St Luke's Catholic Primary School


17 Duffy Terrace
Woodvale WA 6026
9306 6600

St Luke's

Catholic Primary School


2019 Issue 12
Message from the Principal – Issue 12

Message from the Principal – Issue 12

All-loving God, we give you thanks and praise for mothers young and old. We pray for young mothers, who give life and count toes, and tend to our every need; May they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families and themselves with great joy. We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us; May they continue to guide us in strong and gentle ways. We remember mothers who are separated from their children because of war, poverty, or conflict; May they feel the loving embrace of our God who wipes every tear away. We pray for women who are not mothers, but still love and shape us with motherly care and compassion. We remember mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers who are no longer with us who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love. Amen

This Friday we will come together as a community to celebrate our mothers, grandmothers and all people who care for us. We will share a whole school breakfast from 7.30am in the school undercover area. This will be followed by Year One children entertaining us and then a song sung by the whole school in honour of our mums led by Mrs Longbottom. We encourage you to come along and share this special gathering with us.

I wish to thank in advance each and every person involved in this Friday’s breakfast for their generosity and organisation. We are very blessed as a community to have so many people dedicated to the well-being of our St Luke’s mums. Thank You!

During May, we celebrate Mary our Mother. This month, devotions in the Church calendar are characterised by special hymns and the use of flowers, which bring nature into the Church. There are several Marian feast days in May, including Our Lady of Fatima, Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.Mary our Mother, we focus on the impact she had from the birth of Jesus. To gain an understanding of her impact we need to look to the Scriptures in the first century and their portrayal of her.

“God sent his only Son, born of a woman . . . ” (Gal. 4:4) Except for this reference, no mention is made of Mary in the earliest Christian writings. Only the four Gospels, written between 65 and 100 A.D give any details of her life. They are the prime sources for later Christian devotion to Mary.

Mark’s Gospel simply states that Jesus is ‘the Son of Mary’ yet relates nothing about the events of His birth and family life. For Mark, being a disciple who believes in Jesus, is more important than any ties of flesh and blood. He recalls Mary as a believer, a disciple of her Son, who does the will of God. (Mk. 3:31-35)

St Luke’s beautiful narration of the events surrounding the birth of Christ portrays Mary as ‘the handmaid of the Lord.’ Drawing on early Jewish-Christian devotion to the mother of Jesus, his Gospel presents her as one of the faithful, ‘one of the people of the land’ who despite the hardships they experienced from one conqueror to another, remained faithful to their God. Complete trust in God, no matter what comes, is their strength. Luke’s Gospel pictures Mary as a believer who is a model for every ordinary Christian. Life can be transformed when someone says to God, as she did: ‘Be it done to me according to your word.’

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour; for He has looked with favour on His lowly servant, from now on will all ages call me blessed.’ (Lk. 1:16-18)

Matthew’s Gospel, intent on tracing Jesus’ descent from David through Joseph, presents Mary less conspicuously than Luke. This Gospel, however, strongly insists on Mary’s unique virginal conception: ‘before they lived together she was found with child through the Holy Spirit.’ (Mt. 1:18) Later, this belief in her virginal conception would bring Mary an honoured title: the Mother of God.

John’s Gospel, the last of the four, speaks twice of Mary. At Cana in Galilee she intercedes with her son for a newly married couple and He changes the water into wine. (Jn. 2:1-12) On Calvary, she stands beneath the cross at Jesus’ death. (Jn. 19:25-27) At Cana and on Calvary Jesus calls His mother ‘Woman,’ which early Christian tradition saw as an allusion likening her to the first woman, Eve. In God’s plan, Mary, by her faith, reversed the failure of Eve and so became the new ‘mother of all the living.’ Through the centuries the stories of Cana and Calvary have led Christians to seek Mary’s intercession with her Son.

On behalf of the school community, I wish all our wonderful mothers a relaxing and peaceful day with your family on Sunday. May it be full of joy and happiness!

Andrew Kelly

Assistant Principal News Issue 12

Assistant Principal News Issue 12

Year 4 parents are reminded of the Eucharistic Workshop for parents and children to be held on the 29th May. There will be 2 sessions; 5pm and 6.30pm. Parents have already been notified as to which session they will attend. This year the workshops will be held in the Arts Centre and will be run by Mario Borg. Mario is the Youth Director at 24:7 School and Youth Ministry and is also a Lecturer at Acts2 Bible College.
Eucharist actually means ‘Thanksgiving’ in other words we celebrate by giving thanks to God our Father for His undying love for us and to thank him for giving us Jesus. In addition, the Eucharistic Celebration is also a solemn reminder of the sacrifice of Jesus who died for us on the cross to take away our sins, rose from the dead and who now lives with our Father in heaven and in our hearts.
Please visit the following website for an excellent explanation of the Eucharist for children.

This scene from ‘The Passion of the Christ’ is my absolute favourite where it depicts the love of Jesus and his mother, Mary. As we celebrate Mother’s day soon, we remember the unconditional love of any mother towards her children.
Mary was chosen by God to give birth to Jesus and raise him. By doing this, she also cooperated in the salvation of all people. She was a deeply religious woman who loved her son with all her heart. When Jesus had to suffer, she suffered with him.
When Jesus hung on the cross, he said to his disciple John: “Behold thy mother” (Jn.19:27). With these words Mary became mother to us all; this means that we can all be disciples of Jesus. Mary is very close to Jesus in heaven. We can ask her to pray for us, which she does gladly. 

This month, we have dedicated time in our classes to pray the Rosary. Towards the end of May, we will gather as a school community and pray together. Parents are most welcome to attend.
Family Rosary Prayer:




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Language Conventions
Catch Up 
Catch Up


Have a beautiful weekend and God Bless,
Maura Killalea
Assistant Principal

School News Issue 12

School News Issue 12


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

Tate Edmonds 4W, Ella Merton 4W, Mattea Rollini 1W, Jake Briggs 2B, Chloe Mlinar 3W, Eva Mlinar 3W, Luca Gullotto 1W, Kody D’Agostino 2W.



A reminder to all parents that 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  all 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.


Interschool Carnival Lead Up
We will be practicing sports with Yr 5 and 6 students on Thursday after lunch, including a fixture with Padbury Catholic on the 23/5 ( hopefully more ) The students have nominated which sport they would like to play (Soccer, AFL or Netball) and if any parents would like to help at practise or at the Carnival please let me know. More information will come home via a note tomorrow.

ROB NOSEDA- Physical Education


Helping Kids Feel Good by doing Good   

We all want our kids to feel good. Ice cream, days at the beach and play dates may bring kids joy, but once they’re finished the good feeling often disappear.
These feel-good activities give kids a rush of euphoria, but leave them craving for more. This can lead to an addictive cycle known as ‘the hedonic treadmill’ where one cookie isn’t enough. They’ll need two. Maybe the next week, they’ll need three. Click here to read more


National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. Now in its 19th successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children’s book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.

This year the featured book is Alpacas with Maracas by Matt Cosgrove- Our Preprimary to Year 2 students will have this story read to them by Mr Kelly on Wed 22nd May.


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, for more information please contact Therese 1300 366 243
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 -Friday 30th August
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



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


Thank you to everyone who has supported the St Luke’s Footy Tipping competition this year.
If you haven’t had the chance to sign up it is not too late.
Please note that due to numbers, the weekly prize will be $25.00 and at the end of the season there will be cash prizes for the first, second and third best tippers.

Registration Forms can be found in the front office or email


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.




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

Student Achievements Issue 12

Student Achievements Issue 12

Ex Students Congratulations!!!

Congratulations to Ashley Carvalho, an ex St Luke’s student and St Luke’s Parish Youth Group Leader and final year(honours) Law student at the University of Notre Dame for receiving this year’s Helen Lombard Award for her outstanding contribution to student leadership and the advancement of the Catholic Mission and goals of the University!!!!

LEADing Learning Issue 12

LEADing Learning Issue 12


In 5 White this week, we are energised and ready for a term of learning and fun after an enjoyable 2 week break with our family. Our focus has been on preparing for NAPLAN, whilst incorporating hands on activities. 5 White loved our Technology lessons, where students had to work in pairs to create the longest paper chain, with only using 1x A3 piece of paper. Student were given 60 minutes to research, plan, make and record their results. Here are some pictures of our activities.

Parish News  Issue 12

Parish News Issue 12

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:









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