Time certainly flies, so let us all make the most of the time we have in this second half of the year. Here at school, we are continually challenged to use our time as wisely and as effectively as we can, for the good of each child’s learning and wellbeing. Teachers have spent much time planning the learning opportunities ahead and we are all looking forward to supporting your child to aim high this term, in all areas of school life.
As a Catholic school, we continue to support children to look at the world through eyes of wonder and awe. May we strive to be the very best people and role models we can be to the children under our wing and may we be sustained in our vocation as parents and educators, by our faith in a God of great love and goodness.
Learning to ‘step back’ from the busyness and flurry of daily life and to reflect; taking stock of where we are heading; reassessing our priorities; and reinvesting in the really important areas of family life, especially in regard to our spiritual journey and relationships, has the potential of bringing our family much joy, peace and well-being.
Family life has a number of challenges to navigate. The stronger our community, the more authentic our genuine care and regard for one another, the greater the support for families navigating their way through a time poor, tech challenged world of mixed and competing values.
It has been wonderful catching up with children after their holiday break and despite the drizzly conditions, they all appear to be very excited and happy to be back at school, ready for another ten weeks of learning and fun!
As always, we will be monitoring their academic progress and their social and emotional progress throughout the semester, to support their growth as positive, confident, cooperative, creative, kind and responsible students in our school. When this is mirrored at home as well the child has an amazing opportunity to really FLOURISH!
Staff are also rearing to go after a good rest. Over the holidays we had some exciting news – Miss Fee, one of our Education Assistant’s in Year 2 was proposed to! An Engagement is of course always cause for much celebration on staff and we wish her and her new fiance a lifetime of happiness ahead!
Term Three is Performing Arts term – a time for our students to showcase their wonderful talents in the Arts Learning Area! We are very much looking forward to watching our : school choir; school band; Christian dance troupe; contemporary dance troupe; speech and drama students.
Parents are asked to please check the Term Three Planner
Our school cross country is to be held this Friday – please look out for a web post from Mr Davis regarding details of this event!
Thank you to all families for:
- greeting all families and staff warmly as you move around our school
- communicating respectfully and thoughtfully to teachers – in emails, on the phone and in face to face communications.
- supporting your child with their Purposeful Practice grids
- meeting your commitment with school fees and staying in touch with us if you need extra time or consideration.
- getting behind P&F initiatives – the school disco and drinks and nibbles night is coming up soon and sponsor sheets for the Family Colour Run are coming home this week.
- working on creating a family life that does no harm; a place where your children learn the value of good manners; of appreciating difference; of contributing to the greater good; of saying sorry; of learning to forgive; of working hard and playing hard too; of being kind – to ourselves and to one another; of the power of prayer; of giving service to others….
The Devereux brothers were back in business again this week helping out with St Emilie’s Community Veggie Garden. Patrick and Merrick helped harvest ALL the radishes and wow look at that amazing amount of produce!
The boys have fun towing the trolley to the hall to sell our veggie produce to visiting parents and guests.
Here are some of our happy customers this morning.
A group of Year 6 students have taken over the veggie accounts. This a wonderful maths problem solving and accounting exercise for the students. Mrs Cogger gives the students the money made from the sale of veggies and then the students work out their own accounting system. As a team they work out the profits and pay out any debts. At present we are in front.
Mrs Cogger is putting together a new veggie garden roster for Term 3. If you would like to volunteer, then please send Mrs Cogger an email.
A huge THANK YOU to those families that came along to support the 2018
PARISH FOOD FAIR
held in the school grounds on Sunday.
Whether you bought food, cooked food, served food, bought or sold raffle tickets, or simply turned up, bought a meal and and joined in the fun, your efforts were very much appreciated.
Days such as this really reinforce the power of
a COMMUNITY EFFORT!
The Parish community (of which we are all a part) really did a fantastic job harnessing everyone’s collective gifts and encouraging them to work hard as a team.
All money raised will help the parish realise their goal of building a new presbytery and office and this will include creating more parking bays , which the school will also benefit from.
are forged and strengthened on days such as this and much fun is had along the way.
A huge congratulations to Derek Holmes and Darryl DeSouza on their fantastic coordination and planning of the event – a job very well done! They both multi-tasked on the day – Derek, behind an electric guitar and Darryl behind some giant pancakes!
Check out this movie clip where Darryl gets a surprise visit from Derek!! 🙂
It was very special to see Father Chien and his sister and Father Jean Noel and his father at the fair!
And a HUGE BRAVO to Father Giovanni on his superb PAELLA made in the most HUMUNGOUS paella pan and delicious SPAGHETTI, which all sold out very quickly! (He got up at 5am to get it all organised!)
A sense of ‘community’ comes from our individual and collective efforts and involvement. It is something built from a shared vision and generous hearts and hands. Here at St Emilie’s school and parish, we continue to applaud those who build community through –
- volunteering and helping where they can
- being a good role model in their daily life
- smiling and being friendly when interacting with others
- withholding judgment and trying to think the best of others
Happy St Emilie’s Day everyone and may we all continue to aspire to be like St Emilie, whose deep faith was reflected in the way she helped others – especially those experiencing difficult times.
Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends,
Just a quick message to offer a sincere and heartfelt ‘thank you’ to you all for your very special support and kindness over these difficult few weeks. The sudden passing of my beautiful mother, has left our very close family completely heartbroken, however, your support, cards, thoughts and prayers have really helped to ease this very sad time in our lives.
Unfortunately, my return to school has been delayed due to illness. Mr Munro and the staff are, as always, working so hard to meet the many competing demands of school life and I am indebted to them all. I thank you for your support and care of our wonderful staff during my absence and I look forward to seeing you soon.