Today, Mrs Achmad and myself are attending the Catholic Education Leaders’ Roadshow in Bunbury, which provides an opportunity for leaders in the Bunbury Diocese to gather and share experiences during COVID-19 times, look at what is happening in current Catholic education and hearing about plans for improvement to ensure all students in Catholic schools receive a quality Catholic education. We look forward to coming back with some fresh perspectives and good understandings.
On Tuesday evening, 7 St Thomas More students joined with 3 children from the parish to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. I was wonderful to see the way these students turned back to God and sought to restore their friendship with Him. I ask all families to keep these children in your prayers as they continue their faith journey as part of our parish. A special thank you to Mrs Tippett and Mrs Ryan for so carefully preparing the students, Mrs Achmad for her work in organising the celebration and Fr Mat for his work in helping these children come closer to God.
A very warm welcome back to all of our children, parents and carers for Term 3. I hope you all were able to spend some quality time with your family during this break. It was really lovely to see so many smiling faces on Tuesday as the children walked into the school grounds.
As we near the end of a disrupted and challenging term, what has been wonderful to see is the continued learning and engagement of the students. I feel there is still a lot to be grateful for, with the continuing improvement of the COVID-19 in our state which has resulted in many more opportunities for the children to participate in over the course of the term.
Over the week, the children have been engaging in a variety of activities to support their mental, physical and emotional wellness. It has been wonderful to see the children actively participating in a range of the different activities offered, including daily fitness, led by our fantastic Year 6 leaders; daily meditation; wearing pyjamas to school; dancing up a storm with our lunchtime disco and completing some movement and breathing exercises led by guest speakers, Marion McRae and Jess Koontz. I have also been very impressed with some of the entries into our Healthy Lunchbox competition! Let’s hope the rain stays away for our Staff vs Students netball game on Friday afternoon…Go Tommy More Staff!!
Next Week is Wellness Week! We will be having a focus on wellness with lots of activities organised to support the mental, emotional and physical wellbeing of our staff and students.