St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal

christmas_appeal.jpgAs we move towards the end of our school year and look forward to our Christmas holidays, we have a lot to look forward to.  We are reminded, though, that for many people in our local community, the season of Christmas may be a time of great stress and worry.  The children are busy collecting gorcery items for our St Vincent de Paul Annual Christmas Appeal.  I have noticed this year that, because this practice has become part of our culture, of who we are as a Christian Catholic community, that our young learners "just know" what is being asked of them as part of the Christmas Appeal.  They are able to suggest items for donation, to ask questions to clarify if they're not sure, and have genuine pride in knowing that... 

'giving to others actually makes a difference'.  

At our assembly this week, we met Clarence the Fox.  In this animated story, Clarence learns a very important message about giving (and receiving). The principles and practice of giving are taught in the Bible and when obeyed, will bring blessings to both givers and recipients.  But we are reminded that "it is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35) This story is a lovely one to watch and talk about with your child/children.  I have included the link here for you:

Please continue to send in grocery items with your child/children and to talk with them about the reason WHY we are doing this. Each class has a 'target' to reach which, when they do reach it, will allow the class to participate in our Water Run Challenge in the last week of the term.