St Nicholas Catholic School
143—149 Carthage Street P O Box 394 Tamworth 2340
Telephone 6766 1500 Fax 6766 4556
St Mary’s Campus
Telephone 6761 8122
Fax 6761 8198
Term 1 Week 9 - 26th March, 2008
It was lovely to see many of our families taking part in the
Easter ceremonies. I would especially commend the altar
servers from St Nicholas School who were faithful and SPORTS SHIRTS
consistent throughout the weekend. Four samples of sports shirts have now been posted on the
school website under special messages. To register your
Parent/Teacher interviews will be held in the first three vote ring the office with your preferred choice. They have
weeks of Term 2. Please fill in your preferences and return also been posted in the foyer of the school. These shirts will
as soon as possible. Your time will be confirmed by the end be manufactured from the latest type of sport shirt material
of term. Please negotiate with the teacher for convenient designed for maximum comfort and easy care.
times if necessary. Call in to register your vote.
Alleluia! Jesus is risen! Jesus, Risen Lord,
the disciples on the road to Emmaus did not recognise you until you broke the
bread with them.
Help us to recognise you in the people around us and in the word of God, the
Teach us to listen for your voice, and to recognise it when you speak to us.
We pray for………Mrs Hyde and |Miss Jones who are both still unwell.
The Vine Family (Seth 5/6Mi) whose Grandmother passed away.
…. Our Parish community as we rejoice in the resurrection of our Lord Jesus.
Next Wednesday 2nd April the students at our St Mary’s Campus will have the opportunity to
attend Mass. There will be a whole school Mass to conclude our term on Wednesday 9th April at
St Nicholas Church at 9.30a.m.
Clothing Pool Opens
on Tuesdays 11—12noon
Check before end of term
Friday 11 April - Last day of Term 1 for a bargain.
Pupil Free Day - 30th May 2008 Winter uniforms
Monday 28th April - First day of Term 2 Ties
Tuesday 29th April - PT&F Meeting Jumpers
Long & short sleeve shirts
12th—16th May - National Testing Week
Wednesday 21st May - Board Meeting Jackets
Girls green long pants
Grey shorts & long pants
RELIGION MATTERS ST. MARY’S MENTIONS
In today’s Gospel we hear about the two disciples walking to the
Miss Jones is recovering and hopes to return to class next
village of Emmaus, about 10 kilometres from Jerusalem. They
week. Mrs Doyle and Mrs Roberts will take the class this
are discouraged because they think Jesus is dead. As they are
St. Mary’s will take part in Earth Hour this Friday 28th. We
talking, Jesus draws near and walks with them, but they do not
recognise him. As he explains things to them and shares a meal,
will turn off all nonessential electricity between 11am and
where he takes bread, blesses it and gives it to them, their eyes
3pm. We will record the items we turn off and tally the hours
are opened! of electricity we save. We encourage families to take part in
this National initiative on Saturday March 29th to help save
PROJECT COMPASSION: Just a reminder that these the environment by cutting our power usage and the burning
boxes can be passed on to your child’s classroom of coal.
teachers. St. Mary’s will attend Mass at Nazareth House on Wednes-
day 2nd April at 10.30 am. All family and friends are wel-
Louise O’Sullivan & Lisa McSweeney come to join us. Tania Roberts
Earth Hour: Save the Planet
This Saturday 29th March between 8-9pm the second annual Earth
Hour will be held. During Earth Hour all residents are asked to help
FROM THE CLASSROOM OF 2M conserve energy by switching of all nonessential electricals in the
2M have been very busy preparing for Easter. We have home and workplace. Last year over 2 million Sydney residents
been learning about the Bilby and were able to make participated. Just as we did last year, St Nicholas staff and stu-
chocolate truffles as a part of our Easter H.S.I.E unit. We dents are supporting this important global initiative with our own
EARTH DAY. This Friday, both campuses plan to shut down as
have also been running in preparation for our Cross Coun-
much of the school’s equipment as possible. By switching off
try run early next term. We are learning our song for the lights, TVs and computers at the power point, we will help to re-
Eisteddfod and love singing in class!!!! It has duce our power usage. As you may be aware, the major problem
been a wonderful Term 1 in 2M contributing to Global Warning is the burning of coal during the
Kylie Macpherson production of electricity. Fortunately, alternate power is becoming
more available through wind, water and solar power generation-
though costly in set up, these alternatives will hopefully become
more common and cost effective in the future.
CANBERRA EXCURSION Mr D’s WORLDLY tips
Switch off unused power ;Walk or ride to school; Recycle or Reuse rubbish
Next Monday 31st March our Year 6 students, & parents, Mr Please help us to support this day. For more information visit www.earthhour.org/
Dewar and myself will be travelling to our nation’s capital, Can-
berra for our much anticipated excursion. All students will need
to be at school at 6a.m. and will need to report straight to Mr
Dewar to have their name marked off. Please ensure you have
your morning tea, lunch, drinks plus swimmers and towel in
We have been lucky enough to purchase some
your ‘day pack’. We are scheduled to return to St Nicholas at
new Infants Readers. If you are available to
5.00p.m.on Thursday 3rd April. I will ring the school to let
take some home to cover with contact,can you
Robyn know if we are indeed running on time. If checking on
please let Mrs McGuirk know in the library.
our progress, please do not ring the school until after
2.30p.m.We wish our Year 6 students, teachers and parents a
safe and happy trip.
$10 Ed Alive $10 Computer Software $10
Our school is participating in the Last Ever $10 Community Soft- Newsletter Article:
ware Plan (CSP) to purchase EdAlive software. Many students at
our school have benefited from EdAlive software in the past. Simi- Breakfast
lar to the Library’s Book Club, parents can purchase software for
only $10 (RRP $49.95). If you wish to try before you by, you can
DOWNLOAD PLAYABLE DEMOs at www.edalive.com. Please Breakfast may be rushed, but is essential for your child’s
consider this promotion as the school will receive FREE Unlim- learning at school. Breaking the fast is what having break-
ited School Site Licence for one EdAlive title, and if we have a fast is all about. Breakfast is the meal that gives your body
great enough response, we will also receive FREE Braintastic! the ‘kickstart’ for the day, and supplies your brain with valu-
for Whiteboards software. able energy. Concentration levels in the morning at school
All forms and money must be in a labelled envelope and dropped depend on an adequate breakfast. Without breakfast your
in the box outside the computer room by next Friday 4th April. child could be missing out on valuable lesson information.
Children are more likely to feel hungry at mid morning break
Any queries to Mr Dewar.
and will crave instant sugar/fat energy foods to give their
body the fuel required. This is not a good pattern to be en-
LIBRARY NEWS couraging.
We are still awaiting notification of pass- Breakfast is can be very basic, but still nutritious. Setting a
word from the Readers Challenge good example as parents and carers is essential. Have a
Julie McGuirk few healthy cereal choices for your child to choose from.
Make up your own muesli
Cut up fruit and yogurt to help the appeal of the cereal.
Year 2 Cooking
Encourage different spreads for toast, and try different
As a part of our Year 2 H.S.I.E unit on Easter, Year 2
types of breads, muffins, crumpets etc.
were lucky enough to make Chocolate Truffles. The
children worked in a group of 4 and each were re-
For more tips visit www.goodforkids.nsw.gov.au
sponsible for bringing in one ingredient. Then, with
the help from our wonderful Year 2 parents we made
some very yummy chocolate truffles and wrapped
them up in cellophane to give our families for Easter.
Thank you to all of our parent helpers who came and WHAT WE DO AND WHAT WE MEAN
helped with this activity. We really appreciate your (Tips for Parents on Numeracy)
help. We had a great time cooking together. **These ‘tips’ have been developed in Australia to help par-
ents support young children in learning to read, write and do
maths. The tips are designed to show how literacy and nu-
meracy are developed through simple family activities, and
Manners Matter how they link to later learning at school. They are a Depart-
Our Manners Matter focus for the next two ment of Education, Science and Training initiative.
weeks is: At St Nicholas School, ‘We always ‘SHARING’ IS ABOUT DIVISION
speak politely to our teachers and show re- Mum: ‘Can you share out the cake for the toys.’
spect for them.’ You may wish to discuss what Sam: One for you, and one for you, and one for you…
this means with your child/children and why this Children will share out by saying ‘one for you’
manner is so important. until nothing is left.
Later, children will learn that sharing out is about
division and will know what to do with the ‘left
BRONZE:- Chad Englert
Class Awards 7-2-08
Rebecca Muller- Always trying her best
Isaac Carr- Being helpful and cooperative
John McKnight- For his keen interest and interesting facts in wheel work.
Zarlee Farrell- Being keen to answer questions and have a go at anything.
Dylan Sanderson- Beautiful manners and fair treatment of others.
Arnastasia Sellers- Student of the Week.
Jaid Carroll for playing fairly on the playground
Class Awards- 20.3.08:
Chad Englert -Enthusiasm in all areas.
Trent Taylor- Putting a big effort into his work
Harley Smith- Being a wonderful student
Sarah Harnett -Student of the Week.
Monique Borchard- Student of the Week
Naomi Burke- Outstanding manners
Cameron Withers- Consistent Effort
Chad Englert- Safety at our School.
Homestay Those families who indicated on the FPP that they are interested in billeting an American student for 2 nights
should have received a Homestay note by now. We have one bus this year - 30th June to 2nd July. Other interested families
can contact me on 676662560 or firstname.lastname@example.org Laura Hughes
FOR THE DIARY
St Nicholas Ball
Saturday, 16th August 2008 at Tamworth Town Hall
Next PT&F Meeting Tuesday 29th April, 2008 at 7pm in the Library at St Nicholas Campus. ALL WELCOME
Please note a one off change to Tuesday 29th due to circumstances.