Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday and ends at sundown on Holy Thursday. It's a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord's Resurrection at Easter. During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer; we serve by works of love; and we practise self-control through fasting. We are called to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ's will more faithfully.
Many know of the tradition of abstaining from meat on Fridays during Lent, but we are also called to practise self-discipline and fast in other ways throughout the season. In addition, the giving of alms is one way to share God's gifts—not only through the distribution of money, but through the sharing of our time and talents.
In Lent, the baptised are called to renew their baptismal commitment.
On Tuesday 16th February, the 2021 Annual General Meeting of the Community Council was held. It was lovely to see an equal mix of returning families and those who are new to our community. We would encourage everyone to come along to Open Meetings as they are a fantastic way of connecting with our community and understanding more about our school.
At the AGM, all positions on the executive were declared vacant, nominations received and votes taken. I am pleased to advise that Jac Hrast has agreed to be our Deputy Chair and Elsa Hietbrink has agreed to take on the role of Secretary. In addition, Danielle Hartnett has agreed to sit on the Council’s Fundraising sub-committee.
The Council is still accepting nominations for the roles of:
- Treasurer and
- Parent Rep Coordinator.
If you are interested in taking on one of these roles or would like to find out more about them, please contact the Front Office or email Jac.
The meeting also discussed the plans for the 50+1 Celebration Year, fundraising opportunities and priorities for 2021, and the School’s 2021 Annual Improvement Plan. Attendees also discussed possible ways to deliver Maths and Literacy information sessions to parents and carers, with the idea that some of our adaptions from the period of at-home learning during 2020, such as short videos on learning approaches or games, could be used in future. The school will provide more details on this shortly.
The next Open Meeting will be held on 11th May and will be hosted on Zoom. A link will be provided via SZapp closer to the time and we encourage you all to attend.
Potential fundraising events were discussed, and ideas shared. We will shortly be calling for people who are able to join a fundraising sub-committee for events in 2021 and 2022.
We talked about the important role that our Parent Representatives will have this year as we reconnect and have the opportunity to gather in smaller groups.
Kindergarten Sean and Anna McLeod
Year 1 Red
Year 1 White Catherine Llyod
Year 2 Red
Year 2 White
Year 3 Red
Year 3 White Catherine Llyod
Year 4 Navy
If you feel you are able to support the school by offering to take up one of these roles or need further information, please contact Shari or Lisa in the front office.
We thank everyone who has already volunteered.
Thank you everyone for the prompt return of the carnival notes. We are very grateful to all those families who have been able to volunteer their help at either carnival, thank you. We look forward to a wonderful community event on 4th March.
Take care and God bless,
Mathletics Student Subscription Years 2-6
Sacred Heart issues all students in Years 2-6 with a Mathletics subscription. This online platform can be used at home and school to support progress in learning on a computer or via the app. Your child has been issued their username and password and will be bringing this information home shortly. We will print out gold certificates and present them at assembly every few weeks.
For information about how to use Mathletics and to explore some new features please read the attached 4 page pdf. Mathletics
Reading Eggs Subscription Year K-1
Sacred Heart issues all students in Years k-1 with a Reading Eggs subscription. This online platform can be used at home and school to support progress in learning. Your child has been issued their username and password and will be bringing this information home shortly. Teachers will be undertaking the placement tests over the next few days to ensure your child is working at the level best suited to their learning readiness.
For a quick overview of how Reading Eggs works, please click on this Link.
We encourage you to put your compassion into action this Lent through your prayer, fasting and almsgiving by supporting Project Compassion.
Each family will receive a Project Compassion box which will be sent home on Friday.
Saint Oscar Romero is our inspiration for Project Compassion 2021, so in his words let’s “Aspire not to have more, but to be more.”
Catholic Education is celebrating 200 years in Australia, marking the bicentenary of the first Catholic school established in Parramatta in October 1820.
The first Catholic school in Australia was founded in October 1820 by Irish Catholic priest Fr John Therry and run by convict and lay person George Marley. The school, which Catholic historians believe was in Hunter Street Parramatta, taught 31 students. By 1833 there were 10 Catholic schools in the colony.
Over 200 years, Catholic schools have grown to become the largest provider of schooling in Australia (outside government) with one in five school age students attending a Catholic school.
This represents some 768,000 students in 1,751 schools across the country and employs 98,000 teachers and staff.
Nearly 40 per cent of Catholic schools are located outside of metropolitan cities in regional, rural and remote communities.
Sacred Heart staff and student representatives will attend mass at St Christopher’s Cathedral on Wednesday 24th February to mark the 200 Year anniversary of Catholic Education in Australia.
Wednesday 24th February
Thursday 25th- Saturday 27th February
Monday 1st March
Wednesday 3rd March
Thursday 4th March
Saturday 6th & Sunday 7th March
Wednesday 10th March
Friday 12th March
- Now that we are in week 3, please make sure that your child/children are in the correct school uniform. A note will be sent home to you should your child/children not be in the correct uniform. Please refer to the school website for the school uniform requirements. CLICK HERE
- Sacred Heart is a NUT AWARE school. Please remember to avoid nut products in your child/children's lunchboxes, example: Nutella and various snack/museli bars.
- The Kindergarten Health Check forms are due back at school on 1st March and are due for collection on the 2nd March. Please CLICK HERE further information.
WINTER COMP 2021
Please note that all registrations are to be made no later than Friday 26th February.
Year 4, 5 & 6 link –
Arawang calendar link
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
- Mr Michael Dooley Phone: 0424987337
This week we have had Kenny Koala and Dave visiting from AFP (Australian Federal Police) to present to the children a range of safety topics.
The children in 1 Red this week made pancakes with Mrs Kelly for Shrove Tuesday.
Congratulations to the following students celebrating their birthday this week
Albert W, Adrian R, Aaliyah B, Kevin V.
This week's assembly will be run by our school leaders in the hall.
Awards will be presented at this time.
Due to COVID restrictions, parents are unable to attend.
|Grace M, Matthew C, Lilly T.|
|Jude C, Cohen T, Joshua L, Copper G, Samuel Y, Kirapreet K, Finn H, Harriet J, Finley C, Noah F.|
|Keshav S, Thomas L, Eloise M, Ethan WP, Josh L, Josh H, Ansh B, Jennifer T.|
|Carmelia L, Aidan O, Amelia H, Shivon Y, Mirella M, Ruby B, Georgia A, Molly F, Zoe C.|
MERICI COLLEGE ENROLLING NOW!
Merici’s new Principal, Anna Masters, and her Executive are looking forward to meeting you at one or all of the College’s enrolment events. This is a wonderful opportunity for prospective families to see the College in action, meet the students and staff, attend the Principal’s Address, Year 7 and 11 Information Evenings and lots more.
The College is enrolling now for 2022 and beyond!
Please visit www.merici.college for all dates and information for Open Day, Be a Merici Girl Days and Talk and Tours. Register online now!
Open Day and Year 7 2022 Information Night: Wednesday 28 April 2-4pm, 5.30-7.30pm
Be a Merici Girl Days: 22 April, 23 April, 6 May
Talk and Tours: 20 February, 27 March, 1 May, 21 August, 23 October
Telephone 02- 6243 4178 for all enquiries.
Woden Valley Youth Choir:
Welcoming New Choristers!
Woden Valley Youth Choir is an exciting and dynamic choir for young people aged 8 to 25. We are proud to offer so many positive benefits to our members: learning to sing with confidence, enhanced self-esteem, improved performance skills, and a solid music education. As a WVYC Chorister, we don’t just sing – we become musicians.
Woden Valley Youth Choir has six groups which form the choir:
- Nova Voices – Lower Primary Choir
- Borealis Voices – Upper Primary/ Lower Secondary choir
- Australis Voices – Secondary/Tertiary Treble Choir
- Centauri Voices – Secondary choir for young men with changing or changed voices
- Aurora Vocal Ensemble – extension a cappella group for selected members of Borealis Voices
- Spectra Vocal Ensemble – extension a cappella group for selected members of Australis Voices and Centauri Voices
Rehearsals are held at Charles Weston School in Coombs on Tuesday afternoon/evening during school terms. For more information, including about our music staff and fees, please see wvyc.org.au.
OPEN DAY 23rd FEBRUARY 2021:
Would you like to experience the choir before committing? Our next intake for new members will be March 2021.
An open rehearsal will be held on Tuesday 23rd February at Building 6, Charles Weston School Coombs, 80 Woodberry Avenue, Coombs
- Primary school children: 4:30 – 5:30
- Secondary school/tertiary aged: 6:00 – 7:00
Auditions to join WVYC will be held on Saturday 27th February, or at a mutually arranged time. Please register your interest by emailing email@example.com.
For more information about the choir and to download an application form go to wvyc.org.au. If you have further questions, please call 1300 599 655.