Welcome back to Term 4 everyone!
We hope you and your family managed to spend some quality time together over the holidays and that your children return to us well rested, happy, healthy and keen to embark on the next nine weeks of learning and fun with peers, staff and families!
The next nine weeks will go very quickly, so our message to children is to make the most of the time we have left together and to keep on aiming high socially and academically.
All staff have had a very interesting and rewarding two days here at school attending valuable professional learning opportunities.
On Monday we looked at the impact of trauma on children with our guest presenter, Sonja Vanderaa, a Senior Training Consultant at Australian Childhood Foundation. Sonja flew all the way from Tasmania to be with us and she was an excellent facilitator. We learnt how trauma typically affects a child’s development, behaviour, emotions and wellbeing, and we explored how staff and schools can and do play a key role in supporting children who may be dealing with experiences of trauma and adversity.
On Tuesday teachers headed out to a number of other schools to view exemplary practice focusing on areas of teacher interest and on whole school focus. They returned highly energised and excited with new ideas, affirmation for their own practice and keen to try out some new initiatives in their own classrooms. Education Assistants spent their time exploring valuable resources and professional training offered by their Australia wide EA association.
As you may be aware, we had hoped that our new website and school app would have been launched last term by the hard working husband and wife team of a local Perth company. Unfortunately however, one of them has suffered a severe stroke. We have decided to simply delay the launch until we have had an opportunity to meet and ensure that everything is ready to go live. We certainly aim to have these both ready for families asap and in the worst case scenario by the new year. In the meantime we will continue to use our existing website to communicate key information and we ask you to keep this family in your prayers.
A friendly reminder that as a school we are relying on money raised from the Walkathon (Week 2, Wednesday 25th October) our one fundraiser for the year, to raise $25.00 per family.
Correct sponsor money is due back to the CLASS TEACHER by the Walkathon in a well sealed, clearly labelled envelope. Please clearly label the envelope – WALKATHON – STUDENT NAME – YEAR LEVEL / GOLD OR BLUE.
A sincere thank you to families for your support – every cent raised is used to help offset the cost of a variety of quality projects across our school. As you would be aware big projects cost big money. To install two large shade sails over our Year 3-6 playground equipment will be close to $40 000.
Please see this week’s Weekly Reminders email and web post for more details!
Our Year Two teacher Miss Candice Agustsson is now Mrs McClenaghan after her holiday marriage! We wish her and her husband James all the very best for a bright and happy future together!
We pray for each and every family in our community, that you will continue to nurture your children with wisdom and love and make a positive contribution to St Emilie’s, through a friendly smile, a kind word, a listening ear, a helpful hand.