St Francis of Assisi News

Term 3 - Issue 11 13th August 2020

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A reading from the gospel of Luke (Luke 1:46-55)


Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour, for he has looked with favour on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. “He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. “He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors. to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

PUPIL FREE DAYS


FRIDAY 21st AUGUST


MONDAY 24th AUGUST

PRINCIPAL'S POST

Dear Parents & Caregivers,


A reminder to parents that next Friday 21st August and Monday 24th August are PUPIL FREE DAYS. Staff will be off-site on Friday undertaking some faith formation, while Monday will see us focus on our school priorities for 2020. Please contact CAMP Australia directly should you wish to book your children in for care.


Welcome to New Families/Children

In the past fortnight, we welcomed four children to our community:

Jade Dinh (6B)

Charlotte Head (3B)

Dut Awan (3W)

Jacinta De Dut (KB)

Whilst starting a new school can be daunting, I am sure our children and community will make you all feel very welcome!


Kindy 2021 Enrolments Interviews - Siblings

A reminder to parents that Kindy places for 2021 are quickly filling. If you have a younger child due to begin Kindy next year, please contact our Enrolment Officer, Mrs Brunton asap.


Audit Registration

Today, our school underwent the Non-Government Audit Registration. This process is required for every school on a 5-year cycle to ensure our policies, procedures and practices are aligned with registration for schools in Western Australia. After the process, a set of recommendations are made for us to address. Thank you to those parents who completed the parent survey to assist in preparation for this audit. Next week, our Early Childhood Education team will undergo the National Quality Standards Audit, which focuses on the ECE component of schools and prioritising of a safe, play-based environment for our K-2 children.


Cross Country Years 3-6

Whilst leadership was undertaking the audit, our Year 3-6 children were doing their best at our Cross Country Carnival. Congratulations to all the children who participated. It makes us very proud as teachers to see children giving their best and working as hard as they can to complete the course. We realise long distance running isn't for everyone, but the focus is on participation, effort and resilience. All of which was on full display today! Congratulations to Benedict Noorns (Green) faction on winning the 2020 Cross Country Shield. This was presented at a brief assembly this afternoon.


A special thank you to Ms Croxall for coordinating this year's event. Also to our parent volunteers and outstanding Year 6 Captains and Vice Captains for their marshalling and encouragement of the children.


Performing Arts

This year was significantly different for our performing arts items. Mrs Dolbel has worked hard to prepare our children for a recorded performance that will be submitted over the next fortnight. The two items were:

Year 2 - Jungle Babes

Year 3/4 - A Child's Symphony


Yesterday, the Year 2's performed Jungle Babes which was outstanding! Next week, the Year 3/4 children take on 'A Child's Symphony'. Thank you to the children and parents for giving up their time after school as well as at lunch times in preparation for these performances. Of course, a huge thank you to Mrs Dolbel, who despite being on LSL, has committed herself to the children and these performances. A testament to her dedication. Hopefully, we can provide links to the performances for our parents.


Mary MacKillop Mass & Assumption of Mary Mass

As Miss Campbell alludes to below, last Friday we celebrated the Feast of Mary MacKillop with a mass for half our school. Tomorrow, Father Dariusz will be celebrating the Feast of the Assumption with the other half of our children in the afternoon. Unfortunately, as restrictions are yet to be eased, we are not in the position to welcome all parents. Once we have further clarity surrounding this, we will advise.


Code of Conduct Statements 9 & 10

Every year, we remind parents of our Code of Conduct statements as being part of the St Francis of Assisi CPS community. Parents, staff and students agree to our Code of Conduct document which outlines 12 statements that govern our behaviour and conduct in a Catholic school as part of the larger Child Safety Framework for Catholic Education. This week, we review Statements 9 and 10.


Statement 9: You treat personal information about members of the school community as private and confidential.

  • The school may be required to disclose student or other personal information to a third party. Some examples include:
- If the student or their parent consent

- If there is a subpoena from a court that requires production of the information

- If the police or the Department of Child Protection and Community Services requests information about the well-being of a student.

  • The law deems that the Principal has ‘constructive possession’ and control of all records and information held by the school, regardless of where it is actually stored.


Statement 10: You promote and preserve the trust and privilege inherent in your relationship with all members of the school community.
  • The onus is on all community members to behave professionally with students at all times and to not put yourself in a position where a reasonable person may be unsure of the level of intimacy in your relationship, regardless of the reality or your intentions.

  • Adult community members may have good and innocent intentions when engaging with a student in an overly familiar fashion. The problem is that another person may not, and a third party observer cannot tell the difference.

  • The Code removes the need to interpret ‘intent’ and requires us to act in an unambiguous way in our engagements with students.


Finally, good luck to our Year 6 students for the Spring Carnival next Thursday 20th August. They will compete in basketball, rugby and badminton against several other Catholic schools. Not usually one to blow my own trumpet (that's just not true!), but luckily for one of the boys teams, they have the Phil Jackson of basketball coaching at the helm, so I'm looking at being undefeated! But seriously, it is all about fun and participation and here's hoping all the Year 6's have a great day, display their ‘sports-personship’ and enjoy the competition.


Have a great fortnight ahead.


Best wishes

Jason Baker

Principal

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS

Dear Parents and Caregivers,


Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (15 August)

This week, we affirm our belief that Mary is now in Heaven. The feast of the Assumption commemorates the glorification of Mary, chosen by God, to be the mother of Jesus the Christ. The feast acquired a special status as a feast of Mary when Pius XII in 1950 defined the assumption as a dogma of faith. On this feast we are encouraged to affirm our humanity and work to enhance the dignity of people as daughters and sons of God. (Taken from Stories and Seasons: Saints and Feasts for Catholic Schools and Parishes by Kevin Treston)


ASSUMPTION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY (CELEBRATED ON FRIDAY 14 AUGUST)

Years 3&4 will lead us in celebrating the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into heaven, TOMORROW, Friday 14 August at 1:45pm. Year 1, Year 3, Year 4 and Year 6 will attend the mass. Other classes (Kindy, Pre Primary, Year 2 and Year 5) will join us by livestream. Due to Phase 4 restrictions, we are unfortunately unable to invite parents.


FIRST HOLY COMMUNION (FIRST EUCHARIST)

WORKSHOP - Tuesday 25 August 1:45pm - 2:45pm in the SFoA Hall (Parents welcome)

RETREAT - Thursday 3 September 8:30am - 2:40pm in the SFoA Hall (children only)

REHEARSAL & RECONCILIATION - Thursday 10 September

SACRAMENT OF EUCHARIST - SUNDAY 13 SEPTEMBER @ 10:30AM.


CONFIRMATION

At this time we are unsure if the Sacrament of Confirmation will take place in 2020. We must follow the directives of the Archdiocese of Perth, who have informed us that with WA still under Phase 4 restrictions, Confirmation remains suspended at this time. We will continue to prepare the children for this special sacrament, in the hope it will take place in Term 4. We will keep families informed as more information is offered to the school.


FREE DRESS FUNDRAISER

Wednesday in Week 6 (Wed 26 August) will be our Christian Service fundraiser for Term 3. Children are encouraged to wear free dress and make a GOLD COIN donation on the day. All money raised will go to the RSPCA to support the care and rehabilitation of animals in need. St Francis is the patron saint of animals and the environment.


'Lord, grant that I might not so much seek to be loved as to love.' Francis of Assisi


Miss Dee Campbell

SPORT NEWS

SFoA Cross Country Carnival

Congratulations to Benedict Noorn (Green) faction on winning the Cross Country Carnival. Well done to all those students who finished in the top four and received a ribbon. All children participated with great enthusiasm and determination, it was great to see so many smiles and positive energy around the track. Thank you to Kym Jacobs, Kate Coorey, Matt and Danni Bakker, Hazel Collopy for your help and continuous cheering today.


Year 6 Interschool Spring carnival

On Thursday 20th August all Year 6 students will be attending an interschool carnival to participate in rugby league tag, basketball or badminton. The children will compete in a series of mini modified games throughout the day against 7 other schools where the focus is on sportsmanship, fun and enjoyment. Further information regarding this day including locations and times has been sent home during the week and is also on the school facebook page and class seesaw.


St Francis of Assisi Sports Carnival

On Week 8, Friday 11th September we will be holding our first St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School sports carnival. The children have started practicing in their sports lessons for team games and sprints and are very excited for the day. Every child in PP-year 6 has been allocated a faction, all siblings will be in the same faction and this is the faction they will remain in until they leave SFoA. At the carnival each child will participate in a running race and at least 2 team games. The carnival is held on IMCC oval and further information will be sent out closer to the time.

Regards,

Amanda Croxall

Teacher

LIBRARY NEWS

The CBCA (Childrens’ Book Council of Australia) have published a shortlist of books from eligible authors for the 2020 Awards. The Library has some of these books on display which the students can borrow. Two of these books are :

The Glimme by Emily Rodda 'Then the strange housekeeper from a mysterious clifftop mansion sees his talent, buys him for a handful of gold and then reveals to him seven extraordinary paintings.'

Catch a Falling Star by Meg McKinlay 'Somewhere high above Frankie Avery, one of the world's first space stations is tumbling to Earth. And rushing back with it are old memories.'


Mrs Marie Gray

SFOA BREAKFAST CLUB

Introducing our new breakfast club!

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!

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


Sinead Engelbrecht, Isla Summers-Juncal, Austin Jones, Emily Epple, Shyne Volner, Ava Galliers, Jamie Bahina, Lydia Thomas, Javier Villamor, Ethan Harms, Simon Sokiri, Jaxon Blake, Macy Barnes.


We wish you all a wonderful day!!


Congratulations to the following families on recent arrivals:

George family (Andrew in 2B) on the arrival of a new baby sister!

Santos-Swift family (Zoe in KB) on the arrival of a new baby brother!

IMPORTANT DATES

Fri 14 Aug - Assumption of Mary school mass (1:45pm)

Mon 17 Aug - Year 3/4 Performing Arts 'A Child's Symphony'

Wed 19 Aug - Science Week Incursion K-Year 6

Thurs 20 Aug - Year 6 Spring Carnival

Fri 21 Aug - Pupil Free Day (no school for students)

Mon 24 Aug - Pupil Free Day (no school for students)

Fri 28 Aug - Merit Assembly


SCHOOL FEE INFORMATION

Dear Parents,

Thank you to those families who have already met with Mr Baker, we will be continuing interviews in Term 3. The school is grateful to those families who continue to pay their fees on a regular basis. This is beneficial to our children. If you are experiencing financial difficulty please feel free to contact me asap.

Please update your expired health care cards in order to continue receiving the discount for this year.

Kind regards,

Geneve Bastian, Finance Officer

UNIFORM SHOP

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

Email: mailto:admin@jfe.com.au

CAMP AUSTRALIA

Camp Australia will be running their Outside School Care on the pupil free days, 21st August and 24th August. Please click on the flyer for details:

IMCC INSTRUMENTAL & CHORAL SCHOLARSHIPS 2021

Click on the flyer for details of 2021 Year 7 Instrumental & Choral Scholarships.