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Weekly Reminders

Term Two Week Five – Commencing Monday 13th May 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, 

To all of the mothers and mother figures in the St Emilie’s community, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Mother’s Day for this coming Sunday. 

Mother’s Day is a very special day across our country as we acknowledge the women in our lives who care, love and guide us. It will also be a day of remembrance for many in our community whose mothers or grandmothers are no longer with us. We keep you in our thoughts and prayers. 

A mother figure to us all is our school’s namesake, St Emilie de Vialar. St Emilie de Vialar lost her own mother at the age of 13 and in her writings reflects that this was certainly a cross for her to bear in her young life. Making the choice to have no children of her own and live the life of a religious person, St Emilie de Vialar acted as a mother figure opening schools, women’s refuges and hospitals to care for those she came to minister for. 

St Emilie de Vialar inspires in us a sense of caring and devotion to those in need. These are the traits that the mothers and mother figures in our community demonstrate every day. 

During the week, Mrs Tonkin shared with me the acronym for the MAGIC women in our lives. MAGIC stands for: 

M – Mothers
A – Aunties
G – Grandmothers
I – Important women in our lives
C – Carers 

With this in mind, I wish all of the women of St Emilie’s a MAGIC Mother’s Day. 

Thank you to the Year Two Class and the staff in Year Two for sharing a magnificent Assembly this morning followed by a delicious morning tea to celebrate our mothers. Thank you also to the P&F who were so giving of their time to set up and organise the morning tea and to the fathers and father figures who responded to the call to assist. It was a very special morning. 

Mother’s Day Raffle and Mother’s Day Morning Tea
A huge congratulations to the winners of the Mother’s Day Raffle.
Congratulations to our Door Prize Winners
Kaylene Ree-Victor
Stephanie Malelo
Marija Papas
Coralee Dilello
Kristen Tamanui

 And to our Major Prize Winners

Carpark Bay: Catherine Day
Mystery Picnic: Shannon Palmer
Cirquedusoleil Tickets: Shamini Patel

Thank you also to those who donated prizes for the raffle and morning tea items. 

Reconciliation Workshops
On Wednesday night we had a great turnout of children from the parish of which the St Emilie’s children are a part of, who gathered at St Emilie’s to participate in the Reconciliation Workshops. The workshops facilitated by Ms Jo Harris from the Catholic Institute of Western Australia were a great opportunity for the children to spend time together deepening their knowledge about the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 

House Captains
At our Monday Assembly this week, the Year Six House Captains were announced to the school community. While at St Emilie’s we believe that every Year Six leads in some capacity when it is their turn, we acknowledge and congratulate these children for being selected by their peers as the people to lead the Houses in 2024. 

The amount of children who put themselves out there to be nominated was really high in 2024 and the quality of speeches that the children shared were of a very high standard.  

Rest assured, our school is in good hands in 2024. 

Busy Bee
Last Friday, we had a good group of families join Mr Cogger and other staff from the school for a school Busy Bee. The volunteers got to work busily mulching, cleaning and trimming to ensure that the school continues to look its best. A huge thank you to the Chow, Criddle, Izydorksi, Smith, Taylor, Wallis and Wellington families for so kindly giving up their Friday evening to assist at school. 

We also thank our Mrs Airey, Mrs Andrews and Mrs Harvey for cooking the BBQ.

Project Compassion Boxes – Please Return to Administration
If your family has a Project Compassion box that has not been returned to school, can you please do so this week. 

WA Student Assistance Payment – Terry Healy MLA is here to help!
Last term, the WA Labour Party announced assistance for families who have children enrolled in school. Every family with a child or children enrolled at St Emilie’s is eligible to receive this payment. 

Terry Healy MLA who is the local member for Southern River has very kindly offered his time and services to those families in particular, where English is not their first language, to join him this Monday 13 May at 8:45am in the School Hall to assist with the application process. 

Car Park – Flow
A reminder to all families that when dropping off and collecting children that the only place that cars can stop to drop off children is either through the ‘Drive Through’ or when parked in a car bay. 

I have been informed this week that some parents are stopping their cars in the middle of the car park and with the car still running, assisting children to get out of the car. This is dangerous. Please do not do this. 

If you have family or friends dropping off or collecting children at St Emilie’s, please ensure that they are aware of the way the car park should flow. 

Further information can be found at https://stemiliescps.wa.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/St_Emilie_s_Carpark_Procedure_-_PDA.mp4

Staff Profiles 
Over the course of the term, 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 (Sensei) Tracy Aroozoo who is our school’s Japanese Teacher and a member of the school Extended Leadership Team as the Teaching and Learning Leader (EAL/D). 

2025 Kindy Enrolments 
We are now calling for enrolments for children to join our Kindy cohort in 2025. If you have a child at home who was born between 1 July 2020 and 30 June 2021, please collect an enrolment form for the Administration Office, complete the form and submit it as soon as you can. Alternatively, if you know of a family who has a child who was born in this time frame and they are interested in enrolling, please encourage them to contact the school. 

Interviews for the 2025 Kindy cohort will commence this term. 

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 Four – You conduct yourself in accordance with laws, agreements, policies and standards relevant to your relationship with the school community. 

 To ensure the safety and well being at all times for children, families and community members here at St Emilie’s, our school is governed by a plethora of guiding documents to guide the making of safe decisions that are made each and every day. All of us play a part in maintaining a safe community. 

 For staff, there are many conditions that guide their employment at the school and as a parent and carer, you are guided by your child’s enrolment agreement. Our School Advisory Council and P & F have their own Terms of Reference that guide their decision making also. 

 Each visitor who comes on to the grounds at St Emilie’s does so in the acknowledgement that they will act safely and competently. 

 This standard reminds us that it is incumbent on each and every one of us to report any matter or interaction where we feel that someone may be in breach of the Code of Conduct through the appropriate channels.  

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

Parent Circle – Henna Drawings
Please note in your diary that on Thursday 23 May, will be our next Parent Circle session.
Community members are invited to attend the next session of Parent Circle where a special guest will be demonstrating henna paintings for all visitors. 

Chris Burns

Principal

Staff in the Spotlight

Mrs Aroozoo

  1. Name
    Tracy Aroozoo
  2. Role @ St Emilie’s in 2024?
    Japanese, Support and Inquiry Teacher and part of our extended leadership team.
  3. Favourite part about being a staff member @ St Emilie’s?
    Love teaching our students new and interesting things and seeing them succeed at their personal goals!
  4. What makes St Emilie’s a great community to be a part of?
    Our St Emilie’s community is unique in that we match our actions with our words. I see every day, children, parents, teachers and families caring for one another in the way they act and speak, for the 12 years I have had the privilege of teaching and working at this school.
  5. Favourite Pastime/Hobby?
    I love to learn and study at University, cooking is a personal joy and reading anything I can get my hands on!
  6. Favourite Food?
    Unsurprisingly, anything Japanese.
  7. Favourite Holiday Spot?
    Singapore and Leiden
  8. Favourite Sport/Team?
    I love playing hockey and was part of the Curtin University Hockey team. In Japan, my hobby was competing in Kendo and was a member of the Tokyo University rowing team.
  9. What Are You Most Looking Forward to in the Year Ahead at St Emilie’s in 2024?
    I really love the Japanese Art program I do together with the children in Term Three and this year it is going to be AMAZING!
  10. What does the school motto ‘Growing in Grace’ mean to you personally?
    Growing in Grace is special to me, as I believe it means to see the good in others as often as possible and to live every day with love in your heart.

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.

URSTRONG

Friendship Fact #2

Check out the URSTRONG Facebook page and be sure to follow it. It is a wonderful page, full of new resources available to you.
Additionally, 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.
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Friendship Fact #2 “EVERY Friendship is Different”

Through our Friendology curriculum, we teach our students a whole new language for creating and maintaining friendships. They learn how to make friends, how to have conversations, how to build friendships that centre on trust and respect, the difference between Fitting-In and Belonging, how to keep their friendships in the Green-Zone on The Friend-o-Meter…and so much more.

And importantly, the students learn Friendship fact #2. – “EVERY Friendship is Different”

Within Friendship Fact #2: Every Friendship is Different, students learn that their friendships are different because we are different. No two friendships are the same and, therefore, require a different approach. What works in one friendship, might not work in another.

Just like children, as adults, we have friendships that vary in nature and depth. Some friendships may be longstanding, while others are more recent. Some may be based on shared interests or life experiences, while others may be formed through work or other social connections.

Understanding that each friendship serves a unique purpose and brings something different to our own lives can help us as parents, describe and navigate this for our children, arming us with the language and experience to become the perfect Friendship Coach for our children.

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 Five
Tuesday 14th May – Homework Club

Wednesday 15th May – Staff Meeting

Friday 17th May – Year One Assembly
Friday 17th May – Eagles Cup Game Three @ Xavier

Week Six
Yay Week
Tuesday 21st May – Feast of Eugene de Mazenod & Mazenod House Day

Thursday 23rd May – Parent Circle
Thursday 23rd May – Eagles Cup Game Four @ St Maria Goretti

Week Seven
Laudato Si Week
Tuesday 28th May – Homework Club

Wednesday 29th May – 8.45am P & F Meeting
Wednesday 29th May – Staff Meeting

Friday 31st May – Pupil Free Day

Week Eight
Monday 3rd June- Western Australia Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 4th June – Homework Club

Wednesday 5th June – Staff Meeting
Wednesday 5th June – 6pm – Advisory Council Meeting

Thursday 6th June – Parent Circle

Friday 7th June – School Disco (Fiesta Theme)

Week Nine
Tuesday 11th June – Homework Club

Wednesday 12th June – Staff Meeting

Friday 14th June – Year Five Assembly

P&F News

Mother’s Day Morning Tea
A heartfelt thank you to all the wonderful families who made the Mother’s Day Raffle a resounding success! Congratulations to the lucky winners! A special shout-out to everyone who joined the Mother’s Day Morning Tea; your presence added to the warmth of the celebration.

Many thanks to the amazing parents (including several super dads who now have extra brownie points) who lent their hands in setting up the event and cleaning up afterwards. This afternoon, your eldest child is going home today with a token of appreciation for their mums from the P&F. We are grateful to those who assisted with packaging up the gifts.

Wishing a joyous Mother’s Day weekend to all the incredible mums and mother figures out there. For those cherishing the memories of their mums, may you find comfort in their enduring love and legacy. Happy Mother’s Day!

DISCO – SAVE THE DATE
The countdown to this year’s student disco is officially on! Our theme is “Fiesta,” so mark your calendars for Friday, 7th June for the kids to dance like there’s no mañana!  We’re diving into preparations with a craft session for decorations on Wednesday 15th May from 12.30pm. If you’re free and eager to join in on the fiesta fun, swing by the small hall after drop-off and let’s unleash our creativity in true fiesta spirit!

 

Congratulations to our Winners

Winner : Shamini Patel

Winner : Catherine Day

Winner : Shannon Palmer

Parent Circle

Fruit of the Holy Spirit

Peacefulness

The word ‘peace’ appears nearly 429 times in the Bible, which helps us understand why the phrase “Peace be with you” is so important in the faith community.

One of the strongest human desires is for peace, whether it be peace between nations, peace between neighbors or even peace within our minds. Peace is listed in the top three characteristics of the fruit of the spirit. Without love, joy and peace, the rest of the fruits are not possible. God has also called us to be peacemakers.

In Philippians 4:6-7 we are told, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

God’s perfect peace is an amazing gift that is hard to understand. How can people find peace of mind when things are falling apart around them? The fruit of the Spirit of peace provides the inner peace of mind and contentment even in less-than-peaceful situations.

If you are having anxiety, take a moment to sit and be still. The peace that can comfort you during this time comes from the Holy Spirit within us. Having peace doesn’t mean that you will not have conflict, stress or difficult times. Peace is knowing that our God is in control.

Term Two

Weeks Four to Six = Peacefulness
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

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.

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.

Parent Reading

This week under the Parent Reading heading, we have included an article titled, ‘Family Goal Setting’ by Dr Justin Coulson.

When children actively participate in goal setting and experience autonomy, involvement with you, and moments of success and achievement, motivation is high, systems succeed, and your family is more likely to achieve.