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Weekly Reminders

Term One Week Two – Commencing Monday 5th 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,

What a fantastic first week back a school it has been at St Emilie’s. We hope that your children have been coming home and sharing all the wonderful tales about their days at school. 

Staff have been preparing to welcome the children back to school for a number of weeks now and on Wednesday, it was a joy to see the children return to St Emilie’s. It was especially exciting to welcome so many new children to our school and it was heartening to see so many of our children living out the ‘Fruits of the Holy Spirit’ focus this week which is ‘kindness’, and authentically welcoming others into our community. 

Over the next two weekends, our parish will welcome children from the school and the parish who will attend a Sacramental Commitment Mass to demonstrate their commitment to preparing for and celebrating the Sacrament of First Reconciliation, First Holy Communion or Confirmation.  

For children who attend St Emilie’s and are going to be preparing to celebrate one of the Sacraments, the Mass times over the next two weeks that you can attend are listed below: 

Saturday @ 6:00pm 

Sunday @ 7:30pm 

Sunday @ 9:30am 

Sunday @ 5:00pm 

Our Parish looks forward to celebrating with you and I would encourage all community members to keep these children, families and staff that are preparing the children in their prayers over the next two weekends. 

On Wednesday evening, parents and carers from across the school attended the Parent Information Evening. It was great to see such a wonderful turnout of parents and carers and we thank you for your support.  

In the Whole School Session, information was shared with the community about our school for 2024. For those who were not able to attend or for those who would like a recap, some information from the presentation has been included below in the Weekly Reminders. 

A foundation document for Catholic Schools across Western Australia that ensures that we collectively live the values and mission of our faith is called the Bishops Mandate. Within the mandate letter, our Bishops explain that ‘For a school to be Catholic, it must first be a good school. Otherwise, it will be unable to fulfil its mission’. 

At St Emilie’s, we strive to continue to be a ‘good school’ that puts our children front and centre of all of the decisions we make. 

We are a Catholic learning community and we are proud of it! 

Catholic School Improvement Plan
Each year, Catholic schools across the state share with their communities their Catholic School Improvement Plans for the year. This plan aligns with the CEWA system priorities and frameworks and lays out a road map for a Catholic school’s growth for the year across the four domains that govern catholic schools. These domains are Catholic Identity, Education, Community and Stewardship.  

In the coming weeks, we will upload this document to our School Website. 

On Wednesday, the school’s four goals from our 2024 Catholic School Improvement Plan were shared with our community. These goals were developed after consultation with children, staff and our community through various different means. 

In 2024, our improvement goals include. 

Catholic Identity
To refresh and reimagine the Fruits of the Holy Spirit Program to ensure that: 

  1. The program remains current
  2. There is alignment with other commitments in the school
  3. It is integrated throughout other Learning Areas
  4. The links to the Gospel and school charism are highlighted.


Education

To create a school wide Vision for Learning.

Community
Create a school wide Wellness & Wellbeing Strategy, which: 

  • Is intentional in its approach 
  • Integrates the URSTRONG framework. 


Stewardship

The development of a school wide Sustainability Framework based on the Laudato Si encyclical. 

Our staff are looking forward to working together around these growth points for our school. Further information for parents and carers will be shared as the year progresses. 

‘A Soft Landing for Learning’ – Ready To Learn
Children learn most effectively when they feel a sense of belonging and connectedness to the school and community to which they belong. When children are feeling safe and calm, this is when learning occurs. To ensure that children across the school return to class and are ready to learn after break times, the following process will take place at St Emilie’s in 2024 which, is different than what has occurred in previous years. 

  1. Children will go out to play first when the bell sounds for recess or lunch.
  2. Children will then be given an opportunity to eat after they play. This will give the children time to eat their recess or lunch without rushing, provide time for the child’s resting heart and breathing rate to reduce to a level more conducive for learning, as well as provide time for children to resolve any disputes they may have from play during their break times thus ensuring that class time is not interrupted. 

To ensure that children are being assisted with their readiness for learning, the school will also offer: 

  • Group sessions (for those in need) with the school Social Worker to support children in certain areas such as grief, connecting with peers and resolving conflict. 
  • The use of the URStrong Friendship Strategy to develop a common language for forming and maintaining friendships. 
  • The use of brain breaks throughout the day to aid concentration. 

Our children have done a great job adapting to this adjustment around recess and lunch times. We look forward to working with our children to ensure they are ready to learn when at school. 

School Social Worker – Ms Kylie Goodes
Our school is blessed to have the services of Ms Kylie Goodes at our school. Over the years Kylie has been at St Emilie’s she has built strong and positive relationships with the community. 

The rationale behind Ms Goodes work here at St Emilie’s is to offer pastoral support for children so that they can engage with their learning when at school. 

Ms Goodes will continue as part of the team at St Emilie’s in 2024 and will be beginning to offer some targeted intervention and support in the form of groups for those children who need it. This will take the majority of the time Ms Goodes time when at the school meaning that time for individual consultations will be limited given the commitments to the groups. 

Parents and carers are asked to consult with their child’s class teacher or to contact myself in regard to referrals to Ms Goodes. 

Groups facilitated by Ms Goodes will commence at the beginning of Term Two and Ms Goodes will be using Term One to prepare. 

Weekly Reminders – Important Information. Please read.
The irony is not lost on me that I am requesting that parents and carers make a point of reading the Weekly Reminders each week by placing this reminder in the Weekly Reminders. At the Parent Information Evening on Wednesday night, the point was stressed about the importance of reading the Weekly reminders which are now located on our updated website. The Weekly Reminders will link you to different parts of the website. 

For those of you who read the Weekly Reminders, I ask you to please spread the word to other parents and carers in the community about how important this information source is. 

By reading the Weekly Reminders, parents and carers will ensure that they are up to date with the latest information affecting their child/ren. 

Week Two Incursions
School has only just begun and already there are two exciting incursions planned next week. On Tuesday next week, our Year Six classes will be participating in a visit from the Perth Wildcats while our Year Five children will be joined by a visitor from the Electoral Commission. 

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. 

P & F News
All parents and carers of enrolled children at St. Emilie’s Catholic Primary School are general members of the School P & F. The P & F at St Emilie’s is an active and involved group of parents and carers who work tirelessly to ensure that our children and community have plenty of opportunities for ‘friendraising’ and fundraising.

All parents and carers are invited to the first P & F Meeting for the year which will take place on Wednesday 7 February. The meeting commences at 8:45am.

At the conclusion of last year, the P & F worked to finalise Year Reps for the commencement of the 2024 school year to ensure that parents and carers had a contact point at the school as early as possible to ease with settling in to school life. While Year Reps for most year levels have been finalised, we are still looking for any interested parents and carers to nominate for some of the vacant positions.

Nominations are being sought for the following Year Rep positions.

1 x Kindy Year Rep

2 x Pre Primary Year Reps

2 x Year Three Year Reps

If you are interested in volunteering for a Year Rep position, you are asked to please email me at chris.burns@cewa.edu.au

The 2024 Year Reps are listed as below:

Kindy – Christopher Day & TBC from Kindy Blue

Pre Primary – TBC & TBC

Year One – Amy Harris & Sherry Izydorski

Year Two – Jess Curulli & Rahniq Dhanjal

Year Three – TBC & TBC

Year Four – Shirley Tan & Yolanda Silatonga

Year Five – May Yates & Gia Dietrich

Year Six – Josie Lofts & Sheree Taylor

We thank these wonderful parents and carers for taking on this crucial role at our school.

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, 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.  

School Hours – Drop Off and Pick Up
A reminder for parents and carers that children should not be arriving to school any earlier than 8:20am in the morning when our official duty of care commences. Before this time there is no supervision for your child at school as our staff are not rostered on to duty until 8:20am. A reminder also that school concludes at 3:00pm. Parents and carers are asked to collect their children in a timely manner. We of course understand that at times, unexpected delays can occur when collecting your child at the end of the day and we ask you to keep us informed if this is the case so we can ensure your child is kept safe. 

Children wearing watches to school
Children are most welcome to wear a watch to school. We ask that watches that are worn to school do not have other functions besides telling the time, including the ability to take photos, play games or connect to the internet or wifi. These functions are not necessary when at school and have the potential to distract from teaching and learning.

We ask that watch straps be neutral colours such as black, navy blue, grey or white. Bright or neon-coloured watch straps are not permitted.

Facebook
As many of you will be aware, our school has its own Facebook page. If you haven’t done so already, you are invited to join us or search the hashtag #growingingrace_stemilies 

Parenting Article
This week under the Parent Reading heading, we have included an article titled, ‘Play is Declining, and so is Mental Health’ by Dr Justin Coulson. Giving our kids an idyllic childhood with freedom to play and explore isn’t just good for them now. It helps them build the resilience they need for healthy adulthood too.

Thank you,

Chris Burns

Principal

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.

Saturday 27th January – Enrolment Forms for all Sacraments available from Church

Week One
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 – Domain 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

Week Six   YAY WEEK
Monday 4 March – LABOUR DAY PUBLIC HOLIDAY

Wednesday 6 March – Golf Clinics

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 Two to Five = Kindness

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 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

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