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Weekly Reminders

Term One Week Six – Commencing Tuesday 5th 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

Dear Families,

I trust that this edition of the Weekly Reminders finds you well and that your children had a well deserved break on their Pupil Free Day today.

The children at St Emilie’s have all worked hard to ensure that they have settled into school well at the start of the year. Through many conversations that I have had over the past week with parents and carers at drop off and pick up times, many of you are reporting that your children are tired. I’m not surprised! What a huge start it has been to the year with very warm conditions. It is important that over the long weekend your children get plenty of time to rest as well as having time away from the demands and rigour of attending school.

Today, our staff gathered to commence our journey in creating our school’s Vision for Learning. So what is a Vision for Learning and what does it mean for St Emilie’s?

A Vision for Learning is a statement about teaching and learning at a school. Whilst based on the extensive research base of the CEWA Vision for Learning, it is important that we contextualise best educational practice and produce a Vision for Learning that suits our local context here in Canning Vale. A Vision for Learning unites and connects a community of learners to ensure that we are all speaking with one voice in regard to teaching and learning at a school.

Further information will be shared with families as our journey continues.

For more information on the CEWA Vision for Learning, please visit

Yay Week
Next week is Yay Week at St Emilie’s. Yay Week is a chance for us to celebrate the halfway point of the term and reflect on all the wonderful things that have happened at the school over the term. This week, there will be no Purposeful Practice sent home with the children.

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 Ms Sian Lewis. We welcome Sian to our community.

Congratulations to Mr & Mrs Chamberlain
It is my pleasure to share with you all that Mrs Chamberlain is expecting her first baby. Mrs Chamberlain’s baby is due mid-year and on behalf of our entire community, we wish Mr and Mrs Chamberlain all the very best in this exciting new chapter in their lives.

Mrs Chamberlain will continue at St Emilie’s in her position as Class Teacher of Year One Gold. While the children across the school and particularly in Year One Gold will miss Mrs Chamberlain as she finishes up at school at the end of Term Two, we shortly will commence our process to appoint a Class Teacher to take over from Mrs Chamberlain in Term Three and Term Four of this year.

Congratulations Mrs Chamberlain.

Swimming Trials
What a pleasure it was to join with children from Year Four to Year Six as they participated in swimming trials on Monday. The children swam their hearts out on the day and participated in many different events. It was so great to have the support of a large number of parents and carers who cheered and clapped every competitor in every race. As a staff, we were so proud of the way you supported the children and we want to say a huge thank you. Mr Davis will now take these results to fill races at the Interschool Swimming Carnival

School Photos
This week was the week of new haircuts as the children put their best foot forward for school photos. Parents and carers, thank you for your support in ensuring that the children looked their best for their photos.

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.

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, please see below.

Parent Circle
The next session of Parent Circle will take place on Thursday 7 March. Mrs Tonkin will join Parent Circle during this time to facilitate a Q & A Session on the URSTRONG friendship strategy here at St Emilie’s.

URSTRONG – Launch Day & Parent Session
Our LAUNCH Day for URSTRONG, is this Friday 8th of March, and designed as a day we can come together and celebrate, friendology and St Emilie’s embracing the common language and commitment to becoming an URSTRONG community.

We will focus on the colour green as this represents the healthy friendology colour symbol.

The theme for the day – URSTRONG in Every Shade of Green and students are invited to wear a Splash of Green on Friday. Students may come in free dress wearing all green, or just add a splash of green to their uniform (t-shirts, socks, accessories etc). Our key Driving Words for the day will be –  Fun, Happy,  Trust, Respect and students will participate in a range of activities during the day.

On Thursday 21st March, we thrilled to invite you to our school community’s upcoming Language of Friendship (parent-child workshop).

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.

You are invited to attend an ONLINE Language of Friendship parent-child workshop for CEWA’s URSTRONG Schools 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. A link to register will be sent to you this week.

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.

Battery Recycling
The City of Gosnells has stopped their initiative of battery recycling bins. which we have had at St Emilie’s for many years.  To recycle your batteries please drop them off at your local Aldi, Battery World, Bunnings, Coles or Woolworths.

Ms Harris has completed ‘Stay Up All Night’ for Sick Kids
Congratulations to Ms Harris on her wonderful efforts in staying up all night for sick children. Please see some of the photos in this edition of the Weekly Reminders to celebrate her wonderful achievement.

Chris Burns


New Staff in the Spotlight

Ms Sian Lewis

  1. Name
    Sian Lewis
  2. Role @ St Emilie’s in 2024?
    I have been blessed with the opportunity to work as the Kindy Gold Teacher for Semester One at St Emilie’s.
  3. Favourite part about being a staff member @ St Emilie’s so far?
    My favourite part of working as a staff member at St Emilie’s is working alongside a highly motivated and collaborative team.
  4. Favourite Pastime/Hobby?
    In my free time I enjoy spending time with friends and family. I especially enjoy catch ups on the foreshore.
  5. Favourite Food?
    A family favourite, Champagne Chicken
  6. Favourite Holiday Spot?
    I have so many wonderful memories from an European holiday.
  7. Favourite Sport/Team?
    My favourite sport is sailing.
  8. What Are You Most Looking Forward to in the Year Ahead at St Emilie’s in 2024?
    I look forward to getting to know the student and parent community.


Creating a Culture of Kindness

You are invited to attend an ONLINE Language of Friendship parent-child workshop for CEWA’s URSTRONG Schools 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. A link to register will be sent to you this week.

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.


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 Six   YAY WEEK

Wednesday 6th March – Golf Clinics

Friday 8th March – URSTRONG Launch Day

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

Term Two

Week One
Monday 15th April- Term Two Begins

Friday 19th April – Harmony Day Dress Up Day

P & F News

Easter Hot Cross Bun Fundraiser

Bakers Delight Forest Lakes would like to offer our St Emilie’s community the opportunity to help us raise money for the school.

Hot Cross Buns are $9 each (6 pack). Flavours are: NEW Sticky Date, Traditional, Choc Chip, Apple and Cinnamon.

Savoury Options are available too for $7.90 per pack – Mini cheese & bacon roll, Mini Cheesymite scroll, Mini chess & tomato roll.

The more buns you purchase, the more funds you earn for our school.
(No additional online booking fees)

Remember to ask family and friends if they would like to order some too.
Thank you for your support!

Bookings OPEN on the 5th March via trybooking
St Emilie’s Easter Hot Cross Buns Fundraising Orders

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.

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 Thursdays.

Next Thursday, March 7th Mrs Tonkin will be joining us to have a Q&A about the URSTRONG Program.  Our last Parent Circle for Term One will be held on Thursday, March 21st.

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

Six = Joy

Week Six: See The Good in Every Situation

Weeks Seven to Nine = Joy

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 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, ‘Don’t Worry’ by Dr Justin Coulson. Worry is just like any other emotion. We can’t stop our kids from feeling it by telling them to just calm down, relax, or get over it. Like with all emotions, the best thing we can do is to be patient and support our kids as the emotion runs its course.

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