Week 7 Reminders

and Celebrations - Term 3 2021

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From the Principal

Dear Families,

Happy weekend ahead everyone and thank you again for all the ways that you continue to make your child's experience here at school the very best it can be ...by:

- keeping calm under pressure (whether from work or the daily challenges of family life)

- modelling what respectful relationships look, sound and feel like

- protecting kids from bad news stories on TV

- being mindful about making time to thank your child - not just for what they do or achieve, but for who they ARE!

It has been a great week with much to celebrate and be proud of! We hope you enjoyed a Purposeful Practice (Homework) Free week and made the most of the time that was freed up each day for other family pursuits!

Next Tuesday is our Book Week Incursion and Dress up day - thank you for helping your child to get into the spirit of the day.

Wednesday is our Community Mass led by Year Two's - all families are very welcome to come along for this half hour mass - a great way to start the day!

Friday is the Family breakfast and we now have 500 or so orders! As we hope you will appreciate, this opportunity is less about the food and more about the chance to catch up during what continues to be an uncertain COVID time for so many on the East coast. May we enjoy our brekky burgers, time spent with our kids and families, and be really grateful for being in Phase 5 and living in WA! Hopefully we are all getting vaccinated soon so the path ahead is a lot brighter for everyone!

All the very best everyone!

Kindest regards

Tania Thuijs


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"Reading is the gateway skill that makes all other learning possible."

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Here is Miss DeGooijer from Year One Blue, reading a great story to her class early this morning and as you can see, she has a very captive audience!

Reading aloud to your kids at home also has so many proven benefits. When you have a moment, please read the short article below.

We continue to encourage all St Emilie's parents to join your local library and select some great titles that interest your child.

Likewise, find a regular time to read to your children - funny books, quests, nail-biting adventure stories - your kids will love it!

Childhood is made all the more happy and relaxing with special moments, spent in the company of Mums and Dads, simply spending time with their children.

Thanks everyone - reading is the gift that keeps on giving!

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Wow! Congratulations Jessica!

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Jessica Loader (a former St Emilie's student) and her little brother Ethan are pictured above standing in front of Jess's winning entry in the Canning Art Awards - an exhibition held at the Riverton Library for artists 12+. Her piece was selected from a number of entries created by some very experienced artists so she has much to feel very proud of! We think you'll agree that there are some great techniques going on in her finished piece!


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Luke Jackson was awarded the AFL Rising Star Award on Thursday night. The ruckman, who plays for Melbourne (enough said about that!) :) was crowned the league’s best young player of the season.

Mrs Melissa Jackson, a PP Teacher Assistant here at St Em's and Luke's proud Mum, was of course overjoyed by the news. It has of course been very hard for the family in these Covid times not being able to see each other in person.

Congratulations Luke and we hope that one day you will be back playing for WA ( in the blue and gold preferably!!!) :)


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Congratulations to our wonderful St Emilie's Year 4-6 Dance Troupe on their fabulous performance last Friday night at the Perth Convention Centre.

Below is a link to a recording of the performance - enjoy!


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Congratulations to all the fabulous members of our School Choir who sang two songs at their recent Vasto Club performance.

Mr Dabbs and Mr Munro attended and were very proud of each and every one of them, just as we all are!

We look forward to hearing our choir perform next term at our Christmas Concert and thank them all for their efforts throughout the year.

We have met baby Naden!

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Cassie (Mr Dan Naden's wife) brought little baby Jake in for a special visit this week, much to the delight of staff and students alike! Like all new parents there are sleepless nights, however they have been taking it all in their stride and feel very blessed indeed.

PS Little Jake is a real cutie patootie :)

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A HUGE thank you to the following staff members, for their outstanding contribution to the Performing Arts in our school :

Mrs Tahni Green

Mrs Chantelle Carruthers

Miss Tiana Massimi

Mr Nick Dabbs

Mrs Louise Armistead

Our children are very lucky indeed to have such rich opportunities to participate in dance, choir, band and drama.

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One way of dealing with stress and worry is by focusing on being grateful...

Modelling gratitude and finding 'the silver lining' in a situation is a wonderful gift that we can give to our kids!


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The theme for Book Week this year is - OLD WORLDS, NEW WORLDS, OTHER WORLDS.

The shortlisted titles can be found below and are also on our shelves in the library.


It is always a fun day seeing children from Kindy to Year 6 dressed up as a favourite book character. Ideally characters will be from a book that can fit into this year's theme! Bringing the book in is the ideal, but if your child can't do this, sending them with a copy of the front cover is also great!

Some costume ideas:

Here are some simple Book Week book character dress up ideas that you can create with things you’ll find in the family’s wardrobes.


PP-Year 2 children will be walking to the hall to watch the live performance at approximately 8.50am. Parents of these children may like to stand in the PP grounds and take a photo of the kids in costume as they walk in line to the hall.

Thanks Mums and Dads for helping to bring books to life and to promote reading as a wonderful thing to do!


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St Emilie's Personal Advocacy Service is an outreach of the Catholic Church providing one to one friendship and advocacy support for people with intellectual disabilities.

As advertised last term, St Emilie's Parish has begun this PERSONAL ADVOCACY SERVICE here in our school hall for young adults with an intellectual disability.

The service operates as a small group in with trained parish community volunteers (you may recognise two advocates - Sr Geetha and Liselle Long in the photo!) Friends with disabilities receive ongoing support and encouragement from Group Facilitators and fellow Advocates.

For many people with intellectual disabilities living independently or isolated from family contact, this ongoing friendship/relationship is perhaps one of the only constants in their lives.

Being in a small group and linked one on one with volunteers from the local community encourages a variety of relationships to develop. In time and with support, opportunities in the community increase.

If you know of a family in the community whose son or daughter might benefit from this free program, please leave your details with the Office and they will be passed on to one of the organisers.

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Absent or late?

If your child is absent or late for school the explanation note must be sent to BOTH the

Class teacher: eg mailto:first name.surname@cewa.edu.au

and to:

Admin : mailto:StEmiliesAdmin@cewa.edu.au

This is an important parent responsibility and a legal requirement.

Thank you.

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We are seeking a parent (or parents) that might be willing to collect Subway lunches from Subway Harrisdale on a Friday and then deliver them here to school.

If you would like to support our school in this way we would really LOVE to hear from you!

Please phone the Office on 92569696.

Unfortunately if we are unable to get the help we need, this service may not be able to continue.

Many thanks!

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Vacation Swimming Lessons - VAC SWIM

Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and summer school vacation holidays.

VacSwim offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations. They are a great school holiday activity and they teach valuable swimming safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.

Enrol at education.wa.edu.au/vacswim

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Goodness is the FOTHS focus for Weeks 5-10 and below are our mini foci:

Week 7: Goodness is choosing to do the right thing at the right time

Week 8: Goodness is helping others

Week 9: Goodness is acting with integrity

Week 10: Goodness is being truthful

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Homework and PP Homework Club Term 3

Two more PP grids this term:

Week 7 and 8

Week 9 and 10

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What's Coming Up?


Week 7


Tuesday 31st August

Book Week Incursion PP-Year 6

8:30-12pm Primary Speech and Drama at Wellington Room Morley

3.00-4.00pm Homework Club

Wednesday 1st September

8.00am Community Mass (Year 2)

Kindy and Pre-Primary Body, Balls & Brains

Year 4 Bush Tucker Incursion

Friday 3rd September

7.30am Family Breakfast

8:45am Year 1 Father's Day Assembly

Saturday 4th September

6pm First Holy Communion

Sunday 5th September

9:30am & 5pm First Holy Communion

Week 8

Tuesday 7th September

3.00-4.00pm Homework Club

Wednesday 8th September

8:45am P&F Meeting

Pre-Primary Body, Balls and Brains

6.00pm School Advisory Council Meeting

Friday 10th September

Year 4 - 6 House Field Events Day


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2021 Sacramental Dates

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Kindy Enrolments for 2022 - do you have a child starting Kindy next year?

Kindy interviews for children born between 1/7/2017 and 30/6/2018 - ie turning 4 before the 30th June 2022 are being held now.

If you have a child starting next year please ensure that you have completed an enrolment form. We still have some spaces so please spread the word!

Kindy enrolments are an exciting time for our school - we love to meet new families and touch base with our existing families!

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School social workers focus on the student in the school environment and work collaboratively with principals and teachers to minimise the impacts of personal, family and school difficulties and, where possible, remove any barriers to learning.

With students as their focus, school social workers provide consultancy, advice and support to principals, teachers and other school staff and to families so that they can best meet the needs of individual and groups of children and young people. There is a strong emphasis on individual student and family counselling and support. This is an amazing opportunity for kids, staff and families and one we have wanted in our school for some time.

Please find below the Parent Referral and Consent Form to access our School Social Worker.

You are asked to read the procedure carefully and also note that Kylie only works two days a week. While she will do her very best to accomodate all family referrals, patience may be required as she prioritises her case load and allows time for observation visits, classroom support and playground involvement.

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Uniform Shop

Image Embroidery now services our school community's uniform requirements.

For all uniform queries, please contact a member of the Image Embroidery team (contact details below).

Their store is just 5 minutes from St Emilie's for 'try ons' or you can order uniforms via their online form.

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Keyed Up Music Lessons here at St Emilie's - information for you

Keyed Up Music Lessons

Keyed Up Music will be teaching keyboard, guitar and voice lessons this term after school. Lessons start at $18.65 for groups of four per lesson. If you are interested in your son/daughter learning an instrument, ring Savanna on 6107 8841 or 0479 171 424 or enrol at www.keyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment-form

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St Emilie's Parish is holding an RCIA Inquiry Night at the School Hall on Sept 1, Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

If you are interested in becoming a Catholic, to inquire about RCIA or those Catholics who have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Everyone is welcome!

You can contact the organiser by emailing: lenngonzales@hotmail.com or phoning 0413103959

Helen Gonzales

RCIA Coordinator

St Emilie Parish

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We are so lucky to have Father Jean -Noel Marie leading our parish community .

He is approachable, caring and wise. We very much appreciate his support of St Emilie's Catholic school and thank him for his ongoing friendship and hard work..

St Emilie's Parish

Office hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday and Thursday

Mail: PO Box 5184, Canning Vale South WA 6970

An appointment to see a priest is required.

Parish Priest: Fr. Jean-Noël Marie

Email: Jean-noel.marie@perthcatholic.org.au

Assistant Priest: Fr. Victor Manuel Lujano

Email: victor.lujano@perthcatholic.org.au

Office Assistant: Roselle D’Souza

Email: stemilie.office@iinet.net.au