St Luke's Catholic Primary School
Newsletter - Issue 2, 18 February 2021
IMPORTANT CALENDAR DATES
Friday, 18 February: Free Dress - Bushfire Appeal - Gold coin donation
Monday, 1 March: Labour Day Public Holiday.
Tuesday, 2 March: Pupil Free Day staff on Professional Development.
Wednesday, 3 March: School for Kindy-Year 6.
PRINCIPAL - MR ANDREW KELLY
Shrove Tuesday: Thank you to the many mums and dads who helped make and cook pancakes for the 500 plus children and staff this morning. You all did an awesome job! Shrove Tuesday occurs the first Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. It officially ends the season of Epiphany and is the vigil for the beginning of Lent. It’s a day of penitence, to clean the soul and a day of celebration as the last chance to feast before Lent begins.
Ash Wednesday: Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday. The Liturgical colour for Lent is purple and continues for 40 days until Holy Week. Thank you to Father Stephen for celebrating Mass with us and teaching us that Lent is about Fasting, Prayer and Alms-giving for Lent. Please discuss with your child/ren the 40 days of kindness and reflection that will last until Holy Thursday (the 40 days does not include Sundays). During this time, we give up things that keep us from being the best versions of ourselves – it is less about giving up/fasting from TV/ice-cream/lollies and more about giving up mean-ness/being disrespectful/not telling the truth/selfishness. Prayer/random acts of kindness/putting others needs before their own are to be encouraged.
“ASPIRE NOT TO HAVE MORE . . . BUT TO BE MORE!
Some of the palm crosses from the previous year are carefully burned to create ash. During the worship, people are signed with an ash cross on their foreheads as a sign that they truly want to repent. In Baptism, Christians are signed with a 'water' cross on their foreheads. That marks a new beginning in Christ. The cross of ashes on the forehead marks a decision to say sorry for what has been done wrong and to get ready to make a fresh start with Jesus again.
As we look toward the season of Lent, our Gospel readings will invite us to look at our lives openly and to truly reflect on the fruit we bear. Are there areas in our lives that need to be more carefully nurtured and tended? Are there “branches” that need to be pruned, so that other areas of our lives — including our prayer and ministry — can be more fruitful? What changes will we make during Lent to enable us to bear good fruit in our lives and the lives of those we encounter?
WHY CARITAS? WHY THE BOXES?
From humble beginnings in 1897 Germany, Caritas, named after a Latin word meaning love and compassion, grew to become one of the world’s largest humanitarian agencies. The Catholic Agency for Aid and Development, Caritas began in Australia in 1964 and many people, then and now, feel that supporting Caritas is a great way to reach out to people in need.
From this week, you will notice Caritas boxes in each classroom and the office. These donation boxes assist with helping the poorest of the poor live a life of dignity. We can help them become self-sufficient so they don’t need to rely on charity; we can help them go to school and learn better ways to farm using sustainable agriculture techniques; and we can help them support their family and community.
Instead of buying that ice-cream at lunch, maybe consider placing that money in the class Caritas box or even some of the loose change.
SNAKE TALK PRESENTATION
I have secured a snake catcher presentation for this coming Tuesday, 23 February for all students and staff in Kindy to Year 6. The idea is to educate and build confidence in students and staff about safety and precautions.
AFTER SCHOOL COLLECTION
The after school pick-up has become very congested at both entry points to the car parks. Before this becomes an issue with the City of Joondalup Ranger may I suggest parents think about coming a little later than 2.55pm? If some parents could pick-up around 3.05pm, this will help alleviate the congestion on Duffy Terrace as well as turning onto Parkside Ramble, which we are not allowed to block Duffy Terrace. Let’s work together on this before we are forced to make a change.
I really appreciate your support and understanding with regards to this.
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - MRS MAURA KILLALEA
Fire Drill / Lockdown Drill: it may seem fairly obvious, but, like most procedures, a school’s method for evacuation in the case of a fire is a thoroughly planned and practiced drill. Most schools must complete multiple fire drills throughout the year—some announced and some unannounced to ensure that procedures are followed even when school staff are not expecting the drill. Next week, St Luke’s children will be involved in a fire drill and a lockdown drill. Policies and procedures have been updated in each classroom. These drills are necessary and a requirement for all schools to undertake to ensure correct procedures are followed.
Commitment Masses this weekend have been cancelled due to the stage 4 restrictions in place. All Year 3, 4 and 6 families would have received an email earlier in the week explaining the cancellation.
Bushfire Appeal: This Friday, all children are asked to attend school in free dress and bring in a gold coin for donation to the Lord Mayor’s Bushfire Appeal. We will notify the community of the money raised on the day.
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL - MRS SARAH WILLIAMS
Visitors to classrooms: Due to our stage 4 COVID restrictions we are still unable to have parents inside the classrooms before school. Thank you for your understanding.
Website: Have you seen our new beut' website? Go check it out! www.stlukeswoodvale.wa.edu.au
Have a fabulous week, everyone!
FINANCE - MRS MARJORIE DOHNT
Please be advised 2021 Fee Statements were emailed to families last week. Please ensure you read the options clearly and return the form to the office or email below. Should you have any queries please contact the office on 9306 6600 or email - firstname.lastname@example.org
SUSTAINABILITY - MRS TANIA FARCICH
Batteries: There are a wide range of battery types, many of which contain toxic metals such as cadmium, mercury and lead. Others contain valuable materials like magnesium and zinc. Batteries should never be put in the recycling bin or in your waste bin. Rechargeable batteries and lithium ion batteries are hazardous and could produce sparks that may start a fire in the trucks or recycling facility. This includes batteries in laptops, mobile phones, power tools and cameras. At St Luke’s we have a battery bin that is collected by the City of Joondalup.
Where to recycle batteries: Aldi supermarkets offer a free battery recycling service at all their Australian stores. Any brand of AA, AAA, C, D and 9V batteries (both rechargeable and non-rechargeable) are accepted - simply drop your used batteries into the dedicated bins in store. Participating Battery World retail outlets recycle all battery types. Locate a store and call ahead to ensure they can accept your batteries for recycling. Officeworks are providing battery recycling services in some of their stores. Call ahead to ensure they can accept your batteries for recycling
Website: visit this website for more information on where to recycle batteries in the City of Joondalup. https://www.joondalup.wa.gov.au/kb/resident/where-to-recycle-batteries-and-other-items-6
If you need to contact the uniform shop co-ordinator please email Jodi on email@example.com
Dear Parents and Friends of St Luke’s!
Welcome back for another blessed year at our wonderful school. Just to keep things short and sweet we will be appearing in the school news more often to bring you notices that are up to date and super precise. Firstly, a HUGE thank you to too all the volunteers who appeared like angels to whip up a momentous number of pancakes for our special Shrove Tuesday this week. Thermo-mixes, egg flips and barbeques were all brought up to the Kangaroo café enabling the pancake army to deliver top quality pancakes! Well done all - our children salute you!
As it is the beginning of the year, we would like to introduce the members of the 2021 P&F Team and thank them for coming on board!
President – Kathryn Peake
Vice President – Claud Mottolini
Treasurer – Kathryn McMullen
Secretary – Karen Adderscott
Board Representative – Suzanne Vinton
Newsletter Editor – Megan Proud
Community Engagement Officer – Alana Metaxas
All parents at St Luke’s become members of the P&F when their families are enrolled at our school. We would love to invite you to the P&F meetings that are scheduled for 2021. They are held in the library and commence at 7.30pm. Please note they are now on a Tuesday evening. Our first meeting is next Tuesday 23 February. Our Meeting dates for the rest of the year are as follows;
16 November – AGM
Finally, please do not hesitate to contact us via email: firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on Facebook: St Lukes CPS Woodvale P&F
We really look forward to another successful year at St Luke’s working alongside parents, staff and students.