St Luke's Catholic Primary School


17 Duffy Terrace
Woodvale WA 6026
9306 6600

St Luke's

Catholic Primary School


2019 Issue 07
Message from the Principal – Issue 7

Message from the Principal – Issue 7

As we journey through this season of Lent we might consider the message that Jesus gave and demonstrated to us which was ‘to consider others before Himself ’. The following prayer gives us a focus for doing this.

Dear Lord,
Give me a kind heart that will endure,
One that’s strong and secure.
To help someone along the way,
Make this my goal every day.
Let me lend a helping hand
To someone whose life has not gone as planned,                                  
Reaching out to one in need,
May this be my daily good deed,
To provide a guiding light
For someone lost in the dark of night.
Let me take time to care
For someone experiencing despair.
Whatever I do, everywhere I go,
Your Will,
Dear Lord, let me know

Tomorrow we celebrate Australia’s cultural diversity and shared what we have in common. The central message for Harmony Day is that ‘everyone belongs’. This compliments one of our Rainbow Values beautifully being, ‘Inclusiveness’. All children will be able to wear free dress with the colour orange being the main focus. Each class will complete activities focusing on Harmony Day.

Access to Staff via Communication Channels
In this modern age we all have access to social media and email and in this quick information age, we expect replies straight away. Teachers are dedicated to the task of teaching and do not always access emails when you would like them to. Also, emails sent late at night will often not be responded to because teachers too have family to care for. Teaching is not a physical job, it is an emotional and mental one, requiring us to have time away from the day at school for our own positive mental health and well-being. Remember, in a class of 30 there is one teacher and 30 children with parents. If a teacher has many emails to respond to then they are losing time for planning, assessment, spending quality family time and needing to recharge their emotional levels. I would ask all parents to only email teachers if the matter if absolutely urgent. We must look after each teacher’s mental health and well-being too!

Lenten Thought
Anyone who wants to be great among you must be your servant (Matthew 20:26)
In God’s Kingdom, the greatest are those who serve others. Spiritual maturity means getting out of the passive voice, of being served, and into the active voice of serving. The call to serve is beckoning us into life.

Lord, left to ourselves, we are prone to selfishness. Help us to see others and serve their needs in your name. Amen.

The 2019 Lenten Calendar has ideas for each of the days of Lent. Families can use this calendar to focus on preparing for Easter.

Thursday: Give up a TV show for one night a week, for the remainder of Lent!
Friday: Do a job around the house even if it’s not your turn.
Saturday: Reflect upon the love Christ has for the world’s children.
Sunday: Talk about – ‘What special gifts does each person in our family have?’
Monday: Arguing or fighting with someone? Be the first to say, ‘I’m sorry’.
Tuesday: Give warmer handshakes and bigger smiles when saying, ‘Thank You!’
Wednesday: Light a candle and say a prayer for someone special.

Sometime ago, I came across two cartoon illustrations, the first depicted four appropriately robed gentlemen in earnest discussion. One was saying to the others, “If we put our heads together and go about this the right way, we could end up with a best seller. Well, what about it, will you be in it? What about you, Matthew? How about you, Mark? What do you think, Luke?”

The other illustration showed a traffic intersection where the traffic lights were out of order. Cars from all directions had nosed their way ahead until there was a complete jam; the end result was much hooting of horns and quite a few unnecessary words being exchanged. The caption for this illustration read, “If everyone gets their own way, then no-one gets their own way.”

I suppose the world around us gives us many examples of both the above situations. Firstly, through sensible discussion and negotiation, solutions to problems can be found and action plans put into operation. Secondly, through senseless argument and stubbornness, barriers arise, problems become complex and at best a stalemate follows or maybe even a ‘cold war’.

One of the principle aims of a Catholic school should be the creation, by staff and parents, of a climate conducive to the exercise of Gospel values. Hopefully, in such an environment, young people will live the meaning of love, truth, respect, care, justice, service and forgiveness. May we also remember to never take each other for granted and value one another as important people in our lives.

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.

Thank you to Mrs Simmonds and Mrs Tanya Atherton, Head of Gifted and Talented Teaching at Sacred Heart College for presenting information to parents of children selected to be involved in the SHINE program this year. We are looking forward to another very successful SHINE program running in 2019.

Last Friday, staff worked with Dr Paul Swan, who is the leading mathematician in Western Australia. Staff were highly engaged in how best to teach problem solving using fluency and vocabulary. We look forward to sharing what we learnt at this Pupil Free Day with the children in class.


Yesterday afternoon staff completed the first of two, three hour professional development sessions called ‘Team Teach’, which is helping build confidence and capacity in all staff to manage difficult situations in a school setting to support the health and safety of all children. The next three hour session will take place next Tuesday after school.

Andrew Kelly

Assistant Principal News Issue 7

Assistant Principal News Issue 7

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. 

Justin Kirry
Assistant Principal Term 1

School News Issue 7

School News Issue 7


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

Thiago Farfan KB, Jared Villaroya 3W, William Groth PPB, Charlotte Lynch PPB, Toby O’Connor 3B, Jude England 3W, Lacie Lynch 6W, Mrs Lister Staff


HARMONY DAY 2019    TOMORROW -THURSDAY 21ST MARCH  ‘EVERYONE BELONGS’                                                                                                                        
It is a time to celebrate Australian multiculturalism, and the successful integration of migrants into our community.
Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries in the world and we should celebrate this and work to maintain it.
Harmony Week is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background, united by a set of core Australian values. To celebrate Harmony Day, students are able wear free dress, preferably something orange, for a gold coin donation.
Students will be participating in multicultural and Harmony Day activities in their classroom on this special day of celebration.


We are currently interviewing new St Luke families whose children will be due to commence the 4 Year Old Kindy Programme in 2021. Please ensure that you have registered any siblings due to start in that year group, we will look at doing these interviews later in the year.


All the swimmers for the Interschool Carnival have been notified and I will attach the Program to the newsletter next Wednesday.
The Ride2 school day is this Friday March 22nd for all those who want to ride to school, or walk, or skate or even use their scooter; it is pleasing to see some of our students riding quite often, hopefully we will see many more on Friday.


SUSTAINABILITY NEWS                                                                                                               

Last week we had a guest speaker from SUEZ talk about using the new 3 bin system that has been implemented in the City of Joondalup. There is now the red bin (general waste), green bin (garden waste) and yellow bin (recycling). We learnt that:
• Juice boxes – red bin
• Soft plastics can be recycled at Coles/Woolworths
• Meat trays (all) – red bin
• Tea bags – red bin
• Food – red bin
• Pizza boxes – tops can go in the yellow bin but if there is oil/food on the bottom half, it needs to go in the red bin
• Glass – yellow bin
• Big branches/sand should not go in the green bin
• Broken toys – red bin
• All e-waste can go to Officeworks
• Light globes can go to Bunnings
• Batteries can be collected at school
• Aerosol cans should not go in the bins, rather they should be brought to recycling centres (Tamala Park/Balcatta).

TANIA FARCICH- Science and Sustainability 


Enthusiasm is running high in our school ensembles as we are really starting to put repertoire together and have fun with it! Performances are just on the horizon, so keep an ear out for dates.
CHOIR AUDITIONS- There will be auditions for the 3 solo parts in our choral piece on Friday at 1.20pm. If you would like to audition, simply come up to the Music Studio.

Choir members can now go to the website and use the password rain to log in to listen to the music.
Soloists-If you would like to audition for a solo part in the Festival come and see me asap as forms need to be sent in through the school by mid-May. Solo auditions, held by Festival Co-ordinators, will be held on June 8, with rehearsals on August 3rd and 20th You will need to available on these dates.
The concert is on Friday August 30th at the RAC Arena. We are performing in the matinee concert.

We are in the process of offering violin tuition. If you are interested in starting on these beautiful instruments, please email the office. More information will be available next week. Our aim is to be able to offer a String Ensemble at St Luke’s.


Keyed Up Music run Guitar lessons  at St Luke’s Primary School
Prices start at $18.10 for a Guitar group lesson
To enrol go to


Private instrumental tuition is available at St Luke’s, with Kim Williams (AMEB Prac & Theory, Suzuki,WWC) a teacher with 20 years experience!! .Please contact Kim if you would like to enrol your child/ren for flute or piano lessons in 2019.-0408946793                                                                                                                                                                                 

Through music, we nurture, inspire & ignite your child’s development in all aspects of education.



We are still very short of volunteers for this years pie day, if we don’t get the volunteers we unfortunately wont be able to run it, which will be very sad for all of our kids, who love having a special lunch once a week.
Tuesdays and Wednesday lunch time are the times we a desperate to fill.

• On Monday mornings before the school bell to distribute pie bags to classrooms (fortnightly) takes approx fifteen minutes. 1 spot left
• 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. 2 spots left
• On Wednesday before the lunchtime bell to distribute pies to classrooms. (fortnightly, monthly or once a term) from 12.30pm till 1.30pm.

Please email 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.

Vicki, Marianne, Renny and Lilie


‘The AFL season starts up again next weekend and a huge thank you to Jenny Bullock who has volunteered to run footy tipping this year. If you would like to be involved please fill in the Footy Tipping Registration and make payment.’


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 –


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:
Or contact our Enrolments Officer on; 9405 4777 or

IONA OPEN DAY                                                                                                                                         

Iona Presentation College
Senior School Open Morning
Tuesday 26 March
9.30 – 11.00am
‘Iona Girls Make a Difference’


We are now inviting applications for students seeking entry to Newman College for Year 7 2022. Along with this, the College is holding a ‘Twilight Tour’ for prospective families on Wednesday 3 April 2019. Here is the direct link for people to use if they wish to register for the Twilight Tour



Student Achievements Issue 7

Student Achievements Issue 7


      Year                                   Blue                                  White
 One  Tex Harvey   James Mratovich  Mason Farano   Elia Musto
 Two  Charlie Frapple   Jade Zacharko  Lily Cailes   Kody D’Agostino
 Three  Bianca James   Toby O’Connor  Ben Ryan   Grace Melo
 Four  Zach Richardson   Hayden Francis  Lukas Fowler
 Five  Finn Barrett  Charli Armstrong
 Six  Gianni Ielati   Lara Toomath  Ben Hazell
 Visual Art  Cody Simmonds   Talia Taddei  
 Music  Anthony Vrebac   Zac D’Olympio  


Finn and Kane Carrigy competed in the Surf Lifesaving WA State Championships last weekend.
They both made the finals for individual events of Board Racing.
Finn was in the iron man final
And Kane the Surf race final.
Their board relay team came 4th in the final.
Finn was part of a Cameron relay (Swim , run, board, run) that were the Under 10 silver medalists.

LEADing Learning Issue 7

LEADing Learning Issue 7


Last week our Year 4 classes were fortunate to be invited to participate in a science and cooking class at Mater Dei. We had so much fun with some Year 10 students and Mater Dei staff conducting experiments and decorating cupcakes.
We thank Mrs Morey, Mrs Lombardo and Mrs Biagioni for the opportunity. We enjoyed it immensely!


Parish News  Issue 7

Parish News Issue 7

Latest Parish Newsletter


Thank You from the St Luke’s Youth Ministry
The 4-6 Youth Group had their first meeting for 2019 on the 1st of March. It was a great success with 56 children from the School and Parish community meeting together. It was wonderful to see so many new faces and to welcome back those who had attended before. We shared in a fun evening of team games and a delicious pizza dinner – thank you Mr Kelly for your contribution towards the dinner! Save the date for our Term 2 meeting which will be on the 21st of June. We will provide more details closer to the date.
The 4-6 Youth Group is run by volunteers from the St Luke’s Parish. The purpose of our Youth Group is to provide a safe environment for children to gather, socialise and learn about their faith within our Parish community. We also run a High School Youth Group that meets every fortnight on a Friday from 7-9pm in the Parish Hall. The next High School meeting will be on the 23rd of March.
If you would like any more information about the Youth Group please contact Carmel or Ashley at or keep up to date by following our Facebook page
If you have any queries regarding the Parish News, please contact Trish Main:









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