May, June and July are eventful months for Aboriginal children, families and their communities. They are also a time for us all to think, reflect and recommit to our own contribution towards building flourishing Australian communities.
As a country, we are heading towards National Reconciliation Week, to be held 27 May – 3 June, beginning with Sorry Day and ending with Mabo Day. This year’s theme is Grounded in Truth Walk Together with Courage.
National Sorry Day was marked on Sunday the 26th of May, with National Reconciliation Week beginning today. St Emilie’s students will be reflecting on Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week this Friday.
What is it?
May 26 begins a week-long commemoration of significant events in the encounter between Aboriginal peoples and later arrivals in Australia.
Sorry Day, which honours the Stolen Generation of Indigenous children stripped from their families, bookends Reconciliation Week with the Referendum and the Mabo decision that marks its close.
The week is one for all Australians to participate in and reflect on.
God of Love,
You are the Creator of this land and of all good things.
This week we acknowledge the pain and shame of aspects of our history
and the suffering of our Aboriginal peoples,
Our hope is in You because you gave your Son Jesus
to reconcile the world to you.
We pray for your strength and grace to accept and love one another,
as you love and accept us.
Give us the courage to accept the realities of our history and learn from them
so that we may build a better, a more just and a more respectful future for Australia.
Teach us to respect all cultures.
Teach us to care for our land and waters.
Help us to share justly the resources of this land.
Help us to bring about spiritual and social change to improve the quality of life for all groups in our communities, especially the disadvantaged.
Help young people to discover their true dignity.
May your power and love be the foundation
on which we build our families, our communities and our nation,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
To all our wonderful families, THANK YOU so much for your amazing and generous support of your school by delivering tantalisingly delicious treats and by signing up to sell or cook at tomorrow’s Election. Your delicious donations mean so much … they show us that amidst the busyness and demands of family life, you understand that this opportunity is a great one and funds raised will really support our whole community.
A huge thank you to Rachael, Larissa and their team of helpers who popped in today to make sure that everything is ready to go … There was much laughter coming from the staffroom from Mums and many wistful looks from staff as they passed by your yummy donations! 🙂
If you have been unable to assist with food or a roster slot please come along and buy some of the delicious food on offer while you are waiting to vote.
Thanks again everyone and have a terrific weekend 🙂
With the Federal election coming up, it is important for us all to engage with issues around government and education, funding, capital development, and priority areas for our Catholic education system.
Below you will find a fact sheet and FAQs from the National Catholic Education Commission (NCEC) and Catholic School Parents Australia. These documents are accessible and very informative, and make the case for the value of Catholic education systems in the national context.
Similarly, the CEWA brochure outlines the role our system plays in the education of WA children and young people, while providing information on key initiatives and guiding principles.
We know everyone has busy lives, however it is important that we all try to make time to stay well informed, particularly leading up to Election time, so that our children continue to receive the very best opportunities we have to offer.
Thank you and please consider being a volunteer for helping out at our sausage sizzle roster on election day – Saturday 18th May 🙂
We are thinking of you and wishing you all the very best for the coming school holiday break. Thank you for your much appreciated support of staff, children and other families throughout the term. Every kind word, every generous offer, every time you have withheld judgement and given others the benefit of the doubt, every smile, every prayer prayed … it all helps to build our community up and keep it strong.
We pray that this Easter will be a wonderful opportunity for us all to reconnect with our loved ones, to reassess and re-prioritise our lives. And may our Lord of Easter Promise, continue to guide us all in the way of love, hope, justice, peace and reconciliation in our daily lives. May the way we choose to live be GOOD NEWS to all we meet.
All the very best and see you in two weeks!
Many thanks to all families who came along to our annual Family Picnic – it was fun and a great opportunity for our children and families to simply relax and enjoy each others company. It was hopefully also a good way for new families to connect and feel welcomed. Thank you to those who extended warm hospitality and reached out to our new families – this was very much appreciated.
Thank you MUMS AND DADS
Thank you CHILDREN
Thank you STAFF
A special thank you to Mark and Jo for once again providing us with fabulous live music and Maneesha, Chan and Suzanne, for sharing their face-painting talent. Glenn and Mr Munro put in the hard yakka setting up the bbqs and tents – top job!
Rachel Davies and Larissa Shaw are hugely thanked for getting the evening together and doing the pre-shopping, Rachael Visser, Olivia and Gill for communications, payments and tickets and parents and staff are thanked most sincerely for their wonderful generosity in cooking and serving the snags!
‘Community’ doesn’t just happen … it takes hands, hearts and a shared vision and purpose.
May the term ahead be a wonderful one for you and your family!
A little Year 2 boy earnestly told me (with a beaming smile) this morning, how his dad had to work tonight so his Mum ‘snooked’ some cards into his bag as a big surprise …. very romantic and it wasn’t lost on their son! Absolutely wonderful! Hopefully dad had something lovely up his sleeve for Mum too? 🙂
Ok, “sneaked” is the correct standard past tense and past participle form of “sneak” and the word he was probably looking for! But hey, in another few years who knows, ‘snook’ might just be a new word!
Happy Valentine’s day everyone … may the love of those dear to you, and of a God who knows you through and through, nurture and sustain you, today and all the days of your life!