Dear SCA families,
Happy New Year! The new Church year commences this weekend with the first Sunday of Advent.
Advent is a season of waiting; we wait with hope, desire and expectation. One of our Advent companions is Mary, and during these weeks we remember her as she waited for the birth of her child. We know what waiting is like, as many of us wait with anticipation for the holidays.
Advent is also a season to prepare for Christmas. We know that the first coming of Jesus at Bethlehem will not happen again, so during Advent, we prepare and long for a new coming of Jesus into our lives. We take this time every year to practise how to receive Jesus every day of our lives. We remember the call of Jesus to us to make our world a peaceful and loving place, and so, during Advent, we make special efforts to be signs that God is with us. This is what the word ‘Emmanuel’ means – God-with-us.
Advent is a season with its own special mood, colours, sounds, words and joys. Sometimes it can be swamped by Christmas and we can be tempted to celebrate Christmas too early. This Advent, may we all try to wait, as the world waited long ago for the coming of Jesus, the “Light of the World”.
Our Newest Members of the St Clare's Family
68 excited pre-schoolers and their parents visited St Clare’s yesterday for the Kindergarten Orientation Day. It was great to see the children and parents leave with a smile on their face. Thanks to all the staff for planning to ensure our newest students were made to feel welcome.
All SCA families are warmly invited to join our Parish for a Community Carols Festival on Saturday 7 December in Holy Family Church. Mass will be celebrated at 6pm and Carols will begin at 7.00pm. Everyone is welcome so please bring your family and friends for food, fun and performances!
Semester Two Reports
Your child’s teacher is in the process of preparing Semester Two reports. There is a great deal of work and energy that goes into the writing of these documents, and I thank the teachers for their efforts. Reports will be sent home with the children on Friday 13th December.
A reminder that school fees are now overdue, for those who are not on a regular direct debit with us I ask that you settle your account with us by Friday so that we are able to meet our budgetary commitments.
Our fantastic Outside of School Hours (OSHC) team run an engaging and fun holiday prgroam for SCA children during January. Please contact Jess (OSHC Director) or our front office for further details.
A reminder to all families that it is a legal requirement for children to attend school, and for any absences to be explained to the school. Please also note, that any planned absences of ten days or more must be applied for in advance. These forms are available on request from the front office.
Thank You Family BBQ
To thank the many parents (and grandparents) who volunteered their time in any way this year, the Community Council is hosting an End of Year Family Thank You BBQ.
If you helped in the classroom or tuckshop, on an excursion or carnival, as a committee member or sports coach/manager, in the clothing shop or at the Soccer Carnival, or in any other way not mentioned, please come along on:
Tuesday 10th December, from 5.30-7.00pm.
Invitations and RSVP forms are included later in this newsletter.
Please have a look at home for any SCA Library books that may not yet have found their way back to their own home. You can help us to minimise the number of books we need to replace by returning them as soon as possible please.
It was once said…
“Don’t waste time looking back, you’re not going that way.” ~ Ragnar Lothbrok
Blessings to you and your family.
Be the Light of… Leadership
Vision, Creativity, Innovation, Direction
This Sunday marks the beginning of Advent in our Catholic Church. The word ‘Advent' is from the Latin ‘Adventus,' which means ‘coming.' Advent is the beginning of a new liturgical year (in the Western churches), and begins from the fourth Sunday before Christmas, until the Nativity of Our Lord is celebrated - Christmas. The liturgical color for this season is purple.
Like Lent, Advent is a preparatory season. It has significance because it is a season of looking forward and waiting for something greater; both for the annual celebration of the event of Christ's birth, and for the time when Christ will come again.
Each Sunday in Advent a candle is lit on an Advent Wreath, reminding us that Christmas is coming nearer. The first candle is called the Prophet’s candle. It reminds us of the people who spoke God’s word for hundreds of years before Jesus was born. They told the people to prepare for the Lord, saying:
“Rejoice, rejoice, people of Zion! Shout for joy, you people of Jerusalem! Look your king is coming to you! The Lord says, “Your king will make peace among nations; he will rule from sea to sea.” Zechariah 9: 9-10
Another tradition in the Catholic Church is that of the Jesse Tree. It is a representation of Jesus’ family tree, all the way back to Jesse – the father of David. The tree image is taken from Scripture where it is written;
“There shall come forth a shoot from the stump of Jesse.” Isaiah 11:1
Next week we will have a Jesse Tree in the foyer of the front office. Come and have a look and find the symbols which represent different members of Jesus’ family.
Please keep the following students and their families in your prayers as they prepare to celebrate their First Reconciliation this Thursday.
Georgia Barao MacLeod
Sebastian LukasikLucas Miners
Class Mass this Friday 29th November
Congratulations to the children who will be awarded white cards at this Friday morning assembly.
|Kinder||Alyssa Cho, Hayden Moore, Eli Pathammavong|
|Year 1||Raiyan Amin, Issac Chikirov-Lopez, Lilly Cooper, Ava Goolagong, Lachlan Grimshaw, Harlow Hargrave, Lorelei Hayes, Charlie O'Brien, Dakota Orsolic, Jackson Williams|
|Year 2||Damaris Cheluvappa, Chloe Higginbotham, Tyrone Singleton, Emily Wilson|
|Year 3||Aiden Bates, Lilly Clark, Ayla Hogan, Sebastian Lukasik, Cailin Napier, Dominic Player, Liam Saxon|
|Year 4||Remi Backhouse, Aidan Brown, Susannah Felstead, Chelsea Hogan, Maanvi Singh, Shylie Smith, Lilijana Suchomel, Archie Ticehurst|
|Year 5||Narvan Osloubi, Isla Thomas|
|Year 6||Lachlan Buckley, Sophie Gibson, Mia O'Connor, Riley O'Connor, Mitchell Reilly, Oliver Smith|
WEEK 7 (25th November – 29th November)
28th November Thursday – Kinder Year 1 AFL Clinic
28th November Thursday – Year 3 Excursion National Zoo and Aquarium
WEEK 8 (2nd December – 6th December)
5th December Thursday – 2020 Kindergarten Orientation – SESSION 2
WEEK 9 (9th December – 13th December)
10th December Tuesday – Thankyou BBQ
11th December Wednesday – Semester 2 Awards
13th December Friday – Semester Reports Go Home
13th December Friday – Thanksgiving Mass and Handover Ceremony
WEEK 10 (16th November – 19th December)
16th December Monday – Kindergarten Concert
17th December Tuesday – Year 6 Graduation
18th December Wednesday – Farewell Assembly
19th December Thursday - Year 6 Big Day Out
19th December Thursday - LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
The library is now closed for borrowing.
Mrs Austin has began the process of stocktaking books in the library.
Please ensure your children have returned all books to the library as soon as possible.
Remember to make at least 2 deposits this term to go into the draw to win a prize. There will be one winner per grade. Winners will be notified this Friday.
Last day to order rewards is November 29.
Last day of banking for 2019 is Friday December 13.
WILL BE CLEANED OUT NEXT TUESDAY THE 3RD OF DECEMBER.
IF YOU ARE MISSING ANY ITEMS COULD YOU PLEASE
CHECK LOST PROPERTY THIS WEEK OTHERWISE ANY
UN-NAMED ITEMS WILL BE RETURNED TO THE
SECOND HAND UNIFORM SHOP.
Canberra Symphony Orchestra presents family picnic concert on Government House lawns
CSO Shell Prom
The Canberra Symphony Orchestra presents a program of musical theatre and film favourites for the Shell Prom picnic concert, from My Fair Lady to Frozen. Guest voalists Simon Gleeson and Genevieve Kingsford join the orchestra onstage, under the baton of acclaimed conductor Geoffrey Castles.
An annual favourite on Canberra’s musical calendar, the Shell Prom is an opportunity to enjoy a live orchestra in a relaxed, family friendly environment.
Pack a picnic or grab dinner from the Lions Club sausage sizzle on the night. Bring along a picnic chair or a rug to sit on.
Tickets $20-$30** – book online at cso.org.au/prom or call CSO Direct on 02 6262 6772.
*Please allow time for bags to be security checked