Please remember in your prayers Keely and Archie Elliott and their family as their Grandmother, Noreen O'Connor passed away this week and Troy Brand and his family over the loss of their Grandfather, Alan Taylor.
In this Sunday’s Gospel, if we were allowed to attend Mass, we would have heard of Jesus feeding the 5000. Some scholars say the miracle here is that so many people with so few resources were prepared to share their food with the gathered crowds. By drawing on the community’s resources, Jesus provided sustenance to all. There are parallels to the current situation we find ourselves in: we are required to sustain one another and share our skills and talents.
I give you my hands to do your work
I give you my feet to go your way
I give you my eyes to see as you do
I give you my tongue to speak your words
I give you my mind that you may think in me
I give you my spirit that you may pray in me
I give you my heart that you may love in me,
your Father and all mankind.
I give you my whole self that you may grow in me,
So that it is you, Lord Jesus, who live and work and pray in me.
Once again our resilience and agility have been called upon to navigate our way through uncertain and changing times. And once again, I take immense pride in the way the St Brigid’s community has responded. I would like to thank the teachers and support staff for pivoting so quickly to ensure that our learning program continues, and I thank the students and their families for adapting to the demands of Remote Learning and taking responsibility for their learning. Hopefully, we will all be back together onsite next week, and I will keep you updated via email.
At this stage, the General Achievement Test (GAT) has been re-scheduled for Thursday, 12th August for all students undertaking a VCE Unit 3 / 4 subject. We will provide specific advice to our senior students next week.
Currently, Interschool Sport has been postponed for the remainder of Term 3 and again we will keep you updated with changes.
Once our students are back at school we will aim to get back into a routine to provide them with certainty. I have included in today's newsletter resources detailing options for Wellbeing Support for Secondary Students as well as highlighting this webpage which offers strategies to assist with COVID Fatigue and Youth Mental Health https://schooltv.me/wellbeing_news/special-report-covid-fatigue-youth-mental-health?id=broadcast .
Next week we will be mailing an online School Improvement Survey from Insight SRC to a random selection of families. This is designed to assist schools in gaining an understanding of parents' perceptions of their children's experience of school. The results will benefit everyone within the school by providing valuable information about the ways in which the school can use staff, student and parent input to plan programs and activities to improve your child's experience at school. If you do receive an invitation to participate in this survey we ask that you take part as the success of this important project is dependent on staff, student and parent involvement.
New Parish – You may have heard by now that the four former local parishes of Horsham, Hopetoun, Nhill and Warracknabeal have been dissolved with the establishment of one big new one – the Saint Paul VI Parish. Saint Paul VI was the first Pope to visit Australia (1970) and oversaw the modernisation of the Mass after Vatican II. Monsignor Glynn Murphy will be the Parish Priest with Father Jim Mackay as assistant. The St Brigid’s community congratulate and welcome all members of the new Parish.
Reminder: EFTPOS at Canteen is available if students bring their Debit Cards – no access by phone.