Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Friends of St Mary’s School,

Well here we are in Week Six of 2015, where has the year gone?

Today is a day of celebration as with (A.J. Kilpatrick) starting at school we have reached our highest

maximum roll since 2010. It is great to see all of the happy young faces of a morning!

Over the next month school will be a very busy place with: the Year Six camp, Otago Championship

athletic sports, our end of the year Production and our end of the year Graduation Mass.

The end of the year is often a stressful time for all, everybody thinks that they should be doing everything. I think that it is an important time as we move into the period of advent to focus on what is important and to ensure a positive end to the year by: acknowledging how fortunate we are to live in such a peaceful and safe place, to be thankful of the opportunities that we and our children have access to and by focusing on the important aspects of the Christmas message—especially that of hope.

Think about this, Christmas is poised at the end of one year and the beginning of the next—at a crossroads of the past and the future. A previous year with all of it’s blessings and trials is gone. A New Year looms ahead full of uncertainty. Yet, here it is approaching fast, Christmas! The celebration of a birth that took place 2000 years ago. A birth is always a time of hope - what will this new life bring to the world?

Christmas is a perennial bright spot on the calendar because God has given us hope.

So have a great week.

Mike Brosnahan


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