Siena Catholic Primary School
Welcome back to term 4. Great to have everyone on board yesterday and a happy positive spirit in the school.
This week we celebrated the Feast Day of St Francis. We reminded students of our school value of Justice, like St Francis, who undertook work which helped the underprivileged and the poor. At Siena, justice looks out to others (what do others need from me), up to God (we do good works to build the kingdom of God) and spreads around (when I look after others, others look after me) As a community of faith we seek continually to build respectful relationships valuing and embracing all.
Stella Maris Primary School
For most Year 6 students across Australia, this term will be their final one in primary school. That means that it comes with a great mix of emotions. While some students are filled with excitement about the prospect of starting high school, many are feeling reflective about their journey so far and somewhat nervous about leaving the safety and comfort of the place they’ve known, the friends they’ve made and the experiences shared. Here at Stella Maris School, lots of measures are in place to support the transition to high school. On top of all the classroom learning, we’ve got a Leadership Reflection Day, transition days at new schools, a Thanksgiving Mass, a Graduation Dinner, a Leadership Handover and final day celebrations. We wish all Year 6 students a fabulous term ahead.
Siena Catholic College
It was a bonus to have an extra day added to our term break due to the King’s Birthday holiday. A group of our teachers, however, used that day to travel to Sydney for the second of our Mary MacKillop staff pilgrimages. Over two days, they walked in Mary’s footsteps, exploring the area of The Rocks where she set up her Houses of Providence. They also learnt of her life and ministry and visited the Mary MacKillop museum, which contains many wonderful artefacts, Alma Cottage, and the beautiful chapel which houses her tomb.
On Wednesday, our Year 11 students began the process of choosing student leaders for 2024. They had the opportunity to listen to Az Hamilton, whose presentation aimed to equip our students with ways to make a tangible difference in their world through simple but profound actions.
It’s the beginning of the end of secondary school life for our Year 12s, and this week they begin the final weeks of formal classes. We wish them well as they prepare for their upcoming external exams.