Week 5 Term 1 2021
What a Week!
Last Sunday night I attended a CEWA function celebrating 200 years of Catholic Education in Australia. It was really quite special catching up with so many people who have played such an influential role in Catholic Education in Western Australia, including past Executive Directors such as Peter Tannock, Ron Dullard and Terese Temby and many other hard working and talented leaders who have dedicated so much of their working life to Catholic education and school improvement.
On Monday Mr Munro and I attended a School Leader's Forum at the Perth Convention Centre. Dr Robert Isaacs, AM, OAM, JP, PhD, an Aboriginal Elder from the Whadjuk-Bibilmum Wardandi Noongar language group (photo above) gave an inspiring 'Welcome to Country'. Incidentally, he has just published a book, 'Two Cultures, One Story' and I am looking forward to reading a copy. He has a big story to tell and his ability to articulate his profound love for the land and for his people is truly inspiring.
While it is always difficult being out of the school, professional opportunities such as this one are a very important way for leaders to connect with one another and to reflect on the bigger context in which we work. A variety of guest speakers shared many interesting and inspiring messages, including our Executive Director, Debra Sayce, the Honorable Sue Ellery, Minister for Education and Training (and the first woman to lead the Government in the Legislative Council); Lisa Rodgers, Director General of Education in WA; Bishop Gerard Holohan (Bishop of the Bunbury diocese and Chair of the Catholic Education Commission of WA); Zak Kirkup - Leader of the Opposition, and many more. It was excellent to hear that should they be elected, both political parties were pledging to provide more money to increase the number of school psychologists in our schools, as this will have a flow-on effect to students and their overall wellbeing.
On Wednesday our first P&F meetings and School Advisory Council meetings (formerly known as the School Board) were held. Please refer to the photos below to see the parents who are representing you in these two very important parent groups in our school.
Vanessa Gunton, our School Psychologist, came to meet with us this week. School Psych's support staff to work through any questions or concerns we may have regarding a child and their progress. They also run Professional Learning opportunities for staff and on occasion conduct assessments that give us more information about a child's development.
Our new school Social Worker, Kylie Goodes, has been getting to know staff and students over the past few weeks. Kylie is another professional resource in our school, helping us meet the many social and emotional needs of the children in our care.
Please find a few minutes each week to read the Parenting Insights article that is to be included in each Weekly Reminder. This week Michael Grose talks about the importance of broadening our view and focus in regard to helping a child to become the best student they can be - remembering that academic achievement is just one part of a much bigger picture when it comes to improvement, success and wellbeing.
English as a Second Language
The ABC Education website has a great area with multiple clips and resources for those who are learning English as a second language. You can check it out here:
Autism - a great read!
I enjoyed reading this article and thought it worth sharing as there are some important messages for us all.
Our New Office Display
Each week a different year level will be taking responsibility for setting up a display in the newly refurbished Admin Office. Last week our Years 6 Committees were showcased - please see the photo below. This week we have a Lenten display created by the Year Fives.
Our Fruit of the Holy Spirit Focus next week is KINDNESS - Empathy is understanding the feelings of others. Try watching this clip with your child! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Itp21tly8nM
We look forward to seeing you at the P&F Family Picnic next Friday the 5th March - more details below!
Thank you for all the wonderful ways you continue to support us in our work - by encouraging, thanking, helping, and trusting us we remain steadfastly motivated in our work to give our very best. Staff and leaders work very hard each and every day to support the children and families here at St Emilie's. Your positive attitude and your cooperation is highly valued and greatly appreciated.
On Thursday this week I was greeted in the Office by a surprise visitor and former St Emilie's student - the very special SHELBY TURNOR!!! You will recall me asking for your prayers last year, as it was discovered that Shelby had a large blood clot on her brain which required some very serious and life-threatening surgery. Shelby is 16 years old, a bright and bubbly personality and an inspiration to us all. She has been through so much and her amazing courage, resilience and love of life is a joy to behold. Shelby's parents have of course been right there by her side every step of the way and I think we can all imagine what an incredibly stressful and testing time this has been for them both. Please keep them all in your prayers and we continue to wish Shelby and her family the very best for the future.
Regards and best wishes everyone
A great bunch of enthusiastic and positive parents who genuinely care about kids, staff, families and our community!
The Executive team is made up of :
Rachel Davies - President
Larissa Shaw - Treasurer
Leanne Wallis - Secretary
and the Principal, AP and Bursar.
Once the Class Representatives are finalised they will be advertised and class contact lists can be shared.
On your behalf I sincerely thank the parents above for going that extra mile to play an active role in our school for the good of all.
Thank you to Year 6 for their Leadership Committee display and all the best to our Year Six leaders this year!
Thank you to our Year Fives for their special Lenten display
What's Coming Up?
CEWA Media Statement
Labour Day Public Holiday
Clean Up Australia Day
P&F Family Picnic
Two Way Parent Teacher Interviews Week 1
Kindy Speech Screening Commences
Interschool Swimming Training @ Riverton
Guest Speaker for Year Six Parents - Becoming a Man/Woman
Year 3 Assembly
School Social Worker Referral Process
COVID and school - Phase 4
Parenting Ideas - Article: Helping your child become the best student they can be
High School Open Days
Footy Open Day
Parish Contact Details
CEWA Media Statement regarding the importance of School Funding for Catholic Schools
Catholic school parents and Catholic Education seek a fairer funding deal Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) and Catholic School Parents WA (CSPWA) have launched a joint election platform, seeking a fairer funding deal from the incoming State Government.
Executive Director Dr Debra Sayce said the Every Child Counts campaign sought to highlight the current lack of equitable education funding. “There is a lot of misinformation about school funding. The unfortunate reality is that Catholic school students receive significantly less government funding than students in public schools.”
“In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, critical funding for all school students needs to be a priority,” she said. “Nearly one in every five WA children is educated in a Catholic school, and that number is expected to keep rising as more families choose a Catholic education.”
“Catholic Education makes a very significant social and economic contribution and our students deserve the same access to mental health and support services and ongoing investment in contemporary learning facilities.”
Dr Sayce said successive State Governments had failed to provide an equitable funding model particularly in these two areas. As part of its campaign, CEWA has written to every candidate in Western Australia seeking to secure the following three priorities:
1. Equivalent recurrent capital funding, based on CEWA’s proportion of WA schools students and public education capital expenditure, to alleviate the growing capital investment burden that falls disproportionately on Catholic school families compared to State school families;
2. Recurrent funding support for the mental health and wellbeing of our students to meet the increased demand for these services in the wake of COVID-19; and
3. A recovery support fund to COVID-19 affected Catholic schools, representing an equal ratio of COVID-19 recovery funding offered to State schools. CSPWA Executive Director Siobhan Allen said to secure the support of parties and candidates, parents would hold forums at schools across the State.
“Our parents have made it clear that they will no longer remain silent about critical funding for their children,” Ms Allen said.
“Our parents are keen to engage with candidates from all parties and to ensure their voices are heard at this election.”
“Parents in Catholic schools already make a significant contribution to their children’s education, saving the Government $611 million every year. “They should not be penalised for making this choice. It is time their contribution was acknowledged.”
Dr Sayce said WA deserves an educational funding model that is needs-based, sector blind and supports diverse, non-government schools in all communities where they are needed.
“Our students, our staff and our schools deserve to be treated fairly,” she said.
“We need the State to provide equivalent recurrent capital funding to CEWA to alleviate the burden that falls disproportionately on Catholic school families compared to State school families.
“We make a critical contribution and all political parties need to commit to change.”
Dr Sayce said CEWA is the seventh biggest employer in WA, supporting more than 11,000 teaching and non-teaching positions. “We have 163 schools across the State and every day we educate more than 77,000 students,” she said.
“We need the incoming WA Government to recognise the contribution of Catholic Education in WA, and support our role as a partner in educating tens of thousands of Western Australian children.”
For more information on the Every Child Counts campaign follow this link:
Labour Day Public Holiday - Monday 1st March
Community Mass - Wednesday 3rd March
Families are warmly invited ( social distancing applies).
School Photo Days - a Special Moment in Time!
Children are to come to school neatly presented in their regular school uniform - thank you.
Board and P&F Members are kindly asked to be available for a group and individual photo on Friday 5th March at 8.15am outside the school hall.
Order forms have been sent home.
Parents can access sibling photo forms from the School Office. Alternatively if you give the office an email they will organise for the form to come home with your eldest child.
For extra information and a timetable please visit the website: http://web.stemiliescps.wa.edu.au/?p=37184
Clean Up Australia Day - Friday 5th March
Refuse. Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Compost.
Let's play our part as families and as a community! You can find out more information at the Clean Up Australia website
A huge thank you to our wonderful YEAR FOUR classes who gave the Year 3's, 5's and parents an assembly treat this morning! Their whole assembly focused on the history of Clean Up Australia Day, the importance of this volunteer movement and culminated in a catchy song! BRAVO!
A special thank you to Ella and Charlie who took photos of the assembly this morning. These will be shared via a class web post shortly.
Family Picnic on the School Grounds
A friendly reminder that we are planning to hold our annual Family Picnic on Friday, the 5th March from 5.00pm to 7.00pm on our school oval.
This is a ‘low-key’ P&F community event aimed at providing an opportunity for families to simply be together and to catch up with one another in a relaxed, social setting.
For new Kindy families and any new families to our school, the picnic will hopefully be an opportunity for you to meet and to get to know a few more Mums and Dads here at St Emilie's. If you are a new family and would like us to organise a 'buddy family' for you to sit with on the night, please let us know by emailing Admin. Likewise, if you are an existing family who is happy to buddy up with a new family on the night please also email Admin -email@example.com
The P&F thought it would be great if Kindy and PP families sat together on the night as a way of getting to know each other better. To this end they will create some spaces for these groups and display some signs so you can gravitate there!
While you are very welcome to bring your own picnic dinner, a P&F Sausage Sizzle (with icecreams and drinks) is also being offered as a cheap and easy alternative for any interested families. No pre-ordering required. Bring cash or you can pay by EFTPOS.
If you would like to lend a hand cooking or selling snags please let Rachael Davies
(P&F President) know : firstname.lastname@example.org
Sausage Sizzle $2.50
Cool Drink $2.00
Bottled Water $1.00
While it is acceptable for parents to bring drinks to the event, responsible alcohol consumption is of course expected. There will be a limited bar of wine, beer and soft drink.
Car Bay Raffle
Would you like to be the lucky recipient of a RESERVED car bay all of term 2?
Check out details below and BYO loose change please! :)
Things for the Kids to do
Staff will set up a few fun activities on the oval for about an hour for any children and Mums and Dads who would like to get involved.
Children are to either be sitting with their family or playing on the oval with a parent overseeing their movements. All supervision of children is a parent responsibility on the night.
Please note that for both legal and safety reasons no children are permitted to play on the playground equipment at all during the picnic. Children are encouraged to bring a ball, a book, drawing gear or game to also keep them entertained.
At 7.00pm we ask families to please pack up and to take your own rubbish home.
Respecting this end time means that pack up can happen while it is still light and staff can get home to see their own families at a reasonable time :) Thanks everyone! :)
Looking forward to seeing you soon!
Bookings for Two Way Interviews
These interviews are a 15 minute opportunity to either speak face to face or on the phone with your child's class teacher.
Please follow the below link to book an interview and to find out more information.
Your Family Details and Emergency Contacts
The benefits to families and admin staff are that these forms can be completed online, with details able to be changed quickly and easily. The form will not need to be filled out each year, simply updated if there is a change.
In the meantime, if your contact phone number/s, email address, emergency contact details or child's MEDICAL NEEDS have changed from last year, please email the Office as soon as possible. Thank you.
All families are welcome to access LUNCHES ONLINE at
Friday Subway Lunches
Families can order a subway lunch for a child every Friday, via this link:
Many thanks to all families for supporting our Healthy Eating Policy. We are seeing plenty of food that supports healthy brains and bodies so - way to go! A friendly reminder to add a cooler brick in these warm months and to not overload lunchboxes - especially for younger kids. This way they get much needed play time and arrive home ready for afternoon tea! :) Thanks everyone!
Friday Subway Lunches
Have you changed your class year level on Lunches Online?
School Fee Information 2021
Many thanks to those families who have commenced payment and returned the Payment Schedule Slip.
A reminder that fees can be paid:
- weekly, fortnightly, or monthly by direct debit
- BPay; EFTPOS
Please note that the Payment Schedule section on the fee account needs to be RETURNED for processing by the Bursar once you receive it.
It is very important to maintain regular contact with me if you are experiencing financial difficulty and need to adjust payments for a period of time.
Families with outstanding fees from last year will be contacted shortly to come up with a payment plan.
Thank you and wishing you a wonderful year ahead
Image Embroidery now services our school community's uniform requirements.
For all uniform queries, please contact a member of the Image Embroidery team (contact details below).
Their store is just 5 minutes from St Emilie's for 'try ons' or you can order uniforms via their online form.
Kindy Speech and OT Screens, Forms and Payment
A reminder that Speech and OT payment for the KINDY SCREENS being conducted at the end of the term are now overdue.
Please pay directly to the providers, BE VOCAL (Speech) and LIL' PEEPS (OT) as per the notes you have received. Paying directly, rather than adding the cost to the school fees, allows you to claim a rebate through your Health Care fund.
As per discussions at Enrolment, these screens are a compulsory part of the Kindy transition and the baseline data is used to tailor the teaching and learning program to meet individual needs.
Parent Handbook 2021
Please follow the link below:
OSH CLUB 2021
Below is a link to the OSH Handbook:
Important Message Regarding OSH & School Holidays
The good news is OSH will provide their service on pupil free days here at St Emilie's.
However, it was clear from our discussions that school holiday care here at St Emilie's is not a possibility due to the number of OSH Club centres already well established in the local area. In addition, the OSH Club is a shared space between school and parish.
Playground Equipment - before and after school
Thank you for your cooperation and support.
School Social Worker Referral Process - Kylie Goodes
A fantastic Year 6 Leadership Day!
Being the Best Student They Can Be - by Michael Grose
St Norbert's Open Day and Enrolment Information
Friday 5 March 2021
St Norbert College warmly invites prospective students and their parents to tour our excellent College, its contemporary facilities and extensive grounds. Tours will be conducted at 9.00am and 1.00pm.
Enrolments for Year 7 in 2023
We have commenced our enrolments for 2023. Application forms may be obtained by phoning the Enrolment Officer, Mrs Hughes on 9350 5433.
St Emilie's Parish
Office hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm, 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
Assistant Priest: Fr. Victor Manuel Lujano
Office Assistant: Roselle D’Souza