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18 July 2018 It’s a goal! It was a bumper day for our school soccer teams! St James Year 6 boys and girls travelled to Truganina for the Wyndham District Soccer finals on Tuesday. Both teams performed exceptionally well with the boys finishing second overall and the girls winning the tournament. The girls defeated Bellbridge Primary 3-0 in their first game with Ayak M scoring two goals and Vanessa W, one. In the second game they overcame St Peters 8-0 with Ayak scoring a hat trick, Vanessa with two goals, and Zoe Z, Marie Y and Jessica C scoring one a-piece. The boys won two of their three matches. In their first game they defeated Manorvale 2-0 with Nathanael S scoring both goals. In the second match, Bethany proved too strong winning 5-2 with Nathanael and Nahum A scoring. In the final match, the boys beat Cambridge 1-0 with Nathanael scoring again. The girls will now progress through to the Regional finals at a date to be determined. Read More
18 June 2018 Celebrating our sporting prowess Our students have been heavily involved in sporting events of late, resulting in some major achievements. Winter Lightning Premiership On Friday 15 June, students and staff in Years 5 and 6 participated in the Winter Lightning Premiership, competing against a number of schools in the Tarneit District. The students were involved in soccer, volleyball, netball, Aussie rules and softball at a competitive level across a range of venues in Point Cook, Tarneit and Werribee. One group enjoyed an extended three hour tennis lesson, while the last group of students spent two solid hours trampolining in Derrimut. The competitive sports teams had practised over a six-week period, developing skills, knowledge and confidence with the support and passion of our dedicated staff. At this term's Lightning Premiership, Aussie rules, soccer and softball competed in outdoor venues while netball and volleyball performed at Eagle Stadium. All teams in all sports were competitive and represented St James exceptionally well. Three teams will proceed to the Wyndham Division finals as a result of the competitions. Both soccer teams and the girls' volleyball will compete against other schools in Term 3. Congratulations to all staff and students who were involved in all sports. The work, effort and organisation by staff and students produced an enjoyable experience for all. Cross Country This year has been a successful one for St James. Thirty-six St James students competed in the Tarneit District Cross Country, with 20 qualifying for the Wyndham Division Cross Country. St James was the overall winner for the Tarneit District for the second consecutive year with a record 399 points. Six St James students qualified from the Wyndham Division competition and will be participating in the Western Metropolitan Region Cross Country on Thursday 21 June. Congratulations and good luck to Marol M, Elizabeth H, Steven M, Emily M, Aiden M and Robbie A as they take to the next level! Read More
05 June 2018 Celebrating the Sacrament of Confirmation – the Seal of the Holy Spirit On Saturday 2 June, we were joined by Bishop Mark Edwards OMI to celebrate the sacrament of Confirmation with our Year 6 students. It was a joyous occasion. Over two masses in the Paulist Centre, members of our parish community and the candidates' loved ones came together to pray that the gifts of the Holy Spirit would be enriched in our Year 6 students. Some of them had a chance to reflect on the day. Lyndsay I spotted my sponsor from a distance. Footsteps got louder and louder. My sponsor grasped my sweaty hand, and I grasped hers. I led her into the sacred holy place. I was seated with my sponsor with a smile on my face. I glanced around the gym, I rubbed my fingers against the fabric of my stole and my metal necklace. I heard an elegant voice, Bishop Mark Edwards, lead us into the holy church, praying for us on this special day. I carried myself back into the gym. An announcement was heard saying the mass was about start. A rush of joy came over me. Mr Polh gave me a sign to get up, so I did. As I turned around, I saw Father Jude smiling at me as I had nearly tripped over the table cloth, that was when I started to feel nervous. I took steps slowly, raising the message stick high in the air. I went back to my seat, relieved that I have done the job well. I saw everyone opening and shutting their mouths, letting out harmonies. I also saw people standing up and sitting down. It was time, the main part of that day. It was the time I would be confirmed. I looked across the room, seeing everyone's fancy suits and gowns. As I got up, a beam of light flashed against me through the window, it was nearly my turn. I saw my sponsor behind me, waiting eagerly. I felt Renae tap my shoulder, my heart started beating heavily with my palms sweating. I took steps towards the bishop steadily. "Be sealed with the Gifts of the Holy Spirit," the bishop said as he rubbed the sign of the cross on my forehead. I let out a loud, "Amen,’" as he put his right hand against my cheek. Nervously, I shook his hand making sure it was a strong shake. As I was on the way to my seat, I saw Leanne standing there, "Congratulations Lyndsay!" I took the certificate. I thought to myself, this certificate will remind me of this day, this very moment. The mass ended a few minutes later. I was proud to be confirmed. Daniel It was my special day, Confirmation. As nervous as I was, I was spirit-filled. My sponsor, my aunty, was right by my side to help me with anything that happened. My parents were even more of a support, getting me ready before and supporting me during the mass. Excited as I was to be confirmed, I was also nervous thinking about all the ways I could mess up talking to the bishop or if he asked me about my saint and I had a total mind blank, but luckily that didn't happen. It all went super smooth. I went up really joyful about to receive the fruits and the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Alex "Do you renounce Satan and all his works and empty promises?" "I do!" This was the most significant part of the mass, the Confirmation Rite, the renewal of the baptismal promises. I proudly said "I do" to all the promises. I had been waiting two hours for that moment since my family arrived at nine thirty for photos. Yes, that's right - two hours in a suit and tight pants, just for photos! Anyway there was still the laying of the hands and the anointing with the Chrism left to go. Standing, alongside my sponsor, Bishop Mark performed the laying of the hands. He stood there silently with his hands out praying for us. It was almost like I could feel the blessings coming over me. After the laying of the hands, it was time to be anointed. My sponsor and I walked up to Bishop Mark and knelt before him, he then anointed me with the Chrism and I received my certificate of Confirmation. I felt proud and full of joy as I had just received the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Read More
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