St Elizabeth's News
NEWSLETTER | TERM 3 | WEEK 8 | 9 SEPTEMBER 2022
Rebecca Clarke | Principal
Dear parents and caregivers,
It’s hard to believe that we are nearing the end of Term 3. It has certainly been a big term with lots of great things happening!
The Sports Carnival on Wednesday was a huge success. We were blessed with the weather and sent home lots of tired students at the end. It was heart-warming to hear the students cheering on their faction using the new faction names. Congratulations to our students for the fantastic sportsmanship that was evident throughout the day, although, I think the Parent v’s Student egg and spoon race was a little serious! Well done to VINCENT for winning the Sports Carnival Trophy. Days like this do not happen with someone planning, setting up and leading the way … thank you to Mrs Naomi Clarkson for doing such a magnificent job at this and creating wonderful memories for our students. To our P&F, well done on a very successful sausage sizzle and cake stall and to all the families that supported them by providing yummy treats to sell or purchasing them for morning tea! To Mr Steve D’Costa, thank you for creating the fun atmosphere with the music selection and to our talented announcer, Mrs Claire Didlock, for keeping us all informed on the day! Finally, to my dedicated staff for starting the day early to get everything organised and set up … thank you … you are the best!
Next Friday, we will be celebrating ‘Wear your Favourite Team’s Colours’ Day! This is a fun day where students are allowed to come to school dressed in their favourite team colours – AFL, basketball, soccer, tennis, netball, dancing, gymnastics, horse riding …. the list goes on! The aim is to celebrate being a team!
Enrolments for 2023 are coming in thick and fast. If you know of any family members or friends that are wanting a wonderful education for their children at a strong community focused school, suggest that they make a time to have a tour with Mrs Didlock and fill in the application form found on our website.
As the term starts to wind down, a reminder that Term 3 concludes for students on Thursday, September 22 with the school closed on Friday, September 23 due to a Staff Professional Development Day.
I hope everyone has a lovely weekend!
A Statement from Archbishop Timothy Costelloe SDB, President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
As the Queen enters into the great mystery of eternal life with the Lord, we will pray for the repose of her soul and for the support and comfort of her family, her nation and the wider community of the Commonwealth.
Queen Elizabeth was never reticent about acknowledging her Christian faith. Her annual Christmas message invariably focused on Jesus Christ as a model of humble and generous service. It was a model she strived to emulate throughout her long life. May she rest in peace.
As a mark of mourning and respect and in accordance with protocol, the Australian National Flag, and all flags in the set will be flown at half-mast until further notice.
Important dates coming up
Monday 12 September - 5:30pm P & F Meeting (All Welcome)
Friday 16 September - 8:45am - Final General Assembly for the term
Friday 16 September - Wear Your Sports Colours Day
Saturday 17 September 6:00pm - Commitment Mass Reconciliation
Sunday 18 September 9:00am - Commitment Mass Reconciliation
Dolls House Needed in Pre-Kindy and Kindy
If you have a wooden med/large dolls house in good working condition that you would be happy to donate, please email our Kindy teacher - firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you :)
Murdoch University Practicum Students
We welcomed Geordie (Year 3) and Ella (Year 4) from Murdoch University to the St Elizabeth’s Team this week. Geordie and Ella will be completing their second-year teaching practicum with us over the next three weeks. We are very lucky to have you work alongside our teachers.
National Child Protection Week
National Child Protection Week will continue to embrace the overarching message that ‘Every child, in every community, needs a fair go’. In particular, this year we will be shining a light on children growing up safe and supported.
Children and young people thrive when they grow up safe, connected and supported in their family, community and culture. They have the right to grow up in environments that support them according to their needs, now and into the future.
There are also some great resources available from the Archdiocese that families may find useful, one was co-authored by our Social Worker, Mrs O’Malley. Please use the links below to access these resources.
Birthday of The Blessed Virgin Mary – Feast Day
On Thursday, 8 September as a Catholic School we celebrate the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We do so on the Feast’s traditional fixed date of September 8, which is nine months after the 8, December celebration of her Immaculate Conception. Mary is the child of Saints Joachim and Anne.
RUOK Day is our national day of action when we remind Australians that every day is the day to ask, ‘are you OK?’ and start a meaningful conversation whenever they spot the signs that someone they care about might be struggling with life.
Good work by everyone getting to this point of the term. This is such an important day today, RU OK? Day. It says it all. What I love about this day is that it makes us remember what is important. Hope you are going OK. Look after yourself, be gentle on yourself. We get it is not that easy at times, but it is made all okay when we know someone genuinely cares for us.
Our Well-being Team showed one way we care for our staffs well-being by providing a special ‘yellow’ morning tea, coffee van and information/flyers for all staff. Thank you to Mel and Claire for organising this special and important day for our staff.
Reconciliation Mass – Year 3
Our students in Year Three will be making the Sacrament of Reconciliation next term. In preparation for the Sacrament the students will be attending a Commitment mass next weekend.
Saturday, 17 Sep 6:00pm
Sunday, 18 Sep 9:00am
Information and Communication Technology Procedure
Parent community at the Athletics Carnival
Mater Dei College Open Afternoon - Monday 19 September
The Mater Dei College Open Afternoon gives members of the public an opportunity to tour our beautiful College campus and speak with students and teaching staff. Our Open Afternoon is interactive and allows potential students to engage in a variety of activities. There will be displays of student work and the opportunity to view all the facilities available to students of the College. The tours start at 4pm and will finish no later than 5.30pm.
While the event is free, tickets are required to attend. Please book tickets through Trybooking: www.trybooking.com/CBPMF
For any enquiries please email our Enrolment Officer, Mrs Pam Harvey, at email@example.com.
Sacrament of Confirmation
Commitment Mass – Saturday, 30 April & Sunday, 1 May (New dates)
Parent/Child Workshop 5:00pm Wednesday, 25 May
Retreat Day - Friday, 10 June
Sacrament of Confirmation – Saturday, 11 June & Sunday, 12 June
Sacrament of Holy Communion
Commitment Mass - Saturday, 25 June and Sunday 26 June
Parent/Child Workshop - 5:00pm Wednesday, 10 August
Sacrament of Holy Communion - Saturday, 27 August and Sunday 28 August
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Commitment Mass - Saturday, 17 September & Sunday, 18 September
Parent/Child Workshop - 5:00pm Wednesday, 26 October
Sacrament of Reconciliation - 5:00pm Tuesday, 8 November & Wednesday, 9 November
Term Dates 2022
Term 1 Monday, 31 January to Friday, 8 April
School Holidays: Saturday, 9 April – Monday, 25 April
Term 2 Tuesday, 26 April to Friday, 1 July
School Holidays: Saturday, 2 July – Sunday, 17 July
Term 3 Tuesday, 19 July to Friday, 23 September
School Holidays: Saturday, 24 September to Sunday, 9 October
Term 4 Tuesday, 11 October to Friday, 9 December
School Holidays: Saturday, 10 December – Sunday, 29 Jan 2023 (TBC)
Student Free Dates
Term 1 Friday, 4 March
Term 2 Tuesday, 7 June
Term 3 Monday, 18 July and Friday, 23 September (new date)
Term 4 Monday, 10 October