T1 W3 2021 Newsletter

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Newsletter #2 Term 1 Week 3 Friday 19 February 2021

In this issue... Principal's Message Faith For The Journey Key Dates Assistant Principal's News Wellbeing News Class News P&F News Community News

St Michael's School is a school community founded by the Sisters of Mercy in 1914. We aspire to be a secure, caring learning environment where commitment to Faith, Truth, Service and Compassion are encouraged as a way of life. a: 3 James Street, Bassendean WA 6054 ph: 08 6278 9888

www.stmichaelsbass.wa.edu.au e: admin@stmichaelsbass.wa.edu.au


MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL Dear Parents and Caregivers, Thank you to all those who attended the P & F welcome morning tea this morning and thank you to the P & F for organising this important event. We hope to see many of you back at school this evening for the P & F sundowner being held on the school basketball courts (see the P & F section of this newsletter for more information).

Thank you also to all who attended our parent information sessions last night and to our teachers for giving up their family time to provide parents with important details about how classrooms will operate this year. I recommend that any parents who were not able to attend, touch base with their child’s class teacher in the near future. Upcoming Student Free Day and Change of Student Free Date Scheduled for Term 4 As advertised in the newsletter on 4th December 2020, we have an upcoming student free day scheduled for Tuesday 2 March (attached to the long weekend). On this date, staff will be participating in professional learning on our school focus of critical and creative thinking. Also, please note that we previously advertised a student free day planned for Day 1 of Term 4 this year (Monday 11 October 2021). Due to availability of presenters, we've had to change this student free day to the last day of Term 3 (Friday 24 September). Please make a note of this in your diaries and please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused. School Advisory Council and Parents & Friends (P & F) News On Monday night we had our first School Advisory Council (formerly School Board) and P & F Meetings. Thank you to all who attended - it was fantastic to see some new faces at the P & F meeting! Listed below are our Council members and P & F executive for 2021: Advisory Council


Chairperson: Dr Dave Parsons

President: Neera Mukherjee

Treasurer: Elliott Brannen

Treasurer: Kristy Mouchemore

Secretary: Amanda Versace

Secretary: Melissa Maiolo

Vice Chair: Daniel Stefanelli Sue Criniti Emma Walke Michael Walton (Co-opted) Alesha Austin (P&F Rep) Our P & F Events Co-ordinator, Pam Mahar, is seeking more parents to be on her events committee. If you are able to help co-ordinate P & F fundraising and social events, please contact Pam on: pamela.scott1@hotmail.com. This year we will see the return of our infamous St. Michael's Art Exhibition. To get this off the ground, Mrs Renee Vassiliou will require helpers. If you are able to assist on the Art Exhibition Committee, please contact Renee on: renee.vassiliou@cewa.edu.au Our next P & F meeting is scheduled for 15 March. All are welcome!

PAGE 3 Holiday Maintenance We had a lot of maintenance completed over the school holidays which included: New Kindy bathroom Painting in the Kindy classroom and PP/Year 1 block New carpets in PP and Year 1 Eaves and veranda ceiling replacement New rose garden near Kindy/Staff carpark Thank you to our keen gardeners on staff for their inspiration and input on our new rose garden, in particular, Mrs Lola Stewart. We have included some McAuley roses in the garden as an homage to the Mercy sisters who once lived onsite and were the founders of our school! Unfortunately, our new Year 6 lockers have been delayed several times and will now be delivered in mid-March. CEWA Election Campaign – ‘Every Child Counts’ CEWA are currently speaking with Members and party leaders of all major political parties ahead of the upcoming State election to try to gain commitments to support Catholic schools. The key election request is equitable access to school funding initiatives being pledged or announced by the Government for 2021 and beyond to ensure all Catholic schools can better support the growing student population in contemporary, world-class facilities, as well as nurturing their mental wellbeing. To find out more go to: www.everychildcounts.net.au Drop off and Pick Up times A reminder that our gates open in the morning at 8.20am, at which time supervision is provided. Students should not be dropped off prior to this time. Similarly, students should be collected at 3pm or shortly thereafter. Unfortunately, we have started the year with a number of students being collected very late, which can interfere with staff after school commitments. Please endeavour to ensure that your child is picked up promptly after school. Kindergarten 2022 If you have a child due to start Kindergarten in 2022 and have not yet submitted an expression of interest (EOI), please download the EOI form from the school website and return it to the school office as soon as possible. Alternatively, forms can be obtained from the office. Enrolments for Kindy 2022 will be finalised late Term 1 or early Term 2 this year. Siblings of current students do receive preference, however, you must still complete and submit the documentation to ensure you don’t miss out on a place. Absentee Notifications Parents are required to notify the school of their child's absences before 9:30am and our legal requirement is to obtain written notification of all absences. Please choose from one of the following options to notify the office of your child's absence; Complete the absentee form on the Connected App Email attendance@stmichaelsbass.wa.edu.au Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Dr Siobhan Galos Principal

Funny Student One-liners Master Kindy called out to Mrs Galos last week: "Are you the teacher who puts us in jail when we are naughty?"


WHAT'S THE PRINCIPAL READING? Leadership Team Book Club – “Start with Why” by Simon Sinek This is the "Why" statement that St Michael's staff developed to articulate our core purpose;


FAITH FOR THE JOURNEY This week we celebrated Ash Wednesday which marks the start of Lent. The season of Lent is a Catholic liturgical season consisting of forty days of fasting, prayer, and penitence beginning at Ash Wednesday and concluding on Holy Thursday. The official liturgical colour for the season of Lent is violet. This is why during Lent you might notice Father Son wearing purple vestments at Mass. The observance of Lent is related to the celebration of Easter. In the first three centuries of the Christian era, most Christians prepared for Easter by fasting and praying for three days. In some places this was extended to the entire week before Easter (now known as “Holy Week”). The word derives from the word ‘lenten’, meaning springtime – the time of lengthening days. The season of Lent, like all Catholic liturgical seasons, developed over time. In the past, Lent was a period of intense spiritual and liturgical preparation for catechumens before they were baptised at Easter. Still today, adults wishing to become Catholics are prepared through the Rite of Christian Initiation (RCIA) program and are baptised, confirmed and receive First Eucharist at the Easter Vigil Mass. Over time, Lent has developed into its current length of forty days, the length of the fast and temptation of Jesus in the desert (Luke 4:1-13). Many Catholics were taught as children to “give up something” for Lent. Many Catholics now add intentions during Lent rather than giving up something, either to address personal habits that need work or to add some outreach to others in need. At St. Michael’s, we encourage students to make a Lenten intention by either giving up something or, perhaps more importantly, to pledge to do tasks to help others. On Ash Wednesday, ashes are created from the burned palms of the preceding year's Palm Sunday which are blessed and combined with holy water. With these ashes, the priest marks a cross on the foreheads of worshipers, saying, ‘Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel’. The ashes symbolise penance and contrition.

KEY DATES 19 February

P&F Welcome Morning Tea: 9am and Sundowner Event: 5-8pm

20-21 February

Sacramental Commitment Masses: Saturday 6pm, Sunday 9am

23 February

First Reconciliation Parent Workshop: 5pm

1 March

Labour Day Public Holiday

2 March

Pupil Free Day

16 March

Swimming Carnival Yrs 3-6

19 March

Harmony Day

31 March

Reconciliation Ceremony: 5pm

1 April

Final Day Term 1

2 April

Good Friday

4 April

Easter Sunday


ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL'S NEWS Homework Habits Every class teacher at St Michael's supports our Homework Policy and designs an appropriate system for the students in their year level. Our school's guiding principles for homework are; The purpose of homework is to reinforce what has already been learned in class; Homework should be developmentally appropriate for a student's age level; Homework should not be overly stressful or used as punishment; and Shared/Independent reading is given priority over other tasks. Current research around homework indicates that the nature, frequency and positive impact of homework in the primary school years differs significantly from the secondary years. There is no conclusive consensus on what the one best approach is towards assigning homework, as factors such as cultural background, level of parental involvement and attitudes all play a large part in determining successful outcomes. Each family is best positioned to decide how to support their children with homework in partnership with class teachers. Tips for encouraging successful homework habits at home; 1. Provide a clean, comfortable space at home for your child/ren to complete home tasks 2. Model a positive attitude towards homework, focus on the knowledge and skill benefits 3. Give your child time management expectations e.g. "Let's work on this for 10 minutes, then we'll take a break" 4. Know when to stop. It's always ok to abandon homework if stress starts to become apparent

Class teachers are well placed to set homework tasks that align with the current concepts being learned in the classroom, and to mark homework upon completion. Many class teachers include family activities in their homework including tasks such as; assisting with meal preparation, performing acts of kindness or being physically active. No negative consequences are given to students who do not complete homework. Parents should also note that if they wish to take their child/ren away on holidays during term time, teachers are not expected to provide homework or learning packs in this circumstance. If you have any questions about any aspect of homework for your child/ren, please make a time to speak with their class teacher. Uniform Shop Update Mrs Falappi is experiencing some shortages with some items from the uniform shop due to unavoidable COVID-19 related interstate production and freight delays. The affected items are sports socks and grey socks in sizes 2-8, 8-11 and 9-12. We will notify you in future newsletters when these items are stocked. Thanking WA Firefighters This week students made booklets with messages and illustrations conveying our thanks and appreciation for WA's firefighters. St Michael's is proud to see our WESTy value of saying thank you in action for all the volunteers who fought the recent Woorooloo bushfires.

Warm regards, Mrs Jemima Saunders and Mr Ryan Powles Assistant Principals


WELLBEING NEWS Modelling Self-kindness Giving a child or young person insight into your thinking is a powerful parenting strategy. Sharing your struggles and mess ups with kids in age-appropriate ways takes vulnerability and promotes empathy. It takes courage to share a comment such as, “I keep putting myself down, which is not helpful. I’ve got to talk to myself as if I’m talking to someone I love.” Disclosing this type of self-talk is only useful if it’s done in a safe, matter of fact way and a child is comfortable with the message. Self-kindness means acting compassionately toward yourself when you are struggling to meet your own expectations, meeting with unexpected difficulties and/or experiencing failure. It’s time to drop the stiff upper lip, put aside the strict schedule and stop berating yourself. Instead say to yourself, “This is really tough right now. How can I take some comfort and look after myself?” This is a message worth modelling, particularly if you are living with a perfectionist or a child with tendencies toward anxiety. From author, Michael Grose c/- Parenting Ideas www.parentingideas.com.au Mrs Lisa Mueller School Social Worker (Mondays and Wednesdays)

MERIT AWARD WINNERS Pre-primary: Stella R, Liv B. Year 1: Harrison W, Olivia S. Year 2: Oliver E, Rocky S. Year 3: Sophia M, Gabriel K. Year 4: Zeus L, Jaeger E. Year 5: Aidan B, Harrison B, Thomas A. Year 6: Nathan D, Grace R.


CLASS NEWS: PRE-PRIMARY In Pre-Primary we have started our phonemic awareness and phonics program, learning about the letter ‘Ss’ and ‘Aa’ and what sounds they make. We have also made a seahorse to match our ‘Ss’ sound! In our Mathematics lessons we have enjoyed the song “Ten Little Indians” and did a wonderful painting and number writing activity. We have been talking about our families, made a class family tree and discussed how our hearts are feeling during our Religious Education and Health lessons! We have been loving coming into our classroom and enjoying all the wonderful areas we can play in throughout the day with our friends and teachers! Kind regards, Miss Meadhbh Glasgow-Collins and Mrs Christine Venosi Pre-primary Teacher and Educational Assistant





Please click here for the Catholic School Parents of Western Australia's newsletter. This issue includes; State Election 2021 CSPWA Job Vacancy Parent Induction Evening


COMMUNITY NEWS The inclusion of any community advertising does not constitute or imply endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation thereof by St. Michael’s School. St. Michael’s does not accept any responsibility or liability for the conduct or content of these advertisements, sites and the offerings made by the third parties.

Every MONDAY starting 8 February to 29 March (except 1 Mar 2021). Cranium Contraptions (Ages 5+) Cranium Contraptions WeDo 2.0 Junior Robotics (Ages7+) Contraption Concepts MINDSTORMS® EV3 Advanced Robotics (Ages 9+) https://www.bricks4kidz.com.au/perthmidland/program-events/after-schoolprograms-lego-bricks/

Every THURSDAY starting 11 February to 1 April. Open to Years 2-6 students Lots of interactive, coding projects Learning content, software and devices supplied https://codecamp.com.au/afterschool


COMMUNITY NEWS The inclusion of any community advertising does not constitute or imply endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation thereof by St. Michael’s School. St. Michael’s does not accept any responsibility or liability for the conduct or content of these advertisements, sites and the offerings made by the third parties.

Dear St Michael's School With the new year starting, it is interesting to look back at where we finished 2020. The December edition of the APC Review is a considered wrap of school education issues in 2020 through our distinctive parent lens. This edition looks at the impact of COVID19 on students, families and schools, the changing relationships between them and the unmasking of inequity. It also explores the new focus on vocational education in senior secondary school options, the new National Careers Institute and efforts to engage families and communities and much more. The full APC Review is available to read, download and share here. The latest edition of our Schoolzine eNewsletter is also available here. Kind regards Jenni Rickard President. Australian Parents Council media@austparents.edu.au https://www.austparents.edu.au/ Ph: 03 6334 8886


COMMUNITY NEWS The inclusion of any community advertising does not constitute or imply endorsement, sponsorship or recommendation thereof by St. Michael’s School. St. Michael’s does not accept any responsibility or liability for the conduct or content of these advertisements, sites and the offerings made by the third parties.

Mercedes College Mercedes College is currently interviewing Year 4 students who are due to start Year 7 in 2024. If you are considering enrolling your daughter at Mercedes, please visit the Mercedes College website at www.mercedes.wa.edu.au to request a prospectus or to enrol online. Applications for Year 7, 2022 and 2023 are also welcomed. Please contact Mrs Julie Lamb on 9323 1340 if you require further information.

Open Morning Tuesday 16 March Located in the heart of Perth's beautiful heritage precinct, Mercedes College are proud to be celebrating 175 years of Mercy education, which makes the 2021 Open Day special! The Tour provides an opportunity for parents to hear from the Senior Leadership Team and enjoy a tour of College facilities led by some of our Student Representative Leaders. There are two sessions: 8.30am or 11am. The 8.30am session offers families a morning tea, where you will have the opportunity to speak with some of our Teachers. Please register via the College website: www.mercedes.wa.edu.au/open-morning/

ST MICHAEL'S SCHOOL a: 3 James Street, Bassendean WA 6054 ph: 08 6278 9888 www.stmichaelsbass.wa.edu.au e: admin@stmichaelsbass.wa.edu.au

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