Dear Parents, Guardians and Carers,
On this, the Second Sunday of Advent, we are given the person of St. John the Baptist to ponder. What a gift he is! Jesus Himself stated that “among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist” (Matthew 11:11). What a compliment!
What is it that made John so great? We can point to two things in particular. The first has to do with his calling and the second has to do with his virtue.
First of all, John was great because he was the transition from the Old Testament Prophets to the New Testament. He was the bridge that prepared for the new life to come. His unique mission makes him truly great.
But John was great not only because of his unique calling, he was also great because of the virtue he had in his life. And it is this gift that is worth pondering for our own inspiration more than any other.
The particular virtue that John had was that of humility. He saw himself as nothing other than a “voice of one crying out in the desert.” And the Word he spoke was Jesus.
John acknowledged that he was not even worthy to stoop down and untie the sandal straps of Jesus (Mark 1:7). He was praised by many and followed by many and yet he continuously said of Jesus that “He must increase and I must decrease” (John 3:30). John was not in it for praise and honor; rather, his mission was to point everyone to the Savior of the world. He could have sought the honor and praise of many and he would have certainly received it. They may have even made him king. But John was more than willing to fulfill his mission and then submit himself to the cruel sword of his executioner. His humility was such that he was focused only on Jesus and desired only to point to Him. (https://mycatholic.life)
Lord, thank You for the gift of St. John the Baptist. May his witness of humility inspire me in my Christian walk. Help me, Lord, to always point others to You rather than to myself. Jesus, I trust in You.
This Friday we celebrate our grade 6 students as they graduate from St Michaels and begin their secondary school journey. We are very proud of them and thank them for all their contributions during their time at St Michael’s. Whilst this year has not been what was expected, the grade 6 students have made the most of every opportunity and shown a strong sense of resilience that will serve them well in the future.
|Last day of school for 2020 is Wednesday 16th December finishing at 3:20pm.|
Each week students from each class are awarded Student of the Week certificates. These children are nominated for the example they have been within the school based on the School Wide Expectation focus for that week. The weekly focus will be from Wednesday until Tuesday the following week. Awards will be presented to students in class until assemblies can resume.
In Week 9 the School Wide Expectation focus was Learning.
I set high expectations of what I can achieve.
I work hard and always try my best.
I reflect on my own learning and how I can improve.
I can receive and act on feedback.
The award winners for week 9 were:
|April Wangman||Lucas Groves||Milla Rayner|
|Leigham Frendo||Milla Koppen||Chloe Szkwarek|
|Joe Clark||Anushka Hollingsworth||Lilly Duran|
|Wynter Krausz||Nathan Kimani||Nicolas Gilham|
|Levi Stanistreet||Addison Ryan||Kyah Murtagh|
|Isaac Huffer||Matthew Xiao||Tayla Giersch|
|Lachlan Moon||Mason Athanasiadis||Esther Konyi|
|Jaise Maiden||Jakob Engley|
Thank you to the following students for taking part in the Premiers' reading challenge:
|Pranav Pasupuleti||Rylee Martin||Harper Rode||William Calabro|
|Chloe Rawson||Emily Lawn||Jack Kriger||Rafferty Mack|
|Lachlan Moon||Clementine Reid||Hayden Rawson||Jaxon Nachorny|
|Joel Wilson||Jakob Engley||Matthew Xiao||Marcus Tsaikos|
|Christopher Tsaikos||Akein Samarakoon||Jack Webber||Adele Calabro|
|Indi Bowen||Lucy Graham||Marlow Shaw||Matilda Fenech|
|Sophie Clegg||Javier Borg||Hannah Mack||Kahil Hughes|
|Oliver Wilson||Chloe Galante||Rachel Lim||Ruby Clegg|
|Scarlett Reid||Theo Greenhill||Emilia Atkins||Jasmine Marshall|
|Shinn Aung||Sithuki Samarakoon||Aliana Krieger||Chloe Britton|
|Layla Graham||Courtney Thomas||Sarah Franklin||Liam Thomas|
|Rose Calabro||Alexis Lia||Ruby Lawn||Sienna Symes|
PRC Champion Lapel Pins 2020
|Grade 1||Harper Rode|
|Grade 2||Emily Lawn|
|Grade 3||Lucy Graham|
|Grade 4||Matilda Fenech|
|Grade 5||Layla Graham|
Quote “Books are the quietest and most constant of friends; they are the most accessible and wisest of counsellors, and the most patient of teachers” Charles William Eliot
On the Second Sunday of Advent the gospel reminds us that it is time to get ready for the coming of our saviour, Jesus Christ. We read of John the Baptist, God’s messenger, who was sent to tell people to change their ways and turn back to God. Advent is a good time to look at our lives and make a fresh start if we need. Spend some time this week showing the important lessons of love and peace in your family. What can your family do to help others in our community who are in need?This is perhaps the greatest gift that we could give to our children this year. This is how we change the world - one family at a time.
St. Michael’s Primary School has supported our local St. Vincent de Paul Society for many years through our food and gift collections.
Normally at this time of year we would be celebrating the end of our school year with our giving Mass. Unfortunately, due to COVID restrictions we are unable to gather in our usual way.
St. Vincent de Paul Society, however, still desperately needs the support that we, along with our sister schools, provide the people within our community.
This year we are asking that each child donates some festive items. These donations might include: Christmas food, serviettes, wrapping paper, bon bons etc. Consider donating the items that bring joy into your household during this special time of the year.
We ask that the children bring their donation to school by Friday 11th December.
Thanks for your generous support.