Message from the Principal
While Term 2 is now well underway, it was once again great to see our students return to school last week. Faces were full of smiles and many students ran into school to see their friends and teachers. How lucky am I to work in such a rewarding environment.
Over the break, we had many things happening in the School Yard. We had both the Maintenance Shed and Lower Primary Toilets completed. Several other plumbing projects occurred in order to water proof the Playgrounds so that students can be outside during lunch on wet days.
We have much to celebrate in the upcoming weeks, all of which will make the term fly by. It was great to see the turn out from both Catholic schools at the ANZAC Day march in town and at South West Rocks. We acknowledged Mother’s Day with Mass today, presenting our beautiful mothers with flowers.
Our Kindergarten 2023 enrolments are now open. Now is the time to enrol to avoid disappointment as our numbers are looking very healthy already, so please talk about us in the community and tell your friends, family and neighbours how St Joseph’s Drives Excellence in the Macleay.
Finally, I remind all families about our uniform expectations. As the weather begins to get colder, we usually see a few non uniform items beginning to creep in. Other items such as scrunchies and hair accessories, jewellery, including dangly ear rings, non uniform hats, jumpers and shoes. All student’s not wearing the correct uniform must have note explaining why and when the issue will be rectified. Uniform infringement notes will be sent home if incorrect uniform continues.
As always, I thank you for your support in regards to your child’s ongoing learning and growth.
Driving Excellence in the Macleay
Belonging and Listening
John’s Gospel this week opens with “The sheep that belong to me listen to my voice.” When Pope Francis first began his papacy he called on the world’s priests and religious to bring the healing power of God’s grace to everyone in need, to stay close to the marginalised and to be “shepherds living with the smell of the sheep.” At this Chrism Mass in 2013 the Pope went on to express that; “God anointed his servants, so they would be there for others, serving the poor, prisoners, the sick, for those who are sorrowing and alone,” and he spoke of the sacramental oils as “not intended just to make us fragrant, much less to be kept in a jar, for then it would become rancid and the heart bitter.”
In this homily, he continues to urge priests to not grow weary of people’s requests and needs, no matter how “inconvenient … purely material or downright banal,” such appeals may seem. Priests need to look deeper at what’s driving the encounter: the person’s underlying hope and desire for the divine.” The Pope closed this homily with “the power of grace comes alive and flourishes to the extent that we, in faith, go out and give ourselves and the Gospel to others, giving what little ointment we have to those who have nothing, nothing at all.” In many ways this gospel asks us, personally and as Vincentians, to the dialogue expressed by Pope Francis. Through the waters of our Baptism, we need to replace the word priest with Vincentians.
All my life I have followed the poetry of love in preference to the poetry of anger. I will not change now (Frederic Ozanam)
May we be faithful witness to your justice and your love
living in the service of our sisters and brothers.
Sourced from: https://www.vinnies.org.au/icms_docs/331712_Spiritual_Reflection_Guide_May_2022.pdf