As I write this newsletter we have just completed another extremely successful Beyond Sacred Heart Program. The program is in its 11th iteration and is the brain child of Megan Withers and Tim Mahon. At the completion of their Year 10 studies our students complete a week of “life” activities to prepare them for life after school. This week they have changed tyres, learned to tie ropes on trailers, cook, budget, iron, fill out forms, prepare for an interview and choose appropriate clothing for an interview. Today was the culmination with the mock interviews. We are indebted to a wide range of members from the community who generously give up their time to sit on the mock interview panels. This year we offered interviews in the Health sector, Real Estate, Army, Policing, Trades, Education and even one for a barber. Hopefully there will be some photos to follow with a full report. Next week our Year 10s will embark on a fortnight of Work Experience. The students are very excited about the opportunity to get a taste of the working life. Once again we are indebted to the businesses and industries that take on the responsibility of supporting our students. We wish them every success and safe travels for the coming fortnight.
Yesterday, for the first time, our students were eligible to receive the Proud and Deadly Awards for First Nations students sponsored by the local ACEG. It was a wonderful community celebration of the achievements, improvements, commitment to community and encouragement of some of our students. After a process of nomination at a school level 17 students received awards along with students from our local DET school and from Temora as well. Thank you to Mrs Sannazarro and Mrs Maher for their enthusiasm and support of our First Nations students. Hopefully in next weeks newsletter we may have access to some of the official photos from the ceremony. Thank you to Tilly Sannazarro and Evan Lonnen who were hosts for the day.
We are still in the throes of recruiting and appointing staff so that we can assign teachers to specific classes or areas of responsibilities for 2024. A reminder that if you had any concerns that you would considered in class placements then please arrange an appointment through the front office or send me an email email@example.com.
Please join with our school community for the P & F Golf Day this Sunday at the Cootamundra Country Club. Get together a team of 4 for a 10am start. Students are allowed to form teams as long as an adult plays in their team. It will be a fabulous day of laughter and fellowship. Hope to see you there. There will be a BBQ lunch and refreshments available. All monies raised go towards the resources for our Primary refurbishment.
We received the Development Application approval last week so hopefully our building project will have gone to tender and we can began refurbishment early in the new year. This means we will move our primary classes into the Convent to start the new school year. However, the convent needs a little bit of TLC in the way of cleaning and preparation for the students. We are holding a Working Bee next Friday evening from 5.30 ‘til about 7pm. Please email me if you are planning on helping out and we can consider any equipment of supplies that are required. We will be providing a Light BBQ tea and refreshments at the completion of the Working Bee.
The Primary Disco was a resounding success. Thank you to Mr Winsor for his organization and all the primary teachers for their supervision. Lots of energy, laughter, dancing, chasing, sweat and loud music. They had a ball!
Next week we have lots happening. The Year 6 Thanksgiving Mass will be held on Friday 24 November at 12pm. All parents and friends are invited. This is a special time to acknowledge the transition from primary into the exciting new challenges of Secondary. We congratulate them on completing their Primary years and look forward to all that they will achieve in the coming years. The Leadership speeches for next year’s student leadership teams will be on Wednesday.
The next four weeks will fly and we still have much to achieve. Thank you for your continued support.
There is always a reason to be kind.
Year 5 Reflection Day
On Thursday our Year 5 students participated in their Reflection Day. The focus of the day was Leadership through service. The students participated in a range of games. discussions and group activities that explored the concept of Servant Leadership and the gifts and talents that we all have that help make us great leaders. This day is in preparation for their upcoming student leadership nomination and elections.
Upcoming Faith Formation Events
Monday 20th November - Year 9 Leadership Day
Friday 24th November - Yr 6 Thanksgiving Mass
Friday 8th December - Yr 10 Farewell Mass
Thursday 14th December - Advent-End of Year Liturgy
|James Vitnell||Abigail Booth|
|Lacey Waters||Max Beal|
|Everly Graham||Archer Sutherland|
|Matilda Manwaring||Billy Day|
|Will O'Loughlin||William Manwaring|
|Amelia Close||Lauramea Obasade|
|Maisy Fry||Casey Bonfield|
|Sebastian Crane||Malakai Petrovic|
|Adelia Sheppard||Eve Bucknell|
|Lucy Dunk||Joshua de Belin|
|Maryam Sa'oor||Ruby Jones|
|All the Year 6 students who helped at||Secondary House Points Winner|
|the Secondary Touch Carnival||Oliver Hall|
Cootamundra Invitational Secondary Schools Touch Carnival - Friday 10th November
Back with a bang! Thank you so much to everyone who took part in the 2023 Coota Schools Touch Carnival. There were 59 teams from 8 schools across our region - Cootamundra High, Temora High, McAuley Tumut, St Annes Temora, Trinity Goulburn, Carroll College Broulee, Hennessy Catholic College Young, and Sacred Heart. There were about 40 referees that stepped in to help ref the 176 games across 10 fields. Some refs were going all day. Without them, the day would not run and we thank them very much for all that they did. Thank you to the team at the Cootamundra Council for the preparation of the venues. The grounds looked amazing. Thank you to all the staff that provided the opportunity for the students to participate.
Thank you, especially to the staff from Sacred Heart. These events are never a one-person show. There were many people that took on many big jobs and little jobs to make the carnival run smoothly. Thank you to the canteen organisers and helpers for the amazing menu. Thanks to everyone for your help with ideas, draws, people power for setting up and packing up, first aid, bus driving, coaching, refereeing, and taking classes to give me time to get things done. It was greatly appreciated.
The results for the day were as follows:
Champions - McAuley 1
Runners-Up - Hennessy 1
Player of the Final - Allienna Roddy
Champions - Trinity 1
Runners-Up - Broulee
Player of the Final - Finn Burnes
Champions - Sacred Heart 1
Runners-Up - Trinity 1
Player of the Final - Charlotte Campbell
Champions - Broulee
Runners-Up - Sacred Heart 1
Player of the Final - Kody Perkins
Champions - Hennessy 1
Runners-Up - Trinity 1
Player of the Final - Corey Gale
Secondary Sport Dates
Events Term 4 - 2023
If you have any questions, concerns or would like to volunteer to help run teams, please contact me on 0269422612 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Secondary Sports Coordinator