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What's Happening in Term 2 Week 6

Monday 20th May

Tuesday 21st May

School Photos

Wednesday 22nd May

Kindy Red

School Photos

First Eucharist Parish Lesson 4pm – 5pm

Thursday 23rd May

Friday 24th May 

9am Whole School Mass – Communio/Reconciliation Week (5G)

Message From the Principal

Dear Families,

Yesterday six students from St Paul’s Primary School attended a forum with the Commissioner for Children and Young People, Jacqueline McGowan-Jones. The aim of this workshop was to hear the thoughts, opinions and ideas of our young people. Often people assume that a small percentage of the population live outside of metro areas. In reality, out of the 645,000 young people we have in Western Australia, 155,000 are living in regional towns, and they deserve to have their voice heard. At the forum, students from all of our local primary schools discussed and shared what they love about Karratha and what they would like to change.

Next week, we are celebrating Communio, which is the Bishop’s annual appeal to help others in the Geraldton Diocese. Within our community, there are many agencies who strive to reach out to those in need. This year, we will be fundraising by holding a Gold Coin Free Dress Day next Friday, and selling icy poles throughout the term. We will be donating a portion of our funds to the Karratha Stronger Aboriginal Women’s Group. The purpose of this group is to ensure that Aboriginal women of all ages, living in the city of Karratha, are empowered and supported to reach their full potential.

We warmly welcome back Mr Powles next week from his adventures in the Kimberley. I can say with a full heart, that being your Principal has been a privilege and a joy. I thank all of our students, staff and families for your support.

Enjoy your weekend!


Warm regards,

Clare Bennett

Acting Principal

MJR (Make Jesus Real) Award

Our Make Jesus Award was today awarded to Mrs Sally Davies. Mrs Davies is a wonderful teacher who inspires learning in all children. She always models the Gospel Values and helps children to recognise the presence of Jesus in their everyday lives. Mrs Davies goes above and beyond to nurture all her students educational growth and spirituality. Thankyou Mrs Davies!

Year 2 Assembly

Our Year Two classes presented a wonderful assembly about how precious water is, and how we can save it.  Well done to all of our Year Two students for their brilliant reading, dancing and singing skills. Thank you to Miss Dawson, Mrs Riddell and Miss Chanelle for preparing the students so well.

Book Fair

Mrs Retz transformed the library into a beach paradise for our 2024 Book Fair.

The Scholastic Book Fairs help our school to stock up resources, with the rewards we earn from every book sold. This year, over $7200 worth of books and stationery were purchased!

Mrs Retz also ran a raffle competition, with each student getting one entry per $15 spent.

Congratulations to our winners, who received a $20 voucher:

  • Milla KGG
  • Fletcher 2G
  • Bella 4G

A big thank you to Mrs Retz and Mrs Azzopardi for all of their time and effort in organising this awesome event for our students.

School Photos

School Photos will take place on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd of May 2024.
The school has chosen to use the online ordering system. Your child will be bringing home an online ordering instruction slip and a unique student shootkey.

Please log onto and follow the prompts to place your order.

If you lose your shootkey the school reception will have a copy to quote back to you.

The expiry date for on line ordering is Wednesday 29th of May 2024.

Any orders received after this date will incur a S30.00 archive fee.

Spare order envelopes (green) will be available at the school reception if you prefer to pay with cash.

Photo Days

Tuesday May 20th : Kindy Green, PPR, PPG, 1R, 1G, 2R, 2G, 3R, 3G, 4R, 4G, 5R, 5G
Wednesday May 21st: Kindy Red, 6R, 6G, Choir

Uniform Requirements
Kindy – Year 2: Sports uniform, white socks, predominantly black sneakers.
Year 3 – Year 6: Formal uniform, grey socks for boys, white socks for girls, black shoes.

Please ensure hair is neat, tidy, and off the face.
For jewellery, students are allowed to wear a watch, plain necklace, small stud or sleeper earrings.

Family/ Sibling Photos 

Family envelopes can be obtained from Administration. Family photos are taken each morning before school on Tuesday 21st and Wednesday 22nd of May from 7.20am in the Art Room. Parents and Caregivers must accompany their children for their family photo.

Please ensure that your family envelope and payment are handed to the Photographer on photo day.

If you do not have the correct money MSP Photography will will provide any change needed when photos are delivered to the school.

Family photos cannot be ordered online.

Once the school have received the family photos you can collect them from reception.

If you have any questions about photo day please contact the school office.

Meet our School Counsellor

Hi I’m Kemi, a fully qualified and experienced counsellor, who has worked within the mental health sector for the past 5 years.

I am trained as a ‘Integrative Psychodynamic Therapist’ and I work with anyone from the age of 4 years and above. In my work I follow an integrative model; it integrates parts of the psychodynamic and person-centred approaches. This means I have a theoretical background in psychological theory that provides a structural framework/skillset to work from, alongside, nurturing humanistic elements which provide conditions I uphold. Both help enable a well-rounded, wholesome practise.

I like to provide clients with a space and therapeutic relationship that feels accepting, non-judgemental, compassionate, neutral, and safe, with the hope for them to feel free to explore their emotions. Through continued sessions, it can facilitate gaining some new forms of self awareness, some new tools and some new coping strategies, to difficulties that are impacting them.

With children I believe it to be effective to utilise their love of play and imagination, so I like to incorporate games and creative techniques into sessions. This can help children express themselves and make sense of their life experiences and emotions in a more tangible and relatable way.

Materials used include board games, arts and crafts, sensory materials (such as sand, lupin, stress balls) and so forth, to aid a child’s process.

Play therapy and sensory materials have evidence showing that it helps with emotional regulation as well as helping to repair negative experiences.

Any questions you may have surrounding counselling, please feel free to drop me an email at or call me on 0461499452. If I’m not available at that time, please leave a voice message and I’ll call you back asap.

My days at St Paul’s each week are: Thursday and Friday.


Warmest Wishes,

Kemi Shodipo

ICAS Competitions

We know our students are amazing, so we’re giving them the opportunity to showcase and celebrate their talents in the world-renowned ICAS competitions this year.

What is ICAS?
ICAS is an online academic competition that gives students the opportunity to challenge their higher order thinking and problem-solving skills in English, Mathematics, Science, Writing, Spelling Bee, and Digital Technologies.

Every student who participates is celebrated and recognised with a printed certificate in each subject area, and an online results report to track development each year. Top performers are eligible for one of the highly coveted ICAS medals.

Our school access code is: MRC798

Your parent page link is:

First Eucharist

This term our Year Four students will be preparing to receive the Sacrament of First Eucharist. If your child is in either Year Five or Year Six and would like to receive this Sacrament, please contact Mrs Bennett via email,

The Premier's Reading Challenge

The Premier’s Reading Challenge runs from the 6th of May to the 6th of September. The idea is that you try to read as many books as you can!

It’s a competition right across the state and there’s some great prizes – including a Nintendo Switch.

So, everyone get on board with the Premier’s Reading Challenge for 2024. Get to your books!

What is Happening in Term 2 Week 7

Monday 27th May

Reconciliation Week

Tuesday 28th May

Wednesday 29th May 

Kindy Green

Cross Country Carnival

Parish Lesson 4-5pm

Thursday 30th May

Pupil Free Day

Friday 31st May

Pupil Free Day

Contact Us

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Karratha, WA, 6714

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