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Dates to Remember

Term 1 Week 2

Friday 11 February

  • Year 6 Assembly & Awards – Postponed

Week 3

Monday 14 February

  • Swimming Lessons 2pm-2:30pm

Tuesday 15 February

  • Swimming Lessons 2pm-2:30pm
  • Kindy Screening

Wednesday 16 February

  • Swimming Lessons 2pm-2:30pm
  • Kindy Screening

Thursday 17 February

  • Swimming Lessons 2pm-2:30pm
  • Kindy Screening

Friday 18 February

  • Swimming Lessons 2pm-2:30pm

Prayer of St. Ignatius of Loyola

O Christ Jesus,

when all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of Your presence, Your love, and Your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in Your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for, living close to You, we shall see Your hand, Your purpose, Your will through all things.

Amen.

A Message from the Principal

Dear Parent and Caregivers,

Welcome back to all our wonderful families. We especially welcome those new to the St Pius X community. I hope you all managed to enjoy some rest and quality family time over the Christmas and New Year break. For many the break would have been short-lived with the return to work, however, I hope some down time was possible. It was so lovely to reconnect with our students, parents, and grandparents as they walked into the school grounds over the course of the first week.

Opening Mass

Our Year 4s beautifully led us in our first Mass for the year. The readings of the day were fitting for the beginning of the school year; the first reading spoke of the Spirit enabling our inner selves to grow strong so that Christ may live in our hearts through faith and love. The Gospel reading reminded us of the power of Christ’s love and how if we truly believe in God, anything is possible.

During this time of uncertainty, with a constantly changing COVID landscape, we need to remember to spend time with Jesus in quiet prayer and contemplation; to lift up our worries to God and have faith that the Spirit will work in us and around us providing for our needs. Wishing everyone a blessed 2022, one in which we experience much inner growth, the love, peace and joy of Christ.

Parent Night

As addressed in my letter on Friday February 4, our Parent Information Night which was scheduled for Tuesday was cancelled. In its place our teachers have uploaded a video to Seesaw outlining their class routines and term overview. I commend our teachers for responding so swiftly. As I am sure you can appreciate, our staff spent a considerable amount of time over the weekend adjusting their presentation and recording themselves so that the video may be accessible on Tuesday night.

Swimming Lessons

On Monday, our Years 3-6 students will commence their swimming lessons at Aqualife, Victoria Park. Due to the newly enforced COVID regulations, there was a little uncertainty as to whether swimming lessons would be able to go ahead. Fortunately, we have been given the green light to proceed. Swimming lessons will span from 14th Feb – 25th Feb not 14th March – 25th March as previously displayed in the calendar; our apologies for the confusion. A note outlining what the students will need to bring will be sent out to parents via email on Thursday.

Kiss and Drive

In the name of safety, for our families and fellow road users, please follow the Kiss and Drive protocols. Parking in the Kiss and Drive zone is not permitted. Nor is it permissible for vehicles to wait on the paved curbing leading into the Kiss and Drive zone. Please exercise patience, caution and abide by the road rules when approaching the Kiss and Drive area.

Website

As many of you would have already noticed, we upgraded our school website over the school holidays. As is always the case when transitioning to a new platform, there have been some minor teething problems. Thank you for your patience whilst we troubleshoot these issues in collaboration with our IT team and website designer.

COVID-19 Restrictions

In response to the Minister for Education and Training, the Hon Sue Ellery, and the Minister for Child Protection and Community Services, the Hon Simone McGurk’s announcement on Monday afternoon, the following actions have been enforced:

  • Parents will be permitted on school sites for drop-off and pick-up in outdoor locations only; consequently, parents may not enter classrooms.
  • a parent should only attend the school office in the event of a significant pastoral or welfare issue related to their child; parents need to notify their child’s teacher in writing if they need to pick their child up early for an appointment etc.
  • wherever possible, interactions by staff with parents should take place over the phone or via email.
  • Gatherings of parents on school sites are to be avoided.
  • Parent-teacher interviews are to occur online or over the phone.
  • Mask wearing for parents will be expanded to the outdoors.

As outlined in previous correspondence, whole school gatherings onsite are not permitted under the current regulations. Infrequent offsite events, that are held outdoors, such as sport carnivals and inter-school carnivals are permitted at this stage – provided physical distancing, mask mandates and venue rules for proof of vaccination are adhered to. Only staff, students and necessary parent volunteers are able to attend these outdoors, infrequent offsite school based events (e.g. our swimming trials and swimming carnival).

If your child is displaying symptoms and you have taken him/her to have a PCR test, please notify the school if a positive test result is returned.

Please ensure your have provided the school with your current email address and contact details. It is essential these are kept updated so that in the event of a COVID positive test result in our school, immediate contact may be made with families.

Thank you for your cooperation with our evolving restrictions, your patience and support.

Blessing of SPX Parish Columbarium

On Sunday, the most reverend Archbishop Timothy Costelloe blessed the opening of our parish’s columbarium. If you have not had the opportunity to visit it, I strongly encourage you to do so. Father Patrick, with the assistance of devoted parishioners, designed and created the beautiful space to commemorate the faithful departed and provide loved ones with a space to connect with them and God. The striking mosaic behind the statue of our Blessed Mother Mary, was cleverly crafted by Fr Patrick himself, as was the lovely cross and garden.

Stay safe and God Bless,

Melissa Vranjes

Principal

Term Dates for 2022

Term 1
Monday 31st January to Friday 8th April

Term 2
Tuesday 26th April to Friday 1st July

Term 3
Monday 18th July to Friday 23rd September

Term 4
Tuesday 11th October to 9th December (for students) TBC

Professional Development Days 2022

These dates are subject to change. Parents will be notified in advance, via the school newsletter, if any changes need to be made.

Thursday  – 27 January
Friday – 28th January
Friday – 4th March
Friday – 3rd June

Friday – 19th August
Monday – 22nd August
Monday – 10th October

Public Holidays

  • Monday – 7th March
  • Monday – 25th April
  • Monday – 6 June

Reminder of School Times

Years Pre-Primary – Year 6

8:30am – School Opens

8:45am – School Commences

10:40-11:00am – Recess

12:30 – 1:10pm Lunch (Yrs. 1-3)

1:00-1:40pm – Lunch (Yrs.4-6)

3:05pm – Dismissal

Children are NOT supervised prior to 8:30am and should not arrive at school before this time.  Teachers finish their duty at 3:25pm.

Kindergarten

8:50am-2:55pm Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

Children in Pre-Primary and Kindergarten need to be delivered to and picked up from the door by an authorised adult.  Children should not be in the playground during the day when parents are early.  School is still in operation.

School News

Drop Off/Pick-up

Remember to park in the designated areas and abide by the road rules.  Please do not park in neighbouring driveways or on verges around the school as this causes unrest with our neighbours. Remind your children which gate they are to be collected from and, upon collection, keep them with you so we know who still needs to be picked up.

Parents and students are reminded that the two pick-up points are Cloister Avenue (near the play equipment) and Ley St entrance. Kindy and Pre-Primary children will need to be collected from the classroom.

Gates – Cloister Avenue

Parents are advised that the gates on Cloister Avenue and Ley Street will be closed after 9:00 am each day and opened at 3:00 pm. Parents and visitors to the school are asked to use the single gate at administration on Cloister Ave between 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Please press the bell and the ladies in Admin will open the gate for you.

Medical Information

Please notify Admin of any medical conditions that your child may have, including any changes to current diagnoses or action plans.  Children with asthma and severe allergies need to have an up-to-date plan, signed by your GP, submitted to the Office.

Student Absenteeism

Parents must inform the school/class teachers prior to the child being absent if it involves a previously arranged appointment. If parents have forgotten to do so they must inform the school via the office before 9.30am on the day—this can be done by emailing admin@stpiusx.wa.edu.au or filling in the absentee form on our website.

If your child is absent for half a day or more an Absentee Note must be completed and given to the class teachers on the child’s return. These are available from our website or the school office. It is important that we establish this routine immediately and continue to maintain it each day whilst at school. It has always been important for children to arrive to school on time but even more so now.

Code Of Conduct

St Pius X Catholic School has a Code of Conduct that applies to all staff, students, volunteers, parents and guardians.  Click on the link to view our Code of Conduct.

View our Code of Conduct

School Fees

Accounts for school fees will be sent home in the next week.  If you have a Health Care or Pensioner Concession card, please let the Office know as soon as possible. We have a Setting and Collection of Fees policy on our website for your information. All issues regarding school fees need to be addressed to the Principal.

Marshall’s Tennis Academy – Term 1 Lessons

Marshall’s Tennis Academy is conducting tennis lessons before school on Mondays 7.45 am to 8.30 am. Please see the link below to enrol or go to marshallstennis.com.au

Enrol Here

Fathering Project - Dads and Kids event

Hi Dads and male role models of St Pius X.

The dads’ group, born through the Fathering Project, are gathering for a game of mini golf at the Collier Park course on Friday 25th February 2022.

The eventbrite link is here:

Eventbrite Event

This will help book our group rate for mini golf, $20 for a Dad with a Child and extra Children $6. (Family rate).

Dads  will need to partner up to play in groups of 4-6 players.

Each Dad should order dinner at the cafe for themselves and kids before tee-off. A simplified cafe menu will be shared and dinner will be served in the function room.

Return to the cafe after golf to let them know you’re done.

The event is planned from 5pm, onwards. If you intend on tackling the full 18 hole course; it is recommended you arrive early enough as it can take about 1.5 hours.

For dads working later or with younger kids that may not see out the course, a later start time is also fine.

The venue must close at 8pm, to ensure all golfers get a chance to eat and talk to their friends. We’ll vacate the course before 7pm.

This venue is licensed, so no BYO alcohol.

We’ll dine in the function room, with appropriate social distancing, to share our golfing stories.

If you’ve got questions, please contact Michael Cain, 0417 922 843, (or Kim Hughes via email).

Please note this is subject to change  – It is advisable to save the date but hold off from making a booking until closer to the date, due to ever changing COVID-19 restrictions.

Sports News

Welcome to 2022 and a wonderful new year of sporting events!

Please see the term calendars for scheduled carnivals/sporting events and updates on specialist clinics which will be added throughout the year.

Year 3-6 Swimming Trials and Carnival parent help

Swimming trials: Monday 14 March

Swimming Carnival: Thursday 24 March

Further information regarding these events will be sent home to parents this week. We require the assistance of parents at both events as timers and place judges. Please email me, linda.matthews@cewa.edu.au as soon as possible if you are able to help. At this stage, due to COVID restrictions, the swimming trials and carnival will only be able to be attended by students, staff and the necessary parent volunteers.

Year 5/6 Cricket Training

In the lead up to the Interschool Cricket Carnival on Friday 11 March, students are welcome to attend cricket training sessions from 7.50am at school. These will run on Thursday mornings, commencing Thursday 10th February until Thursday 10th March.

We will confirm in the coming weeks if the Interschool Cricket Carnival will go ahead due to evolving COVID restrictions.

Years 3-6 Cross Country Training

In preparation for the cross country season in Term 2, before school training will commence in Week 9 of this term, running on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Students should meet in the undercover area at 7.45am to walk across to James Miller Reserve with staff. Further details will be provided closer to the date.

Linda Matthews

Physical Education Teacher

P & F

We are currently looking for a replacement for the Treasurer role on the P&F and would like anyone that could assist to please let the Office Admin staff know.

Thanks

P&F Executive Committee

After School Care

Commencing in 2022, Manning Primary School will offer both before and after school hours care for families of Manning Primary and St Pius X.

Tall Tree Outside School Care has been selected as the outside school hours care provider. Tall Tree will be familiar to many families with their early learning facility located within the Manning hub. Tall Tree Outside School Care bring a depth of experience, providing quality outside school hours care to many schools in Perth. They will have access to a range of buildings and play spaces at Manning Primary to ensure attending students are appropriately catered for. We are certain this will be a well-utilised and valued service for many Manning Primary and St Pius X families.

Tall Tree Outside School Care will operate on-site from 7am to 6pm.

Parents who are considering or requiring outside school hours care are encouraged to contact enquiries@talltree.net.au or go to their website:

Visit the Tall Tree website

Scholastic Book Club

Scholastic book club brochures have been sent home in the last couple of days.  All orders need to be completed online by no later than Friday 11th February.