Thank you for the lovely well wishes I received while I was away on Paternity leave. My wife and I welcomed our son Croí (Pronounced ‘Kree’ meaning Heart) in week 1 of this term. I thank the staff and particularly Mr Wigg, for taking on the management of the school, only three days after he joined us, to allow me to enjoy this special time with my family.
Tomorrow we will be celebrating the Feast of the Assumption where at the end of her life, Mary, the Mother of Christ, was taken body and soul into heaven to live with her Son. All are welcome for Mass at noon in the church.
On Friday we will be hosting a community afternoon tea from 1:10 pm in the staffroom for Mrs Margaret Pollard. This afternoon tea will be followed by an assembly in the hall to thank Mrs Pollard for her significant contribution to our school. Please RSVP for catering purposes via Skool Bag.
I look forward to seeing you there.
Our renovation works are in the final stages of confirmation and will likely begin next week. During this time, the stage and office side of the hall will be out of action. Services will still run as normal in the hall but in a reduced space. Fencing will be erected to close off the building site from the useable space. Unfortunately, the hall doors will be inaccessible from the office side. The building team will work to prioritise the completion of the hall, which will hopefully be completed at the end of week 9. The focus will then turn to the reception area, which will be closed off during the holiday break for its fit-out. During the Holiday program, all access to the school will need to be via the back gates.
New App for School Communication
Our school has been undertaking a process to streamline our website, newsletter and communications with one provider. Our new website was launched last year, and our new-look online newsletter launched earlier this year. The final step in this process is to phase in the SZapp as a way of communicating with parents and connecting all these forms of communication. Feedback from some parents regarding communication tools such as Skoolbag have been around too much communication and receiving messages that may not be related to your child. The SZapp addresses some of this feedback as it allows for greater control of notifications for the end-user allowing you to subscribe to specific groups and receive notifications about content that is more relevant to your family.
From Week 7 this Term, we will begin to phase in SZapp with a full change over expected to commence at the beginning of Term 4. From weeks 7-10 content will be duplicated across both SZapp and Skoolbag platforms to aide in the switch. SZapp will replace the SkoolBag app, and SkoolBag will not be used after the end of this term.
We thank you for your cooperation. More information regarding how to download and install the app will be in next week's newsletter.
Blessings and best wishes
Sunday Gospel: Luke 12:49-53, Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time – Year C
The Gospel this week is not an easy one to hear. When we hear this Gospel, we are unable to think of Jesus as simply the gentle messiah who came to spread peace throughout the world.
Jesus reminds us all that faith is not always comforting or comfortable, particularly if that faith is at odds with the surrounding culture. Faith calls for real choices about how we live, what we buy, where we shop, whom we vote for, and such choices will cause conflicts with those who think differently.
While Jesus himself may have been a man of peace, the message that he proclaimed was clearly divisive. He made demands on people that challenged them to the very heart of their being.
Dates for your Diary:
Thursday 15th August 12:00 - Feast of the Assumption Mass. (Year 1 will assist with this Mass)
Friday 16th August – Farewell to Mrs Margaret Pollard
Sunday 25th August 9:30am – Parish School Mass- presentation of candidates for Confirmation
Blessings for the week ahead,
Religious Education Coordinator (Acting)
Week 3 Term 3
The School Community Council met last week on Tuesday 6 August.
Much of the discussion centred on the joy of gathering as a school community. With that in mind, Council discussed a number of upcoming events:
- A parents only trivia night at the RUC in Turner on Friday 20 September
- A school disco in Term 4 and
- A possible evening Christmas celebration on 11 December (note this is tentative at this stage).
The Social Committee will be considering these and other opportunities for the school community to get together. If you have any ideas you would like considered or you would like to join the group, please contact Lorraine Newnham (email@example.com) or Tegan Ingold (firstname.lastname@example.org) or you can email the Council inbox at email@example.com.
5/6 Netball Gala Day
Unfortunately, only 20 teams were able to play in this Friday's (16 August) Netball Gala Day. We missed out as a result. I spoke to the organisers of the event and was informed that they hope to run another Gala Day in the future. I have asked for our school to be included in this event. I will keep you informed as I receive more information. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.
South Weston Athletics Carnival
The South Weston Athletics Carnival is on Wednesday 21 August. We have approximately 30 students attending to represent our school. If your child is attending, please check the timetable that was sent home last week to work out when your child needs to be at the event. Please ensure that your child is at the venue at least 30 minutes prior to their event. Thank you. If you have any concerns, please let me know as soon as possible.
Borrowa Touch Football and Netball Day
The Borrowa Touch Football and Netball Day is on in early Term 4. Our entries are due soon. If your child is interested in attending the event, please complete the form on Schoolbag and pay on QKR! We need coaches and managers for each of the teams that we will be sending. Parental assistance is needed and greatly appreciated. If you are able to help, please indicate on the form on Schoolbag. Thank you. You will find information regarding the day at the end of this newsletter.
Free to a good home – Magnificent Eucalyptus Tree
Do you have, or know someone that has, a large property that could accommodate a Honey Box Eucalyptus Tree? This little fella is going to grow into a 20-40m high/8-25m wide beauty.
Our school was lucky enough to have this tree donated to us by Actsmart Schools to acknowledge our involvement in this initiative, but unfortunately we don’t have a space big enough to plant it.
If you would like to be considered for this tree, please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that you are interested.
We will have a raffle draw of all the names that have been put forward at our assembly on Thursday 29th August.
Thank you to all the students who participated in today’s Special Lunch! It’s so nice to see the children enjoying themselves sharing the same meal with their friends.
A special THANK YOU goes to Maggie, Maria, Lucy, Angela, Dannielle, Simone, Zoe and Andrew for helping out this morning! Your help was very much appreciated!!!
Kindest Regards, Lauretta Raccosta “Mrs R”
Do you want to win a $2 voucher to spend at the Canteen? Simply purchase fresh or frozen fruit from the Canteen and be in the weekly draw to WIN!!
Now selling NEW SCHOOL HATS.
We are phasing out slouch hats because there are no ties available on the hats.
The new “surf hats” have a wide brim, cooling airflow eyelets and adjustable crown cord. Made from lightweight, water repellent microfibre with 50+ UPF rating, the surf hat provides year-round coverage from sun and rain alike.
Sizes range from XS/S, S/M, M/L, L/XL. Now available on Qkr!