"Holy Spirit Prayer"
No 32 24th September, 2008 Dear Parents, Students and Teachers, Congratulations to the boys and girls in Year 2 who received the sacrament of Confirmation last Friday evening. I was impressed with the reverence and openness of the children throughout the liturgy. I also thank the parish team leaders, parents, liturgy committee and teachers for all their hard work in preparing the children for this special occasion. Holy Spirit Prayer Christ Jesus, before ascending into heaven, You promised to send the Holy Spirit to Your apostles and disciples. Grant that the same Spirit may perfect in our lives the work of Your grace and love. Grant us the Spirit of Fear Of The Lord that we may be filled with a loving reverence toward You. The Spirit of Piety that we may find peace and fulfilment in the service of God while serving others; The Spirit of Fortitude that we may bear our cross with You and, with courage, overcome the obstacles that interfere with our salvation; The Spirit of Knowledge that we may know You and know ourselves and grow in holiness; The Spirit of Understanding to enlighten our minds with the light of Your truth; The Spirit of Counsel that we may choose the surest way of doing Your will, seeking first the Kingdom; Grant us the Spirit of Wisdom that we may aspire to the things that last forever; Teach us to be Your faithful disciples and animate us in every way with Your Spirit. Amen. Thank You As the end of Term 3 approaches, I wish to thank the teachers for all there hard work in preparing lessons, marking work, working on School Review and caring for our children. I thank the children for the wonderful gift they are to us, for their openness, trust and joyful spirits. Thanks also to all the parents who continue to support the school through the P&F, reading programs, canteen, computer classes and general help around the school. Try to have a restful and safe two-week break, return fresh and ready for the sprint towards the end of year. A reminder to parents all students will return to school for the beginning of Term 4 in their summer uniform. School Web Site Launch A reminder that we are launching our new school web site this evening at 7:00pm. Come along enjoy the evening with a drink and something to nibble on while you have the chance to explore the site. NAPLAN (National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy) Next Thursday afternoon, 25th September, from 2:45 to 3:15pm Ms. Kane will be holding a short meeting in the school library to inform parents about how to read and interpret the parent report. I would invite all parents of students in years 3 and 5 to attend, as the NAPLAN report is quite different to the previous Basic Skills Test report, even though they appear similar. Newsletter Over the past few terms I have been concerned about the size of the newsletter, which has consistently been 6 to 8 pages long each week. For the sake of the environment and parents’ sanity, next term we will be trialling a fortnightly newsletter with an information note in the alternative week. Newsletters will be sent home on the Wednesday of even weeks (wks 2, 4, 6,8,10) with a shorter information sheet sent home on the odd weeks (Wks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9) this format will be assessed by the staff and at the P&F meeting in Week 8. Congratulations to our Junior Boys Relay Team; Mitchell E, Jordan G, Connor K and Ryan S, who came second at the Polding Athletics Trials and will now be running at the NSW Athletics Carnival next term. God Bless Gerard McGilvray Library Awards Last week was Library Assessment Week for Grades 2 to 6. Congratulations to the following children who did very well in the assessment tasks and demonstrated their excellent standards in Library and Information Skills. Year 2 – Emily P, Adam O, Felicity H, Kane C, Elise H, Jennifer W, Piper A, Lachlan B, Connor B, William C, Layney C, Chloe L, Lachlan M, Holly M, Alyssa N, Sean S. Year 3 – Sabrina Z, Zahra W, Laura B, Isaac T, Rosemary T, Isabella R, Brooke R, Riley M, Abby-Rose L, Daniel H, Jack F, Keeley B, Lisa C, Brendan F, Jasmyn G. Year 4 – Tara W, Michael H, Jack M, Brendan B, Madeleine G, Taylor A, Joshua B, Nathan B, Harrison C, Jye G, Jordan G, Claire I, Ranni J, Kyle J, Isla M, Isabella R, Max Z, Naomi R. Years 5 and 6 – Monique H, Brendan H, Harry D, Lily G, Tom B, Sophie L, Angelica C, Maddie C, Joe T, Annie L, Rhiannon B, Oscar A, Grace G, Alex M, Alec B, Maddy G, Tom S, Paddy S, James C, Jesse D, Gabrielle D, Marcus V, Nathan H, Brandon B, Samantha K, Alana L, Lucy P, Blake S. Kindergarten Visit to Kincumber Library On Friday 12th September the 2 Kindergarten classes went on a walking excursion to Kincumber Library. The Children were invited to be part of the launch of an e-book written by local author Julie Duell called “Spriteland”, a bushland fairy story with an environmental message for young children. Julie presented the story and involved the children in dance and drama as part of her launch. Thank you to the mums that walked with us on the day and Thank you to Mr Franklin and Miss Vigurs who joined in the fun. To read the e-book online, the website address is www.artintegrity.wordpress.com Kincumber Library School Holiday Activities The local library is offering several sessions for children during the holidays. They include: - Fishing for Kids, Tuesday 30th Sep 08, 10am - 11am . For boys and girls, age 5-12. - Scouts, Tuesday 7th Oct 08, 11am - 12am. For boys and girls, Age 7-10. - Brownies, Friday 10th Oct 08, 10am - 11am, Girls Session only, Age 7 – 10. - The Solar System, The Universe & Beyond, 9th October 08, 2-3pm, for boys and girls, age 7- 12. This session will be presented by Macquarie Uni Astronomy Lecturer, Lesa Moore. Bookings essential. Phone Kincumber Library 4304 7641 Happy Holiday Reading! Debbie Tildesley Teacher Librarian ICAS COMPUTER SKILLS TEST At the beginning of Term 3 26 children from Years 3, 4, 5 & 6 participated in the ICAS Computer Skills Competition and we congratulate all children for taking up this opportunity. Special mention goes to the following children who received a Credit for their efforts: - Year 3 - Isaac T, Krystalle W, Nina W - Year 4 - Isla M - Year 5 - Lily G - Year 6 - Dean B, Annie L, Scott M - Natasha W, Year 6, was awarded a Distinction for her efforts. Confirmation 2008 Congratulations to the 83 children from the Kincumber and surrounding parishes who made their Confirmation on Friday evening. Both celebrations went extremely well. A big thank you to Bishop David Walker, Father Carl, Father Matthew and the servers who did both celebrations. Thank you to Louise B and Veronica H for running the celebrations and to Peter B and Anne-Maree T for their beautiful music and singing. The evening celebrations were a lovely end to a wonderful day. Most of the children spent all day Friday rehearsing and decorating the St Josephs Centre. They were all very well behaved and polite and should be congratulated. Thank you to all the parents who helped on the day; Veronica H, Louise B, Kylie C and her mum Lesley L, Stephanie A, Michelle R, Cecilia B, Kim G, Leanne H, Sue S, Nadine A, Tracy F, Rowena A, Margaret H and Lisa L. Thank you to Mrs Hamilton and Mrs Goes for helping on the day and also to Tracy W for supplying the beautiful flowers for the alter. Lastly, thank you to the parents who have supported their children during the Confirmation program. As Bishop Walker said on Friday, children learn by example, and from the fantastic behaviour the children displayed on Friday, they have obviously had great people to learn from. We look forward to celebrating Reconciliation and First Eucharist in 2009. Rowena B and Ana Luz G 2008 Confirmation Coordinators. Canteen News ~Have a great and safe holiday, see you in term 4. ~Term 4 WEEK 1 Roster. 13/10/2008 15/10/2008 17/10/2008 Chris K Ben B Rowena B Julie D Jody G Louse B Karen Diane F Collette P-fr 12.00 Annemarie A-fr12.00 Brooke C-fr 12.00 Nicole H-fr 12.00… Kieran R-fr 12.00 Tracy C-till 12.00 Cathy O