Road Safety Around Our School
Recently, the Council has been in touch to inform schools of a new Parking Compliance Team that has been set up to enforce parking rules. This has occurred due to a large number of cars parking illegally around schools and causing hazards to children who are crossing roads or getting picked up or dropped off. The most frequent infringements have been given to those who stop or park in no standing zones or for those who are double parked while dropping off or picking up children.
In addition to illegal parking around the school, it has been noted that parents are allowing or encouraging their children to enter from the electronic gate entrance to the school. This gate is for vehicles only. Please use the pedestrian gates located at the front of the school and on Mitchell Court. The gates will be open from 8:30am.
Please see attached the Council’s brochure regarding Community Safety Around Schools.
School Advisory Board Welcome BBQ & KABOOM!
Don’t forget this Friday 15th February the St Therese’s School Advisory Board are hosting the Welcome BBQ from 5:00pm till 7:00pm. All students are encouraged to wear their house colours to the event as they participate in the tabloid sport activities with KABOOM! on the oval. Our Year Six leaders will lead the activities.
Spirit of Catholic Education Awards
Nominations for the Spirit of Catholic Education Awards are open until March 15. Any staff member or student in a Catholic school may nominate any person in his/her school community who has made a significant difference to the lives of others in one or more of the two core purpose areas.
Inspiring Faith - This seeks to identify persons who have made a significant contribution to the development of students’ faith lives. It may include exemplary work in Religious Education, parish involvement, the school’s spiritual life, social justice or day-to-day exemplification of Gospel values.
Inspiring Learning - This seeks to identify persons who have made a significant contribution to student learning. It may include exemplary classroom and specialist teaching. Nominees should demonstrate a clear commitment to contemporary pedagogy.
Volunteer Helper Induction Sessions
The first of our Volunteer Helper Induction sessions were well attended and we look forward to our next session which will occur on Wednesday 20th February from 2:30pm - 3:30pm. There will be a third session on Tuesday 5th March at 7:00pm. These sessions are compulsory for any parent who wishes to help in the classroom, attend excursions, etc and who did not do the training last year. Please understand that it is a requirement of the Child Safety Laws that all volunteers must hold a current Working With Children Card. If you would like to attend a session please respond on CareMonkey or contact the office.
“Be Not Afraid”
In Luke’s Gospel last Sunday, we heard the story of the fishermen who listened to Jesus and threw their nets back into the sea after they had given up on catching fish. With their faith in God, they were able to catch more fish than they could believe was possible. Jesus’ message to his disciples was ‘Be not afraid’.
This beautiful story takes place on the Sea of Galilee and is one of the great stories about the call to mission. In this story we see echoes of all the struggles those who try to live as followers of Jesus face: the sense that we work hard to make a difference but sometimes are disheartened and want to give up; the desire to trust in the Lord but at the same time the natural fear the human condition has to trust. Perhaps this gospel provides an invitation for us to trust— to put into the deep of our lives and to listen to what it is that God is calling us to.
in this new year I pray:
to live deeply, with purpose,
to live wisely, with humility,
to live justly, with compassion,
to live gratefully, with generosity,
to live fully, with enthusiasm.
I ask this in the name of Jesus,
Yours in faith,