The following letter has been sent to you from Dr Tim McDonald, the Director of Catholic Education here in WA. This letter communicates Catholic Education’s commitment to providing education to children in detention on Christmas Island. He highlights this as a moral obligation and reminds us that a basic education is a fundamental human right and in keeping with the Church’s long tradition of supporting the poor and marginalised.
I would urge you all to please make the time to read this letter and to keep all those involved in your thoughts and prayers.
Regards, Tania Thuijs
Letter to Parents re Christmas Island
Reading Your Child’s Report by Michael Grose
Each Semester at the end of Term 2 and Term 4 Student Reports are sent home.
Here at St Emilie’s we aim to help children to understand that reports are neither something to be feared …
or something to get overly excited about …
We explain to children that the report certainly gives some valuable information about their learning progress however we also reinforce that this isn’t ‘the whole picture’ and that learning improvement takes ongoing time, persistence, patience, practise, a positive attitude, effort and more!
Parents are asked to read the Michael Grose article above as it has some pearls of wisdom about keeping school reports in perspective and some advice as to how to support your child when it comes to report reading time.
We ask that you also read the note below which simply explains the newest version of the A-E GRADE DESCRIPTORS for all primary schools in WA.
Letter to Parents – School Report 2014
Quiz Night tables are now filled – many thanks to all those families who have supported the evening by gathering family and friends to come along – really fabulous support for our school! We hope everyone will have a really great night!
Please be reminded that Monday the 2nd June is a Public Holiday (WA Day) and Tuesday 3rd June is a Pupil Free Day (Staff Professional Development Day – Indigenous Cultural Immersion Day)
Please spread the word that the new school website is now our GO TO space for the whole school community to stay well informed of what is happening at St Emilie’s. New posts are being placed here each day so please check regularly. Our new free school app for your phone is nearly ready to go – this will alert you when a new message has been added and link you directly to the website.
It was so lovely to see so many PP families come along for a picnic and a playdate on Friday – thank you staff and families -special times become special memories that children will once again store away for a lifetime!
Hope you all have a wonderful long weekend everyone
Tania, Anne and Stuart
St Emilie’s has a new Scientist in Schools partner called Mr Chris Sayer!
Mr Sayer is a retired Mechanical Engineer who has agreed to come and work with some of our extension science students in science and maths. For maths buffs, he will be talking Fibonacci numbers and the golden ratio theory and in science we are looking into compressive forces and explore how a structure supports a load.