|6 November||School Photo Day|
|10 November||Sacrament of Confirmation 6pm|
|11 November||WSPT: Remembrance Day (3/4)|
|13 November||Class Assembly Items (via MSTeams)|
|25 November||Kinder 2021 Orientation Day|
|3 December||Sacrament of First Eucharist Info Night (Year 4 2021)|
NOTES GONE HOME THIS WEEK
- School Sores note (Year 5/6)
Please remember that copies of notes sent home are available on our website. https://www.stmichaelsps.act.edu.au/notes
Welcome to Week 4!
This term is certainly flying by! We are well and truly in the thick of the term. Once again, I’d like to remind everyone to take care of each other and themselves. As we all know the end of the year is extremely busy and the added pressure is felt by everyone.
During Term 4, it is very common for students to be increasingly tired and for the standards of student’s behaviour to slip. Here at St Michael’s we pride ourselves on the behaviour of our students. If any families need extra support during the final part of the year, I encourage you to communicate with your child’s classroom teacher and seek support. The communication between home and school is critical, especially during the later parts of year. Our fantastic staff are always willing to help, so please let us know if we can assist.
Just a reminder that we have started the process of collecting all the borrowed books, ready for final stocktake for the end of the year. We will suspend borrowing in the next few weeks, to ensure that we give all families enough time to find any of those books that may be hiding. Mrs Hardwicke will continue to share information about the timelines for returning books and the final dates for borrowing.
On Wednesday the 25th of November we will be welcoming our Kindergarten students for 2021 to St Michael’s for Kinder Orientation. We will also be joined by Judy Egan, our new school Principal. Miss Farhadi, Mrs McCann and the Learning Support Team have been busy planning an exciting day for our new students and we are very excited to see their happy faces join our wonderful school.
Families Leaving St Michael’s
Just a quick reminder, if any families are leaving St Michael’s at the end of 2020, it is important that you send through official emails to myself. As we are in the process of finalising numbers and classes for next year, it is important that we consider those students who are not going to be here next year when forming next year's classes.
Thank you for the continued support in my acting role, and please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need anything.
Damien Webb - Principal (Acting)
Religious Education Curriculum
This term, Year 1/2 have been deepening their understanding of mission by showing respect for self, others and the world. We have shared the many ways we are different and discussed how every single person that has ever lived was created uniquely by God. We should view a person the same way God does which means each person deserves our respect, even if they are different from us.
We are exploring Scripture where Jesus has shown respect for others. Jesus interacted with many people who were different. From wealthy leaders, despised tax collectors, sinners and anyone in need. Often Pharisees and his followers would complain that he was spending time with them.
The students have been focusing on how they can show respect by the way they greet, speak and treat others at school and home. They are focusing on greeting others and using encouraging words this week.
Religious Life of St Michael’s School Community
PARISH MASS AT ST MONICA’S AND ARCHBISHOP’S VISIT
Last week, Mr Webb, myself and some of our students attended a Parish Mass at St Monica’s with the Archbishop. In his homily he talked about what a difficult year it had been and asked us to remain people of hope. He challenged us to reach out to our neighbours and to look after each other. He also spoke about the wellbeing and mental health of people during the past year where our Archdiocese has been impacted by bushfires, drought and Covid.
ST MICHAEL’S CONFIRMATION RETREAT & PARENT/CHILD FORMATION EVENING
Last Thursday, our Year 6 students spent the day deepening their knowledge about and preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation. The students enjoyed time praying together, exploring the Pentecost story using the ‘Three Worlds of the Text’, celebrating Parish Mass and engaging in a question and answer session with Fr Loi. The group also loved their pizza lunch. The teachers were impressed with how the students were open to the experience of deepening their Faith and the responsible manner in which they engaged in the day’s activities.
The parent/child Confirmation Formation evening took place via a Zoom session. Thank you to Fr Loi, Sue Collins, Meaghan Younger, Jessica Hallahan, Tash Kapantais and the St Monica’s teachers for leading this session.
WSPT All Saints/All Souls
Thank you to 3/4 for your beautiful WSPT on Monday. It was a lovely to reflect on and remember all the people who have lived their lives really well and who have died and gone to heaven. It was also an opportunity to think about how we can follow their example and live our lives as God wants us to.
WSPT NAIDOC Week
This Friday, 6 November we celebrate NAIDOC Week as a whole school. We will reflect upon the gift of our Indigenous People and pray for healing as we walk together to make a brighter future for all. Kindergarten and Miss Lewis have been busy preparing to lead this celebration.
WSPT Remembrance Day
We will pause as a whole school community next Wednesday, 11 November to remember the sacrifices of all who have died in war. We will pray for lasting peace in our world and healing for all harmed by war. 3/4 have been busy preparing to lead us in this celebration.
We keep in our prayers the Year 6 candidates for Confirmation as they prepare to receive this special sacrament next week. Candidates: Phillip B, Helena B, Sienna G, Owen K, Jarrah K, Joshua L, Lucas P, Samara R, Billy S, Caitlin W & Zavier W-A.
so that they may believe in You and in Jesus whom You sent.
Look kindly on all candidates for Confirmation as they listen to Your voice.
Open their hearts to Your Spirit and bring to fulfilment the good work that You have begun in them.
As we prepare these children for Confirmation, make each of us an instrument of Your love.
Teach us to appreciate what is holy in others, and to be patient with what we do not understand.
Deepen our faith in the Gospel and help us to pass it on by our example.
We pray that You will continue to guide us and sustain us.
Through Christ our Lord,
Bridgette McCann (Acting REC)
The Sacrament of Confirmation is to be celebrated on:
Tuesday 10 November in St Michael’s Church at 6pm
Wednesday 11 November in St Monica’s Church at 6pm
Thursday 12 November in St Monica’s Church – 2 liturgies at 5.30pm and 7pm.
Please arrive at the church/liturgy that you have booked for, at least 15 minutes prior to commencement of the sacrament.
If you have not returned your home booklet to the school, please do so as a matter of urgency. The completed booklets will be signed by Fr Loi and will then be returned to the candidates on the night of the Sacrament liturgy along with their certificates. .
For further information please contact the Sacramental Program coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
Congratulations to the following students who achieved a Harmony Award in Week 4. Awards will be presented at Friday morning's assembly (weather permitting).
Reminder that School photos will be taken this Friday 6 November.
Sibling envelopes are available from the Front Office and need to be returned to the school before photo day.
Please ensure that your child is dressed in full school summer uniform.
If your child has not ordered their photo's before photo day they will still have their photo taken and you will be able to order direct from MSP at an additional cost.
Any queries, please see Lisa in the Front Office.