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Weekly Reminders

Term Two Week Two – Commencing Monday 22nd 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, 

Harmony Day has been a hot topic at St. Emilie’s Catholic Primary School this week with our children and staff very excited for the amazing day that we had today to celebrate the uniqueness of every single person in this community, while at the same time highlighting our togetherness as a community.

On Thursday, one of our Year One children asked me a question on the way out of school which has compelled me to think deeply over the last day or two. His question to me was ‘Mr Burns, what is culture?’ At first, I was taken aback by such an insightful and inquisitive question at that time in the afternoon and when I thought about an answer, it dawned to me that culture is something that can be quite difficult to define. 

After reflecting on the question, the simplest way to describe culture is ‘culture is the way we do things in our place’. If we think about culture as an action, we can reflect on what actions make up the culture of any place or nationality, including what the culture of our school is. What do we do as a collective at St Emilie’s to ensure we enjoy the wonderful school culture we have at our school? 

One point that comes to mind for me is the way we embrace diversity and different ‘cultures’ at St Emilie’s. Each child and family that attends our school brings with them their own family culture, whether it be from overseas or from Australia. 

Did you know that at St Emilie’s we have: 

19 religions represented across our community 

26 ethnicities or nationalities represented 

Our families speak over 30 languages and dialects from around the world 

And, we all belong to the one school where we ‘Grow in Grace’ together. 

Today, on Harmony Day at St Emilie’s, I remind you to be proud of your family’s culture and the culture of our school. We are all blessed to be a part of it. 

 We thank our wonderful P & F for treating our children to an icy pole today. A great way to end a great first week.

Week Two and Three Pupil Free Days – Thursday, Friday & Monday
A reminder that Week Two and Week Three are short weeks for everyone at St Emilie’s. Children will only attend school on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in Week Two. Thursday 25 April is a Public Holiday for ANZAC Day and Friday 26 April 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. 

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. 

Data Collection – Have your details changed since enrolment? 
An email was sent by Mrs Amy Andrews on Thursday 18 April in regard to updating your family details. Please note that you only have to update your family’s details if they have changed since your child was enrolled at St Emilie’s. 

If your details have not changed, there is no need to update them. 

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. 

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 term. 

The next Two Way Interviews for parents and carers will take place in Term Three on Friday 2 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 call, meetings, SeeSaw etc). When school and home are working closely together, are children grow to their full potential. 

Open Classes evening will also be held toward the end of Term Three.  

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 is able to 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 Suzanne Gomes who works as part of our Pre Primary 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. 

This week we unpack Standard One – ‘You act safely & competently’. 

Standard One of the St. Emilie’s Catholic Primary School Code of Conduct highlights the need for safety to be the number one priority of every person who enters the school site.

For school staff, this standard calls us to act within the scope of our professional expertise and to know when to refer a child or family to an external expert if required. As staff, we commit to ongoing professional development to ensure that we are continuously developing our knowledge, skills and attitudes and that we are leaning on the best and most current educational practice. 

For the wider community, acting with safety and competence when at St. Emilies Catholic Primary School places the emphasis on all adults on site to take the direction from school staff to ensure safety and best educational practice. We ask parents and carers to value and respect the professional opinions made by the staff of the school who are experts in education. This requires parents and carers to act in line with wider CEWA procedures and school policies and ensure that as parents and carers you are actively involved in your child’s education. 

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 recent weeks, 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 15 April 2024. After this, all new uniform purchases will fall under the new pricing structure. 

Information was sent to families on Thursday 28 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.  

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 9 May, we have organised a visitor from Ngala to come in to our school to speak with parents and carers about what they can offer.  

I know there are a lot of new born 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. 

Chris Burns

Principal

Staff in the Spotlight

Mrs Suzanne Gomes

  1. Name
    Suzanne Gomes
  2. Role @ St Emilie’s in 2024?
    Education Assistant in Pre-Primary Blue
  3. Favourite part about being a staff member @ St Emilie’s?
    My favourite part about coming to school each day is to listen to the children’s funny creative stories, be it in their paintings, in their drawings or even in their casual conversations. It makes me reminisce that we were all little not too long ago and were once a little person too. At the start of any school year I have worked so far, I would notice their capabilities and uniqueness. When Term Four breezes by they are ready to fly to the big school I definitely see their confidence and maturity in their friendships, their oral language, their work samples have more meaning and it makes me feel content to know they will take away something they have learnt at Pre-Primary.
  4. What makes St Emilie’s a great community to be a part of?
    I have been in this Community for 20 years and all I can say is that,
    Our St. Emilie’s community has so much to offer, we are part of a great team of professional, creative and dedicated human beings. There is always a staff member ready to help and offer their listening ear when needed. Everyone has their unique gifts to share in their own special way. I am proud to be working at St Emilie’s.
  5. Favourite Pastime/Hobby?
    Cooking, crocheting, painting, basically anything that requires a creative spin on it. I love getting my hands dirty, either in dirt, in paint or in clay. I love making pasta or kneading bread dough, the outcome would be a feel good moment of freshly baked bread wafting through the house.
  6. Favourite Food?
    Noodles like Singapore Seafood laksa or Mee Siam for my Asian taste buds but for a European flavour would be seafood pasta in Squid ink.
  7. Favourite Holiday Spot?
    Definitely has to be Sorrento Italy
  8. Favourite Sport/Team?
    Tour de France / Fremantle Dockers
  9. What Are You Most Looking Forward to in the Year Ahead at St Emilie’s in 2024?
    I am looking forward to watching our new recruits in Pre-Primary grow into confident little people.
  10. What does the school motto ‘Growing in Grace’ mean to you personally?
    I personally feel that having a strong Catholic faith gives me more meaning in life and as I go about from day to day I am learning the graceful meaning of my increased faith in God, love and understanding for my family and friends. In due time everything falls into place in faith as we all grow in grace as individuals.

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

“You’re not the same as your friends & you’re not supposed to be!” It’s time to celebrate our differences!

Harmony Day is a day that as a community we celebrate our strength in diversity. We have a very diverse community here at St Emilie’s, with families and staff coming from all over the country and all over the world, each one of us bringing our God-given gifts to St Emilie’s.

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

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.

In our URSTRONG curriculum, we embrace and teach diversity as the amazing differences between us that make the world a better place!

Students learn “Friendship Ninjas embrace diversity! They’re really good at accepting, honouring, and even celebrating the differences between us.”  and we remind our students that  “You’re not the same as your friends and you’re not supposed to be! What would the world be like if we were all the same?”

Sometimes big concepts like “diversity” or “gratitude” can feel really abstract for children. URSTRONG looks at social-emotional wellbeing through the lens of friendship and what better way to make some connections for our students.  Happy Harmony Day to you all.

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 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

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

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

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. 

If your child is interested please read the information and complete the form below. 

Chess Club Information and Nomination Form.

Copies are also available from Admin.

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).

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 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, ‘The Power of Habit’ by Dr Justin Coulson. It’s not just about what you do today, but about what you do every day. Your family’s happiness and your parenting effectiveness will reflect the habits you establish over time.

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.