St Luke's Catholic Primary School
Catholic Primary School
As we journey through the last few days of Lent we might consider the message that Jesus gave and demonstrated to us which was ‘to consider others before Himself ’. The following prayer gives us a focus for doing this.
Dear Jesus, Lord and Redeemer, We know that when you entered the city of Jerusalem for the last time, you were hailed as a king. Later the people turned against you and forgot all that you had taught them. We remember all that you did for us. May we never turn away from you. We give praise and glory to your name, as the Redeemer of the world. Amen
4 YEAR OLD KINDERGARTEN ENROLMENTS 2022
Enrolments are now being taken for siblings and new students wishing to commence Kindergarten at St Luke’s School in 2022. Families with children eligible for Kindergarten in 2022 are required to fill out a Kindergarten Enrolment Application Form. Please contact Leone Simmonds by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 9306 6600 if you would like to enrol your child. Forms can be obtained from the office or online. Interviews for Kindergarten 2022 will commence in Term Two, or hopefully when we return to school.
3 YEAR OLD KINDERGARTEN ENROLMENTS 2021
We are currently accepting 3 Year Old Kindergarten enrolments for 2021. Please contact Leone Simmonds by email on email@example.com or phone 9306 6600 if you would like to enrol your child. Enrolment at 3 Year Old Kindergarten does not guarantee enrolment in the 4 Year Old programme for 2022. Please let others know if they are interested!
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and is rich in ritual and symbolism. We carry palms, we process, and our church is no longer austere with purple, but full of green branches and the red of vestments. The first Gospel recounts Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem and our second Gospel proclamation takes us directly to the passion and death of Christ.
We could be tempted to see this day as a historical re-enactment of such powerful and tragic events in Christ’s life. But, unlike those who witnessed this procession through Jerusalem 2000 years ago, we celebrate this day in the light of the resurrection. We know that sadness and death have given way to new life and that Christ has triumphed over death. We live with the anticipation of hope and the promise of salvation.
Our fasting, prayer and almsgiving intensify during this week – the only week in our Christian calendar that we officially call holy. As we relive the rich Church tradition of Christ’s final days, we are reminded also of the many women, men and children around the world who are most vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice. These are the face of the suffering Christ in our time.
As we recall Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, and enter into the story of the passion, we are challenged to do our part to ensure that God’s people are empowered to share in that new life, not only spiritually, but physically as well. We give with compassion and mercy.
Every Easter I remember the words of Michael Leunig. They are so challenging and so profound. I hope they have a similar impact on you.
“That which is Christ-like within us shall be crucified. It shall suffer and be broken. And that which is Christ-like within us shall rise up. It shall love and create.”
I know that the social and economic impact of the COVID-19 virus has been significant. Some parents in our school have lost their jobs and many families are facing significant financial stress. I want to assure you of a very important and simple message: the ongoing enrolment of every child at St Luke’s School is guaranteed irrespective of a family’s financial situation. If you are worried about your financial situation and your capacity to pay school fees, please email Marjorie Dohnt on firstname.lastname@example.org
A Prayer for Coronavirus
Loving God, Your desire is for our wholeness and well-being.
We hold in tenderness and prayer the collective suffering of our world at this time.
We grieve precious lives lost and vulnerable lives threatened.
We ache for ourselves and our neighbours, standing before an uncertain future.
We pray: may love, not fear, go viral.
Inspire our leaders to discern and choose wisely, aligned with the common good.
Help us to practice social distancing and reveal to us new and creative ways to come together in spirit and in solidarity.
Look after and care for our health workers, all doctors and nurses,
Call us to profound trust in your faithful presence,
You, the God who does not abandon.
Congratulations is in order for all the St Luke’s staff who have worked above and beyond preparing online learning for this week. It has been an outstanding effort from everyone involved and I could not be prouder of each of them for their dedication and commitment to continuing the educational learning for every child this week and beyond.
As you should now know, next week is four professional learning days for staff as this Friday, 3 April marks the end of Term One. Our staff will be busy again using these four days to prepare all the online programs and learning tasks for Term Two. At this stage we do not know what Term Two will look like so please prepare for online learning to continue until further notice. I will make sure all parents are informed as soon as I know what decisions government and CEWA make about when students will return to school in a full time capacity. Please continue to check your emails for updates as they happen. Again, any of our parents who are not working home, you can send your child to school next week even though there will be NO learning, staff will be here to look after them though.
Please keep in your thoughts and prayers all our health care workers for the amazing and selfless acts looking after those who are unwell. You need to know we are so proud and grateful to all of you for working so hard to keep our community safe and healthy.
We really look forward to seeing everyone on the other side of this. Stay well, look after yourself and each by phoning, video conferencing as checking-in to others helps with our mental health.
I will be sending out a newsletter next week in preparation for Easter.
Sacramental & Mass Update
Statement from the Most Rev Timothy Costelloe SDB:
- Temporary Suspension of the Public Celebration of the Mass
- All public Masses at all churches and chapels across the Archdiocese of Perth will be temporarily suspended from receipt of these directives on Wednesday 18 March 2020. This temporary suspension of public Masses within the Archdiocese of Perth is in place for an initial period of two weeks between Wednesday 18 March 2020 and Wednesday 1 April 2020. Subsequent revisions and advice will be given prior to Wednesday 1 April 2020 in relation to this temporary suspension.
- The Sunday Obligation for the faithful does not apply during this time of emergency.
- ‘Mass on Demand’ (Online) and ‘Mass for You at Home’ (Television)
- Online: ‘Mass on Demand’, a daily service of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and CathNews can be accessed online at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYRq7AjVimr-hcHFJD_HVaQ
- Free-to-air Television: ‘Mass for You at Home’ is shown at 6.00am every Sunday morning on Channel 10.
- The online streaming of the celebration of the Mass from St Mary’s Cathedral (Perth) and other churches within the Archdiocese of Perth is currently being developed and coordinated.
- The Bishops and Priests of Australia will continue to celebrate Mass in private for all the people entrusted to their care.
- Accessibility to Churches and Chapels Parish Priests, Administrators and Rectors, in consultation with their communities of worship and the directives of public health advice, will put in place provisions for churches and chapels to remain open for private prayer, with the possibility of Eucharistic Adoration.
- Celebration of the Sacraments of the Church The following temporary directives are to be observed in relation to the celebration of the Sacraments of the Church:
- Baptisms, Weddings and Funerals will continue until further directives are issued
- I direct that each gathering must conform to the government-issued bans for indoor and outdoor public gatherings, and the relevant public health advice in relation to the practices of social distancing.
- The Metropolitan Cemeteries Board has determined that all funerals should be restricted to no more than 50 people at each gathering. These directives are outlined in a memo from the Metropolitan Cemeteries Board which has been placed on the Archdiocesan website.
- A number of funeral homes have provided advice to the Archdiocese of Perth that from Wednesday 18 March 2020 they will be limiting the size of gatherings at funerals to less than one hundred people. I advise you to specifically consult with relevant funeral homes directly when arranging funerals to ensure that you are aware of, and adhere to, their specific policies.
- Reconciliation: Priests will continue to provide opportunities for the Sacrament of Reconciliation, according to Rite I (individual confession and absolution).
- The celebration of First Reconciliation (school-aged children and others), First Holy Communion (school-aged children and others) and Confirmation (school-aged children and others) will be temporarily suspended.
- Prayer Resources for Individuals and Families The Archdiocese of Perth will be providing a series of prayer and worship resources for individuals and families to use within their homes for the period in which these directives are in effect. Web links to resources are available on the Archdiocese of Perth’s Centre for Liturgy website: http://liturcw.perthcatholic.orq.au/
- Additional links and suggestions for prayer resources will be regularly placed on the Archdiocese of Perth website in the COVID-19 section: perthcatholic.org.au
- Ministry of Communion to the Sick, Elderly and Housebound To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Australian Health Protection Principal Committee (AHPPC) is placing limits on visits to vulnerable groups. Those who minister communion to the sick, elderly and housebound (Clergy, Acolytes and Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion) are directed to review the AHPPC’s latest updates and recommended measures to assist in protecting vulnerable people from COVID-19. The advice of the AHPPS can be found here: https://www.health.gov.au/news/health-alerts/novel-coronavtrus-2019-ncov-health-alert/coronavirus-covid-19-advice-for-public-qatherings-and-visits-to-vulnerable-groups
- Chrism Mass and the Celebration of the Easter Triduum (Thursday 9 April — Sunday 12 April, 2020) In response to, and in support of the government’s ban of indoor gatherings of one hundred persons or more, the celebration of both the Chrism Mass and the Easter Triduum must be examined. Options for live-streaming the Chrism Mass and the Easter Triduum on the internet are being considered and developed. Subsequent advice and directives will be issued in advance of the celebration of the Chrism Mass and the Easter Triduum.
NAPLAN And Bishop’s Literacy Assessments Cancelled for 2020
Some great websites for parents who are ‘homeschooling’ at the moment
I have also included ‘Smiling MInds”, children’s mindfulness website and the Catholic family website for excellent resources to complete at home.
CathFamily – Making the Home the Heart of the Church
CathKids is weekly interactive experience with a short animated video on the Sunday reading, questions to stimulate discussion, a simple activity and prayer. It’s perfect for use in the classroom, in children’s liturgy and at home. Can be used in groups facilitated by an adult or in self-directed exploration by children aged 7-12. cathfamily.org
Message for the Week
Stay safe everyone,
Mrs Maura Killalea
Congratulations to the following students and staff who are celebrating their birthdays during the week.
Savannah Ivanov KW, Olivia Casotti PW, Anna Huynh 1B, Isla-Marie Nguyen 1B, Eoghan Hannon 1W, Jaxon Cifelli 2B, Mitchell Uezzell 4B, Lachlan Moses 4W, Samuel Roach 4W, Paige Bartlett 5B, Ava Vlahov 6B, Mr Bruce Plint
Merit Award Winners
There are no Merit Awards this week.
We ask that parents who have made the decision to keep their children away from school please register this absence, either by using the Connected app or by emailing the school so that we can maintain accurate data. There is no need to do this each day, just once to cover the remainder of this term. We will continue to keep you aware of any current updates and information as soon as we receive it. We thank all of our parents for their ongoing support.
Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee
The Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee Competition will be postponed due to the current disruption of schools. More information will be provided in the coming months.
Head Lice Awareness
We have had a couple of reported cases of nits in the school over the past week. Could all parents please be vigilant in checking their children’s hair, making sure long hair is tied up and reminding their children of the importance of not sharing hats.
Kindy 2022 Enrolments
Enrolments are now open to the public for 4yr old Kindy 2022 (3yr old 2021). Any siblings born between 1/7/2017 – 30/6/2018 should now have an application lodged at the office. If you have friends or family that wish to apply at St Luke’s for the K22 year, please encourage them to do so as soon as possible.
Kindy 2021 is now filled and further applications will be waitlisted.
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