Dear Parents, Friends, Staff and Students
As we head towards the two weeks holiday break, I take this opportunity to thank our students, staff, parents and volunteers for a successful Term One at Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School. Our delayed start back in early February feels like a distant memory. The delay has meant a short term that has been packed with activity. I thank our students and staff for their dedication to the learning. It has been most pleasing to see the progress that our students have made during the term.
Thank you to our teachers and parents for making the time for parent and teacher interviews this week. Most parents have come along to discuss progress during Term One and set some goals for Term Two. Please contact your class teacher to organise a meeting time, early in Term Two, if you were unable to make a meeting time this week.
The students, staff and visitors prayed the Stations of the Cross on Wednesday morning with reverence and meaning. Our Catholic faith is filled with rich traditions and practices. The spirituality of the Stations of the Cross provided us all with the opportunity to reflect on Jesus’ journey and to meditate on the particular ways in which Christ offered up His life for us. Praying the Stations of the Cross prompt us to think a bit further about how we can model our own lives after Christ’s.
Holy Week services are held throughout this week at St Francis of Assisi Parish as we lead up to Easter Sunday.
- Thursday evening is the Mass of the Last Supper at 7.00pm
- Friday is the Passion of our Lord commencing at 3.00pm.
Holy Week services and Easter Sunday Mass times can be viewed be clicking in the link: https://www.stfrancisofassisi.org.au/images/pdf/Holy_Week_2021_April.pdf
I wish you all blessings for Easter and joy and peace in the Risen Lord.
“He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” Matthew 28:6
It was wonderful to have parents, parishioners and other visitors join us for morning tea, following the Stations of the Cross. Thank you to the parents who generously organised the morning tea and worked with the Year Five students to set up and serve the morning tea to our visitors. One of the greatest blessing for our school is the involvement and generosity of our community members. Thank you for always ‘stepping up” to assist in so many ways. This term we have had many parents and grandparents support the school community in volunteer roles including; coordinating and working at the Welcome Picnic, assisting at the Cool Pool and Inter School Swimming Day, changing reading books, helping out in classrooms, canteen volunteering, coordinating the Easter Egg Raffle and organising the upcoming Quiz Night. I know I have not covered everything this term, but to all our volunteers and supporters, please know that your contributions are always greatly appreciated.
Today, Holy Thursday, the staff have been participating in a regional faith day, hosted by Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School, to meditate upon and pray the Stations of the Cross. The staff joined in with two other Catholic schools in our region to reflect on our journey with Christ towards the Resurrection. It has been a prayerful way for our staff to conclude the term and prepare for the Easter holiday.
Best wishes to all families for a restful and relaxing holiday break. The Easter break offers a time for families to spend quality time together, reconnecting with each other and with family and friends. Please travel safely on the roads if you are travelling away during the holidays. We look forward to welcoming everyone back for the commencement of Term Two on Monday 19th April.
Blessings for the Easter Season.
Last week on Wednesday, Diane Scriven and Christina Zurzolo attended a Numeracy Leadership program presented by CEWA. The program is established to support Catholic leaders in implementing sustainable and effective strategies to improve numeracy results across all year levels at school. The program requires professional development each term with attending teachers presenting to school staff about current and new methods of teaching Mathematics in the classroom. The first day was about establishing personal school goals and growth mindset for students in the learning area of Mathematics.
Diane Scriven & Christina Zurzulo
Term Two Planner
A Term Two Planner accompanies this newsletter. Please check the calendar for dates that are important for your children during the term. Please note that Week Two of Term Two is a short week for our students. Monday 26th April is the ANZAC Day Public Holiday and Tuesday 27th April is Pupil Free for staff to participate in professional learning.
P&F Meeting Dates Term Two
Meeting dates for the P&F during Term Two are:
- Wednesday 21st April at 7.30pm
- Monday 24th May 2.00pm
- Wednesday 23rd June 7.30pm
During Term Two the P&F will be preparing for the 30th Anniversary Quiz Night. Your support at the meetings would be greatly appreciated.
30th Anniversary History Snippets
This week’s history snippet focuses on the oval development. As you can see from the photographs, back in 1992, the oval was a giant sandpit with some trees beginning to grow around the edges. Ollie Worrell Swamp area was just that, a big swamp with no development or beautification. The blue bin in the car park is still where it was originally placed. The oval development was in its infancy and a far cry from the beautiful green space we enjoy today.
Reading Workshop Change of Date
The Kindy to Year Two Reading Workshop scheduled for this week has been postponed to Term Two. The workshop for parents will be held on Thursday 22nd April commencing at 2.30pm. Toddlers are welcome.
Open Day and School Tours
An open day and school tours will be held on Thursday 29th April. The school will be open for tours in the morning between 9.00-11.00am and in the afternoon between 4.00-6.00pm. Please encourage family, friends and neighbours, who may be interested in sending their children to Matthew Gibney Catholic Primary School, to come along. Please encourage visitors to rsvp to the administration office.
Road Safety Around the School
Parents are reminded to drive with safety and courtesy in mind when dropping off and collecting children from school. Our neighbours have expressed concern about some parents not driving within the 40km limit around the school during the 40km hours. As a courtesy to other drivers please carefully check to the right when exiting the school car park onto Munday Road. Please be patient when waiting to line up to collect your children from the drive through. It is not safe to overtake cars who may be pulling out from the drive through.
Religious Education News
As we enter Holy Week, we continue to reflect on the lives of people vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice and how we can respond through supporting Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion appeal.
Let us take time to remember the life and teachings of Saint Oscar Romero. His many lessons include: live a simple life, commit to bringing peace to the world, speak the truth and of course aspire not to have more, but to be more. Some words from what has become known as the Oscar Romero prayer; “We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.”
Thank you for supporting Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion Campaign. Your generosity will work for the freedom of those living in poverty, challenge unjust structures, and empower people to work for a sustainable way of life.
Please return all Project Compassion boxes and envelopes to the school office by Friday 28th May or donate online via the Caritas website at lent.caritas.org.au
MAKING JESUS REAL – Week 9 FORGIVENESS
Our focus for this week is FORGIVENESS.
“Sorry” is a small word, but it is so important. It is a great quality to recognise that you have done something wrong, admit it and say sorry. Big-hearted people can say “sorry” or apologise. However, it is equally important to be able to forgive others, and Jesus asked us to not hold grudges or hang onto hurt and resentment.
Through the events of Holy Week, we see how Jesus forgave those who rejected him, abandoned him and finally killed him.
We need to have mercy and forgive each other, as God is merciful in forgiving us. God has forgiven all of our sins and He asks that we do the same for others.
Year Six Good News
Year Six have created Name Towers!
Dates for Term Two
Monday 19th April
- Students and staff commence Term Two.
Thursday 22nd April
- 2.30pm K-Yr 2 Reading Workshop
Friday 23rd April
- 9.00am ANZAC Day Service
Monday 26th April
- ANZAC Day Public Holiday
Tuesday 27th April
- Pupil Free Day
Thursday 29th April
- 9.00-11.00am and 4.00-6.00pm School Tours
Friday 30th April
- 9.00am Yr 1-6 Cross Country Carnival
Friday 7th May
- Mother’s Day Mass and Morning Tea
Wednesday 12th May
- 4.30pm First Eucharist parent and child workshop
Friday 14th May
- 9.00am Merit Award Assembly
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