Confirmation is the third Sacrament of Initiation; the others are Baptism and Eucharist. We know that we will be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit, and we know that we will now have further responsibilities to our Church.
We have learnt a lot at school in our Religious Education classes, but we have also learnt a lot from our families and our parish community. We rely on all these people to help us grow in our faith. While we were at camp, we focused on our gifts and we prayed to ask God for guidance as we moved towards our final preparation stages for this Sacrament. We also completed activities that we needed the Gifts of the Holy Spirit for, for example Courage and Understanding.
Last week, we had our Confirmation Retreat Day. We were joined by our parish friends who are also receiving this Sacrament. We had a great day and were reminded of the importance of Jesus in our lives. We discussed the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and we have a good understanding of how these will help us in our lives. We played some games as well. One of these was Bingo, where we listed ways we could grow closer to Jesus. Another game was ‘The Balloon Game’. In this game we had to give instructions to a classmate who was blindfolded. We all shouted and made a lot of noise trying to help. What we had to realise was that we need to be able to rise above the noise and distractions of life so that we can actually hear Jesus. That was a real challenge, but we think we can do this! Click on this link to watch a short video clip
We invite you to pray for us, especially on our Confirmation Day, but also at other times as well. We can’t do this well without plenty of support. We are thankful to our families who love and support us in so many ways.
Confirmation Masses are at Infant Jesus Church on Saturday at 11.30am and 3.00pm.
We would love to see you there!
What is National Reconciliation Week?
National Reconciliation Week (NRW) is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. The dates for NRW remain the same each year; 27 May to 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey— the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision respectively. Reconciliation must live in the hearts, minds and actions of all Australians as we move forward, creating a nation strengthened by respectful relationships between the wider Australian community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples
National Reconciliation Week in Year Six
We spent time last week learning more about National Reconciliation Week and Sorry Day. We discussed the Stolen Generation, as well as the true story of the sisters in ‘The Rabbit Proof Fence’.
Our research covered some Indigenous Leaders such as David Unaipon, Archie Roach, Cathy Freeman, Neville Bonner and artist Emily KamenKngwarreye. We also viewed a shortened version of the then Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd’s ‘Sorry Speech’.
The Year Six children were shocked that children were forcibly taken from their homes and we discussed how this might have made us feel.
National Reconciliation Week in Year Five
Across Year 5 we make a Reconciliation Snake, which shared the students understanding and opinion of Reconciliation Week. The students also watched an ABC My Place episode which explored the impact the Stolen Generation has on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in today’s society.
National Reconciliation Week in Year One
In Year One, we read the book ‘Stories for Simon’ by Lisa Miranda Sarzin. After a discussion about the power in saying sorry we created our own sorry stones. The children enjoyed creating the sorry stones and reflecting on the importance of saying sorry and the significance of National Reconciliation Week.
Faction Cross Country Carnival
As you are aware our Faction Cross Country Carnival is on Friday, 28 June (Week 9). The children are starting to get excited and are working hard on their fitness during Physical Education and Cross-Country training.
Cross Country Carnival Details:
Venue: Lightning Park
Date: Friday 28 June 2019
On the day, a bus will shuttle each year level to and from Lightning Park. The timetable for the day is below; however, please note that these times are a guide and we may be running ahead or behind time. The children need to bring their hat and drink bottle with them on the bus and a jacket if they need it. The children are allowed to wear their coloured faction shirt to school. If they are unable to find a shirt then we will provide coloured bibs. Our Year 6 Wellness Ministry will be providing support throughout the day.
Parents are welcome to attend and cheer on their children. There is plenty of parking and I ask that parents use the steps/pavilion for watching the children race and avoid going near the track.
Please note the presentation ceremony will occur back at school at 2:30pm in the school hall, immediately after the the carnival. The winning Faction will be announced and First, Second and Third place and Girls and Boys in each year level will be presented with medals.
Year 6 Winter Lightning Carnival
This carnival will be held on Friday, 21 June 2019. Netball will be held at Noranda Netball Courts and Soccer at Yokine Reserve. The Year 6 children have already chosen their sports and are beginning to prepare for the day. Thank you to the parents who have volunteered already. I will send home the equipment/information that you need for the day with your child the week before the carnival. We are still chasing some more parent help if anyone is available to volunteer.
West Coast Eagles & Perth Wildcats Clinics
Last week our Year 6 children took part in The Eagles Rock My School Football clinic. Kurt Mutimer from the West Coast Eagles took our children through a variety of kicking and handballing drills, culminating in a fun dodge game at the end!
Last Wednesday our Year 4 children were extremely fortunate to take part in a Perth Wildcats clinic. The clinic was led by the amazing team captain Damian Martin! Damian took our Year 4’s through some fantastic dribbling activities then finished off with a shooting game!
Physical Education Teacher
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