Welcome back everyone!
A warm welcome back to you all! We are really looking forward to another great term – all eleven weeks of it! We’ve had a terrific couple of days. Children are happy to be back at school and staff are enthusiastic about their ‘switched on’ attitude!
I have really enjoyed hearing all the holiday stories – bravo Mums and Dads – there has been lots of reading, playing imaginary games, playing board games, picnics, sports, camping trips, catching up with friends, bbq’s, watching a movie, cooking fun, walks along the beach, interesting road trips and more!
Staff have also had a really good break and are looking forward to offering many valuable learning opportunities throughout the term. Your ongoing support, encouragement and positive interactions with your teachers – whether face to face, by email or by note, really make a huge difference and help to pave the way for your child to flourish here at school. When they see and hear you relating respectfully and positively with teachers, it sends a very powerful message indeed and helps them to feel safe, secure and more confident in themselves.
Term 2 Planner Information for Families
The ‘Term 2 Planner Information for Families’ document has now been posted on the front page of the website (see the left hand column, half way down). This document essentially lists the main calendar dates with any explanatory notes underneath where applicable. Please check this document regularly to stay up to date with what isn happening / when.
As per the Term Planner we have a day set aside for our Three Way meetings on Wed 27th May. We will be trialling an ONLINE BOOKING SYSTEM. More information on how to book an interview time will be sent home shortly.
The school has been a busy place over the holidays with new toilets going in to Kindy and PP and the big Eucalypts having to come down outside the Kindy. This very big School Board decision regarding the removal of the trees was made because:
- 1. The tree roots were lifting all the pavers creating a walking hazard.
- 2. The trees dropped branches indiscriminately and being on a walkway – posed a potential risk.
- 3. The leaves filled the gutters on a daily basis – expensive maintenance.
- 4. The beautiful shade was wonderful in the summer months however created a situation where the grass was permanently in shade during the winter and thus made it almost impossible to grow a strong vigorous lawn.
We look forward to lots of winter sun and we will explore moveable shade options for the summer months.
Kindy Interviews 2016
The next couple of weeks will be a busy time for the Leadership Team as we interview new families and their children, as well as siblings who will be starting Kindy next year.
Naplan testing will be conducted throughout Week 4 of this term in Years 3 and 5. As always our best advice is to not stress children out unnecessarily. Tests are a normal part of the teaching and learning cycle here at school. If we don’t make them bigger than they need to be our children won’t. We want them to do their best for sure, however there is no need to ‘prime them’ for NAPLAN. Our messages are stay calm, read the questions carefully, do your best, check your work and don’t worry!
Parent Session for Families of Kindy, PP, Yr 1, Yr 2 and Yr 3 children
The School Board and Leadership Team request that one parent from each family K-Yr 3 please be present at a Parent Information Session on Wednesday 3rd June – 6.30pm -7.30pm, where we will share information about a possible 1:1 progressive rollout of devices next year, starting with Year 4’s.
Morning Teas this term
- Anzac Day Assembly Morning Tea – come and share a chat, a cuppa and an an Anzac Day Biscuit after the Year 4 Friday 24th April!
- Mother’s Day Morning Tea – following the Year 2 Assembly
- Sisters of the Apparition celebrate 160 years Assembly followed by morning tea – Friday 22 May.
Please make sure you check in with the school website regularly so you can stay up to date with class news, school news and P&F/Board news.
All the best for a wonderful term ahead everyone
(on behalf of the School Leadership team)
Oliver Hogan in PPB
and his very excited Mum and Dad
now have a brand-new beautiful. bouncing, baby sister
Miss Paino-Povey our PPB teacher
the baby has been named…
How very special
and what a happy and blessed time for the Hogan family!
Love and best wishes to you all!
I highly recommend that you take a listen to this TedTalk if you get a chance amidst your busy lives – it is 17 mins long so perhaps wait until you have dropped the children off – or at some time when the house is quiet and you have a bit of time to listen.
Bottom line : Happiness and resilience = a more positive life!
- Active Thinking
- Building on positive emotions
- Imagining a little parrot on our shoulder telling us what to think … Is the parrot right or wrong?
- Look for evidence! Think about balancing evidence and alternatives!
- Learning to develop resilience muscles!
- Teaching kids resilience skills really helps!
Developing a sense of well-being is so important – and it means taking charge of our own emotions and thought processes…
Certainly a daily effort! 🙂
ACARA recognition for Catholic schools
Message from the WA Catholic Education Office:
“We have previously communicated that the Catholic Education system achieved the best WACE results in five years in 2014. Following on from that success, we have also been advised that 25 of our schools achieved an above average NAPLAN gain, compared to other similar schools.
The Australian Curriculum Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) looked at the comparative gain of each school to the previous reporting period, the relative starting point of students at a similar level, as well as the school’s ICSEA rating.
I would like to congratulate all of the CEWA schools that have been acknowledged by ACARA. This is a significant achievement which is the result of many hours of hard work by school leadership teams and classroom practitioners. “
St Emilie’s was one of only 25 Catholic schools from across WA recognised by ACARA in this way!
Teachers are the decisive difference in the classroom and everything that we individually and collectvely can do to support and encourage our teachers in their work, the better the outcomes for each and every child.
When families support teachers, when families build a safe, happy, stable, loving family life, this too helps children to learn – so go for gold families!
We know that NAPLAN results are only one part of a much bigger learning picture where each child is supported to ‘do’ and ‘be’ their best self…
But for this week let us all celebrate our good news!
We have been busy in Pre-Primary Blue creating a wonderful fairy garden, which came about as a result of a class discussion about what we could do to to fill our empty garden patch!
We brainstormed, we voted and arrived at A MAGICAL FAIRY GARDEN!
To start with we looked at lots of different pictures of fairy gardens and then collated our ideas of what we would like to add to our fairy garden to make it a great place to be.
Secondly, we designed it by drawing a map of where we would like our ideas to go.
Thirdly, we collected all the materials we needed.
Finally, we went outside and started to put our fairy garden together with what we had come up with in class.
The children had a really wonderful time creating it and they really enjoy seeing ‘the fruits of their labour’ and playing with it during outdoor play.
WEDNESDAY 25th MARCH
4.00pm – 6.00pm
Families are invited to come and view your child’s classrooms,
and to take a look at some of the learning experiences children have been engaging with
over the last 7 weeks of term.
You can pop in anytime between 4-6pm.
Please remember to thank your teachers once again for their generosity
in making this opportunity available for you.
PS Don’t forget to pop into the library and MPR to check out Cultural Studies and Science learning also!
Just a note to ask that you please keep a family who is going through a particularly tough time in regard to their health in your daily prayers.
Some wonderful families who are close to this family and the situation have quietly rallied together and are providing meals and practical support.
Father Chien is also unwell at this time and our thoughts are also very much with him as he rests and recuperates.
We will let you know if there is anything you can do to help out, however in the meantime one thing we can all do right now is tap into the power of prayer.
Quietly including this beautiful family, Fr Chien and all families in our community who may be suffering at this time in our everyday prayers, is special and very much appreciated.
Our prayers don’t need to be fancy.. just simple and heartfelt …