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Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College Volume 15 Issue 12

21st April 2011

Dear Parents/Guardians, Staff, Students and Friends of OLSH There are many things to think about over the coming few days that shape our identities as Christians and as Australians. Today is Holy Thursday, the beginning of the Easter Triduum, when we recall how Jesus was arrested, tried and committed to death. It is the time of the year when we remember how Jesus overcame darkness and brought hope to the world on the day of his Resurrection. When some people think of Easter, images such as the Easter Bunny, coloured eggs and lots of chocolate may come to mind. These things are good in themselves, but to Christians around the world, Easter is much more. Easter is one of the most important Christian feasts of the year. Easter Sunday is the day Christians celebrate Jesus rising from the dead. After his savage death on the cross, a large stone was rolled over his tomb. Shortly after, however, when followers went back to honour Jesus, the stone was moved and he was no longer in the tomb. Subsequent events, as detailed in the Gospels, revealed to his disciples that Jesus had in fact risen from the dead. This belief in Christ s Resurrection is the cornerstone of the Christian faith. Just as Jesus rose from the dead, Christians believe they too will experience eternal life.

Dates to Remember APRIL 22nd Good Friday 25th-Easter Monday 26th-Anzac Day Public Holiday. 28th P & F Meeting

MAY 2nd-Bangtail Muster 4th Student Casual Day (Wednesday) 20th Sadadeen Athletics Carnival 23rd-27th Year 11 Semester 1 Exams

This miracle not only gives all Christians hope of a renewed life but it can shape the way we live our lives in the here and now. The reign of God is present when we see people striving for justice, peace, truth, freedom and reconciliation and when we know that we are loved by God, and can give that same love to others1. Many of the heroic virtues that we aspire to, as Christians, are also recalled in the remembrance of Anzac Day that occurs next Monday, 25th April. When the First World War broke out in 1914, Australia had only been a Federal Commonwealth for 13 years. The new national government was eager to establish its reputation among the nations of the world. As a consequence, in 1915 Australian and New Zealand soldiers formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli Peninsula in order to open the Dardanelles to the allied navies. The ultimate objective was to capture Constantinople (now Istanbul in Turkey), the capital of the Ottoman Empire.

Campus Office Hours Monday - Friday 8am-4pm Campus Canteens Bath Street 89527532 Traeger 89508555 Sadadeen 89507318

College Uniform Shop Telephone: 89522742 Fax: 89555163 Opening Hours: Tuesday 8.15am 10.00am Thursday 8.15am-10.00am Thursday 2.30pm-4.30pm

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Adapted from Fr Noel Connolly s Easter message in the Columban Journal Vol 4,

Central Administration: Tel: 08 8950 6400 Fax: 08 8952 4607

Bath Street Campus: Tel: 08 8950 8666 Fax: 08 8953 2624

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P.O. Box 2508 Alice Springs NT 0871 Website: www.olshalice.nt.edu.au Email: principal@olshalice.nt.edu.au

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The Australian and New Zealand forces landed at Gallipoli on 25th April, meeting fierce resistance from the Ottoman Turkish defenders. What had been planned as a bold stroke to knock Turkey out of the war quickly became a stalemate, and the campaign dragged on for eight months. At the end of 1915 the allied forces were evacuated, after both sides had suffered heavy casualties and endured great hardships. Over 8,000 Australian soldiers had been killed. News of the landing on Gallipoli made a profound impact on Australians at home, and the landing at Gallipoli became the day on which Australians remembered the sacrifice of those who had died in the war. Although the Gallipoli campaign failed in its military objectives, the Australian and New Zealand actions during the campaign left their countries a powerful legacy. Through the darkness of suffering and endurance under fire, came the light of mateship and courage. The creation of what became known as the ANZAC legend forged an important part of the identity of both nations, shaping the ways they viewed both their past and their future2. As a powerful means of connecting with our Christian faith, and with our national identity, OLSH students are encouraged to take part in the Easter Liturgies over the weekend, and to be involved in the Anzac Day commemorations that will be held this Monday, 25th April 2011. Students, who would like to march, should be at the Council lawns by 8.50am in their school uniform. Best wishes

Br Paul Gilchrist Principal 2.

Notes from the Australian War Memorial, on the significance of Anzac Day.

Reflection Easter Dying you destroyed our death. Rising. You restored our life, Lord Jesus come in glory

Our Lenten Journey This beautiful Lenten display was prepared by Room 10 and Room 14 Bath St Campus and can be seen on the back wall of the hall.

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College News The Sky s the Limit! LAST DAY TO VOTE! Remember to vote for The Sky s The Limit in the Backyard Jam competition online hosted by Red Bull at www.redbullbedroomjam.com.au. Today is the last day. Let s bring the final competition to Alice Springs! Nikki Quesnel

NAPLAN The National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is an annual assessment for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It has been an annual event for schools since 2008. On Tuesday 10, Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 May, students will undertake the 2011 NAPLAN tests. NAPLAN is made up of tests in the four domains of Reading, Writing, Language Conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and Numeracy. NAPLAN assesses skills in literacy and numeracy that are developed over time, through the school curriculum. NAPLAN is not a pass or fail type test, but rather shows how individual students are progressing in numeracy and literacy skills against national standards for all Australia children. All students are encouraged to participate in the tests. Students with a disability may qualify for special provisions that reflect the support normally provided to them in the classroom. Students can be exempted from one or more NAPLAN tests if they have significant intellectual or functional disability or if they are from a non-English-speaking background and arrived in Australia less than one year before the tests. An individual student NAPLAN report will be issued by the school later this year. Parents can use this information to monitor how their child is progressing and to identify any areas of concern. Parents may also wish to use their child s results to discuss progress with teachers. More information is available at www.naplan.edu.au or http://www.det.nt.gov.au/parents-community/ assessment-reporting/nap/parents

Campus News: Bath St We have quite a strange few weeks ahead, with Easter and public holidays thrown in, so please be aware of these - there s nothing worse than getting up early, arriving at school and finding there s only a couple of you there! Mrs Paterson is recovering well at home and is missing us all something chronic. We wish her well for a full and speedy recovery.

Reminder: Next casual clothes day is May 4th Liturgically, we are at the Easter Triduum (meaning three days), lasting from Holy Thursday to Easter Sunday. For us, it is the climax of the Church s year. The Gospel for Easter Night is Matthew 28:1-10. The Memorial Acclamation for the week is relevant to us all; Dying You destroyed our death. Rising You restored our Life. Lord Jesus, come in glory . Thank you to everyone who chose to take part in our Fish n Chip Luncheon. The funds raised will be put to good use by Caritas Australia through Project Compassion. AUSKICK If your child is playing Auskick and you have other children on this Campus who are not involved, we ask that you still pick them up as normal. There is no one on duty to care for children who are not signed up for AUSKICK.

UNIFORM As the weather begins to cool, we notice a variety of clothing being introduced. Please refer to page 30 (Appendix 4.1) of the Parent Information Handbook that you received upon enrolling your child. It states very clearly the uniform expectations.

Anzac Day March Please assemble on Council lawns at 9.15am in Summer Uniform. 3


An agreement was also signed by parents upon enrolment which stated I/we accept and agree to support the standards of behaviour, discipline policy, grooming and uniform which the College requires . If your child needs to be out of uniform, please supply a note stating this and for how long you expect this to be the case.

JOIN US ON FACEBOOK OR TWITTER In an effort to keep up with the times , we have a Facebook page and a Twitter account, where you are welcome to join us to stay informed about what s happening at Bath St. To find us on Facebook, search for Olsh BathSt and on Twitter, look for @OLSH_BathSt. We are using these tools, more as an information sharing mechanism and not so much for the social aspect. Facebook is not available to children 13 years of age or younger.

EMAIL ADDRESS As part of our Learning Technology Unit, many of the children are brushing up on their Emailing skills. In order to use their school Email address, they will need to log onto the following: https://webmail.ntschools.net The children should be able to log in, using their usernames and passwords. Please do not change the passwords at home, as that causes trouble for some children in class.

KISS N GO We remind everyone about the Kiss n Go Guidelines. have name tags displayed on the passenger side sun-visor; the dashboard is not the most helpful option keep the Wills Tce intersection clear at all times (fines may occur) remind siblings to sit together children need to enter the vehicle from the footpath side and not go out onto the road. drivers need to stay in the vehicle - it is a no standing zone during operational hours

Some children (particularly some of our Year Four) need to be more responsible and set a better example. We will begin operating a 3 Strikes You re Out set-up, where after two warnings, children whose behaviour continues to be unacceptable will be asked to wait in the Front Office rather than out in the Kiss n Go area.

MERIT POINT WINNERS Terence Mathe Finlay Mills Alex McLaren Chelsea Loader Lachlan Eglinton Mischa Norgrove-Simpson Jake Taylor

WINK WEDNESDAY Our Wink Wednesday s will continue to run this term. Normal school rules apply and no scooters or skateboards can be used. We have noticed some very expensive toys coming to school and you are reminded that the school is not responsible for any of these.

MATHEMATICS COMPETITION The Australian Mathematics Competition is open to students in Years 3 and 4. The competition will be held on Thursday 4th August and consists of 25 multiple-choice questions and 5 questions requiring a number answer. All students receive a certificate showing their level of achievement and a detailed report of how they performed on each question. If you would like your child to participate, complete the permission note sent home on Tuesday and return it to school with $5.50 by Friday 6th May. Correct money, please. John Healy Acting Head of Campus Bath St 4


Campus News: Sadadeen CASUAL CLOTHES DAY The next Casual Clothes Day is Wednesday 4th May, not Friday 6th May.

VOCATIONAL EDUCATION TRAINING (VET) For our VET students the next block of courses is Wednesday 27th May til Friday 29th May at CDU. Please see Mr Raveney for more details.

CAR PARKING FOR STUDENTS The fill has been levelled, and hopefully more will arrive soon. Students are advised that until further notice they can park inside the fence, on the grass on the Sadadeen Rd. side of the main driveway, please not on the driveway itself.

GENERATIONS IN JAZZ Our Music students with Ms Quesnel & Mr Johnson depart on their excursion on Wednesday 4th May and return on Tuesday 10th May. NAPLAN Week 5 Tuesday 10th May until Friday 13th May for our Year 9 students. Parents wanting more information about these tests for Literacy & Numeracy can contact the Campus Curriculum Coordinator Mr Mark Goonan, the English Coordinator Ms Helen Wilkinson or the Maths Coordinator Mr Pat Johnson on 89507399 for more information.

CAMPUS ATHLETICS CARNIVAL This event occurs on Friday 20th May. It is a compulsory day of attendance for all students. Mr Peter Augustin and Ms Mary McPhee can be contacted on 89507399 for more information.

SADADEEN CAMPUS OPEN HOUSE This event is on the evening of Thursday 19th May

more details to follow soon.

EASTER Tomorrow is Good Friday and Monday 25th & Tuesday 26th April are public holidays classes recommence on Wednesday 27th April. Have a happy and holy Easter with your family. Matt de Jong. Head of Campus Sadadeen.

Campus News: Traeger Welcome back to the Start of Term 2. We have an 11 week term!

RECONCILIATION This week we had a visit from Father Nick and Father Michael, who delivered a liturgy about the meaning of Reconciliation; as part of our Lenten programme. Students were invited to speak with a priest and to participate in reconciliation, by examining their consciences and asking for forgiveness for any sins they have committed. Other students, who did not choose to complete Reconciliation, were invited to simply go in and say hello to the priest and have a chat if they wanted. Many students went in and told the priest that they pray for Miss Henderson to get better, as she has been away sick this past week and a half. We have some very kind and thoughtful students here at OLSH.

YEAR 7 CAMP Our Year 7 s are back with a vengeance! They are currently collating their stories to share with the rest of the College after the Easter Break. Stay tuned to this space.

SCHOOL UNIFORM Please note that all students are required to wear FULL SCHOOL UNIFORM to and from school as well as at school. The practice of changing shoes and hats will see these items confiscated until the end of term. Please note that your child is representing the school whenever they are in uniform, and their behaviour should reflect this.

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DATES: TERM 2 Easter Break Good Friday 22nd April

students return Wed 27th April

Tuesday 26th of April is ANZAC Day gazetted Holiday (ANZAC Day is 25th April. Leaders of our campus have a letter indicating their involvement at this occasion.) Thursday 28th of April A MONDAY timetable will run at Traeger to compensate for the amount of Mondays missed in Term Two. Do you have PE ? Monday, May 2nd Public Holiday- Bangtail Muster we are looking for students to represent Traeger in this procession. See the Traeger front office for details Wednesday 4th of May Casual Clothes Day (Not the 6th of May as advertised) Thursday 5th of May: JOFFA an educational Cartoonist will visit Traeger for Years 6 & 8. Years 5 & 7 are booked for Semester Two. Friday 6th of May: Opening of the Marian Centre at the Sadadeen Campus. Traeger SRC, House Leaders and Choir will be bussed to and from the event, leaving Traeger at 10:20am. Full school uniform please. NAPLAN 9th 13th May, Please make an extra effort for your child to be at school, on time during NAPLAN week Friday 27th May- Traeger Athletics Carnival Friday 3rd June Founders Day Normal School Day celebrated at the Telegraph Station Friday 10th June- Student Casual Clothes Day Monday 13th June- Public Holiday Thursday 16th June MONDAY timetable at Traeger Friday 24th June - End of Term 2

HOMEWORK CENTRES

EACH WEEK EXCEPT WEEK10 AND

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TRAEGER CAMPUS HOMEWORK CENTRE The homework centre takes place every Thursday. You need a Traeger Homework Centre Card to attend. Please contact the Front Office for a permission form.

INDIGENOUS HOMEWORK CENTRE These are on Monday and Thursday. (The first centre for Term 2 will be Thursday May the 5th) The sessions go from 3:00 4:00pm and will be held in the 6.2 Home Room. Students attending will be bussed home.

YEAR 5 HOMEWORK CENTRE Wednesdays 3:00-4:00pm. This will be held in our library where the students must be collected at 4:00pm please.

PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS Thank you to all of the parents who took advantage of this opportunity. Please remember that you do not have to wait for these nights to meet with teachers.

TRAEGER ATHLETICS CARNIVAL The Traeger Athletics Carnival will be held on Friday of Week 7. Please keep this day free for volunteering and supporting your children. It will be held at the Head Street Oval. Students are to make their own way to and from the oval.

STUDENT UPDATE FORMS A form was sent home this week with all students to update any contact details. Please return these forms so that we are able to contact you should your child need it. There are a lot of children who do not have contact details for when they are sick or need to be collected early. Have a great week Tony Healy Head of Campus Traeger

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Performing Arts News GENERATIONS IN JAZZ NEWS It s hard to believe there are only two weeks until we leave for Generations in Jazz. Hopefully students are working hard to learn their parts! A letter was mailed and given out to the students at practice this week. All parents are asked to read it over and be sure all paperwork and payments are up-to-date. All raffle and dinner tickets should have been returned to Mrs. Quesnel by Thursday of this week. If any are missing please email me with details at nikki.quesnel@nt.catholic.edu.au as soon as possible. This weekend would be best. There are no practices this weekend. I hope everyone has a wonderful and relaxing Easter. The next few weeks are going to be very hectic. A reminder that next week band practice is at St. Philips College on Wednesday. Students will be transported there by bus and should be picked up at St. Philips when band practice is over. Also, next Thursday is our big fundraiser. Students are asked to be at St. Philip s no later than 5:30 to help out. Nikki Quesnel

Community News

I NEED A GOOD HOME! I am a beautiful cat (de-sexed and approximately 2 years old) that needs a new home. I was found injured and was temporarily adopted by a family while I got well, but sadly I was never to live with them permanently. They have tried to find my family but no one has claimed me. Although I am still healing I do not require any further vet visits. My wounds do not affect the way I live. I am fun, outgoing, good looking, love cuddles and love to play hide and seek, (and free)! I would love to be part of a family so if you think you have room for me please call Kellie on 0427714236.

CATHOLICCARE NT Parenting Education and Skills Training Programme Group work and Individual sessions Available

Groups Available 29th April 2011 27th May 2011 10:00am 12:00pm Light morning tea will be served

Where: 6 Hartley Street, Alice Springs Contact Centre Building (At the back of Catholic Care, see reception area first)

$10:00 per session Please ring to book attendance on 8958 2400 Ask for Tricia

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Please contact Bronwyn at the Sadadeen Campus front Office to purchase tickets by phone using credit card.

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