PRINCIPAL UPDATE
  WISDOM UPFRONT   "The only way to do great work is to love what you do.”   Dear Families   ADVENT As we approach the end of the school and church liturgical year, we note that Advent is almost upon us. It is a time of irony in many ways. Schools are extremely busy with the many activities and arrangements that the end of the year entails. For all of us, life seems busier and busier. Yet Advent calls us to make time for quiet reflection and prayer, to open our heart and mind and spirit to the knowledge that God loves us and invites us to share the love with others. It is a time to reflect on how well we have responded to that invitation as individuals and as a community, and to renew our commitment to God’s love in the world.   Let us all reflect on the significance of Advent and how we can support one another as we come closer to the conclusion of 2017.     INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEOPLE WITH DISABILITY International Day of People with Disability is an opportunity for us all to reflect on the lives of many Australians.  December 3 is International Day of People with Disability.  The theme for 2017 is “Transformation towards a sustainable and resilient society for all”. The overarching principle of this theme is to ‘leave no one behind’ and empowers people with disability to be active contributors of society.   The theme provides a framework for considering how people with disability are included in society by promoting the removal of all types of barriers; including those relating to the physical environment, information and communications technology (ICT), or attitudinal barriers.     SCHOOL FEES AND LEVIES School fees and levies for 2018 have been finalised and all families will receive a letter outlining financial expectations for next year shortly.   There is currently over $38,000 in fees still outstanding.  Statements have been sent home and all amounts are now OVERDUE.  Parents who have yet to finalise accounts will be contacted to further discuss the matter.   Thank you to all parents who have finalised their fee and levy payment for 2017.  Your support with this matter is appreciated.     LOST PROPERTY As we rapidly approach the end of the year it is important that you check the Lost Property area (located in administration) for any missing items of clothing. At the end of the school year all contents of the box will be washed and stored if they are not labelled.     SCHOOL CLOSURE DAY Please note that the school will be closed on Thursday, 7th December allowing for Learning Conversations to take place.   GRADUATION MASS Our Graduation Mass will be held on Wednesday, 13th December at 7.00pm at St. Peter Chanel School Church. I hope as many families as possible can attend this special Mass. It is a wonderful opportunity to recognise the talents of our Year 6 students. It also provides us with time to reflect on their journey at St. Peter Chanel School. We will also ask God’s blessing on each and every one of them as they begin another important stage of their life journey – Secondary School.     END OF 2017 SCHOOL YEAR A reminder to all parents that the end of the 2017 school year will conclude on Thursday 14th  December at 1.00pm.  The After School Program will be in operation as per normal on this day.  Year 6 students will finish on Wednesday 13th December to coincide with their Graduation ceremony.     SCHOOL RESUMES FOR 2018 School resumes for all students on Thursday, 1st February 2018.     SCHOOL BULLETIN As you are aware, the school bulletin is currently available to all families via the school website and school app.   To subscribe to our newsletter on line simply go to our School Website: www.spcdeerpark.catholic.edu.au Click on Subscribe under E-NEWS and fill in the details. An email will be sent to you whenever a new edition is published.   Term Dates for 2017   Term 4         Monday, 9th October to Thursday, 14th December at 1.00pm   School Closure Day (Learning Conversations)                Thursday, 7th December                     Mr Armando Gagliardi PRINCIPAL  UPDATE
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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
  Advent: Preparing for the Coming of Jesus   Sunday, 3rd December, marks the beginning of the season of Advent.  Advent means ‘Coming’.  It is a time of preparation for the coming of Jesus.  During this season we enter into the season filled with graces, readings at mass, the Advent wreath, purple vestments worn by our priests are all visual signs of this time of preparation for the birth of Jesus.   Make time with your family to refocus on the true meaning of Christmas and preparing for Jesus’ coming during Advent.  Think about something you can do as a family in preparation for Christmas. Revisit the Christmas story, set aside special times for prayer and devotion or do something for others who may be less fortunate.   Make place in your heart, in your home and in your life for the one who has come, is coming and will come again.   Sacramental Program On Wednesday, 29th November, Cindy Bohan and I had the opportunity to gather with parents to discuss the Sacramental Program here at St Peter Chanel.  This conversation gave us the opportunity to discuss a variety of aspects of the Sacramental Program from the information night, to the Sacramental Celebration and everything in between.  The purpose of this conversation was to collect information from our families that could be used to in reviewing and improving our Sacramental Program.  Thank you to all the parents who attended this conversation and to all those parents who completed surveys and returned them to school. Our partnership in the faith journey of our children is to be nurtured together.   School Liturgies The dates for our school liturgies are:   End of year Mass 8th December  at 9:30am   Graduation Mass 13th December at 7.00pm   We would love for parents and/or grandparents to participate in the masses as part of the St. Peter Chanel School Community.  If you are interested in participating in any of these masses please come and see me or your child’s classroom teacher.   Reminders Any Year 5 families who have not yet booked the time they would like for Confirmation in 2018 need to do so as soon as possible.  Please see myself or your child’s teacher should you require assistance. Any children who are able to participate in the Year 6 Graduation ceremony as an altar server or a member of the choir, are asked to return their documentation as soon as possible.   God bless Angela Giordimaina Religious Education Leader
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