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From the St John's Campus Principal

Michael PaechA Term Like No Other

As our school term draws to a close for students tomorrow, I want to extend my heartfelt thanks to everyone (students, staff, parents/carers and friends) for your commitment to our community during what has unquestionably been a ‘term like no other’.

To our students, we have appreciated your positive contribution to the life of our school community, your energy and enthusiasm for life, your commitment to learning, your care and concern for one another, and your resilience in the face of challenge.

To our families and friends, we have greatly appreciated your words of encouragement and support, your kind greetings and warm smiles in the morning, your patience and understanding, and your willingness to partner with us as we navigate our way through the constantly changing landscape related to COVID-19. 

To our staff, thank you for your enduring commitment to, and care of, our students. Your perseverance and willingness to push through the challenges and work together so well as a team has been appreciated. 

I know that many of you have also faced your own challenges and difficulties over the past weeks, both on a professional and personal level. Please be assured of our continued thoughts and prayers for our wider community during these times. 

As you would know, there are significant plans in place to manage the very different learning landscape that we will be moving into next term. Information about this will be coming to you over the coming days, so I will not go into any detail about that here. Suffice to say that we are confident that our plans will help ensure the delivery of a quality program for Term 2. I also wish to thank all of our staff who have contributed to the development of what we are calling our Connected Learning and Connected Care plans over the past weeks.

Next term will be very different and although this will no doubt provide some challenges, it will also provide opportunity for students, staff and families to engage in something new and innovative. I encourage everyone to embrace these plans and work together for the benefit of our students.

In conclusion, I pray for God’s blessing and protection on you and your family over the coming Easter period, the attached holiday break, and then also into Term 2 as we move into our new mode of learning as a community.

As a Christian school we have continued to find great strength in our God. He has certainly provided us with strength, courage, security, peace and hope over this past term. We trust in his continued faithfulness and blessing as we move into Term 2. 

Isaiah 40:31

'Those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.'

One of our staff members recently shared a poem written by an Irish Priest, Brother Richard Hendrick, which I would like to share with you as we draw to the end of Term 1.  

Yes there is fear.
Yes there is isolation.
Yes there is panic buying.
Yes there is sickness.
Yes there is even death.

But, they say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise
You can hear the birds again.
They say that after just a few weeks of quiet
The sky is no longer thick with fumes
But blue and grey and clear.

They say that in the streets of Assisi
People are singing to each other
across the empty squares,
keeping their windows open
so that those who are alone
may hear the sounds of family around them.

They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland
Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.
Today a young woman I know
is busy spreading fliers with her number
through the neighbourhood
So that the elders may have someone to call on.

Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples
are preparing to welcome
and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary

All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting
All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way
All over the world people are waking up to a new reality
To how big we really are.
To how little control we really have.
To what really matters.
To Love.

So we pray and we remember that
Yes there is fear.
But there does not have to be hate.
Yes there is isolation.
But there does not have to be loneliness.
Yes there is panic buying.
But there does not have to be meanness.
Yes there is sickness.
But there does not have to be disease of the soul
Yes there is even death.
But there can always be a rebirth of love.

Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.
Today, breathe.
Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic
The birds are singing again
The sky is clearing,
Spring is coming,
And we are always encompassed by Love.
Open the windows of your soul
And though you may not be able
to touch across the empty square,

Michael Paech
Principal - St John's Campus

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From the Spiritual Life Team

What is Holy Week?

Holy Week recounts the final days of Jesus's life including his death, burial, and resurrection. Discover the history of honouring Holy Week and more details about Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday, and Easter Sunday.

At this special time of the year it is good to be reminded of the events of this most sacred week in the Church calendar. Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday this coming Sunday, 5 April and ends on Easter Sunday, 12 April.

Palm Sunday

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday - a celebration of Jesus fulfilling the prophecy from Zechariah with his triumphal entry into Jerusalem. We celebrate Christ as king on Palm Sunday.

Maundy Thursday

Maundy Thursday honours the Last Supper, when Jesus established the Lord's Supper. Churches celebrate Maundy Thursday by taking Communion.

Good Friday

Good Friday is marked by sombre reflections on the death of Christ. When we meditate on what Jesus did for us, we are reminded of Jesus' suffering and how powerful our sin is. Jesus took on our sin and experienced the ultimate separation from God so that we will never have to experience that.

Easter Sunday

Holy Week leads up to the celebration of Jesus's triumph over death on Easter Sunday. The Resurrection gives us hope that one day we will also have eternal life with God!

I would like to leave you with this special “Jellybean” Easter prayer for both you and your families to share. This is a well-known prayer here at the St John’s Campus. A happy and blessed Easter to you all and may you find comfort and peace during these unprecedented times we are experiencing just now. 

 Jelly Bean prayer

Jane Graham
on behalf of the St John's Campus Spiritual Life Team

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Year 5 Murray River Camp

The Year 5 students were fortunate to be able to enjoy their year level camp at Ankara on the Murray River prior to the recent introduction of social distancing restrictions. The weather was beautiful and students enjoyed bonding over a range of different activities such as kayaking, raft building, water testing, orienteering and team building exercises. Watching movies and enjoying the company of classmates was a relaxing way to end each day. Whilst the staff and students returned a little more tired than when they left, they had a great time filled with fun and many lasting memories.

Daniel Keylock and Janine Sarson-Parker
Year 5 Teachers

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