Good afternoon families, Attached is a letter that went home today via email and SEQTA engage. The Weekly Reminders also contains additional information. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require any further clarification or if you have a question.
All the best, Tania Thuijs Principal
Today, 13 February, is the anniversary of the National Apology to the Stolen Generations.
This is a day to commemorate this significant event, when Kevin Rudd – then Prime Minister of Australia – made a formal apology to Australia’s Indigenous Peoples whose lives had been devastated by government policies of forced child removal and assimilation.
To learn more, read this article on the NITV website: 10 things you should know about the National Apology.
Notice to parents regarding the Novel Coronavirus
Dear Parents and Caregivers
As you may be aware, Novel coronavirus was detected in Wuhan, Hubei Province in China in late December 2019. There have been a number of recent cases of the virus confirmed in Australia, although to date there have been no confirmed cases reported in Western Australia.
The Department of Health advises that if a student has been in contact with someone who has contracted the virus, they should seek medical advice and stay away from school until they are clear of symptoms for 14 days.
As a further precaution, late yesterday, the Ministers for Education and Health requested that students who have travelled to, or transited through, China or Hong Kong in the past two weeks be asked to stay away from school for a period of 14 days from the date they returned to Australia. This request applies to children in all schools, including Catholic, Independent and Government.
Consequently, I am writing to request that you keep your child or children away from school should the above apply to them. Current medical advice is that while the risk of the virus being transmitted in Australia is low, this voluntary exclusion will cover the incubation period. Should your child not exhibit any symptoms for 14 days after returning to Australia, he/she may attend school.
I am providing this information today to give parents and caregivers as much time as possible to make arrangements for the care of their children during the period of non-attendance from school, should the above apply.
Please contact the school office on 92569696 if you will be keeping your child at home because of recent travel to or transiting through China or Hong Kong. I would also request that you provide us with the anticipated period of absence.
We understand that this situation has the potential to cause significant issues with respect to care arrangements for your children however we also hope that you will understand that the option to keep your child at home during any potential incubation period is precautionary and designed to minimise the potential transmission of the Novel coronavirus.
Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) is working closely with the Department of Education and health authorities to monitor the situation, and further advice will be provided as required.
Should you wish to access more information about the virus, including a parent factsheet, please visit the Department of Health website ww2.health.wa.gov.au/coronavirus or call the Healthdirect helpline on 1800 022 222.
Thank you for your support in this significant public health matter. Like all schools, our ultimate goal is to ensure that our school community has taken every precaution to keep our children as safe as possible.
Wow! What a busy time it is at this end of the school year! We are hoping you are all managing to stay calm, grateful and happy amidst it all, as we are also aiming to do 🙂
We are now entering the Advent period – a time of great patience and expectation.
The challenge for us all is to support our children, amidst the worldly noise and clutter of tinsel, toys, shopping and rushing, to slow down… to listen with our hearts… to understand the Jesus message – that God broke into our world to remind us that we are so loved and that God promises us love, hope, joy and peace – a peace that every human soul yearns for…
Here at school we are challenged to focus on this big picture amidst the hustle and bustle of this time of year. Being mindful each day is the key … we are called to try to act with kindness, gentleness and integrity, and this can be challenging at times.
Over the next fortnight students and teachers are finishing off the year, Admin staff are in the middle of AoS professional learning and a Financial Audit, and leaders are finalising accountability requirements, planning for next year and trying hard to be as available as possible to children, staff and families.
We are of course are also busy preparing to farewell our wonderful Year Sixes, who graduate next Monday evening.
With Two-Way meetings finishing this week, it will be important that parents please allow staff the time and space they need to simply finish off well with students. We now need to preserve the energy we have left in our tanks, for kids!
In regards to next year, we cannot stress enough, the importance of downplaying who your child’s teacher will be and which of their peers may or may not end up in your child’s class. While staff have once again worked very hard on creating class lists that take a myriad of factors into account, in the final analysis, all children need to learn to navigate their way through different teaching styles and different peer personalities.
Our job as significant adults in a child’s life, is to model confidence in their ability to work through any perceived worries or challenges. We are all here to support them to do this and are looking forward to a wonderful 2020!
Have a great week everyone – if you would like to recharge your battery, you may consider coming along to the Community Mass this Wednesday, 4th December at 8.00am – all welcome.
Monday 9th Dec
Year 6 Graduation Para-liturgy 5.00pm Supper 5.45pm Presentations - 6.30pm
Tuesday 10th Dec
Pre-Primary Celebration Day
Wednesday 11th Dec
Kindy Celebration Day Edudance Concert 1 - Gold families 1.15pm - 1.55pm Cuppa in the Learning Hub for any families who would like to stay and wait for the end of the day. Edudance Concert 2 - Blue families 2.10pm - 2.50pm
Thursday 11th Dec
9am Whole School Thanksgiving Mass - all welcome! 10am P&F Community Morning Tea - all welcome! 11am Science Inquiry Presentations - students and parents Semester 2 Reports online PM - Year 1 to 6 Water Fun Celebration for students
Friday 12th December
Last day of school! Year Six Big Day Out! 2.30pm Guard of Honour - farewell to Year Sixes :)
A huge thank you for all your support in making our only P&F fundraiser for the year such a great success!
Despite the weather, your fantastic children managed to complete the event with a smile on their dial and a spring in their step!
We are currently waiting on a few families to send in their SPONSOR MONEY and then on Monday Week 4 – the 4th November the Raffle Prize of a Bike Voucher will be presented to the lucky winner at our mini assembly.