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150 Years Celebrations

posted 21 Oct 2018, 12:38 by Michelle Virgona

The excitement is building as we get closer to our 150 years celebration date. On Sunday 28th October the school is expecting 500 special guests and visitors to join us in acknowledging 150 years of Catholic primary school education in Hunters Hill. Please be sure to visit us and be part of this history making event which begins at 10 am with Mass in the school playground. After Mass there will be the special unveiling and blessing of the cross that we now welcome us as we enter each day. Classrooms will be open from 11 am - 12 pm along with some special memorabilia set up in the school hall which is opened from 11 am - 1 pm. 

We look forward to welcoming many Villa families both past and present. 

Welcome Back

posted 21 Oct 2018, 12:34 by Michelle Virgona

Welcome back to Term 4 and to Mr Turner. It was with great excitement and anticipation that we welcomed back Mr Turner after his recovering from illness. At morning assembly, after walking through a guard of honour made be the Year 6 students, Mr Turner thanked the Villa Family for their support over the last five months. 

He has shared this prayer in the latest newsletter as something to reflect on: 

The Bend in the Road
Sometimes we come to life's crossroads
And we view what we think is the end.
But God has a much wider vision
And he know that it's only a bend - 

The road will go on and get smoother
And after we've stopped for a rest, 
The path that lies hidden beyond us 
is often the path that is best. 

So rest and relax and grow stronger, 
Let go and let God share your load
And have faith in the brighter tomorrow - 
You've just come to a bend in the road. 

Author: Helen Steiner Rice

Grandparents Day

posted 26 Sep 2018, 23:27 by Michelle Virgona

Tomorrow we will be celebrating our Grandparents Mass. Thank you in advance to all staff and parents who have worked so hard to ensure that this day is a success. It is forecast to be a lovely day. All families in our community are welcome to join us for Mass in the playground, a special morning tea and a visit through the classrooms. There will also be a special book sale in the Library. We look forward to seeing you then. 

My trip to St Anne's Nursing Home

posted 26 Sep 2018, 23:24 by Michelle Virgona

On Tuesday a few kids from Year 4 went to St Anne's Nursing Home. We showed the elderly our book bags that we made for homework during Book Week. We sang them some songs like St Mary MacKillop, G'day G'day and a little bit of our school song, 'Live, Learn and Shine'. There were a few people that were really interested in me when I was talking about my book bag. It was a lovely day meeting everyone and it was a lovely visit.
By Phoebe (Year 4) 

Dance Fever 2018

posted 26 Sep 2018, 23:22 by Michelle Virgona

Another great night of dancing took place on Thursday 20th September at the Dance Fever Interschool Challenge. Students from Years 3-6 certainly had their dancing shoes on and we were awarded many ribbons. Years 3 and Years 4 won their overall age group and as a school Villa Maria won the total point score. Congratulations to all those students who participated. You were amazing!!!

150th Year of Catholic Education in Hunters Hill

posted 13 Sep 2018, 03:14 by Michelle Virgona

Our celebration of 150 years of Catholic Education in Hunters Hill is being prepared by a diligent group of parents, staff and parishioners. This celebration will be held on Sunday 28th October 2018 at our school. With this newsletter you will find an invitation to our school community to join us for this great celebration which will begin with Mass at 10am in the playground.
A series of displays, performances and events are planned for the day which can be enjoyed by current community members as well as the many alumni who will be in attendance. We look forward to you joining us for this occasion.

Villa Maria Public Speaking Competition

posted 13 Sep 2018, 03:11 by Michelle Virgona

Another wonderful year of Public Speaking has come to a close with the in-school Finals being held on Wednesday 12th September in the School Hall. We are very grateful to Mr John Kennedy who was the adjudicator this year. All of the students spoke with confidence in their prepared and impromptu speeches.

Congratulations to all of the Semi-Finalists! Our Finalists are:
Stage 1: Patrick M (Yr 2)
Stage 2: Maddison S (Yr 4)
Stage 3: Hannah K (Yr 5)

These students will compete at the Cluster Finals for Public Speaking to he held at St Anthony’s Primary School, Marsfield on Monday 17th September. It is due to commence at 4:00pm. Good luck from all at Villa!

Feast Day

posted 13 Sep 2018, 03:06 by Michelle Virgona

On Sunday the Parish celebrated its feast day with an outdoor Mass and morning tea. The Feast of the Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a memorial celebrated in the liturgical calendar of the Catholic Church on 12th September. It was first established in 1683 to commemorate the victory of troops, placed under the protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Battle of Vienna. (The day was also commemorated in Vienna by creating the now world famous “croissant” pastry.)

The feast day is another occasion to celebrate the daily help that Mary continues to give to all of us through the exceptional privileges available to her from God.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou amongst women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now
and at the hour of our death.

Father's Day

posted 30 Aug 2018, 02:49 by Michelle Virgona

Father's Day, a time to thank God for our fathers, father figures and significant makes in our lives. A time to say thank you to dad for all that he does and a time to reflect on what our father means to us. We would like to say thank you to the dad's in our Villa community, for the late nights and early mornings; for all your work around the home; for the great models of behaviour, values and morals that you are; for going out to work; for taking time; and for giving. 

Please join us this Friday at our Father's Day breakfast and prayer assembly. Thank you in advance to the parents who have organised the breakfast and to the Kinder teachers and children for preparing our special prayer. 

Book Week 2018

posted 30 Aug 2018, 02:41 by Michelle Virgona

What a fabulous celebration Villa experienced for Book Week on Friday 24th August. It was terrific to see the children dress up in costumes representing their favourite book characters and the staff dress up as pirates to match the theme of the week, 'Find your Treasure'. The children were also treated to a wonderful presentation by Australian author Tim Harris who entertained the students with his inspiring stories. 

Thank you to the families who took the time to prepare great costumes and to Mrs Johnston for her fantastic organisation of the day. The message to take away is READ... READ...READ!

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