Term 2 Week 3 Monday 8th May 2023
A Prayer for our mums
From the Principal
Key dates for the Diary
Thursday May 9th - Whole school mass @ 10am- all welcome
Friday May 12th- Mother's Day Breakfast- 7:30-9am,
District Cross Country
Sunday May 14th- Confirmation candidates to attend Mass (at Mortlake or Terang)
Monday May 15th- Middle class to visit Aberlea
Tuesday May 16th - Whole school mass @10am- all welcome
Sunday May 21st- Confirmation candidates to attend Mass (at Mortlake or Terang)
Monday May 22nd- Catholic Education Week commences
Senior class to visit Aberlea
Tuesday May 23rd- Open Morning at St. Colman's
Friday May 26th- Catholic Education Week Network Day
Sunday May 28th - Sacrament of Confirmation
School Closure Dates 2023
Term 3: Tuesday 22nd August (Literacy)
Term 4: Friday 10th November (Catholic Social Teaching) NB change of date
Term 2 Classroom Information
Please read on to find out what is happening in our classrooms this term.
District Cross Country
This Firday, the following thirteen students will be representing St Colman's at the District Cross Country being held at the Recreation Reserve in Noorat. Best of luck to you all!
Noah McKenzie, Phoebe Draffen, Alex Lehmann, Will Cameron, Mason Dale, Cooper Francis, Dom Stravopolus, Steff Van Den Heuvel, Zac Dolling, Imogen Barr, Gus Carmody, Archie Dale and Hayley Hannabury.
A reminder that as of the start of Term 2, LUNCH ORDERS are only available twice a week on Monday and Friday.
St. Colman's Community Garden
We are so grateful to local community member, Marie Varley, who has volunteered to work with our students each week to re-establish our neglected community garden. These sessions with the children started today with the Middle and Junior students spending some time getting their hands dirty!
You can help by donating any of the following items needed for this project.
- Used soft drink bottle (1.25 or 2 Lt)
- Old carpet off cuts, door mats or hessian bags
- Old plastic pots
- White plastic that can be cut up and used as name tags (for example, ice-cram containers).
St. Colman's Open Day
Sacrament of Confirmation
Our Confirmation candidates are halfway through their preparation to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation which will be held on Sunday May 28th. Candidates and their families are invited to attend a Parish mass this weekend, at either Terang or Mortlake, where they will renew their Baptisimal Vows in front of their fellow parishioners.
We offer our prayers and support to our Confirmation candidates,
Gus Carmody, Archie Dale, Zoe Francis, Ivy Wardlaw, Sadie Wardlaw, Remy Herry and Adia Herry.
WEEKEND MASS TIMES
ST THOMAS’ TERANG: Saturday 6.00 pm and Sunday 10.30 am
ST COLMAN’S MORTLAKE: Sunday 9.00 am
Wonder Recycling Rewards for Schools
This year we are participating in this program that will raise reward points that can be cashed in for sporting equipment for our school. Ask all your friends, neighbours and family members to save their bread bags and bring them to school and put them in the big white box at the front door at school. All bread bags (including muffins and wraps) are accepted. These bags are then returned to Wonder to be responsibly recycled.
So let's get recycling!!
Unwanted School Uniforms
At the end of last year we were looking for a solution as to what we should do with our old school uniforms. Jane has signed up to a company called ‘Wornup’ who collect old school uniforms and put them to good use for schools in need. If you have any of the old, out dated uniforms at home please drop them off at school so they can be passed on to this company.
We are also keen to start up a Second Hand Uniform cupboard at school for families who are currently suffering financial hardship to access. If you have any uniforms or shoes that your children have outgrown and that you no longer need, please consider donating them so they can be given to families in need within the school community.
An important element of nurturing and educating the whole child at St. Colman’s is providing students with opportunities to participate in social justice events. Recently our school participated in the Caritas’ Australia Project Compassion campaign. Caritas uses funds raised to help alleviate poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity in the most vulnerable and marginalised communities in the world.
Participation in this event aligns with our school’s commitment to Catholic Social Teaching, in particular it highlighted a Preferential Option for the Poor. In a society marred by deepening divisions between rich and poor, our tradition instructs us to put the needs of poor and vulnerable people first. Last Friday at St Colman’s, the children used the donations they had collected in their Project Compassion boxes to create a coin line. The class with the longest coin line was rewarded with a hot chip lunch. The Middle class are the very happy winners! They will receive their prize on Wednesday.
Our school community raised $346.35 which will forwarded to Caritas Australia.
2023 Footy Tipping Competition
Our Footy Tipping Competition is up and running and we have 35 registered entrants.
Methodical Flame and Stacey Atkins are currently sitting on top of the Leaderboard with a score of 51.
Entry fee is $20 adults and $10 school aged children and is due to be paid ASAP
If you haven't already done so, please pop into the office to pay for your entry.
School Advisory Council
We would like to introduce you to our SAC members for 2022-2023. Lily Convery-Oborne (Chair), Jo Wallis, Alison Greig, Michelle Lehmann, Jo Dolling, Zion Palmer, Sophie and Nick Allen, Rachel Baulch, Rosie O’Connor (School rep), Janet Cain (Principal) and Fr. Gary Jones (Parish Rep)
These people are the voice of the parish and parents in the school. If you have any questions or anything that you would like raised please contact one of these people.
The SAC meets twice a term and we thank these people for agreeing to be a part of this group that provides an essential link between the school and its families.
Our next meeting is this Thursday at 6:30 at Macs hotel.
We have been profiling the members of our SAC, and this week we will hear from Alison Greig.
I am Alison, mum to Isabella in grade 2, Patrick in Foundation and Henry, aged 3, and Elsie, aged 2. I work part time at Our Lady Help of Christians in Warrnambool as a classroom teacher. This is my second year on the School Advisory Council and I find being an active member of the school community so rewarding. It has been a great opportunity to be involved in school related discussions and decision making for our children. I believe having a united voice in a school community is a vital key to success and I look forward to continuing to be a voice for our families.
Weekly Award Winners
Congratulatons all students who received an award at our weekly assembly.
🎂 🥳 Happy Birthday 🥳 🎂
No student birthdays this week.
Cheap trees for sale
Yellow Tail Nursery has grown thousands of native trees from seeds. See attached flyer for more details.
Out of School Care
A reminder that during 2023 we have access to Out of School Care, supplied by TheirCare, at Mortlake College. Registration is made via the TheirCare website. https://theircare.com.au/
Many of our students have already begun to use this program and the feedback from both parents and children has been overwhelmingly positive. Everything has run seamlessly so far, so if you are considering sending your children to Before or After Shool Care, you can be assured that this program is extremely easy to utilise.
Feel free to contact the office if you have any questions about accessing TheirCare or use the contact details at the bottom of the flyer to contact them directly.
St. Colman's School is a Child Safe Community
Child Safety Officers
Janet Cain and Rosie O'Connor are our Chuild Safety Officers.
Contact them on:
Phone: 55992285 or 0490539167
Standard 9: Physical and online environments promote safety and wellbeing while minimising the opportunity for children and young people to be harmed.
In complying with Child Safe Standard 9, St. Colman's must, at a minimum, ensure:
9.1 Staff and volunteers identify and mitigate risks in the online and physical environments without compromising a child’s right to privacy, access to information, social connections and learning opportunities.
9.2 The online environment is used in accordance with the organisation’s Code of Conduct and Child Safety and Wellbeing Policy and practices.
9.3 Risk management plans consider risks posed by organisational setting, activities and the physical environment.
9.4 Organisations that contract facilities and services from third parties have procurement policies that ensure the safety of children and young people.
Please read the attached information sheet for parents regarding NCCD.
Our Lady of Mercy Parish Bulletin
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