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LENT AT ST THOMAS'
Shrove Tuesday is traditionally a day for some merry-making - a last 'fling' before the long fast. It is best remembered today with making pancakes. For most people it is just Pancake Day and nothing more. The custom arose through the need to use up food items, which were forbidden during Lent. Thank you to the parents of Year 2 students for Tuesday's treats – now down to Lenten business.
Today the act of fasting has somewhat softened! Regardless, Lent is a penitential season of prayer, self-denial and helping others. In this way the whole church prepares for Easter with those who are baptised. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence. The law of fasting binds those who have completed their eighteenth year, until the beginning of their sixtieth year; the law of abstinence binds those who have completed their fourteenth year.
So what's this all mean? Quite simply, children at St Thomas' are not bound by church laws to fast or abstain from eating meat on Fridays during Lent. However, children may still adhere to these laws as a voluntary act of self-denial to remind them of their sins and the need to repent back to God's love. Lent is a time to realign ourselves with our faith and most importantly, with the example Jesus means for us to live. So it is a time to go beyond the almsgiving and giving up chocolate.
That said we will be focusing on giving to others in need. Our Year 6/7 student leaders in the Justice Group and Helping Hands will be leading the school in the implementation of Caritas' Project Compassion appeal. This provides us with an opportunity to work for justice and to assist others to realise justice in their lives. As followers of Christ, we are called to respond in support of the needs of others. We would ask you for your support of the fundraising projects as they occur during the term.
Swimming Carnival This year our Year 5 ,6 and 7 classes are on camp in the same week as the Zone 2 swim carnival. Consequently only our Year 3 and 4 representatives will be attending the carnival. It will be a very exciting day for our young swimmers. Good luck to Elise (6/7 Gold) for her races in swimming for Met East.
Motor Program will continue Friday 7th March for Year 1 and 2 classes. We had a very exciting session last Friday with a number of our students performing some great skipping skills. Special mention goes to Charlie who skipped 7 skips in a row. This is a huge improvement on previous week's performances. Thank you to the parents who are able to come and assist.
AHS Touch Carnival We have two more weeks of training before this carnival which will be held at Whites Hill reserve on Sunday 16th March. Our players are very enthusiastic and have trained well. With a little more training, our players should have a good basic understanding and grasp of the skills and tactics of the game. Spectators are very welcome to come and cheer.
Gala Day Our Term 1 Gala day will be held on Thursday 27th March and includes two sports - touch football and korfball. All students will have learnt these two games during Term 1. Students are then able to choose their preferred sport. We will require a number of parents to assist on this day with managing teams and where possible, refereeing the games. Korfball is a very simple game with simple and few safety rules. Touch football requires a knowledge of the game. Please consider assisting on the day if possible.
Touch Football District Trials will be held on Monday 10th March for boys and Wednesday 12th March for girls. If needs be there may be a call back for further trials on Thursday afternoon. Touch players who are of a very high standard (rep team standard) should consider trialling as the standard of play is very high and serious. If you wish to trial, you must collect forms on Thursday as the information must be processed by Friday.
Applications for enrolment for Prep 2015 opened on Monday 24th February 2014 and close on Wednesday 2nd April 2014. Please click here for an Application for Enrolment form.
P & F Meetings
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