I've just got back from Borambolaafter two days with some very excited students in Year 2/3/4. What a wonderful group of children to enjoy this experience with! Ms Buckmaster, Ms Holland and myself couldn't have been prouder of our students enthusiasm, cooperation, collaboration, their positive attitudes and most of all their good manners! We attempted a variety of outdoor activities like rock wall climbing, raft building and archery. Please take a look at some of the wonderful photos in our gallery this week.
Last week staff attended the Spirituality Daywith St Joseph's Adelong, and St Patrick's Gundagai. We looked at Luke's Gospel reading on Jesus' visit to Mary and Martha. This reading was explored further over the day challenging us to recognise each others gifts, and valuing our own gifts, as we work alongside each other. We also looked at the wonderful ways we mission to our students in God's name and how that reflects our Catholic identity. Overall, we enjoyed our time to be present to each other in faith. We trust our students and families also had a lovely day and enjoyed a three day break in the middle of such a busy term.
This week, St Mary's Batlow played host to Literacy teachers in our region on Monday, coinciding with a visit by Literacy Consultant Ms Kaye Lowe on Monday and Tuesday. It is a rare opportunity that we have professional development on site and we are grateful that this can occur.
Please be aware of our 2020 Fee Structure as agreed to by Community Council last week. It is included in this newsletter for your information. Increases have been reduced to a minimum with no increases on local levies,but a small increase on the tuition levy, as recommended by Catholic Education. If you would like to discuss the fee structure with Ms Marsh, our School Secretary, or myself, please do not hesitate to ask.
The staff of St. Mary’s joined with staff from St. Joseph’s Adelong and St. Patrick’s Gundagai for a Spirituality day with Maria Tolfrey from Catholic Education Canberra. It was a day of self reflection; we were affirmed for the role we have in society and learned the importance of self love.
On 11 November 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after four years of continuous warfare. With their armies retreating and close to collapse, German leaders signed an Armistice, bringing to an end the First World War. By early October the exhausted Australians were withdrawn from battle. They had achieved a fighting reputation out of proportion to their numbers, but victory had come at a heavy cost. They suffered almost 48,000 casualties during 1918, including more than 12,000 dead.
Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts.
Seasons for Growth will continue in Week 6 in the top classroom at 3:30 pm.
“May you have a life of blessings:
Blessings of goodness, blessings of joy,
Peace and kindness,
Friendship and love, creativity, strength, serenity,
Fulfilling work and dignity,
Satisfaction, success and sustenance,
physical health and radiance.
May truth and justice guide our acts and compassion
Temper our lives that we may flourish as we age
And become our sweetest selves. Because what we are is God’s gift to us.
What we become is our gift to God.” - M. Falk and E. Powell
Mass this term will be Sunday 1st December 8:30 am
Year 2/3/4 have had such an educational excursion to Borambola.
The school camp, ROAR, delivers outstanding and dynamic learning that stimulates and motivates students while complementing the curriculum. Students took part in fun group challenges and activities that promote key learning through:
Relationships - developing skills in communication, problem solving, cooperation, negotiation, respect and care
Outdoors – nurturing an appreciation of the natural environment and sustainability
Action – reinforcing the importance of physical activity for wellbeing
Resilience –collaborating, negotiating and reflecting on difficult challenges to build courage and strength.