It is with great delight that we are once again involved in the Catholic Education SA (CESA) Aboriginal Cultural Residency Program. The goal of the program is to get Aboriginal voices into our schools. There are at least 63 SA Catholic schools involved in the program this year. We participate to develop authentic realtionships, learn about histories and culture, for reconciliation, understanding and repsect. The program has our Aboriginal students, and a friend each, working intensively with Tony Straccia and artist Audrey Brumby over 7 weeks. Our aim is for these students to then tutor their class peers in what they learn with Tony and Audrey.
You will have noticed the new popular Popper fidget toys that students are bringing to school. Please have a conversation with your child/ren about respecting their own and others' property as many are being bartered, sold and used for bribes, which is disappointing to many and completely unfair. It's perhaps best to be kept at home otherwise there is a real risk of losing them.
Breakfast Club will need support on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in Term 2 from 8.15 - 9.00 am. If you are able to help prepare toast, serve and clean up on either of these morning, please let Miss Angela Morrison know or contact the front office. Thank you in anticpation.
Thank you everyone for your amazing support of the Mother's Day Stall. Thanks to those who selected the gifts, set up the stall and sold to the students. It's a very effective fundraiser for the school and is also beneficial to the significant women in our lives. I am aware that such a time might be one of pain for some in the community who might miss that special person at such a time.
You are most welcome to join us in the JHPAC this Friday for a special Mother's Day Liturgy beginning at 2.00 pm. At the conclusion of the liturgy, the Mother's Day FREE raffle will be drawn - there are 12 prizes and all families have been entered into the draw. Good luck!
Happy Mother's Day
to ALL the MOTHERS out there
whether you are past, present or soon to be mums.
May your day be filled with love, joy and laughter.
Yours in Faith, Growth and Unity
CMS Leadership Team -
Belinda, Angela, Linda and Courtney
This term we gratefully welcome back the opportunity to service our community via CentaCare. CentaCare services are varied – every service tendered has a background of Catholic social justice principles striving to meet the welfare needs of local families in need. On Wednesdays, over the next two terms, each class will have the chance to provide non-perishable food items in helping CentaCare achieve their mission. Please watch out for your child’s class letter explaining more.
Our Liturgical group will be hosting our Mother’s Day Liturgy on Friday 7 May at 2pm in the JHPAC. All welcome, please join us. Many families will celebrate Mother’s Day showing their appreciation for the achievements and efforts of mothers and mother figures. On behalf of Catherine McAuley School, may all the women associated with us receive the love and appreciation they truly deserve. We are blessed to have such wonderful female examples in our lives. Know you are deeply cherished.
Mothers are a special gift, a special gift that God gave to us. We’d be lost and lonely without her, our world without a fuss. We love her so very much; we couldn’t bear to be without her healing touch. Thank you God for giving us such a loving Mother, for we wouldn’t want to be a part of no other. Amen
The month of May is dedicated to Mary, Jesus’s mother. Rather fitting really considering we always celebrate Mother’s Day in May. May is usually the time we begin to recite the Rosary. Catholics around the world say the Rosary to obtain peace for the world. There are no better peacemakers than our mums. Over the month of May, at each prayerful gathering, as a whole school, we will recite one decade of the Rosary to honour Mary and to pray for peace in our lives and around the world. The Rosary represents the significant events in the life of Jesus Christ. The rosary is often used as a guide for other Catholic prayers. These prayers are related to challenges or celebrations in the life of one praying the rosary or on behalf of another for whom the prayers are said.
Fun for Year Ones
What an exciting end to Term 1 we had. The Year 1 Unit had a visit from RAA Road Safety. We learnt lots about how to safely cross a road and how to keep safe around busy traffic. We finished the term with the best Be-Active-A-Thon Day ever. We watched the Sports Expo, did some dancing, had a walk-a-thon and ended the day with the Slime Spectacular Colour Run. We can’t wait to see what Term 2 has in store for us. It’s sure to be awesome!
Late last term we all enjoyed the annual Be-Active-a-Thon. Blessed with fantastic weather, students participated in a day full of activities, fun and colour. It was fabulous to see many families join us throughout the day and cheer on our Cup Runners during the morning. The Sports Expo was a wonderful display of students’ physical abilities and talents. We are impressed more and more each year with the number of children participating in this part of the program. After the whole school one-hour activity sessions, students enjoyed being slimed with different colours during the ‘Slime Spectacular’.
It was a fabulous day and we raised approximately $8,000. Thank you to all our families for contributing in so many ways leading up to and during the day and the volunteers who helped shower us all in slime!
The much-anticipated Catherine McAuley Cup Run was again a highlight with the Reception to Year 4 students cheering on our Year 5 to 7 runners as they finished the race. Congratulations to Nickolas Watts (Year 6 – Harley House) and Matilda Hitchmough (Year 6 – Harley House) who were the first boy and girl runner to cross the finish line.
Below are the place winners for each House.
|Position||John Smith House||Harley House||Mercy House||John Coolock House|
|Brady Morris||Nick Watts||Ayden Gaffin||Zachary Watson|
|2nd||Bosco Niyogushima||Nate Attard||Patrick Blackburn||Alex Webster|
|3rd||James Robinson||Godfrey Mutusva||Cian Davis||Koby Bialas|
|1st||Athok Pager||Matilda Hitchmough||Annabelle Marafioti||Ruby Brown|
|2nd||Nyariak Akau||Georgette Frimpong||Logan Schunke||Airagwenn Nuske|
|3rd||Ashlea Vort-Ronald||Ruby Smart||Lilly-Rose Parker||Melia Blazincic|
The overall team placings for the day were:
1st – Harley House.
2nd - Mercy House.
3rd – John Coolock House.
4th – John Smith House.
Enormous thanks to our volunteers who assisted with the ‘slime spectacular’ and staff who coordinated and worked together to provide a fun day focussed on health, wellbeing and being active.
Great work everyone!
On Tuesday 27 April, Playford/McAuley Campus held our ANZAC Assembly. This year our assembly was run by our senior defence students and they did a wonderful job.
Issy talked to us about why we have ANZAC Day and Matilda told us what it is like to be a defence child. Our campus choir sang beautifully and Tyler raised the flag with military precision.
Thankyou to Ms Strauss and Ms Pollard for their efforts with our campus choir and Ms Scott for running our sound and powerpoint presentation.
Defence Transition Mentor
Counting on parents
The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) is a national census that builds a picture of the health and wellbeing of children as they start their ﬁrst year of full-time school.
Every school with children in their ﬁrst year of full-time school has a vital role to play in helping our nation collect the information it needs to support our children and their families as we recover from the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Since 2009, communities, schools and governments across Australia have used results from the AEDC to help provide the right kinds of services, resources and support.
From May 2021, teachers will complete the Instrument (AvEDI) about children in their ﬁrst year of full-time school.
AEDC results for individual children are not reported and individual children cannot be identiﬁed.
With the support of parents/carers and schools we can build a more complete picture of childhood development in Australia. If parents/carers consent to the collection of their child’s information they do not need to do anything. Parent/carers only need to contact the school if they do not consent to the collection of their child’s information.
To ﬁnd out more about the census and how communities are using the data to help children and families visit the AEDC website www.aedc.gov.au
We will be offering Breakfast Club everyday again this year thanks to our amazing morning volunteers and Kickstart for kids who provide our supplies each week.
Breakfast club is now located in the Joan Haren Centre and is open from 8:30am through to 8:45am. A sign is put out each morning just outside the hall, so students know that Breakfast Club is on and children are to eat thier toast sitting outsudide under the trees closest to the play equipment.
Breakfast Club or affectionaly known as toast on the go, is available to all children even if you have had breakfast at home!
Our Canteen service is run by Rory’s School Lunches. Please ensure you are using the new 2021 Menu for Catherine McAuley School available on their website at: rorys.com.au/menus/catherine-mcauley/ and ensure you update your child’s class for this year. Orders online need to be placed by 8.30am on the day of require. For further information visit www.rorys.com.au or call their support line on 0413 575 800.
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