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- Community Council Corner
- RE News: Bridgette McCann
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- MSP School Photos
- Harmony Awards
- Happy Birthday
- Extra Curricular Activities
- Entertainment Book 2020/21
- School Sport ACT Trials
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- Merici - Enrolment Information
- Daramalan - Enrolment Information
- John Paul College - Enrolment Information
|15-17 March||Camp Birragai Y5/6|
|19 March||Vinnies Knock On Effect|
|24 March||Questacon Science Circus|
|29 March - 31 March||Holy Week Reflections|
|30 March||School Photo Day|
|1 April||Harmony Day|
|1 April||Last Day for Term 1|
|19th April||Pupil Free Day|
|20th April||First Day for Term 2|
- Book Club Issue 2
- School Photo envelopes
Please remember that copies of notes sent home are available on our website. https://www.stmichaelsps.act.edu.au/notes
I hope everyone is enjoying Family Sabbath Week. The origins of Sabbath are around biblical references for the 7th day or the 7th week being a time of rest. This week is set aside every term for everyone to take a breath, spend time with family and friends and enjoy those special moments. Schools are a busy place for students, staff and parents, so to have a week with no homework or meetings, is one way to assist in creating this time.
Teachers work with students to establish literacy and numeracy learning goals to help them to understand where they need to improve in their learning. Conversations about learning are crucial for students if we want them to be proactive, responsible and engaged. Teachers have allocated timeslots for bookings in the Schoolzine app for parents and students to have these important conversations next week. It’s important when we have these conversations to start with areas of strength before moving to areas of challenge. I hope there are many great conversations that benefit everyone. Please chat to Lisa in the Front Office if you are having any booking issues.
Thank you to the Yr 5/6 teachers Miss Kapantais and Miss Frogley for accompanying the Yr 5/6 students to camp. Thanks also to other staff who were involved in supporting Camp this year. Mr Webb who stayed for the night sessions and Miss Lewis, Mrs McKeogh and myself who assisted with daytime supervision. Special thanks to all teachers who are putting aside personal and family time to ensure that we can provide a camp experience for our 5/6 students.
Hot Cross Bun-Easter Fundraising
A note went home on Friday letting everyone know about an Easter fundraiser suggested by our wonderful Community Council. Families are welcome to order multiple packs which will be sent home on Friday 26th March. Details can be found later in the Newsletter.
School Photos Reminder
School photos have been booked for Tuesday 30th March (Week 9, our last week of this term). A reminder that this will be a full school uniform day (not sports uniform). Year 6 students are reminded to wear their leadership shirts.
School Term Dates
This term is a 9-week term with school concluding for the Easter holiday break on Thursday 1 April. Term 2 for all students will commence on Tuesday 20 April. Catholic Education has directed that Monday 19 April has been allocated as a pupil-free day of professional learning for staff around High Impact Teaching Practices.
Thank you for your continued support
The Community Council met (face to face) for the first time this year on 1 March, welcoming new members: Caitlin Blackford, Shane Love, Natasha Kapantais and Judy Egan and returning members Damien Webb, Evan Thomas, Gabriel Walsh and Emma Bickley.
The Council discussed the continuing impact the COVID19 pandemic was having on the students, teachers, families, parish, and broader community with several
restrictions still in place for gatherings, spacing and cleaning requirements. The Council also discussed current enrolments, financial situation, and potential fundraising opportunities for 2021, the latter included the unfortunate situation of missing out on hosting a school fete in 2021. We are currently organising a Hot Cross Bun Easter fundraiser, if you have any ideas for fundraising or general questions for the Council please raise them directly with Lisa in the Front Office. The next meeting will be Week 4 in Term 2.
This term we have been practising the skill of Christian Meditation. We start by sitting comfortably in a chair. A chime is rung to signify the start and end of the meditation. We ask that students close their eyes, breath quietly and deeply and be open to the presence of God. Students can repeat a simple mantra
“M-a-r-a-n-a-t-h-a” which means ‘Come Lord’.
The benefits of meditation in the classroom are that students develop a closer relationship to God and they are calm and ready to start their learning.
You might like to try this meditation practice with your family at home.
The annual Caritas Australia Project Compassion Appeal has begun. Donations to
Project Compassion allows Caritas Australia, the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, to work with local communities around the world to alleviate poverty, hunger, oppression and injustice.
We encourage you to put your compassion into action this Lent through your prayer, fasting and almsgiving by supporting Project Compassion. Each family has received a Project Compassion box for their donations or you can donate online via the Caritas Australia website at: lent.caritas.org.au
Fourth Week of Lent
Arsad, an Indonesian farmer, had no toilet in his house, so always had to walk into
the forest to the open defecation area. His family was often sick and open defecation caused many neighbourhood disputes. With the support of Caritas Australia and its partner agency, Laz Harfa, Arsad took part in hygiene, sanitation and financial management training. He then funded the building of a toilet in his house and helped other community members to save money to construct their own toilet.
Now, Arsad’s family is healthier, their community no longer practices open defecation and is more harmonious. Arsad inspired his community to ‘Be More.’
- Around 17 percent of Indonesia’s rural population, or 45 million people, practice open defecation – going to the toilet outdoors in fields, forests and other open spaces. (World Bank)
Watch a short film about Arsad’s story here.
“Aspire not to have more, but to be more.” Please support Project Compassion: lent.caritas.org.au
Vinnies changes lives every day, but they need our help.
During the month of March Vinnies is running the Knock On Effect campaign to highlight the knock on effects that donations, fundraising and raising awareness can have.
With over 2 million people living below the poverty line in Australia, including over half a million children, your contribution allows the St Vincent de Paul Society to provide more than immediate help, it provides something much more valuable - the opportunity of a better life.
Please join us in supporting those who need a hand up in challenging times. We will celebrate this initiative this Friday 19th March. Students are invited to come to school in casual clothes or #DressedbyVinnies. We ask that all students contribute a gold coin donation.
Bridgette McCann Acting REC
Sacramental Program 2021 – First Eucharist for students in Y4 from 2021
The Sacrament of First Eucharist will be celebrated in Term 2 of 2021 on the following dates:
- Tuesday 8 June at 6pm in St Michael’s Church
- Wednesday 9 June at 6pm in St Monica’s Church
- Thursday 10 June at 5.30pm and 7pm in St Monica’s Church
Please keep the candidates for First Eucharist in your prayers.
Information Night for First Eucharist – Term 2
The parent information night will be held on Thursday 29 April 2021 at 6pm via zoom (zoom address to be provided closer to the night).
Students and parents must attend one of the commitment Masses (St Monica’s Church 6pm on Saturday or 10am Sunday or St Michael’s Church 8am or 5.30pm Sunday) listed below to make their commitment for the sacrament.
Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 May
Saturday 8 and Sunday 9 May
Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 May 2021
There will be no additional commitment masses beyond these dates.
The Sacrament is available in 2021 for the School of Religion.
For further information please contact the Sacramental Program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks For Your Support
Our Book Fair this year has been one of biggest and most successful ever. Thank you to all the families who visited the fair last week. We sold $3345.00 worth of books. This means we receive $795.00 in commission which is put towards purchasing new books for our library this year.
Do you find covering books cathartic? If so, we need you!
We have lots of books that require covering over the course of this term and into next term. If you are able to assist, please see Mrs Hardwicke or Mrs Monro.
Swimming Carnival Winning House
Congratulations to the Green Crocodiles who are our swimming house champions for this year. Well done on a great carnival!
1st: Green Crocodiles
2nd: Red Kangaroos and Gold Dingoes
3rd: Blue Tongue Lizards
Presentation of Ribbons
We will present our swimming ribbons at morning assembly this Friday (weather permitting). Please feel free to join us as we congratulate our students on their sporting achievements. At this time we will also present the trophy to the Year 6 Leaders of Green house.
Thank you to the 23 parents who so kindly volunteered to assist us at last week’s swimming carnival. We cannot run these events without your support. On behalf of the staff and students, a huge ‘THANK YOU’ for helping to make the day run smoothly, and most importantly fun for our students.
Belconnen Region Swimming Championships
We wish, Ada (5/6K), Isaac M (5/6F), Samuel (3/4A) and Oscar (3/4A) all the best as they compete at the Belconnen Region Swimming Championships today!
The ACT Little Athletics Championships were held last weekend, and there were some great results for St Michael's competitors:
Seb R (3/4Y): 1st in under 9 Boys 700m Race Walk
Jillian R (5/6F): 3rd in under 11 Girls 1100m Race Walk
Lachlan M (3/4A): 3rd in under 9 Boys 100m Sprint
Cameron W (5/6F): 2nd in under 11 Boys 400m
Former student Josh Lobo was 1st in U13 100m (beat the 12 second barrier twice in both the heats and final and set a new 20 year old ACT state record).
What a great way to finish the season.
School Photos - Tuesday 30 March
Photo envelopes were sent home this week and photos can now be ordered online, all the information is printed on the envelopes. There are sibling envelopes available at the Front Office, see Lisa if you would like an envelope.
Sibling envelopes and envelopes with money enclosed will need to be dropped into the Front Office before photo day. If you have paid online there is no need to bring back your envelope.
Please remember that photo day is on Tuesday 30th March and all students are required to be in full summer school uniform (NOT sports uniform).
Congratulations to the following students who achieved a Harmony Award in Week 7. Awards will be presented at Friday morning's assembly (weather permitting).
Special wishes to those children who celebrate their birthday this week:
Olivia 3/4A, Eamon 5/6K, Lachlan 3/4A, Elise 5/6K, Elliarna 1/2H, Mahlia 1/2B & Jerry KF
We hope you have a great day!!
Please see the School Sport ACT webpage https://schoolsportact.org.au/ or Facebook page for the most up to date information.
SCHOOL SPORT ACT TRIALS – Please keep an eye on the School Sport ACT website https://schoolsportact.org.au/ for upcoming ACT trials. The process for registering can be found below. If you need any assistance registering your child please feel free to ask for assistance.
How to register your child with School Sport ACT
School Sport ACT now collects all registration information online – this is to prevent the movement to and fro of a paper note and have all information readily available to officials prior to the trial. As this process incurs a fee for data storage, system maintenance and admin, a small $5 fee payment via credit card will be required.
- Go to the School Sport ACT website – https://schoolsportact.org.au/
- Click Register (top right corner of homepage) for an Account – enter parent details and password
- A confirmation email will be sent to your chosen email that will contain a link that you must click on to verify the email account.
- Click Log In (top right hand corner of home page) enter password then click on top tab My Profile
- You will see a ‘dashboard’ of your information, click green box to Add Student – enter student and medical details and save.
- Go to the Sports Tab – choose your specific sport, click on Trial Information box then click on the Register to Trial link.
- Select your child’s name from the dropdown box and then enter the optional fields for Playing History, Preferred Position (if applicable) and Representative Experience. If you are already in the system, ensure your child’s school is up to date in your profile – have they moved onto High School?
Please contact me via email if you have any questions, feedback or are able to offer your assistance at any of our sporting events throughout the year.
Looking forward to another big year of sporting participation,