Weekly Reminders

End of Year Celebrations -- Looking Forward to 2023

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Dear Families

Thank You

As we come to the end of the school year and reflect on a year that has been rewarding in many ways, I would like to take this opportunity to thank a number of amazing people in our community:

  • Fr Jean-Noel Marie, whose presence at Sacraments, Masses and around the school makes all of us feel part of the wider community in Christ.
  • Mrs Tonkin, Mrs Harvey and Mrs Aroozoo, who are amazing leaders in our community. They are so pastoral, professional and generous in all they do.
  • Mrs Norris, Mrs Andrews, Mrs Curulli and Mrs Goodes for the day to day running of our school, they are the face of the St Emilie's to the community and do an outstanding job.
  • All staff at our school for providing the highest quality care and Catholic education for our students. The quality of our school cannot exceed the quality of our staff.
  • Thank you to the School Advisory Council and Parents & Friends who, as representatives of the wider school community, have worked hard to build a strong sense of community.
  • Special thanks to the students, whose enthusiastic attitudes towards their learning pathways at St Emilie's highlight the strengths of the school.
  • To all our St Emilie families, we offer our heartfelt thanks for the many different ways that you have helped to shape our school into one that we are all so very proud of.
  • Farewell and thank you Mrs Thuijs, Mrs Cogger and Mr Naden. Thank you most sincerely for your contribution to our school. You have genuinely cared about the progress and welfare of each student and you have each brought your own individual gifts to their learning adventure. You have given a combined 39 years of service to our community, you are a vital part of St Emilie’s history, and we wish you well in the years ahead.

I wish all our families a safe, restful and Merry Christmas. It is a fantastic time to spend with loved ones and to be grateful for the many blessings we have in our lives.

2023 Return Dates & Change to Pre-Primary Finish Time

The first day for students in 2023 is Wednesday 1st February. There is also a change to the finish time for Pre-Primary students in 2023. The Pre-Primary students will finish their school day at 3pm, the same as our Year One to Six students.


Student reports were put on SEQTA Engage yesterday. Please remember that the formal report is just one small part of a much bigger picture and that parents play a very key role in communicating respectfully and encouragingly to their child/ren.


Congratulations to Mrs Tiana Matkovich and her husband James who are are expecting their first child in May 2023, exciting times ahead for the Matkovich family. All the best to Miss Nicole Moriarty and her fiancé Anthony who get married in January, we hope the big day goes well.


Stuart Munro


Farewell Mrs Thuijs, Mrs Cogger and Mr Naden

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Thanksgiving Mass and Morning Tea

Thank you to Fr Jean-Noel, Adolf, the altar servers and Mr Dabbs and the choir for the special Thanksgiving Mass we had this morning, what a great way to finish our school year and farewell Mrs Thuijs, Mrs Cogger and Mr Naden. An extra thank you to Mrs Harvey and Mrs Tonkin for organising the Mass and Mrs Aroozoo for the prayer focus for the Mass.

We had a community morning tea after the Mass and another chance to say farewell to Mrs Thuijs, Mrs Cogger and Mr Naden. Thank you again to our amazing P&F team for all their hard work in making the morning tea a success.

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Thank you so much to all involved in the Graduation on Tuesday evening. Mrs Harvey and Mrs Tonkin for organising a beautiful Mass, Fr Jean-Noel for leading the celebration and sharing his inspirational words during the Homily, to Mr Dabbs and the Choir for their music and singing, and Mrs Fallo and Mrs Green for the Assembly as well as the Year 6 students who shared their gifts, talents and memories of their time at St Emilie's.

A huge thank you to Jain Chow, Angela Anthony, Melinda Curren, Leanne Wallis and Pamela Lawrence for their time and effort in organising and preparing the Graduation Supper for 61 families, totalling over 250 people. Thank you to the St Emilie's staff for again showing their willingness to go above and beyond in helping make events such as this a huge success.

Thank you to all the families who have spoken to us in person or sent emails saying thank you, it has been much appreciated. Below is a paragraph from a family that I would like to share:

The efforts of all staff and P&F have not gone unnoticed. We are well aware that after school hours, you are all busy and have families to go home to or other activities to attend etc, yet you all stayed back to ensure the smooth running of the event and to allow the Year 6's and their families to enjoy the evening and immerse ourselves into the graduation.

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Water Fun Day

Our Water Fun days were such a huge success again and it was great to see so many students enjoying themselves. Thank you all, especially to Mrs Cogger, Mr Davis and Mr Cogger for all their hard work in organising such special, fun days.
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Interschool Chess

Our Chess Team have been competing in an Interschool Chess competition this term. Dillon (Yr 4) finished in first place overall and Daren (Yr 6) finished in third place out of approximately 80 players. The combined results of our four players meant that St Emilie’s finished as the winning school. A great achievement for our first time in the competition!

Thank you so much to Miss Williams who gave up her time and effort to make Chess a success here at St Emilie's, and to the students who represented our school in the competition - Daren, Dillon, Jayden and Jerrin.

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On Wednesday, our talented Inquiry Groups celebrated their achievements and learning this year in a final presentation. The students collaborated, becoming “experts”. Year 4 students, studied with Mrs Aroozoo to discover sustainable resources and techniques in Western Australia, Year 5 students challenged themselves with constructing and testing solar vehicles. The Year 5 students were well prepared to support their group to set up a circuit to power a sustainable village with either a solar panel or battery for the energy source.

Year 6 students investigated the micro:bit mini computers, learning how to code them to turn lights on and off, make sounds, display messages, and send radio messages back and forth. They used these functions to complete several challenges which culminated in them creating an interactive, reaction-time game.

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Congratulations Ivy

Congratulations to Ivy from Year 6 who has been awarded a scholarship to attend St John Bosco College next year. Ivy was one of only five students to receive this honour.
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Staff List Semester One 2023

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Parish Christmas Carols

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2023 Term Dates

Term 1: Wednesday 1st February to Thursday 6th April

Public Holiday: Labour Day - Monday 6th March

Easter: Friday 7th April to Monday 10th April

Term 2: Wednesday 26th April to Friday 30th June

Public Holiday: Anzac Day - Tuesday 25th April

Public Holiday: Western Australia Day - Monday 5th June

Term 3: Monday 17th July to Friday 22nd September

Term 4: Monday 9th October to Friday 8th December

Pupil Free Days in 2023

Monday 24th April

Friday 2nd June

Monday 17th July

Friday 22nd September

Monday 20th November

Term 1 Key Events


Monday 23rd January - Office Opens

Week 1

Wednesday 1st February - Students Begin

Wednesday 1st February - Parent Information Evening

  • 5pm to 5.30pm - Session 1
  • 5.45pm to 6.15pm - Session 2

Saturday 4th February - Sacramental Enrolment Forms available for Church-complete and bring to Sacramental Commitment Mass

Week 2

Wednesday 8th February - 9am Welcome Mass

Saturday 11th February - 6pm Sacramental Commitment Mass

Sunday 12th February - 7.30am, 9.30am & 5pm Sacramental Commitment Masses

Week 3

Wednesday 15th February - 8.45am P & F Meeting

Friday 17th February - 5pm to 7.30pm Family Picnic

Saturday 18th February - 6pm Sacramental Commitment Mass

Sunday 19th February - 7.30am, 9.30am & 5pm Sacramental Commitment Masses

Week 4

Wednesday 22nd February - 9am Ash Wednesday Mass

Wednesday 22nd February - 5pm Annual Community Meeting

Friday 24th February - Year 6 Leadership Day

Week 5

Monday 27th February - Yr 4 to 6 Swimming Trials

Tuesday 28th February - School Photo Day 1

Wednesday 1st March - School Photo Day 2

Friday 3rd March - 8.45am Year 4 Assembly

Week 6

Monday 6th March - Labour Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 7th March to Friday 10th March - Yay Week

Week 7

Monday 13th March - Two Way Parent Teacher Interviews begin

Wednesday 15th March - 8.45am P & F Meeting

Wednesday 15th March - 2023 NAPLAN begins--Yr 3 & 5

Friday 17th March - Gannon House Day

Week 8

Tuesday 21st March - Harmony Day

Wednesday 22nd March to Friday 24th March - Year 6 Camp

Friday 24th March - Two Way Parent Teacher Interviews end

Week 9

Wednesday 29th March - 4pm to 6pm Open Night

Wednesday 29th March - 6pm School Advisory Council Meeting

Thursday 30th March - Interschool Swimming Carnival

Thursday 30th March - Open Day Tours

Friday 31st March - 8.45am Year 3 Assembly

Week 10

Thursday 6th April - 8.45am Holy Week Tableau - Year 5

Thursday 6th April - 3pm Term 1 concludes

Friday 7th April - Good Friday

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P & F Volunteers

The P&F received an overwhelming response from families expressing their interest to help with school events in 2022. It certainly highlights the incredible community spirit we are blessed to have here at St. Emilie’s. A very heartfelt thank you. With any event, there are limited spaces for helpers. Please know though, that we appreciate your willingness and interest to help, the gift of your time, your support and contributions.

Volunteers are a valued part of the heart of our school community. In 2023, our P&F will once again seek your expressions of interest.

P & F Fundraising

What are we fundraising for?

Next year we are busily saving for the new Year 3-6 playground equipment.

In addition, P&F funds this year will be used to offset some of the cost of:

  • Mathletics
  • Reading Eggs and Reading Eggspress
  • Literacy Pro
  • Sport Equipment
  • Digital Tech Resources
  • Library books
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Google Calendar and Weekly Reminders

St Emilie's School Website Link

All parents are to refer to the St Emilie's Google Calendar to stay informed of upcoming events.

This live calendar is located on the FRONT PAGE of our school website and has the most up to date information for families.

The Weekly Reminders Newsletter is emailed each Friday afternoon and is also posted on the School Website. Please get into the habit of reading through the Weekly Reminders as it keeps you up to date with what is going on in our school each week.

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Term 4 - Weeks 6-10 = Patience

Week 10: Stay calm under pressure

Term 1 2023 - Weeks 1-5 - Kindness

Week 1: Make Everyone Feel Welcome

Week 2: Treat Others The Way You Like To Be Treated

Week 3: ‘We’ not ‘Me”

Week 4: We all rise by lifting others

Week 5: Empathy is understanding the feelings of others

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School Social Worker

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Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays. VacSwim offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations. They are a great school holiday activity and they teach valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water. Enrol at http://education.wa.edu.au/vacswim

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Parish Bulletin for this Weekend's Masses

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Sacramental Dates for 2023

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St Emilie's Parish

Office hours: 9:00am to 3:30pm, 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


Email: stemilie.office@iinet.net.au

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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


Trading Hours

Monday - Thursday:8:30am – 5pm

Friday:8:30am – 4.30pm

Saturday – Sunday:CLOSED

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Keyed Up Music


Keyed Up Music will be teaching guitar, keyboard, voice, violin, and drum lessons after school. Lessons start from $19.80 for a small group, voice and drums start from $24.75 for 20min individual. If you are interested in your son / daughter learning an any of the above instrument or learning to sing, please call Savanna on 0479 171 424 or enrol at www.keyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment-form

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