Dear Parents and Carers,
The end of term has come around very quickly. Again, the term has been challenging, with COVID restrictions and staff and student absences and illness. Throughout all of it however, our community has remained positive, upbeat and supportive of one another. I thank you for this.
There has been a lot of activity this term. Teachers have undergone significant professional learning in High Impact Teaching Practice Strategies, we have successfully commenced our implementation of InitiaLit in K-2, students actively participated in a specialist gymnastics program and modified Rugby Union sessions and they were also introduced to a new language and culture (Japanese). Some of our students celebrated their First Reconciliation, we dressed up and had some fun on ‘Twos-day’ on 22.2.22, Menslink worked with students from our upper classes and our Mini Vinnies participated in online St Vincent de Paul workshops. We also ran parent information evenings on both Reading and Online Safety. Last Friday we also held our first P&F Working Bee in a long time and later this week we have our special Tuck Day and then our Cross Country Carnival on Friday.
Journeying Through Holy Week
What is Holy Week? What makes Holy Week different from other weeks of the Church's year?
Holy Week is the week leading up to Easter Sunday. It is the last week of the 40-day season of Lent. It is considered the most holy and most important of all the weeks in the Church’s liturgical calendar because it is in this week that we focus on the last week of Christ’s life, remembering especially His passion, death and resurrection which brings salvation to humanity.
Easter is a great reminder that Christ died and rose for every one of us. His death and resurrection can transform our lives as we endeavour to live lives of love – lives that have love for our neighbour, lives that respect all creation and lives that restore hope and mercy.
Yesterday our school came together for a beautiful and very reflective Holy Week Liturgy, led by the Year 3/4 students. During our liturgy, we recalled the upcoming key events from Palm Sunday to Holy Thursday and Good Friday. We prayed together and contemplated how we might live out our Christian vocation. Next term we will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday.
For those who will travel this break, I wish you a safe journey. I wish all of you Easter Blessings and look forward to seeing you again for Term Two. A reminder that Monday 25th April is ANZAC Day and Tuesday 26th April will be a pupil-free day, so students will return on Wednesday 27th April.
P&F Working Bee
A huge thank you to those families that helped out at the P&F Working Bee last Friday after school. The large pile of mulch was moved and used to refresh garden beds throughout the school – in the courtyard, along the top of the oval and in the outdoor eating area. Thanks to the hard work done on Friday, our grounds are looking better and we are well on the way to having our school looking its best in time for enrolment period early next term.
We will hold another P&F Working Bee at the end of Week 1 next term – Friday 29th April @3:30 – 4:30pm. We would love to see you there.
School Fees – Overdue
School Fees for Term 1 for 2022 are now overdue. Please contact the front office to arrange payment if you haven't already done so. We sincerely thank you for your cooperation.
Just a reminder that a Tuck Day (special lunch order day) is being held tomorrow (Thursday). On Friday we have our Cross Country Carnival (run in a modified format) and students are asked to wear their sports uniform and can wear ‘sports house’ colour t-shirt.
Marketing Photos – Thursday
In preparation for our enrolment period, this Thursday we have a professional photographer visiting the school to take some photos to be used in marketing materials. So that we are all looking our best and projecting the best image of our school, all students are required to wear their full summer school uniform on this day. Please note this change of uniform for this day.
Thank you to those families that share about their positive experiences of St Benedict’s with others; it is the largest source of enrolments for our school. If you know anyone looking for a great primary school for their children, please direct them to our Open Days as outlined below.
THE ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS’ TIP OF THE WEEK
Roll your aluminium foil Easter egg wrappers into a fist-sized ball before putting them in your recycling bin. This helps to separate them from paper at the depot. For more tips on a sustainable Easter see this website: How to reduce your waste this Easter - Sustainable Play Preschool
St Benedict's Parish
Fr Rembert Fernando MGL
Fr Baiju Thomas MGL
Ellen Thomas (Parish Secretary)
In line with the ACT Government easing COVID-19 restrictions, there are no longer density limits in the church, the CBR app is no longer required upon entry, and face mask are no longer mandatory indoors. If you are unwell it is still better to stay home, for those with immunity issues. Holy Water Fonts and receiving Communion on the tongue are now re-instated.
Attention Year 6 Families,
St Edmund's College Canberra is now ENROLLING FOR 2023!
If you are interested in learning more register now to attend our upcoming events
Information Evening - Tuesday 3 May at 6pm
Open Day - Saturday 7 May at 10am
Experience Eddies Day - Monday 9 May at 8.45am