At the end of swimming lessons last year, we surveyed parents regarding swimming lessons being held for students from Kindergarten to Year two. The survey asked parents if they wished to continue with the lessons for the 2021 school year. The survey was the result of both parent and staff complaints about the quality of the lessons. There were a number of concerns, however, the main concern was the lack of pool space with the main pool at the Gungahlin Aquatic Centre being closed for repairs. The survey indicated that, by a narrow margin, a majority of parents wanted the lessons to continue.
At the end of last year, I met with the coordinator of the swimming program to discuss our concerns. I was advised that the main pool repairs would be completed in time for our lessons and booked the pool for lessons in term four this year.
I have had confirmation from the coordinator of the swim school that the main pool will not be in operation in time for our lessons. As such, the decision has been made, and endorsed at Tuesday night’s Community Council Meeting, that swimming lessons will be cancelled for 2021.
As parents pay the cost of swimming lessons over the four terms some money has been paid to the school. If you have not paid your term three school fees yet, and your child is in Kindergarten to Year Two, we ask you do not pay the swimming levy going forward. Parents are advised that any money already paid will be credited against their school fees. If you do not wish this to happen and would like a refund, we ask you contact Mrs Betts in the front office.
In the near future, we will again survey parents to gauge their opinions on the future of swimming lessons at MTS.
Congratulations to Cooper Evans who was this week’s winner of a handball and a hot canteen meal.
This week’s problem is below.
Mr Hughes had to buy some batteries for the hand-held microphones we use for morning assemblies and when we go to car lines. When he went to the shops, he saw there were various packs of batteries with a range of prices. They were:
There was a pack that contained 24 batteries but had no price displayed. Using the price of the other batteries what do you think the price for 24 batteries would be?
WHOLE SCHOOL FOCUS The Whole school focus theme for this year is:
‘We Are Bee-Attitude Keepers”
Our value for the next two weeks is: RESILIENCE
At Mother Teresa School we will show resilience when we:
- Have a positive self-image
- Respond flexibly to situations
- Manage emotions
- Balance interaction and reflection
Kinder Crimson and Kinder Ruby along with their teachers Mrs Campbell, Mrs Thompson and Mrs Fraser, who presented a fabulous Focus Assembly on Resilience. They shared the Bible Story about Joseph and his twelve brothers. Joseph adapted well in the face of adversity his faith was tested and he kept believing God would help him. Their singing was amazing and they portrayed how ‘Incy Wincy Spider’ also showed resilience.
Reconciliation & First Eucharist
Please pray for our Year 3 teachers and students who are currently preparing for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Eucharist. Thank you to all our families who attended a ‘Precious Memories Mass’ last weekend. If you were unable to attend, please come along this weekend and we will add your ‘Precious Memories’ to the display. Please encourage your child to bring their Mass Book to Mass and follow along.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop - August 8th
Mary MacKillop was born in Victoria in 1842. She was the eldest child in her family and had 3 sisters and 4 brothers. Mary loved children and became a school teacher. While teaching at a school in Portland, Mary’s students performed far better than the students in the headmaster’s own class! However, the headmaster treated Mary badly and blamed her for everything that went wrong. Despite this, Mary forgave the headmaster. Many years later she saw the so that she could get dirty and homeless on the streets. She sold her watch headmaster. Many years later she saw the headmaster dirty and homeless on the streets. She sold her watch so that she could get some new clothes and someone to look after him.
In South Australia, Mary and Father Julian Tenison Woods started the ‘Stable School’ for poor children in 1866. Mary and Father Tenison Woods started the Sisters of Saint Joseph and in 1867 Mary MacKillop became a nun. Mary and the Josephite nuns set up schools in Australia and New Zealand. They also set up houses for elderly women, young girls and women without jobs. They gave their life to people in need, giving comfort to the sick and dying and even visiting people in jail to give them whatever help they could.
St Teresa of Calcutta
School Feast Day 26th August
Fun filled day full of activities
Liturgy @ 9:15am hosted by 6 Ink & 6 Charcoal
Sausage sizzle lunch.
12:00-1:20 Mini Mission Fete
Students will be required to purchase a $5 golden ticket, which gives them 1 sausage sandwich and 5 entries into activities. If your child requires more sausages or entry into extra, activities they will be required to purchase a second ‘Golden Ticket’ the more tickets the more chances to win the lucky ‘Golden Ticket’ draw prize.
We are hoping Simon Carol from Global School Partners will be able to talk to the students and explain how the money raised will be used when it goes to Excellence Academy in Kenya.
Saint Mary of the Cross
8 August 2021 - Year B
“Don’t worry about tomorrow.”
Something to Think About
Do you feel worried sometimes? What does it mean to worry? When we worry, it means that we keep thinking about our problems instead of trusting God to take care of all our needs. God knows what we need before we even ask for it!
In today’s gospel story, Jesus reminds the disciples that they do not need to worry about what they are going to eat, drink, or wear. He invites them to think about how much God cares for the birds and the wild flowers. Since we are worth more than birds and flowers, God will surely care for us and give us what we need.
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Religious Education Coordinator
The MTS Yearbook is Back!
After taking 2020 off due to Covid, the Mother Teresa School Yearbook has been confirmed for 2021, but this year, we are going to need your help to get it across the line.
Families that have been with us since 2019 would know that each year, with the help of dedicated parents, a 200 page yearbook has been professionally printed featuring all classes and highlighting the momentous occasions and experiences throughout the year.
The Yearbook has always been wonderfully received in the school community and is a great keepsake for your children to reflect on their journey here.
But the Yearbook is no easy feat to produce. It is a costly exercise and takes long hours assembling pictures, words, stories, graphics etc, to compile into something that caters to all families and reflects the values of Mother Teresa School.
This year we would like to take families and students on the journey to building the Yearbook with us, our first request is for pictures! If you’re attending school events (sporting, social etc) and you like taking photos (or have attended events earlier in the year), we’d love for you to snap and send a few back to us to use in the yearbook (appropriate permissions will be sought).
If you can help us with the above, please reach out and contact the Yearbook team via the yearbook email MTSYearbook@mail.com, or upload your files directly to https://www.dropbox.com/request/gljh5RjffSeotrgMn2ib.
MTS Yearbook Team