Dear Parents, Friends, Staff, and Students
May – A Month Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary
The month of May is traditionally considered the month of Mary, a month especially dedicated to devotion to Our Lady, the Mother of God and the Mother of all of us. In May, we celebrate Mother’s Day, and it is only fitting that we spend a whole month celebrating especially the Mother who is a model of all mothers, the Mother God chose for His own Son.
This is a month to grow in devotion to Mary as Our Mother. At the foot of the cross, Jesus said to His mother, who was standing with the beloved disciple, “Woman, behold your son.” And then to the beloved disciple, “Behold your mother.” And then, the Gospel tells us, “From that hour the disciple took her into his home.” (John 19:26-27) In the month of May, Jesus invites us in a special way to take Mary into our homes, to show her a special honour, to receive her as our Mother in the spiritual life, and to let her lead us closer to the heart of Jesus.
“We have a mother in Heaven. And the Mother of God, the Mother of the Son of God, is our Mother. He himself has said so. He made her our Mother when he said to the disciple and to all of us: “Behold, your Mother!”. We have a Mother in Heaven. Heaven is open, Heaven has a heart. ”
Pope Benedict XVI
Opening of the Artist In Residence Mosaic Project – FAITH PLACE JOURNEY
We were delighted to formally launch the Artist In Residence Mosaic Art Project earlier this week. Fr Joseph came along to formally bless the artwork, and Mrs Kaciuba, representing the Parents and Friends Association, who generously sponsored the project, came along to unveil the artwork. The project, Faith Place Journey, represents our story, history, place and faith journey. It is a bold statement that stands proudly at the entrance of our school. The mosaic reminds all who enter that we are a faith community, built on Whadjuk Noongar land, dedicated to ensuring we are a school where all are ”Under God’s Protection.”
Sincerest thanks to our artist, Carolyn White, project coordinator, Karen Keddie, the P&F, Mr Steve Vajas, parent helpers and staff for supporting this project.
Most of all we thank and congratulate our students, who have contributed to the project. We hope that they will look back with pride, over the coming years, at the small part of the mosaic that they have contributed to.
Statue of Mary Procession
On Monday 8th May, students from Pre-Primary to Year 6 will join the parishioners, at school, for the procession of the Statue of Mary to commemorate Mary’s special month. Parents are welcome to join us.
Mother’s Day Shopping and Mother’s Day Liturgy and Morning Tea
The P&F have organised a Mother’s Day shopping stall for the students to purchase Mother’s Day gifts. All items are $5.00 each. Details are:
- Monday 8th May – Kindy to Year 6 shopping day (in Library)
- Tuesday 9th May – Pre-Kindy shopping day (in Library).
We are most grateful to Sheree O’Sullivan for organising the stall and purchase of the gifts once again this year. Sheree has done an amazing job!
Mothers, grandmothers, aunties, special friends and parishioners are invited to join us for the Mother’s Day Liturgy commencing at 9.00 am on Thursday 11th May in the undercover area at school. The Liturgy will be followed by a lovely morning tea organised by the P&F. It promises to be a special time of celebration for Mother’s Day. Please join us if you can.
Week One and Two Events Gallery
Cross Country Inter School Carnival – Change of Date
The date for the interschool cross-country carnival has changed since the Term Two Planner was published. The carnival will now take place on Friday 19th May. Please note that the cross-country inter-school carnival is for students from Years 3-6.
Faction Cross Country Carnival Results
Congratulations to the following students for achieving place awards in last week’s faction carnival:
- Year 1:
Champion: Zahra and Harry
Runner up: Elise and Fionn
3rd place: Lillian and Jayden
4th place: Georgia and Emilio
- Year 2:
Champion: Aria and Darcy
Runner up: Ella and Zachary
3rd place: Harlow and Kenzo
4th place: Thea and Christian
- Year 3:
Champion: Levi M and Arliya
Runner up: Campbell and Octavia
3rd place: Johanna and Levi S
4th place: Gemma and Thomas
- Year 4:
Champion: Samantha and Jake
Runner up: Amelia and Silas
3rd place: Ava and Lachlan
4th place: Aurora and Orlando
- Year 5:
Champion: Lexi and Ben S
Runner up: Sephora and Alex
3rd place: Emmy and Christian
4th place: Halle and Anthony
- Year 6:
Champion: Hunter and Arianna
Runner up: Onyx and Beneth
3rd place: Levi and Abbie
4th place: Jett and Willow D
Winter Uniforms– 15th May
Parents are reminded that Winter Uniforms must be worn commencing on Monday 15th May.
After-School Sports Term Two
MBA Sports is offering an after-school sports club, commencing on Monday in Term Two. The club will be for students from Year 1-6 and will be on Monday afternoons, 3.10-4.10 pm. MBA will allocate coaches to the school to run the sports sessions. Registration is required and numbers are limited. Places are still available for parents to register using the following email link: firstname.lastname@example.org
Parish Mega Plant Stall – From Parish Representative Clare Arnold
To the families and staff of Matthew Gibney.
I invite you to support the Mega Plant stall at St Frances of Assisi Church this Saturday in the car park from 8am to 2pm, with all funds for the new Parish Centre Development.
Come buy a plant of two the prices start at just $2.00 for some lovely succulents. Prices vary with the size and variety and some are as big as Frangipani shrubs.
If plants are not your thing, come anyway to show your support by enjoying a cuppa, which costs only $2.00.
Clare Arnold your Matthew Gibney representative from the Parish Council. Thank you.
There is a lot going on this weekend. Not only are we nervously hoping for a much-longed-for win for the Dockers and Eagles, but we are also gifted with the spectacle of the Coronation of King Charles. I wish you happy viewing whichever you choose over the weekend.
I look forward to welcoming parents and friends to the Mother’s Day Event on Thursday 11th May.