Life at Our Lady Queen of Peace has been very busy, and the children have been engaged, in many learning activities. As an educator, it is so heartening to see and hear how the children are engaged in their learning, especially being more active in their learning and gaining a greater understanding of its purpose and how they can be successful. The teachers have been working very hard in making connections in learning for the children and it is an exciting time of learning for all the children.
Whilst I was walking through the classes and school yard this week, students from Year 1/2 excitedly showed me their charade role play card (part of their Literacy programme) which they were practising for their classmates. I had a conversation with Year 3/4 boys who discussed their strategies on how they were going to support Junior Primary students develop their skills playing football on the oval. Other students were still reminiscing about our Science Incursion and wanting to learn the recipe for making Elephant Toothpaste! Ask your children what this is all about – it was a spectacular scene at the Science Show! This week we celebrate World Day of Prayer for Creation. This day is set aside each year and began with Pope Francis’ encyclical on Laudato Si. We shared this short video with our students this week.
As parents and educators, we know what each child wants from their world – to be happy, safe and secure, have opportunities provided to just be a child with all that entails, and engage in experiences that validate their place in the world.
There are some beautiful words from St Augustine, which helps us to reflect on the importance of knowing God’s love for both ourselves and how, we in turn, can love others:
“God loves each of us as if there were only one of us.”
“What does love look like? It has the hands to help others.
It has the feet to hasten to the poor and needy.
It has eyes to see the misery and want.
It has the ears to hear the sighs and sorrows of men.
That is what love looks like.”