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Weekly Reminders

Term Two Week Eleven – Commencing Monday 24th June 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 this will be the last edition of the Weekly Reminders for Term Two 2024. Where has the time gone?

As I commenced writing the Weekly Reminders, I began looking through our school Facebook as a reminder of what an action packed term that Term Two has been. 

Most recently we have celebrated our school Feast Day as well as the Sacrament of First Reconciliation, House Feast Days and ANZAC Day. 

We have highlighted the importance of our diversity here at the school by celebrating Harmony Week and marked half way through the term with ‘Yay Week’. It was also very exciting to host the first ever St Emilie’s Ladauto Si Week and watch the amazing work around sustainability practices take shape at the school.  

Learning around the URSTRONG Whole School Friendship Strategy continued to gather momentum at St Emilie’s and our children had the opportunity to spend time with their friends at the School Disco just a few weeks ago. 

We had netball grand finalists, Father Jean Noel celebrated his 15th year of priesthood, our friends at the Perth Wildcats and the Fremantle Dockers came to visit again, and in May, we focussed on Mary and the Rosary.  

Our Year Six children attended their first ever iPad conference, our mothers were spoiled during Mother’s Day Morning Tea and who can forget the amazing assemblies that entertained and educated us on various Fridays throughout the term. 

If you are feeling tired, I don’t blame you! The pace of the term has been quick and there has been so much to learn and do at our school. 

So, it is with gratitude that I say a huge thank you to all of the children and all of the families in this community on behalf of the staff here at the school. We look forward to the exciting times that Term Three naturally brings. 

Have a very safe and happy holidays. 

St Emilie’ De Vialar Feast Day
On Wednesday, the children in Year Three led the community so beautifully in Mass. Father Jean Noel said at the start of the Mass that he did not need to prepare a Homily as the children had written it for him with their beautiful artwork and the vibrancy that they brought with them into the church. 

The music during Masses at St Emilie’s is second to none. Congratulations to our children in Choir and to Mr Dabbs for the uplifting and energetic expression of faith. 

May staff and community members made mention of the impeccable behaviour of the children at Mass on Wednesday and as such, children were offered five minutes of additional play during their break time because of the way they behaved. 

Reconciliation Thanksgiving Mass
During the week, many children from across the parish celebrated making their First Reconciliation. Reconciliation as always, was a very beautiful occasion. All community members are invited to join the children and their families this weekend in the parish for the Reconciliation Thanksgiving Masses across the weekend. 

Year Four Assembly  
We thank our Year Four cohort for their very upbeat and lively assembly today. Friday assemblies are a great way to conclude the week and the assembly this week was no exception. Thank you to all of the parents and carers who attended, especially those who were able to remain behind for a cuppa. 

Year One Gold – Welcome Mrs Brooks and Mrs Bull
This week, we officially welcome Mrs Brooks and Mrs Bull to their role in teaching Year One Gold for the remainder of the year. Mrs Brooks and Mrs Bull are very excited to take on this role and both are very passionate and dedicated St Emilie’s people. We look forward to watching the children in Year One Gold continue to flourish under the guidance of Mrs Brooks and Mrs Bull. 

LifeLink Day – Crazy Hair
On Friday 28th Juen, students are invited to come to school with ‘Crazy Hair’ or wearing a ‘Crazy Hat’.  Students are asked to bring a gold coin donation to donate to LIfeLink. Many thousands of Western Australian families and individuals each year depend on our LifeLink agencies being there for them in their time of need.

Congratulations Kathryn
Congratulations to Kathryn from Year Two who was notified that she was a competition finalist for the mindfulness colouring competition sponsored by Rebound WA. By all accounts, the competition was very tight and Kathryn has done a wonderful job to place as a finalist. 

Spirit of The Arts
The Spirit of the Arts festival is once again back in 2024. The Spirit of the Arts Festival brings together children from Catholic schools across the state to participate in an uplifting and inclusive celebration of the arts. 

St Emilie’s will once again be represented by our Choir, Christian Dance Troupe, Dance Troupe and Rock Band. 

Venues, dates and times for the items mentioned above can be found below: 

Christian Dance: Monday 29th July 10.30am to 11.30am at Chapel of St Brigid, Mercy College, Koondoola 

School Band: Thursday the 1st of August 9.30am to 10.45am Orana Catholic Primary School, Willetton 

School Choir: Monday the 19th of August 10.45am to 11.45am Vasto Club, Balcatta 

Ticketing is via Try Booking. There will be no door sales. Tickets can be purchased from the 5th of July –
https://www.spiritofthearts.com.au/

Dance Troupe: Thursday 29th August 6.30pm to 9.30pm at Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre 

Tickets can be purchased from the 31st July. Ticketek on 132 849 or  https://premier.ticketek.com.au

NAIDOC Week 2024
National NAIDOC Week will take place during the dates of 7th to 14th July 2024. The theme of NAIDOC Week in 2024 is ‘Keep the fire burning! Blak, Loud and Proud’. 

NAIDOC Week is a week where across Australia, the achievements, history and contributions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are celebrated. This is a fantastic opportunity for us at St Emilie’s to learn about the culture of First Nations people and in particular, about the Whadjuk Nyoongar people on which is the land where our school is located. 

At St Emilie’s, we will celebrate NAIDOC Week on the first week back at school. 

For further information about NAIDOC Week please visit https://www.naidoc.org.au/ 

Mid Year Reports
This Thursday, all children in Pre Primary to Year Six will receive their Mid Year Report. These reports will be shared with families via the Seqta Engage app. If you are unsure how to log on to the Seqta Engage app, please contact the Admin Office for assistance. 

Mid Year Reports are a legal document that schools must provide to parents and carers. These reports are reflective of the semester’s work that has taken place in your child’s learning and school staff spend hours preparing these reports throughout the semester. We ask that in order to support your child and celebrate their growth, you take time to read this report carefully with them. 

Further information will be shared with parents and carers toward the end of the week. 

Cross Country – Year One and Year Two to Join!
Our School Cross Country Carnival will take place on Thursday 18 July. This year, children in Year One and Year Two will be provided with the opportunity to run first thing in the morning before the usual Year Three to Year Six races. We invite all parents, especially those in Year One and Year Two, to stay to watch your child’s race while enjoying a coffee from the coffee van that will be onsite on the day. 

Staff Profiles
Over the course of the year, 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 Mrs Kirsten Fowler who currently works on Monday and Friday in the role of Learning Support Teacher. 

Focus on the St. Emilie’s Catholic Primary School Code of Conduct
At St. Emilie’s Catholic Primary School, we pride ourselves on ensuring that children, staff, families and the wider community are safe when onsite here at school. To allow us to create and maintain a safe environment at all times, St. Emilie’s Catholic Primary School is bound by a code of conduct. The St. Emilie’s Catholic Primary School Code of Conduct outlines a minimum standard of conduct in all behaviour and decision-making to ensure that our children are safe at all times. The code of conduct applies to every single person in our community and those who come onsite at school inherently agree to abide by the code of conduct. Visitors to the school during the day formally agree to follow the code of conduct when they sign in for their visit. 

This week we unpack ‘Standard Ten – You maintain and build on the community’s trust and confidence in Catholic schools and the church. 

As has been mentioned before in our Code of Conduct review, trust is essential in any relationship, especially one which involves the children in our care at St Emilie’s. Staff, parents and carers are required to act ethically and lawfully during their time at the school to ensure the building of trusting relationships which is essential for children to thrive. Any serious matters which affect the safety of the children at the school must be referred directly to the principal in a timely manner. 

The St Emilie’s Catholic Primary School Code of Conduct can be accessed on the school website by clicking on this link.

Homework Club – Finished for the Term
Please note that last week was the last week for Homework Club and there will be no Homework Club this week. Homework Club will recommence next term. 

Chris Burns

Principal

Staff in the Spotlight

Mrs Fowler

  1. Name
    Kirsten Fowler
  2. Role @ St Emilie’s in 2024?
    Support Teacher. I take students for Literacy support and Maths support, two days a week. I love my role here at St Emilie’s.
  3. Favourite part about being a staff member @ St. Emilie’s?
    Being part of the Support Team has been a rewarding experience. I love to see how the students grow and learn. It makes my day when I see the ‘ah-ha’ moments.
  4. What makes St Emilie’s a great community to be a part of?
    St Emilie’s holds such a special place in my heart. I have had my three children since starting here in 2012 and have always felt so welcomed when I have come back from maternity leave. The staff are passionate, dedicated and truly care for the students they teach. It is such an amazing place to work and I truly love being part of the team.
  5. Favourite pastime/hobby?
    Reading and baking as well as spending time with my family. I have three children; Norah (8), Max (6) and Ethan (3) and new puppy named Obi.
  6. Favourite food?
    My sister’s chicken scallopini .
  7. Favourite holiday spot?
    Visiting my family in Melbourne, Ningaloo Reef, Canada and New York.
  8. Favourite sport/team?
    Does running after my three-year-old count as a sport?
  9. What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead at St Emilie’s in 2024?
    I am looking forward to seeing my student’s growth with their learning. It’s always so nice to look back at the end of the year and see how far they have come.
  10. What does the school motto ‘Growing in Grace’ mean to you personally?
    Growing in Grace means showing kindness and gentleness to others and ourselves.

Enrolments

IMPORTANT - Calling All Sibling Enrolments NOW

Interviews for Kindy students 2025, have begun this 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.

St Emilie's Wellness on Wednesday

Creating Graceful Growth

We are thrilled to share the success of our “St Emilie’s Wellness on Wednesday” initiative! Over the past term, students enjoyed various relaxing and creative craft activities to promote stress reduction and overall well-being.

Highlights:

  • Stress Reduction: Many students reported feeling more relaxed and refreshed after participating.
  • Creative Expression: Activities included mindful colouring, positive affirmations, origami, positive pebble painting, nature-inspired art and design gratitude journals, which provided a fantastic outlet for creativity.
  • Enhanced Well-being: The initiative significantly boosted students’ mental and emotional well-being.

Held every Wednesday during lunch, these sessions offered a perfect break from the academic routine. Due to the positive feedback and success of the program, we are excited to announce that “St Emilie’s Wellness on Wednesday” will continue next term!

Thank you to everyone who participated and made “St Emilie’s Wellness on Wednesday” a success. We look forward to seeing more students join us next term for more relaxing and creative activities.

Ms Kylie Goodes & Madison Backus

 

Key Calendar Dates

Term Two 2024

Parents are encouraged to subscribe to our Calendar on our Website for the most up-to-date Calendar events.

Week Eleven
Wednesday 26th June – 3.20pm Staff Meeting

Thursday 27th June – PP to Year Six Reports go on SEQTA Engage (pm)

Friday 28th June – Crazy Hat/Hair Day – Fundraiser for LifeLink
Friday 28th June – Term Two Concludes

Term Three
Week One
Monday 15th July – Term Three begins

Wednesday 17th July – Staff Meeting

Thursday 18th July – 9am to 10.40am House Cross Country (Years One to Six)

Week Two
Monday 22nd July – Life Ed Van (all week)

Tuesday 23rd July – Homework Club

Wednesday 24th July – 3.20pm Staff Meeting

Thursday 25th July – Interschool Cross Country

Friday 26th July – 8.45am Year Three Assembly

Week Three
Tuesday 30th July – Homework Club

Wednesday 31st July – 8.45am P&F Meeting
Wednesday 31st July – Paul Litherland Student Presentation
Wednesday 31st July – 6pm Paul Litherland Parent Presentation
Wednesday 31st July – Staff Meeting

Thursday 1st August – Year Three & Year Five REA
Thursday 1st August – Instrumental Ensemble @ Orana

Friday 2nd August- Pupil Free Day – Two Way Interviews

Week Four
Tuesday 6th August – Homework Club

Wednesday 7th August – Staff Meeting
Wednesday 7th August- 4pm & 5.30pm Eucharist Workshops

Thursday 8th August – Feast of St Mary MacKillop & MacKillop House Day
Thursday 8th August -4pm Eucharist Workshop

Friday 9th August- Year Two Assembly

Fruit of the Holy Spirit

Self Control

Self-control is the capstone virtue of the Spirit, and it is the key to your spiritual integrity. It is the virtue that determines how effectively you build all the other spiritual virtues into your life. Without self-control, you will not operate with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and gentleness.

Self-discipline is the Greek word egkrateia, which means the self-discipline to exercise power over yourself. It is keeping yourself under control. It is Spirit-empowered self-mastery over your inner desires, thoughts, actions, and words. It is the cornerstone spiritual virtue in your battle against the old nature.

Your spiritual integrity is largely determined by your commitment to biblical self-discipline. Without this foundational virtue, there will be very little growth in grace. Before other disciplines can be applied, whether in the home, business, community, or church, there first must be Spirit-empowered self-control.

The biblical virtue of self-control is taught throughout the book of Proverbs. “Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city” (Proverbs 16.32). The word for “spirit” is ruach, and in this context it refers to your inner thoughts, emotions, and impulses. The Proverb challenges us to manage our emotions and not let our emotions manage us. The fruit of the Spirit is produced when you respond to God working in your life and you learn to “rule your spirit.”

Term Two

Weeks Seven to Eleven = Self Control
Week Eleven: Finish The Things You Start

TERM THREE
Weeks One to Five = Love
Week One: Love One Another
Week Two: Make Sure Everyone is Included
Week Three: Help Everyone Feel Important and Special
Week Four: Be Positive and Affirm Others
Week Five: Love is Treating Other People as You Would Like Them to Treat You – With Care and Respect

Weeks Six to Ten = Goodness
Week Six: Goodness is Standing Up for What Is Just
Week Seven: Choose to Do Good – Do the Right Thing
Week Eight: Goodness is Helping Others
Week Nine: Goodness is Acting with Integrity
Week Ten: Goodness is Being Honest and Truthful

P&F News

Year One Playdate

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, ‘The Best Way to Say ‘No!’ to Your Kids’ by Dr Justin Coulson.

One of the most difficult parts of parenting is saying no. Unfortunately, sometimes we have to. Sometimes plans change, or something might not be safe. At times, someone else’s needs may matter more, or our child wants what they can’t have.

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.

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 www.ngala.com.au fill in the online form.