Dear Parents and Carers
Currently our Leadership Team starts each meeting with a passage from a wonderful little book called ‘Discovering Prayer’. Today we read a section headed up - Anxiety. “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God’ - Philippians 4:6. The reading goes onto say – Prayer is an opportunity to unburden yourself of worries. Prayer is a space in your day where you can hold up the worry to God, and trustingly ask God to help you deal with it. It is often prayer that can help in times of trouble and stress, given what the country has gone through, prayer is a good thing to remember.
I would like to announce that John Doyle is the school’s Parent Environment Officer. This means that John will help coordinate working bees and ensure that our school is looking spick and span.
In fact on Monday just gone, John and a former parent, Justin O’Louhglin were ably assisted by one of John’s sons Thomas, as they extended fencing for our chicken coop and screening for our environment centre. A great improvement to our school already.
John has a great idea. He has asked the school to keep a ‘To do list/Ideas Book’ in the front office. This is so we can record anything that the school or community identifies as a priority, either to repair or to instigate. So, if you see something that needs doing or something that would be a great addition to our school, stop by the front office and make sure you put it in the book.
Morning Assemblies and Awards Assemblies
As mentioned in a previous newsletter we are now conducting morning assemblies. In doing so, we are making sure the classes are spaced and the assemblies are concluded within a five-minute period. To keep to five minute assemblies we have decided to hand out Friday’s awards to the children inside the school. If media permissions permit, we are then posting this photo on Facebook. My apologies to those parents who were here last week and would have been disappointed when they could not see the awards presented.
Semester One Reports
As mentioned before, our reports have been modified for this semester. The reports display a grade for almost all KLA’s and will be ready at the end of Wk. 10 of this term. A new section on the report called ‘Engagement with Learning’ will be included in this report. This section has been placed in the reports to give additional information in lieu of comments, due to the Remote Learning experienced by our students. Clearly, teachers have been trying to complete key assessment to help formulate their student’s reports, making sure that parents have valuable information for the Parent/Teacher interviews in Term 3.
Prayers for the Verri and De Rosa family
Can we please keep our Front Office secretary Sue Verri in our prayers as her mother just passed away last weekend. Sue has taken bereavement leave this week as she comes to terms with her loss and plans for her mother’s funeral.
On another sad note, Mrs De Rosa, our Assistant Principal’s father, is very ill. Nina is taking some carers leave throughout the next couple of weeks to be with him. I am sure that she would be very grateful to know that our community is praying for her father.
God bless and stay safe
Some children are resilient by nature – their temperament helps them to be mentally and psychologically tough. You know those kids. They get straight back up after a setback or disappointment. Rejection in the playground doesn’t faze them. Unfortunately, not every child has such natural resilience.
The good news is that most of the research shows that resilience can be nurtured and developed, particularly when parents themselves are resilient and they actively foster it in their kids.
Resilient kids share four basic skill sets- independence, problem-solving, optimism and social connection.
Adults need to coach children through some of their more challenging moments and reviewing what they may have learned for next time. Avoid solving all their problems for them.
You can promote a lasting sense of resilience in your children by:
- Having a positive attitude yourself. Your attitude as a parent impacts on their ability to bounce back from some of the difficulties they face. Make sure you model a ‘you can do it’ attitude for your child when he meets some of life’s curve balls.
- Look for teachable moments. Many kids’ learning opportunities are disguised as problems. Make the most of these opportunities so that children can grow and learn from some of the challenges they face.
- Make kids active participants in the family. Active participation in a family develops the self-help, problem-solving and independence skills of kids that are necessary for resilience.
- Build kids coping skills. There are plenty of strategies you can pass on to kids to help them cope when life doesn’t go their way, including acceptance, getting away for a while, and normalisation.
Promoting resilience in children is a not a single event but a continuous process that requires adults to be supportive and empathetic when things don’t go their way. It also requires you as a parent to have an understanding of resilience, so you have faith in yourself, and your child’s ability to cope.
The link below provide's more information on the topic by Dr Michael Carr-Gregg, a psychologist who works with children and adolescents, specialising in the area of parenting adolescents and adolescent mental health.
On a personal note I ask the community to keep my family in your prayers, my Dad is extremely unwell and ask for prayers of strength and support during this difficult time.
Mrs D’s ‘Thought of the Week….’
“Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.”
- Charles R. Swindle
With Sharee Thomas
This Sunday we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ. This day was once called Corpus Christi, which is Latin for “Body of Christ.” In the revised Lectionary the name for this day is expanded to reflect more completely our Eucharistic theology.
Sunday’s Gospel is taken from the Gospel according to John. The reading is part of a conversation between Jesus and a crowd of Jews. This story comes shortly after the miracle of Jesus’ multiplication of the loaves and fishes. In John’s Gospel, miracles such as this are identified as “signs” through which people come to believe that Jesus is the Son of God. These signs are followed by dialogue that interprets and explains the miracle.
Having seen Jesus multiply the loaves and fishes, the crowd pursues him, perhaps seeking more food but also looking for another sign. Jesus tells the crowd that he is the bread of life. He explains that just as God gave the Israelites manna to sustain them in the desert, so now God has sent new manna that will give eternal life.
Jesus’ words are not well understood by the crowd; they argue that Jesus is not from heaven but born of Mary and Joseph. The crowd also has trouble understanding how Jesus could give them his flesh to eat. Jesus tells them that when they eat his flesh and drink his blood, they will remain forever connected to him. These are difficult words, but they are important because they seek to show us our intimate connection with Jesus.
This is the mystery that is at the heart of our Eucharistic theology. In the elements of bread and wine, Jesus’ Body and Blood are truly present. When we share in the Body and Blood of Christ, Jesus himself comes to dwell within us. This communion with the Lord makes us one body, brings us eternal life, and sends us forth to be Christ’s Body in the world.
This week as a family, discuss how we can be in communion with the Lord, even though we may not be able to participte in the celebration of the Eucharost yet due to numbers.
Petition to the Chief Minister for more numbers at Mass
The Archdiocese of Sydney has successfully petitioned the NSW Government to allow 50 people to attend Mass (excluding priest and those involved in liturgical ministries) effective from Monday, 1 June. However, Masses in the ACT can only be celebrated with no more than 20 people (excluding priest and those involved in liturgical ministries) effective Saturday 30 May. The Archdiocese has asked that we please share the below link to petition the ACT Governement to allow more people to attend Mass.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
With the restrictions placed on large gatherings due to COVID-19, we are unable to join together to celebrate the First Reconciliation of the Candidates within our Parish.
However Fr Michael will be celebrating the Sacrament with our Year Three students on Wednesday 1st July, observing social distancing norms. The children will receive the First Rite of Reconciliation in the Church at 10:30am. Unfortunately, due to Covid 19 health recomendations, families will not be able to attend the celebration.
More information will be sent home today in a separate email with a formation power-point for families to complete before the Sacrament. If parents have changed their minds about the Sacrament, they need to email Mrs Thomas as soon as possible.
A secret online club for 3-7yo Ninjas. Shhhhh!
This term the ELC children have been enjoying their Mystery readers via video links. Thank you to all of you who were able to film yourselves, family members or friends reading a book. Some videos included the whole family, others included props and some featured the ELC child. As we continue to limit visitors in the ELC, we hope the video mystery readers continue to arrive in our inboxes. Our team are currently critically reflecting on the changes and adjustments that have implemented due to Covid-19. These changes will remain in place in to term 3. Thank you to those of you who have already emailed feedback to us. Further feedback from families would be much appreciated! Please send your feedback to email@example.com
Covid-19 adjustments - Thank you for adapting to our changed pick up and drop off routines via the side gate. For the safety of children, families and staff, we ask that parents/carers and non-essential visitors do not enter the ELC building. Please remember to follow social distancing rules while waiting at the gate.
Unwell Children – Unwell children are required to stay at home. Please email the ELC to let us know if your child is unwell.
ELC Holiday Program - The ELC will be running a Holiday Program for July school holidays for ELC children. The first week of the program celebrates NODOC Week with art, music and movement and group games just to name a few of the planned activities. Information about the program and booking forms will be available at the ELC office.
Government Relief Package extended – The Australian Government has extended the Early Childhood Education and Care Relief Package until 12 July (to correspond with the CCS financial year). Therefore, no 'gap fees' will be charged for the remainder of this term or the first week of Holiday Care. Normal fees will apply after 12 July. If you have any queries in relation to your account, please phone or email the ELC.
SJV Tuckshop is open Wednesday & Friday. Orders can be made online via Qkr! A copy of the Menu and Qkr! instructions can be found on the Tuckshop Webpage.
NEXT WEEKS TUCKSHOP ROSTER
Wednesday 17th June
Friday 19th June
Please remember to bring your WWVP card with you.
Tuckshop Volunteers Needed
The tuckshop is in desperate need of some volunteers, in particular on Wednesday's for this term.
If you can only spare a couple of hours, that would be fantastic. If you have little ones, they are very welcome to come along.
Please contact the front office or fill in the tuckshop volunteer form to let us know you are able to help and when.
Please note - Merit Awards will be handed out at NEXT Friday's morning assembly.