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THE CHURCH IN AUSTRALIA

June8

The Catholic Church began in Australia with the arrival of the First Fleet in  1788. Of the 1044 convicts who arrived, 316 were Catholics. For some years there
were no priests or religious in the settlement, so the laity assumed  responsibility for keeping the faith alive. 

Fr Dixon, a convict, celebrated the first Mass in Australia on May 15, 1803  after being pardoned and permitted to say Mass and celebrate baptisms and marriages. 

In 1820 Father John Therry and Fr Philip Conolly arrived in Australia as the first official priests to minister to Catholics in the colony. 

Father Therry dedicated the first Catholic Church in the Colony to Our Lady  Help of Christians. 

In 1835 John Bede Polding was appointed as Australia‟s first Catholic bishop.  He set out to establish a Benedictine Monastery, to provide efficient
administrators to set up dioceses and respond to the pastoral needs of the  community.

The Pope, in consultation, appoints bishops to lead dioceses. Bishops succeed  the apostles through the Holy Spirit who is given to them. They are the
constituted pastors in the Church and are to be teachers of doctrine and the  priests of sacred worship
(Code of Canon Law, #372) 

The pastor leads the parish community in the name of the bishop by:  
– ensuring that the Word of God is proclaimed; 
– fostering works which promote the Spirit of the gospel; 
– caring for the Catholic education of children and young people; 
– bringing the Gospel message to those who have given up religious practice; 
  – ensuring the Blessed Eucharist is the centre of the parish assembly of the faithful; 
– encouraging all to pray and to take a lively and active part in sacred  liturgy  (Code of Canon Law #528)

 In 1838 the Sisters of Charity were the first religious order from overseas  to be invited to set up communities to work with the Catholic people. Caroline  Chisholm also arrived in this year. She is well known in our history for her  work with the immigrant poor and wayward girls.

Through the 1800s local Religious Orders were established in Australia to  respond to the pastoral needs of the community. During this time, many religious  congregations from overseas established foundations to help the Church‟s work. 
 

Catholic schools in Australia were established and largely staffed by lay  people until the Public Institution Act in 1880. With government assistance  withdrawn, the Church had to establish its own Catholic education system. Religious sisters and brothers  were encouraged to come to Australia to help staff the schools and Australian  Catholics had to support the schools financially.

The Catholic Church community consists of people from many countries  throughout the world. 

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SNAPSHOT WRITING- CAMP ROTATION ACTIVITIES

June8

AT CAMP, YOU WERE INVOLVED IN A VARIETY OF ACTIVITIES:

  • GIANT SWING
  • TRAMPOLINE
  • FLYING FOX
  • CLIMBING WALL
  • LOW ROPES

GIVE ME A SNAPSHOT OF YOUR FAVOURITE CAMP ACTIVITY AND HELP ME MAKE CONNECTIONS WITH YOUR EXPERIENCE.  

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ENDANGERED ANIMALS IN THEIR HABITAT

June3

 

This term we have been studying about endangered animals and the importance of protecting and preserving their habitat.

Having been on camp students saw the animals in their natural habitat. Keeping this in mind they sketched an animal of their choice and used paint to hi-light special features of the animals and the environment. 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CAMP 2017- PHILLIP ISLAND

May29

Camp to Phillip Island offered students a unique experience to link their inquiry on Endangered Species to real life. They saw the animals in their habitats and came face to face with the animals, something they had never experienced before.
Together with friends time seemed to disappear. There were opportunities to build friendships, develop independence and grow as a person.

The students were open to new challenges and enjoyed the many new opportunities. Hopefully many took snapshots of their time at the Penguin Parade, the challenges offered through rotation activities – the giant swing, flying fox, trampoline, low ropes, climbing wall, archery, free play, and visit to the wildlife park and Koala Conservation Centre.

This Phillip Island Camp gave each one the opportunity to develop harmonious relationships with their peers, teachers and surroundings.
Besides Phillip Island the children went to Churchill Island and learnt about the history of the island. The ranger gave us a brief history of the houses built on the island and took us through the  lifestyle, cattle rearing and farming on the island. This gave the students an insight into the life then and now. The lush green gardens and surroundings made us feel one with nature.

The paraliturgy at camp gave us the chance to gather as one big school community and  thank God for the opportunity and for His continual guidance, compassion and care.

 

 

 

The students watch the pelicans being fed at San Remo

Having arrived at campsite the students had a go at the rotational activities – free play, giant swing, low ropes, trampoline, flying fox, climbing wall…

 

Everyone tried showing their skills

 

 

The hi-light of camp was the experience of feeding the animals.

Lots of photos were taken of the animals in their habitat

Luckily, the koalas were awake when these photos were taken and were climbing up and down the tree chewing on gum leaves.

 

Some children took to feeding the animals as if they were their keepers

What a pose!

 

 

This student wants to be a zoologist one day

 

You are not as tall as me! Ha, ha!

 

 

At Churchill Island, patting the lamb

Dolly the pig

The peacock from India was introduced to Churchill Island 

Dressed in the clothing of yesteryears 

The ranger giving the children an understanding of the conservation program. The key focus is to safeguard the koalas on Phillip Island. The children had to suggest ways they could be involved in their own little way to protect the remaining species on the island.  

What an amazing camp!

What were some of your favourite memories of camp? 

 

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INFERENCE- LILY AND THE SNOWMAN

May7

A beautiful short animation about a little girl and her frozen friend.

What do you infer?

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EXCURSION TO HEALESVILLE SANCTUARY

May3

Healesville Sanctuary is the best place to see Australian wildlife in their natural habitat. Our excursion to this Sanctuary offered us a unique experience and a close encounter with Australia’s wildlife. The students had a wonderful time and fond experiences to share back at school.

 

The students closely watching the show, SPIRITS OF THE SKY

TWO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE 5/6 LEVEL ASKING THE REST OF THE STUDENTS WHAT ANIMAL THEY WOULD LIKE TO SAVE AND HOW!

THE STUDENTS RESPONSES WERE VERY IMPRESSIVE




























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ENDANGERED SPECIES

May2

THESE WEBSITES WILL HELP YOU WITH YOUR RESEARCH/INQUIRY OF ENDANGERED SPECIES

http://www.australiangeographic.com.au/topics/science- Environment/2014/06/australian-endangered-species-list

http://fame.org.au/news_resources/endangered_species

http://www.earthsendangered.com/continent4M-all.html

 

BTN- Bee Problems

April19

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NUMBER PATTERNS

April3

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GROWTH MINDSET

March18

 

What does this video teach you? Comment on your thoughts.

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WHAT WORDS COME TO MIND WHEN YOU THINK OF THE TERM, ‘POSITIVE MINDSET’ ?

REFLECT ON YOUR MINDSET! 

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