Week 8, Term 3
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During the last few weeks we have conducted numerous tours for prospective families seeking enrolment for their child at our beautiful school. The pressure for places continues to build and for that reason it is imperative that existing families with pre-school aged children complete the ‘Intention to Enrol Younger Sibling’ form which will be posted on School Stream soon. Siblings of existing children will be given enrolment priority and we don’t want to miss anyone. If you have a child aged 0 to 4 please come to the office, collect an ‘Application for Enrolment’ form and submit as soon as possible.
Given this demand for places, it is apparent that we will need additional classrooms in the coming years. Discussions have already begun with architects and senior staff from the Catholic Education Office to plan and implement future capital development. We will keep you informed as things progress.
The children enjoyed a marvellous week of swimming last week at Immanuel College. Considerable organisation goes into preparing for the week, so we were really pleased that things went very smoothly. One of the reasons for this was the generous support offered by our parent volunteers, for which we are very grateful. Thank you!
We have some big events coming up in our calendar for the remainder of Term 3. Our Year 6 students will be travelling to St Martin de Porres school on Friday to begin the Journey to Emmaus program. In this program, our Year 6 students network with other Year 6 students from Catholic schools in our region, as they begin to slowly transition towards secondary schooling in 2024. Then, a vast majority of our Year 5/6 students will be attending the SACPSSA Cricket Carnival next Thursday. This promises to be a fun-filled and action packed day.
Finally, on Friday next week, St Bernadette’s is hosting our annual Sports Day! The Sports Day program was distributed on School Stream earlier this week, which included the schedule for the day, which clinics your child will be involved in, and the chants for the house teams. We encourage all parents and family members to come along and get involved on the day, whether this is joining in races, encouraging your child or just spectating and supporting from the side. Sports Day really is one of the best days on our school calendar each year!
Thank you for the wonderful partnership that we share,
Matt and Ray
We are grateful to be caretakers of Our Common Home, “Planet Earth.”
Pope Francis wrote a letter asking us all to protect the Earth. The Earth is God’s gift to us. It is full of beauty and wonder. It belongs to everyone.
The students in Year 2 Moser have been reflecting on all the things in nature that are precious to us. Each child has illustrated a prayer card with a natural wonder on it. On the back is a simple statement explaining why they are grateful. As stewards of the Earth, it is our job to make sure that we leave the planet how we found it (or better) in our lifetime.
The world can’t wait….so let’s make a start today!
Can you think and act in a way that has a positive impact on our world? Why not share your thoughts with others.
…and The Gang
The Parable of the Good Samaritan:
Students spent considerable time unpacking the key messages behind the popular Scripture text, The Parable of the Good Samaritan. They were then asked to retell the story in their own language, through the use of a comic strip.
I chose to split the story into 9 key parts. I enjoyed doing the art work. I particularly like the part of Luke’s story where the 3rd person helps the poor man on the ground. I think he displayed incredible kindness.
This activity was great because I was able to use pictures and colour to show what happened in the story. I found it interesting when first reading the story and listening to Mr Burns talk to us about it, how the first two men did nothing to help someone in need. I think it is important to help others, even if there are maybe excuses for choosing not to be helpful.
MITIOG – Human Sexuality:
The Made In The Image Of God (MITIOG) Human Sexuality curriculum is designed for students who attend Catholic schools in South Australia from Years R-12. This curriculum is grounded in the Catholic belief that human beings are made in God’s image and likeness.
It celebrates the Catholic Church’s teaching centring on the dignity of the human person and as such honours the individual’s worth and their right to experience respectful and healthy relationships. It is an inclusive curriculum which acknowledges and respects the uniqueness of each person’s inherent goodness.
This week, the students in Year 4/5 (and Year 6) started learning content from the Made in the Image of God curriculum. Some spoke below about why the content is important to them.
MITIOG is important because it allows us to learn about relationships. A key message for me was about the need to love another and treat one another with kindness.
I gained a much better understanding of male and female body parts, and how a fetus (baby) develops. These things are important so that I understand how the human body works.
MITIOG allows us to understand how our bodies function. It teaches us about experiences that may have already happened to us, or things we might be going through, or experiences we may have in the future.