St Luke's Catholic Primary School
Catholic Primary School
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.
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.
‘It Takes a Village to Raise a Child’
This ancient African proverb teaches an everlasting truth. It does take a village, to work with the family, to raise a child and weather the storms of life. Being a parent is one of the most unique, challenging, rewarding and life-giving vocations a human being can be involved with and share in. Two people become parents, and somehow or other are supposed to know what to do with the rearing of the child, simply because they have become parents. As parents would be aware, all you have to do is to bring your child to school to realise that you are not alone in your parenting role.
Conversations with other parents, will soon confirm most parents are on a learning curve. However, you can be sure at some point during a conversation two very important words will be mentioned, “At home. . .”
There is no area more important to a child than the home shared with his/her parents. The child does not find contentment in the size or material comforts the home provides, but rather the nurturing and loving environment. The school too, has an important part to play in the raising of the child. As a school, we endeavour to reinforce those values and virtues that are taught at home and on the foundations of a strong family life. It is important the home-school relationship remains positive and healthy so we can assist each other with the privilege of raising our children.
As a school we are trying very hard to engage with parents and have them more involved with the school. This by no means is meant to place any extra pressure on parents. However, having mums, dads and even grandparents involved in the class, in small ways, makes a significant difference to the learning opportunities and gains for the students. Whether it be listening to reading in the morning before school, assisting some children with their spelling/sight words or even helping out in Mathematics group work, all adds to the learning experience the children receive.
I know from experience that when the school and its Staff, School Board, P&F Association and the parent community are working together in a collaborative and harmonious manner, children flourish!
Thank you to the many parents who offer their assistance at the school. Thank you for your efforts as parents to work with, and support the teacher in their efforts to provide the best possible learning opportunities for the children at St Luke’s School. We know that we can’t do it alone. We know that you can’t do it alone.
It does take a ‘village to raise a child’. Our “village” has never been more necessary than it is today. We live in a fast paced, instant information, and pressure-packed world. Today’s children are confronted with a multitude of both challenges and opportunities. Navigating parenthood can be a daunting undertaking and we believe that partnerships and supports are welcome and necessary to prepare our students for tomorrow.
We are fortunate that St Luke’s School is part of a wonderful village!
Interschool Swimming Carnival
Our students from Years 4-6 enjoyed putting their swimming skills into action, as they represented St Luke’s, in achieving their personal best at Interschool Carnival last Thursday. Our students participated in a spirit of encouragement and goodwill. It is great to be able to see our swimmers flourish, push others outside their comfort zone, where we grow considerably, and also build great school spirit and pride. A very big thank you to Mr Noseda for his work in coordinating this extra curricula event, which the children and parents thoroughly enjoyed. I extend my sincere thanks to Mrs Pollard for volunteering to support and help the children participating during the day. The day was another example of our community working together for the benefit of our amazing students.
Market Day: WOW! What an amazing day last Saturday, 30 March was. The P&F worked so hard, as everyone who attended had a fabulous day and loads of fun. Very special thanks to Katherine Peake who through her leadership made the day a fantastic community event. She was supported by Teresa Mortlock, Alana Metaxas, Lillian Truglio, Jessica Stojkovski, Claudia Mottolini and Emma De Ciccio. Also thank you to all staff, children and parents who played their part to make our Market Day a HUGE success!
Our school will be closing at 12:00 pm next Tuesday, 9 April to help facilitate the meetings. Please make sure you have gone online to book your appointment time. If you are picking your child up at 12pm, you must collect your child from the classroom please. There will be no drive through pick-up until 2:40pm for Kindy and Pre Primary and 2:55pm for Years 1-6.
Children staying at school after 12pm will be located in the following areas around the school:
Kindy and Pre Primary: Library
Years 1 and 2: Science Room
Years 3 and 4: Music/Art Rooms
Years 5 and 6: Dance Hall
Stations of the Cross – Friday, 12 April 9.35am
The Year Five students will lead our school community in the Stations of the Cross next Friday morning commencing at 9.35am in the Church. Parents are very welcome to be present for the Stations on Friday. We wish to remind everyone that this will be a very prayerful and solemn occasion as we remember the Passion of Christ as Holy Week doesn’t start until Sunday, which is Palm Sunday.
Parking and Drive Through – Congratulations
Parking in most schools is very much at a premium. Although it has been very smooth before and after school this year, please continue to be patient with the parking situation. I wish to thank the parents and grandparents for being considerate of others and ensuring the traffic flows smoothly. We need to continue to be courteous of our neighbours and follow the street signs at all times. Well done to staff too who ensure the children get safely into their car.
True prayer is listening – God has more important things to say to us than we to Him (after all, he knows what we are thinking).
If we open our hearts to God, if we allow God to work within us, then God is able to bring out the best in us. With the help of God’s grace, we can grow into the human person that God intended us to be, and in turn we are able to help others to reach their full potential as human beings created in the image and likeness of God . . .
Lord, open my eyes so that I may see the good in all people,
especially those that I am too quick to judge.
LENTEN CALENDAR IDEAS 2019
Lent is a time when we take some time to stop and reflect as we prepare for Easter. During the forty days we focus on keeping Christ at the heart of all our words and actions. We consider how we can become better people by trying to do things well and even giving up doing things that are poor choices so that we become people of peace, hope and love.
The 2019 Lenten Calendar has ideas below for each of the days this week and into next week during Lent. Families can use this weekly newsletter calendar to focus on preparing for Easter.
Acts for each day during this week of Lent
Thursday: Try to make everything you say today POSITIVE.
Friday: Tell someone special you love them.
Saturday: A family project – clean/tidy your bedroom
Sunday: Let someone special in your life know that you really appreciate all that they do.
Monday: Check your Project Compassion Box. Add to it if you can.
Tuesday: Say prayers for Father Francisco.
Paint Me A Rainbow to Bring Colour to Autism Awareness
Autism is a difference, a different way of thinking and sometimes messages to the brain take a different and perhaps longer way to reach the brain. This year at St Luke’s, we have chosen to highlight the ‘super powers’ of autism and also mention some of the ‘frustrations’.
School mum Kylie Beveridge, who formed Paint Me A Rainbow to bring colour to autism awareness and has a child with autism at Whitfords Catholic Primary wishes to draw parents and teachers attention to the facebook page:
You will get a more of a feel for who the team are.
Paint Me A Rainbow wishes to help St Luke’s School create a Sensory Room for students who have autism and or sensory issues to help with their daily self-regulation or for those who need a safe space. With regards to the sensory room being created, there is so many proven benefits for all children to use these rooms (not just children with an autism diagnosis). The room can be a safe, calming quiet space where a child can go with supervision for a ‘brain break’. Within the room there are different ‘sensory’ tools and toys, including therapy putty, night lighting, a beanbag, desk for drawing/colouring in and lots of fidget toys. Fidget toys are used to allow the child to calm themselves and learn how to self-regulate. There can also be a fish tank, which helps children with routine and responsibility, and also the circle of life.
Another point Kylie would like to mention is that currently there is 1 child in 70 that has an autism diagnosis. So if your own child isn’t that one, the chances are a loved one or friend will one day have an autism diagnosis. The sensory room will be of great benefit to teachers and other students, and will assist with less melt downs within the classroom environment.
The campaign at St Luke’s will start on April 8, which is part of World Autism Month, and aims to raise funds for the participating schools to help students with an autism diagnosis. Students will be taking part in autism awareness activities, culminating in a Rainbow Day on Thursday, 11 April where students can wear a designated rainbow colour for a gold coin donation and buy cupcakes at recess for $2.
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.
Lara Uezzell KW, Jackson Blackshaw 3B, Sophie Bulloch KW, Lara Logan 3W, Isabella Puca 2B, Samuel Pudsey 5B.
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 soon.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION NEWS
Congratulations to all our swimmers who represented our school so well last Friday at the Interschool Carnival at the Arena Joondalup, everyone put in a terrific effort and we had many outstanding results.
Thanks to all the family members who came to support and thanks to Mr Kimber who was helping at the finish line all day and to Mrs Pollard who was a great help to me.
At this stage the Auskick Clinic planned for Thursday has been postponed due to a conflict of dates.
ROB NOSEDA -PE Teacher
A huge thank you to everyone who came and supported our sustainability school stall on Saturday at the St Luke’s Market Day. We had a great response to the seedlings, beeswax wraps, mesh bags and raffles that were on offer. We raised over $160 which will be used for the Term 2 class garden beds. We hope that everyone who planted a free snow pea has managed to take it home and plant it in your garden (don’t forget you can plant the pot as well). The seedlings should emerge in 7-10 days. We will be doing another sustainability market stall this Friday before the Year 6 assembly which will be organised by the Student Council.
Next week in some Science classes we will be cooking herb damper to celebrate our efforts growing produce and to talk about ANZAC Day. If you can come and help out with any of these sessions that would be appreciated. Please just send me an email on the day/time you are free email@example.com. The classes doing the cooking will be:
• Monday: 8:40 (6W), 9:40 (6B), 12:00 (5B), 1:45 (5W)
• Tuesday: 8:40 (4W), 9:40 (4B), 11:00 (1B)
TANIA FARCICH- Science and Sustainability
SOCIAL WORKER NEWS
Pop Up Positive Parenting workshops are available this Saturday 6th April. Workshop 1 is Children’s Emotions 101 and Workshop 2 is Helping the Anxious Child. Please click on this link for further information –https://bestprograms4kids.com/shop/positive-parenting-pop-up-emotions-anxiety/
ANN PEART- Social Worker
We currently offer Piano, Flute, Guitar and Violin tuition at St Luke’s.
Next term we will also offer drumkit.
If you would like your child to learn an instrument, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our current ensembles are Choir, Guitar Ensemble and Band.
Choir- One Big Voice Festival
Students can now log in to www.onebigvoice.com.au using the password ‘rain’ to access music and choreography.
REBECCA LONGBOTTOM- Music Teacher
2019 St Luke’s Interschool Gymnastics Team Expression of Interest
After an extremely successful inaugural year last year, St Luke’s will be again entering a team into the 2019 Gymnastics WA Interschool Carnival to be held on 26-28 June 2019.
This is call out to any girls from Years 1-6 with gymnastics experience (no dance acro please) in the past three years who would like to put in an expression of interest to try out for this year’s team.
There will be a cost involved of $85 for a customised school leotard (if they don’t already have one), a $45 training levy for training sessions, including a training session at the State Gymnastics Centre prior to the competition, and $16 competition entry fee. The girls will be coached by esteemed women’s artistic gymnastic coach and St Luke’s mum Marie Pudelek, outside of school hours.
If your daughter would like to try out for a spot in the team, please send an expression of interest email to Danielle Santoro by Wednesday, 10 April 2019 email@example.com. Could you please state what year your child is in at school and their gymnastics experience in this email.
KEYED UP MUSIC GUITAR LESSONS
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 www.keyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment
PIANO AND FLUTE TUITION 2019
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.
VOLUNTEERS STILL NEEDED FOR PIE DAYS 2019!!
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 Tuesday mornings after the morning bell to collect orders, count money and order pies (usually fortnightly or monthly) takes approx one hour.
• 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 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, Renny and Lilie
P&F SCHOOL FOOTY TIPPING
ATTENTION!! It’s not too late to be part of the fun.
Please fill in the form below and pay the $50 as soon as possible.
Once numbers are finalised the weekly and end of year prizes will be announced.
Congratulations to Brent Doherty won the footy tipping this round with 7 correct tips.
MATER DEI BOGAN BINGO NIGHT
A Bogan Bingo night is to be held at Mater Dei College on Saturday 6 April at 7pm. Tickets are $25 per head with tables of 8, there are many prizes to be won. So don your best flannelette shirt, ugg boots and unfurl the mullet to join us for a fun evening.
Book tickets here:
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
Friday April 5: 5.30 – 11.00pm
Saturday April 6: 2.00 – 11.00pm
Sunday April 7: 2.00 – 8.00pm
MERCEDES COLLEGE PRODUCTION – WICKED
Mercedes College is proud to present its 2019 Production of Wicked. Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba.
Following an encounter with The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, their friendship reaches a crossroads and their lives take very different paths. Glinda’s unflinching desire for popularity sees her seduced by power while Elphaba’s determination to remain true to herself, and to those around her, will have unexpected and shocking consequences for her future. Their extraordinary adventures in Oz will ultimately see them fulfil their destinies as Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West. Featuring a cast of over 70, this musical is proudly presented by the students of Mercedes College. Coming to the Regal Theatre in Subiaco for 4 performances only, from Friday 2 August. Tickets are available at http://www.ticketek.com.au
WHATS BEEN HAPPENING IN VISUAL ARTS
During Visual Arts this term the students have been exploring and experimenting with the Visual Art elements of shape, colour, line and texture .
THE ARTISTS AND STYLES IN FOCUS during this term have been:
Piet Mondrian – lines and shapes
Henry Matisse – collage
Pablo Picasso – faces
Margaret Preston- natural flora
Preprimary and Year 1 classes have been experimenting with collage and shape paintings.
Year 3 students have been exploring the use of cool and warm colours, ( Sun and Moon crayon pictures) and how to use these element to create contrast, (‘ Piet Mondrian’ Tree paintings).
Year 4 students have been introduced to art in other cultures while creating a lined and patterned Chinese New Year symbol of “The Year of the Pig”. They have also attempted to use cool and warm colours to paint a ‘Piet Mondrian’ tree.
Year 6 students expressed the meaning of art by creating a modern ” Art through my eyes” painting. The students have also been exposed to art in other cultures while learning to sketch the animals of the Chinese horoscope.
The success crtieria for every art lesson is to allow the students to express themselves in a relaxed environment while working towards producing work they are proud of, in an attempt to develop an appreciation of visual arts.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or keep up to date by following our Facebook page www.facebook.com/stlukesyouth
If you have any queries regarding the Parish News, please contact Trish Main: email@example.com
VOLUNTEERS FOR CHURCH LAUNDRY ROSTER
We are looking for volunteers to be rostered once every 6-8 weeks to help with the Altar Service Laundry (Hand towels, Purifiers & Corporals). If you would like to join this dedicated group of volunteers and help the Parish, please contact Veronica Alphonso on 0477 775295 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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