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Dates to Remember

Term 3 Week 4

Wednesday 10 August

  • Year 5 & 6 Camp to Forest Edge
  • Kindy – Hospital Incursion

Thursday 11 August

  • Athletics Training Yrs 3-6 @ 7:50am
  • Year 5 & 6 Camp to Forest Edge

Friday 12 August

  • Choir Practise 8.15am
  • Year 5 & 6 Camp to Forest Edge
  • Year 3 Assembly & Awards

Week 5

Monday 15 August

  • Assumption Liturgy – Year 2
  • Basketball Clinics K-Yr. 3

Tuesday 16 August

  • Athletics Training Yrs. 3-6 @ 7:50am

Thursday 18 August

  • Book Week Parade 9am
  • Book Week Incursion 1:50pm

Friday 19 August

  • Catholic Day – No School

Week 6

Monday 22 August

  • PD Day – No School

Tuesday 23 August

  • Athletics Training Yrs. 3-6 @ 7:50am
  • St Pius X Feast Day

Thursday 25 August

  • Athletics Training Yrs. 3-6 @ 7:50am
  • Year 3 Excursion to WA Birds of Prey 10am-1pm

Friday 26 August

  • PP Assembly & Awards
  • Performing Arts Festival – School Choir 10:15am-12:45pm

Sunday 28 August

  • Fathering Project Dads & Kids 1pm-3pm

Loving God,

You filled the heart of Mary MacKillop with compassionate love for those in need at the margins of our society.

Deepen that love within us that we may embrace the mystery of the Cross which leads us through death to life.

We ask this in the Spirit of Jesus who having broken the bonds of death lead us to everlasting life.

Amen

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Life Link Day

Last Wednesday our students wore red, the colour of love, to celebrate LifeLink Day. In class they learnt about the various agencies that LifeLink supports and shared this knowledge with their buddies. After lunch, our school gathered together in the Undercover Area to listen to the Gospel passage about Jesus washing His disciples’ feet. We discussed how Jesus modelled for us to engage in acts of service and charity. Following our Gospel reflection, Mr Hughes and Miss Thomson announced two students from each year level who were recognised by their peers for demonstrating our school value of Service. We are incredibly proud of them and all our students for being the face of Christ to one another. Our students raised $307 for LifeLink Day which will help the everyday heroes, who volunteer their time to serve the less fortunate, achieve extraordinary things.

Mary MacKillop Feast Day

Thank you to our Year 4s and Father Patrick for leading us in our St Mary of the Cross Mass on Monday morning. Mary MacKillop, known as St Mary of the Cross, is Australia’s first Saint. She dedicated her life to doing God’s work. Mary MacKillop, together with the Sisters of Saint Joseph, established Catholic schools for those children who otherwise would not have been able to afford an education, founded orphanages and shelters for women. Despite the many challenges she faced, Mary MacKillop trusted in God’s providence and helped many people over the course of her life. Through our school’s connection with the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, Mary MacKillop lives on through our community’s love and generosity.

Camp

This morning we waved our excited Year 5 & 6s off to camp. Three fun-filled days of adventure await them at Forest Edge. I know our parents will miss their happy campers, however, rest assured that any silence you may experience over the next few days will be filled with a plethora of camp stories upon their return. I am looking forward to joining our Year 5 & 6s tomorrow morning and journeying alongside them as they make some fond memories.

Registration Audit

St Pius X had their Registration Audit yesterday. Thank you to the various parents and students who were invited to participate in an online survey as part of the audit process. The feedback was very positive. Thank you also to our staff and Mr Bryan Dennis, our School Advisory Chairman, for the professional manner in which you responded to the auditor’s interview questions. The auditor commended all involved for the depth and clarity of their responses and congratulated our leadership team on the work conducted to ensure our school meets the registration standards set out by our government.

Book Week

Next week we will be celebrating Book Week. Teachers will share with their classes some of the books shortlisted by the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA).  On Thursday, our students are invited to dress up as their favourite book character. This year’s Book Week theme is ‘dreaming with eyes open…’ Our parents are welcome to join us for the Book Week Parade on the basketball courts which will commence at 9am. Following the parade, our school will gather in the Undercover Area to listen to one of the CBCA books being read out aloud. After lunch, our students will be treated to a Book Week incursion.

After School Art Club

From Week 6-10 this term, Miss Annabelle Tickner and Miss Grace Punch will be facilitating an after-school Art Club for our Year 3-6s. The Art Clubs will run on Wednesdays from 3.15-4.00pm and will be capped at 20 participants. The first 20 registrations will be accommodated. If you would like your child to participate in the after-school Art Club, please email your child’s name and year level, with the subject line ‘Art Club’ to admin@stpiusx.wa.edu.au

LSL

I will be going on LSL from Monday 22nd August to Friday 23rd September. In my absence, Mr Kim Hughes will be stepping into the Principal role. I am looking forward to making the most of my time with our beautiful SPX children in the coming week; I will miss them, our parents and staff in the short time I am away.

Continue supporting one another, spotting the good in one another and taking a leaf out of Mary MacKillop’s book by volunteering your time to help our P&F in preparing for the upcoming Athletics Carnival, Father’s Day Stall, Disco and Grandparents Morning Tea.

Wishing you all a gentle week full of blessings,

Melissa Vranjes
Principal

Book Week 2022 - Dreaming with eyes open

School News

Absentee and Illness

If your child is going to be absent, please inform the school/class teachers by 8:45am or the night before, if you know. Please email the classroom teacher and cc admin@stpiusx.wa.edu.au or you can complete the absentee form which is on our website

This is very important because starting Week 6, parents will be contacted via SMS (not email) if a student has been marked absent from school and we have had no notification.

It has always been important for children to arrive to school on time but even more so now.

School Fees

Fees for Term 3 are due at the end of August.  Please attend to these at your earliest convenience.  If you are having difficulty with payment please make a time to see our Principal, Melissa Vranjes.

Wonder Recycling Rewards

Our school has been taking part in the Wonder Recycling Rewards Campaign, collecting bread bags and tags. Between the Kindy and Pre-Primary classes two boxes, containing 10kg of soft plastics and bread tags, have been filled. With the reward points earned, we can receive new sporting equipment.

Loose Parts Play

In Kindy and Pre-Primary the children have been having a wonderful time with our loose parts! Each day they use their imaginations, creativity and the joy of working together to build some amazing creations. Our loose parts pictured below are from Remida, which our school has a membership to. They are fabulous and it is what reduce, recycle and reuse is all about.

Kindy Hospital Incursion

Today the Kindy children had a visit from the ACHWA, or the Hospital Familiarisation program. Trained presenters provide the incursion program as an integral part of their ongoing educational programs. The Kindy children participated in a discussion about their own hospital experiences and were shown various items of medical equipment. They also viewed a video in which a child was admitted to hospital and taken through the usual procedures of hospitalisation such as anaesthesia and surgery.

Lastly, the Kindy children were given the opportunity to dress up as doctors, nurses, surgeons and ambulance drivers, while others acted out being the patients. The emphasis was on learning through dramatic play, which allows children to learn at an individual pace and direction. Story books about hospitalisation, jigsaw puzzles, board games and hospital dolls houses were an integral part of this session.

Andrew Chinn - Incursion and Concert

On Tuesday 30 August, Australian religious songwriter and singer, Andrew Chinn, will be visiting our school to share his songs with our children.  Andrew’s songs, such as “These Hands”, “Rainbow”,  An African Blessing” and “Rise Up!” are used in classrooms and liturgies around Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada.

We would like to invite you to our whole school concert which will take place in the Undercover Area commencing at 1:50pm on Tuesday 30 August.

P & F Events