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Weekly Reminders

Term Two Week Three – Commencing Tuesday 30th 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, 

This week’s edition of the Weekly Reminders is dedicated to our ANZACS, those brave men and women who have dedicated their lives to the protection of Australia and in keeping and preserving peace around the world. 

Today, our Year Four children led our whole school in a reverent and respectful prayer service in the school undercover area. These children explained to the rest of the student body about the significance of the day and why as Australians, we owe so much to these amazing men and women. 

In our lives where we enjoy all of the freedoms that are wonderful country allows us to have, over the extra long weekend which is upon us, take time to slow down and reflect on those who gave their all so we could have everything. Lest we forget. 

May, the Month of Mary
Next week we enter into the month of May which, traditionally for Catholics is the month that we dedicate and devote to Mary. Traditionally, the Rosary was prayed throughout homes in the month of May in honour of Mary. Pope Francis has recently called upon the Catholic church to rediscover the Rosary in May. If you are looking for online resources which may help you and your family in praying the Rosary, we have included some below. 

https://www.thecatholickid.com/how-to-pray-the-rosary-for-kids/ 

https://www.teachingcatholickids.com/the-rosary-mysteries/ 

https://mycatholickids.com/short-history-of-the-rosary/ 

Week Two and Three Pupil Free Days – Thursday, Friday & Monday
A reminder that tomorrow is a Public Holiday for ANZAC Day and Friday is a Pupil Free day. Monday 29 April is also a Pupil Free day for children as staff will be gathering together on this day for professional development. 

Interschool Cricket Carnival 
On Monday, four teams of cricketers from Year Six made their way to Kent Street Senior High School in Victoria Park to participate in the T20 Blast Interschool Cricket Carnival. In somewhat blustery conditions, the children played the games in great spirits and had a go in every game they played. One of the girls teams that represented the school on the day won their tournament and one of the boys teams finished third. Well done to all involved. 

Carpark Safety 
Given that we are at the start of a new term, it is timely to remind parents and carers once again about the correct, appropriate and safe way to use the school car park. Our aim in the carpark is always to ensure that our children and community are safe getting dropped off at school and picked up at the end of the day. 

It was reported to me during the week that we still have some parents and carers mounting the footpath on Amherst Road and parking at the fringe of the school oval. Please do not do this. Driving on the footpath puts pedestrians at risk especially young children who can be difficult to see. 

Parents and carers, if you have people who are unfamiliar with how our school car park works and they are dropping off or collecting your children, please ask them to watch this clip on our school website https://stemiliescps.wa.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2023/12/St_Emilie_s_Carpark_Procedure_-_PDA.mp4
We ask that you share this information with family members who may assist you in dropping off and collecting your children.

For further information about the safe use of carparks brought to you by the City of Gosnells, please see the flyer at the bottom of the Weekly Reminders. 

Uniform – Socks
Thank you, parents and carers for being fully supportive of our school uniform procedures here at school. A gentle reminder that at St Emilie’s the correct socks that children should be wearing between Year One to Year Six are ankle socks which, are short socks that sit just at the ankle. These can be purchased from shops such as Big W and Kmart. We ask that your children not come to school in long socks or anklets which are invisible. 

HBF Run for a Reason – Support for the Loader Family
The Loader Family along with some dear friends of the family are participating in the HBF Run for a Reason this year to raise funds for the Heart Foundation. Due to the unexpected loss of Mr Simon Loader in 2022, father of Jessica (former student) and Ethan (year Three student), this is a cause that is very near to the family’s and our community’s hearts. The team are aiming to beat last year’s efforts. 

If you would like to donate to this wonderful cause, please find the link below 

https://runforareason24.grassrootz.com/heart-foundation/ynwa-simon 

Reminder to join your Year Level Facebook Page – Calling all Kindy families
A reminder to all parents and carers that each year level has its own Facebook page which is facilitated by the Year Level P&F Reps for the year. Great information is shared on this Facebook page and it is a great opportunity to network with other families including social outings for children and parents. 

We especially call on our Kindy families, many of whom are new to the school in 2024 to please join the Year Level Facebook Page.  

For further information please contact the Admin Office or visit https://stemiliescps.wa.edu.au/our-community/parents-friends/ 

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. 

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 Father Jean-Noel. Father Jean-Noel is an integral part of our community and works closely with the school, walking with us on our journey and offering guidance to all in our community. He brightens up our day when he comes to visit with his zest for life, appetite for a story and infectious laugh. 

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 Two – ‘You give priority to student’s safety and wellbeing in all your behaviour and decision making’. 

Standard Two challenges us as adults to remember that at all times we have individual and collective responsibility for the children in our care and for whom we interact with. The safety and well being of the children at St Emilie’s is always paramount and the number one consideration for decision making. Any actions in contradiction to the safety and well being of the children are not acceptable. 

As staff in a Catholic school, this standard challenges us to ensure that we are drawing on the voice of the child in real and meaningful ways as well as communicating in ways that the children and parents and carers can understand which means it is free of educational jargon and accessible for all.

Parents and carers are called to support the school in this standard. This standard is also a reminder for our staff of the inherent trust that parents and carers place on staff when they drop their children to school. This is a trust that we take very seriously. 

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

P & F Meeting – Wednesday 1 May @ 8:45am
All are welcome to join in the school P & F Meeting on Wednesday 1 May at 8:45am in the Staffroom. All parents and carers whether they have attended a meeting previously or not are most welcome.  You can find the minutes to the previous meeting on our Website under the P&F tab.

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

Father Jean-Noel

  1. Name
    Fr. Jean-Noël Antoine MARIE
    I was born on Christmas Eve in the pontificate Pope John XXIII…hence the first name Jean-Noël
  2. Role @ St Emilie’s in 2024?
    Parish Priest since 6 January 2018
  3. Favourite part about being a staff member @ St Emilie’s?

    The fellowship, the opportunity to communicate and share my passion as a Priest and Pastor and finding my rightful place within the wider Parish/School community.
  4. What makes St Emilie’s a great community to be a part of?

    Our Parish is a young, vibrant, multicultural community that affirms my vocation as a Priest every single day. It embodies the spirit of the Risen Christ. It energises me, challenges me to the core at times but also helps to grow and develop into the person that God is calling me to become.
  5. Favourite Pastime/Hobby?

    Reading, listening to French music and keeping in touch with world affairs.
  6. Favourite Food?

    Pizza, sandwiches, a nice dhal every so often…
  7. Favourite Holiday Spot?

    Mauritius. Haven’t been back since 2019.
  8. Favourite Sport/Team?

    West Coast Eagles (AFL) & Aston Villa (EPL)
  9. What Are You Most Looking Forward to in the Year Ahead at St Emilie’s in 2024?

    Becoming a more welcoming and more supportive community, especially in the area of pastoral care of the sick and the most vulnerable amongst us.
  10. What does the school motto ‘Growing in Grace’ mean to you personally?

    Becoming more fully what God is calling me to become. Finding my true self. And becoming more like Christ every single day and to serve him in those I meet.

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

Inner Ninjas and Being Your Own BFF

“Today you are you. That is truer than true. There is no one alive who is YOUer than YOU!” (Dr Seuss )

Our Year One students have been learning about being an Inner Ninja and loving yourself as a best friend, in the URSTRONG Friendology curriculum.  They drew self-portraits and created a frame to add it to.  Each student reflected on why they LOVED themselves.  I am sure you will agree they look fantastic.

In order for students to create and maintain healthy friendships, and strengthen their self-awareness and self-worth, it is important that they can reflect positively about who they are in the world and be kind to themselves. Happy, healthy friendships form when children are authentic and kind – to both themselves and others.

Our Friendology curriculum is designed to help students embrace their identity, reflect positively on their personal qualities, and feel good about who they are. Students learn that, in order to amazing friends with others, they need to be a best friend to themselves first.

“In Friendology, this is why session one is called: Inner-Ninja! Your Inner Ninja is the Friendship Ninja that lives inside of you. Your Inner Ninja is self-compassion and self-love and self-care and self-respect and self-worth. Your Inner-Ninja treats you like a best friend!”

Older students have time to reflect on: You cannot be connected to someone who is disconnected from themselves. And for our older students, we tell them this is called: Self-Compassion

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 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

Week Six
Yay Week
Tuesday 21st May – Feast of Eugene de Mazenod & Mazenod House Day

Thursday 23rd May – Parent Circle

Friday 24th May – Eagles Cup Game Two @ St Maria Goretti

Week Seven
Laudato Si Week
Tuesday 28th May – 3pm to 4pm – Homework Club

Wednesday 29th May – 8.45am P & F Meeting

Wednesday 29th May – Staff Meeting

Friday 31st May – Pupil Free Day

Busy Bee

The St Emilie’s Busy Bee will be held on Friday 3rd May from 3.30pm to 5pm.  We are in need of parent volunteers to assist on the day. We could not run this event without your help, so thank you very much for your time if you choose to help!

We are asking volunteers to come and assist Mr Cogger with a few jobs like mulching and pruning. Volunteers are asked to bring a pair of gloves each and where possible a shovel, pruning tools and a wheelbarrow.

At the conclusion of the Busy Bee, we will have a Sausage Sizzle and refreshments.

Please complete the below form by Tuesday 30th April to register your attendance and the number of Sausage Sizzles required.

We thank you in advance

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).

Parent Circle

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 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.

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.

After-School Soccer Coaching Clinics (Term 2)

All Pre-Primary to Year 2 children have an opportunity for an After-School Soccer Coaching Clinic starting Wednesday the 1st May (3.10pm – 4.00pm). We will conduct it on the school grounds. This Play 4 Life activity is coordinated and run by Inuka Football through their Qualified Coaches and/or Soccer Specialists, all with their Working with Children Checks. The Clinic focuses on Maximum Participationduring Organised and Fun 6 x 50 min sessions. The cost for the clinic is $60.00 per child. If you are interested in letting your child learn and play this World Game in fun sessions and you have not yet registered, then please register online at www.inukafootball.com or complete the registration form and return it to reception. (Spare registration forms are available at reception). If you have any queries, please call Rama at Inuka Football on 0401 883 345.