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Diary Dates:
Term 4, 2019

► Tuesday 10 December

St Madeleine's Christmas Concert

► Wednesday 11 December 

Reports Sent Home

► Thursday 12 December

St Madeleine's Yr 6 Graduation in the New Church 6:00pm

► Friday 13 December

Year 6 Pool Day Nepean Aquatic Centre

► Monday 16 December

2020 Meet the Teacher
2pm - 3pm

► Tuesday 17 December

St Mad's Farewell 9:15am Assembly & Principal’s Awards
► Wednesday 18 December
End of Year Thanksgiving Mass 9:15am
Term 4 ends
► 28 & 29 January 2020
MAI Testing
► Thursday 30 January 2020
K-6 Students Return
 

Address: 28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst 2156
Phone: 9654 6751
Email: stmadeleines@parra.catholic.edu.au
Website: www.stmadeleineskenthurst.catholic.edu.au
Thursday 5 December, 2019 | Term 4, Week 8
IN THIS ISSUE:

Dear Parents and Friends,

What a privilege it was for me to attend the Opening and Blessing of our magnificent church last week. Over 600 friends and families of St Madeleine’s waited and watched as Most Reverend Vincent Long Van Nguyen, the fourth Bishop of the Parramatta Diocese, nine priests, four acolytes and several altar servers presided over the formal ceremonies of processing as a faith community into the new Parish Church, blessing the altar, the tabernacle, the baptismal font, the walls and the people in the church. The band and choir of some 20 people had been rehearsing for weeks to make sure  the music and singing matched the splendour of the occasion. 

Bishop Vincent spoke so passionately during the Mass. He asked that we all recommit ourselves to our parish community, to continue being Christ’s servant to all, especially those who are most in need in our community. He congratulated the parishioners of St Madeleine’s who never gave up in their quest for a new church for the faith community so that we can meet and celebrate as an inclusive Catholic community. Father Vince said that the opening of the new church is not the finish line. It is the starting the line! He said that it is only the beginning of an exciting new direction for our parish. He suggested that we have to partner with each other as a community with more people than ever before. Father’s hope is that St Madeleine’s stands out as an icon of Faith, Hope, Love and Justice for now and for future generations. It was a particularly proud day for Father Vince and all the parishioners who never gave up on their dream for St Madeleine’s Parish!

Mr Greg Whitby has launched his annual Summer Reading Challenge and he is encouraging all the students in the Parramatta Diocese to spend the Christmas holidays reading. He says that the children can read anything ~ a comic, an e-book, a play, a piece of poetry, a picture book or a novel. Taking part is easy. All the children need to do is read something and then write in 50 words or less why they loved it.  The more a child reads, the more times they can enter the chance to win one of two chromebooks or one of thirty runners up gift vouchers to the value of $30. Students can enter online by visiting the CEDP website. Entries open on 2nd December and close 5pm 2nd February, 2020. It is important the children keep practising their reading right through the holidays so they don’t slip backwards. Teachers want to start 2020 ready to make even more progress with each child’s reading.

Hillsbus Co has been in touch with me to explain that across the Hills District very few students are using their OPAL card. They explained that they need the support of schools to justify and maintain services and this can only be done by improving the current level of OPAL card usage. Based on their usage data, Hillsbus can make recommendations to Transport  NSW regarding service changes and improvements. The bus company is wanting more students to use their OPAL card and so as an incentive they are wanting us to give priority to students who have their OPAL card with them to board the bus first. If your children have an OPAL card please make sure they have the card and are using it each day on their bus trip to and from school. Hillsbus place significant importance on the safety and security of the students enroute to and from school and they are continually looking for opportunities to improve their service through school engagement and consultation.

Yesterday we thanked all the fabulous parents and friends who helped out in so many ways at school this year. Mrs Fisher prepared a lovely lunch for them and then the whole school formally thanked them with a beautiful Thank You Liturgy. We are a very fortunate community indeed to be surrounded by such generous and helpful people.

We have our Christmas Concert on Tuesday 10th December at 6.45pm in the Hall. Get ready to have some fun! If by some chance you are unable to attend the concert, please be in touch with your child’s class teacher. We do expect everyone to attend and participate in this wonderful event. We will be having a collection at our concert for Bushfire/Drought  relief so please come prepared to make a small donation.

Thank you for all you do to build and celebrate our community!

 

Mrs Jeanette Black

Principal

"The world needs you so you can encourage all those people around us who are looking for a helping hand to lift them up. "

Pope Francis@Pontifex  

Every Learner Every Day - Attendance rate to date is 83.4% 

Our community believes that every day counts for every child.

Our attendance levels are recorded below. Our target is for at least 90% attendance and you will note that zero grades achieved this target over the past fortnight. It is important to know that your children must be at school and inside the classroom before 9am in order for you and them not to have to go to the office for a late note. 

Scholastic Year

School Year Attendance Level

Scholastic Year

School Year Attendance Level

K

85.4%

4

84.7%

1

78.5%

5

87.2%

2

86.0%

6

75.4%

3

86.9%

Parents and Friends News

On Monday evening the Parents and Friends met to elect their new Executive for 2020.
I am delighted to let you know that all positions have been filled. We congratulate and thank these generous people for putting themselves forward to support all we do at St Madeleine's.
 
President ~ Melissa Crema ~ Hayden will be Year 2  
Vice President ~ Louise MacNamara ~ Hayley will be in Yr 2  
Treasurer ~ David Hall ~ Lilly will be in Yr 4 and Nathan Yr 3  
Secretary ~ Ritika Gray ~ Dylan will be in Yr 5 and Hunter Yr 2  
Assistant Secretary ~ Tori Papallo ~ Luke will be in Yr 4
Fundraising Coordinator ~ Vanessa Abood ~ Mylea will be in Yr 6
Parent Coordinator ~ Grainne Bolland ~ James and Thomas will be in Yr 6 and Ben Yr 3 
Kiss and Drop Coordinator ~ Melissa Crema ~ Hayden will be in Year 2.
 
We acknowledge the outgoing committee ~ Mrs Tori Papallo, Mrs Amie Meehan and Mrs Simona Eltobaji and thank them for their commitment and work in supporting the St Madeleine's community for many years.
 
I look forward to working with the new committee in 2020.
 

The need to spend time with their parents differs for different kids. For some, there’s no end to the time they’d spend with you. However, other kids feel differently. There’s no right answer.

I’m fortunate to have the flexibility that allows me to spend a great deal of time with my children. However, my nine year old daughter wants to spend more time with me. My eleven year old son, on the other hand, is content either way.

Australia ranks first
According to a recent study Australian parents rank number one among OECD countries (including most of Europe, North America, the UK and Finland) when it comes to spending time with their kids. The lion’s share of this time is still invested by mums, but Australian dads are ahead of those from many other countries, averaging around 70 minutes a day with their children.

The source of misplaced parental guilt
According to research published in the Journal of Marriage and Family, not spending enough time with children is the biggest source of parental guilt in Australia.

The researchers also found that it’s quality, not quantity of time children spend with parents that’s important for their emotional wellbeing, achievement and behaviour for kids aged 3-11 years. The researchers concluded that volume of time doesn’t matter. It’s much more important how time is spent with your children when you are together. This in no way advocates for absentee parenting. It’s about making the most of the family time you have and reducing feelings of stress for you if you can’t be around as much as you’d like to be.
Here are some ideas to help make sure you optimise the time you spend with your kids:

  • Create a tradition of one-on-one time with each of your kids around an activity that you both enjoy, such as a cafe catch up over a milkshake, shooting hoops or playing a favourite board game
  • Read regularly to each other, as these are special times of connection, especially in bed at night
  • Eat meals together as a family so you can all catch up and connect – this is worth its weight in gold when it comes to quality time
  • Pay attention to your children, watching for cues that they’re in need of extra time with you
  • Adolescents benefit from spending extra time with their parents. Through interactions with their parents teenagers can learn to make better decisions about their health, improve their academic achievement and experience better wellbeing
  • Take an interest in their interests. Connect with your children through the activities that they value such as music, sport or games, even if they aren’t hobbies you don’t normally enjoy. Your kids will appreciate you making the effort and will respond accordingly
  • Be present when you’re with your kids. Research shows our minds can wander up to 47% of the time when we are with our loved ones. If you’re present with our kids, you won’t miss out on nearly half of that precious time.

Be mindful of the importance of unstructured time for kids. That is, time they spend playing alone or with siblings and friends. Play is essential for our kids’ wellbeing and development. Play changes as our kids grow up but as long as whatever they’re doing is child-led, it’s play. This is the time to leave them to it.


Sunday 8 December 2019:
Second Sunday of Advent - Year A

Mt 3:1-12
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew

Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.

In due course John the Baptist appeared; he preached in the wilderness of Judaea and this was his message: ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is close at hand.’ This was the man the prophet Isaiah spoke of when he said:

A voice cries in the wilderness:

Prepare a way for the Lord,

make his paths straight.

This man John wore a garment made of camel-hair with a leather belt round his waist, and his food was locusts and wild honey. Then Jerusalem and all Judaea and the whole Jordan district made their way to him, and as they were baptised by him in the river Jordan they confessed their sins. But when he saw a number of Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism he said to them, ‘Brood of vipers, who warned you to fly from the retribution that is coming? But if you are repentant, produce the appropriate fruit, and do not presume to tell yourselves, “We have Abraham for our father,” because, I tell you, God can raise children for Abraham from these stones. Even now the axe is laid to the roots of the trees, so that any tree which fails to produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown on the fire. I baptise you in water for repentance, but the one who follows me is more powerful than I am, and I am not fit to carry his sandals; he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing-fan is in his hand; he will clear his threshing-floor and gather his wheat into the barn; but the chaff he will burn in a fire that will never go out.’

Monday 9 December 2019:
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lk: 1:26-38
A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke

 

Rejoice, favoured one, the Lord is with you. 

The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God’s favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘But how can this come about, since I am a virgin?’ ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you’ the angel answered ‘and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God.’ ‘I am the handmaid of the Lord,’ said Mary ‘let what you have said be done to me.’ And the angel left her.

St Madeleine's Primary School Christmas Story
Tuesday 10th December 2019 at 6:45pm School Hall 

The Christmas Story reminds us of Christ’s humble beginnings. God could have chosen anywhere to be His home. He could have built a palace that would have made the grandeur of the Roman Empire seem like nothing. But he didn’t. God chose to send his Son to be born amongst the forgotten, the overlooked and the poorest. This is the story of how God came to be with us. 

We would like to extend a warm and sincere invitation to all families to our annual Christmas Story Presentation. We look forward to your presence at our narrative of this most Holy story. 

Please use the following as a guide for costuming for the concert. 

Grade Concert Costume – Country Theme 

Kindergarten - Denim shorts/skirts with a red t-shirt 

Year 1 - Anything with a country theme 

Year 2 - Anything with a country theme 

Year 3 - Anything with a country theme 

Year 4 - Anything with a country theme 

Year 5 - Denim shorts/skirts with Christmas t-shirts 

Year 6 - Anything with a country theme 

Mass Roster, Term 4

The Mass roster is included on the parent calendar only. This can be accessed via the school website or the Skoolbag app. All parents are invited to join us in celebrating Parish Mass at 9:15am.

 

Please note that occasionally changes in the Mass roster may occur. We appreciate your understanding.

This year the ICAS assessments were fully online and students from years 2 to 6 were able to participate in a variety of curriculum areas including Digital Technologies, Spelling, English, Mathematics, Science, and Writing. ICAS assessments provide opportunities to recognise and reward students’ academic achievement. We congratulate the following children on their outstanding results in the ICAS Assessments competition held last term. 

Digital Technologies


Participation

Jacob Cole 

Flynn Morris 

Mason Down 

Matilda Rogers

Uday Singh

Credit

Tiana Attia 

Sienna Bonello

 

Mathematics

 

Participation

Amelie Easton 

Jacob Cole

Olivia Ferris

Poppy O’Brien

Saniya Arnold

Mason Down

Amelie Nash

Matilda Rogers

Uday Singh

Christian Blake

Sienna Bonello

Grace Ferris

Maja Susnjara

David Watt

Archie Manassen

Wiliam Easton

Credit

Nicolas Palacio 

Daisy Manassen

Matrix Anderson

Nathan Pantaleone

Mylea Abood

Isla Austin Smith

Delphine Feillafe

 

Merit

Flynn Morris 

 

Distinction

Mitchell Atkins 

Tiana Attia

Bianca Palacio

Tyler Carabetta

 

Science

 

Participation

Poppy O’Brien

Jacob Cole

Matrix Anderson

Mason Down

Matilda Rogers

Uday Singh

Christian Blake

Maja Susnjara

David Watt

 

Merit

Flynn Morris 

Tiana Attia

Bianca Palacio 

 

Credit

Nicolas Palacio 

Nathan Pantaleone

Isla Austin-Smith

Spelling

 

Participation

Matrix Anderson 

Saniya Arnold 

Tiana Attia

Matilda Rogers

Uday Singh

Isla Austin-Smith

Nathan Pantaleone

Maja Susnjara

 

Credit

Flynn Morris 

 

Merit

Grace Ferris 

 

Distinction

Delphine Feillafe 

 

Writing 

 

Participation

Tiana Attia 

Matilda Rogers

Uday Singh

Sienna Bonello

Nathan Pantaleone

 

Credit

Amelie Nash 

Saniya Arnold

Isla Austin-Smith

 

Merit

Mylea Abood 

 

Distinction

Daisy Manassen 

Delphine Feillafe



English

 

Participation

Jacob Cole

Flynn Morris

Poppy O’Brien

Amelie Easton

Saniya Arnold

Amelie Nash

Uday Singh

Matilda Rogers

Grace Ferris

Nathan Pantaleone

Maja Susnjara

William Easton

 

Credit

Nicolas Palacio 

Matrix Anderson

Tiana Attia

Daisy Manassen

Jessica Edwards

Isla Austin-Smith

Delphine Feillafe

 

Merit

Bianca Palacio 

 

Mrs Jodi Jefferson

Assistant Principal

Basketball Gala Day

On Tuesday 3rd December, 4 teams attended the Parramatta Diocesan Basketball Gala Day held at Penrith.

Congratulations to the Year 6 boys team coached by Mr Manassen who won their pool –
* Noah B, Archie M, Jonah H, Nathaniel T, Ned F, William E, Luke P, Evan S

Huge thankyou to the parents that coached on the day: Mrs Chiha, Mrs Rosewell, Mr Blake and Mr Manassen.

Mrs Julia Morris

Sport Coordinator

Security Information 
Please be advised that Marian has CCTV cameras throughout their school which are on constant record. There are common areas their cameras are recording such as the oval; parish car park & Admin building surrounds. The CCTV is used for security purposes.

Christmas Costumes
Slapped Cheek
Year 1 Excursion/Incursion

Year 6 Pool Day
Important Dates/Events

KB: Phoebe Lang & James Jurukovski
KW: Samuel Dominello & Aila-Rose Weir
1B: Summer Ellis & Mikhael Bechara
1W: Brayden Ayers & Harry Swarzes
2B: Ellie Boston & William Tran
2W: Nicola Papageorgiou & Dylan Sakkal

3B: Clair Waldon & Oliver Farraway
3W: Olivia Ferris & Chloe Azzopardi
4B: Arya Nematian & Danielle Jakovljevic
4W: Maximus Papageorgiou & Hunter Jones-Gentle & Luca Scannone
5B: Natasha Apap, Cooper Jones-Gentle, Christian Blake, Louise Saliba
5W: Caeden Large, Hannah Tran, Jackson Santelmann, James Barker, Thomas Kuntze, Sienna Bonello & Grace Ferris
6B: Andrew Isaac & Summer Jones
6W: Ned Farraway, Oliver Kennedy & Damien Waldon
Social Skills: Sienna Angles-Corke 6W & William Dorahy 4B
Sport: Louise Saliba 5B
KB: Hunter Engelhardt & Shelby Hughes
KW: Elizabeth Johnston & Mackenzie Goodsir
1B: Adelaide Atkins & Jordan Simpson
1W: Sophie Barker & Hayley Trigger
2B: Mikayla Mills & Sophia Jurukovski
2W: Alyssa Pantaleone & Hayden Bailey
3B: Flynn Morris & Millie Sharpe
3W: 
Jade Anderson & Leonardo Scannone
4B: Lola Rahme & Jessica Edwards
4W: Daisy Manassen & Amelie Nash
5B: Maja Susnjara & Grace Ferris
5W: Mylea Abood & Isla Austin-Smith
6B: Mikayla Muscat & Tyler Carabetta
6W: Teale Shaw & Bianca Palacio
Did you know you can order your child’s recess on Munch Monitor?
Select  "Recess" and order anything from the full menu.

I
f there are any parents who are interested in helping us out in the Canteen during recess or lunch, please contact Catherine Mares directly in the canteen or via email:  CathM5@bigpond.com. 

Open Monday - Friday | Ph: 9654 6760 
Canteen Manager: 
John Albertini  |  Email:   bellissimocanteenservices@gmail.com  
To view canteen menu, please click  here

Hello Volunteers!

 
Thank you to all the generous parents and carers who volunteered to be part of the Kiss and Drop roster after the information evenings. Please find the Roster for Weeks 9 & 10. As a reminder, volunteers are expected to be in the K&D area from 8:30am. Look for the safety vests if supplied, and if you need to remind a driver of the process, please have a friendly, brief chat!


Kiss & Drop Coordinator: Mrs Melissa Crema
Email: melissa.adventures@gmail.com Mobile: 0449 882 348

Week 9
MON 9/12 - Louise McNamara, Natalie Commisso
TUE 10/12 - Teresa Sakkal, Lucinda Musolino
WED 11/12 - Renae Cole, Felicity Power
THU 12/12 - Sarah Scott, Senena Bragg
FRI 13/12 - Tori Papallo, Jasna Susnjara

Week 10
MON 16/12 - Erin Boffo, Renee Giorgiutti
TUE 17/12 - Liana Wall, Jodi Sakkal
WED 18/12 - Melissa Crema, Stacie Covington

OPEN: Tuesdays 8am - 11am
PHONE: 9654 6761
EMAIL: StMadeleinesPS@theschoollocker.com.au
WEBSITE: www.theschoollocker.com.au

Online School Canteen Orders

In purchasing your child’s tuckshop order online, you are contracting directly with the supplier. You are responsible for checking that the ingredients of what you order are not incompatible with your child’s sensitivities or health issues. Please ensure you check the disclaimers in the supplier’s website. If you doubt you should contact the supplier.

Priority of Enrolment

 

Under Catholic Education Office policies schools are required to follow Diocesan enrolment policy giving priority in the order as outlined below:

  • children of Catholic families in the local parish 
  • children of Catholic families who live outside the parish geographic boundaries but regularly attend  the school's local parish
  • children of Catholic families who are parishioners of another parish
  • children of families who actively participate in the life of the school and local parish community
  • children of Orthodox families
  • children whose families belong to other Christian churches who, with their parents, respect and
  • agree to support the Catholic mission of the school including the faith education it offers for their children
  • children of non-Christian faiths who, with their parents, respect and agree to support the Catholic
  • mission of the school including the faith education it offers for their children
  • children who, with their parents, respect and agree to support the Catholic mission of the school
  • including the faith education, it offers for their children 

Provided that: 

  • siblings of presently enrolled children will have preference over applicants who have no sibling in the school within each category in the priority list
  • a child who has completed primary education in a Catholic parish-based primary school will usually  be offered continuity of enrolment in a Catholic secondary school

Withdrawal Notice Period for leaving St Madeleine's

 

A term’s notice (10 school weeks) in writing must be given to the principal before the removal of a student or a full term’s fees will be payable. The notice can be given any time during term for the next term. One exception is that notice in writing will be accepted at any time during Term 4 in relation to the following year’s enrolment, that is the notice period of 10 school weeks will be waived in this circumstance.

 

The requirement for a terms notice (10 school weeks) is recognition by the family of the commitment to assist with funding of the school by having their child take a place that could have been offered to another family. Unless the student is present for the August census or the student is able to be replaced mid-year, which is unlikely, the loss of the student will most certainly result in the loss of significant government funding. Thus, a term notice provides the school with an opportunity to replace the student within the next term.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

School Fee Statements
Please note that school fee statements were posted on
23rd July 2019. If you have not received your statement, please email:  madl-khstfees@parra.catholic.edu.au and request a statement. The due date for school fees was 28 August 2019.

Parish & CEDP News
St Madeleine's Sophie Parish News

Parish Services:

Weekend Masses:
- Saturday 5.30pm (Eucharistic Adoration at 4:45),
- Sunday 8:00am, 10:00 am, 5.30pm
Children’s Liturgy
- 10am Mass during Term
Weekday Masses
-Tues - Fri 9:15 am
Playgroup
- Tues 9.30am at St Joseph Centre
Prayer Group
- Wednesdays after the 9.15 am Mass
Reconciliation
- Saturdays 5.00pm
Baptisms
- Every 4th Sunday, 11:20, or during 10am Masses
Weddings
- By appointment
Sacrament Coordinator
Sally Coppini MB: 0407 942 986


Parish Priest: Rev Vincent Savarimuthu
Parish Secretary: Lisa Echevarria

Address:  28 Annangrove Rd, Kenthurst 2156
Phone: 9654 2260
Office Hours: Tuesday - Friday 9am - 4pm
Email:  stmads@yahoo.com.au
Website:  http://stmadeleine.org.au/

Download St Madeleine Sophie Bulletin
17 November, 2019

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EDP News:  https://www.parra.catholic.edu.au/en/News-and-Events/Latest-News


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