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CATHOLIC SCHOOL PARENTS WESTERN AUSTRALIA PRESENTATION – INVITATION FOR PARENTS & CAREGIVERS

Catholic School Parents Western Australia (CSPWA) is the peak body representing and advocating on behalf of parents who choose a Catholic education for their children in Western Australia. CSPWA work in partnership with Catholic school Parents & Friends (P & F) groups.

On behalf of our P & F Committee, I invite you to a presentation in the library 2:00-3:00pm on Tuesday 30 May 2023. Nicole from CSPWA will lead this presentation – please see the image for further information. This is a wonderful opportunity for our parents and caregivers to engage with our school community, our P & F group,  and CSPWA, while enjoying a light afternoon tea. Please consider coming along. To assist with catering purposes, please register your attendance HERE.

SCHOOL UNIFORM 

I preface this reminder by thanking families who continue to ensure that their child/ren attend school in the correct school uniform every day. We still have some students attending school wearing an incomplete uniform. We ask our students to strive for Excellence in all they do, and it is important that parents and caregivers support their children in doing so. Please familiarise yourself with our Uniform Expectations, which are clearly outlined on our website. Parents agree to adhere to school policies and procedures at enrolment – this includes following the uniform expectations of the school. Thank you for your support. 

STAFFING NEWS 

Mrs Peta Spence has been a longstanding member of our school community, as a parent then member of staff. This year Peta has been an Education Assistant in Year 3/4. Peta has resigned from this position and will finish with us next week. I thank Peta for the contribution she has made to our school community. Mrs Debbie Herbert will be joining our staff on Monday 29 May 2023. Debbie is looking forward to being part of the Year 3/4 team. 

MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST 

It was wonderful seeing so many mothers and mother figures attend our breakfast last week. I thank our dedicated staff for assisting with the planning, setup, and running of the event. We enjoyed our Year One assembly after breakfast, in which our mothers and Mary were celebrated. 

ENRICHMENT SHOWCASE 

Over the last 10 weeks, our Enrichment Students (Years 3-6) have been learning all about the human brain. Mrs Ashleigh Shaw (Enrichment Teacher) and our Enrichment Students invite parents and caregivers to a showcase of learning on Monday 29 May, beginning at 2:20pm. Further information is provided within this newsletter. 

SCHOOL YEARBOOK 

We have decided to cease the publication of an annual yearbook. We took pre-orders for yearbooks last year for the first time, in an effort to reduce our environmental footprint and only order the desired amount. We had just one third of our families order a yearbook. Given the lack of interest, we then needed to consider the time, effort and cost that goes into the production of a school yearbook. We also needed to consider the time we are in – yearbooks had a greater value prior to platforms such as Seesaw and Facebook. Our families gain insight into learning on a regular basis, particularly through Seesaw. Families are able to download their child’s Seesaw portfolio at the end of the school year. This decision has been made after a process of reflection, considering demand, cost, design process, the environment and moving with the times. 

PRE-KINDY – SECOND DAY 

Our Pre-Kindy waitlist continues to grow, and we are looking at the possibility of starting a second Pre-Kindy day (Monday) from the beginning of Term Three. If you are interested, please complete an online Enrolment Enquiry. Please share this information with friends outside our school community who may be interested in our Pre-Kindy program.  

Mrs Russell's News

SCHOOL FEAST DAY

The Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians is Wednesday 24 May. This is also our OLSOTS Feast Day. Our day will begin with Mass at 9:00am – parents and caregivers are welcome to attend. Students will then participate in buddy time activities, before finishing the day with a tabloid sports afternoon.

Students are also invited to come to school in casual clothes and provide a gold coin donation, as we support the Casuals for CatholicCare initiative. All donations will go towards supporting CatholicCare. Please see the message from Bishop Gerard to better understand how this charity supports people in our Diocese.

NATIONALLY CONSISTENT COLLECTION OF DATA ON STUDENTS WITH DISABILITY

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 

MESSAGE FROM BISHOP GERARD

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 Stella Maris. The Stella Maris apostolate serves and attends to the welfare of seafarers. Seafarers face many challenges such as the dangers of working at sea, isolation from families months at a time and loneliness. The pandemic also created some unprecendented challenges for seafarers.

You can watch more about Stella Maris’ important work HERE:

Over past years CatholicCare has provided more than $315,000 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.

Pre-Kindy

We had a wonderful afternoon on Tuesday last week making a Mother’s Day magnets. The afternoon provided a great opportunity for our mums to get to know each other better. We took some special photos to send home to remember our time in our classroom.

Kindy

Thank you to all our mums that came into our class on Friday morning after a wonderful Mother’s Day breakfast and assembly to make a craft for Mother’s Day. The children loved this special time with you and a great chance for our mums to get to know each other. We took some beautiful photos to capture our special time with each other.

Pre-Primary

The Pre-Primary class have been working hard on linking their letter-sound knowledge with reading and writing. We are always looking for words we can read within the room as well as ways to show our writing skills, especially during our InitiaLit lessons in the morning.

Year One

In Year 1, we have been learning all about 2D and 3D shapes. We have been exploring different shapes in our environment as well as discussing the different attributes such as sides and vertices. We have also loved building and making our very own shapes!

Year Two

In Year 2 we have been busy trying to solve a balloon problem for Mrs Connolly. She asked us to plan the best way to display the balloons for Our Lady Help of Christians Feast Day on Wednesday. We had to share the balloons into equal groups and make sure that the bunches would look good in our classroom. After lots of trialling (and Mrs Connolly changing the rules a few times!) we all came up with our best suggestions.

Year Three & Four

In Year 3/4 we were very excited to earn our whole class reward of a ‘pyjama day’ and ‘bring a stuffed toy to school day’. We spent the day all rugged up and loved meeting everyone’s new cuddly friends. Students had the opportunity to get creative and work collaboratively to produce their own imaginative stories all about the adventures their stuffed toys could go on together. We had so much fun planning and acting out our stories with our toys!

Year Five

In Year 5 for Design and Technology we have been looking at trial and error. We have been discovering how people realised that the triangle was the strongest shape for bridges. We have begun planning and experimenting with our own designs to create bridges in class. In Maths we have been looking at capacity making sure that we can accurately measure liquids to the closet millilitre.

Year Six

The Year Six class learnt about The Seafarers Mission and CatholicCare this week with Mrs Russell and then worked together making posters to inform the rest of the school about them. As part of our schools Feast Day celebrations next week, students are encouraged to wear casual clothes for a Gold coin donation to support CatholicCare, specifically raiding funds for the Seafarers Mission.

HIGH SCHOOL TALKS FOR YEAR SIX STUDENTS

Parents are advised that Esperance Senior High School will visit our Year 6 students on Tuesday 30 May to discuss Year 7 and high school. Enrolment forms will be given to students to take home during the visit. Please return the completed enrolment forms to ESHS before Friday 3o June 2023 so that your child is included in ESHS Transition Day in Term 4.

Mr Jordan Smith, Principal of Esperance Anglican Community School, visited our Year Six students last term. Students enjoyed an interactive discussion about all things high school. Please contact the office at EACS if you are considering this as a high school destination.

LOTE: Auslan

During Auslan we have been practising interpreting English to Auslan as well as from Auslan to English. We are becoming very confident with our fingerspelling and colours and have loved being able to show this with hands on activities with different barrier games.

Enrichment

The first unit of Enrichment for 2023 has seen students investigating the human brain. Students have been working hard exploring the different components of the brain, and their various functions and responsibilities. As a culmination of the unit of work, students will be sharing their learnings with the school community. Please join us in the school library on Monday 29 May, from 2:20pm as the Enrichment students present their findings.

Sport

A new initiative this year has been ‘Sports Club’ on Wednesdays at lunchtime.Our Sports Ministry leaders have now taken over the running of this. It has been great as a fun, mixed ages activity to boost physical activity time.Damian, Kyle, Mitchell and Orlaith have designed a fun schedule for the term. Ask your kids at home if they have been involved!

Community Notices

On Mother’s Day members of our school staff participated in the Mother’s Day Classic, supporting the foundation to raise awareness for Breast Cancer. Thank you to Laura Connolly for cracking the whip and getting so many involved.