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Matty's Matters

Thursday 8 December 2011

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Dear Parents and Friends,

Week 8 Term 4

St Matthew's Primary School is a school of the Archdiocese of Canberra Goulburn Principal Brenda Foley Assistant Principal Cathy Talbot Parish Priest Fr Michael Mullen School Board Chair Paul Logan P&F President Craig Davies

Community Council I would like to announce and congratulate the now complete St Matthew's Community Council Executive: Chair Mr Paul Logan (father of Phoebe Year 5 and Noah Yr 2) Dep. Chair Ms Kate Hayne (mother of Jesse Yr 3 and Alex McGuigan Yr 1) Treasurer Mrs Linda Brennan (mother of Stephanie Yr 2) Dep. Treasurer Mr Dan Stewart (father of Harry Yr 3 and Ruby Yr 1) Secretary Mrs Tracey Cowley (mother of Charlotte, Kindergarten) Thank you to all those parents who have returned the form indicating their willingness to help with the Community Council Committees (CCC) next year; Lisa and Anthony Willis, Julie Bryce, Natasha Liversidge, Lea Bewick, Elizabeth Berry, Vanessa Grosse, Helene and Shane Dawson, Ben and Sally Wyers, Margie Sciacca, Belinda Fowley, Debra Reed, Rebecca Foster, Megan Hajduk, Pip Davies, Eleanor Milne, Alex Cowley, Helen Neville, Cath Higgins, Nicole Kozak, Jenny Street, Tony and Gemma Wilson, Shaun and Tania Pine, Kev and Kate Whitton, and Natalie Gray. A member of the Community Council Executive will be in contact with you shortly to discuss your involvement for the 2012 school year. We are so grateful to you for offering to be a part of the new venture. The Community Council operates quite differently from the model of Board and P&F. The CC Executive will meet regularly to discuss issues important to our school. The CC Committee meetings will be help separately to this, and information will be shared with the executive through minutes from each committee's meeting. At least once a semester, we will have an `Open' meeting, where all members of the community are invited to come along and be a part of the process. Any items people wish to discuss will be emailed to the Executive before the meeting. It's not too late to get excited and jump aboard the CC train. You can find the form to indicate your willingness to be involved at http:/

This Week's Notes

To continue my theme of the true Christian message behind many of the now-secular traditions, I would like to share this story about tinsel.

The Spider's Story

There is a lovely legend recalling when Joseph, Mary and Jesus were on their way to Egypt. As the legend goes, when evening came they were weary, and they sought refuge in a cave. It was very cold, so cold that the ground was white with frost. Now, a little spider saw the baby Jesus, and it wished so much that it could do something to keep the boy warm during the cold night. The spider decided to do the only thing it could and spun its web across the entrance of the cave to make, as it were, a curtain there.

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Along came a detachment of Herod's soldiers, seeking children to kill in order to carry out Herod's bloodthirsty order. When they came to the cave entrance they were about to burst in to search it, but their captain noticed the spider's web covered with frost stretched across the entrance to the cave. `Look at the spider's web there,' he said. `It is unbroken, so there cannot possibly be anyone in the cave, for anyone entering would certainly have torn the web.' So the soldiers passed on and left the Holy Family in peace, because a little spider had spun its web across the entrance to the cave. And that, so they say, is why to this day we put tinsel on our Christmas trees, for the glittering tinsel streamers stand for the spider's web, white with frost, stretched across the entrance to the cave in which the Holy Family stopped and found shelter on their way to Egypt. It is a lovely story, and this much, at least, is true: no gift that Jesus receives is ever forgotten. National Catholic Education Commission Funding Information You may be surprised to see the relative level of funding received by Catholic schools indicated in the graph below. The Catholic Education Office is keen for all parents in school communities to be made aware of the information the data below represents. For further information about funding for Catholic schools, please go to

I ask our God to be with each one of you at this busy time of year, and to help you find moments of serenity that will help ready your hearts for Christmas.

Brenda Foley Principal

Religious Education News

The Season of Advent

The seasons of Advent and Christmas offers us ample opportunities to embrace the spiritual practices of waiting, patience, hope, and joy. These are wise teachers but they come to us during the rush and clamour of the holiday season, a time when many of us are overwhelmed with obligations and extra work. Waiting is a hard discipline in this hurry culture. We want things to happen on our timetables and when they don't, we get upset, depressed, or angry. It is difficult to wait when our consumer culture brainwashes us daily into the ideal of instant gratification; anything that takes too long isn't worth getting. The season beckons us to an active kind of waiting that opens our hearts and paves the way for the wonder and peace of Christmas. The spiritual practice of patience is another virtue which goes against the grain of how we live most days. God, in our view, has a wonderful sense of humour. Since most of us haven't gotten the point of patience, we are given plenty of opportunities to practice it! This is an ideal time of the year to be more patient with our loved ones, those we work with, and the general public. In each instance, we can realize that there is no way to push the river or hasten the harvest. Little by little, we can attune ourselves to the slow work of God. Hope is an aspect of Advent that demands our attention and allegiance. It is a spiritual practice that is really needed as the year comes to its conclusion. Hope is an orientation of the heart, a renewable energy source that comes from the grace of God. It provides a perfect antidote to the exhaustion and inertia that so many feel during the holidays. Hope counsels us that all is well and that we can make it through tough times and dark nights of the soul. Joy is the pure and simple delight in being alive. Joy is our elated response to feelings of happiness, experiences of pleasure, and awareness of abundance. It is also the deep satisfaction we know when we are able to serve others and be glad for their good fortune.

Much to be thankful for....

I would like to say a very big thank you to Fr Michael who guided the children who received their First Reconciliation last month. The children, teachers and parents all appreciated his kind and caring manner and his thoughtful words during the three nights of the Sacrament. Also a very big thank you to Sr Mary Corkeron who has supported the children and parents involved in the sacramental programs throughout the year. Sr Mary has been the backbone of the Parish Sacramental Programs at St Matthew's for many years now. Her well organised home program books for children and parents are a great resource for families as they make the Sacramental journey together. I would like to thank her for her dedication to the children of our parish and for her great support of the school. Yours in Truth and Love

Sylvia Campbell

RE Coordinator

Sports News

Congratulations to the following students who will receive merit awards tomorrow morning.

KB KM 1B 1M 2B 2M 3B 3M 4B 4M 5B 5M 6B 6M Jesse Reed Lachlan Wilson Oliver Glasson Lara Dawson Monique McGlynn Katarina Heffernan Joshua Shaw Toby Atkinson Justin Cassidy Nyasha Kamhuka Alex Hutchinson Maia Ishiyama Chloe Krnc Caitlyn Reardon Caelen Schofield-Gibb Marco D'Ambrosio


Congratulations to our Year 6 boys basketball team on their great game in the finals of the Jamie Pearlman Cup last week. You should be very proud of yourselves.


Geordan Whitton Aidan Gaffney Alice Fraser Hamish Insley Oliver Wong Jessica Cassidy Finlay McGurk Campbell Sell Abbi Thompson Jacinta Laggner Clare Molony Bukhosi Hadebe Sage Tynan Rachel Bell

Swimming starts on Monday and we are all very excited about our daily trips to the AIS. Please ensure all permission notes have been returned. If the weather continues to be cool, a sweat shirt might be a better option rather than a t-shirt. Remember to label all items as we often end up will an over flowing lost property cupboard at this time of the year.

Swimming Carnival 2012

Next year's swimming carnival is in week 3, Monday 23 February and the entry forms will be going home today for all children in Years 1-5. Yours in Sport Marg Watt

Last chance to purchase `the making of' film of the children's journey throughout Wakakirri. The DVD includes early rehearsals right up until the performance night. $15 to the office by Monday at the latest. Thank you.


to Tory McIllhatton, Akech Mayom, Hashim Amayreh, Oliver Wong, Jessica Sly, Laura Bailey, Isabella McCormack and Oliver Marshall who have celebrated birthdays this week.

The P&F Association wishes to thank Narelle Lawson, Karen Mahar, the rest of their team and those teaching staff who organised a most enjoyable Christmas Carols evening for the school community last night. And a HUGE thank you to all the families who came along for a gorgeous night of good company, tasty treats and joyous entertainment.

Canteen Roster

Day Tues 13/12/11 Wed 14/12/11 Thurs 15/12/11 Fri 16/12/11 10.00 am ­ 12.00pm Help Please 12.00 pm ­ 2.00 pm Help Please

Thanks to Rebecca Miner and Louise Murphy and all the fabulous parents who made the Sausage Sizzle Day yesterday for our students such a success.

Help Please

Suzanne Poretti

Help Please

Help Please

Canteen Closed

Canteen Closed

St Matthew's Term Four Calendar 2011

Wk Monday 5 December Tuesday 6 December Wednesday 7 December Special canteen lunch Sausage Sizzle 5.30 pm Carols by Candlelight Thursday 8 December Friday 9 December Reports Posted Daramalan Yr 7 2012 Orientation Day 12.00 pm Kinder Nativity 15 December Swimming Year 6 Fun Day 16 December Swimming


Saturday 10 December

Sunday 11 December 3rd Sunday of Advent


12 December Swimming begins

Yr 7 2012 SFX Orientation Day

12.30 pm Year 6 Advent Liturgy

13 December Swimming

14 December Swimming

17 December

18 December 4th Sunday of Advent


5.30pm Graduation Celebrations

2012 Classes announced

2.45 pm Year 6 Walk of Honour Last day of school year


6th February--13th April 30th April--6th July 23rd July--8th October 15th October--21 December

The Commonwealth Bank is celebrating 80 years of Student Banking this year. To celebrate this milestone each participating school has been given a cheque of $300. We thank the CBA for their generosity and for supporting our school. Tomorrow will be the last banking day for 2011. Banking will resume on the second Friday of term 1 2012. I hope you all have a blessed and happy Christmas! Helen Neville, Student Banking Co-ordinator

Are You Connected...?

St Matthew's will be hosting a huge community event next year. The Catholic Schools Soccer Carnival will take place on Sunday 18 March 2012. We have a wonderful group of dedicated parents on board who have already been pre-planning this event since mid way through this year! Keep the date free, as we will be asking the whole community to be involved in some way on the day. If you are aware of any businesses who would like to sponsor this event, we want to hear from you! We are after cash, significant raffle prizes etc. Please contact us at school or via the email address below if you know have any ideas or contacts we can investigate! [email protected]



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