Dear Parents and Carers,
Why do I feel guilty when I experience God’s most generous gifts in abundance? Almost as if to say, “Why so much for me when many others have so little?” I sometimes feel my life is blessed with an endless supply of loaves and fishes from God, and it’s my life’s duty to help share this feast with the world.
I often pray to Saint Francis, who I have a special kinship with as I was born on his feast day in St. Francis Hospital. I think back to his story of being generous with all he had and making his life’s work a sharing of God’s generosity.
This Lent, I am trying to be more aware of the blessed moments—not to avoid but embrace the broken times—and be more cognisant in recognising the abundance of gifts of joy, love, and grace God provides for us in this beautiful world.
Director’s Day and Catholic Leaders Retreat
At last week’s Directors day in Bowral, leaders in Catholic Education discussed the Catholic Education System’s Teaching and Learning agenda.
During the retreat we were privileged to have Professor Brother David Hall lead us in reflection on The Virtue of Hope: Leading Learning and Mission. I thank the staff for all they did to enable me to participate in this wonderfully fulfilling experience.
The Church Car Park
For the safety of all and in keeping with traffic rules, cars coming down from the church carpark must give way to the traffic coming into the school carpark on their right. The cars turning right through the incoming traffic flow is not only causing disruption, but we have had several near misses as cars try to turn right.
It also causes a hold up for the traffic leaving the carpark after drive-through pick-up.
Staff are currently preparing the Interim Reports. These reports will be sent home to families on Friday 27 March. Information regarding parent/teacher and 3-Way Conferences to be held in Week 9 will be sent out soon.
Visit to the Art Gallery
I had the pleasure of accompanying our Stage 3 students to the National Gallery. The National Gallery is an amazing resource for Canberrans and the opportunity to see Matisse and Picasso side by side was an experience too good to miss. Our students were delightful and made us extremely proud.
Self-Managers can learn independently and can make wise decisions about their learning. They know themselves as learners and can set and work towards personal goals. They know they can continually improve as learners. (K. Murdoch ‘Power of Inquiry’ p98)
Self-Managers know that learning takes focus and means taking risks and making mistakes. They learn to manage time and equipment. They can be leaders and resourceful. Examples of times when we may teach the assets of being a self-manager may include:
- Think and talk about how we feel about our learning
- Make connections between what we know and new learning
- Stay focused on a task
- Use our mistakes to help us learn
- Set up and pack up for ourselves
- Think and plan before we start a task
- Think about the effect our thinking and behaviour is having on others
- Set ourselves a goal and work towards it
- Persist with our learning even when it is challenging
- Listen to other people’s feedback about our learning
- Take risks and challenge ourselves
Kinder and Stage 1 will focus on being ‘Responsible’. Stage 2 and 3 will develop language about all three – Responsible, Resilient, Reflective
Friday 13th March
National Ride2School Day
9.30am Stage 3 & Kinder Parish Mass
Peer Support 3 of 6 sessions
School Assembly 2.20pm
Wednesday 18th March
|First Holy Communion - Session 2|
Thursday 19th March
|8.30-9am Reading Cafe in the Library|
Friday 20th March
|Harmony Day School Celebration|
Wednesday 25th March
|First Holy Communion - Session 3|
Wednesday 1st April
|First Holy Communion - Session 4|
Thursday 2nd April
|South Weston Swimming Carnival|
Friday 3rd April
|Sacred Heart Athletics Carnival|
Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th April
|First Holy Communion Masses|
- Stage Two and Stage Three will be doing three weeks of OZ Tag clinics (Week 7-9) on a Monday. Therefore, Tuesdays sports day will be changed to Mondays.
- This week two permission notes will come home and need to be returned to school by Friday 20th March. One will be for the Athletics Carnival (week 9) and the other is for the Cross Country (early term Two)
Weekend MassesSaturday Vigil: 6pm
Sunday: 8.30 am and 10.00 am
(Join us for morning tea and meet some fellow parishioners – it is available after both these masses on the first Sunday of the month).
Weekday Masses8.30 am – Wednesday, Thursday
5.30 pm – Tuesday
9.30 am – Friday
(Goodwin Village: An Anointing Mass is celebrated at Goodwin Village for residents on the last Saturday of the month at 9.30 am.)
ReconciliationSaturday 11.00 to midday.
A great opportunity to get involved with the school and help with the recycling of bottles. If you have some time we would love to hear from you.
As a wise man one said, “A community that recycles together, stays together!” (Fox, Aaron. 2020. I had a Sustainable Dream!)
New articles from Michael Grose ‘Parenting Ideas’. We subscribe to his website as part of our BeYou framework
- Parenting in the age of disruption – the future will be different Insight insights parenting in the age of disruption
- Respectfully breaking the masculinity strait jacket – respectful relationships. Insight insights respectfully breaking the masculinity strait jacket
- Going beyond the fishbowl – preparing kids for the wider world. Insight insights going beyond the fishbowl and free Webinar due to our subscription.
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The voucher is valid until 18 June 2020.
- Harmony Day will be celebrated on Friday 20th March. Please see the attached letter for more information on this special day.
National Ride2School Day
Friday 13th of March (tomorrow) is National Ride2School Day. This event is organized by the Physical Activity Foundation of Australia. Sacred Heart are regular participants in these great community events and we always have a wonderful turn out on the mornings with people riding, walking and scootering to school.
We are encouraging as many students and parents to again get as involved as they can. We will have our regular walking and riding starting positions ready with teachers and helpers on the morning to meet you and then guide us to school in groups. A copy of our meeting places is below and hard copies will be in the front office.
We will meet at the starting places from 8:15am and then head to school from around 8:25am.
When at school there will be cut fruit for all students to help promote a healthy lifestyle and we will have music pumping to celebrate our arriving students and make the morning fun.
All participating students will go in a draw to win some great prizes at the assembly on Friday afternoon.
This is a fantastic event and we thank you for your continued support in highlighting the importance of physical exercise in all our lives.
Peer Support Session 3 Including Others
In our session this Friday in Stronger Together - our Peer Support module for our students, considers the relationships that students develop and how they can change over time. It looks at the role they play in contributing to these relationships and how the use of power, trust and honesty can change a relationship. Parents of participating students might like to talk about the different relationships that you have or their relationships with family and other friends outside school.
I am so pleased to have returned to Sacred Heart as the Welfare Officer for 2020, a role I started in Term 3 of 2019.
While this is my first time working within a school, my studies have been in Community Services, Community Development and Youth Work. I have a passion for contributing positively to my community and care deeply about the emotional wellbeing of others, particularly families.
The Welfare Officer role is funded under the National School Chaplaincy Program 2020-2022. Within this role at Sacred Heart, I assist students with social skills, inclusion, sportsmanship, friendships, self-esteem, empathy, conflict resolution, emotional regulation, community engagement and most importantly the many and varied personal crisis' that children experience.
Additionally, there will be groups facilitated during the year to assist students with specific needs, such as Season’s for Growth, a nationally recognised program for children experiencing grief and loss. Teachers can refer groups of children to me to strengthen and support social interactions.
Your child’s participation in any of the programs is voluntary. Many times, children come to me to discuss issues with a trusted adult, as I am not a counsellor, I will refer serious issues to the school counsellor under the guidance of Mrs Staines.
I thoroughly enjoy my role at Sacred Heart and hope that the children and their parents seek me out should they require support.
Mrs Tash Barrenger
Stage 3 Art Gallery Of Australia Excursion
Congratulations to the following students celebrating their Birthday
Aleria G, Airlie R, Joseph I, Taige M.
The following Awards will be presented this week at assembly:
|Murray B, Samuel Y, Tabitha S, Max P, Isabel U, Kelli G.|
|Eloise M, Kazou M, Isabelle A, Kamal S, Sarah W, Josephine K, Irrabella R, Hudson C, Lucas H, London S.|
|Aiden O, Arnaud S, Armani S, Cameron A, Zoe C, Leila W, Harrison H, Halle R, Isabella D, Scarlett M, Georgia A.|
Selena L, Allira K, Jasmine C, Asha K, Scarlett W, Olivia T, Whayne G, Ivy E, Iris H, Sascha K.