Today as we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary, we are reminded of the importance of the body in our spirituality. Our belief that Mary was assumed body and soul is a reinforcement of our belief in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, which is a bodily Resurrection. Our lives can be busy with little time for quiet reflection but today on the Feast of the Assumption, I invite you take a moment to read this blessing of the body by Sr Joyce Rupp in the hope of bringing a few minutes of peace into your day today.
A Blessing of the Body
Forehead: May you have keen insights and think clearly. May your thoughts be kind and wise. May you resolve anything in your mind that keeps you from being your true self.
Ears: My you listen to the inner Voice of the Beloved and act on the word of God. May you hear the melodies of your own goodness and treasure who you are.
Eyes: May you have inner vision to see more clearly the path that is yours. May you look upon others with love as you search for your way home.
Mouth: May you speak with love, proclaim the truth, and make your needs known. May you laugh at the absurdities of life and taste life with joy and enthusiasm.
Nose: As you take in air and let out air, may you be reminded of the cycle of life with its dying and rising, its emptying and filling. May you breathe in the aroma of goodness and breathe out what needs to be let go.
Hands: May you use your hands to touch all of life with reverence and gratitude. May these hands reach out with care to others. May these hands be willing to receive from others.
Skin: May you be not too thick-skinned or too thin-skinned as you journey. May you reverence and protect the dignity of others no matter what colour of skin they have.
Heart: May you develop awareness of what stirs deep within you. May you have a vibrant, compassionate heart, one that is filled with generosity and kindness.
Feet: As you travel through the many ups and downs of life, may all the places your feet take you lead you to greater transformation and inner freedom. May you develop an ever firmer foundation for your spiritual path.
Year 5 Camp
Our Year 5 students and teachers attended camp at Tallebudgera on the Gold Coast this week. The children enthusiastically participated in a range of outdoor, resilience building activities including the giant swing, kayaking, rock climbing, archery and body boarding. Camps provide an excellent opportunity for students to grow in confidence and independence as they learn in a different setting to their school. I thank Mrs Taylor, Mr Cunningham, Mrs Weston, Mrs Cran, Mrs Kenny and Mrs James for taking time away from their own families to support and encourage the students.
Queensland Catholic Schools & Colleges Music Festival (QCMF)
Best wishes to the members of our school choirs and band who will perform at the QCMF this Friday and Saturday. We are grateful to Mrs Berny Power and Mr James Taylor for their work preparing the students for this festival.
Australian Education Awards ceremony on Friday night Some of our school team will be attending the 2019 Australian Education Awards tomorrow night in Sydney. St Martin's was selected as a finalist in the Best Student Wellbeing Program section of these awards. This outstanding news for our school community. This link has information on these awards and section St Martin's has been nominated in: http://www.educatorawards.com/index.php
2020 Class Placement Process
There are many tasks to undertake during the second half of this term. One of these tasks is to start the process of organising class groups for next year. In the spirit of partnership - sharing understandings, communicating needs and respecting professional and personal insight - your input is welcome and shall be considered. Our main source will be recommendations from your child's current teachers. I ask that should you wish to – please put any information about your child's learning styles, social and emotional needs, strengths and challenges in writing to me, as Principal. Requests for specific teachers will not be considered. Could you please have this written communication sent via a letter not an email to the school office by Friday 6 September at 3:00pm.