Last Friday evening our Year Six children celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation. This sacrament completes the sacrament of Baptism. It is the sacrament by which we receive a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit and the increased ability and maturity to practise our Catholic faith in every aspect of our lives and witness to Christ in every situation. Bishop Terry Curtin has become our regular Bishop to confirm our children each year. His engaging and welcoming manner made for a very reverent and special occasion. We keep in our prayers, the forty one year six children who were confirmed at St Christopher’s church and ask the Holy Spirit to guide them in their lives.
It’s incredible to think that we have already been at school for ten weeks! It feels like yesterday when we were welcoming our new 2019 prep children. Upon reflection I certainly know where the time has gone. This term we have welcomed our new prep children to the school, held a 2019 prep information night, completed the swimming program for yrs 3-6, held two information sessions and tours for 2020 prospective prep families, participated in interschool sports, attended the Keilor Gift gala day, held parent/teacher conversations, organised a basketball clinic, celebrated our beginning of year school mass, announced our student positions of leadership and responsibility, revealed the new house team names, enjoyed our Twilight Sports evening, conducted parent volunteer training, purchased new tables for the prep/1 classrooms, had a visit from Bishop Terry, held a confirmation parent workshop, confirmed 41 yr 6 children, completed an emergency evacuation drill, competed in regional and divisional swimming carnivals, conducted a cyber safety day for children and staff followed by a cyber safety parent evening, celebrated Holy Week liturgies, met with the Parents Auxiliary and Education Board and run copious amounts of meetings to organise all of the above! All of this in an effort to improve student outcomes and to provide a rich and varied curriculum and extracurricular activities for our children. Thank you to everyone for being a part of all this and the part you have played in ensuring a successful and rich term!
Congratulations to our Year Six children who each week have participated in inter school sports with other primary schools in the area. They have always proven to be welcoming to other schools who play here and respectful when offsite. Thank you to all our parents who have volunteered their time to coach the teams. Congratulations to our bat tennis and basketball teams who won their grand finals last Friday. The games were an example of good sportsmanship, regardless of the outcome.
Big Child Care have been an enormous supporter of St Augustine’s throughout the past years. Recently they donated an enormous box of Easter Eggs for the Easter raffle! Over a year ago it was decided to introduce Before School Care at St Augustine’s to complement the After School Care already operating. All involved were confident that we could manage this and increase numbers to make it sustainable. After much advertising and encouragement to join Before School Care the numbers have not increased enough for this service to remain viable. Unfortunately the Before School Care service will cease at the end of this term. Big Child Care and St Augustine’s will continue to work together in an effort to get Before School Care up and running again in the future. Please note that the After School Care will continue to operate.
This Friday (tomorrow) the children finish at 1pm. We will hold the Easter Raffle with the children assembling outside at 12.30pm. Thank you to Sallie Lamberti and the Parents Auxiliary for organising the raffle. The children will also be able to wear casual clothes on this day for a gold coin donation. Proceeds from the gold coin donation will go towards the St Augustine’s church maintenance fund.
Have a peaceful Easter and a re energising holiday and may the risen Christ shine His light in us, through us and over us and bring us renewed hope and faith with his Resurrection.