- Principal's Message Term 4 Week 6 - 2023
- Religious Education News - Anne Leet
- Class Awards Week 5
- Student Spotlight
- Sports with Mr Russell
- Save The Date - Mother Teresa School Christmas Carols
- Community Council News and Events
- Scholastic Book Club
- Counsellor's Corner with Ryoko Koyasu
- School Community Events
- New Community Council Charter from 2024
- Community Service Announcements
As a Catholic learning community,
all at Mother Teresa School are called
to care, to dream, to innovate, to inspire!
In case you missed the Compass Newsfeed there have been several staff changes announced this week.
Karen Garrity - After 10 years working and establishing our amazing Diverse Learning Team and initiatives, Karen will be moving to St Francis Xavier College, Florey in 2024. She is taking up a new position in their Diverse Learning Team supporting students transitioning into high school, and sharing her extensive knowledge regarding inclusion.
Liana White - Liana, our very skilled Kinder teacher, has decided it is time to focus on her family and spend time travelling. Liana will take extended leave next year and then look to retire.
Carly Snowdon - Carly is taking twelve months leave, to travel with her family and have a wonderful adventure exploring Australia in 2024.
Belinda Hicks - As Belinda will be moving to the USA toward the end of February 2024, she will not be assigned to a class for 2024.
Sara McCluskey - Sara joined the Kinder term in Term 4. She is very excited to be moving to take up a Kinder position at St Bernard's in Batemans Bay in 2024.
Kathy Falaras - Kathy is a support staff member in our Diverse Learning Team. Kathy and her family are moving back to Melbourne to be closer to extended family.
Last Wednesday we welcomed our new 2024 Kinder children and parents to their first orientation session. There was a real buzz in the air and the children all engaged in a fun afternoon of activities. I am looking forward to the children and their parents returning next Wednesday for their second visit.
Appointments can be made by ringing Community Health Intake on 51249977.If parents have any questions, they can ring the School Health Team office on 51241585.
Car Park Signage
Please observe the new signage around the school car park areas; especially the areas that are drop-off, 5 minute parking only or no parking. There are also several parks designated for parents, in the main car park, especially for use during the day.
School fees for 2024 are shown in the table below. The school fee in 2024 will include the tuition fee and all previous school-based levies (except for camp fees and special lunchtime clubs). CE has also reviewed and updated the arrangements for family discounts, which are included in the school fee for 2024.
The Mother Teresa School fees are used to support the delivery of high-quality education and maintain and improve facilities, including the funding of all staff and the maintenance and improvement of facilities at the school.
Our students continue to benefit from a high-quality educational experience and a wide range of learning and co-curricular opportunities. We continue to see improvement in academic achievement of students, particularly in literacy and numeracy. This commitment to learning combined with knowing each child continues to nurture the growth and development of every child.
CE is very mindful of the impact that any fee increase can have on families. They have carefully considered these impacts in setting 2024 school fees and have attempted to keep the increases to a minimum. If you have any concerns that fees in 2024 may cause hardship for you and your family, I encourage you to contact me for a confidential discussion to request a remission form.
I value your partnership and sincerely thank you for your continued support of Mother Teresa School.
1 Child - $3,858 2 Children - $5,734 3 Children - $7,068 4 Children - $7,861
We are still receiving lots of enquiries for enrolment in all grades across the school. If you are aware of a possible move, please advise as soon as possible. This will help with our planning for 2024.
Student Behaviour Expectations
Uniform Shop Opening 2023
WHOLE SCHOOL FOCUS
The Whole school focus theme for this year is ‘Walking Together’.
This Term as WE FOLLOW JESUS’ WAY:
- We believe in and love Jesus.
- Live with honesty and integrity.
- Be patient with others and make peace.
- Give of our unique talents, time, and money and
- Be consistently kind.
Year A | Sunday 19 November | green
“Because you have been faithful in small matters, come into the joy of your master.”
Something to Think About
God has given each of us special abilities and gifts to honour God and serve others. Jesus reminds us that we should do our best with the talents God has given us. Each of us must decide if we are going to use our gifts for God, and how we are going to do that.
In today's story, the master gives some of his money to each of his three servants to look after. Then he leaves on a trip. The servant who was given 5000 coins was able to earn 5000 more coins. When the master returned, he was very happy with the servant for working hard to grow the gift he was given.
On the weekend the Gungahlin United Football Club- Pathways team travelled to Sydney to train at the Western Sydney Wanderers Academy - the leading provider and producers of Football development in Australia. The boys braved an incredibly hot 30° Degree day to train with the most elite Football Coaches in Australia.
Our boys then headed to the Commbank Stadium being invited by the Western Sydney Wanderers to walk out with the players on the field which was being broadcasted on Paramount+ Sports with all of Australia tuning in. The boys also got to perform the half time show to show off their incredible Football skills on the field in front of a boisterous crowd.
Our very own Luke J was also selected to do the coin toss. Which he performed magnificently.
The Western Sydney Wanderers are the top team in the Australian A League Football.
The Gungahlin United Football Club - Pathways team is a selection of the top Football players in Canberra for their age group.
Photo: from Left to right - Antony P, Harry J, Romeo I and Luke J.
Scholastic Book Club
The Issue 8 catalogue is now available. The cut-off date for orders is on Sunday 26 November.
Parents can order online via the LOOP parent portal on the Scholastic website, no orders or cash will be accepted by the school. Late orders are charged a flat rate for home postage.
Books will be delivered to children in their classroom once they arrive at the school. Parents concerned about missing, misplaced or damaged orders are advised to wait until the catalogue is closed and use the home postage option. MTS Community Council parent volunteers will be running the Book Club, so please ensure any inquiries are directed to them via the office email.
HOW TO HELP CHILDREN DEVELOP A GROWTH MINDSET
What is a growth mindset?
A growth mindset is a belief or assumption that intelligence, personality, and abilities are learnable and capable of improvement through effort. On the other hand, a fixed mindset is a belief that these same traits are inherently stable and unchangeable over time (Dweck, 2006 as cited in Larberg & Sherlin, 2021).
Why is it important?
When children have a growth mindset, they believe can gain knowledge and skills necessary to succeed, which makes every challenge a learning opportunity. They will become resilient and humble and take on new challenges in a positive way.
How to help children develop a growth mindset: Praising children: Encourage your child to explore new things despite the fear of failing, embarrassment or being looked down by others. When they can, praise them. “I know you were worried about this assignment, but you gave it a go and did not give up!” Noticing the process of their journey: Children feel more motivated if their each process is appreciated and acknowledged. “I like how you listened to your coach’s feedback and tried a new way.” Whenever you see these character strength in your child, notice and celebrate.
- Effort to build new skills
- Motivation to challenge obstacles
- Ability to accept criticism
- Desires to learn
- Finding inspiration in other’s success
After each task, try to take a time to practice reflection. Reflection gives us insight on what happened, how it happened, how you felt, what you learnt, what you would do differently in future.
You can model by changing your language.
Larberg, J. L., & Sherlin, L. H. (2021). Grit and Growth Mindset Contribution to School Counselling Services. SAGE Open, 11(2), 215824402110145–. https://doi.org/10.1177/21582440211014512
With the help of Vicki, our Community Liasion Officer, we have planned several events to help connect families in our community.
Small steps that we hope will grow.
Cuppa and Chat - Tuesday 21 November