Issue #8 - 4 June 2020
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FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Last Sunday we celebrated Pentecost. The word Pentecost is Greek and it means "50th day." Fifty days after Easter Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their followers and the beginning of their earthly ministry to make disciples of all nations. The symbols of Pentecost are the flame, wind and the dove, which represents the Holy Spirit.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus, which falls on 19 June this year, has one of the deepest meanings in the Catholic church. The symbol represents Jesus Christ's actual heart as His love for all of humanity. Other symbols may have a flame or light surrounding it, which signifies the divine light of love.
As we pray to the Holy Spirit and Jesus, may we ask for our hearts to be filled with love and kindness so that we can unconditionally share our love with all those we encounter.
Our PCPS Social Justice, Reach Out With Love, project is a wonderful opportunity for us all to reflect upon and be thankful for all that we have in our lives and to think about those who are less fortunate in our community. This year we are focussing our love on those in our local community through a canned food drive, book marks for the elderly and notes of thanks for our health care workers. Please see the newsletter for further information. Your gifts of love will be very much appreciated by those who are in need.
The CECWA Aboriginal Education Policy supports Catholic school communities to improve educational outcomes for Aboriginal students, while acknowledging, respecting and reflecting Aboriginal peoples’ histories and cultures, including their unique values, languages, and spirituality, for the betterment of all students. National Reconciliation Week, begins with Sorry Day on 26 May and runs through to Mabo Day on 3 June. This year’s theme is ‘In This Together’. National Reconciliation Week is about non-Aboriginal and Aboriginal people coming together to celebrate the respectful relationships they share through a process of truth, justice and then reconciliation. This year we planned to have a whole school exhibition about Aboriginal Peoples and Reconciliation however due to COVID19 this will not be able to take place however all classes have been doing activities in the classroom to ensure our children have an awareness and understanding of our shared history.
The Western Australian School Curriculum and Standards Authority’s (SCSA) Pre-primary to Year 10 Teaching, Assessing and Reporting Policy has been amended due the global pandemic. Hence Semester 1, 2020 reports will look a little different to what has occurred in the past. Semester 1, 2020 reports will include information about the student’s general learning progress to date (against the year-level WA achievement standards) however schools are not required to report student achievement with the A-E grading. Instead the students will receive achievement against a 3-point scale – above expected level, at expected level or working toward expected level. The report will also include some information regarding the affective domains such as attitude, behaviour and effort and a general comment. Parents will be able to access student reports on Wednesday 1 July through SEQTA Engage. Teachers will continue to have Parent/Teacher meetings (via phone call) during Term 2, as required.
Staffing: Due to family reasons Mrs Helen Hughes has reduced her days/hours of work. Mrs Amanda Ellen has been employed until the end of the year to take on the Admin Officer/Receptionist role at the front office. Thank you for making her feel welcome this week as she commenced at PCPS.
Next week Mrs La Galia will commence Maternity leave. We wish her and her husband all the very best as they look forward to the birth of her first child. Next Monday we welcome Mrs Alisia Tardrew who will be replacing Mrs La Galia in Year 6. Alisia comes to us from Mary Mackillop Primary School. Please make her feel welcome as our new Year 6 teacher.
An email will be sent to parents prior to Monday 8 June regarding the latest COVID19 updates for our school.
I hope you have a lovely weekend with your families and enjoy this beautiful Autumn weather we are currently so blessed to be having.
Mrs Margaret Williamson
FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS
2020 Sacramental Programme - A message from Father Cyprian
2020 Sacramental Program: For obvious reasons, parish 2020 sacramental celebrations for our school aged candidates remain on hold. We are still waiting to know to what extent restrictions on public gatherings will be lifted here in WA; coupled with advise from the Archbishop’s office and Catholic Education Office WA. Our Sacramental coordinator, parish schools authorities and I are following up on the ongoing and ever changing development on this matter. We remain optimistic and assure all concerned families we will be embarking on the program as soon as it is safe and convenient to do so. Do not hesitate to channel any queries you may have through to our parish office. We will assist you the best we can. Thank you for your patience and cooperation.
With best wishes
Rev Fr Cyprian M Shikokoti - PP
Our Lady of the Mission, Whitford Parish
Accessing Semester 1 Reports
It is important that you please check your login for SEQTA Engage as early as possible so that you will be able to access your child's report at the end of this term. To do this go to the following site: https://padbury.coneqt-p.cathednet.wa.edu.au/ and use your current username and password credentials.
If you have remembered 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 email will expire within one hour, so please action this immediately. If you have forgotten both of these, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we can remind you of your username.
Reach out with love
Every year around this time we focus on our Social Justice Christian Service Program, Reach Out With Love, focussing on an area of need in our community. For the benefit of new families, in other years we have created library bags full of new books for a remote Aboriginal community and last year we collected winter wooly items for the St Vincent de Paul. In these unprecedented times it seems appropriate that our Reach out with Love Project should focus on sharing our love with those in our local community while also keeping the demands of the project simple for all concerned. Reach out with love will be our focus in weeks 7 and 8 of this term. Thank you all for your support of the project.
We will ‘reach out’ in the following ways:
- A canned food drive
Students are encouraged to bring canned food items to school during weeks 7 and 8. Each class will have a plastic container to collect items and we will also have a box for donated items outside the school office. These items will be distributed through the St. Vincent de Paul.
- Book marks for the elderly
Students from PP – Year 3 will create a bookmark for an elderly person that will be distributed through aged care facilities.
- Notes of thanks for health care workers
Students from Year 4-6 will write a note of thanks for health care workers. Families of health care workers will receive one and the remainder will be distributed through hospitals.
Mrs Megan Woodall
Reach Out With Love Co-ordinator
Performing Arts Festival
The Catholic Performing Arts Festival will go ahead this year however it will be very different. It will be in electronic form only, not in person. Performers will be requested to provide an electronic recording of their performance (more details to follow later) and there will be no fee for entry.
The closing date for me to submit entries is the 15th June so you need to contact me with the relevant details now. Electronic Recordings are due 21st August. Please note that piano recordings are not permitted on a keyboard. Solo/Duo sections are only for Years 4, 5 and 6, however Bible Reading is open for Years 1 to 6.
If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact me.
Mrs Sylvia Cusack
social worker's corner
Parents at school
Things have certainly been different and quieter without parents at school. I appreciate that for many parents this has been a difficult time. Your children however have risen to the challenge. I have been in the privileged position of seeing their faces as they walk to class and get themselves organised for the day. Yes, some faces have been brave, many have been confident and all have been proud of their new abilities. They have learnt to master Kiss and Ride, carry their own bags, unzip and re zip bags, get their things ready for the day and engage in meaningful meet and greets with their teachers.
Those proud and brave smiles have been priceless. Whilst parents may not have seen these faces we sincerely hope we continue to see them here at school. Your child has most likely made enormous gains during this time. I encourage each and every one of you to continue encouraging this growth. Let them walk into school on their own on occasion, continue using Kiss and Ride and leave them as being responsible for bags – packing and unpacking and organising themselves for the day.
Mrs Ali Fisher
Masses are now being offered at our Parish. There are now weekday and weekend masses but with limited numbers so people need to book by phoning the parish office or emailing them.
With best wishes,
Rev Fr Cyprian M Shikokoti - PP
Our Lady of the Mission, Whitford Parish
Website : www.olm.myparish.net.au
24:7 Whitfords Youth Group ONLINE
For all youth in Years 6-12
Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays 7pm-8:30pm @ 24:7 Whitfords Online (Messenger Group Chat).
Coming up: 24:7 Whitfords Online Youth Group: Mental Well-being, THIS FRIDAY! (Last Online Youth Group)