St Luke's Catholic Primary School
Catholic Primary School
Message from the Principal – Issue 13
Dear Parents, Caregivers and Community Members,
It was an exciting time for our Year 6 students as they left for their school camp last Wednesday, arriving back at school Friday afternoon. The students and staff had an amazing time at the Bickley Outdoor Recreation Camp. Congratulations to the children for being outstanding! Each child was a credit to our school, teachers and their families. A huge thank you to the staff – Mrs Main, Mrs Fieldhouse, Mrs Hunt, Mrs Peart, Mr Noseda and Mr Baker for being on 24 hour duty for the three days; for their positive encouragement, support, pastoral care and for sacrificing personal family time to take the children on camp.
The purpose of the camp was fundamentally about developing the leaders of the school. The school camp builds confidence, resilience and responsibility, turning students into empowered, inspiring leaders.
All children learn from the unique experience of community living; sharing, working and living as a team. Being inter-dependant with peers affords the child an opportunity to make new friends, to view each other out of the context of school, and to witness and appreciate the different talents of others. School camps expose children to different environments that they would not normally experience in daily suburban living. Out of this they build personal competencies such as self-identity, self-worth, self-esteem, leadership and self-respect.
Camps help develop self-esteem as children learn to try different activities in a supportive and friendly environment. Professionally trained, outdoor instructors help children feel secure and capable. Students participated in activities they have never experienced before and were rewarded with a sense of accomplishment and self-worth. Camp is therefore a wonderful experience for all children as they learn new skills and develop a sense of autonomy and trust in their decisions.
Mother’s Day Breakfast
What a fantastic turnout of mums, grandmothers and aunties at our Mother’s Day Breakfast last Friday! A very big thank you to the four dads: Peter, Luke, Adrian and David who turned up at 6.15am to cook all the bacon and eggs and did a fabulous job, well done gents! A huge thank you to the staff who also turned up from 6.30am and helped setup, serve food and pack away. The staff at St Luke’s are real life givers and they deserve to be praised for all the extra work they do to ensure our community is one of joy and celebration. Congratulations to the Year One classes and readers from other year levels for presenting a very moving Mother’s Day assembly. It was a fabulous way to finish what was a great morning to honour our mums.
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 2018 falls 50 days after Easter 2018, which, is this Sunday, 20 May.
The focus is on Jesus’s words to the disciples “… you’ll receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and then you will be my witnesses not only in Jerusalem but throughout Judea and Samaria and indeed to the ends of the world”. It is also on the words of the angels appearing to them after Jesus ascended into heaven; “Why are you men from Galilee standing here looking into the sky?”
The writer translates this as “There’s no time to mope, no time to feel sorry for yourselves. There’s a great message of good news to be preached and lived out.”
As we know, the disciples were not at all sure of their mission and when they gathered in the one room on Pentecost ,it was as much out of fear of the Jews, as it was of still trying to discern Jesus’s ascent into heaven. However from that time onwards, with the power of the Holy Spirit driving them, they were to fulfil Jesus’s message to preach the Good News to all corners of the earth.
“And the fire that came to consume them raged so brightly that within less than 2000 years, most of the known world became aware of a group called “Christians”. Just think, they did it without Facebook or Twitter or even a printing press!
When you consider that there was no social media in those days, no TV or radio or anything other than a word-of-mouth means of spreading the message, it is truly remarkable how exciting and freeing the good news of great joy was to so many people. For over 2000 years, in spite of sometimes very flawed and even shocking emissaries, this same message has been presented, and it is offered to you and me every day: We are loved, not abandoned; we are cherished, not forgotten; we are treasured, not dismissed.”
As staff in Catholic schools we carry on this mission of spreading the Good News. I trust we are always able to do so with a sense of awe and wonder, that gives added stimulus to this great message of love.
A challenging message from Pope Francis:
Dear parents, have great patience, and forgive from the depths of your heart.
Why is it so difficult to tolerate the faults of others? Have we forgotten that Jesus bore our sins?
Let us learn to live with kindness, to love everyone, even when they do not love us.
Did you know?
More people use blue toothbrushes than red ones.
Mosquitoes prefer children to adults.
When the body is resting, it takes in about 10 litres of air every minute.
Thought for the Week
We tend to forget that happiness doesn’t come as a result of getting something we don’t have, but rather of recognising and appreciating what we do have.