Week 4 Reminders

and Celebrations - Term 3 2021

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From the Principal

“Attitude is a choice. Happiness is a choice. Optimism is a choice. Kindness is a choice. Giving is a choice. Respect is a choice. Whatever choice you make, makes you. Choose wisely.”

― Roy T. Bennett

Dear Families,

As a leader, taking valuable time out affords further opportunities to reflect, to learn, to listen, to connect, to reimagine, and to reinvigorate, amidst the demands of running a big school like ours. However, it is always difficult to be away as there is always much to be done and I very much miss our wonderful school community!

To step back into our beautiful school and be eagerly told all the wonderful stories that the little ones are bursting to share about special trips, secret surprises, tragic tales of scraped knees and big bruises, lunchbox revelations, learning adventures and so much more - is truly such a privilege.

This week is marked as National Homelessness Week on the calendar and children and staff have paused to reflect on this issue and will indeed continue to explore it further in an integrated approach.

Catholic Social Justice teaches us that all people are made in the image of God and so possess an equal and inalienable worth. Because of this essential dignity, each person has a right to all that is needed, to allow him or her to live their full potential as intended by God. Here at St Emilie's, social justice issues are explored throughout the curriculum in developmentally appropriate ways, that help them to think and respond with empathy and understanding as well as critically and creatively.

This week saw our Christian Dance Group perform at Mercy College, staff work on creating our Numeracy Position Statement, PP's celebrate 100 days of school, Homework Club in the Hub, our Community Mass, Regional Leaders Forum, Bishop's Religious Literacy Assessment, NQS conversations at our PLC meetings, SWD funding due, the Census data due, the Year 2 Assembly and McKillop House Day! An action packed week full of fun, learning, relationships and celebration!

Have a super weekend everyone!

Kindest regards

Tania Thuijs


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Thank you ...

Thank you to all St Emilie's parents who continue to be mindful, responsible and courteous in relation to their use of social media - especially when it relates to anything pertaining to school life here at St Emilie's.

Just as we model responsible use of technology here at school, we remind parents to please do the same - especially on Facebook where it can be easy to forget that nothing on social media is private and that what you write and how you write it, is important.

In our school there is an assumption that both staff and parents are all good people, who want the very best for the children in our school.

While every decision made may not necessarily be 'popular', as leaders, we continue to strive to be our best, to do our best, to try new things, to respond to feedback and to always act in the very best interests of the children in our care and in the very best interests of the community we serve.

The old adage, 'what is popular is not always what is right and what is right is not always what is popular' serves us well when it comes to making important decisions in our school.

Please note that the current class Facebook groups have grown organically from parents with a FB account and are not official St Emilie's groups. Thanks to all those parents who use these pages wisely, discerningly and positively - this is appreciated by all.

School communications come home regularly via email, the Weekly Reminders and as messages on our School Website (which also has one Facebook page for the whole community). If you access these, you will stay well informed of what is happening, when it is happening and why it is happening!

Thank you everyone!

McKillop House Celebrations!

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Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop

Feast Day - 8 August

Today McKillop House celebrated the feast day of Australia's first Saint!

This year is the 110th Anniversary of the death of Mary MacKillop, who passed away in 1909.

Mary MacKillop was a woman who lived love in her daily life and continues to inspire us to do the same.

Love was at the heart of all that Mary did and she recognised that the source of her love had its origin in a big and wonderful God!

Front office display by Year Five

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BOY OVERBOARD is a story of adventure, ball control and hope. Jamal and Bibi have a dream - to lead Australia to soccer glory in the next World Cup. But first they must face landmines, pirates, storms and assassins.

The book explores the responsibility we have as global citizens to care for one another in providing a safe and just world and to empathise with those whose country's political circumstances make them outsiders through no fault of their own.

This term all classes are looking through the Inquiry Concept of SOCIAL JUSTICE so this book integrates perfectly! Well done Year Five and thank you for the display!


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Well done and thank you to our Year Two's who shared a great little assembly today highlighting their TALK 4 WRITING! They were confident, excited, happy and did a great job - bravo!!
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Thanks to all the PP staff for getting into the spirit of the 100 days of school by raiding Op shops and dressing up - the kids absolutely loved it!

Thanks to parents for rummaging around for little outfits - they were truly wonderful and the children had a great day!

The Murphy family are pictured below ... with four kids here at St Emilie's - they deserve a very 'shout out' for getting an outfit ready, bringing a plate of food AND getting all four kids to school, WHILE staying sane! :) Bravo!

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Performing Arts Success!

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This week 19 Year 6 girls represented our school at the CEWA Performing Arts Festival in the liturgical movement section.

They did an absolutely excellent job and we are all so very proud of their effort, their result and the way they conducted themselves from start to finish - including their hard work at rehearsals, displaying a positive attitude and commitment, great bus manners and appreciating the efforts of their teacher.

community mass

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A wonderful way to start a Wednesday!

Twice a term Fr Jean-Noel or Father Victor celebrate the Eucharist for the St Emilie's community. It starts at 8.00am and finishes at 8.30am.

This week the Year Three staff and representative children led us in prayer - many thanks!

All families are encouraged and welcome to join staff and parishioners for this gentle way to start your day amidst the noise and rush of our busy lives.

Our next Community Mass is on Wednesday the 1st September (Week 7) lead by Year Two's. We would really love to see you there!

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Morning Tea after Assembly

Thanks to those Mums, Dads and Grandparents who popped in to share a cuppa and a chat after assembly today! It is a wonderful opportunity to meet new people and to connect!
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A sincere thank you to all those families who bought a ticket in the parish raffle. Tickets are still available, so if you haven't bought a ticket yet please pop into the office or send in $5.00 in a clearly marked envelope.

As you will appreciate, just like families and businesses, parishes did it financially tough throughout the COVID period.

By getting behind the parish raffle we are acknowledging our support and care of our Parish Priests who lead and guide us as a community, and our whole parish community who strive to provide genuine outreach to those in need.

Thank you again everyone, especially our wonderful P&F team who sold tickets so cheerfully outside the school office!

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St Emilie's Family Breakfast - Friday 3rd September!

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Coming together as a Community

We are looking forward to enjoying your company on Friday the 3rd of September at our annual brekky as we celebrate our FAMILIES and our whole school community!

While this is normally a Father's Day celebration, this year we will be celebrating Mums, Dads families and the St Emilie's school community as we weren't able to celebrate Mother's Day this year due to COVID restrictions.

We are crossing our fingers and toes that:

- We stay in Phase 5 so that we can safely hold the event

- The weather will be kind :)

- That the P&F will hear from some volunteers to help cook and serve


- Everyone will come ready to enjoy their breakky burger and to catch up with friends and introduce yourselves to a new friend!

Please see the Note/Order Form below! Thanks everyone and looking forward to seeing you there!

Australian Census - 10th August

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The Australian Census on 10 August 2021 will provide a snapshot of who Australians are and what is important to us as a nation.

The census is a key tool that the government uses to determine how organisations, schools, church ministries and community groups are prioritised, funded and empowered to best operate in our State.

If you identify with Christian values, please use your voice in the Australian census when asked your religion.

This is an important opportunity to demonstrate the significance of faith-based families and schools in our West Australian community and will support endeavours to secure equitable access to opportunities and resources.

Thank you.

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Vacation Swimming Lessons - VAC SWIM

Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and summer school vacation holidays.

VacSwim offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations. They are a great school holiday activity and they teach valuable swimming safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.

Enrol at education.wa.edu.au/vacswim

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These first five weeks of term we have a focus on LOVE.

Next week our LOVE mini focus is showing love by being positive and affirming others ...

Week 1: Love One Another

Week 2: Make sure everyone is included

Week 3: Help everyone feel important and special

Week 4: Be positive and affirm others

Week 5: Love is treating other people as you would like them to treat you - with care and respect

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Homework and PP Homework Club Term 3

There are 4 PP grids this term:

Week 2 and 3

Week 4 and 5

Week 6 YAY WEEK - no Homework and no Homework Club this week!

Week 7 and 8

Week 9 and 10

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What's Coming Up?


Week 4

Monday 9th August

Tuesday 10th August

Homework Club 3.00pm

Wednesday 11th August

8.45am P&F Meeting in staffroom

1.20pm - 2.40pm Body, Balls and Brains

3.20pm - Staff Meeting

6.00pm - School Advisory Council Meeting

Thursday 12th August

Friday 13th August

International left-handers day

8.30am - 12.00pm Instrumental Ensemble @ Orana Catholic Primary School

Week 5

Science Week

Tuesday 17th August

Homework Club

Wednesday 18th August

1.20pm - 2.40pm Body, Balls and Brains

4.00pm & 5.30pm Confirmation Workshop

Thursday 19th August

4.00pm Confirmation Workshop

Friday 20th August

11.30-2.00pm Dance Troupe Rehearsal

7.00pm-9.00pm Creative Dance Performance

Saturday 21st August

6.00pm First Holy Communion Mass

Sunday 22nd August

9.30am & 5.00pm First Holy Communion Mass

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PLAY FOR LIFE - Afterschool Soccer and Netball

After-School Soccer Coaching Clinics (Term 3)

All Kindy to Year 2 children were given a registration form for an After-School Soccer Coaching Clinic starting Tuesday the 3rd August (3.10pm – 4.10pm). We will conduct it on the school grounds.

The activity is coordinated and run by Physical Education and/or Soccer Specialists; all with their Working with Children Checks. The Clinic focuses on Maximum Participation during Organised and Fun 8 x 1 Hour sessions. The cost for the clinic is $80.00 per child.

If you are interested in letting your child learn and play this World Game in fun sessions and you have not yet registered, then please register online at www.play4life.com.au or complete the registration form and return it to reception. (Spare registration forms are available at reception). If you have any queries, please call Play 4 Life on 6162 0932.

After-School Netball Coaching Clinics (Term 3)

All Year 2 to Year 4 children were given a registration form for an After-School Netball Coaching Clinic starting Wednesday the 4th August (3.10pm – 4.10pm). We will conduct it on the school grounds.

The activity is coordinated and run by Physical Education and/or Netball Specialists; all with their Working with Children Checks. The Clinic focuses on Maximum Participation during Organised and Fun 8 x 1 Hour sessions. The cost for the clinic is $80.00 per child.

If you are interested in letting your child learn and play this Beautiful Game in fun sessions and you have not yet registered, then please register online at www.play4life.com.au or complete the registration form and return it to reception. (Spare registration forms are available at reception). If you have any queries, please call Play 4 Life on 6162 0932.

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2021 Sacramental Dates

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Kindy Enrolments for 2022 - do you have a child starting Kindy next year?

Kindy interviews for children born between 1/7/2017 and 30/6/2018 - ie turning 4 before the 30th June 2022 are being held now.

If you have a child starting next year please ensure that you have completed an enrolment form. We still have some spaces so please spread the word!

Kindy enrolments are an exciting time for our school - we love to meet new families and touch base with our existing families!

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School social workers focus on the student in the school environment and work collaboratively with principals and teachers to minimise the impacts of personal, family and school difficulties and, where possible, remove any barriers to learning.

With students as their focus, school social workers provide consultancy, advice and support to principals, teachers and other school staff and to families so that they can best meet the needs of individual and groups of children and young people. There is a strong emphasis on individual student and family counselling and support. This is an amazing opportunity for kids, staff and families and one we have wanted in our school for some time.

Please find below the Parent Referral and Consent Form to access our School Social Worker.

You are asked to read the procedure carefully and also note that Kylie only works two days a week. While she will do her very best to accomodate all family referrals, patience may be required as she prioritises her case load and allows time for observation visits, classroom support and playground involvement.

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Uniform Shop

Image Embroidery now services our school community's uniform requirements.

For all uniform queries, please contact a member of the Image Embroidery team (contact details below).

Their store is just 5 minutes from St Emilie's for 'try ons' or you can order uniforms via their online form.

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Keyed Up Music Lessons here at St Emilie's - information for you

Keyed Up Music Lessons

Keyed Up Music will be teaching keyboard, guitar and voice lessons this term after school. Lessons start at $18.65 for groups of four per lesson. If you are interested in your son/daughter learning an instrument, ring Savanna on 6107 8841 or 0479 171 424 or enrol at www.keyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment-form

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St Emilie's Parish is holding an RCIA Inquiry Night at the School Hall on Sept 1, Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

If you are interested in becoming a Catholic, to inquire about RCIA or those Catholics who have not received the Sacrament of Confirmation. Everyone is welcome!

You can contact the organiser by emailing: lenngonzales@hotmail.com or phoning 0413103959

Helen Gonzales

RCIA Coordinator

St Emilie Parish

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St Emilie's Parish

Office hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday and Thursday

Mail: PO Box 5184, Canning Vale South WA 6970

An appointment to see a priest is required.

Parish Priest: Fr. Jean-Noël Marie

Email: Jean-noel.marie@perthcatholic.org.au

Assistant Priest: Fr. Victor Manuel Lujano

Email: victor.lujano@perthcatholic.org.au

Office Assistant: Roselle D’Souza

Email: stemilie.office@iinet.net.au