Welcome back to the 2017 school year. A special welcome to all our new families and to Julie Goode(Physical education) and Sue Kinsella(Semester 1 Finance officer) our new staff members. I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a terrific start to the new year. I myself had a very relaxing holiday spending lots of time with my family. We were fortunate to have spent some time together in Busselton where we had lots of fun playing tennis and cards, swimming and eating lots of delicious food.
School Holiday Works
Over the school holidays lots of work was completed around the school:
Firstly the top layer of the school oval was removed which left only sand and roots. When I first saw the work I was a bit worried that we would be coming back to a barren oval. But within a few weeks the grass started coming back and now we have a lovely level oval minus the troublesome weeds.
For the first two weeks of the holidays a team of painters spent hours painting the external parts of the school including doors, walls, railings, gates, gutters, beams and benches. You will also notice that the hall has also been given a fresh coat of paint.
As we continue to improve our school grounds Year 3 has been used as a trial class. All inbuilt cupboards were removed, the walls and ceiling were repaired and painted and new carpet installed. With the help of the P&F the final bits of furniture were upgraded. The class looks fresh and inviting, you are more than welcome to pop your head in to have a look.
Last week new air conditioning units were installed into the Year 1 classroom. This now only leaves the Kindergarten class to be upgraded which will be included in the proposed major works to the Kindergarten area at the end of 2017. Thank you to Jason Logan for serving all the air conditioners over the weekend so that they are ready for the onslaught over the next few warm weeks.
An enclosed storage area has been added to the breezeway outside of Year 1 so that all tables and chairs stored under the stairwell will now be appropriately enclosed improving the safety of all and making the area more presentable.
Parent Teacher Information Night
Next Wednesday the 8th Feburary will be the parent Teacher Information Night for Years 1 -6. This is an important information session for all parents. I strongly encourage all to attend. To allow parents to attend more than one class talks will repeated.
At the end of last year our school canteen manager Susan Martin resigned. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Susan for all her wonderful work and tireless dedication to providing the best service and quality of food for all our students.
This year there will be a slight change to the way in which our School Canteen is run and managed. We have outsourced the canteen to Lawley's Bakery who currently service a number of schools across the metropolitan area. The most significant change will be that orders must all be made via Online Canteen. If you already have an existing Online Canteen account you can continue to use it. If you require a new account please sign up using the following link http://ouronlinecanteen.com.au
You have the option of ordering for both recess and Lunch as we will have two separate deliveries. Please also note that canteen days will be each Wednesday and Friday.
We will be trialing this over the next year so there may be changes made throughout the year. Feedback is welcomed.
A big welcome to the New School Year. God bless you and your families in the year ahead.
St Vincent de Paul Society are urgently needed to join our local conference and help the needy in our area. Can you spare 2 hours a week to visit people in need? If yes, this might be for you! Our conference meets twice a month on Monday evenings, the 2nd and 4th of the month in the Innaloo parish centre at 7.30pm. Why not come along to one of our meetings and see what we do? Full training and lots of support is given to all our members. Enquiries are most welcome, phone Barbara 9446 5324.
Liturgy Meeting Planning for Lent, Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum: on Wednesday 1st February, at 7.35 pm (after Mass) in St Dominic’s Parish Centre. Everyone is welcome. Contact Bronwyn 0438448456 or Betty 94465451.
Palms Encounters With our Catholic Communities in East Timor is an experience to share this Easter and beyond. Palms long term volunteers guide this intimate, immersive, & inter cultural experience providing insights that challenge perceptions & deepen understanding. Encounter dates in 2017 are 2-14 April, 2-14 July & 26 September-6 October. Register for our April Encounter and receive $400 off a second ticket. www.palms.org.au/encounters for more information or 02 9560 5333.
Ash Wednesday, Lent & Easter
· 1 March Ash Wednesday—day of fast & abstinence
· 5 March First Sunday in Lent
· 14 April Good Friday- day of fast and abstinence
· 16 April Easter Sunday
Mary MacKillop Foundation 11 March at 8am for Breakfast in the Garden at Mary MacKillop Centre, 16 York Street, South Perth. Come and join the fun, meet old friends and make new ones...Bring $15 for breakfast, byo chairs, tables, blankets, umbrellas etc. RSVP to Laurie Mayne 9271 5649 or email firstname.lastname@example.org before 7 March.
November & December Baptisms.
Congratulations and welcome to Favian Vaz, Willow Zupanov, Quinn Smart and Ethan Bradley.
Perth Catholic Youth Ministry
· Position Vacant: “Year of Youth” Project Worker, a full time position with a 2 year contract. The PCYM is seeking a vibrant project worker to join the Youth Ministry Team. This temporary 2 year position will provide support & training for adults to engage in the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference “Year of Youth”, across parishes, schools, communities & movements in our Archdiocese. Information at www.cym.com.au. 6 Feb deadline.
· Masterclass—Youth Leaders Training Weekend 17-19 February. A three day training weekend in Busselton to equip those serving in Youth Ministry in their parish/groups. Beginners & Advanced workshops. Cost $50 including food & accommodation. www.cym.com.au. and receive $400 off a second ticket. www.palms.org.au/encounters for more information or 02 9560 5333.