Thank you for your patience and support over recent weeks. We are well aware of the extra pressure being experienced by families. Things continue to change almost on a daily basis. What hasn’t changed is the commitment of parents and teachers to children, our belief in the value of schooling, and the knowledge and faith that the current situation will pass and that we have much to be thankful for in this country. I would like to thank the staff who have gone the extra mile to ensure that our students have still had the opportunity to learn and progress. I also thank the parents who have had to cope with children learning remotely.
Term 2 Many parents have kept their children home over the last few weeks. Some parents have no option but to send their children to school. In Term 2 a remote program of learning will be offered for all students at home or at school. To assist in our planning we ask that you inform the school whether you plan for your child/ren to attend school or stay home for Term 2. Could you please notify the school of your intentions by Thursday 9th April. I will continue to send information to you via email/Schoolzine, or our website, as it comes to hand. In times of social distancing may we care for our loved ones and be kind to each other.
As Term 1 comes to an end, we turn our thoughts and hearts to Easter. Lent began with Ash Wednesday and we joined with the parish community, to commit to preparing for Easter. We made the decision to be more, give more and pray more.
Last Sunday was Palm Sunday, the start of Holy Week. Holy Week is a time that is set apart in our Church’s liturgical year for our spiritual renewal. It’s a time set apart for us to focus on how we are spiritually renewed through the suffering, death, and Resurrection of Jesus. The message of hope is central to Easter and no more important than this year as we continue to face uncertainty and unease.
The Symbols of Holy WeekThe liturgies of Holy Week are filled with some of the richest and most ancient symbols of the Catholic faith.
The waving of palms on Passion (Palm) Sunday reminds us that we are called to be followers of Jesus, not just fans who cheer from a distance. The washing of feet on Holy Thursday speaks to us of the selfless love that we are called to practice in imitation of Jesus.
The veneration of the cross on Good Friday reminds us that, as Christians, we believe that Jesus can overcome anything, even death.The lighting of the Easter fire in a darkened church and the celebration of baptisms on Holy Saturday speak to us of the new life that is ours because of Jesus’ triumph over the darkness of sin and death through his resurrection.
Below are a selection of resources to support families to observe and celebrate Holy Week together. Students will be provided with learning activities to enhance their knowledge of the importance of Easter. We encourage families to support their children with these activities.
Teachers have been working on organising and preparing Home Learning packs for Term 2. These will be ready on Tuesday 28th of April for families to collect. These packs can be collected between 11am -1pm. Anyone not able to collect these packs during this time please contact Jacinta to arrange alternate collection times /drop off. If there are any changes we will notify you ASAP.