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Primary News – Term 1, Week 11

07 Apr 2022
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Term 1, Week 11

Dear Community,

Gospel Account for Passion (Palm) Sunday

“Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.” “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”; and when he had said this, he breathed his last.” Luke 22: 14 – 23:56. This coming Sunday is the start of Holy Week. It is the most important week on our church’s calendar. Without Easter we have no faith. One could argue without Christmas there is no Christ, but it is at Easter we learn that Jesus is both divine and human and defeats death. One prisoner hanging on the cross mocked him and the other asked for forgiveness and recognised who Jesus was as they lay on crucifixes. This Sunday’s Gospel account is very long as it narrates the story of his arrest, last meal, and subsequent conviction to death. On Easter Sunday we rejoice in the knowledge that he rises again as foretold in the scriptures and to demonstrate to all that through faith there is hope for eternal life.

Year 6 Canberra Trip – What a Wonderful Experience!

It was wonderful to talk to the Year 6 students this morning on their experiences in Canberra. Our nation capital did not disappoint, with Questicon being the highlight for most of them. This excursion allows the children to explore our democracy and to learn how blessed we are to live in a nation such as Australia. A big thank you to the staff who had nothing but high praise for the children on their attitude and behaviour for the three-day excursion. 

 

Easter Liturgy and Awards Assembly – 1:20pm Friday 8th April

Parents can join online via our YouTube link or are encouraged to come and join the children in the hall @ 1:20pm tomorrow. A special Easter celebration will take place to tell the sacred story of Easter. Following this the wellbeing and Assistant Principal awards will be distributed. Gesu colour house for their wonderful playground behaviour and following the PBL rules will enjoy a free pizza party as a reward. 

Year 3 and 5 NAPLAN Holiday Packs

All the students in Year 3 and 5 have been provided with NAPLAN packs as requested by some parents and are to be used by parents when and if required during the break. Early morning maths classes will continue for Year 3 and 5 form the start of Term 2 on the same days.

Homework Survey Will Remain Open for One More Week

Please click HERE if you have not already filled in our Homework Survey. The results will influence the direction moving forward for the rest of the year. To date a third of the families have completed it. 

Enrolment for 2023 and Now

We have been able to place children who were on our waiting list into classes, as families move out of the area to other locations. There are very limited spots for some grades for this year. For Kindergarten 2023 we are getting very close to full so if it is your intention to have your child at the school next year, then please don’t delay. Please spread the word that we have begun the interview and letters of offer process.

Winter Uniform Change Over is Week 3 of Term 2

The official change over to winter uniform is Week 3 of Term 2. If the weather turns cold before this time, then parents can dress their children in their winter uniform. Please don’t mix n match summer and winter items. Thank you to the parents who are sending their children to school well groomed and wearing the correct uniform and accessories. A special reminder that joggers should be white or predominantly white!

Covid and RAT Kits

Yesterday all children from K – 6 were provided with a RAT kit to test for Covid. The restrictions in place still need to be observed. I respect that some parents are ambivalent about Covid, while others are highly anxious. Children will still be sent home if they are showing symptoms of Covid. To ensure we are all on the same page, please make use of the free RAT kits.

ANZAC Day Commemoration – Friday 8th April 12pm in the Hall

Year 5 and 6 students will join the secondary students in a special ANZAC Day Ceremony to be held tomorrow. Lest We Forget the many men and women who have fought or continue to serve in our armed forces. 

 A Long and Tiring Term Comes to an End

The fog of Covid still engulfs us all. This term has been very trying with the huge amount of vacancies for both students and staff. My sincere thanks to all parents for soldiering on under difficult circumstances. Let us hope that in the fullness of time we can solve the Covid riddle and return to complete normalcy. Enjoy the Easter break! Please try and get to the church or a service that commemorates the death and resurrection of our saviour Lord Jesus Christ. It really is a Good News story and possibly the only story that offers humanity the most hope. Term 2 begins on Tuesday 26th April.

A Thought for the Break…

“Even a happy life cannot be without a measure of darkness, and the word ‘happiness’ would lose its meaning if it were not balanced by sadness.” Jung

God Bless,

Frank Cohen

Primary Principal

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