St Francis of Assisi News
Term 3 - Issue 12 11th August 2022
PUPIL FREE DAY FRIDAY 19th AUGUST
PUPIL FREE DAY MONDAY 22nd AUGUST
Dear Parents & Caregivers,
A reminder that we have two upcoming PUPIL FREE DAYS on Friday 19th August and Monday 22nd August. For both days, there will be no staff on site as Friday is our yearly Catholic Day and Monday will be a chance for staff to deepen their faith connection.
Catholic Day is a day provided to every Catholic School in CEWA in recognition of the Sacramental commitments outside of school hours. On Monday, the staff will be participating in a faith retreat focused on Christian Meditation. This will provide us the opportunity to prayerfully reflect on our own personal faith journeys and bring that experience to our classrooms. Camp Australia is available to families who require care for their children. Please visit the Camp Australia website for further information.
Welcome to the following children who are starting in our school in the next fortnight:
Sebastian Galang (4B)
Tendai Munondo (4W)
Lisa Zaitseva (KB)
We hope you feel very welcome and enjoy joining the SFOA community!
CATHOLIC PERFORMING ARTS FESTIVAL
Congratulations to Taicia Ashley and Sophia Guelfi who received a Certificate of Merit for their Piano Solo at their recent performance at Spirit of the Arts. Our Christian Dance team was lead beautifully by Mrs Mieschbuehler and received and wonderful report for their performance. Good luck to the Choir and the other individual performers over the coming weeks.
Next week, we will be celebrating Science week. Mrs Coker has coordinated a number of activities during Science lessons and some lucky children will also visit Irene McCormack Catholic College for their Birds of Prey exhibition.
BOOK WEEK PARADE - WED 24th AUG
It's everyone's favourite time of the year again, Book Week and the Book Week Parade!!!! This will take place on Wed 24th August at 8:45am in the hall. The 2022 theme for Book Week is 'Dreaming with Eyes Open'. The parade is always a great opportunity to get dressed up and parade across the stage. We are encouraging children to bring the book that they are dressed from and providing prizes for best homemade costume in each class. We will be streaming the event for those parents unable to attend via this link:
Thanks to Mrs Howell, two BOOK WEEK Author incursions have also been organised for our children. The author James Foley will be here for the Year 3-6 children on the 16th August, while Performance Education will entertain our PP-2 on the 20th August.
BOOK FAIR IS BACK!
In Week 7, for the first time in many years, the BOOK FAIR will be back!!!!! This is a Scholastic supported event where children can purchase books before and after school with their parents in the library. Stay tuned for more details.
An early reminder to parents of our SFOA Athletics Carnival, which will take place on Friday 16th September. Should the weather be unsuitable, the backup day has been scheduled for Wed 21st September. This year, we will be holding the Jumps, Throws and 400m for our Year 3-6 children on Wed 14th September. Parents are encouraged to attend both the Wed (Year 3-6 Jumps, Throws, 400m) and the Friday (Athletics Carnival whole school). More information will be provided by Ms Hamilton closer to the date.
TERM 3 IMPORTANT DATES
Attached below is a list of Term 3 important events. Please familiarise yourself with the relevant dates. This term includes Book Week, a Book Fair, Confirmation (Year 6), Father's Day, our SFOA athletics carnival and a P&F disco, to name just a few important events. So please stay informed through the newsletter, attached events list and also your class news from the classroom teacher.
We wish all our Year 6 Confirmation Candidates well as they receive the Sacrament next Thursday, 18th August at St Andrew's Parish. As the last Sacrament of Initiation, they will become full members of the Catholic Church. Thank you to Mrs Freeman, Mr Clarke and Mr Gorman in supporting parents in preparing their children for this significant event.
A big fortnight for our Australian athletes at the Comm Games with a tally of 67 Gold Medals. The focus switches back to the pointy end of the AFL season. For the Dockers supporters, good luck on that top 4 spot, whilst us Eagles fans will start preparing for 2023!
Have a great fortnight.
Confirmation for our Year 6 candidates is fast approaching! Please keep these children in your prayers as they make their final preparations to receive the Holy Spirit in Confirmation at St Andrew's Church next week, Thursday 18th August at 6pm.
ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY MASS - 1:45pm Monday 15 August
Parents & other family members are invited and encouraged to join us for this special liturgical celebration. If any parents or family members (eg. grandparent) would like to be involved in this mass (readings, special minister) please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 9562 9500.
KOLBE FEAST DAY
Friday 5 August for all KOLBE students in PP - Year 6. The day started with a whole school liturgy followed by lots of team building activities lead by our amazing Kolbe captains and Year 6s. We finished with a sausage sizzle and an icy pole. A great day was had by all. Special thanks to Mrs Howell, Mrs Selyer, Mr Clarke and Mr Baker.
While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.
St Francis of Assisi
Assistant Principal RE
Congratulations to the following students who were selected as our first Friends of Francis Winners in Term 3:
Bonnie Da Silva Pola (PPB) Harper Grant (PPB)
Penelope Quiceno (1W) Jameel Atcha Koli (1B)
Hugo Miranda-Becker (2B) Eloise McAlister (2B)
Zac Martin (3W) Jaxon Canzirri (3B)
Ava Riley (4B) Ridley Burrell (4W)
Georgia Unthank (5W) Jaymee Pollock (5B )
Jasmin Edwards (6W) Athiey Atuer (6B)
They received a Friends of Francis Certificate and a Lunch with Leadership Invitation which will be held Friday 9th September. Our next Friends of Francis Raffle Draw will be held at our Assembly on Friday 2nd September.
We reached our first Whole School Target of 3000 tokens, so every child from Year K-6 will be rewarded with 30 minutes extra play and an ice pole this Thursday afternoon. It is wonderful to be able to recognise and reward our students for displaying our school values and ensuring all students feel welcomed, safe, happy, cared for, and included. We are now working towards our second goal of 5,500 tokens and another exciting reward!
Congratulations to Laura Maria Pires who won the $100 Beach House Voucher that was kindly donated as the prize for the Staff Appreciation Competition for Wellbeing Week last term. We would like to thank every parent who took the time to write a message of appreciation to our staff.
The SFOA Wellbeing Team
Congratulations to Dayna Neill for her solo guitar performance on Monday for the Spirit of the Arts Festival! Dayna performed a piece called 'Booster Seat' and received a great report. Well done also to Lucy Zaehner who participated in this category. Both girls showing potential to wield the axe as a rockstar in the future! May be a Slash or Joe Satriani in our midst (apologies for my dated guitar references).
SFOA ATHLETICS CARNIVAL
This year our athletics carnival will be conducted over 2 days. Instead of throws and jumps being conducted during sports lessons children in years 3-6 will now be competing in shot put, turbo javelin, long jump and the 400m on Wednesday 14th September. Sprints and team games for PP-year 6 will be run as usual on Friday 16th September. Parents are welcome to attend and support the children over both days if they wish. Further information will be sent home closer to the time.
What a turnout for our first couple of sessions of Running Club this term. Thanks to the energy and enthusiasm of Rose Canzirri, Mel Boschman and Helena Johnson, almost 50 children have been turning up to have some fun and get fit on Thursday mornings! A reminder that running club takes place every Thursday morning at 7:45am. Children who participate are free to wear their sports uniform for the day. Younger children require a parent to stay with them!
YEAR 6 SPRING CARNIVAL
On Friday 26th August, our Year 6's will be participating once again the Spring Carnival. Good luck to our children in competing against other local Catholic Schools.
Congratulations to the Ladner family (Ella in Year 2) on the recent arrival of a baby girl named ‘Matilda’. We hope the family is sleeping well!
SCHOOL FEE INFORMATION
Just a general reminder to those families who haven't contributed anything towards school fees from the beginning of this year to please attend to this ASAP. Reminder statements will be sent out in the next two weeks. If you are experiencing financial difficulty, please contact me ASAP on 9562 9500 or email email@example.com
All families on Health Care Card (HCC) need to provide the school with an updated card. If your card expires any time during this year and we do not receive your updated card, your school fees will be calculated pro-rata.
SFOA BREAKFAST CLUB (Supported by Baker's 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!
Monday 15 August - Science Week / Assumption of Mary Mass 1:45pm
Tuesday 16 August - Book Week Author James Foley (3-6)
Wednesday 17 August - IMCC Science Incursion / Evacuation Drill
Thursday 18 August - Sacrament of Confirmation (6pm)
Friday 19 August - PUPIL FREE DAY
Monday 22 August - PUPIL FREE DAY
Wednesday 24 August - Book Week Parade (8:45am)
Thursday 25 August - Choir Performing Arts
Friday 26 August - Year 6 Spring Carnival
Monday 29 August - Book Week Incursion PP-2 (Performance Education)
Wednesday 31 August - Book Fair / Kindy Father's Day Bootcamp
Thursday 1 September - Book Fair
Friday 2 September - Father's Day Breakfast (7:45am)/ Year 3 Assembly
Please see the attached information for the Irene McCormack Sports Academy Trials taking place on the 24th August. For more information, please contact the college.