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Student Leadership 2020
Congratulations to all the Year 5 students who, today, presented their speeches for Student Leadership positions in 2020; the standard of speeches this year was outstanding! The next step in the process will be a panel interview next Thursday 5 December. Good luck to all of our potential leaders.
Advent, our season of waiting and preparation for the birth of Christ, commences this Sunday. The passing of the weeks of Advent are traditionally marked with the lighting of five candles in an Advent wreath: one for each Sunday of Advent and one for Christmas day. The first candle is violet and represents hope; the second, also violet, represents peace; the third candle is pink and represents joy; the fourth, violet, represents love; and the final, central, candle is white and represents the light of Christ coming into the world. Please join us for our Advent Prayer Service next Monday at 9am in the PAC, as we light out first candle, beginning our journey towards Christmas, and pray for hope:
Christ our Hope,
Shine in our lives with hope and promise. Open our eyes to see you in others. Help us to be people of hope.
We await your coming with gratitude.
After the Advent Prayer Service on Monday Principal Awards will be presented.
Christmas Concert & Presentation Night
This year’s K-6 Christmas Concert will be held on Friday 13 December at 11:30am. All families are invited to join us as we present a retelling of the Nativity of Jesus Christ. At this gathering we will also be handing out our final Principal’s Awards for the year, and there will be some special presentations from our specialist classes too.
Presentation Night will be held on Thursday 12 December in the PAC; parents of our Year 6 students and of students receiving awards will be invited to attend.
Years 1 & 2 Swimming Program
The Year 1 and 2 swimming program commences next week and there are still quite a few outstanding fees. It is important that fees are paid before the commencement of the program. Please do not hesitate to contact me directly if this presents a problem.
Our school disco was a great success last Thursday and good fun was had by all. Thanks to the SRC who were responsible for set-up and clean-up of the event and for running the door and the canteen on the night. An extra special thank you to Patrick, Clare, Isabelle, Katie and Charlotte who volunteered from St Augustine’s Youth Group to run the evening and keep everyone engaged with dances and games.
May God’s peace be in your families,
GOSPEL: Luke 23:35-43
The people stayed there watching. As for the leaders, they jeered at him with the words, 'He saved others, let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.' The soldiers mocked him too, coming up to him, offering him vinegar, and saying, 'If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.' Above him there was an inscription: 'This is the King of the Jews'. One of the criminals hanging there abused him: 'Are you not the Christ? Save yourself and us as well.' But the other spoke up and rebuked him. 'Have you no fear of God at all?' he said. 'You got the same sentence as he did, but in our case we deserved it: we are paying for what we did. But this man has done nothing wrong.' Then he said, 'Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.' He answered him, 'In truth I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.'
In this week's Gospel, the people stood watching. Some of the leaders kept jeering at Jesus, saying: “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Messiah of God, 'the chosen one.'"And they placed an inscription over his head, saying: “The King of the Jews.”
How many times do we stand idly by as something that we know is wrong occurs? We may join in the laughter when someone with whom we work makes an embarrassing mistake. We may choose not to help someone who needs help. Why do we fail to speak up or get involved?
Jesus forgives those who wrong him. Can we step back, recognise what we are doing or not doing, and make a concerted effort to change?
(Sr Kristine Anne Harpenau)
VINNIES CHRISTMAS APPEAL
With 3 million people living below the poverty line in Australia, including over 739,000 children, your donation allows the St Vincent de Paul Society to provide more than immediate help, it provides something much more valuable - the opportunity for a better life.
This year we are again seeking your support to help those less fortunate in our community through generous donations of non-perishable food items, gift vouchers or gifts or new toys for children or a thoughtful gift for an adult.
Each classroom has been provided with a basket for you to place your donations in and we will be delivering them to the Yass branch of St Vincent de Paul at the end of the term. Your generosity and support is most appreciated.
This Sunday we commence the liturgical season of Advent.
The season of Advent is peculiar to the Western church. It has no counterpart in the East. Outside of Rome it may have arisen as a three or six week period of preparation for baptism on the feast of the Epiphany. Administering baptism on this day would have appealed at a time when the baptism of Jesus was the primary “epiphany” being celebrated (along with other revelations of Jesus’ identity such as the visit of the Magi, the wedding feast at Cana and the transfiguration).
When the birth of Christ came to be observed in Rome on 25th December in the fourth century, Christmas was taken to be the beginning of the year. Thus Advent, once it took shape, served as the conclusion of the year. It was characterised by an emphasis on Christ’s coming in glory at the end of time rather than on preparation for his nativity. Certainly in the time of Gregory the Great (590-604) Advent was eschatological rather than incarnational. It was Gregory who shortened the season from six weeks to four.
Eventually a four week season became universal in the Western church that combined three themes: spiritual discipline (arising from preparation for baptism or from Ember Days), preparation for Christmas (originating in places such as North Italy before being adopted in Rome), and the last times. It was only in the 10th century with the merger of Roman and Frankish liturgical traditions that Advent came to be understood as the beginning of the church’s year. By the time liturgical books came to be standardised in the 12th and 13th centuries a four week Advent season focussed on John the Baptist and on the parousia was established as the norm. (https://www.catholicaustralia.com.au)
ADVENT PRAYER SERVICE
We will commence the Advent season with a prayer service on Monday morning at 9am in the PAC. Week 1 has kindly been prepared by KNB. We extend a warm welcome to all members of our school community to come and celebrate with us.
Religious Education Coordinator
The AFL trials will be held in Wollongong on Tuesday, 18 February, 2020. Please go to https://www.sport.cg.catholic.edu.au/nominations to register. Please note that these nominations are due 6 December, 2019.
2020 Carnivals - Save the Date
Swimming Carnival - Friday 7 February 2020
Back up date - Tuesday 11 February 2020
Cross Country Carnival - Friday 27 March 2020
Back up date - Tuesday 31 March 2020
Athletics Carnival - Friday 22 May 2020
Back up date - Tuesday 26 May 2020
Congratulations to the following students who will receive a Principal's Award at Monday's Advent Prayer Service. The Prayer Service will be held at 9am in the PAC and presented by KNB.
|Lachlan Walker||Samuel Quarrell|
|Sofia Da Deppo||Reese Flynn|
|Phoebe Doyle||Emily Laughton|
|Emily Ryan||Molly Jarratt|
|Georgia Dawes||Elijah Porfirio|
|Nicholas Drake||Jeremy Stonham|
|Cooper Lees||Lucy Leighton|
|Nicholas Marchei||Jeremy Bremner|
Congratulations to the recipients of this week's Coordinator Merits, which focused on 'Show Respect'.
Merits will be presented at Thursday morning's assembly. Next week, the teachers will be on the look out for children who 'Be Fair'.
Playgroup will not be held next Thursday 5 December (week 8).
Thursday Mornings: 9am - 11am
Front room of the PAC (off Dutton St)
$3 for the first child, $1 for subsequent children in family
Teddy Bear’s Picnic—Thursday 12 December (Week 9)
This week will be the last Playgroup for 2019 and we will
be hosting a Teddy Bear’s Picnic.
If you are able to attend, please have your child/children
bring along a teddy (or favourite toy) and a plate of food to
share with the other children.
* Please note no egg and nuts to be included in food.
Please note that if the incorrect size/item is ordered or the size selected does not fit correctly, please return the item along with a note regarding changes required to the front office and the correct size/item can be sent home.