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Dates to Remember

Week 4

Wednesday 8 May

  • Clontarf students visiting
  • Yr. 4 Zoo Excursion

Thursday 9 May

  • Mothers’s Day Stall
  • Kindy Mothers’s Day Morning Tea 9.00 am – 10.00 am
  • Clontarf students visiting
  • SPX Cross Country Carnival PP-Yr. 6, 12.50 pm – 2.30 pm @ James Miller Oval

Friday 10 May

  • Mothers’s Day Mass

Saturday 11 May

  • Cup Cake Stall @ Welwyn Ave 9.00 am Fundraiser for Camp 2025

Week 5

Wednesday 15 May

  • Kindy 2026 Interviews

Thursday 16 May

  • Yr. 6 iPad Conference at Orana CPS 8.30 am – 2.30 pm
  • Kindy 2026 Interviews

Friday 17 May

  • Mini Vinnies Club 8.10 am – 8.40 am
  • ASCS Interschool Cross Country Carnival Yr. 3- 6 10.00 am – 1.00pm
  • Confirmation Yr. 6 @ 5.00 pm

Dear Lord,

On this special day, we show our gratitude for all mothers and mother figures.

We thank them for their all-encompassing love, for their commitment, care and kindness.

We thank them for their wisdom, for helping us grow and flourish.

We thank them for their strength, for their sacrifices, and for being there in times of need. 

And we thank them for their encouragement, for being our cheer leaders and celebrating our achievements.

Lord, help mothers and mother figures know how much they are loved and appreciated. 

We ask that you bless all mothers, including those who are no longer with us today.

Amen.

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

As Mother’s Day approaches, I have been reflecting on the immense love and appreciation I have for my mother, for the unwavering love she has for each member of our family, the countless sacrifices she has made for us, and her grandchildren, and the constant source of strength, support, and comfort she provides.

In the mornings as I watch our mums walk their children into the school grounds, engaging in conversation and exchanging hugs, I see that same deep, unconditional love between mother and child.

A mother’s love is so unique in that it is a love that knows no bounds. It’s a love that is given freely with no strings or conditions attached. It is a love that lasts a lifetime. A mother’s love provides the foundation for a child’s emotional and social development. It teaches children about empathy, kindness, forgiveness, and compassion. It helps them develop a sense of belonging and self-worth. As children grow older, a mother’s love continues to guide them through life’s challenges. It teaches them the importance of hard work, perseverance, resilience and using their gifts to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

While Mother’s Day can bring much joy, it can also be a trying period for those grappling with infertility or health struggles, and those who may have lost their mothers through the passage of time. In addition to celebrating and praying for our own mothers, may we take the time to pray for those who may find Mother’s Day challenging and for all those women in our lives who, despite not being our mother, have made a lasting imprint on our hearts.

I wish all our St Pius X mums a blessed Mother’s Day. Even if your children may not yet be at an age where they can express their deep gratitude and love for you, know that you are indeed very much loved and appreciated. The way our students talk about their mother’s reflects a love that is strong and true.

Year 3 Assembly

Last Friday, our Year 3s delivered an energetic, captivating, and educational Assembly item which beautifully captured the key components of our whole-school URSTRONG Program. They shared the attributes of good friends, demonstrated how we can all be friendship ninjas, modelled strategies that can be used when friendship fires emerge and explained how the ‘friendometer’ works. Thank you to Miss Dempsey and the Year 3 class for unpacking how the URSTRONG Program empowers us to live out our school SEARCH Value, ‘Relationships’.

Parents, a reminder that if you would like access to the URSTRONG parent toolkit, you can register to become a ‘URSTRONG family’. Membership is free as our school has paid the licence for you to have access to the support material.

https://urstrong.com/parents/

Cross Country

After weeks of before school training, students will be participating in the Cross Country at James Millar Reserve tomorrow afternoon. Parents are invited to come along and cheer our students on as they run the length of the cross-country course. It would be terrific if parents could refrain from entering the student area or walking across to their children before, during or after the race.

Confirmation Workshop

Our Year 6 students and parents attended the Parent-Child Workshop for Confirmation last Tuesday night. Mildred Reggio, from CEWA, led our families in a wonderful reflection on the importance of the Sacrament of Confirmation and the special gift of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Our students examined what it means to ‘reject Satan and all his empty promises’ and what it means to accept and live out the Commandments of God. Together with their parents, they reflected on the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit identifying those that are strongest in each other. Our students and parents are to be commended for the sincere and positive way in which they participated in the workshop. May we all keep our Year 6 Confirmation candidates in our prayers as they prepare to say ‘YES’ to God.

Month of May, the Month of Mary

In our Church, the month of May is dedicated to our heavenly mother, Mary. Over the course of this month, our students will be reflecting on the significance of Mary in our Catholic faith, praying the Rosary and various other Marian prayers. On Monday morning, our school gathered for the crowning of Mary. The crowning of Mary is a ritual whereby a statue of Mary is crowned with a wreath of flowers as a sign of our recognition of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth. During the month of May, we will be praying the Rosary together as a school on Monday mornings. Your children are welcome to bring along their Rosary beads or use one from their class set.

School Attendance

In order to access the full curriculum, and give your child the best chance of success, Catholic Education WA recommends the rate of 90% – 100% as ‘Regular Attendance’. When attendance falls below this level it indicates a student may be at risk of not reaching their full potential. The chart below gives a breakdown of the amount of time missed in a year, and if maintained, how it impacts on the future education of your child.

Regular school attendance is imperative for academic, social and emotional development. As the table above illustrates, school non-attendance not only negatively impacts student achievement in the current year but can also impact subsequent years, contributing to a lower self-esteem and disconnect from peers.

Please ensure your child attends school every day unless they are ill. Having a regular morning and evening routine will assist students in their preparedness for school. To minimise disruption to student learning, parents are encouraged to schedule family holidays and their child’s dental or medical appointments outside of school time.

As per legal requirements, parents/guardians must provide a written explanation, via email, within three days of their child being absent from school.  Requests for absences due to holidays, therapy or tutoring must be made in writing to the School Principal.

Library

Our school Library refurbishment is now complete and, I am sure you will agree, it looks fantastic. Thank you to all the staff who gave up their time outside of school hours to help shift the books out and then back into the Library. We are currently exploring new furniture and are hopeful it will be delivered swiftly.

Premier’s Reading Challenge

The Premier’s Reading Challenge has been launched and runs from Monday 6th May – Friday 6th September. We encourage all our students to participate in the challenge.

Establishing a life-long love of reading is so important in the development of students’ literacy skills. During last year’s challenge, more than 360 000 books were read by students across our state. Let’s see how many books our St Pius X School community can divulge between now and September.

Uniforms

A gentle reminder that sports jackets and black sneakers should only be worn on Tuesday and Thursdays when students are dressed in their sports uniform. Your assistance in enforcing this will be greatly appreciated.

Office Staff

Please be advised that the office staff will be working on the following days:

Cath Clohessy – Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.

Marni Nichol – Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday.

Margaret Tatasciore – Monday and Tuesday.

Wishing all our St Pius X mothers and mother figures a blessed Mother’s Day.

Melissa Vranjes
Principal

Changes to the Traffic Conditions and Introduction of New Parking Restrictions by the City of South Perth

Yesterday we were advised by the Ranger Service of the City of South Perth, that changes are going to be made this week to the roundabout area on the corner of Cloister Avenue and Mt Henry Rd.  The City of South Perth have received several complaints from local residents regarding how this intersection is used by St Pius X families each afternoon, when collecting students from Kiss-and-Drive. As a result of the complaints, and supported by regular observations by Rangers, a new parking restriction will be implemented on the corner of Mt Henry Rd and Cloister Avenue.

Currently, at this location, there is an existing No Stopping restrictionthis will become a No Stopping Road or Verge restriction.

Once the new restriction is implemented, which will happen in the coming days, any vehicle stopped at the above mentioned location may receive an infringement.

Parents are reminded of the following information to keep traffic flowing and ensure the safety of our students and community:

  • NO PARKING (leaving your vehicle) is permitted in the Kiss-and-Drive bays on Cloister Avenue, from 7.30-9am and 2.30-4pm on Monday to Fridays
  • If parents/caregivers pull into the Kiss-and Drive bays and your child/ren are NOT at the gate, please move on, heading in an easterly direction down Cloister Avenue and loop back around. This will keep the traffic flowing and ensure the safety of all.
  • If all Kiss-and-Drive bays are full when you approach the roundabout, parents/caregivers MUST continue past the school grounds, in an easterly direction on Cloister Avenue and either find a legal parking bay elsewhere and collect children on foot, or, continue around the block and loop back.
  • Parents must NOT block off or stop in the roundabout at ANY time. This poses a serious hazard to other vehicles, and causes frustration to buses, cars and other vehicles who are attempting to drive through the roundabout. If Rangers are onsite and see this occur, drivers will receive infringements.
  • Parents/caregivers must NOT drive up onto the red brick area behind the Kiss-and-drive bays (near the roundabout) at ANY TIME. This poses a serious safety issue for our students walking or riding. If a ranger observes anyone pulling up on the verge, an infringement will be issued.

If you have Grandparents or other family or friends collecting your child/ren from Kiss-and-Drive, please ask them to adhere to the signs and follow the safe driving practices outlined above.

Our staff and the Ranger Service will continue to monitor this area regularly and fines for breaches will be issued. Your children’s safety is our priority and we thank you for your support in this matter.

Mini Vinnies Club at SPX

Last Friday, 20 generous and socially minded students from Year 4-6 attended the first Mini Vinnies meeting for 2024. It was a wonderful meeting, filled with prayer, discussion and fun!

The St Pius X Mini Vinnies club will meet weekly to SEE-THINK-DO about social justice issues in our community and beyond. Once we have learnt about these issues, students will decide how they can help.

As the cold winter months are just around the corner, we are looking for donations of blankets for the St Vincent de Paul Winter Appeal. Also, we are seeking donations of wool and knitting needles, as well as volunteers who may be able to offer some time to teach our Mini Vinnies how to knit. Watch this space for images of scarves that we will create and donate to worthy local causes!

Keep an eye out each fortnight for an update on what we are doing in Mini Vinnies!

Mrs Natasha Gregory

Look at what's been happening in Year Two

In Year Two, our students are embarking on an educational adventure that merges Digital Technology and Programming with Mathematics, Art, and Design. This project unfolds across several sessions, where students team up in small groups to engage in a collaborative effort. Their task involves a step-by-step process to create a map, which features various obstacles and structures for the Beebot to traverse. By inputting a sequence of commands, or ‘the code’, into the Beebot, they bring their designs to life. We are eagerly anticipating the moment when the Beebots spring into action!

Ms Trish Christian

P & F Committee

Our next P&F Meeting will be held on Tuesday 21st May at 5.45pm in the school library. All parents of St Pius X are welcome to join us.

 

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