Rome Update

Yesterday, I saw the papal address and visited Domus Australia. Domus Australia is an amazing church. it has been renovated and is now a church for Australian visitors. The renovation has given the church an Australian theme with small altars dedicated to Mary MacKillop and Archbishop Daniel Mannix. The painting below is a depiction of the first Catholic Mass in Australia. At that time, it was considered an illegal gathering. From this first gathering, our faith community has grown so much. Domus Australia serves as a reminder of when we visit or move to another country how important faith is to our identity. 

     

Above and Beyond!

To our amazing staff who went on camp, I thank you! The teachers went above and beyond, to ensure the students had a WONDERFUL experience. Thank you for: 

  • The late night and early morning supervision 
  • Comforting the home sick 
  • Looking after those feeling sick 
  • For getting up in the middle of the night to do check ins 
  • Supervising flying fox and other activities 
  • Administering medication 
  • Making sure no one was alone 
  • Supervising free time activities 
  • Washing the dishes after every meal 
  • Taking photos and charging cameras and 
  • Being on call for 52 hours.

 

MOTHERS DAY BREAKFAST UPDATE

On Monday night the planning committee gathered at Down the Rabbit Hole to plan the Mother’s Day Breakfast. It promises to be a beautiful celebration of the wonderful ladies in our community.

We need as many dads as possible to help on the morning. So boys and girls, ask your dads whether they can help.  

If they can, ask them to reply by Friday 5 May, or to contact the office. 

ANZAC GATHERING

on Monday we came together to remember all those who protected our freedom. A special thank you to our wonderful 5/6SC who planned and presented our reflection. Peace is something we should not take for granted, peace comes when we learn to respect others and share common values. 

     

ANZAC SERVICE

On Thursday we were represented with pride and a true understanding of ANZAC Day by 12 amazing Year Six leaders. I was very proud of them. It was an honor to take these young adults out of the school. If you ever get the chance it is an incredible experience the ANZAC Service at Memorial Park seeing over 750 students from 21 local schools pay their respect.

           

Twilight School

Yesterday we had our first twilight school at St. Charles and all the students I spoke to loved the day. Twilight school gave parents and grandparents a chance to visit their children in classrooms and see what they are doing. I thank all families for supporting this event and adjusting roster and routines. Please email or leave a comment on the blog about your thoughts or feedback. 

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The wonderful author of the I Am Jack books visited our Grade 3/4 students today to talk about how students can discuss issues they are having with their parents. Her tip, which I thought was great- ‘if you’re having issues bed time is a great time to talk to your parents. You are the center of their attention, during this time,’ was valuable. Thank you to all the parents who supported this event on National Day against Bullying. 

 

Whole School Welcome BBQ

Thank you to Narelle, Ben and Doug for purchasing our new BBQ’s and for putting them together. Tonight at the welcome BBQ we will sell sausages; for those families who need a quick meal. For all other families, you are welcome to bring a picnic dinner (pizza and fish ‘n’ chips are a popular choice)!

Parents in School

 

It has been a very busy first month back and I thank parents for supporting all our extra curricula activities. The following is a snapshot of parent/ school events:

Prep parents tea and tissue, beginning of year mass, Andrew Chinn concert, Prep welcome mass., swimming trials, parent/ teacher conferences, Prep faith night, parent helper training, 3/4BM class mass and puberty education night. 

 

Parish Prep Welcome Mass

With Andrew Chinn belting out songs and parents from St. Charles cooking the BBQ, our prep students and their families had an opportunity to witness the welcome of our parish. A special thank you to our school parent board who did an amazing job catering on the night. It was wonderful to see so many teachers present to be commissioned during the mass. 

  

Grade Six Awards

It was a beautiful night last night and a big thank you to our parent committee and 5/6 team who put this event together. A special thank you to Fr Jerry and to Ms. Bugno for a lovely mass. This year we had two new awards introduced with our very special Sian Wilson Friendship award. Our two new awards acknowledged academic excellence and great achievements in  sporting and sportsmanship via a nomination to Sports Victoria.  

Our winners for this year are: 

Sian Wilson Award- Nicola & Isaac 

Sports Victoria- Zane 

Academic Excellence- Evelyn & Hayden 

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Blessing of Our New Church

Yesterday our new church was officially opened and blessed. I would like to thank all our teachers, students and parents – both past and present who attended. The theme of the mass was, it’s only a building without community! Let us all make a commitment to show gratitude for the gifts we have been given by the Holy Spirit and look for ways we can share those with others. 

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National History Challenge State Finals

What an amazing effort!

We had five students represent St. Charles yesterday at the State Final’s of the National History Challenge. Well done: Olivia, Mercedes, Bianca, Ethan and Aaron.

A special thank you to the parents and Mrs. Sirianni. I look forward to seeing their presentations at assembly.

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The old buildings of Melbourne Boy’s Grammar was a perfect venue for the final! 

First Communion

It was a very special First Communion for our six St. Charles Borromeo candidates last Sunday. They were the first to celebrate a sacrament in our new church! It was great to see the faith community of Templestowe supporting these wonderful students. Congratulations- Max, Alexander, Kana, Cailtin, Oscar and David. 

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