Junior School

Junior School News

May you have the strength of the SPIRIT
The power of PRAYER

And the force of FAITH
To live in SERVICE,
To LOVE with all your heart and to let God lead you always
Amen

Sacrament of Confirmation

On the weekend of the 22nd and 23rd June, we celebrated with many of our Year 6 students, the sacrament of Confirmation. A special sacrament to receive as the Holy Spirit strengthens and renews our faith in Jesus Christ and deepens our relationship with God. The students are to be congratulated on their leadership and their prayerful commitment. Thank you to their teachers, Mrs Sharryn Cunningham and Mr Joe Comito for their preparation of the students and to Father Michael Separovich and Mrs Barbara Bolding, for all their support and collaboration with our families throughout the year.

Inter House Cross Country Carnival

Students from Pre Primary to Year 6 enthusiastically participated in the Interschool Cross Country Carnival on the 4th June. The perfect weather conditions together with the energetic team spirit that the students exuded made for an amazing afternoon. Thank you to Mrs Bianca Openshaw and Ms Leanne Caine for all their work with the organisation of the carnival and to all the parents who gave generously of their time to help out on the day. Congratulations to Reilly House for taking out first place and to those students who have been selected to compete in the upcoming CPSSA Cross Country Carnival.

 

LifeLink Day

On Wednesday 5th June it was my privilege to accompany Year 6 student leaders, Amber Duffy and Alexis Markovic to the official Life Link Launch at Newman College. Our student representatives were excellent ambassadors for our school and proudly presented our ‘Big Book of Hope and Love’, a compilation of prayers and messages

At the Launch the Archbishop of Perth, the Most Rev Timothy Costello, reminded us of the words of St Mary Mackillop in relation to helping others less fortunate than ourselves as he quoted, “never see a need without trying to do something about it”. An excellent motto to live by. Thank you to everyone who supported the Shine House Fundraiser for LifeLink. Without your ongoing support, such events would not be possible. The monies raised goes directly to provide practical care and direct assistance to thousands of people in need within the community each year.

 

Excursions

Year 5 excursion to Fremantle Prison

It may have been a wet and windy day, but there was no way that the weather was going to dampen the enthusiasm of the Year 5 students as they headed to Fremantle Prison on the 10th June. The students were taken on a guided tour of the prison and gained an insight into what prison life was like for not only our convicts but also for those incarcerated up until the prison’s closure in 1991.The students had the opportunity to hear fascinating stories and see where many daring and dangerous escapes were attempted by convicts and prisoners alike, such as Moondyne Joe.

Year 1 Excursion to the Perth Zoo

This Term Year One visited the Zoo as part of their Sharing the Planet Unit of Inquiry. They payed special attention to the different animal habitats and how they reflect each animal’s natural environment. On the day the students were very lucky to have Holly the Primates Keeper talk to them about the different species of monkeys at Perth Zoo, including the newborn baby gibbon.

Pre Primary Excursion to Cicerello’s

As part of their ‘Sharing The Planet’ Unit of Inquiry, the Pre Primary classes made their way to Fremantle where the students had the opportunity to experience marine life close up in the touch pool, had fun exploring while beach combing and shared lunch at Cicerello’s restaurant.

Year 2 Incursion – Water Authority Visit

Students in Year 2 had a visit from the Water Authority. This interactive talk explained the role of storm water, as well as the effects of litter, pollutants and specific contaminants on local ecosystems.

 
Kindergarten Incursion – Australia Post visit

On Wednesday the 19th June Kindergarten had a visit from a Postman to learn more about the service he provides our local community. As part of the Kindergarten Unit of Inquiry this term they have been learning about the interconnectedness of human made systems, communities and the structure and function of organisations. Within this unit they have been finding out about people and places in our community that help us.

   
Year 6 Winter CPSSA Carnival

The Year 6 student stepped up to the challenge when they participated in the annual CPSSA Winter Sports Carnival on Friday 21st June. Students selected sports from Netball, AFL or Soccer and eagerly competed against other Catholic Primary Schools. Congratulations to the students for their positive attitude and commitment to fair play that was evident on the day.

 

EduDance Concert

This term student from Kindergaten to Year 4 have thoroughly enjoyed their involvement in the EduDance hip-hop dance program and have certainly perfected many of moves taught to them in weekly lessons. The lessons culminated with an exciting concert where each class had the opportunity to perform in front of their peers and family members. The students proudly showcased their talents, and should be congratulated on their commitment and infectious enthusiasm displayed throughout the program.

 

As the term draws to a close, the students have now completed one semester of work. Student reports have been uploaded to the Parent Portal for viewing and we encourage you to celebrate personal achievements and assist your children, along with the help of their teachers, to set new goals for Term 3 and beyond.

As we head into the holiday period, I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their wonderful support over the semester. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to act as Head of Junior School for Semester One and have truly enjoyed my time with the students and the community. Thank you to the Junior School staff, for their dedication and ongoing commitment to supporting the individual needs of all students and I hope they enjoy their well-deserved term break.

Mrs Nicola Lee will be returning for Semester Two and I am sure will have an abundance of stories to share with the students, staff and families regarding her time as Principal at Birlirr Ngawiyiwu Catholic School – Ringer Soak. School will resume for all Pre-Kindy and Pre Primary to Year 6 students on Tuesday 23rd July, with Kindergarten students starting on Wednesday 24th July.  Term 3 promises to be jam packed, with events planned such as the NAIDOC Assembly, CPSSA Cross-Country Carnival, Junior School Inter House Athletics Carnival, Sacrament of Reconciliation Parent/Child Workshop and the commencement of the Catholic Schools Performing Arts Festival!

Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday.

 

Katrina Fiolo
Head of Junior School