Dear Parents and Friends of St Therese’s Primary school,
In Mark’s Gospel last Sunday, we heard how Jesus spoke to his disciples about the coming of the Son of Man. In these biblical times, the people would look to the sun, moon and stars as signs from Heaven above. Even then, Jesus explained that we cannot predict the future, only the Father Himself knows. All we can do is have HOPE.
In Greg Sunter’s reflection he states, “Whilst the community who were the intended audience of the Gospel of Mark were expecting the return of Jesus and the end times to occur during their lifetimes, nearly two thousand years later we realise that wasn’t the case. Today, as in Mark’s time, many people approach the future and change with fear and apprehension. As Christian people we are called to be optimistic and hopeful as we approach the future. We know that God is good, that God loves us unconditionally and that God has a dream for us. That is the simple basis of Christian hope.”
This week, let us reflect on these questions:
What could I do today that is an action of love?
What could I do today that is an act of compassion?
What can I do today that is an action of justice and mercy?
As you enjoy this week, you may wish to say this prayer with your families.
“Loving and merciful God,
May we wear today the cloak of Christ
Woven with the threads of love,
compassion, mercy and justice.
May it become part of the fabric of our lives.”
Congratulations to Sensei Andrews for bringing to us a fun-filled Japanese Day last Friday! The purpose of holding a day such as this to raise the cultural awareness of our learning community.
The children enjoyed a range of activities, including tasting wheat tea and sushi. They participated in Taiko drumming workshops with renowned artist Toshi and Junko Sakamoto. The day concluded with a concert that included our own students performing a dance, song and taiko drumming.
Sensei Andrews was able to present to Toshi the money that we had raised to assist in the relief efforts for Japan who are overcoming many natural disasters. The amount raised was approximately $280! Thank you to the parents for assisting your child to dress up in Japanese costumes and for donating money for this cause. The Guess The Lolly Jar competition is still continuing and we look forward to finding out who the winners will be.
DISCOVERY LEARNING CENTRE IS OPEN
This week, the Library and STEM space, now called 'The Discovery Learning Centre', will be reopened. The new furniture has arrived and the children have already given it their stamp of approval. How exciting to hear from many of our senior students, “Can we sit in the library and read during our lunch breaks?”
I would like to thank the Parents and Friends committee for their commitment to raising the funds that went towards the refurbishment of this space. I hope you enjoy the photos that have been included.
PARENTS AND FRIENDS
Our next Parent and Friends meeting is on Wednesday, November 21 from 2:15pm till 3:15pm. At this meeting we would like to welcome new members and to set our directions for 2019. Please come along if you are free.
THANK YOU AFTERNOON TEA FOR PARENT HELPERS
For our school to operate successfully, we rely on positive partnerships with families. Throughout the year, parents and carers are often called upon to assist the school in many ways. From reading in the classroom, attending excursions, helping with fundraising etc.
We would like to show our appreciation of parents, grandparents and carers who have helped during the school year by providing an afternoon tea on Tuesday, December 4 from 2:15pm till 3:30pm. I hope to see you there. Please complete the RSVP that will be sent out via CareMonkey.
BUSY WEEKS AHEAD
There are only four weeks left until the end of the school year. There is much to do as we finish up the year and begin to prepare for 2019. Please ensure you read the Dates for the Diary and take note of what is coming up.
Our next major event will be the Carols Concert taking place on Thursday, December 6. Families are welcome to join us for a BYO picnic on the oval from 5:00pm and then the concert will begin at 6:00pm in the Hall. Please note that this event is an alcohol-free event due to the Child Safe Standards that all schools must comply with.
WELCOME TO NEW STUDENTS
Finally, I would like to welcome two new students to St Therese’s school. Emma and Patrick joined our learning community on Monday. Emma and Patrick have come from St Jude’s in Scoresby. Emma will join Senior G and Patrick will join Three K. I know that you will join in me in making Emma, Patrick and their parents feel very welcome!
I would also like to welcome back Tanya. She left St Therese’s when she was in Year Four in 2016 and is returning for the last couple of weeks before beginning Year Seven at St Peter’s. For the past two years, Tanya and her family have been living in Serbia and have now returned. We hope she enjoys reacquainting herself with old friends as she prepares to transition to secondary school.
SECURE FUNDING BROCHURE
Finally, I would like to draw your attention to the Secure Funding Brochure that has been attached to this newsletter. The information contained may be of interest to you in the days leading up to the elections to be held this weekend.
Have a terrific week.
Yours in partnership,