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Dates to Remember

Term 1 Week 6

Friday 11 March

  • ASCS Cricket Carnival Yrs. 5/6

Week 7

Monday 14 March

  • Swimming Trials Yrs. 3-6  11:00am-2:00pm @ AquaLife

Friday 18 March

  • Year 3 Assembly and Awards

Loving God,
We pray for the people of Ukraine,
for all those suffering or afraid,
that you will be close to them and protect them.

We pray for world leaders,
for compassion, strength and wisdom to guide their choices.

We pray for the world
that in this moment of crisis,
we may reach out in solidarity
to our brothers and sisters in need.

May we walk in your ways
so that peace and justice
become a reality for the people of Ukraine
and for all the world.

Amen.

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

I hope you all had a lovely long weekend. In the midst of everchanging COVID restrictions and guidelines, the long weekend provided us with a welcome opportunity to rest, even if it was for a very short period, and reset for the week ahead.

COVID-19

Our Year 3-6 students are to be commended for the way in which they adapted to wearing masks while in class. Our parents and staff also deserve to be commended for supporting our students with the transition to wearing masks and educating them about how to wear them and why masks need to be worn. As is always the case here at St Pius X, it has been a great team effort.

As you would be aware, we have had two positive COVID-19 cases in our school community in the past week. Fortunately, neither of the students were infectious during their time at school. I’d like to extend a huge thank you to our parents for not sending their children to school when they’re sick and for adhering to the mandated 7 days of isolation for family members identified as close contacts. It is because of your vigilance and caution, that we have not had a positive case at school thus far.

Assembly

Congratulations to our Year 6s for their entertaining and educational assembly item. Ben and Elizabeth acted out the roles of Principal and Assistant Principal incredibly well as they took Dayne and Abbey, prospective parents, for a tour of our beautiful school. The way in which our Year 6s highlighted each of our SEARCH values through song, dance and dialogue was exceptional.  Although we couldn’t gather as a school to watch you perform, it was every bit as rewarding watching you shine on screen.

Our Year 6s also lead our school in their first online Assembly briefing on Tuesday morning. They spoke eloquently and with confidence, adapting their leadership skills to an online platform.  As I walked around and visited each of our classes after our online Assembly, they were very much captivated by our Year 6 leaders. Keep shining and leading, Year 6s; you are doing an amazing job!

Class Visits

I had the privilege of visiting each of our classes over the past couple of days and even spent some instructional time with our Kindy students. I always get such a buzz from my class visits. Our students truly are remarkable; they bring so much light, life and joy to our school community. In my discussions with the Year 2-6 classes I was delighted to hear how much thought our children have given the period of Lent, how committed they are to strengthening their relationship with Christ and being the face of Christ to one another and in their families.

During this period of Lent, I invite our parents to initiate family prayer – to openly talk to Jesus, to give thanks, to ask for God’s guidance in our lives particularly in those areas where we may be experiencing a few challenges, and to pray for the needs of others. Lent is a wonderful opportunity for us to discuss as a family how each member can help out in the home, sacrifice things for the benefit of other family members, engage in acts of service and contribute to a peaceful, harmonious faith filled home.

ASCS Cricket Carnival

This Friday, our Year 5 and 6 students will be participating in the ASCS Cricket Carnival. I know that they will do our school proud and look forward to seeing their sportsmanship in action.

“As Lent is the time for greater love, listen to Jesus’ thirst…He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, wants only the chance to love you.”

 – Saint Teresa of Calcutta

 

God Bless,

Melissa Vranjes

Principal

School News

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.

Enrolment Application Form

Sport News

ASCS Cricket Carnival

This Friday 11th March, the Year 5/6 students will be attending the interschool T20 Cricket Carnival at Tompkins Park. Students should be at school by 8.20am as the bus will depart school by 8.30am. Please ensure students come to school in full sport uniform and bring morning tea, lunch and a large water bottle for the day. Please refer to the information note sent home earlier this term for further details.

The captains for each team were announced at sport today. Congratulations to those students! We look forward to a brilliant display of cricketing skills and sportsmanship and know our students will represent our school beautifully. Good luck to all our teams!

Cricket Captains

Girls – A Team : Elizabeth Stewart &  Abbey Creek

Girls – B Team : Tiffany Leu & Livia Barnes

Boys – A Team : Jaydn Camarri-Bell & Cameron Richardson

Boys – B Team: Benjamin Osnain & Jack Ierace

 

Swimming Trials

Students in Years 3-6 will be attending swimming trials at Aqualife pool next Monday 14th March between 11-2pm. Students should wear their bathers under their sport uniform and runners to school. They may change into thongs at morning tea before leaving for the pool. Students are asked to bring morning tea and lunch on the day. Please refer to information sent home earlier this term for further details.

Thank you to the many parents who have offered to assist at trials on Monday and at the St Pius X swim carnival the following week. An email will be sent to those parents with further details soon.

Linda Matthews

Physical Education

Science

Term 1 in Science has been filled with so many exciting experiences. We had tadpoles in our classroom, and we got to watch them change into froglets! This links with learning about lifecycles which all year levels are currently doing in our biology area of study.

A few weeks ago, we had Bunnings Warehouse, East Victoria Park visit us at school for an incursion. Pre-primary to Year 3 students were able to decorate a pot and then select some vegetable seeds to plant. I hope everyone is looking after their plants at home! Year 4 to Year 6 students build a fruit and vegetable garden in our school. Students had to clear the area, mix in new soil and then plant the trees and shrubs. It really was a team effort from all the classes involved.

A number of classes have taken part in nature walks around the school, experiments, STEM challenges and hands on learning about biology. All students have been very receptive and eager to learn. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at their next science lesson.

Martha Ercole

Science Teacher