A lot has happened snice our last newsletter. We have celebrated Easter, had our school holiday break and are already two weeks into the new school term!
Although Term 1 ended quite a while ago, as a school we celebrated Holy Week in the final week of the term. Holy Week begins with Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem on a donkey on Palm Sunday, resumes with The Last Supper between Jesus and his disciples on Holy Thursday, and continues with Jesus’ death on the cross on Good Friday. When we returned to school in Term 2, we celebrated Jesus’ resurrection which took place on Easter Sunday. As part of our celebration of Easter in this prayer service, we lit the paschal candle. The paschal candle is a large, white candle and it is lit for the entire Easter season, which lasts for fifty days. The flame symbolises the presence of Christ and his light in the world. This duration of fifty days ends at the celebration of Pentecost, which is when the candle is extinguished.
On Wednesday last week, the whole school gathered for a Liturgy for the Peddagamalla family, which was led by the school staff. I thought it was truly special how the entire school community banded together for the liturgy, and how we shared our prayers and symbols of hope for the safety and recovery of Palvyth and Bhavagna. Please continue to keep them in your prayers as we will do.
Finally, on a different note, I have sent out some correspondence in the past couple of weeks to do with Winter Sport Nominations for Term 2 & 3. Unfortunately, we have only had enough interest to fill 1 team in the Junior Soccer Competition (R/1 students) and do not have enough numbers to fill teams in any other grade for both Netball and Soccer. I understand that school sport, which takes place on weekends or outside of school hours, can be a difficult commitment to make, however it would be fantastic to get some more interest in this space in the future. Particularly in Term 4 and beyond. Please consider nominating your child AND volunteering to coach. It is a rewarding experience and the school will support you!