St Francis of Assisi News
Term 1 - Issue 1 10th February 2022
Dear Parents & Caregivers,
It's been a busy two week period to start the school year with plenty of distractions but thankfully, our children have settled extremely well and the transition has been great. As you have received a lot of communication from me in the past two weeks, I will keep this newsletter short!
As discussed in my parent presentation above and communicated earlier this week, every school in Catholic Education WA underwent a ventilation audit. HFM Asset Management were on site yesterday. They visited every classroom, teaching and office space, and I am pleased to report that due to the design, direction of buildings and windows, every space met the necessary standards for adequate ventilation. As a result, no HEPA filters were recommended for our school. Staff will continue to open windows and use mechanical ventilation (air-conditioners) to ensure there is adequate ventilation for our children.
This week, school fees were sent to parents both electronically and via a paper copy. Payment of school fees are vitally important in enabling our school to provide the resources, both physical and human, to support the development of our children socially, emotionally, spiritually and academically.
Parents are required to indicate how they wish to address their school fees by selecting an option and return the form via email to mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 25th February. Health Care Card holders need to provide a valid HCC to receive the discount. Please note: even if you are have already setup a direct debit, please indicate this on the form and return. If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact the email address above to arrange an appointment with me to discuss.
We are lucky to welcome a number of new families into our community this year. We would normally welcome our new families with a morning tea, but unfortunately, this has been postponed due to the new restrictions on parents on site. However, we hope the following children and their families have had a great start at our school:
PPB - Deng Baguoot, Lois McSheffrey, Janak Singh
PPW - Jedd Hitchcock, Casey White
1W - Jack Witham
2B - Rylan Hitchcock, Ned Horrocks
2W - Piper Horrocks, Ashlee Schulz, Alfie McSheffrey
3B - Lily Bassanelli, Jasmine Moffatt, Evelyn Witham
3W - Elsie de Laine, Damien Mundawaro, Logan Ravat, Alexandra Tangifua, Ava Victorien
5B - Sophia Bassanelli, Seth Gregory, Ravinderjeet Singh
5W - Oscar de Laine
6B - Ethan Victorien
You may have noticed a few changes over the school holidays. Mr Hughes, our Groundsman has been extremely busy coordinating a number of improvements around the school. These include the new shade sails over the Senior Playground and new shade sail over the proposed Prayer Garden. I have attached photos below for parents who have not been on site.
He has also created a doorway in between the demountable at the back of the school. This space will be used for our instrumental lessons, which began today with over 33 children enrolled! It will also be a space for our ECU Speech Therapy Practicum students who will be on site one day a week in Semester 2 and our school Psychologist, who will also operate from these spaces throughout the year.
TRAFFIC WARDEN CROSSING - Connolly Drive
We were advised over the holidays that WA Police are finding it difficult to staff the traffic warden outside our school and they asked for patience if the crossing is unattended. If any Parents/Grandparents are interested in becoming a Traffic Warden they can contact the Children’s Crossings Unit direct on 6274 8731. The current pay rate is around $25.58 per hour - two hours per day/five days per week.
PARENT NIGHT PRESENTATION
I have attached the parent presentation I streamed earlier this week for any parents who did not have the chance to watch the one sent Tuesday. The stream is approximately 13min in length and covers the following:
- School Priorities 2022
- COVID Safe Practices
- iPad changes in 2022
I once again thank our parent community for responding so positively to the recent changes in restrictions and cancellation of a number of community events. We are striving to continue quality teaching and learning and maintain a sense of community whilst under these new restrictions. As I have outlined, if you or anyone in your family tests positive, please contact me directly by email mailto:email@example.com
Please stay safe and enjoy the fortnight ahead!
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
Welcome back to Term 1! Already there have been massive changes to the school calendar - please keep up to date by checking SEESAW and the live calendar for the most up-to-date information.
Sacramental Program Expression of Interest (EOI)
This closes tomorrow, Friday 11 February. Thank you to those families who have contacted me by email to ensure their place in the Sacramental Program, or who have already returned your EOI form.
An information pack for the Sacrament of Reconciliation will come home next week.
Please note the Sacramental Parent Information Night has been CANCELLED.
Ash Wednesday Liturgy
Will take place on Wednesday 2nd March and will be lead by the Christian Service Leaders. The Liturgy will be live streamed to the classrooms and on the school youtube channel.
Miss Dee Campbell
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:
Pranshi Bulgannavar, Mack Lynton, Sahara Makawa, Josephine Laurisden, Dennis Korzhov, Sebastian Gauvain, Anger Ajo, Siara Westerhout, Oscar Thistlethwaite, Nevada Weko-Hauraki, James Curran, Piper Morrison, Vivienne Liron, Samarra Dock, Destiny Cooper, Ryu-Iann Uriarte, Poppy Hicks, Chase Carrara, Jazzy Moffatt, Gabriel Atuer, Addison Dillon, Olivia Pearce, Garrick Robinson, Amaya Connell, Billy Boschman.
We wish you all a wonderful day!!
Friday 11 February - Merit Assembly/'Friends of Francis' raffle draw (in class via SeeSaw)
Tuesday 15 February - Year 6 Beach Safety
Saturday 19 Feb/Sunday 20 Feb - Reconciliation Commitment Mass (parent choice)
Tuesday 22 February - Year 6 Beach Safety
Wednesday 23 February - Year 3 Reconciliation Workshop (in class/no parents)
Friday 25 February - Year 6 Mass (streamed)
SCHOOL FEE INFORMATION
Please refer to Mr Baker's message in this newsletter regarding school fees. It is vital that all families return their Payment Options Form even if they have paid their school fees in full or have already set up a Direct Debit plan with myself.
If you have a 2022 Health Care Card (HCC), please update these details to ensure you receive your fee discount this year. The HCC discount for the whole year will not be given if you bring in your current card in the middle of the year and expect to be given a discount for the whole year. The discount given will be pro-rata. Therefore if you have a current HCC it is imperative that you send in a copy to the office ASAP.
* Please note the uniform shop is operating ONLY for online orders. Due to restrictions we are unable to have children do try-ons.
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