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 3, Week 7

Dear Parents and Guardians

Heavenly Father,

We praise you for the gift of our fathers and those who have been father-figures to us.

We thank you for the life and love they have brought to our world.

May we raise our children to use their qualities for the glory and honour of Your name. Amen


There is tremendous power in little acts of goodness and service. I am privileged to witness that power every day in the way that parents interact with their children, the way that parents choose to interact with the staff, the way that staff interact with the students and most importantly, the way that our students interact with each other. Thank you to all in our community who genuinely make a difference each day!

Father’s Day! This is a special day for us to acknowledge the contribution of all fathers, to individual families and to societies at large. It also provides our children with an opportunity to express their love and respect for their fathers. Children depend on their fathers for spiritual, emotional, physical, financial and social well-being. For a daughter, her father is the ideal man and also the first man she adores, while for a son, his father is an idol and the strongest man he aspires to emulate.

Thank you to the P&F for once again organising a fabulous breakfast this morning to honour our CtK dads and father figures. I hope you all enjoy your celebrations of Father’s Day this weekend and I wish all of our fathers, grandfathers, uncles and father-figures a very Happy Father’s Day!

The Year Six children and staff will be attending the Swan Valley Adventure Camp from Tuesday to Friday next week. They will be very busy being involved in abseiling, archery, canoeing, commando course, ropes course, raft building and more. We wish all the children and staff a wonderful time away.

National Child Protection Week (September 4-10) will continue to embrace the overarching message that ‘Every child, in every community, needs a fair go’.

In particular, this year we will be shining a light on children growing up safe and supported.

Children and young people thrive when they grow up safe, connected and supported in their family, community and culture.

They have the right to grow up in environments that support them according to their needs, now and into the future.

This year let’s talk about how we create a supportive environment for every child.

National Child Protection Week will be looking at what works to keep children safe and supported… what children are telling us… what families are telling us… what the evidence is telling us… and how to translate this knowledge into action.

We know that too many children are not growing up safe and supported and that Child Protection systems are overloaded. There are many opportunities to change the trajectory for these children.

We can stop child abuse and neglect – and reduce its impact – by working together to make sure every child in every community has a fair go.

This week is also Education Assistant Appreciation Week. We are very grateful for the wonderful dedicated Education Assistants at CtK and thank them for everything they do – our school wouldn’t be the same without them!


Open Night – Reporting and Assessment

What a wonderful evening Open Night was! I do hope you had an opportunity to celebrate your children’s learning but also saw how dedicated and hardworking our CtK staff are. A huge thank you to all the families who attended, there was a great sense of community spirit. The Lego creations were simply outstanding. Congratulations and thank you to Monty and Una for all your hard work in setting up the Lego displays. Any feedback is most welcome by emailing your child’s class teacher. Thank you to Mary, Natasha, Chris and Brian for the excellent cooking as $850.00 was raised from the sausage sizzle, which will go to our P&F.

God Moments

  • Hearing Dylan in Yr5 say to Patch he really loves her.
  • Seeing all the amazing work the children and teachers have been doing for Open Night.
  • The Fremantle Dockers making the Finals!


Andrew Kelly

Messages from the Assistant Principal


Be inflamed by the fire of love. 


Red for courage shown by St Emilie de Vialar, the foundress of the Sisters of St Joseph of the Apparition.  Sisters from the order established Christ the King School in 1903. 

  • Fleur-de-lis
  • Fire
  • Passion

 De Vialar 

De Vialar House was named after Sister Emilie De Vialar. She was the foundress of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Apparition.  The congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph was established in 1832 in France and from here 42 houses of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Apparition were establish throughout the world including Australia.   Four French Sisters of the Congregation of St Joseph of the Apparition arrived in Fremantle in 1855. (The Swan River settlement was then just twenty years old). 

With the turn of the century, the congregation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph was well established and as further expansion took place the sisters began teaching at Beaconsfield in 1903, walking there and back each day from the central house in Fremantle. However, as it was time-consuming and tiring it was later decided that they should stay at Beaconsfield during the week (in rather primitive accommodation) and return to Fremantle at weekends. These sisters were the founders of Christ the King School.  

Red was chosen for De Vialar House for the courage shown by Sister Emilie De Vialar as she followed God’s calling and established the congregation despite many difficulties and setbacks. The fleur-de-lis signifies her heritage which is French. The triangle in the background represents the spirit of unity, obedience and simplicity to which Emilie De Vialar always perpetuated.  

The motto of De Vialar House is: Be inflamed by the fire of love.

De Vialiar House Prayer Service- School Hall on Wednesday 7 September. 2.30pm.


Code of Conduct



The Executive Directive – Code of Conduct establishes minimum standards of conduct in all behaviour and decision-making to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all members within the CEWA community. The Code of Conduct also shows us how, as a community our behaviours are a collective work that each day builds social justice into the life of our schools. Pope Francis insists that “true social justice is impossible if the human person is not the centre of concern

  • The Code of Conduct requires that an individual respects the dignity of CEWA Code of Conduct Statements

 First Three Actions.

  1. You conduct yourself in accordance with laws, agreements, policies and standards relevant to your relationship with the school community.
  2. You respect the dignity, culture, values and beliefs of each member of the school community.
  3. You treat personal information about members of the school community as private and confidential.



The impact of attendance vs non-attendance

School attendance:

  • is strongly related to increased academic development
  • provides students with opportunities to develop social competence and relationships, be in a language-rich environment, work with others, and learn skills like problem-solving and persistence (Kearney & Graczyk, 2014).

School non-attendance:

  • negatively impacts students’ academic achievement in the current year but can also

impact subsequent years

  • is linked to increased social isolation for the student
  • has a greater negative impact on young people’s outcomes when it is an unauthorised absence (Hancock, Shepherd, Lawrence, & Zubrick, 2013)
  • is correlated with leaving school with fewer qualifications which in turn can lead to

unemployment, mental health issues, drug and alcohol problems and poor life outcomes.

Causes of non-attendance

Causes of non-attendance are complex as they are often due to multiple causes, and these causes can overlap (Wilkins, 2008). Causes of non-attendance are also unique to each student and need to be understood in context. Reid (2013) suggests that students tend to have one clear reason why they start to miss school, but these reasons multiply over time. The factors that cause non-attendance at the individual, family, school, and community level are expanded below.


Brian Dobbie
Assistant Principal

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