Dear SJMS Community
It is hard to believe the end of the school year is just around the corner. In the last newsletter I alluded to the fact that this would be an action packed term. This past week has lived up to the billing!
Congratulations to the Woods Team who won the John Partington Shield. While the Tappeiner Team did a wonderful job displaying teamwork and cooperation to win the Spirit Cup.
Thank you to Mr Siinmaa who did a wonderful job preparing Sports Day last Friday. The day was filled with excitement and many great moments. It was wonderful to see so many parents supporting the day, creating a lovely sense of community. Thank you to Daniel Faraonio for setting up the sound system, also a big thanks to Norwood Oval curator Barry Solomon and his assistant David for preparing the oval for our use.
St Ignatius Parish
The Jesuit Provincial has announced the Status of the Australian Province for 2021. This sees some coming and going from our schools parish. At the end of January Fr Alan Wong, SJ, who has been at St Ignatius Parish, Norwood for the past 12 months is missioned to the Chinese Province. Fr Minh-Uoc Pham, Sj, after seven years as assistant to the Director of Tertians, will have a sabbatical in 2021. He will be based at Manresa, and will on occasion assist in the Parish. Deacon Eka Tanaya, SJ, will join the parish in January 2021 after his priestly ordination on the 14th November in Melbourne. Also Bishop O’Kelly, SJ, having completed his time at Port Pirie will reside here at Manresa, and will arrive later in November.
We thank each of them for their Ministry.
November has traditionally been the month when we remember the dead. Throughout November may we remember the deceased in our community and pray that the faithful departed rest in peace.
This coming Wednesday morning we will gather for Remembrance Day Liturgies at both campuses. This is an age appropriate, simple and meaningful experience for all of the school community, when we will recall the eleventh hour, of the eleventh day of the eleventh month when the guns fell silent on the Western front in 1918. Generations of Australians as part of the ANZAC forces answered the call and paid the ultimate price. Their selflessness, then and now, provide us with the enduring freedom and liberty that we continue to enjoy today.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
(Binyon, l. (1914) For the Fallen)
Photo: Sports Day 2020.