St Francis of Assisi News

Term 2 - Issue 8 10th June 2021

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Dear Parents & Caregivers,

After a perfectly timed long weekend, we are at the end of Week 8 and nearing the July school holidays. It is around this time that our children are starting to feel the effects of a long term and their tolerance and patience with each other starts to wear thin! With the emotional ups and downs, it is a good time to engage with your child about the positive experiences they are having during the day, friendships, enjoyable activities or fun moments to focus on each day. It is easy to focus on the very small negatives in a school day, so I encourage parents to use conversation starters such as, 'What was the best part of your day?' or 'What went well for you today?' to draw out the positives. In Week 11, the Wellbeing team has coordinated our annual Wellbeing week to finish our term energised and engaged. Stay tuned for an outline of events.


The Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) takes place every year. The NCCD is a collection that counts:

  • the number of school students receiving an adjustment or ‘help’ due to disability
  • the level of adjustment they are receiving to access education on the same basis as other students.

Students are counted in the NCCD if they receive ongoing adjustments at school due to disability. This ‘help’ allows them to access education on the same basis as a child without disability. The NCCD uses the definition of disability in the Disability Discrimination Act 1992.

Our schools is required to provide this information to education authorities. For more information, the parent and caregiver information sheet is attached below.


Last Tuesday, 1st June, I was fortunate enough to attend the Year 6 Winter Carnival as coach of the AFL Boy's Football team. The Year 6's were involved in football, netball and soccer at Kingsway and it was a fantastic day yielding some great results, but more importantly great sportsmanship and a lot of fun. Many thanks to Ms Hamilton for coordinating and to Polly Burnett (Gabby's mum) for offering her skills as Netball coach. The children received very positive feedback about their behaviour and sportmanship throughout the day.


Last Wednesday, 2nd June, the school participated in a whole school lockdown drill. The lockdown drill is part of our school Crisis Management Planning, which comprises three types of drills:

1. Evacuation Drill

2. Shelter In Place Drill

3, Lockdown Drill

Each term, the whole school participates in one type of drill to ensure we have thorough processes and procedures in place to maintain student safety should any of the drills be required. The lockdown drill is the most disruptive and serious of the drills and requires a complete lockdown of the school and classrooms. This is only used in extreme circumstances when the threat to student safety is very high. When this type of drill is exercised, parents, Clarkson Police, Butler Fire Station and neighbouring schools are contacted to ensure all are aware it is a drill. Thanks to the preparation of staff, children and sound processes, this was successfully conducted and the review identified very few adjustments for future drills. Congratulations to the children on their conduct and behaviour during the drill.


A reminder that Semester One academic achievement reports will be released electronically via Seqta Engage on Friday 18th June. Parents MUST have access to their Seqta Engage account to view the report. If you have yet to set up access, please contact for assistance.

Parent interviews will take place on Thursday 24th June from 1:30pm. Once reports have been made available, we will once again provide a link to book a time via an online website. A reminder that school will finish at 1pm and children will need to be picked up from school. Camp Australia will be available for parents wishing to book in their children. Please visit for further information.


Despite the inclement weather yesterday, we were able to complete the School Cross Country event. Congratulations to all the competitors on their grit and determination in completing the distances. We are well aware that many children do not enjoy running long distances but it is wonderful to see them pushing themselves to finish and do their best. We often talk to children about resilience and perseverance, and the cross country is a wonderful opportunity to see this in action. The winning faction and shield will be presented at Friday's assembly. Thank you to Ms Hamilton for coordinating another successful sporting event in trying circumstances.


As Ms Campbell alludes to below, our prayers and congratulations are with the children receiving the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist for the first time this Sunday, 13th June at St Andrew's Parish. It is a wonderful time in a young Catholic's faith journey and a very memorable experience. Thank you to Mrs Anderson, Mrs Rossi and Ms Campbell for their work in preparing the children for this Sacrament.


This Friday, 11th June, we will sadly be saying goodbye to Armaan (5B) & Aryan Virdi (2B) who will be moving schools. We wish the family well as they make the transition to their new school in Alkimos. Next Friday, 18th June we also sadly say goodbye to Hunter Kingston in Kindy B who is moving to a new school. We wish Hunter and his family all the best.


Whilst we say farewell to Hunter and the Virdi boys, we welcome Isabela Gadzambo in 3B who has joined our community after recently moving from the Eastern states. Welcome to Isabela and her mum Janet. I know the children in 3B have been very excited to have Isabela in their class!

If you're a Maroons supporter, last night's Game 1 in the State of Origin would have been painful to watch. Luckily, there's two games left in the series to make it competitive! With both WA AFL teams going through an injury crisis at the moment, their backs will be against the wall this weekend against the Suns and Tigers, but let's hope both can come away with the win. Given my impressive coaching performance last Tuesday with the Year 6's, I will be making myself available in a consultancy position for both sides.

Have a great fortnight ahead.

Best wishes

Jason Baker




Please keep the children preparing for the Sacrament of Eucharist (First Holy Communion) in your prayers.

First Holy Communion News

First Communion Rehearsal & Reconciliation Friday 11 June. This will take place at the church. The children will be bussed to and from the church and will return to school before lunch. This is a child and teacher event, parents do not need to attend.

Sacrament of First Eucharist (First Holy Communion) Sunday 13 June 11am.

All children to be at the church by 10:45am please.

Sacrament of First Eucharist Photography - Please note family members are not permitted to take photos during the Mass or of the group photo at the end - this is due to privacy laws. Parents wishing to take their own family & friend photos are asked to wait until after the Mass has concluded.

The official photographer from MSP (School Photos) will be available from 10:15am - 10:45am. Please make sure you are there during this time if you would like a family photograph. Next week, parents will be provided with a code to access the photographs for online ordering.

Sacramental Choir - thank you to all the children who have volunteered to be a part of the Sacramental Choir. We appreciate your support and commitment, and look forward to listening to your sweet voices on Sunday at First Communion.

Term 2 Masses & Liturgical Celebrations

Benedict Feast Day Liturgy - Thursday 24 June 8:45am

Yr 1 Paraliturgy - Friday 25 June 8:45am

Year 3 Mass

Thank you to Mrs McDonald & Miss Mirto for the beautiful and reverent Reconciliation Week Mass they prepared for last Friday, celebrated by Father Marian. The children's reading, responses and singing were amazing. Mr C and the Choir. contributed to the special ambiance of the Mass. Thank you to all the parents who were able to attend the Mass - it is always a delight to have you join us, and it was wonderful to share the Eucharist with so many of you!

Lifelink Day

Thank you to Emily Leahy, Alijok Chol and Olivia Embry for the amazing way you represented SFoA at the Lifelink Day Launch - it was a joy to have you there - so respectful and engaged.

God requires that we assist the animals, when they need our help. Each being (human or creature) has the same right of protection.

Francis of Assisi

May God continue to bless us, each and every day,

Miss Dee Campbell


Faction Cross Country Years 3-6

Well done to all students in Years 3-6 who participated in the Faction Cross Country, although the conditions were not ideal we didn’t let it dampen our spirits. Congratulations to the following students who will be representing our school at the Interschool cross country carnival on Friday June 25th at Mawson Park, Hillarys. A note will be sent home today with further information.

Year 3

Emily Whent, Maria Clara Pires Gil, Isla Prunster, Zoe Van Der Brugghen, Gracie Johnson, Harper Thomas, Elliot Ashworth, Braxton Prunster, Leon Gilsenan, Ryan McCombie, Ashton Brewster, Noah Stone

Year 4

Emily Epple, Tia Kearns, Lara Viquez, Lily Hicks, Olivia Rebeiro, Dakota Bowles, Dhieu Kiir, Miakol Chol, Jack O’Hare, Quinn Dennis, Dut Awan, Hudson Sibley

Year 5

Puonyuom Deng, Sophia Guelfi, Kaetlyn Pollock, Erika Caceres, Julia Pedrini, Indya Mandelt, Mason Tedesco, Jaxon Blake, Isaac Canzirri, Fletcher Ashworth, Ronan O’Reilly, Akera P'Ogwaro

Year 6

Izabela Hubkova, Apiny Athoi, Summer Richardson, Rose Deng, Scarlett Wild, Ruby Glenn, Adam Viquez, Johk Atuer, William Willis, Dheyton Hayward, Fred Martin, Jayden Nguyen


Amanda Hamilton



We have many non-fiction books available for borrowing. A new title is ‘Robots : the future is now’ by Charles Hope.

"Robots. They are all around us. They vacuum our floors, process our food, make our cars.

But what is a robot? How do they work?"

If you are interested in robots, come and borrow it.


Wellbeing and learning go hand in hand. When your child feels connected to their family, peers and teachers they feel secure in the knowledge that they will be supported throughout their learning journey. Safe and trusting relationships create a positive learning environment where wellbeing can flourish. Parents, families, and carers are a child's first and most important teachers. When families and schools work together children’s learning is enhanced.

The Wellbeing Team have been busy implementing improvements for a positive playground environment for our students. These include the introduction of Friends of Francis Positive Behaviour Reward System, Playground Buddies and a Friendship Bench.

Friends of Francis

Congratulations to our Week 6 Friends of Francis winners:

Lilly Smith-Boffin (PPB), James (PPB), Charlie M (Year 1B), Ava Flick (Year 1B), Liam E (3W), Sophie H (4W), Sophie K (4B), Ruby (6B) and Rafael (Year 6W). They received a Friends of Francis Certificate and a Lunch with Leadership Invitation which will be held Thursday 1st July.

We also have the latest tally of our faction token collection.

1. Agnes 366

2. Benedict 348

3. McCormack 331

4. Kolbe 318

The winning faction at the end of the term will be rewarded with an extra 30 minutes of play and an icecream.

Playground Buddies

Our Year 6 Pastoral Care Team are our Playground Buddies and assist our junior students during recess and lunch.

Friends of Francis Bench

Our Friends of Francis Friendship Bench arrived last week. We have included this bench in the junior playground to help foster friendship and to promote kindness and compassion. It is a designated bench where a child who is feeling lonely on the playground can sit, our Year 6 Playground Buddies and other students then know to come and ask if they want to play or talk. This bench is made of recycled plastic and environmentally friendly processes. This was sourced from REPLAS.

At St. Francis we recognise the importance of parents as partners in promoting student wellbeing. Positive parenting is the continual relationship of a parent(s) and a child that includes caring, teaching, leading, communicating, and providing for the needs of a child consistently and unconditionally (Seay et al., 2014, p. 207). The way we talk to children becomes their inner voice.

Mrs Liz Ward

(Wellbeing Team)


Congratulations to Athena and Zanthia Harper on the birth of their baby brother, Luther.

Congratulations also to James and Rosie Stratfold on the birth of their baby sister, Emily Jean.

Wishing both families well with their new additions!

SFOA BREAKFAST CLUB (Supported by Bakers Delight Ocean Keys, Clarkson)

Every Tuesday & Thursday

When: Every Tuesday/Thursday

Time: 8:00am - 8:20am

Where: Hall

Come in and grab some toast with vegemite or jam and start your day right!


Happy Birthday to the following students who are celebrating a birthday over the next two weeks:

Tamila McLean, Rosie Stratfold, Bella Whitehead Mangundap, Clara Beaven-Davis, Naomi Rapi-Beddall, Azeez Basra, Paige Gilsenan, Daisy Pull, Elora Guelfi, Su (Krystal) Kim, Brodie Garmson, Ashton Brewster, Ellie Walker, Dhieu Kiir, Tiarne Connell, Dakota Bowles, Gabriella Burnett, Jayden Nguyen, Amaia Hiku, Isla Whitehouse.

We wish you all a wonderful day!!


Friday 11 June - Merit Assembly (8:45am)/First Communion Rehearsal and Reconciliation

Sunday 13 June - First Holy Communion Mass (11:00am)

Tuesday 15 June - P&F Meeting (8:45am)

Wednesday 16 June - Australian Earth Ed Science Incursion/Kindy Gym Bus Incursion/School Advisory Council Meeting (6:00pm)

Thursday 17 June - Australian Earth Ed Science Incursion

Friday 18 June - Year 4 excursion/Student Academic Reports (PP-Yr 6) released via SEQTA. Parent interview portal open from 5:00pm for bookings

Thursday 24 June - Benedict Feast Day/Students finish school at 1:00pm/Parent interviews 1:30pm onwards.

Friday 25 June - Year 1 Paralitury (8:45am)/Years 3-6 Interschool Cross Country Carnival

Monday 28 June to Friday 2 July - Well Being Week

Friday 2nd July - Year 3 Performance Assembly (8:45am)/P&F Community Lunch/Last Day of Term 2 for students.


Dear Parents,

School fee reminder statements will be sent out in Week 10. Your attention to your account would be greatly appreciated. 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. 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 as soon as you receive it to the front office to continue to receive the discount. Please note discounts will not continue to be given to expired HCCs.

Kind regards,

Geneve Bastian


Stem Classroom Cash

Do you get the Saturday copy of "The West Australian" newspaper or you know someone who does? Please help us by collecting special coupons inside the paper to increase our chances of winning Stem Classroom Cash. Entry coupons will be inside the 12th and 19th June editions. A collection box is located in the school office.


Please click on the document below to view Camp Australia's latest Winter holiday program.


Parents, please can you check your child/children's items of clothing to ensure they are wearing their own uniform. We ask that parents clearly label student's names on jumpers, jackets and hats.

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.


Please click on the flyer below to find out about IMCC's Gala Night being held on Thursday 24th June.