St Francis of Assisi News
Term 1 - Issue 1 11th February 2021
Dear Parents & Caregivers,
Welcome back to 2021! We were so pleased to see all our children return to school after the false start of the lockdown last week. The resilience of our children is something to behold with how they have settled in to the new school year with their teachers. The feedback from teachers is a credit to the preparation parents have made in getting children ready to return to school. Despite the extra week of holidays it has been a very smooth start. Credit must also go to our wonderful staff for making the transition very smooth.
Along with our new Kindy families, we have had a number of new families begin at St Francis this week. We welcome all new children and families to our community and wish them a great start. All new families will be contacted by our Social Worker, Ms Julie Ford to invite them to a welcome morning tea, Thursday 18th Feb @ 8:30am. In the meantime, we welcome the following:
PPB - Khaleesi-Leigh Ellis, Piper Morrison, Karlos Mendoza
PPW - Eden Stipinovich, Evie Corrigan
1B - Ryu Uriarte, Hugo Miranda-Becker
1W - Addison Dillon
2B - Brady Edwards, Sachez Raj, Amelia Willmers, Corey Morrison
2W - Aiveen Greig, Hunter Marais, Dhrish Vyas
4B - Grace Barker, Hunter McLean
4W - Brianna Grantham, Dakota Bowles
5B - Lauren Marais, Mijak Jok
5W - Erika Caceres
6B - Elizabeth Morgan
6W - Amaia Hiku
We also welcome Mr Clarke, our new Assistant Principal, and Mrs Miller, our Special Needs Education Assistant. Over 25 new children and staff to our school community!
I also take this opportunity to say thank you and wish Mrs Linda Finnegan well. Mrs Finnegan has made the difficult the decision to resign from her position as Education Assistant as she seeks a more appropriate work/life balance. After thirteen years as a member of our community, she will be greatly missed. We will farewell her as a community later this year.
Thank you to all parents for your patience in receiving back orders of uniforms and waiting patiently outside the uniform shop. We understand not all items are in stock and whilst parents are waiting for these to arrive, it is acceptable for children to wear alternative uniform items. We are understanding of the delays. Thank you also to Mrs Renee Ashworth who coordinates the uniform shop on behalf of Jenny Franklin Enterprises (JFE). Whilst the uniform shop operates on school grounds as a community service, it is completely outsourced to JFE. We encourage parents and children to please be patient. On a very positive note, the Kindy uniforms look fantastic and seeing our PP children all in the same sports uniform only enhances the ECE feeling part of our school. I'm looking forward to tomorrow when faction shirts are on full display!
Parent Info Night - Tuesday 6pm
A reminder that next Tuesday at 6pm is our Parent Information Night. The presentation begins at 6pm in the hall, and will be followed by class presentations at 6:30pm, then repeated at 7pm for those families with multiple children. The materials will be posted to SeeSaw later next week for all parents to access. I would encourage ALL parents to avail themselves of this opportunity, as class teachers will discuss routines, expectations and important dates.
Important Dates - BELOW
Speaking of important dates, below is a summary of all the important dates in Term 1 this year. Please make note of the dates that apply to your family and check the live calendar regularly. Any changes are communicated and the most accurate reflection is in the live calendar below. Teachers also take the time to send home weekly memo's via SeeSaw which include important classroom information. These will be sent home on Friday afternoons/evening this year so please take the time to read.
P&F Family Fun Night - Friday 19th Feb
As outlined at the bottom, the P&F Family Fun Night will take place next Friday 19th Feb between 5pm-7pm. All families are welcome and we look forward to welcoming our new children and parents to our community. It is a wonderful event sponsored by our hardworking P&F, so I encourage everyone to attend. Our new Assistant Principal, Mr Clarke thinks he will outshine Ms Campbell on the sausage sizzle, so come and see if he is all talk!
It was a very unique start to the school year with our lockdown and the devastation of the bushfires. We are very grateful to have begun the school year and return with the children smiling and full of energy. Our thoughts are with those who suffered catastrophic loss in the fires. Thank you to Ms Campbell for organising the Crazy Sock Day Gold Coin Donation, next Friday 19th Feb, as it will raise much needed funds to donate to those affected. It is a timely reminder of the need to practice gratitude, as there is always something to be thankful for in our lives.
Whilst the Scorchers couldn't get it done last weekend, all my faith is now in the Wildcats until the footy season starts! In the meantime, I hope tennis lovers enjoyed the Nick Kyrgios show at the Australian Open last night and we see him make it past Thiem.
Have a fantastic fortnight ahead and look forward to seeing you at the Family Fun Night!
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
Welcome back to the new school year to all the St Francis of Assisi community – I hope it is a joyous and exciting one for everybody, after an unexpected extended break! Welcome to the new families who have joined us this year; we hope that you settle in and feel a part of our school family.
This term we prepare the children to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. Please check the dates on the live calendar on the school website. For those children in Years 4-6 who have not received the Sacrament of Reconciliation and wish to do so, please contact me through the school office by Monday 15 February.
An information pack about the Sacrament of Reconciliation went home to families of Year 3 children this week. (Baptised catholics only).
Reconciliation Workshops: (Please attend ONE with your child)
Wednesday 24 February 6pm (St Francis of Assisi CPS Hall)
Tuesday 23 February 6pm (St Andrew’s CPS Hall)
If choosing to attend the workshop at St Andrew's School, please inform me 2 days prior.
Monday 15 March (St Francis of Assisi CPS Hall)
The Reconciliation Retreat will again be run by the 24/7 Youth Ministry. The retreat will take place during normal school hours, in the school hall. Children can wear their sports uniform on this day. Children are to bring their school bag with food for the day as usual, and a drink bottle.
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 20 March 3pm (St Andrew’s Catholic Church, Clarkson)
'Jesus is happy to come with us, as truth is happy to be spoken, as life to be lived, as light to be lit, as love to be loved, as joy to be given, as peace to be spread." St Francis of Assisi
Miss Dee Campbell
Please find below a list of our before and after school activities.
SFOA BREAKFAST CLUB
When: Every Tuesday/Thursday
Time: 8:00am - 8:20am
Come in and grab some toast with vegemite or jam and start your day right!
Happy Birthday to the following students who have recently celebrated or who are celebrating a birthday over the next two weeks:
Josephine Laurisden, Sebastian Gauvain, Dennis Korzhov, Mack Lynton, Angier Ajo, Sahara Makawa, Siara Westerhout, Piper Morrison, Vivienne Liron, Caihla Walsh-Cuthbert, Samarra Dock, Oscar Thistlethwaite, Nevada Weko-Hauraki, James Curran, Destiny Cooper, Ryu Uriarte, Poppy Hicks, Gabriel Atuer, Addison Spence, Chase Carrara, Angel D'arcy, Liliana Tragiannidis, Olivia Pearce, Billy Boschman, Garrick Robinson, Amaya Connell, Sienna Blatcher, William Farmer, Kobe Nanovich, Catherine McAuley.
We wish you all a wonderful day!!
Fri 12 Feb - Whole School Mass (students and staff only) 1:45pm
Mon 15 Feb - Playgroup Begins 8:30am
Tues 16 Feb - K-6 Parent Information Night @ 6pm / Year 6 Beach Safety / Shrove Tuesday Pancakes / Subway Lunch Orders
Wed 17 Feb - Ash Wednesday Mass 8:45am / School Advisory Council Meeting 6pm
Thu 18 Feb - New Families Morning Tea 8:30am / Sushi Lunch Orders
Fri 19 Feb - Family Fun Night 5-7pm / Crazy Sock Bushfire Appeal
Mon 22 Feb - Playgroup 8:30am
Tue 23 Feb - P&F Cake Stall (5/6 supplied) / Subway Lunch Orders
Wed 24 Feb - Reconciliation Parent Workshop @ SFoA 6pm
Thu 25 Feb - Agnes Feast Day Liturgy 8:45am
SCHOOL FEE INFORMATION
School Fee Statements will be sent home in the coming fortnight. Parents wishing to setup a direct debit or payment plan prior to receiving their statement are asked to contact the Finance Officer. If you are experiencing financial difficulty, either contact me on 9562 9500 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a 2021 Health Care Card, please update these details to ensure you receive your fee discount this year.
Monday: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Where: NEW LOCATION - Operating out of the demountable at the rear of the school!
Ph: (08) 9204 1701
Address: 1/85 Guthrie St, Osborne Park 6017