Dear Parents and Carers,
Sunday past the Christian Church celebrated Pentecost Sunday which commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and other disciples following the Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus Christ. The festival of Pentecost is important to Christians because it represents the beginning of the Christian Church. It reminds us how Jesus’ promise that God would send the Holy Spirit was fulfilled. Pentecost always occurs 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus and 10 days after his ascension into heaven. Because Easter is a moveable feast without a fixed date, and Pentecost depends on the timing of Easter its date shifts with each Easter. And so, some two thousand years ago the Apostles started to spread the word of God to the whole world. Today as Christians we are still called to evangelize the world by spreading the Good News of the Gospels.
Reconciliation Week and Sorry Day
Every May 26 Australians commemorate National Sorry Day. It reminds us that as a Nation we need to remember the mistreatment of the Aboriginal Australian and Torres Strait Islander People and most recently we need to recall and never forget the “Stolen Generations”. National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. The dates for National Reconciliation Week are the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. On Friday 2nd June Years 5 and 6 will celebrate Mass together to express our solitude with our Indigenous brothers and sisters as we strive with them for reconciliation.
Annual School Visit
This year the Diocese has implemented an Annual School Visit whereby the Head of Education Steve Lemos and the Chief Operating Officer Lisa Tierney along with other Heads of Departments visit each school in the Diocese to engage with the principal and other staff to better understand how Catholic Schools are going. The Team will be visiting St Therese’s on June 8 from 9am to 12noon.
My sincere thanks to the parents who attended the two PEG Meetings held last week. By Friday of this week, I will send out a summary of the discussion and an invitation for parents to join the different PEGs. I feel that this new approach will be a major success in re-engaging with parents, and I look forward to working with you all in the coming years for the betterment of our children.
Please if your children are experiencing any flu like symptoms keep them at home as the Flu season ramps up.