It is lovely to be back in the school community after such a long time away. Thank you to all the families and children who have been so welcoming of me on my return! I am really enjoying my Birkinshaw Ave ‘gate duties’ in the morning as it has given me the opportunity to chat to the children and wave to parents, making my transition back so much easier! My cat is very grateful that I have finally left him in peace to sleep the day away!
New Crossways Design Curriculum
Over the last two years, the Faith Formation team of CESA have been working on redesigning the Religious Education content. The new curriculum is to be taught with the aim to help students leave school with an ‘enduring understanding’ of what it means to live lives in an informed manner. It reflects inquiry questioning, curiosity and deep thinking within a Catholic Faith Tradition, however at the same time acknowledging that each child has prior learnings which bring diversity, including religious and non-religious beliefs to each situation.
Stephanie O’Leary and Sharon Gulley-Frith have joined Adrian and myself to assist staff with planning and developing units of work using the new design.
Under the latest lifting of COVID-19 restrictions, Churches and places of worship will be able to have 75 people following the rule of 1 person per 4sqm. By the end of June, numbers will be lifted as long as the place of worship can still follow the 1 person per 4sqm. Families are permitted to sit together.
There has not been any notification in regards to Reconciliation ceremonies nor Confirmation and First Eucharist. Once the Parish is notified about the Sacraments, we will let families know if the programmes will recommence, or if all programmes and celebrations will be postponed until 2021.
This week is Refugee Week. The Refugee Council has chosen Celebrating the Year of Welcome as its theme in Australia for 2020.
The most widely accepted legal definition of refugee is in the Refugee Convention, which defines a refugee as:
Any person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership of a particular social group or political opinion, is outside the country of his/her nationality and is unable, or owing to such fear, is unwilling to avail himself/herself of the protection of that country.
It is difficult to imagine living in such an unsafe environment that you cannot remain in your own country. I have worked with both refugees and asylum seekers and their stories all reflect fear for their lives and the lives of their families. During Refugee Week those of us who were born in Australia are invited to reflect with gratitude, on the comforts of our lives here in Australia and the richness that comes with welcoming people from all parts of our world and the cultures they so willingly share with us.