- School Theme Term 3
- Principal's Message
- Cyber Safety for our Families - TikTok in the news
- RE News - Haley Stonham
- Parish Sacramental News - Confirmation
- Sport News - Ryan Matchett
- The Assessment Waterfall @ St Monica's - Luke Donnelly
- COVID-19 Updates
- Parent Corner
- School Counsellor
- Happy Birthday
- Community Council News - Evelyn David-Hoole
- Tennis Holiday Camps
- Passion & Purpose Dance Academy
- Young Engineers - Holiday Camp
- Holiday Happenings
- Working With Vulnerable People Card
You may be aware of a recent social media incident where inappropriate and distressing content was shared, from outside of Australia, on various platforms including Facebook, TikTok, Instagram and Twitter.
While it has appeared on other social media platforms, TikTok’s For You algorithm that recommends videos to users means more people are seeing it on TikTok than on somewhere like Instagram, where the content in your feed is primarily from people you follow (or was until a recent change that surfaces video from other users when you scroll to the end of your feed). We would encourage families to avoid using TikTok while the video is still circulating.
The Australian Office of the eSafety Commissioner is working closely with the social media companies to have this content removed; however, at this stage, the content is still widespread on some platforms.
Your children may be able to access this distressing material through their personal devices, should they actively look for it or if it is shared by a friend.
We would urge extreme caution in how you raise this issue with your child if they have not already heard or been exposed to this video. Drawing undue attention to the issue may cause unnecessary worry or distress and increase its exposure. If you do wish to discuss the matter with your child, please emphasise the significant distress that may be caused when accessing such material.
If your child has inadvertently viewed this content, please support your child’s wellbeing by:
- Reporting this content to the social media platform that it has been viewed on, or to eSafety at esafety.gov.au/report/illegal-harmful-content
- Seeking support:
- Calling 000 in life threatening circumstances.
- Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800 - phone support all day every day and online support from 8am-midnight every day (AEST).
- eHeadspace 1800 650 890 - open 9am-1am daily (AEST).
- Lifeline 13 11 14 - phone support all day, every day and online support 7pm-4am daily (AEST).
- Beyondblue 1300 22 4636 - phone support all day, every day and online support 3pm-midnight every day.
- Suicide Call-back Service 1300 659 467 - phone support all day, every day, and follow-up calls.
- Your child’s teacher.
The Office of the eSafety Commissioner has resources available to help children, young people and their families navigate the online world. The following links may be useful to support your conversations with your child.
If you have any concerns, please contact our school.
Year 3 Reconciliation
This week is a very special week for the Reconciliation candidates. Yesterday was the first evening over at St Michael’s with the sacrament continuing at St Monica’s this evening and tomorrow evening. We wish all the candidates well as they receive God’s forgiving grace to renew their hearts. Please continue to keep our Candidates and their families in your prayers so we may continue to support them as they grow through their reconciliation experience.
Sacramental Program – Confirmation 2020
Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated on:
Tuesday 10 November in St Michael’s Church
Wednesday 11 November in St Monica’s Church
Thursday 12 November in St Monica’s Church
Tuesday 17 November in St Monica’s Church
Registration for the Sacrament of Confirmation can be made via the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Qkr! App and will close by 25 September 2020.
Parent Information Night
The parent information night is on 17 September 2020 via zoom at https://cgcatholic.zoom.us/j/99770997965
Students and parents must attend one of the Masses listed below to make their commitment for the sacrament.
Please remember to make a booking for the Mass in advance, through the parish website.
Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 September
Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 September
Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 October
There will be no more commitment masses beyond these dates.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is available in 2020 for the School of Religion. Any queries can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org
In-School Sport Competition
In Term 4 we will be running an in-school Sport Competition. COVID has impacted on school and regional sport in many ways and this is a way of getting our students active while also participating in some friendly competition. Please see the note attached for more information, permission notes and competition rules. Please contact me directly if you have any questions.
Individual Goal Setting
The final stage of the Assessment Waterfall is the stage that has been recognised consistently by all of our students as being important. Once a student knows the Learning Intention and Success Criteria, receives Descriptive Feedback from their teacher and engages in Peer and Self Assessment they are in a great position to create an individual goal for improvement.
Parents and carers are welcome to contact the school to make an appointment with our School Counsellor if you have any questions and/or concerns about your child’s emotional wellbeing. Please contact your child's teacher or Carmel Maguire for a referral form for your child. Our counsellor works every Tuesday and for a morning every second Wednesday (odd weeks).
Passion & Purpose Academy is Canberra’s fastest growing dance school with the most affordable hip hop classes for 3 - 17 year olds. To arrange a free trial at our Melba Copland Secondary School studio, please enrol online at www.passionandpurpose.com.au
Details below for upcoming Holiday Program.