On Tuesday, September 8th our church celebrates the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is the day the Church remembers the Birth of Mary, our dear Mother. The Nativity of Mary is celebrated nine months after the Solemnity of her Immaculate Conception (Dec 8th). Let us celebrate with joy the birth of the Virgin Mary of whom was born our Lord Jesus Christ. What joy it must have been to Saints Joachim and Anne on the birth of their beloved daughter Mary. Yes this is the day the Mother of Our Lord was born, this is the day the Mother of the Whole Universe was born. Let us offer all our joys and sorrows to her on her birthday.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
St Brigid’s Aussie Feast Day:
While the official Church calendar celebrates St Brigid’s Feast Day on 1st February (Start of spring in the northern hemisphere), we have an established tradition of providing St Brigid with an Aussie celebration for the commencement of our spring season! During this week the students have had the opportunity to learn about St Brigid and her 5 Deep Teachings:
Brigid Woman of Hospitality
Brigid Woman of Peace
Brigid Woman of the Poor
Brigid Woman of the Land
Brigid Woman of Contemplation
You will have the opportunity to watch and be a part of the Father’s Day/St Brigid’s Day Liturgy which the students from Reception C prepared and celebrated. The link for you to download the Liturgy and watch will be made available to you. It is unfortunate that we were not able to celebrate Father’s Day and St Brigid’s Day like we have in the past but I am sure you will enjoy what the Reception Children have prepared.
Happy St Brigid’s Aussie Feast Day and a very Happy Father’s Day for Sunday!
Vinnies Winter Appeal:
A big thank you to our school community for your generosity during the past two weeks and your donations to the Vinnies Winter Appeal. The Gawler St Vincent De Paul Society are very grateful for your kindness and thoughtfulness. The cans will be distributed to those less fortunate in the Gawler area.
Creative, Collaborative, Connected Learners - Inspired by Love
In Catholic Churches, schools and families September is World Month of Prayer for Creation. Pope Francis invites us to make some time every day in September to pray for our world and to ask for God’s help so that we can make decisions and take actions to care for the environment – our common home. At St Brigid’s, Care for the Environment is a fundamental belief and part of the daily practice we undertake with our children. Pope Francis’s message resonates with millions of young people around the world in whom the future stewardship of our world will be left. For us now, we have the responsibility to leave that environment in a healthy state that can sustain life for our children and generations into the future.
Following on with this theme, we thank Mrs. Stella Harms for coordinating a range of events and activities for staff and students to celebrate Science Week last week. The school theme of National Science Week 2020 was Deep Blue: innovations for the future of our oceans. The children had lots of fun and it was great to see so much science inspired learning taking place.
Quick Quiz Time
Scientists who wear pink shirts, know what they are doing?
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This week we welcome Josiah Strikwerda who will be volunteering in our school as part of his university studies. Josiah (or Mr Joe as the children like to call him) is a final year psychology student who needs to complete 150 hours of placement as part of his studies. Josiah brings many skills in his work with children, supporting students in classrooms or in small groups.
We thank families for heeding the request to NOT park in the turnaround slip way adjacent the Gawler Park stores. Keeping this clear allows for the smooth movement of vehicles at pick up time.
The Learning Hubs are progressing well with glass being installed in windows and doors. By the end of next week all gyprocking will be completed. Once we get to the lock up stage, the second fix program will begin in earnest. It is exciting to see our innovative design ideas taking shape. This week the furniture scheme will be finalised.