St Luke's Catholic Primary School
Catholic Primary School
Message from the Principal – Issue 24
Dear Parents, Caregivers and Community Members,
Today, 15 August, we celebrated the feast of the Assumption of Mary with a beautiful whole school Mass. Thank you to the readers, Altar Servers and Choir. It helped make the Mass really special.
The Church teaches us that Mary, body and soul, was taken by God into heaven as the course of her life on earth was completed. Pope Pius XII proclaimed this event to be a doctrine on 1 November 1950.
The doctrine of Mary’s Assumption is based on what is called a theological conclusion because of other indirect references to it in the Scriptures. For example, at the Annunciation (celebrated 25 March, nine months before December 25), the Angel Gabriel declared Mary to be “full of Grace” and “God’s highly favoured daughter” (Luke 1:28). Mary conceived Jesus, the Son of God, by the power of the Holy Spirit as a consequence of accepting God’s plan for her. Further, when Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, who herself was pregnant with John the Baptist, she addressed Mary with the words, “Who am I that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:42).
All these biblical statements led the Church to conclude that because of her role as Mother of the Messiah, Mary would be preserved from original sin and its consequences. Her freedom from sin was accomplished by reason of Jesus’ foreseen redemptive death on the cross. As such it would not be possible for Mary, whose womb carried the Son of God, to suffer the corruption of the body that all people experience after death.
Let us pray together and ask God to help us to see Mary as an example of how we can live our life.
O God You called Mary to be the mother of Jesus
and the mother of us all.
Let the example of her faithfulness inspire us
to open ourselves to the fullness of your grace,
that we too, may bear Christ to the world.
Grant this in the name of the same Jesus Christ
who lives with you and the Holy Spirit.
A reminder this Friday, 17 August and Monday, 20 August are Pupil Free days.
Open Night – Reporting and Assessment
What a wonderful evening last night was! I do hope you had an opportunity to celebrate your children’s learning but also saw how dedicated and hard working our St Luke’s staff are. A huge thank you to all the families who attended, there was a great sense of community spirit. Any feedback is most welcome by emailing your child’s class teacher. $721.00 was raised from the sausage sizzle, which will go to our P&F.
4 Year Old Kindy 2020 and 3 Year Old Pre Kindy 2019 Enrolment Information
This information is for parents who have a child enrolled into the 4 Year Old Kindy program in 2020 will receive their letter of ‘Offer and Acceptance’ from tomorrow. This will also include information and an enrolment form for 3 Year Old Pre Kindy. Any queries, please contact the office.
One Big Voice
We wish those children who are attending One Big Voice this Friday a very enjoyable time at the Perth Convention Centre. Please check your information note sent home by Mrs Longbottom about departure times and what to bring. We wish the children participating, Mrs Longbottom and Miss D’Onofrio a wonderful time.
This Saturday from 2-4pm at the Telethon Speech & Hearing Auditorium some staff will be attending the WA Power of Speech Awards, a unique public speaking event for young children with hearing loss. TSH’s auditorium is transformed into a stage for inspiring voices and presentations on topics our students choose. Let’s celebrate the development and achievements of TSH students as they showcase their talents as confident, powerful public communicators.
Conduct Statement Number 3
You act in accordance with the values of the Gospel as defined in the Code of Ethical Conduct. Guidelines:
• You are mindful that your decisions and behaviour are opportunities for students and others to see Gospel values in action and how faith integrates with life. Therefore you are responsible for educating yourself and anyone you lead on the content of those values, and their practical application in your decision making.
• You acknowledge that as a member of a Catholic school community, you are required to strive to develop and live out your relationships with all people in a manner that is based on Gospel values as defined in the CECWA Code of Ethical Conduct.
• Fostering positive relationships which flow from being: – welcoming and open – honest and loyal – trusting and trustworthy
• Committing to appropriate confidentiality based on: – respect for others
• Committing to: – the Mandate of the Bishops of Western Australia – the acceptance of responsibility for any acton or initiative at a personal level.
As part of our partnership with you in the education and wellbeing of your children, I would like to invite all parents to join us for a facilitated discussion about how to authentically live out our Code of Conduct in our school and the wider community as part of our extended guardianship of our children. Led by Bernard Hill, Legal Counsel for Catholic Education WA who helped draft our Code, the session will allow us to recognise why living our Code is the most effective way to teach our children to recognise and choose healthy relationships. The workshop will be on Tuesday, 4 September from 6.30pm and will run until 8.00pm. A light supper will be provided.
From My Readings………Are We Raising Great Kids? – Make caring for others a priority!
Research shows that parents tend to highlight their children’s happiness and achievements over their children’s concern for others. Yet, this should be a priority as children need to learn to balance their needs with the needs of others, whether it’s passing the ball to a teammate or standing up for friend who is being bullied.
They need to hear from parents that caring for others is a top priority. A big part of that is holding children to high ethical expectations, such as honouring their commitments, even if they don’t want to. For example, before kids quit a sports team, choir, or a friendship, we should ask them to consider their obligations to the group or the friend and encourage them to work out problems before quitting.
Instead of saying to your children: “The most important thing is that you’re happy,” say “The most important thing is that you are kind.” Ensure that children always address others respectfully, even when they’re tired, distracted, or angry and emphasise caring, yourself, when you interact with other key adults in your children’s lives.
It’s never too late to become a caring person, but it won’t happen on its own. Children need to practice caring for others, express gratitude for those who care for them and contribute positively to others’ lives. Studies show that people who are in the habit of expressing gratitude are more likely to be helpful, generous, compassionate, and forgiving—and they’re also more likely to be happy and healthy.
Learning to be caring is like learning to play a sport or an instrument. Daily repetition—whether it’s a helping a friend with class work, helping out around the house, or having a classroom job—help make caring second nature and develop and hone children’s caregiving capacities. Learning gratitude involves regularly practising it.
Don’t reward your child for every act of helpfulness, such as clearing the dinner table. We should expect our children to help around the house, with siblings, and with neighbours and only reward uncommon/unexpected acts of kindness. Discuss with your child about the caring and uncaring acts they see on television and about acts of justice and injustice they might witness or hear about in the news. Make gratitude a daily ritual at dinnertime, bedtime, in the car, or on a family walk. Express thanks for those who care and give to us and others in large and small ways.
Children learn ethical values by watching the actions of adults they respect. They also learn values by thinking through ethical dilemmas with adults, e.g. “Should I invite a new neighbour to my birthday party when my best friend doesn’t like her?”. Being a moral role model and mentor means that we need to practice honesty, fairness, and caring ourselves. But it doesn’t mean being perfect all the time. For our children to be able to respect and trust us, we need to acknowledge our mistakes and flaws. We also need to respect children’s thinking and listen to their perspectives, demonstrating to them how we want them to engage others. Model caring for others by doing community service at least once a month. Even better, do this service with your child. Give your child an ethical dilemma at dinner or ask your child about dilemmas they’ve faced.
Read more at… https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/parenting/wp/2014/07/18/are-you-raising-nice-kids-a-harvard-psychologist-gives-5-ways-to-raise-them-to-be-kind/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.daa11c017fa3