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Weekly Reminders

End of Year Celebrations – Looking Forward to 2024

Vision, Mission, Values

Vision

St Emilie’s Catholic Primary School promotes life-long learning, in a safe and nurturing environment. We build upon the example of Jesus, using the Fruits of the Holy Spirit, to ‘Grow in Grace’.

Mission

Our mission is to inspire, nurture and support children to grow, as confident and capable learners and as authentic Christian people, relating to an ever changing world.

Values

We respect ourselves and each other
We strive for excellence
We build well-being
We create a safe environment

From The Principal

Dear Families,

It is hard to believe that this is the final edition of the Weekly Reminders for 2023. What a year it has been ‘Growing in Grace’ at St Emilie’s.

This morning’s Thanksgiving Mass was a beautiful occasion. Having our community come together for the final time this year was very special. Thank you to the parents and carers who came along to give thanks and also to say goodbye to our Year Six children, the children and families leaving our community and to Mrs Dobson, Mrs Landers and Miss Williams on their final day here at the school. We wish all of these people all the very best. They will always be a part of the St Emilie’s story.

The last few weeks have been very busy with the usual end of year preparations in full swing. Amidst the busyness, there have been some beautiful reminders of what brings our staff to school each and every day. That is, to be with your children and provide them with the best Catholic education we possibly can.

This week, the Weekly Reminders is a celebration of all things that have happened in the last few weeks of school. Please enjoy the photos below of some of the wonderful memories.

To conclude for the year, I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of the staff here at St Emilie’s to wish you all a very happy and Holy Christmas. We look forward to welcoming you all back to school in 2024.

Lego League

Tomorrow, seven children from year Five and Year Six will travel to Curtin University to participate in the state finals of the Lego League competition. This is the first year that our school has been a part of this competition and to make it to the state finals is amazing. Go St Emilie’s!

Black shoes for the start of 2024

A reminder that the School Uniform Procedure at St Emilie’s states that children must wear full black shoes only i.e. no logo or other colours. Coming to the end of the year, we understand when shoes start to come apart due to a year’s use or, that children may have outgrown their shoes.

At the commencement of the 2024 school year, we ask that all children have black school shoes in line with the uniform requirements at the school

Semester Two Reports

Semester Two Reports were sent home yesterday for all children in Pre Primary to Year Six using SEQTA Engage. A quick information guide to assist with reading the reports was also emailed home to parents and carers to assist with understanding what the reports are saying. I would strongly advise that you read this guide to get the most from your child’s report.

Concert Photos

Photos from the School Christmas and Edu-Dance Concert will be shared with families next week via SeeSaw for parents and carers.

2024 Class Lists

A reminder that 2024 Class Lists will be shared with the community on Thursday 15 December 2023.

First Day of School 2024

A reminder that the first day of school for children will be on Wednesday 31 January 2024.

Thank you,

Chris Burns

Principal

2024 Staff List

School Fees Reminder

Outstanding school fees account statements will be coming home this term. Unpaid school fees are now overdue. If you do not have a payment plan (Direct Debit/Credit Card/BPay) in place, please contact Gillian Norris or Amy Andrews on 9256 9696.

NOW Accepting Kindy Enrolments for 2025

We are now accepting enrolments for Kindy 2025. If you have a child who will be going into Kindy in 2025 (born between 1 July 2020 to 30 June 2021), please ensure you submit an Enrolment Form application to the office. An application for enrolment can be collected from the front office or by visiting the School Website.

Key Calendar Dates

Term One 2024

Saturday 27th January – Enrolment Forms for all Sacraments available from Church

Week One

Monday 29th January – Pupil Free Day

Tuesday 30th January – Pupil Free Day

Wednesday 31st January – Term One commences for students

Wednesday 31st January – Parent Information Evening – 5pm to 5.30pm (classroom),

5.40pm to 6pm (whole school) & 6.10pm to 6.40pm (classroom)

Saturday 3rd February – 6pm Sacramental Commitment Mass

Sunday 4th February – 7.30am, 9.30am & 5pm – Sacramental Commitment Masses

Week Two

Wednesday 7th February – 3.20pm – Staff Meeting

Saturday 10th February – 6pm Sacramental Commitment Mass

Sunday 11th February – 7.30am, 9.30am & 5pm – Sacramental Commitment Masses

Week Three

Wednesday 14th February – 9am – Ash Wednesday Mass – to be confirmed

Friday 16th February – Year Six Leadership Day

Friday 16th February – 5pm to 7.30pm – Family Picnic

Week Four

Wednesday 21st February – 5pm Annual Community Meeting

Friday 23rd February – 8.45m Year Six Assembly

Week Five

Tuesday 27th February – School Photo Day One

Wednesday 28th February – School Photo Day Two

Wednesday 28th February–3.20pm Staff Meeting

Friday 1st March – Pupil Free Day

Week Six

Monday 4th March – Labor Day Public Holiday

2024 Term Dates

Term 1:

Wednesday 31st January to Thursday 28th March

Term 2:

Monday 15th April to Friday 28th June

Term 3:

Monday 15th July to Friday 20th September

Term 4:

Monday 7th October to Friday 6th December

P & F News

Parent Circle

Fruit of the Holy Spirit

For most people, patience can be difficult in certain circumstances. Whether it’s waiting in a doctor’s office past your appointment time, sitting in traffic or trying to get the kids to do their chores, patience is sometimes hard to come by.

During these recent times, our days can be long, hard and incredibly stressful. When we’re exhausted or worried, finding patience is probably the last thing on our minds, but it should really be the first. We are told in Psalm 37:7, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him.”

How do we develop patience? How can we cultivate patience in relationships with our loved ones? Patience is waiting with grace and it’s what enables us to live in this demanding world and still have love, joy and peace, and all the other fruits of the Spirit. But, patience is much easier said than done, right? Waiting with patience is difficult, and God knows this. The good news is that you don’t have to wait alone.

Romans 8:26 says, “But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”

Term Four

Weeks Six to Ten = Patience

Week Ten: Stay Calm Under Pressure

Attendance

Leaving early

1. While we understand it is difficult to make specialist appointments outside of school hours, we strongly encourage you to do so where possible.

2. Please ensure you are emailing the class teacher along with admin, if your child is going to be taken out of school early for an appointment.

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