Buy a Bee and be more for others this week!

This week is our final week of fundraising for Caritas Project Compassion. Students are invited to bring in a gold coin at any stage this week and buy a bee cutout, which can be decorated or they may choose to write their name on a pre-made bee (from their teacher)! They can then pin their bee to the wall located near the library galleria space. The aim is to have a swarm of Caritas bees on display by the end of the week!

How are you being more to others?

How many bees might we have on our wall by the end of the week?

St Joseph Feast Day Mass

Today we celebrated the Feast of St Joseph with our very first mass! 

It was wonderful to share in a special celebration about a great saint. A saint who was an ordinary and humble man and who was the husband of Mary and foster-father of Jesus here on earth.

Watch the reflection video below and think about all the wonderful things you have discovered this week about St Joseph.
What connections have you made to your learning and to your own life?

As a family you might like to continue to share your learning using these questions:

Why was St Joseph a special person to so many people including Mary MacKillop?

How are you going to be more like St Joseph?

What did you notice when you were at mass today?

Photos of our fathers

As we prepare to celebrate the Feast day of St Joseph on Friday, we are reflecting on the qualities of Jesus’ foster father and making connections with our own fathers/important males in our life.

We would love to have students to bring a photo of their own father to share, which will assist with our reflection. You are most welcome to email these photographs to your child’s teacher before Thursday.

Thanks families!

– Stephanie, Vivian, Michelle and Anna

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Enter the Caritas K’s competition this Friday

This week’s Caritas Friday fundraiser links to Arsad’s story. Arsad is from Indonesia and with no toilet in their house, his family had to use the forest instead. With the help of Caritas, Arsad was able to participate in hygiene and sanitation training and he worked with the community to build working toilets for homes. 

This week we stand in solidarity with those who often have to walk for basic food, services and supplies with our Caritas Ks competition. Get your pedometers ready for Friday and get walking. Follow the steps below to enter!

Please note: You can bring a donation and walk even if you don’t have a pedometer!

Please complete our prayer survey

Dear families,

This year, we are fortunate enough to be part of a Prayer Collective with the Melbourne Archdiocese. As part of this, we are collecting data about what staff, students and families know and feel about prayer. Below is a very brief, anonymous survey.

It would be greatly appreciated if you could complete this survey before Thursday! If you would prefer a hard copy, please email Anna on anna.hill@smcmeppingnth.catholic.edu.au

Many thanks in advance!

Come dressed as your future self on Friday

SMCM, you are superstars! We have now raised $1131 for Caritas!

This week our Caritas Friday connects to Oliva’s story. Oliva is from the Solomon Islands and she was unable to read, write or count. Caritas Australia helped to give her a future by enrolling her in Literacy and Numeracy classes.

Help Caritas support others like Oliva by dressing up as your future self and donating a gold coin on Friday!

Wear a splash of blue for Caritas this Friday!

Last week we raised an amazing $541 for Caritas Project Compassion. Well done SMCM – giving to others (almsgiving) is an important part of Lent and it helps us to become closer to God.

This week’s Caritas Friday fundraiser links to Margret’s story. Margaret is a teacher at a vocational school for deaf students in the Solomon Islands. Margret and her students face water shortages and they have to walk off campus twice a day to collect safe drinking water. 

We have reflected on Margret’s story in Religious Education this week and we are even going to take up a water challenge later in the week! Stay tuned!

How would you feel if you were Margret?

How did Caritas help Margret and her students?

Caritas Friday

Wear your favourite piece of clothing and bring a gold coin donation to school!

Tomorrow is our first Caritas Friday!

We begin our annual Lenten Project Compassion fundraiser this week with our first Caritas Friday. This week’s theme is connected to the first Project Compassion story of Jamila, a single mother living in the world’s largest refugee camp in Bangladesh. With the support of Caritas Australia, Jamila learnt to sew and uses this skill as income to support her family.

Be More’ for others in Lent and DONATE to Caritas!

Learning from home- Wednesday February 17th

Hello Year Two students and families,

It is Ash Wednesday. This is an important day in our Church Year because it begins the special season called Lent. What do you know about Ash Wednesday and Lent?

Please find attached some suggested learning activites for Wednesday.

A reminder that Whereby rooms are available from 9.30am until 12.30pm to support and check in with students. Please follow the links below to speak with Anna, Stephanie or Vivian.  If we don’t let you in straight away, we may be with another person, but will let you in as soon as possible. We are also available via email.

Stephanie – https://www.whereby.com/smcmeppingnth.disalvatore.stephanie

Vivian – https://www.whereby.com/smcmeppingnth.rosales.vivian

Anna and Michelle – https://www.whereby.com/smcmeppingnth.hill.anna

We hope you have a wonderful day!