All Kindy and Pre-Primary Parents are welcome to attend this workshop.
Social & Emotional Learning
At the beginning of the term we read and viewed a beautiful text by Anthony Browne, entitled,
The children enjoyed making their very own “WORRY DOLLS!”
Hopefully, the children aren’t planning to create worry dolls for their worry dolls…as Billy did!
But if they are…we will all be sure to sleep well at night!
God be with the mother.
As she carried her child, may she carry her soul.
As her child was born, may she give birth and life and form to her own, higher truth.
As she nourished and protected her child,
may she nourish and protect her inner life and her independence.
For her soul shall be her most painful birth, her most difficult child,
and the dearest sister to her other children.
Dear St Emilie’s Mums,
Just a quick note to remind you just how special each one of you are and that our children (and our world) really needs wonderful mothers like you!
Thank you so much for the love, forgiveness, patience, time, effort, wisdom, care and nurture you give to your children each and every day. While it is often a tiring and thankless role, what can sustain us and propel our efforts, is knowing that we are deeply loved by a God who really understands our needs.
Our work as mothers has the potential to really pave the foundation of our children’s whole life and because of this it is both a privilege and a responsibility. Each day, whether watching Mums wrestle children out of the car, carry them on their hip, wave at drive-through, push them in a pram, stop to have a hug, or walk beside them to their classroom, I am very much aware that many aspects of your lives lie hidden from view, and that you will each be dealing with your own challenges, sorrows, joys and triumphs. Just know that your efforts are so appreciated and that we thank you for doing your very best to raise children who are being taught, among other things, the enduring value of kindness, forgiveness, respect, compassion and service. In the final analysis, it is the values that we teach and model for our children that will sustain them well into the years ahead…
May this Mother’s Day fill your heart with gratitude and may you be gently wrapped in God’s great love, all the days of your life.
We especially pray for those mothers in our community who are doing it tough – financially; emotionally; physically or spiritually. May we, as sisters on the journey, be slow to judge and quick to help, to empathise and to hold them in our prayers.
As Leunig so perceptively suggests, amidst the busyness of life, may we continue to nurture our own selves, for it is in our own souls that we find the strength to be our best and most authentic selves.
All the very best and looking forward to simply sharing a cuppa and a chat on Friday x
Welcome back to school for another exciting term with lots of learning and fun! The children all had a wonderful first day back and it was exciting to learn about all their holidays adventures!
Please read our Program Information and mark down important dates in your calendar.
Welcome back to Term Two! 🙂
We are all rearing to go and really looking forward to all that lies ahead! We hope that you are all safe and well and have enjoyed the opportunity to invest in your beautiful children, perhaps in a slightly different way over the school holiday break.
As you know, we have just had two Professional Learning days – essential days in terms of staff development.
On Monday we revisited all things Occupational Health and Safety, including our policies, plans and procedures. While this type of day is huge in terms of the denseness of the subject matter, it is of course very important that we continue to up-skill, mitigate risk and ensure that we are as prepared as possible in the case of an emergency. St Emilie’s has partnered with an external provider to assist us with ongoing compliance and internal audits.
On Tuesday we met with the wonderful Brendan Spillane, an acclaimed Australian educator, speaker and coach. As an accredited International Executive Coach he works with a range of senior leaders from business, education and elite sports. A former teacher and principal, Brendan has held senior roles at executive level on professional associations at both state and national level in Australia.
A highly engaging speaker and presenter, Brendan uses a powerful blend of story, metaphor and humour to create the conditions for a more authentic and insightful dialogue. His professional expertise includes cultural change, establishing feedback systems that work and supporting people to develop the skills to lead critical conversations effectively. He is passionate about capacity building in individuals and teams, developing leaders and identifying the key behaviours that underpin a high performance mindset. He is also a father and has many wonderful insights in this space!
We are currently in discussions with Brendan about offering a parent opportunity here at St Emilie’s. We will be aiming to find a date in Term 3 so please watch out for this wonderful opportunity.
The Educational Psychologist attached to our school sent us the following two Parent Pages giving you information regarding local workshops / information sessions for parents. We would urge you to take a look to see if any of these might be helpful to you.
Below is an adapted version of the YEAR OF YOUTH prayer that we used at the start of our PL day yesterday. Hopefully it may continue to inspire us all to embrace the joy, the curiosity, the innocence and the enthusiasm of the young into our own daily lives!
Have a great day everyone!
Thank you all for a terrific term! 🙂
While we understand that many of you will be working over our school holiday break, we hope that you are all able to find some pockets of special time to really enjoy your precious children (amidst the inevitable squabbles, tantrums and sibling rivalry!)
As we have said many times before, it is of course really wonderful if you are lucky enough to go on a holiday, see a movie, visit a farm, head off on a bush walk, ride around the river, visit the art gallery and more! In the final analysis however, what children really need (and want) more than anything, is some of your time and attention.
So, whether working or not, please try hard to make these two weeks about strengthening relationship with your child/ren, by modelling patience, active listening, kindness, empathy, humour and all that brings a sense of calm, and feelings of wellbeing.
Our beloved Assistant Principal, Mr Stuart Munro (pictured above at a staff farewell afternoon) has been on Long Service Leave and will be sitting by a pool in an exotic location as this post is being written! He and his family are wished a well deserved, very relaxing and happy holiday break. Thank you for all you do in our school Stuart – we are all so very grateful.
As we all know Miss Melissa Gumbleton our much loved Year One Gold teacher is sadly leaving us! Year One parents very kindly presented her with some lovely gifts yesterday morning in the classroom and a few tears ere shed by us all! We wish her all the very best on her wedding day very soon, and hope that the years ahead are full of all that brings her and her fiancee much joy! Many thanks Melissa – you have been a wonderful example of what it means to be an exemplary educator and we will all miss you very much.
Miss Michelle Faria (pictured left) has now been appointed to take over where Melissa has left off! Congratulations to Michelle and we look forward to getting to know you and supporting you in helping our Year One students to really flourish into the year ahead!
Mrs Cassie Naden (pictured above with Sheila donating some files) is poised to head off on her final teaching practicum and will then take up a position at a close-by Secondary Catholic College. Cassie has been working part-time in our Front Office while she has been studying, and she has done a really superb job! We will certainly miss her very much and we sincerely thank her for the wonderful contribution she has made to St Emilie’s in so many different ways.
Miss Olivia Norris (pictured left) will continue on as one of our wonderful Office Administrators two days a week, and Mrs Rachael Visser (pictured right) has just joined us in Admin for three days a week. Rachel comes to us with a wealth of experience and we know that she will make a wonderful addition to our Front Office team. Please make Rachel feel very welcome next term and remember to be patient as she ‘learns the ropes’ of our busy office environment!
Watching children grow and learn in so many different ways is what schools are all about.
We continue to celebrate the spiritual, emotional, social, academic and physical GROWTH of our children over time …
We celebrate collaborative TEAM WORK and positive PARENT PARTNERSHIPS …
And we celebrate the wonderful HOPE that our FAITH offers us all.
All the best everyone, take care and see you in two weeks!