Holy Spirit Newsletter
Newsletter Term 1 Week 4 2023
As a community centred on the example of Christ, the following core values (CARE) underpin our approach.
We value every member of our school community and we are committed to working together to reach our shared goals through mutual support, encouragement, and celebration of our Catholic faith.
We are committed to learning at every level to achieve our personal best.
We have personal and collective responsibility to each other and to the school’s success.
We promote excellence in all that we do.
You call us back to you with all of our hearts.
I feel your call for me deep in my heart and I know you want me back as much as I want to return.
Please Lord, give me the wisdom to know how to return.
Make my journey back to you this Lent one of grace, forgiveness and gentle love.
From Mr Will
Well, it has been hard to come up for a breath recently as Holy Spirit has kicked into full gear. The term is starting to fly, and each week is coming and going in the blink of an eye. Our kids have just been so amazing, displaying our school values in their actions and words.
disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others.
Isn’t it amazing how the life works sometimes, how you are hit with perspective right when you least expect it? I have written about this on social media, but it was too good to let go.
At the last Merit Assembly, a Year 5 student received a certificate which spoke about Altruism. This isn’t a word that you generally see so I asked if anyone knew the definition, no one rose their hand. I put it to the students to find out what the word meant. Two students came to see me. Zac in Year 5 spoke about the definition to me later in the day, which I was very impressed with. Amy in Year 3 and her dad then came to me on Monday with two pictures, one of a beehive and the other of Jesus on the cross. She spoke to me about how bees show altruism by giving up their lives for their queen and Jesus showed altruism by giving up his life for us. This made my day, what a legend! I was taken aback by the conversation, the love of learning and the genuine understanding of our Catholic faith, amazing! How good is Holy Spirit!
A perfect lead in from the Altruism story to Lent, which is the ultimate expression for Catholics to live the definition of this word.
We have been speaking to the students about what they can do during Lent to reflect and renew.
Traditionally, Lent has been associated with giving up something, fasting, in memory of the 40 days and nights Jesus spent in the desert. Whilst this is true, there are in fact, 3 ways that we can reflect and be drawn closer to God in Lent, these are:
Prayer: To devote yourself to prayer or a prayer schedule during Lent to reflect and focus our mind on what Jesus went through, leading up to Easter.
Fasting: This is a tough one, being strong and giving up something that you like, but may not be good for you. This remembers the fast of Jesus and finding a commonality between his experience and our life today.
Almsgiving: This is the act of giving to others, helping and assisting those around us. This is Altruism in practice and one that I often find is easy for our children to understand, but very hard to put into practice.
I have told the students that during Lent I try and write down how I am going to reflect and renew, I write these on a sticky note and keep them in my top drawer, I set reminders to look at this note throughout Lent and see if I am on track.
Now you don’t always achieve your goals, but the act of trying is just as important as the achievement. It is in the ‘doing’ that we find out more about ourselves and the strength needed to make a change.
This Lenten season, how will you challenge yourself?
I had a call from one of our neighbours about parents parking on Skipton Way and in particular parking across driveways. I know it is a busy time with less spaces than cars for a period. Kiss and Drive is available, which I encourage you to use. I ask that for the benefit of our community, that you please refrain from parking across driveways.
A reminder that this weekend we have a Sacramental Commitment Mass for all families who have children participating in a Sacrament this year.
This will take place at the following mass times:
· 6pm on Saturday
· 8am Sunday
· 9:30am Sunday.
We have sent out some communication regarding Photo Permission, if you haven’t already returned this, please do so ASAP.
Finally, we have new swimwear available for purchase, which was made in collaboration with Indigenous artists and students across the country, they look outstanding and will be such an amazing sight when they arrive. For more information, please check the SMS communication or see the posters around the school.
Until next time,
Take care of yourself and those around you,
Merit Awards Term 1 - Week 4
Billy Owen and Ella Alan
Margus Pennock and Amelie Padgham
Kerri Feng and Cormac Haak
Imogen Knuckey and Charlie Shaw
Zara Tang and Mia Tyrrell
Paige Abel and Ava Watkins
Charlie Knight and Emilia Reed
This week, the season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, which also marks the beginning of the annual Caritas Australia Project Compassion Appeal.
The theme of Project Compassion 2023 is ‘For All Future Generations’ and reminds us that the good we do today extends to impact the lives of generations to come.
By donating to Project Compassion, Caritas Australia, the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, can work with local communities around the world to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.
Each family will receive a Project Compassion box today, coming home with the eldest child or you can donate online via the Caritas Australia website at: www.caritas.org.au/project-compassion
School Lunches - Monday, Wednesdays and Fridays
Set up your account today so your child can enjoy some yummy fresh lunches.
After School Care and Vacation Care
Holy Spirit is delighted to offer After School Child Care
When: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays
Times: 2.50pm to 6.00pm
Cost: $39 per session
Years: Kindy to Year 6
(Children can attend in the calendar year they are due to turn four by 30th June)
For students in Kindy and Pre-primary, OSHC staff will pick up at the classrooms as per our school policy.
Parents who wish to enrol their child in either program are encouraged to enrol their child now via our online enrolment form: https://holyspiritoshc.hubworks.com.au/
For further enquires please contact Natasha O’Neill on 0468 324 499 or email email@example.com
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