Dear parents, students and families,
This is the second Sunday of Advent when we 'Prepare the Way' for Jesus. This was the words of John the Baptist who saw his mission as preparing for the one who would come. We prepare our hearts a place for Jesus and offer a welcome to him. As life gets busy in the lead up to the social events of Christmas it is very important that we all take some time to ourselves, to be still, to prepare and to welcome the spirit into our lives.
Teachers and levels for 2021
Foundation team Bethany
Miss Jessica Cannizzaro
Mrs Sarah Chappell
Mrs Nimanthi Perera
Mr Shaun Van Dam
Mrs Bianca Wolverrton
Mrs Cecilia Keuch (3 days) Mrs Kancan Suri (2 days)
Mrs Geraldine Power (4 days) Mrs Kanchan Suri (1 day)
Mrs Connie Paola (4 days) Mrs Kanchan Suri (1 day)
Mrs Sally Brooks
Mrs Annette Papas
Mrs Julia Marino
Mrs Carmen Pocock
Miss Marcia Sampson
Miss Maddie Saltis
Miss Emily Stecca
Mr Steve Clarke
Mrs Emily O'Kane
Mrs Sarah Rietwyk (3 days) Mr Andy McDermott (2 days)
Mrs Wendy Silvester
Mr Michael Walpole
Miss Michelle Whitlock
Mrs Rosalie Wilson
New staff member - yet to be appointed
Mrs Nicola Bailey
Miss Esha Blake
Mr Nathan Carey
Mrs Sarah Naughton
Mrs Connie Vesco
Mr Benjamin Walsh
Mr David Williams
We are still working through class placements as a result of changes in staffing and enrolments. Students will meet their new classes in the final week of school this year.
During the final week we have several events that normally would be celebrations for the school community. Due to the restrictions around covid normal we are unable to manage these in 2020. It is important though that school families are aware that these events are on.
Tuesday 15th is the orientation day for students at St Thomas' to spend some time in their class group for 2021. This will happen after lunch. Children will be dismissed from their new class. Therefore if you have changed pick up plans please email your current teacher early on that day to allow the message to be sent to support your child at departure.
Wednesday 16th is the last formal day for classes. Thursday is our 'Prepare the Way' day - as we move 25 out of 30 classrooms. We will have supervision available for children who require it during normal school hours. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if your children will be in attendance that day.
Wednesday is also the Year 6 Graduation Mass and the Mass of Thanksgiving for retiring Foundation Principal Mr Marrinon. Due to the restrictions we are unable to open this mass to everyone but I hope you can say a prayer of thanks for Mr Marrinon and the wonderful children who are our Year 6 graduates.
End of Year gifts
We have begun to see cards and candy canes appear already. The staff respectfully ask that students do not bring cards to give out until the last week.
We ask that no treats for Christmas (candy canes, chocolates etc) are brought to give to other children.
We are happy to announce that stage 3.5 has now been named Jerusalem. After lots of investigations, research and discussions, Jerusalem has been thought as the better name than Cana. Students around the community have decided that Jerusalem was a suited name because…
- Jesus was crucified on the cross for us and relates to service because he was selfless and died for us
- Jesus healed the blind man and relates to service because he helped him to see
- Jesus heals the paralyzed man and relates to service because he helped him to move again
- Simon assisted Jesus carrying the cross and relates to service because Simon is a helpful and kind person and he knew Jesus had a hard time carrying the cross
- Jerusalem was where the last supper was held and relates to thanksgiving because Jesus gave his body and blood
- Jesus stayed in the temple to pray when he was a kid and relates to prayer because he left his family to pray to God
- Pentecost was situated in Jerusalem and relates to prayer because the disciples prayed for the Holy Spirit
- Jesus prayed in The Garden of Gethsemane which is located in Jerusalem and relates to prayer because he prayed to God for strength in service
- Jesus forgive Judas for trying killing him and relates to reconciliation because Judas said sorry and Jesus forgave him
- The two people beside Jesus on the cross reconciled before they died this relates to reconciliation because they asked for forgiveness
These are the reasons that captivated the students into wanting Jerusalem.
Written by Chase and KIzzie