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    Whole School ANZAC Day Service -

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    Public Holiday ANZAC Day 2024

  • 26 April

    Assembly Yrs 3-6)

  • 27 April

    35th anniversary of parish

  • 30 April

    Hymn Singing

  • 02 May

    Yr 1 Mass

  • 03 May

    CPSSA Interschool Swimming B Division HBF Stadium (Yr 4-6)

  • 03 May

    Assembly Yrs PP-2)

From the Principal – Term 1, Week 3

Feb 14, 2024

Dear Parents and Caregivers

Last year, I was very fortunate to travel to Greece and Turkey on a pilgrimage following the footsteps of St Paul. It was an incredible experience. One thing that struck me over and over again, was just how much meaning we have lost through translations over the years. The very first Bibles were written in Greek before they moved into Latin, English and then all other languages. One of the first things Jesus says in the Bible is to repent. Unfortunately, the word ‘repent’ has been misinterpreted into telling our children they are naughty if the don’t clean their rooms or help Mum around the house. The word ‘repent’ actually comes from the Greek work ‘metanoia’ which means to change one’s mind or to change the way you think. Today is Ash Wednesday which is the start of Lent which is the 40 days leading up to Easter where we are asked to ‘repent’ and reflect upon our relationship with God. This Lent, how can we change the way we think about God? I once read that God doesn’t love us because we are good. God loves us because he is good!

Empathy Reflection Learning to stand in somebody else’s shoes, to see through their eyes, that’s how peace begins. It’s up to you to make that happen. Empathy is a quality of character that can change the world.

Code of Conduct Reminder All parents are reminded that everyone in our community is required to follow the CEWA Code of Conduct which is in place to protect us and make our school a safe and welcoming place for all. Unfortunately, when this code is not adhered to, conflicts can arise, leading to people feeling uncomfortable and unsafe. Please remember to always treat everyone with courtesy and respect at all times. The Code of Conduct is on the school’s website for you to read in full at any time. I will place segments of it in the newsletter each fortnight as a reminder. It is in everyone’s best interests that the Code is always adhered to.

Conduct Statement 3:  You act in accordance with the values of the Gospel as defined within the Code of Ethical Conduct.

Swimming Trials The Year 4 to 6 students will be trying out for our annual swimming carnival this Friday morning at the Ballajura pool from 8.45am to 1.05pm. The purpose of this event is to work out who can swim 25 metres or 50 metres. If a child can’t swim, they won’t be forced to try. However, they will be included in the novelty events at the carnival which will be held at Bayswater Waves on Friday 8 March. Mr Boyce has already sent a note home with all the details.

School Advisory Council Our first meeting for the year will be held on Monday 26 February at 6pm in the staffroom.

Yours sincerely

Laurie Bechelli

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