Newsletter 10 - 23 June
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Congratulations to our Year Four students who made their First Holy Communion on Sunday.
Thank you for your support during week eight when our office staff were away with sickness. A special thanks to Michelle Agi (Library) and Emma Smith (EA) who graciously stepped into the role of school receptionist when we needed someone in the office. It is great to see nearly all our students and staff are back from a variety of illnesses during the course of this term. It is also timely now to thank everyone who has helped us manage to keep teaching and learning programs occurring, especially when we had lots of people away and unable to attend work.
It was so rewarding to see the efforts of all who work at St Lawrences pitching in to help provide daily work pads, lessons, and remote learning activities as well as doing extra playground duties etc to cover for staff absences. We are truly blessed to have dedicated and committed staff, relief staff, and a fantastic school parent community.
I would also like to thank Mrs Emma Smith for her work this semester as an Education Assistant and we wish her all the best in the future for her teaching studies.
Mrs Paula Roach will be retiring at the end of this term. Paula is currently working as an Education Assistant in PPB, and after 32½ years of working at St Lawrence's has decided that it is time to set off on her caravanning adventures. We sincerely thank Paula for all her efforts, dedication, and devotion to supporting children of all ages with their learning. Whilst she will be missed, we wish Paula and her husband Ali all the best for retirement!
Congratulations to the students of St Lawrences for their excellent participation and behaviour during the last four weeks of swimming lessons. Even though we are in winter they were very keen and eager to swim! Thank you to Mr Gaby and Mrs Burro who worked their timetabling magic to make this happen. Our year 4-6 children can now look forward to their Swimming Carnival in Term Four at Nagle Pool.
3 Year Old Kindy
Our new Friday three year old class has been up and running for three weeks with the children very excited and happy to be at school with Mrs Gratte & Mrs Johnson. The addition of a new fence completes the work to make the hall an extension of our early years learning centre, and we continue to thank St Lawrence's Parish for allowing us to make modifications and upgrades to Fitzgerald Hall to support this program.
St Lawrence's Primary School celebrated NAIDOC week this week and have had a variety of cultural experiences and events offered to our students. The week began with a moving Prayer Service following Mr Derek Councilor's Welcome to Country and finished with four dances by the Clontarf high school students. Sean Choolburra – actor and comedian entertained the school with his antics on Monday afternoon. The Shine students visited our Year 1 & 6 children for face painting on Wednesday. Year levels have also buddied up to work on braiding, making yarn sticks and a variety of other activities to promote NAIDOC week.
We also look forward to 1B Assembly at 2:30pm on Friday June 24th that will conclude our NAIDOC celebrations.
Year Six Camp 2022
We are currently in the process of finalizing the Year Six Camp for 2022, which will occur in semester two. Please ensure you have completed the parent survey sent out on Wednesday to nominate your preferred option. This closes at 5pm today.
School reports are scheduled to be made live for parents to view via SEQTA Engage on Wednesday June 29. Please see information about how to access these under Administration News.
Take care and God Bless.
Have a happy and safe term two holiday break.
Please continue to use the Self-Reporting Form as required as well as WA Health, These forms can be accessed via the links below:
Fruit of the Spirit
Fruit of the Spirit Focus Week 9 & 10: Patience
Patience: We remind ourselves to put aside our own wants and needs and consider others first. We wait our turn and really listen to each other.
Congratulations to our year four students who made their First Eucharist on Sunday. A special thank you to Father Gerard, Mrs Hart, altar servers and choir members for their support throughout our Mass.
A HUGE thank you to Miss Ahearn, Mr Hood, Mrs Waldock and Mrs Proudlove for all the planning, preparation and work that they have done with the year four students for this special Sacrament.
As soon as the photos are ready for you to view, class teachers will post the link and password onto Seesaw.
Term Three Attendance
Terms 1 & 2 have been very challenging, with illness plaguing students, their families and staff alike. As we head into Term Three, we are hopeful that we will see student attendance return to a more normal level and all of our teachers back on board so we can start Term 3 on Monday 18th July with a fresh slate.
Semester One Reports
Semester One reports will go live for parents to view on Wednesday, June 29. You can access the reports via SEQTA Engage - either on the desktop site or through the mobile app. Further information on setting up SEQTA can be found on our website at https://www.stlps.wa.edu.au/seqta-engage.aspx
If you encounter any problems, or have forgotten your log-in details, please contact the office on 9968 2000 and we will be happy to assist.
There are two assemblies remaining for this term - Friday 24th June at 2.30pm & Friday 1st July at 2.30pm. Both assemblies will be recorded and posted online the following Monday for those who are unable to attend.
P & F News
News from our last meeting
Our P&F Meeting was held on 13th June and here is a snapshot of what we discussed:
- A feasibility study for shade options over the new Monkey Bars playground. We are investigating what the most suitable types of shade could be as well as costs to install and maintain into the future. We would like to acknowledge the very generous offer to donate a shade sail from two of our parents for this area.
- A smaller fundraiser for term 3 to support sustainability goals at school – stainless steel pegs.
- Carols on the Green date change Thursday November 24th in the week before Advent.
- Reviving the Choc Luck Stall from Fetes gone by for the Carols on the Green evening.
- Sourcing more volunteers from our parents and friends to join the COG subcommittee for the largest fundraiser of the year in term 4.
- Donation of a bike confirmed from Labour MP Lara Dalton for the Carols on the Green.
Our next meeting will be in Term 3 Monday July 25th at 4.30pm directly before the School Advisory Council. If you have any ideas or suggestions for the above topics, please come along and let us hear them.
Carols on the Green
As mentioned previously, the date has changed this year for this event – keep it free Thursday 24th November. We are looking for coordinators for the Grazing Boxes and the Choc Luck Stall. Lara Campbell and Vanessa Heinrich, previous Coordinators of the Grazing Boxes, are happy to assist the team who would be willing to take this on. If anyone is interested in running the Choc Luck Stall, please get in contact with me. This is an easy fundraiser with minimal preparation for setting up and packing down.
This year we are hoping to have an extra barbeque going at the Sausage Sizzle. Ashe Murdock is our Coordinator of this section. If you and a friend would like to assist Ashe get in touch. Lots of time to think about it!
The Raffles also need some volunteers to join the team. This will involve coordination, distribution and collection of raffle tickets and monies for some of the team and organisation to procure prizes and donations, then wrapping and displaying raffles, for other members. This is a very busy and intense raffle but lots of fun. Please get in touch with me if you would like to be part of this team.
Marimbas in the Music Room
After a very long wait the Marimbas have arrived in the school. Last year the P&F purchased two high quality Marimbas for the school music program that Mrs Hart sourced from an Eastern states company. They are now in the music room ready for all of our students to enjoy.
Lastly, if you have any suggestions for the P&F please get in touch. You are all welcome to put an item onto the agenda and have it discussed (with you present) or to come along just to listen and participate in the meetings. Hope to see some new faces next term.
Take care and wishing everyone a safe and happy July holidays.