St Francis of Assisi News
Term 3 - Issue 13 25th August 2022
Dear Parents & Caregivers,
We hope you enjoyed the recent long weekend. On Monday, our staff participated in a faith retreat focused around Christian Meditation. It was facilitated by Lisa Harrison, who guided staff through the many forms of meditation available and practicable uses in the classroom. Some excellent learning was undertaken and it reinforced the importance of quieting the mind for learning.
Next Tuesday, we will welcome Noah Robertson (3W) to our school community. Noah and his family have heard wonderful things about our community and are excited to start their journey at SFOA.
In some staffing announcements, Mrs Emma Coad (1W) has resigned from her position as Year 1 teacher, effective at the conclusion of Term 3. She will be exploring other teaching opportunities. Mrs Gina Vescovi has also advised that she will be resigning from her position as Science teacher at the conclusion of Term 3. Mrs Vescovi is currently on leave so will not be returning to her role. Mrs Tara Coker will continue as Science teacher for the remainder of the year as planned. Mrs Evans (1B) will also begin her maternity leave at the conclusion of Term 3. Finally, Mrs Anderson has requested another year of leave to continue her role at Holy Rosary. We are currently finalising staff to replace Mrs Coad and Mrs Evans and will advise parents accordingly very soon.
NATIONAL SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT SURVEY (NSI) & QUALITY CATHOLIC EDUCATION SCHOOL REVIEW (QCESR)
In Term 2, all major stakeholders, parents, teaching staff, non-teaching staff and children were involved in two processes to review our past three years school improvement journey. The NSI Survey and QCESR. Both processes allowed us to reflect and celebrate areas of strength, whilst also identifying areas for improvement. Overwhelmingly, the data reflects a very positive story for our school. I have listed some main points below:
- Strong sense of community
- Clarity around vision, mission and the teaching and learning occurring in our school
- Strong student voice and a sense of pride for their school
- Parents feel communication is excellent
- Fantastic reputation in the community and almost 100% parents would recommend this school
Areas to Consider
- Affirming the cultural diversity across the school
- Feedback on assessments and student progress
For those parents who wish to read the QCESR report in full, I have placed it on our school website and it can be accessed here:
There is also a summary of the NSI Survey which was completed by 105 of our parents. This is accessed via the website or from this link:
BOOK WEEK PARADE
Yesterday marked our annual Book Week Parade for this year's theme - Dreaming with Eyes Wide Open. Thank you to all the parents who spent time getting their child into costumes and making sure they brought along the book. There were some fantastic outfits! A winner was nominated from each class to receive a book prize. Congratulations to the following students:
Charlie Hayman (KB), Isabella Banghi Lago (KW), Mack Lynton (PPB), Teddy Hagan (PPB), Jedd Hitchcock (PPW), Siara Westerhout (1B), Arie Boschman (1W), Rylan Hitchcock (2B), Bianca Banghi Lago (2W), Lily Bassanelli (3B), Oliver Whitehouse (3W), Sadie Garrigan (4B), Sean Viviers (4W), Olivia Brown (5B), Ella Kingsley (5B), Ronan O'Reilly (6B), Isaac Tiebout (6W).
BOOK FAIR - TUE 29/8 - Fri 2/9
Next week we will be holding the Scholastic Book Fair. Scholastic will provide a selection of books for purchase before and after school in our library. Parents are encouraged to visit the book fair and encourage their child to purchase a book of interest. The Fair will have extended hours on the Friday as we welcome those fathers who will be in the school celebrating Father's Day with their children. Please watch out for notifications around the school and on our internet platforms as confirmation of times the Fair will be opened will be displayed. We are very keen on promoting reading and the Scholastic Book Fair provides an opportunity for children to be excited about books! A percentage of the sales will come back to the school which we plan on using to purchase more home readers for a variety of year levels. Thank you to Mrs Howell and Mrs Bowden for coordinating.
FATHER'S DAY BREAKFAST - FRI 2nd SEP
A reminder to all Dads and Father figures (or mum's/others that play that role) that we will be holding our annual Father's Day Breakfast next Friday 2nd Sep from 7:45am. Following this, children can take their guest through the classrooms. Then at 8:45am, the Year 3 classes will be presenting their Father's Day themed assembly. For catering purposes, if you are available to attend, please advise via this link:
An early reminder to parents of our SFOA Athletics Carnival, which will take place on Friday 16th September. Should the weather be unsuitable, the backup day has been scheduled for Wed 21st September. This year, we will be holding the Jumps, Throws and 400m for our Year 3-6 children on Wed 14th September. Parents are encouraged to attend both the Wednesday (Year 3-6 Jumps, Throws, 400m) and the Friday (Athletics Carnival whole school). More information will be provided by Ms Hamilton closer to the date.
TERM 3 IMPORTANT DATES
Attached below is a list of Term 3 important events. Please familiarise yourself with the remaining dates. So please stay informed through the newsletter, attached events list and also your class news from the classroom teacher.
Good luck to our Choir who are at Performing Arts today, they will be performing two songs at the Vasto Club in Balcatta, as part of the Spirit of the Arts Festival. We also wish our Year 6's well tomorrow, who are competing in the Year 6 Spring Carnival in Badminton, Basketball and Rugby. Thanks to Mr Cunniffe for all his coordination of the Performing Arts and Ms Hamilton for the preparation for the Spring Carnival.
Have a great fortnight.
Congratulations to the Year 6 students who received the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation last week. You were so poised and confident in your responses, readings and in being confirmed. Special thanks to the Very Rev. Fr Peter Whitely, Vicar General, Fr Marian, Mr Tony Summers, Mr Errol Raftos, Molly Edwards and Sofia Hampson Villalobos - your service and support of our Confirmands is very much appreciated.
Special thanks must also go to Mrs Freeman, Mr Clarke, Mr Gorman, Mr Cunniffe and Mr Baker for their support of these young people, and for ensuring they were suitably prepared to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation.
Thank you also to all staff who supported the students on the night, and for assisting where needed. It really was a community celebration.
ST FRANCIS OF ASSISI FEAST DAY CELEBRATIONS
On Friday 21 October we will celebrate our saint, Francis with a whole school Mass at 8:45am, followed by the Mission Fete later that day.
It would be wonderful to have parents, caregivers and other family members involved in our celebration. If you are interested in reading at Mass, please contact me at email@example.com as soon as possible.
Please also check SEESAW closer to the date for information on how you can support your child's class with the Mission Fete.
Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.
St Francis of Assisi
Assistant Principal RE
Year 6 Interschool Spring Carnival
The Year 6 students will represent the school tomorrow Friday 16th August at the Interschool Spring Carnival in Badminton, Basketball and League Tag. For locations and further information please refer to the letter that was sent home and that was posted on Seesaw. Thank you to Mr Tedesco and Mr Heydon for volunteering your time to help coach a team. These carnivals are a great opportunity for the students to make new friends and learn a new sport. It is always great to see the enthusiasm and sportsmanship shown by the students at every sport. Good luck tomorrow Year 6!
SFOA Sports Carnival PP to Year 6
A reminder that our carnival will be run over 2 days this year. On Wednesday 14th September all students in Years 3-6 will participate in a jumps and throws day. A Seesaw message was sent out asking for volunteers to measure shotput, turbo javelin and long jump. Thank you to those parents who have volunteered, your help is greatly appreciated. PP-Year 6 will participate in sprints and team games on Friday 16th September, a note with further information will be sent home in the coming weeks along with a program of events for the day.
SCHOOL FEE INFORMATION
Reminder statements have been sent out yesterday and today, please check your child's school bag Just a reminder that all school fees need to be paid in full by 31st October 2022. If you are experiencing financial difficulty, please contact me ASAP on 9562 9504 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
All families on Health Care Card (HCC) need to provide the school with their current card to continue receiving the discount.
SFOA BREAKFAST CLUB (Supported by Baker's 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 two weeks:
Ethan Gismondi, Lucas Gismondi, Cooper Benton, Dakota Radosevich, Anastasia Schippers, Paige Goldie, Simon Sokiri, Hunter Jenkins, Alfie McSheffrey, Edward Atuer, Jaxon Canzirri, Hunter Marais, Myriam Hakim, Alicia Ridley, Javier Villamor, Genesis Peter Limbo, Brianna Grantham, Elana Pearce, Erika Caceres Rosales, Elisabeth Hilliard, Liam Brewster
We wish you all a wonderful day!!
Friday 26 August - Year 6 Spring Carnival
Monday 29 August - Book Week Incursion PP-2 (Performance Education)
Tuesday 30 August - Book Fair/Fathers' Day Stall
Wednesday 31 August - Book Fair / Kindy Father's Day Bootcamp
Thursday 1 September - Book Fair
Friday 2 September - Father's Day Breakfast (7:45am)/ Year 3 Assembly/Book Fair
Monday 5 September - Year 2 Zoo excursion
Thursday 8 September - R U OK Day?
Friday 9 September - Merit Assembly/'Friends of Francis' raffle draw (8:45am)/Lunch with Leadership/School Disco
Wednesday 14 September - Jumps & Throws Day (Yr 3 -6)
Friday 16 September - SFOA Sports Carnival (PP-Year 6)
COMMUNITY YOUTH PROGRAMS
The Edmund Rice Centre in Butler is running youth programs in Leadership, Basketball and AFL. For further information please see the attached flyers.