The Reception Children from Victoria Szilassy and Elisa Simone’s class prepared a wonderful Liturgy to celebrate Father’s Day and St Brigid’s Aussie Feast Day. Hopefully you have had a chance to watch the Liturgy via the link which was placed on school stream. As we were unable to gather as a whole school with families due to COVID-19 restrictions the Reception children were able to bring the celebration to everyone. A big thank you to Reception C, Brett Wood for filming and Gennaro Mannella for publishing on social media.
In the first reading God reminds us that his ways are different from ours. In the gospel, Jesus gives us an example of this when the workers hired last are paid the same as those who had worked many hours more. Sometimes we think we know what others deserve, but God reads hearts and gives his mercy and love without reserve. Jesus asks us to imitate God's ways, as he did.
A beginning point for discussion of this week's Gospel with children:
What type of farm is mentioned in today’s Gospel?
How did the farmer find workers for his vineyard?
When did the farmer pay the workers?
Why were some of the workers jealous?
Can you think of a time when you were cross because someone got more than you?
Can you think of a time when you received more than others?
How does it make you feel when someone is generous?
God is generous to us, we also need to be generous.
Let’s all get together to raise funds for Catholic Charities and wear our PJ’s to raise much needed funds!
Don’t forget next Wednesday, 23rd September is PJ day!
Everyone is invited to wear their PJ’s in exchange for a gold coin which will be donated to Catholic Charities.
Please ensure the PJ’s worn are appropriate for the school day. Children can wear their runners with their PJ’s. Those children who choose not to participate in PJ Day are to wear their correct school uniform.
We regret to advise that as of Term 4, we will no longer have access to the Grow Wellbeing counselling service. This is due to their inability to maintain continuity with staff. Because of this, we have decided to discontinue our association with the organisation. We appreciate the frustration this will cause some families who have used the service. Our intention is to continue to support our families with our existing pastoral care team in our counsellor Sandy Ahearn, Chaplain Philip Matthews, Defence Mentor Christine Letcher and Andrea White our APRIM. We hope to review other possibilities as we move into 2021.
Unexpired mental health plans can still be utilised through other registered service providers.
Our new Learning Pods continue to move on schedule. This week we were able to finalise the new furniture that will support the learning pedagogy of the new facilities.
Unfortunately, we are still experiencing some logistical delays in the commencement of this part of our project and continue to be hopeful in the project starting very soon.
Last Saturday, we appreciated the support of a number of parents, who helped move 1500 pavers. Due to this help, we are able to reuse and recycle these pavers in the memorial garden, which will run parallel to Para Road. We look forward to having more families involved in future working bees that will improve the landscaping around our building project.
We congratulate our sporting teams that have been involved in the SAPSASA this term. The most recent Netball and T-Ball were blessed with great weather and success was had by most teams competing. As we know, participating in team activities such as sport builds collegiality among peers as well as the many other physical skills that are important for a healthy body.
Next Tuesday our Festival Choir will travel to Sacred Heart College at Somerton Park to join 300 other students that will form part of the massed choir performance for our designated show. This year, like many disruptions caused by Covid –19, the Catholic schools Music Festival performance that was due to be presented at the Festival Theatre was put on hold. Instead students across 65 catholic schools will experience the exciting world of the recording studio to record their performance which will be streamed later in the year. We wish them well in what will be a unique opportunity for all children involved. Details of the streaming will be provided later next term.
Pupil Free Day:
In OSHC, the last pupil free day was an blast of colour! To help raise funds for the OSHC students participated in the first 'Colour Explosion Fun Run' for St Brigid's. The photos show a great (and messy) time was had by all!