St Elizabeth's News

NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 6 | 11 MARCH 2022

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Rebecca Clarke | Principal

Dear parent and caregivers,


Let’s just say Week 6 was a short week yet it was certainly a busy one!


Last Friday, while most students enjoyed an extra-long weekend, staff completed their own online learning by participating in a number of TEAMS meetings and online e-learning modules. However, for our Kindergarten and Year 5/6 staff and students it was not the long weekend that I’m sure that they had planned as the Covid-19 pandemic impacted them. Thank you to everyone for your patience as we navigated our way through the first positive cases at school.


Once again, the rules have changed regarding Covid-19 protocols in school. Please click on the link below this message to access the latest information.


A reminder to all parents, if your child is unwell, please do not send them to school. As the peak of Covid positive cases has been predicted to hit next week, it is vital that we all work together and keep our whole school community safe and well.


Thank you to all our Year 3 to 6 students for adhering to the mask wearing mandate. While I appreciate the challenges that this may bring, I am very impressed by the way that students have taken on these new responsibilities. Well done to everyone!


I would like to wish Mrs Tanika Hewston all the best as she begins her Maternity Leave as of next week. We all cannot wait to meet the newest member of the Hewston Family!


Please continue to keep the people of Urkraine and the flood victims in your thoughts and prayers.


God bless and keep safe!


Rebecca Clarke

Principal

Important dates coming up

Friday, 10 March - all Payment Plans are due

Monday, 21 March - Harmony Day

Thursday, 7 April - Crazy Sock Day for Project Compassion

Enrolment - inviting new families to join our school

We have positions available in both Kindy and other years. As we grow together, we ask you to invite new families to visit our school and possibly join us. We are very happy to show new families around the school. Contact the office for further details.
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School fees: return your payment plan

PLEASE RETURN ASAP, OVER HALF OF OUR FAMILIES STILL OUTSTANDING - Failure to return your forms may impact the instalment amounts and put your account in arrears.


All our families must have a payment arrangement in place to ensure the fees are paid in full by the end of October 2022. If you require a copy to be sent home please do not hesitate to contact me at melissa.dimond@cewa.edu.au


If you hold a valid Health Care Card or Pension Card please scan and email the front of the card using the above email address so that I can apply your discount.


Should you be having any financial difficulty please ring the office to make an appointment with Rebecca.

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Swimming Lessons

Unfortunately, the decision has been made to cancel swimming lessons for 2022. We have had notification from the Department of Education Interm and Vacation Swimming that there is a shortage of swim instructors with them having to isolate due to Covid-19. The question was asked whether we were interested in 1x 5 day week for Session 1 and 1 x 4 day week for Session 2 and feel at this time being so unpredictable that cancelling is the best option. Mel Dimond will adjust your payment arrangement to reflect the credit in your final fee payment.

Support Project Compassion

Your generous support can help to change the lives of some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Join us this Lent to raise much-needed funds for people living in poverty.

Collect vouchers for our school from West Australian

The West’s STEM Classroom Cash gives all schools throughout Western Australia to earn money towards STEM resources at their school. Students, parents and other family members can collect vouchers from Saturdays West Australian on March 12, 19, 26 & April 2. The more vouchers that we can collect for our school, the more chance we will have of winning a prize. The competition is weighted to allow for schools of all sizes to win prizes. In 2021 we were lucky enough to win a $1000 STEM voucher through the scheme. Every voucher counts!
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Wear orange or traditional dress on Harmony Day - Monday, 21 March

On Harmony Day we celebrate Australia as a vibrant and multicultural community. Students may wear orange or traditional dress.
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Absentee reminder

Please remember to email your child's teacher or the administration office or use the online absentee form (link below) on our website if your child/ren will not be attending school before 8:30am. Please state the dates inclusive that your child will be absent and a valid explanation or reason for the absence. This is important given the current Covid-19 guidelines.


If you are picking up your child early, please email the administration officer with enough notice so that arrangements can be made to have your child/children ready for collection on your arrival.

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School Zone Speeds

We have received feedback from local residents that some cars entering our school are not driving with consideration and slowing down near the local school zones.


There are many local pedestrians and students on foot and driving with two schools within this area that have very similar start and finish times. Whilst we appreciate that it can be hard navigating a busy time around school times and we may be rushing to work or appointments, we urge you to slow down and drive with consideration and follow the road rules. Drive safe! Thank you

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All welcome to join P&F meeting

Our next P&F meeting is on Monday, 14 March. We will be meeting at Dome Wanneroo. Please RSVP to the office on admin@stecps.wa.edu.au to help the cafe manage numbers for Covid-19 restrictions. We hope to see you there!
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Seeking Parent Class Rep volunteers

As we grow together and build community, we are seeking to expand our Parent Class Rep network. This may be one or two parents per class who volunteer to be a Class Rep, with a focus on welcoming new families, arranging opportunities to families to connect and helping to keep parents informed. If you are interested, please let the P&F know by emailing the office on admin@stecps.wa.edu.au

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P&F - Sockable Fundraiser

Join in the fun of socks! Attached is the order forms for the P&F Sockable Fundraiser. The fundraiser commences today and concludes on the17th March. To order you simply scan the QR code on the attached order forms and pay online. Unfortunately, we cannot accept cash for this event.


To support the P&F we will have a Crazy Sock Day at school on Thursday, 7 April. To participate on the day, please send your child with a gold coin donation. All proceeds will go to Project Compassion.
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Colgate® Community Garden Challenge 2022

Our school is taking part in the Colgate Community Garden Challenge, which will run between 24 February – 31 October. TerraCycle has partnered with Colgate and Chemist Warehouse to give seven lucky schools the chance to win a community garden kit, including upcycled garden beds, seating and more.


We will be collecting any used oral products such as toothpaste tubes and caps, manual plastic toothbrushes, electric toothbrush heads, toothbrush plastic packaging and floss containers. Any brand of oral hygiene is accepted, and our aim is to prevent these items from going to landfill. A collection box will be in the front office.


You can also vote for our school by heading to any participating Chemist Warehouse store and scanning the Shelf Garden QR code to earn bonus votes. You can vote once a day!

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Sacramental Dates

Sacrament of Confirmation

Commitment Mass – Saturday, 2 April & Sunday, 3 April

Parent/Child Workshop 5:00pm Wednesday, 25 May

Retreat Day - Friday, 10 June

Sacrament of Confirmation – Saturday, 11 June & Sunday, 12 June


Sacrament of Holy Communion

Commitment Mass - Saturday, 18 June & Sunday, 19 June

Parent/Child Workshop - 5:00pm Wednesday, 10 August

Sacrament of Holy Communion - Saturday, 27 August & Sunday 28 August


Sacrament of Reconciliation

Commitment Mass - Saturday, 17 September & Sunday, 18 September

Parent/Child Workshop - 5:00pm Wednesday, 26 October

Sacrament of Reconciliation - 5:00pm Tuesday, 8 November & Wednesday, 9 November

Term Dates 2022

Term 1 Monday, 31 January to Friday, 8 April

School Holidays: Saturday, 9 April – Monday, 25 April


Term 2 Tuesday, 26 April to Friday, 1 July

School Holidays: Saturday, 2 July – Sunday, 17 July


Term 3 Tuesday, 19 July to Friday, 23 September

School Holidays: Saturday, 24 September to Sunday, 9 October


Term 4 Tuesday, 11 October to Friday, 9 December

School Holidays: Saturday, 10 December – Sunday, 29 Jan 2023 (TBC)

Student Free Dates

**Please note there have been some date changes to the Student Free Days


Term 1 Friday, 4 March

Term 2 Tuesday, 7 June

Term 3 Monday, 18 July and Friday, 19 August

Term 4 Monday, 10 October