It’s been delightful to see all our classrooms setting up wonderful times of daily prayer. There are many ways that we pray at Our Lady’s, including prayers of petition, thanksgiving and praise. We also pray in contemplative ways. Meditation is a way of being silent and still and simply ‘being’ with God, without the need for words.
As theologian Rowan Williams reminds us, meditation is a way we can encounter our ‘peaceful worthwhileness’, a knowing that we are ‘ok’, and in fact wonderfully made, just as we are, without having to do anything or produce anything.
Schools are such wonderfully busy places, where we teach our students many, many skills. However we also believe in giving our students the time and space to be silent and still and simply ‘rest in God’.
This form of rich prayer has many benefits. Not only does it nurture the spirituality of our students it has many wellbeing benefits, including easing our anxieties and helping us to be calm and mindful. Meditation also helps us in our daily interactions with others, as we learn to pause before responding, allowing us to respond in the most loving way.
Through making connections in all areas of the curriculum to our inquiry question, rich learning can occur. By incorporating our faith into this question, we assist our students to live out their faith, making it real on a daily basis.
Parent Meditation Group
I am looking for expressions of interest in a parent meditation group.
This would be a very relaxed gathering where we learn about meditation and have a brief time of meditation together, followed by a cuppa. This could take place straight after drop off in the morning, possibly on a Friday morning, or a morning that suited most people. It would go for about and hour, or however long you can stay!
I would love to hear from you if this sounds interesting to you.
Parent information evening for the Sacrament of Reconciliation
On Tuesday the 19th Feb, Father Mark will lead an evening about the Sacrament of Reconciliation for our Year 3 parents. This will be held in the church at 7.30pm.
Parent information evening for the Sacrament of Confirmation
On Tuesday the 5th March, there will be an information evening for the Sacrament of Confirmation. This will be held in the church at 7.30pm
Sacrament of Confirmation
As of this year the Sacrament of confirmation will be just for year six students, rather than combined year five and six.
ANDREW CHINN- Wednesday 27th Feb
Please remember our Andrew Chinn Concert. Andrew has a background in education and is very popular with schools across Australia and internationally. He has a passion for music and community gatherings through the medium of music. This will be a wonderful time of celebrating together as a whole school community. Andrew will be spending the whole day with the students and preparing them for the evening concert. The whole family are invited to join us from 7pm in the church. It is sure to be a wonderful evening.