Dress in Red Day for Cystic Fibrosis
On Friday 20 May, St Mary’s was a sea of red as students dressed in red to help awareness and funds for Cystic Fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis (CF) primarily effects the lungs and digestive system because of a malfunction in the exocrine system, responsible for producing saliva, sweat, tears and mucus. On average one in 25 people carry the GF gene, most of whom are unaware that they are carriers. This special day raised funds of over $600 which is a fantastic effort from our small generous school community. A big thank you to Sybella Tyak-White and her family for organising this event.
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During Week 8 we have been busy celebrating Holy Week. This has seen the students re-enact the events in Jesus’ life leading up to Easter. Staff, students, parents and the wider community have enjoyed these re-enactments and I would like to thank everyone for their efforts and reverence displayed during this special week.
Year 3 – Palm Sunday: Monday started off with the Year 3 class re-enacting Palm Sunday. We remember Palm Sunday as the time Jesus came into the city of Jerusalem on his donkey. The children ran to meet him and in their hands they carried palm branches. With loud voices they cried out Hosanna in the highest! Blessed are you, who have come in your abundant mercy. Hosanna in the highest!
Year 4 – Jesus washes the Disciples Feet – On Tuesday the Year 4s re-enacted Jesus washing the disciples’ feet. This was a servant’s job in those days and after cleansing their feet Jesus said I have given you an example that you should do as I have done to you. As his followers we should try to emulate Jesus’ actions by serving one another in lowliness of heart and mind, seeking to build one another up in humility and love.
Year 5 – The Last Supper – On Wednesday the Year 5s did a wonderful job of re-enacting the Last Supper. The Last Supper was a significant event as this was the last meal Jesus ate with his disciples. During this meal Jesus took two symbols associated with Passover, bread and wine, and imbued them with fresh meaning as a way to remember his sacrifice, we now know this to be the Eucharist. The bread becoming the body of Christ and the wine being his blood which was poured out for all of us.
Year 6 – Stations of the Cross – On Thursday the Year 6s re-enacted the Stations of the Cross. This is also known as The Way of the Cross. This devotion to the suffering of Jesus Christ consists of prayers and meditations on fourteen occurrences experienced by Christ on his way to his crucifixion.
I wish everyone a happy and holy Easter break and encourage all students and families to attend Mass over this long weekend.
Car Park Changes (Behind the Library)
Thank you to parents for being patient and flexible during this time of learning how the car park will work. Thank you to those parents who gave me feedback, it is greatly appreciated. After much conversation and consultation with many people and the parent community who use the car park I have completed the final design of the area. I will be placing the plan in the school newsletter today. Lyndsay and his crew will work on it next week and it will begin use in Week 10. This design enables the Drive Thru to continue as more and more people are using it and will continue to use it, especially in the wet weather and people should have enough room to park if they need to – they can also use the Church Car Park as an overflow area which some parents are already doing, which is great.
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St Mary’s School prides itself on providing a quality Catholic Education. We value families and community and together we aim to provide our students with the skills, morals and values to contribute fully to the world in which we belong.
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