Dear Parents and Carers,
There is a long tradition of giving something up for Lent. In the Christian tradition, the forty day fast originated with Jesus' forty days and nights in the wilderness. Ever since, people have followed this in a variety of ways, giving up specific items (abstaining) or having meat-free days during Lent.
Giving something up is also a chance to make a positive difference.
Our school supports Project Compassion through Caritas Australia. In 1964, Caritas began in Australia. A Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, Caritas is Latin for love + compassion – two qualities which are central to their work. This Lent join millions of Australians raising funds for the world’s most vulnerable people.
- 1 in 7 people still go hungry every day.
- 2 billion people don’t have access to clean drinking water.
- There are 11 million women and girls in forced labour.
Each class has a Project Compassion box for coin donations.
Thank you to the many parent helpers who helped last Friday morning; your help and assistance was very much appreciated. It was a great community event.
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Updated Advice 1 March 2020
Effective 1 March 2020, the updated advice from the NSW Government for parents is:
- Any student who has been in, or transited through, mainland China (not just Hubei province) or has been in Iran is excluded from work, school or child care services for 14 days from the date they left mainland China or Iran (as the COVID-19 incubation period can be as long as two weeks).
- Any confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded until they are medically cleared to return.
- Close contacts of a confirmed case of COVID-19 will be excluded for 14 days since last contact with the confirmed case.
- Students who have returned to Australia from mainland China or Iran more than 14 days ago and have shown no symptoms are able to return to school.
The NSW Ministry of Health has processes to identify any close contacts of cases confirmed in Australia. Advice about not attending school would be provided to these close contacts by the NSW Ministry of Health.
Centred in Faith Gathering
Please join Year 3/4W for our Centred in Faith Gathering which will take place in Holy Faith Hall at 9:00am this Friday.
School Photos will be on Tuesday 17th March. Ordering envelopes were sent home today, one for each student.
Thank you to all who came to our Ash Wednesday Mass last Wednesday. I was delighted that we had to get out extra chairs because we had so many family members join us. We continue to pray for the Year Two students who are preparing for the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
Wendy Rix- Visiting Artist
On Thursday and Friday this week Wendy Rix, an Indigenous Artist is visiting St Thomas More’s. She has painted the above canvas for our foyer around the theme ‘We Are on Sacred Ground’. Wendy has also incorporated into the painting, head, hearts and hands- which is a tool we use with the children when interpreting Scripture. She is also visiting to work with the children to create artworks based on the NAIDOC theme- Always was, always will be. Please make sure your child brings a smock or old shirt to school if they haven’t already done so.
Centred in Faith Gathering
This Friday 6th of March at 9:00am 3/4 White is hosting our Centred in Faith Gathering on Wisdom. They will discuss how St Thomas More our patron saint used wisdom while serving God.
Year 2 Mass
This Friday at 10:00am Year 2 are attending a Parish Mass at the St Thomas More’s Church.
Yours in Christ, Samantha Mance
Religious Education Coordinator