Week 5 Term 1 2022 - week commencing Monday 28th February
We also pause to think about and pray for all the everyday families in Russia here and abroad, who also yearn for peace and unity.
From the Principal
Welcome back everyone and I hope the past week has brought you much to enjoy and feel grateful for.
As we approach the middle of Term One here at school, teachers are now in 'full swing' in classrooms. Year level expectations have been established, relationships are being nurtured, cooperative learning strategies employed, rich learning tasks offered, timely assessments and formative feedback being given and much, much more. Teachers are discovering more about your child's learning needs and adjusting their teaching and learning accordingly.
At home, we hope you are supporting your child to engage with their Purposeful Practise Grids by adopting a calm approach, a good space for them to work in and ensuring some healthy snacks are close by!
Parent Teacher meetings over the phone are being offered in Weeks 7 and 8 of term. Please read the letter below for more information about booking a time with your teacher.
Please make sure that you read the information below under COVID Updates.
The Department of Health (WA Health) has provided schools with the attached document setting out a series of FAQs for all parents and caregivers. The document outlines important information regarding children who have been or may be identified as a close contact of a person who has been identified as a positive COVID-19 case.
Mask Wearing Years 3-6
As you will have read or heard on the news, many primary schools in Perth have already been affected by positive COVID cases in their communities over the past few weeks. Individual students and a number of classes have been sent into quarantine after being exposed to a COVID positive classmate in their classroom.
While we fully appreciate that children having to wear masks is not an ideal situation, the wearing of a mask appears to be very important, not only to prevent infection (to classmates and the teacher) but also to ensure that our children have the best chance of continuing face-to-face learning if someone in their classroom should test positive for COVID-19.
When all children in a classroom are wearing masks correctly, and when exposed to a positive case, they are less likely to be classified as a close contact, removing the potential need to isolate and allowing them to stay at school and continue face-to-face learning.
Catholic Education WA are working closely with the State Government's Health Mandate. At this stage, students in Year 3 and above will only be required to wear masks if the government deems a high caseload has been reached.
Parents are asked to buy child-sized masks that fit appropriately and to please try hard to help support children to take this likely development 'in their stride'. In other words, rather than catastrophise or dwell on the negatives of mask wearing, please set your child up with simple and positive messages that help them to maintain perspective, accept that there are good reasons for mask wearing, that this is a temporary situation and to understand that things are never as bad as they first seem!
Students have been seeing staff (and parents) wearing masks now for some time. The way that we react to a mask wearing mandate will influence how children manage. Thank you for modelling a calm and positive approach.
Many thanks to our P&F and Advisory Council teams who both met online via TEAMS on Wednesday. While not an easy way of communicating, it was wonderful to see some friendly faces and to share our journey so far. The P&F will be communicating with families shortly about ideas for helping to give the children some special things to look forward to in the term ahead.
Congratulations and thank you to Jain Chow, who has taken on the P&F President's role for 2022, to Pamela Lawrence who has taken on the position of Treasurer, and to Leanne Wallis for continuing on in her role as Secretary of the P&F.
Congratulations and thank you also to Craig Bishop, who has taken on the School Advisory Council's Chairperson's role, to Stephanie Malelo, who will now be the Council Secretary, and to Melinda Curran, who has been co-opted onto the School Advisory Council.
Thank you to all families for your support, encouragement, cooperation and communication - we really miss interacting with you all in person, however hopefully, with good community support, things will return to a semblance of normality soon enough.
The Beginning of Lent
As we move into Week 5, we also move into the Season of Lent. Ash Wednesday begins the Christian celebration of Lent - forty days of prayer, fasting and giving to prepare us for the celebration of Easter.
An important aspect of Lent is the call to quieten down the busyness of our lives and to make time for reflection and contemplation. It is a great time to reassess where we are placing our time and energies; to consider what we are doing to improve the quality of our relationships; to reflect on how we are nurturing our prayer life.
Lent challenges us to avoid striving for external markers of success and fulfilment and instead to listen to what the still, small voice of God is saying to us in our hearts.
Lent calls us to our inner room - to an extra moment of quiet, amidst the ordinariness and noise of our daily lives. We are called to journey back home to the God who loves us and is always ready to help and guide us.
All the best for a great weekend everyone!
Two Way Meeting Booking Procedure
Open the document below to read the simple instructions!
Thanks P&F Team
If you would like to join us at our next meeting on Wednesday 23rd March, please send an email
to the Office and we will send you a TEAMS invite.
An email on Wednesday morning was sent to all families with a link to a Google Form seeking your permission to include you on a class Contact List. Please note that the closing date is the 14th March. Thanks to everyone who has already responded.
Parent Series - e Safety Webinars
Close Contacts - Please Read the Infographic and the Letter from WA Health
ADVICE TO PARENTS AND FAMILIES - RESPONDING TO A POSITIVE CASE OF COVID
If you have any concerns about your child not feeling well and displaying possible COVID-19 symptoms, please keep your child at home and undertake testing.
COVID TESTING CLINICS
SYMPTOMS OF COVID
COVID-19 can cause a range of symptoms, which can be mild, moderate or severe.
It is important that you get tested if you or your child have any of the following, no matter how mild:
- Fever OR recent history of fever (e.g. night sweats, chills), without a known source
- Acute respiratory symptoms (including cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, runny nose)
- Acute loss of smell or taste
- Diarrhoea (especially in children)
WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF WE RECEIVE NOTIFICATION THAT A STUDENT OR STAFF MEMBER HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED AS A POSITIVE CASE IN OUR SCHOOL:
1. A text message informing families of the class or classes potentially affected (i.e. possible close contacts) will be sent home.
2. This will be followed up by an email to families with further information and direction.
Project Compassion is the Lenten appeal of Caritas Australia, the Australian Church’s international aid and development agency begins on Ash Wednesday and runs across the six weeks of Lent.
Lent is a wonderful time to focus on what is most important in our lives, especially in these uncertain times; to review, to take stock, to make some positive changes in our attitude, in our values, in our relationships, in our ability to reach out to others.
It is a great opportunity to look beyond ourselves and our own needs and to give a little more time, a little more of ourselves and even some $$$ to those who are in need of some practical help.
On Tuesday 1st March, a Project Compassion Box will be sent home with the eldest child of each family. Please look out for these. Your donations no matter how big or small will help vulnerable families to build brighter futures for themselves.
More information about Caritas Australia and their important works can be found on their website https://www.caritas.org.au/project-compassion/
FRUIT OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
TERM 1 WEEK 1-5: KINDNESS
In our final week on Kindness, we focus on the theme ‘Empathy is understanding the feelings of others’. Empathy is the ability to emotionally understand what other people feel, see things from their point of view, and imagine yourself in their place. Essentially, it is putting yourself in someone else's position and feeling what they must be feeling.
MSP School Photo Days - a special moment in time!
Parents are reminded that we will be holding our School Photo days on Monday the 28th February and Tuesday the 1st March.
Children are to come to school neatly presented in their regular school uniform - thank you.
More information and order forms have been sent home.
Parents can access sibling photo forms from the School Office. Alternatively if you give the office an email they will organise for the form to come home with your eldest child.
For sibling photos, it is the responsibility of the parent to bring them to the Hall in the morning before school. Please ensure appropriate social distancing occurs and that all adults are wearing masks.
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Important reminders / leaving early
2. Please ensure you are emailing the class teacher along with admin If your child is going to be taken out of school for an appointment early.
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.
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Fax: 08 9456 2325
Address: 26 Tulloch Way, Canning Vale WA 6155
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Friday:8:30am – 4.30pm
Saturday – Sunday:CLOSED
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Extra Curricular Music Lessons - Keyed Up Music
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
Assistant Priest: Fr. Victor Manuel Lujano
Office Assistant: Roselle D’Souza