We are very pleased to have our first sacramental program underway for 2020. The Reconciliation Information Night was held this week and I would like to thank Mrs Collins for her flexibility in arranging the night and program in line with COVID restrictions. Thank you to Fr Sijo and Mr Hughes for their support as well.
Thank you to our Garden Viewing committee for the work that they have started to undertake. I look forward to this positive community event in October. They will be looking for helpers on the day and we kindly request that you get behind this event and support it the best you can.
Some of our staff members have been unwell lately, resulting in absences from school. They must also be tested for COVID before returning to school. We are conscious that some classes have had a number of casual teachers teaching them and we can assure you that we always strive to limit the impact that this has on the teaching and learning here at St Anne's. If you have any questions, please contact your child's classroom teacher.
The renovations are nearing completion in our Primary Classrooms. The builders will tidy up their work site, leave and then return at a later date to begin the secondary classrooms; Wood/Metal, Food Tech and Science. This is looking like it may start at the beginning of next term. We look forward to sharing a virtual tour of the new Primary classrooms in the coming weeks.
Our student numbers are looking healthy for next year in both Kindergarten and Year 7 and I would like to thank the community for their support. It has been really nice meeting families for enrolment interviews lately. It was also nice to hear from a new enrolment that our school has a positive reputation, reaching as far as West Wyalong in this case.
Thank you to everyone that completed the School Satisfaction survey this term. We have received the results and look forward to celebrating the positives and recognising the constructive feedback moving forward.
The program for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation began this week with the Parent Formation and students starting their new program. A reminder to the candidates and their families about attending Mass at one of the next three weekends to enrol. Information packs were sent home to any families who were unable to make the Formation evening. Please note that there are some significant changes to the usual program this year which includes one session led by parents at home and some homework tasks also to be completed with families. Please make contact if you have missed out on information or you have any queries or concerns about the program. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
Important upcoming dates for the sacrament of First Reconciliation
Enrolment weekend Masses - Saturday 5th September 6pm
Sunday 13th September 10am
Saturday 19th September 6pm
Retreat Day for Year 3 (for First Reconciliation) - Tuesday 22nd September
(Further information will be sent home in the coming days regarding the retreat day).
Sacrament of First Reconciliation Wednesday 23rd September at 6:00pm in the Sacred Heart Church.
Year 10 Retreat
Due to Covid, the Year 10 students unfortunately couldn’t have their overnight retreat at Warrambui this year. In place of this we will be having a retreat for them at school on
Monday 21st September from 9am to 8:30pm.
The retreat will provide an atmosphere where the students can reflect on their personal relationship with God and with one another. The students are given the opportunity to reflect on the paths they have taken, on the dreams they wish to pursue and how they achieve their dreams with Jesus in their lives.
We are extremely pleased that Dennis Sleigh is available to be a part of the retreat.
As this is part of the RE program it is expected that all students attend the retreat and students are asked to please return their permission slips by this Monday 7th September.
First Communion 2020
It is looking positive that the Sacrament of First Communion may still go ahead in 2020 after all. The program would have a new format (similar to the one that we have started for First Reconciliation) and the Sacrament would be in a separate Mass, at this stage an evening Mass in Term 4. Plans are currently being finalised with Fr Sijo and a letter will be sent home next week to the students in Year 4. Any children who are eligible to receive the Sacrament of First Communion in Year 4 or above, are invited to join in this program. If your child is not currently in Year 4 and you wish for them to be involved could you please contact me at email@example.com as soon as possible to ensure that they receive all of the relevant details being sent home. Similarly if you have any queries or concerns please feel free to contact me to discuss these as soon as possible.
The staff will be involved in a Spirituality session in week 9, taking time in a twilight session after school with some time for prayer, reflection and collaboration. Please keep the staff in your prayers as we endeavour to renew our own spirits and focus on building capacity in the religious and prayer life of the school community.
In Religion this term we have been studying Stewardship and how it is our Christian duty to look after the environment. As God is part of everything around us, by helping to look after and protect the earth, we are renewing our promise to God. The students were especially shocked at the state of the environment today and we decided to make an active choice to ‘do what we can’, as every person making a difference will make a collective difference. The first part of our plan was discussing the recycling options in Temora. While we are lucky to have a few choices, we decided that allocated bins would be the best solution to help properly dispose of waste. The students then wrote a letter to Temora Council explaining this plight, and asking for their plan on how to improve recycling solutions. You can read their letter below, I think you will agree with me when I say that with the earth’s future in the hands of this generation - I am sure only good things are to come.
Mrs Georgina Breust
Letter to Council
St Anne’s Yr 10 Class 125 Deboos Street | Temora | 2666 3rd September, 2020
CONCERNS OVER THE LACK OF RECYCLING OPTIONS IN TEMORA
To Temora Shire Council,
We are writing to you today to discuss the lack of easy- recycling options in Temora. Our Year 10 class is currently studying stewardship and the desperate need to care for our environment. We have learnt that in order to look after the world we all need to play our part, and we believe we could do more in order to fulfill our role in helping the current state of the environment. Recycling is a key part of looking after our earth. During this topic we have been made aware of the little recycling options we have in Temora compared to other towns around us. This has caught our interest as we believe Temora needs to do more collectively as a town, in order to help the earth.
The issue within the Temora area is our options regarding waste and recycling. We currently have a few options in Temora, but in order to continue to maintain the environmental health of our district we need to implement more. These include things like the IGA ‘Return and Earn’ recycling system where you can cash in cans, plastic bottles, and glass bottles. This allows people to recycle responsibly and improve the welfare of the earth. The Lions Club contributes to the recycling of approximately 600 tonnes of cardboard, paper, and glass each year. The Temora landfill is not commonly known for their E-waste recycling system but we can encourage people to utilize the facility to dispose of electronics and e-waste responsibly. These options are great however, we need more ideas and solutions implemented in Temora to responsibly recycle and manage waste. Not having enough facilities within the Temora area is an environmental issue as locals are often disposing of their waste incorrectly which has a further impact on the environment and worsens our ecological footprint as a community.
As individuals we all share the responsibility to care for our environment. With the continuous blind behaviour we show toward both our society and land, we are further worsening the state of our environment and remaining complicit in the rise of pollution and global warming. Therefore we are remaining complicit in the destruction of our earth. In 2015, the Pope's, ‘Laudato Si’, was a letter regarding the state we are putting our environment in. It brought up many concerns about the ways we are mistreating our earth. The continuous deforestation, water usage, land destruction and pollution affects our lives. We are risking our future and the hope we have left. Our ungrateful behaviour will reflect badly upon our society and soon enough we will have nothing to live off. We need to stop turning a blind eye to this problem now because it is something that is talked about but in some cases regarding our town not enough action taken. We need to fight for our lands to ensure the survival of our future generations.
Other towns similar to Temora in size have recycling solutions. Cootamundra is one town that offers this service to their residents. These include kerbside garbage bin pick up, where they have the option of yellow (recyclable), green (green waste) and red (garbage) bins. While we recognise that the council has provided recycling solutions, these are not mandatory and require time and effort from residents. This can be a deterrent, and this lack of care has greatly impacted the health of our earth. If the bins were provided, people would find it much easier to recycle, given that they only have to divide amongst the relevant bins, rather than driving to out-of-home recycling facilities. Having multiple bin units is a time-effective means of recycling that would influence residents to dispose of their waste in an environmentally friendly manner. Meanwhile, Wagga, a much larger area, has 8 different pick up truck companies that service different areas. Would it be possible to get a contract with these companies to service Temora? We understand that there is a significant cost in organising the different bins for the residents of Temora, but we strongly think that this cost is both manageable and worthwhile.
We appreciate the time and effort that you, as our council, put towards running our beautiful town. This issue is a worldwide one - but we hope that with your support we can make a difference in the Temora locality.
We await your reply.
Sincerely, St Anne’s Central School - Year 10 Mrs Georgina Breust (teacher), Liam Baldock, Kiara Balon, Charlie Bent, Hannah Cooper, Kaelan Ferguson, Isabelle Gaynor, William Matthews, Amelia Murphy, Taylor Phillips, Abbey Reinhold, Jake Schulz, Ella Van Egmond, Josh Weincke.
YEAR 8 ENGLISH
In Year 8 English this term we have been focusing on “The Real World”, which means all things non-fiction. In this unit the children get to choose a group to work within that is based on a common interest. Every year the interests are very similar, but this year we have:
Music - in particular Kpop
Within these groups the students studied non-fiction texts on these topics. For their assessment they then had to choose a topic from their interest group and create a feature article. It has been amazing to read the students’ work as their passion for their topics comes through in their writing. I have been learning about the size of the new Bougoult Air Seeder, how the numnuts lamb marking tool works, the life of Korean Pop stars and idols, Indigenous Round in NRL, how MindCraft is giving back to poorer communities, and the rise and development of Virtual Reality headsets - to name a few! This unit is a special one that allows students to research and write on a topic that they enjoy. I have found that this is the key for producing great writing. If your child is in Year 8, have a read of their feature article and see if you learn a few new things!
Mrs Georgina Breust
YEAR 9 ENGLISH
Term 3 in senior Secondary is synonymous with essay writing. From the early years in Secondary we teach students how to master the basic essay. We have found that our clear and concise ways of teaching this structure mean that as the years progress students can focus on adding in complex analysis and literary and film techniques to support their ideas. Year 9 has an opportunity this term to create an essay comparing two texts from the Holocaust period. The film, “Life is Beautiful', and the Australian novel, “Alexander Altmann”, while very different, both provide an insight into what was such a horrific time. In comparing the texts, the students have analysed the role of prejudice, dehumanisation tactics and eventually genocide, in the rise of Nazi Germany and the mass destruction of European Jewry. While this is a difficult unit to comprehend, the students have shown such empathy and anger towards the prejudicial treatment of the Jews and other minorities. This emotion has enabled them to create essays that are both informative and persuasive. While drafts are being handed in at the moment, it is always a pleasure to read the impassioned words of teenagers, on what some might say happened a lifetime ago. It is our duty to remind the students that it is up to us to always see and do good, and to protect those who need it most. If you have a student in Year 9, be sure to read their essay, as I know you’ll be as proud of them as me.
Kinder - Academic Award: Ella McCrone & Audrey Wallace / Good Samaritan Award: Samuel Maroney
Yr 1 - Academic Award: Addie Morton-Gilchrist & Jack Crawford / Good Samaritan Award: Molly Townsend
Yr 2 - Academic Award: Charles Minchin & Hannah Pham / Good Samaritan Award: Georgie O'Connor
Yr 3 - Academic Award: Lillian Perry & Billy Townsend / Good Samaritan Award: Georgia Gibbs
Yr 4 - Academic Award: Marley Block & Lenny Guymer / Good Samaritan Award: Claire Hartwig
Yr 5 - Academic Award: Jonte Reid & Leonise Balon / Good Samaritan Award: Adelaide Gaynor
Yr 6 - Academic Award: Milly Kelly & Joseph Collins / Good Samaritan Award: Chelsea Kite
Kinder - Matthew O'Connor: for working hard in Maths groups. Hayden Pham: for being able to spell his high frequency words. Ron Arun: for showing resilience this week by having a go.
Yr 1 - Ava Crawford: for her incredible effort and improvement in reading. Zephanie Lancaster: for always taking the effort to use beautiful and proper handwriting. Abby Watts: for always being mindful of others.
Yr 2 - Mailee Reid: for her care and dedication in all her work. Angus Oliver: for working hard during HSIE. Kayde Brace: being a friendly and supportive class member.
Yr 3 - Brodie Gray: really trying hard to stay focused and on task. Lillian Perry: for being a very consistent and responsible student. Immogen Baldock: for being a positive person in class.
Yr 4 - Robbie Bett: for applying his Maths skills well this week. Macey Coddington: for being a Mathematical thinker. Lani McCrone: for being a super role model.
Yr 5 - Lily Gibbs: for her positive attitude when working in a group. Morgan George: for her application and settled approach during tasks. Jasmin Cassidy: for ther caring nature towards her peers.
Yr 6 - Jaidyn Baldock: for a focused effort during Maths revision. Maisy McCrone: for her fantastic start to speech writing. Ahlia Derrick: for always being available to assist and support others.
Year 7 - DJ Bowman-Cannon: Improved focus and results in French. Kayde Carney: Improved focus and results in French. Josie Crawford: Improved results in French. Guinevere Drumore: Extending her vocabulary and skills in French.
Year 8 - Tully Gaynor: For her positive attitude and consistent application in English. Campbell Palmer: For great application to Maths tasks. Annabelle Wiencke: For applying herself diligintly to Maths Taks.
Year 9 - Olivia Bett: Application to Research and IT tasks in Science. Madison Cassidy: Application to Research and IT tasks in Science. Sophie Dunstan: Application to Research and IT tasks in Science and for great work in Maths. Wilson Gaynor: Contributing to class discussions in English. Peter Thompson: Application to Research and IT tasks in Science.
Year 10 - Charles Bent: Improved application in English. Hannah Cooper: Being passionate about our responsibility to the environment. Ella Van Egmond: For working diligently in Maths.
Year 7 - DJ Bowman-Cannon: For making excellent progress in the money unit. William Palmer: Excellent work in his Geography assessment.
Year 8 - Bea Balon: For working hard in the Algebra unit. Poppy Minchin: For showing excellent initiative in Maths.
Year 9 - Matthew Durham: For an excellent assessment on Financial Maths. Hugh Warren: For an excellent assessment on Financial Maths.
Year 10 - Kaelan Ferguson: For an excellent assessment on Simultaneous Equations. Jake Schulz: For an excellent assessment on Simultaneous Equations. Ella Van Egmond: For an excellent assessment on Simultaneous Equations.
Temora Basketball Association (TBA) are excited to offer basketball again! We will be running a series of basketball camps, instead of our normal Tuesday afternoon competition, on the following Saturdays; 5th and 19th September and 17th and 31st October. 8:45am – 10:00am 5-7 year old,s 10:15am – 11:30am 8-10 year olds, 11:45am- 1:00pm 11-12 year olds. For more information see our Facebook page or email firstname.lastname@example.org.