Bushy School

Bushy School inspired by the Saints

A bubbly atmosphere was apparent as a group of Bushy Schoolers drawn from Te Anau, Tuatapere, Tokanui, Invercargill, Riversdale and Balfour gathered on Sunday 6 November at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Gore. The day of faith and fun activities centred on the theme of ‘Saints and Inspiring People’ challenged the students to not only think about people they admire in their own communities and internationally, but also to consider how saints of the church were inspired through the Holy Spirit to persevere when life was difficult.

The children participated in Prayer and Scripture activities and also made a delightful saint-medal necklace to take home. Many of the saint medals referred to individual projects the children had completed to present at the gathering.

As well as sharing in a fine lunch supplied from Rosmini House, St Peter’s College, the children and student helpers from the College participated keenly in a variety of tabloid relay games which reinforced in a fun way that we do encounter challenges in everyday life.

Parent interests were ably covered by Katrina van de Water’s portrayal of Suzanne Aubert’s Journey Towards Sainthood and a Forum reviewing five years of Bushy School.

Notable thanks for their contribution towards another successful day must go to the willing adult leaders and Yr 11 student helpers from St Peter’s College. Further information and photos can be found on-line at http://www.cdd.org.nz/bushy-school/ or contact Susan Rowley at [email protected]

Religious Education at Home

A great resource to use at home is the Family Whanau Book. This is available online by clicking here or on the little image below.

This book is usually used along side a school Religious Education Program but can be most helpful for those learning about their Catholic faith at home.  It is divided into school year groups so you can choose the year for your child or children and look at that material. In term 4 schools will be looking at the Communion of Saints Strand, week 4 will be All Saints and All Souls in the Liturgical Year Strand, then back to Communion of Saints and in week 7 The liturgical Year for Advent and Christmas. Hope this is helpful to you.

Bushy School Delights Again contributed 

by Susan Rowley

A joy-filled gathering of young rural people and their families took place in Gore on Sunday 8 November. The theme for the day was ‘Jesus is the True Son of God’, investigating the divine nature of Jesus, and complementing the day on Jesus’ human nature earlier in the year. Having missed our July Bushy School due to heavy snow conditions, the children seemed eager to catch up on old friends as well as making new ones. From fascinating puzzle activities and quiet prayer time, to crafted candles and dramatized scripture, the children were kept captivated by leaders drawn from Gore, Balclutha and Oamaru who blended learning and fun most admirably. Due to senior exams, we were ably assisted by Year 10 students from St Peter’s College, some of whom were previous Bushy Schoolers willing to give back of their time encouraging the children and leading a whole group games session. Parents enjoyed time with David Vincent of Gore who discussed prayer-time in family life, encouraging parents to read two minutes of scripture each day and looking to find a special time where families could enjoy undistracted prayer time, like waiting for the school bus. Katrina van de Water, Diocesan Catholic Education Office Advisor, opened the Scripture of John’s Gospel to share aspects of Jesus’ divinity with parents in a session which developed into lively conversation. Buoyed by the spirit of the day, and uplifted by the closing Mass in the St Peter’s College Chapel, travellers departed looking forward to meeting again in 2016. The April and June 2016 Bushy Schools will investigate the strand ‘Communion of Saints’ which also covers ‘inspiring people’. New families are most welcome to join us.   

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What Families are saying about Bushy School

The Weller Family… 
My name is Bernadette Weller and my 3 daughters and I have all attended the Bushy School Days over the past 3 years.  While my oldest daughter is now at St Peters College in Gore, the younger two are still at Riversdale Primary which is a Year 1 to 8. 

Our reasons for attending Bushy School are varied, principally it is to allow the girls access to a religious learning environment around Catholic principles, which they miss out on in a secular school.   

It also gives the girls a sense of belonging to a community. While we are lucky in Riversdale that there are other Catholic families with similar aged children, generally the Catholic population in the country areas are older,  often elderly and so a day set aside for just families helps reinforce that sense of belonging for the younger generation.    

 It helps certainly that we are always treated to delicious food, the kids keenly anticipate the cupcakes and baking and the older St Peter’s students are always there to make things fun.  The day is mixed up with a variety of craft, music and learning sessions and this variety helps keep the varying ages focused. 
I have enjoyed meeting the other families from around Southland, and we always find we have much in common.  

The Dennis Family… 
Hello we are the Dennis family from Te Anau  Dad Brendan, Mum Netty, Katie 9, Jack 7, Gracie 2. 

We love to travel to Gore for our Bushy School Days as we have no Catholic studies in our local area.  
We love to meet other Catholic tamariki.  Having fun with craft, singing and games all while learning about God.  

Senior Craft – Nicolas Roy, Lucy Weller, Denissie Mananese, Juliana Manaese and Andrin Frei display the saint-medal necklaces they made at Bushy School.

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Students at lunch – St Peter’s College Year 11 students Dakoda Conroy, Jacob Dickie, Daniel Hart, Marion Frei, Charlotte Cuttance and Hannah Weller take time out with Kyle Msajo, back left.