Last Wednesday each class was treated to a performance of KADUL with Ryka Ali. Ryka’s heritage stems from the Wuthathi tribe of Shellburne Bay, Cape York and from the Torres Strait Islands. Ryka has performed at various festivals and cultural showcases around the world. Most recently he has been working with his grandmother Cindy, presenting Indigenous workshops in schools throughout Australia.
Ryka’s performance revealed the richness of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islands cultures and our students enjoyed watching and participating in native dances and watching Ryka “paint up” with ochre. There was never a dull moment! Please view the Pictures section on the Parent Portal for photos.
CATHOLIC EDUCATION WEEK
Next week will be a busy one at St Thomas’ School as we celebrate Catholic Education Week. On Monday Sister Melissa Dwyer will speak to the whole school informing us about how Catholic Education ‘works’ in a country so very different from our own. Not only is Malawi a very poor country but it is currently suffering a severe drought which has caused a widespread famine.
To help in this desperate situation we will have a’ free dress for a gold coin’ day on Tuesday, 26th July. This day is also the Feast of Saints Joachim and Anne, parents of Blessed Virgin Mary. At St Thomas’ we have celebrated Grandparents Day around this feast for many years however, this year we are extending the invitation to all grandparents, not just those of our Prep students.
Saints Joachim and Anne were greatly honoured by God who gave them a daughter conceived without sin who was to become known as the Mother of God! It would seem that they performed their parenting responsibilities with great grace. Their feast day honours them and all grandparents for their contribution to our lives.
We may be a day late, but we welcome all our grandparents to join us on Wednesday, 27th July at 9am for a joyful prayer service, around Catholic Education Week, led by our school leaders. They will enter through a door representing the ‘Door of Mercy’ in this year declared by Pope Francis as a Year of Mercy.
All throughout the week the students will be encouraged to carry out ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ by making an extra effort to reach out and help someone, possibly someone to whom they may not normally reach out. This is not done to get any special thanks, but just because they can!
We finish the week with a day of outdoor fun, physical activity and challenge, although the Preps have something a little calmer in mind, to celebrate this last day of Catholic Education Week. May I close with a child’s prayer for all grandparents followed by one for Catholic Education Week.
TUESDAY, 26th JULY 7pm (Venue School Library)
Please come along to have a discussion around enrolment trends at St Thomas’, especially in the Upper Years. Explore why children leave and what we can do about it? For organizational purposes, please RSVP your intention of attending by MONDAY, 25th July (at the latest) by either emailing
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