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Weekly Reminders

Term One Week Eight – Commencing Monday 18th March 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,

I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy “Paddy’s Day” for Sunday 17 March. 

Besides being a day to celebrate all things Irish as well as the many Irish roots that so many Australians have, St Patrick’s Day is another terrific opportunity to reflect on the faith and courage of our Catholic Saints and the miraculous things they achieved. Their belief in God even through the most difficult times is something that can inspire us all, just like we know from our very own namesake, St Emilie de Vialar.

We have a large number of Irish families in our community so on behalf of our staff here at the school, we wish you all a terrific St Patrick’s Day. 

The Feast of St Joseph also falls next week on Tuesday 19 March. On this day we stop to remember the earthly father of Jesus and we give thanks for his influence on his son, Jesus Christ. To all of those with a special connection to St Joesph, we too wish you all a lovely Feast of St Joseph. 

Earlier this week, Mr Munro, Mrs Tonkin and I joined leaders from CEWA from across the state at the Leaders Forum. On the morning, Father Eamonn Conway addressed the group and spoke about the need for God in our lives. Father Eamonn spoke about the global epidemic around declining mental health with people globally feeling more connected but also more isolated at the same time. He reflected on the plethora of interventions and assistance for those who are feeling lost or alone at present and shone the light on the missing ingredient which, is a connection to faith that is often so reassuring for us in times of trouble.

As human beings, we inevitably have times which are difficult. This is what makes us human. I encourage you to not lose sight of the fact that God is with you at these times. There is always hope that after Good Friday will always be an Easter Sunday.

Holy Week Tableau 
Holy Week is fast approaching with next Sunday 24 March being Palm Sunday. Our Year Five children are currently in the process of preparing the Holy Week Tableau which will be shared with our community on Thursday 28 March. I would like to take this opportunity to invite all members of our community to join the children and staff for the Holy Week Tableau. 

Gannon Day
This Tuesday 19 March, is a special day for all of those children and staff in Gannon House. Information has been shared with the children in Gannon House about what they need to know for the day. Each child from Year One to Year Six is asked to bring in a donation for the day which will be used to make up care packs to go to local people in need. Please see the list below of the items required. Please remember that the items need to fit in quite small boxes so nothing too big please! Please deliver the items to the Learning Hub.  

Year One – Toothbrush and toothpaste
Year Two – Small toy under $5
Year Three – Clothing eg, pair of socks, a packet of underwear for a primary school-aged child
Year Four – Stationery eg, packet of textas, colouring book
Year Five – Shaving cream and shaver
Year Six – Toiletry item eg, a bar of soap, shampoo, facecloth, body wash 

Children in Gannon House are asked to wear their faction shirts on the day and the children in Gannon will join together for lunch to share an icy pole. 

New Staff Profiles
Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing Staff Profiles for staff who are new to St Emilie’s in 2024. This week we share with you the profile of Sarika Srivastava. We welcome Sarika to our community. 

Two Way Interviews
It has been terrific catching up with various parents and carers around the school who are coming in and out for Two Way Interviews. Two Way Interviews will run for the entirety of this week. The meetings are an essential part of our Reporting to Parents Procedure here at school and all parents and carers should book a meeting to celebrate their child’s successes, as well as set goals for the remainder of the semester. This strengthens our school and home partnership.

At present, time is tight for our Class Teachers given that their non-teaching time is being spent in interviews with parents and carers. I would ask parents and carers to continue to exercise patience if contact with your child’s Class Teacher is a little bit more delayed than usual. 

I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our Class Teachers for the time spent in preparing these meetings to ensure that parents and carers are kept informed about their child’s growth. 

2024 NAPLAN Online 
NAPLAN for 2024 is up and away with our children being timetabled to complete NAPLAN Writing, Reading and Language Conventions. At St Emilie’s, the children participating in NAPLAN are divided up into small groups with staff who assist in setting up, logging on and with assistance during the assessment. The aim of this higher ratio of staff, is to assist with calming any nerves and anxieties that are taking place for the children. 

Thank you must go in particular to Mr Munro, Mrs Yock and Mrs Green for their preparation of the assessments. 

 If your child has been participating in NAPLAN this week, I would strongly advocate for a weekend where they can slow down, take time for themselves and enjoy being a kid! We are proud of their efforts.

Children in Year Three and Year Five will be participating in the NAPLAN Numeracy assessment next week.

URSTRONG Parent Information Session
Last week we had a vibrant and fun day, full of every shade of green.  We thank the community for your support and arranging for your child to come dressed in green for our URSTRONG Launch day.  Our theme the day was centered around one of the core concepts of URSTRONG; the green zone of the ‘Friend-o-Meter’ and ‘Healthy Friendships’ keywords Fun, Happy, Trust and Respect. 

This week, you received an email with a Registration Link to attend our up-and-coming URSTRONG Workshop.  A huge part of the philosophy and science behind the program is that as a URSTRONG community, we are united in a common language.  This workshop will give you insight into the language and skills that are being taught at school and we urge you to take the time to participate in the session.

On Thursday 21 March at 6:00pm Dana Kerford, Founder of URSTRONG, will teach you and your children skills + language to foster healthy, feel-good friendships.
Registration Required: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Interschool Swimming Carnival  
We are very excited to send a team to the Interschool Swimming Carnival this week at Aqualife Centre in East Victoria Park. Our children who are participating on Thursday are very keen and enthusiastic to represent their school at the carnival and should be congratulated on their efforts in preparing including attendance at early morning training. Thank you to Mr Davis, Mrs Chamberlain and Mrs Yock for their help and assistance of our swimmers over the swimming season. 

Year Four Assembly 
A reminder that our Year Four children will be leading assembly on Friday 22 March in the School Hall. All are welcome to attend. 

Appropriate Language at School 
Last year I shared news with parents and carers about instances of inappropriate language being used at school. I was really pleased with the subsequent response from our community and I know of many conversations that occurred at home to address this observation. 

I would once again like to place this concern in front of our community to ensure that we have a united voice about what is appropriate language for use at school. Over the last two weeks, I have been informed of a few instances of inappropriate language being used at school. This will not be accepted at St Emilie’s. 

From my experience, some of the language that children are picking up and using is from video games, social media, TV Shows and music. I urge parents and carers to be fully informed of what content your child is exposed to at home, especially if they have older siblings or family and to please discuss what language is appropriate at school as well as at home too. 

When we all speak with the same voice, our message for our children becomes all the more powerful. 

Defibrillator – Thank you St Emilie’s P & F
A huge thank you to our school P & F for their generous donation of a new defibrillator for our school. Our school currently has a defibrillator that is reaching end of life and so, the decision has been made to purchase a new defibrillator for the children and also for the community. 

The defibrillator will be placed on the external wall outside Administration which means it can be accessed by school staff if required, as well as the general public. The defibrillator will become live on the St John’s app when registered, meaning it can be used for the wider community in case of emergency. 

Drop off at school before 8:30am – Children in Undercover Area
School duty of care for the start of the day commences at 8:20am. If your child is dropped to school before 8:30am, I would remind parents and carers that children must head straight to drop their bags at their classroom and then move to the Undercover Area. The rules in the Undercover Area are that the children are sitting and not running around playing around the school. This is not only to ensure their safety, but also to promote a readiness for learning in line with our ‘Soft Landing for Learning’ here at St Emilie’s. This ensures a calm start to the morning teaching and learning block.

I would ask that parents and carers of children who drop children to school before 8:30am reinforce these expectations at home.

Please share the good news stories
I would ask that parents and carers continue to share their good news stories with the school of our children doing amazing things outside of school. These good news stories are great to share at our assemblies after lunch on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. I would ask that any good news stories be sent to stemiliesadmin@cewa.edu.au. 

Our children consistently make us proud at this school every day. It is important that their achievements, growth and effort are shared! 

Parent Circle
Our last session for Parent Circle will take place this Thursday 21 March. Please come along for morning tea and a chance for any younger children to have a play. 

Please note in your diary that on Thursday 9 May, we have organised a visitor from Ngala to come into our school to speak with parents and carers about what they can offer for families.

I know there are a lot of new born babies in our community as well as expecting mothers and fathers and this visit would be something that I highly recommend your attendance.

Are you prepared for winter uniform?
While only last week we were sweating with some very warm temperatures, the cooler months will sneak up on us all in no time. It is important that if you have not thought about purchasing winter uniforms from Image Embroidery our school uniform provider, that you do so. At present, Image Embroidery have informed the school that there is adequate stock for winter. 

Commbank Teacher Awards 
Nominations are now open for the Commbank Teaching Awards. If you would like to nominate one of our wonderful staff for the awards, please visit here.

Striving for Work Life Balance at St Emilie’s and a Right to Disconnect
The staff at St Emilie’s are a very dedicated and committed group of professionals. The staff at our school show the utmost diligence in providing for the children they care for each day. Recently, there have been some changes to the working conditions for teachers and their workloads outside of working hours.

Below is some information that is important for you to know in relation to the these new legislated changes for our teachers as part of their updated employment conditions.

As has always been the case at St Emilie’s and is indicated in the Parent Handbook, unless a matter is urgent, it is reasonable to expect up to a 48 hour turnaround time in response to emails from school staff. In most cases, teachers are unable to respond during the school day because they’re teaching for the majority of the time and have a legal duty of care over the children in their class.

Teachers also have the right to disconnect from 4.00pm each day until 8:15am the following day as per the new changes. Along with this, teachers have the right to disconnect on weekends and won’t respond to any emails on Saturday or Sunday. Part-time staff are not required to respond to any form of communication on their non-working days.

Underpinning this change is the acknowledgement that our staff at St Emilie’s have lives outside of school also. Many staff are parents, family members and friends to their loved ones and it is important that after work hours, they have the right to fulfil these roles without interruption in line with the expectations placed upon other professionals.

At St Emilie’s, we are blessed to have such a supportive parent body and I know that you will continue to support our staff by keeping these changes in mind when communicating with them.

Chris Burns

Principal

New Staff in the Spotlight

Mrs Sarika Srivastava

  1. Name
    Sarika Srivastava
  2. Role @ St Emilie’s in 2024?
    Education Assistant
  3. Favourite part about being a staff member @ St Emilie’s so far?
    I felt very welcomed and the staff are very helpful.
  4. Favourite Pastime/Hobby?
    Yoga, listening to Hindi songs and preparing resources for a Community Language School.
  5. Favourite Food?
    All Indian food
  6. Favourite Holiday Spot?
    My favourite holiday spot is anywhere away from the crowd and a place where I can relax with my friends.
  7. Favourite Sport/Team?
    Badminton
  8. What Are You Most Looking Forward to in the Year Ahead at St Emilie’s in 2024?
    Getting to know children better, building relationships with my colleagues and supporting children in different areas of their learning.

Enrolments

IMPORTANT - Calling All Sibling Enrolments NOW

Interviews for Kindy students 2025, will begin next Term, it is imperative that we have any enrolment forms for Siblings that may be due to begin Kindy next year. Please ensure you have submitted the enrolment for your child as soon as possible.

An application for enrolment can be collected from Administration or by visiting the School Website.

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 Administration.

URSTRONG

Creating a Culture of Kindness

We have been asking you to SAVE the date… well here it is!!!!!!

LOOK OUT FOR THE LINK IN YOUR INBOX.

Your official invitation to our URSTRONG ONLINE Language of Friendship parent-child workshop for CEWA’s URSTRONG Schools on Thursday 21 March at 6:00pm.

URSTRONG’s whole-school friendship strategy has improved the social climate in schools around the world, connecting over a million kids, parents, and teachers with a common language of friendship. We are proud to be a URSTRONG School in partnership with CEWA, empowering your children with friendship skills through their award-winning Friendology curriculum.

On Thursday 21 March at 6:00pm Dana Kerford, Founder of URSTRONG, will teach you and your children skills + language to foster healthy, feel-good friendships.

We believe that empowering our students with these skills will create a culture of kindness at our school and we hope you can attend.
We are looking forward to seeing you all online and love that we can bring together our Friendship Ninjas (& their families) on this night!

Be sure that you sign up for your FREE Membership with URSTRONG.

  • Activate your FREE Parent Membership and explore all the resources available to your family.
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Key Calendar Dates

Term One 2024

Parents are encouraged to subscribe to our Calendar on our Website for the most up-to-date Calendar events.  Below is a list of important events for the first five weeks of Term One.

Week Eight
Monday 18 March – Parent/Teacher Interviews Continue
Monday 18th March – Year Three & Five NAPLAN –  Numeracy

Tuesday 19th March – Feast of St Joseph–Gannon House Day
Tuesday 19th March – Interschool Swimming Training
Tuesday 19th March – Year Three & Five NAPLAN –  Make Up Sessions

Wednesday 20th March – Year Three & Five NAPLAN –  Make Up Sessions
Wednesday 20th March – 6pm Advisory Council Meeting

Thursday 21st March – Interschool Swimming
Thursday 21st March – URSTRONG Parent Information Session

Friday 22nd March – Year Four Assembly
Friday 22nd March – Parent Teacher Interviews End

Week Nine
Monday 25th March to Wednesday 27th March – Year Six Camp

Wednesday 27th March – Staff Meeting

Thursday 28th March – 8.45am Easter Tableau, Year Five
Thursday 28th March – 3pm Term One Concludes

Friday 29th March – Good Friday

Term Two

Week One
Monday 15th April – Term Two Begins

Wednesday 17th April – Staff Meeting

Friday 19th April – Harmony Day Dress Up Day

Week Two
Monday 22nd April – Year Six Interschool Cricket Carnival

Wednesday 24th April – Staff Meeting

Thursday 25th April – Anzac Day Public Holiday

Friday 26th April – Pupil Free Day

Week Three
Monday 29th April – Pupil Free Day

Tuesday 30th April – Kindy 2025 Interviews Begin

Wednesday 1st May- 8.45am P&F Meeting
Wednesday 1st May – Staff Meeting

Friday 3rd May – Eagles Cup Game One vs Salvado Catholic College

P & F News

Easter Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser

Thank you for supporting our P&F Easter Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser. ORDERS have now closed.

Your buns will be delivered to school on Friday 22nd March and will be given to your eldest child to take home.

Thank you for your support!

Parent Circle

Parent Circle will once again be offered at St Emilie’s in 2024. Parent Circle is a chance for families to gather on-site on Thursdays.

Our last Parent Circle for Term One is next Thursday, March 21st. We look forward to seeing you there.

Fruit of the Holy Spirit

Joy

The second fruit of the Spirit is joy. The word ‘joy’ appears nearly 200 times in the Bible, which helps us understand just how important this second sweet fruit of the Spirit really is. Joy is a condition of the heart.

People often confuse joy with happiness, but they are not interchangeable. Joy is from within, regardless of what is going on around you. Happiness can be a blurred emotion, dependent on a situation. Joyful people make a commitment to gratitude regardless of the circumstances.

In Greek, the word for joy is ‘chara.’ This describes a feeling of inner gladness, delight or rejoicing. This inner gladness leads to a cheerful heart and a cheerful heart leads to cheerful behavior.

The most important attribute of joy is that you can find joy in adversity. This can be a difficult idea to grasp, because joy might be the last thing we are feeling when facing struggles. God knows our sorrows, heartaches and fears and He calls us to rejoice anyway. He wants us to live a life full of joy and promise.

Particularly in these difficult times we are facing during the worldwide pandemic, it may seem difficult to be joyful. Our lives have changed, and we are facing adversity that is unprecedented. Certainly, many of us are not happy. But, joy is an internal experience, and even through our own unhappy circumstances, we can find joy in the midst of the storm with our faith in God.

Term One

JOY
Week Eight:
There is Great Joy in Giving

Week Nine: Don’t Let Anything Take Your JOY

TERM TWO

Weeks One to Three = Gentleness

Week One: Be Sensitive to the needs and Feelings of Others
Week Two: Express Your Feelings Gently
Week Three: I am Grateful

Weeks Four to Six = Peacefulness

Week Four: Be Peace-filled
Week Five:  Cooperate With Others
Week Six: Find Ways To Work It Out

English as a Second Language

Keyed Up Music

St Emilie’s partners with Key Up Music to offer after school Music lessons.

Keyed Up Music will be teaching guitar, keyboard, voice, violin, and drum lessons after school. Please head to the Keyed Up Music Tab on our Website for more information.

Attendance

Attendance Procedures

When your child/ren are absent from school please either email the teacher firstname.surname@cewa.edu.au and stemiliesadmin@cewa.edu.au
or

Use the Absentee Form on our Website.

It is a legal requirement for parents to contact the
School regarding any student absences. Parents should email the teacher and include admin by 9.00am on the day of the absence with the following information:

  • Full name of student
  • Year group
  • Reason for absence and expected length of absence
  • Your name and relationship to the student
  • Parents are required to inform the school if the absence is expected to be extended.

Absentee Long Term

It is a requirement for parents to complete the Leave of Absence Notification Form when taking planned extended holidays during the term.

Parents are required to return the below form to Administration prior to the absence.

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.

Parent Reading

This week under the Parent Reading heading, we have included an article titled, ‘The Science Behind Raising Readers’ by Dr Justin Coulson. Reading is life-changing. A child’s curiosity is insatiable, and reading is the buffet that never ends. It is both a passport and time machine – taking readers to new countries, imaginary worlds, across the galaxy, to the distant past or forward to strange futures. Learning to read is good. Learning to love reading is magical.

OSHC Newsletter

Wider Community

Ngala Parenting Line – funded by the WA state Government

The Parenting Line offers free telephone advice and support to parents and carers of children up to 18 years of age throughout Western Australia

Our team of qualified and friendly staff are on hand to offer information, strategies, reassurance and encouragement. They help parents and other professionals find the appropriate organisation or service to meet their need.

Hours of operation are 8am to 8pm, every day.  The Parenting Line operates as a Call-back service.

Ways to Contact the Parenting Line:

By Telephone:  08 9368 9368 or 1800 111 546 leave a message with Switchboard or on the Answer machine.

By Website www.ngala.com.au fill in the online form.