St Teresa's Ravenshoe is a Catholic primary school catering for boys and girls from Prep to Year 6. 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 81 students and a staff of 20.
Our website may be the first point of contact for information about our wonderful school, but there is nothing quite like exploring the real thing. Please contact us and we would be delighted to arrange a time to show you around.
Katie Stafford, our School Counsellor will run an information session on the philosophy underpinning the Friendology Programme which we have adopted this year. This programme sits alongside the Social and Emotional Learning work we do with “Second Steps,” and our School Positive Relationships Plan which is almost complete. Come along and hear about just what is the difference between a “Friendship Fire,” and “Being mean on Purpose.” This will be held on Wednesday, February 26 at 2.15pm in the library.
Once again, we will be running the Sacramental Programme in the school. Children who have been baptized in the Catholic Church and who are in Year 3 and above are eligible. At this stage, we know that Confirmation will be celebrated in the week commencing June 15 and First Communion will be celebrated shortly after. I still need to chat with Father Michael about the timing of Reconciliation. Enrolment forms are available at the office. If you have any queries, please contact Katie or myself.
LENT AND ASH WEDNESDAY
Next week, the liturgical season of Lent begins. This is a period of forty days of fasting, penance and self-reflection for Christians as we prepare for Holy Week and, the joy of Easter. Lent is a time of preparation as we prepare for the most important event of all; Jesus' death and resurrection.
During Lent we tell Jesus that we are sorry for our sins and that we want to be better children of God. We show Jesus we are serious about this through our actions by treating one another kindly and respectfully and giving generously to those less fortunate than us where we possibly can. During Lent, Caritas Australia (a charity that helps people in need) asks people to give money to Project Compassion.
At St Teresa’s, we participate in Caritas Australia’s Project Compassion campaign in Term 2, as we try to keep our fundraising events centred around the Parish Fete in Term One to minimise expenses to our families.
In the church and in all liturgical events during the season, the colour purple is used and you will see the change in the prayer table cloths in the classrooms change from green (ordinary time) to purple.
Tuesday February 25th is celebrated as Shrove Tuesday, also known as Pancake Day. This follows the tradition where people used up all of the fats in the house that they would go without until Easter. A great excuse for indulging in some delicious pancakes for breakfast next Tuesday and if the students are lucky they may even be receiving some in their classes.
This year, Lent begins by observing Ash Wednesday on 26th February. We will celebrate and join together in prayer at our whole school Ash Wednesday liturgy where Deacon Peter will distribute the ashes. Everyone is most welcome to attend the liturgy at 9:00am.
Ashes are a symbol of penance and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice. The ashes are made by burning palm leaves from Palm Sunday the year before and they are blessed by Father Michael. The ashes are then applied to a person's forehead in the form of a cross. Ashes were used hundreds of years ago as a way for people to show that they were sorry and were a sign that they had let the 'fire' of goodness go out inside them.
The ashes remind us to be sorry for the times when we weren’t the very best versions of ourselves and act as a reminder to keep that 'fire' of goodness alive within us.
Lent is our invitation to make a conscious effort to be the best versions of ourselves and I invite the students to complete my Random Acts of Kindness Challenge for the next month or make one together as a family.