Dear SCA Families,
We have two main fundraisers each year, and this Friday is time for the last one; Walkathon. Please do all you can to encourage some sponsorship, and we would love for you to join us for a walk at the Pond on Friday.
Funds raised will go towards improving the Infants playground and the play area between OSHC and Year 1.
A lot of talking happens in a school. Hopefully there is even more listening. Communication is central to our functioning as humans. We are spiritual beings and so our communication with God is essential to our fullness as a person. The most obvious form of communication with God is through prayer. Prayer is about building a relationship. In the case of prayer, the relationship is with God.
A treasured prayer in our Catholic tradition is the Rosary, and next month, October, is a time for emphasis on the Rosary. The Rosary is a summary of the life of Jesus. The more we come to know these stories and the more we contemplate the mystery of God becoming human, the closer we come to understand and appreciate the presence of God in our lives. The Rosary provides the most intimate insight into God’s extraordinary love and compassion.
During the holidays (Monday 7th October) we celebrate the Feast of the Rosary. We cannot hope to deepen our relationship with God without prayer. The model of prayer for us is Mary. Praying the Rosary in the company of Mary can lead us towards personal fulfillment and unity with God.
For an interactive look at the Rosary take a look at http://www.familyrosary.org/how-to-pray-the-rosary
Caring For Our School
ACT Policing will be increasing pro-active patrols around schools during the holidays, but we are also asking you, the community, to assist us in ensuring our schools remain secure.
Anyone who observes anti-social behaviour or suspicious activity around schools is urged to report this to police immediately on 131 444. This includes suspicious persons or vehicles seen at odd hours of the night, and any signs of potential criminal activity such as the sound of breaking glass, spray cans or electrical equipment being used at odd hours. By working together with police you can help to ensure that our school remain secure over the holidays, allowing our children to get the education they deserve.
When we return next term our hard working Assistant Principal, Ms Val Ciuffetelli, will be taking four weeks of well-deserved long service leave. During this time, Mrs Karen Haines will be the Acting Assistant Principal. I congratulate and thank Karen for stepping up to take on this extra responsibility.
NAPLAN results for students in Years 3 and 5 will be coming home with children this week. Please check school bags. Please remember that these results are a single snapshot of learning from three months ago. Please contact your child’s teacher if you wish to discuss any aspect of the reports.
A Big Thanks
On behalf of the children and their families I thank each staff member for their efforts during the term. I continue to be impressed with and thankful for the dedication and care shown by all the staff at St Clare of Assisi. Your children are in good hands.
Enjoy some special time with your family these holidays. I look forward to seeing you all when school resumes on Monday 14th October.
It was once said…
“The important thing is that we stick together.” ~ Buzz Lightyear
Blessings to you and your family.
Be the Light of… Leadership
Vision, Creativity, Innovation, Direction
This Friday 27th September is the last day to register your child for Reconciliation if you have not already done so. Please note the following dates for your calendar:
- Friday 27 September – last day to register for the sacrament
Commitment Masses (attend one)
- Saturday 19 October 6pm
- Sunday 20 October 10am
- Saturday 26 October 6pm
- Sunday 27 October 10am
Parent Formation Night
- Thursday 31 October 7:30pm
Year 3 Reconciliation Retreat Day
- Tuesday 5 November
Celebration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation
- Thursday 28 November 6:30pm
Welcome Fr Andrew
Welcome! Next weekend we welcome Fr Andrew Lotton into our parish community. Fr Andrew was born in Canberra in 1963. While he spent most of his formative years in Canberra he has also lived in London, Melbourne, Sydney, Darwin, Broome, Adelaide and Perth. Fr Andrew has worked in the public service, was a lay brother in the Society of the Sacred Mission, an Anglican religious community and with Consular sections of both the British and the South African High Commissions. However, inspired by the preaching of the Neo Catechumenal Way he saw a need to bring sacraments to the people and felt God was calling him to the priesthood.
As he had been baptised Anglican he went through a period of discernment to determine whether that calling was for the Anglican or the Catholic Church. He was received into full communion with the Catholic Church in 1995 but it was not until 1999 that he entered the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Perth. After leaving the seminary and returning to Canberra in 2004, Fr Andrew again responded to God’s Call and re-entered the seminary in 2006.
Fr Andrew was ordained to the Priesthood on 5 June 2009 for the Archdiocese of Perth, WA. He first ministered in the Perth Parish in Kelmscott WA for several years. Then he was in mission with the Neo Catechumenal Way in Adelaide and the Diocese of Wilcannia/Forbes but returned to Canberra in 2016 to care for his ageing parents. He has ministered in Weston Creek, the Cathedral and Charnwood Parishes and we extend a warm and heartfelt welcome to his new home of Corpus Christi Parish.
No Class Mass this Friday 27th September
End of Term Prayer
We thank you Lord, for this term.
For the challenges, the successes, and the mistakes from which we have learnt.
Be with us as we spend our time with family and friends.
Give us strength and courage to do what is right: to be witnesses of our faith.
Help us to be a practical Christian these holidays, to appreciate what others do for us,
to give time and effort to help others, to be peacemakers in our family.
Keep us safe in our activities; give us good rest and good fun.
Bring us back refreshed and ready for a new term.
We thank you for our classmates, teachers, parents and a community that cares for us.
May we always be conscious of you in our lives.
Congratulations to the children who will be awarded white cards at this Friday's assembly.
|Kinder||Miranda Andriske, Evie Crocker, Jack Evans, Hunter Everding, Leonardo Fincher, Noa Lyons, Lydia Phengrasmy|
Raiyan Amin, Micah Forrest, Madeline Walker, Lacey Warren, Chelsi Watson
|Year 2||Bailey Andriske, Tristan Edwards, Hazel Logan, Aaliyah Lopez-Bettay|
|Year 3||Alex Moore, Oscar Moore, Cooper Nocen, Angus O'Brien, Isaac Urquhart|
|Year 4||Calvin Bhavan, Alison Boyle, Oliver Cokljat, Darcy Davis, Lucas Davis, Chloe Myers, Parker Rose, Shylie Smith, Tim Sweeney|
|Year 6||Oliver Smith|