‘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’.
The season of Lent is a Catholic liturgical season consisting of forty days of fasting, prayer, and penitence beginning at Ash Wednesdayand concluding at sundown on Holy Thursday. The official liturgical colour for the season of Lent is violet/purple. The observance of Lent is related to the celebration of Easter. In the first three centuries of the Christian era, most Christians prepared for Easter by fasting and praying for three days. In some places this was extended to the entire week before Easter (now known as “Holy Week”). The word Lent derives from the Middle English word lenten, meaning springtime – the time of lengthening days.
Given the many challenges facing today’s families, now is the perfect time and home is the perfect place to experience Lent. After all, home is where we rush and rest, where we hope and worry, where we love and forgive. It is home where we most often experience day-to-day salvation. Lenten experiences can take place in nearly every room of the house.
The following is a link to a calendar of ideas for Lent that are easy to accomplish and relate to our daily lives. For example, fast from taking second helpings at one meal.
Next Thursday, 21 March, St Monica's will be celebrating Harmony Day. This is a day to celebrate our cultural diversity, inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. As a school we will be exploring the theme 'everybody belongs' in recognition of the rich multicultural landscape we live in. Students are permitted to wear a piece of orange clothing, e.g a hair ribbon, shirt, socks etc as part of this celebration.
Did you know?
Over the last 70 years more than seven and a half million migrants have made Australia their home
Nearly half of Australians were born overseas or have a parent who was
People from over 200 countries make up our Australian community and over 300 languages are spoken in our homes
Apart from English the most common languages spoken in Australia are Mandarin, Arabic, Cantonese, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Tagalog/Filipino, Hindi, Spanish and Punjabi
It is now 2 weeks until our Fete Day on Saturday 23 March.
The Country Fair theme went so well in 2018 and made for a fabulous atmosphere so we are doing it all again in 2019. We are also offering the chance to ‘sponsor a hay bale’ again this year. You can do this using Qkr. This year, the bales will be donated back to farmers in the Canberra and surrounding areas in need.
The themes for the raffle baskets are:
Kindergarten – Better Homes and Gardens – make a house a home, ideas include homewares, candles, placemats, tea towels, pot plants, garden ornaments.
Year 1 – Boredom Buster – think ultimate rainy day fun – puzzles, books, dvds, games, stickers, colouring books, cards etc.
Year 2 – Easter
Year 3 – Celebration – balloons, streamers, cheeseboards, lollies, party bag fillers etc.
Year 4 – Easter
Year 5 – Stationery and Craft – gel pens, pencils, notebooks, post-it-notes, stickers, embellishments, textas.
Year 6 – Cookin’ up a Storm – all things kitchen, baking and cooking.
Raffle Tickets and Value Tickets
Raffle ticket books are now due back to school. Thank you to families who have sent their books back. You are able to pay for your raffle tickets via Qkr. Please also remember to send your value ticket order forms back to school. Value tickets will be sent home with children once they are processed.
We are always looking for new sponsors so if you or someone you know is able to donate either items for our chocolate wheel or cash amounts to cover the costs of our entertainment, attractions or food stalls we ask you to please contact the fete team at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are also looking for volunteers to help on our various stalls on the day (all volunteers require a Working with Vulnerable People card so be sure to apply for yours soon if you don’t yet have one).
White Elephant Drop-offs
Last drop off for White Elephant will be this weekend between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday and Sunday. If you are able to assist with sorting of items on either one of these days please just show up to the hall.
Please send your pre-loved books to school with your children for our bookstall. The class who collectively donates the most books each week will win a weekly prize.
Class Winner for last week was 3L who have brought in 496 books.
We extend a big thank you in advance to our school families and community who always give so much to bring our fete together. We know we ask a lot of our school families, but as this is our biggest annual event and raises more money for the school than any other annual fundraiser, it is well worth the effort everyone puts in to making the day a success.
Next Wednesday, 20 March, is Tombola Day. For our new families Tombola Day is when the children bring in a bottle or jar (plastic only) or jar of goodies for prizes of a number game coordinated by the school staff on Fete day. The bottles/jars can be filled with lollies, pencils, erasers, stationery, licorice, musk sticks, bubble bath, hair ties. The options are endless. It will be a uniform free day on Tombola Day. Children can wear casual clothes but must wear their joggers and hat. For each bottle/jar donated children will receive a ticket into a lucky draw to win their choice on the tombola jars.
Conversations on Goals sessions (between teachers, students & parents) have opened.
Sessions will run over a three week period due to other events such a Year 5/6 Camp. All teachers have different schedules. Session appointments are available now using our online 'School Interviews' program. The booking code and Instructions are attached via the link below or make your booking via our school website - under Links - Parents.
Please contact the school office should you require assistance with your booking.
All parents/carers are expected to meet with their child's teacher during the term to discuss goals and progress
Community Council encourage people to volunteer at our school Fete. It is a great way for new families to meet the rest of our school community. If you are able to assist on the day please email our fete team - email@example.com or leave your name and contact at the Front Office.
If you are interested in taking on the role of School Banking Coordinator please contact the Front Office. Robyn, our current coordinator, is finishing up due to work commitments. Robyn will be available to hand over the role to you. The school banking takes between 1-2 hours to complete each week.
Last Thursday a team of 14 boys and girls from St Monica’s competed in the Belconnen District Australian Football Primary School Cup.
Reluctantly missing out on a day’s lessons, the students from Years 5 and 6 met at Holt oval on a beautiful Canberra Autumn day. Managed by Gemma Hansen, coached by Paul Raadts, and cheered on by a group of proud parents, the team played footy from 9 in the morning ‘til 2 in the afternoon.
In the early games the team was still finding its mojo but as the day got hotter so did the team. The players listened carefully to Paul’s coaching tips and in the last game of the round robin they were on fire.
Winning a place in the finals, the team came up against Radford College. It was a truly exciting game. Great skills were on display. Booming kicks, screaming catches and smart positional play saw the lead shift from team to team.
When the siren sounded Radford was ahead by the smallest of margins. However, as Coach Raadts commented after the game, “ …another 60 seconds and we would have had them!”
With modified rules and gender equality a priority, the local AFL clubs should be commended for their efforts to make an exciting game accessible to all the kids in the district.
As for the kids from St Monica’s….well they were great. Excellent sporting behaviour, resilience on the receiving end of hard knocks and lots of ‘ticker’ when things got tough.
Well done guys, you should be proud of yourselves.
Congratulations to Arrabelle S (5W), Isabella M (5W) Annabelle Field (4H), Bella Pope (4M), Abigail N (1E) and Chloe W (1E) who competed at a Calisthenics’s competition last weekend. The girls performed duos in their age groups and all walked away with medals & trophies. Well done girls!!!
Year 2 and Year 3 St Monica’s boys U7 teams Sharkies v Tagasaurs played each other in the Kaleen Oztag grand final with the Year 2 team Tagasaurs winning 4-1. The boys displayed a wonderful display of skill and agility and played a fair and fast game.
Late last year our school was selected to benefit from the Active Streets for Schools program over the next four years. Active Streets is an infrastructure program – supported by educational resources – to make it safer and easier to walk or ride to school.
More children walking or riding to school has numerous benefits, including increased health and wellbeing, less congestion and safer school communities. Some of the elements delivered through the program include:
Infrastructure improvements around schools, for example new or improved footpaths, crossings, better signage or traffic calming measures (e.g. speed humps)
Educational resources (including a map for each school)
Wayfinding pavement stencils
Promotion of part way drop off and collection points
A key aspect of the program is engagement with school communities to tailor the program to suit our needs. In the coming weeks the school community will be invited to provide feedback about the school’s map and invited to participate in a survey, which will allow you to highlight potential infrastructure improvements around the school to support walking or riding to school. We encourage the school community to embrace this opportunity and engage in the program.
Canberra’s entire public transport network has undergone a major overhaul which means extensive changes and improvements to the way students travel to school using dedicated public transport services in 2019. Transport Canberra will release detailed school and general bus timetables and route information in early 2019 before the new bus network starts in 2019.
The school services planned as part of the New Bus Network have been designed based on a newSchool Bus Services Policy(PDF 318KB).
The majority of students in Canberra travel to school by car. This means that many students are missing out on the health benefits of active travel and the opportunity to become proficient in public transport use. It also means many schools are congested with traffic around bell times. These new school services will ensure all students will be at their school destination prior to bell times.
The new public transport network includes 222 dedicated school bus services every school day. This is a similar number to today’s network, and 78 more dedicated school services than were included in the consultation network released in June. These services are simpler and easier for students, with most services running both morning and afternoon and using the same route number.
In the new network, the way Transport Canberra runs school buses will change. School bus services will generally be shorter to reduce the time it takes students to get to school, and they will provide more opportunities for students to connect to local and Rapid services. Additionally, local and Rapid services have been designed to provide good access to as many schools as possible across our city, so that more students at more schools can get to school by public transport.
Daramalan College - Year 7 2020 enrolment period is from Monday 6 May 2019 until Friday 24 May 2019.
St Clare's College - Open Evening on Wednesday 1 May. Tours of the College will be conducted between 4.30pm-6.00pm and 6.30pm-7.30pm. An information session presented by College staff and senior students will be held from 6.00pm-6.30pm in the College Hall.
Italian Lessons - Primo Learning is based in Belconnen and offers Italian classes on Saturdays during school terms to children from Kindergarten to Year 6. There are 2 sessions on a Saturday - 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm. Three hour session is $60, payable by term. No prior knowledge of Italian is needed. A fun way for kids to learn a new language. For more information contact Rozano on 0404 698 269, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit website www.primolearning.com.au