“To be happy is to stop feeling like a victim and become your destiny's author... It is having the courage to hear a "no". It is confidence in the face of criticism, even when unjustified. It is to kiss your children, pamper your parents, to live poetic moments with friends, even when they hurt us... And when you make a mistake, start all over again. For only then will you be in love with life. You will find that to be happy is not to have a perfect life. But use the tears to irrigate tolerance. Use your losses to train patience. Use your mistakes to sculptor serenity. Use pain to plaster pleasure. Use obstacles to open windows of intelligence. Never give up.... Never give up on happiness, for life is an incredible show. "
Pope Francis, Homily Part 2, 2018
This week’s reflection comes from the same homily by Pope Francis, from which I quoted in last week’s newsletter. Again, from the position of a life deeply lived and well versed in service and compassion, Pope Francis offers a perspective on what it means to live an authentic and truly Christian life. Clearly something of a wordsmith, with a very good turn of phrase, his final message about never giving up speaks to a faith in God who is bigger than we all are and who does not give up on us. We are charged with the same vocation: to keep faith with our children and to see in them great gifts and an image that mirror’s God’s own love.
Parent Teacher Interviews and Reports
A reminder to all parents that parent teacher interviews are taking place next week, from Monday – Wednesday, via zoom. A letter has gone home asking you to nominate your preferred interview time, via an online booking site. Your child’s school report, which is currently being prepared, will consist of an A – E grade for Religion, Maths and English, and one other subject area common to your child’s grade or stage. All subject areas have been taught and assessed to a degree, but there are differences between subjects in terms of the rigor of assessment, due to the interruptions brought about by COVID-19. During the parent/teacher interviews, the teachers will be able to speak of the growth of your child in all subject areas, but only 4 subjects will actually receive an A – E grade for the report. The Semester 2 reports, which are sent home in December, will have normal grades for all subject areas, as is usually the case.
We have had a very good response to the online booking platform, so I encourage all parents to log on as soon as possible to secure their preferred interview time. The link to the site can be found here: https://stpandp.schoolzineplus.com/Semester1PTInterview
Last night the Community Council met for the second time this term. I would like to thank the members of the CC for their ongoing support of the school and the wider community. The council discussed looking ahead to Term 3 and what could be done, in these socially restricted times, around sport and social events, for the community. I look forward to sharing with the parent community details and information around developments in these areas, in the coming weeks.
Have a wonderful week with your families.
Sunday Gospel: Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Mt 10:26-33
It seems quite timely, during the current climate, that we are reading this Sunday’s Gospel. It features the words, ‘Do not be afraid’. This is one of the most commonly repeated sentences in the Bible. Greg Sunter writes that “In one form or another, the command to ‘be not afraid’ or ‘fear not’ appears several hundred times throughout the Old and New Testaments”. This Gospel passage is part of the sending out of the Twelve, and it follows a little later in the chapter from last week’s reading that saw Jesus send the 12 out as Apostles. Jesus teaches the Twelve that the Good News they are called to share with the world will not always be well received, there could be negative consequences for those who go out on mission. Jesus wants them all to remember his words as they go; ‘Do not be afraid’.
This message still remains relevant to us, today. We are called to continue the spread of the Gospel message; recognising that this may not always be easy, and there may be challenges as we live our Christian lives.
Mass Returns this Weekend!
Due to the resent easing of restrictions, Fr John will now begin celebrating Sunday Masses once again (Weekday Masses have already begun taking place). All Mass times will remain the same, but due to social distancing measures, all Masses will be celebrated at Holy Trinity, Curtin for the time being. There is to be a limit of 100 people that can attend each Mass, and the Parish will accept booking online, or via a phone call to their office.
Sacrament of First Reconciliation
With the restrictions placed on large gatherings due to COVID-19, we were unable to join together to celebrate the First Reconciliation of the Candidates within our Parish.
We acknowledge the effort that families had put into preparing candidates to receive the Sacrament, and we want to ensure that students are given the opportunity to receive their First Reconciliation as soon as possible.
As such, Fr John will be inviting families to attend Holy Trinity Church, Curtin at an allocated time, for the children to receive the sacrament in smaller groups.
Candidates have been sent a letter with a link to a Google Doc that allows families to view the times available, and indicate the time they would like. If you have not received this document, or you are having any issues accessing it, please contact me.
Reconciliation Retreat Day
Last Thursday, Year 3 participated in a mini retreat day. We spent the afternoon in small groups, enjoying some quiet reflection and meditation, some creative expression of what Reconciliation means to us, and some very entertaining role plays showcasing how to make good choices when facing challenges. It was so lovely to spend the afternoon with these wonderful children, and I am sure you will all join me in praying for those who are about to complete their First Reconciliation
Religious Education Coordinator
Father John visits Kinder
This term Kinder have been learning about belonging to Sts Peter and Paul School and Parish. On Tuesday we had a special visit from Father John. Father John talked about the important role he has in our parish and community. We learnt that we are all welcomed in God’s family, where we all care and celebrate together as a community. Kinder enjoyed Father John sharing his life story and we look forward to seeing Fr John in our school again.
Fr John’s Profile by Kinder
Fr John visits and talks to people who are sad. Henry C
He baptises babies in the Sts Peter and Paul Parish (Transfiguration Parish). By AJ
Fr John helps lonely people. Marcus
He marries people in the church. Hamish
Fr John does funerals and prays for them. Joe
He visits old people in their nursing homes. Thomas
Babies get water on their head at Baptism. Grace
He likes praying with people. Kolbe
You can talk to Fr John anytime. Elijah
He lives in a house in Curtin. Takumi
He wanted to be a race driver when he was young. Emily
He likes sharing Jesus stories to everyone. Edie
Fr John was born in New Zealand. Oliver
He likes watermelons. Vanessa
Fr John spends time with the Canberra Raiders and has a chat with them. Isaac
I have some wonderful writing to share with you this week!
Two students from 3/4 Yellow, Charlotte M and Lexie S have written about their remote learning experience. The girls have shared the many highlights and challenges of this experience.
The KW students have been extremely busy publishing their free writing. Their wonderful stories about pirates, princesses, wizards and lots of different characters are on display in the corridor outside the 5/6 classrooms. It is fantastic to see the Kindergarten students sharing their writing progress with the community. Enjoy reading their stories.
Remote learning was fun and nerve racking. I was really worried that I would catch the Corona virus. There were 9 people from my class at school. My teachers who taught me were: Mrs Hitchings, Mr Priest, Mrs Girgla, Miss Kennelly and Mr Gubler. I enjoyed being at school and seeing some of my friends. I was happy when the lockdown ended because I could see all my friends again. It was hard doing the work online. Especially when there was NO internet. That was my story about remote learning. By Charlotte M 3/4 yellow
I think remote learning was a big change for all of us. COVID-19 had a huge impact on everyone.
The positive things were that I thought remote learning was easier for me to do my own work. I liked spending more time at home with dad, mum and my little brother.
On the downside, I an a very social person and I missed my friends, teachers and my family in Queensland and Adelaide. Remote learning also meant that we were on screens a lot more often than usual.
Luckily COVID-19 is clearing up now and we are all back at school. Hopefully this virus clears up completely and we go back to normal soon.
Written by Lexie S in 3/4Y
NO CASH COUNTER SALES AT LUNCHTIME
Canteen will not be accepting cash during these current times.
Families can make contactless payment via Qkr!
Purchase counter sale items (snacks & treats) for your child/children in a lunch order which will be delivered to them or you can purchase a “daily counter sales voucher” on Qkr! for your child/children to go to the canteen to collect something at lunchtime.
Do you want to win a $2 voucher to spend in the canteen? Simply purchase fresh or frozen fruit from the canteen and be in the weekly draw to WIN!!!
Congratulations William, you have won a $2.00 voucher, to spend at the canteen.
Please see Mrs R at the canteen to collect your voucher.
Healthy Kids, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Canteens
Special Lunch Day
Wednesday 24 June
On WEDNESDAY 24 June the school willbe holding our next special lunch day for the term.
Children will be able to order cocktail frankfurts, drink and a treat for $6.00.
Orders available on Qkr! Now
Download the app on your mobile phone to place your order.
ORDERS CLOSE 9AM THIS FRIDAY 19 JUNE!
Vegetarian option is available.
No counter sales or other lunch orders will be available on that day.
OPEN TUESDAY MORNINGS
The Uniform Shop is a service for the parents and children. We sell New & Quality Second-hand school clothing, and all money raised goes back to the school to provide resources for the children.
You can place an order via Qkr! Order on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday and the item/s will be delivered to your child’s classroom. Orders need to be placed before 8.45am.
Please seeSZapp for the Winter Uniform price list.
It is usual practice for most schools to offer second-hand clothing at the uniform shop to families at a discounted price. Quality second-hand clothing can only be purchased during uniform hours. We do understand that this may not be convenient for some families so please feel free to send me an email if you are unable to get to the uniform shop during its’ hours and I will do my best to attend your needs.
The uniform shop is limited with space, so as a guide, clothes should only be donated if washed and in perfect resalable order. Please give any used second-hand uniform to Mrs R in the canteen, Thank you.
30 cherry tomatoes (2 punnets)
2tbs brown sugar
2tbs balsamic vinegar
1 sheet puff pastry
Bunch of basil, stems removed
Preheat oven to 220 degrees, line 3 baking trays with baking paper, take out an extra unlined tray and set aside.
Combine brown sugar and vinegar in a bowl, add tomatoes and coat with mixture, then pour over two of the prepared trays and set aside.
Cut pastry sheet in half, then cut each half into 4 and cut these into triangles.
Place triangles on the third lined baking tray and place the extra tray on top.
Bake pastry and tomatoes both for 10 minutes, then remove and cool slightly.
Place a basil leaf on each pastry triangle, then top with a tomato and serve.
This recipe can be found on page 152 of our 50th Anniversary cookbook.
This week's 'Something fun' features some old fashioned games. Marbles, Elastics, Jacks (also known as Kuckles or Kuccklebones) and Charades have been played by many children, and some adults, for many years. Some of you may have to ask parents or grandparents (or Google) how to play.