Gospel Reading Mark 13:33-37 Jesus warns his disciples to be watchful so that they will be ready when the Son of Man comes.
As we begin this season of Advent:
In family life, we try to prepare ourselves for many future things: our next vacation, our children’s education, our retirement. We are careful not to allow ourselves to be caught by surprise so that we can handle any challenges our family may face. Today’s Gospel reminds us that we are called to be just as attentive and alert to the coming of the Son of Man so that it will not catch us unprepared. This means attending to our family’s spiritual life as carefully as we attend to other important family matters. As you gather as a family, talk about a time when you received surprise visitors at your house, perhaps a neighbor who stopped by or a relative who arrived unannounced. Was your household prepared to receive this unannounced guest? What might your family have done differently if you knew ahead of time that this visitor was going to arrive? Jesus told his disciples that no one knows when the Son of Man will return, except the Father. Read with your family what Jesus told his disciples in today’s Gospel, Mark 13:33-37.
During Advent, we not only prepare ourselves to celebrate the birth of Jesus, we also check to see if we are doing all the things that will keep us ready to receive Jesus when he comes again. Talk about how your family can recommit to daily prayer, reading Scripture, and staying faithful to God’s commandments. Pray together that through this Advent season your family will be more prepared to receive Jesus when he comes again. Read as a concluding prayer Paul’s words to the Corinthians found in today’s second reading, 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, or pray the Lord’s Prayer. (Layola Press)
End of Year Mass
On Tuesday December 1st at 11.40am, we will gather as a school community to give thanks for the 2020 school year and celebrate the Eucharist together. You are all welcome to attend but please remember allfamilies wishing to attend will need to complete an online booking form via Szapp as per our Covid Tracing responsibilities - Seating will be arranged with a 4m gap between each seat (Please do not move the seats)
Vinnies Giving Tree
Thankyou to those families who have placed gifts under the Giving Tree in the front office. Your generosity is greatly appreciated. There is still time to add to the tree if you haven’t already. Gifts for children, teenagers and adults or non-perishable foods or even gift vouchers would be awesome. Gifts do not need to be wrapped. In anticipation of your generosity, thank you.
Creative, Collaborative, Connected Learners - Inspired by Love
Reports: Teachers are in the process of finalizing student reports for the second semester. As a Leadership Team we have the privilege of seeing the learning journey that children have undertaken and improvements they have made from last Semester’s reports. We wish to acknowledge the enormous effort that goes into preparing and writing this important record of a child’s achievements and progress.
We are excited to have our new building handed over to us by the end of this week. The finishing touches are being completed this week. The redevelopment of the OSHC Centre is progressing well with decking and new kitchen and cabinetry installed this week. Work on the Village Green in preparation for irrigation and instant grass is also progressing. See pictures attached.
We will be seeking the support of at least 15 strong bodies to lay around 1600m2 of roll out turf on our new Village Green around mid-January.If you are available at the time, we would love to have your support.We will confirm the date and details over the coming weeks through our SZapp communication tool.
Student stationery 2021:
You would be aware from previous correspondence that our 2021 school fees are reducing and that there will be one inclusive fee. (Camps & Sports Carnivals will continue to be user pays)
Therefore, staff have undertaken the stationery order and children will receive their books and equipment when they arrive back at school on Wednesday 27th January 2021. Each class teacher will provide you with instructions regarding the labelling of your child's items. The ability to bulk order and deliver to school has enabled us to reduce the cost of the stationery items, will allow staff to store the resources in their learning spaces and ensure that every child has the necessary equipment from day one! The majority of the exercise books come with plastic sleeves and therefore there should be minimal covering of books required.
We acknowledge that this is a change from previous structures and seek your patience and understanding as we trial this new arrangement in 2021.
Sts Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Gawler
Catholic Parents whose children are 7 years and above and have not received the Sacraments of
The South Australian Commission for Catholic Schools (SACCS) is pleased to announce the formation of Catholic School Parents SA as the new representative body of Catholic school parents.
Catholic School Parents SA will connect with parent groups across the 101 Catholic Schools in the State.
Chair of SACCS, Professor Denis Ralph, said “Parents and carers have always played a pivotal role in the success of Catholic schools in South Australia. This new parent representative and advocacy body will further enhance parent engagement and participation in the education and care of children and young people in Catholic schools in South Australia.”
In 2020, the Commission engaged an independent reviewer to consult with parents in all Catholic schools to seek their feedback as to whether they felt they had an adequate voice in the education of their children and what kind of support they would like to see in the future.
“While acknowledging that the current structures have served parents and our school communities well in the past, the review recognised that parents and carers have busy lives and are looking for new ways to engage in and support the education of their children,” Professor Ralph said.
Catholic School Parents SA will be closely aligned with Catholic School Parents Australia, the national body that represents and advocates for parents and carers of children and young people in Catholic schools across Australia, and will seek to have broad representation of parents of students in our schools.
The new group will:
Engage in a program of listening to the needs of parents across Catholic schools
Advocate for improved funding and support for children and young people in Catholic schools and preschools
Ensure parent voice in policy development
Represent parents on a range of committees and working parties
Participate in the work of Catholic School Parents Australia.
“We are excited by the opportunity to engage with parents in our schools in new ways in 2021 and beyond,” Professor Ralph said.
Schools will receive further information early in 2021.
Preloved Uniform Sale
Thank you to the students from the Culture and Faith Team, and the parents who assisted in the sale of second hand uniforms on Wednesday.The money raised will be spent on gifts to be placed under the Vinnies Giving Tree. The Culture and Faith Team will spend the money wisely at Big W on Wednesday.