Religious Education News

Melita Roache  -  Religious Education Coordinator

Congratulations to students who received their first Holy Communion last weekend at the Family Mass. It was a very special occasion. Year 8 attended Mass in Week 9 and I would like to extend a thank you to 8.4 for organising this last Mass of the Term in the Chapel.

 

BEATitudes T-shirts are finally in! We are looking forward to starting rehearsals up again next term. Everyone is welcome to join. 

 

Year 7 RE

Year 7 have been working on a unit the ‘Stewards of Creation unit this term. They have learnt that the  Scriptures and the Creed inform our beliefs about God, creation and humanity. In this unit students examined the Christian belief that God is the source of all creation, and that all human beings have been called to stewardship. We have also looked at the Church teaching on caring for our environment, including Pope Francis’ Laudato Si. Students were encouraged to explore positive ways to show care for all of God’s creation.

To complete the unit the students in 7.1 wrote prayers of gratitude for creation and sorry prayers for not caring for the environment. These were used for our class prayer service

 

 

Yr 7 Gratitude prayers for Creation

Dear Lord, Thank you for making our world that we live in today, Thank you for making animals for company and plants for us to breathe, Thank you for the world that my friends, family and I live in. Thank you for everything you have created. Amen - Chelsea Green

Dear God, Thank you for the environment you have provided for us to live in and the natural resources that you have given us. We also thank you for the marvelous nature that you have given us. We are lucky to have an earth you created for us to live in and to take care of . We ask you to provide us with the wisdom to take more care of  the earth. Also thank you for the food and water.- Lacey Cruickshank

 

Dear Lord, grant us your wisdom to care and heal the earth. Help us act good for the future generations. Help us to create new generations for the future and help them care for the earth. Thank you for all you have done to give us the world we have today. Amen.- Haylee Swan

 

Dear God, Thank you for giving us day and night dusk and dawn. Thank you  for giving us food and water and a place to stay, a place to live. Thank you for the beauty of nature. We are grateful to you for giving us so much. - Ella Ward

 

Yr 7 Sorry prayers for creation

Dear God, I am sorry for everything I have done, like how I have littered, used plastic when I could have used a container, drove when I could have walked and wasted food. Sorry for the way humanity has treated the earth and creation, for example deforestation, pollution and climate change. Isabelle Bender

 

Dear God, I am sorry for all that we have done to your world like deforestation, overfishing, global warming and hurting your environment. I am sorry for littering and for using plastic bottles and wrapping my food in plastic. I am also sorry for using plastic things like chips and other things.-Leo Whiteley

 

Dear Lord,  Sorry for the times I wasted food. Sorry for the times I polluted the Earth. Sorry for all we have done to the Earth like deforestation and pollution. Help us realize what we are doing to the Earth. Help us fix what we have done to the Earth, help bring good from bad to protect creation. Help us appreciate creation more. Amen.- Grace Friedman

 

Dear God, I am sorry for wasting bits of food at times and forgetting to put my rubbish in the bin. When people litter it ruins the environment and people litter the plastic instead of biodegradable products. All of the humans around the world are destroying your creation for which  we are very sorry . Richard May

 

Year 8 RE

Year 8 students have been working on the ‘Striving for Goodness’ unit this term. In this unit students explored the action of God in creation, the reality of good and evil, and the human search for meaning in life. In groups the students created their own goodness project. Some students made posters with inspirational quotes to put up around the school. Some wrote inspirational verses in chalk on the cement and some created a goodness calendar which had a random act of goodness for each day of the month. To complete the unit the students in 8.2  wrote prayers of gratitude for  the good things in their life, which  were used in our class prayer service. 

 

Dear God, I’m thankful for my family and friends and the house I live in. I’m also grateful for the talents you have given me and the resources you left for us on earth. I’m grateful for the ability to speak, see and hear. I’m grateful for the country that I live in that is safe from war. The last thing I’m grateful for is my appearance because it’s what makes me unique and I’m grateful for how you helped me when I was feeling down Lila Killen

 

Yr 8 Gratitude prayers for the good things in their lives

Dear God, I’m thankful for my family and friends and the house I live in. I’m also grateful for the talents you have given me and the resources you left for us on earth. I’m grateful for the ability to speak, see and hear. I’m grateful for the country that I live in that is safe from war. The last thing I’m grateful for is my appearance because it’s what makes me unique and I’m grateful for how you helped me when I was at my lowest. Lila Killen

 

Dear Lord, I am so thankful for all my friends and family and all the good things in my life. Lord you have helped me through so much and I am so thankful for that and now I can help people who need it. I am grateful for all the food and water I have and the blanket and clothes that I have. I am so grateful for my pet and I am so thankful for the house and the car that I have. - Abby Roberts

 

Thank you God that I have food everyday, water and shelter. Also I couldn’t live without technology so thanks God. I greatly appreciate that you have given me a life and a great family and the amazing country that I live in. Also this school that I am in and the education that it provides. Thank you God!!! Alex Hamlin

 

Dear Lord, I am grateful for all the good things that are in my life. For my family who love and support me. For being able to walk and do physical things because there are some people in the world who can’t but want to. For being able to go to school and having a good education. For having access to fresh water and food that keeps me alive each day. For waking up every morning and hearing the birds sing. And lastly O Lord, I am grateful that you forgive me for my sins.- Ebony Barnes

 

Dear God, 

I thank you for all the opportunities that I have been given like all of my music, and my family that love me unconditionally. I am also happy for all of my friends that have stuck with me through the ups and downs.

I am thankful for all the amazing things in the world like flowers.

I am grateful for a roof over my head and food to eat. I am grateful for fresh water to drink and my freedom of speech.

I am thankful for the full recovery of my cat.

I am so thankful for my best-friend, she has helped me through so much.

I pray also to help those who are less fortunate than me. - Jade Foster

 

 

Ms Melita Roache

 

Our Founders - St Angela Merici and St John Baptiste De La Salle

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With such a difficult year and a half it has been harder for parishioner's to give to the parish through the plates, particularly when the church is closed as it is at present. The Parish account details are available on the Parish bulletin. 

 

 

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