Thank you for your support for our Book Week celebrations. Our Book Fair was well supported, once again, and the students looked wonderful in their character costumes last Friday. They had lots of fun parading and so did the teachers. Photos are contained in this newsletter.
Students reports will be released to parents via the Compass Parent Portal on Wednesday 8 December. A paper copy will only be printed on request. If you haven’t installed the Compass app, now is the time to do so. Please note that student reports will not contain comments, as in Semester One. Formal interviews schedules are not scheduled by the school but parents may seek an interview with their child’s class teacher before the school year finishes if they would like to discuss any matters regarding their child's progess. Interviews may be done on site if parents are double vaccinated or they can be organised as online meetings. Please let class teachers know if you seek an appointment as soon as possible.
End of Year Arrangements
Thursday 9 December - Thanksgiving /Graduation Mass at 10am in the Church. Parents of Year 6 students permitted followed by morning tea.
Awards Day at 11am - held outside and we will record the Awards Day for parents to view at a later time for their convenience.
Lessons commence next week at the Batlow Pool. Parents need to provide consent via the Compass Event. Let us hope the weather warms up a bit by then.
The word ‘Advent’ means ‘coming’. Jesus is coming, and Advent is intended to be a season of preparation for His arrival. When we light the candles on the wreath, it symbolises the coming of light (Jesus) into the world.
Candle 1 (violet): represents hope
Candle 2 (violet): represents peace
Candle 3 (rose): represents joy
Candle 4 (violet): represents love
Each week, a new candle is lit gradually dispelling more and more of the darkness as we draw ever closer to the coming of Christ at Christmas. By the final week of Advent, all four candles are lit reminding us that the time to rejoice has finally arrived! The central white candle is lit on Christmas Day and represents Christ.
“As We Await the Blessed Hope…”
These words, said during the Communion Rite, state clearly the meaning of Advent enshrined in the Advent Wreath. As we light the candles we should be grateful for the coming of Christ who came to save us from the darkness of sin and death so that we might have eternal life.
“The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shone.” Isaiah 9:1
Prepare reflectively for Christmas using the free online Walking Together Advent resource. Created by families for families, this home-grown Archdiocesan program will be made available in 4 instalments - one each week - including a 10 minute video and downloadable discussion/reflection questions. Use it whenever suits you, alone or in a small group. Or join a weekly zoom discussion group.
Families are invited to please give generously to our St Vincent De Paul Christmas Hampers with donations of non-perishable food goods. Baskets are located in classrooms for students to place their items into. Your kindness can make a difference to people in need in our community this Christmas.
Our students have been gifted play therapy bags from the BE YOU organisation. Our students in K-4 will bring a bag home tomorrow with a variety of items to support play development. (Optional for 5/6 students) Further information about the Be You organisation can be located via the link below.