- Principal's Message
- STM Achievers
- Grandparent's Day - Monday 15th November
- Catholic Mission Fundraising
- Vinnies Hamper
- Catholic Mission - Crazy Sock Day!
- Catholic Mission - Soccer Shootout!
- Save the date! Carols on the oval
- CatholicCare Tasmania Open Night - revised date 9th November
- Bottle caps wanted!
- Lockdown practice
- 2022 Term Dates
- Parish Bulletin
- COVID-19 Vaccinations for students aged 12 or over
Three Hummock Island
The sons of Zebedee expected Jesus to lead a Messianic revolt to throw off the yoke of imperial Rome. But they wanted to be part of a similar sort of power structure. They had not grasped that Jesus had come to turn that sort of society upside down.
However, over the centuries, the Church took on much of the trappings of power of imperial Rome. The popes governed much of Italy. Giuseppe Garibaldi was one of those generals who defeated the forces defending the Papal States, and in doing so actually liberated the papacy from its role as feudal overlord of much of Italy.
In the course of the campaign, when despondent, Garibaldi often reflected on the delightful time he spent on Three Hummock Island just off the coast of Tasmania. So we may say that the liberation of the papacy, enabling it to respond more clearly to today’s Gospel, began in Tasmania!
Pope Francis embodies the spirit of today’s Gospel. He rails against a Church exhibiting ‘the leprosy of a feudal court’. Rather, he has said: ‘I see the Church as a field hospital after battle. Heal the wounds, heal the wounds.’ And in his actions he has shown himself as a true ‘Servant of the servants of God’ as Jesus commands in today’s Gospel.
We may pause for a moment to pray for Pope Francis that he may have the strength and time to persevere in his responding to today’s Gospel so that the papacy may be truly liberated so as to practise a radically different way of exercising leadership in the Church and for the world.
© Fr Michael Tate; email@example.com
Tonight, we celebrate our Family Fiesta, I look forward to enjoying an evening with you all. Events like this take a lot of organisation, preparation, and support from our whole community. I would like to thank Alecia Bowman, our Fair Coordinator, all our P&F committee, who have spent several days at school over the past couple of weeks preparing, and all the businesses and families who have generously donated items for the evening. Have a great evening.
Our NIJSSA Athletics went well today, with greatly improved weather compared to last week. The initial feedback I have had has been very positive about our students' performance, and we came 3rd overall for the carnival. Well done a great effort. As always you do yourselves and our school proud with your commitment and behaviour.
For the G5/6 students who didn’t attend the NIJSSA Athletics, we were still able to hold a mini-Gala Day for them today. Students were able to participate in an interschool Lawn Bowls Competition or a cricket clinic. Thank you, West Launceston Bowls Club and Tas Cricket, for your support.
Congratulations to our Old Scholars who have just graduated from St Patrick’s College. We wish you great success and all the best for your future.
Do you know what your children are watching on TV?
Over the past couple of weeks, staff have been informing me that several children have been watching the TV series, Squid Games, and even mimicking some of the games on the playground. Although the games played in the TV series are common children’s games, the content and themes are certainly not appropriate for children. As a parent it is our responsibility to monitor the content that our children view, and TV programs such as Squid Games are certainly not appropriate for our young impressionable minds. For more information about this please visit the esafety Commissioner website.
Have a great week.
5 November 2021
Congratulations to Eddie and Logan, who have received 25 stickers in their Student Acknowledgement booklets. These stickers are given to students displaying positive and respectful behaviour in the playground. They are a great role model for others. Well done!
CatholicCare Tasmania Open Night
Details are attached, and any enquiries can be directed to Emma Hodge at catholiccaretas.org.au
Within the next few weeks, whilst at recess or lunch we will hold an unannounced emergency practice with staff & students, to test our response to a potential scenario that staff identify a threat warranting the school go into lockdown (opposite to evacuation).
Like for fire evacuation drills, we recognised the worth to test this process. We have plans in place to make this practice as least disruptive as possible.
If you have queries please call our Safety Officer, Simon Natoli on 0400 105 476.
COVID-19 VACCINATIONS FOR STUDENTS AGED 12 OR OVER
All students aged 12 or above are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine.
As you may be aware there have been clinics held in colleges to vaccinate year 11 and 12 students, but there is not a current plan for a state-wide high school program.
However, there are several different options available for parents to have their students aged 12 or above vaccinated – these include:
1. State-run Pfizer clinics – appointments can be made by visiting www.coronavirus.tas.gov.au/booking or calling the Public Health Hotline on 1800 671 738.
2. GPs – contact a participating GP directly to make a booking.
3. Pharmacies – find a participating pharmacy near you at www.findapharmacy.com.au
Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself, your family, and the wider community from COVID-19.
Young people under the age of 16 are encouraged to attend their vaccination appointment with a parent or guardian.
Information from the Australian Government about COVID-19 vaccines is available to support your child in understanding more about vaccination. For example, take a look at Get the facts on COVID-19 and the COVID-19 Youth community kit.