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A Child's Prayer for Grandparents

Dear God, please bless my grandparents.

Thank you for the life they gave my parents

and for the life they give to me.

For the ways they helped me and made me strong, I give thanks.

For the ways they love me no matter what, I rejoice.

For the ways they have paved the road

that leads me here, I am grateful.

Let them grow in wisdom and joy in life.

Let them find peace and rest from their work.

Let them be healed of every sickness and pain.

And let them see with their own eyes

the glory of your Son, Jesus,

in the love of their children and grandchildren.

Bless my grandparents always.


Dear Parents,

Welcome back to Term 4! I trust that all the children and their families have had an opportunity for reflection and renewal in the holiday break. This term is an exciting and significant term our school community. It is a term of beginnings and a term of celebrating some endings and reaching significant school milestones. Our Pre Primary students are preparing to move into the 'big' school, our Year 6 students are preparing to move into Secondary and all our other wonderful students are preparing to move to a new and exciting year level. We will have much to celebrate and anticipate as the year moves to a close. I'm sure it is going to be a very busy and productive term for all and may we each be appreciative of how blessed we are to be part of the John XXIII College community.

This term we welcome Alison Dillon as our Year 2 teacher. We also welcome back John Alderman and Christine Cook from Long Service Leave. We have also received the news that Mrs Cibesku's baby girl arrived three weeks early. Caroline and baby Audrey are doing well and look forward to visiting us soon.

I have just returned from a three week pilgrimage walking in the footsteps of St Ignatius of Loyola. Saint Ignatius believed that God is at work in our world and in our lives. Like our founder, St Ignatius, we help the students to discover the importance of taking the time to look, so that they can find God in all things. As adults, it is also important for each us to take the each day to reflect on our day and to see God's presence to help us discern God's direction for us.

The Daily Examen is a gift of brief reflective time that Ignatius Loyola gave to himself and recommended to others. It is important to note that the Daily Examen is simply a set of suggestions for you to follow or to adapt to your own character and spirit. The students pray the Examen on a regular basis and I hope each of you find this Ignatian Prayer a time of reflection that turns into action.

Daily Examen
Begin with a pause and a slow deep breath or two: become aware that you are in the presence of God.

  • I am in the presence of God…

What I am grateful for today?

  • The love and support I have received?
  • An event that took place today? …

As I review my day; I ask for light to know God and to know myself as God sees me.

Where have I felt true joy today?
What has troubled me today?
What has challenged me today?
Have I noticed God's presence in any of this?

In light of my review, what is my response to God of my life?

A Look Ahead
As I look ahead what comes to mind?
With what spirit do I want to enter tomorrow?

Saint Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us.

Grandparents are the most amazing people and fulfil such important roles within their families. Today we welcomed many grandparents to the College and the children had a marvellous time showing our special visitors around their classrooms and sharing a picnic lunch. I hope all grandparents enjoyed their time at school and we thank them for providing love and support to their wonderful grandchildren.

Kind regards,

Antoinette De Pinto
Head of Primary


The information evening for the Kindergarten of 2015, will now be held on 6th November in the Kindy classrooms at 6.45pm. We look forward to meeting you.
Kindy Staff


Wednesday 22nd October - Art Exhibition Begins
Friday 24th October - Year 2G Assembly

Memorial to Tommy Fethers

We pray for all in our Families and School community who have died and whose anniversaries we remember this week. In particular this morning we pray for the Fethers family - Lydia and Eric, Abbey and Daisy and grandparents, aunties, uncles and cousins as they continue to love and mourn their beautiful Tommy. Tommy has been remembered in sadness and laughter, words and silesn, every day and every night since his death on 14th October 2013. May Tommy, and all who have died in the sure promice of the resurrection rest in peace. Lord Hear Us