Welcome to 2021!

Welcome to the 2021 school year. A very special welcome to all our new students and our new families. 

Our Lady’s school has gotten off to an excellent start, the students are very settled and focussed on learning. As I visit the classrooms I have been delighted to see just how engaged the students are with their learning, the respectful way they communicate and the joy they show in learning together. I congratulate all our students for showing such a positive attitude to their learning. Thank you to all parents for your collaboration with the before school drop off and the after school pick up arrangements.

Sacraments 2021

As you are aware the Sacramental Program which involves the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Eucharist and Confirmation were greatly impacted by the COVID-19 restrictions last year. Those students mostly affected are our current Year 5 students who could not receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist last year and our current Year 4 students who did not receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation last year.

Kriss Oliver, RE/Learning and Teaching Leader, Christine Carabott, Deputy Principal and myself have met with Father Peter to work together to organise the Sacraments for 2021 according to the most current COVID-19 guidelines for both the school and the Church. As you know these guidelines can change at any time depending on what is occurring in the community. The safety of all in our community must always come first and this is what our plan is based on. I am giving you the dates and times as early as I can so that those who wish to attend can arrange for that to happen. We have limited the attendance to 2 adults in order to follow the COVID-19 Safe Guidelines that are currently in place.

For Year 5 students receiving the Sacrament of the Eucharist in 2021

The Year 5 students will receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist on Friday the 19th of March in Our Lady’s Church. The students will be required to come to school later than usual at 12.00pm. We are able at this stage to have 2 adults attend with each child. The children would come to school dressed to receive the Eucharist. The Mass will start at 12:30pm and finish by 1:30pm. The students who received the Eucharist will be able to go home with their parents and celebrate together.

The school will have a party for the children in the following week.

For Year 3 and 4 students receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation in 2021

The Year 3 students will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Wednesday the 28th of April and the Year 4 students will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Thursday the 29th of April. The services will be held at Our Lady’s Church and each child will be able to have 2 adults present. The students will come to school at the normal time. We ask that the children do not wear their school uniform but come to school dressed for the occasion. You will need to be seated in the Church by 12:30pm in order to participate and witness your child receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. After the service you are welcome to take your child home to celebrate together or your child may remain at school.

The school will have a party for the children in the following week.

For Year 4 students receiving the Sacrament of the Eucharist in 2021

The Year 4 students will receive the Sacrament of the Eucharist on Friday the 14th of May in Our Lady’s Church. The students will be required to come to school later than usual at 12 .00pm, with their accompanying 2 adults. We are able at this stage to have 2 adults attend with each child. The children would need to come to school dressed to receive the Eucharist. The Mass will start at 12:30pm and finish by 1:30pm. The students who received the Eucharist will be able to go home with their parents  or the two adults that attended and celebrate together.

The school will have a party for the children in the following week.

For Year 6 students receiving the Sacrament of the Confirmation in 2021

The date for the Year 6 Confirmation is set by the Bishop’s office. This year our year 6 students will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation on Friday the 12th of November at 7.00pm. As I have said before this is subject to the COVID-19 guidelines at the time and therefore could change.