From the Director of Junior School, Anthony Banboukjian
Prayer of the Week
As we celebrate French Cultural Day in the Junior School on Monday 14th November, let us take the time to remember the lives that were lost in the terror attacks in Paris last year. Let us pray for the families that were affected and for those who are still suffering. Let us pray for an end to all wars and acts of violence both in Australia and the rest of the world.
We pray for peace in our communities this day.
We commit to you all who work for peace and an end to tensions,
And those who work to uphold law and justice.
We pray for an end to fear,
For comfort and support to those who suffer.
For calm in our streets and cities,
That people may go about their lives in safety and peace.
In your mercy, hear our prayers,
now and always.
Blessed Edmund Rice: Pray for Us
St Mary of the Cross: Pray for Us
Live Jesus in our Hearts: Forever
Mr Meadley and the boys from 6 Red led the school in a very moving prayer service for Remembrance Day last week. All the staff and students appreciated the time and effort they went to ensure the message of peace was shared amongst all the students at the Junior School.
French Theme Day
All the boys in the Junior School took part in a magnificent day on Monday as we celebrated the French culture and language as part of our French Theme Day. It was great to see some many boys get dressed up for the day.
Our community reading was extra special as some parents and senior girls from St Clare’s came down to help the boys enjoy the language by listening to a book read in French – thank you to all involved.
A very special thank you to Ms Stephens our Junior School French Teacher who put some much time and energy in organising the day – it was greatly appreciated by the staff and students.
School drop offs and pick ups
If you drive your son to school in the morning or pick him up in the afternoon I would ask you to keep in mind that our school is located in a residential area and that it is important to teach our boys proper road rules. Stopping in the middle of the road to get your son in and out of the car is both dangerous and extremely annoying to the traffic behind you. I would ask you to please follow the road rules and set a good example for your son – remember he will be a driver one day.
A reminder that the Junior School Music Recital will be held this Thursday November 17 in the PAC for all boys involved in the range of musical items in 2016 including another performance of the amazing Wakakirri item. Please note that no tickets are necessary however we would like to start at 6.00pm sharp so first in gets the best seats.
Orientation Day for new students – 2017
We are holding our Orientation Day for our new students in 2017 on Friday November 18. As part of the day we have invited all the students at school (i.e. current Year 5 and new students) to join us for lunch. If any parents can assist me with the BBQ on the day from 11.00am – 1.00pm it would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Mrs Coupe via email on email@example.com
Year 6 Graduation
Please note the details for the Year 6 Graduation are as follows:
Date: Wednesday November 23, 2016
Venue: Br Lacey Gymnasium (Senior School 131 Birrell St)
Time: 6.15pm boys will be required at 5.50pm
Year 5 Presentation afternoon
The Year 5 Presentation Afternoon will be held in the gym as well to cater for the increased numbers on Friday November 25 and will commence at 1.00pm sharp.
Many thanks to those families that have already supported our charities for Christmas – we have had a great response but all donations to the charities below are more than welcome.
Year 5 – Matthew Talbot Hostel
The Matthew Talbot Hostel is a social justice initiative run by The St Vincent de Paul Society, aimed at helping the homeless men of Sydney.
Donations include: Toiletries (preferably small travel size items), underwear, socks, chocolates, notepads, pens.
Year 6 – Kids Helping Kids
The Kids Helping Kid program is an initiative run by The Smith Family aimed at helping the disadvantaged school children in Australia. We supported this charity earlier in the year by raising money on Edmund Rice Day.
Donations include: Stationery (which means things like) e.g. packets of pens, colouring pencils, textas, highlighters, scissors, erasers, pencil cases.
You are invited to donate a gift for our Junior School ‘Giving Tree’. The gifts are for disadvantaged children throughout the local and wider communities of Sydney. The gifts are for children of any age range, both boys and girls.
These gifts need to be wrapped in clear plastic with the age range specified on the wrapping. The gifts are then to be brought into school and placed under the Christmas tree.
Thank you for all your generosity in supporting these worthwhile charities
This Saturday is the end of our summer sports program for 2016 and for the Year 6 students their last game for the Junior School. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the boys for their tremendous enthusiasm and sportsmanship they display week in and week out.
I would also like to thank all the parents for the support they have given their sons each Saturday not only by driving them to the different venues but for the many encouraging words and pats on the back to all the boys in the different teams.
Mr A Banboukjian, Director, Junior School