Term 2 concludes this Friday 5th July at 3:00pm.
Monday 22nd July is a Pupil Free Day - OSHC will be available for those families needing care.
Term 3 commences on Tuesday 23rd July at 8:45am.
This year's Sports Day will be held at SA Athletics Stadium, Mile End on Friday 18th October (Week 1, Term 4).
This afternoon we hope to jump another hurdle in our building development plan. The architects and I are presenting to the Catholic Church Authority to gain approval for our building and play space plans. As Council approval is pending and approval from Church Office we then finalise finances and go to tender.
A proposed timeline is as below - after all approvals granted:
Tender: July 2019 (4 weeks)
Tender Assessment (2 weeks) and appointment of the builder (2 weeks) - August 2019
Stage 1A carpark, shed, civil works from September 2019 and completion early December 2019
Stage 1C building works commencement mid December 2019 with completion on site mid July 2020 (ahead of Term 3).
Amongst this is the subcontracting for the development of the Nature Play on Acton Avenue which I hope to achieve by December.
The picture provides an image of the corner of Acton Avenue and Windsor Grove (our current staff car park). This will provide 8 new classrooms in the first stage and another 10 classrooms in the second stage. All transportables will then give way to a large Early Years Nature Play space.
So, keeping all fingers crossed that approvals are granted and we can finally see some work commence after the exhausting planning and design stage of the past 2 years.
I am pleased to say that we’re selling tickets for the Quiz nNght but there are plently left. A reminder that this is our big parent/community event for the year and a great opportunity to meet others or catch up with friends. See you there!
Welcome to Week 7. I trust the long weekend offered you an opportunity to take a well-earned rest, and possibly, a sleep in!
You would have noticed that the Vinnies Blue Clothes Donation Wheelie Bins have arrived in the courtyard. Please send along any donations of good quality clothes that you (and your children) no longer wear or have outgrown and place in these wheelie bins.
Our Vinnies ‘Canned Food Drive’ is happening on Friday 28th June. Some food items have begun arriving already. Please bring your canned food to school on Friday 28th June!
Last Sunday, we celebrated the feast of Pentecost. This is a significant feast in the life of our church. In last week’s newsletter, I included a family-friendly explanation about Pentecost which I hope you found useful. This coming Sunday, we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity. Today, I include an article by Lisa Jones, from Loyola Press, which explains the Holy Trinity from a Catechist’s perspective.
“In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit”—these are words we use every time we pray the Sign of the Cross. Even young children know them. The prayer expresses the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity, that God reveals himself in Three Persons: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
This is difficult for anyone to understand, especially young children. St. Patrick famously explained the Trinity by relating God in Three Persons to the shamrock. A three-leaf clover has three lobes that are unique from each other but all part of the same clover or shamrock. They are three leaves, but one leaf.
When I recently taught the Holy Trinity to my third-grade faith-formation class, they were full of questions that I had come to expect from their eight- and nine-year-old minds:
“So, God is in three places at the same time?”
“Did God break off his arm and make a new person out of it?”
“Can they hear what each other is thinking?”
Their questions reveal a difficulty in teaching and understanding the concept of the Holy Trinity.
The children were trying so hard to understand how God can be Three Persons at one time. Yes, there is one God, and this God is our Father. This God is also the Father’s Son, and God the Holy Spirit is the love that flows between the Father and the Son. “The Father is that which the Son is, the Son that which the Father is, the Father and the Son that which the Holy Spirit is, i.e., by nature one God.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church #253)
This can be a little difficult to explain in a way that satisfies the curiosity of my third-grade class.
At some point I simply had to tell the kids that it is OK if we do not fully understand the Trinity. That’s what makes it a mystery: it can only be known through God’s Revelation. Sure, we can learn about the Trinity through his work in creation and in Scripture, but ultimately, it is something that we cannot understand through human reason alone. It can only be revealed by God through faith.
There are some things that we know are true because of our faith, even if we do not completely understand them. Our faith helps us believe and accept God’s Revelation, even when we do not fully understand these things with our rational minds. That is what we mean by the word mystery: it is something that can only be known through God’s Revelation. The mystery of the Most Holy Trinity is the source of all the mysteries of our faith.
We can be faithful followers of God and profess our faith in the Holy Trinity while it remains a mystery. When I explained that we, adults and children alike, cannot fully understand everything about the mystery of the Holy Trinity, the class seemed satisfied.
I pray the week ahead is blessed for you.