St Elizabeth's News

NEWSLETTER | TERM 3 | WEEK 6 | 26 AUGUST 2022

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Rebecca Clarke | Principal

Dear parents and caregivers,


Monday was the beginning of Book Week with the theme ‘Dreaming with Eyes Open’. As you might have gathered, if you attended the Book Week parade on Wednesday, Book Week dress-up is one of my favourite days and I was thrilled to see most students dressing up as their favourite book character and taking part in the Book Week parade. Thank you to our staff and parents for allowing your imagination to flourish with the costumes you created. Also, thank you to Margaret Quirk, MLA Member for Landsdale, for attending the parade and donating some fantastic resources to our Library.


On Wednesday night, the school hosted a Parent Workshop: Parenting in a Digital World. This workshop was a great opportunity for parents and caregivers to gain up-to-date information about childrens technology and online safety. It also provided some very useful tips and strategies to ensure children are safe online. Thank you to Mrs Justine O’Malley for organising this event. As part of the school’s review of procedures and guidelines and to support parents we have created an Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) Procedure as well as an ICT Student Agreement for students in Year 3 to 6. Once the procedure has been finalised a copy will be sent out to all parents and caregivers.


I have noticed that a number of families are taking extended holidays during school term. Please understand that this practice is not encouraged, however, there are certain protocols that need to be followed. Students who are absent for an extended period of time (eg holidays), a written request must be sent to the Principal to notify the school of the intended absence. This can be found in the Parent Handbook. Additionally, for any students whose attendance falls below 90%, the school has a legal responsibility to follow this up. While I know Covid-19 has impacted student attendance, classroom teachers will be speaking to parents and caregivers for any students whose attendance is a concern. If you have any queries or concerns regarding this, please do not hesitate to contact myself or Emma Fernandez.


This weekend our Year 4 students will be making their First Holy Communion. I ask that you keep these students in your thoughts and prayers.


Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!


God bless


Rebecca Clarke

Principal

Assembly and Award Recipients

Pre-Primary - Evie, Jude, Isabelle and Savannah

Year One - Tyler

Year Two - Ashlyn, Liyat, Ruby and Naomi

Year Three - Logan, Emmana and Lachlan

Year Four - Brody, Isabelle and Axel


Well Done Everyone!

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Important dates coming up

Saturday 27 August - Holy Communion

Sunday 28 August - Holy Communion

Wednesday 31 August - 2:10pm Year 2 Liturgy

Thursday 1 Sept - P&F Father's Day Breakfast - See RSVP below

Wednesday 7 Sept - Sports Faction Carnival

Enrol for Pre-Kindy - it is FREE for families joining our Kindy 2024

Our school is very fortunate to be able to offer a Pre-Kindy program FREE OF CHARGE to families who enrol for our Kindy in 2024. Pre-Kindy is on Mondays. Children begin when they turn three years old. Places are limited, so get in touch soon! Contact Claire at the office: 9303 7600 or admin@stecps.wa.edu.au
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RATS available to families

The WA Government have allocated another round of free rapid antigen tests (RATs) for your child/children. These are available now to collect in the office.
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Year 6 Camp - it's a wrap!

Well, we made it back from Woodman Point Camp safe and sound.


It was Chris and my absolute pleasure taking these wonderful students away for three days. We enjoyed three days of fun-filled activities including; archery, prayer and reflection with Father Peter, roping courses, sandcastle competitions, morning fitness, beach sports, rafting and the highlight I think, was the 'Escape from Quarantine' Night Activity.


The students had the best time and set the highest of standards in behaviour. They were commended by all camp activity staff for their manners and behaviour which, was lovely to hear. One morning, the cook mentioned she was not often thanked for her work and that the St Elizabeth's children made him feel appreciated. Indeed, the food was magnificent.


The students spent the three days out of their comfort zones, facing mental challenges and navigating being away from family. There were the physical demands on camp as well. They were up for early morning fitness (which they loved) ....They ran through the camp site for two hours, to locate a range of equipment to 'Escape from Quarantine.'


The overall standard of the performances at the Talent Night was of a high standard. It was great to see all students willingly get up and perform in front of their class. Each day, there were jokes and laughter, and through it all, you could hear a stream of support from students to each other. As teachers, we loved hearing the Year 6's supporting each other.


Some primary school friendships last a lifetime, perhaps due to events like this.


Thank you!

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Sacrament of First Holy Communion

We wish our Year 4 students making their Sacrament of First Holy Communion the very best for this weekend. Thank you to Sue Curtis for preparing our students for this special sacrament and Father Peter, our wonderful parish priest for supporting us.


We look forward to seeing you all on Saturday night or Sunday morning at mass.


Mass Times

Saturday, 27 August 6:00pm

Sunday, 28 August 11:00am

Sustainability Hub

Recycling at St Elizabeth’s

We have a number of recycling projects going at our school and we encourage our families and community to join us in our efforts to reduce, reuse and recycle and to minimise the amount of waste from going into landfill.


Our recycling projects include:

1. Batteries – Please bring to front office (so far we have collected 1139 batteries)

2. Soft plastics – Go to Woolworths

3. Aluminium cans and bottles– part of the cash deposit scheme – Year 5/6

4. Plastic stationery items – old whiteboard markers, textas, wind-up crayons – part of Teracycle (Year 4 room)

5. Plastic bread tags – Please bring to front office

6. Plastic bottle tops (washed) – Please bring to front office (we have collected 1898 bottle tops)

7. Oral hygiene products – Empty toothpaste tubes (front office)


‘Worm Wizz’ For Sale at Assemblies and Admin

We have been able to collect some amazing ‘worm wizz’ which is great for the garden. Please keep a look as we will have some bottles available at assemblies or front office. A gold coin donation will give you a bottle of ‘nature’s nutrients’ that your garden and plants will love.


Volunteers Needed – Soft Plastics

We are looking for some wonderful helpers to assist us with dropping off our soft plastic collections to any Woolworths store. The bags of soft plastic for collection will be located outside the front office, hanging on a hook. If you are on your way to do some shopping at Woolworths, simply pick up any soft plastic collected and drop them off at the store. We appreciate you help!

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Uniform Shop - Slight price increase of some items

There has been a slight increase in the cost of the school bags due to supplier increases - these will now be $44.00. Other items may also incur a slight increase in the future, however we aim to keep these as minimal as possible - Thank you
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Father's Day Breakfast - RSVP due today

On Thursday 1, September from 7:30am, we will be celebrating our awesome Dad's or significant other by having a Father's Day Breakfast. Please come and join us for a sausage roll and coffee.


Please complete the link below for catering purposes by Friday, 26 August.

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Faction Carnival Day - order your sausage sizzle!

A sausage sizzle will be available to order for lunch on Faction Carnival Day! This will be available for students and spectators and is to be pre ordered by paying in cash. Please use the order form and placed in the box at the office by Friday 2 September 2022 Sausage Sizzle - $3.00 each. Download the PDF form below.
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Catholic School Parents Australia Survey- we need to hear from you!

As you may have seen in our recent newsletter, and on our Facebook page, Catholic School Parents Australia (CSPA) is conducting a survey to capture parent perspectives on issues of concern that impact their children’s health, wellbeing and learning, to help inform future federal government policy and the Catholic education community. Has your child’s wellbeing or learning been impacted by the pandemic, your home-school partnership or simply by where you live? I urge you to take the time to complete the survey, especially if you feel that the past couple of years have been difficult for your family. If we keep silent on these things it is likely the presumption will be that we are all okay.

The survey can be accessed via: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2022CSPAParentSurvey and closes at the end of August. Your feedback will remain anonymous, but will assist CSPA in reporting to the Federal Government and Catholic education.

Regards,
Siobhan Allen
Executive Director

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Resilient Young Minds

Newman College has teamed up with zero2hero and invites you to come and join a leading panel to discuss the effects of anxiety and depression amongst young people. The night will be valuable opportunity for parents to learn the skills and tools needed to support their children.

Purchase your tickets here https://www.trybooking.com/BCPGB

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The Council for Catholic Women Perth

THURSDAY 8 September 5.30-8.30pm - Post Plenary Perceptions

The Council for Catholic Women Perth warmly invites you to hear Perth's women members share their experience of the second assembly of the Plenary Council.

There will be an opportunity for questions and discussion. All welcome.

Venue : James Nestor Hall ,Catholic Education Office 50 Ruislip St West Leederville

When: Thursday 8 September, 5.30pm - 8.30pm (Light refreshments served 5.30pm - 6pm)

RSVP by Tuesday 6 September to kerrymacfarlane2@gmail.com or mob 0400 886 835

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Sacramental Dates

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

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Parent Handbook 2022

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