End of Term 1 Weekly Reminders

Heading into Term 2 School Holidays!

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Lord Jesus,


You rode into Jerusalem not as a conquering king but in humility, the Servant King, ready to complete the task for which you had walked the earth.


Forgive us those times when we have failed to act with humility and remind us that you call us to live our lives dedicated to service, to you and to our neighbours, wherever and whoever they might be.


Enable us to take off our cloaks of self-righteousness and lay them down at your feet.


What a strange paradox, the King was coming, and the people rejoiced, singing ‘Hosanna in the highest!’ yet they failed to understand that the King they welcomed was a Servant King, a King who washed his disciples’ feet, a King who came not with an army, but a weapon so powerful that not even death could resist it, the sacrificial love of God laid out upon a Cross.


Lord God, as we sing our ‘Hosannas’ this Sunday, may we remember that you were riding towards suffering and rejection, and you know how we feel when we suffer and are rejected.


Despite the sadness of Good Friday, we look forward to the joy of Easter Day with hope in our hearts, for you rose from death to new life, to reign forever.


Help us to live out the hope and joy of being an EASTER PEOPLE in all we think, say and do.


Amen

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From the Principal

Good afternoon everyone and wishing you the very best for the much anticipated two weeks ahead :)


Here we are at the end of Term 1 and despite being a bit of a roller coaster COVID ride, it has also been really great to have had our school open, with children attending and learning.


Thank you so much for your most wonderful support, goodwill and cooperation throughout the term, it has, as always, really made a huge difference. All in all, we achieved our primary goal of keeping our staff in front of the children. The children have much to celebrate! Despite all the challenges, their resilience has really shone through.


A special shout out to Mrs Amy Andrews who has been keeping our busy office running this week, despite Mrs Norris and Mrs Curulli needing to quarantine at home. Thank you Amy!


With all my family coming out of iso this weekend, we are looking forward to reconnecting and having lots of hugs and time together. For those of you who aren't working over the holidays, I hope you manage to slow down a little and enjoy some much needed 'down time' and fun together as a family.


Your thoughts and Prayers

As our Year One Blue families will be aware, Miss de Gooijer's much loved mother Anne, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly on Monday this week. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the beautiful Tanya and her family at this very sad and most difficult of times. Anne worked in our School Office one day a week, so as you can imagine, it has also been a very sad time for St Emilie's staff.


I had the distinct privilege of spending some precious moments with Miss D's Year One's this week, and we talked about how much we feel for Miss D and her family at this time. The children were open and earnest, kind and thoughtful. They were also able to share stories of people who had died in their own families. Their beautiful drawings and cards will undoubtedly bring both a tear and a smile to Miss D's face.


For any parent placed in the unenviable position of needing to talk to a child about the death of a loved one, popular wisdom suggests that children usually respond well to honesty and transparency, with developmentally appropriate boundaries. Generally, children benefit from simple information, reassurance that they are safe and loved, and space to discuss their feelings and questions openly.


In terms of the Christian context, especially at this time of year, we can relate the Easter story as a story of new life and of hope, because we believe that Jesus conquered death and his Spirit lives on. We also believe that we will all share in this new life with Jesus, along with all those gone before us.


We hold all those in our community who have been through some very significant family challenges in our thoughts and prayers at this time.


COVID REMINDERS

In regards to next term, we are leaving COVID restrictions in place for now and we will adjust things accordingly once we have a clearer picture of what is going on in the community.


All families are reminded that over the school holidays we need you to continue entering your child's positive test results.


From Tuesday of the second week of the holidays, this result will affect your child's return to school date, so it is VERY IMPORTANT that we have accurate and up to date information.


This information will also be helpful to track those students who have been positive, and are exempt from being a close contact here at school, for 12 weeks after their positive result.


Any positive RAT test results over the school holidays must be reported to both places:


1. WA HEALTH - WA Health RAT Register

2. ST EMILIE'S COVID SELF-REPORTING PORTAL - St Emilie's Self-Reporting COVID Form

More information can be found below under 'COVID Updates'.


Household Positive Cases

If someone else in your family becomes positive, and your child has not had COVID, then they are a household close contact and must quarantine for 7 days. You are asked to please email Admin: mailto:stemiliesadmin@cewa.edu.au with this important information.


Congratulations

Congratulations to our Cricket squad teams who recently competed in our first Interschool comp for the year. The boys team won the competition outright which was a wonderful result. Please follow the link here to read a little more.


Many thanks to our Year Five classes for their efforts in producing a simple Easter presentation for classes to view virtually today. While it was made under challenging circumstances, we really appreciated the wonderful effort you all gave to help us to focus on the real meaning of Easter.


Take good care everyone, stay safe and hopefully next term will be a brighter one for us all.

Kindest regards

Tania Thuijs

Principal

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Thank you Year Five's for presenting the Stations of the Cross for us ...

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A great Easter Message for Parents to listen to below ...

Phil Wickham - His Name Is Jesus (Official Audio)




The King is in the room

Come see the scars of love upon His hands

The King is in the room

We'll watch the darkness flee at His command

Who is this King?

Who is this King?



His name is Jesus

His name is Jesus

Light of the world

There's freedom in His name

Awesome in power

Reigning forever

Light of the world

There's freedom in His name



The Healer's in the room

Let miracles break out across this place, oh

The Savior's in the room

No soul beyond the boundaries of His grace

There's resurrection power in His name



His name is Jesus

His name is Jesus

Light of the world

There's freedom in His name

Awesome in power

Reigning forever

Light of the world

There's freedom in His name

There's freedom in His name

Oh, there's freedom in His name



There's never been a love so great

He died so we could live

Then He rose up from that grave

Name another King like this

Now all authority

Forever belongs to Him

He reigns in victory

Name another King like this



There's never been a love so great

He died so we could live

Then He rose up from that grave

Name another King like this

Now all authority

Forever belongs to Him

He reigns in victory

Name another King like this

Yeah!

Name another King like this

Who is this King?



His name is Jesus

His name is Jesus

Light of the world

There's freedom in His name

Awesome in power

Reigning forever

Light of the world

There's freedom in His name



His name is Jesus

His name is Jesus

Light of the world

There's freedom in His name

Awesome in power

Reigning forever

Light of the world

There's freedom in His name



There's never been a love so great

He died so we could live

Then He rose up from that grave

Name another King like this

Now all authority

Forever belongs to Him

He reigns in victory

Name another King

There's never been a King like this

There's never been a King like this, oh


His name is Jesus

The Easter Story for Kids

The Easter Story

Palm Sunday Animation for Kids

God's Story: Palm Sunday

Holy Thursday Animation for Kids

God's Story: The Last Supper
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Come, all who are thirsty

says Jesus, our Lord,

come, all who are weak,

taste the living water

that I shall give.

Dip your hands in the stream,

refresh body and soul,

drink from it,

depend on it,

for this water

will never run dry.

Come, all who are thirsty

says Jesus, our Lord.

Mr Naden (with hair) celebrates the End of Term!

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St Emilie's Admin Staff Wish the whole community a very Hoppy Easter!

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Enjoying these last few days of school and looking forward to the holidays!

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Thank you for the hot cross buns!

Thank you to those families who donated hot cross buns to the staff ... they were enjoyed immensely!

Talented kids demo their rubrix cube expertise! Thanks boys, loved it!

Science Inquiry - test out their Solar Cars!

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IMPORTANT - REPORTING YOUR CHILD'S positive RAT and/or PCR test result to Health Dep and CEWA Portal

Dear Parents/Caregivers


Thank you again for your amazing support throughout Term One. By standing alongside our teachers and staff you have enabled us to support your child’s learning in the most challenging of times. Your child’s attendance at school underpins their learning, social and emotional development, as well as their physical and mental wellbeing.


I recognise how concerning it has been for many of our families who have faced a COVID-19 diagnosis and understand the stress this may have placed on many households. Thank you for doing the right thing by isolating for the required period of time.


The Department of Health (WA Health) has brought to my attention that some parents have reported a positive COVID-19 RAT result on the school’s COVID-19 Self-Reporting Portal, but have omitted to do so on the WA Health RAT Register, as is required by the WA Government.


As a reminder, if your child has a positive RAT result you need to:

· Self-isolate for a minimum of 7 days.

· Register via the WA Health RAT Register.

· Register via the St Emilie's COVID-19 Self-Reporting Portal - EVEN DURING THE SCHOOL

HOLIDAYS- St Emilie's Self-Reporting COVID Form

· At day 7, if symptoms are still present, continue isolating until symptoms clear.

· If no symptoms are present after day 7, you can leave self-isolation. No testing is required.


The Easter period brings with it a reminder of the importance of lived Gospel values. As we reflect during the season of Lent, we pray in solidarity for those in our community affected by COVID-19. We have been humbled by the remarkable acts of generosity and kindness in our school community. Easter is also a time for renewal and hope. As we prepare for the solemnity of Holy Week and the joy of Easter, let us reflect on the strength of our Christian unity.

I wish you and your family every blessing this Easter and may it be a time of renewal as you celebrate together.

Kind regards

Tania Thuijs

Principal

CLOSE CONTACTS


In line with new national guidelines, anyone who has recovered from COVID-19 is now exempt from being declared a close contact for the 12 weeks following their recovery – provided they do not have symptoms and are not immunocompromised.


This means that any students or staff who have had COVID will not have to complete the seven days of isolation required of the close contacts of a positive case within those 12 weeks of having had COVID-19 themselves.

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Vaccinations for Students

Dear Parent,


I am reaching out prior to the end of first term to encourage and remind you all to seriously consider booking a COVID-19 vaccination for your child.


Over 50 per cent of all children aged 5 to 11 have now received a first dose, with many now due for a second dose (eight weeks after the first).


In particular, as we approach school holidays and the weather cools down, it is important to take steps to minimise the impact of COVID-19.


Vaccines are a safe and effective way to protect your child, and the community.


The Department of Health website provides a number of resources with further information about seeking COVID-19 vaccination.


Attached is a FACT SHEET which you could use to have a conversation with your child.


Further resources are also available HERE.


Vaccines are widely available across the country at general practices, pharmacies, state-run clinics and Aboriginal Health Services. You can find a participating clinic and make an appointment by visiting the Vaccine Clinic Finder HERE.


Thank you for your ongoing efforts to keep your child and the wider school community safe.


Regards

Tania Thuijs

Principal

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Self Reporting Form

Mandatory Notification of a Positive Test Result


COVID-19 Self-Reporting Portal Form for Students and Staff members has been developed by Catholic Education WA (CEWA).


If your child is at home in isolation as a family household close contact and develops Covid during this period of time, it is essential that you still report to the school of this positive result

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Close Contacts in High Caseload Settings

Additional close contact measures have been implemented following the latest advice of WA Health with a view to keeping schools open and continuing face-to-face learning for our students, while balancing this with the safety of students, staff and the school community.


Under the very high caseload setting, students who are asymptomatic close contacts, unless they are household close contacts, may:

· continue to attend school;

· attend Outside School Hours Care (OSHC);

· attend school-based sporting, music, cultural training, practice or events that are organised by or take place at our school, and are held immediately before or after school; and

· travel directly between their usual place of residence and their school. Public transport should only be used if there are no other options available.


Asymptomatic close contacts must get tested, as per the requirements for close contacts, as follows;

· undertake a COVID-19 test on Day 1 and Day 6, if a PCR test; or

· undertake a COVID-19 test on Day 1 and on day 7, if a Rapid Antigen Test (RAT).


These arrangements DO NOT APPLY to children who are household close contacts of a COVID-19 positive person or who are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms. This means that if anyone in a child’s household is serving 7 days isolation because they are COVID-19 positive, the child must remain in quarantine and not attend school.


Students are considered close contacts if they are:

· A household member of a person with COVID-19 who has had contact with them during their infectious period.

· Someone who has had close interaction with a COVID-19 positive case during their infectious period, including:

    • At least 15 minutes face to face contact where a mask was not worn by the exposed person and the person with COVID-19; or
    • Greater than two hours within a small room or a classroom environment with a person with COVID-19 during their infectious period, where masks have been removed for this period by the exposed person and the person with COVID-19 (note: others correctly wearing masks throughout the school day in this scenario would not be a considered a close contact); or
    • Someone who is directed by WA Health that they are a close contact.


An asymptomatic person means they have no COVID-19 symptoms.


As noted above, if a member of your household is COVID-19 positive, then every member of the household is deemed as a household close contact, the testing and quarantine protocols apply and your child must not attend school. If your child is unwell, they should stay at home and get tested.


As a Catholic school our priority is always the health, safety and wellbeing of our students and all members of our broader community. For more information on the very high caseload protocols visit:

https://www.wa.gov.au/government/announcements/very-high-caseload-settings-introduced-western-australia


Thank you for your understanding as we take the necessary steps to keep our school community safe.


If you have health concerns, please contact WA Health on 1300 316 555 or at ncovcontact@health.wa.gov.au.

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ADVICE TO PARENTS AND FAMILIES - RESPONDING TO A POSITIVE CASE OF COVID

If you have any concerns about your child not feeling well and displaying possible COVID-19 symptoms, please keep your child at home, undertake testing and keep the school well informed.


A reminder that a positive RAT test must be reported to WA Health and to the school and the student must isolate for 7 days.


COVID TESTING CLINICS


https://www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/Articles/A_E/Coronavirus/COVID-clinics


SYMPTOMS OF COVID


COVID-19 can cause a range of symptoms, which can be mild, moderate or severe.


It is important that you get tested if you or your child have any of the following, no matter how mild:


  • Fever OR recent history of fever (e.g. night sweats, chills), without a known source


  • Acute respiratory symptoms (including cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose)


  • Acute loss of smell or taste


  • Diarrhoea (especially in children)


WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF WE RECEIVE NOTIFICATION THAT A STUDENT OR STAFF MEMBER HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A POSITIVE CASE IN OUR SCHOOL:


1. A text message informing families of the class or classes potentially affected (i.e. possible close contacts) will be sent home.


2. This will be followed up by an email to families with further information and direction.

School Social Worker

Maintaining good mental health is a priority in our school. We continue to teach concepts explicitly, as well as model the thinking skills needed to build resilience, optimism, self-worth, healthy relationships, dealing with conflict and a whole lot more.


At home, parents are asked to continue doing the same, trying to make your home a calm and safe harbour, as well as a place where laughter and a 'bounce back' approach to life are practised and modelled.


Every day is an opportunity for us to model to children the positive thinking we know they will benefit greatly from into adulthood.

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Kindergarten 2023 Enrolments

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Parish Bulletin for this Weekend's Masses

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TERM 2 WEEK 1 FOCUS - Be Sensitive to the Needs and Feelings of Others

In the simplest of terms, empathy is the ability to notice, understand, and share the emotions of others. Being sensitive to the needs and feelings of others means...

- seeing with the eyes of another -

- listening with the ears of another -

- feeling with the heart of another -

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Important reminders / 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 for an appointment early.

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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

https://stemiliescps.wa.edu.au/?page_id=376


Trading Hours

Monday - Thursday:8:30am – 5pm

Friday:8:30am – 4.30pm

Saturday – Sunday:CLOSED

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Girls Soccer

Hello there, we are a local club in your area which promotes girls in sport. We are Gosnells City FC.


We are currently training and recruiting girls for our soccer teams for 2022 season. We would like to invite any girls from your school who would be interested in learning to play soccer in a safe and friendly environment with fun ,friendly qualified female coaches to come along to our open training sessions. If possible could you please promote this on your web page, in your news letter or which ever platforms you use to reach our to your school community. We would be really excited to have students from your school come to our club and get involved in this great sport. Thank you so much and if anyone needs any further information or have questions please contact us on info@gosnellscityfc.org.au

Kind Regards

Ann Gourley

Women’s Head Coach

Gosnells’ City FC

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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

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


Office Assistant: Roselle D’Souza

Email: stemilie.office@iinet.net.au

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FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT - GENTLENESS - WEEKS 1-3