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Newsletter 4 - Term 1 - Week 9 - 25th March 2022
Principal: Mrs. Michelle Charlton
Dear Parents, Guardians and Carers,
Next week we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation in our Parish on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings at 6pm. Mrs Phillips has been meeting with our candidates on a regular basis to assist & support families in the children's understanding and preparation.
During this Lenten season it is timely to reflect on Forgiveness in our own lives. Whilst we know that God is always waiting for us, ready to forgive, are we ready to do the same in our own lives?
Do we hold onto hurt and allow it to consume us? Forgiveness is actually a liberating mindset. It may be that the person who has hurt us may not know or even care about our pain, but our decision to hold that hurt can take the joy from our lives. In some ways, forgiveness is a selfish (in a good way) decision as it frees us to live our best lives.
Make time to unite with Pope Francis in prayer
Catholics around the world are being encouraged to join their prayers with those of Pope Francis on March 25 when he consecrates Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The act of consecration places the warring countries under the protection of Mary, the Mother of Christ, trusting in the power of her intercession. Such an act looks towards God, the source of all peace, and seeks God’s peace through Mary.
“Acting as the Universal Pastor of the Church, Pope Francis will renew the consecration urged at Fatima more than 100 years ago,” Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Archbishop Mark Coleridge said. “The bishops of Australia are united with the Holy Father as he leads the faithful around the world in this act of consecration and we invite all people to join us in praying for peace in Ukraine.”
Pope Francis will perform the act of consecration in Rome at 5pm, which will be the middle of the night in Australia.
“We urge people to spend part of their day on March 25 in prayer – attending Mass, praying with family or friends, in silent prayer at a local parish or chapel or in whatever way you can,” Archbishop Coleridge said.
Archbishop 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.
“Next Friday we stop and turn to Jesus the Prince of Peace, who tells us that peace is possible in a world so badly wounded by war in Ukraine and elsewhere,” he said.
“Thousands have died, millions have fled and millions more are living in fear. We raise our hearts, our minds and our voices to God for an end to this horrific violence and destruction.”
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference recently issued a prayer for peace in Ukraine.
School Sport Newsletter: 25th March 2022
Swimming - Region Championship
On Thursday 17th March 9 swimmers from St Gabriel’s competed in the Regional Swimming championships in Sale. The students swam with great persistence, endeavour and determination on the day. The Under 11 Boys and Girls Relay team finished in 6th and 7th place respectively whilst Aliza Couling and Harry Kurrle finished second in their individual events. I would like to thank all the parents who supported their children throughout the School Sport Victoria swimming competition in 2022.
Last Tuesday the students from Yrs 3-6 competed in the 41st Annual Athletic carnival held at Harold Preston Park. I would like to thank Troy Villani for opening the shed at the Traralgon little Athletics club and setting up the events for the day and David Bonnici and Sarah Cooper who also assisted in setting up the Gazebos and events for the day. I would like to congratulate all the students who competed on the day as they gave it their all for their respective house teams. The students displayed great enthusiasm and sportsmanship on the day and all parents should feel very proud of their children. I would like to congratulate all the House Captains on preparing wonderful chants for their house teams. A special congratulations to the winning house team -Bridgid who have won the athletics carnival for the second year in a row. I would like to thank all the senior staff at St Gabriel’s for preparing the students for the carnival and encouraging them to have a go and try their best. Our school is very lucky to have such a caring and supportive staff. Finally I would like to thank Dale Aust who assisted on the day as starting marshall.
Athletics Championship - District Tuesday 22nd March
Last Tuesday the 22nd of March 70 students from St Gabriel's competed in the Traralgon District Primary School Athletic Championship. The students enjoyed the day of competition in warm sunny conditions. The first events started at 8.30am in the morning with the boys and girls 1500m and the students in attendance were in full voice as they were at the end of the carnival cheering on the relay teams. As the carnival finished the students had to leave Harold Preston Park to catch the bus to school. Luckily a few students were still in attendance to collect the winning shield on the day. I would like to congratulate all the students who competed on the day and their outstanding achievement in winning the carnival and again showing great sportsmanship. A special thank you to Miss Johnson, Mrs Collins and Miss Hayes for supervising the students on the day. Again I would like to thank all our parents who supported and encouraged the students of St Gabriel’s on the day.
Sporting Achievements- Cricketing stars
Last week a number of students from Grade 2/3 had their Cricket Presentation Night in Traralgon. Matthew Ebdohls was awarded a trophy for being the most determined player in U10 and he also got a special trophy for the hat trick he took during the season. Mason Inglis also in the same team as Matthew was awarded the coaches award. Zane Thow received the most improved player and Ethan Cooke received the sportsmanship award and Patrick McQuillen the most dedicated player, Michael Alex the most determined player and Aryan Shine the most dedicated player. On behalf of the school I would like to congratulate the students who participated in the recent cricket season in Traralgon
Sporting Achievements -
If you have any sporting news of an individual or a team please email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org Please include photos if you can. Greatly appreciated Damian Hogan
Signing children in and out of school
If your child needs to leave early, or has an appointment, then parents must sign in when they return/arrive. A note must be supplied to the classroom teacher so that they are aware of why the child is leaving and they can then record the absence. Alternatively this can be entered as PNA via PAM.
If your child is unwell to speed up their recovery by not allowing your child to return to school until they are fully recovered.
Parents and Friends Meetings
Meetings—the second Tuesday of every month at 7pm
Do you want to know what is happening in your school? Would you have anything you could contribute? We invite you to come along to our Parents and Friends Meeting held the second Tuesday of the month in the staff room at school. The meeting starts at 7pm. All parents, new and old are warmly welcome.
School Lunch Orders
LUNCH ORDERS ARE MONDAY AND WEDNESDAY ONLY
Monday orders are to placed in classroom tubs first thing Monday morning.
Wednesday orders are collected Tuesday afternoon for Wednesday delivery at lunchtime
NOTE: Please write clearly on an envelope the child’s name and grade and the item they wish to order. Correct money only will be accepted.
St Gabriel's Uniform Shop
The St. Gabriel's Uniform shop operates Tuesday 8.30am - 9.30am and Thursday from 2pm - 4pm. Order forms are available at the school office if you are unable to attend the uniform shop during these times.
The Uniform Shop is located at the rear of the school hall off the hall foyer.
Stock has arrived - Library and Reader Bags.