Holy Cross Catholic School, Kincumber
Term 3 Week 7 (9th September, 2009)
Dear Parents, Students and Staff,
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Feast of the Triumph of the Cross
This Friday we will celebrate the feast day of Holy
Cross Catholic School – The Feast of the Triumph of
the Cross. We try to implement the spirituality and
teaching of the Holy Cross into all aspects of our
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Term 3 treat each other and the choices that we make in our
10th P & F Meeting 7:30pm The Blessed Mary MacKillop was also inspired by the Holy Cross in the
11th Triumph of the Cross (School way that she chose to live her life. Our school has a strong connection and
Feast Day) history to Mary MacKillop and the Sisters of St Joseph, the order that she
15th Diocesan Athletics
established. Mary spent time at the South Kincumber Orphanage during her
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Competition life which is part of the Holy Cross Parish. Many years ago Father Aliprandi
17th Yr 3 Excursion placed a relic of Mary MacKillop on some land and prayed through her
23rd Year 5 Excursion intercession for some land to become available to establish a new Catholic
23rd Austag Competition School. Within a few weeks he was contacted on behalf of someone wishing
24th Giant Cook Up to sell land quickly and cheaply, in fact it was the land where he had placed
the relic. Fr Aliprandi paid a $2 deposit and took possession of the land –
October the site that Holy Cross Catholic School is now built upon. Our school is
2nd Fun-a-thon also inspired by the example of Mary MacKillop’s teaching and we will
2nd Last Day of Term reflect on her spirituality and its implication to the lives of our students on
19th First Day of Term 4 Friday in this the 100th year anniversary of her death.
This year we will be celebrating the Feast of the Triumph of the Holy Cross
with a full day of learning and fun, with a particular focus on the life of
Mary MacKillop. In the morning learning block, from 9:20am the children
will rotate through groups led by the teachers that will deepen their
knowledge of Mary MacKillop’s life, including reflecting on some of her
Sally – Year 4B’s Class Pet
sayings and applying this spirituality to their own lives, making clay crosses
and writing a Mary MacKillop rap. Sister Eleanor from the St Joseph’s
Convent at South Kincumber will be coming to explain to the students the
process of Mary’s path to sainthood and the miracles that have been
attributed to her. Parents are welcome to join us for the last session with
Sister Eleanor in Holy Spirit Church from 10:40 – 11:00am.
After recess everyone is invited to join us for the celebration of Mass at
12pm in Holy Spirit Church. Hopefully you can then stay on and join us for
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a FREE BBQ lunch after Mass and a chat. If you are also able to stay after
lunch you can then watch some fun sporting competitions between the Year
6 students and our staff members.
God Bless Help Still Needed for Friday’s
Gerard BBQ (12.00 noon start) –
1B Engaged in Learning Contact the Office
Mary MacKillop’s Foundational Beliefs
That the will of God was integral to her life’s journey
We must hold ourselves in readiness for God’s will, whichever way things go. (1867)
Mary MacKillop was deeply attentive to the movement of God in her life. In encouraging the Sisters to seek God’s
Will, she exhorts them to true discernment, which enabled them to determine the difference between their own
ambition and God’s will for them.
Kinder Play Groups
In preparation for Kinder next year, our new Kindy enrolments
have been invited to meet at the school on Wednesday and
Thursday mornings for play dates. These dates are an attempt
to get the next year’s kindies together and meet and play so
that when they come to Holy Cross next year they will know
some familiar faces. It is also a great way for parents to meet
so that they too have a friendly face in the crowd next year.
The program will continue to run for the remainder of the term before the official Kinder
Orientation Days next term.
Celebrate the Triumph of the Cross – Our School Feast Day
9:20 Learning Rotations
11:00 Recess All school community invited
1:00 FREE BBQ LUNCH A fun day for all!
2:00 Staff V’s Year 6 Sports
FAREWELL DINNER BR PETER HESTER
After 51 years as a Christian Brother and 6 years as Principal of St. Edward’s College, East
Gosford, Brother Peter is retiring. Come along and help celebrate this occasion at the
Edmund Rice Centre on 31st October, 2009. Tickets are $50 per person which includes pre
dinner drinks and canapés, dinner and entertainment. To book tickets or for more
information please contact Julie Conners on 4324 5300.
NEWS from the REC
The students in stage 2 (Years 3/4) will be celebrating a stage Mass on Friday next week (18th September) at
9:15am in Holy Spirit Church.
The Infants students (Years K/1/2) will celebrate a stage Mass on Friday in week 9 (25th September) at
9:15am in Holy Spirit Church.
All members of our school and parish communities are welcome to join us for both of these celebrations.
Religious Education Coordinator
Author Visit – Monday 14th September
As a special follow-up treat to Book Week we have an award
winning author visiting next Monday to speak to Years 3, 4, 5 & 6.
Christine Harris is a Book Week Author. Her book was in the
Younger Readers (novels) Section and was called Audrey of the
Outback. It is a great story which introduces children of today to a
part of Australian history where things were much simpler. The
wisdom of living in the outback during the 1930’s with a good dose of Aussie slang throughout the
story make it an exciting adventure to read. I encourage all children to visit her website at
Over the next few weeks the Mini Vinnies will be raising money for our sponsor child, Kirimi Gitonga. The
cost of our annual sponsorship for Kirimi is $460 which provides Kirimi and
his community with education, food, clean water, shelter and medicine.
Until the end of week 9, the Mini Vinnies will be selling ‘helping hands’ to the
students and families of Holy Cross. ‘Helping hands’ will be available to
purchase from class teachers for $1 each. Students are encouraged to purchase
‘helping hands’ which will then be displayed in the form of a rainbow in the St.
Joseph’s Centre. The rainbow reminds us of the compassion we show towards
Thank you for your continued support.
Melissa Brooks and Donna Fletcher.
Interesting fact: Kirimi will turn 11 on the 29th November, 2009.
YEAR FIVE CAMP REMINDER
WEDNESDAY 16TH SEPTEMBER is the final day to pay the final instalment or full payment for
the Year 5 Camp.
ATHLETICS CARNIVAL NOTICE
On behalf of Holy Cross, we would like to wish the following children from years three to
six good luck in competing next week at the Broken Bay Athletics Carnival;
Samantha Keating, Tim Tseng, Jordan Giffin, Connor Kondrat, Nathan Bell,
Brittany Scott, Ryan Steele, Ben De Ville, Jack Finn and Kyle Lang.
The Broken Bay Athletics Carnival will be held on Tuesday the 15th of September at
Narrabeen Academy of Sport. My apologies again, for a recent note that had the incorrect date.
Year Four Teacher
~ Pay for your child’s lunches via bpay
Holy Cross Canteen is moving with the times. We are investigating the new
“Easy Canteen” SMS payment system where with just a SMS text message you can order
your child’s lunch from the canteen and pay for it too. This Thursday night 7.30pm at the
P&F meeting Nina-Ann McCurley will spend just 15 mins explaining all the details, it’s that
easy. Please join us to find out more.
~ CANTEEN OPEN TOMORROW 10/9/09
Tomorrow is the special meal deal in the canteen. The specials over the counter
SPECIAL MUFFINS- MINI PINEAPPLE ICY CUPS
60c SPOTTY LEPARD (Choc muffin)
BANANA MONKEY (Banana muffin)
GREEN ALIGATOR Green (colour muffin)
STRIPPY ZEBRA (Plain & choc swirls)
OSTRICH WINGS 80c SPECIALL FRUIT SALAD CUPS
(Strawberry butterfly muffin)
~ C A N T E E N R O S T E R- WEEK 8
MONDAY 14/9/09/2009 Tracy Franklin Julie Dominguez , Natalie Turner ½ day
WEDNESDAY 16/9/2009 Ben Booth Sharni Kondrat Jackie Flew Linda Fantoni…
FRIDAY 18/9/2009 Jasmine Ching Peta Hardy, John Lovell, Julie Madden
Thanks Marie Connolly
P & F NEWS
P & F Meeting tomorrow evening at 7:30pm all welcome to attend
FATHER’S DAY STALL
Well the Fathers Day Stall was a huge success. We hope all the Dads and Grandads had a lovely
day on Sunday and enjoyed their wonderful gifts. A big thank you to all the wonderful women who
have helped out along the way with wrapping and on the day of the stall. There was a massive turn
out last Thursday and it is greatly appreciated. We raised $2,532.30 profit from the stall this year so
thank you to all families who have contributed in so many ways. A special thank you to Chris
Kelly who was a terrific help in guiding us rookies this year. The children really got behind the
green theme with their bags this year and we also had a number of bags donated by Mrs Starr and
the Pickett-Missingham family, so we rewarded all the children on the day with an ice block from
the canteen. Thanks also to Teena Kinney for once again supplying all the “Dads” teabags and to all
those wonderful mums who made Rocky Road for the kids to purchase on the day. Below is a list
of the lucky winners of the raffle prizes.
Prizes Won By
• Darrel Lea Pack (donated by the Kinney Family) Diane Bonnici
• DVD Pack (donated by the Kinney Family) Claire Tuxworth 6K
• Chocolate Pack (donated by the Kinney Family) Maddison Bracey 3K
• Football Pack (donated by the Smith & Finn Families) Hanna Francis KK
• 2 x $40 Gift Voucher Little Surf Shop Erina Ruby Donavon KB
(donated by the Marks Family) Emily Payne 3B
• 2 x $50 Seacoast Seafood Voucher Hannah Brooks 3K
(donated by the Offner Family Zac Bosden 4B
• Fathers Day Gift Pack (donated by the Kinney Family) Michael Hobden 5B
• $50 Supa Cheap Auto Voucher (donated by the Kelly Family) Brayden Ashton 6B
• $50 Coles Myer Voucher (donated by Dependable Fire) Hayden Lucas 6K
• $180 Horse Riding Voucher (donated by Bensville Riding School) Jasmine O’Dell 6B
• Mens Haircut Voucher (donated by Velvet Blonde) Boston Passeri 2B
• 1 Colour Printer (donated by the Judd Family) Sam Perrone 2B
• TJ’s Fruit and Veg Basket (donated by the Judd Family) Mrs Hamilton
• $100 JBHiFi Gift Voucher(donated by the Picket-Missingham Family Jye Gemmell 5B
• Footy Sports Pack (donated by Erina Juniors Football Club) Cameron Gough 5K
• $25 voucher (donated by Impact Plants) Samantha Colless 2K
• 2 x Shirt from Littles Surf Shop Christina Soares 2B
(donated by the Little Family) Ashleigh Tyne 5B
• Electric Grill (donated by the Bird Family) Shelby Redondi 4K
• Fishing Rod (donated by the Baker Family) Lisa Chant 4K
• BBQ Set (donated by the P & F) Tyler Crotty 6B
• Laundry Hamper (donated by the P & F) Angelica 6B
• 2 x $20 Bunnings Gift Voucher Charlie Jeffries 2K
(donated by the McDougall Family) Mitchell Brooks 1K
• Box of Chocolates (donated by the P & F) Maddie Ganly 6K
• $50 Mitre 10 Gift Voucher (donated by the Kelly Family) Ranni Jackson 5K
• Winner of the Guessing Competition was Brayden Ashton
Jo Smith, Sharon Finn & Kylie Marks
GIANT COOK UP
The Support is holding a Giant Cook Up on Thursday 24th September in the school
Canteen. We would love to make this day a success but we need your help by:
• Assisting in the Canteen on the day and/or
• Donating Pasta Sauce/or Chicken Tonight Sauce and/or
• Donating Disposable Containers and/or
• Money Donation (to purchase fresh meat and vegetables)
Our School Support Group has been able to help many families in our school community and with
your help we hope to be able to continue.
If you are able to come along to the Giant Cook Up please fill in the slip below and return to school.
Thank you for your continued Support.
Yes I can help out at the Giant Cook Up on Thursday 24th September
Name: _______________________________ Child’s Class: _________________
Contact Phone No: ___________________________________
I can’t help on the day but would be happy to help out in other areas:
Cook meal at home
Central Coast Dolphins Junior Touch Competition
Registration Dates -
21st and 28th September
Time - 4.30 till 5.30pm
Where - Adcock Park West Gosford
Competition Starting 19th October
Contact - Mim Knight 0409 924 547