Catholic Education Week is celebrated annually in Week 3 of Term 3 and is an opportunity for all 309 Catholic schools in Queensland to celebrate and promote their distinctive mission and ethos. We are also celebrating 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia this year.
Catholic Education strives to make a difference in the lives of those in our schools and in the wider community by challenging young people to live out the message of Jesus and to reach their full potential as compassionate, contributing, life-giving members of society. The theme for 2021 celebrations is A Spirited Tomorrow.
As part of the lead up to Catholic Education week, all students have been engaging with scripture and focusing on the parable of the Good Samaritan. This parable links to St Clare’s School’s identity of Welcome, Community and Hospitality along with our values of faith, love, trust and respect.
The parable of the Good Samaritan is told by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke. It is about a traveller who is stripped of clothing, beaten, and left half dead alongside the road. Finally, a Samaritan happens upon the traveller. Although Samaritans and Jews despised each other, the Samaritan helps the injured man. Jesus’ simple message was to – ‘Go and do likewise.’
You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your being, with all your strength, and with all your mind, and your neighbour as yourself – Luke 10:27.
This verse sums up the commandment of love as given by Jesus. The parable of the Good Samaritan is all about love.
St Clare’s students have also been learning more about the Good Samaritan Sisters who were the first teachers at St Clare’s and have been making the links between the parable and the Sister’s work in Australia. Leading up to Catholic Education Week, the students are learning more about the history of our school and about our patron saint, St Clare of Montefalco. At St Clare’s, we are fortunate that we have many families who have a long association with the school, some being third and fourth generation. The children may be able to share with you some of the information they have been learning.
Catholic Education Week in Innisfail
All students in Years 4-6 will travel to Good Counsel Primary School on Tuesday July 27th for Catholic Education Week activities. A Parent Slip was sent to all parents yesterday with further details and action. Please click on the link and respond regarding permissions.
Students will travel to and from Innisfail by bus leaving Tully around 8:45am and return at approximately 2:30pm. The timetable for the day is as follows:
- 10:00am Mass at Mother of Good Counsel Church
- 11:10am Morning Tea
- 11:45am Year 4 will walk to Warrina Lakes with staff (Take hats and water bottles)
Year 5 & 6 go to Good Counsel College for a college tour (Take hats and water bottles)
- 1:00pm Lunch
- 1.30pm Leave Innisfail to return to St. Clare’s
ALL students will need to take their own morning tea and lunch. Students will wear academic uniform as per normal for a Tuesday.
P-3 Catholic Education Week Liturgy
The Prep – Year 3 will be having a Liturgy at St Clare’s Church on Wednesday 28th July at 9.00 to celebrate Catholic Education Week. Parents are most welcome to attend. See invitation below.