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Weekly Reminders

Term One Week Nine – Commencing Monday 25th March 2024

Vision, Mission, Values


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’.


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.


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

From The Principal

So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying out, ‘Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!’ John 12: 12 – 13

Dear Families,

This week, we enter the most sacred period of the liturgical calendar as we enter into Holy Week. Holy Week commences this Sunday as we commemorate Christ’s triumphant return in to Jerusalem.

This year, Lent concludes for us on the same day as Term Two draws to a close on Thursday 28 March which, is also known as Holy Thursday. Holy Thursday is of course followed by Good Friday where we as Catholics commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. 

As we have journeyed throughout this season of Lent, walking with Jesus in a time of great pain is something that I have spoken a lot about with children and families. Walking with Jesus is something that we are all comfortable to do and see it as important and necessary at this time of year. 

To walk with Jesus in his most difficult time inspires and reminds us to walk with those around us who are suffering at present. Have we helped carry the cross for someone during the Lenten period? If someone you know has fallen, once, twice or a third time, how have you helped pick them back up? 

If you haven’t been of service to others during Lent, perhaps Holy Week is the place to start. 

“We cannot all do great things, but we can do small things with great love.” St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta 

Holy Week Tableau 
On Thursday 28 March, our Year Five children are currently in the process of preparing the Holy Week Tableau which will be shared with our community. 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 
Gannon Day on Tuesday was a roaring success. It was fantastic to see St Emilie’s transformed into a sea of orange. A huge thank you must go to the children and families who most generously donated items which are packaged up and will now be sent to assist those in need. 

A special thank you must go to Jillian Ross who gave freely of her own time to visit Woolworths in Southern River and organise a very generous donation of household items for those who are doing it tough. Thank you to Woolworths in Southern River and Jillian for going the extra mile. 

Thank you also to the staff members in Gannon who prepared the children so well. The children led our community in prayer on Tuesday as well as treating the school to the Gannon House chant to the theme of the Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL team song. Very clever! 

Year Four Assembly 
Our Year Fours did an amazing job at their assembly today captivating the audience from the very beginning. Well done, Year Four children and to Miss Fallo and Miss Clune for preparing the children.

Staff Profiles
Over the next few weeks, we will be sharing staff profiles of staff from our school. Now that you have been introduced to our new staff members in 2024, it is our pleasure to reacquaint you with some more familiar faces. This week we share with you the profile of Gill Norris our school Finance Officer.  

URSTRONG Parent Information Session
Thank you to all of those families, that were able to join our FREE online workshop last night.  We are truly blessed that our families want to support the school and their child in the development of Wellbeing. It was amazing to see so many familiar faces, and even better that Dana started the session noting the Exley family’s dancing moves and finished by farewelling the Anthony family by name.  The session gave invaluable insight to our families about the URSTRONG program and how to support your child/ren at home.  The URSTRONG program supports children in developing strategies and skills to develop and maintain healthy friendships (relationships).  For those who were unable to attend, the session was recorded and you will find more information below in the URSTRONG section of the Weekly Reminders.

Interschool Swimming Carnival 
What an amazing effort that was displayed by our Interschool Swimming Team on Thursday at the Interschool Swimming Carnival. The school team was very ably led by our two swimming captains for the year, Cedric and Lucy. Lucy and Cedric were selected due to their positive attitude at swimming training over the last three years hardly missing a training session and encouraging others. 

This year is the very first year that our school has been able to field a child for every event at the swimming carnival. This is a very positive sign to show that swimming is going from strength to strength at St Emilie’s. 

Thank you to the children who competed on Thursday as well as the parents and carers who so happily dropped off and picked up children from training in Riverton. Thank you also Mr Davis, Mrs Chamberlain and Mrs Yock for all of your preparation with the children. 

Two Way Interviews
The Two Way Interview period has now concluded for the term. A massive congratulations must be shared with our entire community given that these interviews had the highest participation rate of any Two Way interview period we have ever had. Well done, everyone! 

2024 School Advisory Council
The St. Emilie’s Catholic Primary School Advisory Council met for the first time in 2024 on Wednesday night to discuss all things St Emilie’s. 

The advisory council is a dedicated group of volunteers from our school community who partner with the School Leadership Team in an advisory capacity. The input of the council is essential in ensuring that the community voice is heard at St Emilie’s and that the expertise that exists in our community is drawn upon in the decision making process. 

In 2024, the School Advisory Council members are: 

Leah Bishop – Chair

Rebecca Tennet – P & F Representative

Chris Day – General Member 

Gill Norris – Ex Officio 

Melinda Curren – Deputy Chair

Nicole Grima – General Member

Chris Burns – Ex Officio

Stuart Muno – Ex Officio 

Stefanie Malelo – Secretary 

Beau Jose – General Member 

Father Jean Noel – Ex Officio

Sara Tonkin – Ex Officio

We look forward to another year of growth at St Emilie’s with our School Advisory Council walking with us. 

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. 

Parent Circle
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. I know there are a lot of newborn babies in our community as well as expecting mothers and this visit would be something that I highly recommend. 

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 off at 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 

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

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.

Harmony Week – Term Two
As shared in previous editions of the Weekly reminders, Harmony Week will be celebrated next term at St Emilie’s. 

Chris Burns


Staff in the Spotlight

Mrs Gillian Norris

  1. Name
    Gillian Norris
  2. Role @ St Emilie’s in 2024?
    Finance Officer
  3. Favourite part about being a staff member @ St Emilie’s?
    My favourite part as a staff member at St Emilie’s is being a part of a big family.
  4. What makes St Emilie’s a great community to be a part of?
    St Emilie’s is a welcoming and caring community and I value being part of it.
  5. Favourite Pastime/Hobby?
    I enjoy painting, music, and dancing.
  6. Favourite Food?
    Curries of course.
  7. Favourite Holiday Spot?
    My favourite holiday spot is Venice and when I can’t get there, I love spending time in the Southwest of WA.
  8. Favourite Sport/Team?
    I enjoy AFL and follow the Richmond Tigers.
  9. What Are You Most Looking Forward to in the Year Ahead at St Emilie’s in 2024?
    Looking forward to 2024 being an exciting year at St Emilie’s, learning new things and working with great people.
  10. What does the school motto ‘Growing in Grace’ mean to you personally?
    To me personally ‘Growing in Grace’ is a great motto and positively impacts every aspect of my life.


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.


Creating a Culture of Kindness

Thank you, once again to those families that were able to join us. We hope parents and carers are feeling like Friendship Coaches, better equipped with strategies & language to reinforce the great work staff are doing in the classroom with our Friendology curriculum. Our students are lucky to go to a beautiful school like ours that truly values social-emotional wellbeing! 😊

The session was recorded for those who wanted to attend but were unable to.  Here are the details for the recording:

Language of Friendship (Parent-Child Workshop) on Thurs 21 March
To view the recording: CLICK HERE
Password: #1Ninjas
Expiry: 29 March

Dana Kerford, Founder of URSTRONG, walked us through vital 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.
It was amazing to see so many online last night and we hope that others will take up the opportunity to watch the recording.

Every family here at St Emilie’s has access to a  FREE Membership with URSTRONG.

  • Activate your FREE Parent Membership and explore all the resources available to your family.
  • Explore the hundreds of resources available to you!

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 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

Tuesday 23rd April – 3pm to 4pm – Homework Club

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

Tuesday 30th April – 3pm to 4pm – Homework Club

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

Friday 3rd May – Year Three Assembly

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

Week Four
Tuesday 7th May – 3pm to 4pm – Homework Club

Wednesday 8th May – 4pm & 5.30pm – Reconciliation Parent/Child Workshops
Wednesday 8th May – 6pm Advisory Council Meeting

Friday 10th May – Year Two Assembly & Mother’s day Morning Tea
Friday 10th May – Eagles Cup Game Two vs St Munchin’s

School Tour

St. Emilie’s Catholic Primary School warmly welcomes prospective parents to an exclusive tour of our school. On Thursday, April 18, we will host two exclusive tours, please select tickets for either the 9.30am or 4pm time slot. Tours will begin at the front of the St Emilie’s School Administration building. Families are asked to share the below information with any families that may be interested in enrolments here at St Emilie’s.  Registration is via the QR code and Eventbrite.

P&F News

Fruit of the Holy Spirit


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

Week Nine: Don’t Let Anything Take Your JOY


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

Weeks Seven to Eleven = Self Control

Week Seven: Stop and Think – How Do My Words and Actions Affect Me & Others
Week Eight: Act Don’t React
Week Nine: Trust Is Something You Earn
Week Ten: I Can Wait
Week Eleven: Finish The Things You Start

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 Procedures

When your child/ren are absent from school please either email the teacher and

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, ‘TDefusing Explosive Children’ by Dr Justin Coulson. A challenging situation presents itself. Capable kids navigate it, often with confidence. If they’re not quite there but believe they can do it, they’ll go for it. But if they’re incompetent, they pull back. Feeling incompetent can lead to withdrawal or explosions. And they don’t do well… because they can’t!

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 fill in the online form.