Dates to Remember
Thursday 2 December
Golf Lessons Yrs. 2-6
Keyed Up Music Recital 2:30pm
Friday 3 December
Gifted & Talented Testing
EOY Concert 6pm
Monday 6 December
Year 1 Excursion – Spare Parts Puppets
Tuesday 7 December
Class Transition Kindy & Pre-Primary 9:15am-10:00am
Wednesday 8 December
Kindy Christmas Item 9:00-9:30am
Graduation Mass 1:45pm
Thursday 9 December
Year 1-Year 6 Class Transition
Kindy & Pre-Primary Water Day
Friday 10 December
Year 6 Assembly & Awards
End of Year for Students
My little Lord Jesus,
I love You and thank You for this Advent season. Please help me to understand all that You have done for me. Your loving mother held You in her heart and brought You into this world. Help me to do the same.
My loving Jesus, I choose You, this Advent, as my King and my God. Draw me close to You and help me to see my sins so that I can change the things that You want me to change.
Mother Mary, pray for me this Advent so that I may do all that God wants me to do. You said “Yes” to all that God asked of you. Please pray for me that I may do the same.
Come, Lord Jesus,
Come, Lord Jesus,
Come, Lord Jesus, come!
I love You, Jesus.
A Message from the Principal
Dear Parent and Caregivers,
End of Year Concert
The highly anticipated Pre-Primary-Year 6 Concert will be held this Friday 3rd December.
The programme of events for the evening are as follows:
5:15pm: Drama Students arrive and see Miss Sexton
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 remain with their teachers)
- EduDance (in this order: Year 3, 1, 4, PP, 2, 5, 6)
7.30pm: Concert concludes
- Students will be escorted to class by their class teachers
- Parents are to collect their children from their respective classes.
Families are invited to stay back and enjoy a picnic dinner after the concert. Food trucks will be available. Alternatively, families are welcome to bring their own food and drinks. Please be mindful this is an alcohol-free event.
8.45pm: End of picnic
8.55pm: School gates will be closed and locked at this time
** A map of the seating arrangements will be uploaded onto Seesaw for you to look at **
At this time of year, the hot topic of conversation is always staffing. Whilst I’d love to be able to publish our staff list for next year, I am currently not able to do so. At present, we have two positions advertised due to Mr Alex Paljetak and Miss Lauren Sexton recently announcing they will not be returning next year.
Mr Paljetak who has been on a secondment at St Dominic’s, Innaloo, for the past two years has secured a teaching position at Trinity College for 2022 and Miss Sexton has attained a permanent EA position at John Bosco College.
At the conclusion of the year, we also farewell Mr Owen Connolly, Mrs Kirry and Miss Iacopetta. We wish each of these staff members every blessing in the next chapter of their lives and sincerely thank them for their contributions during their time here at St Pius X.
Once staffing is finalised, a list will be emailed to our parent community.
Swimming Lessons for our Year 3-6 students will take place in Term 1 2022 from Monday 14th February – Friday 25th February. As Aquinas was unable to accommodate us, the swimming lessons will be conducted at Aqualife in Victoria Park.
Please complete the swimming forms and return them to school by Friday 10th December as they will be collected by a representative from Aqualife on that Friday morning.
Thank you to each and every one of you for an amazing year. As I mentioned at our AGM, I feel incredibly blessed to be part of this beautiful community. I am grateful for the warm reception I received upon commencing and cannot believe that my first year at St Pius X is quickly drawing to a close. As I reflect on the year there is much to celebrate, the greatest of these being the vast achievements and growth of our students. I look forward to building upon the fruits of this year and wish all our families and staff a blessed Christmas and a restful break.
Until next time,
God bless and take care.
This time of year is one of mixed emotions for our Year 6s. On the one hand they eagerly await the opportunities and challenges that their transition into secondary school will bring. On the other hand, they must be somewhat saddened that their primary education is coming to an end. I hope that this last week and a half of their primary schooling brings them much joy as they reflect on the incredible memories they forged and the array of lessons they learnt during their time here at St Pius X.
Year 6s, we wish you every blessing as you embark on the next chapter of your lives. May you always hold our SEARCH values in your hearts and minds and be receptive to God’s voice and presence in your lives. Thank you for bringing so much light and laughter into our school; we know each of you will continue to shine and achieve great heights in secondary school. Keep in touch as we truly do look forward to hearing how each of you is progressing.
To our parents for whom their child’s graduation brings an end to their affiliation with our school, we thank you for all your contributions over the years and hope that your time with us has been incredibly rewarding and enriching.
Good luck and God bless, Year 6s!
Our Year 5s had the privilege of attending the Zoo Camp on Thursday evening. It was surreal to be at the Zoo after closing hours, to walk around in the dark and see the animals in their enclosures. Our students participated in a number of group activities during which they learnt about the conservation efforts of zoologists in Australia and endangered animals in our country. After a well-deserved slumber, the Year 5s had an interactive session with a zookeeper. Thereafter, they had the opportunity to explore the Zoo in the daylight and witness the various grounds people and zookeepers busy at work.
The camp guides commended our students on their exemplary behaviour, team work and quality questions. Well done to all the Year 5s for displaying our SEARCH values and representing our school so beautifully. Thank you to Miss Iacopetta, Mr Hughes, Mr Connolly, Miss Sexton and Mrs O’Sullivan for giving up your time to accompany our Year 5s and stay overnight. for giving up your time to accompany our Year 5s and stay overnight.
First Lego League
Congratulations to our students who participated in the First Lego League Competition. You did yourselves, our school, and your parents proud!! Thank you to Mrs Poggioli for preparing our students so well and providing them with this incredible opportunity. Thank you also to our two dads who stepped in as coaches on the day and to our parents who attended and provided moral support.
Slime Fun Run
Thank you to our amazing P&F for organising and facilitating our Slime Fun Run on Friday.
The students thoroughly enjoyed completing the obstacle course and getting squirted with the slime. It was the perfect way to end an incredibly hot day and week.
Term Dates 2022
Monday 31st January to Friday 8th April
Tuesday 26th April to Friday 1st July
Monday 18th July to Friday 23rd September
Tuesday 11th October to 9th December (for students) TBC
Staff Professional Development
In 2022 the following days will be taken by Staff as Professional Development Days:
- Thursday 27th January
- Friday 28th January
- Friday 4th March
- Friday 3rd June
- Friday 19th August
- Monday 22nd August
- Monday 10th October
These dates could change and the parents will be notified in advance via the school newsletter.
Public Holidays During Term Time for 2022:
- Monday 7th March
- Monday 25th April
- Monday 6 June
St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal
A big thank you to those families who have donated to the St Vincent De Paul Christmas Appeal this year. These items were collected by a representative from SVDP on Monday.
Whole School Transition
On Thursday 9th December, we will have a whole school transition session where the students will go up to their classroom for 2022.
P & F
On behalf of the P&F we would like to sincerely thank you for all of your assistance and attendance at the events this year.
We recently held the Slime Fun Run, which was an exciting afternoon for the children. A special thanks goes to Aleks and all of the volunteers that helped to make this day a success.
Despite some minor challenges with lingering restrictions, the P&F Executive Committee were very active in maintaining all the events that were possible, which included:
- School Disco
- Students Movie Night
- Parents’ Night Out
- Mother’s Day Raffle
- Parents’ Day Breakfast
- Athletics Carnival Sausage Sizzle
- Slime Fun Day
- Footy Tipping
Thanks to the P&F executive committee, Class Reps, and all the volunteers that helped out with P&F activities, throughout the year.
We would like to wish all of our School Community a very Safe and Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Regards, St Pius X P&F Executive Committee.