- Principal's Report
- RE Week 1 - Who do you say I am?
- Upcoming Events
- Sports News - Swimming Carnival
- February Birthdays
- Library News
- Partners: Parenting Ideas
- Collecting student/s early from school
- WWVP Card
- Facebook Permission note 2021
- Book Club
- Photos - Opening School Mass
- Photos - Awards Term 1 Week 2
- Arawang Netball Registrations
- Vikings Basketball U10 Girls
Dear Parents and Carers,
Yesterday was Ash Wednesday and we celebrated a beautiful Mass together with Father Praveen for the beginning of the Lenten journey to Easter. During the Mass we considered how Lent is a time of reflection and challenge, where we look at how we live our lives and decide to make a change, a change that will bring us into a closer relationship with God but also with our family, our friends and our community. We often think about giving up something during Lent, but maybe actually taking up something will have a positive impact on other people as well as ourselves. Here are some examples to consider:
- Each day tell your child something that makes them unique
- Volunteer at a charity or help someone you know could do with a hand up
- Go to a weekday Mass
- Say three nice things to your husband or wife, siblings, parents, colleagues and kids daily
- Be kind
- Donate things you don’t need to charity
- Replace 30 minutes of TV/computer/phone time with 30 minutes of prayer, mediation or just peaceful quiet time
- Don’t complain
- Don’t buy anything that you don’t need
- At the dinner table each night, ask all present to share something good that happened to them during the day.
I am sad to say that our wonderful Canteen Manager, Mrs Paula Papandrea, will be leaving us at the end of next week. Paula has decided that a change in career is next for her. We greatly appreciate the role she has played over the past 6 years, not only managing an exceptional canteen but in running the clothing pool as well. Paula will be sorely missed and we wish her all the best for the future.
The position has been advertised on the CE website. If you or anyone you know may be interested in this position, please let them know that applications can be made through the following web address https://careers.cg.catholic.edu.au/cw/en/listing/
The canteen will be temporarily closed from Week 5 until we get a new manager sorted.
School Community Council
Next Monday will be the first meeting of the SCC for 2021. The current members of the Council are Carl Jenkins, Katherine Hellwig, Mike Giacomin, Jacinta Bryce, Corinne Smith, Liz Grellman and Anne Barbic (staff representative). I am also pleased to announce that we have two new parents joining the SCC, Aleks Kalinowski and Virginia Wilson. The SCC looks forward to welcoming these two new members to the team.
Whilst being on the SCC is not everyone’s cup of tea, there are so many ways that people can be engaged and support their children's school.
- Volunteering to help in the or the at various times through the year is always welcome.
- Assisting at any one of the three is also a great help. We can't provide these opportunities for students without parent assistance. Just keep an eye out for when notes come out from Mr Lowe about these events and you'll be able to volunteer.
- Once or twice a year we will have a short on a weekend. It's a fantastic one off way to help with improving our school and getting to know other families. We'll send out SZapp messages when we are going to hold these. Our groundsman, Mr Cousins has some great ideas about how we can improve the playground and gardens so you help with these will be much appreciated in the coming months.
Parents are reminded that smart watches are treated the same as phones or BYO iPads at school if used inappropriately. Smart watches, fitbits and similar devices with cellular, photographic and film capabilities pose a risk to student wellbeing and safety. When these technologies are misused by students, they can be very disruptive to students’ welfare, socialisation and in some cases cause various levels of harm. If text messages are sent to smart watches, then children are required to leave their smart watch in their school bag. Any messages for students can be received via the Front Office. We want to ensure that students are not being distracted from their learning. As a school, we also want to be able to guide and support students in being able to solve problems with the support of peers and school staff whilst at school. As with phones and BYO iPads, these devices will be confiscated and parents contacted if used inappropriately.
As we are now well into Term 1, we are experiencing an increase in the number of children being sick with colds and flu. The position is still the same as it was last year, in that children with cold and flu symptoms cannot be at school (unless they have a COVID negative test result). Whilst we have no community transmission of COVID it is still extremely important that we maintain hygiene practices to protect our community. Please, if your child is suffering the effects of a cold, do not send them to school.
May God bless you and your families as we begin the Lenten journey together.
RE Week 1 - Who do you say I am?
Our Lenten Journey for 2021 Repent, and believe in the Gospel
This Lent, we are challenged to strengthen our understanding of who Jesus is and to bring this understanding to life in our actions and relationships. Individually, and as a community, we are called to reflect on how we might swap behaviours that are harsh and unwelcoming with those that are mindful and life affirming. You may, for example swap worry for trust in God or swap technology for authentic presence.
The students will each bring home a pack containing a Lenten activity for you to participate in as a family. I encourage you to take the time to participate in this simple activity. It is designed to be reflective and life-affirming. Please feel free to add to/modify your focus to make it unique to your family. I’d love to see photos or to hear feedback around how you are finding the experience.
It is wonderful to see this initiative continue to grow in our school. Our Commissioning ceremony will take place at 9:00am on Monday 1 March on the outdoor stage. You are very welcome to join us for this important occasion (weather permitting).
Swimming Carnival - Friday 26 February
Just a reminder that the swimming carnival will be held on Friday, 26th February at the Stromlo Leisure Centre.
Years 2 to 6 will depart school at 9:15am and return to school at approx. 2:40pm.
Kinder & Year 1 will depart school at 10:30am and will return to school at approx. 1:15pm.
Please supply your child with a towel, morning tea, lunch and a drink bottle. All should be clearly labelled with your child’s name.
THE SCHOOL CANTEEN WILL BE CLOSED ON FRIDAY 26th FEBRUARY.
Stromlo Leisure Centre Café facilities will be available for hot food ($10ea) and ice-cream purchases on the day.
Thank you to all those families who are remembering to bring library bags and to return books promptly. The library is always growing and changing and continues to focus around being a place of peace and creativity for the children. Please feel free to pop in for a chat at anytime!
If you need to collect child during school hours, please ensure you email their teacher in advance.
The students may be away from the classrooms for sport or at other activities or at recess/lunch break. This will assist in your child coming to the front office in a timely manner.
All volunteers MUST have a valid WWVP card. If you would like to help out in the canteen, classroom, or any events such as the Swimming Carnival or Athletics Carnival then you will need one of these cards. WWVP cards are available through Access Canberra and free to volunteers.
We are updating our register of volunteer WWVP cards. Next time you are in the front office please call in and we will photocopy your card, even if you have provided it previously. If your card has expired, and you have received an email from Access Canberra extending your expiry date, could you please forward this email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Book Club orders will close on Monday 22 February. 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.