- Principals Report Week 4 Term 1
- Religious Education News
- Dates for Your Diary
- Veritas Awards
- BEST Awards
- Year 6 Camp Fun
- Oztag NSW State Championships
- Kindergarten Health Check
- School Banking Update
- Rosary Netball Registrations 2020
- St Clare's Try A Day and Open Evening
- St John Paul College Try High School Days - 18 & 19 March 2020.
- An Evening with Dr Justin Coulson, Merici College 2 March 6.30pm
- Monaro Folk Society Bush Dance - Free Event
- Enrollment Information - Merici College
- SZapp Download Instructions
Dear Parents and Friends,
Yesterday, we celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass together – a day which marks the beginning of the Lenten Season on the liturgical calendar. I was so very proud of the students for the very reverent way that they participated in the Mass; in how they received the ashes and communion or a blessing and in singing like angels! Father Kieran spoke to us all about ‘almsgiving’ which means to do that little something extra for someone else during this time of preparation for Easter.
The school held a special assembly today to say a final ‘goodbye’ to Father Kieran. It was a very touching occasion that Father truly appreciated. We feel that we have been so very blessed to have Father Kieran as our Parish Priest but he was most keen to let us know that he feels truly blessed by all of us. We wish Father Kieran every happiness as he embarks on a new chapter in his life in the city of Adelaide.
The Swimming Carnival, held at the Dickson Aquatic Centre on Monday, was a resounding success. It was a beautiful day weather-wise and everyone enjoyed a wonderful day out in the fresh air. The carnival events all ran smoothly and though we were a little late starting, finished in record time. We were back at school by 1.45pm which was just in time before the heavens opened unexpectedly! A very hearty thanks is extended to our parents and other family members for helping out in a variety of roles, providing wonderful hospitality and cheering the children on. Thanks also to the organising teachers who put in many hours leading up to the day – Mrs Higgins, Mrs Godfrey and Mrs Watson. The pool staff commented on the excellent participation of the students and how efficiently the carnival was run. They see many a carnival so their comments were especially appreciated.
Year 5 Camp
Our Year 5 students will be leaving for Camp at Jindabyne next Wednesday morning and will return on Friday afternoon. Accompanying them will be Mrs Godfrey, Miss Rich, Mrs Hanratty and Miss Garrett-Rumba. I take this opportunity to wish all the ‘happy campers’ a wonderful time and I look forward to hearing about their adventures upon their return.
Car Park in the mornings
I ask that parents move vehicles from the courts as soon as possible in the mornings so that the space can be used for classes who are conducting sports and fitness sessions. Should you need to stay that little bit longer, please park in the gravel bay alongside the junior classrooms on Higginbotham Street.
Year 6 Mass
Today we celebrated the Year 6 Leadership Mass in the ACU Chapel. This was a special opportunity to recognise and encourage the leadership attributes of our senior students. I have every confidence in the students as they take on new roles and responsibilities within the school to do their very best in rising to challenges and supporting others in a range of ways.
Catholic Leaders’ Retreat
From Wednesday morning next week, I’ll be in Bowral with all of the Principals from the 56 Archdiocesan Schools at our annual Director’s Day and Catholic Leaders’ Retreat. The Retreat provides an opportunity to network with others, to share ideas and understandings and to invigorate the soul through spiritual development. However, the first day is a meeting day organised by the Catholic Education Office to discuss system priorities and initiatives for the Archdiocese. Mr O’Brien will lead the school in my absence with the support of the Executive Team.
A Lenten Prayer
Blessed are you, O Lord our God.
You have made the sun to light the day and the moon and stars to light the night.
Help us walk in your light.
During this season of Lent, renew us through the gift of your Holy Spirit.
Help us grow in faith, hope and love.
During this special time, we remember that Jesus died and rose from the dead,
So that we might be free to love.
Help us to grow to be the people you call us to be … letting go of old habits of selfishness,
Forgiving those who have hurt us, giving quality time to our families,
And spending time in quiet prayer.
Vicky van der Sanden
Rosary Community Family Mass and Farewell BBQ - thank you!
Thank you to everyone who attended the Rosary Community Family Mass and Farewell BBQ last Sunday. It was heart-warming to see so many beautiful young families energizing the congregation and it was a wonderful send off for Fr Kieran.
Ash Wednesday Mass - thank you!
We celebrated Ash Wednesday Mass yesterday. The students sang and participated wonderfully. Thank you to Fr Kieran and to Jim Smith for assisting as acolyte. A special thank you also to John O’Brien and Ann-Maree Hinds for their organisation. Thank you to all the parents, grandparents and parishioners who were able to attend.
The Lenten Season
Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a time for spiritual growth and change as Christians make a special effort to be the kind of people God wants them to be. During this time we model and encourage prayer, going without and helping others.
The theme of this year’s Project Compassion is ‘Go Further Together.’ As Teresa of Calcutta said, “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things, with great love.”
By donating to Project Compassion, you will be helping empower our world’s most vulnerable communities to grow stronger and share their strengths with their communities to lift themselves out of poverty.
Taken from: www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion 27.2.20
Every class has a Project Compassion box for donations.
Please give generously.
Year 6 Leadership Mass - thank you!
Year 6 participated in a beautiful Mass at ACU Chapel today to celebrate their leadership role within the school. The students participated reverently in all aspects of the Mass. Thank you to Ann-Maree Hinds and Tim O’Brien for their work in preparing such a memorable Mass for the students. Thank you to Fr Kieran for celebrating the Mass and to everyone who was able to attend.
Peace and Best Wishes
Religious Education Coordinator
- Year 5 Camp - Wednesday 4th - Friday 6th March
- Year 1 Prayer Celebration - Thursday 12 March - ACU Chapel 10.00am
- Year 5 Washington Assembly - Friday 13th March - School Hall 2.30pm
- School Photos - Thursday 19th March - Full School Uniform to be worn (Not Sport)
- Year 3/4 Grade Mass - Thursday 26th March - ACU Chapel 10.00am
- School Disco - Friday 27th March - School Hall
Congratulations to these students who recieved a BEST Award last week:
Tieri Lobendahn and Chloe Wright (both in Year 3) competed in the 9-11s Oztag NSW State Championships over the weekend in Sydney. The girls were in the U9 Girls ACT Oztag team that made it all the way to the quarter-finals and only just missed out on reaching the semi-finals after going down by 1 point to Central Coast in golden point/extra time. Overall the team finished fifth in their division (out of twelve teams competing). The team played with so much heart and determination and displayed excellent ‘sportswomanship’ – all of the coaches, parents and other spectators were very proud of their efforts.
Dr Justin Coulson, one of Australia’s most respected parenting authors and speakers, will be visiting Merici College on Monday 2 March. As a psychologist, and a father of six girls, he will be sharing his insights into what is really going on in the minds of our teenage daughters, how are they feeling and how we can stay connected with them. He will also be talking about his new book, Miss-Connection. Justin’s presentation will be held in the Merici auditorium from 6.30pm to 8.30pm, $5.00 per person. Please follow the link https://www.trybooking.com/BINLZ for bookings. We warmly invite our Merici families, as well as our wider community to come along.