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From the Principal

Dear Parents, Staff and Students

Prayer for the Fourth Week of Lent

We pray for all people who make things.

We thank God for their skill. 

May our support of Project Compasson help people around the world

find the opportunity to use their talents to support their families and communities.

Amen

Holy Week Liturgies

Holy Week, the most sacred of weeks in our Church year, will commence on Sunday 24 March with Palm Sunday.  Holy Week falls in the final week of the term.  The children have been busy working with their teachers to prepare the Holy Week Liturgies to be held each day during the week.  Parents and friends are encouraged to come along each day to the Liturgies and participate in the prayerful reflections that the students have prepared so diligently.

Please note the timetable for Holy Week:

  • Tuesday 26 March: 9.00 Palm Sunday Liturgy PP and Year 1.
  • Tuesday 26 March: 9.20am The Last Supper Year 4
  • Wednesday 27 March: 9.00am The Passion of Christ Year 5 and 6
  • Thursday 28 March: 9.00am The Resurrection Year 2 and 3.

A parent and visitors morning tea will follow the Thursday liturgy.

Farewell to Mrs Lenzo

Flavia Lenzo has worked at our school for the past two and half years as Administration Officer, and for a short time as Finance Officer.  Flavia has made the decision to move on to other ventures in her life, commencing in Term Two.  Flavia has been a wonderful Administration Officer and she will be missed.  Flavia works Mondays only and her last day will be 25 March.  Please take the time to farewell Flavia over the coming 2 weeks.  Julie West will commence full time as Administration Officer in Term Two.

Parent Teacher Interviews and Early Close

Parents are reminded that the Parent and Teacher Interviews for Term One will be held on Tuesday 19 March.  We will have early close at 12.00pm for all classes, Pre-Kindy to Year 6 to free the teachers to facilitate the interviews.  Parents of students from Kindy to Year 6 are requested to make an interview time to discuss their child’s progress at school in Term One. The interview times are valuable and are required for all families.

After School Care Available on 19th March

Extend out of school hours care will be available for extended care on Tuesday 19th March to cater for the early close.  Care will be available for children from Kindy to Year 6 from 12.00-6.00pm.  Please register if you are interested in using the facility:

www.extend.com.au

Cool Pool Day – 20 March

Don’t forget to come along to the Cool Pool Day on Wednesday 20th March to support our students in their swimming events and races.  It promises to be a fun filled day!  Sincerest thanks to the Year 12 students from La Salle College who are coming along to support and encourage our children in the pool.  Thank you to the parent helpers for coming along as well.  Please make sure all permission slips are returned as soon as possible.

Final Notices

Just a few more weeks now until the end of the term.  These final few weeks will fly by!

A reminder that I am on long service leave now until the end of the term.  I will be back for the commencement of Term Two.  I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy and holy Easter and all the best for the school holidays.  Karen Keddie will be Short Term Principal during my absence.  Karen will be supported by Christina Zurzolo. I look forward to seeing everyone back at the start of Term Two.

Warm regards

Therese Hussey

Principal

School News

Our MGCPS Focus: Friendship is… Forgiveness

The UR STRONG research shows that about 85% of conflicts at URSTRONG Schools are what we call: Friendship Fires®. These are normal, low-level friendship issues like misunderstandings, hurt feelings, and disagreements.

Knowing how to put out those Fires and get friendships back in that Green-Zone on the Friend-o-Meter is one of the most important friendship skills kids are learning in our Friendology curriculum!

Help your child flow towards forgiveness and remind them to focus on what they can control.

Friendship skills are relationship skills! Teaching your child to manage conflict in a healthy way will help ensure they have positive relationships throughout their lives.

At home, see if you can continue this message by exploring these questions:

  • What does forgiveness mean?
  • Have you ever forgiven someone before? How did it feel? What words come to mind?
  • What do we have to do before we get to Forgive & Forget? Remind them that we can only get to Forgive & Forget if we Talk-it-Out until the Fire-is-Out.

PUPIL FREE DATES 2024

Please note the Pupil Free dates for 2024.

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

Good News

The Pre-Primary children are natural artists as seen here with their mixed-media rainbow serpents and watercolour paintings from still life.

Counsellor's Corner

School Refusal

Is getting your child to school becoming a struggle, or starting to feel like a ‘battle of the wills’?

This can build up slowly over time or it can seem to start overnight. There are many reasons why your child might find going to school difficult, and at the heart of the solution is understanding and empathising with what your child is experiencing.

If you have a child aged 5 – 18 years old and are concerned about their difficulties attending school, this free webinar is for you.

Tuesday 19th March, 7pm AEDT (4pm AWST)

40-minute presentation and 20 minutes for live questions.

If you can’t make the live session, all those registered will receive a recording via email.

Presented by: Dr Billy Garvey

Billy is a developmental paediatrician with over 20 years’ experience working with children. His clinical and research interests include child development and mental health, multidisciplinary collaboration, health literacy and community engagement to support all families. He is currently undertaking a PhD piloting a model to support child emotional and behavioural development in primary schools and is a Churchill Fellow exploring how social media can be used to support parenting. Billy is the co-founder of the Pop Culture Parenting podcast.

Click Here – School refusal: webinar | Raising Children Network

P&F News

RE News

Fifth Sunday of Lent
16th  & 17th  March

Partnership in action 

The work of Caritas Australia is only possible with the dedication, passion and tenacity of our local partners who implement the programs. They are the heroes on the ground, working tirelessly behind-the-scenes every day to create a better future for their communities.

Caritas Australia partners with the Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ) to support communities living in urban slums in the Philippines. FCJ runs a number of programs that include house renovating, food processing, basic literacy skills, urban gardening, upcycling and income generating activities. They also have a clinic visited weekly by a doctor and community nurse.

Caritas Australia partners with Caritas Samoa to assist communities to have increased access to clean water, sanitation and hygiene to ensure human health and well-being by providing water tanks and sanitation facilities.

Caritas Australia partners with the Catholic Development Commission in Malawi through the A+ program. Since 2016, the A+ program has helped 7,397 families across Malawi improve their food security, access to basic water and sanitation, boost women’s income generation and strengthen child protection.

Please donate to Project Compassion.

Together, we can help vulnerable communities face their challenges today and build a better tomorrow for all future generations.

You can donate through Project Compassion donation boxes and envelopes available from your parish, by visiting caritas.org.au/project-compassion or by calling 1800 024 413.

Photo: Richard Wainwright / Caritas Australia

Community News

Kalamunda Show Colouring Competition

Colouring Competion sheets were sent home with student yesterday. If your child wishes to enter the competition, please complete the parent contact details section on the reverse of the sheet and hand in to the Administration Office by Friday 22nd March 2024.

EXTEND OSHC

This week at Extend after school care program, children have been having fun creating their crazy fun hats, and baskets. Ready for our pre-Easter celebration for our crazy hat picnic followed by fun games planned for Monday 18th March, which children are getting all excited about.

 

St Brigid’s College 2025 Scholarships

Applications are invited from students entering Years 7 and 10 in 2025 to sit the St Brigid’s College Scholarship Examinations.  For further information and to download an Application Package, please visit the College’s website: https://sbcl.wa.edu.au/scholarships/

 Applications close at 4.00p.m. on Thursday, 28th March 2024.  The Examination date is Monday, 15th April 2024.  Please return the completed Application Form to the Principal’s Assistant via email to Guerinoni.pauline@stbrigids.wa.edu.au.

Zippy’s Bush Kindy Program to the Perth Hills

Nearer to Nature at the Perth Hills Discovery Centre has partnered with Kings Park botanic gardens to bring the  Zippy’s Bush Kindy Program to the Perth Hills starting Monday 29th April.

Big adventures for little nature lovers aged 3 to 5 years!

Join Zippy Dragonfly on an early learning adventure in his new forest location at the Perth Hills Discovery Centre in Mundaring. Set in the beautiful Beelu National Park, with one 45-minute session per week over an 8-week term (cost of approximately $13 per session) this interactive program will ignite your child’s curiosity and strengthen their connection to nature.

Each term provides new experiences with Zippy and his forest friends that nurture children’s confidence to explore, question and make discoveries. The program is also designed to reflect different themes, the changing seasons, and introduce new skills through nature play activities. Watch your child bloom as they learn at their own pace and grow in confidence and knowledge, with time to play, create, share stories and care for the natural world.

Program Dates

Term 2 – ‘My Bushland friends’:

Mondays  – 29 April to 24 June – 9.30am or 10.30am

Upcoming Programs

Term 3 – ‘Caring for the land I play on’

Term 4 – ‘I am a bushland superhero’

Brought to you by Kings Park and Botanic Garden and Parks and Wildlife Service and proudly supported by Rio Tinto.

More info: https://www.bgpa.wa.gov.au/zippys-bush-kindy