Siena Catholic Primary School
School Feast Day celebration
Siena Catholic Primary celebrated the Feast Day of St Catherine of Siena on Friday 28 April.
We came together for a beautiful, happy liturgy to honour and pray to St Catherine to be people of ‘Prayer, Care and Learning’ in our everyday lives. Year 3 led the school in songs, readings and prayers before the children continued the celebrations with buddy activities.
It was a joyous morning with buddy classes. Activities included painting, lily making, games of the 1300s and a kahoot quiz on St Catherine for some classes.
The morning of festivities finished with a game of Staff vs Year 6 in kick tennis in the hall being cheered on by the remainder of the school.
We are so blessed to have St Catherine of Siena as our patron saint. Her wisdom in words, her dedication and devotion to a life of service to the Lord is an inspiration for us to mirror in our daily lives at Siena to be people of Prayer, Care and Learning.
Our quote from St Catherine that we live by at Siena is, ‘Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world afire’.
Stella Maris Primary School
May, in the Catholic Church, is traditionally (since the 13th Century!) celebrated as the Month of Mary, a time to honour Mary, mother of Jesus and mother of the Church. This time allows us to acknowledge both Mary’s privileged relationship to Jesus and her symbolic relationship to the Church as a role model and woman of faith. Learning about Mary is part of the RE curriculum for all our students:
In Prep, students listen and respond to stories that tell of Jesus’ mother Mary, his family and friends.
In Year 1, students recognise some ways in which believers past and present honour Mary, Mother of Jesus, including praying the Hail Mary. Our Year 1 students created our Mary Garden at school.
In Year 5, students examine Mary’s role as mother of Jesus and mother of the Church. They analyse the elements and features of some Marian prayers including the Hail Mary, the Rosary and the Litany of the Mary of Nazareth to describe the role of Marian prayer in the lives of believers past and present.
In Years 2-4 and 6, while there is not a specific focus on Mary, students reflect on Mary’s role in Jesus’ birth, his ministry and his final days; and then in being part of the early Christian community.
How are you celebrating Mary?
Siena Catholic College
We caught our breath on Monday during the Labour Day Public Holiday – in preparation for what promised to be another busy week.
Our Year 7s had an opportunity for reflection this week. On Wednesday morning they gathered with Parishioners for the Community Mass at St Catherine’s, while on Friday they were at the Innovation Centre with Michael Fitzpatrick for their Reflection Day. Both events were wonderful opportunities for them to take time to reflect on how their first year of High School is progressing.
The performances of our College Musical (13 The Musical) have concluded, and we congratulate the students and staff who spent many months preparing for the presentation of three wonderful shows. Well done!