efforts to provide funds for research into blood cancers. Leila will shave her head at the end of the term and we applaud her generous decision to help others. Students (and staff) are encouraged to come ‘wearing’ their best crazy hair for the day!
Don’t forget the fete is on this Friday evening. Many hours have been spent ensuring that this is a wonderful community event that will raise invaluable funds to support the resourcing of the school. The P & F are devoted in their efforts to give our students the best opportunities to learn in well-equipped classrooms. It is not too late to offer to help. Please contact your class representative. Don’t forget to return your raffle tickets and please encourage others in town to come along to share the wide range of food, entertainment and stalls from 5.30pm. Please continue to pray that the much needed rain holds off until after the Fete! A big thank you to Mrs Nancye Smith who took on the task of coordinating the fete. Along with her dedicated band of workers they have worked to provide an excellent night for everyone. There will be something for everyone to enjoy including an opportunity to buy some original artwork by our artist-in-residence Ms Erryn Marsay. See the images below. They will be up for silent auction on the night.
The Year 7 excursion for 2019 will be held the 4th and 5th of April (Week 10, Term 1). The excursion is a Cultural Immersion camp, where students are encouraged to engage with Australia’s traditional people and culture through a range of activities and the interaction with Indigenous Rangers who will be providing those opportunities. It will be held at Camp Hudson (Lacmalac) in Tumut and is an overnight experience. Activities include music-making, learning about the local area, history and customs, rope making, bushwalking, stone tool making, fire making and boomerang throwing. We especially thank Mrs Aileen Maher for organising this wonderful experience for our students. Please ensure that all permission slips are returned to the school asap. The students will be accompanied by Ms Marsay, Mr Alderman and myself. I can’t wait!
Next week we also are hosting the Western Region Retreat program for Year 8 and 9. These will be held at the Cootamundra Stadium and will be facilitated by the youth ministers from around the arch diocese. They will be coordinating the ‘Catch the Wave’ Retreat for Year 9 and the launch of the ministry program. We are welcoming students and priests from Temora and Tumut as well.
We are entering the final weeks of Term One and there is so much happening every day. Please continue to check the calendar, newsletter and website to clarify any information. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Front Office.
Don’t forget the Passion Play presentation in Week 11. Our Year 9 (and some Year 8) students are feverishly preparing the annual prayerful presentation for the Good Friday Service in the holidays and it is well worth the effort to come and be part of the celebration. Thank you to Mr O’Brien and Mrs Thompson for guiding the students in this memorable experience. More details in next week’s newsletter.
Mrs Nicky Trinder
Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.
We prayer for our Yr 4 students who continue their preparation for the Sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist this Thursday night with their retreat night 4:00-7:00PM. We thank and prayer for parishioners and school staff who are leading and assisting with this very important faith journey of our students.
Yr 1 Reflection Day
On Thursday last week our Yr. 1 enjoyed their year’s Reflection Day. The theme of the day was “God and his Creation.” The children reflected on and shared the many ways they would care for God’s creation and how blessed we are to have so many wonderful and beautiful creatures and plants in our world.
Yours in Faith
|Jaycie Doyle||Annie Griegg|
|Henry Barnes||Max Winsor|
|Evelyn Drum||Joshua Ismay|
|Ruby James||Sarah Lake|
|Wylie Leahy||Isabella Ward|
|Harry Blackman||Lucy Shields|
|Amelia Smith||Sophie Roberts|
|Matilda Blackney||Benjamin Smith|
|S3W||Secondary House Point winner|
|Xavier Jones||Isabelle Cowin|
|Shirley Bear||Star of the Week|
|Ally Evans||Zara Bodycott|
|Zoe Lake, Max Winsor, Ally Evans, Sarah Lake, Lucas Walker, Zara Lawson, George Clark, Ivy Clark, Gillian Hunt, Joshua De Belin, Jake Harris, Joseph Walker, Heath Frost, Emerson Jones, Aleena Haisell, Kara De Belin, Henry Barnes|
NSWCPS Swimming Championships
All the best to our Senior Boys Relay Team (Joshua Harris, Jake Winsor, Caleb Jones, Archer Blackman), Lucy Smirl and Jake Winsor (individual events) who are competing at the NSWCPS Swimming Championships (Mackillop Trials) held next Wednesday 27th March, in Sydney.
TRANSPORT REQUIRED for
McTaggart Cup and Young Soccer Carnival
If you have not already indicated and are able to provide transport to either the McTaggart Cup (Wednesday 3/4) or Young Soccer Carnival (Friday 5/4) could you, please get in touch with Mrs Litchfield ASAP. We have a number of students requiring transport!
Please ensure that when permission slips are returned that all sections are filled in to ensure that we can provide your child with transport to an event or know that you are able to provide transport.
Riverina Female Cricket Academy
Please see below details for the Riverina Female Cricket Academy trials to be held in Wagga on April 7th.
Please find the nomination link to register for the Riverina Female Cricket Academy for 2019.
We are looking for girls aged between 11 to under 18yrs as at the 31st August 2019.
Please register before the 30th March 2019.
Trial will be held at the Warren Smith Cricket Nets Bolton Park Wagga Wagga on the 7th April.
Trial starts from 10am sharp. Players to be there at 9:45am.
Trial will finish 3pm.
Any questions please give me a call.
NSW Riverina Female Cricket Academy
NSWCPS Swimming Championships/Mackillop Trials 27/3/19
McTaggart Rugby Cup, Wagga 3/4/19
Young Soccer Carnival, Young 5/4/19
NSWCCC Swimming, Homebush 5/4/19
Sacred Heart Cross Country 12/4/19
Secondary Rugby League 15’s and Opens Trials Forbes 2/4/19
CCC Touch Championships Nelsons Bay 9/4/19
Sacred Heart Cross Country 12/4/19