Dear SCA families,
This week is SCA Feast Week, the time when we remember our patron, St Clare of Assisi and we give thanks for the wonderful school community we are all part of. Sadly, we have had to celebrate without the presence of parents, and we have not even been able to gather as a whole school community. However, our staff and children have shown great spirit and creativity to celebrate.
I am especially proud of our Year 6 students who led liturgies for each year level yesterday. Year 6 have also organised an “SCA Amazing Race” for Years 4-6 and an “SCA Emblem Hunt” for Years K-2. (Make sure you ask your child about the fun they had while doing it this week.)! Special thanks to Kristy Everding, our acting Religious Education Coordinator, for all her hard work and the many staff who assisted with powerpoints, music, displays and general organisation. It was a mammoth team effort and we should all be proud of our staff and students.
St Clare devoted her life to God, leaving her family and their lifestyle behind and following closely in the footsteps of St Francis and his mission. Following Francis’ death, Clare continued to work in the Assisi area, in the church that Francis ‘rebuilt’ and began her own order called the Poor Clare’s. The Poor Clare Sisters still work in Assisi, Italy and around the world.
St Clare once told her sisters that…“When lips cease to pray, let your hands begin”, meaning in essence that our actions often speak longer and louder than our words ever can. Clare built her life around the values of love and service so during our Feast Week we should all take a minute to reflect on our relationship with each other and God. How often do we consider others' needs before our own or reflect on putting ourselves in someone else’s shoes before reacting or judging them?
It’s not unusual to hear of children across the country who have been involved in disturbing social media events. As a school, we will continue to look at ways in which we educate our students to use digital resources wisely and appropriately.
Most children access social media when they are not at school. (Social networking describes a variety of services like Facebook, YouTube, Snapchat, Instagram, World of Warcraft, Moshi Monsters, Twitter, Skype, Minecraft and many others.) As a parent it may be useful to refer to the Office of the Children's eSafety Commissioner website (https://esafety.gov.au/) — it has excellent information on a wide range of topics including protecting personal information; cyberbullying; balancing online time; photos, videos and social media; offensive and illegal content; sexting; and social networking. The site also lists a variety of trusted partners and online safety websites to help guide young people towards safe and enjoyable experiences online.
Our expectation of students in relation to the use of ICT at school for educational purposes is very clear and all students are required to adhere to the acceptable use of IT policy. Any breach of this must be reported immediately.
Special Event this Friday
This Friday is Dress Up day for SCA Feast Week. I am looking forward to some creative costumes and even have mine (mostly) ready.
It was once said…
“Go forth in peace. Go forth without fear, for he who created you has made you holy, has always protected you, and loves you as a mother.” – St Clare of Assisi
Blessings to you and your family. Take care and go gently.
The SCA Community Council met virtually in Week Three to discuss a number of exciting things that are happening here at SCA. We thought that now, as we continue to maintain a social distance from the school, was a great opportunity to reach into our Parent and Carer community to give you a snap shot of what we do as your Community Council.
The Community Council meets twice every term, in Week 3 and Week 8 and discusses regular agenda items such as the school finances, the Principal’s report and OSHC updates. Over the past year we have seen many changes and impacts to our school community that has seen us discuss many things which are new to us as well. The most exciting discussion that has been on our agenda for a little while now is the Master Plan. Mr E will talk to this in coming weeks so look out for a Facebook post, and more in future newsletters, showing you where SCA is hoping to head in the future.
As parents, teachers and executive staff we see it as our pleasure to serve on the Community Council. If you have anything that you think should be bought to the Community Council’s attention, then please don’t hesitate to reach out!
Your 2020 Community Council members are:
- Chair – Crystal Tunningley
- Deputy Chair – Heather Cochrane
- Secretary – Dave Hockley
- Treasurer – Emma Phelan
- Parent Representatives – Matt Blenkin, Sally Kasparek, Nicki Muir, Brendan Mowlam, Melinda Reeson, Simon Hill
- Staff Representatives – Ben Sweeney, Luke Brown, Kristy Everding
- Assistant Principal – Val Ciuffetelli (Karen Haines in Val’s absence)
- Principal – Matt Egan-Richards
To contact the Council, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the Front Office asking for someone on the Council to call you.
Be the Light
'Let Your Light Shine Before Others'
Happy SCA Feast Week!!!!
This week we have been celebrating the Feast of St Clare. Saint Clare gave up a life of privilege for a life of poverty. She was willing to walk away from the comforts of her life in order to fully live out her faith. Clare turned to Christ in good times and hard times, remembering that He is with us always. Clare was inspired by St Francis of Assisi and was joined in her ministry by others, including her mother, her sisters and many others who were eager to join Clare’s community, focused on simplicity and Christ. This week we have come together as a SCA family to celebrate and we pray for Clare’s blessing and guidance as we strive to live up to our school motto, ‘Be the Light’.
‘A’ Dress Up Day- This Friday 14th August 2020
To complete our Feast Week celebrations, don’t forget to dress up as something starting with the letter ‘A’ this Friday.
If your child is celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation and you haven’t confirmed your child’s chosen saint name, please email the parish with these details. Please email your child’s name and chosen saint name to following email address; email@example.com
Parent Formation Night
Any parent of an enrolment candidate that is interested in speaking at the Parent Formation Night about their experience of celebrating the sacraments and/ or their faith journey, please contact Kristy Everding (Acting REC) at Kristy.firstname.lastname@example.org
Confirmation Key Dates
Wednesday 26 August- Student Retreat Day: All day at SCA
Thursday 27 August- Parent Night: 6.30pm – 7.30pm at Holy Family Church
Wednesday 16 September- Confirmation Masses: 5.30pm and 7pm at Holy Family Church
Congratulations to the children who will be awarded white cards this week.
|Kinder||Vaughn H, Max McK, Addison P, Kaitlyn P, Khloe T|
|Year 2||Lucius M, Jacob O, Adam R|
|Year 3||Achol A, Chase C, Sara F, William H, Sofia K, Avtar S|
|Year 4||William D, Cailin N|
|Year 5||Hayden C, Aiden S|
|Year 6||Kobe A, Tahlia B, Emily B, Melina G, Deyana G, Julian K, Royce O, Zara P, Hunter S|