Mission and Religious Education

Jacquelene Cronin

Assistant Principal - Mission

Mission and Religious Education


Holy Week

This week, the final week of Term 1 is Holy Week, the most important week of the year for Christians. Sunday April 2 was Palm Sunday when we remembered and celebrated Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem when people waved palm leaves and welcomed him as a king. Today the last day of Term 1, Thursday April 6 is Holy Thursday. On Holy Thursday we remember Jesus’ Last Supper with his friends. On this night Jesus washed his disciples' feet as a sign of love and service and that they and we should live lives of love and service to one another. After supper, Jesus went into the Garden of Gethsemane to pray and his disciples kept falling asleep. Here Jesus was arrested and taken away by the soldiers. Tomorrow Friday April 7 is Good Friday, when we remember that Jesus gave his life for us. Jesus was put to trial, tortured, crucified and died on the Cross. Holy Saturday April 8, is a time of waiting. Jesus’ body is in the tomb. On Easter Sunday April 9, we celebrate Jesus rising to new life. As we all enjoy our Easter Eggs on Easter Sunday, let us take some time to remember that the egg is a sign of new life and on Easter Sunday we celebrate Jesus rising to new life.


Holy Week and Easter Liturgies

Today we celebrated Holy Week with our special Holy Week Liturgy. It was a beautiful time of reflection as Kindergarten enthusiastically led us through the story of the first Palm Sunday, singing ‘Hosanna’, waving palms and welcoming Jesus as a king. The Year 3 and Year 4 children led us through our reflection on the Last Supper where Jesus washed his disciples feet as a sign that they should live lives of love and service. Jesus then shared his Last Supper with his friends where he blessed and broke the bread and shared the wine and asked his disciples to do this in his memory, this was the first Mass. After his Last Supper Jesus went to the garden to pray where he was arrested. Finally Year 5 and Year 6 led us through the Stations of the Cross where we reflected on Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion. 


Our Easter Sunday liturgy will be celebrated after we return in Term 2 on Friday April 28 at 11.00 am. Outside under the COLA and parents/carers are welcome to join us as we prayerfully celebrate Easter Sunday.



Easter Liturgy

Term 2 Friday 28 April 11.00am

Year 1 and 2: Easter Sunday (Term 2)


Wishing everyone a happy, safe and a holy Easter.


Whole School Mass

Our next whole school Mass is 9.30am Friday 5 May. Everyone is welcome.


Connecting with St Michael’s Parish 

Holy Week Mass Times

Holy Thursday: 7pm Thursday 6 April

Good Friday: Friday 7 April - 10am Stations of the Cross at Attunga and 3pm Mass Manilla

Easter Sunday: 8.30am Sunday 9 April 


Sunday Mass Times

Manilla: Mass is celebrated at 8.30am Sunday on the weekends of the 1st and 5th Sundays of the month and at 5.30pm Saturday on the weekends of the 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays of the month.

Attunga: Mass is celebrated at 12pm Sunday on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of the month.

Key Upcoming Dates

Friday 28 April 11am Easter Sunday Liturgy (Years 1 and 2) - everyone welcome

7 - 13 May Laudato Si’ Week

Wednesday 28 June, First Reconciliation

Sunday 30 July 10.00am, First Eucharist

September 1 (World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation) - October 4 (Feast of St Francis of Assisi)  Season of Creation 2023. Theme “Let Justice and Peace Flow”

Monday 16 October Real Talk Years 4 and 6 and students from St Joseph’s, Barraba


Living Well, Learning Well - Pastoral Care and Wellbeing 


Mini Vinnies / Catholic Earthcare Committee and Environmental Champions

A huge thank you to all of our Mini Vinnies/ Catholic Earthcare Committee and Environmental Champions in Years 3-6 who volunteer their time and focus on social justice issues and making us an eco-friendly school promoting biodiversity and living sustainably as Stewards of Creation. We are currently a Level 2 accredited Catholic Earthcare school and have just submitted the paperwork for our Level 3 application. The key processes that we are implementing and embedding into our environment led by our Environmental Champions are:

  • Waste Management: every day we strive to reduce, reuse, recycle, repeat and repair and repurpose wherever possible. We also monitor rubbish levels on the playground.
  • Gardening: we have planted a bush tucker garden, vegie gardens and fruit trees which we care for. We have a compost bin in the garden and a small compost bin in each classroom to collect fruit and veg for composting. We also have worm farms.
  • Supporting biodiversity within the school grounds especially by providing water for birds and lizards. 
  • Raise money for charities to work towards ending poverty in our world. We participate in the Return and Earn programs to raise money for good works at a local level.

“Let Your Light Shine” support others to let their light shine and remember “We Shine Brighter Together”

Jacquelene Cronin

Assistant Principal - Mission