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Weekly Reminders

Term Two Week Six – Commencing Monday 20th 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, 

As we enter into Week Six, we celebrate ‘Yay Week’ across the school.

Yay Week is a celebration of the halfway point of the term where we look back at the growth that has occurred across the community for the first half of 2024, as well as resolve ourselves to ensure we are striving to be the best versions of ourselves and our community in the second half of Term Two.

This week, there will be no purposeful practice sent home with the children so they can spend their time after school enjoying themselves doing what they love to do. 

At the start of Yay Week, it is also a good opportunity to remind our community about the importance of wellness and wellbeing over the course of what is an extra long term this term. We all know how to look after ourselves. The tricky part is forming positive habits to ensure we can do this regularly or in times of fatigue and stress. For local support around all things wellness and wellbeing, please be sure to consult our school Community Board located near the Early Years gate. 

For those of you who joined us this morning (there were a lot of you), I know you will all agree that our Year One children did an amazing job in presenting their assembly to the community. Many hours of preparation go into preparing such wonderful assemblies and it was fantastic to see some of our littlest children leading the community. Well done, everyone! 

Mazenod Day
This Tuesday 21 May is the feast day of Saint Eugene de Mazenod. Saint Eugene de Mazenod was originally a refugee who sought refuge in Italy after being displaced from France and along the way was influential in assisting St Emilie de Vialar in her mission of charity. Correspondence has been sent home to the families of children in Mazenod in regard to what they need for Tuesday’s feast day. 

Laudato Si Week
During Week Seven, our school will be celebrating Laudato Si Week. Laudato Si Week is an annual week held in May where communities reflect on Pope Francis’ encyclical entitled “Laudato Si – Our Common Home”. At St Emilie’s, we currently have a focus on sustainability as part of the school’s improvement focus for 2024. During Laudato Si Week, opportunities for the children to reflect on this important sustainability message will be provided. 

For further information on Laudato Si Week, please click the link attached https://laudatosiweek.org

National Simultaneous Story Time
This Wednesday 22 May is National Simultaneous Story Time. This initiative which is led by the Australian Library and Information Association aims to have a simultaneous reading of a picture book across the country. In 2024, the picture book that is being read simultaneously is ‘Bowerbird Blues’ by Aura Parker. Across St Emilie’s, many of our classes have registered for a simultaneous reading in what promises to be an exciting event. 

Premier’s Reading Challenge
The WA Premier’s Reading Challenge is once again off and running with all children at St Emilie’s encouraged to take part. Each child across the school will be given a bookmark to take with them as they aim to read as many books between now and September. Parents and carers, you can create a profile for your child and find out more information by following the following link https://www.premiersreadingchallenge.wa.edu.au/ 

Late Collection of Children From School
An email was sent to all families across the school on Thursday as a reminder of the duty of care hours for children at St Emilie’s. Parents and carers, we ask that you endeavour to collect your children from school by 3:15pm each day. If you are on the odd occasion going to be late, please communicate with the school so we are aware. 

Parent Handbook – Updated on School Website
An updated copy of the Parent Handbook has now been added to the school website.  Follow the link to have a look at the updated Handbook https://stemiliescps.wa.edu.au/parents/parent-handbook/

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 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 Jodie Ryan who is the Class Teacher of Year Three Blue. 

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 Five – You respect the dignity, culture, values and beliefs of each member of the school community.’

This week’s conduct statement in focus is Conduct Statement Five which calls us all to value and respect one another, our cultures, values and beliefs. We are called to be kind and honest and have respectful interactions with one another.  

As a staff we act with fairness and justice for all in our community ensuring that no prejudice exists here at the school on racial, cultural, religious or gender grounds. We strive to be culturally safe and competent. This conduct statement also calls on us as a community to call out and take action against any prejudice or bias we witness at St Emilie’s. 

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
Due to unforeseen circumstances the Henna Drawing session at Parent Circle on Thursday 23 May, has had to be cancelled. We encourage families to still come along for a cuppa on the day. 

Chris Burns

Principal

Staff in the Spotlight

Mrs Ryan

  1. Name
    Jodie Ryan
  2. Role @ St Emilie’s in 2024?
    Year Three Teacher
  3. Favourite part about being a staff member @ St Emilie’s?
    The students and families at St Emilie’s make coming to work an absolute pleasure.  In addition to this, I really value the professionalism and friendships of all our staff at St Emilie’s.
  4. What makes St Emilie’s a great community to be a part of?
    St Emilie’s has a school culture that welcomes everyone.  There is a genuine happiness and kindness that permeates throughout the school community.
  5. Favourite Pastime/Hobby?
    Reading, movies, cooking and eating delicious food.
  6. Favourite Food?
    Seafood
  7. Favourite Holiday Spot?
    Exmouth
  8. Favourite Sport/Team?
    Fremantle Dockers
  9. What Are You Most Looking Forward to in the Year Ahead at St Emilie’s in 2024?
    Seeing the growth in my students and continuing to work with a fantastic team.
  10. What does the school motto ‘Growing in Grace’ mean to you personally?
    To me, ‘Growing in Grace‘ means that we treat each other as Jesus would want us to.  We are kind, respectful, and take care of each other. We take the ups and downs that we are faced with grace and humility.

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 #3

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Additionally, every family here at St Emilie’s has access to a  FREE Membership with URSTRONG.

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Friendship Fact #3: Trust & Respect are the two most important qualities of a friendship.

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 #3. – Trust & Respect are the two most important qualities of a friendship.

Trust and respect are foundational qualities in any strong friendship. Trust forms the basis of reliability and confidence in one another, knowing that you can confide in each other and rely on each other’s support. Respect ensures that each person values the other’s feelings, opinions, and boundaries, fostering a healthy and mutually beneficial relationship. These qualities strengthen bonds and create a safe and nurturing environment where both parties can thrive together.

When children feel connected to their teachers and peers, they are more likely to feel safe, valued, and supported in their learning environment. This sense of connection fosters trust, respect, and a willingness to engage with the content being taught.

The students in the Friendology Curriculum unpack these two concepts deeply and relate them to their own friendships and stage of development.  The connection between trust, respect, and feeling connected in the classroom is deeply intertwined. When these elements are present, students are more willing to engage with the content being taught, knowing that they are in an environment where their well-being and growth are prioritised.

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 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

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

P&F News

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!

 

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 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.