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  1. Holy Spirit in Action

    February 2, 2017 by gmccarthy

    Pollinate wins new investment towards lighting up Indian slums with solar

    By Sophie Vorrath on 8 September 2016

    Pollinate Energy, the award-winning Australian-founded social enterprise that is bringing solar power to the slums of India, has won new financial backing, with an investment from boutique fund Pangaea Impact Investments.

    Pollinate, which last year notched up its 10,000th slum dwelling switched from dangerous and polluting kerosene lamps to solar lighting, has been working in India since it was founded in 2012 by six young Australians.

    The group’s innovative ‘Pollinator’ model, enables India’s urban poor to access solar energy, through an affordable weekly payment plan. After approximately 5 weeks of payments households own a solar lamp outright, guaranteed for 5 years.

    The UN award-winning start-up also acts as a catalyst for the development of other social enterprises in Australia, through its International Fellowships (for University students and Professionals) program.

    Pangaea – which focuses its investments on focuses on social enterprises seeking innovative solutions to humanitarian problems – said on Wednesday that it chosen to invest in Pollinate to support its “remarkable and multi-faceted” work, with benefits ranging from environmental to health and economic empowerment.

    “This investment is critical in assisting Pollinate to scale our in-country resources that will further drive the long-term sustainability of the company,” said Pollinate co-founder and COO, Alexie Seller.

    “Pangaea was an obvious choice for us. It is clear that we share a common mission in trying to build successful social enterprises and seed the next generation of social entrepreneurs.”

  2. Advent calendars

    October 28, 2013 by mmurnane

    Today in RE, we are making advent calendars. You can work in pairs to create an advent calendar using powerpoint. The instructions for creating it in powerpoint, are listed below. The alternative is to create a powerpoint, using some of the ideas listed here.


    • Open powerpoint
    • INSERT
    • SHAPES
    • Select whichever shape you would like for your calendar boxes
    • You need to be mathematical now. You have to RESIZE YOUR SHAPE so that you can create a 5×5 grid which fills the slide eg 25 shapes
    • RIGHT MOUSE CLICK on each of the 25 shapes individually, and CHANGE THE COLOUR
    • RIGHT MOUSE CLICK and type the numbers 1 – 25 on each shape
    • Select an image from clip art and drag it onto one of the boxes.
    • Resize the clip art so that it will fit underneath the shape
    • The clip art will now be sitting on top of the shape
    • Either – Click on the shape (this can be tricky separating the shape from the clip art. Make sure you have the shape outlined)
    • FORMAT
    • OR click on the image, format picture – send to the back
    • ANIMATIONS – select a custom animation for your shape so that when you click on it, it moves aside to reveal your clip art.
    • Select animations from the “exit’ selections
    •  Do this in numerical order eg 1 – 25. You can preview the animation by clicking on PREVIEW which is on the far left side of the tool bar, underneath file
    • Remember to save your powerpoint to your folder.
    • Begin your powerpoint, but before clicking on the shapes, take a screen shot PRT SC
    • Copy and paste this into PAINT and save into your folders
    • Begin your powerpoint again, but this time click all the boxes so that your slide just contains the clip art images

  3. Confirmation

    June 24, 2013 by mmurnane

    Georgia with Father Linh and Bishop Vincent – after Confirmation yesterday.

    The fabulous choir which sang so beautifully at Confirmation on Sunday

    Huge congratulations to the 50 St Therese students and their parents, who celebrated their Confirmation at a special mass yesterday afternoon. Congratulations also, to the 9 students from Anglesea, who also participated in the sacrament of Confirmation.

    Thanks to Mr Dando and Mr Hynes, who prepared our students so thoroughly, in the weeks leading up to this special day in the lives of our students, their families and the parish community.

    Congratulations to the students who presented themselves most respectfully and knowledgeably, to Father Linh, Bishop Vincent and the parish community.

    A big congratulations also, to year 5 students Megheena, Matilda, Leah, Genevieve, Ava, Ella J, Siobhan, Hayley who provided some beautiful vocals to our celebration, accompanied with vocals, piano and guitar, by Jess Chisolm  and Mr Hindson. This choir provided the perfect musical background to what was a perfect day. Thanks also to the parents of these year 5 students, who brought them along to the mass.


  4. Confirmation Prayer Gathering

    June 21, 2013 by mmurnane

    Confirmation Prayer Gathering on PhotoPeach

    Thanks to the 1/2 team for the very thoughtful and beautifully prepared gathering this morning in the hall. This show of prayerful support was much appreciated by the year 6 candidates and their teachers.

    A huge thank you as well, to Mr Hynes and Mr Dando, who have been working so competently and thoroughly all term, in preparing the year 6 candidates. Congratulations to the year 6 students, who have responded in a mature and respectful way, to the preparation.

    Sunday will be a fitting celebration for all the hard work and effort which has been invested in these outstanding year 6 students.


  5. Lent

    February 21, 2013 by mmurnane

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