From the Principal
Dear Parents, Staff and Students
Week One Friendology Value – DIVERSITY
May the God who created a world of diversity and vibrancy,
Go with us as we embrace life in all its fullness.
May the Son who teaches us to care for stranger and foreigners,
Go with us as we try to be good neighbors in our communities.
May the Spirit who breaks down our barriers and celebrates community,
Go with us as we find the courage to create a place of welcome for all.
Congratulations to the Year 6 students who were commissioned at our opening Commissioning Liturgy on Thursday morning. We have already experienced an excellent standard of leadership from our Year 6 students. They are taking their various leadership roles seriously and are showing an excellent example of behaviour and manners to their peers and the younger students. Well done Year 6 students for an excellent start to the year.
Thank you to the P&F for organizing this evening’s Welcome Picnic. It will be hot, but we are hoping that things will be a little cooler as the sun begins to set. There will be plenty of cold drinks and ice creams on sale. Please come along, even for a short time to meet up with other parents and to welcome our new families. Don’t forget the insect repellent – mosquitoes can be relentless at twilight!
Ash Wednesday Mass
Lent begins early this year, with Ash Wednesday on 14 February. Students from Years 1-6 will be attending Mass with the staff at St Francis of Assisi Parish Church commencing at 9.30am. Students will travel to and from the Church on hired school buses. Parents and friends are most welcome to come along to Mass and prepare for Lent with the children.
Crazy Socks Day – 15th and 16th February
St Franics of Assisi Parish are building a new parish hall to accommodate the growing needs of the parish. The parish provide a great deal for our school community. As the parish school, it is important we support the parish as they fundraise for the new church hall. We will hold a Crazy Sock Day and invite the students to wear crazy socks, of their choice, to school with their sport uniforms and trainers. We encourage a donation from all students for the privilege of wearing crazy socks to school. Please donate as generously as you are able so we can make a significant contribution to the church hall project. Donations can be dropped into the donations bucket that the students will have available at the gate.
Crazy Socks Days:
- Thursday 15th February: Kindy
- Friday 16th February: PP – Year 6
Holy Week Liturgies
All year levels, PP-Year 6, will present a Holy Week Liturgy in the final week of school. Parents and friends are encouraged to add the dates to their calendars and come along to all the liturgies during the week. The students, and their teachers, have gone to a great deal of work to prepare for, rehearse and perform the liturgies to reflect each of the events of Holy Week. Liturgy dates are:
- Tuesday 26th March: 9:00am PP and Year 1.
- Tuesday 26th March: 9:20am Year 4.
- Wednesday 27th March: 9:00am Year 5 and 6
- Thursday 28th March: Year 2 and 3.
I look forward to welcoming parents to the Ash Wednesday Mass on 14th February at St Francis of Assisi Church at 9.00am. Don’t forget to get the crazy socks out and ready for the children to wear on Thursday (Kindy) and Friday (PP-Year 6). Have a great weekend.
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
Monday 4th November: Pupil Free Day
Our MGCPS Focus: Friendship is… Diversity
At URSTRONG, we look at social-emotional wellbeing through the lens of friendship. This time, we’re shining the light on DIVERSITY – a celebration of all the wonderful differences between us that make the world a better place!
Within our Friendology 101 friendship skills curriculum for schools, we teach children our 4 Friendship Facts. These Friendship Facts help children develop realistic expectations in their friendships, so they feel prepared and empowered.
Friendship Fact #2: Every friendship is different
This seems like common sense, but children often expect every friendship to operate in the same way. They need to understand that every friendship is different because every person is different. Our URSTRONG program helps students understand that each friendship is unique and requires its own set of instructions.
We also help children recognise that the differences between us make the world a better place.
- How would you define diversity? What does it mean?
- What would the world be like if we were all the same?
- How can we celebrate our diversity with our friends?
Project Compassion – Ash Wednesday 14th February
Next week, the season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, which also marks the beginning of the annual Caritas Australia Project Compassion Appeal. Donations to Project Compassion allow Caritas Australia, the Catholic Agency for International Aid and Development, to work with local communities around the world to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity.
Please give generously to Caritas Australia this Lenten season and help vulnerable people around the world, now and for all future generations.
With your support, Caritas Australia has been able to assist communities around the world through income generation, water and sanitation, food security, education and disaster risk reduction programs.
Project Compassion 2024 reminds us that the good we do today will extend and impact the lives of generations to come. Together, we can help vulnerable communities face their challenges today and build a better tomorrow.
You can donate through Project Compassion donation boxes and online by visiting caritas.org.au/project-compassion or by calling 1800 024 413.
Before and after school has commenced. EXTEND are our care providers and care is available each day from 6.30am in the mornings and until 6.00pm in the evenings. 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.
For the start of the year the class has been learning a lot about each other, from their favourite sandwich to what is their earliest memory. What an awesome bunch in Year 5!
Safer Internet Day – 6th February
Do you feel overwhelmed about how to support your kids to be safe online?
CLICK HERE to explore the resources designed especially for families by the Australian eSafety Commissioner
For Term 1 webinars for parents/caregivers CLICK HERE
The eSafety Commissioner can also investigate cyberbullying of children, adult cyber abuse, image-based abuse (sharing, or threatening to share, intimate images without the consent of the person shown) and illegal and restricted content – you can report online.
Parents are reminded that we have our first CSAC and P&F Meeting for the year on Wednesday 14th February. School Council members will meet at 6.00pm and the P&F will meet at 7.30pm. Parents are welcome to come along to the P&F Meeting and add their thoughts to the events planned for the year.
Australian Girls Choir Open Day
Look no further than the Australian Girls Choir (AGC) because we encourage, challenge and inspire girls as they learn to sing, dance and perform. School aged girls are invited to come along to our February Open Day to try our fun and inclusive class and learn more about being part of the AGC!
Please visit our website to register to attend our free Open Day: ausgirlschoir.com.au/joinagc
Please see attached flyer.
Meerilinga Children and Community Services in High Wycombe is hosting a Packed with Goodness Lunchbox education session for families to align with the return to school this week. Participants have the opportunity to learn about packing a healthy lunchbox that fuels kids for their best possible day at school and helps form healthy habits.
For more information, please see attached flyer.