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]
From September 1 to October 4, people around the world are celebrating ‘the Season of Creation,’ During this time we are called to reflection, prayer and action for our common home.
As people of dialogue, prayer and action, we commit to right relationships with each other, mother earth and God. It is clear that the signs of our times call for urgent action to defend, protect, and restore the earth and the dignity of the human person, especially those places, creatures, and people who are most vulnerable. People are more important than profits, and the beauty of our natural world is a precious gift to us and to the generations who will follow. In transitioning to sustainable and just economic systems and practices, we commit to partnering with the work of the Spirit of God in renewing the face of the earth.
"Ask the animals, and they will teach you; the birds of the air, and they will tell you; speak to the earth, and it will teach you; let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of these does not know that the hand of the Creator has done this? In God’s hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all people." (Job 12:7-10)
‘First nations people offer their gifts of stillness, deep listening and loving care for their country. They teach us that caring for country is caring for ourselves. Aunty Shelley Balcombe from the Aboriginal Catholic Ministry reminds us that First Nations people hold and share wisdom that opens peoples’ eyes, ears and hearts to the sacredness and interconnectedness of all things. She says:
We are born of the Spirit of this country… we have a connection to both the physical world and the spiritual world that is underpinned by a reciprocal obligation to care for each other, and the natural environment. Our relationship with the land is at the centre of our lives. Our country is our mother: in a sense our country is us.
Creator God of the earth and the heavens, you bless us and entrust us with a beautiful world. Help us to be faithful co-creators with you as we seek to love and protect creation and build a more just world. We ask this prayer through Christ our Lord, Amen
Sacraments A letter has been sent home to families in Year 2 whose children have been baptised in the Catholic Church, inviting them to participate in the Parish Program and have their children celebrate their First Reconciliation, Confirmation and First Communion in 2022. If you would like your child to participate in the Parish Program and celebrate their Sacraments, please contact me. You might like to send me an email with a contact number to ring and discuss this with you. My email address: email@example.com
Staff Reflection Day.
We were blessed to have Fr Philip Marshall lead us in our retreat last Friday. He focused on the infinite worth of every child, every member of their family, every staff member and indeed all of humanity:
“God bends tenderly over a creation in which every one of us matters, infinitely and absolutely.”
“The point of our life and faith is to welcome and accept the deep communion (offered now) with the One to whom we matter absolutely.”
“Can we, in each moment, dismantle our walls and reach to each other – to discover in the divine and human embrace that we matter, that we are held, and can hold each other?”
Creative, Collaborative, Connected Learners - Inspired by Love
This week, Teaching Teams attended an onsitevirtualMathsPD with Rob Vingerhoetsfrom Melbourne.Rob has been working with our staffforseveral years, supporting teachers incontemporary methodsbut since Covid-19, has been unable to come to Adelaide.Staff haveenjoyed and valued theopportunity toexpand therepertoireof mathematical activities which engage children and reinforce coreMathsconcepts.
Student Quality Performance Team (SQPT)
This team is made up of the Leadership Team, Inclusive Education Coordinator and Learning / E-Learning Coach. The role of this team is to ensure that staff are supported in their teaching and learning practice through the application of new pedagogies such as the Initalit program, collection of data through relevant assessment tools and ensuring that as a school, each person has a set of shared beliefs and understandings about learning. The SQPT is working through a CESA driven program called “Clarity – what matters most in teaching, learning and leading” that will provide the tools to assist us in this important work.
We are expecting NAPLAN results to come through in the coming days and will be available to families before the end of term. This data will be viewed with other assessment tasks and guide our ongoing monitoring of our children's learning, teaching programs and staff professional development.
The Resilience Project
As a flow on from the Coles Environmental Award received recently, we are excited to announce that St Brigid's Catholic School is a recipient of a grant in excess of $6,000 from Coles to allow our school to run this project with all of our students in 2022. The Resilience Project has three core pillars: Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness. We have been integrating these concepts into our weekly prayer sessions since last July and it has been amazing to witness our children and staff embracing these across our school. The grant from Coles will enable every child to receive a Resilience Project Journal and allow our staff to access high quality resources which will reinforce how we can support our children to deeply integrate these qualities in their lives.
Last week, 1370sqm of lawn was laid around the nature play works. We were most grateful for the rain over the weekend to maintain the moisture as we move into the warmer spring weather. The area is looking fantastic and we look forward to making the space available to the children hopefully by the start of Term 4.
Creative Play Space
This area has also had significant earthworks undertaken and you may have seen the moss rocks placed around the tunnel. New play equipment has been ordered and we know the Reception Teachers are more than excited about getting their play space back! We thank all children and staff for their patience as we have had to contend with C-19 delays and a very wet winter which has impacted on the ability for heavy equipment to undertake the required works.
We ask families to be conscious of the potential for conflict, frustration and disappointment when these cards are brought to school. It is beyond teachers’ capacity and time to chase up issues around swaps and lost cards. We appreciate that some of these cards are valuable and can get lost or given to others unintentionally. It can be extremely difficult to chase up these matters and resolve them to a satisfactory end. Please speak to your child to ensure they do not swap cards, and more importantly, do not bring valuable cards to school.
It was great to see our two basketball teamscontest their semifinal matches on Monday night of this weekat Starplex. While they missed out in moving through to thefinal, it was great to see the commitment to the game until the final whistle. We wish to thankour coaches, Amy Hutchinson and AdamSouthfor working with the teams over their season.