Our Pre-Primary students were delighted to find two Southern Boobook Owls in the bushland this week. It is most likely that they have been enjoying our bushland environment over the summer holidays. Over the past few summers we have observed that they have made the school their home but once school resumes they disappear.
Mrs Cogger found out that the owls were back and she was quick to take a photo of them.
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.
Hopefully you have heard the wonderful news about our new St Emilie’s State basketball champions!
A sincere congratulations to all the boys involved and of course a huge thank you to their coach, Mr Brett Forrest and to Mrs Rachel Davies for her organisation of the uniforms – certainly a very proud moment in time for our whole school community! Thank you to Stuart and Paul for representing all of us who would have loved to have been there too! As we know Mr Davis’ wife has just had a new baby so it was very good of him to pop in while on leave.
Below are the most of the main ‘events’ for the next two weeks on the term planner for 2018. If you click on the image it will enlarge the planner for you. The last two weeks with our students are always very special as we prepare to say goodbye and to celebrate the many successes throughout the year.
As you would appreciate, it is a very, very busy and physically demanding time for all staff as they complete parent interviews, Semester Two reports and finalise their teaching and learning programs and celebration days for the year.
Kindy staff also offer an extra opportunity for incoming 2018 Kindy families to gather and get to know each other prior to starting school next year. Next week they will set out equipment, games and activities, make time to chat and answer parent questions and happily help to supervise new children to the St Emilie’s family, after a long teaching day. A special thank you to the Kindy team who have also been pastorally supporting Mrs Fleming, who very sadly lost her mother just last week.
Likewise, Year Six teachers have been so generously preparing their students for Graduation amidst parent interviews, students heading off to high school orientations and finalising semester reports.
Front Office staff continue to respond to parent calls, questions and concerns, as well as tend to student bumps and scrapes and teacher requests.
Mrs Norris has been involved in the change from cash to accrual accounting, preparing for the AGM and following up on unpaid school fees. Thanks again Gill for your presence at the AGM despite it being your birthday!
Glenn Cogger our groundsman continues to make sure that our grounds are well maintained and he has some great projects planned for the school holidays!
Mr Munro and I have of course been busy with everything in between, including planning for 2018!
Thanks to those who were able to pop in to the AGM – these reports will be uploaded to the School website.
Likewise, we will confirm the 2018 Staff List, Class Lists, School Fees and P&F changes prior to school finishing.
Amidst the busyness and demands of our vocation, as a team, we continue to stay focused on the children in our care and keeping Christ at the centre of all we think, do and say.
We all want to finish the year positively and constructively. Thanks go out to those parents who make a habit of communicating to and about staff in a wise, measured, friendly, mature, and respectful manner – in this way you are being a wonderful role model to your child.
Take care and God bless everyone.
I look forward to seeing you before the year ends!
The Pre Primary children have been immersed in our Fairytale unit this term.
We were inspired to build a castle in our shared role play area. The children collected lots of boxes from home and then had to plan, experiment and problem solve how to use the boxes to build a stable wall for our castle.
Unfortunately the rain and stormy weather one weekend proved that our structure was not stable enough to brave the elements!
Mr Searle came to our rescue, donating some large and strong boxes from his workplace.
We have made thrones for our King and Queen and have costumes for role play and dress ups in the Pre Primary Castle. Keep your eyes open and you may catch a glimpse of knights, wizards, witches, princes, princesses and fairies!