Padbury CPS Newsletter
Issue #1 - ???? 2022
Newsletter #2 - 24th February 2023
Let us take care of everything God has given us
PADBURY CATHOLIC PRIMARY SCHOOL ONLINE
As Bushfire season approaches in the Summer months, a copy of our Bushfire Plan can be found here on our website - https://www.padcath.wa.edu.au/formsandprocedures
SCHOOL COMMUNITY CALENDAR
Please check the PCPS community calendar for upcoming and future dates as the calendar is regularly updated https://www.padcath.wa.edu.au/community-calendar
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
On Wednesday we gathered together to celebrate Ash Wednesday, marking the beginning of Lent.
Lent prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday. Taking place 40 days before Easter Sunday, Ash Wednesday is one of the most important holy days in the liturgical calendar and signals a season of prayer, reflection, penance and fasting.
Coming from the ancient Jewish tradition of penance and fasting, Ash Wednesday involves applying ashes, made from blessed palm branches from the previous year's Palm Sunday Mass, to a person’s forehead. The ashes applied to the forehead symbolise the dust from which God made us. The priest speaks the words:"Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return" or "Repent and believe in the Gospel."
The Lenten season is a good opportunity for us all to spend time in prayer, to give to others in need and to ‘fast’ or ‘give up’ something as a commitment to becoming a better person.
Each of the classes will focus on Lent and we will encourage the children to do things for others and pray for them, especially those less fortunate.
Each PCPS family will be provided a Project Compassion box so that as a family, you may wish to give to others in need.
The Latin word sacramentum means ‘a sign of the sacred.’ Sacraments are ceremonies that point to what is sacred, significant and important for Catholics. They are special occasions for experiencing God's saving presence and are signs and instruments of God's grace. Celebrating sacraments is such an important part of our lives.
The Sacramental Programme at Our Lady of the Mission Parish has commenced with enrolment masses taking place last weekend. PCPS will work very closely with the Parish Team to ensure that our children and families are fully prepared for the sacrament of Confirmation, First Holy Communion and Reconciliation. In our parish the sacramental programme is parent focused, parish based and school supported.
Please refer to the Religious Education section of the newsletter and PCPS community calendar for details and dates regarding parent information evenings.
Catholic schools in Western Australia have a distinctive ethos and are mandated by the Bishops of Western Australia. Each member of the Catholic school community strives to give Christian witness through words, attitudes and actions.
The Bishops Code of Ethical Conduct clearly states that all those in Catholic Schools in WA must uphold the following - Gospel values, dignity, giftedness, relationships, confidentiality and accountability.
The whole Padbury CPS community works together as a professional team, collaboratively, respectfully, openly, honestly and energetically, upholding the vision of the school as well as the expectations of the Bishops Mandate.
Code of Conduct
Our PCPS Code of Conduct is mandated by the Government and Catholic Education Office of WA. The purpose of the Code of Conduct is to describe minimum standards of conduct in all behaviour decision-making to ensure the safety and well-being of students.
The code applies to staff, students, parents, volunteers and guardians.
It promotes positive work practices and establishes expectations for personal and professional boundaries concerning appropriate and inappropriate behaviour in relation to staff, students, volunteers, parents and guardians.
It provides guidance about behaviour, relationships, attitudes and responsibilities and outlines the process that will be followed if the code is not observed.
Please take the time to read the Code of Conduct on our school website
Student Code of Conduct
Our students have a Student Code of Conduct to follow which can be found on our school website and which each class teacher works through with their class - https://www.padcath.wa.edu.au/_files/ugd/8592a2_365fc3be014a46b9a27e2e976abea850.pdf
Please take the time to read through our PCPS website as it offers a lot of information about our school including the history, traditions, routines and practices here at Padbury Catholic Primary School. By reading this information you will see that our wonderful school offers innovative programmes, provides a safe and secure environment for all and encourages parents to become partners in their child’s education.
The school website is a handy reference for the year ahead and any updated information will be provided via the newsletter or email informing you of any alterations to procedures and policies.
Policies, Procedures and Protocols
Upon enrolment at Padbury Catholic Primary School all parents sign the enrolment form whereby it stipulates that parents will agree to abide by the polices and directives of the school and the Catholic Education Office of Western Australia.
Parents are asked to familiarise themselves with our school website - https://www.padcath.wa.edu.au/ especially the sections on Policies and Forms and Procedures in Our Community section.
The Protective Behaviours Programme taught at Padbury CPS is the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC).
It is a child safety program for children and young people from age 3 to year 12. It teaches children to:
recognise abuse and tell a trusted adult about it
understand what is appropriate and inappropriate touching
understand ways of keeping themselves safe.
All children and young people have a right to:
be treated with respect and to be protected from harm
be asked for their opinions about things that affect their lives and to be listened to
feel and be safe in their interactions with adults and other children and young people
understand as early as possible what is meant by 'feeling and being safe'.
The curriculum follows 2 main themes:
we all have the right to be safe
we can help ourselves to be safe by talking to people we trust.
The two themes are explored through 4 focus areas:
the right to be safe
recognising and reporting abuse
The focus areas are targeted to the age of the learners. The KS:CPC is mandated by the Government and is taught every year by the class teachers. The teachers will send home letters regarding when they are commencing their units this year and what will be taught.
P&F FAMILY WELCOME EVENT - MOVIE NIGHT
This year the P&F have decided to hold a Family Movie Night as our welcome back to school event on 24 February....tonight! Please look for details in our newsletter and the P&F Facebook Page.
Pre Kindy 2023
Our Pre-Kindy (3-Year-Old) is going super strong once again this year with Tuesday and Wednesday sessions this term (very limited vacancies) and Thursday sessions commencing in Term 2 (limited vacancies). Please contact the office and speak with Mrs Ellen to enrol your little one into our exciting PK programme.
Click on the following link for further information - https://www.padcath.wa.edu.au/early-childhood
If you have friends or neighbours who have children who are 3 years old , please talk to them about our exciting Pre-Kindy programme and encourage them to enrol.
PK & K 2024, 2025 and Beyond
Enrolments are now taking place for Pre Kindy 2024 & 2025 and Kindergarten 2025. Don’t forget to enrol siblings!
Please note that Kindy 2024 is full.
ANNUAL SCHOOL PLAN
All schools are always on a continual journey of improvement. We have an Annual School Plan which provides direction for the year ahead. This plan is based upon our Strategic Plan LEAD – Learning, Engagement, Accountability and Discipleship, which you can view on our school website -https://www.padcath.wa.edu.au/strategic-plan
On 4 November 2022, WA’s State of Emergency and the Public Health State of Emergency formally concluded. At this time, WA transitioned into the final recovery phase of ‘Living with COVID-19’, marking a major milestone in the State’s successful management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
In 2023, COVID-19 community case numbers have remained manageable with no indication of a requirement to return to a Temporary COVID-19 Declaration. For this reason, the Catholic Education Western Australia COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form and CEWA COVID-19 Portal has been decommissioned. It will not be possible for reports to be received via the platform any longer. As such the COVID-19 Self-Reporting Form has been removed from our school website. The COVID-19 Portal, conveying COVID-19 case data for the school community will also be inaccessible.
Student absences due to COVID-19 are to be reported to schools via normal attendance procedures just like any other illness would be reported. Anyone with COVID is required to stay home until they are no longer showing symptoms. As per last term, the school is no longer required to notify parents of COVID cases within the classroom. PCPS follows the COVID guidelines from CEWA which are based upon the WA Health Department. Please refer to WA Health for further information.
Have a lovely weekend.
Mrs Margaret Williamson
FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS
Parent / Teacher Interviews
Change in School Start Time 2023
Every 5 Years all school are required to undertake an intensive School Registration Audit, mandated by the government.
I am very pleased to announce that PCPS passed this rigorous assessment with flying colour colours.
Only one item needs adjusting and that is our school hours. Commencing 2023, our school start time will be 8.40am instead of 8.45am. So please adjust your alarm clocks!
After School Procedures
Children may be collected from the Kiss and Ride which is supervised by staff until 3:20pm, after which, any child left is taken to the office and Mrs Ellen will phone parents to collect.
Parents may also collect children directly from the classroom however, parents must ensure they are at the classroom door by 3pm. If you normally collect from the classroom and your child is not collected at 3pm, they will be asked to go to the Kiss and Ride where they will be supervised until 3:20pm. You can walk to the Kiss and Ride shelter to collect your child from there.
Children are not to be waiting to be collected from any other area in the school. For example, children cannot wait for parents on the oval, on the playground etc. Staff will send your child to the Kiss and Ride area if they find them waiting in another area.
Children are not to be playing on the playground after school unless they are being supervised by their own parent.
Children who are walking or riding home are to leave the school when the bell goes at 3pm. Please remind your child.
This week the students from Kindy to Year 6 all received a Project Compassion Box. The theme for Project Compassion this year is 'For All Future Generations.' It reminds us that what we do today can have an impact For All Future Generations. This message invites us to step up for those who do not have the essential resources they need for their survival and those whose needs at this time are far beyond ours. By putting compassion into action, we can make a difference today, For All Future Generations.
Each year Project Compassion brings together thousands of Australians in schools, parishes and the community to stand in solidarity with the world’s most vulnerable communities, to help end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity. Project Compassion, organised by Caritas Australia, is a great way of embracing the journey of Lent.
Through your generosity during Project Compassion this year, you are assisting some of the world’s most vulnerable people to build better futures for themselves, their families and their communities. We pray that this Lent, we find peace in our hearts and journey together with Jesus to make our world a better place.
Ms Mac Callisto and Mr Peter O'Mara
Seasons for Growth
This year we will be offering the Seasons for Growth program at Padbury Catholic.
Seasons for Growth is a peer support program designed especially for children who are experiencing painful transitions, such as a parent separation, divorce, death or a parent working away (FIFO). This program can also benefit children who have moved from other countries, states or schools.
If you feel this program may be of benefit to your child please complete the attached form and return it by February 28. I will then make contact with you to discuss the suitability of the program for your child.
Co-parenting FREE online workshop
The Co-Parenting Peacefully series comprises of three sessions each focusing on a different topic. The sessions provide information, tools and strategies that will help you to work toward co-parenting peacefully from a child-centered approach. Please refer to the flyer below for more information.
Upcoming P&F meetings
1 March - P&F meeting 6.45 – 7.45pm
29 March - P&F meeting 6.00 – 7.00pm
21 June - P&F meeting 3.15 – 4.15pm
16 August - P&F meeting 6.45 - 7.45pm
8 November - P&F meeting 6.45 – 7.45pm
15 November- PCPS Annual Community Meeting 6.00 – 7.00pm
Mrs Cathy Farrell
Padbury Catholic Business Directory
We are thrilled to be running our Padbury Catholic Primary School Business Directory.
The directory features businesses run by families within our Padbury Catholic School community. Please support our families via the link on a webpage: https://www.padcath.wa.edu.au/businessdirectory
A huge thank you for all of the families who registered their businesses to kick off our first directory.
The money raised as part of this launch will help with ongoing events and activities run by the P&F Committee.
If you would like your business featured in the directory so that PCPS families can use your services, please contact Megann Hunt – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mrs Megann Hunt
P&F Vice President
All Masses are held in the Church
Saturday - 8:30am; 6:30pm
Sunday - 8:00am; 9:30am; 11:00am; 5:45pm
Monday to Friday - 7:00am; 9:00am
24:7 Youth Group
For all youth in Years 6 to 12
1st and 3rd Friday @ Parish Hall, 7pm
Call Luke 0401822932 for more information.
Rev Fr Cyprian M Shikokoti - PP
Our Lady of the Mission, Parish Website : www.olm.myparish.net.au
MAWA Maths Expo
The expo is targeted at families in the aim to provide support to parents and students with mathematics learning at home by showcasing interactive resources. It will be a fun, interactive day with lots of opportunity to see a variety of resources that make learning fun, and there are prizes to be won on the day!
Sunday 12 March 2023
10:00am – 1:00pm
Stirling Community Centre, Main Hall – Karrinyup
Members: $10 per family
Non-members: $15 per family
Every family that attends will receive a $10 voucher to use at the MAWA stand.
Maths Expo - Mathematical Association of Western Australia (MAWA)
A maths expo - now that's something different! The expo is targeted at families in the aim to provide support to parents and students with mathematics learning at home by showcasing interactive resources. One of the many games featured at expo is MULTI and MAWA is the only distributor in Australia.
CSPAWA Welcome to Term 1 Newsletter
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Catholic School Parents Western Australia eNewsletter
From 2023, there will be three main changes to the way the National Assessment Program Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) is administered and scored. 1. NAPLAN tests will be held in Term 1, allowing results to be returned to systems, schools and parents/carers earlier in the year. 2.
Padbury Catholic is a double-stream Primary School in Padbury Western Australia.