St Francis of Assisi News
Term 1 - Issue 5 7th April 2022
Dear Parents & Caregivers,
We made it! After a disrupted term full of challenges, we have made it to the school holidays. Despite what this term has thrown at us, we are very proud and thankful of the way our school community has embraced the ever-changing restrictions and masks. Although our children have experienced a number of relief teachers and constant changes in their class, they have been fantastic in responding and adapting to ensure the learning has continued. They have well and truly earned the upcoming 2-week break!
This Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week with Palm Sunday. This is the most solemn period of our liturgical calendar as we prepare for the death and resurrection of Jesus. The children have spent the past week discussing the importance of this season in our Catholic lives and I encourage parents to take the opportunity to make this a focal point of family conversations in the lead up to the celebration of Easter. St Andrew's will be celebrating masses to mark the events of Holy Week. Mass times can be accessed here: http://clarkson.perthcatholic.org.au/#mass-times
As we move into Term 2, we have a 2-week transition period for the wearing of Winter Uniform for the children. Below is the Winter uniform requirements for Term 2 and 3. If you are unsure or require items, please contact the uniform shop via the links below. As a Catholic school, we take great pride in wearing our uniform correctly and we will once again be encouraging this throughout the school with our weekly 'Uniform Award' for classes wearing their uniform most proudly.
These were released via SEQTA ENGAGE on Tuesday. They provide a snapshot of children in their social and learning habits in the first term of the year. Formal academic reports are sent electronically at the conclusion of Term 2, but staff are always available to meet and discuss your child's journey. If you are yet to access SEQTA ENGAGE or need assistance, please email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
EASTER RAFFLE - P&F
Tomorrow, Friday 8th April, we will be streaming the raffle draw for our Easter Raffle winners. Thanks to our cutting edge technology provided by the P&F in 2021, we will stream the raffle draw to all parents and children from the hall. The draw will take place at 12pm and can be accessed via this link:
COVID UPDATE #12
Our weekly COVID update will be sent through tomorrow afternoon.
TERM 2 ARRANGEMENTS - EASED RESTRICTIONS
In line with the Education Minister and WA Health guidelines, restrictions to begin Term 2 have been somewhat eased. These have now been clarified and I am pleased to announce the following:
- Masks still in place for Year 3 and above
- Parents may attend assemblies, class performances - year level only
- Whole School Assemblies are still not permitted
- Merit Award assemblies will return - with parents allowed to attend (these will be conducted in the hall with only merit award winners attending to be presented by leadership)
- Administration will reopen to parents
- P&F Meetings resume in person
- Parent-Teacher meetings resume in person
- Uniform shop reopens in person
- Regular volunteers (once per week or more) are still required to provide Proof of Vaccination
- Parents are still not permitted in classrooms
- Parents are still required to meet in the 'Student Collection Area' before and after school to drop off and collect their children
- Playgroup returns Week 2 (Monday 8:30-10:15am)
- Before and After School Sport returns
There will be a number of events that will once again be permitted but this will be in line with WA Health guidelines. Please see the attached below.
FREE DRESS DAY - UKRAINE
As Miss Campbell mentions below, tomorrow we finish the term with a FREE DRESS for Ukraine. Whilst we are fortunate to look forward to the school holidays and time with our families, we finish the term with the people of Ukraine set firmly in our prayers.
Finally, a sincere thank you to all our parents, children and staff for their understanding and patience this term as we navigated the close contacts and confirmed positive cases. I realise all the changing restrictions and constant communication from the school can be somewhat overwhelming, but the support our school has received from parents and children has been outstanding. Our goal and number one priority is always to keep our children safe and hopefully we have managed that successfully over this term. I'm sure the challenge won't stop now, but given how the staff, parents and children have responded, I am confident our school community can overcome any further hurdles. This term has been another shining example of my favourite St Francis quote;
'Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; suddenly, you are doing the impossible'
Wishing everyone in our community a restful and holy Easter holiday break. I hope parents and children have the opportunity to celebrate Easter as a family and enjoy the downtime that the holidays bring. Stay safe.
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
FREE DRESS FOR PROJECT COMPASSION
This year PC is supporting the families affected by the events in the Ukraine. Thousands of people have lost their lives, hundreds of thousands mourn loved ones and millions have become refugees. To support the people of the Ukraine, we are having a Free Dress Day TOMORROW. Children are encouraged to wear royal blue and gold to show their support. Please remember all children must wear sports shoes.
Congratulations to Zac (Yr 5) who was commissioned last Sunday as an Altar Server in the St Andrew's Parish. We look forward to Zac serving at school soon.
YEAR 5 ALTAR SERVER TRAINING
The next Altar Server Training to be held at school is on Tuesday 3 May 3:15 - 4:15pm. Afternoon tea will be provided.
This coming Sunday is Palm or Passion Sunday, and marks the beginning of Holy Week, the last week of Lent. It is a very special time in the Church where we make final preparations for Jesus, the Risen Lord. We encourage families to visit their local parish to experience the wonder and awe of the special events during Holy Week - Palm Sunday (children are welcome to participate in the Palm Sunday entrance procession at the 9:00am Mass, please see Father before Mass), Holy Thursday (Last Supper), Good Friday (Stations of the Cross) and Easter Sunday (Jesus is Risen!)
Miss Dee Campbell
Congratulations to Abigail (3W) and Jessica Leahy (5B) who have recently completed their grading at Premier Martial Arts Academy. Abigail was awarded her purple belt while Jess successfully achieved her red belt, black stripe. A wonderful achievement that is reward for their discipline and hard work.
Also, well done to Maria Clara Pires Gil (4W) who was awarded Nipper Achiever of the Year for Under 9's at Alkimos Surf Life Saving Club. A great result in a very worthwhile extra-curricular activity.
Congratulations to all the girls on their discipline and success in areas that will benefit them for life!
If your child is born between 1st July 2018 to 30 June 2019 they are due to commence Kindergarten in 2023. If you have not as yet filled out an Enrolment Application form, please contact the school office ASAP.
Term 2 Before and After School Activities
We are recommencing before and after School activities for term 2 in line with the government restrictions. Please see the table below for information and what is available, some activities require minimum numbers to begin so please ensure you have registered prior to week 1. If you have any questions please contact the association directly.
SCHOOL FEE INFORMATION
School fee statements have been sent out to all families, please check your statements for any discrepancies and to ensure you are on the correct payment plan.
Could all families on Health Care Card (HCC) please check their expiry dates and provide the school with an updated HCC. If your card expires any time during this year and we do not receive your updated card, your school fees will be calculated pro-rata.
IRENE McCORMACK CATHOLIC COLLEGE BURSARIES/SCHOLARSHIPS
For more information on the Year 7 2023 Bursaries/Scholarship please see the information below.
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 month:
Harrison Moffatt, Violet Turner, Charlotte Victoire, Luca Jones, Louis Odongo, Shivay Deswal, Logan Scott, Leo Hunt, Isabella Banghi Lago, Jose Luiz Pires Gil, Malika Magistro, Rose Johnson, Hyeon (Jayden) Kim, Aazarnah Farmer, Penelope Quiceno, Samara Makawa, Katie Everest Pearson, Aria Everest Pearson, Reed Campbell, Oliver Smith, Benjamin Ennis, Harlow Burrell, Braxton Peck, Samuel Thistlethwaite, Logan Bakker, Mckinleigh Watson, Lily Bassanelli, Caroline Odongo, Laurienne Musenge, Audrey Currell, Carla Reynolds, Imani Robinson, Ashleigh Peck, Ava Rosich, Benjamin Musenge.
We wish you all a wonderful day!!
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
Camp Australia is open for bookings for the Term 1 school holidays. Please click on the flyers below to view the Holiday Club program. Also, if you are interested in working for Camp Australia as a qualified worker, please see the flyer below.
* 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