PRAYER FOR STUDENTS
thank you that you are my creator,
you know me better than anyone else.
Help me to use the mind you have given me
to learn and study effectively.
May I learn with humility and grace.
May I grow in wisdom as well as knowledge.
Let me live a life of integrity in everything I do.
May I grow in grace,
and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
To you be glory, both now and forever.
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit,
The Liwara Newsletter, Volume 18
10th November 2023
In this week's newsletter:
- World Teacher's Day
- Celebrating Our Grandparents
- Quality Catholic Education School Review
- Annual Community Meeting
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Parents and Caregivers
It is hard to believe that we only have four more weeks before the end of the 2023 school year, and there is still so much to be done! We have a few significant events coming up which we are all busy preparing for - School Advisory Council Meeting - Tue 14 Nov; Our special Grandparent's - Thursday 16 Nov; Installation of the second stage of the playground - Monday 20 Nov; P&F Meeting - Tue 21 Nov; Pre KIndy 2024 Parent Information session - Wed 22 Nov; Yr 5&6 NIPSSA Summer Carnival & PP Nativity for the PP parents - Thursday 23 Nov; PP Nativity for the school community - Fri 24 Nov as well as our final Instrumental Music Performance; PP Nativity to be performed at St John of God - Mon 27 Nov; Kindy 2024 Parent Information Session - Wed 29 Nov; Annual Community Meeting -Thu 30 Nov; Year 6 Final Assembly, Yr 5 Parish Nativity Play & Yr 6 Disco - Fri 1 Dec; Yr 6 Thanksgiving Mass & Graduation - Wed 6 Dec, as well as a few other events dotted around during the last few weeks. Even though we will all be pretty busy, our students continue to work as hard as ever to end the year in a calm and settled manner, except for today, as the Fair preparations have been going on since the early hours of this morning and we are all very excited!
Communication was received on Wednesday 8 November from the Bishops of Western Australia announcing that Dr Debra Sayce, Executive Director, Catholic Education WA, will conclude her appointment as Executive Director on 31 December 2023. Dr Sayce will be taking up an appointment as inaugural Head, Mission Enhancement and Outreach - Archdiocesan Agencies for the Archdiocese of Perth. The Bishops of Western Australia have appointed Mr Wayne Bull, the current Deputy Executive Director, to the position of Executive Director of CEWA Ltd for 2024. On behalf of the Liwara School Community I thank Dr Sayce for her leadership of Catholic Education WA and wish her all the very best in her new role.
WORLD TEACHER'S DAY
On Friday 27 October we celebrated World Teacher’s Day. We acknowledged all our educators and showed our deep appreciation for everything they do and the profound impact they have on our student’s lives.
At Liwara we are blessed to have a team of educators who regularly go above and beyond. They inspire, motivate and instil a love for learning in our students. Our teachers are the pillars on which our school’s success stands. They create a safe and nurturing environment for our students to thrive. Their influence extends far beyond the classroom, shaping the character and future of our young minds. A big thank you to our parents for taking the time to send in some lovely positive and supportive emails to our teachers in celebration for the wonderful work they do!
To our teachers, thank you for your dedication, passion and unwavering commitment to education. Your hard work does not go unnoticed, and I am proud to have you as part of the Liwara Primary School family.
CELEBRATING OUR GRANDPARENTS
We have sent out an invitation via Seesaw to all our grandparents inviting them to come together to celebrate their enduring love, stories and lifelong lessons. We look forward to making this morning a memorable one by sharing heartfelt stories, spending time with grandchildren in the classrooms and enjoying a lovely morning filled with laughter, love and great company. Our choir have been busy preparing a few songs specifically for our special visitors! Please remind all our grandparents about the event and respond to the invitation sent out via Seesaw on Fri 3 November, for our Grandparent’s Morning Tea on Thursday 16 November @ 9:00am, if you haven’t already.
TQUALITY CATHOLIC EDUCATION SCHOOL REVIEW (QCESR)
I am excited to share an important update with the community regarding the recent affirming school review that Liwara CPS underwent. The comprehensive evaluation is a testament to our ongoing commitment to providing a safe, inclusive and affirming educational environment for all our students. The panel consisting of CEWA delegates spent two days meeting with staff, students, the P&F & SAC representatives to delve into everything that ‘IS’ Liwara. A huge thankyou to our parents who met with the review panel.
Key highlights from the School Review:
School Context and Summary Findings: The QCESR panel endorses the leadership that is provided at the school, supported by a dedicated staff, committed families and exemplary students. There are well established structures and successful outcomes achieved across all aspects of Quality Catholic Education (QCE). This supports the direction the Leadership Team is embarking upon with a period of review, consolidation and future direction ensuring that the sustained improvement can build on the excellence in place.
Positive Feedback: The affirming school review panel had overwhelmingly positive feedback on various aspects of our school’s climate and practices. They highlighted our commitment to fostering a nurturing and inclusive space for students of all backgrounds and identities.
Support Systems: The review panel noted the strong support systems in place for students, including counselling by our Social Worker, buddy & mentorship programs and peer support networks.
Curriculum Enhancement: Our curriculum was recognised for its inclusion of diverse perspectives and cultural sensitivity through our EAL/D focus. The ongoing efforts to expand this focus to be more inclusive were applauded.
Parent and Community Engagement: The involvement of parents and the wider community was seen as a significant asset. The partnership between the school and families was highlighted as a key factor in our success.
We are proud of our school’s accomplishments, and we look forward to the ongoing collaboration and support of our entire school community in this endeavour. Your regular feedback and participation are crucial to our success so that we can continue to offer our students opportunities to flourish.
ANNUAL COMMUNITY MEETING
Date: Thursday, 30 November
Location: Liwara School Hall
Our Annual Community Meeting is fast approaching, and I encourage everyone to attend. This is a perfect opportunity to connect with other parents and be part of the decisions that shape our school community. Your active participation and input are highly appreciated.
P&F GROUP & SCHOOL ADVISORY COUNCIL NOMINATIONS
Do you want to make a difference in our community? Join the Parents and Friends Group! This dedicated group of individuals works to enhance our community life, plan events and make our school an even better place. We are currently accepting nominations for the group, so if you or someone you know is interested, please submit your nominations by completing the form from the link at the bottom of the letter.
Let’s make our community stronger, more connected, and full of love and support. We look forward to spending the morning with our Grandparents on their special appreciation day and the Annual Community Meeting. Together, we can continue to make Liwara a wonderful place to gather.
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC PROGRAM
Information about our ever-popular Instrumental Music Program will be coming out next week, after all the Fair excitement and busyness is over. Students from Year 3 upwards are eligible to be involved in the program. Liwara is blessed to have Mrs Mary Rose to coordinate the program along with dedicated and well qualified tutors who continue to share their gifts of music and help our students develop the skills in their chosen instruments. In 2024 we will be offering private tuition in Clarinet; Drums; Flute; Guitar; Piano; Trumpet; Violin; and Voice.
2024 MEDICAL ACTION PLANS
If you child has a medical condition of any description it is time to have your plan reviewed by your family doctor. The school requires a copy of the plan prior to your child commencing in 2024. We are required to have a new plan every 12 months.
There are the standard plans for Anaphylaxis, Asthma, Allergies etc. If your child does not fall into one of these categories you can download a copy of the schools Medical Action Plan from our website. All plans need to be signed off by your doctor.
If you child requires medication to be taken at school, this includes - Asthma Puffers, ADHD medication, etc which is prescribed by your doctor it needs to be given to the front office in the original packaging which shows the child's name, doctor's name & the dosage.
Medications that are not prescription medicines, require parents to complete a Medication Authority Form which is available from the front office.
If you are unsure of your requirements, please contact the front office on 6224 2000.
I would like to express my heartfelt gratitude to our P&F Fair Committee and to all our families for your unwavering support for the Fair Committee, leading up to the big day today! Your contributions, enthusiasm and presence around the school whether through volunteering, donating, crafty creations, collecting of plants, books, soft toys, chocolates, items for the Mystery Mania and so much more is a sight to behold. Your support will not only add fun and excitement to the Fair but will also help raise vial funds for our students and school which couldn’t happen without your dedication and involvement. It is such a wonderful opportunity to come together as a community! Your support means the world to us and we are incredible grateful for the wonderful parents that make our school community so special!
WE are all looking forward to the fair with eager anticipation knowing it will be another memorable experience filled with laughter, excitement and great family moments!
PRE KINDY 2024/2025
Our Pre Kindy, 3 Year Old Program has become an extremely popular program with families in our wider Greenwood community with numbers almost at capacity for both days, so if you know of anyone interested in sending their children to the PK program this year, once they turn 3 years of age, please ask them to register their interest via the firstname.lastname@example.org email OR contact Anne on 6224 2000, as soon as possible so they don’t miss out! If your child is eligible for Pre Kindy 2025 please also register your interest NOW as these places are also filling fast.
ENROLMENTS FOR CHILDREN IN KINDY 2024/2025
AND PRE KINDY 2024/2025
We currently have a limited number of vacancies for Kindy 2024, I urge you to contact our Enrolment Officer, as soon as possible, to discuss the enrolment process. I am currently meeting with future and current parents for our 2024 Kindy and Pre Kindy placements. Enrolment information and applications can be downloaded from our school website HERE or a paper copy can be collected from the school office.
If you would like to join a tour, registrations are essential and available via our school website.
Wishing you God's blessing for the coming week.
Mrs Andrea Millar
FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS
Year 2 will join our All Saints Parish Mass on Friday, 17 November and Year 3 will join in on Monday, 20 November.
We welcome all families to join us at 2:30pm on Friday, 17 November for our last Certificate Assembly of the year in the Liwara Hall.
NIPSSA SUMMER CARNIVAL
The Summer Carnival for Year 6 students will take place on Thursday, 23 November from 9.30am until 2:00pm at Kingsway Reserve (Cricket), Ocean Ridge Tennis Club (Tennis) & Joondalup Indoor Volleyball Centre (Volleyball). Please refer to the Seesaw message posted by Mr Sanders for further information.
PRE PRIMARY NATIVITY PERFORMANCES
Our wonderful PP students will begin performing their unique version of the Nativity in Week 7. We welcome all Pre Primary parents to join us at 9:15am in the Liwara Hall on Thursday, 23 November. Their final performance will be for the school community in the Liwara Hall on Friday, 24 November at 9:15am. Please see the Seesaw post from the classroom teachers for further information.
Ms Angela Leddin & Mrs Jesseca Francis
MAKING JESUS REAL (MJR)
MAKING JESUS REAL
Attitudes are contagious, for example: Winners are Grinners. This value helps remind children to have a positive attitude and try their best in all they do.
In Year 3 we have been exploring ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ by Roald Dahl in our novel study. We have done some amazing sensory writing where we got to taste and describe eating chocolate.
We integrated our Design Technologies unit to design and create a house suitable for the Oompa Loompas. We needed to meet the criteria of -Safety, Hygiene, Privacy, Food and Fun. We were also lucky enough to visit a real-life factory at Brownes Dairy.
IMPORTANT DATES 2023
TERM 4 DATES: Monday, 9 October – Friday, 8 December
November 10 - Liwara Fair
November 11 - Remembrance Day
November 14 - Evacuation Drill
November 17 - Year 2 Parish Mass @ 9.00am
November 17 - Certificate Assembly @ 2.30pm
November 20 - Yr2 Bunnings Incursion
November 20 - Yr3 Parish Mass @ 9.00am
November 21 - P & F Meeting @ 7.00pm
November 22 - 2024 Pre Kindy Parent Information Session @ 9.30am
November 23 - Yr 5/6 Summer Canrival @ 9.00am
November 23 - PP Nativity Show - PP Parents only in the Liwara Hall @ 9.15am
November 24 - PP Nativity Show - School Community in the Liwara Hall @ 9.15am
November 24 - Music Performance Assembly @ 2.20pm
All students are encouraged to return their borrowed books before school from 8.15am to go into the weekly raffle draw.
Tuesday – Years 3 & 4
Wednesday – Years 2, 5 & 6
Thursday – Kindy, Pre-Primary & Year 1
Thank you to our wonderful Liwara community for supporting the Book Fair earlier this term. Thanks to your generosity, the school received $2000 worth of valuable resources from Scholastic.
The library will be closed for student borrowing from week 7 as we prepare for the end of term. Please ensure all outstanding and overdue items are returned on your child’s library day.
Library Bags for Sale
The Liwara Craft Group have made Library bags. They are selling them for $10.00 a bag and all profits go towards the craft stall for the School Fair.
If you are interested in purchasing one or more of these beautiful bags, they can be purchased through Trybookings:
Bring your receipt to the Library and select a bag!
Please note that as we are only four weeks off the end of term, some of the items we make will become unavailable for ordering. Fried Rice is almost out of stock and this item will not be remade this year. We will endeavor to keep these items to a minimum, but as usual we will have to start running our stocks low as we get closer to the last day of Term 4. This of course enables us to shut down most of our freezers for the deep clean of the canteen.
Could any IOU notes outstanding from lunches, please be paid within the following few weeks. Cash can be paid into the canteen, or via the office. Another option is to place an order on-line for the same item supplied or equivalent. If this option is taken, please remember to write a note in the messages saying that this is for an IOU and not to make up the order. We will then remove the IOU from our file. Thank you for supporting the canteen.
We would like to have two parents available to help us on the last day of term this year as it is always a very busy day. If you would like to come in and volunteer your time from 8.30am we would love to see you and would really appreciate the help. Thank you.
Deb & Adriana
The Uniform Shop is open Thursdays from 8.15am - 9am for all your uniform needs! Doors will not open outside of these hours.
Please note that students are required to wear their summer uniform for Term 4 2023 & Term 1 2024..
Phone: 9204 1701
PARENTS & FRIENDS
ALL SAINTS PARISH
ALL SAINTS GREENWOOD
7 Liwara Place
Father Elver Delicano
REGULAR MASS TIMES
Monday – Friday 6am & 9am
Sundays 7:30am, 9:30am & 5:30pm
Anointing every 2nd Saturday of the month
OFFICE OPEN TIMES
Monday, Wednesday and Friday 10am - 3pm
PERTH ARCHDIOCESE WEBSITE
PARISH YOUTH MINISTRY NEWS
YOUTH GROUP REPORT
We had a huge night at 24:7 Greenwood last week! We had 54 young people come to celebrate our youth group reunion, celebrating the All Saints parish’s 50th golden jubilee. We had our youth Mass where we used our musical gifts to give glory to God, and served God in the offertory and reading the prayers of the faithful.
For our youth group reunion, we invited all former youth group participants and leaders to join us for the night. We had a tree-planting ceremony to show the fruits of this youth group in the past, present and yet to come. Everyone joined in the fun of playing Who Stole the Bishop’s Hat, and in our Ultimate Egg and Spoon Race.
We also had three of our former youth minister’s sharing about their memories of youth group, about the blessings God worked, and about what they are doing now. Then we had a feast and enjoyed a time of fellowship!
NEXT YOUTH GROUP
This Sunday night's youth group we will start to explore the Cardinal virtues with a guest speaker coming along to break this open for us
SACRED HEART COLLEGE - EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST, YEAR 7 2025
Dear Year 4 2023 Parents and Guardians,
Sacred Heart College would like to remind you that Expressions of Interest for their Year 7 2025 cohort are due by end of month December 2023. Expressions of Interest can be submitted through their College website and incurs a non-refundable $85 expression of interest fee on completion. Expression of Interest families will be emailed mid-January 2024 communicating the commencement of the application process and next steps.
For more information, please feel free to contact the Sacred Heart College Registrar on 08 9246 8283 or email@example.com before December 14.
VOLUNTEERS WANTED TO ASSIST THE HOMELESS AND DISADVANTAGED AT GRACE CAFE IN JOONDALUP
The Anglican Grace Chapel in Joondalup and St Vincent De Paul Northern Conferences jointly open a drop-in centre for the homeless and disadvantaged each Monday and Friday at the Grace Chapel. Volunteers offer and serve a heated meal, tea and coffee and hampers of donated food for the guests.
More volunteers are desperately needed. If you would like to volunteer, please contact Peter on 0491 048 207 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are now accepting Pre Kindy - Year 6 enrolments for 2024, 2025 as well as 2026 & beyond. Please contact the school if you have any questions on 6224 200 or via email: email@example.com for more information.