St Elizabeth's News

NEWSLETTER | TERM 2 | WEEK 5 | 26 MAY 2023

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Rebecca Clarke | Principal

Dear parents and caregivers,

Wow! It is hard to believe that we are half-way through Term Two!

We started the week with our ‘Talent Show – Grand Final’ which was a big successful with Faith being announced the winner with her song, Stand Up. The talent of our students was wonderful and definitely something we should tap into. Again, well done to all of our contestants and to our Year Five students, Katelyn, Amelie and Muku for organising a fabulous event!

On Wednesday, I had the honour of showcasing our magnificent school to a number of CEWA school leaders who gathered for a professional learning opportunity facilitated by the Catholic Primary Principals Association. Many commented on our beautiful surroundings and how well-behaved our students were! Thank you to Mrs Didlock for all the work she did behind the scenes!

The Pre-Primary students hosted and presented a fantastic assembly on Thursday and took us on an adventure 'under the sea'. They have been learning about sea creatures and are super excited about their upcoming excursion to AQWA! Well done to Ms Edwards and Ms Nguyen on organising a wonderful assembly.

The Year Four students enjoyed a wonderful excursion to the Fremantle Prison on Thursday. The excursion links directly with the History learning area and is a great opportunity for students to learn all the interesting facts and stories associated with Fremantle. The Year 4 students enjoyed a wonderful morning at the Fremantle Prison on Thursday and returned with lots of interesting facts and stories. A big thank you to Mrs Curtis and Ms Johnson for organising such a fabulous experience.

On Thursday, I had a visit from the leadership team from Irene McCormack Catholic College, Butler. Mr Peter Collins (Principal) and Mr Andrew Billingsley (Deputy Principal) were very impressed by our well-mannered students, lovely classrooms and fabulous grounds. If you are interested in considering secondary schooling at Irene McCormack Catholic College, an information package is available at the front office.

A reminder that students should not be exiting cars at the front gate. Please make sure that you are using Kiss and Drive to ensure all students are dropped off safely to school. Additionally, a reminder to all families that no students should be at school before 8:15am. If a student arrives earlier, they will need to be supervised outside the Admin building. Please do not wait outside the classroom doors. Additionally, I would also like to remind parents to arrive NO EARLIER than 2:40pm, this includes parking in the Kiss and Drive.

I have noticed a number of smart watches, including Apple Watches, slowly creeping into school. These are not part of the school uniform and students will be asked to remove them and leave them at the front office at the beginning of the day to be collected at the end of the day. This is the procedure we use for mobile phones and will now be applied to smart watches.

I would like to welcome Mrs Brook de Ruyscher to our school community as a member of our Admin Team. Mrs de Ruyscher will be assisting Mrs Dimond and Mrs Didlock on a Monday and Wednesday in the front office. Please make her feel welcome.

Please keep Mrs Hardie and Mrs Serraino is your prayers as both have lost loved ones over the past week.

Finally, I ask that you keep the Year 6 Confirmation Candidates in your thoughts and prayers as they prepare to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this weekend.

Wishing you all a wonderful weekend

God bless

Rebecca Clarke


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Award Recipients

Pre Primary - Anna, Khaleezie, Aarya, Levi & Oliver

Year One - Jude, Marly, April & Isla

Year Two - Jack, Olivia & Anna

Year Three - Jack, Grace, Fraser, Sophie & Ethan

Year Five - Hudson B, Hudson S, Evelyn & Katelyn

Year Six - Sophie & Ian

A big well done to you all, keep up the great work!

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Important Dates

Saturday 27 May

  • Year 6 Sacrament of Confirmation at 6pm at the Church

Wednesday 31 May

  • Year 1 Liturgy at 2:10pm
  • Mater Dei College Parent Information Session at 5:30pm in Library

Thursday 1 June

  • LifeLink 'PJ Day' - gold coin donation
Thursday 8 June

  • Cross Country Carnival - Years 1 to 6 - 9am to 11am

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Parents invited to Mater Dei College Parent Information Session

Next Wednesday, May 31 at 5:30pm, the Principal of Mater Dei College, Mrs Annette Moray will be presenting a Parent Information Session for our families. The session is designed to allow families an opportunity to gain more information about Secondary Education and is open to all our families ... no matter how old your child/children are! If you are wanting to attend, please complete the RSVP form below.
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Year 6 Confirmation

InYear Six, the students have been learning about Confirmation. In the Confirmation unit we learn about how to manage our emotions through relationships, how Jesus expressed his emotions in loving ways, how people are strengthened by the Holy Spirit to live and love others as Jesus did. The Holy Spirit strengthens people through the Sacrament of Confirmation and how Jesus taught his followers to love others. We have read Gospel stories that teach us about how Saint Peter and Saint Paul were strengthened by the Holy Spirit.

Please keep our Year Six students in our prayers as they make the Sacrament of Confirmation this weekend. Thank you to Mr Rebeiro and Miss Collins for preparing our students for the sacrament.

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Lifelink –PJ Day and Gold Coin Donation

At St Elizabeth's, we would like to continue the tradition of celebrating a LifeLink fundraiser with our annual Pyjama Day. On Thursday, 1 June all staff, students and parents can come to school in their favourite pyjamas and bring a gold coin donation for LifeLink.

On Wednesday 7th June, four students will travel to Newman College to represent our school in the official launch of Life Link Day. The LifeLink Day Schools Initiative was established in 1999

  • To promote understanding of the Church’s response to people in need within the community.
  • To instil in Catholic students, a sense of responsibility for caring for those less fortunate.
  • To provide education and information of the work the LifeLink social service agencies, which help many thousands of Western Australians in need each year.
  • To encourage a “practical demonstration of Faith” by asking students, teachers and schools to organise a special fundraising event for LifeLink Day, with the proceeds aiding people in real need within the community.
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National Simultaneous Storytime

This week Alli Burgess our wonderful librarian arranged our students in Kindy to Year Six to be involved in National Simultaneous Storytime. National Simultaneous Storytime always occurs on the last Wednesday in May. This year, teachers and students all around Australia settled down with their books on 24, May at 9:00am to read the book, 'The Speedy Sloth' simultaneously! Alli has a love of reading and encourages our children to read wherever she can. The students participated in various colouring competitions, with the winners to be announced next Wednesday. Thank you Alli for all that you do to encourage positive, reading habits in our students.
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Save the Date – Year 1- 6 School Cross Country

Please save the morning of the 8th June for this event. Mrs Clarkson is preparing a timetable for the day. The event will begin at 9:00am and conclude at 11:00am.

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Swimming Forms - Please return

Please complete the forms and return these as soon as possible! We still have a lot outstanding. Thank you to those families who have returned them already

Swimming lessons commence in week 9 and 10 this term for years 1-6

Lunch Orders now available TUESDAY and THURSDAY

A reminder that lunch order days are now Tuesday and Thursday for PrePrimary - Year 6 students! Please use the link on website to order and make sure you are selecting the correct date for your order! Thank you
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We are kickstarting Volunteers Week with opening our nominations for the 2023 Awards of Excellence in Building Positive Catholic School Communities. Nominations close end of Term 2, so get nominating now!

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Containers for Change

This year the Year 6 students are raising money through the Containers for Change initiative to donate to LifeLink. If you and your family have spare cans or bottles that you would like to contribute to our school collection, please scan this barcode when you are returning your containers, every container counts!

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Term Dates 2023

Term 1 Start Date Wednesday 1 February

Term 1 End Date Thursday 6 April

Term 2 Start Date Wednesday 26 April
Term 2 End Date Friday 30 June

Term 3 Start Date Monday 17 July
Term 3 End Date Friday 22 September

Term 4 Start Date Tuesday 10 October

Term 4 End Date Friday 8 December

Student Free Dates 2023

Friday 3 March

Monday 24 April
Friday 18 August
Monday 21 August

Monday, 9 October

Please note, these dates are subject to change. If these dates for Professional Learning do require amending, parents will be notified well in advance.

Liturgical Dates

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Sacramental Dates


Candidate Commitment Mass

Saturday 25th March 6.00pm

Sunday 26th March 7.30am

Sunday 26th March 9.00am

Parent/Child Workshop

Tuesday 16th May 5.00pm

Candidate Retreat

Friday 19th May


Saturday 27th May 6.00pm

Sunday 28th May 11.00am

Saturday 10th June 6.00pm

Certificate Weekend

Sunday 11th June

First Holy Communion

Candidate Commitment Mass

Saturday 24th June 6.00pm

Sunday 25th June 7.30am

Sunday 25th June 9.00am

Sunday 25th June 6.00pm

Parent/Child Workshop

Tuesday 8th August 5.00pm

Candidate Retreat

Friday 11th August


Saturday 19th August 6.00pm

Sunday 20th August 9.00am

Sunday 20th August 6.00pm

Saturday 26th August 6.00pm

Sunday 27th August 9.00am

Sunday 27th August 6.00pm

Certificate Weekend

Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd September


Commitment Mass

Saturday 16th September 6.00pm

Sunday 17th September 7.30am

Sunday 17th September 9.00am

Sunday 17th September 6.00pm

Parent Workshop

Wednesday 25th October 5.00pm

Candidate Retreat

Friday 3rd November


Tuesday 7th November 5.00pm

Wednesday 8th November 5.00pm

Thursday 9th November 5.00pm

Certificate Weekend

Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th November

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Proposed Nature Playground Design