Inside St Therese's

19 March 2019
Issue Seven
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


I hope you all enjoyed another long weekend while our dedicated staff were involved in a Professional Learning Day. Our Education Support Officers enjoyed the last day of their course and the teachers spent the day working collaboratively on aspects of the English and Mathematics curriculum. While I understand these days can be inconvenient from a parent’s perspective, they are absolutely vital in ensuring that we provide the best academic outcomes for your children.


On Sunday, we celebrated the Leadership Mass at St Agatha’s Church. I am always humbled by the tremendous number of faithful believers who attend Mass each weekend in Cranbourne. Thank you to the families who attended. Thank you to Mr Cowan and Miss Griffiths and especially the Year Six students; Kirsten, Josh M, Emma, Chriswin, Zahra, Miriama, and Angelo who attended dressed proudly in their school uniforms. I feel very blessed to part of such a community!


Last Friday, we celebrated Harmony/No Bullying Day. Thank you to all the parents who dressed their children in such beautiful national dress. It was terrific to see the cultures that are present at our school. I think everyone enjoyed the African drummers who entertained the children. It was also a great opportunity for our team of Taiko drummers who performed for the African drummers at recess and lunchtime. Thanks to Mrs Lloyd for organising this day!  


This Wednesday, we will celebrate a Year Three - Year Six Mass followed by Reconciliation for Year Four. At this Mass, we will announce the students who were successful in their application to become Mini Vinnie representatives. From Term Two, these students guided by Mr Cowan will meet regularly to plan for social justice initiatives that will raise funds for St Vincent de Paul who assist our local community.


This week, let us pray for peace in our world. I know I am not the only one who has been saddened by recent events that have taken place in our world. We think about those who have lost their lives and their families who are grieving as a result of being persecuted for their religious beliefs in Christchurch. Let us also think about those who have died in the recent Ethiopian plane crash. May they rest in peace.


An Irish Blessing

May the road rise to meet you

May the wind be ever at you back

May the sun shine warm upon your face

And the rain fall soft upon your fields

And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of his hand.


Michelle Bruitzman



RE News ...

Parish News

Please find attached Parish newsletter.


St Therese's Masses and Reconciliation Celebrations 
Term 1, 2019

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - Year 3 - Year 6 Mass at 9:15am in St Therese'e Chapel, followed by Year 4 Reconciliation at 10:00am.

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


ednesday 1st May at 7:00pm.

Parents need to attend only ONE session

(no need to bring your child)

Third Sunday of Lent


Lk 13:1-9

Unless you repent you will all perish as they did. Some people arrived and told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with that of their sacrifices. At this he said to them, ‘Do you suppose these Galileans who suffered like that were greater sinners than any other Galileans? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen on whom the tower at Siloam fell and killed them? Do you suppose that they were more guilty than all the other people living in Jerusalem? They were not, I tell you. No; but unless you repent you will all perish as they did.’


He told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came looking for fruit on it but found none. He said to the man who looked

after the vineyard, “Look here, for three years now I have been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and finding none. Cut it down: why should it be taking up the ground?” “Sir,” the man replied “leave it one more year and give me time to dig round it and manure it: it may bear fruit next year; if not, then you can cut it down.”’



Throughout the gospels, Jesus challenged the prevailing ‘purity codes’ that separated and classified people. The Jewish religious officials of the day were obsessed with the ‘letter of the Law’ as it applied to purity observance. Jesus told them that a spirit of compassion was much more important than the blind adherence to the Law. He suggests that it is not the lack of observance of purity codes that makes a person ‘unclean’ or ‘sinful’; rather, it is lack of compassion informing their actions towards others. The call to ‘repent’ is a call to complete conversion of heart – to take on an attitude of compassion.              

By Greg Sunter

School News ...

Year One School Incursion

RACV teaching Year One students about road safety.



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.


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.


Easter Egg Raffle

If anyone has baskets that they can donate please send them to the office.


Mother’s Day Stall

Volunteers are required to assist on the Mother’s Day Stall in Term Two. Please respond via CareMonkey or contact the office if you can assist. A short meeting will be held this term on

Tuesday 26 March at 9:00am to organise the event. 

Dates to Remember ...

March 2019

Tuesday 19 March

7:00pm - School Advisory Board Meeting

Wednesday 20 March

9:15am - Year Three - Year Six Mass in St Therese's Chapel followed by Year Four Reconciliation at 10:00am. 

Friday 22 March

Free Dress 'Donate an Easter Egg' Day

Tuesday 26 March

9:00am - P&F Mother's Day Meeting

5:00pm OR  7:00pm - Reconciliation Ceremonies

Wednesday 27 March

5:00pm OR  7:00pm - Reconciliation Ceremonies

Senior Camp

Thursday 28 March 

5:00pm  - Reconciliation Ceremonies

Senior Camp

Friday 29 March

Senior Camp

April 2019

Monday 1 April

2:30pm - Easter Egg Raffle drawn at assembly

Friday 5 April

3:30pm - Last Day of Term One

Term 2

Monday 29 April

First Day of Term Two

Wednesday 1st May

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

Saturday 4th May

Confirmation Commitment Mass

Sunday 5th May

Confirmation Commitment Mass

Wednesday 8th May

9:15am - Foundation - Year Two Mass in St Therese's Chapel followed by Year Three 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

Inside St Therese's
Parish Bulletin 100319.pdf
Parish Bulletin 170319.pdf