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Weekly Reminders

Term Two Week Nine – Commencing Monday 10th June 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, 

Excitement is building this afternoon as our children (and staff) ready themselves for Fiesta at the School Disco! 

Much work has gone into transforming the School Hall into a Fiesta Disco Zone and in secret, I have been informed that many of our staff have been sharpening up on their dance moves. A lot of us have not had a dance since we ‘wowed’ the school audience with our dance at the Christmas Concert. This afternoon is time to shake off the cobwebs. 

DJ Fallo and DJ Green will start spinning the decks at 2:45pm for our Kindy to Year Two children with our School Hall to be transformed into a party zone. 

These memorable and exciting days cannot go ahead without the vision and drive of the School P & F Committee. To all of the parents and carers who have given so freely of their time to prepare the disco, on behalf of the children, I would like to say a huge thank you. 

Thank you for providing the platform for our children to make memories. 

During the week, Mr Munro, Mrs Tonkin and I had the pleasure of spending time off site reflecting on the characteristics of high performing teams. One learning that stuck with me throughout the day was based in gratitude and seeing the good in others. The concept is simple and called the ‘Positivity Ratio’. This Positivity Ratio challenges us in our interactions with others to have five positive interactions for every one negative interaction (5:1). Sounds simple right? 

Take a moment to think about this in your own lives. At home with your family, are you meeting that 5:1 ratio? What about with your work mates? What about those you socialise with? What about with God? 

This small act of enhancing positive interactions has many positive benefits on our wellbeing, the wellbeing of others and the building of trust in our relationships which is essential. 

So, with the positivity ratio in mind, it is timely for me to share a few points of gratitude with our community in this edition of the Weekly Reminders! 

Thank you for your ongoing support of your children to achieve their best. 

Thank you for the respectful and graceful way that you engage with school staff and one another at our school. 

Thank you for waving and saying hello in the morning at drop off time, as well as in the afternoon at pick up. 

Thank you for the absentee notes you send in when your children are away. 

Thank you for the pride you place in your child wearing our school uniform.

Thank you for placing your trust in our staff to keep your children safe, as well as to educate your children. 

Thank you for spreading the good news about St Emilie’s to others in the wider community. 

Thank you for getting behind community initiatives. 

St Emilie’s is a good place to be. Thank you for your contribution. 

Congratulations Father Jean-Noel
On Wednesday evening, Father Jean-Noel was surprised outside the Church at the conclusion of Benediction by members of the parish to celebrate the anniversary of the 15th year of his ordination. 

Those in our community will be no strangers to the profound impact that Father Jean-Noel has had on the community at St Emilie’s. Father Jean Noel’s passion and zest for life as well as his faith in God is an inspiration to us all. Father Jean-Noel is a living and breathing example of servant leadership. His humility and down to earth nature draw those he meets in and when you speak with Father Jean-Noel, he has a lovely way of making you feel like you are the only person that exists. 

Father Jean-Noel, congratulations to you. 

Eagle Cup Netball Grand Finals 
On Thursday, St Emilie’s was represented in a netball grand final against Sacred Heart in Thornlie which was played on site here at school. The game was a real arm wrestle and unfortunately, the team from St Emilie’s fell short on the day. The children should be very proud of allowing themselves to play in this exciting game. 

A huge thank you must go to Miss Amy Dreyer for coaching the team throughout Eagle Cup and to Mrs Harvey who did a magnificent job umpiring on the. Day. 

Year Five Assembly – Friday 14 June 
All are welcome to join in the School Hall on Friday 14 June for the Year Five Assembly. Those who do attend are most welcome to remain behind after assembly to enjoy a delicious cuppa. 

Car Park Check-In 
This week, I will be endeavouring to get out to different sections of the car park to observe how the traffic is flowing before and after school at our busiest times. With some upgrades to the car park planned for later in the year, this is a good opportunity to come and share your experiences of the school car park and in particular, if you have noticed anything that is working well in the car park or, anything that requires further attention. 

With the wet weather now settling in for the Winter, another reminder to please be safe in the car park and exercise patience getting to and from school. 

I have to give a huge shout out to the staff at the school who rain, hail or shine can be seen out in the weather ensuring our children get to where they need to go safely.

Lunch Orders @ St Emilie’s
A reminder to all parents and carers that children at St Emilie’s can order their lunch on a Wednesday via school lunch online. For further details, please see the website information page under the Parent Tab.

Community Noticeboard
Did you know that we have a Community Noticeboard at St Emilie’s? The Community Noticeboard is updated regularly and can be found outside the gate to the Early Years space. 

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 Louise Armistead who teaches in both Year Five Blue and Year Five Gold.

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 Eight – You support all members of the school community in making informed decisions about students’. 

At St. Emilie’s Catholic Primary School in Canning Vale, our staff recognise parents and carers as the first and most influential educators of their children. We believe that for a child to achieve their very best, a strong and authentic partnership must exist between school and home. By getting to know our community members in an authentic and real manner, as a staff, we aim to find out about the God given gifts and talents of those in our community and actively aim to provide opportunities for these to be on display. 

Information is shared between school and home in formal and informal ways and the onus is on this flow of information being reciprocal. This means hat it is not just the role of the school to share information. Information should also be forthcoming from home when required to ensure that the school has a true and accurate picture of your child from which we can make the best decision possible. 

As a staff, we strive to treat all in our community with dignity and respect, even during times when we do not agree. This is a courtesy we expect to be shown in return. The aim of our communication is to be jargon free and explained in easy language for all to access and we engage with all parents of a child freely and equally unless otherwise informed. 

At St. Emilie’s Catholic Primary School in Canning Vale, our staff have over 700 years of combined educational experience. While we never attest to knowing everything and we see ourselves as lifelong learners, this is a solid base in which decisions can be made for the good of the children and community. 

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

Chris Burns


Staff in the Spotlight

Mrs Armistead

  1. Name
    Louise Armistead
  2. Role @ St Emilie’s in 2024?
    Year Five Teacher – Monday’s Five Gold, Friday’s Five Blue.
  3. Favourite part about being a staff member @ St. Emilie’s?
    Spending my workdays laughing with the students, telling and hearing stories and making memories together.
  4. What makes St Emilie’s a great community to be a part of?
    The people, for sure. Our staff are special people who give so much to our community. Our students are beautiful, curious learners who make me smile each day. Our parents and community are warm and welcoming.
  5. Favourite pastime/hobby?
    Reading and going for family walks.
  6. Favourite food?
    A home cooked pasta, made from scratch.
  7. Favourite holiday spot?
    So far, probably Barcelona because it feels like Freo.
  8. Favourite sport/team?
  9. What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead at St Emilie’s in 2024?
    Watching the Year Fives grow into school leaders.
  10. What does the school motto ‘Growing in Grace’ mean to you personally?
    For me, to grow in grace is to grow and learn as a community, living as Jesus did, as best we can.


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.



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.

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Last week we shared information about the Friend-o-Meter which is a visual tool that we use to help students assess how they are feeling in their friendships. Like a thermometer, the Friend-o-Meter indicates whether a friendship is in the healthy (green) or unhealthy (red) zone. 

Friendship Fact #1: No Friendship (or Relationship) is Perfect reminds students that it’s normal and okay for a friendship to sometimes dip into the Red-Zone. The key, however, is that they take action to get the friendship back into the Green-Zone. For example, if the friendship is in the Red-Zone because of a Friendship Fire, that means they need to work their way around the Friend-o-Cycle. The goal with all relationships is that they are in the Green-Zone MOST of the time!

Our Year Two students have also made a large visual Friend-o-Meter, as a class.  Each child contributed by decorating a coloured circle and then added themselves to the Friend-o-Meter.  This fun, creative lesson allowed students to play with the Friend-o-Meter and think about how it applies to their friendships.  

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 Nine
Tuesday 11th June – Homework Club

Wednesday 12th June – Staff Meeting

Friday 14th June – Year Five Assembly

Week Ten
Monday 17th June – Feast of St Emilie de Vialar

Tuesday 18th June – Homework Club

Wednesday 19th June – 9am Feast of St Emilie de Vialar Mass
Wednesday 19th June – Staff Meeting

Thursday 20th June – Parent Circle
Thursday 20th June – 1.30pm to 2.45pm St Emilie’s First Reconciliation

Friday 21st June – Year Four Assembly

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 (Year Three 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

P&F News

Fiesta Disco

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 Nine: Trust Is Something You Earn
Week Ten: I Can Wait
Week Eleven: Finish The Things You Start

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

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, ‘Teaching Children That Mistakes Are Okay’ by Dr Justin Coulson.

You won’t find a child more chuffed with themselves than a preschooler who is learning to write their own name. In the beginning, they courageously create a jumble of mixed-up letters and back-to-front S’s to piece together the first iteration of what will become their signature. Very quickly, those mistakes lead to mastery, and they’re equipped with a skill they’ll use hundreds of thousands of times throughout their lives.

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 fill in the online form.