Dear Parents and Guardians
With regards to our Uniform Policy can I just highlight our stance on haircuts. Firstly, a big thanks to the parents who follow the policy – much appreciated! Having ‘over the top’ or aggressive haircuts is not appropriate at school. Can I please ask parents to use common sense when getting their children’s haircut. I understand the ‘Dusty Martin’ is a craze in boys’ fashion, however, it is one for the holiday’s and not for school please. We expect our students to be neat and tidy and avoid making school a competition about who has the coolest haircut. Over 90% of our students will be attending either SETON or CBC in high school next year or into the future; these haircuts will not be accepted there either. I have had a gentle chat to some of the students and I am happy to say they have been really good about it – I think they knew they were ‘bending’ the rules slightly so if parents could help this get sorted, I would appreciate your support.
Interschool Athletics Carnival 2022
Congratulations to all the students who represented Christ the King at last Friday’s Interschool Athletics Carnival. To all the children who participated, congratulations on your outstanding effort; we were so proud of you for the way you gave your very best and showed tremendous sportsmanship. A special thank you to Mrs McLinden for training the children not only in Physical Education lessons but after school too. Thank you to Mrs Fanning and Miss Kezic for supporting the students too on the day. Awesome effort by everyone involved!
Congratulations to Mrs Seaward and the children in this photo who presented a cheque to Telethon last Sunday raising $1624.95 from cupcake sales and the PJ Day. Thank you to our school community for supporting this wonderful event. Bravo!
This coming Monday (31 October) will be dedicated as World Teachers’ Day for all staff at Christ the King School. As a staff, we will be celebrating World Teachers’ Day this coming Monday, 31 October with an organised lunch planned by our super amazing P&F. At CtK, all staff are believed to be ‘teachers’ as they have interactions with the students in a variety of ways. We are very fortunate at Christ the King School to have a high performing, collaborative team of staff whose focus is on the growth and development of every child. As a school community we are appreciative of all that our staff do for our students. The hours can be long, the demands continue to grow but one thing I know is that the staff do know well and care for your sons and daughters. In addition to the teaching and learning programme, staff provide: a Sacramental programme, camps, sporting carnivals, excursions, choirs, musical bands, wellbeing activities, Lego, Dance, Knitting, Numero, Tennis, Running, Tinkercad, Art Clubs, Book Week, Science, English and Mathematics weeks, STEM, Gifted and Talented opportunities, Open Night, Mothers’/Fathers’ Day celebrations, and the list goes on. Thank you to all staff for your commitment to the learning, development and faith formation of our students. My staff at Christ the King School are the best! I know this as I see what they do every day.
All Saints Day, November 1, the day on which Catholics celebrate all the saints, known and unknown, is a surprisingly old feast. It arose out of the Christian tradition of celebrating the martyrdom of saints on the anniversary of their martyrdom. When martyrdoms increased during the persecutions of the late Roman Empire, local dioceses instituted a common feast day in order to ensure that all martyrs, known and unknown, were properly honoured.
All Souls November 2 – PRAYERS FOR THE FAITHFUL DEPARTED
By tradition, the Catholic Church dedicates each month of the year to a certain devotion. In November, it is the Holy Souls. Praying for the dead, especially for those loved ones we have known, is a requirement of Christian charity. At school we will recall those loved ones who have passed away during our prayers throughout November. There will be a Book of Remembrance in the Church, in which you can write the names of those loved ones for whom families would like us to pray.
A reminder Monday, 7 November is a Pupil Free Day. All teachers will be working with Associate Professor Lorraine Hammond from Edith Cowan University gaining in-depth knowledge about Science of Reading. Our EAs will be having specific training to build their capacity supporting our children with special needs.
Illness is something we all face. Can I please ask all parents to make sure you keep your child home if unwell. The following requirements are in place for staff and students who test positive to COVID-19: Staff and students should remain home until symptoms resolve.
Can I please ask parents to make sure children are not arriving to school too early. I am on duty every morning from 8:10am and I have seen an increase in children arriving before 8:00am.
As a member of Christ the King School there is an expectation that all students will show pride in their school by:
- being an active and involved learner,
- being caring and considerate towards their teachers and peers,
- being punctual to school each day and to their classes,
- being properly prepared for class and up to date with their school commitments,
- seeking assistance from their teachers, when necessary,
- wearing their uniform with pride,
- being positively involved in the various aspects of the school’s life as a ‘participant’ rather than a ‘spectator’!
Finally, we need to remind ourselves from time to time that staff and parents also have a personal responsibility for making Christ the King School a happy and safe place in which to learn.
Olivia with lots of spring onions picked from our vegetable garden!
There are ‘good things’ happening in our school due to the efforts of so many people; seek to be one of those people in the coming week!