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Dates to Remember

Term 1 Week 3

Tuesday 13 February

  • Kindy Screening
  • Shrove Tuesday

Wednesday 14 February

  • Ash Wednesday Mass @ 9am – Led by Yr. 6
  • Kindy Screening

Thursday 15 February

  • Kindy Screening
  • Swim Trials Yrs. 3-6 Time: 9:30-11:30am @ AquaLife

Friday 16 February

  • General Assembly

Week 4

Friday 23 February

  • Youth Leadership Forum Yr. 6 – Convention Centre
  • P & F Event – Whole School Disco

Lord, we pray for students and learners.

We pray that their minds will be eager to learn.

We pray that they will have the courage to ask good questions, the confidence to take risks, and the discipline to focus and study.

We pray that they will develop and maintain quality friendships and be safe both in and out of the classroom.

We pray for the children who struggle with anxiety and fear; may they feel your perfect love surround them, and be strengthened and guided by the Holy Spirit.

We pray that their learning is engaging, valuable, and exciting.

We pray that you will gently guide them through each day, helping them to grow in love and compassion.

Amen.

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Happy New Year and welcome back. It’s been so nice to hear the laughter, footsteps and chitter chatter of our wonderful students fill our school once again. It has been great to have our parents and grandparents back on site, too. Hopefully, you all enjoyed the change of pace over the holidays: it’s back to packing lunch boxes and ironing uniforms now.

Hot Weather
No one can say our students did not have a warm welcome back to school. The sun certainly turned up the heat for their return. On such hot days, our students spend their lunch break in the classroom, in airconditioned comfort away from the piercing sunrays and sweltering heat. Students are also regularly reminded to drink plenty of water to keep them hydrated. Please remind your students to check that they have packed their water bottles each day, especially during these summer months.

Parent Information Night
Thank you to all the parents who attended our Parent Information Night. All of our staff look forward to walking alongside you and your children over the course of the year, supporting each student to achieve their potential. If you were unable to attend last night’s sessions, make contact with the classroom teacher to ensure you receive the necessary forms and information disseminated on the night.

Kindy/Pre-Primary Playground
I’m sure you would have already noticed the new addition to our Early Years playground. It has been given the big green tick of approval by our Kindy and Pre-Primary students who couldn’t wait to try it out last Wednesday. The new playground provides a nice balance of challenge, promoting upper body strength, climbing, balancing and good old-fashioned fun.

The cost of the playground was shared by the school and our P&F. Thank you to our P&F for their generous contribution.

Uniforms
A gentle reminder to ensure your child is wearing the correct socks and footwear with their uniforms. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students are to wear their sports uniform coupled with St Pius X sport socks and black sneakers. On Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays students are to wear their formal school uniform with the formal black school shoes and the correct socks. Your support in this area would be greatly appreciated.

Parent Code of Conduct
As we embark on a new year, it is important to take the time to reflect upon our Parent Code of Conduct.  Some aspects of the Code of Conduct were unpacked during the Principal Address at our Parent Information Night, however, it would be beneficial to revisit it in full and familiarise yourselves with all the components.

In line with our Parent Code of Conduct, if you happen to take photos at school events, please remember to only share images of your own child(ren) on social media.

Messages to the Office
Over the past week, we have had a high volume of parents either call or email the office requesting messages be relayed to their child pertaining to school pick up. Please communicate these details to your children in the morning as it is challenging for our admin staff to get these messages to class teachers. Teachers do not check their emails during the course of the day unless their class is with a specialist teacher, and it is disruptive to their teaching and our students learning to call them. Often classes are not in their classrooms which results in our admin staff having to leave the office unattended to find the class to relay the message. We understand that on the odd occasion, such a call is warranted due to unforeseen circumstances.

Before School/After School
School supervision commences at 8.30am when the classroom doors are open. Students should not be dropped off to school before this time unless they are being supervised by a parent or partaking in before school training or the choir.

Student supervision concludes at 3.25pm. Please ensure students are collected from school prior to that time.

If you require before or after school care, please get in touch with Tall Trees who operate from Manning Primary, across the road, or Conon Road Day-care.

Please also be aware that children are not permitted to play on the school playground equipment before or after school. Our insurance policy does not cover injuries sustained on school grounds, out of school hours, unless they occur during events that are initiated by the school.

Teachers EBA
The new WA Catholic Teachers Enterprise Bargaining Agreement came into effect at the end of 2023. This new agreement contains a ‘Right to Disconnect’ Clause which states that teachers are not required to initiate, read or respond to electronic or other communication from school staff, parents or community members outside of working hours or when not on site.

This clause has been introduced to support our educators to achieve a healthy work-life balance by allowing them to disengage from work-related responsibilities and technology outside of their designated working hours.

Our school office hours are from 8.00am to 4.00pm. Our teachers work hours are 8.00-3.30pm.

Thank you for taking the time to read our first newsletter of the year. I hope you all manage to keep cool over the coming days as we brace for another heatwave.

God bless,

Melissa Vranjes
Principal

Term Dates for 2024

Term 1
Monday 31st January to Thursday 28th March
Term 2
Monday 15th April to Friday 28th June
Term 3
Monday 15th July to Friday 20th September
Term 4
Monday 7th October to Friday 6th December (for students)

Professional Development Days 2024

These dates are subject to change. Parents will be notified in advance, via the school newsletter, if any changes need to be made.

Tuesday – 4th June
Monday -15th July
Friday – 16th August
Monday- 19th August – Catholic Day
Monday – 7th October

Public Holidays

  • Monday – 4th March – Labour Day
  • Friday – 29th March – Good Friday
  • Thursday – 25th April – ANZAC Day
  • Monday – 3rdJune – WA Day

Reminder of School Times

Years Pre-Primary – Year 6
8:30am – School Opens
8:45am – School Commences
10:40-11:00am – Recess
12:30 – 1:10pm Lunch (Yrs. 1-3)
1:00-1:40pm – Lunch (Yrs. 4-6)
3:05pm – Dismissal

Children are NOT supervised prior to 8:30am and should not arrive at school before this time.  Teachers finish their duty at 3:25pm. Students are NOT to play on the playground equipment before or after school.

Kindergarten
8:50am-2:55pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Children in Pre-Primary and Kindergarten need to be walked to and picked up from the classroom by an authorised adult.  Students and their younger siblings are not permitted to play in the playground before or after school.

Parents & Friends Committee Members 2024
We warmly welcome our 2024 P&F Committee Members:

Chair: TBC
Deputy Chair: Kristie Ranger
Secretary:  Jessie Choate
Treasurer: Naomi Charlton
General Members: Josie Wilson, Alisha Trend, Melissa Clarkson
Ex-Officio: Principal – Melissa Vranjes

The P&F collaborates with the school Principal to coordinate activities that create opportunities for community engagement between parents, school staff, parish, and students. The P&F also supports the Principal to facilitate fundraising events for the benefit of students that complement the school budget.

Our P&F Committee meets once per term. One of these meetings is restricted to committee members only and the other is open for class representatives and general members of our parent body to attend. The dates for our general meetings will be shared shortly.

School Advisory Council Members 2024
I am pleased to share that our SAC members for 2024 are:

Chair: Bryan Dennis
Secretary: Sarah Wickham
Treasurer: Rob Ierace
General Members: Michael Cain and Matthew Grogan
P&F Representative: TBC
Parish Representative: Marie Chaperon
Parish Priest: Fr Patrick Lim
Ex-Officio Members: Principal – Melissa Vranjes; Assistant Principal Natasha Gregory

The School Advisory Council supports the Principal to fulfil their responsibilities in leading the Catholic Identity, Education, Community and Stewardship functions of the Catholic School in pursuit of CEWA’s vision to be Christ-centred and child-focused.

The SAC meets once per term to review and discuss our school’s progress in the areas outlined above, to review and monitor our budget, to engage in future planning and ensure sustainability of our school.

School News

Administration Email
Please be reminded to use the admin email address admin@stpiusx.wa.edu.au when contacting the office.  Margaret and Marni work different days during the week and if emails are directed to them personally, messages may not get through or picked up until the following day when they return to work. If the message is for them directly, please use their cewa email.

Parents and students are reminded that the two pick-up points are Cloister Avenue (near the play equipment) and Ley St entrance. Kindy and Pre-Primary children will need to be collected from the classroom.

Gates – Cloister Avenue
Parents are advised that the gates on Cloister Avenue and Ley Street will be closed after 9:00 am each day and opened at 3:00 pm. Parents and visitors to the school are asked to use the single gate at administration on Cloister Ave between 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Please press the bell and the ladies in Admin will open the gate for you.

Medical Information
Please notify Admin of any medical conditions that your child may have, including any changes to current diagnoses or action plans.  Children with asthma and severe allergies need to have an up-to-date plan, signed by your GP, submitted to the Office.

Student Absenteeism
Parents must inform the school office and class teachers prior to the child being absent if it involves a previously arranged appointment. If parents have forgotten to do so they must inform the school via the office before 9.30am on the day—this can be done by emailing admin@stpiusx.wa.edu.au or filling in the absentee form on our website.

If your child is absent for half a day or more an Absentee Note must be completed and given to the class teachers on the child’s return. These are available from our website or the school office. It is important that we establish this routine immediately and continue to maintain it each day whilst at school. It has always been important for children to arrive to school on time but even more so now.

School Fees 2024
Statements for your annual school fees will go out this week.  These are to be paid as follow.
Option 1- Pay in full by 29 February
Option 2 – Pay in 4 instalments, due at the end of  February, May, August and October

There is no need to return your Option Choice form.

If you would like the school to automatically process your fees on the due dates, please complete the Credit Card Authorisation form and return it to the office.

If you are having difficulties making payment, please make an appointment to speak with the Principal.

We have a Setting and Collection of Fees policy on our website for your information.

BRICKS 4 KIDZ
BRICKS 4 KIDZ will be running After School Classes at St Pius X Catholic Primary School every Monday starting 5th February to 25th March 2024 (except 4th March – public holiday)

To enrol please click on the link below.
https://www.bricks4kidz.com.au/perth-karrinyup/st-pius-x-catholic-primary-school/

Marshall’s Tennis Academy – Term 1 Lessons
Marshall’s Tennis Academy is conducting tennis lessons before school on Mondays 7.45 am to 8.30 am. Please see the link below to enrol or go to marshallstennis.com.au

Enrol Here

Sports News

ST PIUS X SWIMMING TRIALS – Years 3-6

In preparation for our swimming carnival, we will be having swimming trials for Years 3 to 6 at the Aqualife Centre in East Victoria Park on Thursday the 15th of February. The trials will be held between 9:30AM – 11:30AM. Students will be required to arrive to school by 8:30AM so their attendance may be marked, and so they can board the bus on time. Parents are invited to attend the trials; however, you will have to pay a spectator’s fee at the front desk of the Aqualife Centre. Swimming caps will not be compulsory for the trials. If you would like to purchase a faction swimming cap, please see Mrs Tatasciore or Mrs Nichol at the front desk. Each swimming cap is $4 (cash only).

There will be an online form posted to your child’s classroom Seesaw which you will need to fill out to nominate their swimming races for the carnival. This form will be used to determine what distance they will swim in their swimming trials. Please have the form completed by Monday the 12th of February.

Student Requirements:

  • Students should arrive to school dressed in their bathers. Their sports uniform is to be worn over the top of their bathers (boys wearing board shorts may have their sports shorts in their bag).
  • Students should have a bag containing their goggles, swimming cap, towel, underwear to change into, their St Pius X hat and sports uniform.
  • Students will eat throughout the trials, with no designated recess time during the trials. Students will have lunch at St Pius X.
  • Students should have a bottle of water and are encouraged to eat healthy snacks.

Caleb Cooper
Physical Education Teacher

P & F

Please scan the QR code below to join the P & F Facebook page.

P & F Events – Save The Date 

After School Care

Manning Primary School will offer both before and after school hours care for families of Manning Primary and St Pius X.

Tall Tree Outside School Care has been selected as the outside school hours care provider. Tall Tree will be familiar to many families with their early learning facility located within the Manning hub. Tall Tree Outside School Care bring a depth of experience, providing quality outside school hours care to many schools in Perth. They will have access to a range of buildings and play spaces at Manning Primary to ensure attending students are appropriately catered for. We are certain this will be a well-utilised and valued service for many Manning Primary and St Pius X families.

Tall Tree Outside School Care will operate on-site from 7am to 6pm.

Parents who are considering or requiring outside school hours care are encouraged to contact enquiries@talltree.net.au or go to their website:

Visit the Tall Tree website

Scholastic Book Club

Scholastic book club Issue 1 brochures have been sent home.  All orders need to be completed online by no later than Friday 9th February.

General Notices

Catch and throw—give Quickstix Lacrosse a go

Lacrosse is booming! And we’d love your help to get kids in your area involved in this fantastic sport.

At East Fremantle Lacrosse Club, we are running Quick Stix Invade ―a modified lacrosse game for children aged 5–12+. It is simple to teach and learn, and a perfect sport for primary and high school children, and even older.

The balls are soft, the sticks are plastic, and the rules are flexible. So, everyone can have a safe, fun experience with this fast running, fast thinking game.

Register via the QR code or at www.QuickStixlacrosse.com.au/events/

Australian Girls Choir Open Day

Look no further than the Australian Girls Choir (AGC) because we encourage, challenge and inspire girls as they learn to sing, dance and perform. School aged girls are invited to come along to our February Open Day to try our fun and inclusive class and learn more about being part of the AGC! Please visit our website to register to attend our free Open Day: ausgirlschoir.com.au/joinagc