St Francis of Assisi News
Term 2- Issue 26 18th May 2023
NOONGAR SEASON OF DJERAN (APR-MAY)
Dear Parents & Caregivers,
It's been a busy fortnight with Mother's Day and the Mother's Day Stall. We hope all parents enjoyed the celebrations at school and home over the weekend.
This week also saw the opening of our sheltered area for the Year 1-4 children to eat at recess and lunch. The artificial turf is completed with decking to be finished over the next holidays. Check out the pic of our children making the most of the space!
NATIONAL SORRY DAY & RECONCILIATION WEEK BEGINS 26th MAY
Next Friday, 26th May marks the beginning of Reconciliation Week 2023 with National Sorry Day. It is a day to acknowledge the strength of Stolen Generations Survivors and reflect on how we can all play a part in the healing process for our people and nation. While this date carries great significance for the Stolen Generations and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, it is also commemorated by Australians right around the country. This year's theme for Reconciliation Week is 'Be a Voice for Generations - Act today for a reconciled tomorrow'. It encourages all Australians to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in our everyday lives – where we live, work and socialise. Year 3's will perform an assembly focused around Reconciliation Week and National Sorry Day.
FAREWELL TO FAMILIES
We wish the following families well as they finish their time at St Francis of Assisi and move on to new adventures. We hope you have enjoyed your time in our community and thank you for your contribution:
Luigi Bello (KW) & Allegra Bella Quintero (3B)
Lisa Zaitseva (PPB)
Liam O'Shea (5B)
All families are moving overseas to be closer to family but we hope their experience at SFOA has been very positive!
KINDY 2024 ENROLMENTS
If you have a child born between 1 July 2019 - June 30 2020, they are eligible for our Kindy Program in 2024. Places are filling very quickly and we have limited spaces left. If you have a sibling or family you know of wishing to enrol and have yet to inform the office, please contact Deb at the office to complete an application form or visit our website. Interviews will take place for all siblings and new children throughout the remainder of Term 2.
MOTHER'S DAY BREAKFAST & RAFFLE
We trust all the mothers were suitably celebrated and embraced last Sunday for Mother's Day. Our annual Mother's Day Breakfast was a fantastic way to start the weekend and as usual, was exceptionally well attended. Thank you to Mrs Rossi and Miss Walton who did most of the coordinating and our brilliant staff for their early attendance and organisation in making the morning a success!
A sincere and grateful thank you to the P&F for coordinating the Mother's Day Stall, but also to a number of businesses who donated prizes for the Mother's Day Raffle. Below is a list of the businesses who donated gifts or vouchers. Please feel free to use them if you are in need of any of their services:
- Bulls Eye Clinic Leederville donated 2 pairs of sunglasses valued at $250 with a 20% off discount voucher off their next purchase of sunglasses or prescription glasses.
- Iron Hull Strength and Conditioning gym donated a voucher for 1-month of unlimited sessions for the winner and a friend valued at $450.
- Savasana Beauty and Wellness donated a voucher for a classic facial valued at $90.
- Artikle Clothing donated a $50 voucher.
- Tropical Moon Grazing donated a voucher for a large grazing box valued at $135.
- The Sweet Side by Kristy-Anne donated a beautiful cupcake bento box.
- Angel House donated one of their Mother's Day gift boxes.
NATIONAL WALK SAFELY TO SCHOOL DAY - FRI 19th MAY
Tomorrow is National Walk Safely to School Day. This is a community initiative that aims to raise awareness of the health, road safety, transport and environmental benefits that regular walking (especially to and from school) can provide for the long term well-being of our children. Our local Councillor Bronwyn Smith from the City of Wanneroo will be in attendance to welcome our parents and children with a healthy breakfast of various fruits! So get those fresh walking kicks on pound the pavement with your children tomorrow!
MID-YEAR REPORTS & PARENT INTERVIEWS
Formal Mid-Year (formerly Semester One) academic reports will be available in Week 10 of Term 2 and will be followed by optional parent-teacher interviews on Thursday 29th June between 1:30pm and 6pm. This year, the academic reports will look slightly different as CEWA aims to provide some consistency across Catholic Primary Schools in WA.
In line with ACARA (Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting) policy, formal grades are provided for Year 1-6 across each of the learning areas. These formal A-E grades are a progress report against the end of year achievement standard required for each year level. Therefore, the mid-year report is a formal assessment of where your child is against an end of year standard. For those parents wishing for more details on learning area achievement standards, these can be accessed via the School Curriculum and Standards Authority (SCSA) WA here:
SEQTA ENGAGE APP
To access academic reports, parents will need to have downloaded the Seqta Engage App on their mobile device or through the web browser. For instructions on how to do this, please visit this link on our website:
Parents will need a username and password. If you have forgotten yours or need a new one, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org asap.
MAYFLOWER MASS - SUNDAY 28th MAY 9am
As Ms Campbell alludes to below, the St Francis of Assisi Mayflower Mass will take place on Sunday 28th May @ 9am at St Andrew's Parish. In addition to the FREE sausage sizzle at mass, any child who comes to mass on Sunday will be allowed to wear FREE DRESS the next day at school! We would love to see as many children and families at mass as possible.
Have a fantastic fortnight ahead!
Our Mayflower Mass on Sunday 28th May, at 9am at St Andrew's Church, Clarkson. This an opportunity for our school community to come together with our Parish, St Andrew's. All St Francis families are invited to come along to the Mass and stay for a free sausage sizzle after the Mass.
Commitment Masses for First Holy Communion
Sat 20 May 6pm;
Sunday 21 May 7:30am, 9am or 5pm.
Please attend ONE Mass with your child & bring their completed Commitment Card.
First Communion Workshop
Tuesday 23rd May - 6pm at St Francis of Assisi Hall. Children receiving First Communion this year and at least one parent, must attend.
McCormack Feast Day - TOMORROW
McCormack Feast Day is tomorrow and will involve all students in McCormack (PP - Yr 6). We will start with a whole school liturgy, followed by lots of fun team building activities and finish with a shared lunch & icy pole. All McCormack children are reminded to wear their sports uniform with their McCormack shirt.
McCormack Feast Day - Friday 19th May
First Communion Commitment Masses - Sat 20th / Sun 21st May
First Communion Workshop - Tuesday 23rd May 6pm in the Hall (parents & children)
Mayflower Mass - Sunday 28th May 9am at St Andrew's Church, Clarkson
Year 1 Class Liturgy - Friday 1st June 8:45am in the Hall (all welcome)
Sacrament of First Communion - Sunday 18th June 11am at St Andrew's Church, Clarkson
“Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
St Francis of Assisi
Assistant Principal RE
Although I am a little late to the party, congratulations to Mrs Ashlee Mieschbuehler, her husband Simon and daughter, Emma, on the birth of their new addition, Kai Oliver Mieschbuehler. He was born the end of last term on April 4th @ 3am weighing 3.7kg. Both Mum and Kai are doing well as he brings plenty of joy (and sleepless nights) to his family. Staff can't wait to meet him. Congrats to Ash and her family.
Congratulations to Emily Epple who has been selected in the School Sport WA State U12 Girls Basketball Team. This isn't the first time I have acknowledged Emily in the newsletter, but it is a great achievement to be recognised in the top 10 basketballers in the U12 age group in WA! Best of luck with the School Sport State Championships to be held in Perth later this year. I'll be sure to take all the credit when Emily makes it to the WNBA.
SCHOOL FEE INFORMATION
School fee reminder statements were sent out recently to all families (including families on Direct Debit). We request families who have not made any payments this year to please commence payment ASAP as we will be contacting you soon. If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact me on 089562 9528 or email@example.com
All families on Centrelink Health Care Card (HCC) need to provide the school with their current card to continue receiving the discount for 2023. If your card has expired, please bring in your new card to the school office ASAP.
Tuesday Afterschool Rugby Sessions Years 3-6
On Tuesday a coach from RugbyWA came out to school to run a FREE clinic. If your child is interested in learning to play rugby please register your interest at the office. A minimum of 6 children are required for the sessions to go ahead. Once we have enough children you will be contacted and required to pay $30, this covers the coach for 4 sessions.
SFoA Faction Cross Country Years 3-6
Students in Years 3-6 have been practicing for our upcoming faction cross country carnival, which will be held on Wednesday 7th June for all children in Years 3-6. We will require parents to help encourage and marshal the students along the track throughout the morning. The top 6 boys and girls from each year level will represent the school at the Interschool Carnival on Friday 23rd June. A letter with more information will be sent home next week.
Cross country training is run this term every Tuesday morning beginning at 7:45am for Year 3-6 students only.
AFL Junior Parade Day
On Saturday 27th May 2:10pm, West Perth take on Peel Thunder. All students that play at junior clubs in the West Perth District are asked to come down and represent their club by wearing their club colours to the game! There will be plenty of fun and entertainment during the game as well as the march around the oval at half-time to showcase local clubs with pride. Members and families of junior football clubs will receive free tickets using the below link and promo code.
PROMO CODE- PARADE
It was such a joy to see all the kids choosing their Mother’s Day gifts at the stall this year. It was a great success and not only did mums and mum figures get some gorgeous items, but the P & F also raised $1300 towards our yearly goal. Thank you to all the volunteers who ran the stall. There were a few lucky parents that won some lovely prizes from the Mother’s Day raffle. Thank you to the local businesses who supported our school and spoilt our parents with their amazing donations.
Pizza Lunch – 7th June – volunteers needed
Next P & F meeting
6th June at 8:30 am
Happy Birthday to the following students who are celebrating their birthday over the next two weeks:
Nyankur Baguoot, Nathan Beaven-Davis, Eleanor Jarvis, Lois McSheffrey, Kaden Keen, Indiana Kingsley, Paige Hansen, Misa Nguyen, Rylan McAllister, Sanchez Raj, Abigail Leahy, Elsie de Laine, Brady Edwards, Lucas Pereira, Balen Rudduck, Conor Durer-Jones, Ava Clinton, Harrison Clark, Quinn Dennis, Jack O'Hare, Georgia Unthank.
We wish you all a wonderful day!!
Friday 19 May - McCormack Feast Day / National Walk to School Day
Saturday 20 May & Sunday 21 May - First Communion Commitment Masses
Tuesday 23 May - SCHOOL PHOTO DAY (Kindy, Pre-Primary, Yr 1, Yr 2, Yr 4 & Yr 5 classes)
Tuesday 23 May - First Communion Workshop @ SFOA Hall (6:00pm)/SAC Meeting (6:00pm)
Wednesday 24 May - SCHOOL PHOTO DAY (Yr 3 & Yr 6)
Friday 26 May - National Sorry Day / Year 3 Assembly (8:45am)
Sunday 28 May - St Francis Mayflower Mass @ St Andrew's Church (9:00am)
Monday 29 May - Yr 5 excursion to Perth Museum
Tuesday 30 May - Whole school Constable Care incursion
Thursday 1 June - Year 6 Winter Carnival
Friday 2 June - Yr 1 Liturgy (8:45am)
Monday 5 June - WA Day Public Holiday
Tuesday 6 June - P&F Meeting (8:45am)
The Uniform Shop is open Mondays during the school term from 2:30pm - 3:30pm. Uniform can also be ordered online: firstname.lastname@example.org (school code: 2147)
Where: Operating out of the demountable at the rear of the school!
Ph: (08) 9204 1701
Address: 1/85 Guthrie St, Osborne Park 6017