St Luke's Catholic Primary School

Newsletter - Term 2, Issue 3 , 6 May 2021


As calendar dates can be subject to change, please always confirm events by checking our website -

30 April

  • Student Assembly

7 May

  • Mother's Day Stall @ 9.30am - 10.30am

10 - 14 May

  • Naplan Online

11 May

  • Kindy Parent Information Session 8.45am
  • SAC (School Advisory Committee) 6pm
  • P&F Meeting 7pm

14 May

  • Mother's Day Breakfast (7.30am) & Year 1 Assembly

18 May

  • Parent Child Workshops for Confirmation

19 May

  • National Simultaneous Storytime @ 11am - 12pm
  • Science of Reading Parent Workshop 6pm

21 May

  • Merit Award Assembly

Please note that the 4th of June is a PUPIL FREE DAY!

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Dearest Mother Mary, you loved your Divine Son with a perfect love. Your heart burned with an unquenchable fire of motherly charity. Your bond with Jesus was one that was perfect in every way. Help me to open my heart to that same love you share with me. Come be my mother and care for me as you cared for your Son. May I also love you with the love Jesus had for you and with the love He now lavishes upon you in Heaven. Mother Mary, the Mother of God, pray for us. Jesus, I trust in You.

The tradition of honouring Mary in a month-long May devotion, spread eventually around the Roman Catholic world in the 19th century together with a month-long devotion to Jesus in June and the Rosary in October. It’s the month we honour Blessed Mary as the Mother of Jesus and our Heavenly Mother.

Mary is a woman admired for her bravery and loved for her devotion to God. She walked a difficult path, knowing how costly her submission would be. The virgin birth of her son Jesus defied scientific logic. Mary is recognized most as the mother to God’s only Son. God chose Mary for what could be arguably the most important job in history – bringing our Saviour Jesus Christ into the world. She was the perfect unlikely choice, which made her story even more remarkable.

We know the angel Gabriel visited Mary to bring her the news of God’s plan. She would give birth, even though she wasn’t married yet (Luke 1:35 NLT). At that time, Joseph had already asked Mary to be his wife. But the two would soon embark on a life-changing journey. There is so much we can learn from Mary’s walk of obedience.

This month, our students will pray a decade of the Rosary in their classes, each Wednesday after lunch. Families are invited to pray a decade of the Rosary in their homes with their children.

“And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart.” And she did this as a caring mother. Her love for Jesus was as unique as the love of any mother. However, it should be noted that she was a mother in perfection and loved Him with a perfect love, He who was not only her Son, but was also God and was perfect in every way. What does this reveal? It reveals that the motherly love shared between Mary and Jesus was profound, inspiring, mysterious, glorious and truly sacred! The mystery of their love is worth reflecting on throughout our lives, keeping it fully alive in our hearts.

Happy Mother’s Day to all our beautiful mothers, and grandmothers this Sunday . We also remember those who have passed and are celebrating in Heaven. Our mother Mary is an example for every mother and is also an example for all of us who seek to love others with a pure and holy heart.

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Parents and caregivers are able to come onto school grounds but must adhere to the COVID-safe directions, as follows:

· Wear a mask at all times.

· observe physical distancing of 1.5 metres between adults, where practicable; and

· follow good hand and respiratory hygiene practices.

· We ask that during this week, ONLY ONE parent enters the school ground to pick up their child if necessary. However, we do strongly encourage the use of the Kiss and Drive facility open before school and after school.

Thank you to all parents who have been so supportive with adhering to the restrictions at school. I do understand the frustration with the cancelling of special events and having to change things frequently. Please know that we always act of the advice of the Premier, WA Health and Catholic Education to ensure the safety of all our children, staff and community members.


The term “science of reading” refers to the research that reading experts, especially cognitive scientists, have conducted on how we learn to read. This body of knowledge, over twenty years in the making, has helped debunk older methods of reading instruction that were based on tradition and observation, not evidence. St Luke’s has been on the journey of the SoR in the last year, and have already made some significant changes to our literacy pedagogy. Learning to read is a relatively lengthy process that begins very early in development, before children enter formal schooling. The quantity and quality of language and early literacy interactions during the preschool years profoundly affect the acquisition of the language building blocks that support skilled reading (Snow et al., 1998).

Last term, we were able to secure an expert in the field, Mrs Jenny Baker, from Fremantle Speech Pathology, who facilitated a PD with all staff, to discuss the evidence- based research behind this teaching. The majority of children who enter kindergarten and primary school at risk for reading failure can learn to read at average or above-average levels—if they are identified early and given systematic, intensive instruction in phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, and reading comprehension strategies (Lyon et al., 2001; Torgesen, 2002a).

We have invited Jenny to speak with our parents, but in particular our PK – Year 2 parents. We strongly recommend that one parent attend this informative workshop, as it impacts all children at St Luke’s. This workshop will be held on Wednesday 19 May at 6pm.

Please respond to the link below, to inform us of your attendance:

Click here to RSVP

The relationship between a father and daughter and why it’s so important.

In this month’s series there is a focus on raising daughters. An incredibly important topic and something Dr Bruce Robinson delves into. Click here to read more.

Happy Mother's Day and God Bless,

Maura Killalea




The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) will commence next week, Tuesday 11 May through to Friday 21 May. NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy skills that are essential for every child to progress through school and life. St Luke’s students in Years 3 and 5 participate in the annual NAPLAN tests in reading, writing, conventions of language (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy.

St Luke’s NAPLAN Schedule for 2021:

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The assessment provides parents and schools with an understanding of how individual students are performing at the time of the tests. NAPLAN is just one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process – it does not replace ongoing assessments made by teachers about student performance. NAPLAN also provides schools, education authorities and governments with information about how education programs are working and whether young Australians are achieving important educational outcomes in literacy and numeracy.

Mandatory Reporting

We have been working hard to get all our regular volunteers enrolled to complete the mandatory reporting training. If you requested to be enrolled and have not yet heard back from the CEWA Child Safety Team, please let me know so that I can check your details were entered correctly.

Behaviour Tonics Parent Information Session

Kindy parents are welcome to attend an information session to find out about this restorative behaviour approach 'Magic 1 -2 -3' that we use in our classrooms and you can use at home. It will be held this Tuesday morning at 8.45 - 9.30am in the hall. Please RSVP by clicking here.

Kiss and Ride

Thank you to all the families displaying their name cards during pick up. It really helps to speed up the kiss and ride. If you need a new sign please email Heather Many thanks for your assistance in this matter.

Cyber Safety and Digital Wellness Junior Parent Workshop

WE HAVE A NEW DATE! Please place the 15th of June in your diaries for this incredibly worthwhile parent workshop. Thank you to our incredible P&F who are sponsoring this event so that parents can attend for free. We look forward to seeing you all there. Please RSVP by clicking here.

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Meaningful May

This month's theme is all about reflecting on what gives our life meaning. Being a part of something bigger than ourselves and focusing on things that we value is key to our wellbeing. So let's take time to reflect on what we care about this month and keep these things at the front of our minds as our societies begin to open up again. Click here to find out more.


CLICK HERE for children's activities based around the Fifth Sunday of Easter.

Staff Spotlight- Meet Mr Hogan!

This term we welcomed Mr Hogan to our St Luke’s community as our Groundsman.

His hobbies are camping & fishing

He is a life member at the Quinns/Mindarie Surf Life Saving Club.

AFL Team: West Coast Eagles!

Before coming to St Luke’s Mr Hogan has worked as a horticulturalist and for BHP, at Mt Whaleback.

His favourite thing to do is to entertain his 2 year old grandson, Ace, with his tractor!

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If you have some great news to share or any achievements, we would love to hear from you so that we can share it in our newsletter:

Have a fabulous week!

Sarah Williams & Justin Kirry



The Year 4s are doing a blanket drive for the St. Vincent de Paul Society, to help people stay warm at night in winter. We are trying to practise social justice. Social justice is fairness for all. So please try and think of those less fortunate.

Please donate the following items; used/unused clean, unmarked and not damaged blankets. Please no doonas. If you don't have any blankets, please ask your friends, family and neighbours. When donating, please bring to the Year Four classrooms.

Please donate by Friday, 28th May.

(Written by Lily Cailes on behalf of Year 4)


If you are wanting to enhance your understanding of your child's emotions or are looking for strategies to help your child manage big emotions, or, perhaps you would like some additional tools to manage your child's behaviour then TUNING INTO KIDS may just be the thing for you! Ngala are providing TUNING INTO KIDS workshops free to parents and carers. Please see the flyer attached to this newsletter for more information.

I hope you and your family are safe and well.

Kind regards

Ann Peart

Social Worker

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The process to advise of a student absence has changed. Please remove the Conneqt App from your phone as it is no longer available.

If you wish to notify of your child's absence from school you can do this by using any of the processes below;

  1. Access our school website on the home page please use the quick link Absentee icon (image above).
  2. Email Please include your child's name, class and reason for absence.

If your child is late, please ensure they sign in through the front office to prevent you from receiving an Absenteeism SMS.

Thank you,



Optional winter jackets

These are now available to order through the uniform shop or Flexischools. Prices are $45.00 up to size 16 and $50.00 for S and above. These jackets come without the school logo making them ideal for use outside of school hours too eg; weekend sports.

Before ordering please note that these jackets are ordered in specifically for your child/ren and care should be taken to choose the correct size. No changes or returns are possible once the order has been placed with the supplier so I recommend that students try on the sample jackets at the uniform shop during regular Thursday opening hours.

If you would like to order a jacket without trying on the sample jackets please click here to this sizing chart.

Uniform Shop is open on Thursdays only from 7.45am - 9.45pm and again from 2.15pm to 3.15pm. If you need to contact the uniform shop co-ordinator please email Jodi on

We are receiving a high amount of lost property. Please ensure your child's uniform, lunch box and water bottle are clearly labelled and relabelled with you students name if it has been a second hand purchase. Administration is unable to return lost items to students when it does not have a name.

Thank you.

Jodi Lyra



This week there have been couple of date changes for upcoming events in our community. Those being the Mother’s Day Breakfast now moved to the 14 June and the Father/Son Camp moved to the 25 - 27 June.

Regarding Mother’s Day we now have the wonderful opportunity to spread out the love and gratitude for our mums from this Friday, 7 June with the Mother’s Day Stall all the way up until the 14 with our delicious Mother's Day BBQ Breakfast. Just a reminder, children can bring up to $5 to buy gifts at the stall this Friday and volunteers selling gifts will be wearing masks. Tickets for the Mother’s Day Raffle can also be bought at the stall or via the Flexischools App, recess canteen order.


This year’s camp has been rescheduled to June 25-27 due to the clash with year 6 Confirmation. This is a super fun camp held at Nanga Bush Camp in Dwellingup. Secure your place as there are limited spots available. More information with all the details will be emailed out shortly. Thanks to Paul Murphy for putting on such a wonderful weekend for our school families.

Kangaroo Café is bounding along this term and for those wanting to order food for their little joeys please have your order in by Thursday, 11pm for the following Monday. If you need to cancel your order ON THE MORNING of canteen (Mondays) please text Mez on 0401 000 916. Thanks again, Mez and all your team for making this available this term. The kids and families really appreciate your hard work!

Finally thank you to those children who read prayers and altar served at our recent St Luke’s Family Mass. Ella and Asha Merton, Juliet and Archer McClue, you all did a fabulous job! If you would like your children involved at the next special family Mass please contact Megan Proud 0423988067. The next Mass will be held on Sunday, 5 September.


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Music tuition in Term 2 will be offered in guitar, piano, flute, violin and cello through Keyed Up Music at St Luke’s. Lessons can be arranged during school time or after school where available. To enrol your child, please visit and fill out the online enrolment form. Information regarding lessons and fees can be found on the website.

Drums continue to be taught by Mr Christian Lombardi 0451 422 769