Message from the Principal – Issue 16
‘When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.’
Pentecost Sunday, which marks the end of the Easter season in the Christian calendar, celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. Pentecost 2019 is this Sunday, 9 June.
What a lovely mid-term break! I hope you enjoyed this extended break from school routines and cold early mornings! We return for a very short week but nevertheless packed to the brim with activities!
We wish our Year 5 and 6 students the very best as they participate in tomorrow’s Winter Sports Lightning Carnival. Children will be participating in Netball, Soccer and AFL Football. Have fun, do your best and represent St Luke’s with a great deal of pride.
Next Tuesday and Wednesday is School Photos. Any inquiries please ask Lechelle or Leone in the Office.
Starting today, some teachers will be providing extra Cross Country training sessions for any children wishing to participate. Training will be on the following days:
Wednesday, 5 June 3.00pm-4.00pm
Monday, 10 June 3.00pm-4.00pm
Thursday, 13 June 3.00pm-4.00pm
Children are to be picked up at 4.00pm from the oval please. Children can get changed into running clothes for the after school training sessions if they don’t wear their sports uniform on a training day. Friday before school Running Club is open to any children wishing to participate also. We hope to see you there!
Please note the change of date for our school Cross Country, which will now be on Friday, 14 June. Mr Noseda will be sending out further details shortly.
First Holy Communion Retreat
Our Year Four children are preparing for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion on either Saturday, 15 or Sunday 16 June. Today the children participated in a retreat with staff from the 24/7 Youth School Ministry. Some of the main objectives were:
Our family brings us to the door of the Church to be welcomed as one of God’s Family, through the Sacrament of Baptism, where we can be supported and helped to grow.
We are drawn closer to God and one another in His family when we are reconciled through the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Eucharist means ‘thanksgiving’ and when we participate in the Eucharist, we give thanks for all Jesus has done for us.
We are united to God’s Son, Jesus and made spiritually strong when we receive His Body and Blood and the Sacrament of the Eucharist.
Congratulations to SHINE students, Paige, Juliet, Nadija, Taylah, Julian, Leon, Ashton, Emily and Beatrice who participated in the Joondalup-Wanneroo community radio station 89.7fm’s School of Thought program last Wednesday. The children were amazing and they thoroughly enjoyed the experience to broadcast live on radio. I wish to thank Cr John Logan for inviting our school to take part, Mrs Jessica Stojkovski for helping take some students to the radio station and to Mrs Ann-Maree Simmonds for preparing the children so well. Bravo!
From My Readings…
Every parent wants to protect their child from difficulties that arise in life. One of the dangers is parents solving challenges for their children and that children do not develop the life skills necessary to deal with their own challenges. When a child comes home from school and says that there was a challenge, a parent should listen to the account and where possible try and elicit from the child some alternative strategies that could be used next time such a situation occurs. When a child is giving their version of a situation, often this involves lots about what other students did or said, and very little about themselves. There are always two sides to every story and I encourage parents to take the time to discover both sides before passing judgement on other children, staff and students.
Throughout the Gospels there are many instances of Jesus’ ability to forgive. This is particularly evident in the Gospel about the woman at the well. Her accusers wanted to trap Jesus, by having him say something that was against the law of the land.
Jesus said nothing, but wrote in the sand with his finger. We are led to believe that he wrote the sins and faults of the woman’s accusers. Whatever he wrote, the accusers all left, deciding not to continue their attempt to have the woman stoned and to trap Jesus. Sometimes, not saying anything resonates far louder and longer than any words. Then Jesus stood up and said to her:
“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She replied, “No one.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go away and don’t sin again.” (John 8: 10–11)