St Francis of Assisi News
Term 3 - Issue 12 27th August 2020
Prayer - Canticle of the Creatures. Written by St Francis of Assisi
Most High, all-powerful, good Lord,
Yours are the praises, the glory, and the honour, and all blessing.
To You alone, Most High, do they belong,
and no human is worthy to mention Your name.
Praised be You, my Lord, with all Your creatures,
especially Sir Brother Sun,
Who is the day and through whom You give us light.
And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour;
and bears a likeness of You, Most High One.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars,
in heaven You formed them clear and precious and beautiful.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Wind,
and through the air, cloudy and serene, and every kind of weather,
through whom You give sustenance to Your creatures.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Sister Water,
who is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.
Praised be You, my Lord, through Brother Fire,
through whom You light the night,
and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.
Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Mother Earth,
who sustains and governs us,
and who produces various fruit with coloured flowers and herbs.
Praised be You, my Lord, through those who give pardon for Your
love, and bear infirmity and tribulation.
Blessed are those who endure in peace
for by You, Most High, shall they be crowned.
Praised be You, my Lord, through our Sister Bodily Death,
from whom no one living can escape.
Woe to those who die in mortal sin.
Blessed are those whom death will find in Your most holy will,
for the second death shall do them no harm.
Praise and bless my Lord and give Him thanks
and serve Him with great humility.
Dear Parents & Caregivers,
Last Friday, whilst students and families were enjoying the beginning of a 4-day weekend, the staff examined the encyclical Laudato Si with Dr Nathan Leber from Caritas. This paper written by Pope Francis, connects strongly with our charism of Francis of Assisi where we are called to nurture and build our connection with creation. The topic of sustainability and our role in promoting this within our community was explored through head and heart. At the end of this year, the staff will undertake further exploration of the encyclical with a focus on driving sustainability within our school under the guidance of Saint Francis of Assisi.
COVID Restrictions and Cleaning
With a number of school events coming up, we will need to adhere to the health department guidelines in Phase 4. Please take note of the following:
- 2 square meter allowance indoors - this will restrict the number of adults we may have in the hall due to the area taken up by the children (children are exempt from this).
- Maintaining 1.5m physical distancing when indoors or outdoors.
- Use of the hand sanitiser stations outside the hall entrances and at outdoor events.
As a result of these restrictions, the following events will be affected:
- Merit Assembly Fri 28/8 - maximum of 2 adults per child.
- Father's Day Breakfast Fri 4/9- maximum of 100 adults in the hall, the rest will be outdoors
- Year 1 Assembly Fri 4/9 - maximum of 2 parents + 2 grandparents per child.
- Athletics Carnival Fri 11/9 - as this is outdoors, the 2 square meter rule does not apply, therefore we are not restricted in numbers. However, 1.5m physical distancing needs to be adhered to.
African Choir at Mass
Thank you to those parents who performed at a recent mass at St Andrew's as part of the African Choir. It truely was an amazing experience to listen to and their humility in receiving praise was commendable.
Code of Conduct Statements 11 & 12
Every year, we remind parents of our Code of Conduct statements as being part of the St Francis of Assisi CPS community. Parents, staff and students agree to our Code of Conduct document which outlines 12 statements that govern our behaviour and conduct in a Catholic school as part of the larger Child Safety Framework for Catholic Education. This week, we review Statements 11 and 12.
Statement 11: You conduct yourself in accordance with laws, agreements, policies and standards relevant to your relationship with the school community.
- Each member of the school community must notify any breach of the agreement between another member and the school, or school policies and agreements. The role of the ‘bystander’ in keeping students safe is fundamental and each member of the school community must be clear that they do not have discretion as to whether to notify of any breaches. They are not alleging harm to a student or pre-judging what they observed.
Statement 12: You respect the dignity, culture, values and beliefs of each member of the school community.
- You treat each parent, staff member and child with respect through your words and actions. The diversity of our community is embraced and respected regardless of religion, race, gender or any other differences.
Farewell to the Christie Family
Tomorrow, we say farewell to Lukas and Jackson Christie. The boys will be relocating over east to the chilly city of Canberra. We wish the whole family well in their travels and know St Francis of Assisi will be a guiding presence in their journey.
Term 3/4 Significant Dates
Please note there have been a number of changes to the Term 3/4 Significant Dates. These can be found in the document below, as well as on the school website. One of these changes includes the commencement to Term 4. Students will now return on Monday 12th October.
Father's Day Breakfast Fri 4th Sep
Our annual Father's Day breakfast will take place next Friday 4th September in and outside the hall. Father's, Step-Father's, Grandads and father figures will be welcomed to celebrate the upcoming Father's Day. Please see our Facebook page and class communication for more details. This year, following the breakfast, the Year 1's will perform their assembly item.
Well Being Week - Sep 7-11th
Wellbeing – the state of being comfortable, healthy or happy.
A focus on wellbeing aims for all students to be healthy, happy, successful and productive individuals who are active and positive contributors to the school and society in which they live.
Saint Francis of Assisi will celebrate Wellbeing Week in Week 8, 7th-11th September. 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. The students will engage in lessons and activities that explore the 5 Ways to Wellbeing;
- Get Active
- Be Mindful
- Keep Learning
- Give to Others
The students can wear their sport uniform each day for this week and there will be no homework for the week. This is an opportunity for you to relax and connect as a family. Please see the below timetable for a list of events and activities that will take place each day of the week. A Newsletter will be sent home detailing each day.
Next Sunday 6th September marks Father's Day. Whether you are a father, step-father, father figure or mother playing both roles, we wish you all a wonderful day celebrating all that is great about being a parent!
Have a great fortnight ahead.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
FREE DESS DAY for the RSPCA
Yesterday was our 'Free Dress Fundraiser' for the RSPCA (WA). Thank you to everyone for coming together to support a local charity dedicated to the care and rehabilitation of animals in WA. Together we raised approx $580 - an amazing achievement.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION (FIRST EUCHARIST)
FIRST COMMUNION WORKSHOP - It was wonderful to have some of our parents able to join us for the workshop on Tuesday. Thank you to Mrs Anderson and Mrs Rossi for leading us, and to Father Marian for rehearsing with us. As preparation continues over the next few weeks, it is lovely to see so many children excited to be receiving Jesus for the first time.
RETREAT - Thursday 3 September 8:30am - 2:40pm in the SFoA Hall (children only)
REHEARSAL & RECONCILIATION - Thursday 10 September (children will be bussed to St Andrew's Church)
SACRAMENT OF EUCHARIST - SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER @ 10:30AM in St Andrew's Church, Clarkson
At this time Confirmation remains suspended until further notice. We will continue to prepare the children for this special sacrament, with a workshop and retreat in Term 4, in the hope it will take place in November. We will keep families informed as more information is offered to the school.
"As stewards of God's creation, we are called to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family. ..." Pope Francis
Miss Dee Campbell
Year 6 Interschool Spring Carnival
Congratulations to all the children on your participation at last Thursday's interschool carnival. It was great to see everyone participating with a smile on their face and having fun. Thank you to our parent volunteers and spectators, without your help and support these carnivals wouldn’t be possible for our children.
SFoA Sports Carnival – Week 8 Friday 11th September
This year will be the first St Francis of Assisi carnival and the first with our new faction names; Benedict Noorn (Green), McCormack Yonka (Gold), Agnes Dwert (Red) and Kolbe Koolbardi (Blue). This is an exciting time for our school with so many changes and I can’t wait to hear the cheers and chants using our new names. A note will be coming home on the 1st September with information regarding the carnival. Please ensure you read through the information so you are aware of information regarding where to sit, Covid safe regulations and the philosophy of our sports carnival. This is a compulsory school day and event for all children in PP-year 6 to end our wellbeing week with some fun and excitement, if your child will not be at the carnival please inform the class teacher prior to the day for organisational logistics. The children and staff all look forward to seeing you there, make sure you bring your loud voices and smiling faces.
You want to take the book out of the Library and read it.
You haven't finished reading the book, so you want to re-borrow the book.
You have finished reading the book and you want to give it back to the Library.
A book you would like to read is on loan (out of the Library) to someone else, so you want it kept for you when it is returned.
Mrs Marie Gray
SFOA BREAKFAST CLUB
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 in the next two weeks:
Caleb Bergmann, Edward Atuer, Alicia Ridley, Elisabeth Hilliard, Myriam Hakim, Oran Lee, Elana Pearce, Martin Okumu, Scarlett Wild, Ethan Tooker, Jaxon Canzirri, Genesis Peter Limbo, Liam Brewster, Paige Goldie, Nyah Childs, Leon Gilsenan, Alize Smith, Brandon West.
We wish you all a wonderful day!!
Mon 31 Aug - Year 4 Excursion Peninsula Farm
Tue 1 Sep - P & F Father's Day Stall
Tue 1 Sep - Subway Lunch Order
Thur 3 Sep - First Communion Retreat
Fri 4 Sep - Father's Day Breakfast & Year 1 Assembly
Mon 7 Sep - Start of Well Being Week! Mindfulness Monday & Yoga
Tue 8 Sep - Mindfulness & Yoga
Wed 9 Sep - Wacky Wednesday (Bring a non-perishable food item!)
SCHOOL FEE INFORMATION
Thank you to those families who have already paid their school fees, if you have not attended to your fees please do so ASAP. If you are experiencing financial difficulty, feel free to contact me.
Please update your expired health care cards in order to continue receiving the discount for this year.
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
IMCC INSTRUMENTAL & CHORAL SCHOLARSHIPS 2021
Click on the flyer for details of 2021 Year 7 Instrumental & Choral Scholarships.