In many ways the Exodus story of the bread from heaven is very similar to last Sunday's accounts. However, the focus today is not divine prodigality shown through the overabundance of food, but total dependence on God. The bread comes from heaven, not merely because the food seems to come down from the sky, but because it comes from God. The restriction about collecting it was meant to emphasise this point. Our survival is in God's hands, not ours.
Jesus insists that he is the true bread from heaven; he is the real basis of our survival. The people followed him because they saw him as a source of bread; they did not realise that he is really the source of life. If we fill ourselves with all that the world provides as nourishment we will still hunger. Only faith in Jesus can satisfy our deepest hungers, and we will not be able to survive apart from him.
Acceptance of Jesus as the source of our life and the very nourishment of our spirits effects a total transformation in us. We will no longer be content to live with full bellies but empty minds. We will put aside our old selves steeped in ignorance and self-interest and put on a new self, created in his image. Having fed on the bread from heaven, we will be mysteriously transformed into it. The spirit of our minds will be renewed by his teaching. As a result, we will be able to launch out into a way of living that witnesses to our new understanding, our new life.
© Dianne Bergant CSA
Winter seems to have set in this week with cold and wet weather. A reminder that if it is raining you may come into the school to collect your children. Prep parents may collect their children 5 minutes early at 2:55pm.
Mr Barry Nas’s funeral is 10am Saturday 31st July at Finney’s Funeral Home Youngtown. All who wish to attend are welcome.
Next week our Grade 4s will be participating in our Diocesan RE literacy Assessment. This assessment provides us information on what areas of our Religious Education program is working well and what areas we may need to improve.
On Tuesday we had stickers displaying our school’s rules, (Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be a Learner) placed on our external doors.
The STM beanie is now in stock at Midfords. Our beanie is optional, but a great addition to our uniform for those chilly winter mornings.
Last week at our assembly a few of our Grade 1/2 students spoke about Plastic Free July. Not only did they encourage everyone to try and reduce the amount of plastic we all use in our lunchboxes, they have also acted by spending several lunchtimes collecting rubbish around our school. It is important that we all make an effort, as what we do now has an impact on our children’s future.
A reminder that if you enter any of our buildings you must check-in using the Check-in Tas App. Any students or adults who display cold or flu symptoms must not enter our school site and they should have a Covid test.
30th July 2020
Congratulations to Kingston, Cooper, Jack, Oliver, Annika, Patrick, Lachlan, Harry, Ivy, Jack, Molly, and Raghavi who have received 25 and 50 stickers in their Student Acknowledgement booklets. These stickers are given to students displaying positive and respectful behaviour in the playground. They are a great role model for others. Well done!
In Pastoral Care Groups, we are starting to learn more about the people who our Houses are named after. Tenison students are learning about Fr Julian Tenison Woods, Chisholm students are learning about Caroline Chisholm and MacKillop students are learning about St Mary MacKillop.
Perhaps ask your child/ren to tell you 1 thing they learnt today that they did not know before about the person their House is named after.
On the holidays, Isabelle went to amazing lengths to donate her hair to charity. Isabelle donated an whopping 40cm of her hair to Hair for Heart, an organisation helping children who have lost their hair due to a long term medical condition. Have a look here: Hair for Heart. Enjoy some before, during and after pictures below and a recap by Isabelle: