Compare yourself not to others, but only to the vision you hold within your heart. Dedicate your life to a cause greater than yourself and watch you get beyond yourself. The very thing that someone told you that you would never be able to do may just be the very thing you are destined to do. [Dr John DeMartini]
A National Mass was celebrated across all states, territories, and dioceses on May 24th, the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians to commemorate 200 years of Catholic education in Australia. In South Australia the celebration was held at St Francis Xavier Cathedral with Archbishop Patrick O’Regan presiding.
Our School Captains, Gabrielle Yoo & Jayde Williams attended the Mass with David Birbeck (Chair of our School Board) Paul Bennett and Michael Proctor
Almighty and all-loving God,
with gratitude for the endeavours of Catholic education in the past,
with confidence in our Catholic pre-schools, schools and universities today, and with faith in their continuing contribution in the future,
we celebrate 200 years of Catholic education in this Great South Land.
Pour out your abundant blessings upon all involved in the ministry of Catholic education. Amen.
Our Lady of the Southern Cross – pray for us.
St Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Patron of Catholic Education in Australia – pray for us.
Mike has meet with each team, in the early part of this term, to support teachers with their planning and teaching of Religious Education units they have developed, using the new Crossways material. An important element in the new material is the Wisdom Strand that builds student skills and dispositions that seeks to,
educate, inspire and support students in their religious self-understanding and spiritual awareness;
deepen their knowledge and understanding of, and ability to dialogue with, the Catholic Tradition, the broader Christian tradition and its relationship with other religious and philosophical worldviews;
enable students to seek truth and meaning through their learning and develop their ability to interpret experience and perspectives;
inspire and challenge students to engage more fully in life, the Church and society with growing wisdom, religious identity and moral purpose to promote a just and nonviolent world.
Our school is supporting the Vinnies Winter Appeal this term. Our Faith and Culture Leaders have meet to plan the learning about the support Vinnies provides to families in the community who are experiencing significant hardship eg financial. They are planning a sausage sizzle that will occur later in the term to raise funds to support Vinnies’ projects.
Creative, Collaborative, Connected Learners - Inspired by Love
Our Year Three and Year Four classes andour Aboriginal students across the school would like to thank the Gawler Council for inviting them to the Kadlitiya Kids Day, on the 3rd June.
After being welcomed through dance by the traditional custodians, students had the opportunity to sample some damper, while the Lions group offered sausages.
Inside the Recreation Centre there was an abundant opportunity to mix with local elders and younger First Nations Peoples. Here the students enjoyed a variety of Art, Craft and interactive activities.
This session was followed by an opportunity to learn some Kaurna language. During the “Q and A” session, our students demonstrated their desire for reconciliation and to know more about our nation's First People.
Catholic Education South Australia endorses the teaching and inclusion of First Nations Peoples’ perspectives which forms part of the Australian curriculum. Further to this, from a social justice position and healing process in the role it has played in administering historical laws and regulations pertaining to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, the Catholic Church also welcomes the importance of ‘truth telling’ about our historical and existing relationship with Aboriginal Australians. Outside of designated national focus days/weeks that shine a light on this history, our students will continue to be immersed in this important learning throughout the year along with therichness and depth of First Nation’s culture that will continue to foster the spirit of Reconciliation in action.
Reconciliation Action Plan
Thank you to the parents who have agreed to be involved in developing our updated Reconciliation Action Plan for St. Brigid’s Catholic School. We look forward to seeing the final work of this committeebringing the new plan to fruition.
Nature Play Planting Project
Our Environmental Team had a 'Tremendous' day planting trees and shrubs that will be surrounding our new Nature Play gardens. The children found it gratifying to get down in the dirt and connect with the land whilst planting a lasting legacy that will benefit our community for years to come.
It seems that we are experiencing inconsistent use of the online communication tool SZapp. In particular there appears to have been a relaxation in people’s response to deadlines with consent forms. Excursion and permission forms and other vital information are sent through the SchoolZineapp as well as through your child’s class SeeSaw page. If you require support in accessing this information via the SZapp pages, please see Claire May or Paul Bennett.
We wish to thank the 76 people who responded to Car Parking survey. We will be contacting members ofour school community to come together with Gawler Council representatives and Mr Tony PiccoloMP to come up with a solution to car parking and traffic concerns.
School Crossing Monitors
Afternoon school crossing monitors have been in place now for the third week. Please be aware of their activity as you make your way to collect children, both as a pedestrian and a driver. Please make sure that you do not cross until all traffic has stopped. We had several cases in the last weeks where general public drivers have moved through the crossing despite signs being up. We also plead to drivers collecting children to ensure that you follow the guidelines for collecting children safely. It is imperative that the flow of traffic continues smoothly to the red pickup zone.
The children had a wonderful time at the Northern Network Soccer and Netball carnival the other week. It was great to see their enthusiasm and friendly participation.
The Parent Team met last week to discuss activities for the comingTerms. We are hoping to run a ‘BoganBingo’ next term and run another Car showevent in Term 4. Once dates are confirmed we will be seeking volunteers who would be happy toassistwith the running of these events. Stay tuned!
Biggest Morning Tea
I would like to thank everyone who came and donated towards the Biggest Morning Tea. It was a lovely morning tea with families sharing stories and remembering loved ones.
The Playgroup children were busy doing tabletop activities and selling or making ice cream in their Ice-cream shop.
Together we made a difference. Together we raised $622.75.