Dear Parents,

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Along with the family, I took the opportunity to watch the new movie Fatima, which has been available for free on YouTube this past week. Particularly striking to me was the portrayal of the sibling seers, Jacinta and Francisco Marto. When Our Lady appeared to them in 1917, they were just 7 and 8 years old, respectively. Jacinta and Francisco are less famous than their cousin, Lucia dos Santos, who lived a long life, but their portrayal in the movie squared with the holiness they exhibited in real life.

 

“Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 18:3).

 

Like us, Jacinta and Francisco lived during a time of pandemic, they themselves succumbing to the Spanish Flu; Francisco on 4 April 1919 and Jacinta on 20 February 1920. They are the youngest canonised saints of the Church and the patrons of our Kindy class.

 

Like us, they lived at a time of enormous upheaval, offering up their sufferings for sinners. As the Congregation for the Causes of Saints wrote of them, the brother and sister saints had an “insatiable hunger for immolation”.

 

As I write, our SMMC saints are performing at their annual concert. I hope you are enjoying the live stream! Their vibrant faith and energy for life is a constant inspiration and reminder to aging staff members like me, that if I want to enter the kingdom of heaven, I must become like them.

 

Warm regards,

Ian Smith

Principal

 

 

Year 11 exams

The year 11 students will be sitting their final exams this coming week. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers.

Library Books

A friendly reminder for students to please return due or overdue books to the school Library before the end of this term. Thank you.

 

Lost Property

The Lost Property basket is quickly filling up with jumpers and jackets due to the warmer weather.  We ask families to please check the Lost Property for any missing items as a clear-out will be done at the end of term.

 

Book Week

This year Book Week will take place in Term 4 from Monday 17th to Friday 23rd October. This year’s theme is “Curious Creatures, Wild Minds”. In keeping with the theme there is a family competition where families can guess staff members favourite wild animal (Please see attached). There are also two competitions that students may enter.  Primary students will be given class time for these competitions, however secondary students are welcome to enter the ‘Create Your Own Curious Creature’ but will need to create their ‘creature’ in their own time.  There will be a Book Week dress up day on Thursday 22nd October for Primary classes only as well as story readings during lunch times. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

 

Happily Ever-after Fairy Tale Adventure

As the term draws to an end, the Year 12 students are organising a ‘Happily Ever-After Fairy Tale Adventure on Tuesday 22nd September to end the term on a high note!  All students are asked to come to school on the day dressed in their finest fantastical costumes resembling a character from a fairy tale of their choice.  All students who dress up will be asked to pay a gold coin donation towards the Year 12s fundraising efforts.  There will also be fun activities run throughout the day hosted by the Year 12 students.  Please look out in your inbox for further details about the day in the coming weeks.

 

ICAS

ICAS testing has now been completed. We would like to congratulate these students for their efforts and we wish them all the best.