St Jerome's Newsletter

Week 8 - Term 1 (Thursday 26 March)

St Jerome’s Primary School acknowledges and pays respect to the Traditional Owners and Elders, both past and present, of the lands on which this school is located.

Dear Parents and members of our school community

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What extraordinary times we are living through! I am constantly amazed at the resilience of our students. Our wonderful teachers and amazing office staff are hearing stories from parents of job losses and real concerns for family members who are elderly and health compromised . Our staff share similar concerns around their immediate and extended family members. What is coming through loud and clear however, is the overall genuine concern for others. Our current MJR focus is ‘BEING KIND -in our thoughts and words and actions’ and throughout our St Jerome’s community, this is really happening. We are hearing wonderful stories of genuine acts of kindness and compassion. How blessed we are to be part of such a community!


As you would by now have read in this afternoon's email, this school, along with all WA Catholic schools will move to on-line teaching from next Monday 30 March. The school will continue to provide schooling here for children of essential workers and of course also for those parents who require to maintain their employment, or due to a personal situation. OSHClub will run its operation until Thursday 9 April. Parents who use OSHClub will need to contact them directly to check their arrangements for holiday care. At this time, things are changing so quickly that it is hard to keep up with the details.


The advice consistently lists hygiene as the number one prevention of COVID -19, followed by isolation if in contact with someone who has the illness.

Below is a link to a Government endorsed symptom checker:

https://www.health.gov.au/resources/apps-and-tools/healthdirect-coronavirus-covid-19-symptom-checker

Our school psychologist has provided us with several useful sites that parents can tap into to assist them with any Home Learning that will take place.

Psychologist Links

Self-isolating with kids? There's plenty more to do than watch tv

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/mar/24/self-isolating-kids-tv

Ten ways to take care of yourself during Corona Virus

https://au.reachout.com/articles/10-ways-to-take-care-of-yourself-during-coronavirus

Parents, you are the filter through which your kids see this crisis. How you talk about it matters.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/2020/03/24/talking-kids-coronavirus/

On Line Safety for Parents and Carers

https://www.esafety.gov.au/about-us/blog/covid-19-online-safety-kit-parents-and-carers

Seb took up the challenge to build a tower without touching it with his body! Have a look at how he went below!

Build a Tower Challenge

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Prayers for those affected by COVID-19

Yesterday, on the feast of the Annunciation, when the Angel Gabriel visited Mary and told her that she was going to be the mother of God, the Holy Father requested that we stop and pray the Our Father and the Angelus at 12noon for those affected by COVID 19.


We will continue this each day for the rest of the time we are at school and we hope that families will take this up in the evening and pray the Our Father together.

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Helen O'Toole

Principal

RE NEWS

Fifth Week of Lent (School week beginning 28th March)

In Malawi, 18% of the population are undernourished *

Tawonga is a 10-year-old girl, living with a disability. She lives in a village in northern Malawi in a region plagued by food insecurity and poverty. For most of her life, her parents have struggled to provide food for the family.


Since participating in a Caritas Australia supported program, Tawonga’s life has transformed. Her family now grows enough food to provide three meals a day, ending the struggle of malnutrition, and helping her thrive at school.


With your help, this transformational program can continue to empower vulnerable women, men and children, and strengthen the communities around them. Watch a short film about Tawonga’s story.


Let’s Go Further, Together! lent.caritas.org.au

*Source: World Bank

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Tawonga is a 10-year-old girl, living with a disability. She lives in a village in northern Malawi in a region plagued by food insecurity and poverty. For most of her life, her parents have struggled to put meals on the table. Tawonga often had to miss school because she was too sick from hunger. The family also faced discrimination in their community due to her disability.


Since participating in a Caritas Australia supported program, Tawonga’s life has transformed. Her family now grows enough food to provide three meals a day, ending the struggle of malnutrition, and helping her thrive at school.


Tawonga, whose name means ‘thank you’, says her community is blessed with many resources, like rivers, fertile soil and hills. However, with dry spells followed by floods, armyworm infestations and crop failures, her parents struggled to make a living.


In 2016, Tawonga’s parents heard about the A+ program run by Caritas Australia’s partner, CADECOM (Catholic Development Commission in Malawi). They learnt irrigation farming and were given fertiliser and high-yield seeds. With these new techniques, their production of crops almost tripled.


With your help, this transformational program can continue to empower vulnerable women, men and children, and strengthen the communities around them. Let’s Go Further, Together.

Carol Hoare

Assistant Principal

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Some tips from our School Psychologist

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Masters Milk Carton Regatta

Some members of staff are participating in this regatta. This event has been postponed, however they are still collecting the cartons.


If you have any Masters milk cartons, please rinse and bring them into the office once school resumes.


Thanking you in advance.

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South Coogee Dental Clinic Notice

Hello Everyone,


We have just been notified Dental procedures on students will be postponed. They can still come in for their dental check-ups however any scale and cleans, restorations or any dental procedures which produce AEROSOL will not be allowed. Any students that have any dental procedures booked in will be cancelled and parents notified when we are able to resume as normal.


If any child has a dental emergency please do not hesitate to call us on 94374826


Kind Regards and keep safe.


Ines Norac | Dental Therapist I Dental Health Services

North Metropolitan Health Service

Mental Health, Public Health and Dental Services

South Coogee Primary School I 40 Ivankovich Road, BEELIAR 6164

T: 08 9437 4826

E: ines.norac@health.wa.gov.au

W: www.nmhs.health.wa.gov.au

Our Vision: Excellence in health care for our community.

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