Welcome back to what will be another great term in our beautiful community. You may have noticed that plenty has happened here during the holidays. The Pre Primary and Science classrooms have a brand new roof that won’t leak. As well as that, most of the administration block has received a welcome facelift. We are still in the process of getting the staffroom refurbished, but hopefully, this should be completed by the end of next week. The playground at the front of the school has continued to undergo a transformation which hopefully, will also be completed very soon. I would like to thank the staff, students and families for their patience and understanding during this process, however, it will be well worth it once it has finished.
Staff PD During the early part of this week, the staff participated in some community service work which they found enormously rewarding. Some of us volunteered our time at St Vincent de Paul whilst others worked at Wheelchairs for Kids and some prepared over 200 meals to feed homeless people in the city. This was followed up with reflection time as well as looking at the Making Jesus Real support materials. We focused on the Spirit of Jesus and the difference it can make in everyone’s lives by practising those small things we call Gospel values. A number of staff have committed to continue with this type of work by supporting Fr Mark who goes into the city every Friday night to help homeless people. This attitude of gratitude will be shared with the students as the teachers will introduce many aspects of Making Jesus Real (MJR) into the classrooms.
Gratitude Reflection An old Cherokee chief teaching his grandson about life……. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight between two wolves. One is evil, he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, self-doubt and ego.
The other is good, he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith. The same fight is going on inside you and inside every other person too.” The grandson then asked his grandfather, “Which wolf will win?” The old chief simply replied, “The one you feed.”
ANZAC Day Please keep the people around the world who are suffering from some type of conflict in your prayers this weekend. We also remember all the Australians who have served their country in different parts of the world over the years. At 11am on Tuesday morning, we will hold our own ANZAC Day ceremony in the hall to remember all people who have been affected by war and conflict.
Eucharist Parent Information Night Next Wednesday 27 April, we will be holding a session in our Church from 7.00pm for all parents of the students in the First Holy Communion programme. The evening will commence with Mass and then Fr John will speak about the Sacrament and answer questions you may have.
Interschool Swimming Carnival Mr Power has put together a squad of our swimmers who will represent our school at the interschool carnival on Thursday 29 April. I’m sure they will do their best and represent us with pride. As usual, Mr Power will send all the necessary details out to the parents of the students selected.
As you can see, it will be a busy start to the term so let’s hope we don’t get any more disruptions like we had at the start of the year. Please remember to support our neighbours in Northampton, Kalbarri and the other towns in the Mid-West who have been affected by the cyclone by sending your children to school this Friday in free dress. Like the bushfire appeal, it won’t be a gold coin donation. We are asking you to give as generously as possible please. Thank you once again for your ongoing support.