Mrs Cogger and the year 2B and 3B students will commence their yearly vegie garden project next Monday. At this stage Mrs Cogger has only received a couple of reply slips. So she is in need to some extra volunteers. Here is a copy of the letter that was sent home last week.
If you would like to help out at one of the planting sessions, washing the gloves or to be rostered to assist on the picking and collecting mornings, then please either print out the attachment and return the reply slip or alternatively email Mrs Cogger and let her know what tasks you would like to assist with.
The students in 2G and 3G will have their planting sessions early next term.
This term the Year 6 Science Inquiry group have been invited to participate in the ‘pilot’ of a new resource called Mozzie Wise. This resource has been produced by local community and environmental group SERCUL. Through our involvement with Mozzie Wise education students will learn how we can improve human health by reducing the exposure of mosquito transmitted disease and environmental health by reducing the demand for chemical control of mosquitoes. The goals of the program are
- To increase children knowledge and understanding of mosquitoes
- To provide ongoing, uniform, large-scale educational program throughout WA
- To reduce mosquito disease risk among children
- To provide information, advice and educational material for local communities to increase their knowledge and understanding of mosquitoes.
- To provide the opportunity for local communities to hear/understand/raise questions regarding DOH and the local government’s role in mosquito management.
- To enhance public interest, awareness, and support for the control of mosquitoes and to reduce mosquito-breeding areas in their suburbs.
- To understand the importance of long term management program (Integrated mosquito management Program).
Amy Krupa Education and Promotion Manager from SERCUL recently presented a MozzieWise incursion to the students. During the visit the students got to closely observe mosquito larva under magnifiers. We also went on a tour of the school grounds to locate and identify local mosquito habitats. The students will be present their research and findings to Amy and invited parents during term two.
On behalf of all of us here at St Emilie’s, you are sincerely wished a really JOY-FILLED EASTER – a joy that sustains you through the year ahead; a joy that propels you into purposeful and positive action; a joy that supports you to always find the GOOD in others ; a joy that obliterates those things that stop you from radiating God’s ILLUMINATING LIGHT – fear; jealousy; small mindedness; pettiness; gossip; hard heartedness …
May this Easter break and the joy of the Easter message be a wonderful time to reconnect with all those you love and give thanks to God for them.
May the Easter season connect you more deeply with your faith and all it has to offer you.
Take care everyone, be safe and may your cup be overflowing with peace and joy!
We are often not the Easter People that we should be, living in the certain knowledge of your great mercy and love. Distracted by the world around us we fail to hear your voice, or hide when faith is challenged as we wander off the path. Forgive us, we pray; restore the love that we first had, a faith that can endure. We will keep our eyes fixed on you, Lord, and with you at our right hand we shall not be shaken.
The Rainbow Fish
Together with our Year One buddies, we listened to the story of “The Rainbow Fish” written by Marcus Pfister. This story is a great story for children of all ages as it explores selfishness and teaches children about the importance of sharing.
After listening to the story we each decorated our own “Rainbow Fish” leaving one scale to be the shiny scale. We made it shiny by using glitter. On the back of our fish we shared one way that we try to be a good friend by showing kindness.
“The most beautiful fish in the ocean is asked to share one of his shining scales with a little blue fish, and to which he refuses. All the other fish in the sea leave him alone, and he wondered why. He goes to the wise octopus for advice, and she tells him to give away his scales. Rainbow Fish reluctantly does so, except for one. In the end, he is less beautiful then he was before, but he has new friends and is now the happiest fish in the sea.”
Possible questions you could ask your child:
- Have you ever owned an item that you didn’t want to share?
- If you were made to share it, did it make you happy or sad
- Would you rather keep something really special all to yourself or share it with friends?
- Is being unique more important than being liked?
- Was Rainbow Fish’s decision to share worth it?
- Rainbow Fish was happy with his scales, and he was happy with his new friends. Do you think there different kinds of happiness?
- Were they true friends, if one of the main reasons the others liked Rainbow Fish was just because he gave them something pretty?
- Rainbow Fish refused to give the blue fish the scale politely, would this have changed the other fish’s opinion of him?
- Do you try to share with your friends?
- What makes it difficult to share sometimes?
You should have received an email from SEQTA today asking you to set up your SEQTA ENGAGE account that looks like the example below:
After you click on the link, it will take you to the following page where you can set up your account.
If the school has 2 email addresses for your family, you will receive an email to each account and will be able to set up 2 accounts.
You have one week to set up the account from when you received the email.
Once you have set up your username and password, the link to the SEQTA Engage page is:
Any questions or issues please contact Stuart Munro on firstname.lastname@example.org
As a formality following the Fete major raffle, we have organised to have the results published in the West Australian newspaper.
Contrary to the information on the raffle tickets, the results will not be published on Friday 25/3/2016, as this is Good Friday and there is no newspaper published on this day.
The results will instead be published in the West Australian on both Thursday, 24/3/2016 and Saturday 26/3/2016.
Dear Mums and Dads, Grandparents, Friends, Staff and children,
This is our first real opportunity to say a HUGE…
to one and all, for your most amazing support of our school fete! It really was, in spite of the heat, a SUPER day, with a wonderfully POSITIVE, HAPPY atmosphere that rippled through stalls, rides and the entertainment area!
While we obviously had a financial goal for the fete, we also had a ‘community’ goal – to work side by side, to get to know each other a little better and to feel the sense of accomplishment that comes from working as a unified team, for a shared goal and for the common good.
Here is an excerpt from our Strategic Plan:
I think you will agree that we have achieved this ambitious goal resoundingly! We are now well on the way to being able to get the undercover area remodelled by the end of next year – WHOO HOO!
The last of the fete gear has now been put away – the wet sponge throw frames are relegated to the shed; borrowed paper cutters from neighbouring schools returned; large signs removed; generators have been picked dup; left over crafts and other fete items consolidated; rubbish on the grounds has been collected; extra skip bin lined up to go back where it came from; borrowed tents and tables from St Brigid’s returned; funny money boxed up, various equipment returned to their correct spots; left over trash n treasure dispatched to Santa’s Helpers group, St Vinnies and Good Sammy’s, money counted and banked,
Life here at school has sprung back to normal thanks to the help of staff and helpers and we have now settled back into the everyday routines of school life.
Each St Emilie’s family can feel so proud of the fact that you individually and collectively played such A KEY ROLE in creating such a wonderful day for the whole community. Your generosity of time, goods and talent resulted in an event we can all feel so VERY PROUD OF!
The FETE COMMITTEE have of course been absolutely instrumental in making the fete a reality, amidst juggling busy work and family lives. It has been an absolute pleasure to work with such a sensational bunch of people. We have discussed, planned, investigated, collaborated, cajoled, laughed, agonised and supported each other through the last couple of months and as a result, we definitely know each other much more and have had some fun along the way.
The committee consisted of:
along with the AMAZING SUPPORT of Nigel Yoxall, Glenn Cogger, Kerrie Cogger, Stuart Munro, Paul Gates, Nalo Gates (patience award for sitting and playing so happily during boring fete committee meetings) Andrea Loader, Simon Klass, Monica Carroll’s parents, Steve D’Amato, Stewart Sutton, Mark Grima, Chris McEneiry, Emmy McEneiry (patience award for accompanying her mum on numerous boring shopping expeditions), Nick Dabbs, Kristy Foong, our school choir and band, our Year One children, Richard Gawley (Cassie Gawley’s dad who was roped in while on a fleeting trip to Perth from Melbourne) and many other family members, many, many parents, staff and friends!
To the COOPER FAMILY who organised and ran the popular sausage sizzle all day , the PHAM FAMILY and the COTTER FAMILY – who organised and donated all their time and profits to the fete – we are so grateful. The quality and variety of food was incredible! Please know that the fact you sourced donations, the fact that you recruited your whole family to help run your stalls, the fact that some of you were up at 4am on Saturday morning prepping all day so you would be all ready for Sunday – is incredible and very humbling. Thank you very very much from the bottom of my heart.
To all those who turned up on Saturday to set the fete up – a HUGE effort! Events like this take an enormous amount of energy and practical support. To all those very generous families who gave up their Saturday and Sunday – we are indebted to you!
A very, very special thank you to Alison and Rebecca, who obviously played such key roles as P&F President and Vice President of the P&F. You are both very very generous with your time, you are diligent, hardworking, proactive, organised, and so incredibly supportive of our school. You are such wonderful role models to all in our community.
To Stall Coordinators, many, many thanks for all you did prior to and on the day of the fete – we are so appreciative of all your efforts. The families that went on rosters and the Year 6 students – you made us proud – serving customers politely and patiently.
To all the marvellous Mums who came in to school to lend a hand over the past couple of weeks or so, it has been such a pleasure working alongside you to achieve our goal! There were days when the staffroom, Office, my office and various other spaces looked like a general store, but it was all part of achieving a goal and we did it. What a terrific bunch of parents and people you are – we are indebted!
T our talented students who ENTERTAINED the crowd -many, many thanks! You did our school very proud indeed and we are so grateful for you and your teachers sharing your gifts! Likewise, Mark Grima, one of our musically talented dads, presented us with some fabulous music to listen to throughout the afternoon – mucho gracias – just brilliant!
Daniel and Maneesha are two more of our incredibly talented parents who sat at their stalls all day long sharing their considerable artistic talent and donating all their incomings to our fete – thank you both so much!
Michelle Shine (one of our talented Mums) made and donated a simply magnificent cake with the St Emilie’s logo on it and Kylie Coniglio organised the donation of a gorgeous cake from Sweet Sorella Cakes, with the fete flier image on it and both these cakes were used as a prize in a raffle where all the names of those that volunteered on any fete rosters were included. The two winners were: Mrs Roberts and Mrs Gomes! Both ladies were very happy with their win and have assured us that the cakes were AMAZING!!
Below are some of the emails that were sent to us throughout the last few days… thank you so much to these parents for going to the effort of passing on your support to the committee who have worked so tirelessly for the past couple of months, it is a very thoughtful thing to do to say ‘thank you’ and it is highly motivating and satisfying for those on the receiving end…
Just a quick email to let you know what you must already know …… the fete was awesome! Huge effort by everyone…..Thank you all for making this happen for the kids…. It was a great day - with a very real & special sense of community obvious everywhere you looked. A sincere CONGRATULATIONS to you all for such a great day yesterday!!!I’m not sure what I was expecting but I know I definitely wasn’t expecting the volume of people that came out to the Fete, hopefully that transferred into $$’s spent for our wonderful school. A heartfelt thanks to the wonderful staff team – what a dedicated bunch they are and as a parent, I am so grateful they took time out oftheir lives, once again, to support the school for the benefit of OUR children. Clearly I am so proud and honoured to be a part of our school and as aparent, so glad I had the opportunity to choose St Emilies. Thanks for the wonderful fete yesterday - my kids had a ball! It was great to see all the hard work paying off and loads of people there enjoying themselves and raising funds for our school. Well done on organising such a fantastic fete today! It was such a mammoth job but it really seemed like everyone loved it! I just wanted to send you a quick email to say what a fantastic day itwas today at the St Emilies Fete. Well done on everyones hard work, itreally paid off. The staff all did a brilliant job and worked so hard.Im sure the school did well out of it but the community feeling was even more wonderful. Just a note of 'thank you' for a wonderful day at St Emilie's! Congratulations to you all for a very smoothly run fair. I hope it wasall your community had hoped it would be, and more. Amelia Toffi, Principal, St Brigid's. Just wanted to pass on my congratulations and appreciation to everyoneinvolved in the fete today. Our family and friends had a wonderful dayand we are so grateful to belong to such an amazing school community. We just wanted to say a very big thank you and a job well done to all the leadership team and those who worked tirelessly to make today possible. We know there are so many people who work behind the scenes to make a day like today come together. It was a wonderful family event. Thank you and we look forward to the next one! ( Editor's Note: no plans for another fete just yet :) ) Thank you for the beautiful opportunity you gave our students here at Forte School of Music, Canning Vale. Please keep in touch and keep us posted for next year. Rochelle Kronemberg Teacher Coordinator Forte School of Music, Canning Vale just wanted to offer our compliments on your school fete, it was a wonderful day and highly beneficial for our School. Mostly, I would like to thank the staff that were there on the day, they were so lovely andwere very helpful J