Father’s Day event
Thanks so much to everyone (Mums, Teachers, Grandparents and older siblings and more!) who worked so hard to make our Father’s Day Sausage Sizzle and Games afternoon such a big success. We had lovely weather and a HUGE turnout! Some snapshots are included later in the newsletter.
Family Prayer Night
Last night we held a Family Prayer Night where many of the Confirmation Family Groups attended. It was a truly beautiful and reflective experience based on the gift of ‘courage’. Thank you to Penny, Trudie, the Year 5/6 Team and parents and families who took part. We continue to keep our Confirmation Candidates and their families in our thoughts and prayers.
Will Lipscombe Memorial Art Award
This year the Will Lipscombe Memorial Art Award will take on a Christmas theme. We will be launching the Memorial Art Award during Friday assembly in Week 8, September 13. The children might enjoy some time in the Spring break to work on their entries. Thank you to Rachel Kennedy who will be coordinating.
Hats on again and Lost Property
The Cancer Council has reminded us that its hats on time again. Please ensure your child has a hat with his/her name on it. We have hats available for sale at the front office if you require a new one. The bucket hats are $10 and the legionnaire style are $8. Thank you to parents who name items to assist us to identify lost property. We really need to encourage our children to take care of their belongings and be responsible for hats, lunch boxes etc. Not an easy task I know! Our Lost Property area is outside the canteen, and we encourage the children to find and return lost items.
RE and Key Personnel Day
Last Friday Father Peter, Penny Vanzwol and myself attended this day with other leadership groups from across the Archdiocese. Archbishop Prowse spoke encouragingly and updated us on World Youth Day and the programs happening across schools around youth ministry. He directed us to a Church Document recently written by Pope Francis; Christus Vivit- Christ Lives
I loved this analogy from the document;
“A young person from the Samoan Islands spoke of the Church as a canoe, in which the elderly help to keep on course by judging the position of the stars, while the young keep rowing, imagining what waits for them ahead. Let us steer clear of young people who think that adults represent a meaningless past, and let us steer clear of adults who always think they know how young people should act. Instead let us all climb aboard the same canoe and together seek a better world, with the constantly renewed momentum of the Holy Spirit.”
Thank you for all you do to help us keep the canoe afloat,
Family Prayer Night
It was wonderful to have so many families attend our Family Prayer Night last night. It was a peaceful and reflective evening exploring the gift of courage and how this gift enlivens our capacity to view We used a meditative walk to explore some thought-provoking quotes by saints. We also reflected on the message from Pope Francis’ new document, Christus vivit
“So often in life, we waste time asking ourselves: ‘Who am I?’ You can keep asking, ‘Who am I?’ for the rest of your lives. But the real question is: ‘For whom am I?’”. Of course, you are for God. But he has decided that you should also be for others, and he has given you many qualities, inclinations, gifts and charisms that are not for you, but to share with those around you.
Family Prayer Nights have become an integral part of our school term and are an opportunity for each of us to take some time out of our busy lives to focus on our faith both individually and as a community.
"Be who you were created to be, and you will set the world on fire."
—St. Catherine of Siena
Global School Partners
Thanks to your incredible generosity, we have donated $1000 to our partner school in Kenya! What an amazing achievement. Jann and Simon (founders of Global School Partners) have been nominated for the Australian of the Year Award which is an amazing achievement and a credit to their inspired work.
A gentle reminder that we continue to collect donations of non-perishable foods for families in need in our community.
|Friday 6 September||
Constable Kenny Visit
|Monday 9 September||
Tuesday 10 September
ACT Athletics Championships (AIS)
Thursday 11 September
RU OK Day
In weeks 7 & 8 participants complete their spring sessions and begin to look at the season of summer.
During this time, we look at ways of caring for our feelings, remembering the good times and making good choices – all things which help in moving forward in life.
Change and loss can challenge a child’s sense of identity, self-esteem and self-confidence. Supporting children to make good choices is central to improving these aspects of their social and emotional wellbeing. The imagery of summer supports the children’s learning. Summer is often a carefree time involving holidays and time to relax. However, the heat of summer (particularly in places like Australia) requires us to be ready for events like storms, bushfires, sunburn and insects. Making good choices in this season is an important part of ensuring we stay safe, protected and are able to look after ourselves and others. Learning to problem solve and make thoughtful decisions is critically important in developing new attitudes and behaviours. In the summer sessions children have an opportunity to explore how making good choices helps to strengthen their sense of competence and “I can”.
Helping kids tolerate discomfort
Tolerating discomfort is an important resilience skill. It refers to the ability to sit with an uncomfortable or emotionally painful feeling such as disappointment, nervousness, apprehension or fear.
In the canteen I have been busy working away at an updated menu for Term 4. The canteen is always looking for new ideas and ways to incorporate healthier items for children and families to choose from.
The updated menu will be released In Week 9 so watch this space for some exciting new items!
I will also be looking at ways to reduce plastic waste in the canteen. The canteen has already undertaken the "straw no more" campaign and is looking at further, cost effective ways to reduce our waste.
Volunteers, feedback and suggestions are always welcome. The canteen cannot operate without the support of parent volunteers.
Can you help out?
These are the top 5 things for this week:
1. Pot up seedlings
Please pot seedlings and grow them at home and bring them to school closer
to Fete day
2. Parent Volunteers
Volunteers are needed for the Fete. Please think about keeping a spare hour or two on the day to help. Watch this space for information on how to sign up
3. Clothes Stalls
Requests to borrow clothes racks
Donations of coathangers and plastic bags are welcome
4. Scratchie Tree
Donations for the Scratchie tree and gift vouchers are welcome
(please send to front office)
5. Trash'n Treasure
If you are doing some Spring cleaning could you please start collecting 2nd hand books, clothing and items for the stall
Monday 16 September 6pm
ACT Athletics Carnival
The ACT Athletics carnival will be held on Tuesday 10 September at the AIS.
Permission notes need to go with the students on the day and payments should be handed in to the front office.
Walk and Ride Safely to School
Book Club orders will close on Friday 13 September. Please have your orders in by this date, so they can be processed as quickly as possible.
Just a reminder that orders must be paid online as cash payments are not available.
Starts 19 October 2019, Saturday mornings from 8:45am
Kambah Oval, opposite the Burns Club
Register now at www.tlaa.org.au or come to Registration Day on 21 September from 9:30am, Kambah Oval