Last night, we held the Information Night for parents of children in Year 4 who are making their First Eucharist this year. As we have done with other sacramental celebrations this year, our students are making their First Eucharist with the students from Holy Trinity, Curtin. Our program is parish and home based, supported by the school. I would like to thank all parents for their support, and I would particularly like to thank those parents who are running Home Groups for other parents and students. My thanks too to Fr John Woods, Steph Burns our Religious Education Coordinator, and our 3/4 teachers: Gayle Hunt, Sarah Kennelly, Anne Hitchings, Luke Gubler, Mary Portolesi and Steph Burns.
This week we celebrate Book Week, an annual staple on the Sts Peter and Paul calendar, and an event that affords students and staff alike to celebrate the gift of reading and the wonderful worlds that books invite us into. Students will participate in a number of activities on the day and, of course, participate in the eagerly anticipated Book Week costume parade. My thanks to Amanda De Jongh and Maryanne Armstrong for their great work in coordinating the celebrations. Thursday will also provide Amanda with a wonderful send-off as she begins 5 weeks of Long Service Leave. I wish Amanda all the best for her extended break; it is greatly deserved. In her absence, Library and Japanese lessons will be taught by Nic Marsham. We welcome Nic and her contributions over the next 5 weeks. Amanda will return for the last 3 weeks of the school term.
Thursday also sees us celebrate Grandparents’ Day. In pre-COVID times, as is customary at Sts Peter and Paul, we would have invited all of our Grandparents to the school for Mass and an opportunity to visit classrooms. In light of the restrictions that COVID-19 has put on events such as Grandparents’ Day, all students will make something for their grandparents and participate in a class poem, recited by each class, in honour of their grandparents. Each class’ video will be emailed to parents, providing grandparents with an opportunity to see their grandchild or grandchildren. My thanks to all teachers for their support, and to Steph Burns and Amanda De Jongh for their work in coordinating the day.
Over the last two days, Sts Peter and Paul has been very fortunate in hosting our Maths coach, Leonie Anstey. Leonie has been meeting with grade teams via zoom and working on implementing highly engaging ways to enable students to explore Maths concepts, from Kindergarten to Year 6. It has been an excellent two days and Leonie will visit again in week 5. http://elevatinglearning.com.au/
Next week, I am away for two days. On Thursday, the A.C.T. principals of Catholic primary schools are meeting and on Friday, we are having a system day with all principals of schools within the Archdiocese, as well as the Director of CE and senior CE personnel. Chief among the agenda items will be a discussion of the Archdiocesan initiative being launched next year for all schools called ‘Catalyst’. This program is being implemented in partnership with the consulting firm Knowledge Society. https://knowledgesociety.com.au/
Have a wonderful week with your families.
Sunday Gospel: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Matthew 22:34-40
Like last week’s gospel, we again have an example of the Pharisees seeking to ‘catch Jesus out’ in His interpretation of scripture. The Pharisees were regarded as the great interpreters of the Torah – the Law. To them, ALL the commandments were vitally important, not just the Ten Commandments given to Moses with which we are perhaps most familiar, but the 613 mitzvot (commandments) contained within the Torah – the first five books of the Bible. These 613 mitzvot governed all aspects of Jewish life. For the Pharisees to ask Jesus about the ‘greatest’ commandment was a blatant challenge to Him. Perhaps they expected Jesus to name one commandment and then they could challenge Him with a whole series of ‘What about …?’ questions.
Jesus’ answer to the Pharisees highlights their preoccupation with the particulars of the Law contained within scripture. In their over-emphasis on the details of religious observance, they have forgotten about the most basic element of faith: to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind. Jesus reminds them that being faithful to God isn’t about following precise rules but rather it is simply about loving God. With this one sentence, Jesus undermines the power position of the Pharisees. If the Law is as simple as ‘Love God’, what need is there of Pharisees to interpret the details of the Law? Having pulled the rug out from under them, Jesus follows up with His reminder that the second most important commandment is to love your neighbour as yourself. This is a call to compassion and justice that Jesus practised freely but was sadly lacking in the religious authorities of His time.
(Gospel Reflection by Greg Sunter)
As mentioned last week, due to the continuing restrictions in place we will be unable to celebrate Grandparent’s Day in the usual way. Instead, this week, the children will work to create gifts or artworks that can be given to their Grandparents or special friends, as a memento to mark the role that these people play in their lives.
Sacrament of First Eucharist
Last night was the Parent Information Night for First Eucharist. Thank you so much to the parents who were able to Zoom in, and to all those who have already registered. To all parents who may have missed the registration, please ensure you attend to this as soon as possible, as I will be handing out the workbooks to all registered families on Friday (cut off for this will be Thursday C.O.B. so we can get the books from the Parish office for you.)
To enrol online:
Access or download the Qkr! app.
Tap on ‘North Woden Transfiguration Parish’
Tap Sacrament of First Eucharist (second option)
Complete the form and make your online payment. ($40).
Home groups are also being established now, please use the link below to place yourself and your child into a Home group:
Children’s Liturgy is on this weekend!
Children’s Liturgy runs on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month during term time. Below is a timetable with the dates for Term 4. Children’s liturgy occurs during the 9:30am Sunday Mass at Holy Trinity, Curtin. This Sunday, Children’s Liturgy will be facilitated by our Parish Youth Ministers, Grace and Maddie.
Sunday 25th October
Sunday 8th November
Sunday 22nd November
Sunday 13th December
Religious Education Coordinator
|Friday 27 Nov||Canteen Volunteers thank you dinner|
|Friday 27 Nov||Orientation day for new students Yrs 1-6|
|Monday 30 Nov - Wednesday 2 Dec||Parent Teacher Interviews|
|Wednesday 2 Dec||Special lunch|
Only one more sleep… until Book Week Day!
Book Week Day is tomorrow Thursday the 22nd of October. Please encourage your children to create their own costume aligned with the theme, ‘Curious Creatures, Wild Minds’, or they can dress-up as their favourite book character. The parade will take place after morning assembly.
In the middle of the day, the children will watch our very first whole-school production. They will see many curiously creative fractured fairytales and polished poetry recitals. Everyone is excitedly awaiting to see their favourite performances.
Book Club - Issue 7
Please continue to order from the latest Book Club catalogue via LOOP. Orders are due on Friday the 30th of October.
Saints Peter and Paul Cross Country Carnival
CHANGE OF DATE Thursday 5th November (Week 4)
Let’s cross our fingers that the weather is fine for our rescheduled day! If not we can still be very thankful for the rain we’re getting and we’ll try again if we have to. As previously mentioned, we are encouraging all students to wear their house colour shirt with their sport uniform on the day. We will give the students some opportunities in the next few weeks to have some practises of the course. The rough distances for each age group are included below.
5, 6 and 7 years (1 shorter lap)
8 years 1000m (1 big lap)
9 and 10 years 1500m/200m (2 big laps)
11 and 12 years 3000m (3 laps)
Unfortunately due to current restrictions in place we will be unable to have any parents in attendance.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions about our cross country carnival. firstname.lastname@example.org
All students in Kindergarten, Year One and Year Two will be participating in some gymnastics sessions run by the Woden Valley Gymnastics Club this term. The clinics began today and will occur each Wednesday until 9th December (Week 9.) We are able to provide these sessions to the students as a result of Sporting Schools Plus funding that we received earlier in the year.
CANTEEN IS CASHLESS
Families can make contactless payment via Qkr!
Purchase over-the-counter sale items (snacks & treats) for your child/children in a lunch order via Qkr!
you can purchase a “daily counter sales voucher” 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!!!
Healthy Kids, Healthy Bodies, Healthy Canteens
OPEN TUESDAY MORNINGS
8.30 – 9.30AM
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 see SZapp for the Summer 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.
The uniform shop is asking for NO MORE donations of white sports tops please.
Please give any used second-hand uniform to Mrs R in the canteen, Thank you.
APPLE & CINNAMON MUFFNS
3 green apples, peeled & chopped
2 1/2 cups self raising flour
2 tsp cinnamon
2/3 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla
150 g butter, melted
2 tbs raw sugar
Preheat oven to 200 degrees, line two 12 hole muffin trays with cases and spray with oil.
Sift flour and cinnamon into a large bowl. Add sugar and make a well in centre.
Whisk eggs, milk, vanilla and melted butter in a separate bowl then fold this mixture into the dry ingredients.
Fold in the chopped apple until just combined.
Fill each muffin pan with mixture and sprinkle with raw sugar.
Bake for 20 minutes, unitl golden.
This tasty recipe is on page 103 of our 50th Anniversary Cookbook.
The cookbook, full of recipes from either Mrs Robyn Moore (fab cooking teacher) or donated by our school community, can be purchased for only $20 via Qkr! or eftpos (No cash please). Books can be collected from the front office.
IT'S BOOK WEEK!! READ READ READ
I will sit and a read a book
Will I read a book about love
Or about the stars above
A book about a talking mouse
Or one about a big treehouse
Perhaps I’ll read an adventure book
About a man named Captain Hook
A book about a pig or pug
About an ant, a bee or bug
A book about a dinosaur so old
Or a fierce dragon so bold
A book about pirates would be the best
Just like finding a treasure chest!
And will a boy wizard and his friend
Defeat 'He who shall not be named' in the end
Reading books will make me smart
My books and I will never part
Reading books will make me clever
I will read books forever
by Anne Perkovic (Mrs P)
I Opened a Book
Julia Donaldson (2014)
I opened a book and in I strode
Now nobody can find me.
I’ve left my chair, my house, my road,
My town and my world behind me.
I’m wearing the cloak, I’ve slipped on the ring,
I’ve swallowed the magic potion.
I’ve fought with a dragon, dined with a king
And dived in a bottomless ocean.
I opened a book and made some friends.
I shared their tears and laughter
And followed their road with its bumps and bends
To the happily ever after.
I’ve finished my book and out I came.
The cloak can no longer hide me.
My chair and my house are just the same,
But I have a book inside me.