St Jerome's Newsletter
Week 8 - Term 3 (Thursday 9 September 2021)
To change the world we must be good to those who cannot repay us. Pope Francis.
It was a great joy to see so many of you visit St Jerome’s 2021 Open Night. Our classrooms looked amazing, and the work our educationalists and your children presented on the walls, on desks and on digital screens was exciting. So much work and effort goes into an Open Night that your attendance was an acknowledgement of such, and the enthusiasm from your children to show you their classroom and their school was a recipe for success.
My congratulations to our teachers, education assistants and especially the students of St Jerome’s for making such a wonderful night possible.
Thank you too for making a comment on the ‘event feedback’ form. We heard so many positive comments, and your suggestions to improve aspects of the night are also highly regarded. If you would like to have your voice heard, there’s a link in this Newsletter to do so.
While I’m addressing the event feedback form, there are two other events which we would invite your comments. Last night, Mrs Hoare provided an opportunity for our Confirmation candidates, and their parents, to discuss why we are approaching this Sacrament. Carol’s understanding of this final Sacrament of initiation is outstanding, and her gentle approach explaining how to integrate the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives was inspiring. This presence which nurtures the gifts of:
· Wisdom: -helps us judge what is important, meaningful, purposeful;
· Understanding: -to know something is different from truly understanding it;
· Counsel: -helps us differentiate between right and wrong;
· Fortitude: -courage and endurance;
· Knowledge: -helps us to know God;
· Reverence for God: -helps us obey God out of love.
Listening to Carol, and experiencing the response from students and their parents tells me that God is present in our work and in our relationships. How blessed we are to be in a school community where this is real. If you would like to make comment about the Confirmation Parent night, please use the event feedback link.
As I’m writing this the inter-school cross country event hasn’t happened, and as you’re reading this the event has been run. Yesterday, I was listening to Mrs Kalat speak to our cross-country runners, and as Taryn was reminding them of their breathing and hydration needs, she kept returning to the most important elements, -to run as well as their training will allow them, and to support each other. I look forward to sharing the results next week, I’m sure they did us proud.
Just a reminder too, that if you’re child is unwell, they will heal faster and be in more comfort if they remain at home in your care, or arranged care. Being at school when you’re sick is no fun. They are not learning, they feel miserable, and they just want you. Trust me, two or three days getting better at home will not affect their employment prospects.
I look forward to seeing so many of you at RAC Arena on Monday night. I hope you’ve been able to get your tickets, it will be another amazing night for St Jerome’s.
The Lord be with you.
We should pray ....
God, our Father,
thank You for the gifts and challenges of parenthood.
Thank You for the opportunity to share our love, care and faith with our children.
Be our guide as we nurture minds, emotions and spirituality.
Open Night - What did you enjoy or find beneficial?
'The relaxed nature of being able to walk through the classroom and to have my son take me through and explain what he has done. I also enjoyed the community feel and the opportunity to connect with the teacher and other parents. My son was so excited about it.' ... Parent comment
Gospel Mark 8:27-35
The Son of Man is destined to suffer grievously
Jesus and his disciples left for the villages round Caesarea Philippi. On the way he put this question to his disciples, ‘Who do people say I am?’ And they told him. ‘John the Baptist,’ they said ‘others Elijah; others again, one of the prophets.’ ‘But you,’ he asked ‘who do you say I am?’ Peter spoke up and said to him, ‘You are the Christ.’ And he gave them strict orders not to tell anyone about him.
And he began to teach them that the Son of Man was destined to suffer grievously, to be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and to be put to death, and after three days to rise again; and he said all this quite openly. Then, taking him aside, Peter started to remonstrate with him. But, turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said to him, ‘Get behind me, Satan! Because the way you think is not God’s way but man’s.’
He called the people and his disciples to him and said, ‘If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.’
Open Night - What did you enjoy or find beneficial?
'I loved having the opportunity to come into the class rooms to see all the wonderful work the children have been doing. The kids have been so excited for tonight's open night, I think it's very valuable for children to be able to take their parents on a tour around their classroom'. ...Parent comment
Invitation from the Parish
The Principal, Staff and the families of St Jerome's School are invited to the Eucharistic Celebration for the feast day of our patron saint St Jerome,
on Sunday 26th September 2021 at 10am
followed by a light lunch/refreshments in the Parish Hall
Is your child not returning to St Jerome's in 2022?
The following email was sent out last week. We would like to remind parents that if your child is not returning to St Jerome's in 2022 to please go to the link provided and complete the appropriate form.
Good afternoon parents and guardians
We will be beginning to look at classes for 2022 shortly. To assist us with class preparation we are asking that if your child/children are not retuning to St Jerome's Primary school in 2022 that you complete the form by Friday 3 September. Below is a link to the form.
Thank you for your assistance.
There have been a lot of lost uniform items sent into the office.
All labelled items will now be distributed on Fridays by our student councillors.
Any future unnamed items will be collected and resold as second hand items in the uniform shop.
We urge parents to properly name all items so that they can be returned to your children.
Below is a handy hint from our uniform shop manager to assist you in labelling uniforms.
Here’s an idea for labelling jackets that we’ve had some success with.
Write your child’s name on the inside of their jacket in large letters, use the biggest fabric space available – (the back). Sharpie pens are great for this (indelible laundry markers) and won’t go through to the other side of the fabric. This helps your child to quickly identify their own jacket or someone else’s and then return it straight away to the owner. Note this will fade over time and will need to be redone. It can be more useful than trying to fit abbreviated names or initials onto the small white labels that children don’t readily read or are hard for anyone to interpret and that can come away or be cut off.
Service Activities - 5R Collecting Socks
This year all our classes are involved in service activities instead of the focus being on fund raising.
5 Red have been involved in collecting socks for St Pat’s Refuge in Fremantle. They have collected a wonderful selection of socks which will be taken to the Refuge next week. Thank you to all the 5 Red families for supporting this worthwhile cause! You are making a difference to those less fortunate!
Open Night - What would you change about your experience?
'It was very busy everywhere, so perhaps an activity on the oval to spread people out. Also an alternative way to purchase a book for the library, the line was very long so we didn't get an opportunity to purchase. Timing can also be difficult with work, acknowledge the teachers have their own families but 7pm finish time may help.' ....Parent comment.
Book Week 2021
We would love to hear from you.
We do appreciate hearing from you after every planned event at St Jerome's School. We are keen to know what was successful, and any suggestions you may have for us to consider. This Google form will remain available to gather your opinion.
Vanessa, Carol and Chris
Bogan Bingo Night
Tickets are now on sale for the St Jerome's P&F 90's Bogan bingo night on Saturday 23rd October at Emmanuel College
Get out your mullets, dust off your flannelette shirts and get ready for a night to remember..
So grab your friends and book a table… $30 pp or book a table of 10 and get a discount!
Follow our facebook event to get updates https://fb.me/e/2lHL3CvTq
Ice Skating Fundraiser (one year expiry tickets)
Purchase a $21 ticket for the St Jerome’s P&F fundraiser! Part proceeds from every ticket purchased goes to the P&F and every ticket receives a discount 2 for $35 voucher to use at a later date. All tickets are valid for any general timetabled session and are valid for one year from date of purchase.
Some quick bits …
No paragraphs, no homilies, just the facts, here goes ….
- The School Office is unattended after 3.30pm. OSHClub can care for any child after this time for late pick ups.
- Children should not be arriving on school grounds earlier than 8.15am unless involved in a supervised school activity.
- Town Hall 'Homework'. Thursday 16 Sept @ 2.30pm
- Confirmation -Sat 18 Sept @ 6.00pm & Sun 19 Sept @ 10.00am
- St Jerome's Sport's Carnival -Tues 21 September
- Last day of T3 -Friday 24 September
- AGM -Wed 24 November @ 7.00pm
- Yr 6 Graduation Mass -Tuesday 7th December at 6:00pm
- Last day of T4 -Friday 10 December - End of Year.