St Francis of Assisi News
Term 2- Issue 25 4th May 2023
NOONGAR SEASON OF DJERAN (APR-MAY)
Dear Parents & Caregivers,
Thank you to all our parents and children in their return to Term 2. It has been great getting around to see all the children and hear about their adventures over the school holidays. To the credit of all families, the return has been smooth and the majority of children have transitioned back to classroom routines very smoothly. A thank you to parents also for the uniform transition into Winter requirements. The children look very smart!
WELCOME TO NEW FAMILIES
Welcome to the new families who have joined our school community including:
Orlando Von Kruger (4B) and Marie Claire Von Kruger (6B)
Aria Blake-Hains (5B)
Anna Peters (5W)
Abel Stelio (5B) and Tarek Stelio (KB) (Welcome back Abel and welcome Tarek!)
We hope all the children and families have felt welcomed and transitioned smoothly to their new school!
TERM 2 UNIFORMS
Speaking of Winter uniform, the two-week changeover period concludes tomorrow. All children will be expected to be in Winter Uniform as of Monday. The uniform shop is open each Monday from 2:30 - 3:30 to support any families wishing to purchase items. You can also order directly through JFE. Please see the details below. As mentioned, if there are any issues with uniform requirements, please advise the classroom teacher.
KINDY 2024 ENROLMENTS
If you have a child born between 1 July 2019 - June 30 2020, they are eligible for our Kindy Program in 2024. Places are filling very quickly and we have limited spaces left. If you have a sibling or family you know of wishing to enrol and have yet to inform the office, please contact Deb at the office to complete an application form or visit our website. Interviews will take place for all siblings and new children throughout the remainder of Term 2.
ANZAC DAY LITURGY
Our Year 4 children coordinated a very respectful and reverent Anzac Day liturgy last Wednesday afternoon. The Honourable Tracey Roberts, Federal Member for Pearce also addressed our children and shared some of the history of families who have fought for our country in the Wanneroo electorate. She also took the opportunity to present a new Australian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flag to our school community. These are proudly flying on our flagpoles outside the library.
MOTHER'S DAY BREAKFAST - FRIDAY 12th MAY
With Mothers' Day approaching on Sunday the 14th May, we are inviting all our Mothers, Step-Mothers and Mother figures (whether that be Dad's or grandparents) to celebrate with a Mothers' Day Morning Tea. To help with catering, we are asking that you please RSVP via the link below. A note was also sent home asking parents to RSVP with details of the event. The Year 1 children will be presenting a Mothers' Day Themed assembly following classroom visits!
Thanks to our P&F, the Mothers' Day Stall will also take place next Wednesday 10th May in the hall. Information has been sent via Facebook Class Pages as well as a note home regarding the purchasing of gifts.
IMCC BURSARY APPLICATIONS - CLOSE FRI 12th MAY
A reminder to parents of all Year 6 children that Irene McCormack Catholic College offers a St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School bursary for Year 7 2024. The successful recipient of the bursary receives financial support towards IMCC school fees. The purpose of the bursary is to provide financial support to a family who would otherwise not be able to access a secondary education at IMCC due to school fees. If you believe you would benefit from this opportunity, please see the application form below from IMCC. An interview and selection process will be undertaken for all applicants.
NATIONAL WALK SAFELY TO SCHOOL DAY - FRI 19th MAY
Thanks to the resounding response to our National Ride to School Day, we have secured a 4-week Bike Education Program for our Year 6 children later this term. On the back of this success, Mrs Kavanagh our resident Sustainability and Grants Coordinator, is launching the National Walk Safely to School day on Friday 19th May. This is another community initiative that aims to raise awareness of the health, road safety, transport and environmental benefits that regular walking (especially to and from school) can provide for the long term well-being of our children. For more information, please see the flyer below and get those fresh walking shoes on!
For those parents who make use of child restraints and car seats for younger siblings, there is also some information attached regarding the National Road Safety Awareness week. Kidsafe WA will be presenting parent workshops at both Clarkson and Yanchep library. Please see the attached below for more information.
TERM 2 EVENTS
A list of all events for Term 2 is attached below for your reference. There are a number of sporting, religious and school events throughout Term 2, including school photos so please be sure to diarise any relevant dates. As always, the most accurate and up-to-date calendar can be found via the 'Live Calendar' link below and on our school website.
Have a wonderful fortnight ahead!
MAY - Month of Mary
May is traditionally dedicated in a special way to honouring and seeking the intercession of Mary as the Mother of God and Mother of the Church.
The tradition of dedicating the month of May to Mary, came about in the 13th century. The reason is the fact that this month is the time when spring is at the height of its beauty. Spring is also connected with nature renewing itself. In her way, Mary gave new life to the world when she gave birth to our saviour Jesus Christ.
Devotion to Mary is one important part of the Catholic identity.
As our mother she is an example of a committed “Yes” to the will of God. Because of the devotion to her many people ask her for help in the most difficult moments of their life as any child does with his mother.
Our Mayflower Mass on Sunday 28th May, celebrates and venerates Mary as Mother of Jesus, and Mother of the Church.
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION (FIRST EUCHARIST) See dates picture attached.
Preparations are under way for students mostly in Year 4 to receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion. Please be aware of the commitments you are required to attend in support of your child. Commitment Masses for First Holy Communion:
Sat 20 May 6pm;
Sunday 21 May 7:30am, 9am or 5pm.
Please attend ONE Mass with your child & bring their completed Commitment Card.
Year 5 Class Mass - Friday 5th May 8:45am in the Hall (all welcome)
McCormack Feast Day - Friday 19th May
First Communion Commitment Masses - Sat 20th / Sun 21st May
First Communion Workshop - Tuesday 23rd May 6pm in the Hall (parents & children)
Mayflower Mass - Sunday 28th May 9am at St Andrew's Church, Clarkson
Year 1 Class Liturgy - Friday 1st June 8:45am in the Hall (all welcome)
Sacrament of First Communion - Sunday 18th June 11am at St Andrew's Church, Clarkson
“Start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible, and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”
St Francis of Assisi
Assistant Principal RE
It was great to hear about all the travels and adventures our children experienced over the holidays. I was particularly impressed by Jedd Hitchcock from 1B, who shared his love of wakeboarding whilst at a lake over the break. Jedd has a penchant for watersports and as you can see from the photo - is quite the wakeboarder! Keep throwing those sick turns, Jedd!
If your child has an interest or hobby you would like to share with the community, please feel free to email me details or a pic. It is a great opportunity to celebrate the talents of our children outside of a school classroom!
SCHOOL FEE INFORMATION
School fee reminder statements are being sent out to families today (including families on Direct Debit). Please check your child's school bag for the statement. We request families who have not made any payments this year to please commence payment ASAP. If you are experiencing financial difficulties, please contact me on 089562 9528 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Cross Country training year 3-6
In term 2 we have our school Cross Country Carnival and also the Interschool Cross Country Carnival. If your child is in Years 3-6 they are welcome to attend training on Tuesday morning from 7:45am, this is an extra opportunity to increase fitness levels and run the track.
After School Rugby Session Year 4-6
If your child is in Years 4-6 and interested in Rugby come along after school, Tuesday May 16th from 3pm to join in a free rugby clinic run by Rugby WA.
Before & After School Activities
Our Before & After school activities have commenced. Please see the information below to find out what activities are on offer. Badminton will commence next week (Week 3).
It’s Term 2 and the P & F are not slowing down after a very successful term 1 for our fundraising and friend-raising activities. The P & F have decided to contribute $500 to each year’s classroom for teachers to purchase items that can benefit our children straight away. We will keep you posted on what has been bought. We are still raising money for our friend-raising events planned for later in the year. We are looking at introducing a couple of new events this year, so please keep your eyes peeled for updates from us.
Most of you would have seen on the Facebook pages the events we have held and the monies we have raised so far. With the Easter Raffle, Cadbury chocolate boxes and community lunch, over $4500 was raised for our school. A tremendous effort from all involved, and your donations are super important.
Upcoming event for the next couple of weeks:
- Mother’s Day stall – Wednesday 10th May – volunteers are needed
Next P & F meeting:
Our next meeting is Tuesday 9th May at 8:30am across from the year 6 classrooms and all are welcome to attend.
Happy Birthday to the following students who are celebrating their birthday over the next two weeks:
Gursamar Singh, Elsie Andrew, Bodhi Flick, Camdyn De Swardt, Khaleesi-Leigh Ellis, Indianna Robertson, Paige Lynton, Emma Ryan, Caroline Odongo, Laurienne Musenge, Eleanor Hansen, Eadiee Mariner, Lillian Atwon.
We wish you all a wonderful day!!
Friday 5 May - Year 5 Class Mass (8:45am)
Tuesday 9 May - P&F Meeting (8:30am)
Wednesday 10 May - Kindy Mothers' Day Boot Camp (8:40am) / Mothers' Day Stall
Thursday 11 May - Year 6 Fremantle Prison excursion
Friday 12 May - Mothers' Day Breakfast (7:45am)/ Mothers' Day Assembly Year 1 (8:45am)
Sunday 14 May - Mothers' Day
Friday 19 May - McCormack Feast Day / National Walk to School Day
Saturday 20 May & Sunday 21 May - First Communion Commitment Masses
Tuesday 23 May - SCHOOL PHOTO DAY
Wednesday 24 May - SCHOOL PHOTO DAY
The Uniform Shop is open Mondays during the school term from 2:30pm - 3:30pm. Uniform can also be ordered online: email@example.com (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