May this holiday season be a special time to invest in being the very best role model we can be for our precious children.
If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.
supporting your children, our staff and our whole school/parish community by attending our Family Concert on Friday night – it is always so very special to simply just be together as a whole school community! Thank you very much for making this effort – I know it is a really big ask for families to juggle babies, children, teens, work commitments and more …
supporting Father Giovanni and all the hard-working parishionerswho prepared our food. They told me that parents were particularly generous, patient and complimentary on the night, and this can make us all feel really proud of our community. I am relieved that families put patience (our current fruit of the Holy Spirit focus) into action, and grateful that the evening was a happy one for all involved.
Below are a few concert pics … we will post a link to some more early next week!
All the best everyone and may this Advent season be a special time for you and your families.
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.
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.
This night is time for you and your child to share learning together -please make it count – be enthusiastic and positive!
In addition to going to your child’s classroom, please make sure you visit – THE NUMERACY EXPO in the hall and the BOOK FAIR in the library.
It is important to note that the Open Night is not the time or place to discuss student learning or behaviour concerns with your teacher- this needs to be done in a pre-arranged two-way meeting time.
Parents are expected to keep their children with them the whole time (unless a child has been asked to ‘host’ at a particular display as prearranged).
Young children and toddlers must be carefully supervised at all times and not permitted to touch classroom equipment etc.
Parents are reminded how much time and effortgoes into setting up for Open Nights – please take a moment to thank staff for their efforts. These opportunities only happen through hard work, generosity and a team effort and should never be just taken for granted. A quick email or a word of thanks puts a spring in the step of end of term teachers, who give so much to your children and our school, in so many different ways.
Mass starts at 6pm – parents are asked to please be considerate and not park in the church carpark, thank you. Some families may like to attend Mass after the Open Night – you are of course very welcome.
We are looking forward to seeing you tomorrow night and trust that you will enjoy a wonderful opportunity to affirm,thank and encourage your children!