St Francis of Assisi News
Term 1- Issue 22 9th March 2023
NOONGAR SEASON OF BUNURU (FEB-MAR)
Dear Parents & Caregivers,
After a well deserved extra long weekend, we hope all families and children were looking forward to returning to school this week. The weather was great and the mid-term break provided a great opportunity for families to relax together before tackling the second half of Term 1.
STAFF PROFESSIONAL LEARNING - TUESDAY
While children and parents were enjoying the pupil free day, staff spent the day for professional learning. Over the course of the day, staff participated in three different professional learning sessions:
Analysing reading data using Adaptive Progressive Achievement Testing. This session focused on interpreting data gathered at a school level from our PAT Adaptive testing. This suite of testing is mandated in CEWA schools and provides a more accurate picture of student achievement.
Mental Health Literacy and the guidelines for supporting children at risk of self-injury. These guidelines outline the processes for identifying and supporting children in our school.
Professional Growth Plans for all members of staff which identify goals and the resources and strategies needed to support staff in achieving further professional development and growth.
The day was very engaging and further enhanced the professional expertise that already exists in our teaching community.
FAMILY FUN NIGHT
The recent family fun night coordinated by the P&F was an outstanding success. This year, a number of new activities were trialled which included Scitech Shows, Go Karts, a Silent Disco and the Gym Bus. There was a fantastic turn out and from all reports, parents and children enjoyed the evening. Thank you to our parent volunteers on the sausage sizzle as well as those who helped organise the activities. A big thanks to the P&F Executive of Rose Canzirri, Erin Hawes, Stephenie Kunder and Heidi Durer-Jones for their efforts. Some pics of the night are below!
PARENT INFORMATION VIDEOS FEEDBACK
Thank you to the 34 parents who responded to the brief survey asking for feedback about the recent parent information night videos that were prepared by staff. Of the responses, 82% indicated they were either happy with a video or don't mind how it is presented. Only 12% of respondents said they would like a face to face parent night and 6% indicated that an information booklet alone is sufficient. We understand there is never a perfect solution but we appreciate parents providing feedback. Please see a graph of the results above.
TERM 1 SOCIAL REPORTS
A reminder to parents that in Term 1, staff will provide a social report on your child's progress. This report outlines how your child has transitioned into the expectations and routines of their year level. Academic progress is formally reported on at the conclusion of Semester One. Parents are welcome to organise meetings with teachers should they wish to discuss their child's academic progress. These social reports will be made available in Week 10.
Next week, our Year 3 and 5 children will be sitting the annual National Assessment Program - Literacy and Numeracy. This is the first year NAPLAN has been moved forward to earlier in the year to allow for results and data to be returned to schools and parents much earlier. The tests are on a single day and provide a snapshot of not only student progress, but areas of teaching focus for our school. We encourage children to treat it like any other test and do their best. Best of luck to the children in Year 3 and 5.
HARMONY DAY 2023
Created in 1999 to celebrate diversity and unity, Harmony Day will be celebrated on Tuesday 21st March. Whilst it is still predominantly an Australian holiday, people celebrate it worldwide by reflecting on the ways they can live in harmony with their neighbours, regardless of their background or circumstances. With over 45 different cultures in our school community, it is just one way we celebrate the differences that make us unique. On Friday 17th March, our Year 4's will perform a Harmony Day themed assembly and then on Tuesday 21st March, children are encouraged to wear their cultural dress or orange!
It's hard to believe that the AFL season is only a week away. For an Eagles supporter like myself, it shapes up as being another long season but I'm looking forward to footy being back on! Have a great fortnight ahead!
FIRST RECONCILIATION 2023
Thank you to all the parents who came along to the workshop on Tuesday night to support your child on their journey to receiving the Sacrament of First Reconciliation. The remaining commitments are CHILD ONLY and during school times. The Sacrament of First Reconciliation will take place on Tuesday 28th March at 6pm, at St Andrew's Parish Church.
Sometimes we do not have a copy of the baptism certificate on file, and your family may miss out on receiving important information about the sacraments. Please make sure your child's records are up to date.
If there are any baptised Catholic children in years 5 and 6 who have NOT already received the Sacrament of First Holy Communion, can you please contact me directly by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
As we continue our Lenten preparation, SFoA supports the amazing work of Project Compassion throughout Lent. You will see Project Compassion boxes in all the classrooms for the remainder of term. Please give generously. All money raised goes to Project Compassion to support communities in need here in Australia and throughout the world. Click on the link to watch videos about a few of the communities supported in 2023. Project Compassion 2023.
“For it is in giving that we receive.” St Francis of Assisi
Assistant Principal RE
NATIONAL RIDE 2 SCHOOL DAY
Dust off your bikes, get your helmets ready! SFOA is celebrating National Ride 2 School Day on Friday 24th of March! There will be stickers, music and a lot of fun! Get on board for this wonderful morning celebration! Please see the flyers below for more information on the most important aspect of Bike Safety and Feel Good Fridays.
SCHOOL FEE INFORMATION
A great big thank you to those families who have paid their fees in full and set up payment plans with the school. We are still waiting on several families to return their Payment Option Form. These forms need to be returned ASAP.
If you are experiencing financial difficulty, please contact me ASAP on 9562 9528 or email email@example.com
All families on Centrelink Health Care Card (HCC) need to provide the school with their current card to continue receiving the discount for 2023. If your card has expired, please bring in your new card to the school office ASAP.
Interschool Swimming Carnival Year 4-6
Congratulations to all the students who nominated themselves and came along for the swim trial yesterday. All children who attended yesterday's trial have received a letter with further information regarding the carnival. A team list of events has been posted on the sports notice board. Please purchase a school swimming cap from the office prior to the carnival. Good luck to all swimmers on the day!
Congratulations to the Windeatt family (Darliah in Year 3) on the recent arrival of a baby girl 'Maylah-Rose'. We wish you all a lifetime of love, health, laughter and happiness together.
P & F NEWS
The P & F have had a great start to the year and have welcomed a new executive committee and committee members.
All events organised by the P & F are communicated by letters sent home and Facebook posts, so there are multiple ways to hear about our upcoming events and initiatives.
The Family Fun night on the 24th of February was hosted and funded by the P & F as a thank-you to our St Francis families for their ongoing support, and what a terrific turnout, with great feedback received about the night. A big thank you to all the volunteers who set up, cleaned up and worked on the Sausage Sizzle. Also, thank you to Coles Butler for their support by donating hot dog rolls for the event.
Upcoming P & F events
- Pizza Lunch - 15th March
- Cadbury Chocolate Easter fundraiser - Chocolates to be given out on in the next few days and monies due back by the 29th of March
- Cake stall - 24th March – PP and Year 6 to assist with donations
- Easter Raffle - we hope you will all be able to assist with the donations for the Easter baskets, including selling the raffle tickets. More information to come!
The committee is here to add strength to our school community through fundraising and friend-raising (community engagement), and we look forward to your ongoing support.
The next P & F meeting is at the school office on Tuesday 14th March at 8:45am.
Happy Birthday to the following students who are celebrating their birthday over this week and over the next two weeks:
Charlie Hayman, Isaac Magistro, Antonio Magistro, Luisa Freitas Libardi, Nohn Kiir, Ajok Domkoc, Theory Saggers, Aloyo (Elizabeth) Sebit, James Stratfold, Savannah Diaz, Chet Rudduck, Charlie Jones, Lauren Clark, Evelyn Witham, Damien Mundawaro, Joshua Epple, Dylan Korzhov, Brock Burkin-Povey, Ryan McCombie, Roseline Ajang, Patricia Donio, Lucy Zaehner, Oscar de Laine.
We wish you all a wonderful day!!
Friday 10 March - Merit Assembly / 'Friends of Francis' draw
Tuesday 14 March - P&F Meeting (8:45am) / Year 6 Beach Safety
Wednesday 15 March to Monday 27 March - NAPLAN Testing Window
Wednesday 15 March - P&F Pizza lunch
Friday 17 March - Year 4 Performance Assembly (8:45am)
Tuesday 21 March - Harmony Day / Reconciliation Retreat
Wednesday 22 March - Kindy Planting incursion
Thursday 23 March - Interschool Swimming Carnival Yr 4-6
Friday 24 March - National Ride to School Day/Year 2 Class Mass (8:45am)/P&F Cake stall
Monday 27 March - Year 4 excursion to Shipwreck Museum
Tuesday 28 March - Year 3 Reconciliation (6pm at St Andrew's Church)
Wednesday 29 March - Benedict Feast Day
Thursday 30 March - 'The Whadjuk Gift' Year 5 excursion / Lenten Reconciliation (Yr 4-6)
The Uniform Shop is open Mondays during the school term from 2:30pm - 3:30pm. Uniform can also be ordered online: firstname.lastname@example.org (school code: 2147)
Where: Operating out of the demountable at the rear of the school!
Ph: (08) 9204 1701
Address: 1/85 Guthrie St, Osborne Park 6017
IRENE McCORMACK CATHOLIC COLLEGE
Irene McCormack Catholic College are holding an open morning on Saturday 25th March, please see the information below.
Mon-Thur: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Friday: 8:00am - 3:30pm
Location: 1051 Connolly Drive, Butler WA, Australia
Phone: (08) 9562 9500
ST ANDREW'S CATHOLIC PARISH
Saturdays - 6:00pm
Sundays - 7:30am, 9:00am, 5:00pm
Location: 53 Belleville Gardens, Clarkson WA, Australia
Phone: (08) 9407 7512