Education is ultimately about leading people towards making the world a better place. I read this unattributed story in a staff newsletter to which we subscribe, ‘Vital Staff – Staff and Student Wellbeing in Schools’’. The moral of the story presents a timely reminder to teachers, students and parents.
People, young and old, make mistakes. One response is to crush them for it. Should
we stop and ask ourselves: Is this becoming an accepted “way of the world” and
does remaining silent give it permission to continue unchallenged?
Yes, we learn something about the person who made the mistake. But we learn a
lot more - for better or worse - about others when they respond to that mistake.
Australians have long considered themselves willing to give people “a fair go.”
Some would argue it is no longer that way. One mistake - real, imagined and even
unproven - can empower an arsenal of personal attack, unsubstantiated opinion,
gossip, rejection and retribution. Let us hope Australia never loses the ideal of
giving “a fair go” to those who appear less than perfect.
School communities can be powerful ‘influencers’ who safeguard a culture that will
always find a way to offer another chance, or at least a new environment in which to start afresh.
Giving People “A Fair Go!” by Michael HerbertOver the past week I have spent a lot of time travelling for a variety of reasons and it has given me the opportunity to listen to some amazing podcasts that definitely get you thinking. This week I recommend that you take some time to listen to the ABC radio podcast: How the iPhone rewrote the teenage brain! Well worth the listen to understand what may be happening in your household. Technology is definitely not going away but we need to have a clear understanding of possible ways we can manage some of the effects and teach the students to be ethical and sensible users of technology. It raises challenge for us as parents and educators, but we are not in a position to put the iPhone or iPad in the bin! We cannot demonise the technology, but we can be more aware and informed about how our children are impacted.
Our 2019 team is carrying on a proud tradition of being involved and competitive in the state-wide Mock Trial completion. A long trip to Bathurst to contest the first scoring round saw our inexperienced team take on a school with nearly 1000 students enrolled. The students conducted themselves with distinction and won the case but unfortunately narrowly missed winning the trial. Congratulations to Thomas Elliot-Thirgood, Michael Perry, Ellie Moorby, Rebecca Cook, Thomas Smith and last minute inclusion, Jordan Beath. Thank you to Mr Moorby and Mr Cook who volunteered to transport us across the state in wet and windy conditions to compete.
On Monday afternoon all staff participated in a training course to be able to deliver the NAPLAN online assessment program next week. All students in Years 3,5,7 & 9 will complete the four tests across the week 14,15,16 May. Please avoid any appointments during this time as it will necessitate catch up exams and quite complex management issues to allow these to happen. All tests have to happen in sequence, so if they miss a test they cannot participate in the next seated exam until the missed test has been completed. This is a very different system to what we have been used to in previous years. Please ensure that all students requiring a BYO device (iPad) have it at school and well charged before they begin each test. Year 3 students will sit a pen and paper test for the writing test but will access the other tests using the desk top computers in the Room 5 lab. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the classroom teacher or Mrs Thompson, the School Administrator for NAPLAN.
All students have experienced the types of test questions and understand the interactive test format and specific NAPLAN online tools but we encourage them to visit the public demonstration site (just click on the hyperlink) and continue to familiarise themselves with all aspects of the test. This is can possibly relieve some of their anxiety about the testing situation when they are familiar with the assessment program.
STAGE 3 Mass
Thank you to all the families who joined with the Parish for the Saturday Vigil Mass led by the Stage 3 students last Saturday night. It was lovely to see so many young people and families sharing in the Mass. We hope to see this happen more frequently!
A reminder that the two-week-grace for the transition to the winter uniform is up at the end of week 2. There is an expected cold change coming through at the end of the week so this should not pose a problem to be kitted out in the full winter uniform including ties. We will once again be ordering the winter JACKETS from Baileyana Embroidery and we will receive a commission for the bulk order, if all orders go through the school. To enable maximum use out of the jackets we would hope that we may be able to finalise the order by the end of week 4 to allow for delivery. All jackets are $50 and will also include the child’s surname embroidered for easy identification. Please contact the Front Office if you have any queries and an order form will be attached to this newsletter and/or sent home today or tomorrow. They are excellent value and very serviceable.
The Mother’s Day stall will be held this Thursday 9th May in the Library and all gifts will be $5. All primary students will be given the opportunity to purchase a gift for the mother in their lives. It will be open for parents to visit from 12.50 -1.45pm. This will also possibly be your last chance to purchase a raffle ticket in the Mother’s Day prizes. It will be drawn Friday 10th May before COB.
Working With Children Check
As per legislative requirements and CE policy it is a requirement that all parents or adults who are escorting students to an event or coaching or interacting with our students in any manner require a current WWCC notification to be kept on file here at school. This also requires that we have your birthdate to validate the clearance. This is part of the CE risk assessment and management policy for anyone working with our children. If you are volunteering to transport children this does necessitate that we have your details, WWCC and a copy of your comprehensive car insurance. If we keep in mind this is to protect our children then it all makes good sense. We don’t mean to create more work for the generous volunteers but it is a requirement for all CE schools.
Mrs Nicky Trinder
Stage 3 Parish Mass
Thank you to the Stage 3 students who ran the ministries of the weekend mass on Saturday night. The students all read beautifully and Fr Joshy confirmed this at the end of mass, expressing that he was very impressed with all students involved. Thank you to the Stage 3 teachers, Mr & Mrs Winsor, Mrs McLeod, Mrs Fry and Mr Turner for preparing the students so well.
7H Class Mass POSTPONED
The 7H Class Mass scheduled for this Thursday 9th May has been postponed (date TBC), due to a number of students attending the League Tag in Young.
Sacrament of Confirmation
A reminder that next week, Thursday 16th May is the commencement of the Sacrament of Confirmation sessions. There will be four sessions held each Thursday evening from 6.30pm in the school library. The Twilight Retreat will be on Thursday 13th June, beginning at 4pm.
Mrs Natalee Litchfield
(for Patrece Maxwell)
|Kara De Belin||Casey Bonfield|
|Malee Holihan||Jayceon Repia|
|Harry Blackman||Roy Dunk|
|Brody Bourne||Blake Holder|
|Zoe Beath||Lucy Paterson|
|Secondary House Points Winner|
To date we have collected 3960 stickers (thank you for sending these into Sacred Heart).
If you have any stickers at home, or a family member is collecting these, can you continue to send these to the Front Office. Every sticker counts towards new school resources for the students.
Many thanks for your continued support!
Infants NRL Sessions
Thank you to Simon and Emma from NRL who came and ran sessions with our infants students, promoting the sport and encouraging students to be active.
Western Region Cross Country
The Western Region Cross Country will now be held on Friday 17th May in Harden after being postponed due to the rain. Further information will be sent out to students nearing the date.
If you are able to provide transport for other students, can you please contact Mrs Natalee Litchfield.
Years 7-9 Tag League
Tag League for Years 7-9 girls will be held this Thursday 9th May in Young. Please ensure that your permission notes have been returned.
If you are able to provide transport for other students, please contact Mrs Natalee Litchfield or Mrs Lyne Witenden. Good luck girls for your games on Thursday
MacKillop Winter Trials
Wishing the following primary students all the best as they participate in the MacKillop Winter Trials in Canberra this Friday 10th May.
Soccer – Alexander English, Declan Brown, Bridget Sharman, Zara Bodycott
League – Dominic Shepherd, Joshua Harris
MacKillop Winter Trials, Canberra 10/5/19
Western Region Cross Country, Harden 17/5/19
Mortimer Shield, Temora 28/5/19
Sacred Heart Athletics Carnival 30/5/19
Primary Rugby Union Trials, Yass 3/6/19
Archdiocesan Cross Country, Mt Stromlo 4/6/19
Yr 7-9 Tag League, Young 9/5/19
Sacred Heart Athletics Carnival 30/5/19
Secondary Basketball, Canberra 31/5/19
Canberra Goulburn Cross Country, Canberra 4/6/19
Small Schools Rugby League, Tumut 4/6/19
Secondary Soccer Canberra, 7/6/19
Primary Sport Coordinator