Lord Jesus, at this time of year we so often get caught up in the mad frenzy of buying presents, writing cards and catching up with friends and family, that we forget the true meaning of this Advent Season. Help us to stop and reflect on the gift of your birth to all of us.
Teach us how to slow down and see the wonder and the glory of this time. Amen
Dear Parents, Caregivers and Community Members,
In writing my last newsletter for 2023, I am able to reflect on just what a unique and special place Christ the King School is to be a part of. Sometimes we, as humans, forget to stop and smell the roses. Our school and parish are just the most amazing places, filled with many wonderful and vibrant people. I wish to take this opportunity to remind you all of the words of Catherine McAulay:
“God does not bestow all His choicest blessings on one person. He did not give to St. Peter what He gave to St. Paul nor to either what He gave to St. John.”
Congratulations to all staff and students for making Move Up Morning such a wonderful, smooth running and engaging experience. I could see and hear from the chatter that there was lots of positive energy around the school. The children and staff are looking forward to new beginnings in 2024. Bravo everyone!
Our Graduation and Thanksgiving Mass yesterday morning was a wonderful celebration of a very busy year together, as we celebrated the achievements, and gave thanks for the many blessings received by all of us. Our Catholic faith is at the heart of our school and so it is fitting, that our final celebration together, is one centred on the Eucharist and our community of faith. As always, our students were reverent participants in the Mass and are a credit to their teacher and parents. Also, many thanks to the parents, grandparents and friends, who were able to make the time, to enjoy this celebration with us. Congratulations to our Year Six students and, especially our Year Six teacher Miss Kezic for coordinating and leading the lovely Mass. Thank you, Mrs Carroll for leading the choir who sung beautifully. Thank you to Father Izzy, for celebrating Mass with us.
Congratulations to Our Graduating Year Six Students. We wish them well, as they continue their journey to secondary education, and we thank them for the gift of their presence and contributions to Christ the King School during their time here. Thank you also to all the members of the CtK teaching team for their support and contribution to all our students during 2023 – their constant commitment to our students is truly a gift to this community.
We came together as a school community to acknowledge our Award recipients for 2023. It was a wonderful assembly filled with lots of pride and joy. Thank you to everyone for being there Tuesday. A HUGE thank you to Miss Kezic for planning, coordinating and leading the ceremony plus thank you to our current Head Girl Ahlia Lang and Head Boy Maksim Tomic for being our MCs. A job very well done as the ceremony ran smoothly.
Congratulations to the following Award recipients this year:
Congratulations to all the children who received a certificate or badge for reaching milestone distances in Running Club.
Year Six Art Exhibition Award
1st Place: Liam Seaward, 2nd Place: Amelia Pittorini, 3rd Place: Halle Valenzuela Rogers
Head Girl and Head Boy for 2024
Dominique Valsecchi and Christian D’Adamo
Cheryl Babich Scholarship Award 2024
Year Six Award Recipients are as follows:
Academic Achievement in English Award
Academic Achievement in Mathematics Award
Sports Leadership and Performance Award
Significant Development in Learning Award
Pat Brown Award for Christian Witness
Congratulations to all our award recipients for 2023!
What a wonderful evening Wednesday week was with our Christmas Carols! I wish to congratulate all the children for their singing and dancing. A huge thank you to Mrs Jackie Carroll for preparing and coordinating the Carols night. Thank you, Mr Dom for setting up all the lights and Christmas decorations and, thank you to all the staff for preparing the children so well. Thank you to our P&F for organising the Snack bar and raffles, awesome job ladies as always. It was wonderful to see Mrs Fanning, Mrs Hartley, Mrs Gummer, Mrs Hughes and Mrs Domenica Carroll for making the effort to attend our carols to be farewelled by our community.
A special and warm thank you to all families who donated a food item for the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal. This great range of food products will go a long way to helping many families in need this Christmas. Thank you, Mrs Bafile for coordinating and modelling this very important act of service for our school community.
Friday being our last day of 2023 will be celebrated with our Big Day Out to the movies in Fremantle to watch ‘Trolls’.
CtK Yearbook 2023 is coming home with the eldest child tomorrow afternoon. We hope you enjoy this wonderful showcase of another fabulous year at Christ the King School. There was certainly lots to celebrate!
Capital Works at Christ the King School
This week new air conditioners were installed in both Yr6 classrooms, the library and a Maths Support Room. The new Art room will be finished next week. Toilets for the new 3 Year Old Kindy room (current art room) will be added in mid-January. New furniture will be arriving for the Learning Centres plus Yr6 classes along with lockers for Yr6 Red. New carpet has been laid in Yr6 Gold, and both Sensory Rooms. The roof for the current Art room and CEWA Regional Office will be replaced. The old Chapel has been converted into a Yr4-6 Learning Centre room with outdoor access. New electronic signage will be erected in the Learning Centre car park facing York Street in mid-January.
A reminder that next Wednesday, 13 December between 8:30 and 10:30am parents can meet to discuss their child’s Semester Two report. This is not compulsory. Each interview will go for a maximum of 10 minutes only. Please book a time with your child’s class teacher.
Year 6 Reports
Parents of students in Year 6 and children who are leaving CtK at the end of this year will need to either print off their child’s reports or save them as, as reports will not be able to be accessed once children leave the school.
I take this opportunity to wish you all God’s blessings for this very Holy Season, and may you remain safe during the holidays and return rested and renewed for 2024 on Wednesday, 31 January. Peace be with you all. “Open your presents at Christmas time but be thankful year round for the gifts you receive.” – Lorinda Ruth Lowen.
There are ‘good things’ happening in our school due to the efforts of so many people; seek to be one of those people in 2024!