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St Augustine’s School, Mossman, shadowed by the magnificent Mt Demi, is situated 76 kilometres north of Cairns within a rural farming community on the edge of the naturally beautiful Daintree Rainforest and the lush green vegetation of Mossman Gorge. In addition, the popular beaches of the tourist town of Port Douglas are only 16 kilometres to its south.
St. Augustine's is a Catholic primary school catering for boys and girls from Prep to Year 7. St Augustine’s prides itself on being a Catholic Learning Community built on the traditions of the Sisters of Mercy who commenced the school in 1934. With a school enrolment of 190 students St Augustine’s is inspired by its founders and espouses its motto of Together in Faith – Learning for Life.
In creating a learning environment open to all students who seek to share in our values, we are witnessing to a faith, alive and purposeful, in a changing and challenging world.
We welcome you to our community of St Augustine’s School and we would be delighted to have you join us as we strive for excellence in educational practice and the valuing of the dignity and sacredness of each student, staff and parent.
I invite you to browse our website so that you can learn more about our great school of St Augustine’s.
Frazer Rigby - Acting Principal
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This week the season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, which also marks the beginning of the annual Caritas Australia Project Compassion appeal. This year's Project Compassion stories are about our desire for a full and beautiful life within the surroundings of home. Not just a house to live in, but a life filled with certainty, free from the burden of poverty with access to food, water, education, healthcare and shelter. Donations to Project Compassion allow Caritas Australia, the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, to work towards this creation of a more just and fair world for whole communities.
Each class will receive a Project Compassion box and families/or can order a set of leaflets for their donations. You can also donate online via the website at www.caritas.org.au/projectcompassion. Please put your compassion into action this Lent by supporting Project Compassion 2014.
This week has seen the school prepare for the beginning of Lent. Another big thank you to families that donated pancake supplies for Shrove Tuesday, to those parents that were able to cook them on the morning, and to the students that brought money to eat them! The school raised $324.00, which will be donated to Caritas, a Catholic aid agency.
On Wednesday 5th March we celebrated Ash Wednesday which marked the beginning of the season of Lent. A big thank you for all the parents who joined us for our gathering! The students did a great job (as did Fr. Karel), considering it was our first formal Mass for the year. Lent is the special season in the Church year which lasts for forty days and leads us to Easter. Lent is a time of prayer. Lent is a time for reflecting on the way we live our lives. It is a time for saying 'sorry' and asking forgiveness. It is a time when we look to God and do our best to live as God wants us to live, as we ready our hearts for Easter.
Traditionally, Catholics of a certain age are expected to prepare for Easter during Lent by engaging in prayer, fasting and almsgiving. These last 2 practices involve not eating meat on Ash Wednesday or Good Friday, and giving up a much liked food (usually chocolate), and money saved from refraining would be donated to charity.
The students received ashes on their foreheads in the sign of a cross. This sign was a reminder to follow Jesus and turn their hearts to God. Rather than encourage the kids to give something up physically, we encourage that Lent is a time for examining our hearts and being willing to make changes by being better people. It is simply being thankful for what you have, and trying to 'be more'. We encourage you to talk about this with your child over the following 6 weeks.
Leadership Day 2014
Senior Captains & Vice Captains
The 2014 fundraising calendar kicks off with our annual golf day. A date has not yet been confirmed but if anyone has anything to contribute e.g. prize donation, a helping hand or useful knowledge it would be appreciated!
Our P & F meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 7pm in the school library. All welcome!