Don’t back down!
Jesus and the authorities were never going to get on! Jesus won’t stop courageously delivering the Good News of the already present Kingdom of God, and, after his temple challenge, events seem inevitable. The authorities were always going to get rid of him, but they wanted to carry out the operation without causing a major riot. Waiting a few days, they arrest Jesus on trumped up charges with a guilty verdict and execution a forgone conclusion. (Peaceful protesters around the world get similar treatment from 21st century bullies and dictators).
Mark’s “Passion Narrative” in the Palm Sunday gospel (Mark 14:1-15:47) gives us a complete account of Jesus final days, his trial, death and resurrection. Jesus has opportunities to back down, avoiding suffering, humiliation and death, but he is on a mission.
From this and the other gospels, we know the story with the eyes of faith, but what does history tell us? Serious scholars, whether Christian or not, agree that Jesus certainly existed. Disinterested and non-Christian sources support the bare bones of our gospel accounts and many of the events we Christians attribute to him are historically verifiable.
One thing is certain: he was condemned to death during the reign of Tiberius, by the governor Pontius Pilate. We have that information from Tacitus, the famous Roman historian. Getting rid of the leader should have scared off his followers and sympathisers. But Flavius Josephus (the famous Romanised Jewish writer) “says the same thing, and adds some interesting details: Jesus “attracted many Jews and many people of Greek origin. And when Pilate, because of an accusation lodged by some of our leaders, condemned him to the cross, those who loved him did not stop loving him.” (Pagola p353). Soon after fleeing in disarray, those Jews and Greeks are back! They (and we) experience an astounding Easter surprise!
BOOKINGS FOR MASSES
Weekend of March 27th & 28th - Palm Sunday:
Bookings for Easter are open from Monday 15th March until 3pm Thursday 1st April (Holy Thursday). Please book early.
The Sacred Paschal Triduum
This will bring up the list of Masses.
Click on book now button and follow the prompts
Click on the Mass you wish to attend (please only choose one Mass)
Then click on the number of tickets required.
(Please note Children over 12 months need to have a ticket booked)
Then fill in your details.
Click on purchase ticket. TICKETS ARE FREE.
Make sure that you have completed the purchase of your ticket by checking your email confirmation. If you do not get an email confirming your ticket please contact the parish office.
(You don’t need to print or bring your ticket.)
You must book in to come to a Sunday Mass.
Warragul & Drouin Masses are strictly limited to 80 people. Neerim South 50 people.
If you have any issues please call Prue at the Parish office p: 5623 1642.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Tonight - Wednesday 24th March - 7pm - St Joseph's Church Warragul
St Joseph’s and St Ignatius’ on Good Friday at 10.30am or Civic Park Drouin:
STATIONS OF THE CROSS IN THE PARK
Where: Civic Park, Drouin (Starting from the eastern end (off Hopetoun Rd)
When: 10.30am Good Friday (April 2nd)
Who: Anyone who would like to join us
Why: An opportunity for the Christians of Drouin to gather in reverent witness around the cross. We need volunteers from the various congregations of Drouin as readers of scripture/ prayer. It would be wonderful if each congregation could take on 2 of the 14 Stations.
Contact: Rev Mark Kelly. (email@example.com or 0427748646)
ST ITA’S COVID -19 AUDIT
Yesterday our school participated in an extensive Covid -19 audit set up by the Diocese of Sale Catholic Education Limited (DOSCEL) in conjunction with the Victorian Department of Health.
The IPCON team (Infection Prevention and Control Outreach Nursing) who attended our school are a division within the Victorian Department of Health, comprising highly experienced Infection Control Nurses and Consultants, who have already performed thousands of visits to assist facilities within both outbreak and prevention settings.
The site visit and audit took approx. 3 hours and involved the IPCON team working through the COVID Safe Assurance checklist with our Leadership team.
The audit was a really affirming process and showed that:
- St Ita’s staff did an outstanding job supporting and teaching students during remote learning;
- We are well organised in relation to making St Ita's as safe as we can be during Covid -19;
- That our processes and policies are all up to date and in line with DOSCEL and the Department of Health expectations.
The efforts of all in our community have been nothing short of outstanding and we will continue to work together to keep everyone safe at St Ita's.
GASTRO IN OUR SCHOOL
Over the last few weeks, we have had several children presenting to school with Gastro / Cold like symptoms. We have also noticed a significant increase in children coming to sickbay distressed and unwell.
If your child is displaying any of the symptoms associated with Gastro or Cold and Flu please do not send them to school until all symptoms have cleared.
PRINCIPAL LONG SERVICE LEAVE
I will be taking 3 days long service leave from Thursday 25th March to Monday 29th March. In my absence, Mrs. Lewry and Mr. Pitt will be taking on the role of Acting Principal. If you need to contact either Robyn or Steve, please make a booking via school admin on phone: 5623-7222.
END OF TERM - SCHOOL BUSNext week, Thursday 1st April, is the last day of term and school will finish at the earlier time of 2.20 pm to coincide with the school buses.
Term 2 commences on Monday 19th April at 8.50am. Students are required to wear their Winter uniform in Term 2 & 3. School Photos will take place on Friday 30th April.
HOT CROSS BUN FUNDRAISING DRIVE - due tomorrow
All orders placed will raise $2 per pack for the school to help fund a new shade sail for the lower playground.
SCHOOLPIX PHOTO ORDER FORMS
SCHOOLPIX SCHOOL PHOTO DAY
Student Schoolpix school photos will take place on Friday 30th April, the second week back of Term 2. Students will be required to wear their full winter uniform including jumpers and black school shoes. Please contact Beleza now if you require any winter uniform to ensure they have stock.
The school office has a small selection of second-hand uniforms available for sale for a gold coin donation. Please contact or call into the office and advise of the size and items required.
GIRLS. . . . . . WINTER
BOYS. . . . . . WINTER
Blue tartan tunic
Dark grey trousers / or grey shorts
Royal blue polo shirt with school logo
Royal blue polo shirt with school logo
Navy blue tights or navy blue long socks
Black lace-up or buckle, leather shoes
|Black lace-up or buckle, leather shoes or boots|
Royal blue windcheater / jumper with school logo
|Royal blue windcheater / jumper with school logo|
or Navy blue bomber jacket with school logo (Grade 6 only)
|or Navy blue bomber jacket with school logo (Grade 6 only)|
|Optional : Royal blue beanie with school logo||Optional : Royal blue beanie with school logo|
Optional: Navy blue rain jacket with school logo
|Optional: Navy blue rain jacket with school logo|
Optional: On days of extreme cold, tailored navy blue school pants can be worn with black school shoes.
Sport uniform - royal blue tracksuit pants instead of shorts/skort permitted
|Sport uniform - royal blue tracksuit pants instead of shorts/skort permitted|
BUS FREE DAYS
School buses will not be operating in the Drouin network on the following days in Term 2 & Term 3. All bus travellers will need to make alternative arrangements to/from school on these days.
Term 2 - Monday 10th May 2021
Term 3 - Monday 16th August 2021.
TARAGO DISTRICT ATHLETICS POSTPONED
The Tarago District Athletics for the Grade 4-6 students who qualified is postponed until the first week back in Term 2 and will be held on Thursday 22nd April.
SCHOOL FEES & FEE CONCESSION
Term 1 school fees are now due. BPAY details are available on your school fee statement. School fees are due by the 4th week of each term and must be paid in full by the end of the school year they are due, December 2021.
If any families would like to pay off their fees either weekly, fortnightly or monthly, please set up a direct debit schedule by completing a Direct Debit Form and returning to the school office at your earliest convenience. Please calculate the total fees payable by the number of weeks/payments required for your fees to be paid by December 2021. For any assistance please contact the school Admin office via email on: firstname.lastname@example.org
For any families that have recently received a Government means-tested health care concession card & have not already advised the school office, please forward a copy of your card to the office to check your eligibility, as a fee concession may apply. The card must be in the name of the parent/fee payer for a fee concession to apply with the student details listed on the card. A CSEF (Camp, Sport & Excursion Fund) form must also be completed. New forms must be completed each year.
If your current Health Care concession card has expired, or is due to expire and your card is re-issued or any details have changed, please send a copy of your new card details to the office as soon as possible for the concession to be checked and applied to your fees.
by Mrs Cath McKenna
In library lessons we have been listening to stories, reading, browsing, borrowing and talking about our reading.
The Grade 3s and 4s have been learning about some Australian authors, learning how to use the St Ita’s online library catalogue and preparing a book talk. Please encourage and support your student at home with reading as they will continue to share their home reading in library lessons. Reading to your child as well as listening to them is so important. Keep it up!
In Grade 1 and 2 we have been summarising our read aloud stories each week. We have shared so many engaging books. I hope you have enjoyed the books they have been borrowing to read with you.
In Foundation we have been making connections with the stories we have been reading. This week they drew a picture in response to the story, Annie to the Rescue. They are now allowed to borrow up to 2 books.