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St Teresa's Ravenshoe is a Catholic primary school catering for boys and girls from Prep to Year 7. At 920 metres above sea level, Ravenshoe is Queensland's highest town and is situated 147 kms south west of Cairns. It is surrounded by World Heritage listed rainforest and boasts distinctly beautiful wildlife, birds and many tourist attractions.
St Teresa's has an enrolment of 140 students and a staff of 17. The school was established in 1950 by the Sisters of Mercy and despite the absence of the Sisters in the school, the charism of the Mercy order remains an integral part of daily life.
Our school was named in honour of St Therese of Lisieux; known universally as The Little Flower hence the rose in our logo. Our motto; Knowledge, Love and Truth informs and underpins all that we aspire to achieve.
We welcome you to our school community and look forward to the journey that we will take together; a journey characterised by respect, dignity, hard work and excellence and guided by the person of Jesus Christ.
I invite you to browse our website so that you can learn more about our wonderful school; St Teresa's.
Catherine McKechnie (Principal)
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CHOIR ON TOUR
On Tuesday 19th November, we took our thirty choristers to the Carinya Home for the aged in Atherton to sing our selection of new and traditional carols. We then journeyed to the Herberton hospital and with experience behind them and great acoustics; the children were simply awesome. Thank you so much to the wonderful parents who assisted with the transport and to the ever reliable Mrs Smith for her help.
On Thursday 21st, we walked across to the Respite Centre and did more of the same. Now, we almost have the Tablelands covered.
TRANSITION TO HIGH SCHOOL
2014 will be the last year of primary schooling for our present 5/6 students. We need to ensure that we are true to the dreams and aspirations of these students and their fami-lies and so we have scheduled a meeting on Monday November 25 to discuss our plans. We have completed the CES audit for the transition process, have thought long and hard about 2014 and given the extra support from CES, we will be able to deliver what we thought (back in May) was just a dream. We have invited the families of the relevant students to the meeting, but you are all wel-come to attend if you wish.
THANK YOU PRAYER & MORNING TEA
On Friday November 29, we would like to invite anyone who has assisted in the school in any way this year, to a short thank you prayer ritual followed by morning tea. Details will follow shortly. On that night, we will be holding the end of year celebration. We have booked a DJ for the dance. The fun will commence at 6pm and conclude at 8pm. Again, more details will follow as the date comes closer.
ADVENT SEASON AND FINAL WEEKS
Term four in schools is traditionally very busy, filled with graduations, exams and rites-of-passage. Sometimes teaching about the Church's liturgical seasons of Advent and Christmas can be lost or even omitted as Advent only really begins in the last week of the term. Without context, the rich spiritual traditions of these important seasons can quickly become secularised and commercialised. Our approach to the Advent season this year will be a short prayer ritual each morning to light our Advent candles on the wreath and within classes the teachers will teach about the season of Christmas.
As the year ends I would also like to remind everybody about the importance of Advent and the symbols used during this season. The liturgical colour for Advent, as for Lent, is purple. This connects the church environment with the natural world as the mauve of jacaranda and agapanthus dominates many Australian gardens at this time of year.
The circle of the Advent wreath, without a beginning or an end, symbolises God’s unending love for us and reminds us of eternity. The evergreen leaves represented growth and hopes of eternal life. The symbol of evergreens is rather lost in our part of the world, so Australian gum leaves, nuts and flowers are sometimes substituted.
The four Advent candles mark the four weeks before Christmas, with one more candle lit each Sunday during the season. Traditionally three candles are purple with the candle for the third, or ―Gaudete‖, Sunday being rose. As we will not be at school during the four weeks, we will light a candle each day during our last week of school.
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