Dates to Remember
Thursday 6 April
- Parent/Teacher Interviews
- Easter Raffle
Friday 7 April
- Good Friday
Term 2 Week 1
Monday 24 April
- PD Day – No School
Tuesday 25 April
- ANZAC Day – No School
Wednesday 26 April
- Students Return
- ANZAC Day Liturgy – Staff Leading
Saturday 29 April
- Confirmation Commitment Mass 6pm
Term 2 Week 2
Friday 5 May
- Year 2 Assembly & Awards
Saturday 6 May
- First Holy Communion Commitment Mass 6pm
A Message from the Principal
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Here we are, in the last week of Term 1. What an incredible end to the term it has been!
Our St Pius X School Fete, which took place on Sunday, was such a beautiful community event. It was so nice to see so many of our current and former families join us throughout the day. We are very blessed to have such a strong, connected and supportive community.
On Sunday, the Church celebrated the Sixth Sunday in Lent which is commonly referred to as Palm Sunday and Passion Sunday. Palm Sunday marks the beginning of Holy Week. Holy means to ‘set apart’. Hence, during Holy Week, Christians set apart the week to recall the events surrounding the suffering, death, and resurrection of Jesus.
“This is the time of the year when we stop to remember and re-live the events which brought about our redemption and salvation. The Holy Week liturgies present us with the actual events of the dying and rising of Jesus. These liturgies enable us to experience in our lives here and now what Jesus went through then. In other words, what we commemorate and re-live during this week is not just Jesus’ dying and rising, but our own dying and rising in Him, which result in our healing, reconciliation, and redemption. Just as Jesus did, we, too, must lay down our lives freely by actively participating in the Holy Week liturgies. In doing so, we are allowing Jesus to forgive us our sins, heal the wounds in us caused by our sins and the sins of others and transform us more completely into the image and likeness of God”. [Vatican News].
I encourage all members of our school community to spend time praying, reading the scriptures, reflecting on the Stations of the Cross and being still before the Lord this week. I invite you to take the time to attend Mass on Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil Mass on Saturday night or Easter Sunday.
On Sunday, over 500 people walked through our school gates and enjoyed one another’s company whilst browsing the stalls, participating in the activities available, feasting on a variety of food items, listening to the live music, watching staff get splashed with slime and witnessing our children and community having a great time. Over the course of the day, many parents and grandparents commented on how well thought out the fete was, how warm and welcoming the atmosphere was, and what a fabulous day they had.
As we all know, events like the fete do not just happen. They require months of preparation, with countless hours spent planning, liaising, coordinating, purchasing necessary equipment, and booking rides, stalls and food trucks. Our school fete was the product of an involved and committed parent body who came together to contribute their various gifts, talents, time, and energy for the benefit of all. Our parents embody our school values of service and relationship, giving so generously of themselves and serve as wonderful role models for our students.
On behalf of our entire school community, I’d like to express gratitude to all the parents and grandparents involved in making and donating cakes, muffins, chutneys, jams; those who helped with the face painting and hair braiding; and to all those who took turns running the various stalls and cooking up the sausages for the hot dogs. Without your contributions, celebrations such as our fete would not be possible. A special thank you to Jodie and Stafford Draper, who came up with the vision for our fete and enlisted the support of Josie Wilson and Brooke Lumsden, who in turn, recruited the support of our class parent representatives and fellow P&F members who likewise garnered the support of many other parents. Each of you did a phenomenal job!! Thanks must also go to the amazing staff members of St Pius X who also supported our parent body and gave so willingly of their time on Sunday, too. What a special community we have here at St Pius X!!
If you didn’t get the opportunity to purchase your child’s framed artwork at the Fete, you may still do so. The art pieces will be available in the front office tomorrow and for the first week of Term 2 if you wish to purchase and collect it.
This week we farewell Mr Elliott Telfer who has accepted a teaching position at Penhros College. We wish Mr Telfer well at his new school and welcome Miss Hayley Sherrington as our new Year 5 Teacher. Miss Sherrington came in to meet the Year 5 students this morning and was provided with a thorough handover from Mr Telfer. We look forward to having Miss Sherrington on staff and a part of our school community.
Our parent-teacher interviews have been taking place over the past two weeks. On all accounts, it has been a positive experience with many affirmations and goals identified for the coming term. We are so very proud of our teachers and teacher assistants who work tirelessly to meet the needs of our students and support them to achieve their full potential in all facets of schooling. In much the same way, we are incredibly proud of our students who always strive to improve their academic performance, to uphold our SEARCH values and to be the best versions of themselves day in and day out.
Last week, our Year 6 students lived out our school value of service by polishing the shoes of their fellow peers. Instead of giving alms in the way of money, our Year 6 leaders gave up their time at recess doing something beneficial for others. Many of our students drew the parallel between the Year 6s polishing shoes and Jesus washing the feet of his disciples on Holy Thursday. Hopefully, your sons and daughters came home sporting shiny, polished shoes. Well done and thank you to our gracious Year 6 students and to Mrs Keightley for your coordination of the shoe shine initiative.
On behalf of all the staff at St Pius X, I wish all our families a blessed Easter and a restful break.
God bless you,
Three Year Old Kindy
Just a reminder that Monday 24th April, our Three Year Old Kindy program will be running as normal, despite Kindy – Year 6 Students not attending school due to a PD Day.
Wonder Recycling Rewards
Hello students, parents and care givers,
The Sustainability Committee have some exciting news! We have once again registered St Pius X for the Wonder Recycling Rewards Program. Soon you will see Pink boxes placed around our School, so start collecting your bread bags, bread tags and soft plastics to place in them.😀 Once collected the School will earn points to purchase sports equipment. Last year we collected 20kg of soft plastics which is a fantastic effort by everyone in our community.
Thank you in advance from the Sustainability Committee.