2019 Welcome Back to Term 4

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As we commence the new school term, I congratulate students on the way they have returned to school and immediately settled back into the school routine and learning. Thank you, parents, for your support in helping your children be prepared for the new term and learning. We look forward to continuing to support each student on their learning journey as they strive to reach their learning goals.

This week we have already experienced a mix of weather conditions with extreme heat across the Lockyer Valley as well as bush fires. Today, we continue to pray for rain and hope that over the weekend we may receive some life-giving rain to give some relief from the current drought conditions. Rain is so desperately needed within many regions in our country. We pray for and thank our emergency service workers for the wonderful job they have done in recent days with bush fires in the valley. May God bless and protect them as they provide service, support and

protection to people and property within our community. We also pray for all those impacted by the recent fires and drought that they find strength during these challenging times to overcome the trials that they confront.

As we approach summer, students during lunchtime breaks are being encouraged to play summer sports as we aim to manage their wellbeing during the warmer months. Students have been learning new games to play including 44 home and continuous bin cricket. The students participating in these games have quickly learnt the rules and have participated with great teamwork and enthusiasm. Well done students!

This week swimming lessons commenced for our Prep – Year 2 students. Reports from the pool have been extremely positive with students participating very well during their lessons. We look forward to supporting students whilst developing their water confidence and improving their swimming ability. These lessons will continue each week leading up to the Junior Swimming Carnival being held on Wednesday 20th November. Well done students!

A number of our students continue their sacramental journey as they prepare for receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation on Friday 25th October. Archbishop Mark Coleridge will preside over this sacrament during his pastoral visit to Our Lady of the Valley Parish. This will be a very busy weekend within the life of the parish as we celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Centenary of St Patrick’s, Church.

May God bless,

Nathan Haley

Principal