As we reflect on the year that has been, we are grateful for the wonderful sense of community that has seen us through the many good times and those that have challenged us to the core.
We have been honoured to have witnessed the true meaning of courage, strength, faith and hope through the actions of a young mother and father who faced such immense tragedy and heartbreak yet, in their own suffering, were able to look to the needs and offer comfort to others. Their legacy is a gift we will all cherish forever.
Together we have supported and encouraged, shown thoughtfulness, been generous, shared good humour and offered kindness and cooperation. The positive contributions made by each and every one of you have been greatly appreciated.
To those who have sent a positive email or dropped in a card, chocolates or cake after one of the many different class or whole school events throughout the year, or simply recognised the care and effort that a teacher/staff member has given to your child in one way or another – MANY , MANY THANKS!
Your words, or acts, of encouragement and thanks are valued and remind us that the extra things we do – really matter and make a difference. The staff of St Emilie’s work very hard to provide many wonderful learning opportunities and experiences. They give much time and effort to all that they do, often quietly ‘behind the scenes’, in their own time, before school, after school and on weekends. We are very blessed indeed to have such dedicated and caring professionals in our school!
In the busyness of the season, please find time to connect with the Christmas story – to emphasise the importance of Christ in Christmas! As parents, you hold the key to teaching your child that while receiving is fun, the real joy of Christmas is to be found in giving … that Jesus spent his life teaching us that to find true peace, we must be willing to forgive and to love without condition… for we are called to be His hands, feet, eyes, ears and heart in this world. This isn’t always easy, but is definitely worth striving for!
Emails will be sent and posts placed on the website in the final week of school and in the week leading up to the start of year, providing you with important information and reminding you of the important dates and times for the start of the year. Please make sure that you check these spaces regularly! The first day of school for children will be Wednesday, 1st of February.
Please take care and stay safe.
We wish you all the peace, love, joy and hope of the Christmas Season and look forward to seeing you all in 2017!
Tania, Stuart & Anne