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This Friday, 15th March is National Action Against Bullying and Violence Day. St Mary’s has registered for this day along with 4500 other schools across Australia to say that bullying and violence is not acceptable. I invite you to access the government website Bullying No Way https://bullyingnoway.gov.au which provides valuable resources for teachers and parents to support children who may be experiencing bullying or violence. Teachers will be looking at this topic during this week in class and encouraging students to recognise bullying and know what to do about it if it happens to them. To acknowledge this day students are invited to celebrate our diversity by wearing odd coloured socks and bright clothing, because it’s OK to be different. All students have been given a wristband to wear this week to show their support for this initiative.
This Sunday is Mass at St Mary’s Batlow and our school community will present the Liturgy. If you would like to join us please know that you are always welcome. Ms Saunderson is seeking some students to present readings and to do some little jobs. Please let Ms Saunderson know if you are available at 8:30am this Sunday so she can have this organised ahead of time. As it is St Patrick’s Day as well, all attending Mass are invited to wear green to acknowledge the Patron Saint of Ireland, St Patrick. I hope to see you there.
Next week we have scheduled parent teacher interviews. Parent teacher interviews are a collaborative opportunity to support our partnership for your child/ren. This year we are using a feature on our Schoolzine app to arrange interview times. Please let us know if you have any difficulties as we use this feature. We hope it makes the process of booking in a time easier for parents and our office staff. If you are unable to make a meeting time please let your classroom teacher know so that an alternative time can be arranged.
This week I will be attending the Principal’s Conference for all Archdiocesan principals from Wednesday to Friday. While I’m away Ms Saunderson, Religious Education Coordinator will be available in my absence.
Have a good week!
What a wonderful Mass for Ash Wednesday. Thank you to Father Namora for you guidance on how kindness should be the essence of our Lenten journey.
Children's Mass this Sunday 17th March - St Patrick's Day. Wear a touch of green. Come and join us for morning tea after Mass.
There will be a Children's Mass this Sunday 17th March - St Patrick's Day, come dressed in green.
Children are invited to participate with parishioners to celebrate Mass.
Please let the office know if your child/ren are attending as soon as possible so they can be given a special job to do.
Parent Teacher Interview times for Week 8 & 9. Interviews will be for 10 minutes. Parent teacher interviews are a collaborative opportunity to support our partnership for your child/ren. This year we are using a feature on our Schoolzine app to arrange interview times. Please let us know if you have any difficulties as we use this feature. We hope it makes the process of booking in a time easier for parents and our office staff. If you are unable to make a meeting time please let your classroom teacher know so that an alternative time can be arranged.
Kinder / Year 1:
Tuesday 19th - 3.15 - 5.30.
Thursday 21st - 1.30 - 3.00.
Monday 18th - 3.15 - 5.30
Tuesday 19th - 3.15 - 5.30
Wednesday 20th - 3.10 - 4.50
Wednesday 27th - 3.10 - 4.50
Bookings to be made by THIS Friday 15th March via the link below
The library and classrooms have some lovely new books and readers which have recently been purchased and need covering.
Please see Mrs Murray or the office if you can assisit with covering some of these.
The Challenge aims to encourage a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature. It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read, to read more and to read more widely.
The Challenge for 2019 opened on the 4th March.
1. The Challenge opens on 4 March 2019. You must complete your online Student Reading Record by 30 August 2019 (11:59 pm) to complete the Challenge.
2. You must read a certain number of books to complete the Challenge:
|Challenge||Number of books you must read||Minimum number of PRC books||Maximum number of Personal Choice books||PRC booklists you can read from|
|K-2||30||25||5||K-2, 3-4, 5-6, 7-9|
|3-4||20||15||5||3-4, 5-6, 7-9|
3. Books you read after the Challenge closes can count towards the next year's Challenge.
4a. K-2 students, you can read the books on your own, read them with someone, or someone can read them to you.
4b. 3-4, 5-6, 7-9 students, you must read the books on your own, but someone can help you choose them.
5. In a series on the PRC booklist, you can read any two books as PRC books. You can read up to five other books from the same series as Personal Choice books.
6a. K-2 students, you can read books or have them read to you in your home language.
6b. 3-4, 5-6, 7-9 students, you must read all PRC books in English. You may read Personal Choice books in your home language.
7. K-2 students only - If you can read simple chapter books on your own, you can attempt the 3-4 Challenge. You need to get your Student Reading Record changed to Challenge level 3-4. See your PRC coordinator for help with this.
8. 3-4, 5-6, 7-9 students only - If your teacher thinks you need extra help, you can listen to unabridged audio versions of the books - as long as you read along.
9. If you complete your online Student Reading Record by 30 August 2019, and it is validated by your school by 13 September (11:59 pm), you will be eligible for a PRC certificate in Term 4.
10. The certificates you can receive for completing the Challenge are:
|Year of completing PRC||Award received|
|First year||Challenge completion certificate|
|Second year||Challenge completion certificate|
|Third year||Challenge completion certificate|
|Fifth year||Challenge completion certificate|
|Sixth year||Challenge completion certificate|
|Eighth year||Challenge completion certificate|
|Ninth year||Challenge completion certificate|
|Tenth year||Challenge completion certificate|
|Fourth year (not consecutive)||Gold certificate|
|Seventh year (not consecutive)||Platinum certificate|
|Every year from Year 3 to Year 9 (inclusive).
Therefore only Year 9 students are eligible.
If you would like your child to participate in this year's challenge please?????
St Mary's are offering families a chance to order a reusable lunch bag to use for school lunch orders. These bags are a much more hygienic alternative to a paper bag. There are also other products available for anyone interested.
PRODUCT 1: Lunch Wallet - A reusable lunch order bag
RRP $10.50 each
The Lunch Wallet is specifically designed to replace paper lunch bags when ordering from the canteen. It holds more food than paper bags and its sturdy flat base makes them easy to pack and stack.
Made from non woven polypropylene (like green shopping bags) it is durable and easy to clean, simply remove base and wipe clean with a damp cloth.
The hygienic zippered pocket is to separate money from contact with food and clearly display the childs order and a transparent pocket displays name & class. When not in use, the lunch wallet folds down into a convenient wallet and fastened closed with a velcro strap.
We now have 8 binding colours to choose from. Our latest addition to the range is the orange allergy alert lunch wallet. This lunch wallet is specifically for kids with allergies as it has a unique allergy alert symbol printed on the bag.
PRODUCT 2: The Insulated All Rounder - An insulated reusable lunch order bag or everyday cooler bag
RRP $12.50 each
Like the Lunch Wallet, the Insulated All Rounder has been designed to replace paper lunch bags when ordering from the canteen but this cleverly doubles as an everyday lunch cooler bag aswell.
The insulated PEVA lining keeps food and drinks hot and/or cold and the large zipper pocket separates money from contact with food. It also has a transparent pocket to display name and class details. We have 3 binding colours to choose from.
Everyone – not just kids – should be active every day, in as many ways as possible. Not being active can cause an energy imbalance – that’s when you take in more energy than you actually use. It can have a big effect on your health and how you feel.
|Age||How much activity?|
|Birth to 1||
For healthy development in infants, physical activity – particularly supervised floor-based play in safe environments – should be encouraged from birth.
|1 to 5||At least three hours a day, spread throughout the day.|
|5 to 12||
At least 60 minutes a day of moderate and vigorous activities. It’s even better to be active for up to a three hours every day.
Strengthening activities, like climbing or jumping, at least three days of the week.
|13 to 17||
At least 60 minutes a day of moderate and vigorous activities. For even more health benefits, try to be active for several hours a day.
On at least three days per week, include activities that strengthen muscle and bone.
It sounds like a lot but you don’t have to do it in one go – it all adds up over the day. It’s also fun to do a few different activities.
Moderate activities make your heart beat faster and your breathing become quicker.
Vigorous activity makes you ‘huff and puff’.
|Moderate Activities||Vigorous Activities|
|Bike riding||Running/chasing friends|
|Playing on park equipment||Skipping|
Try to be active in lots of different ways and challenge yourself to try something new. Remember that it can take time to learn a new skill or a new sport, so don't expect to be good at something right away.
Why be active?
- To help your body grow properly, giving you strong bones, muscles, lungs and heart.
- To have good flexibility, balance and coordination, so you can move well.
- To meet up with your friends and make new ones.
- To learn how to run, throw, jump, catch and kick, which are part of lots of sports.
- To improve your fitness.
- To help you stay healthy and not get sick.
- To feel happy and full of energy.
- To help you keep at a healthy weight.
- To help you feel relaxed and confident.
- To help you sleep better.
- To improve your posture.
- To learn new skills and challenge yourself.
- To have fun!
TUMUT YOUTH COUNCIL COLOUR EXPLOSION - 11am to 2pm Bull Paddock. Saturday 6th April.
TUMUT EASTER MARKETS. Good Friday and Easter Saturday. Boys Club Hall - 9am to 4pm both days. Free entry. Great bargains. BBQ, tea and coffee. Bookings and more info from 02 42322337.