- Message from the Principal
- Term Dates, Public Holidays and School Closure Dates
- Important Dates Regarding Buses
- Winter Sport - Permission on PAM
- P & F Meeting - Friday 28th May
- IMPORTANT Message - PAM (Parent Access Module) Medical Profiles & Permission Slips
- Magic Beach Performance at the Wedge - Foundation to Grade Two
- Visit from Living Safely with Dogs and Responsible Pet Ownership program
- 2022 Foundation Open Days and Enrolment Information - Copy
- Tuck Shop Lunch Order Menu / Over the counter sales & Canteen Roster
- Merit Awards
- School Photos 9th June 2021
- COMMUNITY NOTICES
Our school is a place of faith and learning
Dear Parents and Families,
We look forward to our Open Days which begin next week, along with Catholic Education Week. Open Days will take place on Tuesday, May 25th, Wednesday, May 26th and Thursday, May 27th between 9am and 10.30am. All prospective families are welcome to attend and if you know of anyone who may wish to look at the school or enrol their child in Foundation, please encourage them to come along.
Next week, our Year Five and Six children will also participate in the Winter Sport Competition. Netball, Football and Soccer will be played at different venues, with children competing against different local schools. The day will begin at 9am and end around 1pm.
Please know that teachers are busy writing reports and they will look slightly different as we implement a new online platform. This semester, School Reports will be available via the PAM(Parent Access Module) and hard copy. Parent/Teacher Interviews will take place during the last week of term and online registrations will open in mid June.
This weekend, we have a number of students receiving the sacrament of Confirmation. We thank everyone for their prayers. We will continue to pray for them as they are called to go out and live the message of Christ, Faith, hope and love of God the Father.
Wishing you all lovely weekend.
Anita and staff
2021 SCHOOL TERM DATES
TERM 2 - Monday 19th April - Thursday 24th June
TERM 3 - Monday 12th July - Friday 17th September
TERM 4 - Monday 4th October - Thursday 17th December
|Monday 14th June||Queen's Birthday|
SCHOOL CLOSURE DAYS
|Friday 25th June||Curriculum Planning|
IMPORTANT DATES FOR BUSES 2021
Tuesday 8th June - Magic Beach Performance - The production will finish at 3pm, which means that we will not be back in time for country bus & Paisley Park students, please make other pick up arrangements.
Friday 11th June NO BUSES RUNNING
Monday 14th June Queens Birthday NO BUSES RUNNING
Friday 25th June School Closure Day
Monday 12th July First Day of Term 3
Friday 17th September Last day of term 3. Buses leave at 2.20pm instead of 3.20pm
Monday 4th October First Day of Term 4
Tuesday 2nd November Melbourne Cup Day NO BUSES RUNNING
PAM (Parent Access Module)
We still have some families who have not completed there PAM accounts, please follow the instructions below and contact the office if you require your Parent Code. Please remember to complete the medical profile also.
We have some permission forms for planned available on PAM. Students will not be able to attend until your PAM account is active, Medical Profiles completed and consent given via PAM.
To access PAM, please click HERE and enter your login credentials to proceed to your account.
Please note you may only have one shared active family account per household, please contact the office if you have any queries.
If you need your login credentials or a password reset, please contact our reception officers on 5144 1332 or email@example.com.
On Tuesday 8th June the Foundation, Year One and Year Two classes will be attending a performance at the Wedge in Sale. We will be travelling to The Wedge by bus, leaving at 1:40pm and will return at the end of the school day. We will be watching the production of “Magic Beach,'' a play based on the book by Alison Lester. This excursion will provide our students with an opportunity to celebrate the power of imagination and the differences that make every child special. The production will finish at 3pm, which means that we will not be back in time for country bus students. If your child catches the country bus, please make other arrangements for their pick up from school on this day.
On Thursday, our junior classes were visited by Melissa from the Living Safely with Dogs and Responsible Pet Ownership program. The aim of the program is to teach the children how to be safe around dogs. Students were shown how to ask the owners for permission to pat their dog to keep themselves safe. The program is supported by a website with learning games for primary school aged children or is available for download - go to https://www.pettown.vic.
CANTEEN ROSTER TERM 2
|Canteen Roster Term 2 2021||Fridays 12:50pm - 1:40pm|
|Week||Date||Volunteer 1||Volunteer 2||Reserve|
|6||28 May 2021||Chloe Stewart||Mikaela Fowler|
|7||4 June 2021||Crystal McMillan||Sara Harris||Gabrielle Waterman|
|8||11 June 2021||Kim Reid||Emily Jones||Michelle Brewis|
|9||18 June 2021||Lorissa Whykes||Christine Kemp||Tracey Crane|
|Foundation CB||Ethan Hawkes & Phoebe Francis|
|Foundation MP||Thea Stubbe & Victoria O'keefe|
|Grade 1JB||Mesa Cordwell & Jensen Fraser|
|Grade 1MI||Bella March & Isaac Kingston|
|Grade 2MB||Madison Cook & Abbey Heywood|
|Grade 2MG||Jessica Heffernan, Jimmy Brennan & Lincoln Kerton|
|Grade 3AP||Asha Butterworth & Ella Wheeler|
|Grade 4BG||Mason Lucieer, Finn Piasente, Sadie Vatnsdal|
|Grade 4KG||Evie Jones & Logan Fox|
|Grade 5CG||Jude McBean & Taylah Mizzi|
Jude Steele & Will Foster
The early missionaries were sent forth from the shores of Ireland in small coracles. They set forth in their little boats to proclaim the gospel to unknown lands. They had no maps, no compass, no life-jacket. The legend goes that they placed their ears to the floor of the coracle and listened to the current of the sea which led them to safe shores beyond their imagining.
As we gather to celebrate the Feast of Pentecost this year, it feels as though there is an urgency for us as we emerge from the challenges of Covid-19. As we begin to gather in our parish communities, there is something comforting about our ability to return and to be with familiar friends and members of our community. We feel reassured as we celebrate the Eucharist and immerse ourselves in the sacramental life of the Church. However, while it feels the same, something is different: WE are different.
As we think back over the long closure and endless weeks of on-line Masses, our parishes have changed as we stand 1.5 metres apart, no longer express our peace in the customary manner, no longer share the Cup of Life as we look for the faces of so many who have not at this time taken their usual pew among us.
Pentecost marks the beginning of the Church. The Acts of the Apostles reflects the joy, unity, harmony and mission which the early Christian community experienced as they ‘heard what sounded like a powerful wind from heaven.’ (Acts 2:2) Something new was happening as the Spirit of God called them from Jerusalem to be sent to the ends of the earth. Their witness and testimony, as they shared the ‘marvels’ of God, inspired in them a power to go forth: to go beyond their known reality, to venture into the world beyond, to proclaim the Risen Christ. Their joy, unity, harmony and mission reverberates in the Church today in the lives of all the baptised who continue to live and discover anew this same gift of the Holy Spirit who falls upon us.
As I move among the parishes of the Diocese of Sale, I see and hear the unique and dynamic stories that are inspired from within our communities. It is not a matter of numbers, but rather one of the sense of communion-communio which exists among people of faith.
In 2019 the Diocese of Sale gathered for the Assembly around the theme, Sharing our Story – Celebrating our Faith – Shaping our Future. Archbishop Pat O’Regan and others dedicated themselves to the task of engaging every parishioner, clergy, lay leaders, educational leaders, diocesan staff, ecumenical friends and those beyond the Church to reflect together on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium – The Joy of the Gospel and its implication and possible application across our Diocese. The Assembly was also inspired by the impetus of the Plenary Council which will gather for its first session this October and will, through dialogue, prayer and discernment, articulate future directions for the Catholic Church across Australia. The Diocesan Assembly remains a rich gift for us and a guide for our future direction.
The reflections of the Diocesan Assembly were collated in a document Ideas for Pastoral Initiatives submitted by the Assembly. This document gathered the raw responses from the hundreds of participants who assembled at Marist-Sion College in September 2019. These reflections both affirm the experience of many in our parishes, and at the same time, articulate a sense of mission for the future. These pastoral initiatives are not restrictive, but can be applied across the diversity of our communities and enacted as discerned by each parish community. They also assist in determining how diocesan resources and initiatives may serve our parishes as we set out on this journey as contemporary missionary disciples.
So, let us set our course anew!
While Covid-19 may have interrupted the journey and set us off course, let us come together once more and take up the task before us. Let us discern our way forward through the lens of faith. Covid-19 disrupted our lives; however, it proved how resilient, imaginative, creative, caring, compassionate and faithful our parish communities are.
In light of the Pentecost message, and as you gather in your parishes at your formal pastoral meetings, or informal gatherings, we have the opportunity to reflect. Perhaps the questions below may help as you list your responses to the following:
- What did we learn about our parish community because of Covid-19?
- What pastoral initiatives emerged at our parish which should not be lost?
- What could we have done differently and how might we move forward?
The Diocesan Assembly has provided a rich compass for the journey ahead for every parish and also provides direction for the journey ahead in our Diocese. Upon this foundation, we listen to the voice of the Plenary Council. I invite you to use the Assembly’s pastoral ideas in a spirit of gentle discernment and dialogue by taking your time together, listening to one another, praying with one another so as to identify those pastoral initiatives which you will work toward.
Our Assembly provides pastoral priorities: Faith Formation and Spirituality; Leadership and Governance; Families and Vocation; Liturgy and Prayer; and, The Welcoming Community. Each of these fundamental aspects of Church life underpin who we are and who we are called to be, and invite us to consider our response from both a parish and diocesan perspective.
The Diocesan Gaudium et Spes Plenary Committee continues to gather, reflect and to discern our shared journey together. Their inspirational thoughts, pastoral experience and collective faith assist in steering the pastoral course of our Diocese.
I am most thankful to each member for their zeal, honesty, challenge, hope, purpose, pastoral wisdom and deep sense of what is possible in inspiring, forming, promoting and encouraging our Diocesan unity and sense of shared mission.
I invite every parish council, leadership team and parish group to be given access to the Assembly document. I ask our priests and parish leaders to embrace this pastoral initiative as a means of enhancing local communities, setting objectives and encouraging a common purpose which will resound across our beautiful diocese from its mountains, valleys, towns and urban parishes. Use this document as part of your meetings: explore, unpack, identify and discern at least two pastoral initiatives which you will enact in a deliberate and intentional way. Allow your pastoral initiative to inspire action, prayer and welcome to strengthen your community. Allow it to steer your thinking, your efforts and your outreach to those beyond. Invite your community to reflect upon their baptismal gifts and encourage in each member of the parish a desire to offer these in their shared mission.
The document can be accessed here: www.cdsale.org.au/ideas-for-pastoral-initiatives
The Feast of Pentecost speaks to us of a beauty ever ancient, ever new. May we listen to the “current of the sea” through our prayer, our reflection and our discernment of the Spirit of God alive among us.
Let us embark together across the Diocese of Sale honouring the rich story of our faith, trusting in the presence of the Risen Christ who has transformed forever our hopes and fears in the Divine life of God, and whose Spirit breathes upon the seas, bringing us to fullness of life.
O God, who by the mystery of today’s great feast
Sanctify your whole Church in every people and nation,
Pour out, we pray, the gifts of the Holy Spirit
Across the face of the earth,
And, with the divine grace that was at work
When the Gospel was first proclaimed,
Fill now once more the hearts of believers.
Collect- Pentecost Sunday
Bishop Greg Bennet
Feast of Pentecost 2021