Week 9 Term 1 2021
Thank you Pre-Primary
An Easter Reflection
In times of weakness and in our hour of need,
Yours is the strength by which we carry on,
the shoulder we rest our head upon.
When our load is heavy and too much to bear,
yours are the arms stretched out to help us
the grace that we depend on.
In times of weakness and in our hour of need,
your voice is heard,
‘Come… find rest.’
This is grace divine,
the path we tread to wholeness
of body and spirit,
the path that leads to you,
and for which we offer our praise and thanksgiving.
We are often not the Easter People
that we should be Lord,
living in the certain knowledge
of your great mercy and love.
We become distracted by the world around us
we fail to hear your voice,
we hide when our faith is challenged
and we wander from your path.
Forgive us, we pray;
restore our love,
Give us a faith that can endure.
We will keep our eyes fixed on you O Lord,
and with you at our right hand
we shall not be shaken.
Adapted - John Birch
Let's take a moment to be still and reflect ...
Here we are and Holy Week presses in on our daily routines and beckons us all to reflect on the meaning of the Easter story for our own lives.
When we get right down to it, Jesus was counter-cultural and shared a message of radical love and radical forgiveness! The challenge for each one of us then is to try hard to do the same in the daily circumstances of our own lives.
Amidst the joys, sorrows, difficulties, stresses and strains of family life, how are we modelling radical love and forgiveness? How are walking in the footsteps of Christ in our families, here at school and in our community?
Are we slowing down enough to pray for help, to thank God for all the good things in our lives and to reflect on those areas of our lives that might need to be challenged, refreshed, changed?
Are we working on being the very best role models we can be for our kids?
It was not only death that was conquered at the Resurrection. The good news of Easter is that Christ’s life, death and resurrection hold the power to save us from all those things that confront and challenge us in our modern, fast paced world - busyness, addictions, heartache, dysfunctional relationships, hard-heartedness, selfishness, consumerism, mean-spiritedness, bullying, social media negativity, gossip and so much more.
Into our moments of doubt and fear, Jesus brings life. He comes and shows us his wounds, touches our hearts and gives us the strength to carry on; he gives us the light of forgiveness and the hope of everlasting life. The life that Jesus offers us turns the values of the secular world upside down!
The challenge this and every Easter is to keep our hearts open to allowing the love of Christ to empower and release us from all fear.
May we place our trust in the Jesus who knows us through and through - all our worries, our pain and our challenges, and who is waiting to heal us with his overflowing love and mercy.
This Easter may the words of Jesus continue to inspire and propel our daily lives. “Love one another as I have loved you,” (John 15:12). In this way we can be peace-makers, healers, joy-makers for one another. We can be light and love to all who cross our path. Tania T
Thank you Year Fives !
From the Principal
Here we at the end of a short but action-packed term and as a Catholic school community it is hoped that we will all use the time ahead to allow the Easter message to seep deep into our hearts and homes.
Easter and our Faith
As we reflect on Jesus washing the feet of the disciples, may we keep on challenging ourselves to serve one another with love, patience, generosity and kindness. As we reflect on the jealousy, betrayal, abuse of power and narrow mindedness of those that stood by and watched Jesus on the cross, may we strive for justice in whatever ways we can. And as we contemplate the empty tomb and the promise of new life in Christ, may we continue our daily efforts to be 'life-giving' to one another.
Let us try to find simple ways to help our children connect to the real message of Easter. Perhaps when you share your hot cross buns you can remind them of the sad day when Jesus died and how much Jesus loved us through his words and example. Then when you celebrate and eat your Easter eggs together, you can draw their attention to the symbol of an egg as new life and remind them of Jesus' new life, which we too all share in! Jesus is alive and his Holy Spirit is still living and moving among us. Children can relate to us being the hands and feet of Jesus here on earth - sharing the Good News by the choices we make and the service we offer others.
Sr Joan Chittester offers some great insighta when she says: "To say we believe in Jesus Christ . . . who rose from the dead, is to say that we believe the Resurrection goes on and on and on forever. Every time Jesus rises in our own hearts in new ways, the Resurrection happens again.
Every time we see Jesus where we did not recognise him before - in the faces of the poor, in the love of the unloved, in the revelatory moments of life, Jesus rises anew. The real proof of the Resurrection then, lies not in the transformation of Jesus alone, but in the transformation awaiting us, who accept it.
To say, “I believe in Jesus Christ . . . who rose from the dead,” is to say something about ourselves. It says that we are ready to be transformed and once the Christ-life rises in us, we also rise to new life. At Easter we sing, “Christ is risen, we are risen,” but Easter has a great deal more to do with life, than with death. If we know that Jesus has been transformed, then I am transformed, and as a result, everything around me. The Resurrection really happens when we find ourselves with new hearts, more penetrating insights, fewer compulsions, less need for the transient and greater awareness of the spiritual pulse of life. Resurrection is about experiencing change at the root of our soul and it marks a whole new way of living and being."
Easter Mass times are published below and a quiet family prayer when kids go to bed is another great way to reinforce how lucky we are to know Jesus in our life.
Virtual Classroom and Work samples
You will have received a letter on Wednesday from your classroom teacher detailing how you can access the virtual classroom tour and work samples either on SeeSaw or Google Slides. Please make the time to take a look and to give your child and their teacher the thanks they deserve for all their hard work. These opportunities should never be taken for granted as teachers here at St Emilie's often go above and beyond to provide you with a window into your child's learning journey.
Thank you Everyone
Many thanks to all families for your ongoing support throughout the term. Whether you have helped out the P&F, assisted with your child's homework, sent an encouraging email or thank you note to a staff member, resisted gossip, supported a family doing it tough, prayed for a parent who is ill or comforted a friend who has lost a loved one - all your kindnesses are greatly appreciated.
Thank you too for your trust in us as a school. We have a very big job to do and it takes ongoing effort, hard work, time, expertise, care and an ability to see every child as a 'work in progress'. The degree to which you positively partner with us really makes a difference.
Thank you for the wonderful privilege it is to work with your children. They make us laugh, they share their highs and lows, they work so hard to improve, they learn from mistakes made, they inspire and motivate us to keep on working hard! Each and every child in our school is special and unique and between us all, we have such a great opportunity to help them to reach their fullest potential and to dream big!
On behalf of all the staff you are wished a relaxing Easter break and a safe and happy holiday. We are all looking forward to a good rest and then another great term of learning and friendship!
St Emilie's Easter Mass Times
2nd Rite of Reconciliation
7.00pm – Tuesday, March 23
Tuesday, March 30
There will be no 6.00pm Mass at St Emilie’s
7.00pm – Thursday, April 1
Evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper followed by Adoration at the Altar of Repose.
Adoration at the Altar of Repose till midnight
Friday, April 2
10.00am – Stations of the Cross (Inside the Church)
3.00pm – Liturgy of the Passion of Our Lord
There will be one collection for the Holy Places
Easter Vigil Saturday – The Lord’s Resurrection
Saturday, April 3
8.00pm – Celebration of the Lord’s Resurrection.
We start outside, following “The Light of Christ” into the darkened Church.
Sunday, April 4
7.30am & 9.30am – Easter Masses
NOTE: There will be NO 5.00pm Mass on Easter Sunday
Easter Message from Archbishop Costelloe
New Kindy Playground - being built on the school holidays - YIPPEE!
Kindy Enrolments for 2022 - do you have a child starting Kindy next year?
Please spread the word that Kindy enrolments are open and interviews are being held early next term.
Kindy interviews for children born between 1/7/2017 and 30/6/2018 - ie turning 4 before the 30th June 2022 are being held early in Term 2 2021.
Please ensure that you have completed an enrolment form asap as we are currently organising interview dates and times.
You will receive an email from the Office with a link to School Interviews to book a date and time. These bookings will open on Friday of next week.
The Leadership Team will be sharing running these interviews over a period of approximately two weeks early in Term 2 and will involve both new families and exisiting families.
Kindy enrolments are an exciting time for our school - we love to meet new families and touch base with our existing families!
What's Coming Up?
Week 1 Term 2
Monday 19th April Students commence Term 2
Tuesday 20th April SWD Consultant visit
Wednesday 21st April P&F Meeting 8.45am in staffroom
3.20pm Staff Meeting
Thursday 22nd April Kindy 2022 interviews commence
Friday 23rd April 9am Anzac Prayer Service
Kindy 2022 interviews
Years 3 and 6 Dental Checks
Week 2 Term 2
Monday 26th April Anzac Day Public Holiday
Tuesday 27th April Leadership Team to CEWA
Homework Club 3-4pm
Wednesday 28th April 9.00am Learning Hub - Speech and OT Meeting for Kindy Parents
Kindy 2022 interviews
3.20pm Staff Meeting
Thursday 29th April Kindy 2022 interviews
Friday 30th April Kindy 2022 interviews
11am PP Dental Check
Eagles Cup - St Emilie's V Xavier - played here a St Em's
Year 1 and 2 Cleanaway Recycling incursion
3.30pm - 6.00pm School Busy Bee
Important Task for Every St Emilie's Family - AN OVER DUE COMMITMENT
Social Worker PARENT REFERRAL and CONSENT FORM
School social workers focus on the student in the school environment and work collaboratively with principals and teachers to minimise the impacts of personal, family and school difficulties and, where possible, remove any barriers to learning.
With students as their focus, school social workers provide consultancy, advice and support to principals, teachers and other school staff and to families so that they can best meet the needs of individual and groups of children and young people. There is a strong emphasis on individual student and family counselling and support. This is an amazing opportunity for kids, staff and families and one we have wanted in our school for some time.
Please find below the Parent Referral and Consent Form to access our School Social Worker.
You are asked to read the procedure carefully and also note that Kylie only works two days a week. While she will do her very best to accomodate all family referrals, patience may be required as she prioritises her case load and allows time for observation visits, classroom support and playground involvement.
2021 Sacramental Dates
Kindy Parent Workshop - post Speech and OT Screens
Wednesday 28th April
9.00am -10.00am in the Learning Hub.
This session will be run by the respective therapists and will inform parents of what the Speech and OT Screens involved and how to interpret the results. They will also emphasise the importance of early intervention and how you can be helping at home.
Please confirm your attendance via email to your child's teacher:
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Year 6 Yearbook 2021
St Emilie's introduced a Year Six yearbook for the graduating class in 2020. We are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to create one for this year's graduating class.
The school and MSP (formal school photographer) have archived photos of students which will be supplied, in addition - we are asking for families to send in photos of students (aim is for a minimum of 2 photos per student per year from Kindy/2014 to and inclusive of year Six/2021).
Photo requirements -
Content: St Emilie's students only (school related photo - school event/carnival/disco/classroom photos). If your child commenced schooling at St Emilie’s after 2014; individual school and family photos permitted.
Size: minimum of 300DPI resolution. No screenshots/photos of photos.
Name: please rename photo before sending it in - Child's full name, year of photo.
Where to send: firstname.lastname@example.org (please put family name in subject line).
When to send: Kindy to Year Two photos (2014-2017) to be sent by mid-term Two, Year Three to Year Six photos (2018-2021) by mid-term Three.
We do have a limited amount of photobook pages, we will aim at having equal representation of all students, not all photos submitted will be used. Workshops inviting parents to volunteer time to help sort photos will be advertised next term.
Kirsten Devereux and Belinda Backus
(Year Six class representatives)
Parenting Program Opportunities from the Community Health Nurse
School Holiday Fun at Spare Parts Puppet Theatre in Freo!
Check out the Spare Parts Puppet Theatre website to read more about their next performance in the school holidays - adapted from the book - Miss Lilly's Fabulous Feather Boa!
OSH CLUB 2021
Below is a link to the OSH Handbook:
Image Embroidery now services our school community's uniform requirements.
For all uniform queries, please contact a member of the Image Embroidery team (contact details below).
Their store is just 5 minutes from St Emilie's for 'try ons' or you can order uniforms via their online form.
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
Assistant Priest: Fr. Victor Manuel Lujano
Office Assistant: Roselle D’Souza
Scholastic Book Club
A few corny Easter jokes you can share with your kids! :)
Q. Why was the Easter Bunny so upset?
A. He was having a bad hare day!
Q. Why shouldn’t you tell an Easter egg a good joke?
A. It might crack up!
Q. What did one coloured egg say to the other?
A. Heard any good yolks lately?
Q. How many chocolate bunnies can you put into an empty Easter basket?
A. Only one because after that, it’s not empty!
Q. What kind of beans never grow in a garden?
A. Jelly beans!
Q. How did the soggy Easter Bunny dry himself?
A. With a hare dryer!
Q. How does the Easter bunny stay in shape?
A. Lots of eggs-ercise!
Q. What do you call a dumb bunny?
A. A hare brain.
Q. What’s the best way to catch a unique rabbit?
A. Unique up on him.
Q. How do you catch a tame rabbit?
A. Tame way, unique up on it.
Q. What happened when the Easter Bunny met the rabbit of his dreams?
A. They lived hoppily ever after!
Q. Why can’t a rabbit’s nose be twelve inches long?
A. Because then it would be a foot.
Q. How can you tell which rabbits are the oldest in a group?
A. Just look for the gray hares.
Q. What do you call a line of rabbits walking backwards?
A. A receding hareline.
Q. How do you know carrots are good for your eyes?
A. Have you ever seen a rabbit with glasses?
Q. What do you call a rabbit who tells jokes?
A. A funny bunny.
Q. What is a rabbit’s favorite dance?
A. The Bunny Hop.
Q. What kind of jewelery do rabbits wear?
A. 14 carrot gold.
Q. What do you call a rabbit with fleas?
A. Bugs Bunny.
Q. Why did the Easter egg hide?
A. He was a little chicken.
Q. How do rabbits say good-bye to carrots?
A. It’s been nice gnawing you!
Q: How does a rabbit make gold soup?
A: He begins with 24 carrots.
Q: What do you get when you cross a bunny with a spider?
A: A harenet.