St Luke's Catholic Primary School
NEWSLETTER | TERM 4 | WEEK 9 | 8 DECEMBER 2021
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Parents, Caregivers and Community Members,
In writing my last newsletter as Principal at St Luke’s School, I am able to reflect on just what a unique and special place St Luke’s is to be a part of. Sometimes we, as humans, forget to stop and smell the roses. Our school and parish are just the most amazing places, filled with many wonderful and vibrant people. I want to thank each and everyone one of you for supporting me and helping make me a better person and principal. St Luke’s will be forever etched in my heart. I wish to take this opportunity to remind you all of the words of Catherine McAulay:
“God does not bestow all His choicest blessings on one person. He did not give to St. Peter what He gave to St. Paul nor to either what He gave to St. John.”
Graduation and Thanksgiving Mass
Our Graduation and Thanksgiving Mass yesterday morning, was a wonderful celebration of a very busy year together, as we celebrated the achievements, and gave thanks for the many blessings received by all of us. Our Catholic faith is at the heart of our school and so it is fitting, that our final celebration together, is one centred on the Eucharist and our community of faith. As always, our students were reverent participants in the Mass and are a credit to their teachers and parents. Also, many thanks to the many parents, grandparents and friends, who were able to make the time, to enjoy this celebration with us. Congratulations to our student readers, Mrs Longbottom and Choir for the music, Mrs Muir and Mrs von Bergheim and students for the Liturgical Dance, Mrs Pollard and Mr Miller for coordinating and leading the Mass and also thank you to Father Stephen, Fr Rueben and Acolyte Mike Featherstone for celebrating Mass with us all.
Congratulations to Our Graduating Year Six Students. We wish them well, as they continue their journey to secondary education, and we thank them for the gift of their presence and contributions to St Luke’s School during their time here. Thank you also to all the members of the St Luke’s teaching team for their support and contribution to all of our students during 2021 – their constant commitment to our students is truly a gift to this community.
What a wonderful evening last Friday was, with our Christmas Concert! I wish to congratulate all the children for their singing and dancing. A huge thank you to Mrs Simmonds for designing the backdrop; thank you to Mr Hogan for setting up all the lights and Christmas decorations and thank you to all the staff for preparing the children so well. A special mention and thank you to Mrs Julie von Bergheim who helped with the dances in Mrs Muir’s absence. Thank you to Mrs Longbottom and Mrs Williams for preparing the songs for each class to sing, well done!
I take this opportunity to wish you all God’s blessings for this very Holy Season, and may you remain safe during the holidays and return rested and renewed for 2022 on Monday, 31 January. Peace be with you all. "Open your presents at Christmas time but be thankful year round for the gifts you receive.” - Lorinda Ruth Lowen.
God bless you and May the Force Be With You….Always!
St Luke’s School, Woodvale, 2018-2021
MESSAGE FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS
Butterflies & Prayer Garden Update
As many are aware, the school has introduced a prayer memorial space within the prayer garden. Thank you to the families who have requested names to be placed on the wall, due to the loss of a loved one. These butterflies will be installed on the prayer wall in the 2022 school year. This is the plan that will follow:
- Butterflies will be blessed by Fr Stephen at an assembly. Families will be invited to attend a special blessing at the prayer garden after butterflies have been blessed and installed. Date to be advised.
- Lawn Turf will be installed in late December of 2021 – A huge THANK YOU to the P&F committee for funding this project. We are truly grateful.
- Water Feature, bench seats, lighting and additional plants will be added to complete the prayer garden.
- Mary Grotto space to be completed.
The school community is excited that the space will be utilised by all school students and staff, as well as the school community. We look forward to the completion of the prayer space and the addition of our butterflies in 2022.
School Dates 2022
Teachers return – Thursday 27th January
Students Return – Monday 31st January
Public Holiday – Monday 7th March Labour Day
Last day of term for students – Thursday 7th April
Pupil Free Day – Friday 8th April
Easter Holiday fall in the Term 1 School Holidays
Public Holiday – Monday 25th April ANZAC DAY
Pupil Free Day – Tuesday 26th April
Students Return – Wednesday 27th April
Public Holiday – Monday 6th June
Last day for students – Friday 1st July
Students Return – Monday 18th July
Pupil Free Day – Friday 19th August
Catholic Day (No students or staff attend school) – Monday 22nd August
Last Day for Students – 23rd September
Students Return – Monday 10th October
Pupil Free Day – Friday 18th NovemberLast Day for students – Friday 9th December
Sacramental Dates 2022
Sat 12th March 6pm, Sunday 13th March 8am, 9.30am, 6pm
Wednesday 4th May
RETREAT (School Students Only)
Wednesday 8th June
Saturday 11th June 6pm
Sunday 12th June 9.30am
Saturday 18th June 6pm
Sunday 19th June 9.30am
Wednesday 22nd June
RETREAT (School Students Only)
Wednesday 3rd August
Saturday 6th August 6pm
Sunday 7th August 9.30am
Saturday 13th August 6pm
Sunday 14th August 9.30am
Wednesday 14th Sept
RETREAT (School Students Only)
Wednesday 12th October
Wednesday 19th October 6pm
Year 4, 5 & 6 BYOD
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Semester 2 Reports
Online Friday 10 December - Do you have your login details?
St Luke's Catholic Primary School utilises the SEQTA Engage Parent Portal for parents to access student reports for students in Pre-Primary to Year 6 at the end of each semester. If you have not already done so, please log in to SEQTA Engage to ensure you are able to access your child's report.
To do this you need to go to the following site: https://stlukeswoodvale.coneqt-p.cathednet.wa.edu.au/
and use your current username and password. The link is also found on the homepage of our school website, just press the orange symbol.
If you know your username but have forgotten your password, please click on the "Forgot your Password?" link and an immediate email will be sent to you. The password reset link in the email will expire within one hour, so please action immediately.
If you have forgotten both of these, then please contact the school office and we can remind you of your username.
If you are new to using SEQTA Engage you will receive an email to set up a new login account. This email will expire within 7 days so please action this as soon as possible. If you have not received your sign-up email by Week 10 or have any issues, please contact the school.
Year 6 Parents - Report Reminder
Oh What Fun! Kindergarten Water Play Morning
Tomorrow - Whole School Excursion (PP - Yr 6)
Who: Pre-Primary to Year 6
Date: Friday, 10th December
Where: Events Cinemas, Whitfords Shopping Centre, Hillarys
Time: Depart school at 10.15am (approx) and return by 1.30pm (approx)
Movie: Encanto (PG - mild violence)
Uniform: Blue polo and blue sport shorts
What to bring: Small bag of treats (please be nut aware) and a water bottle
This movie is rated PG. If you feel this movie is not appropriate for your child, please notify your class teacher.
This year the students ran 1200km, which is about the distance from Perth to Exmouth.
Since running club started in 2016, the students have run 5353km. If you were to drive that distance you could drive from Perth to Cairns QLD going via Sydney!
The most km’s run this year was by the year 5’s who clocked up 314km, followed by the year 2’s with 278km and the year 3’s with 231km. The class that has run the most over the past 5 years are the current year 6’s with 1569km, they have run 670km more than any other class!
We have had some students achieve milestone badges this year. The totals are cumulative from when running club started in 2016!
Travis Day 50km Badge
Adele Proud 50km Badge
Jensen DeCiccio 100km Badge
Stella Martino 50km Badge
Katie Firth 50km Badge
Jake Briggs 100km Badge
Ryder Carlino 50km Badge
Aoife Dunne 50km Badge
Orley Green 50km Badge
Lara Logan 50km Badge
Grace Melo 50km Badge
Jack Spencer 50km Badge
Levi Francis 150km Badge
Sebastian Melo 50km Badge
Finley Simms 50km Badge
Joshua Proud 100km Badge
Matthew Cartner 100km Badge
We will be presenting running club certificates at tomorrow morning's assembly.
A big hank you must go to Mr Noseda, Mrs Francis and Mrs McIntyre for all their early Friday morning efforts. It is very much appreciated.
This semester, the Year 5 and 6 Gifted and Talented students have been working on an inquiry-based learning program. The inquiry approach allows students to work on a project or idea they are passionate about in class time. This project encourages and fosters the students’ sense of curiosity, ownership and empowerment over their learning, both in and out of the classroom.
Students have come up with some very rich and thoughtful research questions:
- How has iron ore impacted Australia?
- How do libraries benefit the local community?
- What would happen if all the continents were still connected?
- How and why has baking changed over time?
- What would the impact be on the world if there were no governments?
- What would life be like if the Dutch had colonised Australia?
- Why do we need the periodic table of elements?
Last Thursday, 2 December, we held an exhibition night to showcase our learning in the library. I want to thank all the students for their hard work and their parents for their ongoing support.
GIFTED AND TALENTED TEACHER
A note of thanks from St Vinnies...
We just wanted to say a big thank you to Mrs Pollard, Mr Miller and the Year 6 students for suggesting and coordinating the collection of food and other items for the St Luke's Parish Woodvale Vinnies conference. Without the help of the St Luke's Primary School community, we would not be able to help as many people as we currently do.
It was a nice touch to see some of the boxes decorated and with Christmas messages.
Thank you once again and we hope we will be able to do it again next year. Wishing you and your families a safe and healthy and blessed Christmas and I hope you and Justin enjoy a well deserved break
Travice and all Members of the Woodvale Vinnies Conference.
We are aware of the delay in school bag deliveries. As this is beyond anyone's control we understand that some children may initially bring a different backpack until theirs arrives. We thank you for your understanding with this matter.
Students not returning in 2022
Instrumental Lessons for 2022
Christian has been teaching drum lessons and running ensemble workshops since 2014. Christian was one of the youngest applicants to be accepted into the Western Australian Academy Of Performing Arts (WAAPA) at the age of 16! Christian graduated from WAAPA with a Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Contemporary Music and a Bachelor Degree in Performing Arts (major in music artist). Christian is also a drummer/percussionist for the Royal Australian Navy Band, he has been providing drum lessons at St Luke’s since 2018 and is also an instrumental tutor at Holy Spirit Catholic Primary School and ensemble leader at Kinross College. If you would like to get in touch with Christian to organise a free trial lesson please use the contact details provided.
Mobile : 0451 422 769
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Click on the image above to complete activities based around this week's Gospel reading.
The time has come to say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! We truly pray this Christmas time is filled with Christ’s joy, peace and rest and that the holidays overflow with love, good company and laughter. What an amazing year this has been. Thank you to everyone who has shared their gifts and talents with our school community and for all those who have volunteered in roles unseen. Children and families have been blessed by all your efforts. Congratulations to all the year 6s who graduated this week. We know that the time you spent at St Luke’s will continue with you long after you leave our school.
Save the Date
Finally due to the amazing success of this year’s Evening on the Green, the P and F would love for you to SAVE THE DATE of Friday 18th February 2022, for next year’s special night. Be sure to ask someone at Christmas to gift you all the picnic kit you need and join our community as we welcome the new school year in. As we all know there’s so much to celebrate when school begins in February! Thank you to those parents who are already working on this great event for our community! If you would like to promote your business, please get in touch! firstname.lastname@example.org
The last playgroup is tomorrow 10th December. Thank you, Melinda France for running this wonderful play time for our school parents and for those soon to join St Luke’s.
Finally, the P & F have been blessed this year with many donations from our local community. All children will receive a small gift from the P & F and with the other unused vouchers we have divided them into 3 gifts to raffle off for our parents and carers.
Prize 1 – Bottle of Miles from Nowhere SSB and $100 Gold Class Voucher (donated by Woolworths Hocking) WON BY THE STEVENSON FAMILY
Prize 2 – Bottle of Miles from Nowhere SSB and $60 Punjab Restaurant Voucher WON BY THE MORRIS FAMILY
Prize 3 – Bottle of Miles from Nowhere SSB and 2x$10 Avoka Café Vouchers WON BY THE ROBERTSHAW FAMILY
A huge thank you to the above business who have generously donated to our school. And congratulations to the winning families! We hope you can enjoy them over the next two months.
ST LUKE'S PARISH
Welcome to Mass everyone and a big welcome to all new parishioners and visitors to our
Parish of St Luke, Woodvale.
If you are new to our parish, we invite you to complete the Visitors Book in the foyer.
Fr. Stephen would also love to meet you, so please introduce yourself after Mass. You are welcome to visit us at the office on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9.30am—2.30pm.
For more information about our wonderful St Luke's Parish and to read the current
Bulletin please click here.
On behalf of the Year 6 Graduation Committee, we would like to thank the following people/organisations for their donations for the 2021 Year 6 Graduation Lunch:
- Ian Goodenough $100 donation
- Coles Warwick $50 donation
- Jessica Stojkovski
- Zina Le Sueur: www.zinalesueurphotography.com.au
Thank you for your kind and generous donation!
Year 6 Graduation Committee