St Matthew’s School empowers children to embrace life-long learning and grow and develop as God intends.
The following prayer is taken from the “Letter of His Holiness Pope Francis to the Faithful For The Month of May 2020“
help us realize that we are all members of one great family and to recognize the bond that unites us,
so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need.
Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer.
Mary, Consolation of the afflicted,
embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic,
so that life can serenely resume its normal course.
To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope, do we entrust ourselves,
O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary.
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to the first newsletter for Term 2.
Whether you have chosen to send your children to school, or you have embraced remote schooling, I hope you and your family have enjoyed a positive and productive week of learning. It has been lovely to see the children’s smiling faces, whether they be in the classrooms or via Seesaw. It has also been comforting to hear many positive stories of how families have managed to celebrate Easter and enjoy their holidays, despite the difficulties of social distancing and regional roadblocks.
With May traditionally being the Month of Mary, it is a great time for us to reflect on the importance of family and spend some extra time in prayer. At school, our Year Six students are going to lead us each day in a decade of the Rosary via our PA system. We will remind our students that we can ask Mary to intercede for us as we pray for our loved ones and those in difficulty. For those families remote learning, this clip, “How to pray the Rosary step by step” will help.
Happy Mothers’ Day
In the past it has been a tradition at St Matthew’s School to celebrate Mothers’ Day with our Junior Primary classes and with a special breakfast hosted by our amazing P&F. It is with great sadness that we will need to postpone these celebrations this year. I, however, will endeavour to plan a sensational celebration once we are given the all clear to let everyone back on site. In the meantime, all of us at St Matthew’s wish each and every one of our mothers, grandmothers, aunts, neighbours and female friends a massive Happy Mothers’ Day. May it be filled with family love, sleep-ins and chocolate!
We all know how extremely important it is that we adopt excellent hygiene practices during this COVID time. In order to ensure our students’ safety and to abide by Government directives, our school cleaner has increased and modified his hours. Throughout the day, he is regularly cleaning and sanitising toilet blocks, playgrounds, toys and play equipment. The teachers are doing their bit too by ensuring thorough hand washing routines and santising high contact areas, such as desks, chairs, door knobs and digital devices. We ask parents to also do their bit by keeping children at home if they are unwell and not return them to school until they have been cleared by a doctor.
Pack Pick Up
For those families who have chosen to learn from home, the second Home Learning Pack will be available to pick up on Friday from 4:00pm. As parents are not permitted on site, the packs will be distributed via the front office door. Should you require this second pack to be posted, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project Compassion Boxes
It has been lovely to see so many families reaching out to those in need at this difficult time. From rainbows on footpaths to handing out meals to the homeless, we have been able to witness many examples of compassion and kindness. Each year, St Matthew’s asks its families to support Project Compassion. Please return collection boxes to school and we thank you for your generosity.
Principal Focus – Lighten Up!
Understandably this has been a very stressful time for many of our families. As parents are their children’s emotional barometer it is important to recognise that they look to you when trying to learn how to respond to a new situation. It is for this reason that I ask, with all due respect that you, “Lighten Up!”. Maggie Dent in her post “The Power of Lightness & Laughter” (May 1, 2020) suggests “whether you don a tiara, pretend to be a dog, drag out the Dad jokes or knock knock jokes … this is a time for laughter and lightness to help lift the emotional mood and calm things down in your household”. If we are able to celebrate the silly and find the funny, then our children will do the same. It is with this in mind that I leave you with the following:
Q: Teacher: If I had 6 oranges in one hand and 7 apples in the other, what would I have?
A: Student: Big hands!
Q: Teacher: If you got $20 from 5 people, what do you get?
A: Student: A new bike.
Q: Teacher: I hope I didn’t see you looking at John’s exam?
A: Student: I hope you didn’t either.
There is a fine line between the numerator and the denominator.
Only a fraction of our readers will find this funny.
Why did the teacher jump into the lake?
To test the water.
Why should you never sit a test in the jungle?
There are too many cheaters.
How do you comfort a grammar teacher?
There, they’re, their