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Weekly Reminders

Term Two Week One – Commencing Monday 15th April 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, 

On behalf of the staff here at St Emilie’s Catholic Primary School, I would like to take this opportunity to welcome you all back to school for Term Two. I trust that you all had a happy and Holy Easter with plenty of time spent with family and friends. 

Over the holidays, Father Jean-Noel sent through some beautiful photos of the vigils and Masses that took place in the parish over Easter. It was so pleasing to see the church so full of life and energy and to see so many faces from the St Emilie’s school community in attendance. 

The weather over the school holidays has been sensational and I hope that it has provided plenty of opportunity for you and your family to enjoy the great outdoors. Over the holidays, myself and my family took some time out on Rottnest Island and up into the Wheatbelt. When travelling around Western Australia, I always take time to be thankful for how lucky we are in to live in such a beautiful part of the world. We are indeed blessed. This coming week looks to be fine and sunny to welcome us back to Term Two. 

The staff at the school are eagerly awaiting the return of the boys and girls on Monday 15th April for another exciting term of ‘Growing in Grace’ at St Emilie’s. 

Harmony Day – Friday 19th April 2024 
Harmony Week across Australia was celebrated in the second last week of Term One. Given the importance of Harmony Week in such a diverse and multicultural community like St Emilie’s, the decision was made to move Harmony Day to the first week back to school this term. This way, we can truly celebrate our community for the rich tapestry of culture that it is. 

On Friday 19th April, children across the school are invited to wear orange to school or to dress up in their cultural dress and come to school. The P & F will kindly donate an icy pole to the children on this day to ensure that Harmony Day ends with a sweet treat. 

We thank the Year Four children and staff who presented us all with a very informative Assembly last term about the importance of Harmony Day. 

School Tours 
This Thursday, our school will be hosting tours for any prospective families who are interested in enrolling at St Emilie’s to find out more about this wonderful community. I would ask that you spread the word far and wide and invite people to join one of the tours. 

For further information, please scroll down to view the flyer which has a QR Code to register for a tour. 

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 from 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. 

Reporting to Parents – Semester One Reports 
At the end of this term, Semester One Reports will be sent home to parents and carers across the school via the Seqta Engage App. Further information about Semester One Reports will be sent to families closer to the end of the term. 

The next Two Way Interviews for parents and carers will take place in Term Three on Friday 2nd August. During this Two Way Interview, parents and carers will have the opportunity to reflect on the Semester One Report with your child’s Class Teacher, as well as set goals for your child for the end of the year. It is essential that parents and carers continue to maintain contact with your child’s Class Teacher to ensure that the school and home partnership remains strong. School staff will continue to keep parents and carers informed of their child’s progress through our usual means (email, phone calls, meetings, SeeSaw etc). When school and home are working closely together, our children grow to their full potential. 

Open Classrooms Evening will also be held toward the end of Term Three. 

Parent Contact Lists 
Parent Contact Lists have now been distributed by the school and shared with families across the year levels by the Year Level Reps. These lists which contain the details of those people who were happy to share their details are a good way for the families in a year level cohort to continue to build on the sense of community at that year level through the organisation of outside of school events. 

URSTRONG – Visuals for Home 
As a follow on to the terrific URSTRONG Parent Information Evening, parents and carers are reminded about the wonderful resources including visuals such as posters that can be found on the URSTRONG website. Each family can access a free membership for URSTRONG given our school is registered with URSTRONG. I encourage you to scroll down for further details on how to log on. 

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 Amy Andrews who works as part of our Admin Team.  

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.  

The St. Emilie’s Catholic Primary School Code of Conduct contains 12 Conduct Statements which outline the minimum standard of behaviour expected at all times. Over the next few weeks, the conduct statements will be unpacked one at a time to provide the community with a deeper understanding of what is being outlined. 

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

Uniform News 
As the nights and mornings become cooler, now is the time that children may start wearing warmer items of school uniform to school. In the last edition of the Weekly Reminders, parents and carers were strongly encouraged to give themselves plenty of time to visit Image Embroidery and purchase any of the items required for their children. 

In conversations with Image Embroidery over the holidays, Image Embroidery have confirmed that they will honour the original pricing for all orders made before Monday 15th April 2024. After this, all new uniform purchases will fall under the new pricing structure. 

Information was sent to families on Thursday 28th March which outlined details of the new prices as well as the announcement that we will be commencing a review on uniform supply at the school.  

Footy Tipping News 
The inaugural St. Emilie Catholic Primary School Footy Tipping Competition is well and truly underway with 63 participants slogging it out to be crowned the communities best footy tipper. The leaders at this stage are: 

  1. Michalzuk  
  2. Theodore AE
  3. Swannies 24
  4. Freofan85

All of these participants are on 30 points. If you are already registered on the ESPN Footy Tipping App, you can still join the competition. It is not too late. The entry price is $24 with all money going to the school. 

Please share the good news stories 
I would ask that parents and carers continue to share their good news stories with the school of our children doing amazing things outside of school. These good news stories are great to share at our Assemblies after lunch on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays. I would ask that any good news stories are sent to stemiliesadmin@cewa.edu.au. 

Our children consistently make us proud at this school every day. It is important that their achievements, growth and effort are shared! 

Parent Circle 
Please note in your diary that on Thursday 9th 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. 

Homework Club 
We are pleased to share that once again Homework Club will commence this term on Tuesday afternoons. Homework Club is available for children in Year Four to Year Six. Applications have now closed and children who will be participating will be notified early this term. 

Chess Club 
Chess Club is back in 2024! This year, Chess Club will be led by our new Chess guru, Mr Munro and will take place across two lunchtimes per week instead of after school. Further details will be shared with the children at assembly this week about how they can get involved. 

Chris Burns

Principal

Staff in the Spotlight

Mrs Amy Andrews

  1. Name
    Amy Andrews
  2. Role @ St Emilie’s in 2024?
    Administration and Finance Officer
  3. Favourite part about being a staff member @ St Emilie’s?
    I have many reasons to be grateful to be a St Emilie’s staff member. I love that I can come to work and feel valued, have a laugh and be able to contribute to this wonderful community. We have some very talented cooks on staff, shared lunches and roll days are a definite favourite.
  4. What makes St Emilie’s a great community to be a part of?
    Our safe and beautiful environment.
  5. Favourite Pastime/Hobby?
    Baking, long walks with my border collie Lucy and spending quality time with my husband and children.
  6. Favourite Food?
    Italian and I have a weakness for anything sweet!
  7. Favourite Holiday Spot?
    Europe and New York City in my 20s would have to be my favourites. Singapore with my children was wonderful and I’m looking forward to a wedding this year in Croatia.
  8. Favourite Sport/Team?
    Carlton Blues
  9. What Are You Most Looking Forward to in the Year Ahead at St Emilie’s in 2024?
    I was really looking forward to camp and it did not disappoint.
  10. What does the school motto ‘Growing in Grace’ mean to you personally?
    Building positive, kind, caring, respectful children who will be proud of who they are and be ready to take on life after primary school.

Enrolments

IMPORTANT - Calling All Sibling Enrolments NOW

Interviews for Kindy students 2025, will begin 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

Creating a Culture of Kindness

Do you follow URSTRONG on Facebook??  We do!!!!

This month, the URSTRONG team are exploring EMPATHY in friendships.

Empathy is the ability to imagine how our friends are feeling. It’s the experience of ‘feeling with’ them so that we can truly try to see things from their perspective.
This is such an important skill in friendships that strengthens connections and de-escalates conflict. In the Friendology curriculum, empathy is taught and practised through role-plays and common scenarios kids experience with their friends.  Empathy is embedded throughout our Fruits of the Holy Spirit program including this term’s focus Fruits – Gentleness, Peacefulness and Self-Control.
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 One
Monday 15th April – Term Two Begins

Wednesday 17th April – Staff Meeting

Friday 19th April – Harmony Day Dress Up Day

Week Two
Monday 22nd April – Year Six Interschool Cricket Carnival

Tuesday 23rd April – 3pm to 4pm – Homework Club

Wednesday 24th April – Staff Meeting

Thursday 25th April – Anzac Day Public Holiday

Friday 26th April – Pupil Free Day

Week Three
Monday 29th April – Pupil Free Day

Tuesday 30th April – Kindy 2025 Interviews Begin

Tuesday 30th April – 3pm to 4pm – Homework Club

Wednesday 1st May- 8.45am P&F Meeting
Wednesday 1st May – Staff Meeting

Friday 3rd May – Year Three Assembly

Friday 3rd May – Eagles Cup Game One vs Salvado Catholic College

Week Four
Tuesday 7th May – 3pm to 4pm – 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 – 3pm to 4pm – 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

School Tour

St. Emilie’s Catholic Primary School warmly welcomes prospective parents to an exclusive tour of our school. On Thursday, April 18, we will host two exclusive tours, please select tickets for either the 9.30am or 4pm time slot. Tours will begin at the front of the St Emilie’s School Administration building. Families are asked to share the below information with any families that may be interested in enrolments here at St Emilie’s.  Registration is via the QR code and Eventbrite.

P&F News

HARMONY DAY – EVERYONE BELONGS!!!
Wear something orange, or traditional dress from your country of origin, on Friday 19th April.

Fruit of the Holy Spirit

Gentleness

Gentleness is defined in the dictionary as “the quality of being kind, tender, or mild-mannered.”  In terms of the fruit of the Spirit, the kind of gentleness we’re interested in involves showing humility and thankfulness towards God, as well as polite, restrained and compassionate behaviour towards everyone else. If we think about gentleness is in terms of its opposites, we find that it is countered by a desire for revenge, a sense of self-importance, or the expression of anger.

Gentleness is a gift of the Spirit, but as a trait it is produced when a softened heart abides in Jesus. It may be a gift, but true gentleness also demands something on our parts: intention.  Being intentionally kind, compassionate, and humble towards others, especially when they are facing struggle or difficulty.

Gentleness is the fruit of the Spirit that demands most from us.  It means adopting a position where we effectively place ourselves third on the list – putting God and other people before ourselves.  This isn’t something that makes us feel that comfortable.  It requires humility and sacrifice, patience and compassion – qualities that we might feel that we lack (even on our best days).  But the good news? God shows us the way.  His Word is a lamp to our feet and a light to our path, and He never gives us gifts that we can’t use.

Term Two

Weeks One to Three = Gentleness
Week One: Be Sensitive to the Needs and Feelings of Others
Week Two: Express Your Feelings Gently
Week Three: I am Grateful

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.

Parent Reading

This week under the Parent Reading heading, we have included an article titled, ‘TDefusing Explosive Children’ by Dr Justin Coulson. A challenging situation presents itself. Capable kids navigate it, often with confidence. If they’re not quite there but believe they can do it, they’ll go for it. But if they’re incompetent, they pull back. Feeling incompetent can lead to withdrawal or explosions. And they don’t do well… because they can’t!

Defusing-Explosive-Children

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.