St Luke's Catholic Primary School


17 Duffy Terrace
Woodvale WA 6026
9306 6600

St Luke's

Catholic Primary School


2019 Issue 28
Message from the Principal – Issue 28

Message from the Principal – Issue 28

Prayer of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
God Grant me:
The Spirit of Wisdom
That I may despise the perishable things of this world and aspire only after the things that are eternal
The Spirit of Understanding
To enlighten my mind with the light of Your divine truth
The Spirit of Counsel
That I may ever choose the surest way of pleasing God and gaining heaven
The Spirit of Fortitude
That I may bear my cross with You and that I may overcome with courage all the obstacles that oppose my salvation
The Spirit of Knowledge
That I may know God and know myself
The Spirit of Piety
That I may find the service of God sweet and amiable
And the Spirit of Fear
That I may be filled with a loving reverence toward God and may dread in any way to displease Him.

This Friday evening at 6.30pm, we will come together with the Parish Community to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. I ask you to keep all the Year Six children and their families in your prayers, during this special time in their faith journey. We welcome Vicar-General Father Peter Whitely as the celebrant.

In order for us to fully support the Confirmation Candidates, it is important to understand the significance of receiving the Sacrament. Confirmation is usually received as a teenager, several years after making first Communion. The Catholic Church considers it the second of the three Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism being the first and Communion the third).

Confirmation is regarded as the perfection of Baptism, because as the introduction to the Rite of Confirmation states, ‘by receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation, we are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit.’

Hence we are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed. Many people think of the laying on of hands, which signifies the descent of the Holy Spirit, as the central act in the Sacrament of Confirmation. The essential element; however, is the anointing of the person being confirmed with chrism (an aromatic oil that has been consecrated by a Bishop), accompanied by the words ‘Be sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit.’ This seal is a consecration, representing the safeguarding by the Holy Spirit of the graces conferred on the Christian at Baptism.

As the Catechism of the Catholic Church points out, “the original minister of Confirmation is the Bishop. ‘Each Bishop is a successor to the Apostles, upon whom the Holy Spirit descended at Pentecost—the first Confirmation. The Acts of the Apostles mentions the apostles imparting the Holy Spirit to believers by the laying on of hands (see example, Acts 8:15-17 and 19:6). It is important to understand, that through Confirmation we are anointed with the same Spirit and the same power as Jesus. We ask Him to fulfil His promise and send the Holy Spirit to make us all witnesses before the world.

Our Parish has once again organised the ‘Pot Luck Dinner’ after Saturday Mass, 21 September at 6pm. Please come along for Mass then share in wonderful cuisine from many different nationalities. Fr Stephen will be making curry and so will I. I do hope mine passes the Fr Stephen test! Look forward to seeing you there. Please bring a plate to share!

ICAS Testing continues tomorrow with Spelling. Maths and English assessments will be happening next week.

Telethon Speech and Hearing Outpost students will be competing at the Speech Awards on Saturday, 14 September at their Wembly Head Office. We look forward to seeing the students in action.

The following Friday, 20 September students from Years 3-6 who have made the finals will be competing in our inaugural Speak Up Awards from 11am. If you have a child in Years 3-6, please check with your class teacher to find out when the class Speak Up Competition commences.

Andrew Kelly



Assistant Principal News Issue 28

Assistant Principal News Issue 28

Growth Mindset

I truly believe that we hold our own beliefs about our own abilities and potential. These beliefs are part of our mindset which is so powerful it can fuel our behaviour and predict our success. Mindset shapes our everyday lives, helping us interpret our experiences and future possibilities. It is important for us as parents and educators to instil into children the power of a growth mindset instead of fixed mindsets. This has shown to be successful with outcomes in their learning.

Please click on the link to view the video for parents by Carol Dweck, a growth mindset researcher for children.


Year 6 Confirmation

Thank you to the 24/7 team who led the confirmation retreat with our year 6 students. I have included a link to a page which explains the sacrament beautifully for parents or sponsors who wish to learn more. Please pray for our students as they make their sacrament this Friday night at 6.30pm in the Church. Here are some highlights from the retreat:

UR Strong

Language of Friendship – Introduction

We have received a lot of positive feedback with regard to the UR strong session which was held last week. I have included a video clip showing a sneak peak of what was spoken about at the parent workshop. Please view this if you have missed out as it is a very informative and practical way of dealing with friendship fires with girls and boys. Dana Kerford (Friendship Expert & Founder of URSTRONG) will introduce you to URSTRONG’s simple framework for guiding children towards healthy friendships.


Mindful Meditation

Early this week, Mrs Fieldhouse and I attended a mindful meditation morning which was centred around mindfulness for children. ST Luke’s is already part of the Be You initiative, aimed at promoting and protecting positive mental health in children and young people. We look forward to planning a whole school wellbeing plan for 2020 onwards, which includes a social and emotional program and wellness strategies implemented for children, staff and parents. For children, mindfulness exercises can help them to develop self awareness, to pay better attention and to concentrate. They can help children decrease anxiety, to calm down when upset or feeling out of control of a situation, and it can help them learn to handle overwhelming emotions more calmly.


St Luke’s Feast Day Mass Invitation

This year the feast day falls on October 18th, however, due to the athletics sports carnival beign held on this day, the mass will be held on THURSDAY 17TH OCTOBER IN THE PARISH CHURCH AT 9.30AM. instead. This will follow with Feast day celebrations within the whole school organised by the staff and students. Please join us with mass and a fun filled day.

You are also invited to the Sunday (20th) celebration in the parish to be held at the 9.30am mass. We look forward to seeing you all.




Have a great week

God Bless,

Mrs Maura Killalea
Assistant Principal

School News Issue 28

School News Issue 28

Birthday Greetings

Congratulations to the following students and staff who are celebrating their birthdays during the week.

Hayley Bulloch 4W, Sofia Ballerini 6B, Eden Dagnall 6B, Abbey Dudarz 5B, Ryan Rowe PB, Hayley Johnson 2W, Nate Campbell 5W, Jorja Kimber 5W, Zofie Ness 4W, Adam Rollini KB, Alex Dale 2W, Lily Dale 2W, Cayla Hamilton-Browne 5W, Mr Justin Miller


Merit Award Winners

Congratulations to this week’s Merit Award Winners!!!!





Charlotte Lynch

Christian Leeks

Evie Harmsworth

Jensen Decicco

Mia Garratt

Year 1


Year 2

Scarlett Buktenica

Archer McClue

Flynn Cadd

Year 3

Charles (Toby) Kimber

Ryder Carlino

Logan Robinson

Year 4

Georgina Mackle

Matthew Cartner

Year 5

Melissa Harris

Lilika Mottolini

Year 6

Joshua Detata

Emily Logan

Chloe Wheadon

Visual Art

Nicholas Martino

Ruby Manov


Jai Canal

Keeley Bartlett



Music News

Instrumental Tuition

We are looking for more children to be involved in our instrumental program. We offer lessons in piano, guitar, flute, violin, cello, drumkit. Please contact Mrs Longbottom to have a chat about learning an instrument or becoming involved in one of our ensembles, such as Guitar Ensemble, Band or Choir.

Rebecca Longbottom

Pie Day Volunteers Needed

We are seeking a new co-ordinator/s for pie days next year.

No experience is necessary; you just need to be able to commit to

  • Tuesday morning 8.30-10am and
  •  Wednesday 8.15-1.30pm once a fortnight (but it can be every 3-4 weeks if a few of you get together to volunteer)
  • Be able to organise a roster for the volunteers.

After 9 years and 3 years respectively and due to work circumstances we feel like it is time to hand the reigns over to someone new.

Unfortunately, if we are unable to find people with the commitment to take over we will have to cancel pie days next year.

Please contact Vicki on or Marianne on  

Thank you

Vicki and Marianne


Community News

Don’t forget to check out our community news which is linked with the Newsletter tab!!!! This will give you information on out of school activities that your children may like to join.






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