Welcome back to term 2. Hope families were able to enjoy some of the sunshine throughout the holiday break. As the weather continues to be quite mild in the first two weeks of Term 2, students may choose to wear either summer or winter uniform until the end of week 2- Thursday 2 May.
Parent Engagement Platform/App/Website
Today we launch our new look newsletter, app and website. If you were previously receiving newsletter emails, you will continue to receive a link via email to access our parent engagement platform. The parent engagement platform supports parents with accessing newsletters, important dates and information. If you have changed your email address or have not received the newsletter previously, please contact Cate in our school office so as she can add your email to the list of subscribers.
You will notice that on the eNewsletter page that parents will also be able access more information regarding:
- School Calendar
- School Policies
- School Board
- Staff Contacts
- Previous eNewsletters
- School Canteen
- Uniform Shop
- Curriculum Outlines
This page is still being developed and we would always appreciate feedback as to how we can ensure communication is effective.
Some of the key features of the new eNewsletter is that it includes google translate if English is not your first language. You can also print the Newsletter as a pdf if you need to do so.
The new schoolzine app will be utilized in the same way as previously. The school will use the app to communicate reminders of events, last minute changes to events or notifications. In addition to this parents can also conveniently access newsletters, important dates, notify the school of a student absence or place an order from the canteen. Information about the school app can be located http://www.schoolzine.com/szapp go to the app store / google playstore and search SZapp and download. You will need to select a region and type in school name.
Our new look school website is still in draft mode and has not been migrated over to our domain. There are some active links that have not been finalised as yet so please bear with us as we complete the process. The new look school website, while still providing parents with general information about our school is designed more for new families wishing to find out general information about the school, programs and the enrolment process.
We are hoping this new platform will support effective communication. The Schoolzine products have been specifically designed to support schools with communication and are used in many schools Australia wide. If you have any feedback please email firstname.lastname@example.org or speak to a member of our school board. The names of the school board members are located on our parent engagement platform and are on display in our school office.
If your child is starting school next year would you please return your enrolment form to the office as soon as possible to confirm your child's placement.
School Athletics Day
A very big thank you to all the parents and friends who attended our School Athletics day on the last day of term 1. Thanks also to the parent volunteers who supported Mrs Sue Pattinson with the set up, running the events and packing up. Each year Sue spends a great amount of time working with the students to ensure that this event is a positive and fun experience for everyone. Thanks to our student sports leaders, Jack S, Emilia, Jessica, Ollie, Jack T and Ella along with our staff who also supported Mrs Pattinson with this event.
The magnitude of what God has done for us in Jesus
The first week of term 2, although a stop start week, was probably the most important week of our year. We celebrated the fact that Jesus is Alive and ANZAC day. As many reflected on the importance of these two events we also had sadness. Firstly with so many Christians killed in Sri Lanka and then a completely different sadness. The sadness here I refer to is the Booing that took place at the ANZAC ceremony after the match had finished. Yes, no one was killed at this event but what does the Booing say about us as a society? Surely we are better than this? ANZAC day is a day of mourning. We mourn for many reasons. We mourn the people of Christchurch. We mourn the people of Colombo. We mourn the fact wars still exist.
As the Booing continued I reflected on what we say to our students within the Federation. We say, that Booing Has NO place in our School.
We are a people and community who celebrate the joys of others. We also grieve with those who are suffering.
We are a people who trust that the God who created us and loves us will hold us up through this moment of darkness so that the darkness does not break our hearts.
I hope that you can find the time to read these two well written reflections on the meaning of the Cross.
Edward Dooley (Mission and Faith Leader)
When you reflect upon Jesus Christ hanging on the cross of shame, you understand the depth and weight of human sin. How do we measure the size of a fire? By the number of firefighters and fire engines sent to fight against it. How do we measure the seriousness of a medical condition? By the amount of risk the doctors take in prescribing dangerous antibiotics or surgical procedures. How do we measure the gravity of sin and the incomparable vastness of God's love for us? By looking at the magnitude of what God has done for us in Jesus, who became like a common criminal for our sake and in our place.
Fleming Rutledge is an American Episcopal priest, and now an author, theologian and preacher. Ordained to the diaconate in 1975, she was one of the first women to be ordained to the priesthood of the Episcopal Church.
The real crosses of our lives
Every difficult thing in life is not a cross. A lot of things are difficult in life but that does not make them crosses. A cross is that which we do not choose and do not want. It is outside the normal order of life. It is what confounds our plans or disturbs our dreams. It is anything that wrenches life away from our plans or hopes in a truncated or destructive or pitiable way. It is where we would not go but cannot avoid.
Jesus’ cross was not some kind of petty inconvenience. It was a distortion of a great life and even greater plans and in great proportions. It was the cutting off of life in the very thick of it. It was the cost to be paid for confronting the authorities of both synagogue and state.
Nor are the real crosses of our lives minor irritations or teasing tests of our faith in God. The cross is not an exercise in temporary discomfort. It is life-changing.
The cross brings with it a sense of finality, the judgment of forever. There is no going back from here. Jesus is nailed to a cross from which there is no return. The glory days are over. The followers are scattered. The entire enterprise seems lost. It is the bleak and final moments of the dream. There is no way whatsoever to plumb the depths of such depression in the human soul.
The call of this moment, the eleventh Station of the Cross, is the call to faith, to believe that a loving God is also present in darkness so deep that nothing can possibly assuage it. It is the call to faith in the God of Timelessness in a time of total defeat. It is trust that the God who created us and loves us will hold us up through this moment so that the darkness does not break our hearts.
The question with which the eleventh station confronts us is whether or not we are spending our lives, our hopes, our emotions, on something great enough to make the pain of losing them worthwhile. The great task of the spiritual life is to choose to spend it on something big enough to risk the pain of its loss.
There is a great freedom that comes when the cross we refuse to accept becomes the cross we embrace. When we give up the struggle against life, life begins to lighten in us. We become indestructible. Nothing more can hurt us now. We learn to live in ways we never imagined possible and find ourselves made new. Being handicapped is not a death knell anymore. Being alone is not a burden now; it is an opportunity to start over again. Being blocked by one impasse in life, we discover whole new ways of being alive. We find new life in the small deaths of the day. We sink into the ultimate liberation. Now there is nothing in life but the freedom of choosing again.
—from The Way of the Cross: A Path to New Life (Orbis Books) by Joan Chittister
St Catherine's Athletic Sports 2019
Congratulations to Blue House for winning the 2019 Athletic Sports. It was a close event and very little between the 3 teams. Ella and Jack were very excited to lead their team to victory.
As a whole school we were able to donate $480 to Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion, to help end poverty and promote justice for those who are less fortunate than us. A big thank you to our Year 6 Learning, Faith & Justice leaders for organising and promoting such an enjoyable event for the whole school. Also a big thanks to those who donated and showed off their crazy hair!
Towards the end of last term, the year 5/6 classes proudly showcased their experiences and learning throughout first term in the senior school. As Australian History was a major part of the term’s work, parents and carers were able to enjoy a variety of oral presentations as a window into curriculum areas explored from, research, collaboration, public speaking to creative thinking, personal and social capabilities. We look forward to sharing your child’s filmed presentation with you directly this term as part of our learning about reflection, feedback and personal accountability.
Congratulations to the following students who received a learning award last term. We commend them on their efforts towards their academic and personal development.
Aliyah Charakas, Ava Ronchi, Bill Lautenbach, Joshua Whitfield, Nicholas Stamatakos
Edward Taylor, Jessica Lee, Oscar Licastro, Sienna Webb, Sophie Langdon
Last term on the 2nd April the Year 1 & 2 students with their families attended their family faith night in the Learning Hub. The focus of the evening was to acknowledge that we are “Called by name to be a child of God.” Throughout the night the students and parents had an opportunity to reflect and reconnect with the sacrament of Baptism, sharing stories about what happened on their special day.
Mr Dooley shared some information about the background of Baptism and the symbols used during a Baptism ceremony. The key words from his talk were: welcome, celebration, water, oil and light.
The parents then discussed with the students why they had chosen their name for them as they decorated their names on card with mosaic tiles.
The families gathered together again and participated in a peaceful meditation called “What’s in a name?” To conclude the night some of the students had the opportunity to share some stories and mementos from their Baptisms before the Year 1 & 2 students sang “God Loves Me” by John Burland.