What's Coming Up?
- Wed 10 March: Yr 5 & 6 Regional Touch Football try out at school 8:00am
- Wed 10 March: After School Sport Program begins - (registration and cost details inside the newsletter)
- Fri 12 March: School Cross Country
- Fri 19 March: St Patrick's Day Celebrations
- Tues 23 March: Yr 6 Enrichment program @ St Mary's Gateshead
From the Principal
Next weekend marks the Third Sunday of Lent, and the Gospel will be John 2:13-25. This Gospel recounts the anger that Jesus felt when he discovered money changing hands and animals being sold for sacrifice in the Temple. The merchants were selling animals at a far higher price in the Temple than would be paid outside, and changing money at a rate that brought enormous profit to the money-changers. Jesus forced the people and animals out of the Temple, scattered the money everywhere, turned tables over and verbally reprimanded the merchants. In doing this, Jesus signed his death warrant by confronting those who were exploiting the poor with high prices.
The Season of Lent gives us insights into how Jesus lived his life, always within the shadow of his death. In this Gospel, Jesus is fully alive to the exploitation of the poor and the mistreatment of the house of God. Two thousand years later, we continue to exploit those who are poor . . . Look no further than the Australian-born sisters and their Tamil asylum seeker parents, Nades and Priya, who have been in immigration detention since March 2018 while their cases remain in the court system. The first 2000 days of life is critical for children, and early childhood experiences have lasting effects. Continued detention is most likely causing these two little girls serious developmental harm.
Let us pray that those who have the power to act humanely might show some compassion to this family by allowing them to return to their community in Biloela.
ATTENTION: PARENTS OF YEAR 6 STUDENTS
St Mary’s Catholic College, Gateshead has invited our Year 6 students to participate in an educational enrichment program on Tuesday 23rd March 2021. The program will offer an opportunity in the areas of Science and Technology to motivate and encourage the students in their journey into high school. Although the aim of the program will be to provide a quality learning opportunity for the College’s potential Year 7 students who will arrive in 2022, all of our Year 6 students are invited to attend the program.
The program will take place on the morning of 23rd March 2021. Our students will be taken by bus to the College, leaving St Patrick’s shortly after 9.00am, and arriving back at about lunch time.
What to wear / bring:
- The students will be required to wear their regular school uniform (not sport uniform) on that day.
- The activities will include cooking, woodwork, music and art. In order to participate in the cooking and woodwork activities, the students will be required to wear shoes with a leather upper. Shoes with a mesh upper are not suitable, and those students who do not wear the correct footwear will not be permitted to participate in the cooking and woodwork activities.
- The students will need to bring a water bottle, morning tea and lunch.
CONGRATULATIONS TAMIKA AND ALICIA
Last Tuesday, three of our netballers – Emily, Tamika and Alicia – attended the Catholic schools regional netball trial. From all accounts, all three girls played well, and we congratulate all three players on having progressed to this level. An extra pat on the back for Tamika and Alicia who have been selected from that trial to attend the Diocesan netball trial. A wonderful achievement for St Patrick’s!
OUR POLDING SWIMMING REPRESENTATIVES
Last Thursday, Emily, Emma, Jacob and Samuel competed at the Diocesan swimming trial for a place in the Diocesan swimming team. All four swimmers did very well to be selected at this level, and we congratulate them on this achievement. Two of those swimmers – Emily and Jacob – have been selected top represent our Diocese at the Polding swimming carnival later this month: • Emily: 100 metres freestyle and 50 metres butterfly • Jacob: 50 metres freestyle, 50 metres backstroke, 50 metres butterfly. We wish Emily and Jacob al the best.