Dear Members of our Community of Faith,

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Welcome to Week 6! The term is flying along and with only 3 ½ weeks to go we are certainly on the home stretch, but with still much to achieve before we finish up for the year. The School Performance is a major event in this term’s calendar and everything is shaping up nicely for a great performance on Friday 24th at 7:30pm and Saturday 25th at 1:00pm. Make sure you save the dates!

 

Howzaaaaaaat?

This term both Primary and Secondary students are learning the skills of the iconic sport of cricket. We were once again successful in obtaining Sporting Schools Funding which has enabled us to run this program across four weeks for both primary and secondary.

 

 

Staffing News

We have begun to organise staffing for next year with a few new staff members joining the team at SMMC for 2018. Annita Bell will be teaching Yr.11 Legal Studies, Magdalene Kaur will be joining us to teach secondary English and Victoria Kirley will teach the Yr.1/2 Class with Andrew Flores moving into the 3/4 Level. Terry Josephs is moving away from having a major role in the classroom and Mathieu Couture will take on more of a secondary load. Other staffing arrangements will be worked on over the coming weeks and I hope to have the full picture for you by the end of the year.

 

School Development

As many of you know we applied for a government grant earlier this year for Stage 1 of our School Improvement

 

Plan. This stage would see 4 new classrooms, an administration building and science lab constructed. As part of the process we have put in a Development Application (DA) through the council, so you may see this around the community as they seek feedback on the project. If this is successful and we get the final nod of approval for our grant, we are hoping to begin works during the upcoming holidays. Busy, but exciting times ahead!

 

Book Stall

We have the Cardinal Newman bookshop visiting on Friday 24th of November after the 9.20am Mass. This will be set up in the Library and you are very welcome to come along and purchase some great reads.

 

Mother/Daughter Camp

A huge thank you to Kathleen and Fiona for their great organisation of the Mother/Daughter Camp and to other members of staff, parents, Fr Murphy and the children who made the weekend such a success. I have come into possession of a camera that was left behind if you have misplaced one. Also a blue ukulele taken on the camp is now missing. Please touch base if you know of its whereabouts.

 

Morning of Recollection for Women

This morning will take place at Holy Spirit Lavington on Thursday 23rd November beginning with Mass at 9am. Mass will be followed by meditations and devotions, then morning tea. Babysitting is provided. These times of recollection provide an opportunity to develop the quality of our Christian Life and relationship with our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. They also offer practical suggestions on how to find God in everyday work, family life and in our interactions with other people. They consist of prayer, personal examination, adoration and Benediction of The Blessed Sacrament. Confession and spiritual guidance is available.

 

We have a whole school assembly this Friday 17th November after Mass and Primary Swimming begins next week, so please ensure notes and money are in.

 

God Bless, Luke Burton (Principal)