Students throughout the whole school are currently studying the concept of ‘social justice’ as part of their integrated learning.
The estimated number of people experiencing homelessness on any one night in Western Australia according to the latest census, is over 9000 people!
We listened to some deeply moving personal stories on an ABC iview program that both challenged and debunked steroetypes of who was homeless, and illuminated some of the causes of homelessness.
We discovered a wide variety of people who found themselves in this situation. We also learnt that the factors contributing to homelessness, while similar, were also varied – from substance abuse, family abuse and violence, relationship breakdowns, lack of connection to family support, job loss, death of a spouse or family member, mental illness, financial hardship and more …
We discovered that when you are hungry and you have no other options, soup and bread taste really awesome – for both dinner and lunch the next day! Thank you parents for your wonderful donations – really appreciated.
We discussed ideas such as vulnerability, shame, generosity, empathy, kindness, and more…
We listened to Tim Guest, a friend of Miss Thomas’ who slept on the streets for 10 days and shared his experience on an SBS TV documentary.
Homelessness Week is an annual week coordinated by Homelessness Australia to raise awareness of people experiencing homelessness, the issues they face and the action needed to achieve enduring solutions. Homelessness Week came about from various churches and missions running winter vigils to remember people who had died on the streets. These vigils were normally held in August as it is the coldest time of the year and when most people were likely to be overcome by the elements. Over the years, more churches became involved and in 2007 Homelessness Australia began coordinating it as a national awareness week.
In 2019, Homelessness Week was last week 4th -10th August with a theme, “Housing Ends Homelessness’’. Homelessness Australia encourages the community to get active as citizens to call on political leaders to make the changes needed to end homelessness.
We believe the students gained much from the experience. Thank you to those parents who emailed to let us know the impact the opportunity had for their child and for your follow up discussions about the issue and what we might be able to continue to do to raise awareness and to act.
A HUGE THANK YOU to Kirsten Devereux and her team of friends and family, for their wonderful organisation of this year’s Movie Mania SCHOOL DISCO!
To staff and parent helpers who assisted in any way throughout the evening – many, many thanks! Every helping hand makes a real difference to reduce the workload and increase the fun – your contributions were very much appreciated.
One of our generous parents, Mr Dean Newman, gave up his whole night to take photos and he did a brilliant job! A display will be set up shortly and these pics can be ordered and purchased with a gold coin.
The parent drinks and nibbles in the Hub were also a great success – many thanks to Rachel Davies, Larissa Shaw, Amanda Fuller and all those who helped to offer this terrific opportunity for parents to relax and enjoy each others company.
If the smiles, dance moves and energy were anything to go by, the children had a really wonderful time at the disco, with two very generous teachers – DJ Thomas and DJ Green, getting the music pumping and setting the scene! Great work teachers!!!
As a Principal I take absolutely nothing for granted … Friday nights are treasured by us all and to ask staff to dress up for a disco after a long day at work, could be tricky in any other school but ours!
St Emilie’s staff are very generous and genuinely care about supporting your children to have many opportunities for fun and friendship! Please let them know you appreciate their generosity …
To those who made the effort to personally thank a staff member or P&F organiser or helper – well done. A simple thank you goes a long way – whether by email, a face to face exchange or by a note.And when children say thank you at the end of the night – it really points to good parenting – bravo to those parents who are teaching their children the value of GRATITUDE!
Thank you also to you as parents – for organising costumes, zooming around after work, organising babysitters, being a taxi driver, reading information and more! Life is busy for young families like yours, so your willingness to give your child this chance to deposit another happy childhood experience into their memory banks is really wonderful for them!
Have a great week everyone!
May, June and July are eventful months for Aboriginal children, families and their communities. They are also a time for us all to think, reflect and recommit to our own contribution towards building flourishing Australian communities.
As a country, we are heading towards National Reconciliation Week, to be held 27 May – 3 June, beginning with Sorry Day and ending with Mabo Day. This year’s theme is Grounded in Truth Walk Together with Courage.
National Sorry Day was marked on Sunday the 26th of May, with National Reconciliation Week beginning today. St Emilie’s students will be reflecting on Sorry Day and Reconciliation Week this Friday.
What is it?
May 26 begins a week-long commemoration of significant events in the encounter between Aboriginal peoples and later arrivals in Australia.
Sorry Day, which honours the Stolen Generation of Indigenous children stripped from their families, bookends Reconciliation Week with the Referendum and the Mabo decision that marks its close.
The week is one for all Australians to participate in and reflect on.
God of Love,
You are the Creator of this land and of all good things.
This week we acknowledge the pain and shame of aspects of our history
and the suffering of our Aboriginal peoples,
Our hope is in You because you gave your Son Jesus
to reconcile the world to you.
We pray for your strength and grace to accept and love one another,
as you love and accept us.
Give us the courage to accept the realities of our history and learn from them
so that we may build a better, a more just and a more respectful future for Australia.
Teach us to respect all cultures.
Teach us to care for our land and waters.
Help us to share justly the resources of this land.
Help us to bring about spiritual and social change to improve the quality of life for all groups in our communities, especially the disadvantaged.
Help young people to discover their true dignity.
May your power and love be the foundation
on which we build our families, our communities and our nation,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
We are all down here at Election Day and your wonderful goodies are selling well and the hot food is also popular!
Thanks again to Rachel and Larissa, Gill and Rachael from the Office and all our parent helpers for all your support throughout the day…
Every $ raised will support us to continue providing great facilities and opportunities for your children!
Have a great weekend everyone! 🙂
To all our wonderful families, THANK YOU so much for your amazing and generous support of your school by delivering tantalisingly delicious treats and by signing up to sell or cook at tomorrow’s Election. Your delicious donations mean so much … they show us that amidst the busyness and demands of family life, you understand that this opportunity is a great one and funds raised will really support our whole community.
A huge thank you to Rachael, Larissa and their team of helpers who popped in today to make sure that everything is ready to go … There was much laughter coming from the staffroom from Mums and many wistful looks from staff as they passed by your yummy donations! 🙂
If you have been unable to assist with food or a roster slot please come along and buy some of the delicious food on offer while you are waiting to vote.
Thanks again everyone and have a terrific weekend 🙂