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.
COMMENCEMENT AND COMMISSIONING MASS
Our first whole-school Mass for the year was celebrated on Thursday 4th February in the Church. Our Commencement and Commissioning Mass was an opportunity to pray together as a school community for the year ahead and it was a particularly special celebration for our elected School Leaders who received their badges and were officially inducted into their roles. These students have since been busy in their roles organising the weekly assemblies. It was wonderful to see so many families and Parishioners come along to support our incoming leaders for 2021 and join us afterwards for morning tea.
SHROVE TUESDAY AND ASH WEDNESDAY
On Tuesday, our lovely teaching staff provided pancakes for their classes to celebrate Shrove Tuesday (aka Pancake Day). This follows the tradition where people used up all of the fats in the house that they would go without until Easter. Any excuse for indulging in some delicious pancakes sounds good to me if I do say so myself!
Yesterday, Ash Wednesday, marked a significant event in the Catholic Church, as it signifies the beginning of our Lenten period. Fr Matthew, our newly appointed Parish Priest joined us once again to preside over our whole school and Parish Mass for Ash Wednesday. Ashes are a symbol of penance and they help us develop a spirit of humility and sacrifice. 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 40 days of Lent, the 40 days Jesus spent in the desert before beginning his public ministry, invites us to slow down, to think deeply and listen to our hearts.
During Lent we tell Jesus 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, respectfully and giving generously to those less fortunate than us where possible. During Lent, Caritas Australia (a charity organisation that helps people in need) asks us to give generously 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 set for the 19th March to minimise expenses to our families.