Our 8am Community Mass will not be held this Wednesday 1 April due to the focus on Holy Week celebrations.
We look forward to seeing you all at our next Community mass which will be celebrated at 8am on Wednesday 6 May 2015.
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!
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!
Clap and scream for the Gannon team!!
Yes it was Gannon day last week and a wonderful day of celebration for team members to identify with their house group. We commenced the morning with a liturgy to share how Gannon House came to be formed. We celebrate Gannon Day on the Feast of Saint Joseph as St Joseph is Sister Margaret Mary’s favourite saint.
The Gannon house motto is ‘Serving with humility’. In our prayers we asked God to help us show true humility towards others here at school, at home and in our everyday lives.
Gannon students spent their lunchtime playing a variety of team games like tug o war, quoits and totem tennis. We finished off our lunchtime with a cool ‘orange’ Calypso icy pole. Yum!!
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!
On Saturday the 28th March from 8.00-12.00pm we will be holding our annual school BUSY BEE.
Last year we got a lot done around our school by harnessing some ‘FREE’ and very much appreciated staff, parent (and children) power!
Likewise this year we hope to knock a number of jobs off our ‘to do’ list with a little help from our friends.
If you are able to make some or all of the morning, please phone or email the Office to leave your name and availability and also if you would like to stay for a drink and a sausage sizzle:
If you can’t make it but would like to help out in another way you might consider:
Please bring gloves, rakes, trimmers, wheelbarrows, a hat, a drink bottle and any other tools that might be helpful!
It will be great to see you!
Thanks again everyone!
2B and 3B have had a very productive week planting this years crop in our school veggie garden.
This week we’ve planted carrots, broad beans and beetroot. Thank you to all the parents who volunteered their time to help the students and myself.
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 …