- Principal's Message
- STM Achievers
- STM Awards
- Carols on the oval at St Thomas More's
- Read all about it in The Taj Lewis Times!
- Grade 6 Book Club
- kanamaluka / Tamar estuary
- Pizza lunch
- Return of Treasure Chest Keys
- Bottle cap collection closed
- 2022 Term Dates
- Parish Bulletin
- Paige's big chop!
- Midford Catholic Dress Embroidery
- Community News
The readings of the First Sunday of Advent set the stages for our reflections on the entire season. They contain a number of promises, all pointing to peace and fulfilment. Each reading depicts a dimension of suffering that was often brought on by the people themselves. The promises are assurances that the end of their suffering was in sight. The promises reveal a loving and provident, a merciful and forgiving God. These are promises full of hope.
The coming of the Lord is clearly a time of expectation, not of fear and trembling. Although the earlier tradition about the Day of the Lord included punishment of the wicked, the focus here is on redemption. The time of expectation may be preceded by apocalyptic signs in the heavens and dismay on earth, but this cosmic shift will bring fulfilment, not destruction. The love and providence, the mercy and forgiveness of God will be made manifest.
What is expected of those who receive the promise? An Advent way of life exhorts us to ‘wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Saviour Jesus Christ’. This way of life is both simple and profound. It does not necessarily require unusual behaviour on our part, but it calls us to live the usual unusually well. It affects the everyday events of life; it directs the way we interact with people; it informs the attitudes that colour our judgments and motivations. It is as ordinary as the birth of a child; it is as extraordinary as the revelation of God.
© Dianne Bergant CSA
This week is the First Week of Advent, a time when we prepare for Christmas.
What a wonderful evening we had last night being entertained by our Combined Catholic School’s Bands. Well, done to all our band and string members who have demonstrated significant improvements over the year, and to Charlotte, who led the Combined Primary String Orchestra. Congratulations to Charlotte who received the Excellence Award Orchestra Strings, Vinton who received the Excellence Award for Band and Alexis who received the Endeavour Award for Orchestral Strings and Eleanor who received Endeavour Award for Band. Also, I would like to thank the Strings and Band Teachers and St Patrick’s College for coordinating this wonderful program for our students.
Yesterday over 40 of our students participated in the Primary Students Triathlon at Devonport. I am pleased to say that all our students participated fully and enjoyed the event. Thank you to Mr Stacey and all the parent helpers who made yesterday possible for our students.
On Monday our Kinders will be having an orientation in Prep and the rest of the school will be on Thursday. I am still finalising our classroom teaching positions and will publish the 2022 staff list next Wednesday. For our Kinder parents, Prep M teachers are Mrs Emilie Carr and Mrs Rachael Foot and Prep T teachers are Mrs Jessica Scharapow and Mrs Gemma Stephens. Please understand that our teaching team have put in hours of work preparing class lists for 2022 and we are now unable to change them without impacting others, our classes are all full.
I have just been informed that our oval repairs have been delayed by a couple of weeks and now will not start until the end of the school year. Due to this, we will now be able to hold both our Carols and Grade 5 Leadership Retreat here at St Thomas More’s. Please note though, due to the delayed start the oval will be unavailable for most of February.
Have a great week.
Congratulations to Zander and Freya, who have received 25 and 50 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!
Continuing from last week's newsletter, please enjoy another selection of the essays written by our Grade 6 students featuring the book entitled "Chung, Hyo, Ye: Tales of Filial Devotion, Loyalty, Respect and Benevolence from the History and Folklore of Korea".
As part of our studies about water, students in 3/4S have made videos to convince people to take better care of kanamaluka / Tamar estuary. Please enjoy this video from Orlando, Noah, Mason and Mikaela.
Thanks for supporting our Treasure chest by purchasing a key to try on Friday night - congratulations to the winners!
If you still have a key, please return it to the office so we can do it all again next year!