Christ the King School


87 York Street,
Beaconsfield WA 6162
PO Box 213
South Fremantle WA 6162
P: (08) 9487 9900

From the Principal – Term 2, Week 4

Dear Parents and Guardians


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 breakfast 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 granddads for helping out at this very special event, and to the P&F for their awesome coordination, setup and planning.

Students in Year 6 have been preparing to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. This is the final sacrament of initiation. The school supports the family and parish in the faith development of the students. Students making their Confirmation are required to attend the Commitment Mass Saturday, 21 May evening Mass. Please pray for these children as they make this journey. May is the month of Mary and this is a good opportunity to pray the Hail Mary.

Hail Mary full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed are thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.
Holy Mary Mother of God,
pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.

Cross Country

Congratulations to all the children who participated in the Cross Country last Friday. I was so proud of all the children who participated especially the Year 4 girls who ran through heavy rain keeping their spirits high and even showing smiles while the rest of us took shelter. 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 next Tuesday and Thursday in preparation for the Interschool Cross Country. Again, thank you to our dedicated staff consisting of Mrs McLinden, Ms King, Miss Kezic, Mr Geaney and Mr Albuquerque for taking training on these cool mornings.

Elections Saturday

Our school is once again a Polling Place and many wonderful parents have volunteered to make cakes to sell and cook sausages for our sausage sizzle. Cool drinks will be available to purchase too. We will be located near the Hall and Learning Support Centre. Look forward to seeing you there.

Winter Uniform

Students have settled into the winter uniforms smoothly and are generally wearing their uniforms correctly. Congratulations to all families for ensuring that students are attending school feeling proud of themselves and ready to demonstrate the school value Excellence – We demonstrate pride in ourselves, each other, family, and school.

Pride is a crucial part of a positive culture and people who are proud of something perform better in that environment and are likely to participate in and promote the positive culture. Students can show that they are proud of their school by wearing uniforms correctly, being welcoming, respectful and caring towards each other and giving their best. Students can also determine whether their teachers and parents are proud of their school and this reinforces their willingness to do well.


We understand that there has been disruption for many families due to Covid. This is unavoidable and we will note absence due to Covid.

I know the children have put their best effort into the testing this past fortnight but, at the same time, recognise that it is just another assessment. All children complete numerous assessments throughout the school year and it is through the analysis of these results that teachers tailor their programs to accommodate the needs of the children.

With the National Testing nearly complete, and with school reports being issued at the end of this term, I would like to share with you some wise words from Albert Einstein:

At Christ the King, we will continue to celebrate and nurture the many and varied gifts our students possess, as they strive to reach, their God given potential.

48 Hour Email Reply Policy

I have spoken to all teachers about a 48 hour email reply policy. There will be times when teachers are able to reply to emails quickly and this is okay, however, please give teachers that 48 hour leeway if they need it. Their first priority is the teaching and learning of all children in the classroom then focusing on supporting their own families while also making sure they are looking after their own mental health and well-being.

New Play Equipment

Look at our new swing set located in the Learning Support Centre Outdoor Sensory Space! Our children are loving this new addition. This has been made possible by Mrs Gail Bergen and the wonderful ladies from the Royal Fremantle Golf Club who raised lots of money for the many children in our school. We will look forward to sharing more new resources with you in the coming weeks and months.

Class Visits

Each morning, I am fortunate enough to visit classrooms across the school. I witness a variety of lessons where there is evidence of certain consistencies. I see children engaged in their learning, enjoying each other’s company and happy to share their experiences with me. When speaking with the children, I will ask them about their learning. The questions I ask can include:

  1. What are you learning?
  2. How are you doing?
  3. How do you know?
  4. How can you improve?
  5. Where do you go for help?

Our students have the capacity to answer these questions. They can do so because our dedicated and talented staff are attending to:

  1. Explicit outcomes.
  2. Developing processes for self – evaluation and assessment.
  3. Providing feedback which sets goals.
  4. The creation of a trust environment.

I witness an environment by which every child is encouraged to develop their God given gifts. As a faith community, we work together to empower our children. We strive to develop both practical skills and spiritual confidence, in God’s help and love.

I had fun manipulating play dough to make the longest piece possible. These bright sparks decided it would be a good idea to make an enormous oval shape. This photograph demonstrates why I have the best job in the world!

Andrew Kelly

Messages from the Assistant Principal

Cross Country

Congratulations to Donovan House for being the overall winners on the day. It was wonderful to see the children participating at a competitive but friendly level and demonstrating great resilience during the races and dealing with the weather at times. Really, all the students were winners on the day. 

Patrice and Jamie- Donovan House Leaders accepting the Shield.


Donovan House is named after Father Edward Donovan. Father Donovan was appointed as Parish Priest of Christ the King Church in 1969, ​soon after the construction of the new brick and tile school that was commissioned to replace the old weatherboard building. ​He remained as parish priest of Christ the King Church until his Golden Jubilee in 1994. He was an SMA (Society of African Missions) priest from Ireland.

​The green of Donovan House represents the link to Ireland the beloved homeland of Father Donovan. ​

Father Donovan had a long-standing relationship with the church and school community and was also an integral part of the community and pastoral life of the school.

The motto of Donovan House is; ​ Strong in Heart Mind and Body.

More Facts.

You may have noticed two new Recycle Stations set up in the two passageways entering the Quad from the York Street end of the school and the Kindy/Pre Primary car park.

Our Year 6 Green Team have been working together to create both stations which should be up and running as of next Monday.

Red Bin- Batteries (used or unused).

Green Bin- Bottle lids and bread clips/bags.

Blue Bin- Containers For Change student collection.

Nespresso Boxes- Coffee capsules.

Yellow Bin- Light globes.

Nude Food Days 

Our students have a Nude Food Day every TUESDAY AND THURSDAY during term (and most try to have a Nude Food Lunch Box every day).

Nude Food Days encourage our students and school community to reduce the amount of waste we produce. Nude Food is simply food that is not wrapped in foil, plastic or packaging.

The purpose of the Waste-Free Lunch is to:

  • Help students and their parents understand the benefits of a waste-free lunch and to be more aware of over-packaging in food
  • Encourage students and their parents to meet the challenge of a waste-free lunch day or week
  • Minimise waste from lunches at your school.

On Nude Food Days we ask that all student lunch boxes contain no throwaway packaging and produce no food waste.



Make a note of what single-use plastic items are currently in use, and develop a list of viable alternatives. The main culprits will usually be straws, cutlery, food containers, and water bottles, but look carefully, because there may be others!

Remember to always bring your own;

  • water bottle
  • container
  • straw
  • cutlery
  • handkerchief or washable napkin
  • coffee or slushie cup
  • carry bag

  • 8:50am- Year 69:40am PPG and Year 5
  • 10:50am Year 3 and PPR
  • 11:40am Year 1 and Year 2G
  • 1:20pm Year 4

Have a great remainder of the week

Brian Dobbie
Assistant Principal

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