Weekly Reminders

Week 2 Term 2 2022 Commencing Monday 2nd May

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No Masks?

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From the Principal

Hi everyone and welcome back!

We really hope that you all managed to get some kind of break and commiserations to those staff and families who ended up in isolation on the holidays!

Thank you

We have had a really great start to Term 2. Thank you all so much for your most wonderful support in helping us to ease both children and staff back into term 2. Younger children are to be particularly commended on how they have confidently made their way to class each morning on their own, or with a little help and encouragement from a staff member or an older brother or sister.

Anecdotally, schools everywhere have witnessed a noticeable increase in student confidence, with less obvious signs of anxiety and greater independence as they have made their own way into school. To capitalise on this positive change, we strongly advise parents to continue allowing and encouraging their child to independently make their own way to class - especially in Years 1 - 6, and also in Kindy and PP where you can try to say your goodbyes a little further away from the classroom door so they can still experience a sense of independence and a 'can do' attitude! :) Bottom line is that all staff want the children to maintain the resilience and we wouldn't expect to see parents carrying their children's bags in anymore - because they CAN do it! :)

Easing of Restrictions

The easing of restrictions is really good news for school communities, however with COVID still circulating in the community, it also still brings a little unease, as we try to plan for possible staff shortages in coming weeks and months. Likewise, we also anticipate an increase in positive cases in students, now that the mask mandate has been lifted and the rules regarding close contacts have changed.

The idea is that we need to learn to live with COVID. The challenge for schools, is how to keep staff in front of students and maintain learning continuity, amidst anticipated staff and student absences.

It will be an interesting term for all schools and it cannot be understated that these are still challenging times, particularly for those staff, students and families with elderly family members, family members who are immune-compromised, or those who are medically vulnerable themselves.

In regards to the Front Office Admin Staff, they have chosen to continue to wear masks for the foreseeable future in the office. As you will appreciate, Admin staff and Leadership Team members all play a key role in keeping the whole school operating smoothly and efficiently and being ready to respond to change if and when necessary. In addition, some of us have vulnerable family members at home. At this stage we will be limiting the number of parents in the Office itself and encourage you to phone if possible.

All in all, it is really good to be moving back into a more 'normal' space. Here at St Em's we will continue to take each day at a time, give our very best effort, apply a cooperative, common-sense approach and remain optimistic and positive about the way forward.

At the time of writing this we are still waiting for a FAQ page for families regarding the most current CEWA and WA Health information. Once received we will share this with you.

While some events will be reintroduced as face to face opportunities this term, others will continue to be offered online, particularly where planning has already happened, or where we have determined that an online experience offers an equal or potentially an even better opportunity for parents.

- The School Choir will now resume with mixed year levels.

- Parents can return to the school site without a mask, for school events (details for each event can be found on the Google Calendar) drop off and pick up, parent meetings (mask wearing and /or physical distancing is encouraged and phone meetings are still a great option for the time poor!)

- School Assemblies will resume in the School Hall and parents and grandparents are very welcome. Next Friday the Year Two's will present a Mother's Day Assembly in the hall - weather permitting, a cuppa and cake for morning tea will also be offered after assembly.

- Interschool sporting events will continue as normal with parents very welcome. It was lovely seeing our Eagles Cup Competition up and running today and with such stunning weather we have much to celebrate and be thankful for.

- Incursions and excursions can now go ahead - following the providers COVID requirements.

- If your child is due to make a Sacrament this year please refer to the notice below. After meeting with Father Jean-Noel, it has been decided that for a few compelling reasons the sacramental Parent workshops will be offered as an online experience this term.

- P&F, Advisory Council meetings and Kindy Interviews can now be held face to face.

- Special events such as the School Disco can be held!

May your weekend be a really special one!

Kindest regards

Tania Thuijs


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Congratulations to all our Eagle's Cup Teams in Netball, Soccer and Football who each won their respective games on this the first day of the competition! CONGRATULATIONS Year 6's - an impressive start! Many thanks to staff and parents who volunteered to umpire - we are very grateful.
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Meaningful May - let's find ways to be part of something bigger!

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Meaningful May with Vanessa King
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Thank you

Pictured above is our Parish Office Assistant, Roselle D’Souza, who has served our community for the past nine years. Roselle has stepped down from this position to assume grandparent duties very shortly. We wish to acknowledge and thank her sincerely for her support of our school and her practical assistance over so many years.

We wish her all the very best for the future and many wonderful times ahead with her brand new grandchild.

Thank you Roselle and all the very best!

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Welcome to Mrs Tamara Yock

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Pictured above is Mrs Tamara Yock who joins us in Year 5 Blue as Mrs Armistead's replacement teacher this term. She is currently working 2 days a week for the first six weeks in Year 5 and then she will take responsibility for the class for the remainder of the year.

We are all very much looking forward to getting to know Tamara as the term unfolds and wish her all the very best for the year ahead.

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Sacramental Dates and Information - Updated

If you have a child receiving a sacrament this year please read the following note regarding dates and times. Further information will come home closer to the dates.

In the meantime, our role as parents is to keep modelling the Gospel values and helping our children to see the close relationship between faith and real life.

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Making the Federal Election Count for Catholic Schools

As you will be aware, the Federal Election is to be held on Saturday the 21st of May.

Below we have attached a CEWA publication called ' Building a Brighter WA' which provides key facts and information about the importance and value of Catholic Education in Western Australia.

A copy of the Federal Election Priorities is also included for your reference.

When you have moment it would be really great if you would have a quick read in order to be well informed prior to the Federal Elections.

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Reflecting on being an Easter People!

We made our way through Lent and journeyed through Holy Week. Now we dwell in the weeks leading to Pentecost.

Jesus has risen from the dead; and in the coming weeks, as we hear in the Gospel stories, he will appear to many people.

Those who believe in him will understand that he conquered death.

Jesus will tell them that he’s leaving again but will send the Advocate, the Holy Spirit.

In the absence of Jesus who walked this earth centuries ago, what do we do?

We are now the Body of Christ.

Jesus is with us, within us. We live as Easter people by allowing him to live through us - through our own bodies - our hands, our feet, our voices, our own thoughts and dreams.

We meet Christ Jesus especially in those who need our love, those we can feed, clothe, visit, heal, forgive.

Jesus Christ is not somewhere else. He is everywhere and through him all creation is held together as he lives and breathes through his body, the Church.

So what does it mean to live as Easter people?

It means we live as Christ’s Body, working together toward a single purpose: to love God and to love one another.

Let us pray:

God, whom we meet in bread and wine,
fill us with your love and compassion,
that we may hear the cries of the hungry
and reach out to those in need.

Give us a thirst for justice.
Roll away our apathy and selfishness
and with arms outstretched,
may we offer life and hope in the face of despair.

We are an Easter people and hallelujah is our song!


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Vaccinations for Students

The Department of Health website provides a number of resources with further information about COVID-19 vaccinations for children.

Attached is a FACT SHEET which you could use to have a conversation with your child.

Further resources are also available HERE.

Vaccines are widely available. You can find a participating clinic and make an appointment by visiting the Vaccine Clinic Finder HERE.

Thank you for your ongoing efforts to keep your child and the wider school community safe.

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Notifying of a Positive Result

Mandatory Notification of a Positive Test Result

Please record your positive result in both these locations:


2. CEWA Self-Reporting Portal Form

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School Social Worker

Helping Children With Anxiety- Guest Speakers

Feeling anxious occasionally is a normal part of growing up and learning about the world. As children develop, it’s common to worry about various situations and people.

When children have worries that do not go away, get worse, or interfere with their daily lives, these have the potential of developing into anxiety difficulties. While seeking professional help is essential, there are ways, however, that we can support young people to build courage and resilience as parents and caregivers.

We are sharing two excellent opportunities to learn from the experts, on how you can support your child if they may be feeling anxious.

Both of these events are free of charge and available to our community.

Karen Young is an international speaker, psychologist and writer and equally Dr Justin Coulson is highly regarded in Australia also. These are wonderful opportunities!

Seminar presented by Karen Young the founder of 'Hey Sigmund: Building Courage and Resilience in Children

Wednesday 4 May from 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm.

Webinar presented by Dr Justin Coulson presents: Helping your child with anxiety

Wednesday 4 May 2022 at 8:00 pm – 9:00 pm AEST.

With Gratitude,

Kylie Goodes | School Social Worker

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eSafety Term 2 Webinars for Parents

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Parish Bulletin for this Weekend's Masses

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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

Office :

Email: stemilie.office@iinet.net.au

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Important reminders / 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 for an appointment early.

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Keyed Up Music

Keyed Up Music will be teaching guitar, keyboard, voice, violin, and drum lessons in Term 2 after school.

Lessons start from $19.80 for a small group, voice and drums start from $24.75 for 20min individual.

If you are interested in your son / daughter learning an instrument, please ring Savanna on

0479 171 424 or enrol at www.keyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment-form

Fruits of the Holy Spirit

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Uniform Shop Contact Information

Image Embroidery Contact details below:

Phone: 08 9456 2324

Fax: 08 9456 2325

Email: mailto:info@imageembroidery.com.au

Address: 26 Tulloch Way, Canning Vale WA 6155

Follow this link to:

St Emilie's Uniform Procedure


Trading Hours

Monday - Thursday:8:30am – 5pm

Friday:8:30am – 4.30pm

Saturday – Sunday:CLOSED

High School Open Days

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