Dear Parents and Carers,
Our Confirmation Candidates have registered to begin their journey. After Mass on Sunday Father Josh explained the expectations of the formation program and how important this Sacrament of Initiation is. I ask you to keep our Year Six students in your prayers.
Parking Safely around schools
Transport Canberra and Access Canberra would like me to remind families of the need to park safely around schools. Please read the following messages and take their advice into consideration to keep our students safe.
Unsafe driving and parking behaviours increase the potential road safety risk for children around schools. Road safety is a shared responsibility, it is important the road rules are followed near our school to ensure the entire school community feels safe. Please remember children are more at risk than adults around schools because they are smaller and less visible to drivers. They are also less predictable and less experienced, which makes them more likely to make errors of judgement. Failing to follow simple road rules like parking on the verge, in no stopping zones, in bus stops, near children’s crossings, on footpaths or across driveways increases the risk to children around schools. Please do the right thing to create a safe environment around our school.
Enforcement around schools
Parking Operations use a Licence Plate Recognition vehicle (or electronic chalking), which regularly patrols school environments to increase safety for children. Motorists that commit an offence will receive their infringement notice in the mail (rather than on their windscreen) 5-7 days after the offence. While the school can become congested during the peak times, illegal parking should be avoided at all times as it creates an unsafe environment for children and local residents. Parents are welcome to park on side streets around the school, but please remember to park legally. Infringements for parking on nature strips, footpaths, verges, street corners and near children’s crossings start from $114. More information is available on the Transport Canberra website to promote safe behaviours around schools. Please help to make our school community safe.
Protective Behaviours- Health Curriculum
This term the students are learning about safety and protecting themselves. Key messages taught are that we all have the right to feel safe all of the time and that we can talk about anything with someone we trust. The children will identify a network of adults that they can trust and rely upon. They will learn about persistence and telling a trusted adult when they are feeling unsafe.
Last Friday we had superb weather for our Athletics Carnival. Thank you to Kristy Poole and Donna Victory for their organisation. Our Merici student helpers were of valuable assistance and we are fortunate to be able to access the facilities at Merici College. Thank you to the huge number of parents that came to cheer and to also help out with record keeping, judging, marshalling etc. We can’t run these events without your help and time. Thank you.
Book Week – Week 5 August 19-23
Are you book week ready? A much loved week in our calendar- save the following dates.
Monday 19th : Bring a gold coin to buy a piece of cake from our 5/6 students who have baked a cake with a book theme.
Wednesday 21st : Snuggle Up and Read. Come to the library with a parent any time between 5:30pm and 6:45pm and read together. You can wear your pyjamas, bring a cushion, bring a torch and read. Stay a little or a long time. There is no teacher supervision. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Friday 23rd: Book Week Parade. Come to school dressed as a book character and tell your class what is your character’s reading power. The children will parade class by class in Holy Faith Hall to an onlooker’s delight. Parents welcome to attend the parade at 9am. Who will you be?
Bring in your Read-More-A-Thon logs on Friday with a donation if you can. Your child will receive an incentive to read even more the following week. I am encouraging children to ask parents, grandparents, Aunties, Uncles, close family friends, Godparents to donate to our school. With the funds raised, we will purchase new books for our classroom libraries.
Dear Parents /Carers,
I hope you have saved the date to attend our dance display on Wednesday 25th September at 7pm in Holy Faith Hall. It should be finished before 8pm.
Costumes notes will go home to every child in Week 4 which will allow time for collection of clothing.
Thanking you in anticipation
Acting Assistant Principal
Sacrament of Confirmation
Thank you to those families who participated in our Sacrament of Confirmation Enrolment Session after Mass on Sunday. If you were unable to attend the Enrolment Session and you would like your child to prepare for the Sacrament please contact Mr Christopher Evans 0415 533 155 or the Parish Office at 0416 823 447. The Confirmation Retreat will take place at 4pm on Friday 18th of October at St Thomas More Church.
Centred in Faith Gatherings
Please join Year 2 for our first Centred in Faith Gathering which will take place in the Holy Faith Hall at 9:00am this Friday the 9th of August. On behalf of the St Thomas More’s Community the Year 2 children will celebrate the history, culture and achievements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people at this gathering to celebrate NAIDOC week which fell in the last school holidays.
Feast of the Assumption
Our Feast of the Assumption Mass will take place on Thursday the 15th of August at 9:30am at the St Thomas More Church. The Feast of the Assumption is a Holy Day of Obligation. You are very welcome to join us for this Mass.
Prayer Theme for Term 3
We are a Community Living with the Spirit
The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.Galatians 5:22-23
We learn from the scripture that these are not individual fruits from which we pick and choose. Rather, the fruit of the Spirit is one ‘ninefold’ fruit that characterises all who truly walk in the Holy Spirit. These are the attributes that all Christians should be demonstrating in their lives. The children are beginning to identify when people in their lives demonstrate these attributes. Here are some reflections from 3/4 Green
...Recently I saw two of them- kindness and gentleness. People were helping me to find something at home.
I have seen self-control and joy. I recently got a gift voucher. My brother didn’t get angry; he looked at what I had bought with the gift voucher.
My brother showed self-control. I was playing on his ipad; even though he was really mad he showed self-control and didn’t hit me.
My sister was very angry. My Mum showed kindness when she spoke to her calmly.
Acting Religious Education Coordinator