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Weekly Reminders

Term One Week Five – Commencing Monday 26th February 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,

Can you believe that we are at the halfway mark of Term One!

It only feels like yesterday that we were gearing up for another exciting year and before you know it, we are at the halfway point.  Term One this year is a short term however, it has been action packed. 

Our wonderful Year Six leaders who had their Leadership Retreat last week with 24/7 Ministry had their first opportunity to share their fantastic leadership with our community this morning. It has been so pleasing to see these children stepping up and leading by example at school this year. 

The quality of the leadership displayed by the senior class in any school is pivotal in setting a positive and calming tone across the school. Although this is a great responsibility for children of such a young age, our Year Sixes also relish the opportunity to lead. So, to parents and carers of our Year Six children, we thank you for your support and guidance in ensuring that our school leaders continue to lead to the level they are. 

Today’s Year Six Assembly was also a very special occasion given that this will be the children’s last assembly before their Graduation Assembly. Another milestone for these children. 

Project Compassion
As Lent continues on we remind our families about Project Compassion. Almsgiving is a foundation of our faith as a Catholic community during Lent and we would encourage you to continue to fundraise for this life changing initiative facilitated by Caritas. 

For further information, please visit https://www.caritas.org.au/project-compassion/ 

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 Mrs Sandra Leavy and we welcome Sandra to our community. 

2023 St. Emilie’s Catholic Primary School Annual Community Meeting (ACM)
On Wednesday night, our community gathered for our 2023 Annual Community Meeting. The night was a celebration of the collective community effort that goes into ensuring that our school can continue to provide a quality Catholic education to our children. Thank you to Craig Bishop, Jain Chow, Pam Lawrence and Gill Norris who all presented reports on the evening. Thank you also to Father Jean-Noel who led us in prayer.

School Advisory Council
At the 2023 Annual Community Meeting, members for the 2024 School Advisory Council were elected. This year, the following people will be continuing on the council.

Melinda Curren
Nicole Grima
Beau Jose
Stefanie Malelo
Rebecca Tennet 

We would also like to extend a very warm welcome to Leah Bishop and Christopher Day who were elected to join the council on Wednesday night.

Swimming Trials
On Monday, a number of Year Four to Six students who nominated for the House Swimming Trials will travel to Riverton Leisureplex. These trials will determine our Interschool Swimming team. Thank you to Mr Davis for organising these trials and to the staff that will join the students on Monday at the Trials.

School Photos
MSP Photography will be taking our school photos next week on Tuesday 27th of February and Wednesday the 28th February. Class and individual photos for Kindy, Pre-Primary, Year Four and Year Five will be on Tuesday. Class and individual photos for Year One, Year Two, Year Three and Year Six will be on Wednesday. Family photos are taken each morning before school in the School Hall.

Uniform Reminder – Formal Shorts
Our children have made a fantastic start to the year with their uniform standards.  However, it is noticeable that some children are wearing sports shorts every day of the week. On days when your child is not wearing their House top or Yellow School Sports top, they must be wearing their formal school shorts/skorts. 

P & F News – Call for Year Reps
Year Reps for 2024 are nearly finalised, however, we still require one more Year Three Class Rep. If you are interested, you are asked to please email myself at chris.burns@cewa.edu.au. Year Reps are an important part of our School P & F structure and it would be great to have two Year Reps across all year levels. 

I am pleased to share that Ateka Fakhruddin has been confirmed as one of the Year Reps for Year Three. Thank you Ateka. 

Harmony Week 2024
At St Emilie’s we have a wonderfully diverse community with so many nations of the world represented in this place. Harmony Week is a terrific way to highlight our diversity and celebrate our uniqueness and our togetherness at the same time. 

On the Term Planner, we had originally planned for Harmony Week to take place in Week Eight. Given the short nature of the term, so much is already packed in to Week Eight.  To ensure that Harmony Week, receives the attention it deserves, it has been moved to the first week of Term Two with children having the opportunity to dress up in their cultural dress or wear the colour orange on Friday 19 April and the children receiving an icy pole on this day kindly donated the School P&F. 

St Emilie’s Footy Tipping
An exciting new footy tipping competition led by the St Emilie’s P & F will take place in 2024! For further information and details on how to register, please see below.

Children Walking to School
A number of children from St Emilie’s walk or ride to and from school each day. It has been reported that some of our children are taking risks on the road which, is a concern. If your child walks to and from school, I would strongly encourage you to speak with them about road safety and perhaps do a trial run of their journey to school. Please remember that if your child walks to and from school parents and carers are required to complete a form so that we are aware of this arrangement at school. 

Parent Circle
This week we had our first session of Parent Circle and it was terrific to welcome some new faces to the group. The next Parent Circle time will take place on Thursday 7 March where Mrs Tonkin will drop by for a cuppa to speak all about URSTRONG. 

Friday 1 March Pupil Free Day (Vision for Learning)
A reminder that this Friday 1 March is a Pupil Free Day for children. Pupil Free Days are an important opportunity for our staff to come together with our children on site for Professional Learning.

On Friday, staff will gather together for a day which will focus on developing a school Vision for Learning. This day will be led by Mrs Harvey, and we thank Mrs Harvey and her team for their efforts in ensuring the day is a success.

Sustainability Donations
In 2024, as per our Catholic School Improvement Plan, our school is embarking on some work around sustainability to ensure that our community becomes increasingly aware of our impact on the world around us. This work is based on the Laudato Si Encyclical which was written by Pope Francis. This focus will be primarily led by Mrs Aroozoo with Mrs Soulsby also heavily involved through Science lessons. 

If you have any unwanted sustainability items that are lying around at home such as compost bins, worm farms, garden beds, wheelie bins or any other items you feel may be useful, please contact the school as we may have a use for them here. 

Student Residential Address Collection
On Thursday an email was sent to all families to indicate that our school was undertaking a collection of student residential addresses. Please have a read of the information contained here and contact the school for further information. 

Ms Harris is going to ‘Stay Up All Night’ for Sick Kids
This weekend our very own Ms Harris will be ‘Staying Up All Night’ for sick kids. We are proud of Ms Harris and her teams efforts to walk through the night for a good cause. If you would like to donate, please find the link below. 

https://www.upallnight.org.au/fundraisers/krisharris 

Chris Burns

Principal

New Staff in the Spotlight

Mrs Sandra Leavy

  1. Name
    Sandra Emilia Leavy
  2. Role @ St Emilie’s in 2024?
    Year Two Teacher
  3. Favourite part about being a staff member @ St Emilie’s so far?
    I am enjoying the welcoming atmosphere and the beautiful outdoor environment.
  4. Favourite Pastime/Hobby?
    Gardening, going to the beach, travelling.
  5. Favourite Food?
    Pizza and Gnocchi
  6. Favourite Holiday Spot?
    Italy
  7. Favourite Sport/Team?
    Fremantle Marlins Water Polo Team
  8. What Are You Most Looking Forward to in the Year Ahead at St Emilie’s in 2024?
    Building positive relationships with my Year Two class and meeting the St Emilie’s community.

URSTRONG

Creating a Culture of Kindness

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 and are committed to empowering your children with friendship skills.

You are invited to take advantage of a FREE Parent Membership to access hundreds of resources – including an 8 session video series. This will allow you to learn the same language & strategies being taught in the classroom through the Friendology 101 curriculum. We hope that, as a URSTRONG Family, you will reinforce the important messages of empowerment, self-compassion, & kindness at home.

As a next step, we would recommend:

    • Click here to view an overview of URSTRONG.
    • Activate your FREE Parent Membership and explore all the resources available to your family.
    • Explore the hundreds of resources available to you!

We believe that empowering our students with these skills will create a culture of kindness at our school and we hope that, together, we can support your children to have healthy, feel-good friendships.

SAVE THE DATE Parent Information Session is Week Eight, Thursday March 21st.  The session is designed to be a child-parent workshop and is online.  Details will follow.

Enrolments

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 Administration or by visiting the School Website.

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 Five
Monday 26th February – House Swimming Trials: Year Four to Six selected students

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   YAY WEEK
Monday 4 March – LABOUR DAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Wednesday 6 March – Golf Clinics

Week Seven
Monday 11th March – Parent/Teacher Interviews Begin

Tuesday 12th March – Interschool Swimming Training
Tuesday 12th March – 1.20pm – 2.50pm Year Six Parent – Session Becoming a Man/Woman

Wednesday 13th March – 8.45am P&F Meeting
Wednesday 13th March – Year Three & Five NAPLAN –  Writing
Wednesday 13th March – Golf Clinics
Wednesday 13th March – Kindy Speech Screening Begins

Thursday 14th March – Year Three & Five NAPLAN – Reading

Friday 15th March – Year Three & Five  NAPLAN – Language Conventions

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 – Year Three Excursion
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

P & F News

St Emilie's Footy Tipping

🏉 Get ready for the ultimate school footy fun! 🎉 Join our community Footy Tipping Competition for your chance to score big and help the school! 🌟 Half of the joining fee directly supports our fundraising, while the rest boosts the stakes for the top three places after the home and away season.

To join the game:

1.    Book here to pay your joining fee. https://www.trybooking.com/CPFGK

2.    Keep an eye on your email for the exclusive footy tipping site registration link.
3.    Dive into the excitement, make your picks and aim for that top spot!Let the banter begin, have a blast with friends and let’s turn our footy fever into fantastic funds for our school!

REMINDER: To be eligible for the prize pool, it is important to ensure that you have paid the joining fee AND are officially registered.

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 the Thursdays indicated on the below flyer to meet and connect with others and on occasion, be provided with information on various topics. 

Fruit of the Holy Spirit

Kindness

True kindness is taught to us in Ephesians 4:31-32, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each another, just as in Christ God forgave you.”

But, what is kindness? It begins with caring, being tenderhearted and compassionate. The Greek word for ‘kind’ is chrestos—meaning ‘useful.’ This means that kindness involves action. Truly kind people will actively look for opportunities to show kindness.

Whether it’s paying for someone’s coffee at the drive-through behind them or writing a note of encouragement to a friend, kindness requires action. Of course, action can also include words—words of encouragement, comfort, courtesy and compliments can be heartwarming acts of kindness.

Jesus Christ practiced kindness that was considered radical for that time and culture. His kindness often extended to the people that were not treated well, including the sick, poor and social outcasts. He healed them, prayed with them and fed them.

Just like Jesus, we should practice kindness, even something as small as a smile at a passing stranger. We should continue to ripen our fruit of kindness in the footsteps of Jesus, who personified the greatest example of kindness.

Term One

Five = Kindness

Week Five: Empathy Is Understanding the Feelings of Others

Weeks Six to Nine = Joy

Week Six: See The Good in Every Situation

Week Seven: Find Beauty in Everyday Things

Week Eight: There is Great Joy in Giving

Week Nine: Don’t Let Anything Take Your JOY

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, ‘Low Effort, High Pay-off Parenting’ by Dr Justin Coulson. We don’t need to parent harder. We need to parent smarter. By balancing efficiency and effectiveness, we can be the best parents we can be, without burning ourselves out in the process.

OSHC Newsletter

Wider Community