Like many Father’s in our community, I had a very enjoyable day last Sunday – spoiled with handmade cards and presents from my two children. We had a wonderful day relaxing together as a family, even bumping into one of my old students as we enjoyed some lovely fish n chips down in Fremantle. Over the years, I have come to appreciate more and more the significant role my own Dad has played in my life. I used to tease him for falling asleep on the couch at 5.30pm some evenings, but now I have a hearty appreciation for the dedication and hard work he gave for his family. He has always been there to support us boys, and always sought to give us the best – something I know many of our father’s do for their children and families too. I am always telling students to be kind to their Mums and Dads when I see them on a Friday afternoon before the weekend, and as a school, continue to encourage respectful relationships as being just as important at home as at school. I would like to extend my best wishes to all of the father’s and father figures in our community, and for them to know the amazing difference they make in the lives of our students 😊
Highlights from Past Two Weeks
Today was a great day for our PK-6 community – our first ever combined Athletics carnival! We were lucky that the weather held off and all students were able to enjoy a great day out. The new format meant that students were on the move all day, taking part in a range of events including sprints, tabloid games, and field events. We are so glad that students and families were able to enjoy the day so much and enjoy the festivities on the day. At the time of publishing our newsletter we could not declare a winning faction, however we will include this information in our next edition of the Newman News. I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Mrs Tasha Richards and Mrs Lara Vlahov who worked very hard to prepare such a big event, and for all the accommodations they made in the lead up to the day. We are very lucky to have such a professional and dedicated P.E. team across our primary school.
Last week students gathered to celebrate assembly with the 4 Blue class putting on a great item about the environment. Students brought to our attention the global issue of climate change, and some practical ways we can make a difference around our own school. It was a very inspiring assembly – with students later found, out and about in the playground over the next few days voluntarily collecting rubbish and doing their part to improve our natural environment. Well done to 4 Blue on such a great assembly, and of course, to all of our merit certificate recipients. Your teachers are very proud of your efforts!
At assembly last week, we presented a very special Marcellin Award to one of our Year 4 students – Sia Halai in 4 Red. Sia was nominated by her teacher Miss Cresp for being a selfless, joyful and helpful class member who quietly does things around the classroom without being asked. She resets the charts, changes the date, tidies the books, always picks up after everyone and is always very happy to do it. Significantly, Sia never seeks affirmation, she just does these things because she knows it is the right thing to do – a true example of servant leadership. Well done Sia on setting such a great example for others!
Catholic Performing Arts Playoff
Last Friday, our String Quartet were invited to play in a playoff for a Shield in the Catholic Performing Arts Festival at Trinity College. To be even considered for a shield award is a tremendous honour, and a great recognition of the efforts and talents of our students. Unfortunately, I arrived to watch students and missed them by just a few minutes! However, they did a wonderful job playing their piece and were very happy with how they did. Congratulations to Anabel, Joshua, Chloe, and Gabriella for all their hard work in preparing for this event. They have represented our school proudly, and will continue to do so for many years I am sure. A special thanks must go to their teacher, Hannah Herriman for all of her guidance and support of the students too.
Year 5 First Aid Incursion
On Monday, students from Year 5 took part in a First Aid Incursion. A recount of the day is below:
On Monday we had a First Aid incursion run by St. John of God. We learned that you need to be safe and calm in the case of an emergency. Linley explained to us DRSAB (Danger, Response, Send for help, Airway, Breathing) and we got to learn how to place our friends in the recovery position. It was a very fun and exciting experience to learn what to do if anything ever goes wrong. Thanks to Linley for visiting us and sharing with us.
Chloe & Emily (5 Green)
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On Wednesday this week we celebrated Languages Week with a delicious treat of gelato! Students had to make their order in Italian, and had a choice of six flavours to choose from. It was perfect ice cream weather too which just made it all the more better! We are very grateful to Signora Miriam for organising this very special treat for students – it was certainly well received, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see it back on the calendar for next year too!
R U OK Day?
Yesterday, students acknowledged the importance of R U OK Day with some small treats on offer to bring awareness to such an important day. Students were all given a small pack of yellow jellybeans to remind them that there are always people in our school community who care for them, and many students chose to purchase one of our R U OK cupcakes at recess and lunch too. It is important that students feel they have someone they can always talk too, especially in those moments of trouble or when things just aren’t going right. It is the responsibility of all of us too after and care for each other 😊
School Production 2022
For the last couple of weeks, students have been offered ‘teaser’ photos across the campus in order to guess the upcoming production for 2022. We can now finally reveal that the production for next year will be Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Students from all across our campus are able to take part in the auditions if they like, with all the details below. After the success of Matilda last year, and the Little Shop of Horrors this year, I am already looking forward to getting my tickets for this one!
Important Information For The Next Two Weeks
Our Year 11 and 12 students will be coordinating and running our Primary School Disco this year. The Disco will be held in our Marist Auditorium on Friday 17 September. Families will have received information on attendance and ticket purchase via email this past week.
There are a number of important events taking place over the final two weeks of the term. Make sure you pop these dates in your diary:
- Tues 14 Sep – COVID Stress Test – Remote Learning (students still come to school as normal this day)
- Wed 15 Sep – Year 6 Unit Mass
- Thurs 16 Sep – IPSHA Interschool Athletics Carnival
- Thurs 16 Sep – Year 3 Incursion: Bill Gordon Bush Poet
- Fri 17 Sep – Year 5 Zoo excursion
- Fri 17 Sep – K-6 Primary Disco
- Wed 22 Sep – Year 3 Scitech Excursion
- Wed 22 Sep – Year 7 2022 Information Evening
- Fri 24 Sep – 6 Red Assembly
- Fri 24 Sep – Last Day of Term 3