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Mr Shaw's News

WELCOME TO TERM TWO! 

It has been great returning to school from Long Service Leave this week to see our happy students engaged in learning.  I thank our dedicated staff for their work, ensuring a smooth start to Term Two. I also thank Mrs Lorna Russell for her leadership as Short-Term Principal as we commenced Term Two. We welcome Phoebe (Year 6), Lexi (Year 3), Ruby (Year 1/2) and Maddison (Pre-Kindy) and their families to our school community. 

UNIFORM 

As emailed to parents earlier this week, students are now expected to be wearing full winter uniform, as listed in our Uniform Expectations. Teachers have been asked to follow up with parents regarding children wearing the incorrect uniform. 

SCHOOL IMPROVEMENTS 

The following school improvements took place at the end of Term One and over the school holiday break: 

  • Installation of new school and parish signage, not only showing the place of our Church and school but also representing our unity
  • Arrival of new classroom chairs for Years 3-6 and the Science Lab 
  • Completion of ECE perimeter fencing installation 
  • Replacement of lighting in the junior learning block, moving to LED lighting 

I thank our Grounds team, Sonya Lawry and David Eltringham, for the work undertaken over the school holiday break. 

P & F MEETING 

Our P & F Committee (Rachel, Ryan, Kara and Tina) have scheduled a meeting for Monday 6 May, 5:30 – 6:30pm. The meeting will take place in the Science Lab. Please come along to connect with our Committee members and discuss our P & F priorities. All parents are considered general members of the P & F upon joining the school community at enrolment. We still have two P & F Committee positions open, if you are interested in joining the team. The Committee are supportive of a co-opt arrangement for any additional members for 2024. I thank our newly appointed Class Representatives, Aimee Dixon (Pre-Primary), Tash McCarthy (Year 1/2), Rachel Rawlins (Years 3 and 4/5) and Tina Francis (Year 6) for their support. We are still on the lookout for Kindergarten Class Representative – please contact a member of the P & F Committee if you are interested in taking on this important role. 

MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST 

I look forward to seeing our mothers and mother figures at our annual Mother’s Day breakfast will take place on Friday 10 May. This will take place in our Koortoomitji area and school hall. Invitations have been sent out via SeeSaw. Thank you to those who have already registered for this event – this helps greatly with catering. If you haven’t registered your attendance via Forms, please do so by Tuesday 7 May 2024. 

URSTRONG 

We look forward to our URSTRONG workshop for parents and children, taking place 23 May 2024, 6:00 – 7:15pm. This is an online session, allowing parents and children to join from home. Please see the registration information from Mrs Erin Tyrrell (Leader of Wellbeing) within this newsletter. The URSTRONG program has been launched this term, after teachers completed training during Term One. Initial feedback regarding URSTRONG has been positive, with students enjoying their first few lessons and becoming familiar with the URSTRONG language. I strongly encourage all parents to join the online workshop with their child/ren in order to gain a greater understanding of the program as we continue to work in partnership. 

CONGRATULATIONS! 

A big congratulations to Teal, our School Captain, who has made the Under 12 Girls’ WA State School squad that will compete at the School Sport Australia tournament at the Gold Coast in July! Teal is one of two country basketball players to be selected! Well done! 

NATIONAL EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARDS 

Parents and caregivers have the opportunity to recognise and celebrate our teachers who represent excellence in their teaching career through the National Excellence in Teaching Awards (NEiTA). Please go to neita.com for more information regarding the simple nomination process. 

Mrs Russell's News

Welcome back from the holiday break. I trust your holidays were restful and that you are all ready for another busy term here at Our Lady Star of the Sea. 

May the Month of Our Lady 

Hail Mary, full of grace. 

The Lord is with thee. 

 Blessed art thou amongst women, 

 and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. 

 Holy Mary, Mother of God, 

 pray for us sinners, 

 now and at the hour of our death. 

Amen. 

CARITAS 

Spanning across the six weeks of Lent each year, Project Compassion brings thousands of Australian schools, parishes and supporters together to raise funds for people living in some of the most vulnerable communities across the world.  

Your generous support can help change lives today – and For All Future Generations. 

This year we raised $298.65 for Caritas. Thank you!

SCHOOL FEAST DAY  

This year our school feast day will be on Friday the 24 of May. This is the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians. There will be lots of fun activities planned for the day. 

We will start with a special Our Lady Help of Christians Mass in the morning, commencing at 9:00am. Later in the day we will have whole school buddy time. After lunch there will be a sports afternoon.  

Students can also dress in casual clothes for a gold coin donation on that day towards CatholicCare.  

CATHOLICCARE – ‘People Helping People’ 

Each year our school supports CatholicCare, by participating in their ‘Casual for CatholicCare Gold Coin Day. Our school will have a free dress day on Friday 24 May as part of our school Feast Day celebrations, with the money going towards CatholicCare.  

MESSAGE FROM THE DIOCESE 

CatholicCare was established in 2003 and has provided funds to other Catholic apostolates such as the St Vincent de Paul Society, Stella Maris (formerly known as Apostleship of the Sea), CentreCare, Pregnancy Assistance and the St John of God Social Outreach Program for the purpose of helping those in need in the Bunbury Diocese.  CatholicCare’s motto is:  

‘People Helping People’ 

This year funds raised will go to St Vincent de Paul Society. The St Vincent de Paul Society provides to those in need.  In our Diocese alone there are 15 Society Conferences.  

These provide assistance to a growing number of people in our community through the donation of food, clothing, furniture, fuel and assistance with medical and utility bills which is one aspect of assistance which has increased in volume and value in recent years.  Many come for employment assistance.   

You can watch more about the exceptional work of St Vincent de Paul Society here: https://youtu.be/TBurtsLe6rQ?si=M5qxEunTZCr88Nu6 

Over past years CatholicCare has provided more than $330,000 to assist those in need in the Diocese of Bunbury.  On the Feast of Christ the King each year parishes participate in the CatholicCare Christmas Appeal. In addition, Catholic schools throughout the Diocese are encouraged to participate in ‘Casuals for CatholicCare Day’ a free dress day usually held on or near to the 10th of May, which is the Feast Day of St Damien of Molokai, the Patron of CatholicCare.  Funds directed to the Apostolates are made on the condition that they are extra to budgeted funds and grants ensuring that they do make a difference. 

Thank you most sincerely to students and families for your continued support of CatholicCare through the students Casuals for CatholicCare Days.  Your donation does make a difference. 

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM

As part of the Sacramental program for the children who will be receiving Reconciliation, Holy Communion and Conformation this year, there are some important family meetings with Fr Paul. Parents and Caregivers of sacramental students are asked to attend the following Sunday Masses where Fr Paul will discuss with the families how to best prepare their children to receive the sacraments.  

Sunday 19 May – Mass and Sacramental parent workshop, 9:00am, in the Church. 

Sunday 16 June – Mass and Sacramental parent workshop, 9:00am, in the Church. 

The Sacramental Workshop run by Mildred Rego will be in Term Three, Tuesday 17 September.

NATIONAL CONSISTENT COLLECTION OF DATA ON SCHOOLS WITH DISABILITY (NCCD)

The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (the national data collection) is an annual collection that counts the number of school students receiving an adjustment due to disability and the level of adjustment they are receiving to access education on the same basis as other students.  For more information regarding the NCCD data follow the link below.  

FACT SHEET FOR PARENTS, GUARDIANS AND CARERS 

ANZAC DAY SERVICE

Our school community stopped on Wednesday 24 April for a moment of reflection. Thank you to our Year 6 students who led this special service with reverence and respect. On ANZAC Day, Spencer Mott and Teal Dell’Agostino, our School Captains, along with other students and staff from our school took part in the the ANZAC Day Memorial Service. They participated in the march through the streets of Esperance and laid a wreath at the memorial site during the 11 am ceremony. Teal and Spencer created the wreath that we laid this year, they did an amazing job.  

Australian Early Development Census

Building a national picture of child health 

From 7 May 2024, our school, along with thousands of others across the country, will participate in the Australian Early Development Census (AEDC).  

The AEDC is a teacher-completed census (similar to a questionnaire) which provides a comprehensive picture of how children have developed by the time they start their first year of full-time school. The AEDC is an Australian Government Initiative and is completed nationally every three years. Children don’t miss any class time while the AEDC is completed, and parents/carers don’t need to supply schools with any new information.  

The data collected through the AEDC is used by schools, communities and governments to better understand children and families’ needs, and identify the services, resources and support they need. AEDC data is reported at a school, community, state/territory and national level. AEDC results for individual children are not reported and the AEDC is not used as an individual diagnostic tool. Some teachers have found that completing the AEDC made them more aware of the needs of individual children and their class, and that the data was useful for planning for transitions to Year 1 and developing programs. 

Participation in the AEDC is voluntary, however the AEDC relies on all schools with children in their first year of full-time school participating in the collection. Parents/carers don’t need to take any action unless they choose not to include their children in the census. 

To find out more about the AEDC and how it is being used to help children and families visit: www.aedc.gov.au. 

If you have any questions, you can contact Lorna Russell on 9079 8500 or lorna.russell@cewa.edu.au. 

URSTRONG

URSTRONG – ONLINE PARENT-CHILD WORKSHOP
As mentioned in last terms newsletters, we will be holding an online parent-child workshop this term with URSTRONG. All classrooms have begun delivering the URSTRONG Friendology curriculum this term, which works to develop stronger communication and relationships among students and equips them with the necessary skills to navigate their friendships at any age group.
URSTRONG’s whole-school friendship strategy has improved the social climate in schools around the world, connecting over a million kids, parents, and teachers with a common language of friendship. We are proud to be a URSTRONG School, empowering your children with friendship skills through their award-winning Friendology curriculum.

You are invited to attend an ONLINE Language of Friendship parent-child workshop for URSTRONG Schools on Thursday 23 May at 6:00pmDana Kerford (Founder of URSTRONG) will teach you and your children skills and language to foster healthy, feel-good friendships. This online workshop is incredibly beneficial for parents and students and can open up some really impactful conversations around friendship strategies from the safety of your own home.

Registration Required: CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

*You will receive an email within 48 hours of the event with the zoom details. 

We believe that empowering our students with these skills will create a culture of kindness at our school and we hope you can attend.

Erin Tyrrell
Year 6 Teacher & Leader of Wellbeing

Year 6

On Wednesday the Year Six class led the school in a reverent and respectful ANZAC service. In our class we’ve delved into the significance of ANZAC Day, and during our school camp we visited the ANZAC Centre in Albany. There, we traced the paths of various ANZAC soldiers. ANZAC, short for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, symbolises the joint effort of these nations. ANZAC Day commemorates the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops at Gallipoli, Turkey on April 25, 1915. This event represents their initial major involvement in World War I, resulting in the loss of approximately 8,700 Australian and 2,700 New Zealander lives. Our School Captains Spencer and Teal also made a wreath with Mrs Carmel Halls to lay on behalf of our school at Thursday’s ANZAC Service in town to show our respect and gratitude to the brave men who fought so courageously during World War I, as well as all men and women who have risked their lives fighting in wars so that we may be safe.

Year 1 / 2

We have had a fantastic start to learning in Year 1/2 this term!

We launched our first Friendology session in Week 1 and had fun learning how to be our own BFFs (Best Friends Forever). We transformed ourselves and our furry friends into ‘Friendship Ninjas’! Everyone is very excited to continue on our Friendology journey this term to help us surround ourselves with healthy friendships.

We have also introduced Welcome Circle into our morning routine. This helps us prepare for each day, greeting our friends, celebrating our values and sharing important announcements. We especially enjoy the positive primer that concludes each circle time.

Auslan

In Auslan we have looked at the who, what, why and when of Auslan. We learnt it came about when the first Auslan Dictionary was published on 13  April 1991. This day is now known as Auslan Day, when we celebrate all things Auslan.

P & F News

Please join us for our next P & F Meeting on Monday 6 May @ 5:30 – 6:30 pm in the Science Lab, all welcome.

Community Notices