St Joseph's Primary School West Kempsey
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36 Kemp Street
West Kempsey NSW 2440
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Phone: 02 6562 5501

Catholic Identity and Mission in Our School

WITH MR WILL POLLOCK

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What a busy last few weeks we are going to have at St Josephs! On Wednesday evening we celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation with our Year 3 children (as well as some older children). Due to the current Covid-19 situation, Bishop Greg was unable to attend, so Fr James ably stepped in to lead the children in receiving the Sacrament. It was wonderful to see so many families in the Church. A special thank you to all the St Joseph’s staff who helped on the night, too!

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Our Year 5 students had a successful Reflection Day last Thursday. The theme of the day was ‘Exuro’, and it was a wonderful opportunity for the students to learn more about discipleship and leadership. The day included small workshops and some fun games, and concluded with a beautiful prayer service. Thanks to Mr May and Mrs Walters for their support on the day. Following from the Retreat Day the Year 5 children began the process to elect School Captains for 2022.

We now lead into our Giving Mass next week, which unfortunately will take on a different look to normal. Our Year 5 students will present the wonderful donations made by the St Joseph’s community to the Parish, who will then see these donations distributed to Vinnies, who will see they are distributed to the needy in our community this Christmas. At our Giving Mass we will also see the handover of school leadership, with our departing School Captains ‘passing the torch’ to our incoming Captains for 2022.

Year 6 were treated to a performance about the life of Catherine McAuley, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, of whom St Joseph’s has rich links to. The performance was enjoyed by the children, who learnt more about the rich history of the role of Catholic organisations like the Mercy Sisters in promoting education and dignity among the poor and marginalised in our society.

We are also in the process of planning the Farewell Mass for our Year 6 students. This will be held on Monday 13th December at 5.30pm at the All Saints Catholic Church. Year 6 families will receive correspondence about this with more details in the coming days.

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As Catholics, we celebrate the season of Advent. It is the period of preparation extending over the four Sundays before Christmas.  The candles on the Advent wreath symbolise hope, love, joy and peace. The candles are lit in that order,

Donatons of gifts and food items towards our Christmas Hamper Appeal are greatly appreciated.

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