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News from our Parish schools Mar 3, 2023

Second Sunday of Lent
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Siena Catholic Primary School

Hundreds of Siena students will lap it up for those less fortunate

Siena Primary school students and the wider school community will walk for an hour around the school oval to raise money and awareness for the disadvantaged and underprivileged in the local community and around the world next Friday 24 March. Every student was given a donation card and parent letter last Monday explaining the school’s fundraising event called, ‘Laps for Life and Laundry’.

The Assistant Principal of Religious Education, Kim Barrett-Coade, said the fundraiser “will be a great community building event where we live the Gospel message of love for all and preferential treatment of the poor”.

“We are raising money for Caritas – Project Compassion, St Vinnies and Orange Sky Landry,” she said.  “All families and staff are asked to donate to this worthy cause by sponsoring our students to walk for the hour. We are learning, through the Project Compassion stories, where our money is going to assist the many communities in the world and local groups who do not have the basics that we take for granted.”

As Pope Frances said: ‘Each individual Christian and every community is called to be an instrument of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor, and for enabling them to be fully a part of society.’


Stella Maris Primary School 


Stella students get behind Project Compassion

At Stella Maris, we believe that we are called to be the image of Jesus to all those around us.  We are the face of Jesus in the world today and Jesus uses us to get his message across through our small everyday actions.  Getting behind Project Compassion is one way to take action that will support some of the most vulnerable people in the world. We launched Project Compassion at Stella Maris at our school assembly last Thursday and children came up with lots of practical ideas about how they could help to raise funds to donate. Already, donation boxes have been returned, full to the brim. With all the negativity that abounds in the world today, it is heart-warming to see the generosity of our young people and their families as they put their faith into action and work to bring light and hope where it is most needed. During this season of Lent, may we all be inspired to do the same.






Siena Catholic College  

College’s patron Saint inspires students to the next level

Siena Catholic College students efforts this week have helped to ensure the work of Caritas can reach those most in need of our support, says Catharine Hannan, Assistant Principal – Mission & Identity at the College.

“Our Project Compassion fund- and awareness-raising was the responsibility of Catherine House this week, and our students followed St Catherine’s call to ‘not be satisfied with little things, because God wants great things’.”

Fr Will and Deacon Isaac also shared their insights on a variety of contemporary ethical issues when they joined our Year 12 SOR classes on Monday morning. The students were very appreciative of the opportunity to ask questions about the church teachings that underpin the students’ chosen topics.

It’s certainly been a busy time for excursions at the College. Last week, our Year 12 Geography students travelled to Fraser Island and this week the Year 12 Biology classes were on Moreton Island. In addition, our Year 12 Business and Year 10 Geography classes were out and about in the local area. On the sporting front, our Netball teams took to the court for the start of the Monday night Interschool competition; our AFL team were successful in their nine-a-side games; our Volleyball players began their competition; and our Swim squad did very well at the District Carnival.











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