Wishing all our St Emilie’s families a very safe and happy New Year celebration – and sending you all the very best for 2015!
A funny, classic and treasured Christmas card from a Year 1 student this Christmas …
Here are a few representative samples of some of the lovely emails we received as a staff – thank you for making the time to write to us , it is always very much appreciated and valued … (names withheld)
“Thank you so much for providing such a wonderful school environment for our son this year. The staff have been just fantastic and like last year have exceeded our expectations and we can’t speak highly enough of them all.
Wishing you and your family a merry Christmas and look forward to next year!” Parent email
“WOW!!! What a fantastic Christmas Concert on Friday night. Thank you all for your hard work in getting the children organised and ready to present their amazing Edudance and Christmas song. I know there must have been hours behind the scenes preparing and getting the kids to practice so it would be perfect on the night. We really enjoyed the evening and left really feeling in the Christmas spirit! My parents had even driven up from Mandurah for the concert and they were blown away by the level of the dancing and loved hearing all of the Christmas songs.” Parent email
” I just wanted to thank you and all of your fantastic staff on organising a spectacular Christmas Concert last night. Our kids had an absolute ball performing and we were so proud watching them. Can I just add that it is fantastic to see so many opportunities offered for children at St Em’s to participate in. My son played in the band, sang with the choir and performed his dance and class song all on the one night!!! It was brilliant to watch and so good for his confidence. Keep up the great work! God Bless and thanks again.” Parent email
“Felt really proud to be a St Emilies family last night. Thanks to everyone for all the hard work.The whole night was “awesome” – so well organised!” Parent email
“Tonight’s Christmas concert was absolutely amazing!! You must be so proud of everyone! It took me back to my own preprimary days!. Thank you for filling our hearts with warmth and happiness – well done you should be proud!” parent email
‘I had many beautiful comments from parents last night but one of my parents said she had tears when he was performing in the play. She said he loves performing and speaking but usually doesn’t get asked because he is quiet in class. She was so thankful and proud of him. Last night was a fantastic way to celebrate the St Emilie’s community. I was so proud of the kids. They were really great!” Class Teacher
” We have been to a lot of Christmas Concerts over the years at various schools and this was by far the best!” Parent email
If you have one or two great photps (or a bit of footage) from the concert or from other events this term please send them in to school for shared use at some stage – thank you!!
Thanks too for all the thoughtful presses and cards – we are all very humbled by your generosity and kindness.
Take good care over the hols and see you in 2015!
Our Fruit of the Holy Spirit focus for the second half of this term has been ‘Patience’.
As a class we discussed the meaning of ‘Patience’ as the ability to endure with quiet hope and trust. Patience relates not only to short-term or every day situations, such as remaining calm when forced to wait, but also to larger more significant circumstances where disappointments, illnesses, challenges, long-term awards or gains and also stresses all require patience. It also takes patience to be tolerant of mistakes, to do something now that only later will be fruitful and to accept what we cannot change.
Examples of ‘Patience’ at school:
- Putting your hand up instead of calling out
- Waiting your turn without complaining
- Actively listening to the ideas of others
- Helping others, rather than doing things for them
- Encouraging classmates when mistakes are made, rather than criticising them
- Persisting with goals
- Compromising, rather than making insisting that things always go our own way
- Looking at our own mistakes positively as learning opportunities
In partners we wrote ‘Patience’ acrostic prayers.
Patience is what you gave us and we struggle to use it so please strengthen us with your powerful but gentle love.
All we need is some lessons to share our love that we’ve learned from you.
Teach me how I can wait my turn and show diligence.
I pray that we learn how to use patience in our everyday life. Please guide us along the right path.
Even if I fall down I know you will catch me and bring me back up with your patience.
Now that I have learned what patience is, please teach me more about your heavenly life and keep on guiding me no matter what.
Calls from heaven teach me how to live a life no one else can.
Even though I have to go I know that you will always protect my family and friends and catch them every time they fall.
By Patricia and Chloe
Patience is a part of life. I am writing this prayer to you because patience is the key to life.
A part of patience is tolerating others.
There are people who don’t show patience and you should help them to be the best that they can be.
I strongly believe that anyone can show patience even if you are frustrated.
Even if someone is taking a while to do something, you wait your turn.
Now I shall show patience to my peers and everyone.
Continuing to show patience I will always follow in Jesus’ footsteps.
Everyone should know how to control his or her frustration.
By Jacob and Christian
We have been discussing the season of Advent and thinking about special times when we have had to wait to share love, laughter and gifts with our families.
We are developing the understanding that we wait during the special time of Advent to celebrate the birth of Jesus at Christmas. We have been interacting in learning centres and are having fun preparing for the exciting events in the coming weeks!