Thank you so much for supporting the appeal for our neighbours in Northampton and Kalbarri. It was an outstanding demonstration of your generosity to raise over $2 000 for the people up there. I spoke to a former colleague at St Mary’s and she told me they were extremely grateful that we cared enough to support them in this way.
On Friday, 14th May everyone is encouraged to wear BLUE to raise awareness for Autism and to celebrate embracing difference in our community. We look forward to seeing you all in your best BLUE free dress clothes such as shorts, skirts, t-shirts, jumpers, hats, wigs etc…
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.
This is the final newsletter for what has been a short and intense term. However, despite the early disruption, I believe that we have achieved a lot and it is a great joy to be a part of such a supportive community. This Sunday is Palm Sunday and next week we finish the term on Holy Thursday with a beautiful Stations of the Cross reflection in the Church. All parents and grandparents are most welcome to attend. It will start at 8.45am. As we reflect about the importance of Easter, we often hear the word ‘repent’ used during Lent. Most people think this means to stop sinning. However, the word ‘repent’ comes from the Greek word ‘metanoia’, which actually means ‘change your mind’. When Jesus tells us to repent in the Bible, he is telling us to open our minds and hearts to a loving and forgiving God. We live in a world of retribution and division where ‘tit for tat’ seems to be the order of the day. We often see this in the playground where someone gets pushed over. The natural reaction is to push them back harder and so on. Please remember, as Jesus was dying on the cross, there was no retribution. Some of his last words were, “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” God did not punish the people who killed Jesus. Instead, he offered forgiveness, mercy and the promise of eternal life. This certainly shows a change of mind to what was expected.
I think it is fair to say that we didn’t get the start to the year we all expected! However, the main thing is that we are all safe and well and the disruption was relatively minor and I am very grateful for that. I can’t recall a start to the year where we had a lockdown, serious bushfires close to home and rain on the first day of school. I would like to welcome everyone back, especially our new families. Needless to say, we have had to make a number of adjustments to our original plans and there have been a few date changes. The term planner which was sent out this week, is accurate as of today. Once again, I am very appreciative of the patience and support you have shown during this challenging time.