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What's Happening in Term 1 Week 8

Monday 18th March

NAPLAN Conventions of Language

Tuesday 19th March

Wednesday 20th March

NAPLAN Numeracy

UR Strong Parent Information Evening 6pm

Thursday 21st March

Harmony Day

NAPLAN Catch-up

Friday 22nd March

National Ride to School Day

8.30am Merit Assembly & MJR Hymn Singing

Subway Lunch

Icy Poles for sale

Message From the Principal

Dear Parents and School Community,

The weekend has arrived and we are looking forward to the St Pat’s Quiz Night. Thank you to the P&F for their time and effort coordinating the event and heading out to sell tickets last weekend. We are looking forward to a fun filled evening full of cheer.

Congratulations to our candidates who celebrated the Sacrament of First Reconciliation on Saturday. It was a reverent occasion with the students coming throughout the morning with their families. Students sat with Fr Tai on the altar to confess their sins and receive penance. Thank you Mr McGivern and Mrs Davies for your time on Saturday morning. Thank you Fr Tai for presiding over the Sacrament and leading our students in their spiritual development.

Four of our staff went down to Perth last week to attend the CEWA Early Years Conference. Mrs Bennett, Mrs Mahlook, Miss Mavirck and Miss Jenkins attended a variety of key talks and workshops focussed on improving education, learning environments and wellbeing in the early years. You can read more in their report in the newsletter.

This week Mrs Bennett and I attended the CEWA Leaders’ Forum at the Perth Convention Centre. The Leaders’ Forum is held in Term 1 each year and is attended by principals and deputies/assistants from the 162 schools along with CEWA executives and consultants. At the events, the Executive Director, Mr Wayne Bull, announced the Strategic Directions Towards 2030. The system has set goals that align with the focus of St Paul’s to continue improving teaching and learning, ensure our staff receive opportunities for faith formation, share our Catholic story and the good things happening in schools and increase the number of students enrolled in Catholic education.

Following the Leaders’ Forum, I travelled to Geraldton to join the Regional Principals Meeting and attend the Bishop’s Pastoral Day. Working in a regional setting, it is always a wonderful opportunity to meet with the Geraldton Diocese principals in person. For the Bishop’s Pastoral Day, we were informed about the upcoming Synod in August. A Synod aims to listen to the people of the diocese to hear their thoughts and feelings about challenges in church and to come up with resolutions overcome the challenges discovered through the process. Each person is on their own path in the spiritual development. There are times in peoples’ lives they have been active in their parish, but it may have dwindled for different reasons. This is an opportunity to hear the voice of the people and find out about those obstacles and look at new ideas to reach people in our communities. The resolutions of a Synod cannot change Canon Law. During Term 2, we will run sessions with staff, students and an open session for parents to listen to the thoughts and feelings to take back to Geraldton for the Synod. In the evening, we attended the Mass of Chrism. At the mass, Bishop Michael blesses the oil for Anointing of the Sick, Baptism and Confirmation that is used around the parishes of the diocese. At the mass, the Fr Tai and Fr Dom, along with all the priests of the diocese, renewed the priest vowels.

Parent/Teacher meetings are being held over the next two weeks. These are a great opportunity for parents to meet with the teacher to review student learning and holistic development and set goals for where to next. These are short meetings and can be booked through the link in the email sent out to parents. If you require a longer meeting, please email the teacher to organise a time.

Good luck to all our students playing in the basketball finals this week.

Kind regards,

Ryan Powles


Early Years Conference

Last week Ruby Maverick, Natalie Mahlook, Clare Bennett and Madison Jenkins proudly represented St Paul’s Primary school at the Catholic Education Western Australia Early Years Conference in 2024. The conference, themed “Every Story Matters- Empowering Early Childhood Educators to Embrace and Nurture Each Child’s Narrative”, brought educators from all over Western Australia together at the Hyatt Hotel to network and engage in professional development around Early Years learning.

The 3 day conference gave teachers an opportunity to learn from national and internal leaders in the field of Early Years Education and Emotional Intelligence. Through engaging workshops and discussions, we delved into the significance of early childhood pedagogy through a Catholic lens, exploring ways to engage children in their spiritual domain and highlighting the importance of play and inquiry-based learning. We learnt about the significance of addressing the emotional, social, and cognitive aspects of learning and the profound impact of attachment and agency on children’s development. They recognised the vital role of families in the learning process, highlighting the importance of slowing down to ensure they have time to engage in meaningful learning activities with their children. Our educators have returned from the conference with renewed passion and inspiration. As a school, we are proud to already embrace these principles in our practices. However, we are eager to deepen and further refine our approaches to best support the growth and development of all our students.

Project Compassion

As we head towards the end of the Lenten Season, and start to think about how we will celebrate Easter, it’s a good time to reflect on how we can help those less fortunate than ourselves. Through Project Compassion, Caritas assists families all over the world, including in rural Australia, to connect to basic needs such as food, water and shelter.

Our classes have been busy raising money and filling up our Project Compassion boxes to see who will win a free dress day! All proceeds from our icy pole sales also go directly towards this worthy cause.

2024 Parent Calendar & Pupil Free Days

Please click on the following link to view the 2024 Parent Calendar: Term 1 2024 Parent Calendar
Website Calendar

Confirmed Pupil Free Days for 2024

Term 2

Monday 15th April – Friday 28th June

Thursday 25 April ANZAC Day

Thursday 30 May and Friday 31 May Staff Professional Development

Monday 3 June WA Day (5 day weekend)

Term 3

 Tuesday 16th July – Friday 20th September

Monday 15 July Staff Professional Development

Monday 5 August FeNaCl

Friday 30 August Catholic Day

Term 4

 Monday 7th October – Friday 6th December

Monday 4 November Staff Professional Development

Upcoming Events

What is Happening in Term 1 Week 9

Monday 25th March

Easter Raffle Draw

Tuesday 26th March

Wednesday 27th March

Thursday 28th March

8.30am Stations of the Cross

Friday 29th March

Good Friday Public Holiday

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