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Dates to Remember

Week 6

Thursday 23 May

  • Cleanaway Incursion Kindy – Yr. 1 11:30am -12:30pm

Week 7

Monday 27 May

  • Reconciliation Week

Wednesday 29 May

  • School Photos Kindy – Year 6

Friday 31 May

  • Year 5 Assembly @ 8:45am
  • Dental Screening PP, Yr. 3, Yr. 6 @ 9:30am

Week 8

Monday 3 June

  • WA Day Public Holiday

Tuesday 4 June

  • Teacher’s Professional Development Day – No School

Friday 7 June

  • ASCS Interschool ML Carnival – Yrs.5/6

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created
and you will renew the face of the earth.

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Last Sunday, Catholics around the globe celebrated Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost marks the conclusion of the Easter season and celebrates the beginning of the Church.

In the Christian tradition, Pentecost is the celebration of the Holy Spirit descending upon the Apostles, Mary, and the first followers of Jesus. A strong, driving wind filled the room where they were gathered, and tongues of fire came to rest on their heads, allowing them to speak in different languages so that they could go out and preach the Gospel to all nations.

On Pentecost Sunday we are invited to open our hearts to the Holy Spirit. This can be achieved by simply repeating the words “Come, Holy Spirit” quietly to yourself.

On Sunday evening, I was fortunate enough to join Sister Maree and Sister Maura at the Sisters of St Joseph Chapel (near the MacKillop Centre) for TAIZE Prayer. During prayer, we meditated upon the scripture passage below and spent time, in silence, reflecting upon what the Holy Spirit is calling us to.

“What the Spirit brings is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness and self-control. Since the Spirit is our life, let us be directed by the Spirit”.   [Galatians 5:22-23].

My challenge for each of you is to select one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, detailed above, and focus on intentionally living it out each day this week.

Confirmation
Congratulations to our Year 6 students on receiving the final Sacrament of Initiation, Confirmation. It was such a privilege to witness them profess their faith and promise to uphold the teachings of Christ. During the ‘laying of hands’ the Confirmation candidates received the fullness of the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit. We pray that they will continue to intentionally develop the gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. As they nurture the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the fruits of the Holy Spirit will shine brightly in their lives giving way to acts of charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty and self-control.

Thank you to our amazing choir, and Mrs Powell, who graced us with their beautiful singing voices. Your contributions made our Confirmation extra special.

Thank you to all our staff members for attending Friday night’s sacramental celebration and supporting our students on their faith journey.

Mother’s Day Cake Stall – ‘2025 Canberra Camp’ fundraiser
The way in which our families supported our Year 5 Canberra Camp fundraiser was a beautiful display of community spirit. Our Year 5 parents were overjoyed by the generous donations of cakes and cupcakes and the number of people who came out to purchase them. A big thank you to all the parents and Year 5 students who gave up their time on Saturday morning to run the cake stall. Your combined efforts have helped bring down the overall cost of camp for all our Year 5s.

Cross Country
What an incredible effort our SPX Interschool Cross Country competitors put in last Friday morning. All the before school training certainly paid off with our school coming runner up. Thank you to Mr Cooper and Mr Stone for not only volunteering their time to supervise the training sessions but for all the coaching and words of encouragement you gave each of our students. An amazing team effort!!

Father Patrick
This week we say goodbye to our much-loved parish priest, Fr Patrick. Over the past six years, Father Patrick has worked tirelessly serving our parish and school community. He has sown seeds of joy and gently formed the hearts and minds of many, gently orienting them to God.

Although Fr Patrick will be retiring as parish priest, his presence will live on through his parishioners, the lessons he has shared, and the columbarium. Much of the work in the columbarium is the work of Fr Patrick’s own hands; he designed and made the beautiful mosaic behind the statue of our Blessed Mother, he did the landscaping and installed the water fountains in there and played an instrumental role in every other aspect in that space.

Oftentimes, I have found myself wondering ‘where on earth does Fr Patrick get all his energy from’ but each time he gives a homily and highlights to us of the true essence of love, I am reminded. Fr Pat regularly tells the children that LOVE means lots of vital energy. Therefore, in his vocation as a priest, Fr Patrick has given us this important lesson: whenever we commit ourselves to serving the Lord and our fellow brothers and sisters, we are blessed with vital energy from the wellspring of God which in turns energises those around us to serve out of love and joy. Fr Patrick is a true disciple of Christ and we will greatly miss him.

We welcome Fr Anthony Vu, our new parish priest, and look forward to getting to know him in the coming weeks.

National Simultaneous Story Time
This morning, our school came together to read Aura Parker’s book ‘Bowerbird Blues’. We joined numerous other schools across the nation who were listening to the same book being read at the same time as us. National Simultaneous Storytime is an important annual campaign that aims to encourage young children to read and enjoy books as well as teach them the value of literacy.

Bowerbird Blues is a picture book which stars a beautiful bowerbird on the search for blue! It’s a moving story of longing and connection that unfolds as the bowerbird’s search sends him soaring across the sea, sky and city. He swoops and snatches vibrant treasures for his collection, and soon his mix of natural and unnatural objects attracts something greater and more fulfilling than he could ever have imagined.

Wishing you a joyful week enlightened by the fruits of the Holy Spirit.

Melissa Vranjes
Principal

Mini Vinnies Club at SPX

Just a reminder 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 Three

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
Most recently in Religious Education students learned about the events of Pentecost and how the Holy Spirit strengthens people to follow the Two Commandments of Jesus. Students used oil pastels to colour in their own Holy Spirit flame before reflecting and writing an example of a way the Holy Spirit strengthens people to  live a life that Jesus taught. 

ENGLISH
This term students have been developing their narrative writing skills through the exploration of narrative features, such as setting, characterisation and plot. The students have engaged in a number of activities over the last few weeks and have begun planning their own narrative incorporating all they’ve learned. 

In Reading, we have begun our first novel study. We’re already engrossed in ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl. As a class we read the first two chapters before completing chapter summaries and character charts. 

MATH
In Mathematics we’ve been busy learning different mental and written strategies to assist us when solving addition and subtraction problems. Students have started applying some of these mental strategies to assist them when solving number patterns. This week, students have also begun exploring different 3D objects and their characteristics, like the number of faces, edges and vertices they have. 

HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
In HASS we’ve been exploring the topic of weather and climate, outlining the difference between weather and climate. Students have identified the different climatic zones of the world and began exploring the climatic zone they live in. 

TECHNOLOGIES
So far this term in Technologies students have explored peripheral devices and their different functions. As a class we defined what is meant by the term peripheral device and the many examples of this before students independently categorized different examples of peripheral devices as either input, output or storage functions. 

HEALTH
In Week Three we were visited by Curtin University Nutrition and Dietetic students who led us through a special Health lesson on fruits and vegetables. The Year Three students engaged in a mat discussion talking about the different ‘superpowers’ of fruits and vegetables before completing a partnered superhero activity. The students finished the lesson by making a ‘super fruit salad.’ 

A big congratulations to our Year Three Interschool Cross Country representatives! They did both our school and class incredibly proud taking home the Year Three boys and girls’ champion team! 

Premier's Reading Challenge

To sign up, please click on the link below and be sure to register as a student of St Pius X School

https://www.premiersreadingchallenge.wa.edu.au/parents-and-families

School Photos

Family Photo envelopes can be collected from the office.

St Pius X Manning Parish - Altar Server Training

All children from Year 4-6 are welcome to join our altar server training session on Sunday 16th June between 9.30-10.40am

The following areas will be covered:
– Preparation for Mass
– Safeguarding protocols
– Introduction to the sacristy – timing, registration requirement upon entry, dress code
– Entry Possession – entry prayer, cross bearer, candle bearer
– Altar settings
– Gospel – candle bearer
– Offertory – candle bearer
– Eucharistic liturgy – bells
– Mass dismissal
– Sacristy dismissal – carrying of the Cross, candles, altar server alb and cinture, signing out
– Q&A

The instructor is Mr. Michael Chan. Parents are welcome to stay in the church and observe the training session.  Parents are not to enter the sacristy unless requested to for assistance.  Please contact Greg on 0435 383 417 if you have any queries. If you would like your child to participate in the training session, please collect a form from the school office.

Scholastic Book Club Issue 4

Book Club has arrived! Look out for your copy of Book Club coming home in your child’s schoolbag! It’s packed with hundreds of books from just $3 to help you on your child’s reading journey.

Order by downloading the LOOP App or via the LOOP Link below.

  1. Your child will bring home their Book Club catalogue from school.
  2. Browse the pages with your child and help them choose books that suit their age and interests.
  3. Order online via Book Club LOOP.
  4. The books are delivered back to your child’s classroom where the teacher will hand them out to very excited students!