The boundlessness of God’s love is seen in the fact that God loved us even before we were deserving of God’s love. In fact, it was God’s love that made us able both to receive and to give love in return. Love is of God; love is God. Divine love is constant and trustworthy. How easily we can think this thought or speak these words, yet how difficult, even impossible, it is to comprehend what it means. We can only really recognise love in its many concrete manifestations. Love is patient, kind and forbearing; it believes, it hopes, it endures. The love of God breaks down the barriers between Gentile and Jew, between slave and free, between the poor and the prosperous, between women and men, between the healthy and the ailing, between young and old.
Embraced by such love we are gradually transformed. We begin to recognise God’s love in places we never suspected it would be found. We discover that what we once judged unclean may merely be an unfamiliar openness to God’s truth. We discover that our own insistence on legitimate religious practice may really be spiritual elitism. Our eyes are opened to ways we have tried to confine God’s love to the conventional boundaries we ourselves have set. As we are drawn into God’s love, we eagerly embrace the commandments that help us to live righteous lives. To the extent that we love as universally as God does, we will know that we live in God and that God lives in us.
© Dianne Bergant CSA
What a lovely morning we had with our Mother’s Day breakfast. It was great to see so many of our mums enjoying breakfast in preparation for our celebration of Mother’s Day. I would also like to personally thank all our mums, you do a fantastic job raising your children, this is often a thankless task. Thank you. Also, a big thank you to our teachers and staff who helped prepare for our Mother’s Day Breakfast, you all did a fantastic job!
We had a slight technical issue on Friday at our Mother’s Day Breakfast, so we would like to invite all our mums who are available to attend our Prayer Assembly in the Piazza at 8:50am to share in our Mother’s Day prayer.
Last week I was talking about our school rules and this week I would like to explore our second rule, Be Responsible, “Never see a need without doing something about it.” I want to start by sharing a short story; on Monday afternoon, amidst the wild storm that had blown in right on home time, I noticed a couple of students blocking the narrow pathway that leads up to Abbott Street. Upon closer observation I noticed it was a Prep student with 2 Grade 6 girls. I was about to give them a hurry up, when I realised that our Grade 6 girls had stopped to help this little boy put on his jumper as it was raining, and the wind had a real bite in it. Stories like these often fill our day as the staff and I are blessed to witness these God Moments often here.
Being Responsible is more than helping others, there is also a level of personal and group responsibility. We teach our children that they are responsible for their actions, and every action leads to consequences, either positive or negative.
The hardest level of responsibility I believe is group or shared responsibility, it is where we take care of items that belong to everyone. The sharing of classroom equipment, keeping our playground clean and returning of sports equipment to the sports room are all examples of group or shared responsibility. This level of responsibility is also what we need to be good citizens and will greatly support our society when tackling global issues like climate change and poverty. For more information on our school PBS procedures visit our website.
In regard to our uniform, we are still currently in the transition phase from our old uniform to our new uniform. It is still ok for children to wear the old school uniform; we do not expect any family to be burdened financially by purchasing new uniforms when their current uniforms are still in good condition.
A reminder that Kinder expression of interest close at the end of May. Please let anyone who has Kinder aged children know as we only have limited spaces.
Congratulations to Thomas, Lucy, Austen, Molly, Jai and Cooper, 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!
School photo's are being held this coming Monday, 10th May. Students in Grades 1-6 are to wear their green uniform.
Photographs can be ordered online via Compass by Sunday, 9th May. Please log in to Compass and order via the Photo Ordering option in the menu. Sibling photos are also ordered using this facility. For orders after this date, please contact MSP Photography directly.
Photo envelopes will not be sent home with students - if you are unable to access a computer and need to pay with cash, please contact the office to discuss.
All sibling photos will be taken before school from 8.30am. Students must present themselves to the photographers at the the Josephite Hall before school for the sibling photo to be taken.
All students will have their photograph taken on the day, regardless of whether an order is placed. For anyone requiring assistance with Compass, please contact the office on 03 6337 7200 or email@example.com. For photo package enquiries, please contact MSP Photography directly on 03 6231 5880, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your child is absent from school, parents/caregives are requried to contact the school by using the Compass App, telephone (6337 7200), or email (email@example.com) prior to 9.30am on the day of absence.
Please note the Absentee option on the SchoolZine (SZapp) is in the process of being phased out, and we ask you to familiarise yourself with the alternate notification options.
Please contact the office if you have any queries.
Our school Cross Country Carnival is being held on Friday, 21st May, 2021.
A program of events is attached, and we will endeavour to run to time as much as possible. Spectators are welcome to attend, and as is our new normal, all COVID requirements must be adhered to, including signing in to both Compass and Check in Tas upon arrival, and remaining socially distanced throughout the event. Attendance limits are in place, and will be monitored to ensure we comply.
Please contact the office if you have any queries.
This term we will hold an unannounced emergency practice with staff and 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 able. If you have queries you are welcome to call our Safety Officer Simon Natoli on 0400 105 476.