Dear Parents and Guardians,
God so loved the world that he gave his only Son
for the sake of me
and other sinners too.
God so loved the world.
Blest are you Lord Jesus, our Saviour and Redeemer.
As we recalled Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem, we now enter into the story of the passion, where we are challenged to do our part to ensure that God’s people are empowered to share in that new life, not only spiritually, but physically as well. We give with compassion and mercy. Easter is a message of hope as we are a ‘Hope’ filled Easter people.
Every Easter I remember the words of Michael Leunig. They are so challenging and so profound. I hope they have a similar impact on you.
“That which is Christ-like within us shall be crucified. It shall suffer and be broken. And that which is Christ-like within us shall rise up. It shall love and create.”
What a wonderful but challenging term this has been! The atmosphere around the school has been very positive. It has been tremendous to see staff, students and parents working collaboratively in many of the school activities. Well done to all our children who have strived to do the best they can in all areas of their development. I thank all children and staff for their hard work and commitment to learning and look forward to continuing the journey next term.
Thank you to all parents who attended the Parent/Teacher Interviews yesterday. I do hope feedback was effective with something positive, a discussion about expectations, and then where to next for your child’s learning moving forward.
I wish to take this opportunity to thank my staff for their outstanding work and commitment to our CtK family, and parents for their continual support of our school. We are all ready for a rest and a holiday, and I pray that the next two weeks will be a happy, peaceful time for everyone.
Thank you to the P&F and School Advisory Council for their hard work once again and for their commitment to our school’s vision, being a school that is strong in faith, learning and community. This was clearly evident by the overwhelming attendance at Evening on the Green. The Fathers’ Group Bangers and Bingo this term had a wonderful attendance. A very special thank you to Mr Alf Di Tullio for coordinating the Fathering Group event, and to Mr Danny Cerro, Mr Daniel Chia and Mr Geaney for being wonderful contributors and support for all the dads in our school. Awesome job gents, BRAVO!
We say farewell to Mrs Burwood, Year Four Red and welcome Mrs Lisa Tilzey (from Corpus Christi College Junior School) as her replacement. We thank Mrs Burwood for her wonderful contribution to the children in Four Red as she has been very dedicated to supporting their learning this term. We also say farewell to Mrs Siragusa Kindy Education Assistant and thank her for the special contribution she has made to the children in her care this term. We will welcome back Mrs Pagani. We also welcome Mrs Mary-Jane Goncalves and Mrs Jess O’Shea as Education Assistants who will be supporting several children across our school from next term.
A special mention and huge thank you to our P&F who through the P&F levy and fundraising for our school paid for the basketball/netball courts to be resurfaced after 62 years of plain uneven, cracking concrete. The courts look amazing and the children love playing on them. We have included two full sized tennis courts for use too. I hope parents can see the benefits of the money raised being spent on today’s children, improving school facilities and resources for all children in our beautiful school.
Congratulations to our Year Three children for making the Sacrament of Reconciliation last Friday with Father Izzy our new Parish Priest. The children and their families also attended Mass Saturday night where they received their certificates. We look forward to supporting them in their faith journey. Thank you to Mrs Gumina and Mrs Philp for helping prepare the children so well. Thank you, Father Izzy for celebrating this special Mass with us.
A huge thank you to all the children, staff and parents who supported the Paint Me A Rainbow Autism Awareness campaign last week. We raised an incredible amount of $2123.00, which will go towards purchasing more resources for our sensory rooms and establishing a Bright Start program.
A reminder to all parents that Term 2 commences Wednesday, 26 April for students. Monday is a professional development day where all staff will be working with CEWA’s Digital Technology team, and Tuesday is the ANZAC Day public holiday.
Stations of the Cross
This morning the Year Six children held a very reverent and moving portrayal of the Passion of Christ. Thank you to all the children for depicting the stations. Also, thank you to Miss Kezic and Miss Paratore for leading this for our school community.
Winter Uniform – Uniform Shop Update:
A reminder to all parents that next term all students are required to be in winter uniform. To assist parents and students in this transition, a two-week change-over period will be permitted.
With a new uniform being introduced next year, there are a few things to note:
- No new size 6 Gold Polos will be ordered, a plain yellow polo can be purchased instead, for this year only.
- Ties will be optional (if you have recently purchased, you may return for a refund if unused)
- Sport Track Top may be worn with formal uniform in lieu of wool jumper if preferred.
- Boys may wear grey shorts in terms two and three, instead of trousers if preferred.
Year One can wear their sports uniform and tracksuit during terms two and three or they can wear the formal winter uniform if preferred. For Year One this year it is optional.
The Uniform Survey closes tomorrow. I am well aware more consultation will be required as the School Advisory Council wants to have a transparent process. We do understand we won’t please everyone, however, I have asked Tudor Uniforms to provide samples for you to see and feel the fabric. This will be available early next term. We will read through all the feedback and discuss this with Tudor Uniforms. Thank you to everyone who has completed the survey.
ANZAC Day is a national public holiday and is considered by many Australians to be one of the most solemn days of the year. This year we also recognise the 50th anniversary of the end of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War.
Marches held in cities and towns nationwide by veterans from all past wars, as well as current serving members of the Australian Defence Force and Reserves, with allied veterans and the Australian Defence Force Cadets and Australian Air League and supported by members of Scouts Australia, Guides Australia, and other uniformed service groups as well as schools and community groups.
ANZAC Day marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War. The acronym ANZAC stands for Australian and New Zealand Army Corps, whose soldiers were known as Anzacs. ANZAC Day remains one of the most important national occasions of both Australia and New Zealand, a rare instance of two sovereign countries not only sharing the same Remembrance Day but making reference to both countries in its name.
As a school we will be commemorating ANZAC Day on the first day of school next term, Wednesday, 26 April, at 2:30 pm in the Quad. All are welcome to join us for this special event.
Kindergarten 2024 – Applications are Now Due
We are seeing high demand for 3-Year-Old Kindergarten and Four-Year-Old Kindergarten places in 2024, 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.
Christ the King School will continue to operate two concurrent 4-Year-Old Kindergarten groups next year with the days of attendance being Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
Max showing his exuberant support after the Derby win last Sunday, wearing his Freo Dockers scarf.
Staff and parents working together to support our children in a variety of ways.
Children working with their buddy class during Harmony Week. They really enjoyed each other’s company.
Congratulations Patch on graduating from Obedience School Level 2 training classes. Patch is now eligible to enrol in Wellbeing training later this year.
As we end this term, we consider how we might have changed, grown and
become more like Jesus during this time.
Jesus said, ‘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 meals and laugh and celebrate together.
Help us, Lord, to love one another as Jesus has loved us.
There are ‘great things’ happening in our school due to the efforts of so many people; thank you to everyone in our community who has helped live out this vision through their actions this term.
I wish all families the joy of the Resurrection this Easter.