Inside St Therese's

02 April 2019
Issue Nine
From the Principal...
RE News
School News ...
Parents and Friends
Dates to Remember ...
St Therese's Primary School
(03) 5996 7525
131 Endeavour Drive
Cranbourne North, Victoria, 3977

From the Principal...

Dear Parents and Friends of St Therese’s Primary School,


Last week over three evenings, students in Year Three celebrated the Sacrament of Reconciliation at St Agatha’s church for the first time.  It was indeed a prayerful experience as the students reflected on the Word of God before the Examination of Conscious and then asking for God’s forgiveness in Reconciliation.


The Gospel reading was from Saint Luke; Zacchaeus the Tax Collector. In the story we heard about a person who is disliked by the people because he is a tax collector and thief but is shown mercy and acceptance by Jesus Christ. This is a story of conversion and reminds us that God remembers and loves all of us. As we prepare to enter into Holy Week, let us think about how we can be like Zacchaeus and welcome Jesus into our hearts, allowing ourselves to be transformed so that we may be free from selfishness.


Holy Week Experiences

As the term draws to a close, students and their teachers prepare for Holy Week.  Each level has been given an aspect of Holy Week to recreate. In this last week of school, the students are given the opportunity to walk through and pray at each of the areas. The Foundation students have created a display for Palm Sunday in the Hall, Year One and Two have created a display for the Last Supper in the Library, Years Three and Four have created a display for Good Friday in the Chapel and after the holidays the Seniors will create a display for the Resurrection.


P&F Easter Raffle and Hot Cross Bun Sales

Thank you to the mums who have assisted with the Easter Egg Raffle and Hot Cross Bun Sales. Currently, we have raised $1,046.50 as a result of these fundraising initiatives. Thank You to Marzena for her tireless efforts in the organisation of both of these events.


Congratulations to all those who won a prize and I hope you enjoy the chocolates this Easter.


Senior Camp

Last week, the senior students and their teachers had a terrific time at Candlebark Farm. I had the pleasure of visiting the happy campers on Thursday and having a go at some of the activities. I commend all the students for showing grit and determination as they participated in some challenging activities. The Super Swooper (AKA huge Flying Fox) was certainly something that required quite a bit of courage! I am speaking from experience as the students talked me into climbing up and taking the plunge! Everyone enjoyed the canoeing and many found themselves quite soggy as games of keeping off soon turned into how wet can we get!


Holidays and School Closure Days

Well, its hard to believe the end of Term One is only a few days away. Thank you to everyone for your continued support in creating a school we can be proud of!


Don’t forget the staff will be involved in Professional Learning days on Tuesday 23rd April, Wednesday 24th April and Friday 26th April and students are not required to attend school on these days. As such, Term Two recommences on Monday 29th April. All Catholic Schools are entitled to eight School Closure Days over the year for professional learning purposes. Thank you for your cooperation and have a terrific holiday break.


God Bless and stay safe over the holiday period!


Michelle Bruitzman

RE News ...

Parish News

Please find attached Parish newsletter.


Fifth Sunday of Lent


Jn 8:1-11

Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. At daybreak he appeared in the Temple again; and as all the people came to him, he sat down and began to teach them.  The scribes and Pharisees brought a woman along who had been caught committing adultery; and making her stand there in full view of everybody, they said to Jesus, ‘Master, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery, and Moses has ordered us in the Law to condemn women like this to death by stoning. What have you to say?’

They asked him this as a test, looking for something to use against him. But Jesus bent down and started writing on the ground with his finger. As they persisted with their question, he looked up and said, ‘If there is one of you who has not sinned, let him be the first to throw a stone at her.’ Then he bent down and wrote on the ground again. When they heard this they went away one by one, beginning with the eldest, until Jesus was left alone with the woman, who remained standing there.


He looked up and said, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ ‘No one, sir,’ she replied. ‘Neither do I condemn you,’ said Jesus ‘go away, and don’t sin any more.’



This entire scene is a conspiratorial ‘set-up’ to trap Jesus. Jewish law dictated that adultery was to be punished by death for both parties. However, the Roman occupation had forbidden the Jewish authorities to carry out the death penalty. By bringing the woman to Jesus they sought to place him in a no-win situation. If he upheld the Jewish law and ordered the death penalty, then he was flaunting Roman law. If he did not uphold the law then he could be branded as a false teacher. They thought it was a perfect trap!


But where is the man with whom the woman was committing adultery? When he is not also brought forward for judgment as any legitimate accusation would demand, Jesus senses the trap being set for him. He realises that those accusing the woman must have somehow been involved in setting her up so that she could be ‘caught committing adultery’. In Jewish law, accessories to a crime were equally guilty and subject to the same penalty. When Jesus says to the gathering, ‘If there is one of you who has not sinned …,’ he’s letting them know that he’s aware of their part in this crime and what judgment is due them also! If they persist with their accusation, they’ll also be tried as accessories! So they quietly walk away.

Jesus’ words to the woman sum up his message throughout the gospel: ‘Neither do I condemn you, go away, and don’t sin any more.’ As with others in the gospels, Jesus recognises that the woman has indeed sinned, but he does not condemn her for it. By telling her not to sin any more he is calling her to conversion. He is saying, yes, you’ve made mistakes, but you can do better and I’m challenging you to try.


Confirmation - Term Two

Program runs from 30th April, 2019 until 4th August, 2019. ALL meetings are obligatory and are held in St Agatha’s school Hall.

Information Sesssions and Parent Workshop:

Tuesday 30th April, 2019 at 7:00pm


Wednesday 1st May at 7:00pm.

Parents need to attend only ONE session

(no need to bring your child)

School News ...

BATS Theatre Company

Great school holiday fun at BATS Theatre Company’s Into The Woods Jr. Opening Tuesday 9th April with tickets starting at just $15. Head to for details and tickets.


Principal Awards

Congratulations to Regina Bareno and

Hiruki Jawawardana who received their Principal Awards this week.


Parents and Friends

Upcoming Fundraising Events

This year, we are fundraising to update the children’s playground equipment and to create garden spaces around the school, such as a sensory garden and/or a prayer garden. Our aim is to raise $10,000 in 2019. Please help by volunteering for one or more of the fundraising events.



Dates to Remember ...

April 2019

Wednesday 3rd April

Subway Lunch Orders due in

Friday 5th April

Subway Lunch Order

3:30pm - Last Day of Term 1

Term 2

Monday 29th April

First Day of Term 2

Wednesday 1st May

7:00pm - Confirmation Parent Information Night / Workshop (see RE News for more information)

Friday 9th May

District Cross Country - Year Three - Year Six

Saturday 4th May

Confirmation Commitment Mass

Sunday 5th May

Confirmation Commitment Mass

Wednesday 8th May

9:15am - Foundation - Year 2 Mass in St Therese's Chapel followed by Year 3 Reconciliation at 10:00am

7:00pm - Confirmation Parent Information Night / Workshop (see RE News for more information)

Thursday 9th May

Mothers Day Stall

5:30pm - Mother's Day Card Making with Dads

Friday 10th May

2:00pm - Mothers Day Afternoon Tea and Presentation

Wednesday 22nd May

2:30pm - Whole School Mass in St Therese's Hall in celebration of Our Lady Help of Christians

5:00pm - Confirmation Parent/ Child Workshop 

7:00pm - Confirmation Parent/ Child Workshop

Thursday 30th May

School Open Day

9:15am, 12:30pm or 5:30pm

Inside St Therese's
Parent_Guardian Code of Conduct 2019F.pdf
Parish Bulletin 240319.pdf
Parish Bulletin 310319.pdf