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The School Newsletter Week 7, Term 4 2020

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.

Peter Green

BOOK Fair

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!

LITURGY REFLECTION SURVEY

Vicar General Father Andrew Doohan is requesting your assistance in promoting the COVID-19 Liturgical Reflections Survey. All information, links and contact details are in this letter from Fr Andrew, who thanks you for your assistance with this important task for the Diocese. The responses will feed into our Synod and could really impact on how liturgy is engaged in throughout our Diocese. Please click here to go to the survey, which will close on 17 December.

STUDENT LEADERSHIP IN 2021

On Monday next week, the students of Year 5 will undertake leadership training with Daniel Lockwood in preparation for their role as student leaders in 2021. During the day, they will nominate for positions of leadership as our senior students in 2021.

In total, there will be ten leadership positions that the Year 5 students will contest:

  • Two school captains.
  • Two leaders of mission.
  • Six sport captains.

The responsibilities linked to each of these roles will be explained to the students before they nominate for them. Having nominated for a position(s), the students will write speeches in which they will appeal to the other students to vote for them. The students will deliver their speeches to the other students on Friday next week (4th December), beginning at 9.15am. Unfortunately, COVID restrictions mean that family members will not be able to attend the speeches in person, but the speeches will be live streamed through our Facebook page. The live stream will begin at 9.15am with the boys making their speeches. There will be a break during which the Years 2 to 5 students will cast their votes, and this will be followed by the girls’ speeches. We anticipate that the speeches and voting will be finished by 10.15am. Although only the students from Years 2 to 5 are eligible to vote, all of the students will have the opportunity to listen to the speeches.

The successful candidates will be announced at the end-of-year awards ceremony on Tuesday 8th December, which begins at 1.30pm. Again, COVID restrictions mean that the awards ceremony will also be live streamed.

If you would like to read our Student Leadership policy, you will find it on our school website.

Canteen NEWS/Roster

Please remember that the canteen is run by volunteers who generously give their time each week. If certain items do not appear on the Qkr app, it is usually an indication that there is no stock availability. It is not because the volunteers have not done their job properly. Sometimes supplier items do not arrive, at other times, an item can be ordered more than usual. We appreciate your understanding and perseverance when this happens. Thank you!

Focus on Positive Behaviour for Learning

P&F AGM via ZOOM

The Annual General Meeting of the P&F will take place this Wednesday evening (25th November). The meeting will take place via Zoom, beginning at 6.30pm. It has been scheduled to run for 1½ hours. Meeting via Zoom will enable you to contribute your ideas without leaving home.

At this meeting, those present will be asked to vote for the following executive roles on the P&F:

  • President
  • 2 x Vice Presidents
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • 2 x Federation Delegates
  • Canteen manager
  • Canteen roster coordinator
  • Uniform shop coordinator and attendees

If you plan to attend this meeting:

  1. Make sure you have downloaded Zoom to your device.
  2. Use this link or copy it into your search bar: https://mncatholic.zoom.us/j/93268480239
  3. Click on ‘Open Zoom meetings’.
  4. Click on ‘Join with computer audio’.
  5. Click on ‘Start video’.
  6. If you are prompted to type a password, the password is 148412.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

GOOD FOR KIDS

HELP REQUIRED

As a caring community we would like to continue to offer our support to the Santamaria family after the loss of their dearly loved father and husband. If you can help to maintain their lawns for the rest of the year, it would be greatly appreciated. Please click on the link below where you will be taken to a lawn mowing roster, where you can volunteer to help on a particular Saturday.

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