St Luke's Catholic Primary School
Catholic Primary School
Message from the Principal – Issue 20
Dear Parents, Caregivers and Community Members,
Our prayer to start this term is to ask Jesus to support us, to ensure that our school will continue to be a place where the Gospel is being realised. This means a place of growth for staff and students, a place for community development and a place where there is integration of culture with faith.
I believe that I am special.
I am different to every other person and have my own gifts.
I believe that God knows and loves me just as I am.
He helps me to grow to be like Him, and to always do my best.
I believe that I can become the person that God wants me to be, because the people in my school and family care for me.
Welcome back to Term Three. The holiday weeks go by very quickly, but I hope that the time away from the school routine allowed for some relaxation, in readiness for another busy term ahead at school!
As teachers, students and parents we strive to actively value and support all members of our School community, and as we do this we grow in love and understanding of each other. As we begin a new term together, we look forward to gracious and tolerant attitudes towards each other, so that we can all fulfil our God-given potential academically, spiritually, physically and emotionally.
Our staff will continue on our Curriculum Learning Journey with the in-school work we are doing in relation to our Learning Programs. It is very important, that as a school, we have a good understanding of the children’s learning needs and have processes in place to meet these needs. Please save the date in Week 5, Tuesday, 14 August from 5-7pm we will be having an Open Night. More details will follow in next week’s newsletter.
It was wonderful to see the children back safe, well and ready for a big term of work and play. Also congratulations to all the children who were in full school winter uniform. Our children certainly represent our school with pride, in the way they wear their uniform.
This term the School Community is focused on our Year 6 children as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. We ask Jesus to be with our teachers, children and their families during this very special time.
From My Readings……We all encourage our children to “do your best”. Everything is alive and changing all the time, so their best will sometimes be high quality and at other times will not be as good; it could depend on whether they are feeling wonderful and happy or upset and moody. When children are doing their best, it’s usually because they enjoy what they’re doing and feel confident about it, rather than doing it for a reward. They should do their best because they want to do it, not because they have to do it and not because they are trying to please someone else. When our children don’t do their best, they are somewhat denying themselves the opportunity to be who they really are. So, how can we support our children to do their best? Well, most children become what adults tell them they can become. Children take words to heart, especially words from the adults they love; they want and need to believe what their parents say about them. Through our speech and behaviour towards our children, we communicate to them the boundaries of their potential.
Sometimes, children need feedback from their parents to help guide their behaviour. When we do give feedback, we need to focus on the behaviour not on our child’s general worth as a person. To help children to do their best, we need to show a genuine interest in them and let them know how much we care about them. We need to acknowledge what’s important to them and provide affirmation about who they are and what they’re doing. We need, on occasion, to say “well done.” Nothing worth doing is ever easy; worthwhile things always take time and effort. When the need arises, we might offer to lend a hand. If our children see that we are willing to commit our time and energy to their interests, they will be more committed to see things through and be less likely to give up on themselves.
BOOK WEEK is about focusing on books. We will be celebrating Book Week this year during Week 3 on the joy of stories and creativity of Australian books. This year’s Book Week theme is ‘Find Your Treasure’. Book week is about: encouraging students to read,
to learn about new books,
to share favourite writers and illustrators,
to look again at old favourite books, in maybe a different way,
to take time to read alone and just read.
Details will follow shortly of the many events the P&F have planned for Week 3 Book Week and Book Fair 2018. Children will be invited to dress up as their favourite book character on Friday, 3 August.
St Mary Magdalene – 22 July
Mary Magdalene was one of the many “who were assisting them [Jesus and the Twelve] out of their means.” She was one of those who stood by the cross of Jesus with his mother. Of all the “official” witnesses that might have been chosen for the first awareness of the Resurrection, she was the one to whom that privilege was given. She is known as the “Apostle to the Apostles.”
Jesus, you made Mary Magdalene the first witness to your resurrection. May we learn to love you as she did and always give you first place in our hearts. Let our encounters with you change us into faith-filled witnesses so that we can proclaim with Mary, “I have seen the Lord!” Amen.
Principal Away Monday July 23 – Monday, 30 July
I will be in Bunbury for a Principal Review starting this Monday, 23 July until Friday, 27 July. The following Monday, 30 July I will be at the Director’s Forum. I will be returning to school on Tuesday, 31 July. If the review finishes earlier, I will be back at school earlier next week.
I wish you all a great term and urge all parents to keep informed with what happens in our school by reading our weekly newsletter and by becoming involved in our school activities.