It is Refugee Week 2017 and the theme, which continues from 2015, is taken directly from the second verse of the national anthem: 'With Courage let us all combine'.
When thinking about the refugees and children of refugees whom have been educated here at St. Dominic's, across many decades, the recurring theme is an awareness of their courage in the face of major dislocation. The courage it takes to start all over again to find employment, to find schools for their children and then to learn the ways of a different culture is a testament to people who have in their turn helped to build the Australian nation. May we always educate for the common good of all who come to our shores.
There is a LOT of news from the Primary School: The Year 3 Class went to the Living Kaurna Cultural Centre to learn about weaving; the Reception Class hosted their Mother's Day Liturgy and Pampering Morning; we showcase the winning poetry entry of our Year 5/6 da Vinci Decathlon team, Year 1 learn all about China, and there is lots to report on from our keen Primary Footballers and Netballers.
We wrap up our Languages Day coverage with the announcement of our winners from across Rec - Year 9. Like previous years, our French and Italian students submitted work displays of an outstanding creative standard; making the task of judging difficult. We congratulate every student on their well thought out and colourfully presented entries, and also thank Azzurro Cakes and Gelati for supplying the Continental cakes and Gelati, which were sold on the day. Proceeds raised will be donated to the St. Vinnie's Winter Appeal.
The Year 9 and Year 12 Drama classes attended a matinee performance of Matilda. They were in awe of the staging and the phenomenal talent.
Our Vintage Vinnie's Fashion Parade was a showcase of the generosity from our community with many classes donating a range of warm winter clothes as modelled by our students. The Vinnie's Group still welcomes further donations of clothing, blankets, cans and non-perishable food items up until Week 10. We have also received word that the Vinnie's on Port Road is in particular need for donations of toiletries for refugees. They would like to receive items such as soap, toothpaste, shaving cream etc. There will be a box for these items placed near the classrooms over the next two weeks.
The 2017 Parents & Friends Chocolate Drive is 'up and away'. If your family prefers not to be involved in this fundraiser by selling chocolates, the Parents & Friends Association ask that you consider making a donation in lieu of your participation, and to return the slip enclosed in today's Bulletin by Monday 19 June, to ensure your (eldest) daughter is not issued with a box.
The Produce Stall is calling for donations of Saville Oranges and Lemons, for the production of jams and preserves ahead of this year's Fete. Please see inside today's Bulletin for details.
8:00am - 10:00am Monday 19 June is St Dominic's "Biggest Morning Tea", in support of the Cancer Council.
Tickets for the 2017 St Dominic's Musical Production of Annie are NOW ON SALE. Get your tickets online here or at the door. Showtimes are 7:30pm on Thursday 29 June, Friday 30 June, and Saturday 1 July.
The Parents & Friends 2017 Quiz Night is scheduled for Friday 18th August. Prize donations would be greatly appreciated - some ideas could include: chocolates, gift vouchers, wine, raffle-type prizes etc.
Get the Week 7, Term 2 Bulletin here.