Newsletter – Friday 26 June 2020

Message from the Principal

My God,
I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.
In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good,
I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.
I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more,
and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.
Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
In his name, my God, have mercy.
Amen


Dear Parents and Guardians

WELCOME BACK – Welcome back to what looks to be an exciting term ahead with the easing of some restrictions in Phase 5 of the Roadmap, tentatively scheduled to come into effect on Saturday 1st August.
Even though this is a period of relative calm for Western Australia in relation to COVID-19, it is important that staff, students and members of our community continue to remain vigilant in all areas including; our food preparation, school gatherings, hygiene and cleaning, observing safe physical distancing and for staff and students to stay home if they are unwell.
Given the rather concerning developments related to the spread of COVID-19 in Victoria and NSW, it will be important to keep an eye on how we are travelling and by staying on top of the above listed areas, we will be better placed in the event of a second wave in WA.
Once Phase 5 is confirmed, we will announce how we plan on moving forward with School Assemblies, Whole School Masses and School Banking. We thank you in advance for your patience and commitment in working together to ensure the safety of the students, staff, and parent community.
We know that mental health, well-being, an engaging curriculum, and a safe learning and work environment are relevant for all. I thank our staff for their commitment to our Whole School Well-Being focus, with a highlight on mediations after lunch, led by Mr Brennan and harp played by Miss Dunsire! The students have certainly benefitted from these positive mindset meditations and look forward to this time after lunch.
Strong partnerships are an important indicator of student success. Feedback on parent/teacher interviews in the last week of Term 2 was very positive and an important step in maximising student learning, behaviour, health, and well-being. Thank you to all staff and parents for your commitment to this area.
We are certainly blessed to have not only each other, but also to have much to look forward to here at school. As we move into the third term, it is a source of great hope that our students continue to care for one another and with Jesus as their model, are compassionate and passionate about learning.

SACRAMENTAL PROGRAM – We look forward to working with our St Peter’s Parish to prepare our students for Penance and First Communion. Please refer to the School Calendar and support the coming workshops in Weeks Two and Three.

PAUL LITHERLAND CYBER SAFETY – I encourage you to enrol in the Parent Workshop we are hosting on 29th July at 6.15pm, in the Library. Paul is a renowned cyber safety speaker and owner of Surf Online Safe.
Paul will share his experiences as a WA Police Officer in the Technology Crime Investigation Unit and speak about the need for students and parents to remember the impact of their digital footprint, maintain levels of privacy when using apps and apply methods to remain safe in an online environment. Paul’s parent presentations will cover a wide range of topics and will last between 1 to 1.5 hours depending on questions.

Subjects covered may include:
– Cyber Bullying – Legislation surrounding this and how it is affecting our children.
– Digital Citizenship – Where our children are going online, the Apps they are using and the information they are sharing.
– Online Footprint – How easy it is to find children online and what they can do to minimise their risk.
– Social Networking & Networking in general – How the systems work and how to overcome their reach.
– Online Gaming and Website Use – Risks and uses.
– Tips & Tricks – How to keep an eye on your children through software and hardware. Easy instructions on what we can do to keep them safe.

Paul is very much in demand and has been presenting to children and parents at many schools over the years.
Please visit the following website which includes a bio for Paul and further information on Surf Online Safe. http://www.surfonlinesafe.com.au/

KNITTING CLUB – This week, we commenced our Knitting Club in the Library with our Year 3 students. It was wonderful to see the enthusiasm and numbers attending. We hope that we can have some grandparent volunteers join us over the coming weeks.

TRIBUTE TO ANIKA – Today through prayer, song and bubbles, the Year 3 students remembered our wonderful Anika Brown. For those who knew Anika, she brought joy to our lives and will always be with us and remembered with love. We can no longer see her with our eyes or touch her with our hands, but we feel her in our hearts forever.

Ciao and keep smiling

Pina Hutcheson

Principal

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