This morning driving to school I passed the Anglican church notice board where it was emblazoned with “Autumn leaves but God doesn’t”. This is a lovely reminder that amidst the bleak weather and flus and sniffles there is always hope that there is a promise of better things to come and that our God is a constant. It was lovely to celebrate this on Saturday night at the Parish Mass where some of the students of Mercy House led the ministries of the Mass. After we joined together in a light supper of soup and bread to share with our parish family. Thank you to all the families who braved the cold to join us for Mass. We also were there to share in the baptism of two of our newest students, Trey and Malhaki and their three brothers who were welcomed into the catholic and parish community.
NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK and 3NGA Assembly
Last week Stage 3NGA led the Primary assembly with a glorious display of their vast and varied talents. The theme of ‘Circus’ was befitting an entertaining and talented troupe of year 5 & 6 students. Thank you to the whole class for their efforts and to Mr Turner and Mrs Fry who had prepared them all so thoroughly. They also recognised the significance and importance of National Reconciliation Week with a carefully prepared speech on its meaning and value. I have included the script of the speech because as a collaborative effort from all the students it is powerful in what it recognises as reconciliation and how we move forward as a united community.
“We commemorate National reconciliation week. This is not just a day when we say sorry, but a time when we as a multicultural society can recognise that the original white settlers did not treat the inhabitants of this nation with respect care or love. The removal of children from families, the segregation of blacks from whites and the stopping of a nomadic race from living off the land that they belonged to, was so wrong and we recognise this now.
As a nation today we have come from every corner of the globe we are a multicultural, multi-coloured country where we live together, work together, play together and have freedom of choice of religion, food, clothes, sports, entertainment, schools as well as clean food, safe drinking water and clean air.
We need to focus on the present and the future to ensure that no one is isolated, hated, poor or hungry. We need to guarantee that it never never happens again.
This week we don’t say sorry but we seek reconciliation with the original inhabitants of this great country, we wish to make amends for the wrongs of the past, we want to work together and show that we are one! We want to fix it! We must walk toward the future with courage.
This week is a part of the process of healing to strengthen the bonds of trust, to move forward to seek forgiveness and to also forgive. It means to really consider the hurts of our indigenous brothers and sisters and move toward a new and bright future, we need to consider what has happened in the past and to look to the future and make it a brand new day!
On this day we would ask that each of us consciously make an effort to put aside indifference and prejudice stop making excuses and be forgiving and caring. Let’s all walk together with courage.”
Last Friday the 2019 Mock trial team ventured into new territory when they participated in the 3rd Round against Snow Mountains Grammar via a ZOOM meeting. This meant we never left the warmth of my office and the Jindabyne students were linked up over the internet. This was a new and often challenging set up but it saved hours of travel for both teams and allowed us to gain the practice and skills that come from competing in this competition. It was a unanimous decision that our lawyers had prevailed and secured another victory. We are now in the throes of preparing for the final round against All Saints/Scots Bathurst to be held here in Cootamundra and presided over by one of our own alumni Mr David Miller. This is a very exciting experience for us all.
YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH FORUM
Today members of our Year 10 cohort will travel to Wagga Wagga to participate in the regional Mental Health Forum led by Headspace and involving most of the regional high schools. Here they will hear from experienced practitioners, emergency services, other students and professionals to help them to identify, and implement strategies to support others experiencing mental health issues. It is a powerful forum for our students to be with other young people to recognise the importance of this issue. Thank you to Ms Marsay for accompanying the students.
This week we have a plethora of sporting ventures to challenge our students. Today our fleet-of-foot cross-country runners will traverse Mt Stromlo in Canberra competing in the Archdiocesan Cross Country. Our Rugby League stars will compete in the first round of the Small School Competition in Tumut (both Under 13s and Opens) and all students will participate in the Annual School Athletics Carnival on Wednesday 5 June. One of the benefits of a small school is that you do get to try all the range of sporting activities on offer.
Mrs Nicky Trinder
|Jimmy Last||Zoe Lake|
|Charlotte Gay||Lucy Dunk|
|Alexander Byrne||Caleb Barton|
|Joshua De Belin|
|Mackenzie Close||Tia Lawson|
|Ryder Gillies||Paige Emery|
|Zoe Beath||Lucy Paterson|
|Mackenzie Gale||Archie Blackman|
|Patrick Golden||Stella Blackman|
|Alexander English||Shirley Bear|
|Evan Lonnen||Stella Blackman|
|Reading Awards||Secondary House Points Winner|
|Caleb Barton, Lucy Dunk, Jake Harris, Emerson Jones, Sarah Lake, Maycee Twyford and Elsey Wheeler||Brooke Ronning|
Archdiocesan Cross Country
We wish the following students all the best as the compete today at the Archdiocesan Cross Country in Canberra.
Last week we had four teams compete in the Mortimer Shield 5/6 Competition. It was a freezing, cold day in Young, however the students braced the weather and participated whole heartedly. We have one girls League Tag team competing at the next level later in the month. Thank you to parents who transported students and managed teams on the day. Thank you also to Mrs Fry and Mrs Maxwell for attending the day with the teams.
Congratulations to Delcan Brown, Josh Harris, Bridget Sharman and Lucy Smirl for your representation on Friday in Sydney at the MacKillop Touch Trials.
Sacred Heart Athletics Carnival
Tomorrow, Wednesday 5th June is our Athletics Carnival. Students are to be at Albert Park by 8:50am for roll call. Events will commence at 9:05am. Students who catch a bus will be taken to school and walked to the park by a teacher. If catching a bus home, students will return to school, otherwise they will be dismissed from the park at 3:15pm. A canteen will be operating at the carnival. Students are to wear their sports uniform and house colours.
Archdiocesan Rugby Union Trials
All the best to Josh Harris, Dominic Shepherd, Henry Hazlett and Declan Brown as they compete in the Archdiocesan Rugby Union Trials on Friday in Lyneham.
Transportation of students to events:
If you are transporting students, other than your own child/ren to events please ensure that the Front Office have a copy of the following:
- Drivers licence
- Compulsory Third Party Insurance
(Parents are still required to provide this information even if transport is privately arranged).
Archdiocesan Cross Country, Mt Stromlo 4/6/19
Sacred Heart Athletics Carnival 5/6/19
Archdiocesan Rugby Union Trials, Lyneham 7/6/19
Western Region Athletics, Cootamundra 28/6/19
Canberra Goulburn Cross Country, Canberra 4/6/19
Sacred Heart Athletics Carnival 5/6/19
Small Schools Rugby League, Tumut 4/6/19
Secondary Soccer Canberra, 7/6/19
Primary Sports Coordinator
A REMINDER TO PARENTS THAT THE SCHOOL CANTEEN WILL BE CLOSED TOMORROW DUE TO THE ATHELTICS CARNIVAL.
PLEASE DO NOT ORDER LUNCH ONLINE AS THEY WILL NOT BE PROCESSED.
A FULL CANTEEN AND BBQ WILL BE OPERATING AT THE CARNIVAL.