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Dates to Remember

Term 3 Week 8

Thursday 8 September 

  • Kindy Father’s Day Building Project 2-3pm

Sunday 11 September

  • First Holy Communion Mass 9am

Week 9

Tuesday  13 September

  • Interschool Athletics Training 7:50am
  • P & F General Meeting 6pm
  • School Advisory Council Meeting 7pm

Thursday 15 September

  • Year 2 Parent iPad Information Evening 6pm

Friday 16 September

  • Grandparents Day Mass and Morning Tea 9am

Week 10

Tuesday 20 September

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

Wednesday 21 September

  • Hymn Singing 1:45 – 2:15pm

Thursday 22 September

  • Junior Athletics Carnival K-PP 9:30-10:30am

Friday 23 September

  • Year 4 Assembly & Awards
  • End of Term

First Holy Communion

On Sunday the 11th September at 9:00am our Year 4 students will be participating in their First Holy Communion. We wish them all the best on this very special day.

A Message from the Acting Principal

Kiss and Drive

Our Kiss and Drive has some important conditions of use so that it operates safely and effectively. We have a collective responsibility for the safety and well-being of our children at pick up time.

In the afternoon, our staff are busy fulfilling their duty of care supervising the children and therefore, cannot monitor the flow of traffic. It is the responsibility of those choosing to use the Kiss and Drive to adhere to its safe and correct use. The enforcement of the local laws relating to the Kiss and Drive is with the City of South Perth.

  1. Remain with your vehicle at all times and preferably, remain in your vehicle.
  2. If you are required to leave your vehicle to enter the school, park on Ley Street or in the Manning Parish car park.
  3. If your child is not visible to you, do a lap around the block to allow the traffic to flow.
  4. Parking in the Kiss and Drive is not permitted between the hours of 7:30am and 9:00am and between 2:30pm and 4:00pm.
  5. If picking up a student in Kindy, you are not to park in the Kiss and Drive.

Please, let us all work together to make our Kiss and Drive an effective method of collection.

The Fathering Project

Thank you to everyone who attended our Fathering Project event last Sunday. It was an amazing afternoon of community building and fun. We look forward to our Camp Out on the school oval next term. Stay tuned for dates and details.

Father’s Day Liturgy and Reading Morning

Thank you to our Year 1 class who led us in the Father’s Day Liturgy on Friday. It was wonderful to see so many of our Dads, Grandads and Uncles stay behind to read a book with their children.

Year 5 & 6 Camp – Forrest Edge – Waroona

Once again, our School Camp was an amazing experience for all of our students. This year, both our Year 5 and 6 attended. Thank you to all of the staff who stayed and assisted to make this a wonderful experience for our students. Please see below a summary from one of our Year 6s.

On Wednesday 10th of August Year 6 and Year 5 left at 8am on the bus to Forest Edge Recreation Camp. The bus ride was about 2 hours with a stop in Pinjarra for recess. We stopped by a service station at about 9:30am, making our way to a nearby grass verge. There were totem poles carved by different people and a giant hay kangaroo. There was a creek behind the verge and an active cargo train line. Some of us saw a long train go by, between the thick trees. After another 30 minutes, we arrived at Forest Edge. Soon after, we started to get settled into our dorms when St Columba’s arrived to get settled. We then soon had lunch and danced into our groups. We did screen printing and crate climbing as our first activity. After our hour-long activities, we settled for our showers and dinner, which was lasagne and apple crumble with cream. We then had our talent show. There were so many great talents there. Finally, we then went to bed for our next day.

 At around 6:30 am in the morning, Mr Hughes played songs through the loud speaker to wake everyone up. Kids slowly got dressed and had breakfast (Cereal/Eggs on Toast w Orange Juice). We had an adults vs kids basketball game before the dance to our groups. We completed the initiative games where we had to complete challenges.  Next,  we had recess which was a biscuit with jam in the middle. After, we did the pamper pole. A 7m tall pole that wobbled and you had to climb up it and jump off. You were tied to a harness for safety. Then we went back for lunch. (Hot Dogs) After the dance, we went to the big fox. One of the biggest flying foxes in the southern hemisphere. (Over 200m) It was over a (approx.) 50m deep ravine. You would ride the fox, land in the drop zone and pull in the next people. Then you would take their helmets, harnesses and the fox hook down the ravine and up the hill, delivering it to the launch zone and on the log, you would wait for your next turn.  After, we had afternoon tea (Chocolate Slice) and then headed off to rock climbing. After, we headed indoors for showers and dinner (Meat and Veg) we went outside to have a bonfire and marshmallows. We then had a movie night with sweets which took us to bed.

Our camp this year taught us the importance of teamwork, leadership and believing in yourself.  

Written by Benjamin Osnain (Year 6 Student) 

School News

iPad Information Evening – Year 2 Parents
Our iPad Information Night for parents of students commencing Year 3 2023, will be held on Thursday 16 September at 6pm in the SEARCH Zone. This session is compulsory for all parents of students going into Year 3 next year. Presenting on the night is Nathan Fonseca from IT Dynamics.

Our iPad program is very successful due to the information and processes we put into place, however we do need parents support to ensure that these are followed and adhered to at home.

School Fees
Term 3 school fees were due at the end of August.  If you have not yet paid your fees can you do so as soon as possible.

Mac Desktop Computers
The 2013 model Mac computers at the back of our Library are up for sale – $350 each. Our IT technician has wiped and reset the computers to factory settings. They retail online for $700-$1000. If you would like to purchase one, please come along with your money and see Margaret or Marni at the front office or email them at admin@stpiusx.wa.edu.au and they will put one aside for you.

Andrew Chinn Workshop and Concert

Our school was delighted to host Andrew Chinn last week. Each class enjoyed a morning workshop to learn a new ‘Butterfly Music’ song, with students selected throughout the day to join a special choir. In the afternoon, the whole school joined together to watch each class song and have some fun! A very special thank you to Andrew for visiting St Pius and engaging the staff and students in amazing worship music and song. Our students loved every minute.

Chelsea De Luca

Sports News

St Pius X Athletics Carnival
On Wednesday the 31st August we held our 2022 Upper Primary Athletics Carnival. The weather held up perfectly and the students performed great in all their events. Congratulations to the Year 1’s for competing in their first Upper Primary Athletics Carnival and to Year 6’s for competing in their last. They all participated and gave it their all.

I would like to thank all the parents who were able to help with volunteering to set-up, judge and record for field events, scoring the whole event, judging races, handing out ribbons, and packing up. Without your help the carnival would not be able to run. Thank you to Greg for being our fantastic announcer. Thank you to the staff for all your help and to all those parents, grandparents, and other family members for coming down to support the competing students, they definitely appreciated it.

Congratulations to Sarto for taking out our 2022 Athletics Carnival trophy! Sarto beat Josephite by a mere 16 points. The results are posted below.

The Interschool Athletics Team will be announced in the coming week.

Sarto – 508
Josephite – 492
Carmody – 469
MacKillop – 369

 

Junior Primary Athletics Carnival

We have our Kindy and Pre-Primary Carnival on Thursday the 22nd  September at James Miller Reserve from 9:30am to 10:30am.

The events which take place on the day include:

Kindy

  • Teddy bear relay
  • Sack race
  • Obstacle race
  • 15m running race

Pre-Primary

  • Shuttle relay
  • Sack race
  • Rob the Nest game
  • 20m running race

On the day students will be required to wear their faction colours, they may wear any trainers they have. The carnival will take place from 9:30am – 10:30am. Students will walk over with their school teachers. Please meet us at James Miller Reserve before 9:30am.

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at caleb.cooper@cewa.edu.au.

Caleb Cooper
Physical Education Teacher

Grandparents Day Mass & Morning Tea

We warmly invite all grandparents to a special mass which will be held on Friday 16 September at 9am in the St Pius X Church. On this day students are invited to sit with their grandparents during the Mass.  At the conclusion of Mass, grandparents are invited back to school to visit their grandchild’s classroom and enjoy a special morning tea from 10:00am organised by our P & F. We look forward to seeing you all there.