Welcome to the new format for our school newsletter. The newsletter is mobile device friendly so will be easily readable no matter what device you use to read it. You would have noticed that we have launched a new mobile friendly website and re-launched the school Facebook page. The website and Facebook page are designed to assist with clearer communication between the school, parents and the community. In the future other features will be added to the website.
A few weeks ago we had our annual Busy Bee. As you have probably noticed by the immaculate gardens we had a very productive day. We had many parents and children assisting on the day pruning, tidying the school and burying the 50th anniversary time capsule. Thank you to all who gave up their valuable time. A special thank you to Carlos Acuna for assisting with planning and coordinating on the day.
A reminder that we have students in our school with severe allergies. Touching these items, as well as ingestion, may provoke a reaction. Due to the seriousness of this allergy, we are asking you to refrain from sending nut based products to school.
We encourage the students to help decrease the risk of any student having an allergic reaction by:
• Not sharing food
• Washing their hands before and after eating since some students can have reactions on contact (such as a doorknob, playground equipment, computer etc).
• Avoid bringing foods to school that most often cause an allergic reaction e.g. nuts and nut based products.
We thank you in advance and we appreciate your cooperation in making our school a happy and safe environment for everyone.
Winter Woolies For Wheelchairs Day
The Year 6 Spiritual ministry group organised a Winter Woolies Day where children could wear scarves, beanies, earmuffs and gloves for a gold coin donation. The money raised went to Wheelchairs for Kids. Wheelchairs For Kids are a group of retiree volunteers in Australia who make and distribute up to 300 wheelchairs per month to poor disabled children in developing countries. Every $200 raised gives a child the freedom of mobility. A representative from Wheelchairs for kids attending assembly and talked to the students about the wonderful work they do. They also left a wheelchair so that the children could experience what it would be like to use a wheelchair and to see what the money raised made. Congratulations to the Spiritual Ministry, Mrs Wilson and Mrs Cooper for raising $239.
After having to make a decision to cancel the original athletics carnival date and venue I was very pleased with how the carnival went. It turned out to be a beautiful day with lots of sunshine and wind. Feedback has been very positive. Thank you to all our parent volunteers who helped out throughout the day and a special thank you to Mrs Washer for running such a well organised event.
All classes reciting part of the five Luminous Mysteries
Thursday 8th September was Our Lady's birthday. Bri Lowe initiated each class reciting part of the 5 Luminous Mysteries (the mysteries assigned for Thursday) so as a school we would have said a whole Rosary for the occasion. We had a large 'travelling' Rosary beads (somewhat like the Olympic Torch). It was a very enriching experience for both staff and students and we are grateful to Bri Lowe for both the idea and the execution of the initiative.
The Year Two students have been enjoying praying for their special intentions. Last week they went to the church and prayed individually. This week they invited someone from their family to pray with them and it was lovely to have so many parents and grandparents join us. Next week, they will pray with a member of the school community. We would like to thank you for your support.
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Thank you to Matthew Ferrinda for preparing the students in Year Three to celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Thank you to Father Nicholas for celebrating the Rite of Reconciliation with the students in Year Three and organising the priests to hear the children's confession especially when he has been so unwell. His generosity and kind heart are greatly appreciated.
WHOLE SCHOOL MASS
Our whole school had the opportunity to join the parish on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows to celebrate the end of term. Father Joe said a wonderful homily and the students were very engaged. They appeared to particularly enjoy the Universal Prayers which was quite lovely.
For those who may be unfamiliar with the project, it involves filling a shoebox with new items that will be given to a child living in poverty overseas. We have set a goal of approximately four boxes per class.
In order for this operation to remain sustainable, a donation of $9 (for postage and hand delivery in the destination country) needs to accompany each box. The money raised by the Year Three class through Mission Day will cover this cost. However, if you would like to donate monies please hand it to the classroom teacher.
Please note that this is NOT a compulsory activity- your family is invited to participate or not at your own discretion. However, if you choose to donate, it is really important that the guidelines found in the take home note (each child will receive one) are followed closely. This year we will be using boxes sourced through Samaritans Purse.
The Year Four children will be packing the boxes in Term 4.
Our holiday program consists of a mixture of incursions and excursions. Each day is structured to ensure your child is well cared for, has lots of fun and plenty of activities to take part in. in addition to our programmed activities, some of the activities available include:
Congratulations to all the children who received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time last week. Praying for you at this very special time. God bless.
Community Care Program
Our parish is combining with both schools to run a Community Care Program. The program aims to maintain a register of people who would be willing to assist a family or parishioner experiencing some type of difficulty. Please return your Community Care form to the box at the back of church.
To be held Wednesday evening 21 September at St Dominic’s parish hall. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend
New Rosters Available
Please collect your roster from the back of church.
A service of Church Resources. Australia’s largest faith based website. www.cathnews
Centre for Faith Enrichment
We are offering two opportunities to participate in the 2016 12th National eConference: Mercy - A Way of Being in the World. Keynote speakers are Archbishop Mark Coleridge (Archbishop of Brisbane), Mr Phil Glendenning (Director of the Edmund Rice Centre & President of the Refugee Council of Australia) and Dr Veronica Lawson RSM (Scripture scholar & author). Saturday 24 September 10am to 2pm. www.cfe.org.au/courses-and-events/www.cfe.org.au/courses-and-events/
Social Justice Sunday
25 September 2016. Each year the Australian Catholic Bishops issue a major statement for the coming year on Social Justice Sunday. This year’s statement is “A place at the table: Social Justice in an aging society”. www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au/www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au/
Carine Calisthenics Club invites you to come and join in our classes. Calisthenics is perfect for all ages; learning skills such as Singing and Dancing, Gymnastics, Flex Exercises, Simplified Ballet, Club Swinging, Marching, Folk Dance, Rod Twisting and most importantly having fun and meeting lots of new friends. Get 2 FREE lessons!
Superfood for the Soul: If your soul could do with a dose of superfood, the Centre for Faith Enrichment is for you! Check out the wide range of online and face-to-face courses and events on offer by visiting www.cfe.org.au. ALL are welcome (you don’t have to be Catholic), there are no exams or assignments, and the environment is always relaxed and friendly.
CONGRATULATIONS to our Sydnee Matsie in Pre Primary who riased money for The Smith Family Charity by having her own Lemonade Stand as part of the World Entrepreneurs Day/Lemonade Day (http:/www.dicekids.org).
We are pleased to announce that Sydnee raised $270.00 for this worthy cause.