Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,
I trust that all families received the latest update that was sent via Compass yesterday. As a reminder, and in summary, the official word from the NSW Government last week was that a staggered return to school, beginning with Kindergarten and Year 1, will commence on October 25, Monday Week 4 of next term. There was one glimmer of hope in the announcement, that if any region or LGA came out of lockdown before this date then students in that area could come back to school. Fingers crossed, everyone!
Another reminder to all that families whose financial situation has been adversely affected by the NSW lockdown is that an application for fee remissions can be made to the school using the form attached to this newsletter and to yesterday's Compass post. All applications for fee remissions, under any circumstances, are always treated with the strictest of confidence.
Friday is Jersey Day, so I invite everyone to don the attire of their favourite sporting team in time for their class meeting and post a photo to the chat, if they’re happy to share.
Those students attending school for remote learning can wear their jersey on Friday, too.
Share Your Remote Learning Successes
Do you have a photo or two of your Remote Learning journey so far that you’re happy to share? We’d love to be able to put together a montage of our collective Remote Learning experience and need your help. Photos can be emailed directly to firstname.lastname@example.org, but please don’t submit any images that you do not want shared on social media.
Happy Father's Day
And finally, wishing a very happy Father’s Day this Sunday to all the fathers, grandfathers and special men in the lives of our children. 1EK will be sharing a special prayer on Friday morning that I invite you all to join. Have a wonderful day on Sunday, and I hope that any special plans that can’t go ahead because of COVID restrictions can be put in the bank for next year.
May God’s peace be in your families,
Remote Learning Religious Education
Welcome to another week of remote learning. There has been lots of learning happening in Religious Education in the remote learning environment. Below are a few photos of home prayer spaces.
Task: You are invited to create a prayer space in your home. Think of the items that we have in our classroom on our prayer table. For example, bible, a crucifix, rosary beads, and pictures of Jesus, Mary or the Saints.
St Augustine Prayer ServiceThank you to Mrs Swadling and 2LS for preparing a beautiful remote learning service. To view the prayer service, please click here.
This Sunday we celebrate Father’s Day. We would normally have a prayer assembly at school to mark the occasion, but as this is not possible we will be sharing a simple prayer service online on Friday, thanks to 1EK. I invite all families at home to join us in prayer on Friday morning.
An invitation to take a moment to pray one of these quick prayers:
Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Amen. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
Stay with us, O Lord. Amen.
Most Sacred heart of Jesus, have mercy on us. Amen.
Please remember that we are here to support you in any way we can. Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any concerns or queries. Take care and stay safe.
Religious Education Coordinator
The Archdiocesan Women’s Taskforce invites all to a free, online, interactive seminar entitled Mary Magdalene, Fake News and the Gospel on Friday 3rd September.
Dr Margaret Beirne RSC, a religious sister and Senior Lecturer in Biblical Studies (St Andrew's Greek Orthodox Theological College, Sydney) will draw on her doctoral thesis Women and Men in the Fourth Gospel, a Genuine Discipleship of Equals to reflect on the important and much misrepresented role of Mary Magdalene, ‘apostle to the apostles’ in the early church.