This Sunday’s Gospel portrays Jesus as again and again being misunderstood, attacked and rejected by those who lived during his time on Earth. St Matthew leaves us in no doubt about Jesus’ response as he continues to reach out to those who oppose him. He uses his own experience of rejection to show profound compassion for others in similar situations. Jesus encourages all those who are overburdened, weak oppressed and weary to come to him. He assures them that he is the way to God the Father. He reaches out to them that he who is humble will provide them with rest and all they need. ‘Come to me all you who are weary and over-burdened, and I will give you rest. Learn from me for I am meek and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls’ (Matthew 11:28-29).
Last Thursday we celebrated our opening school mass asking God’s blessing for the year ahead. During our liturgy Fr Ian blessed the children and staff in our community as well as presenting our student leaders for 2020 with their leadership badges. Thank you to Mr Horne and the teachers who prepared the liturgy and the parents who attended.
Each year parents and students are required to complete the Responsible Use of Technology Acknowledgement form. This form sets out the responsibilities of both the student and the school with regards to technology in the school. We ask that parents complete the form WITH THEIR CHILD so that you are aware of the expectations at school. It also provides an excellent opportunity for you to open the discussion about internet use and safety in your home. Its is imperative that you read through the agreement prior to you and your child signing it so they understand what is in the agreement. You will find excellent resources on internet safety from the eSafety website.
Next week our Parent Information evenings will be held for Yrs 1-6 [Please see timetable below] There will not be a Kindergarten information night. I strongly encourage all parents to attend these valuable sessions as the teachers will be disseminating information regarding homework, expectations, grade practices and behaviour protocols and many more details pertaining to their grade and learning for 2020. I will also be discussing various matters pertaining to your child’s learning and the administration of the school. These evenings are for parents only and an integral component for commencing the year on a very positive and practical note. Please note that these nights [Yr 1-6] are not designed for one on one interviews with the teachers. If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, please make an appointment through the school office. I look forward to catching up with you all at these meetings next week.
Tuesday 25th Feb- 6pm Yr 1 / 7pm Yr 2
Wednesday 26th Feb- 6pm Yr 3 / 7pm Yr 4
Thursday 27th Feb- 6pm Yr 5 / 7pm Yr 6
Our annual welcoming BBQ for Kindergartens and new families to CTK from years 1-6 will be held next Friday afternoon 28th Feb (Wk 5) commencing at 5pm. The BBQ will be held in the Kindergarten playground area. All Kindergarten and new families to CTK are invited to join us to celebrate and welcome you all to Christ the King. Thank you to our year one and student leadership family volunteers who are hosting the event. If you can assist please contact the office. Thank you.
Catholic School’s Week will be celebrated at Christ the King in Week 6 [2nd – 8th March]. Throughout the week we will be accepting Kindergarten enrolments for 2021, conducting school tours for new families and celebrating catholic education in our community. The week of celebrations and activities will conclude with our Open Day - Friday morning 6th March. The day will commence at 9am with a Liturgy followed by tours of our classrooms led by our senior year 6 students. We look forward to celebrating Catholic Education at CTK throughout that week.
Just a reminder that supervision of students does not start till 8:15am in the morning. If you need to drop your child off to school early you need to enrol them in COHSC [CTK Before and After School Care]. In recent weeks, students have been dropped off as early as 7:30am. Children who are dropped off early to school will be sent to COHSC and you will be charged for the morning session. This is a student wellbeing concern that needs to be adhered to by all families. Your co-operation in this matter will be greatly appreciated and is expected.
Please ensure all your children’s clothing, hats and lunch boxes are clearly labelled with your child’s name and grade. At this time of the year many children's new items that are not labelled have already found their way into lost property. Please encourage your children to go to lost property outside Kindergarten if they have lost any items in the first few weeks of school.
Have a safe and blessed week,