Our wonderful Year 10 students are in the final weeks of their time with us. They have been excellent leaders over this past traumatic year when nothing was as it should have been. This week they have completed their final exams to conclude their Stage 5 studies. Already many of them are looking to a bright future either at Hennessy Catholic College Young, Cootamundra High, Mater Dei or Kildare, Wagga, Canberra Girls Grammar, apprenticeships or traineeships. They have embraced all the challenges that we have offered to them and they have conducted themselves with distinction. Next week they will participate in the annual Beyond Sacred Heart with its new virtual format before two weeks of Work Experience. We wish them every possible success and remind them of our mantra – “Once a Sacred Heart Kid, always a Sacred Heart Kid”. We hope the memories they made and all they learn will serve them well long after they leave our playground.
Next week our 7-9 students will sit their final exams and we encourage them to make time to revise and prepare. Our primary students are also wrapping up their assessments in preparation for the end of the year and all teachers will be busy compiling semester reports. If your child is experiencing unnecessary anxiety because of this expectation please make contact with the class teacher or PCA so that they can continue to support our students to do their very best.
Last week we welcomed our newest students for the 2021 Kindergarten class. It was delightful to watch their enthusiasm for all things to do with “Big School”. They very quickly adapted to the expectations of Ms McDonnell and Mrs Alexander and were able to make the most of the day’s activities. They will return this week in our abbreviated transition program. Our next opportunity for Year 7 2021 to familiarise themselves with the new experience of secondary education is planned for 26 November to coincide with our 2021 leadership elections. We will also be able to invite students from other feeder schools, finally, and we look forward to them joining our community. Further information will be sent out to interested and prospective enrolments.
Following on from the students’ generous donation to CanAssist Cootamundra our student body was able to raise in excess of $1300 for Socktober to help put an end to poverty. Our students are increasingly aware of the civic responsibilities they have to our global community. Thank you to the Students Leadership, Mrs Maxwell and Mr Mahon for their leadership of this initiative.
We are so excited that some of the restrictions have been relaxed and we have been able to welcome parent helpers back into our classrooms. Please be mindful that the requirements of having a current volunteer Working With Children Check (WWCC) still apply and you need to present your certificate and details to the Front Office so that they can maintain an up-to-date file of all our generous parent helpers.
There has been no directive to relax the restriction on the use of communal bubblers however. Therefore ALL students are still required to bring a water bottle that can be refilled at the taps as needed. As the weather has been warmer it is obvious that many students are coming to school without a drink bottle and require plastic cups to maintain the necessary fluid intake. Please leave a bottle in their bags so that they have the opportunity to replenish their water supplies throughout the day.
Today it was my privilege to escort the Primary leaders to the S&C Club for the Remembrance Service. The students were respectful and interested in the ceremony and were very fitting ambassadors for our school. It is important that we continue to commemorate the sacrifices that our service people have made to our freedom and quality of life. Back at school our Year 9 students conducted a short commemorative service for the Primary school and to all accounts it was also a very respectful ceremony. Thank you to Mr Mahon and Year 9 for this initiative.
Mrs Nicky Trinder
Sacrament of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist
The sessions for First Reconciliation and First Eucharist will take place on Thursday afternoons, over a period of 5 weeks (4 lessons plus a twilight retreat including First Reconciliation), as indicated below. With the obvious time constraints, it is critical for your child to attend all the preparation sessions and the final Twilight Retreat, to adequately prepare our candidates for the reception of First Reconciliation which will be held at the Twilight Retreat and First Eucharist. If there is an unplanned inability to attend a session, please advise Fr Lolesio as soon as possible.
Venue: Sacred Heart School Library
Time: 3.30pm - 4.30pm
Session 5: 12th November (Twilight Retreat)
Please keep the candidates in your prayers as they make their First Eucharist this Sunday 15th November.
Annual Catholic Missions Fundraiser
$3337.75 was raised last Friday for the school's annual fundraiser. A fantastic effort from all those who contributed.
|Ashley Hall||Estee McLeod|
|William Hazlett||Juliet Daley|
|Rose Dickinson||Evelyn Drum|
|Lila Phillips||Darcy Fry|
|Olivia Blackney||Alice Fader|
|Harry Blackman||Lucy Coggan|
|Halle Johnson||Thomas Jones|
|Alexander English||Zara Bodycott|
|Nellie Ward||Jake Winsor|
|3W||Secondary House Points Winner|
|Remika-May Penrith||Beau Beddow|
|William Hazlett, Lincoln Childs, Maisy Fry|
Primary NRL Gala Days
Last Wednesday we had 30 Stage 3 students participate in the Stage 3 NRL Gala Day in Young. We had a combined boys tackle team with Trinity and two girls league tag teams.
Thank you to Mrs Maxwell, Mr Murray, David Harris, Mindy Chambers and Mark Lake who supported the teams on the day.
The Stage 2 NRL Gala Day is being held next Wednesday, 18th November. If your child wishes to participate and has not returned their permission note, please return ASAP.
*Students are to be dropped off at the oval and picked up by their own parent/caregiver and unfortunately there can be no spectators at the event.
Boys playing tackle rugby MUST wear a mouthguard and headgear on the field.
Colour Challenge - Touch
During weekly sport, Secondary students will compete in the last Colours Challenge for the year, in Touch. Points from this competition go toward the Champion House trophy presented at the Awards Ceremony.
Students will attend the pool after the competition and will therefore require their swimmers, rash shirt, towel, sunscreen, hat, recess and $2.50 for pool entry (unless students have a pool pass).
Students will return to school by 3:15pm, and leave from school as per usual. Students will NOT be permitted to leave from the pool.
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Primary Sports Coordinator Secondary Sports Coordinator
Mrs Natalee Litchfield Ms Megan Withers
Sacred Heart has a proud and long history in Cootamundra. Many, many students and families have a important connection to our school and we would like to offer you the opportunity to add your name to our playground spaces to recognise your association with our school. Please find attached a paver order form.