St Brendan's School

Newsletter 6# - Thursday 23 February 2023

Dear Parents and Carers,

We have now commenced Lent, the time when we remember the 40 days and nights Jesus spent alone in the desert without food being tempted by the Devil. Jesus used this time to prepare for His work by fasting and praying.

In Luke's Gospel we read:

'Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the desert, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.'

So, as in the Bible, we Christians spend forty days fasting and praying in preparing ourselves to rejoice at the resurrection of Jesus at Easter.

The other traditional act carried out is almsgiving. The giving of alms is an act of charity toward those less fortunate. Christians were taught that giving alms was an expression of love which was first expressed by God to them in that Jesus sacrificed himself as an act of love for the salvation of believers.

Almsgiving is often in the form of Project Compassion through the giving of money. This year Project Compassion focuses on the ways in which underprivileged communities are supported to establish sustainable food sources and develop income streams for life. Some of these communities are:

  • Turkey & Syria Earthquake
  • Democratic Republic of Congo Crisis
  • Ukraine Crisis
  • Africa Food Crisis
  • Afghanistan Crisis
  • Lebanon Crisis

  • Australia.

A second form of almsgiving is through the support of charitable groups like St Vincent de Paul. Our local chapter is collecting non-perishable foods to distribute to the less fortunate persons in our area. We are supporting this initiative by being a collection point for groceries.

Each of our classes will be collecting non-perishable foods to provide support to St Vincent de Paul in meeting the needs of less fortunate people within the Flemington area. The donated foods will form a part of our weekly Prayer Assembly.

Non-perishable foods include;

  • UHT Milk
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Pasta
  • Pasta Sauce
  • Rice
  • Tinned Tuna/Salmon
  • Tinned Baked Beans/Spaghetti.

In anticipation, thank you for your support for our local community.


I had the privilege of visiting our intrepid campers on Wednesday evening. On arrival, I was met with happy, smiling faces, excited to share their experiences of the day.

I thoroughly enjoyed my fleeting visit and our senior students look forward to sharing their adventures with us on their return.

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Welcome and Beginning of School Year Mass

Two weeks away, on Thursday 2 March, we wish to invite the community to join us in celebrating the start of a new school year as well as commissioning our staff and student leaders.

Much preparation is going into making this a very meaningful and spiritual occasion for all who attend.

The Welcome Mass, will be attended by the whole school at the 9:15 am Mass in St Brendan's Church.


In last week's newsletter, I provided Andrew Chinn's pancake recipe for Shrove Tuesday. I hope that you enjoyed making and eating the pancakes as a family.

Best wishes,


Sausage Sizzle

I have received reports from parents and carers that they have been unable to access the Google Doc to participate in the fundraising event using their phones. People using PCs and laptop have had no issues.

A poster will be available before and after school to enable all to nominate a time slot top support the event.

In anticipation, THANK YOU!

We have been extremely fortunate to have been added to the Bunnings' sausage sizzle roster. Planning for our allocated day, Saturday 4 March, is well underway. The next step is to fill the roster with volunteers to cook and serve the sausages and drinks. There are a number of operational procedures to be aware of however two of the more significant ones are:

  • No persons under the age of 18 are permitted to cook or operate any equipment.
  • A minimum of three people are required each shift to conduct a BBQ. Each shift is required to have a Cook, Order and Serve person.
  • No children under the age of 15 are permitted at the BBQ.
Bunnings Sausage Sizzle

Click to access volunteer form.

Parent Calendar

Here is a link to our Parent Calendar. You will also find this on our website.



Term 1

Week 4

Friday 24 February

- Year 4/5 & 6 Camp

- Prayer Assembly

Wombats (Year 2)

2:20 pm in the Gym.

Week 5

Monday 27 February

- District Swimming Sports

School Squad

- Tennis

Tuesday 28 February

- Early Years

9:15 - 10:30 am

Wednesday 1 March

- School Athletics Sports

(Whole School)

Aberfeldie Athletics Track

- Parishes in Partnership - Combined Pastoral Councils

7:00 pm

Thursday 2 March

- Welcome Mass

Student Leaders Commissioning

St Brendan's Church, 9:15

Friday 3 March

- Prayer Assembly

Social Justice Leaders

2:20 pm in the Gym.

Saturday 4 March

- Bunnings' Sausage Sizzle

All day

Week 6

Monday 6 March

- Tennis

Tuesday 7 March

- Early Years

9:15 - 10:30 am

Wednesday 8 March

School Advisory Council

7:00 - 8:30 pm

Friday 10 March

- Prayer Assembly

Social Justice Leaders

2:20 pm in the Gym.

Prayer to St Brendan

Help me to journey beyond the familiar

and into the unknown.

Give me the faith to leave old ways

and break fresh ground with You.

Christ of the mysteries, I trust You

to be stronger than each storm within me.

I will trust in the darkness and know

that my times, even now, are in Your hand.

Tune my spirit to the music of heaven,

and somehow, make my obedience count for You.


Keep in contact with us

I ask that you continue to regularly visit our Facebook page for updates. If you have any queries or concerns, please contact me directly.

I may be contacted on

Best wishes,


St Brendan's Parish


Administration Office

103 Wellington Street

Flemington 3031

03 9412 8495

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