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Dates to Remember

Week 4

Thursday 18 May

  • SPX Cross Country PP-Yrs 6 @ James Miller Oval @ 12:50pm

Week 5

Monday 22 May

  • Confirmation Retreat Year 6

Tuesday 23 May

  • X Country Training @ 7:45am Yrs. 3-6
  • Kindy 2025 Interviews
  • Clontarf Students visiting SPX

Wednesday 24 May

  • Our Lady Help of Christians
  • Kindy 2025 Interviews
  • Clontarf Students visiting SPX
  • National Simultaneous Storytime

Thursday 25 May

  • X Country Training @ 7:45am Yrs. 3-6
  • Kindy 2025 Interviews
  • Bishop Sproxton Visiting Year 6 @ 11am
  • First Holy Communion Parent/Child Workshop 5:30pm

Friday 26 May

  • ASCS Cross Country Yrs 3-6
  • Reconciliation Week – Deadly Doors Classroom Door Displays

Saturday 27 May

  • Confirmation Mass 6pm

Week 6

Monday 29 May

  • First Holy Communion Retreat Yr. 4

Wednesday 31 May

  • Dental Clinic Visiting PP, Yr.3, Yr.6

Friday 2 June

  • Pre-Primary Assembly and Awards
  • Year 6 going to UWA @ 8:45am

Dear Lord,

We pray that Blessed Virgin Mary will intercede for us and guide us throughout this week.

Mary, Mother of God, you are a shining example of faith, obedience and love.

Help us to follow in your footsteps, to trust in God’s plan for us, and to offer our lives as a holy sacrifice.

May this week be filled with joy, peace, and gratitude for all the blessings we have received.

We ask for your special protection and care for our family and school community.

May we be inspired by your example to serve others with compassion, love, generosity, and kindness.

We also pray for those who are struggling, especially those who are sick, lonely or facing difficult challenges; may they feel your comfort, strength, and healing touch.

Finally, we give thanks for your constant love and care for us, and for the gift of your Son, Jesus Christ;
may we always strive to imitate His life of selflessness and service, and to share the His love and mercy with all those we meet.

We ask all this in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord.

Amen

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Mother’s Day Mass
Our Year 5s did a wonderful job with the readings and led us beautifully in the prayers of the faithful at our Mother’s Day Mass on Friday. It was so nice to see so many of our mums in attendance. We hope you all had a lovely Mother’s Day and felt the love and appreciation your children have for you. Although they may not always know how to show it, they do indeed very much love their mum.

Crowning of Mary
In continuing our focus on honouring Mary, our heavenly Mother, during the month of May our school gathered on Monday morning for the Crowning of Mary. Why did we crown Mary? Well, the tradition stems from scripture. In Revelation 12 it states, “And a great sign appeared in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars”. The ‘crown’ mentioned in the scripture is symbolic of Mary’s role as Queen and honoured mother of Jesus Christ, our saviour. The fifth Glorious mystery of the Rosary ‘the crowning of Mary, Queen of heaven and earth’ further highlights this.

On Monday, after the Gospel reflection, our Mary statue was crowned with flowers and students from various year levels came forward to lay flowers before Mary. We concluded by praying the Hail Mary and students walked back to class in silent prayer, asking Mary to intercede for us. You will notice that Mary has been present near the cross, outside the undercover area, each day this week. Feel free to place a flower before our Blessed Mother and say a quiet prayer with your children before or after school.

Thank you to Mrs Keightley for organising this special dedication to Mary and for bringing the statue of Mary out and back in again each day this week.

I encourage you to spend time in prayer as a family asking Mary to intercede for you and all those in our world who need God’s help.

Class Visits
Each time I step into our classrooms here at St Pius X, my heart sings with joy and pride. The level of engagement and enthusiasm our students show when undertaking their various learning tasks is phenomenal. At the end of last week in PP, there was much excitement with the hatching of little chicks. Observing our Kindy and PP students participate in their educative class songs, complete with actions, and working in their learning centres making connections with existing knowledge and newly taught concepts is such a privilege.

Seeing how much our Year 1s reading and writing has already progressed since the beginning of the year and how focused they are when completing independent tasks sometimes makes me question if I am really in the Year 1 room.

Our Year 2s attentiveness during their explicit maths mat sessions and ability to demonstrate their understanding through the use of their whiteboards before transitioning into independent or group tasks is a joy to watch unfold.

Joining the Year 3-6 classes during their literacy sessions and sitting beside individual groups as they do their guided or reciprocal reading warms my heart; their fluency, questioning and comprehension is constantly improving.

Seeing the way in which our students collaborate, problem solve, and engage in their learning with such positivity is a credit to our teaching staff and education assistants. Our teachers devote an enormous amount of time planning and designing learning experiences to not only meet the various needs of their students but excite them about learning. I am incredibly proud of all our students and staff as I am sure you are too.

P&F News
Our P&F Executive Committee met last week and discussed upcoming events such as the Movie Nights scheduled for 9th June (K-Yr. 2) and 16th June (Yr. 3-6) and the allocation of P&F funds. With the money raised from the School Fete, our P&F have kindly purchased a new oven for our canteen. The oven is on back order and due to arrive mid June. Lindi, our canteen manager, is greatly appreciative of the generous donation and no doubt our students will be very grateful, too.

The remainder of the P&F funds will go towards a new playground in our Early Years area. We are currently in the process of exploring possible designs and attaining quotes. All things going well, we hope to have a new playground installed in our Kindy & Pre-Primary space during the Christmas school holidays.

In Term 4, our current P&F Secretary, Natala Talyor, will be going on leave. At the conclusion of the year, her tenure on the committee will come to an end. If you are interested in joining our P&F Executive Committee and are willing to take on the role of Secretary, please complete the attached nomination form and submit it to our admin ladies either via email or in person. The Secretary role involves taking minutes during P&F Meetings and forwarding them to all members of the Executive Committee, including the Principal. It’s a nice and easy role to take on and a wonderful way to become more actively involved in the life of our school.

Cross Country
Our students are very much looking forward to the Cross Country which will take place at James Miller Reserve, across the road from our school. We commend our keen runners who have been training before school each Tuesday and Thursday morning. Thank you also to Mr Cooper and the various staff who have given up their time over the Term to supervise and train our students. We look forward to seeing our students run the course and having fun in the process. We also welcome the assistance of Clontarf College students who will be spreading themselves along the course, ensuring students know where to run and are encouraged at every step along the way.

School drop-off
A gentle reminder that students should not be dropped off at school before 8.30am, unless of course they are participating in before school events such as cross-country training, tennis lessons or choir. Any students on site before 8.30am should be accompanied by a parent until staff supervision commences at 8.30am.

Kindy Interviews 2025
Next week we will commence interviewing families who wish to enrol their children in Kindy at St Pius X in 2025. Our Kindy for 2024 is currently full so if your child is due to commence in 2025, please enrol as soon as possible to avoid missing out on a place. If you know of anyone not currently at our school thinking of enrolling in 2025, please pass on this important information.

Wishing all our families a gentle and blessed end to the week.

Melissa Vranjes
Principal

School News

School Performance Data 2022
Our School Performance Data for 2022 has now been uploaded to our website.  Please click here to view.

Save the Date:- Movie Night.
Our P & F will be running Movie Nights for our students this term.  Please see dates below.

Kindy – Year 2 on Friday 9th June at 5:30pm.
Year 3 – Year 6 on Friday 16th June at 5:30pm

More information will be sent out via class reps closer to the time.

West Oz Wildlife Visit Pre-Primary

On Monday the Pre-Primary class were visited by some furry and scaly Australian animals! West Oz Wildlife visited the class and introduced us to Yappa the dingo, Judah the koala, Toothless the bob tail lizard and Ginger and Rosie the python snakes. With our chicks, children, adults and wildlife, the room was buzzing! The children heard about the habitat, food and life of our Australian animals, and also learned about the importance of caring for the natural environment.

Chelsea De Luca
Pre-Primary Teacher

Keyed Up Music - Music Lessons