Newsletter – Friday 18 October 2019

Message from the Principal

1st Joyful Mystery – The Annunciation of the Angel to Mary
In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,
to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary.
And the angel came in unto her, and said:
“Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women”.
And when she saw Him, she was troubled at His saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
And the angel said unto her:” Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call His name Jesus.
He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest”… And Mary said:”
Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word”.
And the angel departed from her. (Luke 1,26-38)
“Oh Mary with Your “yes” You have opened heaven’s ways, You have achieved the will of the Father.
You will be blessed for ever: Your intercession is heard in Heaven, because You have accepted God’s plan.
Let us pray that we can say “yes” to the Father in every instance He ask it of us.
Mary help us to be humble and obedient to God’s will.”

Dear Parents and Guardians,

WELCOME BACK – As we begin our last term for the 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 during the busyness of Term 4. 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.
In the Scriptures we see God give many tasks to many people. All of us have been given different tasks; it may be to have a career, to be a student, to be a parent, to raise a family. The only way to get better at doing these tasks is on the other side of determination. The function of the Christian Community is to help each other to achieve the tasks that we are designed for. Let us all work hard this term to be the people we want to be, who are strengthened with love, from one another.

So, let us be inspired by the words of Mother Teresa and let us never forget…
Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is bliss, taste it.
Life is a dream, realise it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfil it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.
~ Mother Teresa ~

OPENING MASS – We came together as a faith community to ask for God’s blessings as we embark on our last school term together for 2019. In Father Jeronimo’s absence, we had Deacon Mark Powell celebrate a Liturgy of the Word. Deacon Mark asked us to think of one act we could carry out this term that would share the message of God with all those in our community. I congratulate our Year 1 students for leading us in this celebration. They did a fabulous job!

RED FOR REGAN – Today our school community showed their love and concern for Regan Smolic (6B) and his family. The school was a sea of red and money raised will be personally donated to Telethon next week. Please check out the West Australian over the coming days and their website, where a picture of the whole school in red, will feature. Please continue to keep Regan in your prayers.
So far, we have raised the following: Online donations – $695, Cake Stall – $838.15 and Gold Coin Donations – $1233.75. In total, we have raised $ 2766.90.  This is AWESOME!!!!
If you would still like to donate, please click https://my.fundraising.telethon7.com/fundraise-for-telethon/red-for-regan The page will close on Monday evening. The final amount raised will be announced at a later date.

PARKING – I wish to thank the many families who utilise the Kiss and Drop facility at our school. The numbers continue to increase, and most families follow the procedures that ensure the smooth flow of traffic. I encourage all parents to remember that waiting an extra 5-10 minutes is certainly worth the wait when we are dealing with safety of our precious children. Thanks in anticipation of your support.

P&F AND BOARD NOMINATIONS 2020 – Nomination forms are in this newsletter. We are blessed by an engaged parent community at this school and I welcome your consideration of a specific role on either Parent Committee. The contributions of all our parents are appreciated.

Please click here to access the 2020 Board Nomination Form – 2020SchoolBoardNominationFormNew

Please click here to access the 2020 P&F Nomination Form – 2020PandFAGMNominationFormNew

LEADERSHIP RETREAT – Our Year 5 students will enjoy a Leadership Retreat, facilitated by the Disciples of Jesus, on Thursday 24th October. On this day they will unpack the essential characteristics of a leader based on the role model of Jesus. I thank the teachers for coordinating the event. We look forward to developing a shared Student Leadership Model in 2020. The roles will be code signed by staff and students. The Electoral Commission will be involved later in the term with the election of our 2020 leaders.

HOLY ROSARY – 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. Families are encouraged to find time during October to say the rosary together. Each class in the school will pray the Rosary in their classrooms.

ART PROJECT – Our students this term will be collaborating, through their Art classes, in designing a mural in the Canteen Area. I thank Mrs Mary Gibbons for coordinating this project, which will be a focus point for our students, and an Aboriginal cultural experience.

STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT – Our staff development this term will focus on the development of a whole school Behaviour Management Strategy. We look forward to sharing our work with our community at the Parent/teacher evening at the beginning of 2020. Our Professional Development Day will be followed by our
Catholic Day. This day is in recognition of staff attendance at the Sacramental Masses and whole school evening events. We hope that families may be able to enjoy an extended long weekend on 4th and 5th November.

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson

Principal

Please see our gallery of photos from the last 2 weeks below!