The teachers and I are looking forward to meeting with you about your child’s learning next week. You will gain valuable insights into your child’s learning and how we can continue to work together to assist your child’s learning. If there is any part of the report that you need explained please let the teacher know.
Lots of exciting events are happening at school and the parish at the moment. A highlight for me was the First Holy Communion last Sunday. The children were lucky to make their communion on the feast of Corpus Christi (the body of Christ). This feast celebrates the Eucharist as the body of Christ. The sharing of the bread and wine has become a sacred tradition that can be traced back from last Sunday’s mass through over two thousand years to the original Last Supper, connecting us with the physical body of Christ. This is why the Eucharist is such an important sacrament. Certainly worth a good family party.
Our new Holy Communicants will have a chance to go to mass and receive the Eucharist at school on Friday along with the rest of the school. This is another special day of the church- the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. You may be familiar with the image of the Sacred Heart. This symbol of the suffering and love of Jesus is dear to many Catholics. Because it is a symbol of suffering it is often associated with the poor and so this Friday we are asking all the children to bring a gold coin to school to put into the collection. The money will go towards the St Vincent De Paul Winter Appeal. Money will go towards keeping poor and homeless people warm this winter.
Santa Sophia Catholic College. This school will be opening for Year 7 and 8 in 2018. Eventually the school will be located in Box Hill but will be temporarily in a small section of St John Paul II’s Schofield's site until the Box Hill site is ready. Santa Sophia is catering for the growing population in the Box Hill area and has its own Principal, Mr Mark de Vries. Mr Fanning, the Principal of John Paul II, has assured the community that supporting Santa Sophia in its foundation year is not expected to impact on the normal running of the college.