On behalf of the staff and students of St Emilie’s we wish you all the very best for Mother’s Day on Sunday and for the wonderful year ahead!
It is such a privilege to be a mother … Hard work? YES! Tiring? YES! Challenging? YES! However the influence you have on your children has the potential to permeate their lives like a beautiful fragrance that lingers long after you have left … so take a breath through the challenges and try to enjoy it all, for the time we have with our precious children before they spread their wings is really all ‘in the blink of an eye’.
We also take a moment to remember and honour all of our special mothers and grandmothers who are no longer with us but whose memory we will cherish forever.
A MOTHER’S LOVE
A Mother’s love is something
that no one can explain,
It is made of deep devotion
and of sacrifice and pain,
It is endless and unselfish
and enduring come what may
For nothing can destroy it
or take that love away . . .
It is patient and forgiving
when all others are forsaking,
And it never fails or falters
even though the heart is breaking . . .
It believes beyond believing
when the world around condemns,
And it glows with all the beauty
of the rarest, brightest gems . . .
It is far beyond defining,
it defies all explanation,
And it still remains a secret
like the mysteries of creation . . .
A many splendored miracle
that is hard to understand
But really wondrous evidence
of God’s loving guiding hand.
Helen Steiner Rice (adapted)
Good luck with cooking the breaky, minding the kids, hanging out the washing, keeping the house tidy etc while you make sure your beautiful wife has a sleep in and a relaxing breaky in bed! You can do it!
A quick pic of some of the Year 6 Mums and Dads before the campers left hmmmmnnn… perhaps they are looking a little TOO happy and excited we think!!! 🙂
A pic of the first person on camp to offer staff some help without being asked – way to go Talitha!
Early 7am boy-power beach runners to the jetty enjoy the perfect weather conditions!
Girs beach-combing with friends – a great way to start the morning!
Woodman Point staff member Dan, goes through all the safety precautions prior to our flying-fox activity.
Now how did Dan pull these straps again? Man – it looked so easy when he was doing it!
OK… now that flying fox suddenly looks much higher than we thought – AAAAAAGGGGHHH!
Team challenges and brain bush teasers – all in a day’s work on the Year 6 camp!
Callum and his uncle (coincidentally the manager of Camp Woodman Point ) say gidday to each other!
Da boyz with their camp booklet 🙂
Our second Year 6 camp here at St Emilie’s was another fabulous opportunity to build upon relationships with one another and to explore what working as a team is really all about. The camp was extremely successful, thanks to the individual and collective efforts of all staff and students. Much was learnt about ourselves and about one another… bravo to all involved!!
Please put a circle around Friday 6th June in your diary and rustle up a fun group of friends to join us at the St Emilie’s Quiz/Trivia Night! Make sure you phone the Office to book your table and please pay for your tickets ($10.00 each and $80.00 for a table of 8 people) asap. For ease of administration it will be best if one person takes responsibility for your table i.e. pays for the table and then your friends pay you back – this way we can confirm our numbers and get our planning into full swing! Staff will be generously serving you, selling drinks and snacks, assisting with child-minding and generally helping the night to run smoothly. We are looking forward to a fun night! Raffles and games will provide some frivolity and some excitement too!
The Yr 3/4 Anzac Day Prayer Service held on Friday in our school hall was a very special way for our whole school community to remember, honour, pray for and reflect upon the incredible sacrifices made by so many.
It was really lovely to have a number of parents and grandparents attend the morning tea that followed.Many thanks for your presence – it is so important that children have opportunities to identify with significant events in our history and that they listen to and learn from people who have a story to tell.
Thank you also to parents who organised for children to wear medals from relatives who are now no longer with us – very special.
May our relationships with one another and our wider local, national and world family continue to grow in peace, tolerance and mutual respect.
This term Mrs Aroozoo and Sister Nok are working collaboratively to immerse students from Years 1-6 in an integrated study of Thailand. As Sr Nok comes from Thailand she immediately becomes a very rich resource for the study of this country – its language and culture and how it is alike and different from our own here in Australia. Watch this space for some of the wonderful opportunities children are being given throughout the term!
On Wednesday the 9th April, our St.Emilie’s swim team competed at our first ever Interschool Swimming competition at Aqualife in Victoria Park. The path to this competition started back in early March, where we had over 30 students commence early training sessions at Riverton Leisure Centre on Friday mornings.
After a number of gruelling morning sessions that also included time trials, St Emilie’s first ever swim team was selected. We arrived early to the venue, set up our tents and shortly after, our children were donning the brand new St. Emilie’s screen-printed swimming caps and diving into the water for warm ups.
As the day progressed, a number of things became clear. Firstly, the attitude and behaviour of our St Emilie’s children was absolutely superb. Secondly, the support our team gave each other was outstanding. The pats on the back, the compliments they gave to each other and the smiles on their faces after completing a race were the best at the carnival. Thirdly, the parents St.Emilie’s had to support us at the pool were terrific.
We did not win the carnival, however we should be extremely proud of how hard our swimmers worked just to make it there.
Thanks must also go out to Mr Munro who made it to all the early morning training sessions . Mrs Aroozoo and Mrs Airey also deserve a lot of praise for their help on carnival day.
Hopefully next year we can add even more numbers to our squad and further progress our swim team.
Paul Davis, PE Teacher
On the school holidays I literally bumped into a man looking through our side gates. When I approached and asked if I could assist him, he explained he was looking for the Church. We got chatting and to my delight, I discovered that he was a visitor from Mexico and here on a working holiday. He was staying with his son (who lives around the corner from our school and who he had not seen for number of years) and was here to present a paper at the University of Western Australia on Resiliency. We exchanged emails and I invited Dr Flores to come back to see me when school started to have a chat about his work. We have since done this and have one more meeting time planned before he leaves for home.
Suffice to say I found the discussion with Dr Flores very interesting and very pertinent to all that we promote and believe here at St Emilie’s.
Dr Flores is a practicing Psychologist, who also directs a non-for-profit organisation which aims to promote greater awareness of resilience as a key factor in empowering individuals and communities into an ever-changing future. He has recently written a book dealing with resiliency in Latin America.
‘Asilient Anomie is a scientific construct made up of 8 variables including: not being able to cope, dependency, low self-esteem, irresponsibility, hopelessness and pessimism, poor sociability and intolerance to frustration. One could call social asilient anomie the opposite of social resiliency. It forms the belief that one cannot realize, reach, or satisfy the majority of their needs or wants, when actually–they can. Asilient Anomie is the opposite of Nomic Resilience, which is constructed by 8 pillars including: coping, autonomy, self-esteem, awareness, responsibility, hope and optimism, intelligent sociability, and frustration tolerance.’
‘Resilience is a word of Latin origin. It comes from a verb meaning to jumb or bounce back, to rebound. In psychology, social psychology and sociology it is not associated with resistance, but to cope adversity and rebuild. It is a capacity to cope adversity and to regain the original state. In physics, resiliency is shock absorption, expressed in kilograms per square centimetre. Although it originates in the area of physics of materials, its use has spread to social and psychological areas. Like social anomie, social resilience is defined by several investigators as an attitude that gives the person or social group an ability. For example, Rutter 1987, defines resilience as the ability to turn adversity into opportunity for challenge, prevent negative stress, and help develop the ability to deal effectively with stress and crisis. It gives the person resilience and adaptability to change.’
Dr Flores maintains that promoting resilience during early education in schools and in families, is absolutely essential. He continues to explore this important area to assist individuals and communities find solutions to feelings of hopelessness and pressing social problems in his country and beyond.
He recently earned his MD degree with honors in Latin American Studies with specialization in Positive Psychology and Resilience.
This encounter has once again reminded me of the importance of staying open – to new people, to new ideas, to lived wisdom, to life…
Honestly, some families will do anything to get out of coming back to school!!! ( Ha ha ha! Just joking of course!)
Two St Emilie’s families are currently stranded up in Exmouth and this is a photo of what it looked like outside one of their holiday homes last night!!
As I wrote in an email – while we will of course miss them, we wish them all a very safe return!
Life always has many twists and turns for us doesn’t it and when it comes to the weather – we just have no control of it at all! 🙂