Dear Members of our Community of Faith,

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I hope this newsletter finds you well. I was fortunate enough to attend a retreat last weekend in Castlemaine, Victoria and prayed for your intentions and for all involved in our school community. The retreat was a great way to help keep all we do in this life in perspective. Aspects that really stood out were the importance of prayer, the sacraments (especially the Eucharist and Confession) and service of others. We are called to Know Christ, Love Christ and Imitate Christ. It really challenged participants to think about how they are developing the religious life of their children and also those people we interact with each day. If you haven’t done a retreat before or it’s been a while, I highly recommend it!

 

Parent Evening

I hope you enjoy our first parent evening for the year tomorrow night, listening to Paul and Angela Quinn share their parenting journey. Talk begins at 7:30pm and wine and cheese will be available for your enjoyment. As mentioned I am unable to be there, but will pray for a fruitful evening.

 

Shrove Tuesday

Next Tuesday morning the SRC will be cooking up pancakes for breakfast from 8:45am. Pancakes will be sold for $1 each and you can have a glass of orange juice for 50c to wash them down. Proceeds are going to a charity as part of the almsgiving aspect of Lent. All are welcome to come along and enjoy this morning. The senior students may even make you a coffee!

 

Uniform

With some mornings proving to be a bit fresh, it would be a good idea to order your child a jumper if they don’t have one already. Also, for any secondary boys needing a blazer it’s not a bad idea to order now as they can take some time to get organised. Blazers will be needed in readiness for Term 2. Please make sure all uniform items have your surname on them The lost property box is near the hall exit.

 

Citizenship Award

Congratulations to Joshua Morris who received a Certificate of School Citizenship Australia Day Award for 2017. Josh was nominated by the school for being a great citizen within our school community, being willing to help out wherever it is needed and for showing respect to everyone he interacts with. Well done Josh.

 

Chess Club

There was an excellent roll up to the primary chess club on Tuesday at lunchtime. A few of these kids have definitely played before! Thanks to Mr Galvin for running this session and giving some expert tips – what to do and what not to do! Next week is back to secondary and we will keep alternating until we can acquire enough chess boards to accommodate both primary and secondary every week. If you have any chess boards you would like to donate please send them in.

 

 

 

Guest Speaker

Tomorrow Sam Clear will come and speak to our secondary students about his journey walking around a large part of the world in aid of Christian unity. This has come about as a last minute event due to being made aware Sam was in town with a bit of downtime before the Stronger Rally in the evening. I have read the book Sam wrote about his journey and I am sure he will give some great inspiration to our students.

 

Stronger Rally

There is an opportunity for students in Yr.6-12 to attend a Stronger Rally at Catholic College Wodonga tomorrow evening, Friday 24th February from 6-9pm. Fr Rob Galea runs Stronger and Sam Clear will also be speaking at this event. Please see attached flyer sent through from their team for further information if you are interested.

 

P&F Meeting

Please come along next Thursday 2nd March at 7:30pm for our first Parents and Friends Meeting for the year.

 

Lent

Next Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten Season. It’s time to start thinking about the three aspects of Lent that help us to refocus and enter more deeply into the passion, death and resurrection of Jesus – prayer, fasting and almsgiving. What will you be doing (or not doing) this Lent?

 

I hope you all have a terrific weekend.

 

God Bless,

 

Luke Burton (Principal)