Week 5 Reminders

and Celebrations - Term 4 2021

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From the Principal

Dear Families,

Happy Friday everyone and is it just me, or are these weeks absolutely FLYING by? :)

Staying Informed

Below are a few messages that we really urge you to please read. While we fully appreciate how busy everyone is, making the time to read through the Weekly Reminders keeps everyone well informed and will hopefully decrease stress as these busy end of year weeks unfold. We also include moments of celebration because as a community it is good to celebrate the success and achievements of others!

Parenting Resources

We have included some really excellent links below to parent articles and webinars that are well worth your time. Please find a few moments to see which ones might be helpful for you.


Congratulations to Sister Geetha who has successfully completed her Catechist training and was commissioned last night. Sister Geetha is a gentle, helpful and pastoral presence in our school and in the St Emilie's Parish. We are indeed blessed!

Well done

Congratulations to all the students who entered the Australian Maths Trust competition - some very impressive results indeed!

Thank you

Congratulations and thank you to our whole school on the extremely affirming Cultural Survey feedback we received via all stakeholders - parents, students and staff (see below).

What a Surprise

It was an absolute joy to catch up with Mark Killing and Sebastian Dobkowski who popped in yesterday after having just completed their Year 12 studies. What impressive young men these two are - friendly, articulate and well rounded - great to see you boys!

OSH Club Survey

For those parents who are keen to have OSH Club open on Pupil Free Days, OSH has kept the survey open until the 18th of November. Currently they don't have enough interest to make it worthwhile for them to do this. If you are interested in accessing this service and didn't respond originally, then the link to the survey is here: https://www.com/r/2SH772T

In our thoughts and prayers

This week was All Saints Day on Monday and All Souls Day on Tuesday.

May we pray for all those we love who have died and may we continue to support and pray for anyone who is struggling with loss and grief at this time. The quote below speaks volumes to me about how grief feels ...

Take care and have a really great weekend everyone!

Kindest regards

Tania Thuijs


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Thank you Mums and Dads

Thank you to all those families who keep on sprinkling happiness, positivity and a wise, and reflective attitude towards all aspects of your child's school experience. How we, as significant adults in our children's lives, process and communicate their successes, failures, setbacks, conflicts, perceptions, friendship fallouts and more, plays a huge role in how well or otherwise, our children come through the other end!

Every opportunity to be our wisest, calmest, most discerning self, directly supports the growth of our children's resilience, character and progress towards success in multiple domains. When parents and teachers work respectfully together, as a cooperative team, outcomes are greatly enhanced. Well done Mums and Dads and thank you!

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Whole School Climate Survey Results

Stuart and I attended a half day inservice last week to unpack and interpret our whole school Climate Survey results. This survey measures various aspects of our whole school culture and it was administered by an external company across a number of Catholic schools in WA. The survey will continue to be rolled out every 2 years.

All families, staff and a group of students from Years 1-6 were invited to complete the survey in Term 3. The results were extremely affirming of our school culture and while more will be discussed in greater detail with staff, at the Advisory Council level and in the Annual School Report, we have included a summary graph for you to look at of the 100 families who participated.

Not all schools receive such overwhelmingly positive results. Suffice to say we are very proud of the daily effort, care and commitment parents and staff give to our students school experience - thank to all those who took the time to provide feedback and for your support, it is very much appreciated.

As a community, may we continue to maintain all the good things we are doing and to challenge ourselves to keep on striving for improvement where we can. Way to go St Emilie's!

Parents and Caregivers

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Important Calendar Dates

With just five weeks left for students, it is important that families make a note of key dates on the calendar. You can find these on the Google Calendar on the front page of the website and of course the coming fortnight dates in each Weekly Reminders.

Pupil Free Day and Two Way Meetings

The next important date that affects the whole school community is the Pupil Free Day on Monday 15th November.

As you will read below, this day has been set aside for Parent Teacher Interviews and you can choose to attend onsite or connect via a phone call.

Please make sure you have booked a time (details below). We hope you take advantage of this great opportunity to learn more about your child's progress and achievements and that you find the meeting valuable.

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Week 6 - Monday 15th November - 2 Way Meeting Day

A reminder that Monday the 15th November has been set aside as a Pupil Free Day for Parent Teacher Meetings this term.

This meeting can be held face to face, onsite here at school, or as a phone conversation.

Booking instructions are detailed below.

If you are planning to come onsite, please ensure that your children understand that they are to read, colour in or sit patiently just outside the classroom while they wait for you to have your meeting. It is important that these meetings can be conducted without noise and distractions.

As always, we ask that parents are very respectful of agreed times.

This meeting is offered to primarily inform you of how your child is progressing and what you might expect to see in your child's Semester Two report.

If you have something particular you wish to discuss with your child's teacher, please make sure that you have sent them an email detailing your questions well ahead of this date.

Thank you, and looking forward to seeing you.

Two Way Interviews in Term 4 - Information

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Annual Community Meeting of the School Advisory Council and P&F AGM

When: Wednesday 24th November, 5.00pm - 6.00pm (adults only)

Where: Learning Hub

Who: Staff, P&F, Advisory Council Members and any school community members.

What: P&F AGM meeting and Advisory Council Meeting followed by light refreshments.

RSVP: Front Office - mailto:StEmiliesAdmin@cewa.edu.au

Nomination Forms - if you are interested in nominating for a position on either the Advisory Council or P&F Executive you will find nomination forms below.

While we will be endeavouring to announce staffing for 2022 at this meeting, it will depend on whether we are in a position to do. If not, staffing will be communicated via the Weekly Reminders prior to the end of the term.

P&F 2022 Nomination Form

School Advisory Council 2022 Nomination Form

Class Representative Nomination Form for 2022

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Congratulations to all those who participated in the AMT Maths Competition for 2021 and thank you to Mrs Green and Miss Clune for organising this opportunity.

Competitions are a great way for all students, but especially those with a particular aptitude in a learning area or areas. In this maths comp our students competed against others in our state and nationally. The feedback data we received also helps us to look formatively at the types of errors made, which will benefit these students and the cohort as a whole.

Below is a photo of the students who, based upon their consistently high Mathematics performance here at school, were selected to participate in the AMT (Australian Maths Trust) Mathematics Competition. They competed against children from all around Australia.

Questions included:





Problem Solving

Statistics & Probability

A special congratulations to Quentin from Year 4 on his High Distinction achievement. All students performed to a very high standard, receiving Distinctions, Credits and Proficiency results.

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Walkathon Winners!

Congratulations and thank you to the students pictured below (and their families and friends) who raised the most money for the Walkathon in their respective year levels - a tremendous effort!

A HUGE thank you also to Rachel and Larissa and all their helpers for sorting out the prizes and helping out on the day - we cannot thank you enough!

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Thank you to Mr Healy and Congratulations to Kadmiel!

A special thank you to Mr Healy for his generous donation of a $300 bike voucher - a really wonderful prize that all the children were very keen to win!

Congratulations to Kadmiel Marisegan from Year Three Gold who was the very lucky winner (and grinner) of the bike voucher for 2021!

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A blast from the past!

Mark and Sebastian graduated here at St Emilie's back in 2015 - and it was really great to see them! All the very best for the future!
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Congratulations Sister Geetha

Sister Geetha was commissioned as a Catechist and acknowledged for her personal advocacy work last night, as was Liselle Long, a St Emilie's parent and parishioner. Well done and thank you both for the really wonderful work you are doing to help others in need.
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Week 5

Tuesday 9th November

3pm-4pm Homework Club

10th November

8:45am P&F Meeting

11th November


9am-10am Kindy 2022 Play Date

11am Remembrance Day Prayer Service

12th November

Edudance(half day)

Week 6

15 November

PUPIL FREE DAY - Parent/Teacher Meetings

19 November

Principal AGM and Thanksgiving Mass.

How Exciting!

Pictured below are Mrs Andrews and Mrs Roberto having a 'quality control' moment after harvesting our very own mulberries! The plan is that the Year One's are going to make mulberry jam as part of their learning program ( we'll see how many mulberries actually make it to the pan!) :)
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A Free Parent App for Wellbeing

Raising Healthy Minds is a free app you can tailor to your child, family and interests. It answers your questions about child wellbeing and shares practical tips for your day-to-day family life.

It may support you to build your child’s wellbeing, encourage positive behaviour and emotions, strengthen family relationships and support you to look after yourself.

Parenting Article - well worth a read!

Free Parent Webinar - 10th November - 5pm (WA time)

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Parent Resources

  1. Esafety Blog focus on Squid Game shows and the need to check in on what children are seeing online:


2. Language of Friendship Virtual Event presented by Dana Kerford, founder of URSTRONG. You and your child will learn about her unique “language of friendship”, and she will share her favourite tips and tools and some easy-to-use friendship strategies that really click with kids.

Watch online or get access to relay at a later date - Thursday 11th November 6PM – 7.30PM AEST - 3pm Perth time.



Check out the NEW WAYS NOVEMBER Calendar below - some simple ways of spreading happiness in your own hearts, in your family and in our community!

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High school Orientations for 2022

Year 6 for Year 7 2022 - Orientation Dates

Below are the Orientation dates for some of our feeder high schools. As you will appreciate, it is very challenging for teachers, with children going off in various directions, on various dates this term.

Year 6 parents are asked to please advise us if your Year 6 child will be attending a different Orientation date to any of the ones listed below so that we can plan accordingly.

Thank you.

4th November

Ursula Frayne

23rd November

- Corpus Christi

26th November

- John Bosco

- Mazenod

- St Brigid's

2nd December

- St Norbert's

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BOOKLISTS for 2022

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A Whole School Community Effort for those in need ...

Dear St Emilie's Families,

Please read the letter below that invites you to make a small donation towards our annual support of St Vincent de Paul, who do such wonderful work in the community.

Next week each class will be collecting items that will go towards creating 35 large Christmas hampers for local families doing it very tough at the moment.

We will also be setting up our Christmas Tree in the Office with our Wish Upon a Star tags in mid November. This allows any families who would like to buy a small gift for children of these families, to do so.

Many thanks for your generous support - it is very much appreciated by the families themselves and by all the volunteers who deliver them.

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KIndy Play date for 2022

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Adult Faith Learning - Preparation for Advent


Wednesdays, 7.30pm to 8.30pm, (4 sessions) Online. In preparation for Advent, this course will explore the meaning and content of Christian hope, and the centrality of Christ’s Incarnation to Christian hope. Delving into the writings of St Paul, Pope Benedict XVI, St Pope John Paul II and Josef Pieper, we will learn about the theological virtue of hope, how it is essential to our human nature and divine calling, how the theological virtues of faith, hope and love weave intricately together to bring us to union with God and how Christian hope keeps us ‘forever young’. We will also discuss the efficaciousness of the Holy Spirit, receiving Christ Incarnate in the Eucharist, and prayer, fasting and almsgiving to grow Christian hope and combat hopelessness (despair, acedia and presumption) to prepare our hearts in hope for the coming of our Saviour. Cost: $20. Presenter: Ms Natalie Thomas. Further info or to register, https://cfe.org.au/our-courses/essential-preparation-for-advent-the-meaning-of-christian-hope-online/ email mailto:cfe@perthcatholic.org.au or call 08 9278 0261.

Wednesdays, 10am to 11.30am, (4 sessions) Newman Siena Centre (Clune Lecture Theatre). Cost: $30. Presenter: Ms Natalie Thomas. Further info or to register, https://archdioceseofperthcommunicationsoffice.cmail20.com/t/d-l-atlijkk-tdvjkiuhj-u/

email cfe@perthcatholic.org.au, or call 08 9278 0261.

are you vaccinated yet?

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Absent or late?

If your child is absent or late for school the explanation note must be sent to BOTH the

Class teacher: eg mailto:first name.surname@cewa.edu.au

and to:

Admin : mailto:StEmiliesAdmin@cewa.edu.au

This is an important parent responsibility and a legal requirement.

Thank you.

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Vacation Swimming Lessons - VAC SWIM

Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school vacation holidays.

VacSwim offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations. They are a great school holiday activity and they teach valuable swimming safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.

Enrol at education.wa.edu.au/vacswim

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Parenting Opportunities in your local area!

Below is a link to Communicare's Term 4 FREE Parenting workshops.

There are some great 'one off' and series of workshops including:

  • Setting Boundaries
  • Circle of Security
  • Protective Behaviours
  • Toilet Training
  • Posiitve Discipline in Everyday Parenting
  • Tuning into Kids
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Preparing children for School

The brochure has a synopsis of each opportunity at the bottom.

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School Uniform Reminder - no old style uniforms in 2022

Parents are reminded that the two-year transition to the new school uniform ends at the end of this year.

All children are expected to be wearing the new-style school uniform as of the start of Term 1 2022.

If you are given a pre-loved uniform or purchase one from an outgoing family, please check that they are the correct version of the uniform.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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Pre-Primary Parents - School Uniforms for 2022

A friendly reminder to Pre-Primary parents that now is the time to organise your child's school uniform for 2022.

As you will be aware, we no longer run a uniform shop on site. Image Embroidery are our local supplier.

Image Embroidery Contact details below:

Phone: 08 9456 2324

Fax: 08 9456 2325

Email: mailto:info@imageembroidery.com.au

Address: 26 Tulloch Way, Canning Vale WA 6155

Follow this link to:

St Emilie's Uniform Procedure


Trading Hours

Monday - Thursday:8:30am – 5pm

Friday:8:30am – 4.30pm

Saturday – Sunday:CLOSED

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School social workers focus on the student in the school environment and work collaboratively with principals and teachers to minimise the impacts of personal, family and school difficulties and, where possible, remove any barriers to learning.

With students as their focus, school social workers provide consultancy, advice and support to principals, teachers and other school staff and to families, so that they can best meet the needs of individual and groups of children and young people. There is a strong emphasis on individual student and family counselling and support.

This service is an amazing opportunity for kids, staff and families and one we have wanted in our school for some time.

Please find below the Parent Referral and Consent Form to access our School Social Worker.

You are asked to read the procedure carefully and also note that Kylie only works two days a week. While she will do her very best to accomodate all family referrals, patience may be required as she prioritises her case load and allows time for observation visits, classroom support and playground involvement.

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Uniform Shop

Image Embroidery now services our school community's uniform requirements.

For all uniform queries, please contact a member of the Image Embroidery team (contact details below).

Their store is just 5 minutes from St Emilie's for 'try ons' or you can order uniforms via their online form.

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Keyed Up Music Lessons

Keyed Up Music will be teaching keyboard, guitar and voice lessons this term after school. Lessons start at $18.65 for groups of four per lesson. If you are interested in your son/daughter learning an instrument, ring Savanna on 6107 8841 or 0479 171 424 or enrol at www.keyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment-form

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St Emilie's Parish

Office hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday and Thursday

Mail: PO Box 5184, Canning Vale South WA 6970

An appointment to see a priest is required.

Parish Priest: Fr. Jean-Noël Marie

Email: Jean-noel.marie@perthcatholic.org.au

Assistant Priest: Fr. Victor Manuel Lujano

Email: victor.lujano@perthcatholic.org.au

Office Assistant: Roselle D’Souza

Email: stemilie.office@iinet.net.au

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