Queen of Apostles School
Term 1 Week 4 - Thursday 23 February 2023
We are really looking forward to the Leadership Mass at 9am next Tuesday in the church. At this Mass, the Year 6’s will be presented with their leadership and committee badges. Year Six parents and other community members are invited and welcome to attend this Mass.
I am really looking forward to working with our student leaders this year as they play a huge role in the running of our school. I thank Ms Maloney for the work she has done to prepare the students.
I would like to thank those families that attended the P&F Welcome Sundowner on Friday evening. There was a reasonable crowd in attendance and those that were there certainly had fun. I would also like to thank the P&F for providing this social opportunity to our community as a way of staying connected. Stay tuned for more P&F events this year.
Wellness Week is where students and families have a break from homework and instead focus on using that time to play some games, go for a walk, read together or watch a movie. Staff too share in this week by limiting the number of meetings and making sure that they also spend quality time with family and friends.
This term some of our Wellness Week activities include Mindfulness, Gratitude, Free Dress Day and Extra Play. The P&F have kindly agreed to provide icy poles to the students after lunch on Thursday 2nd March. We have also organised for a Coffee Van to be at school from 7.30am next Wednesday morning (1st March) that our parents can utilise during drop off.
Pupil Free Day
Please remember that Friday March 3rd is a Pupil Free Day. Our staff will be working on our Future Focussed Learning. OSH will be open on this day for those families requiring care.
Monday March 6th is also a public holiday (Labour Day) so you will have an extra-long weekend to enjoy with your family.
2023 Pupil Free Days & Public Holidays
3 March = Pupil Free Day
6 March = Labour Day
7 April = Good Friday
24 April = Pupil Free Day
25 April = ANZAC Day
5 June = WA Day
6 June = Pupil Free Day
17 July = Pupil Free Day
22 September = Pupil Free Day (Catholic Day)
The Church Season of Lent commenced yesterday with Ash Wednesday.
Lent is one of the five seasons of the Catholic liturgical calendar, along with Advent, Christmas, Easter and Ordinary Time. It precedes Easter and is a solemn period centred on prayer, fasting and giving to others (almsgiving). Like Advent where we prepare for Jesus’ birth at Christmas, Lent is also a liturgical season of preparation, as we get ready for Easter – the Church’s greatest celebration.
Where does Lent come from? The story of Lent begins in the bible. Lent draws its inspiration from the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert. During that time, Jesus was tempted but resisted these temptations and then went to Galilee to begin his public ministry.
What is Ash Wednesday? The first day of Lent is Ash Wednesday, in which we use ashes on our forehead in the shape of a cross to remember our own mortality and begin our journey to change our lives for the better.
Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving (charity). There are three pillars that characterise Lent - prayer, fasting and charity. Like Jesus prayed in the desert, we too pray to become closer to God. We fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday and choose to give up a treat (usually something that is probably not so good for our health). Almsgiving reminds us of Jesus’ call to serve and connects us with our human family in need.
Project Compassion. This year’s theme for Project Compassion reminds us that what we do today can have an impact For All Future Generations. This year, as well as a whole school fundraiser organised by the Social Justice Committee, each class has been asked to make giving relevant by organising a class fundraiser. More information about this will go home through your child’s class teacher.
Congratulations to the Year 5’s who have decided to implement a money donation jar in their classroom. Their aim is to raise $300 for Project Compassion. Good luck, Miss Jenzen and Year 5’s!
As we kick off the school year, we have several exciting events planned for the upcoming term. Firstly, don't forget to sign up for the Queenies P&F Footy Tipping Competition, which starts on Thursday 16 March 2023. It's a great opportunity to show off your footy knowledge and win some prizes!
We're also getting ready for the Easter season, and we're planning an Easter Raffle and Easter Hat Parade on Wednesday 5 April 2023. We're looking forward to seeing all the creative and colourful hats that our students will come up with.
Looking ahead to Term 2, please save the date for our Mother's Day Breakfast and stall on Friday 12 May 2023. More details will follow closer to the date, but it's always a lovely morning for our school community.
Queen of Apostles Parish is currently organising its Sacramental Program for 2023. The final Commitment Mass for the Sacraments is as follows:
EUCHARIST: 25th and 26th February
Parents who would like their children to receive the Sacraments through the Queen of Apostles Parish will need to enrol their children through the Parish. For more information, please call 6188 6877 (Parish Office).