This past week we have celebrated and commemorated Reconciliation Week. This important week in our calendar is to recognise that we have a shared history and that we are all on this journey together. The week is book ended by the anniversaries of the 1967 referendum and the handing down of the Mabo decision in the High Court. As a school community we reflected on how we walk together and care for our great land. Mrs Maxwell and Mrs Maher purchased some beautiful native plants and we added to our native gardens so that future students can enjoy the bountiful blessings with which we are gifted. Each class respectfully planted their plants and hopefully acknowledged the significance of this week. Below is one of the prayers that the students and staff offered in their acknowledgement of country and mini prayer service.
God of all, God of grace, we give you thanks for this earth and this world in which we live. We give you thanks for the beauty of your continuing creation. Help us gracious God to be good stewards of your great gift. Help us to learn from the old ones how to live on and in the lands and seas of this earth and continue to grow in sustainability and share its abundance for the good of all. Help all of those affected by rising seas and changing weather. Help all those who are forced from their homes because of these things to be able to find somewhere to live. Help us all to be mindful that we are all created equal in your sight.
Winter is here and the frost reminded us just how cold it is going to be. There is talk it will be a wet winter, so let us hope that our farmers are blessed with all they need for a bountiful harvest. Winter also means that we need to make sure that our students have all the correct and necessary uniform items to stay warm. The school coat is a valuable investment for inclement weather and is very affordable, serviceable and looks good. Please consult the uniform policy when sourcing items to avoid incorrect purchases. We are also encouraging students to wear the tie correctly as it is an important part of our winter uniform.
Please be aware that head lice like to visit with our students on regular occasions. If you could check your child’s hair on a regular basis, and if you find them treat them and contact the school. The current Catholic Education policy requests that students are kept at home until they are treated to help prevent the spread throughout the school. We will notify the school community when there are cases. Unfortunately they are an undesirable visitor and seem to make regular appearances across the school.
Over the past weeks we have tried to be hyper vigilant when students are unwell or feeling poorly. We will always ring home if there is a problem, now more than ever, but we are trying to discourage students from directly contacting their parents using the BYOD devices or their phones. If a student forgets something for school it can be a valuable lesson that they need to be more organised and prepared rather than make someone bring their materials to school for them. So too, if they are unwell on site then we definitely need to know about it so that we can monitor and provide support if needed. Please support us in this matter because we would like our students to be resilient and independent throughout any school day.
A quick reminder that secondary study continues on a Monday afternoon from 3.20 until 4.30. We encourage our secondary students to take advantage of the opportunity to complete homework and assessments under the supervision of a range of different teachers. There are minimal distractions and the chance to develop independent and self-directed study skills. All students need to have a permission note from their parents indicating how they will be getting home at the end of the study session. The students will work in one of the secondary classrooms.
At this stage we will continue to open the canteen for the entire week for lunch purchases. Thank you to all the families who have so generously supported our canteen and have used the online ordering system. The canteen has so far proved to be a viable endeavour and students are growing accustomed to the new routines. A reminder that no cash money is being exchanged at the canteen and all orders must be online to ensure the safety of all concerned. If you are unsure of how to order please contact the front office.
It was so lovely to be able to acknowledge some of our students who have earnt a Bronze Award for 10 House points. This is in recognition for them consistently doing the right thing and being a joy to others. We strive to recognise students who are going over and above in their efforts, relationships and contributions to the school. While this award is not the motivation for being kind and consistent in their efforts we try to affirm our students when they are consistently working to be the best they can be. See the photos of our most recent awardees. I hope to have a plethora of students to take on the Gold Award lunch at the end of the year.
As we become reaccustomed to being all together again it is more important than ever that we remember to be kind. Kindness is a gift everyone can afford to give and it never goes out of style. We insist that our students are kind to each other and we hope that if they can be anything then let them be kind!
Mrs Nicky Trinder
Thank you to all the families that have kindly returned their families Project Compassion collection box. If all boxes could be returned by Monday of Week 8 that would be wonderful.
Over the past week students, staff and the parish have been reflecting on Reconciliation Week. All classes, the staff and the parish have planted native plants in the Indigenous garden and other garden beds as symbol that the reconciliation journey is an ongoing journey in which all Australians can contribute and grow with.
Year 2 Reflection Day
Today the Yr 2 students participated in their reflection Day. The theme of the day was forgiveness. The students participated in a wide range of activities such as singing, craft work and person reflection and prayer.
A reminder to parents of the following excursion payments that are due:
Stage 3 Ballarat: $100 deposit due Monday 1 June
Year 8 Narooma Excursion deposit due $150 by Friday 3 July
Year 9 Melbourne Excursion 1st instalment $250 by Monday 15 June
Term 2 School Fees due 16th June 2020
The CE Finance department have begun the process of refunding Canberra Goulburn, MacKillop and CCC levies to parents for sporting events that have been cancelled due to Covid 19. Please note that there are a number of refunds to be processed. Thank you for your patience. If you do not receive your refund within the next two weeks, please contact Natalee Litchfield (Primary) or Megan Gale (Secondary).