Dates to Remember
Term 1 Week 4
Wednesday 23 February
- Swimming Lessons 2pm-2:30pm
Thursday 24 February
- Swimming Lessons 2pm-2:30pm
Friday 25 February
- Year 6 Assembly
- Swimming Lessons 2pm-2:30pm
- Fathering Project – Dads & Kids Mini Golf event 5pm
Wednesday 2 March
- Ash Wednesday
Friday 4 March
- PD Day – No School
teach me to be generous.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost;
to fight and not to heed the wounds;
to toil and not to seek for rest;
to labor and not to ask for reward
save that of knowing that I do your will.
— Saint Ignatius of Loyola (1491–1556)
A Message from the Principal
Dear Parent and Caregivers,
Based on student comments, it appears as though swimming lessons have been well received by our Year 3-6s and perceived to be a welcome relief from the heat. At the end of the week, a survey will be sent to our Year 3-6 parents seeking feedback. The data gathered will assist us in determining whether we proceed with swimming lessons next year.
Our Year 6s will conduct their Assembly this Friday morning. Their performance will be recorded by Mr Hughes and air dropped to the Year 6 students’ iPads. This will enable the families of our Year 6 students to view and enjoy it at home. Each class will also watch the video footage of the Year 6 assembly item in class. Students receiving merit awards will be acknowledged in class. A photo of each child receiving an award will be uploaded to individual class Seesaw posts.
In our quest to ensure the students of St Pius X have a voice in our school, we will be introducing two new initiatives this year – Student Council and an official forum for Student Concerns to be expressed.
Our Student Council will be facilitated by our Year 6 leaders under the direction of our Assistant Principals and I. Representatives from each class will be invited to share their year level’s perspective on what is going well at St Pius X and what some areas of improvement may be. Our Year 6s will take minutes from the meeting and share this with the wider school community at Monday Assemblies (via an online forum during COVID restrictions). Actionable items will be discerned by our Year 6s in collaboration with Mr Hughes, Miss Thomson and I. This way, we can ensure our students actively contribute to the life of our school and that we are constantly reviewing, refining, and improving our practices.
As you walk in our undercover area next week, you will notice the addition of posters with a letterbox printed on them. Inside the letterbox is a QR Code that will take students to a forms page where they may express any concerns they have. These forms, upon completion, will be forwarded to our Leadership Team. They will be checked two times a week. Students will be educated around the purpose of this process – to inform us of any school-based incidences where they do not feel safe or experience a great deal of anxiety or worry. As part of our Protective Behaviours Curriculum students are taught to identify adults, in and out of school, whom they trust and can share when their body’s warning signs are activated. This is another avenue for our students to be able to share concerns. Given that our students regularly adhere to the Code of Conduct, actively strive to live out our SEARCH values and are closely monitored at all times this process may not be utilised very often, however, in the interests of our students’ safety and well-being it is important formal processes such as these exist.
Thank you to those parents who have already volunteered to assist in the canteen on Fridays. The P&F have placed a roster outside the canteen; please nominate to help out when you can. The peak times where assistance is required is first thing in the morning 8.30-9.00am whilst orders are being taken and 12-1.30pm when lunches need to be packed and distributed. If you can only help out for one block of time, that is perfectly fine. If you are free to help out for longer than those assigned blocks, your support will be welcomed. Likewise, if you are free to assist on a Wednesday your help will be greatly appreciated.
Santa Maria College
In December 2021 I met with Jennifer Oaten, Principal of Santa Maria, to discuss the impact on our school of girls leaving St Pius X to go to Santa Maria at the end of Year 4. It was planned that Jennifer would come and address our parent community at the Parent Information night. Since our Parent Information evening was cancelled due to COVID restrictions, Mrs Oaten kindly forwarded an email clarifying the enrolment process for our families.
“We want to ensure local Catholic families have priority for places. We have strong enrolments, but most families will receive an offer. We now interview for Year 7 admissions in Term 2, three years prior to entry. This is now aligned with the timeline of most other secondary schools. In Term 2 2022, we will be interviewing students who wish to enter Year 7 in 2025. In Term 1 2022, we will be interviewing students who wish to enter Year 5 in 2023. A significant number of Year 5s interviewed in Term 1 are siblings of Years 7 – 12 students.” Jennifer Oaten
Mrs Oaten emphasised that provided applications are submitted on time, the formal interview process conducted, and letter of acceptance submitted in a timely fashion, our girls will have a place in Year 7 and therefore should not feel the need to leave early for fear of missing out on a position.
With escalating numbers of COVID-19 positive cases in our community, it will only be a matter of time before we have a case in our school. In the event that a child attending St Pius X tests positive, the parent must immediately inform the school and email evidence of the positive PCR test result. At that point, I will contact both CEWAs Deputy Executive Director and the WA Health Department. The WA Health Department will then undertake the necessary investigations before contacting me to outline how the school is to proceed.
Going by the experiences of schools already impacted by COVID-19, there is generally a delay between WA Health being notified and then contacting schools back with directions. This is due to increasing caseloads and the time taken to investigate individual cases. Rest assured that, in collaboration with CEWA, precautionary measures will be taken if a timely response is not possible by the WA Health Department.
Please refrain from posting any COVID information pertaining to your family, or other families, on social media. It is essential that protocols are adhered to, and accurate information is conveyed through the appropriate channels e.g. WA Health Department and the school.
Our school’s ventilation audit was conducted by QED yesterday. Whilst we are yet to receive our written report, the auditor verbally shared that no concerns were identified.
Next Wednesday our students will be celebrating Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, via a class liturgy. On Ash Wednesday, Christians attend Mass or Liturgy of the Word and receive ashes on their foreheads in the form of a cross or via sprinkling on the head. When we receive the ashes, we are told “Repent and believe in the Gospel”.
The ashes we receive remind us of our origins from earth and that one day our bodies will return to the earth. The ashes also symbolise penance and remind us that God is gracious and merciful to those with repentant hearts.
The ashes we receive are produced from the burning of palm fronds from the preceding year’s Palm Sunday Mass, which is celebrated the week before Easter Sunday.
The period of Lent is a time of reflection, repentance for sins, and spiritual growth. It is characterised by three key components: fasting, almsgiving and prayer. I hope that in the coming week, you will give some thought to the upcoming Lenten season and how you can strengthen your personal relationship with Christ.
Long Service Leave
I will be taking a week of Long Service Leave next week. Mr Kim Hughes will be stepping into the Principal role in my absence.
Wear Your Masks Day
‘Wear Your Mask Day’ was embraced by our students. It was a great opportunity for them to experience wearing a mask for part of the day. If mask wearing does become mandatory for our Year 3-6s in the future, it won’t be so daunting for our students as they have already had some exposure to it.
Stay safe and God Bless,
St Pius X Kindergarten 2024
We are currently processing enrolments for Kindy 2024. If you have a child turning 4 years of age before 30th June 2024, please ensure we have an enrolment form on file. If not, complete one as soon as possible and send it to the office. Interviews will take place in May/June 2022. Should you require further information, please do not hesitate to contact the office on 9416 5600.
Fees for Term 1 are due by the 28th February. Could you please attend to these as soon as you can. If you are having difficulty with payment please make a time to see Melissa Vranjes.
Fathering Project - Dads and Kids event
Hi Dads and male role models of St Pius X.
Just a reminder our mini golf gathering at the Collier Park course is on this Friday 25th February 2022.
The eventbrite link is here:
This will help book our group rate for mini golf, $20 for a Dad with a Child and extra Children $6. (Family rate).
Dads will need to partner up to play in groups of 4-6 players.
Each Dad should order dinner at the cafe for themselves and kids before tee-off. A simplified cafe menu will be shared and dinner will be served in the function room.
Return to the cafe after golf to let them know you’re done.
The event is planned from 5pm, onwards. If you intend on tackling the full 18 hole course; it is recommended you arrive early enough as it can take about 1.5 hours.
For dads working later or with younger kids that may not see out the course, a later start time is also fine.
The venue must close at 8pm, to ensure all golfers get a chance to eat and talk to their friends. We’ll vacate the course before 7pm.
This venue is licensed, so no BYO alcohol.
We’ll dine in the function room, with appropriate social distancing, to share our golfing stories.
If you’ve got questions, please contact Michael Cain, 0417 922 843, (or Kim Hughes via email).
P & F
We are currently looking for a replacement for the Treasurer’s role on the P&F and would like anyone that could assist to please let the Office Admin staff know.
P&F Executive Committee
Divine Mercy Hours in 2022
Venue: St Pius X Church, 23 Paterson Street; corner Ley St, Manning.
Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Divine Mercy prayers, Rosary and Benediction-every third Sunday of the month at 3pm – Please join us.
- 20 March
- 10 April (Please Note: To be held on the second SUNDAY as the 3rd SUNDAY is Easter
- 15 May
- 19 June
- 17 July
- 21 August
- 18 September
- 16 October
- 20 November
- 18 December