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.
On Thursday the 15th November some of the Year Six students were very fortunate to participate in an Interschool Cricket Carnival at Kent Street Senior High School.
Students were organised into teams and played in a series of “round robin” mini cricket matches.
The day was a complete success with all students having a wonderful time, applying skills that they have learnt and displaying great sportsmanship and camaraderie.
Cricket Coaching Masterclass
The Gosnells District Cricket Club is committed to developing and supporting junior cricket players in the community. They will be conducting a free two day cricket workshop for junior players (boys/girls) by their district premier grade overseas players. The workshop will cover – batting, bowling, fielding and wicket keeping.
The workshops will be held on Wednesday 28th November and Wednesday 5th December 4:30-6pm at Sutherlands Park.
For registration details click on the link below.
An extension to our commitment to Waterwise Schools is to look at protecting our water sources in WA. Recently Claire Hammersley from Murdoch University’s Environmental Assessment and Management came to St Emilie’s to present an incursion to the Year 6 students about aquatic weeds, in particular Amazon Frogbit.
Here are a few photos of the incursion. The students learned that Amazon Frogbit was recently declared as a ‘weed’ It was originally brought into WA as an aquarium plant but unfortunately has ended up taking over our waterways, depriving our native species of nutrients and oxygen.
The students learned about the different types of aquatic weeds and their habitats in a waterway.
The students had the opportunity to observe and investigate Amazon Frogbit and a native aquatic plant called Duck Weed.
Claire showed small groups of students the ‘catchment model’. The catchment model demonstrates how water travels on the landscape and shows how water pollution impacts the whole catchment and environment.
Congratulations to all St Emilie’s students who represented our school at the INTERSCHOOL ATHLETICS competition 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 defeat and 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!