Thank you for looking after our school.
Thank you for loving each and every one of us here.
Help us to learn, play and share together,
so that the wonderful world you have
made becomes more beautiful every day.
Next week the Church will celebrate the feast day of St. Peter and St. Paul. This liturgical feast is in honour of the martyrdom in Rome of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul, which is observed on 29 June.
Peter, who was named Simon, was a fisherman of Galilee and was introduced to the Lord Jesus by his brother Andrew, also a fisherman. Jesus gave him the name Cephas (Petrus in Latin), which means ‘Rock,’ because he was to become the rock upon which Christ would build His Church.
Peter was a bold follower of the Lord. He was the first to recognize that Jesus was “the Messiah, the Son of the living God,” and eagerly pledged his fidelity until death. In his boldness, he also made many mistakes, however, such as losing faith when walking on water with Christ and betraying the Lord on the night of His passion.
Yet despite his human weaknesses, Peter was chosen to shepherd God’s flock. The Acts of the Apostles illustrates his role as head of the Church after the Resurrection and Ascension of Christ. Peter led the Apostles as the first Pope and ensured that the disciples kept the true faith.
St. Peter spent his last years in Rome, leading the Church through persecution and eventually being martyred in the year 64. He was crucified upside-down at his own request, because he claimed he was not worthy to die as his Lord. He was buried on Vatican hill, and St. Peter’s Basilica is built over his tomb.
St. Paul was the Apostle of the Gentiles. His letters are included in the writings of the New Testament, and through them we learn much about his life and the faith of the early Church.
Year Two News
We have been super busy this term! We have spent so much time at school and home working on our ‘Reading Mileage’. We know that the more words and books we read, the more fluent and expressive we become and Mrs Joseph is so proud of us all for the progress we are making!
We watched a very meaningful short film on Refugees for World Refugee Day last week which moved us all. We discussed how grateful we are to be living in such a wonderful and safe country like Australia. We decided to learn a song about being grateful and thought we needed a daily reminder, so we made a gorgeous sign that says ‘We’ve got a lot to be thankful for!’ which is displayed in Year 2 proudly.
We have also spent some time planning and planting our Herb Garden outside the Year 2 classroom. We can’t wait to share our beautiful herbs with our families (fingers crossed!) We have been using that outdoor space more and more and have found it is the perfect place to rehearse our Reader’s Theatre during our Literacy Block and so many other activities. Thank you so much to the P&F for their donation to Year 2! We now have a huge umbrella over our picnic table and some gorgeous picnic rugs to be a little more comfortable outside.
Year Four News
Term Two has turned into a busy term of learning for the Year Fours! In Maths, we have been tackling tricky fractions and perfecting our knowledge of times tables. We have been working on our narrative writing skills during the term, and are drafting, editing and publishing some incredibly descriptive and exhilarating writing. But the highlight of Literacy has been our Book Clubs which have run throughout the term. The students loved taking responsibility for creating discussion questions each week, which then facilitated rich and engaging conversations about their books.
In Religion, we have been learning all about the Eucharist in preparation for our First Eucharist which will be going ahead next term! Finally, in Art, the students enjoyed creating our very own shared artwork in an indigenous style. As a class, we brainstormed ideas to tell a story in our artwork before painting a small part each. Check out the finished product!
Year Four Teacher
We have allocated dates and times for Reconciliation and First Communion in 2020.
Tuesday 25th August (Week 6)
7:00pm Reconciliation Parent Information Night (Year 3 Classroom)
Friday 28th August (Week 6)
9:00am Reconciliation for Year 3 (Loreto Chapel)
11:00am Reconciliation for Year 4 (Loreto Chapel)
Tuesday 1st September (Week 7)
7:00pm First Communion Parent Information Night (Year 4 Classroom)
Sunday 13th September (Week 8)
8:45am First Communion Mass for Year 4 (Holy Rosary Church)
Health, Physical Education and Wellbeing
The students have been working solidly this term as we were challenged with weather, pandemics and less time than usual. Next, we expect to be returning to some semblance of normality as we begin athletics. For any interested families, our school cross country event will be going ahead and we are still planning for interschool cross country with around 10 schools participating this year.
It is has been very impressive to see so many runners turning up to cross country practice. We are averaging somewhere between 35-40 runners which is amazing. If you are interested in checking out training please feel free to come down, it does not matter if you can only come once, we would love to see you there.
Next term training will continue on Thursdays and I am in conversation with Mr Corbett about another session. Tuesdays will not be happening. If you are doing your own training make sure you are introducing a little bit of speed work in combination with the continuous running.
Mrs Hurle and I have officially begun preparing the presentation for parents and family around resilience building in our children. This may be a refresher for you, or perhaps you will hear a different take on an idea. There will also be an opportunity to discuss amongst ourselves and participate in collective learning. Thank you to those who have sent in questions or ideas, keep them coming Andrew.email@example.com
“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” Dr Wayne Dyer.
Health, Physical Education and Wellbeing Co-ordinator
For the last two weeks, the students have been focussing on perspective. The ability to see things a different way and appreciate others take on things can be very powerful. For the parents out there perspective has been linked with successful aging and greater wellbeing. I think a great way to develop this is through conversation, especially when students have made a mistake that has affected somebody else. The conversation around how do you think they felt, what if it had happened in reverse can be very powerful.
Our final strength is Forgiveness which we introduced this week.
This means to forgive those who have done wrong and accept that no-one is perfect. At school we can: give people a second chance, let go of things even if we are upset and ask ourselves what we learned from the situation. A fantastic clip to help your children is available through this link: https://youtu.be/lbwVHAV_qu4
I look forward to sharing ideas around that early next term.
Health, Physical Education and Wellbeing Co-ordinator
For the remainder of this term, Mini Vinnies will be holding a Tinned Food Drive. We are encouraging everyone to bring in some tins of food for the homeless. Please bring your tins to your classroom and place in the box provided.
Kindy/PP – baked beans
Years 1 and 2 – tuna and sardines
Years 3 and 4 – tinned fruit and vegetables
Years 5 and 6 – tinned spaghetti
At the end of the term, we will donate all tins to St. Vincent de Paul.
So let’s get tinned up!
For this week’s Friday Fun Day the Year 6 students have decided to call it Crazy Accessory Day!
Students can place accessories in their hair, wear crazy sunglasses, crazy socks or tie, wear a crazy hat etc. The possibilities are endless!
Normal school uniform protocol applies.
This June edition of Sustain Magazine includes updates on how each global community is responding to COVID-19, with our Sisters working tirelessly to ensure vulnerable families have food and are safe. Articles include a heart-warming interview with Sr Elizabeth Donnan about her life in Africa, an update on the United Nations by Sr Janet Palafox, and a piece by Sr Libby Rogerson detailing the effect of the pandemic on asylum seekers here in Australia, and how the Loreto Normanhurst community rallied into action.
We hope you enjoy the new look MWIA Sustain Magazine which can be accessed at the following link:
Fortnightly Tip: Active Listening
Listen to your children to find out how they are feeling, and what is going on in their lives.
Sometimes your children may not tell you exactly what is going on with them. By actively listening, you can tell if they are happy or if something is bothering them.
- Do I talk ‘to’ my kids or ‘with’ them?
- When I talk with my kids, do I also really listen to them?
- Do I stop what I am doing and give them my undivided attention?
To listen well:
- Look at the person who is talking and occasionally nod, say “yes” or do something that signals you have understood.
- Pay attention and think carefully about what is being said.
- When the other person stops speaking show that you have really listened by asking a good question based on what they have just said.
“You can’t impose on kids in your own timing and expect that they will open up then. You just have to wait for that moment when they want to talk. It might happen when you’re washing up, when you’re driving the car or maybe late at night when they walk into your study.” – Sue Le Souef, solicitor.