We have reached the halfway mark of Term 2 and I would like to acknowledge the continued hard work and dedication of our staff. We have had a busy week, with lots of opportunities for the students at McAuley. On Monday we had netballers in Canberra from Year 7-10, they were fine ambassadors for our school, with one of our Year 9/10 teams winning their division. They now advance to the Combined Catholic Colleges finals in Sydney later this year. Our Athletics Carnival was a huge success on Tuesday, students enjoyed showcasing their athletic talents on the beautiful Autumn day we received. It was great to see parents come down and support their children on the day as well.
Protected Industrial Action
A reminder that McAuley will not be open for students on Friday 27 May because insufficient staff are available to safely supervise your children. You will need to make alternative arrangements for this day.
If there is an exceptional circumstance that prevents any alternative supervision for your child, please contact me directly to discuss. All parents and carers have received a message through Compass earlier this week regarding the Protected Industrial Action.
Stage 6 Announcement
I am delighted to inform you that the decision to move to Year 11, Stage 6 has been confirmed this week by the Archbishop and the Director. This is a significant milestone for the life of our school. A letter from Catholic Education, Archdiocese of Canberra & Goulburn Director, Ross Fox has been sent out to families outlining this exciting new development. I encourage you to please read through his letter. We will be hosting a parent information evening on Thursday 9 June, where staff from Catholic Education will be able to outline the implementation of Stage 6 schooling at McAuley.
This exciting development will not only benefit our school, but it will also benefit our wider community. It gives families from our area extra choice when it comes to the education of their children. For many years there has been talk of Stage 6 being offered at McAuley and now, it has finally come to fruition. It’s time to celebrate the next step in the evolution of Catholic Education in our region.
We look forward to seeing you at our parent information evening on Thursday 9th June.
Stage 4, 2023 Information
We will be hosting a Parent Information Evening on Tuesday 7 June to outline the transition from Primary to Secondary school. We welcome all parents and carers of Year 6 students to come along and hear about the exciting opportunities offered in Stage 4 schooling at McAuley. Following our information evening, we will have our first Year 7 orientation day on Friday 17 June. There will be an information pack going home to families outlining what will happen on the day.
Protected Industrial Action in Catholic schools on Friday 27 May.
McAuley will not be open for students TOMORROW because insufficient staff are available to safely supervise your children.
You will need to make alternative arrangements for this day.
If there is an exceptional circumstance that prevents any alternative supervision for your child, please contact David Turnbull directly to discuss.
Participants are taught verbal and non-verbal strategies to de-escalate the development of a negative situation. Staff were provided with a framework for decision-making to safely respond to challenging student behaviours.
Come Holy Spirit of Jesus - a Family Prayer
Lord Jesus, your birth gave strength to family life. As Mary and Joseph made their homes places of love and holiness, please help us to follow their example and make our homes truly Christian.
Help us in the commitment we have made to prepare our child for the Sacrament of confirmation which they are to receive son, by our example of prayer and Christian living. Help us to support our child as they prepare to receive the Spirit.
Help our children to know themselves better and to enjoy being the person you created them to be. Open their hearts to the many gifts of the Spirit and may they use these gifts to serve you and their hearts to love you.
Lead us all to a deeper unity with each other as we share our tears and joys together, growing day by day in love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. AMEN
A very successful Athletics Carnival was held on Tuesday 24 May. Age Champions and winning House will be announced at next week's assembly.
Thank you to Kellie Deudney, Sam Noble and Tiff Casey for their work in the canteen.
Thank you to all staff, students and McAuley families who joined our Biggest Morning Tea on Thursday 19th May. It was a great opportunity to come together as a community and show our support for friends and family touched by cancer. We are pleased to advise that our morning tea raised $585.
School fees were emailed out to families in Week 3. If you have not received yours, please contact the office. Please note that if you are paying by the Term, fees are due to be paid by 6th June.
Thanks to Sporting Schools funding, McAuley has the Brumbies Development Officers coming to run Rugby Union lessons this term. All students will learn the basics of the game and join in lots of fun games and activities.
Aboriginal Performance on Sorry day, 26th May
The topic for the performance was 'Bridge the Gap'. The Bridge the Gap program is very popular amongst schools as it is delivered positively and professionally which includes audience participation. Throughout this program, Maluerindi discusses the traditional way of life as well as performing traditional dances and demonstrating the many sounds of the didgeridoo.
Maluerindi talked of the history of their people and the traditional way of life and also about the Indigenous people of today and the challenges of adapting to mainstream living.