Dear Parents and Carers,
This morning a new student began in Year 3 and this afternoon I took a school tour of 6 people around our school. Earlier this week I interviewed another 3 students who are ready to enrol at our school in 2020. I always ask why our school has been chosen by the parents for their children and overwhelmingly the answer is about good values.
Our school is in the heart of a new and growing community. It’s a special part of a suburb where all around school, houses spring up like mushrooms after rain. We aim to be the caring heart of our community, guided by our values.
So far this year we have highlighted 3 catholic values. We began with “Love your neighbour”. A very apt value when we are building a community. For the more longstanding members of our community that can remember the cows and chickens surrounding the school, It has always been the case that we are connected to each other. When we think about why that was so, its because we knew that part of caring for our children is caring for each other. As we become bigger it's worth reminding ourselves that love is at the heart of what we do. So all of first term we awarded the children with Blue Gospel Awards about loving our neighbour.
Last term we awarded the children with the Gospel Awards for showing ‘forgiveness’. This is an essential part of our faith. At school we encourage the children to repair broken relationships through caring actions. We teach them through stories such as Zaccheus the tax collector favoured by Jesus and the Forgiving Father (Prodigal Son) who welcomed his wayward son back into the family.
Now, this term we have a focus on “Showing Hope and Giving Hope”. The story of Jesus’ death and resurrection gives hope. Our community of Schofields has been founded on hope. Each of us has chosen to live in Schofields. We may have chosen a new country to live in, a better area, a bigger house, founding the local area as we found our families. Our new school building project symbolises the hope for our suburb, for our children.
Working with children is filled with hope. Today I met with some Year 5 students who want to make the world a better place by reducing plastic pollution in our school. They were bubbling with ideas and enthusiasm and I have no doubt that they will make a difference. They have hope for the future of the world, just as Jesus showed us.
With kind regards,