Padbury CPS Newsletter
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Newsletter #19 -2 December 2022
Always be your best and do your best
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
The combined Our Lady of the Missions, PCPS &WCPS Carol Evening last night was beautiful. It was a wonderful opportunity for the parish and the two parish schools to come together to celebrate by singing so joyfully in this Advent season. Special thanks to our cute Kindy, PP, Yr 1&2 children and the school choirs for their performances. They were a delight to watch.
Thankyou to Mrs Twine, our talented Music teacher for preparing the children so beautifully.
Advent Prayers and Carol sing-a-long 7 December at 9am. Children are invited to come dressed in Christmas theme/colours on this day. Parents are most welcome to join us.
During this Advent season, it is so important to focus on the real meaning of Christmas and celebrate the birth of our Saviour in a meaningful way. I hope that you are able to go to mass during this Christmas season. There will be a Christmas Eve outdoor family mass on the Our Lady of the Mission parish oval at 6.00pm. Father Cyprian is inviting all children to come along and participate as readers, shepherds, angels, Mary, Joseph etc.
We had our Thanksgiving Prayers and Farewell Assembly today and it was a lovely way to conclude the year as a whole school, giving thanks to God for many blessings and reflecting on how we can give generously to those who may be finding things a little difficult in our local community.
Thank you for your generosity over the last few weeks with all the different food items you brought in for St Vincent de Paul. You have certainly helped to make someone’s Christmas this year just that little more special.
We celebrate our Year Six children in a special way with their Graduation Mass this coming Tuesday at OLOM church. I wish all the Year Six students well in their future endeavours at their new school and may God bless them all as they set out on the next part of their journey.
''Dream big and reach for the stars. If you can dream it, you can achieve it but you have to believe it and you have to believe in yourself''
Pre Kindy 2023
Our Pre-Kindy (Three-Year-Old) 2023 programme on Tuesday is full however we are currently taking enrolments for Thursday and possibly running another day on Wednesday depending upon interest.
Please contact Mrs Ellen at the office ASAP if you are interested in enrolling your 3yr old. Information can be found on our website - https://www.padcath.wa.edu.au/pre-kindy and fee information can be located at https://www.padcath.wa.edu.au/fees
There are very limited vacancies for PP-Yr6 for 2023.
If you know of anyone looking for a position, please recommend our beautiful school.
PK & K 2023 and Beyond
We are currently enrolling for Pre Kindy and Kindy 2023, 2024, 2025 and beyond so please get your application in for your child as soon as possible.
Change in School Start Time 2023
Every 5 Years all school are required to undertake an intensive School Registration Audit, mandated by the government.
I am very pleased to announce that PCPS passed this rigorous assessment with flying colour colours.
Only one item needs adjusting and that is our school hours. Commencing 2023, our school start time will be 8.40am instead of 8.45am. So please adjust your alarm clocks in the new year!
SCHOOL FEES 2023
There is great news regarding PCPS school fees for the 2023 academic year, just in time to brighten your family’s Christmas.
PCPS has been approved to keep our school fees the same, despite rising inflation which is impacting all of us. This is made possible as a result of changes to the overall funding for Catholic schools in Western Australia.
As a result, and in consultation with Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA), the PCPS Advisory Council has endorsed the decision that school fees are to remain the same for 2023.
Catholic Education in WA provides an affordable school choice for more WA families than ever, and our school remains committed to providing the high quality, Christ-centred and child-focused education that our families have come to expect.
I hope families will welcome this news as indicative of our school’s commitment to meeting your family’s needs. We are strongly committed to delivering the highest quality education alongside our other programmes in 2023 and beyond.
2022 School Fees Due Now
The Advisory Council would like to thank those families who have paid their school fees and are up to date. Outstanding fees were due by 24 November unless other arrangements have been confirmed with the school.
As per the school fee policy, the Advisory Council Finance Committee may take action to recover any unpaid fees through a debt collection agency which may in turn affect your future credit ratings.
There are a number of methods in which families at the school can pay their school fees. These include credit card, EFTPOS, cash, cheque, direct debit and internet banking.
If you need to discuss your fee payments or wish to check on your amount outstanding please email email@example.com and include subject line Attention: Admin Officer Helen Hughes
Class Groupings 2023
Teachers have been working on class groupings for 2023. Many factors are considered when selecting class placements for students and each child’s best interests are the main priority when these decisions are made.
Class placements are a team decision made in consultation with both the year level teachers. Teachers spend a lot of time and give great consideration to the placement of children and I believe that their professionalism should be respected. Consideration for placement is made using the following criteria: gender; pastoral/social/emotional; special needs; special education; twins; academic ability; relationships etc.
Every effort is made to place children where it is felt they will have the greatest opportunity to succeed. All teachers at PCPS are very professional and of an excellent standard and children will receive a high quality of education no matter which class they are placed with.
If your child has special pastoral needs which may need consideration, parents should have met with the class teacher by Monday 28 November as this was the cut off date clearly stipulated in the last newsletter.
Parents should understand that requests for particular placement cannot be guaranteed as the staff need to consider many factors and the overall grouping.
Requesting a certain teacher is not a consideration.
Once class groupings are finalised they will not be changed so please do not contact the teachers, Leadership Team or the office after the cut-off date nor once you receive details about your child’s class.
Parents will be notified of their child’s teacher via SEQTA on the afternoon of Thursday 15 December.
Staffing 2023 update
Mrs Hughes has been at PCPS for 11yrs as an administrative officer and I would like to thank her for her dedication and commitment during her time here. She has been a very much treasured admin team member and will be very dearly missed by the Leadership Team and office staff, staff, students and parents at PCPS. Mrs Hughes will be devoting her time to look after her elderly parents and spending time with her grandchildren. I wish her all the very best for the future.
Mrs Quaid is not leaving us however she is very lucky to be having a whole year off to enjoy some travel and spending time with her husband. I wish her safe travels and a relaxing time away from work.
Staffing updates have been placed in the newsletter during the term. I wish all our leaving staff all the very best for their new endeavours, they will be sadly missed however I know they will enjoy this next part of the life journey.
The end of the year is a time for reflection of the journey that we have taken together as a school community and the part that each and everyone one of us has played. It is a time to acknowledge this journey, celebrate all our great achievements as well as to look forward to what is to come in the year ahead.
Once again our school motto of “Love One Another” shone through each and every day at PCPS. In the words of Pope Francis “Love gives energy and fruitfulness to life and to the journey of faith” and this has certainly been the case at PCPS this year. Our work always centres upon ensuring that our Mercy Values of Justice, Dignity, Hospitality, Service, Excellence, Stewardship, Mercy and Compassion, have shone through in all that we do and is what is at the forefront of our Strategic Plan.
Our school is a community with Jesus at the heart as we strive to follow in Jesus’ footsteps each and every day. Our beautiful Padbury CPS children have worked extremely hard this year as always. The children have made me very proud on so many occasions, in all their achievements and in especially how they embody our wonderful community spirit and demonstrate their ‘love for one another’.
I am truly appreciative of the high level of involvement and unwavering support and encouragement from parents within our school community and I thank all parents for your time, effort and contributions, as our school would not be the same without your support.
Thank you to all of the wonderful staff at Padbury CPS – the professionalism and commitment, teamwork, dedication and patience that they show on a daily basis is outstanding. They have provided excellent educational opportunities for our children but more importantly they nurture them spiritually, socially, emotionally and physically and always have the children’s best interests at heart.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays
We are so very fortunate to have a wonderful school community and I thank God for blessing us all at Padbury CPS this year. Keep safe over the holidays, especially if you are travelling and have a peaceful Christmas with your family. I look forward to seeing you all in the New Year.
A Merry and Holy Christmas to all Padbury Catholic Primary School families
Mrs Margaret Williamson
Congratulations to Mrs Quaid, Mrs Hawkins and Mrs Wright
30 years in Catholic Education Western Australia.
An outstanding feat for our special PCPS staff members!
FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL
2023 Kindy – Year 6 Booklists are now available on our school website - https://www.padcath.wa.edu.au/booklists.
Please note the order closing date is next week on Friday 9th December. Teachers will send home any remaining resources for students by today so you can take stock and consider what is required from the booklist for 2023.
Preparing for Semester 2 Reports - Important!
Semester 2 Reports for Kindy-Year 6 students will be uploaded to SEQTA Engage next week on Friday 9th December @ 3:30pm.
It is important that you please check your login for SEQTA Engage as early as possible so that you will be able to access your child's report at the end of this term. To do this go to the following site: https://padbury.coneqt-p.cathednet.wa.edu.au/ and use your current username and password credentials.
If you have remembered your username but have forgotten your password, please click on the “Forgot your password” link and an immediate email will be sent to you. The email will expire within one hour, so please action this immediately. If you have forgotten both of these, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we can remind you of your username.
If you have any issues in accessing SEQTA Engage, or if you do not yet have a SEQTA Engage account as you are new to Padbury Catholic this Semester, please email email@example.com so we can assist.
We ask that you check you can access your account by the beginning of Week 9.
Year Six Leadership 2023
Announcing our Year 6 Student Councillors for 2023 - earlier this term the students listed their preferences for leadership positions and students and staff voted for sports faction captains.
Each ministry runs for a semester and then students swap.
We look forward to seeing our 2023 Year 6's flourish in their Leadership Roles.
Grandparent's Day - Year 6 students
Last Friday the Year 6 students celebrated Grandparent’s Day with a beautiful morning tea and tour of the Year 6 classrooms. The students have been working hard all term on preparing their family history learning as part of an integrated HASS and English unit. This included family biographies, artefact posters and family crests as well as their wonderful suitcase projects detailing a migrant story. We had a beautiful morning of weather to enjoy morning tea under the trees in the courtyard and were entertained by some amazing Year 6 talent including singing, dancing and comedy routines. It was wonderful to see so many of our Grandparents join us for this special occasion that was enjoyed by all.
Thought for the Week
As the year, and my personal time, at Padbury Catholic wrap up at the end of this year, I just wanted to say a big THANK YOU to all members of the Padbury Catholic Community. Thank you to the parents for your support, thank you to the students for always being so friendly, happy and trying your best. I have loved working, chatting and laughing with you over the past four years and I will miss you all. Finally, thank you to the staff of PCPS for being an amazing, dedicated and talented group of staff. It has been a joy and pleasure working with you. I have made numerous life-long friendships that I cherish for years to come.
I have loved being part of this community and feel very privileged to have served and led in the PCPS community for the last four years. I am extremely proud of everything that we have achieved as a staff and school community throughout this time and I will miss you all.
I wish you all a relaxing and re-energising Christmas holiday break with your families and wish you every happiness and best wishes for the future.
Ryan von Bergheim
Zero2Hero - Chevron Tough Stuff
In 2022 PCPS was presented with an amazing opportunity to have zero2hero delivering their program to our year 5 students, Chevron Tough Stuff. The Chevron Tough Stuff is an 8-week resilience-building program that combines physical and mental health to develop resilience, confidence, a sense of achievement and a toolkit of skills to support children into their future.
The program was developed by Claire Orange who is a well-known child psychologist and educator. Her mission as well as ours - is to help young people be the very best version of themselves and to have TOOLS that will equip them for life – with all of its ups and downs, twists and turns.
Our current year 5 students have loved participating in the program. We are extremely fortunate to have secured the program for our year 5 students in 2023 and 2024.
School Holiday Playdates
School holidays are a perfect time to have heaps of playdates. These playdates are so important in ensuring your child retains their school connections and develops new connections as they move into a new school year. A few holiday playdates will ensure your child has the best start possible to a new school year. The trick is to book these playdates in ahead of time otherwise January is upon us and school has resumed.
Mrs Ali Fisher
Cooking with Pre Primary
Did you know cooking with children has many benefits. Some of the positive effects include allowing for creativity, teaches children to follow directions, helps with maths and reading skills, improves fine motor skills and encourages children to try new things.
We were very excited to have Nonna Louise join us in Italian this week to teach us how to make ravioli. The children enjoyed folding, cutting pasta and adding a mince mix with parmesan cheese and eggs. We cooked the pasta and added a tomato based sauce. The ravioli was quickly eaten by the children and many asked for seconds!
It was wonderful to have lots pf parents come along to the first Instrumental Music Concert at Padbury. Students from Years 3 – 6 who are learning an instrument at school, had the opportunity to perform at this concert. It was wonderful to see what they have been learning and how confident they were to play in front of an audience. I am looking forward to what they will achieve next year. Thanks must go to the Music Tutors for teaching the children and preparing them for the concert.
The application forms for Instrumental Music lessons in 2023 will be emailed to you, to be returned by the end of Week 1 next year. Lessons are available on Drums, Voice, Violin, Piano, Guitar and Flute. If your child has been receiving lessons this year, please let the Tutor know whether they will be continuing next year.
What a fantastic night! It was lovely to see so many families come along to enjoy a picnic and the Carol singing. The children looked amazing in their Christmas decorations and I’m sure you enjoyed the carols they performed. It was wonderful to see them so excited and really getting into the Christmas Spirit for the start of Advent. I’m looking forward to the Christmas Sing-a-long on Wednesday morning
SAVE THE DATE!
Twilight Family Event - Friday 24th February 2023
Changes to our Terms of Reference
On 2nd September 2022, The Catholic Education Commission of Western Australia approved a single model of operation for P&F’s in CEWA schools.
This will see the P&F operate as a committee of the Catholic school, governed by consistent Terms of Reference (attached) and common financial practices. This effect will take place from January 2023.
We encourage you to read through the Terms of Reference and, should you require further clarification, please contact Cathy Farrell, P&F Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Terms of Reference can be found on our school website under Community - https://www.padcath.wa.edu.au/parents-and-friends
Padbury Catholic Business Directory Launched
We are thrilled to launch our inaugural Padbury Catholic Primary School Business Directory.
The directory features businesses run by families within our Padbury Catholic School community. Please support our families via the link on a webpage: https://www.padcath.wa.edu.au/businessdirectory
A huge thank you for all of the families who registered their businesses to kick off our first directory.
The money raised as part of this launch will help with ongoing events and activities run by the P&F Committee.
If you would like your business featured in the directory, please contact Megann Hunt – email@example.com.
Children Liturgy Volunteers Wanted
Our Lady of the Missions is looking for parents to be Children Liturgy volunteers to help out a couple of times per year.
Children’s Liturgy enables children aged from 4 – 8 years old to reach a better understanding of the Gospel Reading each Sunday.
Children are taken into the meeting room at the start of the 9:30am Mass and they return to church at the Offertory of the Mass. If this is something that interests you, please contact co ordinator, Mandy 0439 959 317 Mandy: firstname.lastname@example.org
2022 Christmas Eve Outdoor Mass - Nativity Play
We are looking for children to be involved in the Nativity Play, which is a feature of the Parish Christmas Eve Mass (6pm) on the Whitford school oval. Those children who would like to a reading, and/or play the parts of Mary, Joseph, herald, innkeepers, shepherds and angels are invited to a practice on SATURDAY 17TH DECEMBER AT 10AM. We will meet on the oval side of the church. Characters will be chosen from those present at the practice. All children are welcome to join us. Enquiries: Leanne Fragomeni 0424 584 460 or email@example.com
All Masses are held in the Church
Saturday - 8:30am; 6:30pm
Sunday - 8:00am; 9:30am; 11:00am; 5:45pm
Monday to Friday - 7:00am; 9:00am
24:7 Youth Group
For all youth in Years 6 to 12
1st and 3rd Friday @ Parish Hall, 7pm
Call Luke 0401822932 for more information.
Rev Fr Cyprian M Shikokoti - PP
Our Lady of the Mission, Parish Website : www.olm.myparish.net.au
School Holiday Uniform Shop Opening Times
8:30am - 9:00am - pick up online orders
9:00am - 11:00am - open for general purchases
Uniforms can still be ordered online during the holidays and can be picked up from JFE who are at 85 Guthrie Street, Osborne Park. Their opening times are:
Mon - Thurs 8:00am - 4:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 2:00pm
Xmas closure 19th Dec 4:00pm reopen Monday 9th Jan 2023
School uniform orders may now be placed online by following the process below:
- Visit the website www.jfe.net.au.
- Click on “orders”
- Enter the Padbury code which is, 3812
- Press SUBMIT
- This will then bring up only the Padbury uniforms
CSPWA End of Term 4 Newsletter
Welcome to the latest edition of the Schoolzine eNewsletter!
Catholic School Parents Western Australia eNewsletter
Siobhan recently had the pleasure of visiting some of the schools in the Geraldton area and whilst there was warmly welcomed at Nagle College, St John's School and St Lawrence's Primary School. For anyone thinking of making the move to Geraldton these are great schools led by passionate and committed Principals.
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Sacred Heart College
Sacred Heart College would like to remind you that Expressions of Interest for Year 7 2025 are due by end of month December 2022. Expressions of Interest can be submitted through our College website and incurs a non-refundable $70 fee on completion. Expression of Interest families will be emailed mid-January indicating the commencement of the application process and next steps.
For more information, please feel free to contact the Sacred Heart College Registrar on 08 9246 8283 or firstname.lastname@example.org before December 14.