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Weekly Reminders

Term Two Week Ten – Commencing Monday 17th June 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, 

This week is a very important week for our community as we celebrate the Feast of Saint Emilie De Vialar on Monday 17 June. All are welcome to join the children and the parish for Mass on Wednesday 19 June at the Parish Church. Mass commences at 9:00am. 

Saint Emilie De Vialar defines our community. She is the inspiration for the work of our school. The community of St. Emilie’s Catholic Primary School has been shaped by Saint Emilie. 

As you will be aware, this term, children who are enrolled to commence Kindy in 2025 have been touring our school. As our new families come to view our beautiful school, one of my favourite parts of our meeting has been in speaking with them about Saint Emilie.  

Saint Emilie was a very faithful, dedicated, kind and caring follower of God who had a heart full of compassion for the poor and those in need, especially children neglected by their parents as well as those who were ill. She was a person of vision and inherent leadership skills and is the foundress of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Apparition. 

The part of the story that I have been most intrigued with of late is the grit, resilience and determination that was so often demonstrated by Saint Emilie. So many times, Saint Emilie faced adversity and was discouraged or sabotaged so she could not fulfil her life’s vocation. Despite all of this, Saint Emilie drew upon her deep faith and continued her mission for God. 

This is what inspires me the most about Saint Emilie and is what I think is the most valuable lesson for our children, families and staff.

Have faith and stay on course. 

Reconciliation 
This week we keep the children in the parish in our thoughts and prayers as they prepare to celebrate their First Reconciliation. Among the children in the parish who will be celebrating this special event are children from St Emilie’s who have been so beautifully prepared by their families and by Mrs Morrison and Mrs Ryan. 

Reconciliation is a Sacrament that we use every day. To forgive and to reconcile our differences is truly Holy and when we find it in our hearts to do this, we feel lighter for it. Over the years, I have really enjoyed watching the children return from speaking with Father during First Reconciliation as it is evident to see the weight lifted from their shoulders after the Sacrament. 

Refugee Week – Finding Freedom: Families.
National Refugee Week runs annually between 16th June to 22nd June in 2024. This year, the theme of National Refugee Week is ‘Finding Freedom: Families’. 

Freedom is something that as Australians we should never take for granted. National Refugee Week is an opportunity for us all to celebrate the contribution that refugees have had on Australian society. With such a diverse community here at St Emilie’s, some of our own community or their families at some point may have been refugees and so, we know that our community will connect deeply to this week. 

For further information about a free event being facilitated by Communicare next weekend, please visit the link below. 

https://www.communicare.org.au/refugee-week-2024-events/ 

Year Five Assembly  
A huge congratulations to our Year Five children who presented their assembly so beautifully this morning. The children showcased the theme of North and South America and the audience was transfixed the whole way through. Thank you to Mrs Armistead, Mrs Green and Mrs Yock for their efforts in preparing the children. 

Year Six Leaver Shirts 
As you visit St Emilie’s over the coming months you will see that our Year Six children will be wearing their new Leavers Shirts. These children and their new Leavers Shirts were formally shared with our community his morning at assembly. The Leavers Shirts ensure that our leaders stand out in our community with an individual style for the children to wear. 

Farewell Mrs Nicole Chamberlain 
This week is the final week of school for Mrs Chamberlain as she prepares to take some Parental Leave in preparation for welcoming her new baby. Our community is very excited for Mrs and Mr Chamberlain and are already looking forward to a visit from our newest community member. 

Mrs Chamberlain, we wish you and your family all the very best in this very exciting time. 

Success at the FUSE CUP 
Congratulations to Ms Harris and our student representatives at FUSE Cup this week. FUSE Cup which is an international eSports Competition for children to promote safe and healthy gaming habits took place on Tuesday. Our school was represented by two teams with the focus game being ‘Just Dance’. One of our school teams was lucky enough to make the semi-final. Congratulations to Trinity who was judged the best individual performer and has now been invited to the national competition. Congratulations also to Liam who was the most valuable player of the tournament. 

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 Claire Soulsby who currently teaches Science at St Emilie’s. 

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 Nine – You promote and preserve the trust and privilege inherent in your relationship with all members of the school community. 

At the heart of providing the best Catholic education that we can for the children in our care, quality relationships between all members of the school is vital. Quality relationships underpins all we do here at the school and without this foundation, no other work can take place. 

As a staff, we use our position of influence to ensure that we are assisting those in our communities and in particular, the children in our care. By establishing a relationship of trust, we protect our children’s wellbeing. This occurs through the establishment of appropriate boundaries within the different members of the community to ensure that school staff hold a professional space. We aim to be open and transparent with information held by the school while at the same time, protecting the privacy and dignity of others through abiding by the Privacy Act. 

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

Parent Circle – Thursday 20 June @ 9:00am 
Please come and join the fun at Parent Circle this week as Nonna Carmela demonstrates how to cook a traditional Italian pasta dish. All welcome. 

Chris Burns

Principal

Staff in the Spotlight

Mrs Soulsby

  1. Name
    Claire Soulsby
  2. Role @ St Emilie’s in 2024?
    Science Teacher
  3. Favourite part about being a staff member @ St. Emilie’s?
    The welcoming, nurturing environment in which every person is made to feel valued.
  4. What makes St Emilie’s a great community to be a part of?
    Living our faith through our words and actions.
  5. Favourite pastime/hobby?
    Camping with my family and cooking. My father taught me how to make a good stir fry.
  6. Favourite food?
    Chinese food.
  7. Favourite holiday spot?
    Binningup. I love how easily you can walk to the beach from the Caravan Park.
  8. Favourite sport/team?
    Collingwood.
  9. What are you most looking forward to in the year ahead at St Emilie’s in 2024?
    Developing our Bush Tucker Garden and Community Recycling Station.
  10. What does the school motto ‘Growing in Grace’ mean to you personally?
    I was fortunate to be a part of a small group of staff who wrote the song, ‘Growing in Grace’. The words are so beautiful. I love to hear our students sing them all these years later.

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 Coach”

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!

The URSTRONG Parent Membership has some wonderful resources, tips and tricks available to you just like the article about being a Friendship Coach.

Here’s a snippet…

Try thinking of yourself as a “Friendship Coach.” Coaches don’t go out there and play the game for their players. Instead, they give them advice and send them to play. Then, they stand back on the sidelines and watch. When they call their team in, they point out what they saw and give the players some tips and guidance. It should work that way with parents too, coaching your children through their friendships.

Jump over to the URSTRONG Page to read more…

https://urstrong.com/think-of-yourself-as-a-friendship-coach/

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 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

Week Three
Tuesday 30th July – Homework Club

Wednesday 31st July – 8.45am P&F Meeting
Wednesday 31st July – Paul Litherland Student Presentation
Wednesday 31st July – 6pm Paul Litherland Parent Presentation
Wednesday 31st July – Staff Meeting

Thursday 1st August – Year Three & Year Five REA

Friday 2nd August- Pupil Free Day – Two Way Interviews

P&F News

Parent Circle

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 Ten: I Can Wait
Week Eleven: Finish The Things You Start

TERM THREE
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

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, ‘Making Family Life Fun’ by Dr Justin Coulson.

For many of us, fun stopped becoming spontaneous and automatic around the time that we decided we had to be responsible adults. But if we want our families to be happier, we need to find ways to make family life FUN!

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.