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Dates to Remember

Week 2

Wednesday 24 April

  • Year 5 – 6 Camp – Forest Edge

Thursday 25 April

  • ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Friday 26 April

  • ANZAC Day Liturgy
  • Commitment Liturgy for FHC, Confirmation & Reconciliation at 5.00 pm followed by Sausage Sizzle at 6.00 pm

Week 3

Tuesday 30 April

  • Cross Country training Year 3 – 6 at 7.40 am
  • Confirmation Parent Workshop at 5.30 pm

Wednesday 1 May

  • Kindy Better Beginnings at 2.00 pm

Thursday 2 May

  • Cross Country training Year 3 – 6 at 7.40 am

Friday 3 May

  • Mini Vinnies Club 8.10 am – 8.40 am
  • Assembly – Year 3

Dearest Father in Heaven,

Bless us all and bless this day of new beginnings.

Smile upon our staff and student body,

And surround us, Lord, with the soft mantle of your love.

Teach this community to follow in your footsteps,

And to live life in the ways of love, faith, hope and charity.

We ask this through your name, Jesus Christ. Amen

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Welcome back to Term 2! I hope you all had a lovely Easter and a restful break.

This Term is set to be a long one but another exciting one with our Cross-Country carnival, Simultaneous Story Time, Book Week, Feast Day celebrations, school photos and Athletics Carnival and whole school movie night coming up. We even have a couple of public holidays in the mix to provide us with opportunities for reflection and recharging of batteries.

Project Compassion

Thank you to all the families who donated money over Lent for Project Compassion. A grand total of $536.35 was raised by our school community. These funds will go a long way to making a positive difference in the lives of many.

Library

Our Library refurbishment is coming along nicely. Whilst it was hoped the project would be completed by the end of the holidays, a few minor hiccups were had along the way. The project has been signed off on as of today. However, it is not anticipated the Library will be open to the students until the beginning of Week 4. The time-consuming process of sorting through the books and re-stocking the shelves now await us.

Forest Edge Camp

On Monday morning, our Year 5/6s boarded the bus and waved their parents goodbye. The children were filled with excitement and anticipation (and no doubt a hint of trepidation) of what their three-day camp at Forest Edge would hold for them. Their parents, though appearing cool, calm and collected on the outside showed their more vulnerable side once the bus moved out of sight. It’s okay, parents, your precious children are in safe hands.

In fact, they have been having a sensational time at camp. They’ve participated in kayaking, abseiling, bush walking, initiative games, flying fox, crate climbing and tackled both the climbing wall and pamper pole. Whilst some activities pushed some students out of their comfort zones, particularly the famous pamper pole, the students took the challenges in their stride, encouraged one another, and successfully completed the various missions at hand.

Camps such as these are wonderful opportunities for our children to strengthen their relationships with one another, to develop independence and to take responsibility for their own self and belongings. Getting up early in the morning, getting dressed, pooling together the relevant supplies for the day, making their beds, getting their teeth and hair brushed before the formalities begin, helping with the dispersal of meals and cleaning up after dinner are all valuable experiences. Despite this being the 17th camp I have attended during my time as an educator, I never tire of them. Seeing our students away from the formalities of school, their true personalities shining through and independence growing, is such a privilege.

I suspect we will have a lot of tired bodies returning back to school this afternoon; the bus drive home is likely to be much quieter than the trip to camp. Luckily, for both our students and staff, tomorrow is a public holiday and therefore an opportunity to catch up on some much needed rest. Thank you to Mrs Gregory, Mr Stone and Miss Cohen for all their work in the lead up to camp and during camp. You made every moment that little bit more magical, fun, and exciting for our students.

ANZAC Day Liturgy

This Friday, 26th April, our school will gather together at 9am for an ANZAC Day Liturgy. Parents are welcome to stay back and join us.

Commitment Mass

For those students preparing to receive the Sacraments of First Reconciliation (Yr 3), First Holy Communion (Yr 4) and Confirmation (Yr 6), we will be having our Commitment Mass at Church this Friday 26th April at 5pm. Following Mass, families are invited to join us in our undercover area to share a sausage sizzle dinner. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to gather as a faith community and share a simple meal together.

Father Patrick

As many of you would already be aware, Father Patrick will be retiring on the 22nd May.

In thanksgiving for all that Father has done for our school and parish community, we will have a collection at the front office over the next two weeks. The funds raised will be presented to Father Patrick at the Year 3 Assembly on 3rd May. It would be terrific if all members of our school community could contribute a monetary donation, however small or big.

Uniform

A gentle reminder that from Week 3 onwards, the winter uniform will be enforced. The winter uniform is worn in Terms 2 & 3. Please click on the link below for uniform requirements.

Uniform

Library

Our Library refurbishment is coming along nicely. Whilst it was hoped the project would be completed by the end of the holidays, a few minor hiccups were had along the way. The project has been signed off on as of today. However, it is not anticipated the Library will be open to the students until the beginning of Week 4. The time-consuming process of sorting through the books and re-stocking the shelves now await us.

Wishing you a gentle end to the week.

God bless,

Melissa Vranjes
Principal

Mini Vinnies Club at SPX

In Week Three of Term Two, we will be starting a Mini Vinnies Club for interested students in Years 4-6. The club will run on Friday mornings from 8.10-8.40am and lunch times on alternating Fridays (Week 3, 5, 7, 9)

What is Mini Vinnies?

Mini Vinnies empowers primary school students to become advocates within their school and local community by putting their values into action. Students meet regularly to learn about social justice issues, develop leadership skills and engage with the wider Vinnies community.

Through activities including– guest speakers, knitting circles, research and discussion, fundraising drives, and collaboration, students will learn about the social justice issues in our community (and the world!) and decide how they can make a difference! Using a SEE-THINK-DO approach, students will be guided to come together to serve those less fortunate than them, following the example of Jesus Christ, and have loads of fun in the process!

If your child has a desire to serve others, make a difference, learn about their community and have fun, encourage them to sign up on Friday of Week 2. Numbers are limited to the first 20 students. The signup sheet will be on the door of the Mini Lit room.

Mrs Gregory

Look at what's been happening in Year One

The Year One class returned from their Easter break well rested and very eager to begin their learning!

In Literacy we have begun looking at different fairy tales as examples of how to write a narrative. When Mrs Trabucchi went to read our focus text, The Three Little Pigs, she found a very interesting note attached to the front. It appears that Mr A. Wolf (aka The Big Bad Wolf) does not want us to read it! Keep up to date with this dilemma on our Seesaw page.

In Maths we will be learning about measuring length and capacity using informal units through hands on activities involving lots of comparing and contrasting. 

In HASS we continue looking at the past and the similarities and differences between life in the ‘olden days’ and the present. Our excursion to Kalamunda Historical Village is scheduled for Friday 7th June!

We are so excited for all the fun we will be having in Term 2 and can’t wait to share more news with you soon.

Mrs Lee-Ann Trabucchi

P & F Committee

Dear St. Pius School Community,

Just a quick update from the P&F.  After conducting a poll to gather input from our school community on our fundraising priorities, we are pleased to announce that the majority of families have voted in favour of allocating funds towards the front playground, including the resurfacing of the ground.  With this valuable feedback in mind, the P&F has now made it our goal to focus on enhancing this front playground area but want to acknowledge this project will  require collating the funds over the next 2-3 years.  We are committed to working diligently to make this vision a reality and create a vibrant and inviting space for our children to enjoy for the years to come.

In addition to our fundraising efforts for the playground, we are excited to announce a new partnership with Ponytails and Fairytales.  Families now have the opportunity to order faction-coloured t-shirts, sports carnival accessories, and hair accessories in both St. Pius and school faction colours. Best of all, 20% of the proceeds from these purchases will be returned to the P&F, directly benefiting our school community. There is no better time to order with our school cross country just around the corner. The first order will include free delivery to the school if you get your order in by April 28th. So, don’t hesitate to start shopping and show your school spirit! See below for the QR code or the link is on the P&F facebook page.

As we move forward, we also have a couple of P&F events planned for this term. Keep an eye on the St. Pius Facebook page for more details and don’t forget to mark them in your calendars.

Warm regards,

St. Pius P&F

Schools Ponytails link

Edu-Sing

Term 2 After School Program - Pre-Primary - Year 3

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P & F Events

Bricks for Kids

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Manning Rippers Auskick (K - Yr 2)

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