A day is a long time in a pandemic! We have watched over the past weeks Victoria struggle to curb the high rates of infection and community transmission of the COVID virus and we hold our breathes that NSW will be better at following medical advice and recommendations. We do this to avoid the state of disaster that plagues Victoria. We are constantly kept up-to-date on the latest information about how to protect our school community. The following link is very good at dealing with the facts and giving clear directives on the status of the virus and what we are required to do. https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov-health-alert If at any time you are concerned or unsure please contact the Front Office 69422612. We are hopeful that we will continue to meet the needs of our community and keep everyone safe and well in the process.
Updates for today:
- Following general health advice for NSW and ACT, there is still no requirement to wear a mask unless you are unable to socially distance, for example, in public transport in NSW. If a staff member or student wishes to wear a mask while at school they should feel free and supported to do so; however, they are not required and therefore schools will not be supplied with masks for general use at this stage.
Last night our industrious and dedicated School Board met via ZOOM to discuss relevant matters and issues impacting our school at present. They voted overwhelmingly to support the purchase of additional iPads for our Infants students to build on the excellent skills they developed during remote learning. Our littlest learners are quite adept at navigating technology and it is a valuable tool to aid their learning and development in the digital age. We thank the staff on our Infants classes for their willingness to embrace technology and how it can support learning and we thank the Board for their visionary support of our school and the direction that learning is going, especially in this COVID climate.
Every year every school in the Archdiocese is required to survey all the key stakeholders on a range of issues concerning the functioning and processes of our school. All parents will be emailed a link that will become live on Friday 7 August. It is an anonymous survey and does provide us with useful information about our effectiveness and the culture of the school. That being said, it is not the forum to raise serious issues or concerns that need addressing immediately. If you have a serious issues that you would like the school to act upon, I would encourage you to make an appointment to see me asap so that I can ascertain all of the important information that could be missed in a school-wide survey. Likewise, our secondary students will also be sent the link to survey them about their experiences and understanding of the school. Primary students (Years 3-6) will complete the survey in class time. Staff will also be given an opportunity to register their viewpoints and ratings. The survey links will stay open until Friday 14 August. The links will be advertised in next week’s newsletter for anyone who does not receive a personalised email link.
On Sunday night, if you had opportunity, you may have seen The Project interview a delightful gentleman by the name of Eddie Jaku. The lively centenarian is a holocaust survivor and the school has had the privilege on past excursions to Sydney to hear him speak in person. His message is simple and resonates now more than ever “ I have seen the very worst in mankind, the horrors of the death camps, the Nazi efforts to exterminate my life and the lives of all my people. But now I consider myself the happiest man on Earth. Through all my years I have learnt this: life can be beautiful if you make it beautiful… Happiness is something we can choose. It is up to you.” His book The Happiest Man on Earth is now available and would be very well worth the read. His message reaffirms the belief that we need to be kind and care for others.
Remember if you can be anything…. Be kind!
Sacrament of Confirmation
Information and consent forms have been sent home with your child to participate in the Sacrament of Confirmation.
The sessions for Confirmation will take place on Thursday afternoons, over a period of four weeks (3 lessons plus a twilight retreat), as indicated below. With the obvious time constraints, it is critical that your child and support family members attend all the preparation sessions and the final Twilight Retreat, to adequately prepare our candidates for the reception of Confirmation. If there is the 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 1: 27th August
Session 2: 3rd September
Session 3: 10th September
Session 4: 17th September (Twilight Retreat)
Twilight Retreat: 3.30pm - 6.30pm (including shared supper)
Sacrament of Confirmation Celebration: Sunday 20th September (11.00am Mass)
|Iggy Burraston||James Gay|
|Gordon Mackie||Clancy O'Toole|
|Beth Adams||Mia Taylor|
|Patrick Crawford||Lucas Walker|
|Ellie Gammon||Taylah Rees|
|Henry Fry||Leila Ismay|
|Lucy Shields||Archie Blackman|
|3W||Star of the Week|
|Remika-May Penrith||Maggie Hazlett|
|Mia Nalder||Secondary House Points|
|Reading Awards||Brooke Ronning and Lexi Fitzgerald|
|Zeeana Zamir, Archie Byrne, Thomas Hazlett, Ava Sannazzaro, Leo Sutherland, Max Winsor, Sacha McLeod|
After School Care
Please see the survey below with the possibility of starting up a facility for families of Cootamundra who require this care out of school hours. The more surveys I can get completed the better chance I have convincing Council of the need for it.