St Luke's Catholic Primary School
Catholic Primary School
We fast from judging others,
But feast on patience
We fast from apparent differences,
But feast on unity of all life
We fast from words that pollute,
But feast on words that affirm
We fast from complaining,
But feast on appreciation
We fast from bitterness and anger,
But feast on forgiveness and mercy
We fast from discouragement,
But feast on hope,
We fast from idle gossip
But feast on purposeful silence
We fast from problems that overwhelm
But feast on prayer that strengthens.
Shrove Tuesday: Thank you to the many mums who helped make and cook pancakes for the 500 plus children and staff this morning. Shrove Tuesday occurs the first Tuesday before Ash Wednesday. It officially ends the season of Epiphany and is the vigil for the beginning of Lent. It’s a day of penitence, to clean the soul and a day of celebration as the last chance to feast before Lent begins. Also, thank you to Father Peter for celebrating Mass with us this morning (Wednesday) and teaching us that Lent is about Prayer, Alms-giving and Fasting.
Please discuss with your child(ren) the 40 days of kindness and reflection that will last until Holy Thursday (the 40 days does not include Sundays). During this time, we give up things that keep us from being the best versions of ourselves – it is less about giving up/fasting from TV/ice-cream/lollies and more about giving up mean-ness/being disrespectful/not telling the truth/selfishness. Prayer/random acts of kindness/putting others needs before their own are to be encouraged.
Ash Wednesday: Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection and fasting which prepares us for Christ’s Resurrection on Easter Sunday. The Liturgical colour for Lent is purple and continues for 40 days until Holy Week. This morning as a whole school, we gathered in the Church for Mass to mark the beginning of this significant liturgical season.
“ASPIRE NOT TO HAVE MORE . . . BUT TO BE MORE!
Some of the palm crosses from the previous year are carefully burned to create ash. During the worship, people are signed with an ash cross on their foreheads as a sign that they truly want to repent. In Baptism, Christians are signed with a ‘water’ cross on their foreheads. That marks a new beginning in Christ. The cross of ashes on the forehead marks a decision to say sorry for what has been done wrong and to get ready to make a fresh start with Jesus again.
Here is a Gospel reading for Ash Wednesday based on St Luke:
39 And he told them a parable, “Can a blind person guide a blind person? Will not both fall into a pit? 40 No disciple is superior to the teacher; but when fully trained, every disciple will be like his teacher. 41 Why do you notice the splinter in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the wooden beam in your own? 42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove that splinter in your eye,’ when you do not even notice the wooden beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! Remove the wooden beam from your eye first; then you will see clearly to remove the splinter in your brother’s eye.
43 “A good tree does not bear rotten fruit, nor does a rotten tree bear good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not pick figs from thorn bushes, nor do they gather grapes from brambles. 45 A good person out of the store of goodness in his heart produces good, but an evil person out of a store of evil produces evil; for from the fullness of the heart the mouth speaks.
As we look toward the season of Lent, our Gospel invites us to look at our lives openly and to truly reflect on the fruit we bear. Are there areas in our lives that need to be more carefully nurtured and tended? Are there “branches” that need to be pruned, so that other areas of our lives — including our prayer and ministry — can be more fruitful? What changes will we make during Lent to enable us to bear good fruit in our lives and the lives of those we encounter?
WHY CARITAS? WHY THE BOXES?
From humble beginnings in 1897 Germany, Caritas, named after a Latin word meaning love and compassion, grew to become one of the world’s largest humanitarian agencies. The Catholic Agency for Aid and Development, Caritas began in Australia in 1964 and many people, then and now, feel that supporting Caritas is a great way to reach out to people in need.
From this week, you will notice Caritas boxes in each classroom and the office. These donation boxes assist with helping the poorest of the poor live a life of dignity. We can help them become self-sufficient so they don’t need to rely on charity; we can help them go to school and learn better ways to farm using sustainable agriculture techniques; and we can help them support their family and community.
Caritas also enables the school to fulfil the core mission of:
• giving prominence to the Gospel and person of Jesus Christ, as well as the Catholic Social Teaching principles;
• being committed to the Christian vision of the dignity of each human person;
• giving value and meaning to life, by encouraging students to aspire not to have more, but to BE more;
• putting personhood at the heart of the learning and teaching process;
• challenging students to understand and make sense of the world we live in;
• enabling and empowering students to take action for a more just and fair world with direction, meaning, purpose and hope.
I wish to welcome Mr Sebastian Bernhard who will be working in Year 4W as a prac student for the next three weeks before returning some time in Semester Two to complete his final teaching prac. We wish Sebastian the very best while with us as a member of staff at St Luke’s. You can introduce yourselves to him at tomorrow’s Swimming Carnival!
Swimming Carnival – Tomorrow: St Luke’s Swimming Carnival will be held at Craigie Swimming Pool. Parents are most welcome to come along and cheer the children on. Remember to dress your child and yourselves in the House colours, Red, Blue Green and Yellow! Most of all have fun and enjoy the day! Even if there is rain, we will still be going ahead with the carnival. Please bring your umbrella!
We have an onsite Speech Pathologist Jessica Morrison working two days per week St Luke’s School. Jessica will be here on Tuesdays and Fridays. If you use Jessica’s services, you will be able to claim all the available rebates, which will reduce the cost significantly. Please enquire at the Office. A flyer has been included in today’s newsletter with a great discount offer.
Parent Interviews will be held in week 10 of this term. Our school will be closing early at 12.00 pm on Tuesday, 9 April to help facilitate these meetings. Information about how to book an interview time will be mentioned in a newsletter soon. I encourage all parents to select a time and meet with their child’s teacher to discuss your child’s progress. It is very important that all parents make time to meet with the class teacher to ensure the school and home continue the important partnership of jointly working together for the well-being of the child. The only way we can do this is by talking together, working together and consistently supporting the children to grow in their love of learning and in their love of life. I ask you to ensure that you are working in partnership with your class teacher for the well-being and development of your child. If any child cannot be picked up by 12pm, we will have designated areas where children will be supervised by specialist teaching staff. You are very welcome to collect your child after your interview time if it is before 2.55pm then normal pick-up time will occur.
Play4Life Family Fun Night: Friday, 8 March 5.45pm-7pm
I wish to invite all families to attend a Family Fun Night this Friday where there will be activities run on a circuit ‘station’ basis and incorporate Dance; Earth Games; Recreational Games and Challenge Games; etc. The focus is on maximum participation in an active environment. This is a free event. All activities will be run by the organisers. I will be there and a sausage sizzle will be put on by the school for anyone who wishes to attend from 5.00pm.
Car Parking on the Grass Hill
Please make sure you do not turn left onto the grass hill from Duffy Terrace and then drive into the car park to park your car. The grass hill is to be used once all the parking bays are filled. This should be the case for the before school drop off. I will be out there watching and observing. Thank you to those who enter the school car park using the correct entry points.
Nature Play Work Update
Kindy, Pre Primary and the Adventure Playground is now completed. The Bush Grove works will commenced today and will be completed by this Friday. Thank you to the P&F for making this possible for our children.
A reminder to all our families that Friday, 15 March will be a Pupil Free Day where staff will be engaged in professional learning at school.
Although we are no more than dust and ashes,
We know that you love us
And that you offer:
To lift us up from the dust
And sit us on thrones;
To give us beauty instead of ashes
And clothe our weakness with honour;
To offer us a future that is beyond imagining,
In which this dust will praise you.
And this is all because Jesus died for us
In the place of dust and ashes at Golgotha.
Lord God, we thank you.
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL NEWS
Twitter @stlukeswoodvale St Luke’s has a Twitter account! The purpose of this account is to publicise the wonderful things our staff and students do and share with a global audience! How can you support us? Follow and retweet our amazing posts!
St Luke’s Connected App
This year St Luke’s has migrated from ‘Skoolbag’ to ‘Connected’. Both apps offer similar features such as absentee forms and school calendar integration. However, the Connected app includes our weekly newsletter, all in one simple to use app.
We encourage you to delete the Skoolbag app, as we will not be using this service.
St Luke’s Website
Over the next coming weeks, St Luke’s school website will be having a ‘digital face lift’ and we look forward to promoting our wonderful school in an updated digital forum.
Assistant Principal Term 1
Congratulations to the following students and staff who are celebrating their birthdays during this week.
Eddie Metaxas KB, Harry Gunner 3W, Zara Dippolito 4W, Holly Toomath 4W, Christian Cattaruzza 2B, Isaac Nguyen 5B, Mrs Creer & Miss Lynch Staff
PHYSICAL EDUCATION NEWS
The Swimming Carnival is all systems go, at the moment, and we are hoping for a great day. Mrs Cobern has advised me of a recipe/dance that wards off rain!!!
Buses will be leaving school at 9.15am and returning at 2pm, carnival is due to start at 10am!!!
Please click here for the program for the day- http://www.stlukeswoodvale.wa.edu.au/pdf/newsletters/attachments/newsletter_190306_01.pdf
The children have been advised they are not to be in the CLC indoor area at any time as we must have knowledge of where they are at all times for our duty of care.
If parents are taking children from the Centre after the Carnival they must advise the child’s teacher of this.
You may want to pack some extra clothes for your child. Hope you can all come and cheer your children.
Running Club will commence on Friday March 8th from 7.45 and run every Friday, weather permitting for all age groups.
Rob Noseda -PE Teacher
CLEAN UP AUSTRALIA DAY
Clean Up Australia inspires and empowers communities to clean up, fix up and conserve our environment.
This Friday 1st March, our Student Councilors, along with the Year 4 and 6 students will be taking part in the Clean Up Australia Day initiative. Our school has been registered and we look forward to receiving our clean up kit to help us on the day. We will be cleaning up our school, oval and surrounding streets to ‘make a difference’ to our local community and further develop and support St. Luke’s sustainability program.
See how hard we worked !!!
It looks like it will be an amazing year for the St Luke’s Choir this year! If you would still like to join this fabulous group, simply come to our next rehearsal. Our next rehearsal will be Wednesday in week 4 as I am on a course this week.
VIOLIN and CELLO TUITION
We are looking to offer instrumental tuition for these instruments at St Luke’s this year if there are reasonable numbers. Tuition will most probably be through Keyed Up Music who already offer guitar tuition. Please email an expression of interest through to the office.
If you would love to join our band playing your instrument, please come and see Mrs Longbottom.
Rebecca Longbottom- Music Teacher
PRIVATE SPEECH PATHOLOGY SERVICES
Children’s Chatter Matters Speech Pathology has begun offering on-site private speech pathology services to families at St Luke’s Catholic Primary School two days a week.
During the month of March, Children’s Chatter Matters is offering a free report with every initial consultation/ assessment exclusively to St Luke’s families. This is a saving of up to $40. Click here for more details – http://www.stlukeswoodvale.wa.edu.au/pdf/newsletters/attachments/newsletter_190306_02.pdf
PIE DAYS 2019 – VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
From the week beginning Monday 6th May (second week of Term 2) we will once again be offering the children from years 1-6 lunch and muffins on a Wednesday. The children enjoy the chance of a different lunch once a week and most parents enjoy not having to make lunch or recess at least for one day. To make pie days happen we need volunteers for the following tasks:
• On Monday mornings before the school bell to distribute pie bags to classrooms (weekly or fortnightly) takes approx fifteen minutes.
• On Tuesday mornings after the morning bell to collect orders, count money and order pies (usually fortnightly or monthly) takes approx one hour.
• On Wednesday mornings to sort and deliver muffins (fortnightly, monthly or once a term) from 8.20am until 9.15am
• On Wednesday before the lunchtime bell to distribute pies to classrooms. (fortnightly, monthly or once a term) from 12.30pm till 1.30pm.
Newcomers are all welcome as no experience is needed! If you can help with any of the above please email firstname.lastname@example.org letting us know what days/times suit you, and how often you are able to help. Also if you have any specific dates that you can / cannot be available for please note these down and the roster will be organised around these dates. Rosters will be emailed out by the last week of this term.
PLEASE NOTE YOU WILL NEED TO LET US KNOW IF YOU CAN COMMIT FOR ONE OR BOTH TERMS UP FRONT, AS THE ROSTER IS SENT OUT COMPLETE FOR TERM 2 AND 3.
Vicki, Marianne and Lilie
SCHOLARSHIPS AT MATER DEI COLLEGE
Is your child in Year 6? Then now is the time to apply for a 2020 scholarship at Mater Dei College. The Scholarships are designed to nurture the child’s area of talent and are offered in the following areas:
• Year 7 Academic scholarship
• Hawks AFL Academy scholarship
• Music scholarship.
Applications close on 9th April 2019.
To find out more information regarding a scholarship and download an application form, please visit our website: https://www.mdc.wa.edu.au/enrolment/scholarships
Or contact our Enrolments Officer on; 9405 4777 or email@example.com
IONA OPEN DAY TRINITY COLLEGE SCHOLARSHIPS
Iona Presentation College
Senior School Open Morning
Tuesday 26 March
9.30 – 11.00am
‘Iona Girls Make a Difference’
MERCEDES OPEN MORNING
Please click on this tab to book
MERIT AWARD WINNERS
Congratulations to the following students who have been chosen by their teachers to receive merit awards, to be presented at this Friday’s Assembly.
|One||Harper Pavlovic Mia Uusimaki||Alistair Tait Madison Ivanov|
|Two||Jake Briggs||Katie Firth Lachlan McKinnon|
|Three||Amelia Pugliese Harrison Hall||Levi Pavlovic Eva Mlinar|
|Four||Nicolas Acosta Amelia Spiteri||Louis Von Bergheim Josephine Firth|
|Five||Alyssa Zimmerman Chantelle McArthur||Miguel Villaroya|
|Six||Eden Dagnall Alex Puca||Erika Murphy|
|Visual Art||Bella Frapple Leo Thomas|
Congratulations Toby Kimber and Ryder Carlino
Toby Kimber and Ryder Carlino both in year 3, played this long weekend in the State championship teeball team for Wanneroo / Joondalup this long weekend. They became the Under 9 State Champions overall, winning the Gold Medal!!
They won 22 games undefeated over 3 months. Coached by Pat Kimber( Toby’s Dad) and Toby won MVP for the carnival
WHATS BEEN HAPPENING IN YEAR THREE WHITE
Over the last few weeks, we have been researching a state of Australia with a partner. When our research is completed on Book Creator, we will be making a Green Screen advertisement on the state.
Please click on the photo gallery
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