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News from our Parish schools Oct 13, 2023

Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
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Siena Catholic Primary School

This week is a good news story about one of our students looking out for the safety of our community. Each morning on her way to school, Amber, a Year 5 student, noticed that many people, including students were crossing Sippy Downs Drive and using the median strip, full of vegetation, to stop halfway before completing the cross. She was concerned about this and looked up the names of local council members who she could write to. With the help of her Dad, Amber wrote to Christian Dixon, who responded promptly, thanking Amber for her concerns. Since then, work has taken place along the median strip to provide a safe crossing place by removing vegetation, thus improving vision for pedestrians and motorists. Christian Dixon thanked Amber and her family for being proactive and seeking help for a local problem in order to keep people safe. Amber enacted the words of St Mary Mackillop by seeing a need and doing something about it.

 

 

Stella Maris Primary School 

Every term at a school is a busy one, but we do what we can to ensure a great balance of high-quality learning and teaching with wellbeing practices in place and a Catholic faith perspective overlaid.  We know that it takes a whole village to raise a child, so we appreciate the contributions of all members of our school community – students, parents, families, volunteers, staff.  On our final day of last term, we celebrated some very important people who provide great support to our students… their grandparents!  With a special prayer assembly, musical performances, guided tours of our outstanding Art Show, activities to enjoy with their grandchildren and tasty treats generously provided by our parent body, grandparents (and grand friends!) were reminded just how treasured they are.  May they be eternally rewarded for the blessings they bring to our world.

 

 

Siena Catholic College  

 

So, we’ve hit the ground running this term – can it really only be Week 2! Throughout this Mental Health Awareness Week, students have been learning about the positive lifestyle factors of good nutrition, sleep, exercise, social connectedness and mindfulness. On Monday night, our Year 12 Music students gathered for their final school performance. Congratulations to all involved on what was a truly wonderful night. On Tuesday afternoon, six of our Year 10s travelled to Lourdes Hill College for the BCE Kaleidoscope Student Formation experience. The evening was a really positive one and our students were challenged to consider what has shaped them and what new perspectives they find each day – helping them to recognise how the values of empathy, solidarity and justice can empower them to be of service.

Wednesday was also busy, with our Year 11s at the Community Mass and our Year 10s completing a Reflection Day with Michael Fitzpatrick. Fr Isaac’s excellent homily encouraged the Year 11s to live in the present and to make positive choices. Michael’s work with the Year 10s was fabulous, and he challenged them to look at the dynamics of their group and to have big dreams and high expectations for 2024 and beyond.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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