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  • 10/10/19
    Dear Parents and Friends, Welcome back to Term 4. This is always a busy Term as we work towards the conclusion of the school year and prepare for the new academic year. I welcome back to St. Mary’s Adele and Clara S and their little sister Yvette who has joined us in Prep. I also welcome two new students, Elsa and Jack who have returned to Australia after spending the past 5 years in America. I trust you all settle into St. Mary’s very quickly and enjoy this final Term making new friends and being involved in some great learning. My time away in Jordan and Israel was amazing. Every day there was a new experience and new learning. Visiting places such as the Holy Sepulchre Church and celebrating Mass in this Church built over the place where Jesus was crucified, following the Stations of the Cross at 5.30am along the Via Dolorosa, the path Jesus took to His crucifixion, walking along the road where Jesus entered Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, standing on the top of Mt Nebo from where Moses looked out towards the Promised Land and sailing on the Sea of Galilee and visiting Jesus’ birth place in Bethlehem, are experiences of a life time. We were most fortunate to have connected with another group from New Zealand who were travelling with a priest. Throughout our 17 days, we were able to celebrate Mass on 4 occasions. For me, the most memorable of these Masses was when we celebrated Mass on the edge of the Jordan River. We were asked to step into the river as we renewed our baptismal promises in the vicinity of where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. Another memorable evening was when we met with a Palestinian woman and an Israeli woman who had both suffered a loss of a family member through the ongoing conflict in this region. Both of these ladies were able to convey their anger and sadness – the Palestinian woman lost her 4-month old son when she wasn’t able to get through the check points to take him to hospital and the Israeli lady lost her father in the Gaza strip conflict and her brother in a later conflict. Even though they both had suffered such devastation and were filled with hate and anger, they have been able to accept their losses and forgive. Together, they belong to an organization called the Parents Circle and now work within their communities to spread the message of forgiveness and reconciliation. We also visited a school that has been set up for those students who don’t fit into the normal school system. We took aid packages to share with these students and provided some financial support to the teachers who are doing an amazing job running this school without any real funding. It was an exhausting trip but one that I feel extremely privileged to have been a part of with other Principal colleagues. BASKET SUPPER DANCE Although I was unable to attend, I have heard that the Yr. 5 and 6 Basket Supper Dance was a great success. Well done to our students for showcasing your learning following participation in our Term 3 Dance Program and many thanks to all who attended and a big thank you to Mel Mayne and Natalie Brien for coordinating this event and all those who assisted. We are truly fortunate in having the support of our families and the generosity of those who put their hands up to help with such activities. FIRST RECONCILIATION COMMITMENT MASSES All those who are to receive the Sacrament of First Reconciliation are asked to attend a Commitment Mass at one of the Parish Masses over this coming weekend of 12 and 13 October. Masses are 6.30pm Saturday, 8.00am, 10.00am and 5.00pm on Sunday. ART SHOW Our biennial Art Show will be held next week on 16 and 17 October and will be held in the MLC commencing at 4.30pm and closing at 8.00pm. The official opening will be at 5.30pm on the Wednesday evening and the choir will entertain on both evenings. Entrance is via a gold coin donation with proceeds going to the Open Door Foundation. A sausage sizzle will be available on both nights. FREE DRESS DAY Students are invited to attend school in free dress on Tuesday 22 October and in doing so, are asked to bring a donation of wrapped chocolates for the “Chocolate Throw” activity at our Parish Fete. Chocolates such as small packets on M&Ms, chocolate frogs etc. are appropriate to donate. Many thanks in anticipation for your support of our Fete which will be held on Saturday 16 November. HOLIDAY WORKS Over the recent holiday break, the MLC building was painted both internally and externally. The building was opened in 2010 and was ready for a facelift. OCTOBER – MISSION MONTH Each year the month of October is recognised as Mission Month. On Friday 18 October as a community, we will attend the 9.15am Parish Mass to reflect on our call to be people of justice and hope for others. Students are invited to take part in an action day on Friday 1 November when they are invited to bring a gold coin to be able to wear their favourite sporty clothes and participate in a bonus play break. Throughout October, students are also encouraged to donate any spare change to support the work of the missions. Money raised will support the work of Nazareth House in Ghana - a home for children with disabilities. ARRANGEMENTS FOR 2020 Currently there are students on waiting lists for places for the 2020 school year. If your child is not returning for the 2020 school year, I ask that you put this in writing and leave at the Office. I also wish to advise that parent requests for student placement with or without others, will not be accepted. If there is an issue with relationships, this should already have been discussed with the teacher. It is important that teachers make the professional decision as to where students would be best placed for positive learning opportunities. Requests for friends from parents etc. can severely impact on how classes can be constructively formed for optimum learning. SUMMER UNIFORM As from the commencement of Term 4, students may wear Summer Uniform. However, there will be a transition period as the weather may still be cold. Notification will be in the Candela when all students are expected to be in summer uniform Regards, Helen