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What's Happening in Term 2 Week 7

Monday 27th May 

Reconciliation Week

Tuesday 28th May 

Wednesday 29th May

Kindy Green

Cross Country Carnival

First Eucharist Parish Lesson 4pm – 5pm

Thursday 30th May

Pupil Free Day

Friday 31st May

Pupil Free Day

Message From the Principal

Dear Families,

Hello everyone. It is wonderful to be back after taking long service leave for the start of the term. The leave provided an opportunity to head up to the Kimberley area to explore and enjoy the waterfalls and waterholes of the region. I had planned to travel the Gibb River Road but those plans were thwarted by the late wet and delayed opening from the Pentecost end. It provided some extra time to spend in Broome and catch up with friends including some former St Paul’s staff, Ms Coby Rhatigan and Miss Verity Johnston. A huge thank you to Mrs Bennett for stepping into the Acting Principal role in my absence. She has done a wonderful job leading the school. And thank you to Mrs Mahlook who was Acting Assistant Principal to oversee the daily operations of the school and support the staff.

Tuesday and Wednesday were energetic days with the school photos. It was great to see the students in their correct uniforms for the day. I look forward to seeing them continue to wear the correct uniform moving forward. The school also participated in National Simultaneous Story Time. We gathered in the quadrangle and I read a story to the uppers while the students in the ECE area joined to listen to Miss Christy read. Our keen runners were putting in the kilometers to prepare for Cross Country next week which will be another great event.

At our staff meeting during the week, we wondered if there was interest in St Paul’s running parent information sessions and what topics you would be interested in. If you would be interested in parent information sessions, could you please complete the form to help us gauge interest. We would love to hear from you.

As part of National Volunteer Week, I would like to extend a thank you to all the helpers we have around the school. Our P&F crew put in many hours to organize our community events, our sporting events couldn’t happen without our volunteers, and we enjoy our parent helpers in the classrooms. Thank you once again for being a volunteer!


Have a great weekend.


Ryan Powles



National Simultaneous Story Time

Across Australia, over two million students, teachers, caregivers and community members came together at 10am to read Bowerbird Blues, written and illustrated by Aura Parker. This celebratory and interactive event aims to promote the value and enjoyment of reading.

The story stars a beautiful bowerbird searching 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. Soon, his bower– a mix of natural and unnatural objects – attracts something greater and more fulfilling than he could ever have imagined.

Across St Paul’s, our students listened to this story read by Mr Powles or their classroom teacher. Our Kindy students even had a special visit from Ms Christy’s pet budgies!

Cross Country

Our Cross Country will be held next Wednesday, May 29th.

All parents and families are welcome to attend.

The Cross Country will be split into two carnivals, one for our K-2 students starting at 9am, and then our 3-6 students starting  at 10:35am.

If any parents are able to assist, please contact Miss Connell via email –

Please note the following important information:

  • All students are expected to compete. If they have a medical condition or illness that prevents their participation, please notify your classroom teacher or Miss Connell
  • Kindy Red students are encouraged to attend the carnival. Please meet Miss Jenkins outside Kindy at 8:50am. Students will need to be picked up after their event by a parent or guardian.
  • Students are to remain in their faction bays under teacher supervision. Parents may visit their children at the conclusion of each carnival.


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 8

Monday 3rd June

Public Holiday – WA Day

Tuesday 4th June

Swimming Lessons – PP – Year 2

Wednesday 5th June

Kindy Red

Winter Carnival

Parish Lesson 4-5pm

Thursday 6th June

First Eucharist Retreat 8.30am – 12.15pm

Friday 7th June

Sunday 9th June

First Eucharist – 9am

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