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The School Newsletter Week 8, Term 2 2020

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Tuesday 23 June: Three Way Writing Meetings

Wednesday 24 June: P&F Zoom Meeting

From the Principal

Winter is well and truly upon us! As I write this piece for the newsletter, the temperature is a chilly 10℃, it is dark outside and it is pouring rain. In recent months, with COVID-19 having limited our opportunities to worship as a parish community, it has also been a spiritual winter for me. I know that God is here with me, but I feel that he is at a distance.

As I stare out of the window, I am also thinking back to last Christmas . . . one of the most wonderful times that I have experienced. I celebrated Christmas with my family in Germany, where we stayed in a Christian community with people from different countries and different Christian traditions, some speaking different languages. It was cold . . . much colder than any winters that we experience here in Australia. People singing. Enjoying life – and their faith. Our faith. So many people. So many backgrounds. This diverse group of people brought together by their faith in Jesus. The Christmas Eve service brought us together as one body. Many parts, but one body. So many people, so many things going on in their heads and in their worlds back home, but we all came there for one purpose. Jesus.

When we gather to celebrate Mass, we are one. We come together as one parish, praising God and lending our gifts and talents, whatever those may be. The Word of God brings us together as one body in Christ.

We all go through spiritual winters from time to time. Yet God is always there, never leaving our side. It is about persistence through the struggle, and doing it together, as one body in Christ.

Sunny days and a new springtime are ahead. In this we can trust!

Have a good week.

Peter Green.

WHEN TO WEAR SPORT UNIFORM

For the rest of the year sport uniforms will be worn on the following days:

  • Kinder, Year 1 and Year 2: Thursdays.
  • Years 3 to 6: Fridays.

P&F ZOOM Meeting

At this stage, due to COVID-19 restrictions, we are still prohibited from running meetings in the school involving parents and carers. However, it is important that we resume our P&F meetings. Therefore, the June P&F meeting will be facilitated via Zoom.

The meeting will take place on Wednesday 24th June at 6.30pm. It has been scheduled to run for 1½ hours. Your attendance at the meeting would be a wonderful way to support the work that our P&F does. It is possible that there are some parents, carers and friends who have never attended a P&F meeting because other commitments prevent you from leaving home. Meeting via Zoom will enable you to contribute your ideas without leaving home.

If you plan to attend this meeting: On Wednesday 24 June at 6.30pm

  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/92740643323
  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 735306.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

We are still accepting Enrolments for 2021 - Encourage your friends and family to apply today!

THREE-WAY WRITING MEETINGS: TUESDAY 23RD JUNE 2020

We are inviting all of our parents/carers to attend a three-way meeting between student, parent/carer and teacher to discuss the progress that your child is making as a writer, to set goals for your child in the area of writing, and to offer suggestions as to how parents/carers can assist their children. The meetings will be held via Zoom on Tuesday 23rd June 2020, as COVID-19 restrictions prohibit face-to-face meetings.

Parents/Carers are asked to book a time using the COMPASS booking system, as follows:

1. On a PC:

  • Log into the portal at https://swansea-nsw.compass.education/.
  • Click the ‘Book Parent/Teacher interviews’ link from the home page.
  • Follow the steps to select a teacher and a time.
  • Alternatively, click on ‘Community’ > then ‘Conferences’, and select the meeting that reflects your child’s year.

2. On a mobile app version of COMPASS:

  • Choose the three lines in the top left corner, and select ‘Conferences’.
  • You will then be able to book a teacher and a time.

This Friday 19th June 2020, you will receive an invitation to a Zoom meeting with your child’s teacher. You will be asked to log into the Zoom meeting on 23 June at your allotted booking time.

HELP REQUIRED

As a caring community we would like to continue to offer our support to the Santamaria family by maintaining their lawns for the rest of the year. If you can offer your help, 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.

FEAST DAY OF ST MARY OF THE CROSS MACKILLOP

For a number of years, our school has celebrated the feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop with a liturgy and a day of fun and games. We have also used the day as an opportunity to raise funds for our school.

As you are aware, we have lost several weeks of face-to-face teaching time during COVID-19. Additionally, there are a number of families that are struggling financially as a result of lost income. For these reasons, we have decided to scale back the way in which we will celebrate the feast of the founder of the Sisters of St Joseph. We will let you know in due course how we will mark this important day.

ST DOMINIC’S CENTRE MAYFIELD

Supporting students who have a primary diagnosis of deaf or hard of hearing, as well as students with Moderate Cognitive Disability.

St Dominic’s is a special school that provides a quality, holistic education for students from Kindergarten to Year 10. If you get the educational setting right, that’s when you are able to tap into a child’s potential and really unlock what is able to come out of a child.

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