Christ the King School

BEACONSFIELD

87 York Street,
Beaconsfield WA 6162
PO Box 213
South Fremantle WA 6162
P: (08) 9487 9900
E: admin@ctk.wa.edu.au

From the Principal – Term 1, Week 04

 

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Community Members,

 

 

Everything we do in our Catholic schools is about bringing the light

of Christ’s Gospel to children’s learning in all its dimensions.

We are called to let the joy of our faith shine through the gifts and talents, we bring to our work.

We are challenged to bring out the best in one another and in the children entrusted to our care.

Jesus calls us to discipleship. Discipleship means involvement. In our calling, as disciples, and as educators in a Catholic school, we make the Good News visible to all through our words and actions.

 

Lent

It’s nearly football season again! Sometimes members of a football team wear black armbands as a symbolic mark of sorrow for the passing of a close associate. Their supporters are decked in the team colours to show their willingness to be identified as a club supporter. True believers live the game with their heroes expressing their support physically and emotionally. In good times and bad they stick by their club.

Lent is here and we are presented with the same opportunity to give expression to the type of supporters that we are. Some supporters celebrate only the happy time in Jesus’ life such as Easter and Christmas. As “true believers” we should also pray with him on Holy Thursday, stand by him on Good Friday and join him in prayer and fasting during the forty days of Lent.

Last Wednesday, as a school we celebrated Ash Wednesday, which in the Catholic Church marks the beginning of the season of Lent. It is a season of reconciliation, reflection and prayer, which prepares us for Easter Sunday. This period we call LENT means ‘spring’, and we celebrate it in memory of the forty days Jesus spent alone praying in the desert. Lent is a time for strengthening our faith, a time to reflect on who we are and where we are going. It is a time for quietness and prayer, a time of penance and meditation, a time to become aware of our strengths and weaknesses.

A very special thank you to Father Izzy for celebrating Mass with us. Thank you to the staff who did all the readings and thank you to Mrs Carroll, Mrs Burwood for leading the choir and chorale. The children sang beautifully. Thank you, Mrs Reardon for helping prepare the Mass.

The Daily Encouragement from Pope Francis

Lent is a fitting time for self-denial; we would do well to ask ourselves what we can give up in order to help and enrich others by our own poverty. Let us not forget that real poverty hurts: no self-denial is real without this dimension of penance.

Lenten Thought

Remember the concept of not only giving up during Lent, but taking up. What can we take up that will improve our lives and the lives of others this Lent?

 

Evening on the Green Welcome to 2024 Family Picnic

I encourage all families to attend this event tomorrow, Friday 23rd February. This event is coordinated by the Christ the King School P&F Association. This occasion is a way of celebrating your child/ren’s first few weeks at the school, as well as an opportunity to meet other parents and welcome NEW families to the CtK School community. This will be held in the School Quad from 5:30pm until 9.00pm. A Face Painting area, fairy floss and Mr Whippy will be available. As in the past, you are encouraged to bring your own picnic dinner. A rock band will be entertaining us with live music on stage where we had our Christmas Concert last year. Once again this promises to be a fabulous community gathering to start the school year.

 

Year Six Student Ministries

Next week our students in Year 6 will begin their respective ministries for this semester. I know each of them are excited ‘getting their teeth’ into the work of the ministry. This is a fantastic opportunity for them to show leadership and responsibility around the school.  One staff member is responsible for facilitating the children’s involvement in each of these areas. We wish all our Year 6 students the very best as they undertake these leadership roles this year.

 

3 Year Old 2025 – Applications are Now Due

In 2025 Christ the King will be offering 4 days of 3 Year Old Kindy. More details will follow shortly. Please register your interest now!

 

4 Year Old Kindergarten 2025 – Applications are Now Due

Enrolments are now being taken for siblings and new students wishing to commence Kindergarten at Christ the King School in 2025. Families with children eligible for Kindergarten in 2025 are required to fill out a Kindergarten Enrolment Application Form. We will be offering 4 day Kindy again in 2025.

Christ the King School will continue to operate two concurrent Kindergarten groups next year with the days of attendance being Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

We are starting to see high demand for 3 Year Old Kindergarten and Four Year Old Kindergarten places, 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.

 

Attendance

It is not okay to stay away from school for any reason except legitimate illness and extreme family circumstances. Any unexplained absence and extended holidays during school time, without a note of explanation, are all considered illegal by the Department of Education and the Federal government.

We are legally responsible to report via an electronic program, all absences every day, including continual lateness to school. Please make sure you are compliant with this legislation and please assist by contacting the school by 9am of the day of absence. Please also send a note upon return even if you have been contacted by phone from the school.

 

From My Readings This Week…

As we progress through the first term of the year and students settle in to their new classes, sometimes there can be moments of conflict or tension that may be experienced by students. These difficulties can come from any number of different sources such as peer conflicts, classroom and school expectations or learning difficulties.

As children experience these conflicts, there will often be times when they come home from school with issues or complaints and will naturally call upon parents for advice and guidance. As parents, the approach that you take can have a huge impact on your child’s ability to cope with frustrations and grievances and indeed their resilience to deal with disappointments or difficulties in the future. It can also impact on their future relationships with their teachers and peer group.

Michael Grose (www.parentingideas.com.au  suggests six points for parents to think about when dealing with children’s concerns. He recommends these steps to help parents remain focused and effective in dealing with difficulties:

Stay Calm and Rational

It’s natural as a parent to protect, or defend your children, particularly when you think they’ve come in for some unfair or poor treatment. But acting when you are full of emotion is not always smart. Rather than getting on the phone straight away to organise a meeting at school, take your time to think through how you might assist your child.

Get All the Facts

Once you’ve calmed down, get the facts about the situation. Kids are faulty observers and often only see one side of a story when there’s a problem with a teacher or a fellow student. They sometimes can’t see that perhaps they may have contributed inadvertently to a dispute at school, or perhaps said something that may have upset a teacher. It is the job of parents to help kids process what happens in an incident so that all the facts emerge, and they understand their place in any problem.  Ask good questions to help the full story emerge.

Assess whether to go to the School or Not

Kids, like adults, like to vent and will benefit from having told their side of a story to a trusted source. Often problems can be dealt with at home, simply by talking through an issue and giving kids some common-sense tips to help them cope. If your child has a recurring problem that they can’t solve themselves, or you think an adult intervention may be needed to sort out a relationship issue with a teacher or peer, then consider meeting with your child’s teacher.

Go through the right Channels

Approach the school calmly, going through the school office to make time to see the teacher.  If you have already established a relationship with the teacher concerned, then it’s often easier to approach them directly.

Look for Solutions rather than Blame

State the problem as you see it and view your child’s teacher as an ally, not a foe. “I’m really worried about Jeremy.  He’s been acting strangely lately, and I need some help” is the type of approach that will elicit a helpful response. Talk about your concerns and keep the discussion focused firmly on what is best for your child. Listen to your teacher’s viewpoint, valuing a different perspective.

Stay in Touch

Be realistic with your expectations, remembering that some problems can’t be solved to your satisfaction, nor will they be resolved straight away.  Be prepared to work alongside your child’s teacher over the long-term, which means you need to keep communicating with each other.

 

Did you Know?

  • Kangaroos cannot walk backwards!
  • Potato, the delicious and favourite veggie of children is the staple food in many countries and is the most cultivated vegetable across the globe.
  • Venus is the only planet in the solar system that rotates clockwise, whereas all other planets rotate anti-clockwise.
  • Australia is the only continent that has no volcanoes.

 

There are ‘great things’ happening in our school due to the efforts of so many people; seek to be one of those people in the coming week!

Keep smiling and let’s evolve together!

Andrew Kelly
Principal

Messages from the Assistant Principal

Welcome to Week 4!

 

Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday, well known as Pancake Tuesday, ran so smoothly and the students and teachers enjoyed it! Students from Kindergarten to Year 6, were provided with a pancake prepared by our wonderful P&F. Thank you to all the parents involved in this.

 

Caritas Australia

To care deeply for the needs of another person or creature is an expression of our love for them. This tender concern is called ‘compassion’. We show compassion each year, through our efforts to raise funds for Project Compassion. The money raised supports people around the globe and here at home in Australia, to live with dignity and to make a true difference for themselves and their families.

Families would have received a Project Compassion box to support Caritas Australia this Lenten season and help support vulnerable people around the world, now and for all generations. With your support, Caritas Australia has been able to support vulnerable communities around the world to tackle poverty, food security, education, water and sanitation and disaster risk reduction. Project Compassion 2024, reminds us that the good that we do today will extend and impact the lives of generations to come to build better future for all.

As St Pope John Paul II said,

“The future starts today, not tomorrow.”

Together, we can help vulnerable communities face their challenges today and build a better tomorrow for all future generations. Project Compassion boxes are due back at school before the end of Term One.

 

NAPLAN 2024

NAPLAN is a National Literacy and Numeracy assessment that students in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 sit each year. NAPLAN Information for parents and caregivers went out via students in Year 3 and 5 a few weeks ago. The NAPLAN test window begins on Wednesday 13 March and concludes on Monday 25 March, 2024. For more information about NAPLAN – https://nap.edu.au/  We encourage parents and caregivers to keep conversations about NAPLAN as relaxed and reassuring as possible to minimise any nervousness. More information about NAPLAN at CtK will be sent home shortly.

 

Parent Teacher Interviews

Parents and caregivers will have the opportunity to meet with their child’s teacher on Wednesday 27 April (Week 9) from 12.30pm. Parent Teacher interviews will be conducted across all year groups (K – 6) in ten-minute rotations. We respectfully ask that parents keep to the ten-minute limit, to ensure the afternoon runs smoothly and on time. Later in the term, you will receive instructions about booking in these meetings. Please note this date in your diary.

 

Illness

There have been a number of children away with what appears to be ‘gastro’ (gastroenteritis). It is important that parents are aware that this is a notifiable illness and if your child is showing signs or has been sick, it is important that they remain home until they are well enough to return to school. It can be contagious and can cause the further spread, not just within the class, but across the whole school.

 

Public Holiday

A gentle reminder that there is a Public Holiday on Monday 4 March 2024 (Week 6).

 

ECE K-2 – HIGHWAY HEROES

Welcome to Health 2024! Highway Heroes has begun and together, we have started to explore the Highway metaphor and its concepts. This term will focus attention on developing the story of travelling along The Highway, including introducing the concepts of BUMPS and TOOLS. A highlight of course was meeting our puppet characters.

Can’t wait to share this social and emotional learning journey with you all.

Mrs Rikki Chapman – Health Specialist

 

Crunch & Sip

 

Wishing you a lovely weekend!

Mrs. Sabrina Reardon
Assistant Principal

 

 

 

Thank you so much!

Suraya Correia – President

 

Community News

Perth Goju Karate are opening a brand new beginner’s karate class at the Christ The King school hall. Thursday’s weekly, 4:00pm – 4:45pm. First class starting week one of term, Thursday 1 February!

A special offer for Christ The King students – 4 WEEKS FREE beginners karate lessons!

Classes will be held after school on Thursday’s and are a great way for children of all ages to learn self-defense in a fun and safe environment.

We also teach classes for teens and adults and they are fantastic for fitness, wellbeing and of course, self-defense.

Students who attend the schools on-site After Care can be collected and taken to the class in the hall and returned to After Care when their class is finished.

Classes continue over the school holidays (with a short break over the Christmas period) which makes it perfect for the kids who are looking to try something on the holidays.

Karate has many benefits which include confidence, respect, discipline and fitness.

Places for the beginner’s class will be limited, so to take advantage of this 4 week trial, contact us to book your name in and secure your spot for the trial period.

Sensei Johnny Moran – 0402 830 402

Facebook pages – perth goju karate

Instagram – perthgojukarate

Google – www.perthgojukarate.wordpress.com

 

From the Principal – Term 1, Week 02

 

Dear Parents, Caregivers and Community Members,

 

Prayer for our School

Dear God,

Bless this school which we have built for the education of our young people.
Bless our students and teachers, our parents,
and all who promote sound education in our community.
May our children grow in wisdom, age and grace
before You and all Your people.

May this school always be a home of truth and wisdom,
of faith and good will toward all.

Through the prayers of
Mary, Our Mother,
may this school help our community
and build Your kingdom of justice, light and peace.

Amen

 

On behalf of the staff of Christ the King School, I would like to welcome all students and their families to the new school year. Our dedicated staff have worked very hard over the break to prepare the grounds, buildings and teaching programs for the 2024 school year. We are indeed very fortunate to have the school and facilities that are provided here at Christ the King School.

We all know that children receive the best education when parents and staff work as a team. Parents’ enthusiasm, support and involvement are integral to the success of our school as are the skills, dedication and professionalism of teachers. Together, staff and parents can provide educational excellence for every student, so that they can achieve their personal best. Together, we can support one another to provide a friendly learning environment and celebrate our achievements.

Education today is a complex engagement because of the intensity and variety of external influences particularly through various forms of media and electronic communications. Our school has a special role in assisting every parent with the education of their children, so that all children will develop a sense of personal responsibility and learn the correct use of freedom. Throughout the year, our school will also provide experiences of liturgy and prayer as invitations to know and experience the enormous love and special friendship of God. I hope our school will be a place where staff, students and families have opportunities to experience God’s presence in our lives. I pray that the school year ahead, will see our staff and parents in genuine partnership in our collective role and faith education of the children at Christ the King School.

It was tremendous to see all our students return to school looking so refreshed and energised for the new year. I couldn’t believe how much some of our students had grown and changed over the break . . . don’t our students look so grown-up in their School Uniform?

 

Congratulations

Congratulations to all our Mums and Dads on getting their children ready for the start of the year. I appreciate it can be very hectic trying to organise all the things necessary for the new school year. Well Done! Thank you also for making a real effort with the School Uniform, as this is most important, particularly as we try and set the standard and expectation for the beginning of the year. I am fully aware of the struggles you have experienced and I am working through the issues with our suppliers. Thank you for your patience.

 

New Staff and Families

 In a special way, I would like to welcome all those who are new to the family of Christ the King School.  My prayer and hope for you is that your association with the school will be long and lasting, and one filled with many memorable memories. May your settling in be a gentle one.

Along with new families, we also have new faces who have joined our staff for 2024. We welcome:

Mrs Madeline Kuhn – Kindy Red Teacher

Miss Jessica Delmadoros – Preprimary Teacher

Miss Renee Tromp – PreKindy EA

Miss Olivia Purtell – Year Two Gold Teacher

Miss Olivia Letizia – Year Three Red Teacher

Miss Natasha Lomma – Year Four Gold Teacher

Mrs Lisa Gauci – Year Five Red Teacher

Miss Denielle Borcich – Year Five Gold Teacher

Miss Claudia Perna – Special Needs EA

Miss Claudia Pensebene – Special Needs EA

Mrs Maria Siragusa – Special Needs EA

Mrs Janelle Salerno – Special Needs EA

 

Smoking Ceremony

Having a Smoking Ceremony is to cleanse a space in which the ceremony takes place, so as to allow peace and recognise the importance of the occasion. We can learn about the ways that we deeply feel and care for our land – our relationship to the land. Thank you to Reverend Mitchell Garlett a proud noongar man who led our Smoking Ceremony last Friday morning. Well done to our Head Girl Dominique and Head Boy Christian for leading our ceremony. Both did an outstanding job, well done!

 

School Improvements

Over the holidays renovations were completed with the Art Room now fully functional. A kiln will be added in the coming weeks. The 3 Year Old classroom has new toilets added. The roof was also replaced with red colourbond. A glass sliding door and ramp are currently being built for the classroom. There is a fenced area for the children to use. The Kindy and PP area had the mound removed and now the area is flat with grass. The old Chapel is now a vibrant learning centre for children in Years 4-6. New lighting along the hall facing the learning centre car park have been added. The new school electronic sign in the learning centre car park is now operational. New air conditioners have been added to both Year 6 classrooms, a learning support room and the library. Painting of the Year One corridor and classroom doors has also been completed. Painting of all verandas, walkways, with safety yellow strips added have been completed around the school. More disabled bays will be added to the learning centre car park soon. All electrical tagging has been completed. All fire extinguishers and hose reels are being replaced.

 

Don’t Forget

Our fortnightly newsletter has very important information for our parents. Every class communicates via Seesaw. Our school webpage will be undergoing some changes soon.

 

Lent

Lent is upon us from next Wednesday. Some supporters celebrate only the happy time in Jesus’ life such as Easter and Christmas. As “true believers” we should also pray with him on Holy Thursday, stand by him on Good Friday and join him in prayer and fasting during the forty days of Lent.

Next Wednesday, 14 February we as a school will celebrate Ash Wednesday with a Mass at 9:15am in the hall, which in the Catholic Church marks the beginning of the season of Lent. It is a season of reconciliation, reflection and prayer, which prepares us for Easter Sunday. This period we call LENT means ‘spring’, and we celebrate it in memory of the forty days Jesus spent alone praying in the desert. Lent is a time for strengthening our faith, a time to reflect on who we are and where we are going. It is a time for quietness and prayer, a time of penance and meditation, a time to become aware of our strengths and weaknesses.

 

Evening on the Green Welcome Back Family Picnic

I encourage all families to attend this event on Friday 23rd February. This event is coordinated by the Christ the King School P&F Association. This occasion is a way of celebrating your child/ren’s first few weeks at the school, as well as an opportunity to meet other parents and welcome NEW families to the CtK School community. This will be held in the School Quad from 5:30pm until 9.00pm. As in the past, you are encouraged to bring your own picnic dinner. A band will be entertaining us with live music on stage where we had our Christmas Concert last year along with lots of FREE fun activities for the children to do. Once again, this promises to be a fabulous community gathering to start the school year.

 

Parking

Is at a premium. There are no more car park spaces available so please be patient and just remember to drive safely as children are walking through the car park. Please DO NOT park on people’s verges across the road from the Early Childhood Centre Car Park on Caldwell Street. Homeowners have complained to the school and the Ranger will be patrolling the area. I will continue to think about practical ways to support parents in being able to access the school grounds safely. Everyone please be patient and remember child safety first.

 

Fathering Project Welcome

“Christ The King Fathering Project Leaders encourage any new or existing Dads & Father figures in our school to register using the QR code link provided in the attached flyer. Registering with the CTK Fathering Project will enable access to many useful fathering resources and communications of upcoming events. CTK Group Leads will be meeting at Carrington Bar and Grill on the 28th February at 7pm – feel free to drop in and say hello!”

 

A message from Seton Catholic College for Year 3 and 4 students at Christ the King School

Seton Catholic College has reached maximum capacity for Year 7, both for the upcoming academic year of 2024 and the following year of 2025. Any further applications received will be placed in our wait pool, and admission will be dependent on availability and processed according to the CEWA Enrolment Policy.

Given the ongoing demand for enrolment at Seton, we are taking proactive steps to encourage our local Catholic Primary School families who have children entering high school in Year 7 2026 to fill their enrolment documents in without delay and submit them before the end of the year.

We also suggest that families with students entering Year 4 next year also start the application process if they are considering Seton as a high school choice. Seton will start processing applications for Year 4 in the second part of the year. 

Our aim is to provide every possible opportunity for our Catholic feeder school families to enrol at Seton Catholic College, as later applications may significantly disadvantage their enrolment prospects.

 

SHREK THE MUSICAL – SETON CATHOLIC COLLEGE

Our highly anticipated 2024 full school musical is here! Everyone’s favourite swamp loving ogre is set to storm the DVC stage for our March 13-16 season.

Based on the much-loved DreamWorks animated film, Shrek The Musical is a hilarious and uplifting comedy starring everyone’s favourite ogre. In an effort to win back the isolated bliss of his swamp, Shrek teams up with Donkey to deliver Princess Fiona to her new husband-to-be, Lord Farquaad. Witness the classic story teamed up with amazing songs and dance numbers in this family-friendly musical spectacular presented by the talented students of Seton Catholic College.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on February 5th and are sure to sell fast. To secure your seat and be a part of the fun, head to trybooking.com/COSMZ  Don’t miss out!…..

  

From My Readings This Week…

7 Ways to Make a Sensational Start to the School Year

A new school year means a fresh start for students. Regardless of your child’s performance last year, they start school with a clean slate. A break offers students the chance to begin new habits and adopt new behaviours. Here are seven ideas to help you make the most of the fresh start and make this year your child’s best year ever year at school

  1. Commit to your child going to school every day on time
    One of the most important things you can do to ensure your child has a bright future is to make sure he or she goes to school every day – and gets there on time. Kids spend more time asleep than at school, so we need to maximise every day to get full value.
  2. Help kids start each day well
    A good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast and some words of encouragement from you will help set a positive tone for a day of learning. This may mean that you adjust your morning routine so that kids have plenty of time to get up, eat and get ready for the day. Consider taking a leaf out of the book of a friend of mine who gets her children to make their beds each morning which sets the tone for a productive day ahead.
  1. Establish work & study habits
    The most successful students are those that develop regular study habits that suit their lifestyle, their study style and their school’s expectations. Find out the work expectations from your child’s or young person’s school and help them establish a work routine that matches their personality, lifestyle and family style. Be flexible here as one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to study routines. 
  1. Make sure your child gets enough sleep
    I encourage you to make a big focus as this year as many children and young people are sleep-deprived, which impacts on their well-being and their learning. A good night’s sleep consolidates learning, as well as assisting future learning. Children need between 10-12 hours of sleep each day, while teens need a minimum of nine hours. Help kids get sufficient sleep by having a regular bed-time and get-up time each day. Have 45-minute wind-down time each night, and remove screens and mobile phones from bedrooms. 
  1. Get your kids outside more for good physical and mental health
    Kids today get less exercise than those of past generations, which is an impediment to learning and mental health. Health professionals recommend a minimum of 60 minutes of exercise per day for kids of all ages. Encourage kids to play sport; promote free and active play and look for ways to make moving part of their daily lives. Consider increasing your child’s green time and decreasing screen time for good physical and mental health. 
  1. Focus on being friendly
    Schools are very social places requiring kids to negotiate many different social situations each day. Encourage kids to be open and tolerant; to be friendly; to be involved in plenty of activities and to be social risk-takers. Some kids close down their friendship opportunities through self-centredness, poor attitude and unwillingness to take social risks. 
  1. Develop self-help skills
    Successful students are often well-organised, self-directed and self-motivated. You can foster organisational skills and self-direction by developing simple, age-appropriate self-help skills related to their every day lives. Also use visual parenting techniques to aid organisation and encourage independence. Such skills as making lunches, packing school bags, and organising after school schedules can be great lessons that impact on how kids perform at school.

 

At the start of the school year kids are likely to adopt changes than at any other time. Make the most of the opportunity by focusing on two or three areas to really target and you’ll find that the rest may well fall into place.

By Michael Grose

Did you Know?

  • Butterflies taste with their feet
  • Most lipstick contains fish scales
  • The symbol on the # ‘pound’ key is called an octothorpe
  • A person’s sense of smell is better at night
  • 9th February is World Pizza Day: The delicious creation that we can always trust to cheer us up. Pizza Day made its way into the stomachs and hearts of pizza lovers in Italy in the 10th century. Fun fact: Did you know Italian Queen Margarita of Savoy, visited Naples on a royal visit in 1889?

 

There are ‘great things’ happening in our school due to the efforts of so many people; seek to be one of those people in the coming week!

 

Keep smiling and let’s evolve together!

Andrew Kelly
Principal

Messages from the Assistant Principal

Welcome back

It has been wonderful to welcome all our students and staff back to Christ the King School for the 2024 academic year! There was much excitement as new students commenced, while old students returned to become reacquainted with school life once again. Inclusivity is important in our community, and it was evident that this was experienced throughout the first few weeks of school!

Staff have been working extremely hard to ensure classrooms and surroundings were ready to go for the year ahead. All classrooms are looking spacious, clean and bright and we thank our dedicated staff for all of their hard work and preparation!

We look forward to creating and sharing many special moments with you this year! Your support in ensuring your child was organised and well prepared for the first day of school is very much appreciated!

 

2024 Parent Information Evening

Our Parent Information Evening was a huge success. Thank you to those parents and carers who were able to join us to hear our CtK Vision for 2024 and to listen to their child’s classroom teachers. Your support is greatly appreciated! We encourage you to reach out to your child’s teachers with any concerns or queries, recognising that they are busy individuals who will respond to you within 48 hours. We also ask for your support in acknowledging that family time is precious to them, and we ask that contact be made during the school day.

 

Shrove Tuesday

Shrove Tuesday, well known as Pancake Tuesday, is the last day before the season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday. Students from Kindergarten to Year 6, will be provided with a pancake made by our wonderful P&F next Tuesday 13 February, 2024. Thank you to all the parents involved in this.

 

Sacrament Commitment Masses

 All students who intend to enrol in the Sacrament of Reconciliation, First Eucharist or Confirmation this year, are required to attend one of the Parish Masses as a sign of their commitment. During the Mass, students will be asked to stand and pledge their commitment to the Sacrament.

Parish mass times are:  Saturday 9 March at 6pm OR Sunday 10 March at 10am.

Please note:

  1. Children enrolling in First Holy Communion must have already received the Sacrament of Reconciliation.
  2. Children enrolling in Confirmation classes must have already received both theSacraments of Reconciliation and First Holy Communion.

 

NAPLAN 2024

NAPLAN is a National Literacy and Numeracy assessment that students in Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 sit each year. NAPLAN Information for parents and caregivers will be sent home with students in Year 3 and 5 this week. Please check your child’s school bag. For more information about NAPLAN please visit: https://nap.edu.au/

 

Allergy Aware

An important reminder that we are Allergy Aware at Christ the King School and we have many of our families that rely on our vigilance, which means we all need to be mindful of the following life threatening allergic reactions at the school. Please be aware as you pack your child’s lunch box each day. We have already had a child have a very serious allergic reaction in our Early Childhood Classroom. Please no nuts, peanut butter etc. Child safety is paramount. Below is a list of allergies we are aware of:

  • All Nuts
  • Eggs (raw or cooked)
  • Shellfish

 

School Attendance

Academic success and engagement are intricately linked with school attendance. We ask parents and carers to set the expectation of daily attendance, establish good morning routines that ensure students arrive to school on time. Please ensure that any absence is communicated promptly to the school before 9am to ensure that you child is accounted for. Please do not wait for a message from the school.

 

Whole School Crunch and Sip

Crunch and Sip is a primary school nutrition program, developed to increase the amount of vegetables, fruits and water being consumed by Western Australian children. It is an easy way to help children stay healthy and happy during class time! It is essential for all students to have a small container of crunchy fruit or vegetables everyday for a Crunch and Sip snack. Classroom teachers have communicated with their class, when this will take place. Participating in a daily in class Crunch and Sip break provides an opportunity for children to drink water and eat an extra serve of vegetables or fruit to support good health and to help with learning and concentration in the classroom. Check out the handy guides on the link below for packing Crunch and Sip and healthy lunchboxes in order for your child to get the most out of their school day.

https://www.crunchandsip.com.au/parents/how-to-participate

 

Arrival and Dismissal of Students in Years 1 to 6

A gentle reminder that supervision of students in Years 1 to 6 commences at 8:10am in the quadrangle. Classroom doors open at 8:30am for students to complete their morning routine tasks with teaching and learning commencing at 8:40am. Students are not to arrive to school prior to 8:10am unless attending a scheduled co-curricular activity or before school care with Smileys.

Classes are dismissed at 3pm. Please clearly communicate with your child how they are travelling home each day and ensure punctual collection. If the plan for collecting your child changes throughout the day, please contact the front office and a message will be communicated to your child.

Please be respectful of our staff completing administration, preparation and meetings before and after school and always make an appointment. We consider the safety, health and wellbeing of all children to be of paramount importance and, therefore, ask that parents respect the procedures that are in place.

 

Early Childhood Carpark

A reminder that only parents of children in Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Pre-Primary and those with special permission are permitted to park in the Early Childhood Car Park. All children in these classes, must be collected from their classrooms by parents/guardians. We thank you for your co-operation.

 

A Message from our Head Girl and Head Boy

Hello! Our names are Dominque and Christian and we are your Head Boy and Head Girl for 2024. This year, we are excited to help our school community by contributing new ideas and helping this school become a better place! We have had some ideas, and we would like to tell a few of them in this spiel.

  • Our first idea is to have a sensory playground, where the equipment is suitable for kids with special needs. A sensory session before school for kids with special needs to play with sensory toys and have fun!
  • Changing the bell to music to lighten up everyone’s day Eg a different song every day of the week!! More before and after school activities and toilets upstairs for kids in Year 4 – 6.

 

Wishing you all a lovely weekend!

Mrs. Sabrina Reardon
Assistant Principal

 

P&F NEWS

Hello everyone and welcome back! I hope you all have enjoyed a well deserved break and are feeling recharged and ready for an exciting year ahead. I would like to formally introduce myself, my name is Suraya and I will be your P&F President for 2024. I have been a part of the CTK Community for 11 years this year and I feel privileged to be able to contribute ideas and help create new events that we will run this year.

We truly appreciate your valuable input and feedback so we have created opportunities for you to volunteer or lead events that will further enrich our school community. The P&F are working hard behind the scenes to create an online system to make it easier for you to access important information, RSVP and pay for orders/raffle tickets and view upcoming school events.

We are a talented bunch here at CTK and we want everyone to be able to promote their business by using the Community Pin up board located outside the office. Please feel free to place your flyers/business cards inside. The new P&F Letter box (which is also located outside the office) is up and running for all future P&F correspondence. Alternatively, you can reach us at Ctk.pfc@gmail.com for all enquiries and feedback from events.

Thank you in advance for all of your support and contributions for the year ahead. We have a fantastic committee this year and are very excited to get started!

 

The 2024 P&F

  • Melissa Fiocco – Secretary
  • Katrina Fernandes – Treasurer
  • Vice President – Naomi O’hara
  • President – Suraya Correia

 

The first P&F meeting of the year is being held on Wednesday 21st February (Week 4) from 7:30–8:30 p.m. in the school Library. We would love to welcome new faces and encourage you all to attend to keep up to date with all of the exciting things happening in Term 1.

 

Thank you so much!

Suraya Correia – President

 

Community News

 

 

From the Principal – Term 4, Week 09

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:

Running Club

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

Violet Russo

Year Six Award Recipients are as follows:

Academic Achievement in English Award

Valentina Colalillo

Academic Achievement in Mathematics Award

Thomas Dudley

Science Award

Max Jelovsek

Arts Award

Oscar Cribb

Sports Leadership and Performance Award

Savannah Blackwood

Significant Development in Learning Award

Zoe Rawlings

Pat Brown Award for Christian Witness

Max Geracitano

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!

Andrew Kelly
Principal

Messages from the Assistant Principal

It is hard to believe that we’ve reached the end of the school year for 2023!

Farewell to our Year 6 class:

I would like to wish our Year 6 students all the best of luck as they start the next phase in their schooling journey. They are a great group of children with many wonderful talents, who contribute so much to the running of the school. We can’t wait to hear about the wonderful things they have been up to when they come back and visit us at Christ the King School in the near future!

 

End of Year Reports:

End of Year Reports will be available to parents/carers from Pre-Primary to Year 6 via SEQTA Engage at 3.30pm today. Once reports are made available, I encourage you to read over the information very thoroughly with your child. It is important they understand the areas they have participated well in and any areas for improvement. Thank you to our teaching staff for all their hard work in preparing the reports.

 

Thank you:

To our dedicated staff – I extend a massive thanks for your outstanding efforts throughout the school year. Your unwavering determination, flexibility, commitment, and passion have significantly contributed to the continuous improvement of our wonderful school, and for that we are truly thankful.

A special acknowledgment goes to our P&F for their tireless work behind the scenes. Their dedication ensured that our community events were not only well-organised, but also well attended. A particular thanks to the year level class reps for 2023 – your communication to parents and organisation of ‘social get togethers’ has been greatly appreciated and has certainly gone a long way in building the CtK community. We are so grateful for all your help!

A heartfelt thank you to Mr Kelly, our amazing Principal, for always putting the students first and for allowing ‘great things’ to happen at our school! Thank you for your support of our families, students and staff at Christ the King School.

 

Christ the King Sacraments 2024:

Sacrament of Reconciliation
Saturday 4 May & Sunday 5 May 2024
Term 2 – Week 3
Reconciliation Retreat Day – 24.7 Ministry
Tuesday 16 April 2024
Reconciliation Parent & Child Workshop – 24.7 Ministry
Tuesday 16 April 2024 at 5.30pm
Term 2 – Week 1

 

Sacrament of Confirmation
Saturday 18 May & Sunday 19 May 2024
Term 2 – Week 5
Confirmation Retreat Day – 24.7 Ministry
Thursday 9 May 2024
Confirmation Parent & Child Workshop – 24.7 Ministry
Tuesday 7 May 2024 at 5.30pm
Term 2 – Week 4

 

Sacrament of the First Holy Eucharist
Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 June 2024
Term 2 – Week 9
Eucharist Retreat Day – 24.7 Ministry
Wednesday 5 June 2024
Eucharist Parent & Child Workshop – 24.7 Ministry
Wednesday 5 June 2024 at 5.30pm
Term 2 – Week 8

 

Staff Profile:

Our Year 6 Head Girl and Head Boy, Ahlia and Maksim have been interviewing our staff throughout the year so that we all can get to know each other well. This week they interviewed Mr Kelly, our amazing Principal! To find out more about Mr Kelly, please read below:

 

What is your dream vacation?

Going places where I don’t know anyone!

What is one of your hidden talents?

I would have made a state hockey player and even played for Australia if I had listened to my father. He said I had a real gift but instead, I became a state tennis player!

What is your favourite thing to order through our online lunch orders?

Chicken roll.

What is your favourite thing about Christ the King School?

The people – I love working with the children in the learning centre and whole school. The staff are a super bunch of great, dedicated and special people. I have learnt so much from my staff by the way they work and go about performing their role within the school. My staff inspire me everyday to become better at what I do.

The whole community – I love giving back to a community who brings me so much joy!

What are you most afraid of?

Artificial Intelligence. I have skydived and walked across hot coals, but AI scares me more.

What is your favourite Star Wars Character?

Yoda, because he is full of wisdom!

 

Wishing you all a happy and holy Christmas and a safe new year!

Mrs. Sabrina Reardon
Assistant Principal

 

Community News

 

The dates for Lego Club Term One 2024 would be,
Every Tuesday from 6th February 2024 – 26th March 2024 (inclusive)
Timing will be from 3:15pm – 4:15pm for the younger group (ages 5 – 8) and 3:15pm – 4:45pm (for the 9+)
Fees are $172 (for ages 5 – 6), $214 (for 7 – 8) and $244 (for 9+).
There is an early bird 10% discount starting now till 18th Dec.
Minimum numbers for sessions to start will be 14 children in total.

 

 

From the Principal – Term 4, Week 07

This Sunday, 26 November marks the end of the church calendar year with the Feast of Christ the King.

Thank you God for sending Jesus to be our saviour and our friend. Thank you also that he is a King. Help us always to follow him, honour him, and serve him in his Kingdom. Thank you God that we are “kids of the kingdom.” In Jesus Name, Amen

Christ the King Sunday celebrates the full authority of Christ as King and Lord of the universe. Officially called “The Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ the King,” it is celebrated on the final Sunday of Ordinary Time, the Sunday before Advent. The year, which begins with Advent 2023 and ends at Advent 2024 is Year C.

The liturgical vestments for the day are coloured white or gold, in keeping with other joyous feasts honouring Christ. Lord Jesus Christ,
You are a King who cares deeply for his
people. May we search out those in need, so that Love and
Justice will reign as the Kingdom of God is brought forth
within us. We ask our prayer in your name and in the power
of the Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

Christ the King Day

What a fabulous day we had yesterday with our prayer service, stalls and buddy activities. A huge thank you to all staff and for working together to make the day so special. It was a wonderful feast day celebration. Thank you, Mrs Carroll for leading the music with our terrific choir. The readers were exceptional and did a fabulous job. I hope all the children enjoyed the day!

 

Staffing 2024:

Just as we know that the process of primary schooling encourages and supports our children as they stretch and grow towards transition to secondary schooling, so too, do the teachers and staff continue to develop in their profession and from time to time move on.

We say farewell to Anna Fanning, Lilly Hartley, Julie Gummer, Cathy Pagani, Deirdre Hughes, Domenica Carrello, Damian Albuquerque and Brian Dobbie who have been shining lights in our school over many, many years. We thank them for the contributions they have made to the lives of the students at CtK. Some of the staff mentioned will be joining us at our Carols night Wednesday evening.

All parents have been sent the CtK Staffing 2024 list.

School Advisory Council and Parent & Friends Annual Community Meeting 2023

I wish to thank my wonderfully talented staff and lovely parents for attending the Annual Community Meeting. At this meeting we presented reports from the Chairperson, Toni Beaton, Board Treasurer, Alan Pecotic and my Principal Report. The P&F held their meeting with Alison Reddyhough and Una Hosgood stepping down as President and Representative to the Advisory Council. Both have been instrumental in helping build community and enact change in our school all in the best interest of the children. Thank you so much Alison and Una, you will be missed but know you gave so much of yourselves, bravo! Research shows that when parents are positively involved in all aspects of their children’s lives, children develop into positive, well-balanced adults who realise their full potential.

 

Move-Up Morning

Monday, 9 December will be an opportunity for the children to visit their new classroom, meet with their new teacher and any new classmates for 2024. The morning will involve some schoolwork, or art, social mixing games and informal discussions about expectations for next year.

 

A reminder, we have our Christmas Carols next Wednesday, 29 November, which is starting at 6:00pm in the Quad. As a community, we will also have an opportunity to farewell our Year Six students. Each class will sing Christmas Carols. The focus will be on the Spirit of Christmas.

 

Here are the Events for the last week (Week 9) of 2023:

 

Monday, 4 December – Move Up Morning for Kindy-Year Five children. The children will meet and work with their new teacher for 2024 from 9:00am until 10:30am.

Tuesday, 5 December – at 9:00am in the Hall, we will be having our Year Six Graduation Awards, Head Boy and Head Girl announcement for 2024 and the Cheryl Babich Scholarship Award. This will be attended by the whole school and we would love to see parents attend this very special and important ceremony.

Wednesday, 6 December – At 9.15am at CtK Church, we celebrate the 2023 Graduation and Thanksgiving Mass. This year, our Year 6 students have been outstanding leaders of our student community and have led various ministries and roles that assist in setting the tone of our school. We take this opportunity to thank them for their dedication to our school and for the way they have conducted themselves this year. I hope all the Year Six families will make the effort to attend this celebration and give thanks for the blessings of this school year. When we look back over the year, and as our Year Six students reflect on their years at Christ the King, we realise that there is so much to be thankful for. Please help to make this a time when our Year Six students remember with pride, that they were part of a caring and supportive faith community who came together to honour and farewell them.  

After Mass, we will have a morning tea for the Year Six parents in the Hall followed by a Graduation lunch and disco for the Year Six students in the Hall.

Thursday, 7 December – Year Six to attend King’s Park. Reports will be available via SEQTA Engage. Parents are most welcome to make a time to meet with their child’s teacher to discuss any aspect of the report on Wednesday, 13 December between 8:30am and 10:30am. Please make the booking with your child’s class teacher and not through the Office.

Friday, 8 December – Christ the King Fun Day, we are all going to the movies. Last day of the 2023 school year.

 

Pupil Free Days (Staff Professional Development), Public Holidays

School Start and End Dates for 2024:

TERM 1

  • Teachers Return – Monday, 29 January and Tuesday, 30 January
  • Students return – Wednesday, 31 January
  • Labour Day Public Holiday – Monday, 4 March
  • Last day of term for staff and students – Holy Thursday, 28 March
  • Good Friday – Friday, 29 March
  • Easter Sunday – Sunday, 31 March

 

TERM 2

  • Students return – Monday 15 April
  • ANZAC Day – Thursday, 25 April
  • Staff PD Day – Friday, 26 April
  • WA Day – Monday, 3 June
  • Last day of term – 27 June

 

TERM 3

  • Staff PD Day – Monday 15 July
  • Staff and students return – Tuesday 16 July
  • Last day of term for staff and students – Thursday, 19 September
  • Catholic Day for all staff and students – Friday, 20 September

 

TERM 4

  • Staff PD Day – Monday, 7 October
  • Staff and students return – Tuesday 8 October
  • Staff PD Day – Friday 8 November
  • Last day for students 2024 school year – Friday, 6 December
  • Last day for staff 2023 school year – Friday, 13 December

 

This is a hectic time of the year and there are many events, tasks and dates in our minds. Despite all this, we need to ensure that we take the time to do the important things with patience and with the right attention to detail. The most important of these is how we treat each other. Students are tired, parents and staff are very busy and, in this time, we can help each other immensely by being kind and being thankful for having each other in our lives. A happy supportive community is one where children feel safe to grow.

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!

 

Andrew Kelly
Principal

Messages from the Assistant Principal

ACM:

Thank you to those parents and carers who attended the Annual Community Meeting last Wednesday evening. Your support is greatly appreciated!

 

Christ the King Day:

Christ the King Day was an enjoyable day for our staff and students. We gathered as a school community in the hall for Mass, led by Father Isidore. Following this, each class ran an inviting stall and students had fun, with some even being awarded prizes. The afternoon session was spent with buddies.

 

Teaching and Learning:

Time in class is precious for teaching and learning. Every effort is made to reduce interruptions to teaching and learning time. If it is unavoidable to collect your child during the day for appointments, please report to the office. Teachers are not able to speak with parents during teaching time as this does not honour the time and attention for the discussion and interrupts the teaching of the class. If you need to speak to your child’s teacher, please send them an email to set up a time for a discussion to take place. We appreciate your support.

 

End of Year Reports:

The End of Year Reports for students will be available for parents on SEQTA Engage at the end of Term Four, 2023. We ask you to please check your login details NOW to ensure that you have access, prior to the reports being released. New families from Pre-Primary to Year 6 will receive a welcome email, directing you to set up your account for SEQTA Engage. Both parents will be sent the email, however if you are happy to operate just one login for both parents, you don’t need to set up the second one. If you can’t see the email in your Inbox, please check your Junk or Spam folders as sometimes these emails will appear there, as they are sent in bulk. Please contact: admin@ctk.wa.edu.au if you have any concerns.

It is important that you log into your SEQTA account before reports are posted online. Passwords often need to be reset if your account hasn’t been accessed regularly or may need to be reprovisioned. It is advised when checking your SEQTA Engage account, you do not open from a saved bookmark as data can be cached and affect your access. Please access your account from a new link (preferably on a laptop or PC, not your mobile phone) on our school website under SEQTA ENGAGE quick link or https://ctk.engage.cewa.edu.au

It is highly recommended you check this now, so your child’s reports can be accessed easily.

Please note, that all Year 6 parents/carers and any students leaving Christ The King School at the end of this year, need to access, print, download and save their reports this year, as students come off the Primary SEQTA system at the end of the school year.

 

Absenteeism:

As previously mentioned, it would be appreciated if parents could email or phone the school office before 9am, to notify staff of their child’s absence from school. Please do not wait for a message from the school. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter.

 

Sickness:

Many school and community members are suffering from gastro, colds, flu and/or COVID. Please keep your child home if they have any symptoms such as a sore throat, high temperature, running nose or cough. Parents will be asked to collect their children from school if they present at school with these symptoms.

 

Student Uniform Vigilance:

We strongly encourage you to remind your children to wear the correct uniform, on the correct day and to wear it with pride. Staff have noticed children are not wearing the correct uniform on the correct days, incorrect shoes and socks are being worn (some students are wearing black socks or socks with nike/sporting logos on them etc), and hair ties/scrunchies should be the school colours or the colour of their hair. No claw clips please. Socks should be the school socks or plain white. Please ensure your child is not wearing dangly earrings to school – studs or sleepers are appropriate and safe. Hair below the shoulders should be tied back and out of one’s face. Students should always be looking neat and tidy. Please ensure items are labelled correctly so that they can be easily returned in case they are misplaced. We thank you for your continued support.

 

Early Childhood Gates:

The ECE playground gates are now locked before and after school for safety reasons. The gate will be unlocked at 8.20am for the students to enter and will be re-locked at the end of the day at 3.20pm. Thank you for your support with this matter.

 

Move Up Morning – Monday 4 December

Between 9am and 10.30am on Monday 4 December, students will spend time with their classroom teacher for 2024 and will participate in some activities with their 2024 cohort.

 

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal:

Term Four is well and truly upon us and Christmas time is fast approaching. This is the time when we start collecting for the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hampers. The St Vincent de Paul Society helps to provide hope, comfort, and dignity to families who require extra assistance during the festive season. Due to the nature of the season, Christmas can be a particularly emotional time of year where feelings of disappointment, failure, and isolation can be heightened. We hope you will help bring ’Christ into Christmas’ and generously donate non – non-perishable items to our appeal.

Last date to bring in your donations to your child’s classroom is:

Friday 1st December 2023

      Pre – Kindy Jam / Jelly Year 3 RED Life Long Custard
Kindy Girls

Bons Bons/

Candy Canes

Year 3 GOLD Life Long Milk
Kindy Boys Christmas Napkins/ Tablecloths Year 4 RED Tinned Fruit
Pre-Prim Girls Sweet Biscuits Year 4 GOLD Tinned Vegetables
Pre-Prim Boys Savoury Biscuits    
Year 1 RED Pancake Mix  / Cereals Year 5 RED Pasta Sauce
Year 1 GOLD Long Life Juice Year 5 Gold Pasta
Year 2 Christmas Cake/ Pudding / Fruit Mince Pies Year 6 Christmas Cake /Pudding /Fruit Mince Pies

 

Christmas Carols Evening:

Parents, carers, families, and members of our school community are invited to our Christmas Carols Evening! This lovely community event showcases our talented students and is a fabulous way to celebrate the school year and the magic of Christmas. Please wear something warm, bring along a picnic rug/blanket, and join with us in celebrating the true magic of Christmas.

Where: Christ the King School Quadrangle

When: Wednesday 29 November 2023

Time: 6pm – to be seated at 5:45pm.

Please arrive early, as children need to be seated at 5:45pm when the siren sounds. The Concert will conclude around 7:40pm. Children have been advised what to wear by their teachers. Please make sure your child has a water bottle with them. Each class from Kindy to Year 6 will be involved, along with our school choirs. The P&F raffle will be drawn at the end of the evening! There will be plenty of parking available on our school oval. Please be respectful of our neighbours and do not park on their verges. We kindly ask for students not to run around on the evening and to sit with their families before the concert begins at 5.45pm. We appreciate your support with this.

Please bring your best Christmas cheer and your best singing voices and join in this special Christmas Carols event.

 

Staff Profile:

Our Year 6 Head Girl and Head Boy, Ahlia and Maksim will be interviewing our staff throughout the year so that we all can get to know each other well. This week they interviewed Mrs Onoforo our amazing Special Needs Education Assistant! To find out more about Mrs Onoforo, please read below;

How long have you worked at Christ The King School?
Since 1996.

What is it like being an Education Assistant?
Hard work!

What is your favourite colour?
Green

What is your favourite thing about Christ the King School?
Everything- the kids and the teachers!

Did you have a pet as a child?
Yes, a cat with no name. We just called him puss.

Why did you decide to become an Education Assistant?
Because I loved being with children.

 

Community News

 

Christmas Carols

 

Seton Catholic College

 

Perth Goju Karate

We teach classes for young children, teens and adults and they are fantastic for fitness, wellbeing and of course, self-defense.

Students who attend the schools on-site After Care can be collected and taken to the class in the hall and returned to After Care when their class is finished.

Classes continue over the school holidays (with a short break over the Christmas period) which makes it perfect for the kids who are looking to try something on the holidays.

Karate has many benefits which include confidence, respect, discipline and fitness.

Places for the beginner’s class will be limited, contact us to book your name in and secure your spot for week 1 of the trial period.

Sensei Johnny Moran – 0402 830 402
Facebook pages – perth goju karate
Instagram – perthgojukarate
Google – www.perthgojukarate.wordpress.com

From the Principal – Term 4, Week 05

This Saturday is Remembrance Day. The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month marks the moment the guns fell silent on the Western Front after the bloodshed of World War I in 1918. Over the past century, this moment has been adopted across the globe as a time to remember those who served and sacrificed in all wars and conflicts. This Remembrance Day, let us join the world in honouring those who’ve served and sacrificed. Throughout the Commonwealth and beyond, we remember all who paid the ultimate price for our freedom. Let us help to keep their legacy alive by attending a service, reflecting in silence, wearing a poppy, or supporting our veteran community. Our Year Six Communications Team will lead us in a prayer service on Friday morning at 11am. LEST WE FORGET.

We have now passed halfway through Term 4 and students have demonstrated an excellent effort this year as a whole. It is important that we complete the year to the same high standard that has been set so far in regard to living our school values, using our manners, wearing uniform correctly and completing work with care and attention to detail. Students begin to tire at this stage of the year as the busyness of this period catches up with us. They will thrive if they are in a supportive environment where staff and families have similar expectations and a commitment to working as a team.

Our Annual Community Meeting is scheduled for this Wednesday 15 November from 6.00pm in the hall. This is an opportunity to hear reports on the progress of the school in the past twelve months and to spend time together celebrating a successful school year and strong, trusting and collaborative partnerships. All adult community members are invited and welcome to attend.

 National Recycling Week, established by Planet Ark in 1996, is held every year during the second week of November (13th to the 19th November 2023). This year, National Recycling Week explores the idea that What Goes Around Comes Around. Reducing our waste not only keeps valuable materials out of landfill it also benefits the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

 Thinking about our waste provides some valuable insight into how the recycling and resource management industry works in conjunction to your efforts. During the week, we are encouraging our community to think about waste as a resource; reconsider how we buy, use and dispose of materials to keep them in circulation for as long as possible; and think about ways we can avoid, reduce, reuse and recycle for a better future.

 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!

 

Andrew Kelly
Principal

Messages from the Assistant Principal

Mid-term reflection:

As we are now halfway through our final term, we reflect on the many wonderful opportunities our students have participated in at Christ The King School. Here are just some of the special events our students have taken part in this term:

  • participation and fundraising for Telethon 2023
  • attended exciting incursions and excursions
  • competed at interschool athletic carnivals and triathlons
  • leadership retreat day and overnight stay at school
  • extra co-curricular opportunities before and after school
  • interschool Spelling Bee competition and Numero competition
  • P&F School Disco!

 

We have so much to be proud of at Christ the King, and we thank our students for their eager participation and achievements this term. We also thank our dedicated staff for providing these opportunities for our students!

 

World Teachers’ Day:

On Friday 27 October our amazing staff were treated to a wonderful lunch to celebrate World Teachers’ Day. We thank our P&F for the delicious lunch held for the staff to celebrate this special day as well as the ‘warm fuzzies’ received by many students! THANK YOU!

 

Grandparents Mass & Morning Tea:

It was lovely to see so many Grandparents at our school last Wednesday. Grandparents have a unique way of connecting our students to the past, offering valuable life lessons and unforgettable stories. We thank all the grandparents who joined us, making our Grandparents Morning a truly memorable event that highlights the importance of family.

A very big thank you to Father Isidore for leading our whole school mass in the quadrangle. We thank our wonderful P&F who organised and set up a delicious morning tea, making the day very special. Thanks to our talented choir for singing beautifully throughout the morning and to the staff for supporting this special event.

 

Wellness Week:

This week, we celebrate Wellness Week! Activities are planned and offered for the children in order to support them in understanding the importance of prioritising their mental, emotional, and physical health in an age-appropriate way. Our whole school Wednesday workout morning in the quadrangle was a huge success and enjoyed by all students (and staff!). Thank you to our terrific staff wellness team for organising the week for our students and staff!

 

Absenteeism:

As previously mentioned, it would be appreciated if parents could email or phone the school office before 9am, in order to notify staff of their child’s absence from school. Please do not wait for a message from the school. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter.

 

Sickness:

Many school and community members are suffering from colds, flu, and/or COVID. Please keep your child home if they have any symptoms such as a sore throat, a high temperature, a running nose, or a cough. Parents will be asked to collect their children from school if they present at school with these symptoms.

 

Student Uniform Vigilance:

It is timely to remind all students to continue to wear the correct uniform on the correct day and to wear it with pride. Staff have noticed children are not wearing the correct uniform on the correct days, incorrect shoes and socks are being worn (some students are wearing black socks or socks with Nike/sporting logos on them etc), and hair ties or scrunchies should be the school colours or the colour of their hair. No claw clips, please. Socks should be school socks or plain white. Please ensure your child is not wearing dangly earrings to school – studs or sleepers are appropriate and safe. Hair below the shoulders should be tied back and out of one’s face. Students should look neat and tidy. Please ensure items are labelled correctly so that they can be easily returned in case they are misplaced. We thank you for your support.

 

Carols in the Quadrangle:

SAVE THE DATE

Date: Wednesday 29/11/23

Time: 6pm

Where: Christ the King Quadrangle

Once again this year, we will have our Carol’s in the Quadrangle. Please make sure you have the date free. There will be more information to follow over the next few weeks. We all look forward to seeing you at night.

 

St Vincent de Paul Christmas Appeal:

Term Four is well and truly upon us and Christmas time is fast approaching. This is the time when we start collecting for the St Vincent de Paul Christmas Hampers. The St Vincent de Paul Society helps to provide hope, comfort, and dignity to families who require extra assistance during the festive season. Due to the nature of the season, Christmas can be a particularly emotional time of year where feelings of disappointment, failure, and isolation can be heightened. We hope you will help bring ’Christ into Christmas’ and generously donate non – non-perishable items to our appeal.

Last date to bring in your donations to your child’s classroom is:

Friday 1st December 2023

      Pre – Kindy Jam / Jelly Year 3 RED Life Long Custard
Kindy Girls

Bons Bons/

Candy Canes

Year 3 GOLD Life Long Milk
Kindy Boys Christmas Napkins/ Tablecloths Year 4 RED Tinned Fruit
Pre-Prim Girls Sweet Biscuits Year 4 GOLD Tinned Vegetables
Pre-Prim Boys Savoury Biscuits    
Year 1 RED Pancake Mix  / Cereals Year 5 RED Pasta Sauce
Year 1 GOLD Long Life Juice Year 5 Gold Pasta
Year 2 Christmas Cake/ Pudding / Fruit Mince Pies Year 6 Christmas Cake /Pudding /Fruit Mince Pies

 

Eye Vision Screening:

As the end of the school year draws near, your children will be spending more time at home, whether they be reading or spending more time on screens. Maintaining good eye health is essential to protecting your child’s vision and reducing the risk of eye-related issues. Here are our top 5 tips for keeping their peepers in optimal shape.

  1. Take regular breaks from screens or reading. Follow the 20/20/20 rule, which is taking breaks every 20 minutes and looking at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. This will help to reduce eye strain.
  2. Proper reading distance: Follow the ‘elbow rule’. Ensure reading material is at elbow-to-wrist distance between their eyes and their reading material.
  3. Proper Lighting: Ensure that the lighting in your child’s study area is adequate and that there is no glare on screens or pages.
  4. Outdoor time: Spending 90 mins a day outdoors helps to avoid developing myopia (aka short-sightedness)
  5. Regular Eye Tests: Typically, children do not complain about vision issues, so it’s important to get routine annual eye examinations with a qualified paediatric optometrist.

 

If you have any concerns or questions about your child’s vision or would like to schedule an eye examination, you can contact the clinic at 9314 2206 or email recception@visioncareeyecentre.com.au.

Vision Care Eye Centre Team.

 

Staff Profile:

Our Year 6 Head Girl and Head Boy, Ahlia and Maksim, will be interviewing our staff throughout the year so that we can all get to know each other well. This week, they interviewed Ms McLinden, our Physical Education Teacher. To find out more about Ms McLinden, please read below:

 

How long have you worked at Christ the King School?

Since 2003.

What is your favourite colour and why?

Pink, orange and black.

Do you follow sports? If so, what sports?

AFL, Carlton, Cricket, Athletics.

What is your favourite thing about Christ The King School?

The angelic children.

Did you have a pet as a child?

Yes – a few dogs, two cats.

Why did you decide to work at Christ the King School?

Because they had a Physical Education job open and I had just came from Melville Primary School.

 

Student Spotlight:

George Louison in Year 5, was helping with the Poppy Appeal at Gateway’s Shopping Centre on his Pupil Free Day! AMAZING job George! Well done!

 

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