St Francis of Assisi News
Term 2 - Issue 9 24th June 2021
TERM 3 BEGINS TUESDAY 20th JULY
Dear Parents & Caregivers,
Welcome to the last newsletter of Term 2! The children have worked extremely hard over the last eleven, busy weeks and are well deserving of the two week holiday break in July. Thank you to all the parents and families for their continued support as we have navigated another jam packed term. The great news is next week, we will celebrate our annual WellBeing Week with a number of energising and engaging activities to promote mental health and well being. See the attached photo for the exciting week ahead! Thank you to Mrs Liz Ward and her team of staff for coordinating - we can't wait!
After the recent State Election, Cabinet Portfolios have now been confirmed and Catholic Education WA has continued to advocate for our system in receiving equitable support from the State Government in comparison to Department of Education schools. Whilst the impact of COVID is still being felt by many families across the state, there is a growing call for the McGowan Government to provide more equitable funding for Catholic Schools. A recent media release outlines the enormous contribution Catholic Schools make towards education in WA and the push for fairer funding from the government. To read the release, please click here:
SEMESTER ONE REPORTS
Thank you to all parents who have set up their Seqta Engage Parent account to access their child's Semester One Academic report. Parent interviews took place today and it is great to see a number of parents take the opportunity to discuss the progress of their children. If you have yet to view the academic report and require assistance, please contact mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org. If you were unavailable to meet during the designated parent interview times, please contact your class teacher to organise a mutually convenient alternative.
At the conclusion of this term, we will sadly farewell a number of children who, for various reasons, will be departing the St Francis of Assisi community:
- Mabel (PPB), Elliott (3W) and Fletcher Ashworth (5W)
- Emanuel Chirikure (3W)
We wish the Ashworth's and Emanuel all the best at their new schools and look forward to hearing of their success in future years!
UNIFORM SHOP - TRACKSUIT PANTS ARE HERE!
After some lengthy delays due to COVID and international shipping and quarantine, the school tracksuit pants are available now in the uniform shop! We are still awaiting the arrival of the sports jackets, but track pants are available for purchase. Children are now expected to wear the track pants should they be cold on sports days, rather than leggings or alternative sportswear.
ST VINNIES WINTER APPEAL
As the cold snap continues, it is a great time to donate Winter clothing at your closest Vinnies shop. St Vinnies is a wonderful charity that supports our most marginalised and vulnerable in the community. If you are doing a winter wardrobe cleanout and have items to donate to help others stay warm this winter, please visit the link for more information http://vinnieswa.org.au. Ms Campbell has some details below about items you can bring to the office to support the Winter Appeal.
FRIENDS OF FRANCIS - Lunch with Leadership Thursday 1st July
We're excited to announce that next week, we will be hosting our very first 'Lunch with Leadership', where our raffle winners will get to indulge with Mr Clarke, Ms Campbell and Mr Baker in the new courtyard behind my office! The winners were drawn after receiving raffle tickets for displaying our school values of Honesty, Responsibility and Respect around our school. Congratulations to the following children who will be enjoying a 'lunchtime feast' - (a reminder to parents not to pack lunch for Thursday 1/7):
PPW - Jeremiah, Scarlett
PPB - Penelope, Mabel
1W - Brian, Jae
1B - Charlie M, Ava F
2B - James, Sanchez
3W - Mareng, Liam E, Elliott
4B - Loushia, Sophie K
4W - Sophie H, Jessica
5W - Layla, TJ
6B - Molly, Ruby
6W - Rafael, Apiny
We also have the latest tally of our faction token collection. The winning faction with the most tokens collected for this term is Agnes with 587, Benedict in second place with 564, Kolbe in third place with 502 and fourth place McCormack with 484 tokens. The winning faction was rewarded with an extra 30 minutes of play and an icecream today.
As this will be the last newsletter for the term, wishing all our families and children a safe, relaxing holiday break. We hope you have a few pyjama and Netflix days in the cold weather and parents enjoy the break from washing and ironing uniforms and preparing those lunches. Finishing the term on Wellbeing Week will be a great lead in to recharging over the holidays for Term 3. For a comprehensive list of events in Term 3, please see the attached document below and make note of any important and relevant days/dates for your children and family!
West Coast and Freo are back in action this weekend, along with the NBA Conference Finals. Throw in State of Origin II and things are looking up in the Baker Household over the coming weeks! Have a wonderful and safe holiday break.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
Congratulations to those children who received Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time recently! May God’s blessings be upon you each and every day. Thank you to everyone who contributed to make it such a reverent and special Mass.
Thank you to the children who supported our First Communion candidates by being part of the Sacramental Choir - you were a choir of angels! Special thanks also to Mrs Anderson, Mrs Rossi and parents for preparing the children so wonderfully, and to Mr Cunniffe (music) and other staff who supported on the day.
The Sacrament of Confirmation is scheduled for Thursday 16th September at 6pm at St Andrew’s Church. An information pack will come home next week for all Catholic children in Year 6.
Vinnies Winter Appeal
We have had a VERY cold start to winter this year, with temperatures dropping significantly overnight. A large container will be in the office for the following items:
- flannel pjs
- sleeping bags
- scarves, beanies & gloves
- travel packs of tissues, face/hand wipes or shampoo & conditioner
- combs, hairbrushes & hair ties
- toothbrushes & toothpaste
- water bottles
- 2 min noodles & instant cap-a-soups
- instant meals (eg macaroni cheese)
ALL donations greatly appreciated!
Term 3 Masses & Liturgies
Fri 23 July Whole School Mass 8:45am
Fri 6 Aug St Mary of the Cross MacKillop Mass 8:45am
Fri 13 Aug Assumption of Mary Mass 8:45am
Thurs 2 Sept Kolbe Feast Day Liturgy 8:45am
Benedict and McCormack Feast Days
Please note the feast day celebrations for Benedict and Kolbe have changed.
The new dates are as follows:
Kolbe – Thursday 2nd September
Benedict – Thursday 28th October
'While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart' - St Francis of Assisi
May God continue to bless us, each and every day!
Miss Dee Campbell
IMCC BURSARY RECIPIENTS
This week's student spotlight is on the successful recipients of the Bursary's from IMCC for 2022:
- St Francis of Assisi Bursary - Molly Edwards
- Academic Bursary - Rosie Newall
- Aboriginal Bursary - Tayla Hicks and William Farmer Trust
Thank you to all the families who applied for the various bursary's. The winning recipients will be presented with their certificate by Mr Rob Marshall (IMCC Principal) and congratulated by our community at an assembly on Friday 30th July.
SCHOOL FEE INFORMATION
All school fee reminder statements will be sent out by Monday 28th June (Week 11). Your attention to your account would be greatly appreciated. Families on Direct Debits and Bpay payment plans will also receive their statements. This is for your information only.
Families who have not made any payment yet, please attend to these ASAP. If you are experiencing financial difficulty, either contact me on 9562 9500 or email
If your Health Care Card has expired please provide the updated one as soon as you receive it to the front office to continue to receive the discount. Please note discounts will not continue to be given to expired HCCs.
We are now in Week 10, please return all books by the end of term. If you would like to know if your child/ren have books to return, please contact me.
Next term the Book Week Parade will be held on Wednesday 25 August. The theme for this year is ‘Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other worlds’. Please keep the costumes simple. There is no need to buy or hire costumes just use what you have at home or borrow something. This is meant to be a fun day celebrating books.
Mrs Marie Gray
Friends of Francis - Week 8 Winners
Congratulations to Molly (Year 6B), Apiny (Year 6W), Jessica (Year 4W), Elliot (Year 3W), James (Year 2B), Sanchez (Year 2B), Penelope (PPB) and Mabel (PPB). They received a Friends of Francis Certificate and a Lunch with Leadership Invitation which will be held Thursday 1st July.
We will celebrate Wellbeing Week in Week 11, 28th Jun-2nd July. This week will provide opportunities for our students to explore their overall awareness for the wide-ranging aspects of wellbeing, including social, physical, emotional, community and environmental wellbeing. Please refer to the letter that was sent home and posted on Seesaw with details about the fun activities we have planned for our students. It will be a wonderful way to end Term 2.
Please find a list of fun mindfulness activities you can enjoy as a family. Mindfulness is noticing what’s going on outside—and inside—of us with acceptance and kindness. As mindful parents, you can be curious and open to understanding what your child is feeling and experiencing. The activities are designed to help both you and your child experience a sense of calm connection.
- Send kind wishes to 5 people.
- Blow bubbles ‘slo-mo’ style, emphasizing a big deep breath in through the nose to fill the bubble… and out through the mouth as slow as possible.
- Squeeze and let go, tensing different muscles in the body for 5 seconds and then slowing releasing.
- Tune into the body by getting down on your child’s level and feeling each other’s heartbeats.
- Have a ‘mindful’ snack by describing the smell, texture and taste of the food.
- Explore textures in nature, take a walk to collect several different objects and observe/describe how each feels.
- Find shapes in the sky by laying down together and choosing different objects to search for in the clouds.
- Take a mindful walk pointing out sights and sounds along the way.
- Try ‘buddy breathing’ and invite your child to grab a toy/stuffed animal to place on their tummy while they lay down and take slow breaths, in through the nose and out through the mouth.
- Use a happy moment to ‘soak in the good’ by pausing with your child to observe the pleasant physical and emotional feelings present.
- Sit down with your child and ‘colour your feelings’ together depicting each emotion with a new colour.
- Explore gratitude by going back and forth with your child (for as long as you can!) to name as many things possible that you are grateful for.
- Bang on a pot/pan and invite your child to signal to you when they no longer hear the sound ‘hanging’ the air.
- Try a guided meditation app to wind down at bedtime.
- Practice noticing with art. Choose several different utensils and describe how they all feel different on the paper.
- Explore smell by inviting your child to help you cook a meal while taking notice of each smell present.
- Explore emotion by prompting your child to scan their body when experiencing a feeling and describe where they feel it the most.
- Listen to some music and see how many different instruments you can each hear.
Mrs Liz Ward
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 are celebrating a birthday over the next month:
Zoe Santos-Swift, Heath Coles, Tobias Edwards, Alang Kiir, Theo Hancock, Theodore Hagan, Ace Scott, Kindo Anikpi, Eden Akera, Lorraine Olara, Jesse Smith, Kourtney Stewart, Maribelle George, Joshua Russell, Paige Gilsenan, Freya Blackwell, Ring Jok, Jae Ireland, Allegra Bello Quintero, Cooper Bennetts, Riley Ashton, Saoirse Walsh-Cuthbert, Bettysap Sokiri, Amelia Willmers, Elii Bowden, Miller Corrigal-Locket, Isaac Robinson, Dhrish Vyas, Blanche Odongo, Linkyn Newton, Sadie Garrigan, Noah Rapi-Beddall, Mackenzie Williams, Adonai Desta, Nevaeh (Evie) D'Arcy, Jaymee Pollock, Sofia Hampson Villalobos, Hunter McLean, Lily Muir, Bronx Chang, Matilda Vine-Inott, Zac Humski, Sophie Harwood, Julia Pedrini, Zanthia Harper, Leandro Julien, Mason Tedesco, Dayna Neill, Mali Solomon, Tayla Duddy, Fred Martin, Mia Salazar-Angel, Elizabeth Morgan, Lachlan Clinton, Nicholas Da Cruz, Johk Atuer, Isla Rankin, Emery Van Der Brugghen.
We wish you all a wonderful day!!
Friday 25 June - Year 1 Paraliturgy (8:45am)/Years 3-6 Interschool Cross Country Carnival
Monday 28 June to Friday 2 July - Well Being Week
Friday 2nd July - Year 3 Performance Assembly (8:45am)/P&F Community Lunch/Last Day of Term 2 for students.
Monday 5 July to Monday 19 July - School holidays (no school for students)
Tuesday 20 July - Students commence Term 3/NAIDOC Week Liturgy (8:45am)
Friday 23 July - Whole School Mass (8:45am)/NAIDOC Week Assembly (1:40pm)
Friday 30 July - Merit Assembly (8:45am)
Stem Classroom CashDo you get the Saturday copy of "The West Australian" newspaper or you know someone who does? Please help us by collecting special coupons inside the paper to increase our chances of winning Stem Classroom Cash. Entry coupons will be inside the 12th and 19th June editions. A collection box is located in the school office.
CAMP AUSTRALIA NEWS
Parents, please can you check your child/children's items of clothing to ensure they are wearing their own uniform. We ask that parents clearly label student's names on jumpers, jackets and hats.
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
For Parents, the link to the online ordering system is as follows:
From here, parents can see the uniforms list (including pricing) and place their orders online.
Also, as an alternative, parents can also go to the JFE website:
From here, they can see all the contact details for JFE.
They can also place orders from this website. They can click on the “Order Now” button or the “Orders” heading and use the School Code: 2147
Online Order Delivery Timing
JFE will deliver all online orders to the school - they will be available for collection/delivery every Monday
The cut-off time for online orders to make the above delivery date is 12midday the Friday to allow for delivery/collection on the Monday.