- PRINCIPAL'S REPORT
- COMPASS - PARENT PORTAL GUIDE FOR PARENTS
- FROM THE REC
- REFLECTION ON A FRIENDSHIP AT MCAULEY
- TERM DATES
- BRONZE AWARDS
- NAPLAN 2021 RESULTS
- SCHOOL FEES
- Term 3 Ends for all Students
- ONLINE SYMPOSIUM
- FREE ONLINE CONFERENCE
- ACTIVITY IDEAS FOR DADS AND KIDS
- POSITION VACANT - SCHOOL CROSSING SUPERVISOR
- FAMILY SKILLS PROGRAM TERM 4
Dear McAuley Families
I’m sure that about this time last year I wrote about the term we had just had and here we are again. It’s difficult to express my pride and admiration to each of you for the enormous efforts that have been made to seamlessly move to remote learning and back again. I am only too aware of the burden that has been placed on families through separation, income and work changes. On top of that helping your sons and daughters with home learning as well as meeting your own family and employment needs has been a massive effort.
I am grateful to our staff who have worked well and truly beyond their limits to design and provide learning activities which not only matched their programmed curriculums but were challenging and interesting for their students as well. Many long hours were spent making sure we were well connected and on track. Thank you all so very sincerely.
This remains a time in our lives which will be marked as unprecedented and historical. Indeed I read recently that the COVID 19 situation is a “cataclysm” in our stories. In this way we have deliberately tried to be positive in our framing, our communications and our remote learning. It is a time where families can leave behind the mantra of being “busy” and be together, at home with time to focus on the simple things which we may have left behind.
It was lovely to feel the energy return to school this week, albeit with Level 3 restrictions in place. It is a clear reminder that schools are about people, about connectedness and about pastoral care. When all those things are set academics will come. I am aware that a number of students and families are anxious about the future and I can only reassure you that we are doing all we can to stay safe and minimize risk. Please do not hesitate to reach out if your family needs support or advice.
More information will be supplied as it comes although I can’t see much changing in terms of restrictions as we begin next term. Sadly that means that all excursions and activities have been cancelled for 4th term as restrictions will not allow us to travel. Details will come about refunds etc as we get to that.
Canteen will be operational next term as usual. We will work on staggering times so that cohorts are mixing as little as possible. Again information will come as we have it.
We move to Compass Parent Portal over the break. I know many teachers and parents used Compass for emails during Remote Learning so it is familiar. Details will be sent home about usernames and passwords as well as setting up the Compass app on your devices.
Thanks to those parents who continue to pay their fees via direct debit. In terms of budgeting and finance for us all this steady stream of income makes things easier. I encourage all who are able to take up this option to keep on top of our fees and payments. There is a handy calculator on the website to estimate fortnightly payments and Trish in the office is always happy to work with you to set things up as needed.
Please enjoy a break in the holidays. Please take particular care of your sons and daughters and encourage some “screen free time” over the break.
Please also note term dates for Term 4. Day 1 next term is Tuesday 5 October and final day of classes is Tuesday 14 December.
Mary our Mother… look after us.
Eamonn Moore - Principal
Compass Parent Portal - Term 4
Compass will be our main platform for communication from Term 4 so we strongly encourage ALL families to please download the app onto your smartphones.
Compass is where all parents will be able to add attendance notes, communicate with teachers, view calendar for events and much more.
The portal is accessible via the web https://schools.compass.education/ and the Compass School Manager App (via the App store on your device). Once you have downloaded the App, you will need to:
- Search for our school. Type Tumut in the search bar and select McAuley Catholic Central School - Tumut.
- You will then be required to type in your username and temporary password which were emailed to families yesterday. Once you are logged in you will be prompted to change your temporary password. (Please contact the office if you need the information resent).
- Once you have changed your password, you’ll be prompted to confirm you contact details. This is to make sure that all Compass communications are sent to the correct email address/phone number.
As restrictions have been lifted, the celebration of Mass resumed last weekend.
Mass times in Tumut:
Saturday Vigil Mass: 6pm andSunday:10am
Please be aware that there is no singing during Mass, face masks must be worn and that social distancing is required.
Eileen O'Connor: Role Model for Mercy Value Compassion
Each term McAuley focuses on a role model to highlight a Mercy value. During Term 3 our Role Model has been Eileen O’Connor, known as ‘Little Mother’. She was an Australian Catholic and the co-founder of the Society of Our Lady's Nurses for the Poor (1913) – also known as the Brown Nurses – committed to providing free nursing services to the poor-visiting the sick in their homes and nursing the frail and the elderly.
'The cause of a person’s poverty is not yours to question. The fact a person is poor is the reason you help.’
Eileen became a Servant of God in August 2018, which is the first of four steps towards sainthood.
On 17 August 2018, the Archdiocese of Sydney announced:
“Australia is one step closer to getting its next saint with the Vatican advancing the cause for Sydney woman Eileen O’Connor to the title Servant of God.
“The significant announcement comes just months after Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Most Rev. Anthony Fisher OP, began the formal process for the beatification of Eileen when he appointed Rome-based priest, Father Anthony Robbie, in March as postulator – the person who guides the cause for beatification or canonisation through the Church’s rigorous processes for recognising a person as a saint.
“Eileen’s was a life of immense suffering and judged by today’s standards many would have viewed it as lacking in dignity, value or hope,” said Archbishop Fisher.
“That she is on her way to possibly being our next saint shows even a short life, marked by incredible suffering, can be an inspiration to all and reminds us of the dignity of every human life.”
Eileen died on 10 January 1921, aged just 28 years her legacy – the mission of Our Lady’s Nurses for the Poor over the past 100 years – ranks among the great and enduring social works of Caroline Chisholm and Saint Mary MacKillop.
In 2017, Most Rev Anthony Fisher OP, Archbishop of Sydney, approved the following prayer for the beatification of Eileen O’Connor:
Great and Merciful God,
through the maternal love of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
you inspired your servant Eileen O’Connor,
to care for the sick and dying poor and to serve your Church through spiritual and corporal works of mercy.
Listen graciously to our prayers and grant that Eileen may be raised to the glory of your altar.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
Each month of the liturgical year is devoted to a particular Catholic tradition, usually focused on a Feast during that month. The Church dedicates the month of September to Our Lady of Sorrows.
The Seven Sorrows devotion involves praying seven Hail Marys a day, each one while meditating on one of Our Lady’s seven sorrows, which are:
Our Lady of Sorrows commemorates the seven great sorrows which Mary lived in relation to Her Son, as they are recorded in the Gospels or through Tradition.
- At the prophecy of Simeon: “You yourself shall be pierced with a sword – so that the thoughts of many hearts may be laid bare.” (Luke 2:35).
2. At the flight into Egypt; “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt.” (Mt 2:13).
3. Having lost the Holy Child at Jerusalem; “You see that your father and I have been searching for you in sorrow.” (Luke 2:48).
4. Meeting Jesus on his way to Calvary;
5. Standing at the foot of the Cross; “Near the cross of Jesus there stood His mother.” (John 19:25).
6. Jesus being taken from the Cross;
7. At the burial of Christ.
The Seven Sorrows devotion involves praying seven Hail Marys daily, each one while meditating on one of Our Lady’s seven sorrows.
Reflection on Friendship At McAuley
As we return from remote learning, it is lovely to see the students and staff enjoying each other's company and spending time together, even though we are all social distancing! Friendship is such an important element in our lives. Having good friends who you trust and support you for who you are, is really important for our happiness. The most important thing is your friends’ acceptance of you for who you are. A good friend walks the talk and shows that they care by their actions - big and small.
Saint Paul wrote a famous passage about love, which is often used at weddings. We can reflect on those words, but mentioning 'friends' instead of 'love':
Friends are patient and kind;
they are not jealous or boastful;
they are not arrogant or rude.
Friends do not insist
on having their own way.
They are not touchy or resentful.
They don’t take pleasure
when things go wrong for others,
but they are pleased
with what is good and right.
Friends are always ready to excuse,
to believe the other person,
to have hope,
and to stand beside their friend
in bad times as well as good.
True friendship never ends.
Mr Moore visited Kindergarten to present two very special awards.
Congratulations to Clay, Judah, Bonnie, Evelyn and Ashley in Kindergarten who have reached the ‘Bronze’ level of our Student Welfare System. To gain a Bronze Award Clay and Judah have achieved 10 Mercy Awards for exhibiting our McAuley Mercy values.
Congratualtions to Secondary students Reese, Phoebe, Zahli, Zoe, Missy, Annabel, Rahn, Misha, Hunter and Adrian who have achieved 10 Mercy Awards and have also reached Bronze level.
The children will guide you as you go out into the world.
We will welcome their enthusiasm.
We will welcome their questions.
We will welcome their friendship.
We will welcome their trust.
We will welcome their joy in community.
We will welcome their acceptance.
We will welcome their essential hopefulness.
We will welcome their sense of what is just.
We will welcome their care for the environment.
With the eyes of a child, you will see the way ahead clearly.
The Canteen will return in Term 4, commencing on Wednesday, 6th October.
Thank you to all of our volunteer parents, we really do appreciate you!
Please see below the Canteen Roster for Term 4 as well as the Canteen Menu for Term 4. (Please note there are some price changes)
Thank you to the families who are keeping up to date by paying their fees in full and to the families who continue to pay regular payments.
Payments can be made by using BPay (reference is on your statement) and via the Qkr! App.
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We thought this might help during a challenging time for both schools and families. The fathering project are offering one of their highly regarded resources for free just in time for the school holidays. The dads and kids’ activity ideas booklet can be downloaded now. Inside there are 20 low or no cost activities for families to do together at home.
Please find attached the Calendar for Family Skills programs for Term 4. Individual referral forms for each program will be sent prior to the start date.
Should the region be locked down or restrictions tightened at any time, programs may have to re-schedule accordingly. Participants and referrers will be advised.