Hello families and friends
Welcome to Term 2 which is Catholic Education Week. The theme this year is, “We say 'thank you'!” During Catholic Education Week 2022, we say ‘thank you’ to the dedicated, caring, hard-working staff and students who make Catholic schools in SA so special!
You can add your own thanks to the school Face Book page.
“Thank you to all staff in our schools for keeping the focus on students, and on their learning, wellbeing and spiritual development to ensure excellence in Catholic Education. You and the many gifts that you bring are greatly admired and appreciated" - Dr Neil McGoran, Director, Catholic Education South Australia.
Yesterday we were fortunate to be visited by our new principal, Mr Marc Forster
This week our Year 3 and Year 5 students participated and given it is their first year, we are extremely proud of how naturally and seamlessly they engaged. A very special thank you to all staff who ensured the preparation, ICT access and prior teaching, all contributed to a successful week of NAPLAN.
As you are aware, each year we dedicate fundraising to a number of charities. Term 1’s fundraising concentrated on Caritas Project Compassion. Project Compassion is Caritas Australia’s main annual fundraising campaign. It mobilises Australians to raise much-needed funds to help alleviate poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity in the most vulnerable and marginalised communities in the world. True characteristics of Catherine McAuley’s ethos and our CMS Mercy in Action.
During Term 1 (throughout Lent), our school participated in a diverse range of fundraising activities to support Caritas Australia. Gold coin donations from St Patrick and St Joseph’s Day, Harmony Day, Staff Easter Raffle, Pancake Day and community donations through the Project Compassion Boxes (sent home and returned). Project Compassion is an extraordinary demonstration of faith, empathy and generosity, and a charity very dear to us here at CMS. Without our commitment as a community to Caritas Australia they could not do the vital work that they do.
Our works of Mercy, and what we continue to do over the coming terms, resonates with Pope Francis’ assertion when His Holiness spoke with Bishops at the Vatican declaring that 2022 is a time where we, God’s people and the Church, are asked to journey together announcing 2022 as ‘The Year of Synodality’ (journeying together). This year we raised $991.85 for Caritas Australia through the Project Compassion Appeal. Your generous support demonstrates the powerful impact that each one of you have for all future generations. Know you are creating lasting change for people living in some of the most vulnerable and low-income regions in the world. The 2022 Project Compassion theme was ‘For All Future Generations’ and rest assured, together we are making a difference now, and for future generations. THANK YOU.
Teaching and Celebrating the Liturgical Year – Mary
The beginning of term 2 has a focus on Mary, Jesus’ Mother as we celebrate Mother’s Day. Mother's Day is an occasion which is celebrated in various parts of the world to express respect, honor, and love towards mothers and mother like figures in our lives. The day is an event to honor the contribution of all women, acknowledge the efforts of bonds and the role of women in our society. On behalf of our CMS community, we wish all the beautiful, attentive women in our lives a day of rest, reflection and recharge.
We often focus on the role of Mary as the mother of Jesus. Art works, such as paintings and statues tend to either depict her as a youthful, beautiful woman dressed in blue or lovingly holding the infant Jesus in her arms. We rarely see her carrying water in a huge earthen jug on her head from the village well or haggling over the price of dates and figs at the local markets, or cooking the meals and keeping the house clean, or even preparing for the many long journeys to Jerusalem for the various important Jewish festivals such as the Passover. To facilitate a realistic image of Mary for our CMS students we focus on the many roles Mary played in her daily life, as she kept house in the village of Nazareth in the northern parts of Palestine. An appropriate and more natural place to start, is for our students to capture aspects of their own mothers' lives, or motherly figures, as they appear at different times of the day.
On Monday Morning all students and staff were blessed to witness a Welcome to Country and dance performance performed by dance group Kuma Kaaru. Kuma Kaaru is Kaurna for One Blood.
Throughout the Welcome to Country we witnessed Jack Buckskin speak and sing in Kaurna language and watched all members of Kuma Kaaru perform traditional dances. Some of our students were lucky enough to be able to perform in the Brolga dance. The Welcome to Country taking place at our school is an important part of our Reconciliation journey and was a special, educational and entertaining experience for our students.
It was very unique - Olivia
It was interesting to learn about Kaurna culture and traditions - Logan
It was amazing to see - Dakota
Jack was hilarious - Rieley
Federal Election 2022
Education is an important topic at every election. As we head towards the Federal Election
on May 21, Catholics are being asked to consider how their vote will benefit the whole
community. It is essential that everybody who cares about Catholic schools understands
the key issues. A number of resources are available at www.cesa.catholic.edu.au/federalelection.
Year 1 have had a wonderful start to Term 2 especially since we walked in to see our Easter baskets filled with Easter eggs!
We also listened to the Easter story and learnt about the resurrection of Jesus. We reflected on how Mary and Jesus' friends would have felt when Jesus was no longer in the tomb but had risen, alleluia!
We were also very busy creating some beautiful gifts for our mums and shopping up a storm at the Mother's Day stall. We hope all mums and caregivers had a wonderful Mother's Day!
In Numeracy, we are focusing on measurement, and we have enjoyed measuring objects using informal units like unifix cubes, paper clips, and dominos. We are also looking at shape and have explored the features of 3D shapes and had a go at making 3D shapes using match sticks and playdough.
In Humanities and Social Sciences [HASS] we have been learning about the past, present, and future. We have looked at old and new toys, discussed differences in school life in the past and present, and enjoyed discussing what the future might look like for each other. To finish off this topic, we will be visiting the Uleybury School Museum in Week 3 to see what life was like as a 1900s school student, we are so excited!
We hope you enjoy looking at our photos from the first 2 weeks of Term 2!