I hope you are all having a “happy Lent”. Remembering that this is a time to give and not just give up. Fr Lolesio spoke with fervour about how we prepare for Easter by focusing on what bad habit we can give up and how we can give to other people.
This Thursday 5th March and Tuesday 10th March Primary staff will host the parent/teacher/student conversations for the early weeks of 2020. This is an important opportunity to meet ‘up close and personal’ with the Primary staff to identify how the year has started for each child and to be informed about where their child currently is and where they plan to take them in the coming weeks of the year. Please log on to SessionKeeper (information was sent out earlier this week) to make your bookings. It definitely takes a village to raise a child and we need parents/guardians to be informed about their child’s progress and learning to support what happens in the classroom at home, or conversely to inform the teacher about what they understand about their child’s learning.
Another reminder about the important Community Working bee on 21 March at 10am. We would really love to have a score of parents and helpers available on the Saturday morning to help us prepare the grounds and buildings for Registration. We will need wheelbarrows and shovels, rakes and hedge trimmers to help us with the growing list of chores that we need to get through. We will be shovelling soft fall for the climbing equipment, manicuring garden beds and mulching new plantings, pressure washing eating areas and the outside of buildings to remove caked on dust and dirt, small repair jobs and some general maintenance. We would so love to see as many parents as possible spare a few hours to help us tidy up the school grounds and buildings. We will provide a BBQ lunch and refreshments for the helpers.
Last week our friendly police brought to our attention that there are people who are not obeying the strict guidelines for the “Kiss and Drop” area in Morris St. This is not a parking area where you can leave your car and collect children from class/school. It is literally a momentary stop (no longer than 2 minutes and you must be within 3 metres of the vehicle) to let the children alight and you are to move on again. There are quite substantial fines for those who park and leave their vehicle. Please see the attached flyer highlighting the significant fines that will be handed out from this week if you breach the guidelines. These rules are to benefit our community and are to encourage a more fluid system of drop offs and pick-ups.
Next week we will begin our Breakfast Club with cheese toasties on offer. Staff have volunteered to run this valuable service because they recognise the value of a good breakfast to help our students make the most of their learning opportunities.
Congratulations to our talented swimmers who competed at the Archdiocesan Carnival in Narooma on Monday. To reach this level is a tribute to the training and effort that our swimmers commit to their preparation. To have such a large “pool” of swimmers who qualify for this level is outstanding for a relatively small school. Thank you to all the parents who enthusiastically support their child/ren’s endeavours. Please see Mrs Litchfield’s report on our stellar results.
For the remainder of this week I will be attending the Catholic Leaders’ Directors’ Day and Principals’ Retreat. This is an important opportunity for all principals to hear the same message about the direction of our archdiocese. The new Learning agenda for Catholic Schools will be discussed and it is important that rural schools have a voice in Canberra’s decisions. We will have the opportunity to hear from Professor Br David Hall, Director of the La Salle Academy at the ACU. The theme of the retreat this year will be ‘The Virtue of Hope – Leading Learning and Mission’. I will share some of his wisdom in next week’s newsletter.
This week, like every other week, we strive to ‘Learn, Lead and Live’ in all we do at school, to give our very best to rise by lifting others.
Remember if you have to choose between being exceptional or kind, be exceptionally kind!
Mrs Nicky Trinder
Second Week of Lent
- In Cambodia, 1 in 8 people live below the poverty line.*
This week through Project Compassion we learn about Phany (pronounded Parn-ee).
Struggling to earn a living as a farmer in Cambodia, Phany was forced to leave her daughter behind in the village to take up construction work in the city.
Thankfully, through a Caritas funded program, Phany learnt new farming techniques which enabled her to get a better yield from her vegetable crops and to conserve water in her drought-stricken region. Phany’s community also took part in training in health, nutrition, hygiene and disaster preparedness, arming them with better strategies to cope with environmental changes. Watch a short film about Phany’s story.
Let’s Go Further, Together! Please support the Project Compassion: lent.caritas.org.au
Infant Parish Weekend Mass:
Infants Weekend Mass 7th March 6pm. All families and students are welcome to attend.
Yr 6 Reflection Day
On Wednesday Week 8 Yr. 6 will journey to Dickson Hall to enjoy their years' Reflection Day. The theme of the day is "Let your Light shine.” The focus of the day is that all of us have amazing gifts and talents that allow the light of Jesus to shine through. We ask that families return the permission note by Monday of Week 8.
Ash Wednesday - Mercy Works Rice Day
Thank you to all families for the wonderful support of Ash Wednesday Rice Day. The money from this day will be given to the Mercy Works Foundation who support the needs of children in some of the poorest parts of our world. The school raised over $600 for this foundation from the uniform free day and rice day
Yours in faith
|William Hazlett||Jaida Chapman|
|Maisy Fry||De'Ontay Penrith|
|Casey Bonfield||Evelyn Drum|
|Henry Barnes||Koby Bryant|
|Sacha McLeod||Thomas Jones|
|Olivia Blackney||Ally Evans|
|Lachlan Monaghan||Mia Hines|
|Blake Holder||Jaxson Shaw|
|Secondary House Points Winner|
Last Thursday Primary held their Biathlon. Students participated in a swim and then ran around the old dog track at Fisher Park. All students are to be congratulated for their efforts in the event. Thank you to the parents that came down and supported their child/ren.
Congratulations to the 17 primary students who competed at the Archdiocesan Swimming Carnival yesterday in Narooma.
We have heard so far that the Senior Boys Relay Team broke the Archdiocesan record and will be now competing in Sydney alongside the Junior Girls Relay Team.
Halle Johnson and Joshua Harris - Archdiocesan Champions
More individual results to come once students have returned to school.
Primary Sport - Thursday Week 6
Students have their final week of swimming for Primary Sport this Thursday. Students are to come to school with their swimming gear, including a rash top, $2.50 entry money and a hat.
Primary Sport Dates
Congratulations to the students who represented Sacred Heart at the Secondary Archdiocesan carnival last Tuesday in Goulburn. It is the biggest team we have had for a few years.
Declan Brown, Charlotte Campbell, Isobel Cram, Mackenzie Gale, Sarah Harris, Caleb Jones, Evie Leahy, Ryan Peacey, Bridget Sharman, Emily Annetts, Georgia Harris, Brock Holder, Toby Lawson, Xanthe Tozer, Matilda Coggan, Sam Gash, Jed Guthrie, Alexandria Oliver, Abbey Gammon, Harvey Holt.
Thank you to the students who filled in races at the last minute on the day. Full results here
Special congratulations to:
Abbey Gammon - Intermediate Girls Age Champion
Evie Leahy - Junior Girls Runner-up Age Champion
Congratulations and good luck to the following competitors moving onto the next level - NSWCCC March 31st 2020 at Homebush:
Evie Leahy - 4 events
Declan Brown - 1event
Sarah Harris - 1event
Jed Guthrie - 1event
Abbey Gammon - 1event
Monday - NSW CCC Cricket Trials U15 Boys - Good luck Jed Guthrie
Wednesday - NOMINATIONS DUE this WED 4th March for Archdiocesan Touch Trials
Friday - Secondary Biathlon during school sport time
The Secondary Biathlon is being held this Friday 6th March (Week 6) during normal sport time. It will take place starting and finishing at the Cootamundra Town Pool in Bourke St. The students will run a course around the creek and finish with the swim. All students will be competing in both legs of the event unless arranged with Mrs Gale by this Wednesday. Students are required to wear their normal sport uniform and runners, as well as bring their swimming gear (including $2.50 pool entry money).
Secondary Sport Dates
Riverina Women’s Cricket Trials
Sunday 29th March 2020
Warren Smith Cricket Nets - Bolton Park Wagga Wagga
10am to 3:30pm
Girls aged 11-19
Follow the link to register.
Once registered, more information will follow.
The Southern Sports Academy seeks your help with the promotion of our upcoming School Holiday Netball Camps to be held at the new Multipurpose Indoor Stadium, Wagga Wagga on the 21st-23rd April 2020.
The camps are a valuable opportunity for children of all skill levels to receive top quality coaching. We are excited to announce that former NSW Swifts player, Jackie Murphy, will again host our Junior Netball Camp and will be joined by a panel of experienced coaches including Southern Sports Academy Coaching staff, special guest coaches and Southern Sports Academy athletes.
This year players between the ages of 7 and 10 will be attending on Tuesday 21st April, while players aged between 11 and 14 will attend on Wednesday 22nd and Thursday 23rd.
The annual Junior Netball Camp has become a crucial event for the identification of the best young talent in the Southern part of the state who may be eligible to join the Academy squad.
Thank you for your assistance in promoting this camp within your school community. Applications and information may be found online via the Academy’s website (www.ssa-nsw.org.au)
Thank you for your help in spreading this message to Netball players in your school.