Last Tuesday we held our final Community Council meeting for the year. Parents were sent the updated school fees which were approved at the meeting, during the week. The meeting also served as the AGM and the members of the Community Council for 2021 are below.
Chair – Damian Kelly
Deputy Chair - Natalie Zanco
Secretary – Jodi George
Treasurer – Lisa Murphy
Parent Rep - Tanya Bolton
Parent Rep - Edwardo Kuminek
Parent Rep – Louise Wilkinson
Parent Rep – Amelia Grace
Parent Rep – Sachin Mehta
Parent Rep - Bruce Parker
I would like to thank Marina Ivancic, our outgoing Chair, for her service both as Chair of the Community Council and as parent representative prior to that. Thank you also to Maria Worsnop for her service to the Mother Teresa School community via the Community Council.
Pupil Free Days - 2021
To support the rollout of the Catholic Education’s ‘Catalyst’ initiative, Catholic Education has granted all schools an extra two days of professional development for 2021. These days will occur on the first day of term two, 19th April, and term three, 12th July.
While schools have three professional development days at the beginning of the year very little time is spent on teaching and learning which is our core business. Compliance requirements linked to WHS, anti-discrimination, bullying and harassment, first aid, National Collection of Data for Students with a Disability are some of the requirements that eat into our professional development days. Schools have been asking for more time to focus on curriculum for some time and are pleased to be given these two days.
Kidz Biz have confirmed that they will have programs running for both of these days if parents wish to avail themselves of this service.
Good quality professional development is essential to enable us to increase the knowledge and skills of our teachers which in turn leads to better outcomes for our students.
Congratulation’s to Selina Li who was last week’s winner. Interestingly Selina submitted an entry early in the week and then thought about her answer and submitted an updated answer several days later. Well done Selina!
This week’s problem is below.
How many three-digit numbers greater than 900 are there that satisfy the following conditions?
- The sum of the digits is 14.
- The digits are all different.
- The tens digit is an odd number.
The Whole school focus theme for this year is: Be Just Like Jesus
Jesus showed us that serving others and humility go hand in hand. As we start to prepare for Advent and Christmas we need to think about how we can ‘Be the hands of Jesus by giving to others.’
SECOND SUNDAY IN ADVENT
Year B | Sunday 6th December | purple
"Make straight the paths of the Lord."
Something to Think About
How do you get ready for Christmas?
What happens at school, at home and at church during Advent while we wait for Jesus’ birth?
The gospel this week starts with words from the prophet Isaiah: “In the desert, someone is shouting, ‘Get the road ready for the Lord! Make a straight path for him.” Then it moves on to the story of John the Baptist. John was the one shouting in the desert, telling people to turn back to God. John baptised people with water in the Jordan River, but he also told the people that someone more powerful than him would come and baptise them with the Holy Spirit. That ‘someone more powerful’, was Jesus.
A reading from the holy gospel according to Mark 1:1-8
This is the good news about Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
It began just as God had said in the book written by Isaiah the prophet,
"I am sending my messenger to get the way ready for you.
In the desert someone is shouting,
'Get the road ready for the Lord! Make a straight path for him.'"
So John the Baptist showed up in the desert and told everyone,
"Turn back to God and be baptised! Then your sins will be forgiven."
From all Judea and from Jerusalem crowds of people went to John.
They told how sorry they were for their sins, and he baptised them in the Jordan River.
John wore clothes made of camel's hair. He had a leather strap around his waist and ate grasshoppers and wild honey. John also told the people,
"Someone more powerful is going to come.
And I am not good enough even to stoop down and untie his sandals.
I baptise you with water, but he will baptise you with the Holy Spirit!"
The Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.
Think carefully about John’s message. “Turn back to God… Then your sins will be forgiven.”
How might we change direction in our own lives to draw closer to God?
What should we try to change in our hearts and in our actions?
Help us to prepare a way for you in our lives
and to turn our minds and hearts back to you.
May we experience your tender mercy
and rest in your forgiving love.
Thank you to all those generous families who contributed to The Vinnies Christmas Appeal! We raised over $2,000.00 – 2 Emerald was the class that raised the most with $138.00.
Alison Weeks from the Parish council sent an email:
Congratulations to Mother Teresa School on the wonderful Vinnies Christmas Appeal. What a great result! It is genuine commitment like this which draws us all together and makes us strong and compassionate.
Warm regards Alison Weeks
Wednesday 9 December
9:30am – School Hall
Students and teachers at Mother Teresa School would like to invite the Year 6 parents to celebrate the end of another school year as we give thanks to our Year 6 leaders and those leaving our school. If you would like to come please make a booking via this link https://mtsharrison.schoolzineplus.com/form/7
Booking to attend Mass
To attend Mass in person, please follow this link to make a booking. We encourage you to all come back to Mass if it is safe for you to do so. We look forward to seeing you!
Peace and Best Wishes
Anne Leet Religious.
Youth Mass - 6 December 2020
Join the Holy Spirit Gungahlin Parish community on Sunday 6 December for our Youth Mass (5:30pm) and Youth Gathering (6:30pm)! The Mass will be led by the young people of our parish. This is a good chance for everyone to get together and have fun, faith and fellowship with our young Church. Food available and families welcome. For catering purposes, please send me a quick reply if someone in your family will be attending! Hope to see you all there!
It's that time again. We need children for two Masses this year so please promote widely! Many thanks!!