Christ the King School

BEACONSFIELD

87 York Street,
Beaconsfield WA 6162
PO Box 213
South Fremantle WA 6162
P: (08) 9487 9900
E: admin@ctk.wa.edu.au

From the Principal – Term 2, Week 09

 

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Community Members,

 

This Sunday our Year Four students will celebrate their First Holy Communion – a very special day for children, their families and our whole school and parish community. As parents, our ongoing challenge is to help and support our children to ‘live out’ the Eucharist in their daily lives –experiencing being ‘bread’ for one another, through our kindness, our care, our love and forgiveness.

Congratulations to our Year Four students and families – we hope Mums and Dads will organise a day that is filled with much love and gratitude for all the good things your children have to enjoy – faith, family, friends, a healthy body, a safe home and so much more.

The Eucharist is the most powerful prayer in which a Christian can participate. Firstly: Union with Christ in the Eucharist enables a Christian to offer the day to day life to the Father in the most intimate way possible. Secondly: We are bonded more deeply in Christ and empowered to love one another as he loved us. Thirdly: “. . . Only say the word and I shall be healed,” allows the power of Jesus’ healing to flow into our hearts.

This threefold effort of revitalisation offers the Christian the opportunity to return to their community – home, neighbourhood, workplace – strengthened to rise above human failings and live joyfully, honestly and non-judgementally. It takes courage to maintain our day to day lives and the opportunity to share Jesus’ love can give us the strength and purpose to not simply exist, but to celebrate our lives.

The apostles at the Last Supper must have been startled when Jesus stood up to do his duty as host and say that blessing over the cup and the bread. Here, where new words spoken: “This is My Body which is given to you”, “This cup is God’s new covenant which is poured out for you.”

Here, was Jesus offering Himself and  telling his Apostles to “Do this in memory of me”. The Apostles might have been bewildered at the Last Supper, but they were full of purpose after Pentecost and took Jesus’ request to various parts of the world. The Eucharist is the centre of Christian heritage and should be cherished by Christians as the principle means to union with Christ.

Parents have the responsibility and privilege to hand on this heritage to their children. What better way to achieve this than to share the Eucharist with their children in union with other members of their Christian Community. As we watch our children receive Communion for the first time, we are thrilled by the beauty and simplicity of their belief in who it is they are receiving.

Lord
You give us your body and blood in the
Eucharist as a sign that even now
We share your life.
May we cherish the sacraments as the life
Source of our Christian heritage and
Ensure that it may become the life source
For our children.
Amen

All I Really Need to know about life, I learned from Noah’s Ark:

  1. Don’t miss the boat
  2. Don’t forget we’re all in the same boat
  3. Plan ahead – it wasn’t raining when Noah built the Ark
  4. Stay fit – when you’re 600 years old someone might ask you to do something really big
  5. Don’t listen to critics, just get on with what has to be done
  6. For safety’s sake travel in pairs
  7. Two heads are better than one
  8. Build your future on high ground
  9. Speed isn’t always an advantage, after all, the snails were on the same ark with the cheetahs
  10. When you are stressed, float a while
  11. Remember, the ark was built by amateurs: the Titanic was built by professionals
  12. Remember that the woodpeckers inside are a larger threat than the storm outside

 

Congratulations to our Year 6 students and some of our Year 5 students who represented our school in the Modcrosse and LeagueTag Interschool Carnival last Friday. The Modcrosse and LeagueTag teams finished the day undefeated, winning both shields. A huge thank you to the coaches, Miss Kezic, Mrs McLinden and Mr Geaney for training and supporting the teams.

 

Did you Know?
• During his or her lifetime the average human will grow 949km of hair.
• Your foot and your forearm are the same length.
• Your smell is unique: your body odour is unique to you unless you have an identical twin.

There are ‘great things’ happening in our school due to the efforts of so many people; seek to be one of those people in the coming week!

 

 

Andrew Kelly
Principal

Messages from the Assistant Principal

Welcome to Week 7!

 

First Holy Communion

The Sacraments are central to our spiritual journey, guiding us in faith and unity. Please keep our Year 4 students in your thoughts and prayers as they will be celebrating their Sacrament of First Holy Communion this Sunday at 10am at Christ the King Church. We sincerely thank our dedicated Year 4 teachers, Mrs Tilzey and Miss Lomma for preparing the students so well for this very special occasion. We also thank our staff for supporting these students and teachers at this time!

 

Sickness

As you are aware, there is a spike of various illnesses in the community as winter sets in and many sick children have been attending school. Please keep your children home if they are sick in order to reduce the spread of illness at school. Please also continue to remind your children to use safe hygiene routines such as regularly washing of hands.

It would be appreciated if parents could email or phone the school office before 9am, in order to notify staff of their child’s absence from school. Please do not wait for a message from the school. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter.

 

Report Time is Approaching!

The Mid-Year Reports for students will be available for parents on SEQTA Engage at the end of Term Two. Could you please check your login details NOW to ensure that you have access prior to the reports being released in Week 11.

New families from Year 1 to Year 6 and all Pre-Primary families have received a welcome email last week directing you to set up your account for SEQTA Engage. Both parents have been sent the email, however, if you are happy to operate just one login for both parents, you don’t need to set up the second one. If you have remembered your username but have forgotten your password, please click on the Forgot your password? link and an immediate email will be sent to you. The email will expire within one hour, so please action this immediately. If you can’t see the email in your Inbox, please check your Junk or Spam folders as sometimes these emails will appear there as they are sent in bulk. Please contact admin@ctk.wa.edu.au if you have any concerns.

 

Leave of Absence Letter Reminder

As per the School Education Act 1999 “students are expected to attend school each day that it is open for instruction”. Any absence during these years may have a significant impact on student achievement. Where advanced notice of any extended absence, (four days or longer), the “Leave of Absence Form” is to be submitted. The form should be completed and submitted to the Principal at least one month prior to departure date (we acknowledge at times there may be extenuating circumstances). Please access the Extended Leave Form from the front office.

 

Staff Profile:

Our fabulous Year 6 leaders, Dominque and Christian, will be interviewing our staff throughout the year so that we all can get to know each other well. This week they interviewed Mrs Fernandes. Find out more about Mrs Fernandes below:

What’s your favourite colour?
Light blue

What’s your favourite food?
Eggplant salad

What’s your favourite part about CtK?
I love the community and the fact that we include everyone in our school community

What sports do you follow?
I sometimes watch cricket

What is your favourite animal?
I love dogs

Where do you like to go to get away from things?
I like to go for walks and sit in front of the river, as it calms my mind

If you had a million dollars what would you buy?
I would probably buy a house

 

Congratulations!

Alisha Parkin (Year 6) has been placed into the finalists for the Freo Builds Lego drawing competition. Alisha will have her design built into Lego models to form the July Freo Builds Trail. If she wins, the Year 6 class will be able to go on an excursion. Students can go and vote for her on the holidays. Good luck Alisha! More details about the voting will follow shortly!

 

Dogs on School Grounds

A gentle reminder that dogs aren’t permitted within our school grounds. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Mrs. Sabrina Reardon
Assistant Principal

 

 

Messages from the P&F Chair – Mrs Suraya Correia

Come and Bop Til You Drop with your craziest hair at the Term 2 Disco! The amazing team from Bop Til You Drop will be running the disco’s and will be having fun dance competitions, games with prizes and taking song requests. A standard Entry Ticket OR a Ticket, Pizza and Drink combo are available to buy now on the P&F Hub. All tickets and pizza MUST be purchased online on the P&F hub by Wednesday 19th June. LED/Glowing novelties, lollies and extra drinks will be available to purchase with cash on the night (no pizza).

 

The last P&F meeting of term 2 was re-scheduled to next Wednesday 19th June at 7pm in the library. In this meeting we will be planning term 3 and we welcome all parents to attend.

Suraya
P&F Chair

 

Community News

 

Private Singing Lessons

From the Principal – Term 2, Week 07

 

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Community Members,

 

WESTERN AUSTRALIA (WA) DAY is held on the first Monday in June each year and is a State holiday only. It commemorates the foundation of the Swan River Colony near Perth by European settlers – Captain James Stirling in 1829, although sightings and landings occurred as far back as 1616. Originally, Albany on the south coast, was to be the capital of WA, but better resources for shipping and farming were found on the Swan River and Perth became the capital.

WA Day was previously known as Foundation Day, but to recognise Aboriginal people as the original custodians of the land, the name was changed in April 2012.

WA was settled as a free colony, unlike some other parts of Australia like New South Wales and Port Arthur. It was the only British colony in Australia established with land grants to settlers. The settlers were given land in proportion to the quantity of people and goods they brought to the colony and were only given the full title to their land when it had been improved enough to be considered established and sustaining.

 

CONFIRMATION THANKS AND CONGRATULATIONS

Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May our Year 6 students received the Sacrament of Confirmation in what were two very special and memorable ceremonies. The celebration was the culmination of many weeks of preparation, which involved Religious Education lessons, student retreats and parent meetings. We recognise and thank the many people who have been involved in the candidates’ preparation.

Father Isidore who conducted the ceremonies on Saturday and Sunday ensuring it was meaningful to the students and their families.
Miss Kezic and Mrs Barrett for preparing the children so well. This takes lots of planning and hard work to ensure both Masses ran smoothly, well done.
Mrs Allegretta, Mrs McKenna and Mr Hancock for all their hard work in ensuring that the Mass booklet, PowerPoint and Mass organisation were well organised and clear for everyone to follow.
Germaine and Mrs Carroll for the music and singing at the Masses.
Mrs Urbano and Mrs Reardon for printing the Mass books and communicating with the Parish.
The staff for their support at events leading up to the Confirmation and their attendance at the celebrations on Saturday evening or Sunday morning.
The parents, as prime educators of their children, who have helped them on their faith journey.
The Parish community for their involvement and assistance with the Mass. Congratulations to all involved.

 

Prayer for our newly Confirmed Children

As the children in Year 6 continue their journey of faith we recognise and remember it is the Spirit that is alive in our hearts and lives today.  The following prayer focuses on the Spirit and its many special gifts.

Spirit of love – show us how to love.
Spirit of truth – help us to be honest.
Spirit of wisdom – teach us the best thing to do.
Spirit of gentleness – make us gentle in our ways.
Spirit of  God – live in our hearts.

Last Sunday, the church marked the end of the celebration of Easter, with the celebration of Pentecost. It is also the celebration of the birthday of the church. The church uses the next two Sundays to reflect on two of the most important ways God continues to share: this Sunday, who God is and Sunday week, the gift of God’s presence in his Body and Blood.

Sunday is consecrated throughout the year to the Holy Trinity because God the Father began the work of creation on the “first day,” the Son made man rise from the dead on a Sunday morning, and the Holy Spirit came down on the Apostles on Pentecost Sunday.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE INTERSCHOOL CROSS COUNTRY TEAM

Last Friday, teams of boys and girls from Years 3 – 6 competed at the Interschool Cross Country Carnival at beautiful Manning Park. It turned out to be a very successful day for our CtK athletes!

Every student represented themselves and CtK to the best of their ability and they looked fantastic while doing so, in their brand-new Interschool singlets!

CtK came home with the shield! We won the carnival overall, but finished 5th on handicap. Our Year 4 girls, Year 6 girls and Year 6 boys all won champion teams. Amazing!

A special mention must go to our six medallists:

  • Lachlan 1st Place Year 3 Boys
  • Brielle 2nd Place Year 5 Girls
  • Jenna 1st Place Year 6 Girls
  • Dominique 2nd Place Year 6 Girls
  • Jake 2nd Place Year 6 Boys
  • Charlie 3rd Place Year 6 Boys

Well done Team, you ALL did CtK proud! Huge thanks to our students, teachers and parents for their continued support!

 

CTK – The Fathering Project team

A HUGE thank you and congratulations to Alf DiTullio and Danny Cerra for organising the Bangers and Bingo Fathering event last Friday. Alf and Danny do such much for the dads and children in our school and we all value and appreciate their hard work and support.

 

Thank you to the P&F for raising funds to pay for the Softfall bike track in the 3 Year Old Kindy play area. The children will enjoy riding their bikes around the track.

 

SORRY DAY – 26 May and National Reconciliation Week – 27 May to 3 June – is a time for all Australians to learn about our shared histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. The theme for Sorry Day and National Reconciliation Week 2024: The theme for 2024 is ‘Now More Than Ever’, encouraging all Australians, from individuals, families, and communities, to organisations and government, to be a voice for reconciliation in tangible ways in their everyday lives.

Just a friendly reminder, 3 Year Old Kindy places and 4 Year Old Kindy places for 2025 is filling up fast. Please make sure you have completed an enrolment form for 3 Year Old Kindy or 4 Year Old Kindy and return this to the office ASAP.

 

What you can learn from children

  • A king size waterbed holds enough water to fill a 186sq m house 10cm deep.
  • If you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan, the motor is not strong enough to rotate a 19kg boy wearing Batman underwear and a Superman cape.
  • However, if you hook a dog leash over a ceiling fan and tie it to a paint can, it does spread paint on all four walls of a 6x6m room.
  • Garbage bags do not make good parachutes.
  • Always look in the oven before you turn it on because plastic toys do not like ovens.
  • The spin cycle on the washing machine does not make earth worms dizzy.

 

From My Readings . . .

Devil at Home, Darling in Public

“Why does my child behave well for others, but not for me?”

This is a common question many parents ask. It’s frustrating!

I remember my primary school-aged children having very poor table manners at home, yet after sleep-overs and visits with friends we were always complimented for having children with beautiful manners.

“They showed my kids a thing or two about manners,” was the type of comment we received.

When one daughter was thirteen, she barely had a civil word for anyone who lived under the same roof as her. Yet following a weekend staying at a friend’s house, the supervising parents remarked how communicative she was with them.

“What do you do get such a lovely teenager?” our friend asked. “Send her to you!” was my reply!

So why do kids behave well for others and save their worst behaviour for their parents? It’s simple really…..because you love them.

It’s hard to be good all the time. When we are fully accepted by others we tend to show them our true selves warts n’ all.

The same theory applies with all our relationships, including dating. When you first started dating, you more than likely put huge energy into making the best possible impression. In the early days of dating you more than likely dressed to impress, were always ready on time and wore a perpetual smile.

When the relationship became more stable, you probably loosened up. You didn’t always dress to impress; you may have turned up late a few times and you were less fussed about presenting your best possible face all the time. In short, familiarity breeds contentedness.

The same happens with kids. They become so relaxed with their parents that they will show their worst side to them.

They’ll be very polite to their teacher, barely speaking out of turn in class yet they can be downright rude and overbearing at home.

They’ll be friendly to peers at school but painful for siblings at home. Such is the way of family-life.

It’s important that kids know how to behave.

We’d all love our kids to behave appropriately all the time, but the reality is they won’t.

Most kids have L plates when it comes to learning how to fit in and behave around others. They make mistakes, yet they are always on a path to improvement…or should be.

It’s important that they know how to behave. That means parents teach their kids good manners; they teach them right from wrong; and also, you teach them how to behave well in a variety of social situations so that when they are outside the house and around others, they know how to behave in public.

Sometimes kids are worse in public than at home:

This happens with toddlers who are really on a huge learning curve. It’s easier to teach them in the confined, organised environment at home. When they are in public spaces, such as supermarkets, they are so much harder to control!

Teaching kids to behave:

Here are four smart strategies you can use to teach kids of all ages to behave well – both outside and inside the family home:

  • Modelling
  • Mentoring
  • Messaging
  • Manoeuvring

Modelling: Kids are born mimics. The minute you become a parent you become a walking, talking social studies lesson (as in how to be social, generous and pleasant to others). They need to see adults and significant others such as parents behave well, behave generously and use appropriate manners (cos’ they will speak like you in public). Model the behaviours you want in your kids… as much as is humanly possible.

Mentoring: Good behaviour comes easily to some, but many kids need to be taught the nuances of behaving well and socialising. Boys, in particular, benefit from a parent who is willing to invest time and energy into helping them behave well. Toddler and teens both benefit from explicit teaching and coaching in what to do and say in the company of others. They benefit from hearing messages such as “Say thank you”, “Look your teacher in the eye when you speak”, “Address her parents by name”.

Messaging: Astute parents give kids social scripts that they can use in a variety of situations. This social scripting starts when we tell a toddler to say hello to a relative and continues to provide more complex scripts to use in a variety of situations such as in a restaurant, at a friend’s house, at school, even online. It also helps if kids rehearse their lines before they use them in social situations. Behaviour rehearsal is particularly important for boys who are usually tactile, practical learners.

Manoeuvring: A great way to prepare kids to excel is through manoeuvring social situations much in the same way as sporting codes create junior versions of their games, so kids can learn the basics without being overwhelmed by adult rules. Look for opportunities for kids to socialise at home in ways that mimic situations that they’ll encounter in public. For instance, once a week set up your mealtimes like a restaurant, so kids learn how to behave in a restaurant situation.

By Michael Grose

 

DID YOU KNOW?

  • An ant can survive for up to two days underwater.
  • The letters in the abbreviation e.g. stand for exempli gratia – a Latin term meaning for example.
  • The plastic tips on shoelaces are called “aglets”.

 

There are ‘great things’ happening in our school due to the efforts of so many people; seek to be one of those people in the coming week!

Have a wonderful, relaxing long weekend with family and friends.

 

Andrew Kelly
Principal

Messages from the Assistant Principal

Welcome to Week 7!

 

Absenteeism:

A gentle reminder that with the cold and flu season upon us, we greatly appreciate parents keeping their children home when they are unwell. It would be appreciated if parents could email or phone the school office before 9am, in order to notify staff of their child’s absence from school. Please do not wait for a message from the school. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter.

 

Student Uniform Vigilance:

The Christ the King school uniform is a symbol of our school and helps our students develop a sense of belonging within our school community. Wearing the uniform correctly and being well-presented encourages a sense of pride in appearance and what the uniform represents – our school community. It is timely to remind all students to continue to wear the correct uniform, on the correct day and to wear it with pride. Please ensure items are labelled correctly so that they can be easily returned, in case they are misplaced.

 

Report Time is Approaching!

The Mid-Year Reports for students will be available for parents on SEQTA Engage at the end of Term Two. Could you please check your login details NOW to ensure that you have access prior to the reports being released in Week 11.

New families from Year 1 to Year 6 and all Pre-Primary families will receive a welcome email next week directing you to set up your account for SEQTA Engage. Both parents will be sent the email, however, if you are happy to operate just one login for both parents, you don’t need to set up the second one. If you can’t see the email in your Inbox, please check your Junk or Spam folders as sometimes these emails will appear there as they are sent in bulk. Please contact admin@ctk.wa.edu.au if you have any concerns.

Reports for 2024 – Understanding Your Child’s Report for PP – Year 6

Parents will receive 2 Formal Academic Reports this year:

July – Mid Year Report:

This report provides parents with a ‘snapshot in time’ of how their child is progressing in relation to the end-of-year achievement standard for each learning area for their year level. The grade provided is taking into account the curriculum which has been taught and assessed to that point in time.

December – End of Year Report:

This report provides parents with an overview of how their child has progressed, across the entire year, in relation to the end of year Achievement Standard for each learning area for their year level. The grade provided is taking into account the curriculum which has been taught and assessed across the entire year, not just Semester Two.

Understanding the Grading System 

Is a ‘C’ grade good? Yes, you should celebrate ‘C’ grades as this indicates that your child has progressed to the desired level of understanding for his/her year level.

Is a ‘C’ grade just a pass like it used to be? No, a ‘C’ grade today, is the expected Achievement Standard for each year level and each Learning Area.

Does an ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade mean my child is working a year or two above their current grade? No, an ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade means that your child is responding to the content taught to a deeper level. They may be thinking more critically about the content, which is a wonderful skill to demonstrate.

How are final grades determined? Teachers collect numerous samples of work and assessments to determine the final grade. The grade is determined with the use of the School Curriculum and Standards Authority’s (SCSA) Judging Standards. For more information on this go to https://parent.scsa.wa.edu.au/

We hope this information assists you to understand the reporting process at Christ the King. If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s class teacher.

 

Online Lunch Orders:

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

 

Staff Profile:

Our fabulous Year 6 leaders, Dominque and Christian, will be interviewing our staff throughout the year so that we all can get to know each other well. This week they interviewed Mrs Gumina. Find out more about Mrs Gumina below:

What’s your favourite colour:
Navy blue

What’s your favourite food:
Italian food, pastas, gnocchi, biscuits, and especially my home made tomato sauce where my whole family get involved to help make the sauce

What’s your favourite part about CtK:
The staff and the students

What sports do you follow:
I’m an Eagles supporter and I’m also a dance mum

Favourite animal:
Cats

Where do you like to go to get away from things:
I just love being around my family, we cook together, and we pass on our traditions with our children

If you had a million dollars what would you buy?
I would set up my children, and make sure they have a good life

What do you value most:
My family

 

Reading underpins everything we do!

Please see below for a reminder of how to register:

We are very excited to be a part of The Premier’s Reading Challenge for 2024. The challenge is open to all students from K – Year 6.

All you need to do to be in the running for weekly prizes is to register at;

premiersreadingchallenge.wa.edu.au or simply click on the QR code in the image here or on the special bookmark each child has received from their class teacher and get reading! Once you read something make sure you log the book, magazine, graphic novel etc in your account and you’re in the draw! The Challenge goes for 18 weeks until 6 September, 2024.

 

Wishing you a wonderful long weekend!

Mrs. Sabrina Reardon
Assistant Principal

 

Introducing our new School Nurse:

Hi everyone,

My name is Andrea, and I am very excited and honoured to be CTK’s first school nurse.

I have been living in Australia for the past 9 years and am originally from beautiful Ireland.

I am a Registered Intellectual Disability Nurse and since coming to Perth – I have worked both in the community and residential settings with both children and adults. For the past 6 years I worked with Therapy Focus as a Continence Clinician – helping many children, teenagers and adults with their toileting needs and goals– so please don’t be shy in coming to me for a chat – the toileting department is one of my favourite things to talk about J

My hope and vision for CTK is to set up and bring a Wellness centre that is both welcoming and relaxing for any child feeling unwell or just quite simply needing a little mental health break from all the chaos of day to day life. I hope that this Wellness centre provides you as parents a feeling of reassurance that your child is being well cared for until such a time that they are at home.

I am big into sports – my current focuses over the past few years have been participating in Triathlon – as well as managing/coaching my local Camogie Team (for those that don’t know the sport – it is an Irish sport also known as Hurling). Finally, the last thing to know about me is I have a beautiful little French Bulldog named Henry. I adopted Henry 3 years ago after he had corrective surgery on his cleft palate. Hopefully, at some point you and your children will also get to meet Henry as he has been known to join me at work in the past and I have no doubt Henry would love to meet all of the beautiful children of Christ the King.

Andrea Mangan
School Nurse

 

Messages from the P&F Chair – Mrs Suraya Correia

This Friday 31st June we will be holding our first P&F Day meeting from 9-10am in the library. We would love to see new faces and encourage you to come along and have a chat. It will be an informal meeting and it will give everyone who cannot attend the night meetings an opportunity to share their ideas. We hope to see you there!

The Doughnut Day stall will be held next Thursday 6th June at lunchtime to help CTK celebrate National Doughnut Day. A menu will be sent out at the end of the week with pricing and flavours available to purchase on the day. We have catered for children with dietary restrictions so there will be something for everyone to enjoy.

The annual Golden Ravioli fundraiser is happening again! Visit the P&F hub to see the delicious menu for online orders or grab a hard copy order form from the office for cash payments. Orders close Friday 14th June. Pick up will be Thursday 20th June 2:30-3:15pm from the school canteen.

Our last P&F night meeting for Term 2 will be held on Wednesday 12th June at a new time of 7-8pm in the library. We welcome all parents to attend and help to start planning Term 3 events. If you would like to help volunteer and be a part of upcoming fundraisers, please jump onto the P&F Hub and sign up via the volunteer link.

Suraya
P&F Chair

 

Community News

 

Private Singing Lessons

From the Principal – Term 2, Week 05

 

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Community Members,

 

School Rules Update

Our Pastoral Care philosophy is based on our School Vision, Mission and Values and we believe that all people can live in love and harmony with each other. Our Catholic School is, in essence, the face of Jesus for the whole community. The life of every human person is seen to have a God given value and meaning which is enhanced in our school community in an atmosphere permeated with the Gospel values of freedom and love.

Our school is a place where every individual is welcomed, cherished, respected and valued.  Our Catholic ethos ensures that a Christ-centred approach is at the heart of all we do. We live and learn within a community that is caring, loving, compassionate and forgiving. Meaningful relationships form the basis of all our interactions.

We respond by promoting attitudes which foster:
Love, joy, curiosity and challenge of learning.
Connectedness, belonging and inclusion for all.
Responsibility for one’s own learning and behaviour.
Acceptance and honouring of differences.
Perseverance and self-discipline.
A contribution to the wider community.
We have an expectation that everyone:

Respects each person’s dignity and self-worth.
Develops a positive relationship with all people.
Treats each other with kindness and respect.
Takes responsibility for their own feelings.  Use “I” statements and refrain from blaming.
Listens with eyes, ears and heart. Ensure all our children are heard, welcomed, understood, given creative opportunities, recognised and treated as individuals.
Communicates positively, honestly, directly and gives constructive feedback.
Ensures all children belong to the community, are loved and supported and have opportunity for the development of positive self-esteem.

Staff recently had an opportunity to discuss what we expect from our students regarding behaviour and expectations while at school. The following were then presented to the school community at yesterday’s assembly by some of our student leaders from the Year 6 Communications Team:

  • A reminder that 7:50am is too early for drop off. 8:10am is when supervision starts. No ball games including handball before 8:10am. If children do have to arrive early, children must sit on one of the benches in the quad until 8:10am.
  • Only handball games are permitted from 8:10am. No other ball or bat games are allowed for safety of others.
  • Walk bikes to and from the bike racks.  
  • Children need to wear a school hat while in the quad and oval at recess and lunch. No hat, shade play in the quad only. No hat, you are not permitted on the oval.
  • No running in the quad at all including playing chasey on walkways. Chasey/running games on the oval only.
  • All children from Years 1 to 6 will be sitting in the quad area to eat their recess and lunch. Children are no longer allowed to sit and eat along the verandas outside Smiley’s, the Yr 2/Yr 3 classrooms, and canteen area. At lunch, when the bell goes from eating to playing, children must remain seated with their hand up and wait until a duty teacher dismisses them. All rubbish must be picked up and put into a bin before children can go and play. Lunchboxes will also need to be moved to the side. We want our grounds looking neat and tidy please.
  • Great to see children wait at the gates for teachers to arrive before gaining access to the oval at recess and lunch. Keep doing this please.
  • Play in front of the trees on Oval South and Oval North, rather than behind the embankments. Children need to be visible by teachers on duty.
  • No sitting along any of the ramp and stairwell areas, especially next to the library. 
  • Be mindful when walking around the school during learning time. We want to have a calm, quiet school when learning is happening.
  • Running up or down the stairs is unsafe, please walk only. This also goes for the veranda upstairs.
  • Toilets are for going to the toilet only. They are not play areas so there should not be any loud screaming, chasey in or around the toilets.
  • After school it is strongly encouraged that families move off the school premises and that there are no ball games after school. This is so Smileys can have access to the quad and oval and be able to supervise accordingly. Thank you for supporting us with this request.

 

Confirmation: When We Start to Speak for Ourselves

Catholics have no recollection of Baptism whatsoever. This is because our Baptism occurred a few weeks after our birth and we were incapable of knowing what was going on or of expressing an opinion on what was about to happen to us. It was our Parents and Godparents who answered when the Priest asked, “Will you be responsible for nurturing this child in the faith and the life of the Catholic church?” When the time came to receive Confirmation, the time also arrived for us to begin speaking on our own behalf.

Before the Holy Spirit came to the apostles for the first time, they were gathered together in the upper room of a house. They were slowly recovering from the events of Good Friday; they were frightened and nervous about Jesus’ promise to them, “You will receive power when the spirit has come upon you”. They did not realise that Jesus had prepared them well for what was about to happen to them. The Spirit arrived with a great wind and with tongues of fire and their hearts were filled with the power of the Spirit and as the saying goes “A burning heart will soon find for itself a flaming tongue.”

They were able to speak about their faith with boldness and confidence and shared with others what they had seen, experienced and learnt from seeing Jesus in action.

They were able to bring healing to people who were hurting.

They were able to work out disagreements by remembering what Jesus had taught them: Blessed are the poor in spirit, the meek and humble, the merciful, those who hunger and thirst for what is right, those who mourn and are able to enter into the sufferings of others, those who are persecuted in the cause of what is right.

 

Pentecost

This weekend being Pentecost, a new group of young people are about to formally receive the power of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation and begin speaking for themselves; we might cast a timely glance over our own lives to see how well we have spoken for ourselves. What are our reactions as the power of the Spirit continues to be revealed in our lives; are the two greatest commandments (Love of God; Love of our neighbour) alive and active? How “blessed” are we in living the inspiring words of Jesus about being humble and merciful, in contributing to the welfare of the disadvantaged, in standing up for Christian values?

If, as the most significant people in the lives of our children, we are making a real effort to exercise the power of the Spirit within us, then, our children will really begin to “answer for themselves” and follow our example to reveal Jesus to others by engaging in Christian thinking and action.

May the Spirit of Our Lord, Jesus Christ
Be with you always
And may we go in peace
To love and serve the Lord.
Amen

 

Confirmation

We send prayers and well-wishes to the children making their Confirmation this Saturday evening from 6pm or Sunday morning from 10am. A very special thank you to Miss Kezic and Mrs Barrett for preparing the children so well. Both teachers have had a huge month and have lead Year 6 with aplomb. They start early, work late each day and have given so much of their own time to ensure the children in Year 6 are ready to receive the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. Thank you, Father Isidore for being our celebrant for both Masses.

 

Year 6 Camp

Well, we have returned safely from another very successful and rewarding Year 6 Camp. This was a tremendous experience for our Year 6 students as they challenged themselves in ways that they have never really encountered (in the most part) before. I am sure that they will remember the Year 6 Camp for some time to come. The children behaved brilliantly and got a lot of satisfaction out of the experience, as well as the opportunity to develop some new friendships.

I sincerely thank Miss Kezic and Mrs Barrett who led the camp for making themselves available. It is a huge responsibility attending a School Camp and both were very professional in their duties and generous with their time. As I mentioned last week, attending these camps takes time away from their families, and therefore puts extra pressure on the family. I certainly acknowledge this support. I also wish to acknowledge and thank Mrs McLinden, Mr Geaney and Mr Martelli for being fabulous support on camp. It was a tremendous team effort.

I am also very grateful to the staff who remained at Christ the King School as a number of adjustments to timetables and duties, as well as the support needed to cover the staff who were away. Thank you to everyone for this support!

 

Cross Country

Congratulations to all the children who participated in the Cross Country Wednesday week. I was so proud of all the children who participated. Thank you to the many parents for attending, supervising, and supporting the children. To my amazing staff, who are so giving, committed and passionate about providing the very best support and encouragement for all the children in our school, bravo! Running Club continues every Thursday morning. Again, thank you to our dedicated staff consisting of Mrs McLinden, Miss King, Mrs Viti and Mr Geaney for taking morning training. We wish our students representing Christ the King at the ASCS Interschool Cross Country tomorrow the very best!

 

Mother’s Day 2024

Hopefully all mothers and mother figures in our community had a happy Mothers’ Day where their love, commitment and dedication were acknowledged and celebrated by their families. We hope everyone enjoyed the wonderful activities and morning High Tea put on in your honour. We thank you for what you do for our students, school and community. Thank you also to the many Dads and mums for helping out at this very special event, and to the P&F for their awesome coordination, setup and planning.

 

School Nurse Appointment

I am very excited to announce, I have appointed Miss Andrea Mangan as our school-based nurse. Andrea will start with us this Tuesday, 22 May. Andrea is a registered nurse, has training and extensive knowledge in incontinence, seizures, peg feeding and other medical needs. She has just finished at Therapy Focus where she supported many children in schools across WA.

 

Birthday

Guess whose birthday it is this Wednesday? Our little girl is turning TWO! Happy Birthday, Patch!

 

Did you Know?

  • A ‘jiffy’ is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second
  • The first cell phone was invented in 1924
  • Venus is the only planet in the solar system to spin backwards
  • Each king in a deck of playing cards represents a great king from history:

Spades – King David.

Clubs – Alexander the Great.

Hearts – Charlemagne.

Diamonds – Julius Caesar.

 

There are ‘great things’ happening in our school due to the efforts of so many people; seek to be one of those people in the coming week!

 

Andrew Kelly
Principal

Messages from the Assistant Principal

Welcome to Week 5!

As we are almost halfway through the term, it is evident that our staff are working extremely hard to ensure the best teaching and learning is taking place at Christ the King School, for the students in our care! We are very mindful of the importance of continuing our teaching programs ensuring any interruptions are minimal and don’t significantly impact on the learning of our students. We want the very best for all students and are very keen to work with you, ensuring all children have the opportunity to work to their full potential.

 

Term Dates

Please make sure you have made note of the dates and special events occurring this term. There is a Public Holiday on Monday 3rd June, 2024 (Week 8). We conclude Term 2 on Friday 28th June, 2024 (Week 11).

 

Absenteeism

With the cold and flu season upon us, we greatly appreciate parents/carers keeping their children home when they are unwell. With our staff also succumbing to various viruses, it would be appreciated if parents could email or phone the school office before 9am, in order to notify staff of their child’s absence from school. Please do not wait for a message from the school. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter.

 

Attendance

Regular attendance is essential for all students to make progress over time. If your child is absent from school for long periods of time, your child is at risk of not reaching their full potential, as significant gaps will start to appear in their learning. Obviously, absences cannot be avoided if a student falls ill, however, we do kindly ask all parents and carers to consider the ramifications of frequent absences, or those absences associated with long periods of time.

 

Punctuality

Staff have noticed that there are several students arriving late to school. Being punctual is an important attribute that we all require through life. We do acknowledge that some students have appointments at the beginning of the day and of course this is quite acceptable. However, it is vital that parents and carers make every effort to get your child to school at 8.30am – 8.40am. Our classroom doors open at 8.30am.

We do understand that families are very busy and that it can be very difficult to get some children organised for school. However, being late to school results in the following:

  • Students think that it is okay to be late. This has implications for high school.
  • Students miss out on the morning routine of their classroom with their teacher and peers.
  • Teachers have to repeat their instructions as late students wander in.
  • The learning program of other students is interrupted.
  • Some students are very anxious about being late which impacts on their ability to learn.
  • Students do not have enough time to organise themselves for the school day.

The implications for your child are significant when they are late to school.

ALL STUDENTS WHO ARRIVE AFTER 8.40AM MUST SIGN IN AT THE FRONT OFFICE AND OBTAIN A LATE CARD BEFORE ATTENDING CLASS.

We do appreciate your support with this matter.

 

Pick Up Time of Students

We are having an increasing number of students who are not being picked up at 2.45pm (Kindy and Pre-Kindy) and 3pm (Years PP – 6) at the end of the school day. This places our teachers and office staff in the difficult position of having to supervise students, contact parents as well as carry out their daily duties. We kindly ask that you make appropriate arrangements if you are going to be late in picking up your child. This includes organising for someone else to pick up your child or have them access Smiley’s Out of School Care. We also ask that you provide the office staff with sufficient notice when needing to leave a message for your child. Calling the office at 3pm does not give us any chance to get to your child’s class to deliver a message in time. We thank you for your continued support.

 

School Photos & School Uniform Reminders

As communicated via SEQTA during the week, School Photos will take place on Monday 20 May 2024 (Week 6) with our Pre-Primary & Pre-Kindy students on Friday 26 May 2024. Family photos are scheduled for 8.15am in the school hall on both dates. To order the school photos including family photos, you will need to order ONLINE at www.photohendriks.com.au, then click on ‘order your school photos’ and then enter your access key – YHQZ9UPG. If you would like to order family photos, this must be completed by 4.30pm this Sunday 19 May, 2024.

 

Uniform

Kindergarten and Pre-Kindy students need to wear their Early Childhood T-shirt for their school photos. Students in Year 1 – 6 must wear their formal winter uniform and our Pre-Primary students need to wear their sports uniform (house t-shirt). Summer dresses are not permitted in Term 2 and 3.

Girls – uniform includes formal tartan skirt and white shirt, with a soft shell maroon jacket (not needed for school photos). Black tights or white plain ankle socks to be worn with black formal shoes.

Boys – uniform includes formal grey shorts or grey long trousers and white shirt, with a soft shell maroon jacket (not needed for school photos). White plain ankle socks to be worn with formal black shoes. As part of the formal uniform in Years 1 to 6, students need to wear black leather/leather look school shoes, as per this image.

**Black sneakers or cross trainers are not permitted with the formal school uniform.

Hair should be tied back neatly with the correct school colour ties and hair out of the face.

Please Note: We are starting to see the cooler mornings come in and over the next few weeks it will get colder, as we move into Winter. This is a great time to ensure that you have your child’s name written on their school uniform. It is very difficult to find the owners of these items without a name on them.

 

Staff Profile

Our fabulous Year 6 leaders, Dominque and Christian, will be interviewing our staff throughout the year so that we all can get to know each other well.

This week they interviewed Mrs Barrett. Find out more about Mrs Barrett below:

Do you have pets and if so, what are their names?
I don’t have any pets but at my old school I had convinced my students that I had a pet Walrus named ‘Andy’ who lived in my mum and dad’s pool!

What’s your favourite colour?
Green and Blue

What’s your favourite part about working about CtK?
I enjoy having one last year of tricks in Year Six.

What are your favourite hobbies?
I used to play Netball and Volleyball, I like being with my friends and family, as well as being at the beach, and I can be little bit arty.

What’s your favourite food?
I love all food, especially when it is gluten free, but I really like pasta, especially my Nonna’s.

What sports do you follow, if so, what team do you support?
AFL and the Dockers.

What’s your favourite movie?
I am very indecisive, but I really like funny movies.

 

Dogs on School Grounds

A gentle reminder that dogs aren’t permitted within our school grounds. Thank you for your co-operation.

 

Premier’s Reading Challenge

The Premier’s Reading Challenge starts SOON!

What is this?
This challenge is for students to read 12 books or more during the challenge.

Who can take part?
Students from Kindy to Year 10.

When does it start?
It’s started! It runs from 6 May to 6 September, 2024.

How do I enter?
Parents can register their child/children online.

https://www.premiersreadingchallenge.wa.edu.au/schools

There is something for every student. From historical novels to graphic novels, comics, newspapers, song lyrics to poems, all of these count towards their Reading Challenge totals.

Students can win fantastic prizes so register today!

Mrs. Sabrina Reardon
Assistant Principal

 

P&F News

A BIG thank you to the incredible volunteers and the Fathering Project for helping us out at the Mother’s Day Stalls and Mother’s Day events this year. We know a lot of planning and thought goes into days like these and we truly appreciate all of your hard work and support. The special women of our CTK community enjoyed a Tea-rrific High Tea where they were able to come together, have a bite to eat and feel appreciated for all that they so selflessly do. It was great to hear so many of you got a chance to relax and reconnect and thank you for all of the wonderful feedback you provided. We hope you enjoyed lovely hand massages with your hand creams, a cuppa made with love from your coupon and have a beautiful Mother’s Day photo with your little ones to treasure for many years to come!

This week the CTK Coin War has started each morning in the library and its so great to see so many excited children coming in! Don’t forget to save all of your coins and bring them in between 8am-8:30am to help your class earn their own class party. The flyer went home with your children last week, which explain the game rules and have all of the coin values to help set their class up for success.

The P&F are looking for people to join our Paint & Sip Committee and start brainstorming ideas for the event being held in Term 3. This one will be a lot of fun and we would love to have your input. If you are interested, join up by scanning the QR code on the flyer below or by popping onto our P&F Social hub.

 

 

Have a fantastic week!

Suraya
P&F Chair

 

Bangers and Bingo

Starts: 24 May 2024, 5:30 pm
Ends: 24 May 2024, 7:30 pm
Location: Christ the King Beaconsfield School Hall, 87 York St, Beaconsfield, WA 6162
Event type: Engagement Dads and Kids Activity

Dads, Father-figures & Carers

As a father or father-figure, you are really important to your kids, and they need you to be present and actively engaged in their lives.

Our next Fathering Project event at Christ the King Primary is planned for Monday 24th May 2024. (5:30 to 7:30pm).

Bring your kids along and enjoy an evening of eating bangers, playing bingo, and connecting with other fathers.

Sausage sizzle, juice and water will be provided at $5 per head.

Please reach out if you can help prepare and serve food on the night.

RSVP by Monday, 20th May 2024. 

Community News

 

Private Singing Lessons

From the Principal – Term 2, Week 03

 

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Community Members,

 

ANZAC Day

As a school community we came together last Wednesday to commemorate ANZAC Day and to pray for those who have given their lives in wars to protect our country and also for those who are still serving around the world. This was a beautiful occasion and the students were most respectful throughout the service. A huge thank you to our Year 6 students for leading this ceremony with the readings and singing.

Praying the Rosary – Month of May

The month of May has traditionally been a time when we pray to Mary. The Rosary is often prayed during this time. The Rosary tells of some of the very important events in Mary’s life. Mary’s life begins joyfully, then experiences sorrow and is finally glorious. The Yr6 Communications Team will be leading the Rosary in our school from next week for the month of May.

We send lots of prayers and blessings to the children in Yr3 as they participate in the Sacrament of Reconciliation this Saturday 4 May at Christ the King Church between 3pm and 5pm. We wish the children and their parents the very best! Many thanks in advance to Mrs Gumina and Miss Letizia for preparing the children. Thank you to Mrs Reardon for her support, guidance and help. Thank you, Mrs Darch for creating the certificates and thank you, Mrs Urbano for completing the administrative duties to ensure everything is in readiness for this Saturday.

Year Six Camp

On Tuesday the Year Six children and teachers left for their Year Six Camp at Nanga Bush, Dwellingup. We wish them well and hope they experience the joy of being together as a group and grow in appreciation, whilst experiencing the many challenges they will face over the next four days. The children have settled in well and are enjoying the many activities and experiences presented to them. We do look forward to their return tomorrow and hearing the many stories they have to share with us.

Playgroup at Christ the King School

This wonderful new initiative led by Melissa Fiocco and Alison Reddyhough began Monday as parents and children gathered in the PreKindy classroom to experience play in a casual setting. Playgroup provides opportunities for families and children to learn and playfully prepare for school together, to bond, share and build brains!

Playgroup typically meets for two hours per week for families and children to come together to socialise and learn through play. At playgroup you can have fun playing and learning with your child and meet other local parents. Your child can make friends and become familiar with the school environment ready for future school years. To register your interest please contact Melissa. Email: ctk.pfc@gmail.com

Play-Based Learners

At Christ the King School, we believe in the development of the whole child and that our children must be equipped for the future. We understand that the children of today do not live in the world of yesterday and as such believe in an innovative, curiosity driven education based upon traditional and new pedagogy and understanding.

Christ the King School offers so many exciting opportunities and I encourage students and parents to attend relevant events and to be as involved as possible in the life of the school. Our aspiration, at Christ the King School, is to provide a world-class Catholic school where students and staff flourish.

Early Childhood Education lays the foundation for further schooling and provides the initial interface between home and school in a child’s life. Recognising parents as the first educators of their children, early childhood education seeks to build upon home learning. In establishing programs for young children, it is important to remember that Catholic schooling is intentionally directed to the holistic development of children from within, assisting them to become fully integrated human persons.

Our program:

  • Recognises, values and builds upon the child’s prior knowledge.
  • Understands the importance of developing problem solving and thinking strategies through play.
  • Listens to children and their families, respecting their values, cultures and experiences to provide opportunities which support learning.
  • Closely observes, describes and records the children’s efforts and achievements by monitoring progress and planning experiences which build on their knowledge, understandings, skills, attitudes and values.
  • Facilitates a challenging environment which motivates and enriches learning and gives the child the opportunity to experience:
  • Independence and guidance.
  • Free choice and direction.
  • Incidental moments and planned activities.
  • Child initiated, and teacher navigated.
  • Individual and group work.
  • Free inquiry and explicit teaching.

 

The aims of our Early Childhood Education Program are to encourage children to:

  • Develop a positive self-image.
  • Love learning and value their individual learning styles.
  • Be responsible for their learning.
  • Build oral language skills.
  • Respect their own knowledge, background and culture.
  • Take risks, persist and be self-paced with their learning.
  • Know, understand and use their personality, talents, and personal ways of being creative.
  • Learn through problem-based play activities by doing and being actively involved.
  • Learn through adults and others who scaffold their endeavours.
  • Respect, value and accept all people.
  • Experience the joy in the mystery and wonder of the universe through inquiry.
  • Feel valued and safe.

 

School Attendance

We want to make sure all children get the best education possible which is why attending school every day is so important. Western Australian law stipulates that all school-aged children must go to and attend school every day. As a school we are required to keep accurate attendance records for all of our students. This includes taking attendance:

  • In the morning and afternoon for students in Pre-Kindy to Year 6
  • At every lesson for secondary school students.

Developing the habit of going to school every day is vital so children do not miss out on important Ideas and skills they need for future learning.

The impact on the child’s learning when they continuously miss school is quite significant. We certainly do not want parents sending their child to school when they are unwell. This serves no purpose and can have a detrimental effect on the child, other members of the class and the teacher. However, children who stay home for less legitimate reasons, can be habit forming, as well as impacting on their learning. For example:

Missing half a day of school each week equates to one month of missed learning each year.

The attendance habits set by children when they first start school continue throughout their school life.

If children miss half a day of school each week between Pre-Primary and Year 10, they would miss almost one full year of learning. Learning is cumulative – if children miss a day, it is harder for them to catch up.

You can help by arriving and collecting your children on time; making sure they get nutritious meals and enough sleep; and making appointments with doctors, dentists and specialists after school hours, and making holiday plans during school holidays and not during the school term.

As Principal, I certainly understand that this cannot always be the case, as sometimes you can only get into specialists at certain times and holidays can be a ‘once in a life-time’ opportunity for the child and the family.

If your child is unwell and unable to go to school, let the school know straight away by telephone or by the website. If they miss a day it is important you talk with their teacher to find out how you can help them catch up. If your child cannot attend school because of their mental or physical health, speak to your child’s teacher or make an appointment to speak with me to see what options are available for your child. As the year progresses and we move into the colder months, it is hard to get out of bed and get ready for school. It is important that we remind our children the importance of attending school every day.

Did you know?

  • Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  • Food can only be tasted if it is mixed with saliva.
  • A hardboiled egg will spin. An uncooked or soft boiled egg will not.

 

There are ‘great things’ happening in our school due to the efforts of so many people; seek to be one of those people in the coming week!

 

Andrew Kelly
Principal

Messages from the Assistant Principal

It has been a wonderful start to Term Two! We have a very busy and fun term ahead! As we continue through the term, let us remain committed to fostering a nurturing and supportive environment for all members of our school community.

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation

We wish our Year 3 students who are celebrating their Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturday 4 May, all the very best. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, as you embark on a new part of your sacramental journey. We thank Mrs Gumina and Miss Letizia, for their support and guidance with the Year 3 students.

 

Illness

This a gentle reminder to please keep your child home if they are unwell. This in turn has an impact on the other students as well as the staff. While it can be hard to know whether to keep your child at home when they are not feeling well, there are some signs to look out for. Keep your child home if they have:

  • fever (a temperature above 37.5 degrees Celsius)
  • nausea with vomiting
  • diarrhoea
  • sore eyes with pus or mucus
  • sore throat
  • bad cough
  • rash or skin sores, especially on the face, hands and feet

 

If your child is feeling generally unwell and has a runny nose, low energy levels or little appetite, you may want to keep a closer watch. Assess their health for a few hours before deciding whether they should stay home for the day. It is very important to keep children home when they are sick to minimise the risk of spreading illnesses to other children, staff members and their families. In particular, viruses spread quickly when there is close contact and cause many of the diseases that are common among young children, especially when a child is coughing, sneezing or has a runny nose. Your consideration of this matter is greatly appreciated.

 

Parking

Student safety in their transition to and from school is of utmost importance. To ensure safe and efficient traffic flow surrounding our school, please ensure that you are following the before and after school procedures. To reduce traffic congestion, we need your support to ensure our school is a safe and efficient place for student drop-off and collection. We ask for your cooperation to help alleviate traffic congestion by being mindful of others and ensuring that our children are safe at all times.

Only parents and families who have a child in Pre-Kindy, Kindy and or Pre-Primary can park and use the ECE Car Park. This is NOT a drive through so please make sure you respect this space as child safety is a priority for all concerned. All other families who have a child in Years 1-6 will need to use the Loop Car Park for drop off and pick up.

Students in Pre-Primary – Year 6 are dismissed from class at 3:00pm. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten students will be dismissed from class at 2.45pm. Please be prompt and ensure you clearly communicate with your child how they will be getting home each day and from where they will be collected.

 

Premier’s Reading Challenge

The Premier’s Reading Challenge starts SOON!

What is this?
This challenge is for students to read 12 books or more during the challenge.

Who can take part?
Students from Kindy to Year 10.

When does it start?
It’s started! It runs from 6 May to 6 September, 2024.

How do I enter?
Parents can register their child/children online.

https://www.premiersreadingchallenge.wa.edu.au/schools

There is something for every student. From historical novels to graphic novels, comics, newspapers, song lyrics to poems, all of these count towards their Reading Challenge totals.

Students can win fantastic prizes so register today!

 

 

Mrs. Sabrina Reardon
Assistant Principal

 

One Big Voice – Save the Date!!!

Our school choir has been selected to participate in the One Big Voice Festival at RAC Arena on Thursday, August 22, 2024, commencing at 6.15 p.m.

One Big Voice is a choral festival that promotes a love of singing, friendship, and acceptance and develops relationships with other children who share a love of music.

This year over 3000 students from 80 schools will be involved in the One Big Voice Festival and will sing a selection of inspirational and fun songs.

We will be continuing our preparation of the 10 songs over the next term on Friday mornings at Choir at 8:10am. Please try to drop your child off by then to the music room.

If your child is not in the choir and you think this would be a good activity for them, we still have 10 places available. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Jackie.carroll@cewa.edu.au

Thank you.

Jackie Carroll – Music Specialist

 

P&F News

The P&F Mother’s Day Stall will be held on Wednesday 8th May for Kindy and Thursday 9th May for Pre-K-Yr 6. All gifts this year will be $5 each and each child will be able to purchase 1-2 gifts. We kindly ask for your child to bring their money in on the stall day in a sealed envelope/bag clearly labelled with your child’s name and year level on it. The gifts will be wrapped and sent home with your child that day.

We hope that everyone wanting to attend the Mother’s Day Events being held on Friday 10th May has RSVP.  For catering purposes the cut off for RSVP’s will be on Monday 6th May. This year it will be split into 2 events to help cater for parents/caregivers who cannot stay past 8:30am. Due to the growing numbers in our CTK community, event 2 will be for Mums/Caregivers only and starting after the children are in class.

EVENT 1: Mum and Me Bingo (7.45am – 8.30am)
Visit the activity stations in the Quad with your child/children. Get your card stamped at each one to enter the Mother’s Day Prize draw!

EVENT 2: ‘Tearrific Mums’ High Tea (8.30am – 9.30am)
Mums/Caregivers will enjoy a catered Morning Tea in the Hall.

The CTK Coin Challenge will be running from 13th May – 7th June. This is going to be a lot of fun and the children will have the chance to win a class party at the end of term. Start saving your coins and watch out for the flyer and rules coming out in the next few weeks!

Our first Term 2 P&F meeting is coming up on Wednesday 8th May at 7:30pm in the library. We hope to see you there and discuss the upcoming events planned for the remainder of Term 2.

Suraya
P&F Chair

 

Bangers and Bingo

Starts: 24 May 2024, 5:30 pm
Ends: 24 May 2024, 7:30 pm
Location: Christ the King Beaconsfield School Hall, 87 York St, Beaconsfield, WA 6162
Event type: Engagement Dads and Kids Activity

Dads, Father-figures & Carers

As a father or father-figure, you are really important to your kids, and they need you to be present and actively engaged in their lives.

Our next Fathering Project event at Christ the King Primary is planned for Monday 24th May 2024. (5:30 to 7:30pm).

Bring your kids along and enjoy an evening of eating bangers, playing bingo, and connecting with other fathers.

Sausage sizzle, juice and water will be provided at $5 per head.

Please reach out if you can help prepare and serve food on the night.

RSVP by Monday, 20th May 2024. 

Community News

Perth Goju Karate

Perth Goju Karate are opening a brand new beginner’s karate class at the Christ The King school hall. Thursday’s weekly, 4:00pm – 4:45pm. First class starting week one of term, Thursday 1 February!

A special offer for Christ The King students – 4 WEEKS FREE beginners karate lessons!

Classes will be held after school on Thursday’s and are a great way for children of all ages to learn self-defense in a fun and safe environment.

We also teach classes for teens and adults and they are fantastic for fitness, wellbeing and of course, self-defense.

Students who attend the schools on-site After Care can be collected and taken to the class in the hall and returned to After Care when their class is finished.

Classes continue over the school holidays (with a short break over the Christmas period) which makes it perfect for the kids who are looking to try something on the holidays.

Karate has many benefits which include confidence, respect, discipline and fitness.

Places for the beginner’s class will be limited, so to take advantage of this 4 week trial, contact us to book your name in and secure your spot for the trial period.

Sensei Johnny Moran – 0402 830 402

Facebook pages – perth goju karate

Instagram – perthgojukarate

Google – www.perthgojukarate.wordpress.com

 

Private Singing Lessons

From the Principal – Term 2, Week 01

 

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Community Members,

 

Welcome to Term 2! I hope you all had a happy and Holy Easter and had the opportunity to enjoy a break from the routines of school and experience some quality family time together. The start of a school term can be a challenging time where we struggle with getting back into the early mornings, library bags, homework, notes, and various activities that schools provide. It is important that this time remains as calm as possible and that we give our children some time to adjust. Early nights, a decent breakfast and healthy snacks and lunches will all help with this. It is also important to allow children to make mistakes and to learn from these mistakes. Primary schools are fantastic environments for learning for life and it is very difficult to learn without having the confidence and safety to try new or challenging things, even if we make mistakes. Be calm in this transition, encourage your children to have a go and allow them to make mistakes so they can grow, build confidence, and develop resilience.

New Families – I wish to extend a very special welcome to the KYLE-BARTLETT Family – Ruben, Pre Primary. The QUINTAL Family – Weatherby in Pre Primary and Remington in Year Two. I know you will really enjoy your time with us as CtK is a wonderful, vibrant and engaging school community.

As we commence a new school term, we renew friendships with others we may not have seen over the holidays. This little prayer below reminds us all of what we should be striving to achieve in our relationships with others:

 

“Everyone will know you are my friends if you love one another.”

Let us show our love by making peace and trying to make things better.

Let us show our love by caring about the happiness of others and by thanking them for their goodness to us.

Let us love one another as we share our friendships, laughter, learning and meals in celebrating together.

Help us, Lord, to love one another as Jesus has loved us.

 

The school website is currently undergoing changes and improvements so it remains current and informative. I have nearly finished; just adding new promotional photos now that were taken at the end of last term. Improvements have been made to enrolments, absentees and the general look of the website.

We welcome our 3 Year Old Kindy children to their new classroom today. I wish to thank Miss King, Mrs Anderson and Mrs Luelf for helping create an amazing learning environment for the children. Mr Dom has been very busy helping ensure the area is tidy and safe for lots of potter and play. Thank you, Mr Dom. Also, I wish to thank Miss Williams and Miss Kezic for helping purchase and put the furniture together during the school holidays. A huge team effort, thank you all.

School Uniform Update

As we move to our winter uniform, parents have a choice for the boys to wear pants or shorts. The girls can wear the old pinafore uniform or the new uniform. Please remember we have a two year changeover once the new uniform becomes compulsory. The updated policy is on the school’s website.

This term the School Community is focused on our Years Three, Four and Six students who will be making one of the Sacraments of Reconciliation, Holy Communion or Confirmation We ask Jesus to be with our children and their families during this special time. We hope Year 3 parents and students enjoyed working with Mario Borg at the Reconciliation Workshop Tuesday evening.

 Cooking Pancakes in the Learning Centre

Have a look at what some of our children cooked in the Learning Centre this week. Love the pancakes. Well done, chefs!

 

Christ the King School had a special visit from Mrs Annette Morey, Deputy Executive Director CEWA on Tuesday. Mrs Morey visited some classrooms and had a walk around the school to understand our context. Our School Advisory Chair, Mrs Beaton also joined us as we discussed the State and Federal elections next year and how we need to lobby government for better funding for our system and school. Mrs Morey was welcomed by our Head Girl, Dominique and Head Boy Christian.

 

As a school we will be commemorating ANZAC Day on Wednesday, 24 April, at 9:00am in the Quad. All are welcome to join us for this special service. A reminder Thursday, 25 April is ANZAC DAY (Public Holiday) and Friday 26 April is a Pupil Free Day as all staff will be involved in a Spirituality PD.

Our Wicker Garden Beds have arrived! With support from the P&F we have 5 wicking beds and 2 wheelchair accessible garden beds all located in the quad. This Wednesday, classes will choose what they wish to plant for the upcoming season and then they will plant the seedlings. A huge thank you to Mrs Tilzey for coordinating these for us. Awesome job, Mrs Tilzey. A huge thank you to our P&F for paying for the garden beds. All our students will have better access to growing, harvesting and cooking the fresh produce.

 

Year 6 Camp

It is an exciting time for our Year 6 students as they prepare themselves for their school camp. The students and staff will be setting off on Tuesday (30th April) morning to Nanga Bush Camp, Dwellingup.

The purpose of this camp is fundamentally about developing the leaders of the school. The school camp builds confidence, resilience and responsibility, turning students into empowered, inspiring leaders.

All children learn from the unique experience of community living; sharing, working and living as a team.  Being inter-dependant with peers affords the child an opportunity to make new friends, to view each other out of the context of school, and to witness and appreciate the different talents of others.  School camps expose children to different environments that they would not normally experience in daily suburban living.  Out of this they build personal competencies such as self-identity, self-worth, self-esteem, leadership and self-respect.

Camps help develop self-esteem as children learn to try different activities in a supportive and friendly environment.  Professionally trained, outdoor instructors help children feel secure and capable.  This will help children grow by providing a supervised, positive environment that has safety as a primary commitment.

Students participate in activities they have never experienced before and are rewarded with a sense of accomplishment and self-worth.  Camp is therefore a wonderful experience for all children as they learn new skills and develop a sense of autonomy and trust in their decisions.

The aims of the camp are:

  • to develop within the students their leadership skills.
  • to build and develop new friendships.
  • to build personal competencies such as self-identify, self-worth, self-esteem and self-respect.
  • to participate in activities that perhaps students have never experienced before.
  • to develop new skills and develop a sense of autonomy and trust in their decisions.

Staff members attending the camp:

  • Miss Kezic
  • Mrs Barrett
  • Mrs McLinden
  • Mr Martelli
  • Mr Geaney
  • Mr Kelly

We wish all the students and the teachers all the best for the four days. We hope that they have a great time and participate in some wonderful and memorable experiences.

3 Year Old 2025 – Applications are Now Due

In 2025 Christ the King will be offering 4 days of 3 Year Old Kindy. More details will follow shortly. Please register your interest now!

4 Year Old Kindergarten 2025 – Applications are Now Due

Enrolments are now being taken for siblings and new students wishing to commence Kindergarten at Christ the King School in 2025. Families with children eligible for Kindergarten in 2025 are required to fill out a Kindergarten Enrolment Application Form. We will be offering 4 day Kindy again in 2025, which will be a Thursday.

Christ the King School will continue to operate two concurrent Kindergarten groups next year with the days of attendance being Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

We are starting to see high demand for 3 Year Old Kindergarten and Four Year Old Kindergarten places, so it is important that parents within the Christ the King School community submit their applications as soon as possible. Forms can be obtained from the office.

Congratulations to Violette Yr6 who played the role of Molly in the musical, ‘Annie’ over the school holidays.

What a sensational talent!

 

There are ‘great things’ happening in our school due to the efforts of so many people; seek to be one of those people in the coming week!

 

Andrew Kelly
Principal

Messages from the Assistant Principal

Welcome back to Term Two!

Thank you to our parents and families for setting up your children for success by arriving at school on time. A gentle reminder that supervision is in the quadrangle from 8.10 am, for students in Year 1 – 6. Students should not be arriving at school before this time. We consider the safety, health and well-being of all our children to be of paramount importance and, therefore, ask that parents respect the procedures that are in place. Classroom doors open at 8.30am allowing students to unpack and become settled for the school day.

 

Term Two Planning

Academic communication for this term will consist of posting Term Overviews on Seesaw and a formal mid-year report. We have many exciting learning activities and events planned including incursions, excursions, assemblies and carnivals, as well as our Year 3, Year 4 and Year 6 students, receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Sacrament of Confirmation and the Sacrament of First Communion (Eucharist).

 

ANZAC Day Public Holiday & Pupil Free Day

Next Thursday 25 April, is a Public Holiday for ANZAC day. Friday 26 April is a Pupil Free Day for our students at Christ the King School. Our Staff will be participating in an all day Staff Professional Development Day.

 

Term Dates

Please make sure you have made note of the dates and events occurring this term and keep up to date with events on our school calendar. There is a Public Holiday on Monday 3 June (Week 8). We conclude Term 2 on Friday 28 June 2023 (Week 11).

 

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Please keep our Year 3 students in your prayers, as they prepare for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. All Year 3 students participated in the Sacrament of Reconciliation Retreat Day on Tuesday, led by 24.7 Ministry. It was great to see our Year 3 parents and children attend the Parent & Child Workshop on Tuesday evening led by Mario Borg, from 24.7 Ministry. This retreat day and evening workshop focused on how God wants us to draw closer to Him through offering His love and forgiveness. The day was packed full of meaningful and engaging activities that specifically cater for young people. Thank you to our dedicated Year 3 teachers for supporting this, for the students in their care.

 

School Photos

Our school photos are scheduled for Monday 20 May and Friday 24 May (Week Six). More information will be communicated in the coming weeks.

 

Project Compassion

Thank you to everyone who generously donated to Project Compassion. Your support is very much appreciated.

 

Staff Profile

Our fabulous Year 6 leaders, Dominque and Christian, will be interviewing our staff throughout the year so that we all can get to know each other well. Their first target was Mrs Doecke, our wonderful Numeracy and Enrichment Teacher. Find out more about Mrs Doecke below:

This week, we interviewed Mrs Doecke for the school newsletter. These are the questions we asked her:

What is your favourite colour?
Pink.

Have you had any jobs before?
I was a relief teacher and worked in a student services management at the University of Adelaide.

Do you have any pets?
I have three dogs, their names are Pippi, Teddy and George.

What’s your favourite thing about CTK?
Working with lots of different students.

What’s your favourite food?
Spaghetti bolognaise and sushi bowls.

What’s your favourite flavour ice cream?
Chunky Monkey (banana walnut and chocolate chunks).

What’s your favourite sport?
AFL – Football (Adelaide Crows) and Netball (Thunderbirds).

Thank you Mrs Doecke for letting us interview you for our first time! You were very cooperative!

Dominque & Christian
Head Girl & Head Boy for 2024.

 

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Mrs. Sabrina Reardon
Assistant Principal

 

P&F News

Welcome Back Everyone!

I hope you all had a wonderful break and are ready for an exciting term ahead.

The ECE Colouring in Comp, Easter Egg Guessing Game and Easter Raffle winners were all announced on the last day of school. For the first time ever, the Easter Raffle was drawn using an electronic wheel on the big screen in the hall, and the children (and teachers!) were very excited to see their names spinning around. Congratulations to all the winners of the raffle and thank you for all of your generous donations and support.

A huge Congratulations to William Edwards (3yr old), Lilliana Green (Kindy) and Elle Micalef (Pre-Primary) for winning the Easter Colouring in Comp. There were so many beautifully coloured entries, so well done to all the children as they were all so amazing. The Easter Egg Guessing game winner was Charlotte Millett (Year 4) who guessed 190 easter eggs, which was the closest to the actual amount of 187. Well done

Charlotte, we hope you didn’t eat them all in one go!

We are looking for lots of leads and volunteers for events in Term 2, which are now up on the P&F social hub for you to sign up to. The Mothers Day Tea-rrific High Tea is coming up very soon so if you are wanting to attend please get your RSVP in as soon as possible. We appreciate all of your ongoing support and look forward to meeting more of our wonderful CTK community this term.

Our Term 2 meetings will be held on Wednesday 8th May & 12 June at 7:30pm in the school library. We would love you to come and share your wonderful ideas and help us plan a fun filled term ahead. Everyone from the school community is welcome!

Suraya
P&F Chair

 

Community News

Perth Goju Karate

Perth Goju Karate are opening a brand new beginner’s karate class at the Christ The King school hall. Thursday’s weekly, 4:00pm – 4:45pm. First class starting week one of term, Thursday 1 February!

A special offer for Christ The King students – 4 WEEKS FREE beginners karate lessons!

Classes will be held after school on Thursday’s and are a great way for children of all ages to learn self-defense in a fun and safe environment.

We also teach classes for teens and adults and they are fantastic for fitness, wellbeing and of course, self-defense.

Students who attend the schools on-site After Care can be collected and taken to the class in the hall and returned to After Care when their class is finished.

Classes continue over the school holidays (with a short break over the Christmas period) which makes it perfect for the kids who are looking to try something on the holidays.

Karate has many benefits which include confidence, respect, discipline and fitness.

Places for the beginner’s class will be limited, so to take advantage of this 4 week trial, contact us to book your name in and secure your spot for the trial period.

Sensei Johnny Moran – 0402 830 402

Facebook pages – perth goju karate

Instagram – perthgojukarate

Google – www.perthgojukarate.wordpress.com

 

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