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Weekly Reminders

Term One Week One – Commencing Wednesday 31st January 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,

On behalf of the staff here at St. Emilies Catholic Primary School, I would like to welcome you all back to the school. 

I hope that this edition of the Weekly Reminders finds you well, that you and your loved ones had a very happy and Holy Christmas and that the break over the Summer with your children has given you plenty of opportunities to make special memories. 

2024 promises to be another terrific year at St Emilie’s where our children continue to ‘Grow in Grace’ with the guidance of families and our amazing school staff here at St Emilie’s. Our staff are very excited to welcome your children back to school on Wednesday 31 January to commence the year. 

To commence our year, I share with you all our school prayer. This is a prayer to St Emilie to guide and inspire us as the year progresses. 

Prayer to St Emilie

St Emilie, our mother and guide,

you were so filled with the love of God,

that you helped others in difficult times.

Please help us to be like you and love others.

Amen.

St Emilie, pray for us.

Sacramental Commitment Masses
Formal preparation commences this weekend for children celebrating Sacraments in 2024. Children who will be celebrating First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion or Confirmation will join with parishioners from the parish over the next two weeks to show their commitment to preparing for the Sacraments in 2024. As the year unfolds, children from St Emilies will prepare for the celebrations and we keep these children, their families and the staff involved in their preparations in our prayers. 

Welcome New Families
It is pleasing to share that we have a large number of new families commencing life at St Emilie’s in 2024. In particular, we welcome our families from Kindy who for many will have children commencing school for the first time. To our new Kindy families, we know that this is an exciting time for you all, however, we also know that dropping your child off to school for the first time brings its own worries too. Please be assured that your child is in good hands and you are most welcome in this place. We have many new faces starting life at St Emilie’s across most year levels. Parents and carers, if you see an unfamiliar face, please make sure you introduce yourself.

Staffing News
I am happy to share two staff appointments with you all since the start of 2024.  The complete Staff List was shared with the community at the end of 2023. 

Ms Kristiina Harris has been appointed as the school’s Digital Technology and Learning Extension Teacher. Ms Harris will teach all children from Year One to Year Six in the subject of Digital Technology as well as assisting with other staff in providing learning extension opportunities for our children. Ms Harris comes to our school with many years of experience in teaching Digital Technology and has some wonderful ideas to continue our school’s momentum in this area. 

We also welcome back Mrs Tiana Matkovich who will join our staff on Thursdays this year teaching in some of our Early Years classrooms. It is fantastic to welcome Mrs Matkovich back to our school and I know that Mrs Matkovich is very excited to commence the year.

Welcome New & Returning Staff
This year, our school welcomes six new staff members to the community here at St Emilies. I would like to formally welcome Ms Amy Dreyer, Ms Kristiina Harris, Mrs Sandra Leavy, Ms Sian Lewis, Mrs Perlis Noviaria and Mrs Sarika Srivastava and wish them all the very best for their journey at St Emilie’s. 

We would also like to welcome back Mrs Louise Armistead and Mrs Tiana Matkovich who rejoin our staff here at the school after being on leave. 

Parent Information Evening
A reminder for all parents and carers that on Wednesday 31 January (first day back for children) we will be hosting our Parent Information Evening. Parent Information Evening is an essential part of the school year where parents and carers have an opportunity to meet the staff who care for their child. It is also an opportunity for parents and carers to hear about the whole school improvement agenda for 2024 as well as some whole school information for the year. The timetable for Wednesday evening is as below: 

  • 5:00pm – 5:30pm Classroom Session One 
  • 5:40pm – 6:00pm Whole School Information and Priorities for 2024 
  • 6:10pm – 6:40pm Classroom Session Two 

Please note that Classroom Session One and Classroom Session Two will be the same presentation which is repeated for families with more than one child at the school

Carpark Procedures
An important reminder that student safety is of the utmost importance here at St Emilie’s. It is important that you familiarise yourself with the carpark and drive-through procedures. Additionally, we highly recommend that you share this information with grandparents/relatives/friends that may collect your child/ren.

St Emilie’s has established a drive-through system to facilitate a safe and efficient means of delivering and collecting children by car without the need to park. A one-way system around the school block has been designed for both morning drop-off and afternoon pickup, to ensure traffic movement is predictable, safe and efficient. All cars must enter via the Amherst Road roundabout entrance.

Please click here to view the procedure and map. Please ensure anyone who is picking up your child/ren at drive-through has a name tag displayed. Contact the office if you need additional name tags. There is also some information below from the City of Gosnells about safer school parking. Please read this information as well.

Uniform
Over the holidays some information was shared with families about preparing their child for school and ensuring that your child’s uniform is in line with the school procedure including shoes, socks and haircut requirements. Information was also shared with the community about some delays in the school uniform stock at our uniform supplier meaning that some items were not available for purchase. We are disappointed that this is the case and would like to apologise for any inconvenience caused. We understand that this may make some children feel anxious. If you are unable to source specific items from our current uniform supplier, we ask you to please call the school to see if we can assist.

As was mentioned previously in the email that was sent to families, at school level we fully understand if your child is not in the correct polo shirt at the commencement of the year. The most important thing is that your child comes to school. If your child does not have the correct uniform, please inform your child’s class teacher via email or through a note. 

I would like to thank the very generous members of our community who contacted the school after we communicated with families about the delay. These families offered uniform donations for those children who did not have the correct uniform. Your kindness and concern for others did not go unnoticed and it was so heart warming to hear from you. Thank you.

On Wednesday, all children will commence school in their School Uniform and teachers will share which days, the students will need to wear Sports and House Uniforms.

School Fees 2024
School Fee Statements for 2024 will be sent to families early this term. At St Emilie’s, we provide many options for families to pay off school fees. Throughout the year if you are finding payments difficult to make, please contact the school to make a confidential appointment to meet with myself. 

A reminder that if you have a Health Care or Pension Card with your child’s name on it to please ensure that the school has an up to date copy of the card to ensure we can pass on the relevant discount. 

Absentees on Website
This year we encourage parents and carers to provide information about absentees for their child via the school website. When you fill out the absentee form on the website, notification comes to both the Administration Office as well as your child’s class teacher. 

Office Closed Tuesday 30 January
Please note that the school office will be closed between 8:00am and 1:00pm on Tuesday 30 January as our whole staff gathers to commence the year. 

Welcome to the World!
Over the holidays, the school received information that two of our staff members had welcomed babies into the world. 

In alphabetical order we would like to welcome to the world baby Beckett Hubbard who was born on 21 January. Beckett is not short of adoring admirers with his older siblings taking good care of him. Mrs Hubbard (nee Thomas) says that Beckett is doing very well. 

We also welcome Ethan McKenzie who was born on 4 January. Mrs McKenzie (nee Hilton) says that Ethan is doing very well and his older brother is having a great time with Ethan.

It is a joy to welcome two new babies to our community. 

Work over the holidays
A huge thank you must go to Mr Munro, Mrs Tonkin, Mr Cogger and our maintenance contractors for the hard work and effort that has gone into improving our school over the holidays. Amongst the many jobs undertaken over the holidays was the completion of two undercover walkways connecting various parts of the school. In the rain or heat of the day, community members can now make their way around the whole school via undercover walkways. 

Extreme Heat
I am sure that you have all seen that the weather forecast between Wednesday and the end of the week is scheduled to be very warm with temperatures at 38 degrees and above until Friday.  

At a school level, during cases of extreme weather such as these, our Extreme Weather Procedures are put in place to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all children, staff and parents. 

At school this week, children will stay inside at lunch time during the heat of the day to ensure they stay cool. Physical Education lessons will be modified to avoid the heat. 

In order to best support your child at home during the week with the warm weather we ask that you continue to send your child with a full drink bottle to school as well as their school hat and sun cream. Please also be mindful as to what you place in your child’s lunch box this week as some food items do not cope well in the heat. In the car park, we continue to ask for your patience and consideration as we endeavour to get children into cars as quickly as possible after school. 

Parenting Article
This week under the Parent Reading heading, we have included an article titled, ‘Riding the Waves’ by Dr Justin Coulson. Unhealthy anxiety is embedded in our culture. But it doesn’t have to be embedded in yours. Or your child’s. Let go of control. Recentre, rebalance, rethink, and recreate. And trust that things will work out. They almost always do.

Thank you,

Chris Burns

Principal

URSTRONG

Creating a Culture of Kindness

Research shows that relationships are the heart of wellbeing & learning. When we get friendships right in schools, children flourish!

In 2023, staff engaged in professional learning and training in the URSTRONG program and 2024 sees us officially embarking on our URSTRONG journey as a community.

URSTRONG provides teachers with a friendship skills curriculum, Friendology 101, that helps kids establish and maintain healthy relationships, manage conflict with kindness, and increase their overall resilience.

URSTRONG aims to empower children with the skills and strategies needed to build healthy relationships, navigate social challenges, and develop emotional resilience. The program emphasises the importance of teaching children how to handle conflicts, communicate effectively, and foster positive connections with others.

We look forward to sharing more information with you next week about URSTRONG.

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.

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

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

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

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.

English as a Second Language

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

Weeks One to Five = Kindness

Week One: Make Everyone Feel Welcome 

Week Two: Treat Others The Way You Like To Be Treated

Week Three: ‘We’ not ‘Me”

Week Four: We All Rise By Lifting Others

Week Five: Empathy Is Understanding the Feelings of Others

Weeks One to Five = 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

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

OSHC Newsletter

Wider Community