As we reflect on the year that has been, we are grateful for the wonderful sense of community that has seen us through the many good times and those that have challenged us to the core.
We have been honoured to have witnessed the true meaning of courage, strength, faith and hope through the actions of a young mother and father who faced such immense tragedy and heartbreak yet, in their own suffering, were able to look to the needs and offer comfort to others. Their legacy is a gift we will all cherish forever.
Together we have supported and encouraged, shown thoughtfulness, been generous, shared good humour and offered kindness and cooperation. The positive contributions made by each and every one of you have been greatly appreciated.
To those who have sent a positive email or dropped in a card, chocolates or cake after one of the many different class or whole school events throughout the year, or simply recognised the care and effort that a teacher/staff member has given to your child in one way or another – MANY , MANY THANKS!
Your words, or acts, of encouragement and thanks are valued and remind us that the extra things we do – really matter and make a difference. The staff of St Emilie’s work very hard to provide many wonderful learning opportunities and experiences. They give much time and effort to all that they do, often quietly ‘behind the scenes’, in their own time, before school, after school and on weekends. We are very blessed indeed to have such dedicated and caring professionals in our school!
In the busyness of the season, please find time to connect with the Christmas story – to emphasise the importance of Christ in Christmas! As parents, you hold the key to teaching your child that while receiving is fun, the real joy of Christmas is to be found in giving … that Jesus spent his life teaching us that to find true peace, we must be willing to forgive and to love without condition… for we are called to be His hands, feet, eyes, ears and heart in this world. This isn’t always easy, but is definitely worth striving for!
Emails will be sent and posts placed on the website in the final week of school and in the week leading up to the start of year, providing you with important information and reminding you of the important dates and times for the start of the year. Please make sure that you check these spaces regularly! The first day of school for children will be Wednesday, 1st of February.
Please take care and stay safe.
We wish you all the peace, love, joy and hope of the Christmas Season and look forward to seeing you all in 2017!
Tania, Stuart & Anne
Last Tuesday’s Graduation was a time to pray, to be grateful, to celebrate, to laugh, to cry and to remember. Due to time constraints, we were not able to present our speech to the 2016 Graduates. Please view an outline of what we had planned to say via the link below.
May God continue to hold each of you in the palm of his hand,
Mr Munro & Mrs Aquino
All the very best for the term ahead everyone, I am thinking of you on this first day back and hoping you are all happy and doing well.
I am having an absolute ball as a grandparent and getting things done at home that have needed my attention for some time!
Please take care of yourselves and of our wonderful staff in the busy term ahead.
As Acting Principals, you will now read messages in this space from Mrs Anne Aquino and Mr Stuart Munro. I leave you in very safe and capable hands!
Regards and best wishes,
For anyone who missed the letter last term:
We understand that each year a few St Emilie’s families may need to move on from our community for a variety of reasons – especially where work is involved.
If you find yourself in this situation, you are asked to please let us know as soon as possible, so that we can include this information when planning our budget, and also factor it in when arranging enrolment interviews.
Families are also asked to please settle their fees prior to departure. This can be done by phoning Gillian Norris on 92569696 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
Thank you for your cooperation and courtesy in regard to this matter – it is of course very much appreciated.
The Leadership Team
I am writing this simple message on behalf of Tony and Trish Lombardo, who as we know, lost their very special and much loved son Phillip earlier this year.
Many months have now passed by, and while nothing at all can erase the sadness and pain of their profound loss, they just want you all to know that they are taking ‘one day at a time’ and continue to feel the love and support of our whole school community.
Trish and Tony have asked that I please pass on their heartfelt thanks to you all for your prayers, messages, meals, donations, school teddies, photo books, visits and love throughout the year. They have expressed that while life has changed forever for them, all we have done for them as a community, has really helped, and they are truly grateful.
Phillip was a proud PP kid! Pre-Primary families are invited to a sausage sizzle, to be cooked and served by the Lombardo family on Tuesday 20th September at 2.45pm in the PP area.
May we continue to pray for this beautiful family well into the years ahead.
Dear Kindy to Year 6 Families
Please find a letter inviting you to our 2016 Open Night next Wednesday the 14th September from 4-6pm.
You are asked to please read the following letter so you are clear about what the night involves, thank you!
A couple of reminders:
- This night is time for you and your child to share learning together -please make it count – be enthusiastic and positive!
- The Open Night is not the time or place to discuss student learning or behaviour with your teacher- this needs to be done in a pre-arranged 2-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 effort goes into setting up for Open Nights – please take a moment to thank staff for their efforts.
- 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 would of course be very welcome.
See you soon!
Whether you are a dad, grandad or significant male figure in a child’s life, we wish you all the very best for Father’s Day on Sunday.
The brekkie was really well attended and staff generously cooked, served and cleaned up – all with a smile and spring in their step! It really was wonderful seeing all our dads in one spot.
To all those that couldn’t make it, we know ‘you would of, if you could of’ and we thought of you and prayed for you too!
Below is a short movie clip from the morning as well as a great article that reinforces some key messages to hopefully keep on inspiring you to be the best dad and the best person you can be!
Thanks again everyone and happy weekend!