St Francis of Assisi News
Term 2 - Issue 6 13th May 2021
Dear Parents & Caregivers,
The term is flying along as we near the end of Week 4! I trust all our Mothers had a wonderful day on Sunday and enjoyed the wonderful gifts children may have made in class or bought at our P&F Mother's Day Stall. Thank you to all those who attended our Mother's Day Breakfast last Friday, we had a great turnout and it was fantastic to see so many of our community coming together. Hopefully, it was the start of no cooking or cleaning duties for the weekend and minimal sibling disagreements!
A reminder to parents that a note was sent home this week regarding school photos. Children are to wear their full winter uniform, including shirt, tie and jumper. Please refer to the note sent home (which I have also attached below).
NAPLAN - Year 3 & 5
This week our very brave Year 3's have been undertaking the NAPLAN Assessments in Writing, Language Conventions, Grammar and Numeracy. They have handled their first experience of NAPLAN exceptionally well and navigated the formal testing period with maturity beyond their years. Year 5 will undertake their NAPLAN assessments in Week 5. These tests are a snapshot of your child's progress and forms part of many assessments and judgements used to determine progress and achievement. More importantly, they provide an opportunity for our school to reflect on our teaching and learning as educators and identify areas for improvement.
A gentle reminder to parents that if your child is unwell, please do not send them to school. I realise this can be very difficult with work, siblings and other commitments but as a school community, we need to be respectful of all children and families by not spreading the illness. If your child is away, please send written confirmation to the class teacher or mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
Staffing - 5B and Mrs O'Reilly
I am pleased to announce that Mrs Jo Richardson has been appointed as the Year 5B teacher for Semester Two, replacing Mrs Selyer during her time up in the Kimberley. After an application and interview process was conducted with the leadership team, Jo was the successful candidate appointed. Jo will be stepping down from her role as Treasurer and is looking forward to working in Year 5B alongside Mrs Bond. Our staff and children are looking forward to welcoming Jo as an official staff member next term.
Whilst we welcome Mrs Richardson onto staff, Mrs Jane O'Reilly has informed the School Advisory Council that she will be retiring from Catholic Education at the conclusion of 2021. Mrs O'Reilly has been literacy support and Reading Recovery Teacher at our school for the past 6 years and over 35 years in Catholic Education. We will celebrate her contribution at the end of the school year.
Parent Conversation Starters
If you're anything like me, as a parent it can sometimes be like drawing blood from a stone when asking how the day was for your child! Often, finding out more information can be achieved with some more nuanced questioning as a parent. If your child gives you the standard 'good', when asked how their day was, try using some of the parent question starters I have attached. We will promote further resources in the newsletter in the future to encourage positive parent/child relationships and promote the well being of our children.
Friends of Francis
To further encourage our positive culture we are building here at St Francis, the Friends of Francis system has been up and running for the last two weeks. Information on how we recognise and reward children displaying our values was sent out through SeeSaw and next Friday 21st May, will see us draw our first Friends of Francis winners from across the school. The winners will be posted on Facebook and invited to a Lunch with Leadership towards the end of the term. The response from the children so far has been fantastic! Thank you to our Well Being team, led by Mrs Liz Ward for developing and implementing this great initiative. For more information, visit https://www.stfrancisbutler.wa.edu.au/friends-of-francis
Finally, my last newsletter was written with much trepidation as we entered the Derby. I'm pleased order has been restored and West Coast once again hold the mantle for another year as the team to beat in the West. With the NBA play-in games approaching, it is an exciting time of year for sport fans!
Have a great fortnight ahead.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
Please keep the children completing NAPLAN tests and the children preparing to receive the Sacrament of First Holy Communion in your prayers.
McCormack Feast Day
Last week the students in McCormack had their feast day celebration. We came together as a school in the morning for a liturgy about Sr Irene McCormack, a Josephite, who was born here in WA in the tiny country town of Trayning. Sr Irene was known for her amazing work supporting and caring for the people of Huasahuasi in Peru. After the liturgy the children were involved in team building activities, before the Yrs 4-6 visited Wheelchairs4Kids. We returned to share a pizza lunch with all McCormack children.
First Holy Communion
An information pack went home last week. It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces at St Andrew's Church on the weekend for the commitment masses. For those families who were unable to make it last weekend, Father Darek has offered this weekend as well.
Commitment Mass (attend ONE with your child) 15th May 6pm, 16th May: 7:30am, 9am & 5:30pm @ St Andrew's Church
First Communion Workshop (parent and child) Wednesday 26th May 6pm
Sacrament of First Eucharist (First Holy Communion) Sunday 13 June 11am.
Term 2 Masses & Liturgical Celebrations
Year 4 Mass - Friday 14 May 8:45am
Yr 3 Mass - Friday 4 June 8:45am
Benedict Feast Day Liturgy - Thursday 24 June 8:45am
Yr 1 Paraliturgy - Friday 25 June 8:45am
“A man who works with his hands is a labourer. A man who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. A man who works with his hands, his head, and his heart is an artist.”
― Saint Francis of Assisi
May God continue to bless us, each and every day,
Miss Dee Campbell
Year 6 Winter Carnival
On Tuesday 1st June the Year 6 students will attend and participate in the winter carnival. They will represent our school in AFL, soccer and netball and compete against 7 other schools at Kingsway Sporting Complex. A letter with further information will be sent home next week.
Year 3-6 Faction Cross Country
Our students have been building up their fitness levels and practicing the cross country course every week in participation for the faction cross country carnival. The distances run are Year 3, 1.5km; Year 4, 2km and Year 5 & 6, 2.5km. Every child will earn points for their faction and the top 6 will represent the school at the interschool cross country. The carnival will take place on Wednesday 9th June, further information will be sent home closer to the date.
Before and After School Activities
Please see below the list of before and after school activities on offer for Term 2. For all registrations (apart from Badminton) you need to contact the Association.
During the last summer we have experienced large bushfires in W.A. as well as over east. This book ‘Through the smoke’ is a picture fiction book which helps to understand what it is like to be caught in that situation and how the firemen control the fire.
“The fire awoke like a dragon. Its flames licked the sky, and smoke veiled the sun.”
Borrow the book and see for yourself.
This fortnight's student spotlight is on Jesse Smith in KB. Young Jesse was enjoying himself on the monkey bars in the Kindy playground when he fell and fractured his arm on Friday. Despite this, Jesse didn't flinch, kept smiling and hasn't stopped throughout the whole ordeal. Jesse could teach many of us a thing or two about resilience - including Mr Baker! Thanks Jesse (and Elyse) for your very positive outlook on life and not letting something as big as a broken arm get you down!
SFOA BREAKFAST CLUB (Supported by Bakers Delight Ocean Keys, Clarkson)
When: Every Tuesday/Thursday
Time: 8:00am - 8:20am
Come in and grab some toast with vegemite or jam and start your day right!
Happy Birthday to the following students who have recently celebrated or who are celebrating a birthday over the next two weeks:
Kaden Keen, Bridgette Cooke, Misa Nguyen, Paige Lynton, Carl Costandy, Brady Edwards, Sanchez Raj, Lucas Pereira, Balen Rudduck, Harrison Clark, Conor Durer-Jones, Koby Whitehead, Jack O'Hare, Serena Williams, Layla Thomas, Cleveland MacDonald.
We wish you all a wonderful day!!
Friday 14 May - Year 4 Class Mass (8:45am)/Kindy West Oz Wildlife Incursion/P&F Pizza Lunch
Sunday 16 May - Month of Mary Mass at St Andrew's Church 9:00am (SFOA children/parents to attend)
Monday 17 May to Friday 21 May - Year 5 NAPLAN
Tuesday 18 May & Wednesday 19 May - School Photo Days
Friday 21 May - Assembly Merit (8:45am)
Wednesday 26 May - First Communion Parent Workshop (6:00pm)
Friday 28 May - Merit Assembly (8:45am)
Tuesday 1 June - Year 6 Winter Carnival
Friday 4 June - Year 4 Class Mass (8:45am)/Year 6 excursion
Monday 7 June - WA Day Public Holiday (no school for students)
SCHOOL FEE INFORMATION
School fee reminder statements have been sent out today. Families on Direct Debits and Bpay payment plans will also receive their statements. This is for your information only. Families who have not made any payment yet, please attend to these ASAP. You will also be contacted next week to meet with the Principal to arrange a payment plan. If you are experiencing financial difficulty, either contact me on 9562 9500 or email
If your Health Care Card has expired please provide the updated one to the front office to continue to receive the discount. Please note discounts will not continue to be given to expired HCCs.
CAMP AUSTRALIA NEWS
Please note: The Uniform Shop will be open on Monday and Thursday afternoons for the next 2 weeks only (commencing Mon 10th May). The times are Monday 2pm-3:30pm and Thursday 2:30pm - 3:30pm.
Monday: 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Where: NEW LOCATION - Operating out of the demountable at the rear of the school!
Ph: (08) 9204 1701
Address: 1/85 Guthrie St, Osborne Park 6017
For Parents, the link to the online ordering system is as follows:
From here, parents can see the uniforms list (including pricing) and place their orders online.
Also, as an alternative, parents can also go to the JFE website:
From here, they can see all the contact details for JFE.
They can also place orders from this website. They can click on the “Order Now” button or the “Orders” heading and use the School Code: 2147
Online Order Delivery Timing
JFE will deliver all online orders to the school - they will be available for collection/delivery every Monday
The cut-off time for online orders to make the above delivery date is 12midday the Friday to allow for delivery/collection on the Monday.