Dear Parents and Guardians
We thank you Lord, for this term.
For the challenges, the successes, and the mistakes from which we have learnt.
Be with us as we spend our time with family and friends.
Give us strength and courage to do what is right: to be witnesses of our faith.
Help us to be a practical Christians these holidays, to appreciate what others do for us, to give time and effort to help others.
To be peacemakers in our family.
Keep us safe in our activities; give us good rest and good fun.
Bring us back refreshed and ready for a new term.
We thank you for our classmates, teachers, parents
And a community that cares for us.
May we always be conscious of you in our lives.
Young children are filled with wonder about the world and are open to discovering the Mystery of God through hands-on play, especially in the natural environment that God provided. Drawing from this gift of imagination can nurture this openness to God. Everything in nature speaks to us of God’s love.
The SUN is God warming us.
The BREEZE is God caressing us.
The GROUND on which you stand is God holding you in his protecting hands.
The AIR we breathe is God sustaining our life.
The WATER we drink is God quenching our thirst.
The FRUIT we eat is God feeding us.
Just spending time in God’s natural creation can do wonders for a weary soul.
From My Readings……
In the midst of personal trials and challenges – we can effectively alleviate not just our own suffering but also the suffering of those around us.
Sometimes, it can seem easier to just stay stuck in our emotions around a particular struggle, than to look for the opportunity to grow from it.
We may be stuck in anger or a sense of injustice. Or, we might feel victimised or scared. Or, perhaps you’ve been unable to move past feeling that, you really “didn’t deserve what happened’.
The key to transcending any difficulty actually lies in letting go.
But letting go doesn’t mean settling for what we don’t want in life. Letting go is an emotional and physical process, to help us rise above a difficult situation and create a newer better life for ourselves.
By letting go, we are opening a pathway of acceptance of ‘what is’ instead of staying stuck in ‘what should be’.
A reminder the last day of this term will be Wednesday, 21 September. Thursday is a one-off public holiday in honour of Queen Elizabeth II passing. Friday is a Catholic Day. Each year staff are granted a day off to thank them for the extra work they do around the attendance of Sacraments on the weekend throughout the year. This day is granted to all Catholic Schools in CEWA.
Year Six Swan Valley Adventure Camp
The Year Six children and staff attended camp last week. They were so busy being involved in rafting building, mid-ropes course, abseiling, canoeing, commando course and orienteering. I was very proud of everyone at camp for having a go, being inclusive and seeing teamwork in action. Parents of children in Year Six should feel immensely proud too! Thank you to the staff who attended and made this camp a fabulous success.
This term I have had a few conversations that highlighted the importance of respectful relationships in building and maintaining a strong community here at Christ the King. I really believe that every interaction is an opportunity to build a positive culture within our school and model our school values of Inclusiveness, Courage, Forgiveness, Service and Respect. Every conversation, especially difficult ones, should be respectful and mindful that we are all working towards a common goal – to help and support our students and children to become good people in a big, wide world.
Before school one day this week I had a conversation with a Mum about something that had happened at recess the day before. This was a difficult conversation for her to have, however, she was honest, kind, and calm and it was obvious that she wanted the best for all the students involved. These are important discussions to have, and it is important that we hold each other to account in the way we speak and act in these moments. I celebrate these moments!
I wish to officially announce to the Christ the King TEAM permanent staff for 2023:
- Miss Jacynta Phips
- Miss Teoni Zugaro
- Mrs Sabrina Reardon
- Mr Damian Albuquerque
- Miss Stephanie Dunsire who is currently teaching at Sacred Catholic School, Thornlie
- Miss Sophie Marshall who is currently teaching at St Benedict’s Catholic School, Applecross.
Please join with me in congratulating these staff to full time ongoing positions at Christ the King School from 2023.
All staffing will be announced later in term four. I will also be writing to all parents in October explaining the process for how class lists will be created for 2023.
Starting Week One term four, each Thursday after school from 3:20pm until 4:20pm tennis lessons will be offered for any children in Years 2-6. As I am a Level 2 tennis coach, I am offering my knowledge free as an extra-curricular learning opportunity. A form will be going home Monday for anyone who is interested. Please return the form to the Admin Office by this Wednesday please?
Whole School Writing
Last week, we participated in a whole school writing stimulus activity where there were 3 scenarios set up for the children to write about. The topic of the scenarios was “Missing”. The children then went back to class and wrote a narrative or recount about what they saw. We had time to plan our writing first with lots of discussion taking place! The students thoroughly enjoyed this experience!
As This Is Our Last Newsletter for This Term, I Wish to Thank Everyone in Our Wonderful Community for Their Support of Their Children, and One Another. I Thank You All for Your Precious Children Whom I Thoroughly Enjoy Sharing in Their Learning Journey. I Thank Our Amazing Teachers and Supportive Community for Their Combined Efforts in Helping Our Children Grow Towards God’s Vision for Them. Have a Wonderful Holiday; Relax, Enjoy, Stay Safe and See You Ready for A Fantastic, Hectic, Wild, and Amazing Term Four! Term Four Commences for Staff and Students on Monday, 10 October. Summer Uniform Is to Be Worn Please.