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|3 June||1/2H Assembly in the Hall @ 2.20pm|
|4 June||Reconciliation Week WSPT in the Church @ 8.50am|
|8 June||Sacrament of Eucharist|
|11 June||Athletics Carnival|
|16 June||ACT Cross Country|
|18 June||Winter Woolies Day & Vinnies Stay Out|
|23 June||Musica Viva Performances|
|25 June||OLPH Feast Celebrations|
|25 June||Last Day for Term 2|
|13 July (Tuesday)||First Day for Term 3|
- School Photos 2021
Please remember that copies of notes sent home are available on our website. https://www.stmichaelsps.act.edu.au/notes
NATIONAL RECONCILIATION WEEK 2021 -27 MAY TO 3 JUNE
I wanted to share with you artwork by Leah Brideson, Kamilaroi Woman born on Ngunnawal Country, and Aunty of one of our St Michael’s students. Leah painted this beautiful piece for our St Michael’s community. In describing her painting Leah says;
This painting represents the relationship and responsibility we have to our Earth, our Mother. We need to take care of our Earth so it in turn can take care of us. We need to learn from her, nurture her and help her thrive so she too stays full of life and continues to provide us with the necessary things we need to live.
People from all walks of life are getting along, sharing stories and journeys with our Elders, the original caretakers, in a respectful and peaceful way. The representations of Country and water are our lifeline and are central to our conversations and being. Earth is our Mother.
May all Australians walk together to build supportive relationships on our Reconciliation journey, you are most welcome to join us this Friday 4 June in the Church after awards for Reconciliation Week Prayer.
Catholic Education has introduced the Compass Portal as a place for all information and communication from St Michael’s for the school community.
This includes your child’s semester report, the school newsletter, events, updates and bookings for parent/teacher interviews which will be happening in Week 10: Monday 21 June - Wednesday 23 June. We will let you know when the booking schedule is open.
A reminder that you cannot currently email teachers or make payments through the parent portal at this stage. Thank you to those parents who have already downloaded the parent portal, we encourage all parents to download the portal as soon as possible, if you have not received your log in details, please contact Lisa in the Front Office.
Religious Education Curriculum
Prayer is an important element of our faith life as an essential part of building and nurturing our relationship with God. Prayer features heavily in our Religious Education Curriculum as we know that children need to be taught how to pray and provided with multiple opportunities to explore a variety of prayers and find those which work best for themselves. Core prayers for Catholics include the Our Father, Hail Mary and the Glory Be. We pray these regularly at school and encourage your family to be familiar with these prayers as well.
Religious Life of St Michael’s School Community
Reconciliation Week Whole School Prayer Time
This coming Friday, 4th June, we will gather as a whole school community in the St Michael’s Church to celebrate a special prayer time reflecting on Australia’s journey of reconciliation with its indigenous peoples. We will come together in the church to start the day with our weekly assembly then hold our Reconciliation Week prayer liturgy. Miss Lewis and 3/4L are excitedly preparing to lead us in this Whole School Prayer Time.
We keep in our prayers the children from St Michael’s School who are preparing to receive First Communion this coming week: James D, Kai W, Joshua P, Sierra B, Isabella B, Alessia C, Luca F, Charlie C, Marissa K, Josiah P, Oscar W, Ryan P, Liam B, Lachlan M and Aiden L. May Jesus always be in their hearts and visible in their lives.
St Vincent de Paul Winter Woolies Day and Stay Out
Friday 18th June will be our annual St Vincent de Paul Winter Woolies Day and Stay Out event. On Friday 18th June all children are invited to wear their own choice of warm clothing to school and bring donations of warm winter woollies for donating to St Vincent de Paul. St VdP are in high need of blankets, warm coats, gloves and socks for use by the homeless and those in need in Canberra’s community. You are also invited to send in donations of toiletries items for creating dignity packs for the homeless. Suggestions for these packs are soap/body wash, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner and hand-cream.
From 4pm students are invited back to school to participate in the Stay Out. They will enjoy a visit from the St Vincent de Paul Night Patrol Van and activities run by the St Vincent de Paul Ministry, including a ‘homelessness’ experience outside in the dark. Children will have a soup and bread roll dinner like from the soup kitchens run for the homeless and help put together the dignity packs, using donated toiletries items. A letter outlining more details and with a permission note will go out this coming week.
A reminder that the second last Sunday of each month is the Youth Mass in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish. This is celebrated at the 5:30pm Mass at St Michael’s each month. Following Mass there are games and food for the young people. The next Youth Mass will be on Sunday 20th June.
Caritas - Project Compassion Boxes
If you still have any Project Compassion boxes laying around at home, could you please bring them to the Front Office to be banked. Thank you for all your assistance with this project.
OLPH Youth Ministry
Sacramental Program 2021 – First Eucharist for students in Year 4 from 2021
The Sacrament of First Eucharist will be celebrated in Term 2 of 2021 on the following dates:
- Tuesday 8 June at 6pm in St Michael’s Church
- Wednesday 9 June at 6pm in St Monica’s Church
- Thursday 10 June at 5.30pm in St Monica’s Church
- Thursday 10 June at 7pm in St Monica’s Church
Please keep the candidates for First Eucharist in your prayers.
Home Booklets for the Sacrament
The completed home booklets must be returned to the school no later than Thursday 3 June 2021 with the ‘Parents’ Discernment of Readiness’ (the last page of the booklet) completed and signed, ready for Fr Loi to also sign. The booklets will be returned to the candidates on the night of the Sacrament along with their certificates. .
Future upcoming Sacraments during 2021
The Sacrament of Confirmation will be celebrated during Term 3 on 7,8 and 9 September.
Parent information session is scheduled for 22 July.
Registrations for the Sacrament will open on 22 July and close on 9 August.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be celebrated in Term 4.
Hats Off in June and July
A reminder that hats are not required to be worn for the next two months! The cancer council advises that given the drop in UV levels, now is a safe time to get our dose of Vitamin D. Students can wear a navy blue beanie if they wish.
ACT Cross Country
Congratulations to Cameron (5/6F) and Mahlia (1/2B) who will represent the Belconnen Region at the ACT Cross Country Championships on 16th June. We all wish you the very best.
Athletics Carnival – 11th June
Please return all Special Lunch order forms by this Friday 4th June. Parent volunteer notes will come home this Friday.
Congratulations to the following students who achieved a Harmony Award in Week 7. Awards will be presented at Friday morning's assembly (weather permitting).
For our school sustainability program this term we are aiming to collect many items that would normally be sent to landfill. These items will be made into other items for people in Australia and poorer countries around the world. Our aim is to make the environment a cleaner place while helping the community. The items we are collecting to recycle for a better purpose are:
- Toothpaste tubes, floss containers and old plastic toothbrushes
- Electric toothbrush heads
- Medical ointment tubes
- Hair gel tubes and caps
- Hair paste plastic jars and lip balm tubes
- Face soap dispensers and tubes
- Lotion bottles, tubes, dispensers, and jars
- Shaving foam tubes (no cans)
- Plastic razors and blades
- Lip gloss tubes
- Mascara tubes
- Eye liner pencils and cases
- Eyeshadow tubes
- Concealer tubes and sticks
- Medical blister pack
- Spray or pump from cleaning products
- Coffee pods
- Party supplies and dining disposables (single-use cutlery and straws)
- Prescription drug packaging (blister packs)
- Plastic bread tags
If you could collect these items at home and bring them into school, there will be a tub at the Front Office for you to drop off your collected items.
We would appreciate your help and assistance. We hope together we can make a difference in the community and maybe even further.
Your Sustainability Team
Please see the School Sport ACT webpage https://schoolsportact.org.au/ or Facebook page for the most up to date information.
SCHOOL SPORT ACT TRIALS – Please keep an eye on the School Sport ACT website https://schoolsportact.org.au/ for upcoming ACT trials. The process for registering can be found below. If you need any assistance registering your child please feel free to ask for assistance.
How to register your child with School Sport ACT
School Sport ACT now collects all registration information online – this is to prevent the movement to and fro of a paper note and have all information readily available to officials prior to the trial. As this process incurs a fee for data storage, system maintenance and admin, a small $5 fee payment via credit card will be required.
- Go to the School Sport ACT website – https://schoolsportact.org.au/
- Click Register (top right corner of homepage) for an Account – enter parent details and password
- A confirmation email will be sent to your chosen email that will contain a link that you must click on to verify the email account.
- Click Log In (top right hand corner of home page) enter password then click on top tab My Profile
- You will see a ‘dashboard’ of your information, click green box to Add Student – enter student and medical details and save.
- Go to the Sports Tab – choose your specific sport, click on Trial Information box then click on the Register to Trial link.
- Select your child’s name from the dropdown box and then enter the optional fields for Playing History, Preferred Position (if applicable) and Representative Experience. If you are already in the system, ensure your child’s school is up to date in your profile – have they moved onto High School?
Please contact me via email if you have any questions, feedback or are able to offer your assistance at any of our sporting events throughout the year.
Looking forward to another big year of sporting participation,