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Faces of Project Compassion – Third Week of Lent
We are now in the third week of Lent with the Project Compassion story of Oliva, a 22-year-old woman from Tanzania.  She did not have the opportunity to go to school and was embarrassed that she was unable to read, write or count.  As an adult, her business was losing money because she could not add up her money and give the right change to customers.

Then Oliva enrolled in Caritas Australia’s literacy and numeracy classes.  She also set up a home classroom to teach her neighbours for free, because they were too shy to attend larger classes.

Oliva has now graduated, attendance at her classes is growing, her kiosk is thriving and she is helping her children with their homework. She aims to become a pastor and run for leadership in the next local election - to help her community to ‘Be More.’

Approximately 260 million children do not have the chance to go to school.

Catholic Social Teaching

As our whole school theme for 2021 is centred on Catholic Social Teaching, the teaching staff have engaged in some learning about this topic and teachers are currently working with their classes helping them to understand the principles.   Teachers have made a plan of action as to how students can engage with some of these principles.  These principles cover all spheres of life - the economic, political, personal and spiritual.  The principles are inspired by the writings of the Pope and other Catholic leaders about social issues.  Catholic Social Teaching reflects the signs of the times through scripture and assesses the social realities in the light of the gospel. 

With the season of Lent surrounding us, the Catholic Social Teaching principles truly underpin our work with Caritas Australia through Project Compassion.  We will help raise funds this Friday, 12th March during our Coin Day organised by the SRC.

Diary Dates



Time, Celebration & Hosting Year Level



12 March


9am Mass


No family members to attend.

Project Compassion Coin Day – please bring some coins for donation.



19 March

9am Assembly


Year 1RW family members (2 per student) are welcome to attend.


26 March

9am Mass


Year 3R family members (2 per student) are welcome to attend.


2 April



9 April

9am Assembly


Reception PB family members (2 per student) are welcome to attend.

**Please note that family attendance to these celebrations will be limited due to COVID density restrictions.

Ecological Sustainability

Please remember that we are a Nude Food school, and any packaging will be sent home including those bought at the Canteen.  Our first Go Green Challenge is to try and make our lunch boxes wrapper free and to make sure that any waste is put in the correct bins.  Over the coming weeks, the Garbage Heroes will visit classrooms to talk about using the bins correctly.

Nude Food Recipe –Pizza Muffins (taken from Wipe out Waste website)


2 English muffins

2 tablespoons tomato sauce (or salsa)

Topping: anything you like (i.e. pineapple, capsicum, tomato, ham, olives) and ½ cup grated cheese


1. Preheat oven to 160ºC.

2. Split each muffin in half and spread with tomato sauce.

3. Put on your favourite toppings.

4. Top with grated cheese.

5. Put in oven for 10 minutes or until cheese has melted.

Greenacres Walkerville Parish News

Lent is a time of preparation for the great feast of Easter by giving special attention to prayer, fasting and good deeds as we prepare to celebrate the resurrection of the Lord.

Within our Parish, the following are some of the initiatives that will be offered:

  • Lectio Divina every Monday at 10.00am in St Martin’s Parish Hall, starting on Monday, 15th Feb.
  • Lenten Evening Prayer every Wednesday at 7.00p.m. at St Monica’s Church starting on 24th Feb.
  • Way of the Cross every Friday at 7.00pm at St Martin’s Church starting on 26th Feb.

At Archdiocesan level: A Lenten Reflection Morning- Conversations with Jesus will be held at Holy Cross Monastery, 15 Cross Rd. Glen Ormond, on Saturday, 20th February starting at 9.30am to1.00pm. (Includes morning tea).If interested in participating please ring the Monastery on: 8338 8700.

With God’s blessings

Rose Valenti