St Francis of Assisi News
Term 2 - Issue 5 29th April 2021
Dear Parents & Caregivers,
Another snap lockdown and another smooth return to school! The children have once again displayed their resilience returning to school after being locked down in their houses for 3 days! We hope all families made the most of their extended bonding time together. Unfortunately, we have had to postpone the first merit awards of Term 2 as we await the next easing of restrictions for parent gatherings.
Starting Monday, 3rd May children will be expected to be in full winter uniform. The transition period has now ended and I will be visiting classrooms next week to ensure our high standard of uniform this year has been maintained. I am aware that school jumpers have yet to arrive, therefore, in the meantime children are welcome to wear their sports jacket over their white shirts. The requirements of the uniform policy have been attached below and I have also taken the liberty of including pictures of two of our students displaying the correct uniform. Please take the time to familiarise yourself of what is expected. Other uniform points to note:
- Hair length - I have noticed an increasing number of boys sporting the 'mullet' haircut. A reminder to parents that regardless of gender, hair that sits below the collar be tied up, braided and secured with an elastic.
- Hair should also be neat, clean, off the face and out of the eyes.
- Hair Accessories - these need to be either red, black, grey or white.
- Hair should not be extreme or attract undue attention.
- No bracelets, rings, anklets.
- Simple chains or necklace with a cross worn under clothes.
- One small plain or silver stud in each ear on the lower lobe.
Year 6 Camp
Last week, I had the pleasure of accompanying the Year 6's for a couple of days on their camp. The children had a wonderful time and were kept busy by the high ropes, low ropes, colour war, spotlight, orienteering, treasure hunt, Outback Splash and the all famous Mr Kinder 'Let's Get Quizzical' Quiz night. A sincere thank you to the staff, Mrs Freeman, Mr Kinder, Mr Clarke, Ms Hamilton and Mrs Baker for giving up time with their own families to supervise the children 24/7. Parents may not be aware, but teachers do not get any extra pay or time off for taking the children away and it is all done for the love of the kids!
AHOY Me Maties!
Some eagle-eyed Kindy and PP children have spotted the new installation in our early childhood playground - a 6.5m boat! Thanks to the P&F, this was purchased and installed over the holidays. Today, KidSafe inspected the boat and with a few safety modifications, it will be ready for use next week. Thank you to Mark Hughes, our very talented Groundsman for coordinating the install. I guess that makes me The Skipper and Mr Hughes, Gilligan!
Just a reminder to parents that Tuesday and Wednesday, the 18th and 19th May will be school photos. Parent information will be sent home soon regarding these taking place.
Mother's Day Breakfast & Year 5 Assembly
This is scheduled for next Friday, 7th May and will be dependent upon restrictions being eased. Please stay tuned to our Facebook Page and Instagram for updates on whether this will go ahead as planned. If it does, please see the flyer above for the details. We would love to see as many mothers here as possible. Don't forget the P&F will be running the Mother's Day Stall on Tuesday 4th May for you to pick yourself up something nice!
- 7:45am Mother's Day Breakfast (pastries, muffins, tea/coffee)
- 8:15am Visit Classrooms with your child to share in their work
- 8:45am Year 5 Mother's Day Assembly
NAPLAN - Week 4/5
In Week 4, our Year 3 and 5 children will be sitting the NAPLAN assessments. There are four assessments in Writing, Language Conventions, Grammar and Numeracy over a two-week period. NAPLAN is merely a snapshot of your child's progress and forms part of many assessments and judgements used to determine progress and achievement. It is a single test, so please encourage your children to treat it as any other assessment. It does provide some valuable feedback to schools in supporting our strategic initiatives in teaching and learning.
Staffing - 5B and 6W
Parents in 5B would have been notified earlier this week about Mrs Selyer's 6-mth secondment to a teaching position in Derby, beginning Term 3. Whilst we are all very sad to say a temporary goodbye to Mrs Selyer, it is an amazing opportunity to work in the Kimberley both personally and professionally. Mrs Selyer will be moving to Holy Rosary, a Catholic Primary School in Derby to broaden her experience and hopefully share, and bring back many new experiences for our community in 2022. We have undertaken a process to appoint a new classroom teacher for 5B, which will be announced to the community later this term.
Whilst we farewell Mrs Selyer at the end of the term, next Tuesday, 4th May will be Mr Kinder's last day for three weeks. Mr Kinder will be undertaking parental leave for the birth of his first child, a baby girl. I know both Mr and Mrs Kinder are very excited and we wish them well on the birth and all the challenges that lay ahead for them as parents! We will be sure to update our community on the name and share some photos. Good luck to both of them.
Finally, it's Derby weekend for Freo and West Coast. If there was ever a time West Coast were cherry ripe for the picking, it could be Sunday. It may be the one time I am hoping there is no crowd, just in case Freo get the chocolates! If there's no crowd, it didn't happen right?
Have a great fortnight ahead and Happy Mother's Day for Sunday, May 9th to all our Mother's and motherly figures in the children's lives.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
Next week on Thursday we will commemorate the life of Sister Irene McCormack. Sister Irene McCormack was a Josephite (a Sister of St Joseph), a teacher and a missionary. She was born here at Trayning, WA (east of Perth). Gold faction is named in her honour. The whole school will come together to celebrate her life with a short liturgy at 8:45am.
The McCormack students in PP - Yr 6 will come together for team building activities and a shared lunch. McCormack students in Yrs 4-6 will also visit Wheelchair 4 Kids in Wanneroo.
First Holy Communion
An information pack will come home tomorrow (Friday) for all Catholic students in Year 4 and some Yr 5 and 6 students who wish to receive First Holy Eucharist (Communion) this year. Please note the required commitments you need to make as a family, in order for your child to be eligible to receive this sacrament, and return the expression of Interest to the class teacher by Friday 7 May.
Commitment Mass (attend ONE with your child) 8th or 9th May
First Communion Workshop (parent and child) Wednesday 26th May 6pm
FIrst Communion Retreat (children only) Tuesday 8th June (SFoA Hall - school hours)
First Communion Rehearsal (children only, school hours) Friday 11 June
Sacrament of First Eucharist (First Holy Communion) Sunday 13 June 11am.
Term 2 Masses & Liturgical Celebrations
McCormack Feast Day Liturgy - Thursday 6 May 8:45am
Year 4 Mass - Friday 14 May 8:45am
Yr 3 Mass - Friday 4 June 8:45am
Benedict Feast Day Liturgy - Thursday 24 June 8:45am
Yr 1 Paraliturgy - Friday 25 June 8:45am
Please see below the list of before and after school activities on offer for Term 2. There will be no before school swimming this Friday 30 April.
SFOA BREAKFAST CLUB (Supported by Bakers Delight Ocean Keys, Clarkson)
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:
Penelope Quiceno, Khaleesi-Leigh Ellis, Emma Ryan, Caroline Odongo, Laurienne Musenge, Audrey Currell, Emily Whent, Eleanor Hansen, Ava Rosich, Loushia Deng, Eadiee Mariner, Lillian Atwon, Puonyuom Deng, Victor Sebit, Benjamin Musenge, Izabela Hubkova, Sophia DiGiovanni, Olivia Embry.
We wish you all a wonderful day!!
Monday 3 May - Playgroup Begins 8:30am
Tuesday 4 May - P&F Mothers' Day Stall/Year 2B excursion
Wednesday 5 May - Kindy Mothers' Day morning
Thursday 6 May - McCormack Feast Day Liturgy (8:45am)/McCormack Celebration/Lunch
Year 2W excursion
Friday 7 May - Mothers' Day Breakfast (7:45am)/Year 5 Performance Assembly (8:45am)
Sunday 9 May - Mothers Day
Monday 10 May - Playgroup Week 2 @ 8:30am
Tuesday 11 May - NAPLAN begins for Year 3/5 students (fortnight long)
P&F Meeting (8:45am)/P&F Cake Stall
Friday 14 May - Year 4 Class Mass (8:45am)/Kindy West Oz Wildlife Incursion
Tuesday 18 May & Wednesday 19 May - School Photo Days
SCHOOL FEE INFORMATION
School fee reminder statements are being sent home next week. 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.
CAMP AUSTRALIA NEWS
Please note: The Uniform Shop will open on Monday and Thursday afternoons for the next 3 weeks only (commencing Mon 3rd May). The times are Monday 2pm-3:30pm and Thursday 2:30pm - 3:30pm.
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
For Parents, the link to the online ordering system is as follows:
From here, parents can see the uniforms list (including pricing) and place their orders online.
Also, as an alternative, parents can also go to the JFE website:
From here, they can see all the contact details for JFE.
They can also place orders from this website. They can click on the “Order Now” button or the “Orders” heading and use the School Code: 2147
Online Order Delivery Timing
JFE will deliver all online orders to the school - they will be available for collection/delivery every Monday
The cut-off time for online orders to make the above delivery date is 12midday the Friday to allow for delivery/collection on the Monday.