As we prepare to welcome the Season of Advent in just under a week, may we all try hard to support our children to appreciate the little things we are ‘gifted’ with each day, and to find the real Christmas message in the small acts of kindness we do for others.
I cannot thank enough the very special parents in our school who have reached out with such practical kindness to individuals who have been diagnosed with a serious and confronting health challenge – you are a gift to them and to our whole community. These small acts of kindness are done very quietly, with little fuss or fanfare – please just know that you are a shining example of goodness to us all.
Thank you also to all families who have generously donated food items for our SVDP hampers for local families in crisis situations – every little bit helps those in need to know, they are not alone.
To the families who have gone the extra step and responded to the stars on the office Christmas tree – many thanks. These gifts will certainly brighten the life of a child and make a day that should be a time of hope, joy and love be realised.
It is only through giving, that the true Christmas message can be fulfilled – giving our time, our care, our patience, our prayers, our love – giving the very best version of ourselves to others.
May we continue to support each other and our children in these last two busy weeks of school, to be a real ‘gift’ to one another.
As you can see it is just three weeks until our End of Year School Concert on Friday 30th November!
Please make sure you have circled the date on your calendar and read the details below so that you and your family can enjoy what we are sure will be a really great night for everyone!
This year Father Giovanni and the parishwill be cooking, selling and serving delicious food for our families on the night.
FOOD AND DRINKS YOU CAN ORDER
Sausage Sizzles $ 4.00
Spring Rolls $ 5.00 for 3
Samosas $ 5.00 for 3
Satays $10 for 5 sticks
French fries $ 2.00
Scoop of yummy gelato icecream – $2.00 (nut free)
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO NOW:
For catering purposes, we need you to let us know WHAT food /drinks you PLAN on purchasing, by replying to the Skoolbag app notice asap, but no later than Friday 16th November.
You need to purchase your $10.00 family ticket for the concert – through the Office
You need to purchase your food vouchers ($10.00 per voucher) -through the Office
TIMING OF THE NIGHT
4.15pm – Food being served from this time (to cater for hungry children and adults before the concert).
5.00pm -Children need to be delivered to their classroom
5.15pm – children to sit with class on the oval
5.20pm – school band to play
5.30pm – Concert commences
7.00pm – Concert concludes
WHAT TO BRING:
Your food vouchers and some extra cash
Very low beach chairs or beanbag
comfortable casual clothing (a windcheater in case it is cool)
plenty of patience, goodwill, and a great attitude!
THINGS TO TAKE NOTE OF:
We are expecting that all children and their families will be attending and staying for the whole concert, however if you know that you will be away or unable to be there, it is VERY IMPORTANT to let us know well before the concert, for planning purposes and as a courtesy to staff organisers.
Parking is always at a premium at events such as this one – please share cars and lifts where you can, walk if you can and please be VERY considerate when parking (especially in regard to neighbours)-
Please do not park in Church Car park area as there is Mass on at 6pm
The concert is to be held on the big oval with school aged children from Year 1-6 sitting with staff at the front of the stage area until the end of the concert.
Kindy and PP children will sit with their teachers until their item concludes. Once they have presented their item they will return to their classrooms to be collected by their parents. After this they can sit with parents, however all children are to be very well supervised by parents and consideration for others throughout the concert is of paramount importance.
It will be best to try and arrive by 4.15pm, get a picnic spot and some food for the children, take them to teachers at 5pm, then adults can go and get some food.
Any rubbish generated by your family is to be bagged and taken home.
Families are reminded to model consideration, respect and good listening courtesies as children are performing.
Some parts of the concert are loud and fun, other parts are quiet and reflective – please come ready to ‘add’ to the experience by clapping loudly and by talking softly.
As one of the last whole school opportunities for being together, we hope the night will be fun, meaningful and memorable for all.
Congratulationsto all St Emilie’s students who represented our school at the INTERSCHOOL ATHLETICScompetition at last week’s carnival – we are so proud of you!
We came second overall, which was an outstanding achievement!
We are very proud of student effort and achievement, however even more importantly, we celebrate our children’s growing understanding of what it means to be part of a team; of representing our school by showing good sportsmanship, being gracious in defeatand by celebrating the success of others.
A sincere thank you to Mr Davis and all staff for their hard work on the day, to our wonderful students and to families who were able to attend!
What a fabulous evening it was last night – thank you VERY much for your wonderful presence and good humour at our very first community COLOUR RUN!
Your support of our hardworking P&F team, our exceptionally generous and hardworking staff and ultimately, our whole school community, is very much appreciated.
A very special thank you to the P&F team for all their hard work and planning:
and Nicole Grima
(Bec’s Mum was due to fly back to the UK the same night, so it was particularly generous of her to stay and make sure everything ran smoothly.)
A HUGE thank you to OUR SPECIAL PARENT HELPERS who assisted at the bbq and around the course – you were really wonderful!
A few unsung heroes are people like Alison McEniery who always does so much ‘behind the scenes’ – at all P&F functions.
Chris McEniery who always turns up to support his amazing wife and last night was no exception – he slaved away over a hot bbq to cook sausages all night long! Both Alison and Chris quietly and generously serve our community with little fuss or fanfare and as this is their daughter’s final year here at St Em’s, they will leave big shoes to fill 🙂
Paul Gates, Board member and St Em’s dad ,organised all our signs including the many colour splats around our school –from Discus Digital Printing – despite his very busy life – they all looked fabulous!
Glenn Cogger our groundsman, spent the better part of the day pruning, checking that all areas were safe for the run, marked out the track, set up all the bollards and bunting and stayed to pack everything away at the end of the night..
Anthony Bruyns, one of our Year 6 dads gave up much of his own time organising our sound for the evening and he did a fantastic job, amidst visiting his daughter in hospital after an appendix operation.
Mark Grima, one of our very talented parents, once again did an awesome job entertaining us all!
Mrs Gillian Norris, Mrs Rachael Visser and Miss Olivia Norris – our incredible Admin team, fielded phone calls, followed up queries, coordinated rosters, and so much more, ,always with a smile and a spring in their step – you are so special!
The BEE DELIGHTED Coffee Vanprovided a great service and are good friends of St Emilie’s.
Unfortunately, the HOLY CHIP FOOD TRUCK let us down and consequently this put our bbq helpers under a lot of pressure to provide extra meals that had not been accounted for.
We sincerely apologise to those who had to queue for their meal and we really thank those who were able to see how hard all our volunteers were working to solve the problem and waited so patiently and graciously.
From the smilies on children’s faces, much fun was had and many lovely memories were made!
To those who couldn’t make the night but dropped in a donation – you are simply wonderful!
And to those who had tickets to see Taylor Swift, but still zoomed around the course so your children didn’t miss the event – you too are absolutely awesome and we hope you managed to ‘shake it off’ and have a fabulous time there too!
May everyone’s weekend be a really happy one and we look forward to joining you again at our whole school end of year CONCERT on Friday 30th November.