What's coming up
- Wed 25 Nov: P&F AGM via Zoom - (details within this Newsletter)
- Mon 30 Nov: Book Fair opens
- Mon 30 Nov: Year 5 leadership day
- Thurs 3 Dec: Children's University Visit (certificate presentation)
- Fri 4 Dec: Book Fair closes
- Thurs 10 Dec: Kindergarten Orientation #2 - 9.30am - 11.30am
- Thurs 10 Dec: P&F Christmas Fundraiser Fun Day
From the PrinciPAL
This Sunday marks the beginning of a time of reflection and expectation called Advent. The word Advent means "coming" or "arrival" and it reminds us of the anticipation and expectation held over hundreds of years by the people of Israel for their Messiah and promised King.
Christian churches mark Advent with the display of a wreath. Its circle reminds us of God Himself, eternal and endlessly merciful. It is evergreen - reminding us of the hope of eternal life.
The four outer candles incorporated into the display represent the time of waiting and preparation for the Messiah during the four Sundays of Advent.
The light of the candles reminds us of Jesus, the Light of world. The white central candle of the Advent wreath, which is lit at Christmas, reminds us of the fulfillment of God’s promise to send a Messiah, which we celebrate during the season of Christmas.
Amidst the busyness and the trappings of Christmas, how will your family prepare for the celebration of the birth of Jesus? May I suggest that your family spend this week designing and making a simple Advent wreath (three purple candles and one pink candle) for the dinner table. As you sit down together each evening for dinner, pray a spontaneous prayer of thanks to God for this season of Advent, a season of anticipation and expectation. Alternatively, pray together the following prayer:
O God, we want to thank you for your gift of Christ, not just with words, but also with deeds. Help us to be grateful every day. Help us to meet our friends with understanding, our work with willingness, our responsibilities with patience. You have given so much to us: help us to give even a little to those who need us and our gifts, especially at this season of giving. Amen.
Have a good week.
Our Scholastic Book Fair will begin on Tuesday next week (1st December and will run until Friday 4th December. The Book Fair offers children a hands-on experience where they can discover a love of books and ignite a lifelong passion for reading. Children who choose their own books are more likely to read more, understand more, and are more likely to continue reading when they have access to many books.
Each class will have the opportunity to look at the Book Fair books during the week and to create a wish list which they will bring home. If you would like to know more about Scholastic Book Fairs, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfHJ98jVAgM&feature=youtu.be
Christmas Fun Day
On Thursday 10th of December the P&F have organised a Christmas fundraiser for the school.
The students have the option to come to school dressed in their favourite Christmas outfit. There will be a Christmas decoration stall where the students can purchase Christmas decorations, have a go at the guessing competition and the Christmas raffle will be drawn.
Tickets will be sent home with your child today, they are to be returned by Monday 7th.
The P&F thank you in anticipation for supporting this fundraiser for the school.
OAKVALE FARM EXCURSON
The Kindergarten children had a wonderful time at Oakvale Farm last Tuesday!