St Francis of Assisi News
Term 2 - Issue 6 5th May 2022
Dear Parents & Caregivers,
It is nice to begin the transition to our new normal with whole school activities resuming this week. The children have continued to shine in and around the school as the new term has begun.
KINDY ENROLMENTS 2023
We have officially begun our Kindy enrolment process for 2023. If you have a sibling wanting to enrol for 2023, they are guaranteed a place, but you MUST still complete an application form and submit to the office.
SIBLINGS Complete this link: https://forms.office.com/r/1rtekSyhqf
If you know of any other parent who wishes to apply for a position in our Kindy 2023 Program, please direct them to complete an application form from our website. Places are filling fast.
NEW FAMILIES are to complete this link: https://bit.ly/37VmDmg
2022 SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT SURVEY - PARENTS AND CARERS (PACS)
In partnership with CEWA and National School Improvement Partnerships (NSI), we are once again conducting our parent and children survey. This survey is conducted every two years and due to COVID was last done in 2019. Many of the fantastic initiatives now in operation are a result of the feedback received from our stakeholders back in 2019.
To incentivise parents to take 15mins and complete the survey, we are raffling off three gift vouchers which will be drawn randomly. Every parent who completes the survey will go into the draw to receive one of three vouchers. To complete the survey visit this link:
Click: Start Questionnaire
Enter Code: SFPACS
The survey closes on 26th May and the three randomly drawn raffle winners will be announced in the following newsletter. The prizes are gift vouchers for The Beach House in Eden Beach.
1st Prize: $75 Voucher
2nd Prize: $50 Voucher
3rd Prize: $25 Voucher
Your feedback helps shape the direction of our school so please take 15min to complete the survey - remember, you gotta be in it to win it! More information about data privacy is attached below.
Next week, our Year 3 and 5 children will be undertaking the annual National Assessment Program for Literacy and Numeracy. Every year there is much discussion around standardised testing and the 'one size fits all' application of the written tests. Regardless of the arguments for or against, it is a mandated education requirement and our children have been prepared as best possible given the recent circumstances. I encourage parents to view this assessment as one of many the children sit in class and one aspect of how we view their progress in learning. It provides a snapshot of their learning journey at a particular moment in time and provides feedback to us as a school as to where we need to focus our teaching and learning efforts. There is a two-week period of testing so if your child is away, they will be given the opportunity to sit the test on another day.
Reading & Language Conventions: Wednesday
OPERATING GUIDELINES - BASELINE SETTINGS (Parent Info)
As per the WA Health Minister's announcement, we are now operating under 'Baseline Settings'. This was outlined in last week's COVID Update #13. A summary for parents has been attached at the bottom of this email.
The two week transition period for Winter uniforms has now concluded. From Monday 9th May, all children will be expected to be in full winter uniform. If you are unsure about the uniform requirements, please refer to the attachment below.
MOTHER'S DAY OPEN CLASSROOMS - FREE COFFEE
As a muted Mother's Day celebration, in lieu of our normal breakfast, we will be opening all classrooms tomorrow from 8:20am - 8:50am for mother's (and mother figures) to come in and do a small activity with their child. In the afternoon, the Year 4's will present their Mother's Day themed assembly in front of the whole school. We will also have the opportunity to conduct the Mother's Day raffle which will be very exciting! The Year 4 Assembly and Mother's Day Raffle draw will be streamed via this link for those parents unable to attend:
Thanks to the support of 115 Collective, any mothers' who attend the open classrooms tomorrow will be welcomed with a FREE Coffee Voucher valid at 115 Collective, 859 Connolly Drive. Given we were unable to welcome our mum's with breakfast, we hope you enjoy this small token of appreciation for everything you do for the children in our community. A huge thanks to 115 Collective for supporting this initiative!
Lastly, a special thanks to all the volunteers who assisted on the Mother's Day Stall this year - it was another raging success! A big thanks also to the P&F for coordinating.
Wishing all the mother figures in your lives a wonderful day on Sunday. Whilst every day should be treated like Mother's Day, we hope you have a special day filled with love, laughter and lots of hugs!
HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!
RELIGIOUS EDUCATION NEWS
Welcome back to Term 2! I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter and relaxing break.
YEAR 5 ALTAR SERVER TRAINING
Just a quick reminder to the Year 5s currently in training to become Altar Servers, our next training session is next week - Tuesday 10 May, 3:15pm - 4:00pm.
SACRAMENT OF FIRST COMMUNION (EUCHARIST)
Preparation for the Sacrament of First Holy Communion is underway. Please make note of the dates, venues and times below for the family and candidate commitments. An Expression of Interest went out to families in Term 1. If you did NOT respond to the EOI, please contact me through the office.
YEAR 3 CLASS MASS
The Year 3 Class Mass will take place next Friday (13 May) at 8:45am in the Hall. All parents are welcome to join us.
May - Month of Mary
Why do we pray the rosary in May?
May is the month when Catholics show their devotion to Our Lady, Jesus' blessed mother. We pray the Rosary using beads to count how many prayers have been said. Pope Francis asks that we pray the Rosary to ask Our Lady to intercede for us during these difficult times.
The tradition of dedicating the month of May to Mary, came about in the 13th century. The actual reason is the fact that this month is the time when spring is at the height of its beauty. Spring is also connected with nature renewing itself.
Mayflower Mass - Sunday 29th May (9am)
All families are invited to join with staff and the Parish at the annual Mayflower Mass at St Andrew's Church, Clarkson on Sunday 29th May at 9am. Children can wear free dress. A sausage sizzle will be provided after the Mass.
Gold Coin Fundraiser for the Ukraine
The Gold Coin fundraiser for Caritas, with all proceeds going to the Ukraine raised $685.90. Thank you to everyone who supported this fundraiser. Please keep the people of the Ukraine and their extended families in your prayers.
Miss Dee Campbell
Our school photo days are Tuesday 24 May and Wednesday 25 May. Every student will have their photo taken whether they are purchasing photos or not. Next week each child will be given an on-line ordering instruction slip and a unique student shootkey. The shootkey will be needed to place an order.
We will let you know closer to the time what day your child/children will have their photo taken.
Term 2 Before and After School Activities
Please see the table below for information and what is available. If you have any questions please contact the Association directly. AFL will go ahead on Wednesdays commencing next week (Week 3).
**Due to low numbers Badminton can not begin. If your child is in Year 3-6 and interested in learning Badminton, please contact the office as soon as possible.
Cross Country Training Years 3-6
This term our sports focus is on cross country. We will be holding our faction cross country carnival on Wednesday June 8th which is compulsory for all students in Years 3-6. Following this is the Interschool Cross Country where the top 6 runners will represent our school. In preparation for the carnival we will begin morning training every Tuesday starting next week at 7:45-8:15am for those who wish to practice and work on their fitness. If your child wishes to come along they will need to wear running shoes and bring their uniform to change into after training. Information regarding the carnival will be sent home at a later date.
SCHOOL FEE INFORMATION
School fee statements were sent out to all families at the end of last term, 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.
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:
Edora Tutu, Lois McSheffrey, Bridgette Cooke, Khaleesi-Leigh Ellis, Emma Ryan, Paige Lynton, Laurienne Musenge, Carl Costandy, Elsie de Laine, Eleanor Hansen, Loushia Deng, Eadiee Mariner, Lillian Atwon, Malika Deng, Layla Thomas, Victor Sebit.
We wish you all a wonderful day!!
Friday 6 May - Year 4 Assembly (2:00pm)
Sunday 8 May - Mothers Day
Tuesday 10 May to Friday 20 May - Year 3 & Year 5 NAPLAN testing
Wednesday 11 May - P&F Meeting (8:45am)
Friday 13 May - Year 3 Class Mass (8:45am)
Saturday 14 May & Sunday 15 May - First Communion Commitment Masses @ St Andrew's Church, Clarkson
Friday 20 May - McCormack Feast Day/Merit Assembly 8:45am/Year 5 excursion
Tuesday 24 May & Wednesday 25 May - School Photo Day
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Monday: 1:30pm - 2:30pm
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Address: 1/85 Guthrie St, Osborne Park 6017