To begin this week’s newsletter I have a few items related to children’s health.
Firstly, the ACT Cancer Council's guidelines for wearing schools hats is reflected in the school’s policy. We ask children to wear hats from the start of August until the end of May every year. The cancer Council website states:
Over-exposure to UV during childhood and adolescence is a major contributing factor of skin cancer, including melanoma, later in life. Cancer Council recommends a combination of sun protection behaviour when UV levels reach three (3) or above. In Canberra average UV levels are 3 and above for part or most of each day from August to May. During the daylight saving/summer period it is important to take extra care between 11am – 3pm as this is when annual UV levels reach their peak.
I know it is very cold and that many children are still wearing beanies however we encourage all children to return to wearing their hats from next week. From the beginning of September hats will again be compulsory.
Included in this newsletter is information for parents of Kindergarten students who may be having difficulties with their vision or hearing.
Carpark and picking up children
We have noticed an increasing number of parents parking in the front car park who remain with their car and are asking their children to come to them. The car park is extremely busy after school with lots of movement. For the safety of the children being picked up we ask parents to leave their car and come and collect their child and walk them across the pedestrian crossing to their car.
Congratulations to Willem van Galen who was last week’s winner. This week’s problem is below.
Dr Seuss inspired problem
Poor Ned’s bed is far too small for him. No matter what he does, either his feet or his head hang out the end. In fact, exactly one-quarter of Ned’s body always sticks out from the end of the bed! If Ned’s bed is 120cm long, how tall is Ned? Ned definitely needs a new bed. This time, Ned wants his body to cover exactly four-fifths of the length of the bed. How long does Ned’s bed need to be? Draw a diagram to help explain your answer.
Let us lift up those preparing for the sacrament of Confirmation that this unique time of preparation will inspire in their hearts a deep love for Christ and his Church.
Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, and kindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth.
The Whole school focus theme for this year is: Be Just Like Jesus
To be like Jesus is to be a person willing to put others before yourself, to seek wisdom, and to care about how you interact with all people you come across in life
On Tuesday 28th July our Year 6 students participated in ‘Spirit Day’. We hope the students enjoyed the opportunity to reflect on their faith journey so far this year. They celebrated Reconciliation with Fr Mark and Fr Jiss in an uplifting ceremony. All appreciated the lunchtime barbeque cooked by Mr Hughes, Mr Hart, Mr Roweth and Daniel. An opportunity in the afternoon to create cards for their sponsors and engage in various activities ensured that our Confirmation candidates are well and truly prepared to make the sacrament in the next few weeks.
First Eucharist & Reconciliation
We are inviting those who aren't able to make it in person to attend via zoom on Sunday morning at 9:30am using this link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/824036573
Parents please ensure that your child has their mass booklet with them to follow along with the mass. If they have not received it yet please let me know. Thank you!
18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
2 August 2020
“They all ate and were satisfied.”
Something to Think About
This gospel passage reminds us that Jesus feeds us in many ways.
The people in the story are hungry in many ways - hungry to hear Jesus' message, hungry to feel his healing touch, hungry just to be near him. The disciples, as usual, look to Jesus to do everything and to have all the answers.
Jesus says to the disciples, 'Feed them yourselves'. Miracles do happen and will happen more readily if people work together to bring about the kingdom.
In this week’s story, Jesus is looking for some peace and quiet, a place to be alone and take a break. But the crowds follow him everywhere. They will not leave him alone. His reaction to the crowds is not annoyance or anger, but compassion. Instead of sending the people away, Jesus tells the disciples to give them something to eat.
Peace and best wishes
Religious Education Co-ordinator
Rail Safety Week (RSW) is a national annual community awareness week held in Australia and New Zealand designed to engage the community in safe rail practices.
Mother Teresa School is joining Canberra Metro Operations, the ACT Government and key community groups to raise awareness around the issue of safety around light rail in Canberra. This year we are urging all Canberrans to Pay attention – take responsibility, and asking, Are you #RailSAFE.
Follow @CanberraMetroLightRail and @TransportCanberra on Facebook to find out more about staying #RailSAFE