- FROM THE PRINCIPAL
- REFLECTION FOR THE WEEK
- FAITH MATTERS
- MERCY WEEK
- WHAT IS MERCY?
- THE ROSE
- PEER SUPPORT LESSONS CONTINUE
- GUEST SPEAKER IN YEAR 1.2
- LIBRARY NEWS
- AROUND THE SCHOOL
- HAVE YOU PAID YOUR TERM 3 SCHOOL FEES?
- MacKILLOP BLUE DAY
- MEASURING UP
- CANTEEN ROSTER & CANTEEN UPDATES
- AFTER SCHOOL TENNIS LESSONS IN TUMUT
- FRUIT & VEGI SCULPTING COMP FOR 12+
- TUMUT SWIMMING CLUB
- YOUTH BUS TRIP TO WAGGA
- TAKING THE PULSE ON HEALTH
Today I focus on resilience, facing challenges and taking risks.
"The nettle stung you because you touched it so lightly. If you had held it firmly, it wouldn’t have hurt you. You can't get much worth having in life without facing risks. Even a rose has thorns to protect it. So, if you want berries, learn to grasp the nettle."
Aesop, in his famous fables, said. “A nettle may be handled safely, if you do it with courage and resolution; if you seize it boldly and grip it strongly, be assured it will never sting you; and you will meet with many sorts of persons, as well as things, in the world which ought to be treated in the very same manner.”
Sometimes things in life will sting you like a nettle. When our path is blocked, the obstacle often presents a new path that uncovers new possibilities. The obstacles that hurt the most can show us what to do next, how to learn from them, and get past them.
That is why we need goals because when we don’t know what’s important to us, we can’t tell the difference between the obstacles worthy of our time, and those that aren’t. Every challenge looks like a massive mountain we must climb.
But once we know what we most want to accomplish, the majority of our obstacles become manageable. We can focus and pour our energy into what really matters to us.
Only in grasping the nettle by persisting and never giving up do we learn what we are truly capable of.
Go boldly! Because if you don’t grasp the nettle, someone else will!
A hero is an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. Christopher Reeve
Permanence, perseverance and persistence in spite of all obstacles, discouragements, and impossibilities: It is this that in all things distinguishes the strong soul from the weak. Thomas Carlyle
McAULEY'S ART EXHIBITION:
I encourage you all to make time to view the wonderful McAuley Art Show which is currently running in the School Hall. The exhibition will be open from 9am to 4pm Thursday to Friday this week. Congratulations to all K-10 students who have their work exhibited.
Kind regards to you all.
- Rod Little.
Mercy Week runs from this Sunday, September 22nd to Saturday, September 28th.
During Mercy Week, we celebrate Catherine McAuley, our Mercy identity and heritage, and the many expressions of Mercy as a McAuley Catholic school community.
“We should be as shining lamps, giving light to all around us.”
– Catherine McAuley, Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy
The students and staff will celebrate the Feast of our Lady of Mercy on Tuesday 24th September which is at the heart of Mercy Week.
As Pope Francis reminds us: “Mary chose to stand at the foot of her Son’s cross .…. She, the first of the disciples, teaches all of us as disciples how we are to halt before the sufferings of the innocent, without excuses or cowardice”.
On the 24th September in 1827 Catherine McAuley, Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, and her early companions established the first House of Mercy on Baggot Street in Dublin, Ireland.
191 years later, we have the opportunity to celebrate Catherine McAuley, our Mercy identity and heritage, and the many expressions of Mercy as a McAuley Catholic School community.
On Tuesday, following our Mercy Mass, the students will gather together to continue the celebrations of our McAuley spirit through …..fun and games. They will then to treated to a free sausage sizzle for a beautiful picnic lunch on the oval.
Prayer for Mercy in our Catholic Schools
God of Love and compassion,
Help us to open the door of mercy in our Catholic school communities,
In our families and in the world.
Let mercy guide our actions and bring us closer to the heart of the Gospel,
That we might live as Jesus
With the mercy that welcomes, loves, forgives
And calls us to live His Gospel joyfully.
We make this prayer in Jesus’ name.
Kenny, Renfrew County CDSB, 2015
To feed the hungry
To give drink to the thirsty
To clothe the naked
To shelter the homeless
To visit the sick
To visit those in prison
To bury the dead
To counsel the doubtful
To instruct the ignorant
To admonish sinners
To comfort the afflicted
To forgive offences
To bear wrongs patiently
To pray for the living and the dead.
If you want to smell the aroma of Christianity, you must copy the rose.
The rose irresistibly draws people to itself, and the scent remains with them. Even so, the aroma of Christianity is subtler even than that of a rose and should, therefore, be imparted in an even quieter and more imperceptible manner, if possible.
In Peer Support lessons this week, the children will be encouraged to attempt new and unfamiliar tasks by trying the best they can. The activities involve the Peer Support group being separated into 3 groups, rotating through 3 different tasks. The different tasks will help children identify different strengths which can be used to solve a problem or complete a task.
Discuss with your child, their individual strengths and provide them with opportunities to utilise these strengths during the week. Remind them you will be proud of them in all situations if they always do their best!
We would like to thank Gavin's Olivier's Omar, Kathleen, who came to visit Year 1 and 2 students during the week to share her wonderful experiences and connections of South Africa. This was part of the Geography unit on "People and Places"
Thanks Kathleen. The children loved hearing your story.
Our well equipped Library continues to keep students excited with great new books arriving weekly. Yr 5/6's Zahli and Rahn are pictured with a just a few of the great new reads.
As part of the Book Week award-winning books, Year 3/4 classes have been studying the book The All New Must Have Orange 430 by Michael Speechley. The students explored the wicked world of advertising and how commercialism influences our purchases. In groups the students created and marketed their own must have, useless objects, which they presented to the class.
Whilst celebrating and raising awareness for Australia's first Saint, all students enjoyed a uniform-free day on Tuesday when they dressed in shades of BLUE!
Well done everyone for your wonderful MacKillop SPIRIT!
Thank you to our ladies rostered on next week's PRIMARY CANTEEN
Monday 23rd (4th Monday) - Jessie Riethmuller
Wednesday 25th (4th Wednesday) - Sam Phillips
Friday 27th (4th Friday) - Amanda Sutton and Narissa Watts
Please make every effort to attend on your rostered day. We would appreciate if you could contact the school - or find a replacement if you cannot make it on your day.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
COMMENCES Tuesday, 15th October
= 3.30 - 4.30pm (5 – 7 yrs) Hot Shots…Red Ball
= 4.30 - 5.30pm (5 – 7 yrs) Hot Shots…Red Ball
COMMENCES Wednesday, 16th October
= 3.30 - 4.30pm (8 - 9 yrs) Hot Shots…Orange Ball
= 4.30 - 5.30pm (8 - 9 yrs) Hot Shots…Orange Ball
COMMENCES Thursday, 17th October
= 3.30 - 4.30pm (10 – 12 yrs)…..Green Ball
= 4.30 - 5.30pm (10 – 12 yrs)…..Green Ball
COMMENCES Friday, 25th October
= 3.30- 4.30pm (Advanced/High School)…Yellow Ball
Contact Bernadette Cahill on 0427 343 904EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org FB: Cahill Tennis
Tumut Swimming Club will hold an information session regarding the upcoming swim season.
This will be held THIS Thursday 19th September at Club Tumut - commencing at 4pm. All interested parents and carers are all invited to come along.