Dear Parents and Carers,
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Our Year 3 students have celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation over the past few days. All ceremonies have been beautiful opportunities for children to be supported in their faith, receive God’s loving forgiveness, and understand more deeply how important it is to say sorry and restore relationships. We congratulate our students, and we pray for them as they continue to prepare for the Sacrament of First Eucharist.
Sick Bay has been a busy place with many children feeling quite ill. It is a timely reminder of the importance of keeping your contact details up to date. It becomes distressing for children if we cannot contact parents or if it takes a long time to be picked up if they are sick. It is also important, that if your child is sick, that they stay home to rest and recover. Coming to school when they are unwell, not only makes them feel worse, but can also affect the health of their classmates and teacher.
Tournament of Minds
On Sunday, seven students from Years 4, 5 and 6 will be participating in Tournament of Minds. Tournament of Minds is a problem solving programme that aims to enhance the potential of children by developing diverse skills, enterprise, time management, and the discipline to work collaboratively within a challenging and competitive environment.
The team have been working collaboratively for six weeks on a Long Term Challenge without assistance from their teachers, parents or peers. They have had to develop a creative and original way to communicate a solution to a problem which they will present on Tournament Day – Sunday. The team will also participate in an unseen Spontaneous Challenge. This challenge requires rapid interchange of ideas, the ability to think creatively and well developed group cooperation skills. Good luck to our team! Thank you to Miss Anna Kelly and Mrs Jodie Hardiman for offering their time to support our students.
Mr David Camp and his wife Nicole, have another baby girl, Aoife Norah. Congratulations on the new addition to their family. We wish them joy!
This coming Sunday is Fathers’ Day. Fathers’ Day is an opportunity to, not only thank our fathers or male role models for their love and support, but to celebrate the blessing they are in our lives, and to pray for God’s blessing upon them. We also remember and pray for those who no longer have their fathers with them.
We welcome Holy Spirit students and their parents to our breakfast on Friday from 8.00am. Thank you to members of the Community Council for organising this for our dads.
Dads (and mums) are invited to go to classes after the breakfast to read a book. We celebrate the importance of reading to our children this week - Literacy and Numeracy Week.
Please keep in your prayers the members of our community who are experiencing hardship, sadness or illness. We often are not aware of what others are facing as we cross paths with them in our school. A kind word, a smile or a greeting can transform someone’s day.
As a community, we pray especially for the Martin family. Ben Martin, father of Daniel (K), Vince (Yr 1) and Michael (Yr 4), passed away last week. His funeral will be held tomorrow. Our sincerest condolences are offered to all the family.
Please remember the Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge –
Stop reading on Friday 13th September. All student reading sheets need to be signed and returned to the library by Wednesday 25th September.
Scholastic Book Club
Magazines were sent home this week. Loop orders close on Thursday 5th September. Please read the instructions below to complete orders.
If you are making an order which is to be a gift, please contact library staff and your child’s teacher to inform us about pick up arrangements.
Pencil it in!
Term 4 Book Fair is coming – our library fund raising event is coming soon – TERM 4, WEEK 3. Stay tuned for more information.
Calling for Volunteers – WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Our students really enjoy participating in the CBA School Banking program. To keep this program running WE NEED YOUR HELP.
This only takes a small amount of your time each Friday morning. Your help with the program will greatly benefit students as they develop vital saving skills and also help our school with fundraising.
School Banking day is Friday and we meet at 9am in the library and are normally finished around 10:30am. If you are able to assist for all or part of this time, we would welcome your help.
If you have younger children who are not yet at school, there is space for them to play in the library while you help with banking.
If you are interested in volunteering for this great program, please come and join us on Friday’s or call:
Nicole (Gold Creek) 0410 543 725
Zoe (Holy Spirit) 0419 975 748
Zachary recently competed in the Australian National Esteddfod. He came third in the 8 year 'Own Choice' and second in the 8 year '20th & 21st Century' piano competition. Having played at a recent Focus Assembly, we know that Zachary is a very talented pianist. Congratulations on your persistence, effort and application Zachary!
XRACE is a mystery adventure race where parent (or adult) and child aged 6-14 race together, locate and complete 10 mystery challenges; racing the clock and all the other family teams. The challenges range from physical (like tug-of-war) to mental (like the memory challenge) to knowledge based (like the music challenge). The average distance between challenges is between 250m and 350m. You do not need to run. XRACE is only as competitive as your team wants to be.
SCHOOL HOLIDAY FUN
The Live Your Dream holiday program is an exciting curriculum that combines Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary and Stretch & Conditioning. There is a choreography component to give students the creative space to explore their own movement based ideas and concepts and develop their self-confidence.
Students receive four days of fun, fitness and friends!
The program hours are: 8.30 am - 5.30 pm.
The program is wrapped up with a special performance for parents on the last day.
Ages 6 - 12. Be quick!
Thank you and any questions please let us know.
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AFTER SCHOOL SPORTS AND RECREATION FAIR
The clinics are for new and existing players aged 4-11. We believe the best way to learn football is by playing football and our curriculum is designed to cater to all skill levels. Our qualified coaches are there to guide players through fun and football relevant activities and games, which are stimulating and challenging for all involved.
WHAT TO BRING
Players are advised to bring a hat, full drink bottle, football boots, shin pads, healthy lunch and snacks to fuel them throughout the day, and to wear weather appropriate clothing. Football boots are not compulsory and players are welcome to wear joggers. Shin pads are compulsory for safety.
Please be aware that players attending the clinics may have allergies (e.g. nut) and we ask that you consider this when packing your child’s food. We also have a no sharing food policy.
Basic first aid and sunscreen will be available to participants throughout the clinic, as will a drink station/taps for players to fill up their drink bottles. Mandatory breaks are scheduled throughout the day for players to eat, re-apply sunscreen and stay hydrated.
Participants who require medication will also need to provide the clinic director with an action plan and show that required medication has been packed each day/where it is kept in the bag. Alternatively you can leave it with the clinic director each morning when you sign in.
The program runs from 9am to 12pm each day, Parents/Guardians MUST sign their child/children in and out each day. If someone other than a parent is doing the pick up and drop off please notify the clinic director in writing.
$175 per 9 hour clinic for all participants.
Family Discount of 10% is available when registering more than one sibling per clinic.
Daily rates available upon request
All participants will receive a Canberra United Participation pack and Aldi Miniroos Certificate as well as an exclusive Canberra United Kids Club Membership which gives your child access to all Canberra United home games and a chance to high five the players in the tunnel after their warm up.
Wet weather policy
Please note that in the case of field closures Capital Football are not notified until 8:45am at the earliest. If grounds are closed staff will notify registered participants ASAP and will do their best to find an alternate venue.
Clinics go ahead in the rain, unless there is excessive rain predicted, thunder, lightning, hail or grounds become unsafe.
If you have any questions feel free to send me an email.
Boorowa Carnival - Seeking Helpers
We are seeking parent volunteers to fill some roles for the Boorowa Carnival on the 25th of October.
We are looking for the following helpers:
Referee x 5 - Touch - Year 2 through to Year 6
Umpire - Netball - Year 4 Team
Manager - Touch - Year 4 and Year 5 teams
Coach - Netball - Year 5/6 Team
If you can assist, could you please contact Kellie Quirk - firstname.lastname@example.org