A busy term has come to an end. However, I can truly say it has been a most happy, productive and successful term. I congratulate all the students for their efforts and progress this term and thank the teachers and support staff for their continual hard work and dedication. I would also like to thank the work of parents who have assisted in so many ways from the work of the PEB, volunteers in classrooms, and in general a community who consistently put themselves forward for the benefit of the children. Our students and staff are very appreciative of your efforts and I encourage parents to continue their involvement next term and beyond. It has been a very smooth and exciting commencement to the 2019 academic year and my time as Principal.
This Sunday is the Fifth Sunday of Lent, the final Sunday before Holy Week begins. The Gospel is an interesting one in that the authorities of Jesus’ time are trying to set a trap for him; the poor woman caught up in the story is nothing more than “collateral damage” to them. The hope of the authorities is that Jesus would choose one of only two possible options. He would either condemn the woman for her guilt which would make him responsible for her death (by stoning), or that he would let her go, thus demonstrating a disregard for the law. Instead, Jesus does neither; he turns the situation on its head. He doesn’t presume her guilt or lecture her about the need for righteousness. He simply tells her to sin no more. In doing so he restores the poor woman’s dignity and leaves the crowd with a challenge that we too are presented with today, that being not to judge others. It’s important to remember in this story that there is no proof of the woman’s wrong-doing – it’s simply one person’s word against another. All too often, we can be quick to judge or make assumptions based on partial or even speculative information. Instead of being focused on the wrongdoings or actions of others, it is imperative that we look deep within ourselves and acknowledge that if we are not perfect, why should we expect that of anyone else?
What an amazing day we had yesterday with the Colour Run and Hot Dog lunch. It was great to see everyone so enthusiastically involved in the day, I think we’ll be seeing rainbow colours across the school for months! A huge thank you must go to the PEB for their support in making the event happen. In particular, thank you to Denise Konstantinou (Paul 3CW, Nikitas 2C) for coordinating the event and making sure it all went to plan. Thank you to all the staff & parents who helped out in any way in the lead up or on the day. Finally, thank you to all the children for your efforts in fundraising, and participating with such enthusiasm on the day, well done!
Today we finished the Twilight Sports events that were missed with the washout two weeks ago. Well done to all children, you again participated with such enthusiasm and energy, you are a joy to work with. Congratulations to both the Green and Blue Teams who took out the major trophy with 392 points and to the Green Team who took out the Team Spirit Award. Again, thank you to Dan Kelly for coordinating it all, and to the staff and parents who assisted both on Friday night and today. We cannot do these things without you.
Over the holidays, some of the playground area will be getting a facelift! We have organised for a number of trees to be pruned so that the play areas are safe, the entire asphalt area will be cleaned and free of debris (as clean as it can with number of trees we have!), and the most exciting part...all the lines on the asphalt will be getting repainted! When you return after the Easter holidays, it’ll be like returning to a brand new school!
The beginning of a new term brings changes to uniform. By the beginning of week 3, all children are expected to be in full winter uniform. A uniform dress code reinforces in students a pride in their own appearance, instils recognition of themselves as an integral part of the school community, and assists in developing pride in representing their school. Issues of equality, health and safety, and expense are also factors that contribute to the establishment of the Dress Code. The uniform list can be found below, but I just wanted to direct your attention to a couple of main points:
When wearing sport uniform, the socks are to be plain white, not emblazoned with different logos
Hair ties/ribbons/bows/elastics/headbands are to be navy blue, unless it is a sport day and it can then match the colour of the sport top
No nail polish
Earrings must be small sleepers or studs, watches are acceptable, no other jewellery is permitted
Winter Uniform is worn in Terms 2 and 3.
|Gabardine trousers||Sky blue long-sleeved shirt|
|Sky blue long-sleeved shirt||Navy pleated tunic|
School Jumper / bomber jacket with logo
School Jumper / bomber jacket with logo
|Black shoes, Navy socks||Navy tights|
Navy Rain Coat (optional)
|Gabardine slacks (optional)|
Black shoes, Blue socks
|Navy Rain Coat (optional)|
** Skivvies are not part of Holy Saviour school uniform **
|Navy shorts||Navy netball skirt or skorts|
|Sky blue sports top with logo||Sky blue sports top with logo|
|Senior sports top (Year 5/6s only)||
Senior sports top (Year 5/6s only)
|Runners and white socks||Runners and white socks|
Holy Saviour track suit
Holy Saviour track suit
With Easter this year at the end of the holidays, (Holy Week commences on Sunday 14th April), it is important to reflect on the Easter message. While enjoying the holiday break that Easter provides, we ask all families to make every effort to attend the Easter services here at Holy Saviour, or if you are away, at your holiday destination. On behalf of all of us at Holy Saviour I would like to wish everyone a very safe, happy, holy and relaxing break. For those of you who are travelling, travel well and stay safe. For those of you remaining at home, enjoy the time with your children. We look forward to starting with you again on Tuesday 23rd April.
Final Thoughts… A Reflection on Throwing Stones
When we rush to judgment and categorise a person without making an effort to know them, it’s like throwing a stone into a clear pond. All you can see is the waves you yourself made. Some people just like to throw stones. Sometimes it’s good to make waves. More often, it’s better to calm things down so you can see beneath the surface. At least then you’ll know how big a stone you should throw.