Dates to Remember
Term 4 Week 8
Thursday 30 November
- Keyed Up Music Recital @ 2:30pm
Friday 1 December
- NO CANTEEN TODAY
- EOY Concert 6pm
Term 4 Week 9
Tuesday 5 December
- Whole school transition
Wednesday 6 December
- NO CANTEEN
- Kindy Nativity Concert 9am-9:30am
- Year 6 Graduation Mass 2pm
Thursday 7 December
- Kindy Waterplay Day
- Bricks 4 Kidz End of Year Activity PP-Yr. 6
Friday 8 December
- NO CANTEEN
- P & F Sausage Sizzle
- Immaculate Conception of Mary
- Year 6 Final Assembly
- End of School Year – Students
Term 4 Week 10
Friday 15 December
- End of School Year – Staff
A Message from the Principal
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Here we are in the second last week of the school year. This Friday night we will be hosting our school concert which is always a joyous occasion. We look forward to our Year 3s leading us in the Nativity and all our students showcasing their dances learnt over the term.
This time of the year is always busy with dance concerts, sporting wind ups, work functions and get-togethers crammed into the lead up to Christmas. In the midst of all the busyness, it is important that we do not lose sight of the upcoming Advent season.
The Advent season is a time to prepare our hearts and minds for the anniversary of the Lord’s birth. It is a time to reflect on the importance of Christ in our lives, to prepare to celebrate Christ’s birth at Christmas, and await his second coming at a future time. This Sunday marks the first week of Advent.
Each week of Advent has a specific meaning and relevance.
In the first week, Catholics light the first purple candle in their Advent wreath. This candle signifies hope and is commonly referred to as the ‘Prophet’s candle’ and serves as a reminder that Jesus is coming.
On the second Sunday, the second purple candle, also known as the ‘Bethlehem candle’, is lit to celebrate our faith. During this second week of Advent we reflect on Mary and Joseph’s journey to Bethlehem and the everlasting love of God. It is a time to pray and reflect.
On the third Sunday of Advent, we light the pink candle, known as the ‘Shepherd’s candle’ which represents joy. The change in colour reminds us that we are at the midpoint of Advent and therefore nearing the day of Jesus’ birth. The joy that the Shepherd’s experienced when the angels told them “Today, a saviour has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord” is the same joy that we are called to experience as we reflect on Christ’s love for us.
On the fourth Sunday, we light the final purple candle, the ‘Angel’s candle’ which symbolises “peace on earth and goodwill to all.” When we are at one with Christ, we are overcome with a sense of peace, calm and gratitude.
I invite you all to participate in the celebration of the Advent season by sourcing four candles (three purple and one pink), lighting one each week, preferably after attending Mass, and reflecting and praying on them as a family.
Year 4 Assembly
Congratulations to our Year 4s who presented an entertaining and very comprehensive Assembly item on equivalent fractions. You will all be master chefs with your newfound knowledge! Well done to Miss Sinclair for scripting such an engaging assembly item and Year 4s, I am still waiting for my desserts!! I am ready to put my judging skills to the test.
Crazy hair & sock day
Our students looked amazing in their colourful socks and crazy hairstyles last Wednesday. Despite the ridiculously warm weather, they kept their socks up high and wore bright smiles on their faces all day long. A total of $214.50 was raised for our P&F.
Bricks for Kidz End of Year Incursion
On Thursday 7th December, our PP-Year 6 students will be taking part in our Bricks for Kidz end of year incursion. Each class will participate in an hour long session over the course of the day. It will be a wonderful way to end the school year, engaging in collaborative, hands on, fun activities.
End of Year Reports
Parents will have access to their children’s school reports via SEQTA on Thursday 7th December. The End of Year Reports, as the title suggests, reflect the students’ achievement of the curriculum content over the whole school year. Hence, the grades are ‘end of year’ grades rather than end of semester grades. A reminder that a ‘C grade’ means that your child has achieved the expected standard for their year level. If you would like to discuss any aspects of your child’s report with their class teacher, please make a time to call or meet with them on Wed 13th December between 1-3pm.
At this stage, it looks as though our Year 3-6 swimming lessons will take place in Term 4 next year. This is due to Aqualife not being able to accommodate us in Term 1. We are in discussion with Aquinas to ascertain if they can accommodate us in either Term 1 or Term 4, however, they are yet to confirm.
Our amazing Year 6s only have one and a half more weeks left with us here at St Pius X. We are incredibly proud of the leadership our Year 6s have demonstrated over the course of the year and will miss them immensely next year. On behalf of all the staff at St Pius X, I wish our Year 6 students all the very best for their transition to high school and hope that they will reflect upon their time at our beautiful school with fondness and gratitude. God bless you, Year 6s and remember to stay true to yourselves and continue to be guided by our SEARCH values. We can’t wait to celebrate you at your Graduation Mass and our final Assembly. The staff have their sneakers ready for the traditional Year 6 vs Staff netball match next Friday!!
At the conclusion of this year, we will be farewelling Mrs Josephine Pitt. Mrs Pitt, one of our former Year 4 teachers who was on leave this year, has worked in a part-time capacity at St Pius X for over twenty years. We are grateful for all Mrs Pitt’s contributions to our school community over the years and wish her every blessing in this next chapter of her life.
Mrs Carrick, our former Pre-Primary teacher who has been on maternity leave for the past two years, has also decided to resign from her full-time position. We thank Mrs Carrick for her time with us at St Pius X, especially for taking on the Art/Drama teacher role this year for our Year 1-3 classes. We wish you all the best for the future.
With Mrs Keightley going on maternity leave, and having a full-time teacher replacing her next year, Mrs Kayla Trimble will no longer be working in Year 1. We have enjoyed having Mrs Trimble on our staff and the Year 1 students have loved having her teach them on Thursdays. We hope to have Mrs Trimble continue on in our school in the capacity of a relief teacher next year.
At the end of the year, Mrs Julie Sharpe will also be leaving our school. Mrs Sharpe has done a wonderful job running our Pre-Kindy program here at St Pius X for the past two years. We wish Mrs Sharpe well at her new school.
Miss Alexandra Ryan, who took over from Mrs Keightley when she went of maternity leave, will also be wrapping up at the end of the year. Miss Ryan will be greatly missed by our staff and the Year 1 students. We are very grateful for the seamless way in which Miss Ryan settled into our school and the level of dedication she displayed during her six months with us. We wish Miss Ryan every blessing as she takes up her new teaching role in her new school.
Mrs Jennelle Salerno, who has served the St Pius X community as an Education Assistant for the past 21 years will also be spreading her wings to work at a school closer to home. We thank Mrs Salerno for all her years of service and commitment to supporting our students. We wish her all the very best in her new school.
Mrs Kylie Inferera who has been helping out in Pre-Primary as an Education Assistant will be transitioning to a relief EA role at St Pius X next year. We are grateful for the support and laughter Mrs Inferera has brought to our school community over the past year and look forward to having her back for relief next year.
I’d like to take this opportunity to thank all our parents for their support, trust, and commitment to everyone in our beautiful school community. I’d especially like to acknowledge our incredible P&F who have given of themselves so generously to ensure that our children have fun and exciting events to look forward to each term and so that our parent body can come together as one on numerous occasions throughout the year. Thank you also to our CSAC who have given up countless hours over the year to ensure the strategic direction of our school is as strong as it can be. A big thank you must also go to Michael Cain for all his work in coordinating the Dads and Kids events this year.
A huge, big thank you to all our staff, both teaching and non-teaching, who work so tirelessly for the benefit of our students. And to our students, thank you for being you and bringing us all so much joy! You are the reason we all get out of bed each morning and put our best foot forward day in, day out.
I wish all our families a great end to the school year and a blessed Christmas. I hope you all manage to enjoy a bit of down time over the Christmas and New Year break.
St Vincent de Paul Hampers
Thank you to all our families for donating non-perishable items for our St Vincent de Paul hampers. Your generous contributions will make a world of difference to those families in our community who would have otherwise gone without this Christmas.
Reminder about School Shoes
As many of you will be purchasing new school shoes for your children for the coming year, please keep in mind that only formal black school shoes can be worn with the formal school uniform. Students are not permitted to wear black sneakers with their formal uniform. Your cooperation in this matter is greatly appreciated.
Term Dates 2024
Staff for 2024
Graduating Class of 2023
Class of 2023
Livia Barnes, Keely Beard, Alyssa Condo, Inti Davis-Cortes, Tiffany Leu, Max McGrath, Isabella Osnain, Ethan Pang, Jye Sertis, Oliver Siu, Ola Tade and Xian Torres. Absent: Mia Davies
Teacher: Ms Eve Cohen
End Of Year Concert
The highly anticipated Pre-Primary-Year 6 Concert will be held on Friday 1st December commencing at 6pm.
The programme of events for the evening are as follows:
5:15pm: Drama students arrive and see Mrs Carrick
5:40pm: Gates open – Cloister Avenue & Ley Street
5:45pm: PP-Year 6 students need to be in their classrooms ready to prepare for the evening’s events
6:00pm: Concert commences
- Nativity Play and Christmas Carols
- 10 minute interval (students reman with their teachers)
7:30pm: Concert Concludes
8:30pm: Concert Pack up
8:45pm: School gates will be closed and locked at this time
Please be reminded this is an alcohol-free event.