It’s not goodbye, just farewell!
The end of the year sees not just the joy of the celebration of Christmas but the sadness of saying farewell to our Year 6 students and some staff. After a quarter century of working alongside students with additional needs and their families, we said farewell to Regina. She was sent off after the Year 6 Guard of Honour in a Harley and given a scenic ride around the area. Our outgoing art teacher, Delwyn, showed her adventurous side, climbing in next to Regina to enjoy the view. [gallery size="medium" link="none" columns="2" ids="2010,2009,2011"] We thanked God for our Year 6 students and asked for his blessing on them as they gathered for the final time in the Paulist Centre. Celebrated by Fr Jude, the Farewell Mass gave our staff, students and their families an opportunity to stop, reflect and hope as these young people move on from our primary school. It also gave us an opportunity to celebrate their achievements, as we announced the recipients of a number of special awards. [gallery columns="2" size="medium" link="none" ids="2015,2014,2013,2012,2016,2017"] Our final award on the night was the Joseph De Piro Scholarship Award, which was established in 2010 by the Missionary Society of St Paul to commemorate the first centenary of foundation. This scholarship award of $1500 was donated by the Paulist Missionaries to be used towards the winner's education at our feeder school, Thomas Carr College. We were pleased to present the Award to Kayllen! At the conclusion of the night, our Year 6 students sang their farewell song. This year, the learning community chose to sing Count on Me by Bruno Mars. It was a great way to celebrate seven years of school here at St James the Apostle Primary School.
Market sellout a complete success
We are all called to be people of mission, and our Year 6 students have put that into practice in holding the annual Mission Market. Throughout Term 4, students worked in teams to plan business cases, develop prototypes and estimate cashflow in order to collect a profit from their market stall. Students and parents from across the school visited the market and commented on the quality and variety of Christmas gifts that were available to purchase. As well as creating these amazing products in time for Christmas, students held raffles and guessing games for students to enter and provided a Devonshire tea for a gold coin donation. [foogallery id="1994"] The Year 6s decided that the profit from the Mission Market would go to the MSSP and Young Paulists, for their work in the Philippines, as well as Caritas Australia for what they do to help people in need both here in Australia and abroad. This year, the Year 6 students, with your support, were able to deliver a profit of $2167.65 Thank you for your support and we hope you enjoy your gifts!
Christmas as a St James Community
For the first time, our school community gathered for an evening picnic and carols event to begin the countdown to Christmas. We were blessed to have such beautiful weather for the occasion, allowing us to enjoy the space we have on the oval to eat, drink and play together. It was great to see so many families sharing meals, catching up and meeting new people before our students gathered to celebrate the story of the birth of Jesus. As Mary and Joseph travelled from one end of the oval to the other, students sang songs to tell the story unfolding in front of them. Once the three wise men had found the holy family in the stable, it was time to sing some other traditional Christmas carols loudly! [foogallery id="1976"] Such a night couldn't be complete without a visit from a special man in a red suit too. Thanks to Jenny and Christie for putting everything together and all of our families for coming together in such a festive and joyous way.
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