Siena Catholic Primary School
Day for Daniel is a very important day on the Siena calendar. The school, through child safety activities and lessons, continues to promote the Daniel Morcombe Foundation message that child safety is everyone responsibility.
Events like these are crucial in educating young minds about personal safety and encouraging open discussions to increase their knowledge and confidence to recognise potential dangers, react appropriately and report any concerns.
During the day each class participated in child safety lessons in the classroom and then held a discussion at the Heart of Hope. School students and staff then proceeded to tie a red ribbon on the school fence to remember Daniel and promote child safety to our community.
We continue to pray for Daniel’s family and that they are reassured that through their dedication to child safety, it has equipped a generation with the necessary skills to be proactive and remain safe.
Stella Maris Primary School
As part of our Religious Education Curriculum, all students learn about our Holy Mother, Mary, with distinct focus in each year level. In Prep, for example, students learn about Mary as the mother of Jesus, living in Jewish culture in First Century Palestine. In Year One, students learn the Hail Mary prayer and explore how Mary is honoured through prayer, images and music. It is in Year Five, however, that students really focus on the Rosary (and a variety of other Marian prayers) and explore Mary’s role in the wider Church. There is no doubt, however, that all students love to have the opportunity to hold their own set of Rosary beads and experience praying the Rosary together. During this October, the Month of the Rosary, students and staff took time to pray the Rosary during our whole school Christian mediation time. What a blessing!
Siena Catholic College
Last Friday, staff and students from the College gathered at Suncoast Christian College for the annual Day for Daniel Walk. This event is a significant one in our calendar, as we commemorate Daniel (a past student of Siena) and support the work of the Foundation established in his name. The aim of this Foundation is to spread the message of child safety and to encourage all of us to – Recognise, React, and Report – in order to keep children safe.
On Friday night, more than 100 students and staff participated in the Vinnies Sleepout. This overnight event was designed to raise awareness of the plight of the homeless here on the Coast, and was an opportunity for students to encounter, for even a short time, some of the realities associated with this.