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Our Lady of the Sacred Heart College Volume 15 Issue 6

3rd March 2011

Dear Parents/Guardians, Staff, Students and Friends of OLSH

A reminder that the Annual General Meetings for the College Advisory Board and the Parents and Friends Association will be held soon. The Board will meet on Monday, 14th March in the Sadadeen Campus library, beginning at 6pm, while the Parents and Friends Association will gather at the same venue on Thursday, 17th March, commencing at 7.30pm. There are two vacancies on the Board, and also positions on the Executive of the P&F Association, that must be filled. Please consider putting your name forward for these important roles.

Dates to Remember MARCH 4th Bath St First Friday Mass - Sadadeen Swimming Carnival 9th Ash Wednesday 10th Traeger Swimming Carnival 13th 1st Sunday of Lent 14th

Thank you to the staff and parents who have assisted with the swimming programme at the Bath Street campus, over recent weeks. The children have now completed their lessons. Weather permitting there are two College carnivals that are scheduled over the next fortnight. The Sadadeen campus carnival will be held tomorrow, while the Traeger campus carnival is timetabled for Thursday, 10th March. Arrangements have been confirmed with the office of the Hon Mr. Warren Snowdon, Federal Member for Lingiari, that the new College hall, The Marian Centre , will be officially opened on Friday, 6th May, at 11 o clock. Despite the difficulties with the constant wet weather, it is anticipated that that hall will be ready within this timeline. The Season of Lent commences next Wednesday, 9th March. Ash Wednesday will be marked with the annual distribution of the ashes at each campus. Easter is later than normal this year, and the Easter Triduum (Good Friday through to Easter Sunday) takes place from 22nd24th April, at the end of the second week of Term Two. Please note that Term One concludes on Thursday, 31st March and school resumes on Tuesday, 12th April. Staff will be involved in a Professional Development day on Friday, 1st April. Best wishes

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Bath St School Photos Traeger School Photos Sadadeen School Photos Feast of St Patrick - P & F AGM

18th Opening School Mass at Convention Centre 20th

2nd Sunday of Lent

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 Lil Antz AfterSchool Care: Telephone: 08 89530015

Br Paul Gilchrist Principal

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

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

Traeger Ave Campus Sadadeen Rd Campus: Tel: 08 8950 8555 Tel: 08 8950 7399 Fax: 08 8952 2851 Fax: 08 8953 2571

P.O. Box 2508 Alice Springs NT 0871 Website: Email:

Member of the Association of Marist Schools of Australia (AMSA)

Registered CRICOS Provider: 02598D

Reflection Heavenly Father, make me a better parent. Teach me to understand my children, to listen patiently to what they have to say, and to answer all their questions kindly. Keep me from interrupting or contradicting them. Make me as courteous to them as I would have them be to me. May I never laugh at their mistakes, or resort to ridicule when they displease me. Bless me with the confidence to grant them all their reasonable requests and the courage to deny them privileges I know will do them harm. May I not rob them of the opportunity to think, to choose and to make decisions for themselves. Make me fair and just and kind. And fit me, O Lord, to be loved and respected and imitated by my children.

Cary C. Myers


Campus News: Bath St

Thank you to those of you who supported the Marist Missions with your donations last Friday. Our next Casual Clothes Day is 25th March.

The first half of the term is gone, the swimming programme is finished and there is lots of teaching and learning to get through before the end of term. Our Alice Springs weather continues to be interesting and different , and almost every day is a surprise.

LOST PROPERTY We have 339 students at the Bath Street Campus so it is very difficult to keep tabs on personal property if it is not named. Please ensure that all items are named bags, water bottles, lunch boxes, library bags, hats and all pieces of clothing. Guitars and recorders also need to be named clearly.

As a staff, our first day focus for 2011 was to look for what is right in the world. While our news broadcasts and televisions bring us many negative reports, it is important to look for what can make us smile and celebrate so that the young children around us experience the joy of growing up, rather than be exposed to what is wrong, what is sad and what is difficult.

ASH WEDNESDAY Lent is the only liturgical season that begins on a weekday. This day is marked by fasting and the use of ashes. The use of ashes is referred to often in the bible, and was a gesture of penance or mourning. Ashes began to be used by Christians in the tenth century but was a private observance and did not enter the liturgy until the Pope used them himself in the thirteenth century. The texts of the liturgy stress repentance and acts of mercy.

FIRST FRIDAY MASS Tomorrow we celebrate Mass in the Church at 9.00am. Please join us if you can.

COLOUR FOR A CURE Next Friday 11th March, the SRC will take part in the Colour for a Cure fundraiser, for children and young adults suffering with cancer. The SRC are asking for donations of coloured hair spray to assist with the day. If you can help, please send your donations in before next Friday morning. Notes will be sent out next week, and only children with permission will have their hair sprayed. 2

Ashes will be distributed in the hall at approx 9am.

MERIT POINT WINNERS Many thanks to our wonderful new sponsors for the merit point table, Decked Out, Mobil and Desert Wave.

Campus News: Sadadeen VETiS 2011 (Year 10-12 Students)

ST PATRICKS DAY Children are invited to make/wear a special hat for the celebration of St Patrick s Day on Thursday March 17th. Beautiful green slushies will be available at the canteen.

HEAD LICE Please check your child s hair for headlice tonight. We have several rooms with notified cases.

Expressions of interest for enrolment in the majority of courses offered for students to attend Vocational Education and Training in Schools at Charles Darwin University will close on 11th March. On Wednesday 9th March students will have the opportunity to visit CDU at 2pm for an introductory session to VETiS with the CDU lecturers. This includes Certificate I courses in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations), Automotive, Engineering (Part1) and Certificate II courses in Information Technology, Food Processing (Meat Retailing) ( Butchery Part 1), Hairdressing, Creative Industries (Media), Music Industry (Foundations), Tourism, Sport & Recreation (Part 1) and Certificate III courses in Children s Services (Part 2). These subjects will be studied in intensive blocks (see below for dates). Other courses such as Certificate II Hospitality and Certificate III Music have already commenced in weekly sessions after school. Students also have the opportunity to study Certificate II Retail, which can commence at any time. Please contact Mr Raveney for any further details

OPENING SCHOOL YEAR COLLEGE MASS Due to the unavailability of the new Marian Centre, we will have our whole College Mass at the Convention Centre on Friday March 18th . The students will travel to and from the Centre by bus. All students are asked to wear the full summer uniform. Bishop Eugene Hurley will visit from Darwin to celebrate the Mass. Parents and families are asked to join us for this special occasion.

Dates where students will be required at CDU.

Enjoy these cool mornings while they last!

Block 3 21st November to 2nd Dec ( Inclusive ) 10 days TERM 4 WEEK 8-9

Janis Paterson Head of Campus

Block 1: 27th -29 April ( Inclusive) 3 days TERM 2 WEEK 3 ( after Easter) Block 2 6th -18 June ( Inclusive ) -9 days TERM 2 WEEK 9-10 (11 week term)

Dance News Year 9, 11 and 12 dance students were lucky to have a visit from Nathan and Katie Leslie of Sydney, to do a hip hop dance workshop last Thursday. Nathan and Katie have studied at NAISDA and WAAPA, performed in various venues across Australia and are highly talented performers. It was great to


Campus News: Traeger If any parents would like to receive the College newsletter via email, please provide your details to Central Admin at the Sadadeen Campus.

INDIGENOUS HOMEWORK CENTRE These are on Monday and Thursday. The sessions go from 3:00 4:00pm and will be held in the 6.2 home room. Students attending will be bussed home. We did change the days last week but found that the Monday and the Thursday are more suitable. Sorry for any inconvenience.

YEAR 5 HOMEWORK CENTRE FRIDAY ACTIVITIES New Friday Activities start tomorrow, so please make sure that your child is ready and has been allocated to an activity. This is a fun afternoon for students across the Traeger campus, and we encourage ALL students to know where they need to be to get the most out of the afternoon.

TRAEGER PARISH MASS This is scheduled for March 6th at 9:30am. It is an expectation that students attend this one off celebration within the parish community. Only our student leaders are expected to wear full school uniform, others, casual. The Choir will also be providing the musical accompaniment to the Mass.

This takes place on Wednesday 3:00-4:00pm. This will be held in our library where the students must be collected at 4:00pm please.

OPENING MASS (PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE) Our opening College Mass is now at the CONVENTION Centre, on March 18th. All students are to attend school first so that the rolls and homeroom items for the day can be taken care of prior to leaving. Students will walk to the Convention Centre and be bussed back. Please check the newsletter for further details.


When our students are waiting for the bus in the afternoon they have been asked to wait on the footpath and not move towards the road side until the bus has stopped. Year s 5 SHROVE TUESDAY and 6 will board first, followed by Years 7 and 8. If your This Tuesday 8th of March, the Year 5 students will be child/ren travel by bus could you please discuss this with having a Pancake morning. The money raised will go to Caritas. It will be running from 7-8am, so if you would like them? a hot breakfast for a good cause, please come along. There have been several complaints about Students pushing each other in front of moving vehicles at the Gap TRAEGER SWIMMING CARNIVAL Rd Stop. If the students constantly involved in these The Swimming Carnival is on this Thursday the 10th of incidents continue with this dangerous behaviour, their March at the town pool. Any parents wishing to help on the parents will be asked to make alternative arrangements for day are most welcome. The canteen will be open for eating travel after school. A reminder also that rubbish is not to breaks, however, these breaks are limited, so food from be dropped in the area and the Shell Service Station is out home is probably a good idea for sustaining energy through of bounds. this very active day. Please make sure your children have plenty of sunscreen and water. Please support your house Have a great week colour and barrack as loud as loud as you can! Michael Hurley Acting Head of Campus Traeger


There are still a number of students arriving late and getting picked up well past the 3.15 Supervision Time. If you are going to be late to collect your child, please contact the Front Office on 89 508555. We do not have facilities for after school care. Students need to be in Home Room at 8.15. If your child is late, they must sign in at the Front Office. If your child is sick, please call the Traeger Office to notify us of their absence to prevent any confusion as to your child s whereabouts.

HOMEWORK CENTRES Traeger Campus Homework Centre All students are welcome to attend Traeger s Homework Centre; however, you need a Traeger Homework Centre card. To get a card, all you need to do is get a form from the front office, read it, fill it out and return it after it has been signed by parents/guardians. It s that simple! Where: Traeger Library When: Thursday 3.00 4.00pm

Community News TO GIVE AWAY Female black rabbit. Lovely temperament Needs company and attention. Phone 89530534

UNIFORM SHOP NEWS Schoolbags have arrived. All orders have been delivered. If you have any spare plastic bags we would love them. They can be dropped off at the uniform shop during open hours or at the Bath St front office. Please bring in second hand items to donate or for credit. Trudi


Desert Storm News: Are you looking for an afternoon sport wher e t he weat her won t knock your children for ten . . . then give Tenpin Bowling a go. Wednesday Af t er noon J unior s Doubles League is back on. All ages up to 18 years are welcome . . . no experience necessary. $12 per week. Just come on down to the Dust Bowl on Gap Road or give their friendly staff a call on 8952 5051 for further information.

AFL TRIALS Just a reminder to students that the second AFL trial is on this Friday, 4th March at Jim McConville Oval 3:30pm to 4:40pm. Students who were unable to make last Friday's trial, or those who wish to be 'looked at' a second time are welcome to attend - as long as you have handed in your form to the front office.

FOOTBAL (SOCCER) TRIALS Male & female students (13 years and under) are invited to try out for the Desert Storm Football teams next Friday 11th March at Ross Park Oval 1:15pm - 2:30pm. Students will have to be signed out by a parent from school. You need to make sure you have returned your permission form to the front office by next Wednesday please.

TOUCH FOOTBALL OLSH will enter teams into the local Touch Football competition. Hopefully there are enough students interested to have a junior high and senior high team. It is the cheapest team sport you will ever join! ONLY $20 for the season, plus maybe buy a team t-shirt. The competition commences on Friday 15th April. Games are usually scheduled for a 4pm start (5pm senior high). Each team plays 3 boys and 3 girls on a field at a time. There are modified scoring rules. The Desert Storm Touch Footy teams will be selected from students who play in this weekly competition. Team nominations are due by the 14th March. If you are interested in playing for OLSH, please let Mrs Neyland (Traeger Campus) or Mr Augustin (Sadadeen Campus) know. Also, we are hoping that a few parents will volunteer to be the OLSH team coaches/managers. Jillian Neyland (ph) 08 8950 8555 (fax) 08 8952 2851



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