St Luke's Catholic Primary School
Newsletter - Issue 7, 24 March 2021
IMPORTANT CALENDAR DATES
As calendar dates can be subject to change, please always confirm events by checking our website - https://www.stlukeswoodvale.wa.edu.au/community-calendar
- Autism Awareness Day
- Merit Award Assembly at 8.40am
- Fathering Group Sleepover
- Parent Teacher Interviews (12pm finish for students)
- Holy Week
- Stations of the Cross
- Holy Thursday
- Last Day of Term 1
- Good Friday
MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
True prayer is listening – God has more important things to say to us than we to Him (after all, he knows what we are thinking).
If we open our hearts to God, if we allow God to work within us, then God is able to bring out the best in us. With the help of God’s grace, we can grow into the human person that God intended us to be, and in turn we are able to help others to reach their full potential as human beings created in the image and likeness of God . . .
Lord, open my eyes so that I may see the good in all people,
especially those that I am too quick to judge.
Evening on the Green was a very special community gathering. The turnout was brilliant and the positive vibe/atmosphere was wonderful. Thank you to Alana Metaxas and Melinda France for coordinating the event plus some of our Year One parents for being great support and helpers. Bravo!
Interschool Swimming Carnival
Our students from Years 4-6 enjoyed putting their swimming skills into action, as they represented St Luke’s, in achieving their personal best at Interschool Carnival today. Our students participated in a spirit of encouragement and goodwill. It is great to be able to see our swimmers flourish, push others outside their comfort zone, where we grow considerably, and also build great school spirit and pride. A very big thank you to Mr Noseda for his work in coordinating this extra curricula event, which the children thoroughly enjoyed. I extend my sincere thanks to Mrs Pollard for volunteering to support and help the children participating during the day. It is another example of our community working together for the benefit of our amazing students.
Fathering Group Sleepover
It is very fitting that Pope Francis proclaims the ‘Year of Saint Joseph’. (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis describes Saint Joseph as a beloved father, a tender and loving father, an obedient father, an accepting father; a father who is creatively courageous and, a working father. Tomorrow evening, dads and significant adult figures in our school will be camping with their children on the grass and undercover area. Fun activities, pizza for dinner, bacon and egg burgers and a coffee van Saturday morning will be provided. This is a fabulous start to the St Luke’s Fathering Group and we look forward to seeing you there!
Teacher Parent Meetings
A reminder that this Monday school will finish at 12pm. If you can collect your child/ren at 12pm, this would be great. Otherwise as previously stated, children will be supervised at school until normal pick-up times.
Stations of the Cross
On Wednesday, 31 March, we will be walking through the journey of Jesus before his crucifixion.
These will take place on the school grounds as each class has been very busy designing and creating a cross that depicts each station.
These cross stations will be permanently fixed onto the school grounds so staff and students can use them as reflections during the school year.
We will begin each session in the school hall.
8.45am – 9.20am: PP & Yr 1
9.30am – 10.40am: Yr 2 & 3
11.15am – 12.20pm: Yr 4 & 5
1.00pm – 2.30pm: Yr 6, plus parents and Parishioners
Parents are invited to any of the sessions. Each session will be repeated to suit the needs of the students. We look forward to seeing you there. Please wear comfortable shoes.
Bookings For Parent Teacher Interviews
Please use this link to book your interview to see your classroom teacher: Booking Link
Please be aware that this booking link expires at 12pm tomorrow (Friday 26/3).
If you need any help please refer here: Booking Help
Cyber Safety & Digital Wellness Workshops
We have been fortunate to secure a highly regarded expert, Kayelene Kerr Dip(PublicSaf), AdvDip(PublicSaf), BA(Just) to facilitate our parents and students through a series of information sessions next term. Kayelene’s company, eSafeKids, delivers engaging and sought after prevention education workshops to educate, equip and empower children and young people, and to help support parents, carers, educators and other professionals. Kayelene believes protecting children from harm is a shared responsibility and she aims to inspire the trusted adults in children’s lives to tackle sometimes challenging topics.
Wednesday 21st April: Student Workshops Years 3 – 6.
Wednesday 21st April: Compulsory Parent Workshop Years 3 -6 (6.00 - 8.30pm).
Tuesday 27th April: Parent Workshop Pre K- Year 2 (6.00 - 8.30pm).
We have intentionally aligned the student sessions and senior parent workshop on the same day to assist in the conversations you may have at home as a family. As this workshop is compulsory please mark your diaries now in advance.
A big thank you must go to our P&F for funding these workshops so they will be of no cost for our families to attend. We are so grateful to our hard-working P&F for supporting this initiative which will benefit our families at St Luke’s.
Maura Killalea & Sarah Williams
Evening on the Green Plant Stall – a huge thank you to all of the families that came and supported the Sustainability Stall on Friday night. Thank you also to the families who donated plants. We raised $81 for future sustainability projects.
Woolworths seedlings – thank you also to the families who have donated the seedlings from the recent Woolworths giveaway. They are currently being grown by Mrs Graffin and Mrs Farcich. We look forward to using them in our class gardens next term.
Parenting Ideas - Social Worker
In the article "Managing anxiety before it becomes a problem' Michael Grose suggests helping children to develop tools to manage their anxious feelings. Deep breathing exercises such as 'starfish breathing', 'lazy 8 breathing' or 'bubble breathing' all help children to focus on slowing their breathing. The book 'Hey Warrior' by Karen Young explains what anxiety is, the physical signs and self calming techniques; this book is good for children 8-12 years old. 'Please explain anxiety to Me' by Laurie Zelinger is another good book for helping older primary school children understand anxiety. Mindfulness meditation is another helpful tool there are plenty of sites on you tube, 'Sitting still like a frog' is one of my favourites. Helping children to change unhelpful thoughts into helpful thoughts, can also help them to deescalate the situation that has triggered their anxiety.
FATHERING GROUP SLEEPOVER
Ayla Von Bergheim
Armani La Touché
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! To all the wonderful organisers led by Alana Metaxas from year 1 who put on a smashing Evening on the Green. A special thanks go to our sponsors for the raffle. The entire night was a fabulous success and many families got to reconnect. This year’s Evening on the Green really highlighted the great community spirit we have at St Luke’s.
As the term begins to wind down the P & F wish to thank everyone who have placed their order forms for hot cross buns. Orders are now closed. Next Wednesday Kindy children will be given their orders to bring home and on Thursday the rest of the school will receive theirs. Thank you, Baker’s Delight Woodvale, for supporting St Luke’s.
Hopefully, the St Luke’s dads and father figures are already sleeping to prepare for tomorrow night’s inaugural Dads and Kids School Sleepout. We wish everyone a great fun-filled, sleep-soaked evening and cannot wait to see the photos of all the shenanigans.
Don’t forget there are still items to buy in the undercover area for the ‘Paint Me A Rainbow’ stall. Come down on Friday before assembly to support this wonderful cause.
Finally some events for term 2 to put on your calendar:
Kangaroo café will be up and operating from the first week of term 2. Orders can be made via the Flexischool app. Thank you again Mez Melo and your angels for making the café a wonderful success. If you are free to volunteer on a Monday during term 2 and/or 3 please email email@example.com
Playgroup’s grand reopening is also happening in term 2. Please follow our Facebook page for all the details. Playgroup at St Luke’s CPS Woodvale
This year the Mother’s Day breakfast BBQ and stall will be held on Friday the 7th May. There will be a raffle and children may bring a maximum of $5 in to spend for the gift stall. Our year 5 group is organizing this event for 2021 and we thank them for helping us to show appreciation to the amazing mums, grandmas and women who bless our lives.
CHILDREN’S LITURGY – VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED
We are looking for parents to volunteer for our Children’s Liturgy Team.
The liturgy sessions are held every Sunday at 9:30am mass for approx 20-30mins.
You will be placed in an established group of four mums and will be rostered on two Sunday’s each school term.
If you are interested please contact Carissa Merton on 0431 935 449 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Keyed Up Music Lessons
Keyed Up Music will be teaching guitar group lessons next term on Wednesday 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, ring Savanna on 1300 366 243 or enrol at www.keyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment_form
These April school holidays METRONET will have a full-scale model on display at Yagan Square, giving people an early opportunity to see inside Perth’s new C-Series trains.
METRONET would like to invite you to share this information with your school families, to attend the free family-friendly event from Saturday, 3 April to Sunday, 18 April between 9am and 5pm.
Visitors can walk through the carriage and along with the railcar, there is a 1:50 scale model on display, and kids can get involved with a scavenger hunt.
Thursday mornings between 9am-10am are reserved for Quiet Hour, where the display will be low sensory to cater for those who prefer to experience the train in this environment.
Walk-ins will be welcome and families wanting to skip the queue will be able to register for free VIP tickets at www.metronet.wa.gov.au/all-aboard.
If you need any further information on the event, or could share some promotional materials, please just let us know by return email or at 9326 3666.
As the biggest railcar order in the state’s history, the METRONET Railcar Program will deliver 246 new C-series railcars to Perth’s rail network.
The trains will service an increased demand from METRONET projects and replace the A-series trains that currently operate on the Armadale/Thornlie, Fremantle and Midland lines.
Find out more about the Railcar Program and METRONET at www.metronet.wa.gov.au.
Communications and Engagement Team
p: (08) 9326 3666 | w: metronet.wa.gov.au