St Elizabeth's News
NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 5 | 4 MARCH 2022
Rebecca Clarke | Principal
Dear parent and caregivers,
We have officially reached the halfway mark of Term 1!
Lent started this week with Ash Wednesday. I had the privileged of joining the Year 5/6 class for their Ash Wednesday liturgy and delivering ashes to our other year levels with Father Peter. During Lent we are asked to demonstrate that we are trying to be a better friend of Jesus and to help all of us get ready for Easter. So that we can get to know Jesus better we are called to spend more time in prayer and reflection. We are also asked to fast from something that is keeping us from being the kind of person that Jesus wants us to be and to help those who are in need.
As of Thursday, all students in Year 3 and above must attend school wearing a mask. This is a lawful order from the WA Government and therefore must be followed. Failure to do so will disrupt a child’s academic and social development. As directed by the Minister of Education, our teachers will not provide an online learning option while school is open for students.
Thank you again for your patience with the new protocols for drop off and pick up. A reminder that our duty of care starts when the school gates and the Kiss and Drive open at 8:15am. Please refrain from dropping your children off earlier. Additionally, in the afternoon please only turn left into the Kiss and Drive gate, not right, and please obey basic traffic and parking rules.
As we enter the long weekend, I ask that you keep the people of Ukraine in your prayers along with the those affected by floods and Covid-19. Finally, wishing everyone a lovely long weekend enjoying some down time with family. Stay safe and I will see everyone on Tuesday.
School fees: return your payment plan
PLEASE RETURN ASAP, OVER HALF OF OUR FAMILIES STILL OUTSTANDING -Failure to return your forms may impact the instalment amounts and put your account in arrears.
Thank you to our families who have returned their payment options form already. Much appreciated! If you have not done so already, please return your payment options form to me as soon as possible. You can scan and email to the below address.
All our families must have a payment arrangement in place to ensure the fees are paid in full by the end of October 2022. If you require a copy to be sent home please do not hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
If you hold a valid Health Care Card or Pension Card please scan and email the front of the card using the above email address so that I can apply your discount.
Should you be having any financial difficulty please ring the office to make an appointment with Rebecca.
Ash Wednesday and Project Compassion
Mr Rebeiro and the Year 5/6 class prepared a beautiful liturgy for Ash Wednesday. Father Peter was very impressed with the students responses and singing. Father Peter's Homily reminded us of how we can do kind things for others and reminded us that Lent is a time to pray for others such as the people of Ukraine, those affected by floods and people who are affected by COVID. Father Peter and Mrs Clarke visited all classes from Kindy to Year 6 to distribute the ashes.
This week the season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, which also marks the beginning of the annual Caritas Australia Project Compassion Appeal. Donations to Project Compassion allows Caritas Australia, the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, to work with local communities around the world to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.
Project Compassion Launch
On Tuesday our Year 5 & 6 Students were a part of the 2022 Project Compassion Live Launch at Trinity College.
The theme of Project Compassion 2022 is ‘For All Future Generations’ and reminds us that the good that we do today will extend and impact the lives of generations to come. It invites us to make the world a better place by working together now and finding long-term solutions to global issues. We encourage you to put your compassion into action this Lent through your prayer, fasting and almsgiving by supporting Project Compassion.
Donations to Project Compassion allows Caritas Australia, the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, to work with local communities around the world to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.
Shrove Tuesday 'Pancake Day' - Project Compassion Fundraiser
Our students from Kindy to Year 6 enjoyed making and eating pancakes today to celebrate Shrove (Pancake) Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday was a time in history that all Christians used up the ingredients in their homes to make pancakes before Lent began. It marks the beginning of the 40 day period when Catholics give up luxuries for Lent.
If you are picking up your child early, please email the administration officer with enough notice so that arrangements can be made to have your child/children ready for collection on your arrival.
Seeking Parent Class Rep volunteers
As we grow together and build community, we are seeking to expand our Parent Class Rep network. This may be one or two parents per class who volunteer to be a Class Rep, with a focus on welcoming new families, arranging opportunities to families to connect and helping to keep parents informed. If you are interested, please let the P&F know by emailing the office on email@example.com
P&F - Sockable Fundraiser
Join in the fun of socks! Attached is the order forms for the P&F Sockable Fundraiser. The fundraiser commences today and concludes on the17th March. To order you simply scan the QR code on the attached order forms and pay online. Unfortunately, we cannot accept cash for this event.
To support the P&F we will have a Crazy Sock Day at school on Thursday, 7 April. To participate on the day, please send your child with a gold coin donation. All proceeds will go to Project Compassion.
Colgate® Community Garden Challenge 2022
Our school is taking part in the Colgate Community Garden Challenge, which will run between 24 February – 31 October. TerraCycle has partnered with Colgate and Chemist Warehouse to give seven lucky schools the chance to win a community garden kit, including upcycled garden beds, seating and more.
We will be collecting any used oral products such as toothpaste tubes and caps, manual plastic toothbrushes, electric toothbrush heads, toothbrush plastic packaging and floss containers. Any brand of oral hygiene is accepted, and our aim is to prevent these items from going to landfill. A collection box will be in the front office.
You can also vote for our school by heading to any participating Chemist Warehouse store and scanning the Shelf Garden QR code to earn bonus votes. You can vote once a day!
Sacrament of Confirmation
Commitment Mass – Saturday, 2 April & Sunday, 3 April
Parent/Child Workshop 5:00pm Wednesday, 25 May
Retreat Day - Friday, 10 June
Sacrament of Confirmation – Saturday, 11 June & Sunday, 12 June
Sacrament of Holy Communion
Commitment Mass - Saturday, 18 June & Sunday, 19 June
Parent/Child Workshop - 5:00pm Wednesday, 10 August
Sacrament of Holy Communion - Saturday, 27 August & Sunday 28 August
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Commitment Mass - Saturday, 17 September & Sunday, 18 September
Parent/Child Workshop - 5:00pm Wednesday, 26 October
Sacrament of Reconciliation - 5:00pm Tuesday, 8 November & Wednesday, 9 November
Term Dates 2022
Term 1 Monday, 31 January to Friday, 8 April
School Holidays: Saturday, 9 April – Monday, 25 April
Term 2 Tuesday, 26 April to Friday, 1 July
School Holidays: Saturday, 2 July – Sunday, 17 July
Term 3 Tuesday, 19 July to Friday, 23 September
School Holidays: Saturday, 24 September to Sunday, 9 October
Term 4 Tuesday, 11 October to Friday, 9 December
School Holidays: Saturday, 10 December – Sunday, 29 Jan 2023 (TBC)
Student Free Dates
**Please note there have been some date changes to the Student Free Days
Term 1 Friday, 4 March
Term 2 Tuesday, 7 June
Term 3 Monday, 18 July and Friday, 19 August
Term 4 Monday, 10 October