St Luke's Catholic Primary School


17 Duffy Terrace
Woodvale WA 6026
9306 6600

St Luke's

Catholic Primary School


2019 Issue 10
Message from the Principal – Issue 10

Message from the Principal – Issue 10

As we journey through the last few days 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 Jesus, Lord and Redeemer, We know that when you entered the city of Jerusalem for the last time, you were hailed as a king. Later the people turned against you and forgot all that you had taught them. We remember all that you did for us. May we never turn away from you. We give praise and glory to your name, as the Redeemer of the world. Amen

What a wonderful term this has been! Well done to all our children who have strived to do the best they can in all areas of their development. I thank all children and staff for their hard work and commitment to learning and look forward to continuing our journey next term.

Thank you to all the parents who attended the Parent/Teacher Interviews yesterday. I do hope feedback was effective with something positive, a discussion about expectations, and then where to next for your child’s learning moving forward.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank my staff for their outstanding work and commitment to our St Luke’s family, and parents for their continual support of our school. I think we are all ready for a rest and a holiday, and I pray that the next two weeks will be a happy, peaceful time for everyone.

Thank you to the P&F and School Board for their hard work once again and for their commitment to our school’s vision in helping build a strong school community.

Thank you to Year 5, Mrs Cobern and Mr Kirry for organising our whole school Mass this morning. It was a beautiful way to finish the term in reflection through prayer and song. The readers from Year 5 were outstanding, well done! The Year Five students will also lead our school community in the Stations of the Cross this 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 starts Sunday, which is Palm Sunday.

I wish to remind all parents that Term 1 finishes this Friday, 12 April. Term 2 commences Monday, 29 April for Kindy to Year 6.

Staff Changes for Term Two
Firstly, I wish to acknowledge and say thank you to Mr Justin Kirry who has been our Acting Assistant Principal since Term Three, 2018. He has been a wonderful support, hard worker, committed to the vision of St Luke’s and has done an exemplary job in the IT space. From next term, Mr Kirry will stay in Year Five and have the one day out of class doing IT work to support our school’s needs. We welcome Mrs Maura Killalea who will be our ongoing Assistant Principal from next term. She is really looking forward to working with us as she is a very passionate, committed and exceptional educator.

I have made some changes to our Learning Support with Mrs Ruth Langham working in Year 6 Blue full time from the start of Term Two. I have appointed Mrs Emma Viggiano full time to work in learning support, taking on the role left by Mrs Langham. We welcome Emma to our St Luke’s gang!

We have said farewell and best wishes to Mrs Christine Bauer who has been a wonderful servant and teacher at St Luke’s for the past 17 years. We wish her well for her retirement. We welcome Mrs Marian Fenton who will be working in Year Two White from next term every Friday as Miss Lynch will continue her IT role supporting early childhood classes.

Winter Uniform Term Two
A reminder to all parents that next term all students are required to be in winter uniform. To assist parents and students in this transition, a two week change-over period will be permitted. However, all students are required to be in full winter uniform by the commencement of Week 3. Please refer to the Uniform Policy on the school website for further information.

A reminder enrolments are now being taken for siblings and new students wishing to commence Kindergarten at St Luke’s School in 2021. Families with children eligible for Kindergarten in 2021 are required to fill out an Kindergarten Enrolment Application Form. Forms can be obtained from the office. 

We are currently accepting 3 Year Old Kindergarten enrolments for 2020. Please contact Leone Simmonds by email or phone if you would like to enrol your child. Enrolment at 3 Year Old Kindergarten does not guarantee enrolment in the 4 Year Old programme for 2021. Please let others know if they are interested!

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’.
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.
Paint Me A Rainbow Update
This Thursday each class will dress in one of the colours of the rainbow:
PP Rainbow
Year 1 Red
Year 2 Yellow
Year 3 Green
Year 4 Orange
Year 5 Blue
Year 6 Purple

Rainbow cupcakes will available for sale on this day for $2 each. Gluten free and dairy free options will also be available.

Congratulations to McSweeney House who will have their sausage sizzle Thursday for lunch; being the House with the most Raffle Tickets this term. Awesome work McSweeney!

Holy Week
Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week and is rich in ritual and symbolism. We carry palms, we process, and our church is no longer austere with purple, but full of green branches and the red of vestments. The first Gospel recounts Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem and our second Gospel proclamation takes us directly to the passion and death of Christ.

We could be tempted to see this day as a historical re-enactment of such powerful and tragic events in Christ’s life. But, unlike those who witnessed this procession through Jerusalem 2000 years ago, we celebrate this day in the light of the resurrection. We know that sadness and death have given way to new life and that Christ has triumphed over death. We live with the anticipation of hope and the promise of salvation.

Our fasting, prayer and almsgiving intensify during this week – the only week in our Christian calendar that we officially call holy. As we relive the rich Church tradition of Christ’s final days, we are reminded also of the many women, men and children around the world who are most vulnerable to extreme poverty and injustice. These are the face of the suffering Christ in our time.

As we recall Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, and enter into the story of the passion, we are challenged to do our part to ensure that God’s people are empowered to share in that new life, not only spiritually, but physically as well. We give with compassion and mercy.





Every Easter I remember the words of Michael Leunig. They are so challenging and so profound. I hope they have a similar impact on you.

“That which is Christ-like within us shall be crucified. It shall suffer and be broken. And that which is Christ-like within us shall rise up. It shall love and create.”

I wish all families the joy of the Resurrection this Easter.

Andrew Kelly

Assistant Principal News Issue 10

Assistant Principal News Issue 10

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 10

School News Issue 10


Congratulations to the following students and staff who are celebrating their birthdays during this week and the school holidays!!!

Bryce Proud 1B, Elodie Metaxas 3B, Xavier Geneve 4W, Riley Proud 6W, Aurora Shahmirzayan KB, Florence Baker KB, Harrison Hall 3B, Emilia Spiteri 4B,  Liam Joyce 4W, Lara Toomath 6B, Leo Renshaw 2W, Evie Harmsworth PPW, Lilla Harmsworth PPW, Samuel Gunner 1B, Tari Hilder 3W, Logan Hopkins 6W, Hudson Deimel 2W, Chelsea Noel 5B, Madison Watts 1B, Amelia Acosta 1W, Isla Cartner 2B, Robert Spiteri 6W, Giacomo Natoli PPB, Joseph Decicco 4B, Elissa Tan KW, Kaylee Hilder 1W, Nathaniel Leeks 2W, Evelyn Mottolini 1B, Emilio Dias 2W, Abigail Leeks 5B.



A reminder to all parents that next term all students are required to be in winter uniform. To assist parents and students in this transition, a two week change-over period will be permitted. However, all students are required to be in full winter uniform by the commencement of Week 3. Please refer to the Uniform Policy on the school website for further information.


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.


On Thursday of Week 8, our Year 5 and 6 Student Councillors attended the Grip Leadership Conference at the Perth Convention Centre along with many other student leaders from schools around Perth and country areas.
Some of the Leadership Values that they learned about were:
• Confidence
• Humility
• Being ‘Others’ focused
• Reliability
• Empathy.
Reflection: Libby Proud – Year 5
GRIP was so much fun! We learned so many great things about how to be a GREAT leader. One of my favourite activities was watching video clips from movies and trying to guess what sort of Core Leadership traits the main characters were showing.
It was a wonderful opportunity which will definitely help me to be leader now and in the future. I would recommend it to any aspiring leaders in our school or community.SUSTAINABILITY NEWS     

• Market Stall – we raised $20 from the market stall that the Student Council ran last Friday. All of the money raised will be put into purchasing seedlings for the winter crops for each class. More mesh bags and beeswax wraps will be available next term from the Science Room or at the market stalls before the performance assemblies.
• Battery Recycling – our batteries were collected on Monday and we have 8kg of batteries in our bin. Thank you to everyone who donated. Please keep the donations coming through next term.
• Aluminium Can Recycling – a huge bag of ring pulls and cans were dropped off at Wheelchairs for Kids on Monday. Thanks also to anyone who donated these. Please keep them coming next term.
• Rosemary Damper – some of the Science classes cooked rosemary damper this week. A big thank you to Tania Taddei for helping out.

TANIA FARCICH- Science and Sustainability 


We currently offer instrumental tuition on piano, flute, guitar, violin and drumkit. Please contact our tutors below for further information.

Kim Williams (Piano/ flute) Kim is familiar with the AMEB Prac & Theory, Suzuki systems. Kim has 20 years experience.
0408 946 793

Nami Ogishima (violin) Nami is a frequent member on both violin and viola with the Fremantle Chamber Orchestra, Perth Symphony Orchestra, OperaBox Orchestra and the Gilbert and Sullivan Orchestra. She is familiar with the AMEB, ABRSM and Suzuki systems, and ideally tries to tailor lessons using aspects of each to suit an individual student. 0435 284 971

Keyed Up Music (guitar) Prices start at $18.10 for a Guitar group lesson
To enrol go to

Christian Lombardi (drumkit) Christian has an Advanced Diploma of Contemporary Music and a Bachelor of Performing Arts (WAAPA). He is also teaches with Forte School Of Music Joondalup. 0451 422 769

CHOIR- One Big Voice Festival
Students can now log in to using the password ‘rain’ to access music and choreography.

Our Choir and Band will perform in Term 2 at our assembly in Week 4



Last week our unit had a visit from Endah and Adib from Karya Mulia school Surabatya (Java). They spent the day with us to see our facilities and how we work with the speech and hearing impaired children at St Luke’s. They were amazed at how lovely our school is !! I will be visiting them later in the year to see their school.

KATIE OAKLEY –  Speech and Hearing Teacher


Optional Winter Jackets and Tights are now available for purchase through the uniform shop.

As these items are only available by special order we ask that before making purchases families take care to read all the information on the order forms which can be found at these links-

JODI LYRA  Uniform Shop Manager


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.

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 Could you please state what year your child is in at school and their gymnastics experience in this email.


For any parents whose children have food allergies but still would like to participate in pie days, we are more than happy for your child to bring in specially made pies/sausage rolls. Bring them to the top kitchen (next to the art room,) on the Wednesday morning, and we will heat them up and deliver them with the other orders. Just place them in the pie bags we provided with the child’s name/class/year, and preferably in foil or grease proof paper, and we will warm them in a separate section of the pie warmer so there is no contamination.

An important note regarding the sushi.
We have changed our supplier for the sushi that we have on the pie day menu this year, hence the different options and price increase. There is only the one gluten free option; the cooked tuna, but the soya sauce that comes with it in a separate sachet does contain minute traces of wheat.
If your child does have a gluten intolerance please write on the pie bag and highlight “gluten free” and we will take out the soya sauce from your child’s sushi order. Any questions about the sushi please contact Marianne on

Thank you
Vicki, Lillie, Marianne and Renny

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. 


I work at Department of Communities and I am the project lead for consultation in the development of the Plan, which is the State’s 10-year vision to build an inclusive community which supports and empowers people with disability.

The aim is to engage, listen and understand the needs of the community – including people with disability, their families and carers as well as those working in the sector. Importantly, it is not just for people with disability, but for all Western Australians who want to live in an inclusive community. With inclusiveness being a key value of the school, we would love you to be involved.

It would be great for St Luke’s families to have their say in the Plan and I’d like to let you know how they can have their say.

They can find more information on the website –

Here they will find details of current workshops that are running. The details are also on our Eventbrite –

There is a session planned for Wanneroo on April 12, 10am-12pm.

Alternatively, they can complete a survey that asks similar questions to those asked in the survey –

If there is sufficient interest amongst the school community, I would also be happy to facilitate a session for families at school.

Conrad Natoli
Consultation & Engagement Advisor
Disability Services



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

LEADing Learning Issue 10

LEADing Learning Issue 10


In Three Year Olds we have been talking about our five senses.  We have made pancakes, biscuits and painted with shaving cream!  We used out sense of smell, taste, touch, hearing and sight to complete different activities.  It was so much fun!

Parish News  Issue 10

Parish News Issue 10

Latest Parish Newsletter


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:


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

Thank you 







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