Dear Parents and Friends,
Assumption Day is a chance for Christians to celebrate the heavenly birthday of the Virgin Mary and her assumption into Heaven. It is a Holy Day of Obligation – a day when we are obliged to attend Mass. In our faith tradition, the Feast of the Assumption is celebrated on the 15 August. As a School community, we attended Mass on Monday to celebrate this special Feast Day.
The feast was originally celebrated in the East, where it is known as the Feast of the Dormition, a word which means "the falling asleep." The earliest printed reference to the belief that Mary's body was assumed into Heaven dates from the fourth century, in a document entitled "The Falling Asleep of the Holy Mother of God." The document is written in the voice of the Apostle John to whom Christ on the Cross had entrusted the care of His mother, and recounts the death, laying in the tomb, and assumption of the Blessed Virgin. Tradition variously places Mary's death at Jerusalem or at Ephesus, where John was living.
Reading: Luke 1:46–48 And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed.
CHILD SAFE PRACTICES
In keeping with the new legislation surrounding Child Safe Standards, all volunteers will be required to sign a Code of Conduct. A copy of such will be sent home to all families. If you are, or intend to volunteer in any capacity at St. Mary’s school, you are required to read and sign the Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct does not replace the requirement to hold a current Working with Children Check. It is in addition to the WWC Check. Volunteers are asked to return the signed Code of Conduct by Friday 16 September which is the last day of Term. The work and participation of volunteers is highly valued at St. Mary’s. Implementing all the standards according to this new legislation, encompasses our philosophy at St. Mary’s of students at the centre of what we do as we continue to strive to create A Dynamic Community of Empowered Learners Engaging Justly in the World.
MEETING ROOM/UNIFORM SHOP
Over a recent weekend, volunteers laid new carpet in the Meeting Room/ Uniform Shop. This new floor covering has given this space a new, vibrant look. Many thanks to Peter Wilson and his two assistants, Dale and Dave for your work and commitment to our School and Parish.
REPOSITORY FOR NOTICES
All hard copies of Notices and electronic correspondence will be stored in a Communication Folder on the Skoolbag App. This will allow you to find a Notice that may have gone missing.
Our School Performance titled “Stay Tuned for Giggle Box” with all students participating will be held on Monday 5 and Tuesday 6 September. This year, children from families with surnames beginning with L- Z will perform on the Monday night and those beginning with A – K will perform on the Tuesday night. There may be some exceptions in-order to balance numbers. Bookings through Try Booking are now open. To book go to https://www.trybooking.com/MOMT or hyyps://www.trybooking.com/220707 The Performance will be held in the George Wood Performing Arts Centre, Yarra Valley Grammar School Kalinda Road Ringwood.
The Performance will be professionally filmed and edited with a choice of DVD (standard definition) disc or HD (high definition) downloadable versions available for purchase. Orders must be placed prior to the Performance. To order, please go to http://vidoeservicesmelbourne.com.au/st-marys-concert-2016/
As the George Wood Theatre is only available for one day for rehearsals, all students will be bussed to the Centre on Monday 5 September. Students performing on Monday night (L – K) will be leaving the school at 8.00am and those who are performing on Tuesday night (A – K) will be returning at approximately 3.45pm.It will be a very tight schedule, so it is important that (L – K) students are here ready to leave at 8.00am.
BOOK WEEK PARADE
Book Week is fast approaching and as part of the celebrations the students will be engaged in various book related activities connected to this year’s Book Week theme: Australia! Story Country. Book Week at St. Mary’s commences on Monday 22nd August with a Book Week parade. This is where the children have the opportunity to celebrate and parade their favourite books, authors and illustrators. This can be done in various ways including dressing up as their favourite character, designing a poster advertising their favourite book or bringing in their favourite book to display in the parade. The parade will be held (weather permitting) on the piazza at 9.00am. If you have any queries or questions regarding this event, please contact Tilly Stoove via email address email@example.com.
FATHERS’ DAY BREAKFAST
We will celebrate Fathers/Grandfathers/Special Friends on Tuesday 30 August with Breakfast followed by Mass. Breakfast will commence at 7.00am – 8.30am and a special Mass will be celebrated for Fathers/Grandfathers/Special Friends and their children at 8.30am. As this is a big occasion for our community, helpers will be required on the day. Please complete form that was recently sent home if you are able to give some time to assist with the serving of breakfast.
SMOKING ON SCHOOL GROUNDS
A reminder to all that smoking is prohibited on School Grounds. Your adherence to this law would be much appreciated.
Our School Assembly scheduled for Monday 22 August has been cancelled and will now be held on Monday 12 September at 2.40pm.
Classrooms will be open for parents to visit and see your child at work on Thursday 25 August from 2.30pm – 3.30pm. This is an opportunity to share time with your child in their work environment.
Our next Working Bee will be held on Saturday 27 August. It would be wonderful to see many people come along and assist in the work of maintaining our property. You may have noticed that further work has been done by parent volunteers in the preparation of the Junior Playground Basketball Court at the front of the school. (Grimshaw Street end) We are so fortunate to have parents who are prepared to work on such projects. Thank you to Adrian Ferronato, Frank Lapenta, Robert Davoli, John Wood, Phil Goulding, Peter McKenna and John Crapis
If you are available to assist with our Working Bee, your support would be much appreciated. Come along and bring the family.