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What's Happening in Term 2 Week 1

Monday 15th April

First day of Term Two

Tuesday 16th April

Wednesday 17th April

Kindy Green

Thursday 18th April

Friday 19th April

8:30am Merit Assembly

Message From the Principal

Dear Parents and School Community,


This morning, we were blessed to be guided through the Stations of the Cross. The Year 6 narrators were splendid in their roles reading through each station and asking us to reflect on what Jesus endured and how we can apply it to our lives. Thank you Miss Dawson helping the student rehearse and overseeing the performance. And thank you again to our choir for their beautiful singing.

A huge thank you to our school community for your generous donations towards Project Compassion. This year was the first time we had raised over $1000 in my time at St Paul’s. Adding in the money from icy poles sales, we reached a total of over $1500. These funds will make a significant difference for a community in need. Well done to 4R for winning the class award for highest amount raised.

Next term, I will on long service leave and exploring the Kimberley for the first 5 weeks. While I’m on leave, Mrs Clare Bennett will be Acting Principal. Mrs Mahlook will step out of the classroom to embrace the role of Acting Assistant Principal.  While Miss Connell is in 1G, Mrs Mulgrew and Mrs Smith will be covering P.E.. Miss Connell will still be overseeing the Swimming Carnival and will have the experienced Mrs Smith assisting her. Thank you for your support as our staff take on their new roles in this time.

On Wednesday, we had two teams take part in the Have Sum Fun Math Competition at Tambrey Primary School. It was impressive to see the way our students use their cooperative learning skills to work together in pairs to solve problems and reach consensus as a group. Congratulations to the Division Daredevils who were the champs in a tight finish. They drew with Baynton West and scored 1 extra point in the tie break. And well done to the Math Wonderers for coming 3rd. A great result for the teams and school. Thank you to Mrs Gallagher who has been working with the students over the last month to prepare for the competition. It takes a big effort to coordinate such an event so extend our grattitude to Mr Docking and Tambrey P.S. for hosting the event. It was a fun filled afternoon of maths.

Thank you for making the time to book an appointment for the parent/teacher interviews. I hope you found it beneficial to discuss your child/ren’s progress and set goals to support the students.

Thank you for generous donations for the P&F Easter Raffle. There were big smiles from the winners when the children saw the chocolate they had won! From your donations, the P&F were able to make up extra bundles for each class to hold their own raffle and give the teachers some chocolate to say Happy Easter.

I am excited to announce that starting Week 2, the canteen will be open again with our new canteen manager, Mrs Rebecca Drew. Rebecca is a new parent to the school and has experience running a canteen at her previous school. An updated menu and information will be sent out in Week 1.

As we finish Term 1, I wish you all a Happy Easter! This season is all about new starts and hope. As we celebrate, I want to say thank you to everyone – our students, teachers, and families. You all make our school a great place to be. I wish for this Easter to bring you comfort and fill your heart with joy. Have a safe and enjoyable break and I will see you all again in Week 6.


Ryan Powles


Social Work Placement- Georgia

Hello! My name is Georgia, and I am a third-year social work student from Perth. I will be based at St. Paul’s for the next term while I learn the role of a school social worker. My placement role is in collaboration with the WA Centre for Rural Health. This position brings a unique opportunity for both myself and St Paul’s Primary to learn more about social work.

In light of World Social Work Day on 19 March, I thought I would take the opportunity to introduce myself to the St. Paul’s Primary School Community and share some facts about the role of a school social worker:

A school social workers’ role is to enhance a child’s engagement at school by collaborating with the student, family and staff to achieve success. Success is not just about academics, but also wellbeing and happiness. We work to ensure successful learning outcomes, relieve distress, and remove barriers to learning. We engage in whole school, class, and small group work to create a safe and inclusive community. Our role extends to supporting all members of the school community (staff, parents, and students) through problem-solving services and holistic solutions. For example, capacity building, school wide education and initiatives on topics such as emotional regulation, prevention strategies, healthy relationships, and conflict resolution.

You can find the official definition of a school social work here

World Social Work Day: World Social Work Day raises awareness about humanitarian issues facing individuals and communities. This year’s theme for World Social Work day is ‘Buen Vivir: Shared Future for Transformative Change’. The theme highlights the need for community-led approaches to social work, incorporating Indigenous knowledge and nature.

This week I have enjoyed getting to know the students and seeing what a kind community St Paul’s Primary School is. You may see some content from me pop up in the newsletter in future with some resources related to what we are doing in school that week.

Kind regards,


Docker's Cup

On Friday 22nd of March St Paul’s Primary School proudly joined the Dockers Cup Football Competition, engaging in spirited matches against fellow West Pilbara Primary Schools. Despite facing sweltering heat, our students showcased remarkable resilience and sportsmanship throughout the event. The girls team, although falling just short of the semi-finals, exhibited incredible determination and skill, while debuting a striking new jersey that stood as a testament to their unity and pride. This new jersey was created by Ishi, a former Year 6 student at St Paul’s Primary School. Meanwhile, the boys team demonstrated an outstanding performance, earning their spot in the semi-finals. A sincere congratulations to all the boys and girls who participated and those who attended training every Wednesday lunchtime. I also extend my gratitude to all the dedicated staff members who contributed their time and effort, as well as to the supportive parents who cheered on the sidelines!


Miss Rose Connell

Physical Education Teacher

Have Sum Fun

On Thursday 27th March, twelve of our Year Five and Six students participated in the Mathematics Association of Western Australia’s Have Sum Fun competition.

This special event was held at Tambrey Primary School, with other primary schools competing. St Paul’s entered two teams: The Division Daredevils and The Math Wonderers. Both teams displayed exemplary teamwork in the way they communicated and collaborated with each other.

The Division Daredevils took home first place with 27 points and The Math Wanderers came in third, with 21 points. A huge congratulations to all of our students who gave up some of their lunch times to train for this event and proudly represented St Paul’s. A big thank you to Mrs Gallagher who prepared the teams so well and supported all of our students.

Project Compassion

Thank you to all of our families for your involvement and donations towards Project Compassion this year. In our project Compassion boxes alone, we raised $1161.90, with Year 4R taking out the honour of raising the highest amount of $177.50. Through our icy pole sales, organised by the Year Six leaders, we raised $344.50, bringing our overall total to $1506.40.

Your generosity is much appreciated, and will make a real difference to families facing poverty.

Stations of the Cross

This morning students from Year 1 to Year 6 guided our school through the Stations of the Cross. The students reenacted the journey that Jesus walked, displaying his strength and humility. In each of the Stations we reflected on how we can emulate the messages in our own lives, such as helping others shoulder the crosses they carry, displaying WESTIE values in all interactions, and praying for ourselves and others in times of need.

Miss Bianca Dawson

Religious Education Co-ordinator

2024 Parent Calendar & Pupil Free Days

Please click on the following link to view the 2024 Parent Calendar: Term 2 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 2 Week 2

Monday 22nd April

Year 3- 6 Swimming begins

Tuesday 23rd April

Wednesday 24th April

Kindy Red

Thursday 25th April

ANZAC Day Public Holiday

Friday 26th April

8:30am ANZAC Day Liturgy 3R

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