Newsletter – Friday 16 October 2020

Message from the Principal

Hail, holy Queen, mother of mercy, our life, our sweetness and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve.
To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears.
Turn then, most gracious advocate, thine eyes of mercy toward us,
and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
O clement, O loving, O sweet Virgin Mary!
Pray for us,
O holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Amen.

Dear Parents and Guardians

WELCOME BACK – As we begin our last term, in this unprecedented 2020 year, let us reflect on the new opportunities that will be presented to us. How will we respond to what will be placed before us? Will we see new opportunities to grow or will we see difficulty too hard to overcome?
There is an old saying that states:
“If the mountain was smooth you couldn’t climb it.”
What a powerful statement! Our lives are sure to be full of trials and tribulation, this is inevitable, but it is our perspective on things that will shape how we see these trials and how we will resolve the tribulation.
With prayer, reflective thought, fortitude of character, wisdom, and the knowledge that we are people of God, we can turn hard times into the stepping stones to our maturity and growth.

MARY OUR MOTHER – By tradition, the Catholic Church dedicates the month of October to the Holy Rosary, one of the best known of all Catholic devotions. October includes the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary – on 7th October.
The best way to celebrate the month is, of course, to pray the rosary. Students will pray the Rosary in class and families are encouraged to find time during October to say the rosary together.

CAMP – Our Year 6 students enjoyed their three days in Waroona and accepted all the challenges along the way. They were a real credit to their parents and to our school. The team spirit and resiliency I witnessed was something to marvel at. I congratulate the staff on a well-planned and managed event. The positive feedback from parents has been wonderful. It can be summarised by the following email received:

“Gosh I have just heard so many positive stories from Luc about camp. He had an absolute blast! We are grateful to you and the team of teachers for giving him this experience. You sacrifice time with your own family to look after our kids and we just wanted to say thanks! Please pass on our thanks to all involved.”

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS – Over the recent school holidays, we completed some painting around the school, a new chicken coop was built, and we are just about to unveil our children’s artwork for the Reflection Garden and our student designed Code of Conduct. We look forward to sharing these with you over the coming weeks. We all appreciate coming in each day to our fabulous school environment.

ATTENDANCE DATA – Please have a read of the Attendance Data requirements for students attending school.

CONFIRMATION – Next Friday, Saturday and Sunday, our Year 6 students will receive the Holy Spirit in Confirmation. On behalf of our school community, I congratulate our students on their reverent participation in the preparation for the Confirmation celebration and look forward to coming together in prayer to celebrate the gifts of the Holy Spirit being bestowed on our wonderful students. I sincerely thank their parents, teachers and St Peter’s Parish for supporting our students in their faith journey.

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson

Principal

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