Pictured below is Father Jean-Noel (left) and our new Assistant Parish Priest, Father Patricio CarreraMorales. We welcome Father to our community and we look forward to getting to know him in the months ahead.
Last Sunday Mr Munro and I, along with a number of St Emilie’s families and parishioners joined in farewelling the wonderful Father Giovanni Raffaele at the 9.00am Mass, and afterwards in the school hall. Father Giovanni is making his way to Humpty Doo in the Northern Territory as the new parish priest.
Children and staff will have an opportunity to farewell Father Giovanni next Tuesday here at school. We wish Father G all the very best for the years ahead and thank him most sincerely for his most wonderful support. He will be greatly missed.
On Wednesday afternoon the staff gathered together to farewell our precious friends who will not be returning for 2019.
Here are a few photos of our farewell speeches.
Mrs Roberto entertained us with her version of ‘Hi my name is Jo’.
To finish off the afternoon the teachers enjoyed some Kris Kringle gift giving and fun.
On Thursday Father Tony Chiera shared his experiences with us about Faith, Spirituality and Wellbeing and encouraged our to further explore our own faith journey. It was a day filled with sharing our own faith experiences and engaging with God’s creation.
This year, St Emilie’s Catholic Primary School formed their first Mini Vinnies group. The response was fantastic, and over 80 students from Years 4-6 participated in Social Justice activities throughout the year.
Every Thursday during lunch, the students volunteered their own time to meet and discuss ways in which they could help others in need. They chose social justice issues that are important to them and reflected their personal values, and they engaged in initiatives to help others. Participating in the Mini Vinnies program has allowed students to learn how their actions, no matter how big or small, can make a difference in the wider community.
A big thank you to all the families who generously donated to the Winter Appeal. The clothes you donated made a huge difference in people’s lives, as the winter months are always a difficult time for those less fortunate.
This term, children worked hard sorting the donated food into Christmas hampers that will go to families in need this Christmas time. During the Christmas season, we reflect on what it means to follow Jesus’ teachings and help those in need.
Our students and parents can be very proud of children’s efforts – it is wonderful seeing our school community come together for such an important cause.
All the best
Miss Simone Hilton
Georgia Curulli from Young Vinnies (High School Program) addresses our students
Many of you in the school community are aware that we have two Southern Boobook Owls living in the school bushland. In February Mrs Cogger took these photos of the owls.
In early November Mr Cogger found a baby owlet at the base of a tree.
He climbed a ladder to put it back in the hollow of the tree and then found two more babies.
Over the next 3-4 weeks we were all aware of the baby owlets in the tree hollow. An adult owl kept watch on a branch in front of the hollow day after day.
Mr Cogger was very interested to find out what went on in the hollow in the night so he set up the schools ‘night activation camera’. This is the same camera that we use to get coverage of the bandicoot when he/she visits.
Here are a few video clips of the owlets at night.
The baby owlets have grown up and this week we found that the hollow is now empty. We are happy that this family of owls found our school bushland to be a safe place to breed and hope that they’ll return to St Emilie’s next year.
If you are interested in reading more about Southern Boobook Owls follow this link
On Monday, St.Emilie’s were competitors in the Basketball WA School Slam Series. St.Emilie’s also went into the day as the current champions from last year.
We were able to enter Three Teams into the tournament. (2 Boys and 1 Girls) Each team played 4 qualifying games with the aim of reaching the semi finals, then hopefully the grand final.
Our Boys A Team cruised through the qualifying rounds undefeated and booked a place in the semi finals. They then made light work of their semi final opponents and booked a meeting with East Fremantle in the grand final.
Things became a little tougher in the final, and although the game went right down to the wire, our boys never gave up; but couldn’t quite get over the line.
Our Boys B and Girls teams both went through their qualifying rounds without a win. However their effort and attitude during those games certainly didn’t reflect the results.
A big thank you to Mr Naden, Miss Corkhill, Mr Carroll and all the parents who turned up to support or help out in any way throughout the day.