‘What is the Kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like the mustard seed that someone took and sowed in the garden; it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches’.
Most Holy Virgin Immaculate, our perpetual help, my Mother Mary, you are the mother of my Lord, the queen of the universe, the advocate, the hope, and the refuge of sinners. I, who am in great need of your Son's grace, have recourse this day to you.
I am most grateful for the many graces you have bestowed upon me in the past. I place in you my prayers for my eternal salvation. Accept me as your child and shelter me under your mantle, you who are the mother of mercy.
From you, I ask for a true love of your Son, Jesus Christ. Through you, I hope to die a holy death. My dear Mother, by the love you bear to Almighty God, I pray that you assist me always, but most of all at the last moment of my life.
Mary, conceived without sin, continue to be my Mother of Perpetual Help. Amen.
Next term Susan Carswell will be on Long Service Leave for the first three weeks of the term. During this time Mr Andras Toth will be taking the class with Serae Love teaching on a Thursday. Monika Richards will also be on leave for the first two weeks of term.
Today and tomorrow Luke Donnelly and Christopher Evans are attending a two-day course, "Talk for Writing". We are considering this professional learning as a direction for St Monica's to support the development of writing across the school.
Unfortunately, our school counsellor has been appointed to another position from the commencement of next term. We are currently waiting to hear from CatholicCare who will be our replacement. I am hoping this will be finalised before the commencement of next term.
We currently have Joshua Dalton and Lochy Smith, Educators in our SMOOSH care program, working with children over morning tea and lunchtime breaks to encourage cooperative play. We very much appreciate their assistance at this time of the term when everyone is tired. We are currently finding the children are displaying a lack of patience and manners around the school. Please remind your child of the importance to think before acting.
Leaving St Monica's
A final reminder to those who are yet to lodge their online enrolment application for St Monica's Primary School. Your enrolment applications are over-due.
Those who think they may not be at St Monica's next year (Year 6 exempt) are also asked to let me know your intentions, via writing. My estimates regarding predicted numbers for St Monica's in 2020 must be submitted to the Catholic Education Office soon. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.
As indicated in an earlier newsletter the children in Years 5 & 6 are permitted to wear navy short during the winter months. This option has been extended across the school, from Kinder to Year 6. Boys and girls must wear the correct style if electing to wear shorts.
Creator God, we are your people. We look to the future with optimism and with faith in you, as we pursue our call to provide justice and fullness of life for all people.
We pray that every man, woman and child may develop their potential and meet you in themselves and in one another. May we enjoy a totally welcoming community, with you as our centre, joined hand in hand with our sisters and brothers. We ask this in Jesus’ name.
Congratulation to all the students of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish who received the Sacrament of Eucharist for the first time last weekend. The students were very, very excited and conducted themselves in a reverent and prayerful manner.
Thank you to Fr Loi for his time and patience, the parish musicians who added a special dimension to our liturgies and all who assisted us in walking the students on this journey.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Feast Day
Today June 27, we celebrate the feast day of Our Lady of Perpetual Help- our parish patron saint. Yesterday St Monica’s School gathered to celebrate Mass for our feast day. Fr Loi spoke about the special relationship between us and our mothers and from here our relationship with Mary, our mother, who is always there to help us.
The Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help is one of the most well known and displayed icons in Catholic homes and churches. In Australia, its prevalence is due to the influence of the Redemptorist Order of Priests and Brothers who ‘gave missions’ in parishes around the country. They were known for their ‘fire and brimstone’ delivery of homilies. However, they also prompted devotion to Our Lady of Perpetual Help.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Feast Day- St Monica’s and St Michael’s School
Tomorrow the two schools are gathering to celebrate our Parish Feast Day. St Monica’s Kindergarten, Year 1 and Year 2 students are travelling across to St Michael’s for a morning of prayer, fun and games. St Michael’s Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6 students are coming across to join with us at St Monica’s – for a similar morning of prayer, fun and games. We look forward to building our parish connections and getting to know each other.
This year our parish feast day will be celebrated on Saturday 29 June with a Pot Luch Dinner to be held in the St Monica's school at 7.00pm. Please come along and join with your fellow parishioners to build community spirit. Bring finger food, a light meal to share or a sweet dish for dessert. Bring your own drinks. Plates, cutlery, tea and coffee will be provided.
Youth Mass at St Michael's - Sunday 30 June
The 5.30pm Mass at St Michael's Church on Sunday 30 June will be a Youth Mass. Volunteers are needed for the liturgy; readers, offertory procession, collectors and for the drama. Please join us for pizza afterwards. Contact Monica Culas on 0435 876 303.
Focus 3: Develop a shared understanding of how the Australian Curriculum is implemented at St Monica’s
During 2019 the staff will develop a schoolwide map of Concepts based on the Achievement Standards and Professional Learning guidance.
Each of the St Monica's Professional Learning Teams (PLTs) will complete action research on the application of the Australian Curriculum in English, Mathematics and Conceptual Inquiry (Including RE) that lead to improved student academic growth.
How are we going to do this?
Curriculum Implementation & PLTs
PLTs to complete action learning on the use of Achievement Standards in Conceptual Inquiry (including RE), English and Mathematics.
Achievement standards for each learning area or subject describe the learning expected of students at each year level or band of years.
Address the use of General Capabilities in classroom programming.
The general capabilities play a significant role in the Australian Curriculum in equipping young Australians to live and work successfully in the twenty-first century.
In the Australian Curriculum, capability encompasses knowledge, skills, behaviours and dispositions. Students develop capability when they apply knowledge and skills confidently, effectively and appropriately in complex and changing circumstances, in their learning at school and in their lives outside school.
The Australian Curriculum includes seven general capabilities
Literacy & Numeracy
Deepening teacher knowledge and skills of effective literacy practices by engaging in targeted PD and mentoring.
With the guidance of a Literacy Mentor (Petra Cole) review and redevelop the agreed structure to the English block,on going implementation of SoundsWrite and development of a Reading Plan.
Ongoing consultation with Leonie Anstey, a Mathematics Consultant, in developing and maintaining our numeracy block and implementation of effective teaching strategies
Participate in the MathsBURST Project with Tom Lowrie (UC Project) - Yrs 4-6
MathsBURST is an inquiry-based teacher professional learning and student enrichment program that:
develops students’ mathematics understandings through the spatial reasoning component of the general numeracy capability; and
promotes STEM practices through units of work that integrate STEM across all curriculum areas with digital tools.
The school was abuzz today with children and teachers wearing their colourful bright pyjamas and onesies to school. St Monica’s has raised $634 for Joe Maths Primary School. This is an amazing donation for Joe Maths and will go towards providing the students there with stationery, textbooks and exercise books.
Anxiety is more than feeling stressed or worried. It can be tough to cope, but with the right support things can get better.
Anxiety is something that we all experience from time to time. Sometimes anxiety can help us perform better by helping us feel alert and motivated. The experience of anxiety is our body’s way of preparing us to manage difficult situations. Anxiety can come and go – but for some of us, it can stick around for a long time and end up having a big impact on daily life. When this happens, it might be time to do something about it.
What are the common types of anxiety disorders? Anxiety disorders are some of the most common mental health challenges experienced by young people. People can experience different types of anxiety disorders, but it’s important to know that they can all be treated. These include: generalised anxiety disorder, social anxiety, separation anxiety, agoraphobia, panic disorder and specific phobias.
Internet based therapy is not new anymore. Many studies have shown great success with online cognitive behaviour therapy. It is convenient, cost effective, confidential and easy to access for busy families. The BRAVE Program is an interactive, online program for the prevention and treatment of childhood and adolescent anxiety. The programs are free, and provide ways for children and teenagers to better cope with their worries. There are also programs for parents. Please visit https://brave4you.psy.uq.edu.au for more information.
Term 2 School Fees payment was due on 7 June. If you have not yet paid your fees, please settle your account as soon as possible.
If you have a Direct Debit arrangement in place no additional payment is required. However, please ensure you have sufficient funds in your account for the debits to take place successfully. In the event one of your debits is refused, you are required to make a separate payment to cover the missed payment.
As always, please contact the School Finance Officer should you need to discuss your school fees account.
St Monica’s Stars - Cooper R (1B) - 1st star, Esther L (2D) - 2nd star, Amelia B (3/4C) - 2nd star, Laura G (5MF) - 5th star, Claire H (5MF) - 1st star, Jack R (5MF) - 4th star, Giselle S (5MF) - 3rd star, Ava S (5MF) - 4th star, Geordie T (5MF) - 3rd star, Emma T (5MF) - 5th star, Nethan W (5MF) - 3rd star, Ella K (5MF) - 3rd star, Charlize S (5W) - 3rd star, Sophie S (5W) - 3rd star
Pride Badges - Giselle S (5MF), Geordie T (5MF), Nethan W (5MF), Ella K (5MF), Charlize S (5W), Sophie S (5W)
Well done to the following students who represented St Monica's at the ACT Junior Chess League Primary Open Championships - Belconnen Zone on Monday- Mary D-H (5F), Angelino S (5F), Charlize S (5W), Michael H (4M), Rohan G (4M), Gabe J (4M), Sarah D-H (3M), Annalene L (3M), Annalise S (3L) and Zarah L (2R).
The team from St Monica's played well. Our top team tied for 4th place and our leading scorers (Mary D-H, Charlize S, Sarah D-H and Angelino S) will represent St Monica's at the ACT Primary finals in Term 3.
Our annual chess tournament is on again on the 2nd of August (Friday, week 2, Term 3). This tournament is free for anyone who would like to enter and is open to all students who can play chess from years 1-6. Refer to the entry form for further details. Don't forget to polish up your chess skills or learn how to play chess over the school holidays!
St Michael's School Trivia Night - Friday 28 June - 7.30pm-10.00pm
Please come along with your family and friends to enjoy a night of fun and friendship. The cost is $15 per person. The Trivia Night is being held in St Michael's school hall on Friday night from 7.30pm-10.00pm. Bring your own nibbles and drinks and come dressed as a TV character.
Thank you to all the families who have sent in Earn and Learn stickers. Earn and Learn has now finished so if you do have any stickers at home please send them in to school by Friday 5 July. We need to have our final count submitted by Sunday 7 July.
Coerver Coaching is recognised as the World's number one soccer skills teaching method. Coerver Coaching is in over 45 countries and has been operating in the ACT for 18 plus years. Coerver has a wonderful history of working with a wide number of schools across the ACT assisting the students in developing their skills in soccer. They are also able to provide lesson/session plans to assist teachers in coaching students.
Holiday Coaching Camps - Monday 8 July - Friday 12 July
Holiday Coaching Camps at Melba provides a week of intensive tennis coaching from our award-winning coaches.
Red Ball Camp Ages 3-6
With special low compression red balls that bounce lower and slower and genuine 'Hot Shots' mini courts with lower nets, the youngest champions will have fun learning to play. Time - 9am - 10am, Cost - day rate - $17, full week - $60.
Junior Tennis Camp Ages 6-14
Older kids will develop strokes and game skills in a fun and challenging environment. Time - 9am - 12pm, Cost - day rate - $45, full week - $180.