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Term 3 - Week 4 2010


									                                 St. Mary’s Catholic School

                                    Home Communicator

        Ph: (07) 5465 1240, Fax: (07) 5465 2505                 P & F Assoc. meets 1st Wednesday
        37A John Street, Laidley, 4341                                     of each month at 7pm

                                     Tuesday 3rd August, 2010

Dear St Mary‟s Learning Community,

Last week St Mary‟s celebrated Catholic Education Week with the students doing an outstanding job.
From the start of the week the students performed in Grandparent‟s Day celebrations through to
partaking in random acts of kindness. No matter what the challenge the students took it on with
wonderful enthusiasm. The theme for the week was “We are called to be Stewards for a sustainable
future”. I can proudly say that if our St Mary‟s students continue to step up to the call, our future is in
good hands. Many of the classes performed random acts of kindness to improve or sustain our
environment. Other classes looked to social justice issues and performed random acts of kindness that
will touch the lives of many through their generosity, thoughts and prayers. It is my hope that this
year‟s theme for Catholic Education Week will resound in the minds, thoughts and actions of our
students for many years to come. Well done to all students for your outstanding Stewardship!

Stewardship is a word that we will be hearing more and more about over the coming years.
Stewardship is described as a call to action. St Mary‟s Learning Community currently has many
students, parents and teachers who take up that call to action and give of their time and talents to
perform tasks around the school. These tasks currently include tuckshop helpers, classroom helpers,
Support-A-Readers, book coverers, grounds maintainers, playground helpers, disco organisers, P&F
Members, Board Members, Care & Concern helpers and many more. It is fantastic to see many
parents, grandparents, teachers and students giving of their time and talents around the school. We
thank all of our Stewards sincerely for their efforts.

Currently, we are still looking for some parents/grandparents to assist with book covering. This task
has come about since the purchase of many new educational resources for our students. This task can
either be performed at school or in the convenience of your own home. Please contact the school
office if you are able to assist with this task.

May God bless our St Mary‟s Learning Community and its wonderful Stewards.

Nathan Haley
                  APRE NEWS                                                   H & PE NEWS
Free Dress Day                                              Lockyer District Athletics
This week on Thursday 5th August we are holding a free      Congratulations to the following students who have been
dress day to raise money for the Sisters of St. Joseph.     selected in the Laidley Valley Athletics Team to
Students can wear any appropriate clothes they like as      compete at the Lockyer District Track & Field Carnival
long as they bring along a gold coin donation. Please       at Toogoolawah S.S on Friday August 6: Jordyn, Tayla,
ensure clothing is warm in this weather and appropriate     Olivia, Riley, Georgia, Kasey, Sean, Bree, Jessica, Lily-
for school activities. Closed in shoes should be worn to    Anne, Nicole, Gabrielle, Ben, Thomas and Ryan.
keep students‟ feet safe. The Sisters of St. Joseph have
asked for our support in raising the necessary funds        The carnival commences at 9:30am on the main school
required for the canonisation ceremony for Mary             oval. Lunchtime training at school will be available to all
MacKillop. The Sisters are most grateful for our            these students during the week to prepare for the
contribution as the money will help to fund the             carnival.
distribution of educational materials and events to be
held around Australia.                                      **Change of Rules: ‘Shoes On Policy’ for 2010
                                                            Lockyer Carnival**
Be More Weekend
6 – 8 August                                                Recently, the Metropolitan West School Sports Board
3 days, 3 actions, 3 steps                                  successfully moved a motion that due to the high
The Be More weekend is an opportunity for you and           number of foot injuries at the Met West Carnival in
your family;                                                2009, „suitable footwear shall be compulsory for all
   To be just ….. conscious that our actions impact         track and field carnivals‟. As such, all students will be
   on all members of the global community.                  required to wear suitable footwear for events at the
   To be green … knowing that we are stewards of            Lockyer Carnival. No footwear = no participation.
   To be more … by making simple changes to                 Rugby League
   everyday lives.
This year the 3 days of action focus on water. By taking    A representative from the Australian Rugby League
3 simple actions over 3 days together we can work           Development is visiting the school on Thursdays to
towards conserving water in Australia and raising an        practise football skills with students in Years 4-7. These
awareness of the global issue of access to clean water.     free sessions are to prepare the children for the OzTag
                                                            Gala day to be held at the Rec. Grounds on Thursday
To know more about how you can participate in this          August 12th.
weekend, go to the Caritas Australia website and help
make a difference –                                    Upcoming Sports Events

Feast of Mary MacKillop                                     Lockyer District Athletics: August 6
8th August                                                  ARL OzTag Gala Day
Mary was an ordinary Australian who worked tirelessly       (Laidley Rec. Grounds), August 12 (Years 4-7)
to help others. She said, “Never see a need without         Speed Soccer/Netball Sports Day
trying to do something about it.” On her feast day, we      (Laidley Rec. Grounds), September 17 (Years 3-7)
celebrate the life of this remarkable woman who
showed the face of God and who this year will become
Australia‟s first saint.
                                                                               P & F NEWS
Loving God, we thank you for the gift of Mary              The next meeting is 4th August at 7pm.
MacKillop to our land Australia. May the Church in the     Please come along and share your ideas!
whole world soon know of her holiness. We ask this
through Christ our Lord.
Amen                                                                       UNIFORM NEWS
                                                           The uniform shop which is located next door in the
Whole School Mass                                          Old Convent Building will be open again on
                                                           Tuesday 10th August from 8.15am to 9.00am.
On Friday 13th August we will be celebrating a whole
school Mass in honour of Mary MacKillop. We would          Parents, can you please ensure your child’s school
love to see many of our families at the Church at 9am      uniform is named, particularly jackets and
on this day to celebrate with us.                          tracksuit pants. It is certainly easier to find owners
                                                           of clothing and hats when the items are all named.
Sunday Gospel                                              Please also check school clothing at home to ensure
Luke 12: 32 – 48 The Son of Man is coming at an            you don’t have anyone else’s uniforms.
hour you do not expect.
           DATES TO REMEMBER                                     MOTHERS’ GROUP & PLAYGROUP
 4 Aug - P&F Meeting 7.00pm                                    Playgroup will now meet fortnightly on a Thursday from
 5th Aug – Mothers’ Group and Playgroup                        8.30am in the Old Convent Building. Next date is
                                                               Thursday 5th August. All mothers and pre-school aged
 5th Aug – Free Dress Day – Gold Coin Donation                 children are welcome to join us! So Mum, if Thursday is
 9th Aug - Bris. Exhibition Holiday - no school                your day off, why don‟t you put your feet up for an hour
10th Aug – Uniform shop open 8.15am                            or so and come and join us for a cuppa.
10th Aug – Support-A-Reader Tutor Training                                  PARISH MASS TIMES
11th Aug - Bris. Exhibition Holiday - no school                 Times         1st         2nd           3rd          4th
13th Aug – Whole School Mass 9.00am                             Sat       Gatton       Laidley      Rosewood     Laidley
                  NEWSLETTERS                                   Sun       Glen‟Grove Marburg        Gatton       Rosewood
               If you are interested in receiving the school    Sun       Rosewood     Gatton       Laidley      Gatton
               newsletter by email, send a short email to       9am
      letting us          Lit Sun
               know you would like to be added to our           7am       Marburg      For‟ Hill Marburg    Marburg
mailing list. The newsletter can also be accessed on our        8.30am    -            -         Glen‟Grove -
St. Mary‟s website                 9am       Laidley      Rosewood -           For‟Hill
                 GENERAL NEWS                                      ST MARY’S CARE AND CONCERN
EKKA! – Tuesday 10th August for Year 6 and 7                   Care and Concern can occur in many shapes and forms and
As part of our science this term on Energy and Change,         the form it takes is often reflected through the gifts and
Year 6 and 7 will be attending the exhibition in Brisbane.     talents of those within our community. I see that within
The theme this year is “Sustainability”. Students will         our St Mary‟s Learning Community we have an abundance
need to be at school by 7.45am, as the bus will be             of very talented and caring community members. This has
departing at 8.00am. The bus will be returning to school       already been demonstrated on many occasions when
at approximately 6.00pm. Students are to wear full             parents and staff have shown care and concern to
school uniform and need to bring with them morning tea         community members experiencing difficult times.
and lunch.
                                                               In formalising this process we are seeking expressions of
              CHILDREN’S CHOIR                                 interest for involvement in the Care and Concern
Children's Choir will begin next Thursday 12th August          Committee. It is our hope that we would be able to make a
from 3pm till 4pm in the Laidley Church and will               list of our talented community members who may be able
continue every Thursday until the end of term. All             to assist in one or more of the following areas. We would
children welcome. Children will sing on Sunday 19th            strongly encourage you to share your gifts and talents.
September at 9am in Laidley. Any questions please call         Please complete the return slip below.
Bernardene on 5427 9972 / 0412 068 587.                        ----------------------------------------

              COMMUNITY NEWS                                     I _____________________________ would like to
                    Softball wants you!                          offer my time and talents to the St Mary‟s Care and
Are you interested in playing in your local softball             Concern Committee and can assist in the following
competition? Softball is a fun and exciting team sport,          ways. Please place a tick beside the area in which you
where you will meet lots of new people while being               would like to offer assistance?
involved in a great outdoor activity.                                 Be a welcomer (Share in morning tea)
If you would like to know more about where you can play               A master chef ( Provide a dinner)
Softball please contact your local association or Ipswich             Bake a treat
Softball Association Secretary Christine Denkel Ph: 3283              Assist with child minding
8868      Mobile:    0418     724     729    or    Email:             Assist with washing                                              Assist with ironing
SOFTBALL IS FOR EVERYONE, HAVE A GO!                                  Assist with home cleaning
                                                                      Mow a lawn
                    Charity Bowls Day                                 Assist with yard duties
A charity bowls day is being held at the Laidley Bowling              Share a compassionate heart
Green on 22nd August. Proceeds to                                    
Laidley      Hospital     Auxiliary.                                 
Sausage sizzle at 12.00 noon, bowls
start at 1pm. Prizes and raffles. To                             Best contact number?_________________________
be in a team ring Les White 07
54652534 as soon as possible.                                    For further information please feel free to contact the

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