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- Parish Sacramental News
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- You Can Do It - Emma Russell
- Protective Behaviours and Puberty - Luke Donnelly
- Reading During Remote Learning - Melinda Brown
- Library News - Veronica Melville
- Sport News - Ryan Matchett
- School Fees - Term 3
- Star Awards for Week 6
- Happy Birthday
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Remote Learning Engagement
Continue to stay COVID safe and may God's blessing be with everyone.
Name: St Therese of Lisieux
Lived: 1873 - 1897
Patron Saint of missions and florists
Feast Day: 1st October
Bio: Therese was born in France in 1873, the pampered daughter of a mother who had wanted to be a saint and a father who had wanted to be monk. Her parents had nine children, five of which were girls who were all very close.
Tragedy and loss came quickly to Therese when her mother died of breast cancer when she was four and a half years old. Her sixteen-year-old sister Pauline became her second mother -- which made the second loss even worse when Pauline entered the Carmelite convent five years later. A few months later, Therese became so ill with a fever that people thought she was dying.
The worst part of it for Therese was all the people sitting around her bed staring at her like, she said, "a string of onions." When Therese saw her sisters praying to statue of Mary in her room, Therese also prayed. She saw Mary smile at her and suddenly she was cured. She tried to keep the grace of the cure secret, but people found out and badgered her with questions about what Mary was wearing, what she looked like. When she refused to give in to their curiosity, they passed the story that she had made the whole thing up.
Without realising it, by the time she was eleven years old she had developed the habit of mental prayer. She would find a place between her bed and the wall and in that solitude think about God, life, eternity.
Therese would often have emotional outbursts and would cry at the tiniest things. She really wanted to join the Carmelite convent but was worried that others would think she would be able to handle the rigour of a Carmelite life. So she prayed to Jesus for the inner strength to handle life’s emotions.
After her conversion at Christmas, where her emotional fortitude was tested and she succeeded through prayer, Therese joined the Carmelite convent where her sisters were. However, the Mother superior refused to take her because she was so young. Therese decided to go to the Bishop to ask for his approval. She was refused again! This time she went to the Vicar General, who was so impressed by her courage, gave his blessing to join the Carmelite convent where her sisters were.
Not long after this, Therese’s father suffered a series of strokes that affected him physically and mentally. He was taken to an insane asylum and as a cloistered nun, Therese was unable to visit him. This upset her greatly and affected her ability to pray. It was during this time that she began showing her love through small deeds. The small deed was to spread flowers, which she considered a small sacrifice. Therese was also known as the “little flower".
“Remember that nothing is small in the eyes of God. Do all that you do with love.”
Sacramental Program 2021
Sacrament of Confirmation for eligible Year 6 students – will be celebrated on:
- 7 September in St Michael’s Church at 6pm
- 8 September in St Monica’s Church at 6pm
- 9 September in St Monica’s Church at 6pm
Trybooking – is open for you to book your family for the service you have chosen. The links to book the service are listed on the parish website at www.cg.org.au/belconnennorth
Saint’s Name and Sponsor
If you have not indicated this information on your registration form – could you please send an email to email@example.com with the information as soon as possible.
Updates regarding Covid restrictions relating to the Sacrament of Confirmation will be provided in the school bulletins and on the Parish website.
Last week we published our daily guide in preparation should the ACT go into lockdown without realising it would happen the following day.
Now that you've experienced two days of remote learning we're wondering how it's going? Is the daily guide, weekly overviews, remote learning website, MS Teams and Google Classroom or Seesaw working?
If you have any feedback from a parent perspective we would love to hear from you.
In Year 2 this term we have been enjoying lessons that incorporate different aspects of social awareness. We have been identifying practical ways to care for others and ways of making and keeping friends. We have been developing an understanding that part of getting along is listening attentively to others.
Five Good Listening Rules
Look at the person who is talking
Listen and don’t interrupt
Ask questions to find out more
Nod or say something to show you understand
Repeat what you have heard in your own words
Being a good friend doesn’t mean you always have all the right words to say. Sometimes it means you just know when to be a good listener.
Due to our current lockdown we have made the decision to postpone teaching the remainder of the protective behaviours unit in K-6 and commencing the puberty unit in 5/6. These are both learning areas that require face to face teaching in the supports of the school environment.
We would encourage our parents in Years 5 and 6 to continue to engage with the My Body, My Life home program in preparation for the puberty program commencing on our return to school.
The allocated time for reading during remote learning is 25 minutes each day. This can be broken up throughout the day and should include a combination of your child reading aloud to someone and reading to themselves.
If you have run out of reading resources at home remember there are plenty of them online.
Our school has many subscriptions so please check them out.
Click on the link for school log in details.
KINDERGARTEN AND YEAR 1 PARENTS
There is a great set of decodable readers by Little Learners Love Literacy available to download for free at the Apple Store until the end of September. Titles include Pip and Tim and The Wiz Kids.
Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Announcement
Children’s Book Council of Australia Book Week starts on Saturday 21 August. The Book of the year will be announced this Friday at noon. The announcement will be live streamed or can be watched later, https://cbca.org.au/news/the-2021-cbca-book-of-the-year-awards-are-coming
Virtual Book Week Parade
On Friday 27 August students will be able to wear a mask or even dress up as a book character for their whole group meeting. This is a chance for the students to be creative with the theme in designing their mask. The theme opens a world of possible whether it be other cultures, an ancient world, or aliens or a book character from an old world, new world or other world. Dont forget to have your book ready to show everyone
Reading and Sora
The students have been able to borrow extra books for the remote learning. If they read all these books, they can access eBooks and audio books. Your ACEN Overdrive and Sora eBook/audiobook online system is accessible to you with your CE network login 24/7.
The ACEN OverDrive website is located at http://acen.lib.overdrive.com or by searching in the Apple store or Google Play for the OverDrive app. (link). When asked to search for a library, click to search by ‘Name’, not location, and then search for ‘ACEN’.
Due to the current lockdown the Belconnen Carnival has been postponed indefinitely. I will advise of a new date and arrangements when we have the information. Thank you to the 9 parents who volunteered to help, I will be in touch when the carnival is rescheduled. All other school sport events have been postponed until further notice as well.
Last week we were lucky enough to squeeze in the Oz Tag Gala Days. On Wednesday we had 4 boys teams compete. Mr McFadden, Mr Fletcher and our parents reported that all students played with fantastic skill and showed tremendous team spirit. On Thursday I attended with our 5/6 girls team who played really well as a team and with great sportsmanship. While we did not have any teams make it through to finals games, all teams had some great wins and close losses. Special thanks to Mark Field, Mel Wrenford, Simon Carey, Erin Gilligan and Jonno McPhllips for coaching our teams on the day.
Physical Activity in Lockdown
As we are in lockdown for the next few weeks it is so important to get out and exercise as a family. Ideas to keep active include:
- Go for a family bike ride
- Go for a walk around your neighbourhood
- Play a game in the backyard
- Set up an obstacle course around the backyard- see who completes it the fastest
- Do some skipping and running
Some resources that you could access:
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