Weekly Reminders

Week 7 Term 1 - Week Commencing Monday 13th March 2023

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Dear Families

Gannon House Day

Named after Sister Margaret Mary Gannon, a Sister of St Joseph of The Apparition who, as the original Parish Pastoral Assistant, did much to ensure the Spirituality of St Emilie was promoted in the Parish. The charism of St. Emilie and her spirituality, love and care for the poor is evident in the work undertaken by Sr Margaret Mary.

Gannon Day will be celebrated next Friday, 17th March. Please be reminded that we will be enacting our motto of ‘Serving With Humility’, by preparing care packages for families in need through Coolabaroo House.

The donations requested from each Gannon year level can be found in the note below. All students in Gannon are asked to wear their House shirt on this day.

P&F Meeting

On Wednesday 15th March at 8.45am, we host our second P&F meeting of the year in the staffroom. We welcome any parents to attend.


Due to the hard work of the P&F and their tireless fundraising in 2022, we had our Edu-Marking completed on Monday. As you can see from the photos below, it looks great and the students have already started to enjoy the games and fun that come with it. A big thank you to Mrs Tonkin for giving up her time on Monday to let the workers in and spend a part of her public holiday at school.


This week and early next week students from Years 3 and 5 will participate in an assessment of their literacy and numeracy skills. As with any test in life – whether academic, sporting or other – some students may feel anxious about it. In each case, it is up to the significant adults in students’ lives to help explain what NAPLAN is all about and to help them to keep it in perspective.

Literacy and Numeracy are fundamentally important for all young people, but NAPLAN is not, and should never be, the sole measure of a child’s achievement at school, or of the success of a whole school. The school curriculum has so much to offer. All students here at St Emilie’s have an opportunity to study a rich curriculum including Literature, Science, Mathematics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Technology, Health and Physical Education, Japanese, and the Arts.

So, if your Year 3 or 5 child is sitting NAPLAN this week, simply encourage them to do the best they can and treat the test day as any other school day. Your support is also needed in making sure they are:

  • Well rested

  • Well nourished

  • At school on time

  • Secure in the knowledge that all they are required to do is give their best effort.

Harmony Day/Icy Pole Day

In celebration of Harmony Week, we invite students to come to school either dressed in orange (the colour connected to Harmony Week) or wear a national costume on Tuesday 21st March.

The P&F have organised an icy pole for each child to celebrate Harmony Week. Children are asked to please bring a gold coin donation, and all proceeds will go towards Project Compassion.

Two Way Interviews

Two Way Interviews will be held in Weeks 7 and 8 this term from Monday 13th March to Friday 24th March. Bookings are closed, if you missed out on making an appointment to have an interview, please contact the teacher directly.

Attendance at School

The School Education Act 1999 requires children of compulsory school age to attend school (PP to Yr 6). When a child is unable to attend, legislation requires that parents/caregivers forward written notification providing a reasonable cause for the absence of their child. If a child is absent for more than two days in a row, a medical certificate needs to be provided to the school.

We ask all families to communicate in writing with the school when their child is absent.

Please see below for more information regarding this process.

Amherst Road Gate

It is a delight to see many of our students and families walking, and riding to school. Please note that the Amherst Road pedestrian gate is locked each morning at 8.40am.

Respecting Agreed Start and Finish Times

A gentle reminder that supervision at school starts at 8.20am. No child should be dropped off at school before that time. This is also the case at the end of the school day, supervision concludes at 3.20pm, and all children should be picked up by that time. Whilst we appreciate that occasionally there might be a reason why you are running late and appreciate it if you could phone the office to notify us that you will be late. However, there are a few children who are repeatedly collected after 3.20pm. We ask parents to seek the services of OSH if needed. Thank you for your cooperation.

Parenting Article

This week under the Parent Reading heading, we have included an Insights article titled,

'NAPLAN is almost here' by Justin Coulson. Your child’s NAPLAN score is not an indicator of your child’s value, your child’s potential, or your child’s worthiness. It’s just a number. And it’s more meaningful to the school system than it is to you or your child. When NAPLAN rolls around, treat it like a small, gentle wave at the beach. It rolls up the sand. It leaves a small, temporary mark. And then it disappears back into the ocean.


Stuart Munro


Gannon House Day

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On Wednesday 1st March, four of our wonderful students took part in the FUSE Cup Just Dance 2023 competition. This was our first official eSports event for the year, and we were excited to be competing with Year 5 – Year 10 students from around Australia.

There were over 45 students from Year 5 and 6 at St Emilie’s who tried out for these 4 spots, and it was fantastic to see the amazing attitudes and resiliency that all our students showed throughout the tryout process. We would like to especially congratulate Charli, Heath, Trinity and Emilie for earning the right to represent our school and an extra special mention for Chigo and Leo who were reserves on the day and supported our team so well.

On the competition day, we competed directly against 14 schools in our heat but there were many other schools from across the country also competing on the same day, which was amazing for us to watch and take part in.

Our team danced amazingly and were great teammates, cheering each other on and staying positive as they danced and competed for 2.5 hours! We finished the competition in 6th place and were very proud of the way we represented our school and all the knowledge we now have gained around eSports competitions.

The FUSE Cup has a strong foundation in positive gaming and cybersafe education, and as part of the event, our students were given key messages about gaming addiction and online bullying as well as where they can go to find help online at kidshelpline.com.au.

The students are now very excited to continue building their skills, ready for our next major event!

Well done!

Mr Kubicek


Science Year 5 Solar Cooking

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Kindy Enrolments for 2024

If you have a child who will be going into Kindy next year (born between 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020), please ensure you submit an Enrolment Form application to the office as soon as possible. An application for enrolment can be collected from the front office or by visiting the School Website. Interviews will be held early in Term 2.

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Open Day & School Tours

We are offering School Tours to prospective families who wish to enrol their children at St Emilie's on Thursday 30th March. If you know any families who would be interested in this, please see below for more information and share the QR code for those families to book via Eventbrite.

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Project Compasssion

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Tereesa's story--Australia

Tereesa is a Gamilaroi woman from Western Sydney who struggled with homelessness while raising her four children. Through the Baabayn Young Mums and Bubs Group, Tereesa was able to reconnect with her culture and create a better future for her children.

A young Gamilaroi woman born and raised on Darug land, Tereesa felt disconnected from her culture. At just 16 years old, she had to leave school after becoming pregnant with her first child. A single mother struggling with homelessness, Tereesa’s only concern was finding stability for her children.

“I was homeless. I didn’t have a place to call home…my kids never had a connection to the community,” Tereesa said.

Seeking a better future for her children, Tereesa joined Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation’s Young Mums and Bubs Group, supported by Caritas Australia. Baabayn helped Tereesa access housing for her family and psychological support.

Through Baabayn, Tereesa was also able to hear stories from Indigenous Elders and reconnect with her culture. Already an aspiring artist, Tereesa was able to flourish at Baabayn as she learnt Indigenous artwork and symbols.

With the support of Baabayn, Tereesa’s art was displayed and sold at local markets and she is now working to start her own art business. Tereesa’s artwork was recognised at the 2022 Vivid Festival in Sydney, with four of her artworksCrow Totem, Connections of Both Land & Water Tribes, Yinaar Miyaay (Womens Business) and Goanna Totem – projected onto the Wulugul Walk outside Crown Sydney.

Today, Tereesa is studying a certificate in Community Services so that she can strengthen her skills and give back to her community.

“I don't think I'd be the person I am today without Baabayn and being part of the mum's group has brought out a lot of creativity in my bones that I didn't even know I had,” Tereesa said.

Tereesa now works at Baabayn, providing support to young mothers and mentoring the next generation of young people.
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Term 1 2023

Week 7

Monday 13th March - Two Way Parent Teacher Interviews begin

Wednesday 15th March - 8.45am P & F Meeting

Wednesday 15th March - 2023 NAPLAN begins--Yr 3 & 5

Thursday 16th March - 8.45am to 10.30am - Parent Circle

Friday 17th March - Gannon House Day

Week 8

Tuesday 21st March - Harmony Day

Wednesday 22nd March to Friday 24th March - Year 6 Camp

Friday 24th March - Two Way Parent Teacher Interviews Conclude

Week 9

Wednesday 29th March - 4pm to 6pm Open Night

Wednesday 29th March - 6pm School Advisory Council Meeting

Thursday 30th March - Interschool Swimming Carnival

Thursday 30th March - Open Day Tours

Thursday 30th March - 8.45am to 10.30am - Parent Circle

Friday 31st March - 8.45am Year 3 Assembly

Week 10

Thursday 6th April - 8.45am Holy Week Tableau - Year 5

Thursday 6th April - 3pm Term 1 Concludes

Friday 7th April - Good Friday Public Holiday

Term 2 2023

Term 2

Week 1

Monday 24th April - Pupil Free Day

Tuesday 25th April - Anzac Day Public Holiday

Wednesday 26th April - Term 2 Begins

Week 2

Friday 5th May - 8.45am Year 6 Assembly

Sunday 7th May - 7pm Parish Fundraiser in Hall

Week 3

Tuesday 9th May - Kindy 2024 Interviews begin

Wednesday 10th May - 8.45am P & F Meeting

Friday 12th May - 8.45am Year 2 Assembly

Friday 12th May - Eagles Cup vs Salvado CC

Week 4

Tuesday 16th May - Kindy 2024 Interviews continue

Wednesday 17th May - 4pm & 5.30pm Reconciliation Workshops

Friday 18th May - 4pm Reconciliation Workshop

Friday 19th May - Eagles Cup vs St Munchins'

Week 5

Monday 22nd May - Mazenod House Day

Tuesday 23rd May - Kindy 2024 Interviews continue

Wednesday 24th May - National Simultaneous Storytime

Friday 26th May - Year 1 Assembly

Friday 26th May - Eagles Cup @ Xavier

Week 6

Yay Week

Friday 2nd June - Pupil Free Day

Week 7

Monday 5th June - WA Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 6th June - Two Way Interviews (Week 1)

Wednesday 7th June - 8.45am P & F Meeting

Friday 9th June - P&F Disco

2023 Term Dates

Term 1: Wednesday 1st February to Thursday 6th April

Public Holiday: Labour Day - Monday 6th March

Easter: Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April

Term 2: Wednesday 26th April to Friday 30th June

Pupil Free Day - Monday 24th April

Public Holiday: Anzac Day - Tuesday 25th April

Pupil Free Day - Friday 2nd June

Public Holiday: Western Australia Day - Monday 5th June

Term 3: Monday 17th July to Friday 22nd September

Term 4: Monday 9th October to Friday 8th December

Pupil Free Days in 2023 - to be confirmed

Monday 17th July

Friday 22nd September

Monday 20th November

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How Can You Help

Volunteers are a valued part of the heart of our school community, and we are truly grateful to our many beautiful and diverse families for sharing their gift of time and talents.

If you would like to express your interest to assist at events and activities throughout the year; if you have new ideas for events or ways you can help us support our community, we would love to hear from you.

The P&F can be reached via email pandf@stemiliescps.wa.edu.au

Year Group Representatives

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Kindy - Angela Anthony and Teresa Curulli

Pre-Primary - Sheree Taylor and Christopher Day

Year 1 - Jess Curulli and Rahniq Dhanjal

Year 2 - Shamini Patel and Jess Loth

Year 3 - Sherry Bawa and Shirley Tan

Year 4 - May Yates and Nicole Grima

Year 5 - Josie Lofts and Katie Gunthorpe

Year 6 - Shiela Gould and Jacqui Searle

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Parent Circle

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Google Calendar and Weekly Reminders

St Emilie's School Website Link

All parents are to refer to the St Emilie's Google Calendar to stay informed of upcoming events.

This live calendar is located on the FRONT PAGE of our school website and has the most up to date information for families.

The Weekly Reminders Newsletter is emailed each Friday afternoon and is also posted on the School Website. Please get into the habit of reading through the Weekly Reminders as it keeps you up to date with what is going on in our school each week.

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A person with self-control is able to consider how words and actions impact others. Self-control helps us to be patient and to think before we react. A person with self-control can be trusted to keep their word and to finish what they start.

Term 1 - Weeks 6-10 = Self Control

Self Control

Week 7: Act Don’t React

Week 8: Trust Is Something You Earn

Week 9: I Can Wait

Week 10: Finish The Things You Start

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Leaving early

1. While we understand it is difficult to make specialist appointments outside of school hours, we strongly encourage you to do so where possible.

2. Please ensure you are emailing the class teacher along with admin, if your child is going to be taken out of school early for an appointment.

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School Social Worker

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We are a Happy Families School!

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After-School Soccer Coaching Clinics (Term 1/2)

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All Pre-Primary to Year 3 children were given a registration form for an After-School Soccer Coaching Clinic starting Tuesday the 14th March (3.10pm – 4.10pm). We will conduct it on the school grounds.

This Play 4 Life activity is coordinated and run by Inuka Football through their Qualified Coaches and/or Soccer Specialists, all with their Working with Children Checks. The Clinic focuses on Maximum Participation during Organised and Fun 8 x 1 Hour sessions. The cost for the clinic is $80.00 per child.

If you are interested in letting your child learn and play this World Game in fun sessions and you have not yet registered, then please register online at inukafootball.com or complete the registration form and return it to reception. (Spare registration forms are available at reception). If you have any queries, please call Rama at Inuka Football on 0401 883 345.

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Parish Bulletin for this Weekend's Masses

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Sacramental Dates for 2023

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St Emilie's Parish

Office hours: 9:00am to 3:30pm, Tuesday and Thursday

Mail: PO Box 5184, Canning Vale South WA 6970

An appointment to see a priest is required.

Parish Priest: Fr. Jean-Noël Marie

Email: Jean-noel.marie@perthcatholic.org.au


Email: stemilie.office@iinet.net.au

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Uniform Shop Contact Information

Image Embroidery Contact details below:

Phone: 08 9456 2324

Fax: 08 9456 2325

Email: mailto:info@imageembroidery.com.au

Address: 26 Tulloch Way, Canning Vale WA 6155

Follow this link to:

St Emilie's Uniform Procedure


Trading Hours

Monday - Thursday:8:30am – 5pm

Friday:8:30am – 4.30pm

Saturday – Sunday:CLOSED

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Keyed Up Music


Keyed Up Music will be teaching guitar, keyboard, voice, violin, and drum lessons after school. Lessons start from $19.80 for a small group, voice and drums start from $24.75 for 20min individual. If you are interested in your son / daughter learning an any of the above instrument or learning to sing, please call Savanna on 0479 171 424 or enrol at www.keyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment-form

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