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- RE News: Meaghan Younger
- Sports News: Erin Hardwicke
- Harmony Awards
- Happy Birthday
- Lost Property
- Parish News
- Youth Ministry - Monica Culas
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- Holiday Happenings
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|24 June||Our Lady of Perpetual Help Feast Day Celebration|
|3 July||Beanie for Brain Cancer Day|
|Last Day for Term 2|
|20th July||First day for Term 3|
NOTES GONE HOME THIS WEEK
- Boorowa expressions of interest note
Please remember that copies of notes sent home are available on our website. https://www.stmichaelsps.act.edu.au/notes
SleepOut@Home & PJ Day
A huge thank you to everyone who joined us for SleepOut@Home on Thursday night last week. It was great to see the important issue of homelessness being discussed with children.
St Vincent de Paul were so grateful for the generous donations of winter items and also for those who donated financially. We raised $707 along with tables and tables of winter blankets, scarfs, coats etc.
Our Lady of Perpetual Help (OLPH) Feast Day
Today as a Parish we celebrated Our Lady of Perpetual Help Feast Day. Whilst we couldn't join as a whole Parish community (including St Monica's School), we celebrated simultaneously through prayer, liturgy and art at each school. We used MSTeams to video across to other classes at St Monica's.
Parish Sacramental Program Update
Tomorrow Meaghan Younger and I will attend a Parish Sacramental Team Meeting. We will be mapping out the plan for Term 3 and Term 4 regarding students receiving the Sacraments.
At this stage, and we will confirm dates in next week's newsletter, the timeline would be as follows;
Term 3, 2020 - Sacrament of Reconciliation (First Rite) - Year 3 students
Term 4, 2020 - Sacrament of Confirmation - Year 6 students
Term 1, 2021 - Sacrament of First Eucharist (which was missed this year) - Year 4 students from this year (they will obviously be in Year 5 next year when they receive this Sacrament).
From Term 2 2021, we will be back on normal timeline.
We apologise for any issue this may cause. The decision for Sacrament of Reconciliation for Term 3, was because it is the easiest Sacrament to limit crowds and follow the physical distancing requirements etc. The decision for Confirmation in Term 4, was to still be able to support our Year 6 before they head off to high school.
Further information will follow next week with exact dates and timeline.
Semester 1 Rainbow Awards
Congratulations to our Term 1 and Term 2 Rainbow Award students. These names were published in last week's newsletter.
A reminder reports will be coming home on Monday. We are having some difficulty at present getting our absentee data seeing we moved from one platform to another during Remote Learning transition. We are working with IT at CE to fix this. If any issues arise, reports may be delayed and will have to come home on Tuesday as a worse case scenario. We will advise on Monday if they will not be able to come home then.
I have written a letter which will go home with each report, detailing the changes and explaining the difficulty of completing reports for this Semester. We look forward to parent-teacher-student conversations occurring in Week 2 next term where a much richer and more authentic conversation can take place regarding your child's learning development.
As mentioned, Parent-Teacher-Student Meetings will take place next term. These will be completed using MSTeams (similar to the way we conducted one-on-one conferences during Remote Learning).
We would like at least one parent and your child to be involved. At the end of the meeting, there would be opportunity for a chat to occur with the teacher without the child. Each meeting will be slotted for 15 minutes.
More information and the booking link is provided below. We will also send this link during the break, when bookings open (Monday 13 July and close Friday 24 July). We would encourage every parent to book in a time with their child for these important chats about learning and to keep the home-school partnership together.
Beanie for Brain Cancer
Some of our Year 6 students are raising funds and awareness by hosting a Beanie's for Braincancer next Friday 3 July (last day of school). All students can wear a beanie to school and we would ask you to bring a gold coin to donate to this great cause.
Enjoy the week ahead.
Religious Life of St Michael’s School Community
Today the children of St Michael’s and St Monica’s Primary Schools both participated in a shared liturgy for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Feast Day (which is this coming weekend). In the past we have been able to come together as the two schools in one parish but, due to COVID19 restrictions, today looked a little different. We shared a simultaneous prayer liturgy across all the classrooms of both schools, with staff and students from both schools having lead roles in the liturgy. Students also collaborated to create artworks that will be displayed in both schools and churches, celebrating our coming together as important elements of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish. Students have also created prayer cards for distribution to parishioners. Father Loi visited both schools to help share in the celebrations.
Sleep Out @Home
Last Thursday many families took part in our very first SleepOut@Home. Thank you to all who have shared their experiences on our Facebook page. We have received a very generous $707 from our families which we will make sure goes to help out the wonderful work done by our own St Vincent de Paul Night Patrol.
Last night I slept outside for 15 minutes. It was rough. I was tired. Mahli and Elli were talking, it was so annoying. I imagine it would be hard to sleep with people around you. After I went to my own bed, it is so comfy!
People experiencing homelessness need help. That’s why St Michael’s Primary School raised money for St Vincent de Paul. We brought warm things in. If you think about the homeless people I think that they would be cold and hungry so we should help them.
It was really hard sleeping under my bed on the floor. It was cold, hard and nasty!
If I was homeless I would feel cold and uncomfortable. I would be hungry and always tired. I would have to sleep on the floor or in a car if you’re lucky. People might give me money but not too much to buy a house. I would have to go to the toilet at Coles, Woolies or other shops. You can become homeless by not going to school so you don’t get a job. But there’s a lot of people who can help, like St Vincent de Paul. They will give you food and clothes. Schools and churches and community groups do charity for the homeless.
Mini Vinnies’ Winter Woollies PJ Day
Thank you for the wonderful donations of warm clothing and blankets for St Vincent de Paul from our PJ Day last Friday. We are sure many people will now be warmer for your generosity.
Boorowa Touch & Netball Carnival
In exciting news, we have been advised that this year's carnival will go ahead. The carnival will be held on Friday 23 October (Term 4, Week 2). An expression of interest note has been sent home today with all interested students. At this stage it is an expression of interest only as there is a number of planning and administrative issues we will need to address. If you could please return the note by no later that Friday 3 July (Week 10) as this will allow us to determine if this is feasable to attend.
Congratulations to the following students who achieved a Harmony Award in Week 9. Those students will be announced over the PA on Friday morning and the teachers will hand out the awards. Well done!!
All lost property for this term is on display on the tables near the library, please remind your children to check for any misplaced items. Any unclaimed items will be placed in the 2nd hand clothing pool.
With the easing of restrictions from Friday (19/6) for 100 people, we are moving forward with commencing Weekend Masses.
In order to follow the strict observance of the 1.5m or 4 square metres distancing, St Michael's Church can hold 75 people and St Monica's can hold 90 people.
A TryBooking system has been set up and the links will be on the Parish website, Facebook and Instagram accounts. They will also be shared on the school’s newsletter and social media accounts. Link below
To ensure as many people can attend Church as possible, two additional Masses will start. The times and locations are as follows;
St Michael's Church
Saturday 6pm (additional)
Sunday 8am & 5:30pm
St Monica's Church
Sunday 5:30pm (additional)
If you are in a position to help with Church cleaning, reading etc. Please contact the Parish Office.
We look forward to welcoming everyone who would like to, back to Church to pray and worship as a Community.
OLPH Youth Ministry
Gospel Video Series
Fr. Loi and I have begun posting a video series based on each Sunday's Gospel. These can be found in our parish Facebook page, under a playlist titled "Gospel Video Series". It includes Fr Loi's special Homily meant for primary school children. The video also has myself (Youth Minister Monica) closing with a Christian child- friendly song. We hope that the videos will prove to be entertaining and educational. This series will run for the current primary school term. Feel free to share the videos. You can find the videos on our Facebook page. Check out our latest video on Corpus Christi Sunday's (14th June) Gospel at the link below:
Gospel worksheet activities
Using a template provided for the Youth Ministers, OLPH Parish creates worksheets surrounding the coming Sunday's Gospel. This is meant for primary age children. They usually contain an opening prayer, the Sunday's Gospel reading, an activity, and reflection. The purpose of these activities are to instil in children the importance of the Bible and also to help ignite an interest within children for our faith so that they learn to understand and appreciate it in time to come.
Have a go at this Reflection activity for the 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time.
Please check the link below to view the changes to public transport effective from 18 July 2020.
The digital book is now available for $69.99 and is regularly updated with new offers.
Please click on the link below to order your 2020 Entertainment Book.