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Dates to Remember

Term 4 Week 8

Thursday 1 December 

  • Keyed Up Music Recital 2:30pm

Friday 2 December

  • EOY Concert 6pm (students to assemble in class by 5.40pm)

Term 4 Week 9

Tuesday 6 December

  • Loud Shirt Day Kindy-Year 6
  • Whole School Transition 9:45am-10:00am

Wednesday 7 December

  • Kindy Christmas Nativity 9am
  • Graduation Mass @ 1:45pm lead by Year 6

Friday 9 December

  • Year 6 Final Assembly
  • End of Year for students

Term 4 Week 10

Friday 16 December

  • End of Year for Staff

Hope

 

Heavenly Father,

Advent is a time for remembering and reflecting on the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Father, I pray that you will turn our hearts toward you as Christmas approaches. Let us not get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the season this year and miss the chance to celebrate the gifts of hope, peace, joy, love, that you sent to us on that first Christmas.

Father God, every word in scripture points to the gift of hope that we have because of Christ Jesus. The Christmas story wasn’t the beginning of that message of hope because the Old Testament is full of glimpses of your plan to redeem your people and restore them into a relationship with you, but we are able to truly begin to see and understand just how great your love for us is when we read the story of Jesus’ birth in scripture.

You showed us a glimmer of that hope as you chose to send your son into this earth through a family tree that was a little bent and scarred.  We had a glimpse of it again as you chose a tribe that was small and a city that was lowly. It can be seen when we recognize that you don’t send your Son to be birthed in a fancy palace among the wealthy and the elite, but our King of Kings and Lord of Lords was born among common shepherds and livestock in a barn.

Help us to see that you are with us. Nothing is too difficult, too messy, or too dirty for you. Jesus came to give us the gift of eternal life through the salvation that only you, our Heavenly Father, can give when we believe in your Son, repent of our sins, and confess Jesus as our Lord and Saviour.

That first Christmas, you gave us the gift of hope wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a manger. Thank you, Father, for your immeasurable gift. In Jesus’ precious name, we pray.

Amen

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

It’s a little hard to believe, but we are in the second last week of the 2022 school year and in the first week of Advent!! There is much to celebrate as we reflect on the past year and much to look forward to.

The word Advent comes from the Latin word ‘adventus’ which means ‘coming’. During the four weeks of Advent, we remember Jesus coming into the world over 2000 years ago, prepare our hearts and minds for Jesus to come into our lives today and await Jesus’ second coming.

The first Sunday of Advent centres our thoughts on hope. God is the source of all our hope. He kept His promise to us, sending Jesus, His only son, to free us from sin and grant us eternal life. Like the Israelites who waited thousands of years for Jesus, we must be people of hope. May the gift of hope rise in our spirits in a tangible and life-giving way, this Advent and always.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace of believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

Annual Community Meeting

Thank you to the staff and parents who attended our Annual Community Meeting last Tuesday night. The ACMs provide us with an opportunity to reflect upon and celebrate the many achievements of our school over the past year. Thank you to our P&F and School Advisory Council for all your efforts in ensuring St Pius X continues to flourish and providing our students with the best possible experiences, learning environment and resources. If you were not able to attend our ACM but would like to view the reports given on the night, please visit our school website.

Whole School Transition

Next Tuesday morning, our students will be spending some time in their 2023 classrooms. The purpose of the transition is for students to experience their new classroom environment and learn about some of the routines they will have next year.

Concert

This Friday night our school community will come together to enjoy the Year 3 Nativity play and Edu-Dance routines our students have been practising over the term. Students will gather in their classroom at 5.40pm and the concert will commence at 6pm. At the conclusion of the concert, students will return to their classroom with the class teacher. Parents may then collect their children from the classrooms.

Please see the map below as a guide for seating arrangements for our concert. Also remember that our school concert is an alcohol-free event.

Choir

In recognition of all the time our choristers have devoted to rehearsals before school over the year and in preparation for the Performing Arts last term, Mr Dabbs will be spoiling them with a pizza lunch next Friday. Thank you to both Mr Dabbs and our choir students for all your efforts. We look forward to hearing our choir perform a few songs for our school at 8.45am on Wednesday 7th December.

Graduation

Next Wednesday, our Year 6 students will celebrate their Graduation Mass. The next week and a half will no doubt be one of mixed emotions for our Year 6s. On the one hand they will be excited about their transition to secondary school; on the other hand, they will most likely experience a tinge of sadness as their primary schooling draws to a close. We thank our Year 6 students for the leadership they exercised over this past year and wish them every blessing as they embark on the next chapter of their schooling. We hope they will cherish the memories forged during their time at St Pius X as well as the many lessons learned. May the Holy Spirit guide them and guard them all the days of their lives and may they always uphold our SEARCH values wherever they go.

Final Assembly

On Friday 9th December, our Year 6s will be hosting the final Assembly for the year. We look forward to seeing our Year 6 students on the centre stage one last time. Parents, as always, you are most welcome to join us.

Wishing all our families a peaceful, hopeful, and joyful end to the year. May you all have a blessed Christmas filled with the love and peace of Christ.

 

God bless,

Melissa Vranjes
Principal

School News

CANTEEN

Please be informed that in Week 9 of Term 4 (Wednesday, 7th December and Friday, 9th December 2022), Canteen will conduct a Canteen Sale, with special prices for most of the menu items only for that week.  The information of the Canteen Sale Menu will  be released on Monday, 5th December 2022 by email to all parents by the School.

The Canteen will provide ticket numbers for the two days of Canteen Sales.  These ticket numbers need to be obtained when placing the order as the number of those Canteen Sale menus is limited. Thank you for continuous support.

Lindi 
Canteen Manager

School Fees for 2023

Catholic Education Western Australia (CEWA) has announced that the fees parents pay at St Pius X School for 2023 have now been published on our website.  Please click here to view.

School Start Date for 2023

Students from Kindy to Year 6 will commence on Wednesday 1st February 2023.

Back to school book collection

Back to school books will be available for collection on Friday 20th January from 9:00-9:45am in the undercover area.

Swimming Lesson Forms – Years 2-5

Staffing

At the conclusion of this year, we will be farewelling some of our staff.

At the end of this year, Miss Annabelle Tickner will be leaving us to go and work at St Paul’s in Karratha. Miss Tickner has long wanted to go and work up north. We will miss her calm, warm nature, and wish her every blessing as she embarks on a new chapter in her teaching career.

Mrs Jo Pitt and Mrs Tonia Poggioli will be taking a break from teaching next year. We wish our Year 4 teachers a restful break and look forward to having them back on board in 2024.

Mrs Martha Ercole, our Science and MacKillop Club teacher will be leaving us at the end of the year. We were incredibly fortunate to have Mrs Ercole with us in 2022. Her love of science and ability to design interactive, engaging lessons was very much appreciated by all our students. Unfortunately for us, the pull of secondary school teaching was too great for Mrs Ercole. We wish her all the very best at SEDA.

Mrs Julia D’Cruz will also be leaving us at the end of this year to take up the role of Kindy teacher at Ursula Frayne. We are grateful for the dedication Mrs D’Cruz showed whilst teaching Year 1 on Wednesdays, whilst Mrs Keightley stepped out to peform her AP duties. We wish Mrs D’Cruz every blessing as she takes up her new role.

Mrs Anna Murphy, who has been taking our Year 6 class on a Thursday whilst Mr Hughes completes his AP duties will also be leaving us at the end of the year. Rather than taking up another teaching role, Mrs Murphy will be expanding her family by one. We can’t wait to meet baby Murphy.

Below is a list of our teaching staff for the 2023 school year.

Sport

Interschool Swimming Carnival

Congratulations to our Year 4-6 students who participated in the Inter-school Swimming Carnival. Our team showed magnificent spirit, cheering their teammates on, and performed beautifully in the pool. Not only did St Pius X come second overall but two of our girls were runner-up Champion Girls; congratulations to Zoe Inferrera and Abbey Creek on your amazing achievements. Thank you to Mrs Matthews for your work in the lead up to the carnival.       

GOLF CLINICS PP-Year 2

Last week Mark Parry from Collier Park Golf club ran clinics at school with PP-Year 2 students. Students learnt chipping skills, fun games and showed some wonderful talent. Collier golf club will be running holiday programs and a free, try golf day during the holidays.

Please call the club if you are interested in your child giving it a go over the summer break.

Loud Shirt Day

On Tuesday, students are encouraged to wear a bright and colourful shirt in recognition of children with hearing loss in our school and wider community. Mr Tomlinson, our Telethon Speech and Hearing teacher, will address the students in the morning to help raise awareness of children with hearing loss and the challenges they experience. During the day, students will be involved in a Loud Shirt Day competition. Each child will be given an A4 paper T-Shirt to design and colour in. Thank you to Mr Tomlinson, Mrs Miles, Mrs Hales and Mrs Popotto for all you do in making our TSH students’ days seamless and brighter.

First Lego League Competition

Under the guidance of Mrs Ercole, our MacKillop Club students participated in the First Lego League competition, run by Curtin University, last Thursday. I am incredibly proud of each of the students who competed. They invested a huge amount of time to adequately prepare for the competition, worked effectively as a team to overcome the various challenges they encountered and worked well under pressure, utilising one another’s strengths to problem solve, in the moment, between rounds. The way in which our students responded to the judging panel’s questions reflected their knowledge of coding, their ability to divide and conquer when solving problems and ability to express themselves in a mature and articulate manner. A special congratulations to our team who won the ‘Motivational Award’. Thank you also to Mrs Ercole and to our parents who attended and assisted on the day.

Colour Run

Friday afternoon’s Colour Run captured the essence of our P&F; a community of generous parents who devote so much of their time and energy to provide fun filled experiences for our students. Thank you to each of our mums and dads who were out there setting up for the afternoon, overseeing each of the stations and packing up of all the equipment at the end of the day.

Our students had an absolute ball completing the obstacle courses whilst being pummelled by coloured corn starch, slime and water. Mr Hughes and Mr Telfer also relished the opportunity to re-live their childhoods by throwing themselves onto the water slide and jumping into inflatable pools. The day was certainly very much enjoyed by all and generated a healthy sum of donations from our parent community.

Peninsula Farm

Our Year Two class visited Peninsula Farm last week and spent the day learning about the history of the farm.

They toured the house where they used inquiry learning to identify what aspects of family life have changed and remained the same.

Students handled objects from the past and discussed similarities and differences with modern appliances and technologies.

Peg dolls were made using recycled fabric and the students also played old fashioned games.

Term Dates for 2023

P & F News

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hampers

Thank you to all our families for donating non-perishable items for the St Vincent de Paul Christmas hampers. Your generosity will bring much joy to many families who otherwise would have gone without this Christmas.

Aquinas College 2022 Car Show