Dear Parents and Carers,
“Remember the Sabbath day, and keep it holy” (Exodus 20:8).
This week is Sabbath Week at St Thomas More’s. The word Sabbath comes from a Hebrew word meaning rest. Before the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Sabbath day commemorated God’s day of rest after God finished the Creation. We read in the book of Genesis that God created the heavens and the earth in six periods of time, which God called days: “And on the seventh day God finished the work that God had done, and God rested on the seventh day from all the work that God had done. So God blessed the seventh day and hallowed it…” (Genesis 2:2–3).
We have a Sabbath Week at St Thomas More’s every term – always in Week 7. It’s a meeting free week, so, no Admin, Staff and Leadership Team meetings. There is no formal homework set for our students; however, students are strongly encouraged to read every night. Families are encouraged to participate in Sabbath Week at home. Some ideas include: a games night, a TV-free night, dinner by the lake, a family bike ride.
Interim reports will go home on Monday. The interim report is an overview of your child’s work and study habits at this point in time. Parent/Teacher Interviews for next Tuesday 23/3/21 can be booked by clicking on the following link:
Primary School Mathematics Enrichment and Competition
Congratulations to Ava White, Alyssa Norley, Isabel Curcio, Laura Jachowski, Leah Shoebridge, Elise Clark and Ashlea Lewis on second place in the Primary School Mathematics Enrichment and Competition Day at Merici College last week. We are so proud of the girls.
Centred in Learning Gathering
On Monday we will have our Centred in Learning Gathering. It will start at 9am. Students announced in the newsletter today will receive their affirmation.
Below is a photo of the sports polo. There will be a short sleeve and a long sleeve version. We hope to have it available mid to late next term.
I am offering tours for prospective families on 23rd of March. If you know of any parents of pre-schoolers, could you let them know this is available. I met a few families today which was lovely.
Journey with Jesus Retreat
On Friday 26th of March, CSYMA (Catholic Schools Youth Ministry Australia) will be running an all-day retreat for our Year 5 and 6 students at St Thomas More.
The day focuses around equipping each child with a metaphorical ‘backpack of faith’ to take with them on the journey of life. Inside the backpack, they will be introduced to some helpful tools they can pull out for the ups and downs, new beginnings and changes like starting high school.
Our Youth Minister Anh and her team will lead the retreat with engaging games, talks and small group discussions.
It will be a uniform free day for year 5 and 6. Pizza lunch will be provided for the students.
Sacrament of First Reconciliation
We continue to pray for our students who are preparing for the Sacrament of First Reconciliation. The celebration of the Sacrament will take place on Saturday 27th March. Our Year Two students will participate in a retreat day on the morning of Wednesday 24th of March. Thank you Father Emil and our Youth Minister Anh for running this retreat.
Kindergarten attending 10 am Mass this Friday
Parents and caregivers of students in Kindergarten are welcome to attend our 10am Parish Mass with the class on Friday the 26th of March.
Yours in Christ,
Religious Education Coordinator
Parents, please do not park in the staff car park or the green verge at the front of the school. Please make use of the ample parking in the top car park. Building works will commence at the front of the school and temporary fencing will be erected which will impact this area.
Team Kids Holiday Program
These school holidays, TeamKids will be delivering a wonderful mix of incursions, excursions and in-house days that promise to keep the kids happy, engaged and having FUN.
See attached Autumn Holiday Timetable to see which days you would like to attend.
TeamKids look forward to welcoming you and your children these Holidays!