The readings, which reflect some aspect of the feast, feature three prominent themes: the importance of blood in the ratification of the covenant; the atoning actions of Christ; the attitude of thanksgiving.
Most people today would probably be repelled by the ritual use of blood. Yet birth blood is not subject to the same revulsion, nor is blood transfusion frowned upon. Blood is recognised as a life force, and blood relationships are cherished. In a sense this ritual makes us blood sisters and brothers of God and of each other. It seals our fate, and it entitles us to the family inheritance.
This feast celebrates the incomparable love of Christ. He offered himself for the expiation of our sins; he spread a banquet table for us at which we are able to eat the bread of companionship and share the blood of the new covenant.
How shall we make a return to the Lord for all the good that we have received? The only appropriate response to God’s graciousness is thanksgiving (eucharistía). We have been chosen; we have been delivered; we have a witness in heaven; and now we have been given the bread of eternal life and the blood of salvation. What return can we give? A life of gratitude lived in the presence of God; a life of union with all those who eat the same bread and drink from the same cup; a life of faithful expectation, waiting for the coming of the reign of God in all its fullness.
© Dianne Bergant CSA
Last night we enjoyed our first Band Soiree for the year. It is always great to see how well our children develop as they share their musical talents. Well done to all our students.
Following our Soiree we held a combined Catholic Schools’, (St Thomas More’s, Larmenier and St Finn Barr’s), presentation on “Raising Your Child in a Digital World”, presented by Dr Kristy Goodwin. Dr Kristy is an excellent presenter with a wealth of knowledge in the field of brain development and digital technologies, and although the digital world can be a scary minefield for us to navigate, it is part of our modern world, and our children need to learn to be responsible users of technology. The first thing for us all to remember as parents is that we are the ones responsible to help our children navigate the digital world. As Dr Kristy said last night, we must be the pilot of the plane, otherwise, when our children hit some turbulence, and they will, they are not developmentally capable to navigate this. Over the next few weeks, I will share suggestions and information on navigating the digital world with your child. We would like to thank the Tasmanian Catholic Schools Parents Association for sponsoring the event.
Dr Kristy Goodwin’s website: https://drkristygoodwin.com/
Commonsense Media: https://www.commonsensemedia.org/
eSafety Commissioner: https://www.esafety.gov.au/
Family Zone: https://www.familyzone.com/anz/families
Today, Dr Kristy returned to talk with our G5/6 students about their usage of digital technologies, providing them with suggestions on how they can personally manage their digital technology use.
I have been reviewing our student absences and I am aware a few children have been absent for a significant number of days. I understand and thank you for keeping your children at home if they are sick, this is really important to do, however there are a few children’s absences that I can not approve. As per our attendance requirements, if your child has been away for more than 10 days this term you will receive a letter from me. If we don’t make any further contact with you, you don’t need to worry as we understand that it is due to an explained reason, most likely illness. If you have any questions about absences please contact our office.
4th June 2021
Congratulations to Caleb, Emily, Heidi, Paige, Oliver, Poppy and Chaz, who have received 25 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!
If your child is absent from school, parents/caregives are requried to contact the school by using the Compass App, telephone (6337 7200), or email (email@example.com) prior to 9.30am on the day of absence.
Please note the Absentee option on the SchoolZine (SZapp) is in the process of being phased out, and we ask you to familiarise yourself with the alternate notification options.
Please contact the office if you have any queries.
This week we held an unannounced emergency practice with staff and students, to test our response to a potential scenario that staff identify a threat warranting the school go into lockdown (opposite to evacuation). Students and staff acted efficiently and calmly during this practise and should be commended for the way this was conducted.
We will also be holding an unannounced fire evacuation drill in the coming weeks, we recognised the worth to test this process. We have plans in place to make this practice as least disruptive as able. If you have queries you are welcome to call our Safety Officer Simon Natoli on 0400 105 476.