The Train of Life

Some folks ride the train of life looking out the rear, w atching miles of life roll by and marking every year. They sit in sad remembrance, of wasted days gone by, and curse their life for what it was, and hanging their head and cry.

But I don't concern myself with that I took a different vent. I look forward to what life holds, and not what has been spent. So strap me to the engine, as securely as I can be. I want to be out in the front, to see what I can see.

I want to feel the winds of change, blowing in my face, I want to see what life unfolds, As I move from place to place. I want to see what's coming up, not looking at the past.

Life's too short for yesterdays, it moves along too fast. So if the ride gets bumpy, while you are looking back. Go up front, and you may find, Your life has jumped the track.

It's alright to remember, that's part of history, But up front's where it's happening, There's so much mystery.

The enjoyment of living, is not where we have been, It's looking ever forward, to another year and ten. It's searching all the byways,

Never should you refrain, For if you want to live your life, You've gotta drive the Train.

Dear Parents and Carers

Our term has rapidly come to a close. It has been a very busy term with Enrolment Masses for the Sacraments, the Commitment Mass for Eucharist being celebrated and students being involved in the swimming carnival and Easter celebrations. Many thanks go to our staff for their professionalism in the way they have organized the learning for our students around these events during the term. Congratulations to Cassandra Sutton who was Baptized on Easter Saturday. We welcome her into our Catholic Community. Our prayers and thoughts are also with the staff member whose child is seriously ill at the moment.

We are celebrating a whole school Mass next Tuesday at 11:00am in the School Hall. All are invited to attend. I would like to thank the students and families involved in the Stations of the Cross during Lent. Your commitment to this important Parish occasion was very much appreciated. Many thanks must go to Mrs Woodgate for coordinating the event. In the absence of Mr Rijs thanks also go to Miss Whyte for supervising the swimming training before school.

Thank you to the many families who returned the Quality Catholic School Survey. Your input will contribute greatly to the improved quality of schooling at Orana.

We wish Mrs DiLena a wonderful break as she will be taking long service leave in Term 2. I am sure she will have some wonderful tales to tell of her travels on her return. Her replacement will be announced in the next newsletter.

3-Year-Old Kindergarten Enrolments 2014

Kindergarten enrolments are now being accepted at the School Office. Application forms can be obtained by phoning the School Office on 9457 4907. Children born between 1 July 2010 and 31 June 2011 are eligible for 3-Year-Old Kindergarten 2014.

Parent Flyer

The attached parent flyer from Michael Grose contains advice on teaching your child to be "Persistent".

Fees

I would remind families about their responsibility in regard to payment of school fees. There are a number of fees still outstanding. If there are concerns in dealing with payments please come and speak to me so as alternative arrangements can be made.

School Board

There will be a School Board Meeting for Board members on Thursday 18 April in the staffroom at 7:00pm.

P&F

There will be a P&F meeting on Monday 8 April at 7:00pm in the school staffroom. Parents and carers are encouraged to attend.

Allen McMahon / Principal