“And Peter said to them, “Repent and be baptised every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit..”
It is my firm view that everything is interconnected. The world values connectedness, however, to be interconnected is more powerful and essential to everyday life. To be interconnected allows each person to be committed to each other at a much deeper level. There is a sense of commitment and responsibility to being interconnected with people, businesses, the community, or any organisation...including a school.
I appreciate that St Mary’s Primary School is a place where the level of interconnectedness is clearly visible. We have students who are interconnected to each other and their teachers through high quality learning and other activities. We have committed parents and community members who are interconnected through not through attendance at parent days or sporting events but a much deeper level. We appreciate and value this. At St Mary’s our whole community is interconnected and we all benefit from this in many ways.
The scripture passage above from the book of Acts is rather interesting and pertinent to our work that is undertaken by everyone associated with St Mary’s Primary School. Jesus challenged his disciples to spread the movement of faith and discipleship among all people. He encouraged them to begin right where they were; sharing gace with ‘their’ people.
Paul, Peter and Barnabas spread the Word and strengthened churches. Here at St Mary’s we also spread the Word of Jesus and are builder. We are builders in many different ways other than religion. We build students and their learning, values, relationships, knowledge and maturity.
Research has been done into interconnectedness and schools. Students who feel attachment and school commitment, had positive interactions with peers, and productive parent child discussions performed better academically and had fewer psychological problems (Stewart, 2007). Meanwhile, school involvement, parental school involvement and socioeconomic status had a low effect on achievement and psychological problems (Stewart, 2007). Put simply, no matter where schools are, no matter how involved parents are, schools that are able to make students feel connected to their schools and encourage positive peer interaction have higher academic achievement and healthier students (Stewart, 2007; Marin et al, 2008; Beattie, 2007).
Thank you to everyone who contributes to the interconnectedness of St Mary’s Primary School.
Last Thursday all students from Kindy to Year 6 attended a presentation from NED Mindset Mission. The focus of the presentation was based on the term NED (Never give up, Encourage others, Do you best). The presentation spoke to all students about a positive mindset in all areas of their lives from school work, friendships and any other interest they have in their lives. The message of never giving up, encouraging others and doing their best is a central message of the work we have been doing in the positive growth mindset. Teachers are continuing this message with students in their classes.
Crazy Hair Day and Peer Support Picnic
Next Friday, 23 August, St Mary’s is holding a Crazy Hair Day and Peer Support picnic. Students are encouraged to come with crazy hair for the day and participate in the Peer Support Picnic. The picnic will see our Term 2 Peer Support groups come together to have their lunch and catch up to see how everyone is going this term. It will be a great opportunity to strengthen the relationships that have been formed during the Peer Support program in Term 2.
Science and Technology Pupil Free Day
On Friday the students of St Mary’s will be staying at home while the staff come together to further our understanding of the new Science and Technology Syllabus. The new syllabus has a number of changes in focus for the teaching of the subject and our staff will be led through these changes by Catholic Education of Canberra/Goulburn Curriculum Officers and will participate in some workshops to highlight the changes and how we can best teach Science to our students.
New Classrooms and Canteen
It has now been four weeks since our new classrooms and canteen have been operational. The teachers are now fully settled in and are discovering the benefits of the new flexible spaces and are trying new structures and use of these all the time. The students are loving their new rooms too.
The new canteen is running smoothly and Mrs McRae is having a ball in the extra space.
Evacuation and Lock Down Drills
Last week and this week the school has been completing Evacuation and Lock Down drills. These drills are an important part of our emergency plans in the unlikely event of things such as fire, gas leaks or other emergency situations. Obviously we hope never to need to use these procedures for real, but we need to practice them so we keep our community safe.
In the event of a real emergency, the school’s emergency management team, led by Mr Casey or myself, would be in contact with the school community to inform all of us of the event, our response to the event and any post event information. This information will be passed on to families by the Emergency Management Team with consultation from CE and emergency services. It is important for all our community to remember that, in the event of an emergency, the school is your best source of information and that any instructions from the school during the emergency are followed so that our students, families and staff remain safe.
Today marks the Feast of the Assumption. Each class marked this special day by participating in a meaningful class liturgy. The children were then invited to respond to Mary through various forms such as writing a prayer, through artistic expression or meaningful meditation.
Two new priests have been appointed to the parishes of Young, Boorowa and Grenfell. They are: Fr James Onoja - Parish Pastor Fr Praveen Paul - Associate Pastor Fr James and Fr Praveen have been in our diocese for four years. Fr James hails from Nigeria and has been working in Cooma. Fr Praveen is from India and has been working in Tuggeranong Parish. We warmly welcome them. They will commence their ministry on the weekend of the 28th - 29th September, 2019.
A Farewell for Fr Tom
At the conclusion of the 6pm Mass on Saturday 14th September, the Parish will be hosting a farewell dinner for Fr Tom in the Hennessy Catholic College Hall. All are invited to attend and are asked to bring something to share for the meal. For more details, please contact the Parish Office or fill in the slip that was inserted into last week’s Parish Bulletin.
Thank you to all the parents who completed the 2019 Satisfaction Surveys. The data gathered will now be collated, analysed and utilised to develop areas of focus for 2020. I look forward to sharing the results of these surveys with the school community.
St Mary’s Uniform Policy
Please be advised that the St Mary’s Primary School Uniform Policy is currently being reviewed. The updated policy will be completed in the next few weeks and will be distributed to all families. You may wish to hold off purchasing school uniforms in the next few weeks. A reminder that the St Mary’s backpack is a compulsory item for all students from K-3 as there has been a rolling implementation for several years. The backpack is available for purchase from the office.
Staffing options for 2020 are now being organised. Once teachers have been assigned to classes this information will be shared with the school community. The completion date for class arrangements is within the next 5-6 weeks. Once completed, this information will be shared with the school community via the school newsletter.
A reminder that iPads at St Mary’s Primary School serves the purpose as a device to enhance student learning. All devices, including school owned and student owned devices are managed by Catholic Education. Students in Year K-3 utilise school owned devices in which another set was purchased earlier this year. Year 4-6 devices have software applied to allow monitoring. This monitoring is to ensure the safety of all students at St Mary’s Primary School. Recently, IT support staff conducted a review of devices to ensure software remained active and your child's safety is ensured. The school appreciates your support in maintaining this level of security.
CPS basketball training for the carnival in Albury later this year has commenced. Well done to everyone for their efforts, in particular those who are trying basketball for the first time!!! As we have quite a few the timing for the sessions will change. Stay tuned!!
Trent Barrett Rugby League
The nominations for the Trent Barrett Shield have now closed. Teams will be announced in due course.
Mortimer Shield Rugby League
Our Mortimer Shield Rugby League side were due to play in the qualifiers for the NSW Independent Catholic Primary Schools Championships and represent the region in Wollongong on Tuesday. Due to a number of sides inability to compete we have gone straight through to the final at St Marys Stadium in Sydney later this month!!! Good luck boys!!!
Girls Tackle Rugby League
Well done to all the girls who were involved in the girls tackle rugby league gala day on Monday in Cootamundra. Despite not qualifying for the next round the girls had a blast! Well done girls!!! A particular congratulations to Zoe McRae and Charlotte Hardy who were named payers of the day. Go girls!!!
Please do your best to nominate your son or daughter for different sporting carnivals before the cutoff date posted on szapp or via notes home. If you are late, where possible I will endeavour to fit your child in. However, this may not always be the case. Therefore, please ensure you nominate before the closing date to avoid disappointment.
We have had a chilly start to the term but have managed to keep warm with lots of basketball skills practice and game play. Students have had fun engaging in lay ups, dribbling and defending the ball, all whilst working as a team to score some goals. This week was our last week of basketball where students spent whole lesson combining all the skills they have learned into a modified game of basketball.
As of week 5, we will begin our gymnastics program. This has been made possible thanks to NSW Sporting Schools, where our grant application was successful. This program will take place in the hall over a 3 week period. It sounds like students are keen to get in and have a go!!!
Keep active, have a go and most importantly have fun!
Learn to manage difficult behaviour in children 2 -12 years old A three-session program for parents and carers at Hilltops Community Hub 2c Campbell St on 11th, 18th & 25th September 2019 at 1.00 – 3.00pm