St. Columba's Primary School
NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 10 | 8 APRIL 2020
We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection,
through whom we are saved and delivered.
As we reflect on the most important event in the Catholic calendar may we remember the significance of Jesus giving his life for us. We also keep in our thoughts and prayers those who are suffering or finding themselves in hardships during this world crisis.
We would like to wish our staff, students and school community a very happy and safe holidays and Easter.
Message from the Principal
What a term we have had! We have moved from classroom teaching to remote teaching in a matter of weeks. I would like to thank the staff for the very professional way they have handled the change. At the same time the families must be thanked for their support, understanding and help in facilitating this change. Our students have also adapted very well to the new way of learning. I do apologise for the number of emails sent home this term, but as families you have a right to know what is happening within the school and emails have been the most efficient way to keep families up to date in what has been a continually changing landscape.
A letter was sent home today regarding schooling in Term 2. If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact the school for answers.
Please note, Term 2 will commence for remote learning on Tuesday 28 April at 9:00am. Correspondence has been emailed home concerning this.
I would like to wish everyone a safe and Holy Easter, even though the Easter celebrations will be very different to anything we have experienced in the past.
Please keep our students safe over the school holidays and remember to keep ‘the social distance’. Also in the words of Basil Hume, “The great gift of Easter is Hope.” Hope that our lives will recover well from the corona virus.
Holy Thursday is the commemoration of the Last Supper of Jesus Christ, when he established the sacrament of Holy Communion prior to his arrest and crucifixion. It also commemorates His institution of the priesthood.
The holy day falls on the Thursday before Easter and is part of Holy Week. Jesus celebrated the dinner as a Passover feast. Christ would fulfill His role as the Christian victim of the Passover for all to be saved by His final sacrifice.
Good Friday is a Christian tradition to mark the day when Jesus Christ, the son of God, was nailed to the cross. This is often known as crucifixion of Lord Jesus.
It was on this day that Jesus was beaten and tortured because he claimed to be the son of God. A crown of thorns was thrust upon his head. Then, he was forced to carry his own cross to the on top of a hill, where he was nailed to the cross. Jesus suffered for hours and the sky turned dark as if mourning.
Christians across the world celebrate this day to remember sacrifice of their lord. Some do so by fasting, some take part in procession that carries a cross through the streets. Prayer services are held in the church in morning and evening. In some churches, statues are covered with cloth to symbolise a time of mourning.
Did you know?
It is a tradition to eat hot cross buns with cross icing this day.
Some people believe that bread baked on Good Friday will never rot.
There are some that say, eggs laid on Good Friday will never go bad.
Easter is the Christian celebration of the resurrection of Jesus Christ. It is the oldest Christian tradition. It is also considered to be the most important date on the Christian calendar. Easter marks the end of the 40-day period of Lent, which is a traditional time of fasting that begins on Ash Wednesday.
Christ’s return (or rising) from death is called the Resurrection. According to the scriptures, Christ’s tomb was empty three days after His death, which is commemorated on Good Friday. His followers saw Him and talked to Him after this. Christians therefore believe that they have the hope of a new life (an everlasting life in Heaven) after their earthly death.
Christians celebrate the resurrection of the Son of God each year between March 22nd and April 25th (the first Sunday after the vernal equinox).
Religious celebrations include family gatherings and special Easter church services.
So where do the Bunnies come in?
In olden times, Christian monks were very good at explaining their religion to those who hadn't heard of God or Jesus. They almost always took symbols of significance of the people they were teaching and used those symbols to teach about God.
The timing of Easter was such that it coincided with the spring festivals of many pagan religions. (In northern Europe, the goddess of spring was Eostre -- some people say that Easter may have even gotten its name from this goddess).
These spring festivals celebrated the wakening of the world after spring. Luckily, this "awakening" went very well with the monks teaching of Jesus' resurrection! The ideas of the rebirth of spring were merged with the Christian teachings of Jesus resurrection to form the Easter holiday most of us know today.
Easter eggs are symbols of the Risen Christ. As a chick breaks the shell when it is hatched and begins life, so Our Lord comes forth living from the tomb.
School Term Dates 2020
Term 2: Tuesday 28 April to Thursday 2 July
Term 3: Tuesday 21 July to Thursday 24 September
Term 4: Tuesday 13 October to Friday 11 December
Important Dates 2020
Good Friday - Fri Apr 10
Easter Sunday - Sun Apr 12