Week 3 Term 2 2021
New to the World!
Thank you Kindy classes for our Office Display on BEING BECOMING and BELONGING - fabulous!
From the Principal
Our hearts go out to all families who have relatives overseas and who are doing it tough amidst the COVID backdrop. To those with family and friends back in India, we can only imagine how impossibly difficult the situation must be for you all. After speaking with Sister Geetha, she has a number of friends who have sadly passed away and relatives who are very unwell at home and it certainly reminds us how painful this time is for so many. We ask that you all pray for Sr Geetha, her family and friends and all families with loved ones in India and beyond.
While the recent announcement was very encouraging today, as you will appreciate, the COVID situation continues to be challenging. We ask that you please stay well informed and continue to work cooperatively with us to ensure the very best outcomes for your child, for all children in our school and for the whole school community, thank you.
Please also read the letter below that details the latest instructions from CEWA based upon the Health Department and Government directives.
As you will see below calendar events at the moment continue to be dependent on the current COVID situation. As you would appreciate things can change very quickly, which is why we need to continue to be guided by the directives from CEWA, the Health Department and the Government.
While some events have been postponed please know that we will do our very best to continue to maintain and offer what we can, while meeting necessary restrictions.
At this stage Naplan assessments will be conducted in Week 4 from the 11th May to the 14th May. Parents of Years 3 and 5 children are asked to please do the following:
- Ensure your child turns up on time, is well rested and has eaten a healthy breakfast.
- Encourage them to do their best, however avoid stressing them out about 'tests'.
- Year 5 students need to bring their device to school fully charged.
We will resume Kindy 2022 Interviews on Monday.
Kindy Speech and OT Parent Workshop
This will be held in the Learning Hub next Wednesday 5th May at 9.00am.
Drive Through in the afternoon
Please be reminded that parents are not permitted to park at the chain to wait for 3.00pm as this prevents those parents who need to park in the carpark from doing so. We appreciate that there are some new families who may not be aware of this, so if you are advising/reminding them, parents are asked to please remain calm and polite while explaining that they need to keep doing a loop until such time as the duty teacher appears. In general terms staff will speak with parents who have appeared too early and are blocking the flow of traffic. Thank you.
Michael Grose ebook for families
This week we have included an ebook for parents to read that contains 17 essential social skills children need to learn in order to make good friends and maintain these relationships. Please make some time to have a read as there are some excellent suggestions and things to reflect on!
As I wander through classrooms, watch children engage with their learning and interact with their classmates, I am very much aware of the important role we as educators and parents play in the wellbeing of our children - especially during times of stress and uncertainty. Please find websites and articles below for some very good commonsense advice for kids and families.
I have a family wedding to attend on the weekend and sadly, a family funeral to go to next week - both are celebrations that remind me how lucky I am to belong to a family and how precious the time we have together is. Take good care everyone, enjoy your family weekend and thank you as always for your most wonderful support.
Mental Health and our kIds during this period of uncertainty
It is very important, especially in times of uncertainty and change, that we continue to protect the health and wellbeing of our children.
Some may experience a variety of feelings in times such as these. Our best advice is to keep home life as calm as possible, to address any questions your child may have on a 'needs to know ' basis and avoid allowing them to view any distressing scenes, or listen to COVID news stories from here or overseas that may create anxiety or unease.
Head to Health is a great government website providing online resources for mental health especially in relation to COVID-19: https://headtohealth.gov.au/
While it was written last year, below is a link to a good article about helping kids through times of uncertainty:
1800 55 1800
Free, confidential counselling service available any time of the day or night by phone or webchat.
1300 22 4636
Call or chat online with a trained mental health professional any time of the day or night.
1800 650 890
Online and telephone support service that helps young people who don’t feel ready to attend a headspace centre or who prefer to talk about their problems via online chat, email or on the phone.
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!
What's Coming Up? (Crossed fingers!)
All of the following dates are dependent on the current COVID situation.
Should things develop further parents will be informed of any cancellations or postponements.
Week 3 Term 2
Monday 3rd May
-Kindy 2022 Interviews
Tuesday 4th May
- Tania T at PL day
- Homework Club 3-4pm
Wednesday 5th May
- 8.00am Community Mass
- 9.00am KINDY SPEECH AND OT PARENT WORKSHOP in Learning Hub
- Kindy 2022 interviews
- 3.20pm Staff Meeting
Thursday 6th May
- Kindy 2022 interviews
Friday 7th May
- 8.45 Year 2 Assembly
- 8.45 Mothers Day Morning Tea
- Kindy and PP Mother's Day gathering cancelled.
- Year 1/2 Cleanaway Recycling Incursion
- Eagles Cup - bye
- 3.30pm - 6.00pm Busy Bee
Sunday 9th May
Happy Mother's Day everyone!
Class Contact Lists
A list for parents who have given permission to go on a Class Contact List (based on the permissions indicated on Consent 2Go) have now been sent to the P&F Class Reps.
The Reps will create a poster for your fridge and share this with you in the next week or so.
St Emilie's School Busy Bee - coming soon - Can you help us out? TENTATIVE - will be dependent on COVID
Where: Meet outside the Year 6 classrooms.
What: Gardening - we are mulching and pruning the front areas of the school
What to bring:
- pruning equipment
- a sense of humour
A sausage sizzle to be provided
Please email or phone the office if you plan on coming.
School aged kids are welcome.
St Emilie's Personal Advocacy Program - what is this all about and how can you assist?
The St Emilie's Parish Personal Advocacy Program, provides an opportunity for people with intellectual disabilities, to expand their spiritual and personal lives through a relationship with someone from the Parish community and to be involved in parish life. The service is currently open to adults, irrespective of their faith background.
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 to one with volunteers from the local community encourages a variety of relationships to develop and the growth of trust and faith.
A group of dedicated and trained volunteers have been meeting regularly every Tuesday night here at St Emilie’s since the 23rd of February 2021, from 6.45pm-8pm.
There are 3 vacancies for young adults with an Intellectual disability (between ages 18-25 years) who would like to join this group. If you have a family member with an intellectual disability or know a friend who may be interested in knowing more about this program, please contact your Parish Inclusion co-ordinator Sonia Pinto on 0420 841 851 or Sr. Geetha on 0406 891 310.
We are also looking for donations of items to get this group up and going. Please contact Sonia for more information however some items we need are iPod and boom box, small lamps, colouring in books, textas, crayons, pencils, scissors, coloured A4 sheets, sensorial items like largish rocks, shells, pebbles, vases, large trays, sanitising products like wipes, tissues, hand sanitiser, disinfectant sprays, knitting needles and different textured wool.
Check out our website too http://www.paswa.org.au
This initiative is all about relationships, faith, hope, and love!
Thank you for your support!
Social Worker PARENT REFERRAL and CONSENT FORM
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.
Keyed Up Music Lessons here at St Emilie's - information for you
Keyed Up Music has been operating at St Emilie's School for a number of years now. We have excellent tutors and a great program!
We will be teaching keyboard, guitar and voice group lessons this term after school.
Lessons start from $18.65 for a group of 4 per lesson.
If you are interested in your son / daughter learning an instrument, please ring Savanna on 1300 366 243 or enrol at http://www.keyedupmusic.com.au and complete an enrolment form.
2021 Sacramental Dates
Teaching Your Child about Consent
Kindy Parent Workshop - post Speech and OT Screens
Wednesday 5th May
9.00am -10.00am in the Learning Hub.
This session will be run by the respective therapists and will inform parents of what the Speech and OT Screens involved and how to interpret the results. They will also emphasise the importance of early intervention and how you can be helping at home.
Please re-confirm your attendance via email to your child's teacher:
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Many thanks to Mrs Harvey and our wonderful teachers who have rostered themselves on to support Homework Club in its third year now. This is a wonderful opportunity for those children and families who are involved. Please make sure that you support the team by following up, taking an interest, checking student work and ensuring you arrive on time to collect your child. Thank you!
Online Entertainment Book
The school receives approximately $14.00 commission from each sale which really helps our whole school P&F fundraising efforts!
If you want to save some money on accomodation, movies, food, attractions and so on this may be a good investment for you!
In addition you may be interested in the special one time only Mother's Day offer - see below!
Thanks for your consideration everyone.
Year 6 Yearbook 2021
St Emilie's introduced a Year Six yearbook for the graduating class in 2020. We are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to create one for this year's graduating class.
The school and MSP (formal school photographer) have archived photos of students which will be supplied, in addition - we are asking for families to send in photos of students (aim is for a minimum of 2 photos per student per year from Kindy/2014 to and inclusive of year Six/2021).
Photo requirements -
Content: St Emilie's students only (school related photo - school event/carnival/disco/classroom photos). If your child commenced schooling at St Emilie’s after 2014; individual school and family photos permitted.
Size: minimum of 300DPI resolution. No screenshots/photos of photos.
Name: please rename photo before sending it in - Child's full name, year of photo.
Where to send: firstname.lastname@example.org (please put family name in subject line).
When to send: Kindy to Year Two photos (2014-2017) to be sent by mid-term Two, Year Three to Year Six photos (2018-2021) by mid-term Three.
We do have a limited amount of photobook pages, we will aim at having equal representation of all students, not all photos submitted will be used. Workshops inviting parents to volunteer time to help sort photos will be advertised next term.
Kirsten Devereux and Belinda Backus
(Year Six class representatives)
Parenting Program Opportunities from the Community Health Nurse
OSH CLUB 2021
Below is a link to the OSH Handbook:
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.
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
Assistant Priest: Fr. Victor Manuel Lujano
Office Assistant: Roselle D’Souza