Today it was announced that Ms Carmel Maguire will be the principal of Mother Teresa School from the start of the 2022 school year. Carmel is an experienced principal and is currently principal at St Monica’s Primary School, Evatt.
On behalf of the school community, I have passed on our congratulations to Carmel on her appointment and wish her the best of luck for 2022. Please see link here for letter from Mr Ross Fox regarding the appointment.
We await the announcement from Andrew Barr regarding students returning to school following the term three holidays. He is expected to make this announcement during the first week of the holidays.
As a school principal, I am keen to have students back at school as soon as possible. Having students back at school would obviously improve both their educational and social outcomes; however, there are many unknowns and questions that need to be considered before students return. I am sure Catholic Education, the ACT Education Directorate and ACT Health will be working together to ensure a safe return to school whenever it happens.
We will communicate with families during the holiday period once the impact of any announcement is known. There may be a delay as I need to await directions from Catholic Education who will first have to consider the implications for Catholic schools of any announcement Mr Barr makes.
During the week, we sent home to families advice on how to apply for fee remission if their financial situation has been impacted by the current lockdown. It was sent out as a sZapp notice. If you need further information, please contact Mrs Betts, our office manager via email email@example.com.
This Sunday we celebrate Father’s Day and I hope all fathers and grandfathers associated with our school enjoy this special day with the key members of your family. Below is a short video shared from Mrs Leet for all of our MTS dads.
Congratulations to Hudson Browning whose name was the first drawn out of all the successful entries. Hudson will receive a handball and a lunch order when we return to school. We had many entries this week, which was really great to see.
Year Five and Six
A coded message consisting of a string of As, Bs, Cs and Ds undergoes a final transformation before being transmitted:
- Each A is replaced by 1 0 1
- Each B is replaced by1 1 0 0
- Each C is replaced by 0 1 1 0
- Each D is replaced by 1 1 0
The transmitted message was
How many letters were there in the original coded message?
Year Three and Four
Kangaroo rats are good jumpers, but they do not like being in water.
They can jump over any stretch of water on their way to the next mound. However, they will only jump left, right, up, or down.
They will not jump diagonally, and will not jump over a mound.
The diagram below shows the possible jumps from the mound M. Water is grey and mounds are white.
A kangaroo rat is at the mound marked M. It spots a nice clump of grass on a nearby mound.
What is the fewest number of jumps it can take to get to the grass?
Kindergarten – Year Two
In this problem, you must place the numbers 1 to 6 in the circles so the total along any line equals 9.
There has been a wonderful response from students who participated in our first Well-being Wednesday and I have included some pictures later in the newsletter of what students got up to on the day. I hope that everyone was able to enjoy the beautiful Spring weather and take a break from on-line learning for the day. Below is the flyer for next week's Well-being Wednesday with more information to come from your class teacher early next week.
ACT ROSTRUM PUBLIC SPEAKING
The ACT Rostrum Public Speaking Semi Finals were held via zoom this week.
The students were required to deliver their speeches from home, which was a whole new experience for everyone. Matteo Johnson, from 6 Ink represented Mother Teresa School.
He delivered an outstanding speech titled ‘A Better Way’ and after a 30 minute deliberation, the adjudicators selected Matteo to go through to the Grand Final.
Matteo is the first student to represent our school in the Semi Final and Grand Final for Rostrum and the MTS community are extremely proud of his achievements! The Grand Finals will be held later on in the year.
WHOLE SCHOOL FOCUS The Whole school focus theme for this year is:
‘We Are Bee-Attitude Keepers”
Our value for the week is: RESPECT
We can show this at Mother Teresa School by:
- Treating people the way we want to be treated.
- Playing by the rules and take turns.
- Telling the truth.
- Listening to other people’s ideas.
- Being considerate of other people’s feelings.
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. It would be a lovely opportunity for families to attend Mass on Sunday 5 September 2021 at 9:30am via Zoom. Click on this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/824036573 or use meeting number 824 036 573 to join our Mass.
23 rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
5 September 2021 - Year B
"He makes the deaf hear and the dumb speak.."
Something to Think About
Close your eyes and try to imagine you can hear nothing at all. What does it feel like?
Now imagine not being able to speak or not being understood by others. What might this feel like?
A man who is deaf and cannot speak is brought to Jesus. Jesus takes him to one side to heal him. He puts his fingers in the man's ears and puts spittle on the man's tongue. This seems a strange action to us but in those days the spittle of an important person was considered to have powers that could cure. All the people were amazed at the wonderful things Jesus did.
MY LISTENING EARS
You will need: ears template for each child printed on cardboard, cardboard strips for headbands, scissors, stapler coloured markers or colouring pencils
In today’s story, Jesus opened the man’s ears so that he could hear. We need to make sure our ears are open to listen to Jesus too.
- Children can decorate the ‘ears’ and the ‘headbands’ with coloured markers. (Alternatively, you may like to print the templates on coloured card and use a different colour for the headbands.)
- Staple the cardboard strip to fit around the child’s head.
- Staple the ears onto the headband.
- As children wear their headbands, reflect on the importance of keeping our ears open to listen to Jesus.
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Join us for Mass on Sunday 5 September 2021 at 9:30am via Zoom. Click on this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/824036573 or use meeting number 824 036 573 to join our Mass.
Peace and best wishes
Religious Education Coordinator
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