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Primary News – Term 1, Week 10

30 Mar 2022

Term 1, Week 10

Dear Community,

Fifth Sunday Gospel Account

“Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No one, sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, and from now on do not sin anymore.” John 8: 1 – 11. In the Old Testament and indeed with some religions in the world an adulterer would be condemned forever more. When the Pharisees cornered Jesus on what should happen to the woman caught in sin, he flipped it and asked them to stone her if each had not sinned. You see we are human and whether by design or process we do sin. Jesus would prefer we never sin, but this story of the woman about to be stoned to death emphasises the concept of confession and redemption. Jesus, like he did with the woman gives us all a chance to redeem ourselves for our wrongdoing. If we truly repent and do not sin again then Jesus is saying, we are forgiven. 

Easter Liturgy from Mr Snelling

Easter will be celebrated throughout the middle week of the holidays this year. The students in the primary school will be participating in a liturgy on Friday of Week 11 (8th of April) before our awards assembly @ 1:20pm. Various students from across the college, high school and primary, have contributed to the liturgy already, recreating the scenes of the Passion as told through the Gospel. These will be displayed throughout the liturgy. The liturgy itself is very prayerful, solemn, and reflective. This is to emphasise the sacrifice that our Lord has made for us on Good Friday and then the celebration of Jesus’ Resurrection on Easter Sunday! During this time of year, the students are trying their best to become closer to God through their prayers and their actions. Speak to your child about the work that they are doing and be present for them during this Lenten season as we prepare to celebrate Easter. 

Year 6 Leadership Day and Canberra Trip

Tomorrow children in Year 6 will be involved in a Zoom with other Year 6 children from across the Diocese. They will chat with Bishop Anthony and be involved in some leadership tasks specific for children of their age.

Next Monday to Wednesday the Year 6 children and their teachers will be heading into our nation’s capital. Apart from visits to famous national landmarks they will spend time at Old Parliament House learning about Democracy and the voting system. This will be so timely with a new Federal election just around the corner.

Lighthouse Awards and Pizza Party

With the inception of ‘Lighthouse Points’ there will be no traditional end of term Principal’s Awards. At next week’s final assembly we will continue with the normal cycle of Awards – Wellbeing.

 The NEW LIGHTHOUSE Principal’s Awards will be announced at each assembly every fortnight when children reach 100 stamps and will be followed up with a principal’s morning tea (2 -3 across the Term). We expect to have children by the middle of next term who will achieve this.

When children have 50 stamps, they will qualify for an Assistant Principal Award as an incentive at the halfway point.

Children receive DOJO points for their behaviour on the playground. These points are tallied at the end of each term and the winning Colour House across the grades will receive a PIZZA party on Friday 8th April. This term’s winning house will be announced next Wednesday morning.

From the beginning of next term (and in line with our PBL school status) we will introduce fortnightly PBL focus/DOJO points focus. There will be a mini lesson during assembly around a key focus area for each fortnight with explicit teaching E.g. Uniform, Playground behaviour. Children will receive DOJO points for abiding by the school PBL focus for each fortnight.

Enrolling Now

Please alert everyone that we are now conducting enrolment interviews for Kindergarten 2023. Families who already have children enrolled in the school and who have a child ready to start Kindergarten next year, are asked not to delay submitting enrolment. Over 80% of enrolments in thus far are from new families in the area. We also have limited places available now for some of the other grades. School Tours for families seeking enrolment at our school can book a school tour. Just let the office know. We do ask that families who have enrolment forms to return them asap and book interview times.

ANZAC Ceremony, Easter Liturgy and Wellbeing Awards Assembly

Stage 3 children will join our High School Students at 11:55 on Friday April 8th in the Hall to commemorate ANZAC Day. At this time members of the local RSL will be on hand to speak to the children as we pay tribute to men and women who have fought bravely for our country and the many theatres of war.

At 1:20 all of K – 6 will take part in the Easter Liturgy followed by Wellbeing Awards. Parents can attend both ceremonies. For those parents unable to join us in the hall please go to our You Tube channel.

Cross Country and Rugby League

Third time lucky we have booked Hamlyn Terrace Oval for Wednesday 27 April for our school’s cross-country carnival. Some children in Year 5 and 6 will also get to play in the Catholic and Independent School Rugby League Cup on Wednesday 4 May at Blue Haven Oval.

A Thought for the Week…

“Why destroy your present happiness by a distant misery, which may never come at all? For every substantial grief has twenty shadows and most of the shadows are of your own making.” Smith.


God Bless

Frank Cohen

Primary Principal

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