Friday, June 7, was a special day of celebration at Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School at Carnes Hill. It was the day closest to the Christian festival of Pentecost, falling this year on the following Sunday.
Pentecost is the 50th day after Easter and celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit 50 days after the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
It's the origin of the name of Holy Spirit School and Holy Spirit Church.
The school community celebrated the feast day with a school mass at 9.15am in the parish church that was prayerful and reflective.
Afterwards the Spirit of Friendship Day began, launching the U-R-Strong wellbeing strategy at the school, implemented in all classes from kindergarten through to year 6.
The fruits of the Holy Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, goodness and self-control.GALATIANS 5:22-23
We're excited to help support our students develop and maintain healthy friendships and understand how to put out Friendship Fires, that is, resolve conflict, in a healthy way. We've already begun to see the results of these teachings and we're excited about the friendship journey that we've embarked on.
Professional development was provided to the staff of Holy Spirit School and other school staff of the local cluster of Catholic schools in term one to prepare for this program.
One of the key aspects of U-R-Strong's whole-school strategy is ensuring that teachers and parents share a common language to support our children and so the parents of the school are regularly provided with resource material, including videos and notes, to help them support their children.
On the day, the school looked at friendship in light of the fruits of the Holy Spirit which are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, gentleness, goodness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23).
These qualities, or fruits, are all necessary to develop good-quality friendships.
The afternoon was spent enjoying activities promoting friendship and the qualities of friendship.
Activities included making artistic banners, friendship bracelets, joining one another at the photo booth, making fruit salad, dancing, team sports, working together with Lego and making paper planes.
Pupils visited several teacher-led stalls for these activities which all fostered skills required for happiness and friendship.
The students were very excited in the lead-up to the Spirit of Friendship Day and it was thoroughly enjoyed by pupils and staff, with friendships being fostered, strengthened and nurtured.
The U-R-Strong wellbeing strategy is off to a spirit-filled start at the school.
- School website: sites.google.com/a/syd.catholic.edu.au/hscarneshill.