Dear Parents and Carers,
This Sunday we celebrate the second week of Advent by lighting the second purple candle on the Advent Wreath. This candle is called the “Bethlehem Candle” and is a reminder of Mary and Joseph's journey to Bethlehem. It represents faith.
Please remember that parents and carers will need to have downloaded the COMPASS App to access your child/ren’s reports.
Christmas Dress Up Day
On Tuesday 7th December we will be filming the 2021 Christmas Carols for release in Week 11 and Kindergarten will be doing their dress rehearsal for the end of year Nativity.
A detailed note will be sent home today.
Take care and keep safe
Student absent notes
We ask parents to ensure notes have been completed for any day your child was absent from school this term. A reminder of dates that need actioning has been emailed via the compass platform. If there is any question about a date, please contact your child’s teacher immediately.
Readers and Library Books
It is time to collect any readers and library books your child has at home. Please return them to school so we can undertake our annual stocktake and prepare for next year.
End-of-year cleaning up
Teachers are starting to clean up in classrooms. This means we will be sending home workbooks and items that have been on display. Please empty your child’s bag each night.
2022 Sacred Heart Fete
We are planning to hold our school fete in September 2022. It will easily be the highlight of the year! Early in the new year we will be calling for fabulous people to join our Fete Committee. No experience necessary. It’s a great way to connect with others in our community. Later in the year we will be calling for sponsors, stall hosts and an array of helpers. How will you be involved in our fete in 2022?
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2021 Semester 2 Reports
Compass is Sacred Heart’s new administration platform. The 2021 Semester 2 school reports will be accessible only from the Compass online platform.
We will send a SZapp message on Monday 6th December to let you know when the reports can be accessed.
Compass can be accessed through your web browser or by downloading the Compass School Manager app from the App Store or Google Play.
An email was sent to every family on the 7th September 2021 with information about Compass and your personalised login details. The sender was compass @compass.email (please check your junk email folder).
* When searching for our school once you have downloaded the app, type PEARCE rather than our name to make locating us in the list much easier.
YMCA are yet to confirm that they will run this program at Sacred Heart.
Students Not Returning in 2022
To help in preparing for classes for 2022, we kindly ask that if your child/children will not be returning in 2022, to please fill out and return the attached form as soon as possible.
Last Friday the staff and students wore crazy socks to school. Thank you to the Sacred Heart community for your donations towards the St. Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal. The school raised over $200 which was used to buy games and toys chosen by our Stage 3 students for children in our region.
Every year the Sacred Heart community supports the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal with donations of food for Christmas Hampers. This year we want to continue to play an important part in renewing hope for the thousands of people who face an uncertain Christmas. Together, we can continue to bring smiles of love and joy to the people who need it most this season.
The appeal collection will run from Thursday 11th November (Week 6) through to Friday 3rd December (Week 9). Donations will be collected in classrooms.
The Stages have been allocated the following items:
Kindergarten – Sweet biscuits, cereal, long life milk
Stage 1 – Chips, sweets/lollies, Christmas cakes
Stage 2 – Soft drinks, cordials, Christmas puddings
Stage 3 –Dried pasta, pasta sauce, tea and coffee, milo
Thank you in advance for your generosity in making others in our community Christmas feel special during this holiday season.
Outdoor – not required for staff or students.
Staff - required. Unless assisting a child to clearly understand.
Students – not required.
Visitors - if you have to enter the building, adults must wear a mask.
Mary Help Of Christians Parish
- 260 people are now welcome to regular Mass times, masks are encouraged but are no longer mandatory.
- Join us in the Parish Hall for Monthly Morning Tea after both the 08:30am and 10:00am masses on 5 December
- Anniversary of the Dedication of Sacred Heart Church 12 December 1976 by Bishop Pat Dougherty DD
- Fr. Richard has his recent homilies available on the Mary Help Of Christians web page. Please click on the link below to listen. http://www.mhoc.org.au/prayer/homilies/
Friday 24 Dec Christmas Eve:
6pm – Children’s Mass at Marist College Canberra; bookings are required for this mass per current government guidelines. Try Booking will go live 1 December 2021 at this link: https://www.trybooking.com/BVSYF.
9pm Vigil Mass at the Church; no booking required.
No Midnight Mass this year
Christmas Day: Christmas Masses at the Church – 8.30am and 10am; no bookings required for masses at the Church.
Please note the Parish Office will be closed starting 23 December 2021 and reopen on 12 January 2022.
MHOC 2022 First Reconciliation and First Holy Communion Sacramental Programme enrolment window will open 19 Jan 2022. This programme is open to children baptised Catholic in Year 4 and above. Please see attached letter and MHOC website for details.
Youth Group Meetings
· Please join Nick on Saturday 4 December for the last Youth Group Meeting of 2021. An end-of-year ministry celebration is planned in the Parish Hall. Details below.
Students in Years 5 to 8 are invited to come along from 4.30pm to 6.00pm, with snacks provided.
Students in Years 9-12 are welcome to attend from 7.00pm – 9.00pm. As dinner will be provided, a $5.00 donation is welcome.
If you need anything, don’t hesitate to email Nick.
Reminder that Children’s Liturgy is back on during the Sunday 10am masses; with the last of 2021 to be held on 12 December. If interested in helping, please contact Kat Doyle .Thank you.
Walking Together is an online Advent resource from our local Archdiocese, designed to help parents, carers and grandparents prepare reflectively for Christmas. It will be available in 4 instalments – one each week - of a 10 minute video and downloadable discussion questions. Use it whenever suits you, to reflect alone or with your family, or join an in-person or online group to discuss the contents with others. All information available at www.cgcatholic.org.au/ADVENT
The Archdiocese will also be hosting weekly zoom Advent discussion groups on Sunday afternoons at 4pm (starting Sunday 28th) and on Tuesday mornings at 10am (starting Tuesday 30th) which anyone can join.
If you would like to host a face to face or zoom Advent group for your own community using the Archdiocesan resource, the logon details for this Sunday’s 4pm zoom briefing are:
Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/96186839540
Meeting ID: 961 8683 9540
Those parents who are wanting their child/children to have piano lessons, can contact the teachers directly on the following contact numbers;
- Mrs Hildegarde Mendoza Phone: 0417 580 975
- Mrs Pam Cox Phone: 0418 442 203
- Mr Craig Mewett Phone: 0409 151 887 / 6278 7382
5/6 Navy took advantage of the sunshine to begin Christmas art outside. It was so lovely to paint being embraced by the warm weather and beautiful nature of our school.
Congratulations to the following students celebrating their birthday this week
Ruby B, Carmelia L, Alice H, Aathirai M, Riya S.
Awards will be presented over the PA during school hours.
|Meredith H, Samuel W, Grace M.|
|Harry M, Matilda W, Earnest F, Emilia B, Harrison A, Cohen T, Lucas B, Xavier L, Louis M Marley DG, Isabella B, Lucy M.|
|Eatash J, Thomas K, Maiya W, Amy L, Aleesha J, Ryan G, Isabelle A, Ethan W-P, Isara W, Lucas P, Ansh B, Isabella D, Destiny N.|
|Ruby B, Samantha VH, Olivia G, Leila W, Allira K, Tadi K, Molly F, Cate B, Georgia M, Scarlett M, Riya S.|