For people surrounded by department store decorations, commercials, Christmas carols, special foods, and the like, believing that today’s Christmas celebration actually evolved from the humble story of a young woman giving birth in the straw is a stretch. It might help to focus on the characters involved.
What do you think went through Joseph’s mind as he witnessed Mary giving birth to a baby? What do you think went through Mary’s mind as she struggled with the birth experience?
The Christmas story is full of symbols. Jesus, who becomes our bread and wine – our nourishment – is laid in a manger, the feeding trough for the animals. Jesus, who is the champion of poor people, is born into a homeless family. Poor shepherds were the first to welcome the Messiah that the Jewish people had been awaiting for generations. The symbol of angels singing, praising God, and flying madly all over the sky was a good clue that something out of the ordinary was happening.
Modern Christmas stories use different symbols to make the same points: Rudolph, the ‘poorest’ reindeer, becomes the champion; and Frosty, a snowman, transforms children’s lives.
What story from your own personal Christmas experiences has special meaning or symbolism?
Now that the school year has come to end, I wish to thank you for all of your support and to wish you a safe and enjoyable summer holidays and a very Blessed Christmas. All the best for our Grade 6 for their futures and to our families leaving us, all the best in your new ventures.
I wish to congratulate our 2019 Award recipients.
Academic Achievement Award:
Endeavour – Nate Bristol
Excellence – Elliott Hommel
Patrick Carney Arts Award:
Endeavour – Alannah Rae
Excellence – Lillian Barns
Endeavour – Josie Chambers
Excellence – Georgia Harmey
Endeavour – Georgia Harmey
Excellence – Jessica Lehner
I would like to announce and congratulate our School Captains for 2021:
School Captains Grace Turner
Chisholm Captains Thomas Anderson
Tenison Captains Cooper Devine
MacKillop Captains Jett Patterson
I wish to farewell Mrs Campbell and Megan Booth. Mrs Campbell worked as part of our G1/2 for just over a year now, she is a well-loved teacher, and we’ll miss her. Megan, our school counsellor has been with us for 3 years, it is sad to see her go as she has provided much needed support for children, families and teachers. All the best Mrs Campbell and Megan on your next adventures.
Mrs Foot will be taking leave for 2021 as she prepares for the welcoming of a new member of her family. We wish Mrs Foot and her husband, Vivek all the best for next year, and I am sure she’ll share some photos with us once her baby is born.
A reminder that our office will be closed from Friday 18th December and reopen on Wednesday 13th January 2020. Office hours between Wednesday 13th January and Friday 29th January 2020 will be 10am to 2pm. We will be closed on the 26th January for the Australia Day public holiday. Office hours will resume to 8am to 4pm from Monday 1st February 2020.
Teachers resume on Wednesday 27th January 2020. There will be opportunities for parents of children with learning needs to meet with their child’s new teacher on the Friday prior to the commencement of school. If you wish to arrange a meeting, please contact our office.
School resumes for students on Monday 1st February 2020. The uniform for the Monday will be the formal uniform for Grade 5/6 and sports uniform for everyone else.
Congratulations to Nate, Emily, Izzy and Emmerson who have each received 25 stickers in their sticker 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!
The school office will be closed from Friday 18th of December, and will re-open from 10am-2pm from the 13th January - 22nd January 2020.
Normal hours resume from Monday 25th January. Please note: The office will be closed on the 26th January for Australia Day.
Any urgent matters should be directed to Mr Shayne Kidd on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prep to Grade 6 Classes commence on Monday, 1st February 2021
Kinder classes commence:
|Kinder Thomas (Mrs. Stephens)||
Tuesday 2nd February
|Thursday 4th February|
Kinder More (Mrs. Wood)
Wednesday 3rd February
|Friday 5th February|
Kinder to Grade 4 students are to wear sports uniform (blue) on the first day of school.
Grade 5 and 6 students are to wear formal uniform (green) on the first day of school.
Students will be advised of PE days from their classroom teacher.
Attached is our parish bulletin for the 3rd Sunday of Advent (Year B) - 12/13 December 2020. Our Christmas Mass timetable is included within the bulletin this week. Please let people know about the need to book in for Christmas Mass due to the ongoing COVID-19 capacity restrictions for religious gatherings. Every blessing and best wishes,
Fr Mark Freeman