St Luke's Catholic Primary School
Catholic Primary School
Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.
Holy Mary Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.
Today, 13 May, is the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima. The story of Fatima began on May 13th, 1917 when Mary appeared to three children in the town of Fatima in Portugal. She then appeared to them again on the 13th of each month until October 13th 1917. Through the children, she gave the world a message called the “Peace Plan from Heaven”, calling us to conversion, prayer and penance. Our Lady told the three children, Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco: “Say the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war.”
May is also traditionally the month of Mary You may like to include praying the Rosary in your family prayers at home. We will be praying the Rosary at school every Wednesday for this month.
Sometimes it takes an event of mammoth proportions like Covid-19 to allow students, staff and parents to stand back and reflect on what aspects of our once busy lives are truly needed and appreciated. As the week has progressed more students have continued to return to St Luke’s and it is wonderful having our school come alive again. Just over 85% of students are now back in the classroom, and each day school life returns to ‘normal’ with some key precautions in place. Whilst the past seven weeks have felt like seven years, gratitude would be one of the key learning experiences. So many emails and phone calls have been received from families. Below is one email that sums up the sentiments of so many others:
‘Just a quick note to say thank you to you and the teachers for your hard work these last couple of months. The remote learning process has been easy and accessible, and I have been so impressed with the smooth operation of drop off and pick up. I know a lot of work must have gone on behind the scenes to make all this possible and you have kept us informed and supported through it all. Thank you for providing a wonderful, safe place for our kids, we feel very blessed to be part of such a lovely community’.
Happy International Nurses Day – Tuesday, 12 May 2020
On the occasion of the International Day of the Nurse and the 200th anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale, the World Health Organization (WHO) joins hundreds of partners worldwide to highlight the importance of nurses in the healthcare continuum and thank nurses for what they do. The theme for this year is” Nursing the World to Health”.
Historically, as well as today, nurses are at the forefront of fighting epidemics and pandemics – providing high quality and respectful treatment and care. They are often the first and sometimes the only health professional that people see and the quality of their initial assessment, care and treatment is vital.
Nurses account for more than half of all the world’s health workers, yet there is an urgent shortage of nurses worldwide with 5.9 million more nurses still needed, especially in low- and middle-income countries.
The Covid-19 pandemic is a stark reminder of the vital role nurses play. Without nurses and other health workers, we will not win the battle against outbreaks, we will not achieve the Sustainable Development Goals or universal health coverage.
As we mark this, day, we urge countries to ensure:
the occupational safety and health of nurses and all health workers, including notably, unhindered access to personal protective equipment so they can safely provide care and reduce infections in health care settings.
nurses and all health care workers have access to mental health support, timely pay, sick leave and insurance; as well as access to the most up-to-date knowledge and guidance required to respond to all health needs, including outbreaks.
nurses are given the financial support and other resources required to help respond to and control COVID-19 and future outbreaks.
In this year of the Nurse and the Midwife, now more than ever, it is essential that governments support and invest in their nurses. COVID19 reinforces the need for investment in nursing jobs, education, leadership.
Can I please remind parents that due to government restrictions still in place it is important that students do not arrive at school before 8.10am and that parents stay near their car while dropping off and picking up your child/ren. Also, unless you have a Kindy and/or Pre Primary child, all Year 1-6 children need to be dropped off and picked-up in the top car park please? We completely understand that these restrictions are frustrating which is why MANY of our staff are out helping, however, as a school we need to adhere to them as best we can, keeping children safe and ensuring everyone follows the road rules. Think of it like the valet service you get at a fancy hotel! We also fully appreciate that this situation can feel strange and a little unsettling for our younger students, however, on a positive note, our little Kindy, Pre Primary and Year Ones have all proven themselves to be absolute little legends, facing any fears, showing great resilience and walking confidently from the car to their classroom with their friends and teachers!
In an attempt to ease congestion at the Church we will be offering two pick up points for Kindy children.
Parents can choose to continue to pick up at the Church drive through OR park under the trees on Parkside Ramble. Parents of Kindy children have been sent a letter by Mrs McIntosh and Mrs Knight explaining how this will work.
I would like to leave you with some wise words from Albert Einstein.
At St Luke’s we will continue to celebrate and nurture the many and varied gifts our students possess as they strive to reach their God given potential.
Stay Healthy, Stay Safe and Stay United!
Mary the Mother of Jesus
During the month of May, we celebrate Mary the mother of Jesus. Hail Mary is a Christian prayer to Mary, the mother of Jesus. Most of the prayer comes from the Gospel of Luke. Some things were also added to the prayer during the 13th Century. When a person says a Hail Mary, he asks Mary to pray for them. Beginning week 3, we will be praying a decade of the rosary each week until the end of May.
Here are some great websites for families who would like to partake in prayers and craft activities around the month of Mary.
Stay safe everyone,
Mrs Maura Killalea
Congratulations to the following students and staff who are celebrating their birthdays during the week.
Martin Nguyen 1W, Andre Kallis 2B, Jake Uezzell 2B, Harrison Tait 4B, Ben Ryan 4W, Grace Melo 4W, Alex Meeres 5B, Lukas Fowler 5B, Jai Canal 5W, Melissa Harris 6W.
We would like to thank all our parents who are abiding by the current restrictions in place around the school. We remind you that, in accordance with CEWA policy, no parents or outside services are allowed onto school grounds at this time.
If you have a need to come into the school, or wish to pick up or drop off children at any time other than regular times, please contact the office on 9306 6600 prior to arrival.
We thank you for your cooperation.
Drop-Off & Pick-Up
At this point in time parents are required to use the drive-thru zones in the morning and afternoon. We realise that this is causing a backlog of cars waiting to come into the school. We ask for your patience during this time and request that parents do not arrive too early to pick up older children. Pre-primary and Kindy classes finish at 2.30 for now and we can all do our bit to ensure these families can pick up their children & clear school grounds, leaving more access for Yr 1-6 parents to pick up from 2.55-3.10pm. Please be aware that councils have the right to fine parents not adhering to parking rules or blocking roads. We thank you for your cooperation.
Pre-Kindy 2021 & Kindy 2022
St Luke’s is currently holding interviews for our 4yr old Kindy 2022 Non-Sibling intake. All Sibling applications should now have been lodged and these interviews will be held later this term. If you have friends or family members who are looking to apply for positions at the school in this year group, please encourage them to send in their applications as soon as possible.
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