St Jerome's Newsletter
Week 8 - Term 1 (Thursday 1 April 2021)
Hosanna to the Son of David; Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest.
There is a story of a dad passing his daughter’s room and seeing her with her hands joined and repeating the alphabet. When he asked what she was doing, she replied, ‘I’m saying my prayers. I couldn’t think of just what I wanted to say, so I’m saying all the letters of the alphabet, and God can put them together however He thinks best.’
Our prayers don’t have to be sophisticated nor long-winded, just sincere. St Paul wrote his letters nearly 2 000 years ago, but his words are still relevant today: ‘Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.’ Romans 12:12. Something to consider during this holiday break.
Easter is the most important season for the Christian faith, and I do hope you might be able to attend one of the Easter ceremonies. At school today we witnessed the Easter story as told by our drama students with the whole school in attendance. I've included some of today's images for you to share in our presentation. It was a solemn occasion, and the reverence which the Easter events deserve were experienced by all of us gathered. A special mention to Mr Bennett-Surtees for his guidance with today's presentation.
Term 1 is now over, and what a busy and action packed one it was. Mind you, I think every term has similar demands but there are times when the pace seems to step up even more so. I have loved being here, and I have enjoyed working alongside our amazing staff. To each, I gather your thoughts and best wishes to mine and thank them sincerely. I am in awe of the commitment the staff of St Jerome's apply to their work. I listen carefully to their conversations on how they strive to better the learning journey for every child here. It is inspiring, and if we could measure the energy and passion which I see daily then our thanks would ring out even louder.
My thanks too must be noted for the members of our P&F Association, and the School Advisory Council. Their efforts and generosity does not go unnoticed, and the additional hours they commit to our school brings great reward for the community. I do hope you can exercise that promise you made at your child's enrolment meeting to be available to assist the school community. Your assistance can come in many ways, and when you do step forward the blessings will follow. You can be involved in your child's school from the car park or reading the newsletter, or you could be engaged and present with what's happening in your child's school. I would suggest, the latter is more important.
On behalf of Vanessa, Carol, myself, and the staff of St Jerome's, we wish you a happy and Holy Easter. We hope the blessing of sleepy mornings, and busy fun filled days brings joy and happiness to your family. Enjoy it all.
Term 2 commences on Monday 19 April.
The Lord be with you
We should pray
God, our Father, we thank you for your son, Jesus, and for the direction his life gives to our lives. We ask for perseverance in Faith, so that we too will join Jesus in his Resurrection.
Catholic Education WA 50 Year Celebration
In 2021 Catholic Education in Western Australia celebrated 50 years since the bishops of Western Australia brought together Catholic schools across their four dioceses into one state wide system with the establishment of the Catholic Education commission of Western Australia. The 50th anniversary will be celebrated alongside the 200th anniversary of Catholic Education in Australia, with ‘Faith in the future’ as the tagline for the National bi-centenary celebrations.
Every student and staff member in the school received a Prayer Card yesterday to bring home.
Evacuation Drill held on Tuesday 23 March
All classes from Kindy to Year Six took part in an, ‘Evacuation from School Buildings Drill’, on Tuesday last week.
Regular drills are a requirement to ensure that our community is aware of how to respond in the event of a critical situation arising during a school day. The teachers had prepared the students well and the whole event took place, in a calm and coordinated manner. The entire event took 11mins from the time the drill announcement was made, to all students being accounted for at the Muster Station and all areas checked.
Uniform Shop News
A reminder that in Term 2 & 3 our students are wearing winter uniform. The uniform requirements can be found on our website. Briefly, it means the girls will change from the summer dress into the white shirt with either the tunic or skirt. (Sizing will follow the size of the summer dress/everyday clothing worn). Our boys can wear the grey trousers or continue in the grey shorts. Our Track suit pants can be incorporated into the sports and pre-primary uniform.
Orders can be placed via e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or phoned through, obviously on the days the shop is open (Tues & Thurs 8.15am to 3.30pm). You will need to provide your child’s name and class, sizes required and card details for payment please. Orders will be sent to class message baskets in our admin. building, these are generally collected by classes by the end of the day. Large orders will be placed at Reception for collection. If there are any queries please give us a call.
Uniform Shop Coordinator
The Parish of St Jerome's - Holy Week Celebrations 2021
- Holy Thursday (1 April) 7.00pm
- Good Friday (2 April) Stations of the Cross 10am, Passion Celebration 3pm
- Easter Saturday (3 April) Vigil Mass 7pm
- Easter Sunday (4 April) 8am, 10am, 6pm.
Term 1 Sports Wrap Up
We had visits from representatives from South Fremantle Football Club and Rugby WA during the term to run skill clinics during some of our Physical Education classes. The kids loved learning new skills and games. If your child has shown an interest in either of these sports, you can find details online (rugbyroos.com or playafl/auskick). Our local union club is the Southern Lions RUFC in Success and South Coogee JFC would love to have our students in their Auskick program.
CPSSA Interschool Cricket
On Thursday 11 March, selected students from years 5 and 6 represent St Jerome’s at the CPSSA interschool cricket carnival at Santich Park. Mrs Vincovich did an outstanding job coaching with the assistance of Mr Jones. All four teams had a great time playing the fast- paced T20 Blast format. Our Boys A Division team were undefeated and announced as the outright winners of their competition for the second year in a row. Well done to all the children involved!
St Jerome's Swimming Carnival
Last week all the students in years 4,5 and 6 participated in the St Jerome’s House Swimming Carnival. We were fortunate to have perfect weather to enjoy the outdoor area at Fremantle Leisure Centre. It was a great day!
John XXIII were the victorious faction with a total of 307 points, followed by DeVialar in 2nd with 224 points. Salvado came third on 203 points with McCormack only one point behind on 202. Go Blue!
The following students were acknowledged with a medal for their individual achievements:
CPSSA Interschool Swimming
Just one week after our school carnival, 31 of our high achieving swimmers competed in the interschool swimming carnival at Rockingham Aquatic Centre. We were not so lucky with the weather, but it did not dampen the spirits of our squad! It was a tough competition with many talented swimmers in attendance. Star of the Sea had a convincing win.
We were very proud of how well the students represented St Jerome’s, doing their best with a smile. Special mention to Gabriel S from year 4 for receiving the Champion Boy medal, placing 1st in all his races.
Thank you to our parent helpers, Mr Taylor, Ms Nunn and Mr Tyson, for your valuable contribution to the day.