What's Coming Up?
- Wed 19 May: Meeting to vote on P&F or PEG model
- Wed 26 May: P&F Meeting via zoom
- Fri 28 May: School Athletics Carnival - (details inside newsletter)
From the Principal
This weekend we will celebrate the feast of Pentecost. Following Jesus’ crucifixion, the disciples were still uncertain of his message. They lost hope and, in fear, they locked themselves in a room. Without entering through the door, Jesus appeared before them with a greeting of peace and a mission to spread the Good News. The disciple, Thomas, was not in the room. When he learned of Jesus’ visit, he would not believe it. But about a week later, Jesus appeared in a similar way and Thomas was with the others. Jesus invited Thomas to touch the wounds in his hands and side. Thomas knew immediately that it was Jesus, and he believed.
Parents are often the source of hope and encouragement for their children. When a child falls repeatedly while learning to walk or ride a bike, it is a parent who coaxes, encourages and praises the child. Parents provide hope and comfort when a child falls short of a goal either in academics, relationships, sports or the arts. Parents can relate to the role of Jesus with his disciples. They were frightened and discouraged but they found hope and relief with the peace and presence of Jesus.
With your family, share ideas about people in the world or your community who might be discouraged. Suggest ways either in prayer or by action that your family might bring hope to these people.
I remember once I was really discouraged but I found peace when . . .
- I was a source of peace for someone when . . .
- I can relate to the “doubting” Thomas, but I have learned . . .
- You might also like to view this short clip with your children: ‘Pentecost Explained In Lego’.
Have a good week.
Our annual school athletics carnival will be held on Friday next week (28th May 2021) at Fearnley Dawes Athletics Centre, 120 Smith Street, Newcastle West. It is an all-weather track.
- All students from Kindergarten to Year 6 will be attending the carnival.
- The students will be transported to the venue by bus, departing from the school at 9:15am and returning by 2:55pm.
- The carnival will commence at 10:00am. The students will rotate around six stations in their age groups and will participate in running races, long jump, shot put and novelty events.
- The students will wear their sport uniform, but are welcome to wear a T-shirt in their house colour. (Blue, Gold or Green)
- There will be no canteen facilities available. The students will need to bring:
- Morning Tea
- At the conclusion of the carnival, parents and carers are welcome to take their children straight home from the venue, but the students must be signed out by the class teacher before leaving. – only one bus has been booked for return to school.
- For the carnival to run smoothly, we need volunteers. If you are a registered volunteer (i.e. you have completed the registration process), please respond with your availability and preferred duty using this link. Please reply before Wednesday next week (25th May).
Volunteer Registration Process
If you are not yet registered to volunteer, please read the volunteer handbook and return the following forms to the school office:
- Registration form (page 16)
- Volunteer policy declaration (page 20)
- Code of conduct declaration (page 25)
- Statutory screening selection tool (page 26) and, if required, the Working with Children Check Clearance (page 27).
When the above forms have been sent to the Catholic Schools Office, you will be sent a National Criminal History Check to complete. This will be sent to you via email from VerifyNow and must be completed within 5 days of receiving the email. Please also note that the process for registration can take longer than 1 week.
FROM THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION COORDINATOR
Last Sunday was the Feast of the Ascension. During the reading of Sunday’s Gospel, we heard the words:
“The eleven disciples went to the hill in Galilee to meet Jesus. He said, “Go throughout the whole world and preach the gospel. Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved and they will be given the power to perform miracles.” After he said this, Jesus was taken up to heaven. The disciples preached everywhere, the Lord worked with them and miracles were performed.”
Jesus gave his followers an important last message: “Go! Make disciples!” Some people think that this call to mission is only for religious brothers, sisters and priests. However, Jesus calls us all to be missionaries. He wants all of his followers to share his message of love with others. This week I challenge everyone to share the spirit of Jesus with one another in the ways that they interact. The simple actions of a friendly greeting, polite manners and a nice smile is enough to demonstrate that the Spirit is alive and active within each of us.
As a family, you may like to share this prayer: “Lord Jesus, give us the courage to go out into the world and share your love with everyone we meet. Amen.”
Religious Education Coordinator
THE “TOWNIES” AND THE “BUSHIES”
Yesterday, Fire and Rescue NSW (the “Townies”) and the Rural Fire Service (the “Bushies”) visited our school to teach the students about fire safety, as well as the important work undertaken by the Townies and the Bushies. They covered important topics that included:
- Fire safety around the home
- Smoke alarms
- Having a plan of escape from your home
- Preparing your home for a bushfire
- What to do in case of a fire
- Fire safety equipment that all homes should have
The students inspected the equipment that the fire trucks carry. Thanks to Steve Watt and the Townies and Bushies who came to the school to impart this important information. Each student was given a Fire and Rescue Activity Book. We encourage the parents and carers to work through these activities with your children.
2022 KINDER ENROLMENTS
Come in and collect an enrolment pack from the School Office or download one from the school website! And, don't forget to tell your friends!