Thanks to t he P&F for organising the fabulous Family Fun Night bike Raffle.
The bike was won by a very excited Jacob from Year 5! May you have many fun times ahead Jacob!
Many thanks to one of our St Emilie’s parents, Maneesha Free who always offers her time and talent to our school at all community events.
All the money she raised on the Family Fun Night was donated to the P&F. We are so grateful for her incredible generosity and the support she gives to our school and we are of course in awe of her very special talent!
Thank you for helping to make our night a success Maneesha!
Check out her Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/facepaintandballoons/
Fast from ignorance;
Feast on opening the mind to new ways of thinking.
Fast from walking in darkness;
Feast on Christ’s illuminating light!
Fast from thoughts of what divides us
Feast on the healing power of all that unites us!
Fast from words that pull people down;
Feast on words that build people up!
Fast from discontent;
Feast on gratitude!
Fast from anger;
Feast on patience!
Fast from pessimism;
Feast on optimism!
Fast from complaining;
Feast on finding a solution!
Fast from negative conversations, negative people and negative situations;
Feast on dwelling in a positive head space!
Fast from bitterness that erodes;
Feast on forgiveness that frees.
Fast from self-absorption;
Feast on compassion and empathy for others.
Fast from personal anxiety;
Feast on trusting in God’s great love.
Fast from discouragement;
Feast on hope!
Fast from thoughts that depress;
Feast on thoughts that uplift!
Fast from lethargy;
Feast on enthusiasm and passion!
Fast from words and actions that weaken;
Feast on words that strengthen and inspire!
Fast from rushing and racing;
Feast on a slower pace, calm and serenity!
Fast from idle gossip;
Feast on purposeful restraint!
Fast from problems that overwhelm;
Feast on daily reflection and prayer that uplifts and sustains!
We are thinking of all our children and their families who are currently attending one of the Commitment Masses scheduled for the weekend just gone and the coming weekend.
Lexi from Year 6 is just one of our students preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation this year, while other students are committing to preparing for Reconciliation and Eucharist.
It was a very special surprise for families to see Archbishop Costelloe on the weekend!
Learning to ‘make a commitment’ is character building and an important life skill. Character traits like commitment aren’t born in us however, rather they need to be purposely developed.
In this case, we are committing to preparing for a Sacrament – which means that we commit to our classroom lessons, we commit to a parent/child workshop and we commit to a date to make the Sacrament with an open heart, so that we can try to really live out what we say we believe in.
In other areas of a child’s life, commitment is modelled by parents, by showing them what it looks and sounds like in everyday conversations and actions – eg caring for a pet, attending extra curricular lessons on time, following through on what you have said you would do ( even if a better offer comes along), working on goals that have been set rather than giving up; and modelling respectful relationships within the family.
Thank you to our St Emilie’s parents for committing to our Sacramental programs by helping your child to see the relationship between faith and life and by modelling the importance of meeting the commitments you have signed up for as part of these special programs in your child’s faith journey.
The goal of the night was simply to be together as a community, to give our kids a chance to gather in a relaxed social setting and for all of us to get to know and to welcome new families to St Emilie’s.
We are so grateful to every family that made the effort on a Friday night to come along – especially those who reached out in friendship to others. Your presence means a lot to us all and especially to your children.
I thoroughly enjoy the opportunity to have a chat with Mum, Dads and children at events like these – thank you to all those who said gidday – it is really appreciated.
Have a great week everyone!
A very sincere thank you is being sent your way for your presence at our Parent Information Night last week – it was wonderful to see you and we hope you walked away feeling positive, informed and excited about the year ahead!
Just as a family benefits from spending quality time together, so too does our whole school community. We really appreciate how busy life is for everyone, however opportunities where we can come together as one school family are also really special. We look forward to seeing your family support these type of events throughout the year.
This Wednesday morning 7th February, from 8.00am to 8.30am families are warmly invited to join staff, Board and P&F members as they are commissioned in their roles for 2018. A Community Mass was introduced a couple of years ago to give families on their way to work a chance to attend Mass with their children – it’s a really great way to start the day.
As you will have read our Annual Family Fun Night is being held on Friday 16th February from 5pm to 7.30pm..
The main goal of this night is to come together, to join in the activities, to spend time and have fun with your own children and to reach out and get to know some other families a little better – especially our new families. As significant adults in the lives of our children, our own attitude to opportunities like this one is key. If we project a positive attitude, enthusiasm and enjoyment, then it has a ripple effect on our children.
Bravo to everyone on the great take-up of the new school app. Like anything new, there is always a learning curve before success. Parents are reminded to please remain patient, kind and understanding – particularly with our hard working Office Admin team.
Have a terrific week everyone!
Hello everyone and a very warm welcome back to you all! We hope you managed to have a really relaxing break with your family and that you are as excited to begin the new school year as we are! 🙂
After a great holiday we have been very busy here at school for the past few weeks – planning, meeting, shifting furniture, interviewing, re-organising, cleaning and dreaming big once again!
Mr Glenn Cogger our groundsman has worked so hard over the holidays and the Kindy space is looking wonderful as a result! If you see Glenn around the school please let him know what a great job he does in keeping our grounds looking so fabulous.
Likewise, Mr Nigel Yoxall and his team have also done a superb job cleaning all our windows, carpets, gutters and attending to our holiday maintenance list.
As was advertised at the end of last year, our Parent Information Night is to be held this Wednesday 31st January. While it is the first day of school, we hope that families will appreciate meeting their teacher and getting classroom information early. As per other years, each teacher will run two identical sessions either side of a whole school session in the hall, which each family is asked to please be represented at. This is the one night of the year where we have a wonderful opportunity to revisit who we are as a community and to reaffirm our commitment to one another and to our children.
For families with one child you will choose which classroom session time you wish to attend as well as the hall gathering. For families with two children you will typically attend one class session for your first child, go to the hall gathering and attend then the second session for your other child. If two parents come then you have a little more flexibility with how you choose to cover classes. Larger families may have to catch up with the teacher that you miss at another time.
Format for the evening
5.45pm Classroom Session 1
6.15pm Walk to the Hall
6.30pm Whole School Gathering and Presentation
7.15pm Walk to classroom
7.30pm Classroom Session 2
8.00pm Lights out and homeward bound
We have a number of new children, families and staff starting at St Emilie’s this year, so please keep an eye out for them and have a friendly smile ready. Sadly, we have lost a number of beautiful families who have relocated to other suburbs, states or overseas generally due to work commitments.
We are currently seeking enrolments for Year Three in particular. so if you know anyone who is seeking this year level, please let them know, as they may consider a move, if not this year perhaps in Year 4, especially if they live close to our school and were unable to get into a Catholic school, or our school originally. Otherwise however, our enrolment pattern remains very strong, which is very encouraging.
We look forward to joining you at our Family Fun Night on Friday 16th February (end of Week 3). Please save the date and help us to make this a fun night for everyone.
New Phone App for St Emilies – time to download it!
Our school has moved from our old app to a new school app called SKOOL BAG!
Parents are asked to please download the app on to their phone prior to school starting.
TO INSTALL THE SKOOLBAG APP
Search for Skoolbag in either the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. Install the Skoolbag app, then tap the Select your school search and type in St Emilie’s.
Now that you have downloaded your app:
· Click on the “Register” tab.
· Fill in the fields: (Full name/Email Address/Password)
· Click “Register” to submit your completed fields.
(*Tip: Make sure you write your password down and store it somewhere safe as it needs to be precise when you retype it to login).
To do This:
1. Fil in the Username (your email) and Password
3. Click “Login”
4. Click on the “Home” tab (bottom left hand corner of the screen).
We are hoping to have a lot of our forms and notes come to you as online versions this year rather than paper copies. This means that you fill out information directly onto the form and data is retrieved and collated automatically. We will give you more information on Wednesday Night.
Carpark Drive through – a new yellow line
When you arrive on Wednesday to drop/collect your children at drive-through, there will be a yellow line painted a metre from and running parallel to the pedestrian footpath that borders the PP fence.
Cars are to drive to the bays as normal, however you need to pull up along the yellow line – not in the area between the line and the footpath.
This initiative is an added safety measure and all parents are asked to please communicate the change to grandparents and others who will be dropping/collecting children this year. Thank you everyone! A reminder that the first day is always a very, very busy one so please be extra vigilant in the carpark area as new families particularly may not be familiar with various procedures.
The small hall will be available for any parents to have a cuppa and a chat. It would be lovely to see some older faces welcoming some of our new faces! The leadership team and some P&F members will pop in each morning from 8.45am to 9.15am too – all welcome!
Looking forward to seeing you all soon! 🙂
Wishing you all a really wonderful holiday! It’s been a great year and we look forward to doing it all again next year! Take care everyone and God bless.
We are looking forward to seeing as many of you as can make it tomorrow, Wednesday 6th December at our 9.00am, final school Mass for the year. This Eucharist is offered in praise and thanksgiving for all that has made up our 2017 school year.
After Mass you are warmly invited to join us for a simple morning tea – an opportunity to catch up with one another before we all break for school holidays. We will be providing a cuppa, some fruit platters and cake so just bring yourselves, and little ones are of course welcome.
Have a lovely day everyone and please keep our Year 6 families,staff and students in your prayers as they prepare to attend our Graduation Mass and celebration evening tonight.