Procedures have been tightened to avoid a COVID outbreak occurring at Mother Teresa School. All visitors to school now are required to fill in (each time they are on school grounds) a statement confirming they have not been in high risk areas, have no underlying symptoms related to COVID 19 etc. These visitors include health professionals, tradesmen, staff from Catholic Education, musical tutors and parents that enter the school for approved purposes. All hall users have supplied their COVID safe plans to the school. Hand sanitiser and sterilisation of hard surfaces continues to happen daily.
Since the students have returned from remote learning, all parents have been asked not to enter the school buildings at any time unless their visit has been approved and they have come via the front office. This is to protect both staff and students. Lately we have had an increasing number of parents entering the building towards the end of the day once we open the school up. I again plead with parents to please stay out of the school buildings.
This year the Federal Government cancelled the NAPLAN testing regime across Australia. Next week all students in years three and five at Mother Teresa School will sit old Numeracy and Literacy tests to gauge how our children are performing and to identify areas of weakness, both individually and across the school.
The tests will be marked by Catholic Education and this will allow us to see the growth of our year five students from year three. It will also provide us with a baseline for our year three so that we can check their growth between 2020 and 2022, as with no national test this year it will not be provided in school summaries in 2022.
As this is a school based assessment program the reports produced by the ACARA will not be available for parents.
Congratulations to Selina Li who had the first correct response drawn out. It was pleasing to see some students that have not entered before put an entry in. This week’s problem follows the Dr Seuss theme.
The sleepwalking sheep slept and walked all night, from 5.00pm in the evening to 11.00am the next morning. (These sheep like to sleep!)
While sleeping, the sheep walked at a rate of exactly 4 kilometres per hour and they walked all the way from Near to Far.
What is the distance from Near to Far?
As the story mentions, you would much prefer to drive a car than walk.
You left Near sometime in the morning and arrived at Far at exactly the same time as the sheep.
If your car travelled at exactly 60kph, at what time did you leave Near?
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.
First Eucharist & Reconciliation
Please pray for our Year 3 teachers and students who are currently preparing for the Sacraments of First Reconciliation and First
Eucharist. Next week the students will be making their First Reconciliation.
Booking to attend Mass
Please continue with our Mass booking system for up to 100 people at each Mass. To attend Mass in person, please follow this link to make a booking.
For those who are not able to attend in person at this time, please continue to join us for Mass on Sundays at 9.30am via Zoom using https://zoom.us/j/824036573.
Mass times for August are as follows:
· Saturdays: 5:00pm and 6:00pm
· Sundays 8:00am, 9:30am (with zoom) and 12:00pm
Parents please ensure that your child has their mass booklet with them to follow along with the mass.
St Teresa of Calcutta
School Feast Day
Friday 4th September
Fun filled day full of activities starting with classroom Liturgy @ 9:am
Sausage sizzle lunch.
Mini Mission Fete
Please send in your money by 29th August
This year we will be raising awareness for those less fortunate: Global School Partners- Excellence Academy in Kenya; Catholic Mission and the Lebanon Appeal.
Something to Think About
Do you remember when Peter tried to walk on water to Jesus - his faith let him down!
Peter failed often but he kept coming back. It is easy to see ourselves in Peter - doubt, uncertainty, fear and lack of understanding. Peter was fully human, as we are. Yet Peter was the one Jesus chose to lead his community. We do not have to be perfect to be a disciple or a leader! We just need to hang in there and stick with Jesus, to the very end!
In this week’s gospel story, Jesus is fishing for information - what are people saying about him? Who do they think he is? The disciples all have a go at answering but it is Peter who comes up with the answer: 'You are the Messiah’ and that was how Jesus knew that Peter was to lead the Church.
Peace and best wishes
Religious Education Co-Ordinator