St Jerome's Newsletter

Week 2 - Term 4 (Thursday 24 October 2019)

Dear Parents and members of our school community

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PAY IT FORWARD is an idea that has such a following across the world & I like to think that it has its origins in people reflecting on the needs of others & their daily battles. It works like this:

1. See a need and do something about it. You do not want anything in return; you do not expect any pay back for your kindness. You do not want any recognition and acknowledgement. You just do it to make a difference to someone else’s life.

2. The deal is that this person then has a responsibility to find three acts of service to others.

3. The three people they impact on, then have this responsibility to not pay it back, but pay it forward in kindness to others.

This is how the movement starts. We start with those closest to us or we can start with a total stranger. I do know that when we have this awareness, it is amazing how many acts like this take place right in front of us.

An example was when I was at the local supermarket and a person in front of me pulled out his credit card and paid for an elderly man’s bread and milk. The man was grabbing coins out of his pocket and did not have enough cash, so this total stranger said politely that he would like to pay for it. This is PURE GOLD. He was not being a hero; he was just doing a good deed. I am sure the elderly man would pay that forward with kindness to the next person he encountered. Imagine the impact if we all tried kindness in our lives.

Busy Bee - This Saturday

Many thanks to the families who have returned their notes to say they'll be giving an hour our two of their time on this Saturday between 7am and 12noon.

I am so proud of our play areas all throughout the school and I remember with great joy the incredible effort it took a team of mums and dads to transform the bleak Pre Primary area into the wonderful space it is today.

We can promise you a better work out than at the gym on Saturday so we hope to see you there. Secondary school students who need to accumulate their service hours are also welcome to join us.

Helen O'Toole


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"Mothering our Boys"

Thank you to one of our parents for their kind donation of a copy of Maggie Dent's latest book "Mothering our Boys".

Ask for it at our library. It is a great book for parents of boys.

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Plastic Bottle Tops Collection and Plastic Bread Tags Collection

Plastic Bottle Top Collection Paused

Thank-you to everyone who has collected milk bottle and drink bottle tops. The Envision Hands Project is pressing pause for a while, they have been overwhelmed by the response from collectors and now need to concentrate on producing hands.

In the meantime, you could check out Green Batch, a company recycling plastic here in W.A. on as an alternative for your plastics. We will let you know when it’s possible to resume collecting for the Envision Hands Project.

Wheelchairs for South Africa - Collection of Plastic Bread Tags

We are also excited to announce that we can collect and help recycle plastic bread tags now too. There is a separate collection box in the front office. These tags will be used to provide wheelchairs for people in need in South Africa. The tags are given to the charity Bread Tags for Wheelchairs and then sold to people set up to recycle them and the funds are used to purchase wheelchairs. The recyclers are turning the tags into seedling trays, door knobs and looking into making floor tiles and coasters. That's more plastic not going into rubbish dumps!

Thank you!


7.30pm - Thursday 14 November, St Joseph's Subiaco

This inspiring annual event, an initiative of the women of the Parish, is on for its fifth year. Guest speakers Vicky Burrows (Executive Director, Mission and Ethos, MercyCare), Maureen Helen (Author) and Tor Taranto (Perth Cana Communities) will talk about their personal life experiences in the context of faith and their spiritual life. To allow time for reflection, Tres Classique ensemble will play pieces selected by the guest speaker. Light refreshments will follow. A gold coin donation for Perth Cana Communities will be collected at the event. All welcome.

Carol Hoare


Scitech Challenge Day

On Tuesday, 8 terrifically talented Year 6 children caught the train from Fremantle into the City West station, to attend the Challenge Day at Scitech.

Lachlan, Ella, Kristijan, Taylor, Vrindha, Perth, Marco and Aleisha worked in two teams to critically evaluate “How might we re-purpose waste materials to design a product that improves life at school?”

Both of our teams were awarded “joint runner-up” for the day in their category.

A big thank you to Mrs Wyatt for accompanying us!

Mrs Paatsch

Extension Teacher

Congratulations Jacob!

Back in July, Jacob F (5 Red) took part in the Elite 96 program for Futsal. The Spanish coach Sergio Perez travelled all around Australia to select players to represent their country. Jacob has been identified as one of the top 12 futsal players in the region and will be traveling to Barcelona in February 2020 to represent Australia in the Top 12 experience tournament.

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Interschool Athletics Carnival Schedule

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