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Weekly Reminders

Term Two Week Four – Commencing Monday 6th 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, 

We hope you enjoyed your extra long weekend last weekend! I am sure it was a great chance to spend time with family and friends doing things which bring you the most joy. 

Speaking of joy, what a joy it has been to welcome our first interviews for the 2025 Kindy cohort to St Emilie’s this week. Seeing young children commencing their first steps in their school journey is a special moment and for parents and carers to choose our school to send their children to continues to be a real privilege. For those parents and carers reading this edition of the Weekly Reminders, I am sure that you all have fond memories of bringing your children for their very first visit to the school. 

It has been lovely walking around with our visitors and having other children, staff and parents/carers stop along the way to welcome our guests.

During the week, a parent from our community shared with me a beautiful story about the special bond that children who have now left St Emilie’s still share with one another. This parent spoke of the sense of support, love, care and mateship that still existed between this cohort of alumni and described the special nature of the community here at St Emilie’s.

For me, it was inspiring to hear about the impact that this community continues to have on this group of young people and serves as a reminder to us all about the support that exists in this place now, and going forward into the future. 

Reconciliation
Many of our children in Year Three have commenced their preparations to celebrate the Sacrament of First Reconciliation on Thursday 20th June. Next week, the parents and carers of those children in Year Three who are celebrating this Sacrament will join together for a Parent/Child Workshop to deepen their understanding of the Sacrament. I ask that you keep the children from the Parish in your thoughts and prayers as they continue to prepare to celebrate this Sacrament. 

Wellbeing Day @ Gosnells Golf Course
Monday was spent together as a staff at the Gosnells Golf Course where staff from the school were able to explore all things wellbeing. The staff at St Emilie’s have been on a journey to deepen our knowledge about wellbeing to ensure that as a community we continue to be strategic and intentional about our practice. 

As adults, both parents/carers and school staff, it is important that we know the impact we have on our children. Our words, actions, reactions and habits are all observed, and it is important that we continue to model actions that promote wellbeing in our children. 

Eagle Cup Sports
Today we welcomed the football, netball and soccer teams from Salvado Catholic College to St Emilie’s to participate in Eagles Cup games. Congratulations to all of the children involved in the games. What a terrific way to spend a Friday afternoon. 

Busy Bee
This afternoon a number of families will be staying behind to help Mr Cogger in the garden as part of our school Busy Bee. A huge thank you to the families for giving so freely of their time to ensure our school continues to look beautiful. Thank you also to the amazing Mr Cogger for being so giving of his time in supporting others love for gardening. 

Mother’s Day Raffle and Mother’s Day Morning Tea
Today an email was sent to all families to promote the Mother’s Day Raffle. The Mother’s Day Raffle tickets are now available with some great prizes to be won. The winners of the raffle will be drawn at the Mother’s Day Morning Tea next Friday, 10th May. There are also some great door prizes to be won. I encourage all mothers and mother figures in our community to come on down and join us for morning tea. 

St Emilie’s Blokes – We need you!
St Emilie’s blokes, we need you! Next week is our annual celebration for Mother’s Day with a lovely Morning Tea being held on Friday 10th May. At the moment, many ladies from the P&F are facilitating the event. I am calling for as many fathers and father figures to assist with all things Mother’s Day Morning Tea, so we can show our gratitude to all of the mothers in our community. We will need assistance with serving, making beverages, setting up tables, as well as generally making sure our mothers and mother figures feel special. If you or any male in your family can assist, please contact the Admin Team. 

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. 

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 Miss Bianca Van Ryt who is the Class Teacher in Pre Primary Blue. 

Early Drop Off Reminder
Duty of care for children to be onsite and supervised at St Emilie’s commences at 8:20am. Children should not be dropped off at school before this time. A reminder for all children who arrive before the 8:30am bell that once they have placed their school bags down at their classrooms, they should be waiting in the undercover area. A teacher is rostered on at this time to ensure the children are safe and preparing themselves so they are ‘ready to learn’ when the bell sounds to commence the day. 

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 Three – ‘You act in accordance with the Gospel as defined in the Code of Ethical Conduct’ 

The Gospel teachings are highlighted through this week’s focus conduct statement. Conduct Statement Three calls us to show our belief in the Gospel through our actions, and as such, should be reflected in the decision making of the school. 

Conduct Statement Three calls us all as members of a Catholic community to ensure that our conduct is line with the Catholic teachings and in particular we respect the dignity of each person, acknowledge the giftedness of each person, commit to building positive relationships across the school, are confidential and accountable to decisions made. 

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

Parent Circle 
Please note in your diary that on Thursday 9 May, we have organised a visitor from Ngala to come into our school to speak with parents and carers about what they can offer.  

I know there are a lot of newborn babies in our community as well as expecting mothers and this visit would be something that I highly recommend. 

Further information about Parent Circle will be shared in the coming weeks. Please find a flyer below about the upcomign Parent Circle session.

Chris Burns

Principal

Staff in the Spotlight

Miss Van Ryt

  1. Name
    Bianca Van Ryt
  2. Role @ St Emilie’s in 2024?
    Pre-Primary Blue Teacher
  3. Favourite part about being a staff member @ St Emilie’s?
    I love being a teacher at St. Emilie’s school because everyone is so kind and friendly and we have so much fun learning and playing together.
  4. What makes St Emilie’s a great community to be a part of?
    St Emilie’s is a great community to be a part of because we always show love and respect to each other and we have many community days where we get to enjoy each other’s company and celebrate the wonderful school we are a part of.
  5. Favourite Pastime/Hobby?
    I love spending time with my family and friends, going to the beach with my dog Billie, and cheering on the Fremantle Dockers.
  6. Favourite Food?

    Pizza
  7. Favourite Holiday Spot?

    Yallingup
  8. Favourite Sport/Team?
    AFL, Fremantle Dockers
  9. What Are You Most Looking Forward to in the Year Ahead at St Emilie’s in 2024?
    I’m looking forward to helping my Pre-Primary students develop their learning and playing skills and knowledge further while having plenty of fun together along the way!
  10. What does the school motto ‘Growing in Grace’ mean to you personally?
    Growing in Grace reminds me that each new day is a gift for each of us to spread love and kindness to others and be kind and gentle with ourselves as we move along our life journey.

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 Fires

Friendship Fact #1. “No friendship or Relationship is Perfect”

It is normal that, at some point in every friendship, we will have a Friendship Fire.  After all, “No friendship or relationship is perfect” – Friendship fact #1.

Our Year Five students created fires and ‘toasted’ marshmallows and discussed the HOT topic of Friendship Fires and how to put them out. While it is normal to have disagreements and arguments with friends, it’s important to know you can survive them! When those Friendship Fires® spark, we need to take steps to put the Fires out – not make them bigger! We can get better at putting out Friendship Fires when we practice the strategies such as ‘talking-it-out, one of the most important phases in the Friend-o-Cycle.

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.
  • Explore the hundreds of resources available to you!

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 Four
Tuesday 7th May  – Homework Club

Wednesday 8th May – Staff Meeting

Wednesday 8th May – 4pm & 5.30pm – Reconciliation Parent/Child Workshops
Wednesday 8th May – 6pm Advisory Council Meeting

Friday 10th May – Year Two Assembly & Mother’s Day Morning Tea
Friday 10th May – Eagles Cup Game Two vs St Munchin’s

Week Five
Tuesday 14th May – Homework Club

Wednesday 15th May – Staff Meeting

Friday 17th May – Walk to School Safely Day

Friday 17th May – Year One Assembly
Friday 17th May – Eagles Cup Game Two @ 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 Two @ 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)

P&F News

Mother’s Day Morning Tea
We invite all of our mums and mother figures to join us for morning tea in the Small Hall on Friday 10th May, at 9.15am
(directly after the Year Two Assembly).

Looking to spoil your mum, aunty, sister, or grandmother this Mother’s Day?  Look no further than the  MOTHER’S DAY RAFFLE! 

For just $5 for two raffle entries, or even better, 4 entries for $10 or even better still, 10 entries for $20, you could win one of 3 special prizes: 

Prize One:  A reserved car bay for your family’s exclusive use in Term Three
Prize Two:  A $100 AmazingCo gift certificate
Prize Three:  2 tickets to Cirque du Soleil Luzia (Sunday 4th August, 5pm session) 
So why wait? Purchase your ticket entries now at http://www.trybooking.com/CRDHN to be in the draw (ticket prices for the raffle are all inclusive).

The raffle will be DRAWN FRIDAY Friday 10 May 2024 at the Mother’s Day Morning Tea. 

Purchase of tickets online closes at 6pm Thursday 9th May 2024.

 

Don’t forget to join the P&F Facegroup page for the latest on our upcoming events. https://www.facebook.com/groups/875481339260709/

Thank you for your continued support!

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 Four: Be Peace – filled
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, ‘Managing Fatigue as a Parent’ by Dr Justin Coulson.

 If you’re a parent, I can almost guarantee you’re tired. Parenthood and fatigue seem inseparable. Infants and toddlers amplify our tiredness, but regardless of their age, raising children is tiring. So what are some practical steps to looking g after yourself?