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Whilst far from our shores, they remain close to our hearts.

This week has been a busy week, with a number of different aspects to celebrate at the Junior School. Our competition swimmers attended the Catholic Schools Swimming Carnival on Monday and performed brilliantly. Out of 18 schools, the girls finished second overall whilst the boys came third. A big congratulations to all who participated and contributed to such great results for a small select team. Years 3 and 5 undertook their coordinated online NAPLAN practice, which all ran smoothly in anticipation of 10 May, and Year 4 students enjoyed their excursion to Wingfield Waste Management as part of their ecological sustainability learning.

Thank you to all the parents of students from Years 3 to 6 who attended our Parent iPad Forum on Tuesday night, which was well attended. It is so important to unpack our shared responsibility in supporting our children’s digital literacy and growth as digital citizens. It is always beneficial to unpack with practical guidance how we can best support students in the iPad Program in Years 3 to 6 and outline where the responsibilities lie between the home and school.

As part of our continued response to the plight of the Ukraine people, the Social Justice Leaders helped to erect a charitable book stall selling pre-loved books, with proceeds going to Ukraine. The initiative, raising more than $360, was a big hit with the children. Today on the Feast of the Annunciation, Catholics around the world are being invited to join the Pope in praying for peace between Ukraine and Russia. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference President, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, said the Feast of the Annunciation, when the Church celebrates Mary’s ‘yes’ to the call of God, is a good day for the consecration, a day when the world says ‘yes’ to the call of peace.

The Junior School has chosen to respond to this call of peace as part of our global Catholic community, gathering in prayer and silence with Pope Francis and the bishops around the world. Although they are people living far from our shores, they remain close to our hearts.

Mr Nic Boys
Head of Junior School

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