St Kieran Newsletter Term 4, Week 6 - 16 November 2023
A Prayer for Peace
Almighty God, we remember with thanksgiving,
those who made the supreme sacrifice for us in times of war.
We pray that their offering of their lives may not have been in vain.
May your grace enable us this day to dedicate ourselves to the cause of justice, freedom and peace;
and give us the wisdom and strength to build a better world.
Remembrance Day falls on the 11th of November each year. On the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, a minutes’ silence is observed and dedicated to those soldiers who died fighting to protect the nation.
In Australia and other allied countries, including New Zealand, Canada and the United States, 11 November became known as Armistice Day – a day to remember those who passed away in World War One. The day continues to be commemorated in allied countries.
After World War Two, the Australian Government agreed to the United Kingdom’s proposal that Armistice Day be renamed Remembrance Day to commemorate those who were killed in both World Wars. Today the loss of Australian lives from all wars and conflicts is commemorated on Remembrance Day.
11 November is universally associated with the remembrance of those who had passed away in the First World War. At 11am on 11 November 1918, the guns on the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare. The allied armies had driven the German invaders back, having inflicted heavy defeats upon them over the preceding four months.
In November, the Germans called for an armistice (suspension of fighting) in order to secure a peace settlement. They accepted the allied terms of unconditional surrender. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month attained a special significance in the post-war years and became universally associated with the remembrance of those who had passed away in the war.
On Monday we acknowledged Remembrance Day with the school which was so well lead by the Year 6 classes. While so many generations apart it is very humbling to see the reactions of the students during events like this. To watch the reverence and the respectful way in which the students acknowledge those before them and the life's they have been given at these services is very powerful.
I hope you have had a great week.
Take care and stay safe.
Good luck to the Year 3 students who are making their first Reconciliation this weekend. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, as you embark on a new part of your sacramental journey.
We have a very limited number of positions available across the school in a variety of year levels. Please contact the administration office for further information.
3 Year Old Kindy 2024
We are currently undertaking enrolments and conducting interviews for 3 Year Old Kindy 2024. Please make sure that you let your family and friends know and if you have a sibling please ensure that you have completed an enrolment form. There are very few spaces for 2024 remaining so please make this a priority for your family. Please contact the office if you require more information or refer to our school website.
Kindy Enrolments 2025
We are now accepting Kindy Enrolment's for Kindy 2025. Please don’t leave this until the last minute as this year we have many people we could not accommodate. Please submit your application and make sure you have your children enrolled.
Students Leaving St Kieran
Can you please let the school know as soon as possible if your children are moving on from St Kieran in 2023. We currently have families on our wait lists and would like to accommodate as many people as possible. Please note a terms notice should be given in order to not be charged any subsequent fees.
Our school swimming lessons start on Monday 20th November for the next 2 weeks, Mr Taylor has sent out emails regarding the information required for these lessons. Please make sure that all items are labelled and that the children have been practising changing and packing away their clothes.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.
Please make sure the front of the school is kept free and that the ACROD Bays are used for those that have permits and that the parking at the front of the school is used for C Centre students. Please don’t hold these bays up waiting for other reasons.
I would also like to raise a very dangerous action we are seeing now out the front of school on Tyler Street with cars stopping and letting children out on the road. Please ensure you park and let your child out safely.
A reminder to all families that school fees are due and that if for any reason you are falling behind you need to make an appointment with the school principal to address these and the payments required. We are contacting families to have these up-to-date and finalised before the end of 2023.
Procedure to Deal with Incidents
Unfortunately at times during the school day there are incidents that may arise that require intervention or follow up by either the staff or by parents. To assist with this process the procedure is located on the website, it may give you some strategies to work through during these times of heightening emotions. The one element to remember is that mistakes can be made and as a catholic school we forgive and reconcile and move forward together.
Dogs on School Grounds
Can I please remind all parents and family members that dogs are not permitted on the school site or at any school functions. We would respectfully ask that this followed as requested.
Playing After School
Children must be under the supervision of their parents and not on the playground equipment before or after school, this includes playing with balls on the courts. We please ask that after you have collected your child at the end of the day to leave the school grounds promptly. All playground equipment is out of bounds and we encourage you to take your children to Grenville Oval if you would like to catch up with other parents for a chat while your children have a play.
Can you please ensure that family members or friends that are picking up your children are made aware of this as well.
We are calling all parents within the St Kieran Community to consider taking a role within the Kieran Connect Committee. Join our dynamic team and be a part of the group that helps make a difference in our community. If this seems like you, call Mr Burnett in the office at any time or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Can we please ask that unwell students are not sent to school. This in turn has an impact on the other students as well as the staff. Your consideration around this matter is appreciated.
St Kieran’s DAD Project (Dad’s Active and Devoted)
Lancelin Day Trip – Sat 25th November.
Details: Meeting at Lancelin at 10am.
4WD and sandboarding. If you don’t have your own, no worries, we can mix the group up to get out and about.
Contact Dave Traynor – 0437 800 948 or email email@example.com for more information
Carols in the Quad - SAVE THE DATE
Date :Thursday 30/11/23
Where: St Kieran Basketball Courts
Once again this year we will have our Carol's in the Quad. Last year was a great success and we would like to see a repeat of that this year with many new songs and some old ones too. Please make sure you have the date free. There will be more information to follow over the next few weeks. We all look forward to seeing you on the night.
The Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA) is seeking feedback from principals, teachers, parents and carers on the NAPLAN changes introduced this year. NAPLAN moved from May to March this year, and changes were made to reporting in order to provide simple, clearer and more meaningful results. ACARA is keen to hear from principals and teachers, as well as parents and carers, on these changes. Feedback is being collected until early December 2023. A link to the survey is here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/NRTZCHN You are asked to share the survey with your school communities and participation is encouraged by principals, teachers, parents and carers.
Swimming lessons will start on Monday the 20th of November and run for two weeks (Weeks 7/8) FOR ALL CLASSES EXCEPT KINDY AND YEAR 6. The following is some information regarding the lessons. The swimming lessons will be run throughout the day, with the first group departing school at 8:50am to walk to the Servite Pool. The last group will be back at school in time for normal pick up.
To help the lessons run smoothly, please ensure the following:
- Children swimming in the morning classes are wearing their bathers underneath their school uniform. (Girls who are not swimming until the afternoon can change into bathers before they go)
- Sport uniform can be worn each day
- As it is an outside pool, students are expected to be wearing a swimming top.
- They come to school in their normal school footwear.
- They have thongs or sandals for travelling to and from swimming.
- Have a towel and a spare top/jumper for travelling to and from Servite Pool. In the past, some students have had dressing gowns but a jumper will be sufficient.
- Bring spare underwear for changing into when back at school.
- All items of clothing including goggles should be clearly named.
Please note that children in 1B and 3W will be departing school at 8:50am and if children are not on time, parents will be required to take them directly to Servite Pool.
Lesson Departure/Return Times
Return to school
1B & 3W
PPB & 3B
PPW & 5B
1W & 5W
2B & 4B
2W & 4W
Parents at the Pool
We strongly recommend that parents do not attend swimming lessons. We understand that swimming lessons can be a stressful time, however, the swimming instructors are very well trained and are used to teaching nervous children, beginning swimmers and children with medical concerns. Having parents there can also be a distraction during lessons and instructors find it hard to keep children focused when they are trying to wave to parents.
Your understanding is very much appreciated, of course if you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at school.
Physical Education Teacher
Aranmore Reunion Sundowner – Friday 24 November 2023, 4:30pm – 8pm
Students, Staff & Parent Alumni of St Mary’s, CBC Leederville, Aranmore Catholic Primary School and Aranmore Catholic College are invited ‘back to school’ for an evening of reminiscing to celebrate 120 years of Mercy Education in Leederville.
This is a FREE event with drinks and food available for purchase. Registrations are limited due to licensing restrictions and are filling fast, so please register today @ Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/reunion-sundowner-aranmore-catholic-college-tickets-736239561347
Tuart Hill Yokine Scout Group
Tuart Hill Yokine Scout Group located in Villiers Street Yokine, has been part of the local area since 1949. We are seeking new members in the cub section (age 8-11 years) and in scouts section (from age 11). Cubs in particular is seeking girls to start in cubs. Girls have been part of Scouts since 1973 in Australia. We will take boys but girls are our priority. Scout section are seeking both girls and boys. Come along for the rest of the year at no cost to try it out. For more information please email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and I will answer any questions.
Nona Oliver Group Leader Tuart Hill Yokine Scout Group
2023 Perth World Festival of Magic - Free Tickets Now Available
The Rotary Club of West Perth is thrilled to invite St Kieran Catholic Primary School Tuart Hill students and families to attend the 2023 World Festival of Magic at the Astor Theatre Perth on Sunday, 10th & Monday, 11th of December.
All tickets are FREE, thanks to the support from local businesses. A great end-of-year excursion opportunity.
Check out the attached 'Event Flyer' for more details, including dates, times, and how to book tickets (in PDF and JPEG formats for your convenience).
Bulk and individual ticket orders from staff, families, and carers are welcome, including tentative bookings.
Tickets are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Availability is not guaranteed.