Welcome to Week 5!
Pupil Free Days for Term Three
This is a gentle reminder that there is a Pupil Free Day this Friday 18 August and Friday 22nd September 2023. We conclude Term 3 on Thursday 21 September and begin Term 4 on Monday 9 October. Our school calendar is on the Christ the King website, so please check the calendar for any updates.
As we are well and truly in the colder months can we please ask that unwell students are not sent to school. Our staff will call parents if a child is unwell or presents unwell throughout the day. We are not trained medical staff and if a child says they are unwell or looks unwell we will call the families to collect them. Sending an unwell child to school in turn has an impact on the other students as well as the staff and all our families at Christ the King. Your consideration around this matter is greatly appreciated. If you need further clarification please refer to the https://www.health.wa.gov.au/ for recommendations on the time children should be away from school for any sicknesses.
Child Safety and Well-Being
At Christ the King School, child safety and well-being is the primary focus of our care and decision-making. The Code of Conduct, Behaviour Management procedures and the Keeping Safe Curriculum are some of the ways that we do this.
What is the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum?
The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC) is a respectful relationship and child safety curriculum, that teaches all children and young people they have the right to be safe and that they can help themselves to be safe by talking to people they trust.
The KS:CPC is delivered by teachers to children and young people each year from Age 3 to Year 12. Teachers who deliver the curriculum complete training in its use. The KS:CPC fits primarily within the Health and Physical Education learning area of the Australian Curriculum but can be taught across multiple learning areas.
Why is child protection important?
The Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) has a legal responsibility to protect children and young people from abuse in its own settings and in the wider community. All children and young people have a right to:
- be treated with respect and be protected from harm.
- feel and be safe in their interactions with adults and other children and young people
- understand as early as possible, what is meant by ‘feeling and being safe’.
- the support of school-based counsellors or designated staff in their education or care environment whose role includes being an advocate for their safety and wellbeing (Child Protection in Schools, Early Childhood Education and Care Services Policy, 2015, p4).
Teachers will provide parents and carers with an overview of the Keeping Safe curriculum content being taught in the classroom. If you have any questions about this curriculum, please contact your child’s class teacher.
Word on Wellbeing – Highway Heroes
On Friday 18 August, (Pupil Free Day for students) our staff will be engaging in a Professional Development Day and will be learning about the Highway Heroes Social and Emotional Learning Program, facilitated by Helen Davidson.
Little Highway Heroes (Early Years) and Highway Heroes (Primary Years) are curriculum-aligned, research-based, Social and Emotional Learning resources with a continuous process of skill development. By commencing this learning early through the explicit teaching of selected skills, children will have the opportunity to lay down healthy habits of emotional self-management and social engagement, which will impact every area of their life, including increased academic achievement and greater awareness and understanding of relationships. Watch this space!
Helen Davidson (co-author of Highway Heroes) will be presenting a FREE parent workshop about ‘Growing Resilience and Wellbeing’ on Tuesday 22 August from 6 pm – 7 pm in our school library. Please ensure you have RSVP’d your attendance to email@example.com.
One Big Voice
On Friday 18 August, our school choir will be performing at the One Big Voice Festival at RAC Arena. Please refer to the information note sent home to families with all the details. We wish our choir students all the best of luck for this special event! Please contact Jackie.firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or queries about this festival.
Wellness Week – Week 6
Next week, the children will be engaging in a variety of activities to support their mental, physical and emotional wellness. They will be actively participating in a range of different activities with the best part – no homework all week! Thank you to Miss Zugaro and the Wellness Team for organising this for our students.
Book Week 2023
Book Week is nearly here! The theme for this year is ‘READ, GROW, INSPIRE’. The Book Week Parade will be on: Wednesday 23rd August at 9am for students from K-6 in the quadrangle. Pre-Kindy will have their book week dress up day on Thursday 24 August. On the day, your child is welcome to come to school dressed as a character from a book they enjoy. Students can bring along the book or a printout of the cover page. Parents and carers are most welcome to join us for our parade in the Quadrangle area. If you have any questions or queries, please contact your child’s classroom teacher.
Our Year 6 Head Girl and Head Boy, Ahlia and Maksim will be interviewing our staff throughout the year so that we all can get to know each other well. This week they interviewed Mrs Pasquarelli, one of our amazing Learning Support Education Assistants. To find out more about Mrs Pasquarelli, please read below;
How long have you been at Christ the King?
I started in 2003 – 20 years. I went here as a child too.
What is your favourite colour?
What do you love about Christ the King?
The children, staff and because it’s a great school!
What do you love about the children you work with?
Their different personalities.
Did you have a pet when you were young?
A german shepherd dog called, ‘Jessie’.
Why did you become an Education Assistant?
So I could be home with my kids, but now because I love teaching new things!
We know that many students at Christ the King have amazing gifts and talents and achieve outstanding things outside of their life at our school. We would love to hear about all these achievements and have created a ‘Student Spotlight’ section in the Newsletter where you can share your stories with us. In order for us to share the news, we require as much detail as you can provide, so please email Mrs Reardon at: email@example.com
We can’t wait to hear and share your news!
A reminder that Locavora offers 3 days of lunch delivery to our school on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays using the School Lunch Orders Online platform: https://schools.locavora.com.au.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend!
Mrs Sabrina Reardon