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05 November, 2020
Leaving a light on…
In our family, we’ve always been strict on Christmas decorations - nothing goes up before the beginning of December. It's become a tradition that the first Sunday evening of December we put up the tree and the lights. There is never a shortage of people prepared to put the decorations up - they’re never there when the decorations come down! My kids reminded me of the rules on the weekend when I spent an hour putting fairy lights up around our back verandah. I was quick to point out that they weren’t Christmas decorations, but decorations for Summer - which they were happy to accept. However, I was thinking of these little lights shining as I read this Sunday’s Gospel, which utilises the symbolism of keeping a light on. The reading of the bridesmaids and their lamps has been specially chosen as we come to the end of the year. In a Church sense this happens at the end of November - before Advent. We leave the front lights of our homes on to welcome visitors, to show we are home and to give a sense of safety and security. Before our Christmas preparations get underway, it is worth considering how our inner lights might shine to give welcome, hospitality, safety and security to others.
29 October, 2020
Who are your saints?
There are supposed to be seven stages of grief; shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, testing & acceptance. Experts tell us these stages are not necessarily a linear process, nor is there a set time that we spend in each stage. The process of grief is as unique as each of us as people or the nature of the loss. I’m thinking of these seven stages this week as I reflect on the people I’ve loved who have died over the years and the way I have reacted to the memory of their deaths - even many years later. November is the month when the Church remembers our loved ones who have died. November 1st & 2nd are set aside as All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Don’t be confused by the title of saint. A saint is a person who has died and has led a life of service and love for others - a person who most definitely rests with God. I’ve known quite a few saints in my life, some in my own family. It won’t take you long to recognise your own family’s saints. Light a candle for them this week. May the souls of all our loved ones rest in peace. Amen.
10 September, 2020
Book Week 2020
Book Week is a great opportunity to celebrate books. The theme for this year is Curious Creatures, Wild Minds. This theme begs the question, who are the curious creatures? Many children’s books have curious creatures. Immediately Maurice Sendak’s ‘Where the Wild Things Are!’ comes to mind. Followed by Dr Suess’ characters such as the ‘Cat in the Hat’ and ‘The Lorax’, and more recently Anna Walker’s ‘Mr Huff’. Creatures that are unknown are definitely a curiosity.  When we investigate the creatures by exploring books to learn more about them, who are the curious creatures then? We are!  Book Week, this year, will be celebrated on Friday 30th October. Students will be encouraged to dress up as a curious creature or a character from a book.
27 August, 2020
Thanks Wyniss!
Well done to all in our school community who participated in the Wyniss concert on Tuesday. This followed an outstanding program of teaching leading up to this experience by Mrs Keeley supported by the Musica Viva organisation who provide high quality music experiences and resourcing to us regularly. This was a great opportunity to expose our students to indigenous arts.   From Mrs Keeley………… Many thanks to everyone who participated in our Wyniss Concert on Tuesday.  It was wonderful to have so many people join us from home as well as at school.  Those who attended enjoyed seeing Uncle Dujon, Smiler, Norah and Jeanette singing and dancing and loved hearing their stories. It was a great way to end our unit on culture and traditions in the Torres Strait Islands. Below are 2 fabulous photos of students joining in from their homes.
05 November, 2020
Leaving a light on…
In our family, we’ve always been strict on Christmas decorations - nothing goes up before the beginning of December. It's become a tradition that the first Sunday evening of December we put up the tree and the lights. There is never a shortage of people prepared to put the decorations up - they’re never there when the decorations come down! My kids reminded me of the rules on the weekend when I spent an hour putting fairy lights up around our back verandah. I was quick to point out that they weren’t Christmas decorations, but decorations for Summer - which they were happy to accept. However, I was thinking of these little lights shining as I read this Sunday’s Gospel, which utilises the symbolism of keeping a light on. The reading of the bridesmaids and their lamps has been specially chosen as we come to the end of the year. In a Church sense this happens at the end of November - before Advent. We leave the front lights of our homes on to welcome visitors, to show we are home and to give a sense of safety and security. Before our Christmas preparations get underway, it is worth considering how our inner lights might shine to give welcome, hospitality, safety and security to others.
29 October, 2020
Who are your saints?
There are supposed to be seven stages of grief; shock, denial, anger, bargaining, depression, testing & acceptance. Experts tell us these stages are not necessarily a linear process, nor is there a set time that we spend in each stage. The process of grief is as unique as each of us as people or the nature of the loss. I’m thinking of these seven stages this week as I reflect on the people I’ve loved who have died over the years and the way I have reacted to the memory of their deaths - even many years later. November is the month when the Church remembers our loved ones who have died. November 1st & 2nd are set aside as All Saints Day and All Souls Day. Don’t be confused by the title of saint. A saint is a person who has died and has led a life of service and love for others - a person who most definitely rests with God. I’ve known quite a few saints in my life, some in my own family. It won’t take you long to recognise your own family’s saints. Light a candle for them this week. May the souls of all our loved ones rest in peace. Amen.
10 September, 2020
Book Week 2020
Book Week is a great opportunity to celebrate books. The theme for this year is Curious Creatures, Wild Minds. This theme begs the question, who are the curious creatures? Many children’s books have curious creatures. Immediately Maurice Sendak’s ‘Where the Wild Things Are!’ comes to mind. Followed by Dr Suess’ characters such as the ‘Cat in the Hat’ and ‘The Lorax’, and more recently Anna Walker’s ‘Mr Huff’. Creatures that are unknown are definitely a curiosity.  When we investigate the creatures by exploring books to learn more about them, who are the curious creatures then? We are!  Book Week, this year, will be celebrated on Friday 30th October. Students will be encouraged to dress up as a curious creature or a character from a book.
27 August, 2020
Thanks Wyniss!
Well done to all in our school community who participated in the Wyniss concert on Tuesday. This followed an outstanding program of teaching leading up to this experience by Mrs Keeley supported by the Musica Viva organisation who provide high quality music experiences and resourcing to us regularly. This was a great opportunity to expose our students to indigenous arts.   From Mrs Keeley………… Many thanks to everyone who participated in our Wyniss Concert on Tuesday.  It was wonderful to have so many people join us from home as well as at school.  Those who attended enjoyed seeing Uncle Dujon, Smiler, Norah and Jeanette singing and dancing and loved hearing their stories. It was a great way to end our unit on culture and traditions in the Torres Strait Islands. Below are 2 fabulous photos of students joining in from their homes.
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