It has been a joy to start 2023 with the whole school gathered in St Margaret’s Chapel to worship together.
It has been wonderful to have the opportunity to gather as a whole school this year, which was not possible in early 2022 due to ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. We have made the most of it and broken bread together during Holy Communion, inducted our School Captains and House Captains and commenced our academic year with symbols representing our school values of wonder, courage, respect and service. We have also began to explore our Project RISE enduring qualities of resilience, collaboration, critical thinking, problem solving, empathy and responsible citizenship. The students enjoyed the Chapel Choir teaching them a new song, ‘Let it Rise’ that encompasses the values of Project RISE. Separate to the whole school, Reception and Year 1 to Year 2 students had a special service in week 5 learning about what happens in Chapel, further from singing, praising, praying and listening to bible stories.
Term 1 Worship and Celebrations
Earlier in the term the school celebrated the season of Lent. It began with Shrove Tuesday where students and staff enjoyed pancakes, thanks to the PFA. This was followed by Ash Wednesday to which students had the opportunity to have an ash cross (from previous years palm crosses) drawn on their hand or forehead. Lent finishes with Holy Week later in the term. The Chapel Choir will present the Easter story over two weeks in song and in a play and we will also be celebrating St Peter.
Student Led Chapel
Throughout 2023 each year level will present a Chapel service to the whole of the school. We encourage parents, grandparents and special friends to join our Chapel services, both at year level led services and during our regular services. It is always wonderful to have the community in attendance to worship together and show support to those students practicing their public speaking and leadership skills.
St Peter’s Glenelg Anglican Church
Rev’d Andrew and Rev’d Michele split their time between being the school’s Chaplains and running St Peter’s Church in Glenelg. The school is so fortunate to have this relationship with the church; it allows the community to extend theirs and their child’s faith outside the school should they wish to do so. The church holds a Sunday service every week at 10am, with a family focused service aimed especially at children on the first Sunday of every month. A Playgroup is held in the community centre of the church Wednesday 10-11.30am during school term for children aged 0 to 5 years old. Rev’d Andrew and his wife Jo lead the singing most weeks at playgroup.
During school term, Rev’d Michele leads the Youth Group once a month for students 10 years and older. If your child would like to join the group, Rev’d Michele may even organise one of her infamous ice cream crawls down Jetty Road. For more information about St Peter’s Church talk to Rev’d Andrew or Rev’d Michele or go to www.glenelganglican.org.au