Principal’s Message

Dear Parents & Carers

Welcome to Week 8.

The term is quickly passing by with the daylight hours becoming longer and the weather slowly improving.

We hope that all our dads, grandpas, pops, uncles and all those who act as father figures to our children had a very happy Father’s Day. A big thankyou to Kelly Hegarty and her group of helpers for giving of their time and running the Father’s Day stall. 

Celebrations during Book Week proved to be full of  lots of fun and new learnings. Our teachers and students engaged with various texts and found these very entertaining. The reading night was well attended and we thank our special guests who read. We also thank everyone for their generous donations. A total of  $267.45 was raised for Mercy International Children’s Orphanages in Thailand. The Book Week Parade was also very entertaining and we thank you for assisting your children in their creative costumes.

Members of the Diocesan Catholic Education Commision visited our school last week. Some members included our Director, Doctor Andrew Watson, Assistant Director, Prue Horan and Bishop Mark. During the visit they participated in a prayer service led by our Year 6 students and then our student council led them on a tour of our school. The children did an incredible job and we received very positive feedback around the way they interacted with our visitors. 

This week is National Child Protection Week, a week where we reflect on the ways we can keep children safe and celebrate the roles of all people involved in nurturing children. On Friday, students may wear coloured clothes and all money raised will go to Bravehearts organisation (Bravehearts) who have pledged that any money raised  will return to the community. This will be in the form of education packs for schools and potentially (depending on funds) having traveling educators in schools.

Last week I sent a message out via Compass advertising our Inaugural Busking Day as part of McAuley Day celebrations! Students are invited to perform, either individually or in a small group,  in front of their peers. Performing stations will be set up around the playground and the audience will move around to view the entertainment. Performances can be up to 5 minutes in length ( children can only be part of one performance). Children are encouraged to bring coins to donate to the performers and all money raised will be donated to Mercy Health Albury. Participation is optional. Those students participating will need to supply their own equipment, ie: music/device to play music/bluetooth speaker etc. If this is an issue, please contact me.
A Google form will be sent out to parents’ email addresses, by the end of the week, for the children to sign up to perform. This will ensure that you are aware that your child has signed up.

Please keep our Year 6 students in your prayers. They will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation this Sunday. As part of their preparations, they engaged enthusiastically in the reflection day on Monday and will attend reconciliation in the Church at 6pm tomorrow night. Bishop Mark will visit our school on Friday morning and speak with them around the significance of the Sacrament.