A Busy Term Ahead

​This term is a busy one within the Religious Life of the school and for community celebrations. Each year the first full week in July marks the National Aboriginal and Islanders Day Observance Committee (NAIDOC) week. This year however, due to the current Covid situation, NAIDOC week has been postponed until 8-15 November. On a positive note, this means we will be onsite to be able to celebrate and learn. Week 3 marks Catholic Education Week. The theme this year is 175 Years - A Spirited Tomorrow, acknowledging the 175th anniversary of the opening of the first catholic school in Queensland. In Week 4, we celebrate the feast day of Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop. This is especially important to our community as our school was founded by the Sister’s of Saint Joseph who were under the guidance of Mary MacKillop.

At St Sebastian’s we will combine Catholic Education and Mary MacKillop’s feast day. Whilst not participating in our usual vertical rotations, students will celebrate with a range of activities, provided in the learning cohorts as teachers rotate through groups and will be provided with a sausage on bread for lunch as part of this celebration. They will also participate in a class liturgy in the morning Father Saji will join us for some of these fun activities.

Our student leaders are still leading us in school prayer each Monday morning. I congratulate them on their flexibility and preparedness in changing formats. They live stream prayer to all of our classes each Monday from 9:00am and lead us in assembly each Wednesday at 2:15pm. These events are a wonderful way to keep our community connected.

The parish are now able to begin preparations for those students wishing to prepare for the Sacrament of Eucharist, beginning in the next week or so. Please see information in our latest newsletter.