23 Nov, 2017
With Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to reflect on the reason for the season!
It’s a time when our community comes together to focus our thoughts, prayers and attention to those less fortunate than us, especially at this time of year when Christmas can be the most challenging and confronting time for many. It can be a time of struggle and hardship.
With this in mind, it’s a time of giving hope to many and ensuring Christmas is a time of family joy and happiness. During the upcoming weeks, a number of opportunities are available for the St Michael’s community to ‘give a little’, which will make such a huge difference to many. Read on to see how your family can get involved.
Let’s strive to make every child have a happy Christmas this year.
Mr Murray Phyland
Head of Community Service (K–12)
This year, St Michael’s is proudly assisting with the Oxfam Christmas Tree appeal. On Saturday 2 December, 300 Christmas trees will be at St George’s Church car park ready for delivery or pick up by the St Kilda community. St Michael’s families can order online here.
When you buy an Oxfam Christmas tree, it means we can provide for vulnerable families in Timor-Leste with vegetable seeds and young trees so they can grow their own nutritious food to eat and sell.
We are proud to again support Anglicare with their 2017 Christmas Toy and Food Appeal. By donating to Anglicare Victoria’s Toy and Food Appeal, you ensure that every child and young person in our care receives a gift this Christmas. As the state’s largest provider of out-of-home care services for disadvantaged Victorians, Anglicare ensures that children and young people can access safe environments.
Donated gifts/toys/vouchers and non-perishable food can be left at Coleman Reception (Years 7-9) or Marlton reception (K-6), or you may like to bring a gift and place it under the tree during the Family Christmas Service on 6 December.
Please note: All gifts are to be brand new and unwrapped. Food items are to be non-perishable. Please don’t forget to consider gifts or gift vouchers for teenagers.
Our Year 6 students in Sacred Stories have been focusing on ‘thinking of others’ by creating Coffee Coasters for the homeless that visit the Pay a Sack forward Coffee shop in St Kilda. These coasters have a personalised message to brighten the day of those who visit the store. Families are invited to donate a $5 note, which will enable those in need to receive a ‘Sack’ that includes toothpaste, toothbrush, soap, shampoo, conditioner and deodorant. Pay-a-sack forward tins for donations are located at Dolly’s Cafe.
Our Year 2 students are making gift tags for Christmas to sell to the St Michael’s community. Each personalised tag costs 50c or you can purchase five for $2.00. The students are very proud of their handmade designs and all money raised will be donated to Anglicare to support their Christmas appeal. Christmas tags can be purchased at either Coleman or Marlton reception.
Our Year 6 students have been busy creating Christmas placemats for the annual Christmas lunch at the Sacred Heart Mission. On Christmas Day, Sacred Heart Mission serves around 400 meals to homeless members of the St Kilda community. The students placemats create an atmosphere of joy on Christmas day. For the local residents experiencing homelessness, Christmas can be distressing and act as a reminder of an uncertain future. Each $20 donation feeds five people, and recently through our St Michael’s Community Action Day, the School raised and donated $2400 to the Sacred Heart Mission. Thank you all for your generosity.
SAVE THE DATE: Family Christmas Service (K–12)
When: Wednesday 6 December
Venue: All Saints Church
This Family Christmas Service is for all to attend to embrace the Christmas Spirit and re-live the Nativity story through the eyes of our Year 1 students. Join in the Carols, enjoy the story, come together as a community and encourage your child to place a gift under the 2017 Anglicare Christmas Tree to make a difference for others.