St Francis of Assisi News
Term 1 - Issue 4 24th March 2022
Dear Parents & Caregivers,
Welcome to the Week 8 newsletter! With only a couple of weeks left of the term, we hope to get to holidays with all children, families and staff in good health!
On Monday 21st, we celebrated Harmony Day throughout our school! With over 45 different nationalities, it was wonderful to see the children come to school in their cultural dress or orange! In class, every child discussed the importance of Harmony Day and what it represents. Given the current climate, it is a worthy day to celebrate what makes us different. See a few photos below.
SOCIAL REPORTS - TUESDAY 5th APRIL
Our Term 1 Social Reports will be released via Seqta Engage on Tuesday 5th April for all children in PP-6. The social reports are a snapshot of your child's social and work habits in the classroom in the first term of the year. Their academic progress is formally reported on in Term 2. Should you have any questions about the social report, please see the classroom teacher.
All parents will have a SEQTA ENGAGE account which is used to access academic and social reports. If you have forgotten your password or need to reset it, please email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
LUNCH WITH LEADERSHIP
Congratulations to the following children who have won our Lunch with Leadership this term. These children will enjoy a special lunch with Mr Clarke, Miss Campbell and Mr Baker on Friday 1st April. Parents please do not send your child with lunch that day!
PP - Cleo Underwood, Olyvh Milton, Leah Ryan
1 - Samarra Dock, Chet Rudduck, Arie Boschman
2 - Kayarnah Farmer, Poppy Hicks, Cooper Bennetts
3 - Harry Brown, Lily Bassanelli, Abi Leahy
4 - Brax Prunster, Alicia Ridley, Bol Bol
5 - Quinn Dennis, Sophie Harwood, Livvie Rebeiro,
6 - Mijak Jok, Taicia Ashley, Akera P'Ogwaro
Congratulations to all our winners! Great to see our Friends of Francis in action and the children displaying our values of Respect, Responsibility and Honesty!
COVID UPDATE #10
Our weekly COVID update will be sent through tomorrow afternoon.
I am pleased to announce that Miss Sian Cruse and Miss Meg Stewart have been appointed to the Year 3W classroom teachers role for the remainder of 2022. Both Miss Cruse and Miss Stewart are very familiar with our children and school and we look forward to welcoming both as members of our community next term.
I was disappointed to hear Ash Barty has made the decision to retire from tennis. I have been a sporting nuffy for many years with tennis being just one of the many sports I enjoy. Of all the superstars of footy, basketball, cricket, boxing etc Ash Barty is one of the most impressive Australian athletes we have had the pleasure of enjoying. An exceptional ambassador for her culture and her sport, but most of all, just a wonderfully humble role model to all children aspiring to reach their dreams.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
This year proceeds donated to Project Compassion will benefit children and families in the Ukraine, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Mozambique, India, Australia, Democratic Republic of Congo and the Solomon Islands. Please give generously. As little as 5c a week can make a huge impact. Some of our Year 6 students are currently running a stall at recess and lunch, with all proceeds being donated to Project Compassion - way to go girls!
SACRAMENT OF FIRST RECONCILIATION
Congratulations to all the children who received the Sacrament of First Reconciliation this week. You embodied the school values of respect, responsibility and honesty (with a dash of bravery!) in confessing your sins before God, for the very first time. Thank you to everyone who guided and supported the children in preparing to receive this sacrament. Each child received their certificate, a small pin and a yummy treat (Thanks to Mrs O'Reilly!) in celebration. Many thanks to Fr Darek, Fr Marian and the other visiting Parish Priests who guided our children so gently.
YEAR 5 CLASS MASS
The Year 5 Class Mass is tomorrow, Friday 25th March at 8:45am. The Mass will be available on livestream via the link.
STATIONS OF THE CROSS
Stations of the Cross this year will be a powerpoint that each class can access during Week 10. A link to the powerpoint, with our Christian Service leaders reading the Stations, will be made available in the Week 10 newsletter.
FEAST OF THE ANNUNCIATION - Friday March 25
On the Feast of the Annunciation, we celebrate the day that the Angel Gabriel visited the Virgin Mary announcing that she was going to be the mother of Jesus. Even though Mary did not understand completely, she trusted God’s plan for her life, and she said yes to becoming the mother of God and our mother.
The words of the “Hail Mary” come from the Angel’s greeting: “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you.” God’s grace lives in each one of us, but Mary was full of grace because she was born without any Original Sin.
We can turn to Mary, our mother, whenever we need help making difficult decisions or if we are scared to say yes to God. She loves us very much, and she is always praying that we will have the courage to listen to and obey her son.
POPE FRANCIS CALL TO PRAYER
Catholics are being encouraged to join their prayers with those of Pope Francis TOMORROW, Friday 25 March, when he consecrates Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The feast of the Annunciation, when the Church celebrates Mary’s “yes” to the call of God, is a good day for the consecration, a day for the world to say “yes” to the call of peace. Both the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox Churches share a common devotion to Mary as the Mother of God, expressed in liturgy, hymns and art. In times of crisis the faithful pray through Mary. The Pope’s act of consecration places the countries under the protection of Mary, the Mother of Christ, trusting in the power of her intercession. God is the source of all peace, and this act seeks God’s peace through Mary.
Miss Dee Campbell
As Miss Campbell alluded to above, a number of our Year 6 girls have been running a stall to raise money for Project Compassion. The girls have raised over $130 to date by making and selling a number of crafty items to other children in the school. What a wonderful example as leaders of our school. Congratulations to all the girls involved!
The social worker provides counselling to help students and their families deal with social and emotional issues relating to school or affecting a child’s academic performance. Ms Julie Ford can work with your child and provide a space where children can openly express themselves about their fears/worries. Sometimes this involves de-catastrophising a child's thinking and breaking the unhelpful thoughts. Ms Julie can help your child to clearly identify how they are feeling and together develop coping strategies specifically to suit that child.
Some resources that may help support families:
*Beyond Blue Covid Mental Wellbeing Support Service 1800 512348
*Ngala Parenting Line 93689368
Please see the attachment below on Current Covid Anxiety in Children.
Ms Julie Ford
SCHOOL FEE INFORMATION
Thank you to families who have returned their School Fee Payment Option Plan. If you have not done so, please email this form ASAP to email@example.com If we have not received this form we will be contacting those families next week.
If you have a 2022 Health Care Card (HCC), please update these details to ensure you receive your fee discount this year. The HCC discount for the whole year will not be given if you bring in your current card in the middle of the year and expect to be given a discount for the whole year. The discount given will be pro-rata. Therefore if you have a current HCC it is imperative that you send in a copy to the office ASAP.
Can I kindly ask if any parents are able to assist with contact covering some of our new library books. We have some exciting new Novels ready to hit the shelves as soon as they can be covered. You are welcome to take the books and pre-cut contact sheets home to do when convenient. This is very much appreciated so our eager little readers can start to enjoy these new books.
Mrs Linda Howell
SFOA BREAKFAST CLUB (Supported by Bakers Delight Ocean Keys, Clarkson)
When: Every Tuesday/Thursday
Time: 8:00am - 8:20am
Come in and grab some toast with vegemite or jam and start your day right!
Happy Birthday to the following students who are celebrating a birthday over the next two weeks:
Noah Thompson, Keira Drummond, Tatenda Mandirahwe, Cleo Underwood, Addison Mendoza, Adau Chol, Daniel Deng, Brandon Durer-Jones, Emma Kovac, Leah Thomas, Noah Stone, Braxton Stankevicius, Jack Heydon, Jasmin Edwards.
We wish you all a wonderful day!!
Friday 25 March - Year 5 Class Mass 8:45am (No Parents - streamed)
Friday 1 April - Merit Assembly (8:45am) (No Parents - Seesaw)
Tuesday 5 April - Year 4 excursion/Term 1 Social Reports released via Seqta Engage
Thursday 7 April - Year 6 excursion
Friday 8 April - Last Day of Term 1 (2:45pm)
***Monday 11 April to Monday 25 April - School Holidays***
Friday 15 April - Good Friday
Sunday 17 April - Easter Sunday
Monday 25 April - ANZAC Day (Public Holiday)
Tuesday 26 April - Students return for Term 2
* Please note the uniform shop is operating ONLY for online orders, orders must be placed by Monday morning 9:00am. Due to restrictions we are unable to have children do try-ons.
Monday: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
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