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From the Principal

Almighty God

 We give you our school.

We give you all the teachers and staff who work here.

We give you all the children who learn and play here.

We pray our school will be a place of great discovery, adventure and creativity.

May it be a place where we love to learn and where we learn to love,

A place where everyone is respected and all are deeply valued.

We ask all this through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Dear Parents, Staff and Students,            

I don’t think any of us could have predicted just how hot it would be for the first week of the new school year.  This week has been an absolute scorcher!  I commend the children, especially our younger students, for their resilience in managing the heat as they get used to being back at school.  We are modifying lessons and break times to ensure our students and staff stay safe in the hot weather.  Lunch times are spent indoors, with free play in the air-conditioning.    Sport is undercover for the first part of the day, before Mrs Davies and Mrs Hewitt take the lessons in the Library.  Thank you for making sure the children have their water bottles and hats with them each day.

Welcome back to you all.  A special welcome to new families who are joining us this year.  All our families are valued and appreciated, and we hope your association with the school in 2024 will be richly rewarding and joyful.

Thank you for returning the students to school this week smartly dressed in their uniforms.  It is always especially wonderful to see the Year One students come along in their new uniforms.

Thank you to our staff for their hard work in preparing for the start of the term. The classrooms look inviting, and the students have enjoyed exploring their new learning environments. I am most grateful to the staff for the time and effort they put in, during the holidays, to be fully prepared for the new year.  Thanks also to Mr Vajas for ensuring the school grounds are looking in tip top shape ready for the start of the term.

The students have enjoyed their first week of Science lessons in the newly refurbished Science Laboratory.  Thanks to Mrs Keddie for her work in preparing the lab with a variety of interactive and engaging resources for the students to enjoy.  We look forward to an increased focus on the Science learning area as we offer Specialist Science classes to our students.

I am delighted that we have begun choir, as an option for students from Year 3-6.  It was my pleasure to visit the choir rehearsal this morning and listen to the wonderful singing that the choir commenced in their first practice week.  Sincerest thanks to Mrs Aldred for organising the choir and for her work with the students in this new school initiative.

Extend OSHC

Before and after school has commenced this week.  EXTEND are our care providers and care is available each day from 6.30am in the mornings and until 6.00pm in the evenings.  I visited the Library each day this week to check in with the staff and students using the service.  I have been impressed with the quality of care provided by the EXTEND educators.  They provide a variety of activities for the children to enjoy, and it has been lovely to see our children playing so well together.  Parents interested in registering for out-of-school care can do so by collecting a form from the administration office or by visiting the service in the Library, before or after school.  The service is provided for students from Kindy to Year 6.

Welcome Mrs Christina Davies

This year we welcome Christina Davies as PE Teacher.  Mrs Davies takes over from Mrs Hewitt, who commences her Parental Leave in March.  Please introduce yourself to Mrs Davies when you see her at school on Thursday and Friday each week.

P&F Welcome Picnic

The P&F Welcome Picnic is always a wonderful evening for our families to get together to celebrate the commencement of the year.  It is also an opportunity to welcome new families to our community.  Please come along to the picnic, commencing at 5.30pm in the undercover area, and enjoy all the activities that the P&F have organized for the children.  Our DJ, Shaun, will be there to make sure there is plenty of music for the disco.  I look forward to catching up with our families during the evening.

I wish you all a restful and relaxing weekend. Fingers crossed for a cooler reprieve in the weather.

Warm regards

Therese Hussey

Principal

School News

Term One Dates to Remember:

  • Thusday 8th February: 9.00am Opening Liturgy
  • Friday 9 February 9.00am: Merit Award Assembly
  • Friday 9th February: 5.30pm P&F Welcome Picnic.
  • Wednesday 14th February: 30am Ash Wedneday Mass at St Francis of Assisi Church.
  • Wednesday 14th February: 6.00pm CSAC Meeting. 30pm P&F Meeting.

Pupil Free Dates 2024

Please note the Pupil Free dates for 2024 – some have been amended since they were advertised in the newsletter in December 2023.

  • Monday 4th March: Labour Day Public Holiday
  • Thursday 25th April: Anzac Day Public Holiday
  • Friday 31st May: Pupil Free Day
  • Monday 3rd June: WA Day Public Holiday
  • Tuesday 4th June: Pupil Free Day
  • Monday 19th August: Pupil Free Day
  • Monday 23rd September: King’s Birthday Public Holiday
  • Monday 7th October: Pupil Free Day

Car Park Overflow Entry and Exit

Parents are requested to access the overflow car park via the main entry and exit driveways.  Parents driving vehicles into the overflow area over the kerb have caused damage to the kerbing, and this needs to be repaired. Thank you for your attention to this.

Good News

Year 6 are off to a fantastic start to their final year of Primary School! All our student leavers have signed the council pledge and received their leavers shirts.

Counsellor's Corner

Welcome to the 2024 School Year!

It was beautiful to see so many big smiles and open hearts this week back at school. Starting a new year is full of mixed emotions – and that’s just for the adults! It can be challenging to get back into a routine, even for those of us who like structure.

If your child is experiencing separation anxiety, I have attached some tips and suggestions for stories you can read at home together. It is important to remember this is very common and will ease over time.

Please speak to your teacher for additional support at morning drop off, and feel free to reach out to me directly if it continues or starts making it difficult for your child to come to school.

For tips on Separation Anxiety please click here

P&F News

Parish News

Children’s Liturgy at St Francis of Assisi Church

Children’s Liturgy takes place on Sunday mornings at the start of the 9.30am Mass.

Please bring your child/ren (aged from PP-YR4) to the Parish Hall before Mass.

The children will listen to the Gospel story at their level and then do an activity relevant to the Gospel story.  We will then bring the children across to the church during the Prayers of the Faithful.

For enquiries please contact Philomena on 0417 936 757. Thank you.

Community News

The Murdoch University After School Program in Mathematics and Physical Sciences provides classes in Physics, Chemistry and Mathematics.

We will also run a Study Skills course in term 1 for those students who would like to extend their Comprehension and Writing skills, if we get a sufficient number of early enrolments in this course. Enrolment in Study Skills should be before the end of the first week of school term 1.

Classes for Term 1 2024 begin from Monday 5th February.

Each course runs for 2 hours each week from 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm starting the second week of school term. Students are welcome to attend 1 to 3 times a week depending on their interests.

Please see the attached flyers or e-mail AfterSchoolProgram@murdoch.edu.au for more information.

Flyer for After School Program (Maths and Physical Sciences)

Flyer for After School Program (Study Skills)