Month: March 2015

A message from Sr Catherine

Dear Parents,

The Great Gift of Parenthood

Children are their parents’ guests. They come into the space that has been created for them, stay for a while-fifteen, twenty or twenty-five years – and leave again to create their own space. Although parents speak about “our son’’ and ‘’our daughter’’, their children are not their property. In many ways children are strangers. Parents have to come to know them, discover their strengths and their weaknesses, and guide them to maturity, allowing them to make their own decisions.

Taken from an extract from Henri Nouwen Society.

Children are God’s greatest gift to us all so let us guide them with faith, hope and much love.

The term is quickly passing by and we are already in the Season of Lent preparing for the wonderful feast of Easter. As we prepare for Easter and do our little ‘penances’ we think of the children within our school who are preparing to receive the Sacraments of Penance, Eucharist and Confirmation.

If your child/children are receiving one of the Sacraments it is important that you enrol them in your local Parish. The children do not need to attend the Parish Sacramental lessons as they have Religious Education lessons daily. There is no need either for them to attend the Parish retreat as retreats are held at school for each Sacramental Program.

Please remember in your prayers Sisters Albeus Fahey and Joan Burns who passed away recently, both sisters had a strong relationship with Iona Presentation Primary. Sister Albeus was responsible for the purchase of the land and the building of Iona Primary. Sr. Joan taught here in the Primary for a number of years.

In Term Two I will conduct the Seasons for Growth Program. This program is for children who have suffered significant loss in their lives. Information regarding the Seasons of Growth Program is available from the office.  If you are interesting in enrolling your child/children please fill in the form and return to me. The cost of the program is $ 25. This covers the cost of the books and materials the children need to use.

Servers for Mass

If your daughter would like to serve at class and school Masses please ask her to see me or Mrs Anderson. Children only commence serving after they have received their First Holy Communion.

I wish you all a restful break and every blessing for a happy and Holy Easter.

Every blessing,

Sister Catherine

Our first Skype of the year – with Japan!


Last Thursday, the Year 2 classes at Iona PS connected with a Grade 1 class at Nakatonbetsu Shogakko, an elementary school in Hokkaido, Japan, which one of their classmates attended on exchange last year.

The Japanese children performed a dance, shared some traditional Japanese instruments, and sang their school song. In exchange, our Year 2 students asked some questions, admired the snow outside the Japanese classroom’s window, and sang a song for their new friends on the other side of the world!

We’d like to sincerely thank Mrs B, one of our wonderful parents, for organising and live translating the exchange, and patiently helping us to overcome the language barrier, technical hurdles, and the challenge of connecting across time-zones!



Classroom Blogging – Parent Guide (#ionapsict)

Over the past week, Iona PS classroom blogs have come online, offering parents, community members, and the wider world an insight into the amazing teaching and learning activities at our school.

It has been wonderful to read our classes’ first posts, and to see our first comments from parents, teachers, and students from the Iona community, and from around the world.

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Finding Your Child’s Class Blog

To access your child’s classroom blog, please use the links on the “Class Blogs” menu above.

Kindergarten and PrePrimary blogs are private, and parents should have received the password via their child’s classroom teacher. Years 1-6 blogs are shared publicly, enabling our students to reach an authentic global audience.

Keeping in Touch

In order to keep in touch with posts on the Admin blog (this one), and your child’s class blog, we would strongly encourage parents to subscribe by email, using the subscription widget on the blog sidebar. It takes about 2 minutes to set up, and you will receive an automatic email notification when a new post is published.

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Comments from parents, family, and around the world help bring our classroom blogs to life, and help teach our students that they are publishing for an authentic real-world audience.

When commenting on blog posts, we would appreciate it if parents and relatives leave comments under their first name, especially if they refer to a child mentioned in the post. For example, you might comment as Jenny (Laura’s Mum), rather than Jenny Smith (Laura’s Mum). This will help us protect the privacy of students mentioned / featured on classroom blog posts.

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Need more information?

Each class blog has a copy of the Iona PS Blogging Guidelines, and a Parent Information page on their main menu. If you have any further questions, please contact Ms Walsh, the Principal.

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Harvey MacKay wrote – “Time is free, but it’s priceless. You can’t own it, but you can use it. You can’t keep it, but you can spend it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.”

You can take many things from MacKay’s quote but in this season of Lent it’s the ideal time to focus on the 40 day journey with a plan to come in from the wilderness!  We always think we have enough time to do the things we plan to, but more often than not, this isn’t the case.  Lent is a time of spiritual renewal, sacrifice and prayer. Rather than focussing on the “giving up” I encourage you to consider what you can take up.  There’s still time to make a change, no matter how small – to do something.  To change one’s heart requires a different approach and perhaps more time than the Lenten period however, we have 40 days to consider how we might achieve this in our lives and the lives of others. Lent should be about learning to love again and breaking down the barriers of indifference to the suffering and plight of others.

St Patrick’s Day

Next Tuesday, March 17 is St Patrick’s Day.  This is a wonderful Community celebration with the College.  All our familes are welcome to attend.  Please click here for further information.


Attention Parents: Scholastic Book Orders can now be paid and ordered on the new Loop System. All orders will come to the school and theLibrary will deliver to your child’s classroom. Please go to if you have any queries or come into the library if you need any help.

Thank you for your support with the Scholastic Book Orders as every purchase goes into new resources for the School and Library.


The Blogs across all classrooms are taking shape with most available now to Parents and the rest coming online in the next few days.  The students have really enjoyed the opportunity to showcase their work.  If you haven’t had the chance to check to visit the blogs I would encourage you to do so.  Our blogs have received some interesting comments from around the world.  If you would like any information on our blogging policies please see the information available for all parents which is attached to the classroom blogs.

Lunch Orders

The lunch order menu has been tweaked again in response to student need.  Some items were removed as they haven’t been ordered.  Please click here for the latest menu.