A PRAYER FOR ST PATRICK'S DAY
As I arise today, may the strength of God pilot me, the power of God uphold me, the wisdom of God guide me.
May the eye of God look before me, the ear of God hear me, the word of God speak for me.
May the hand of God protect me, the way of God lie before me, the shield of God defend me, the host of God save me. May Christ shield me today.
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down, Christ when I sit, Christ when I stand, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.
The Liwara Newsletter, Volume 4
17th March 2023
In this week's newsletter:
- P & F Fundraising
- Schools Upgrade Fund
- Parent/Teacher Interviews
- Harmony Day
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Parents and Caregivers
Due to the enormous efforts of our dedicated P&F fundraising initiatives and the wonderful Liwara community who support all their planned events in 2022, we have: 1) Recently installed new backboards and nets on all the basketball and netball poles in the courts. 2) I am currently receiving quotes for air conditioning units that will be installed in the Music and Instrumental Tutorial rooms. 3) Mrs Evans is coordinating the new buddy bench and getting our students involved in choosing the colours and design for the bench as well as helping to decide on where the students think the best position for it is. 4) It was also decided on at the P&F meeting that some of the fundraising money from 2022 will be put towards the upgrading of the oval, our students favourite play area, now that the works on the bore and pump are being attended to. We have recently had the redevelopment and recommissioning of the groundwater production bore. Mr Ridout was very excited when the oval sprinklers began to almost double the distance they sprayed, once the bore had been recommissioned and the loan pump put in.
SCHOOLS UPGRADE FUND – TARGETED ROUND
I shared the good news with those present at the P&F meeting on Tuesday evening about the amount of $65,000 which has now been deposited into our school bank account. Anne Aly was instrumental in securing us the total of $65K through her endorsement of Liwara as part of the 2022 Schools Upgrade Fund. These funds will be going solely towards the extension of the recently installed playground on the oval. I will be convening a meeting soon with all interested parties to begin working on a design for the new playground. We will send out a Microsoft form for parents to fill in if you are interested in coming along to join other community members in the first stages of planning. If you are keen to be involved it is important you fill in the form as it will determine where we hold the meeting.
Parent-Teacher interviews are coming up soon and we will be finishing the school day at 12.00pm on Thursday 30 March for parents to have the opportunity to meet with class teachers to discuss your child’s Interim Report and early progress. Class teachers will be sending out separate information to each of their families to schedule times to meet. We ask that children are picked up at 12.00pm on Thursday 30 March to allow teachers half an hour to have their lunch before beginning interviews. If your child is booked into OSCH on Thursday 30 March they will be supervised by staff and dropped to the OSHC centre at 3.00pm.
This week our Year 3 and Year 5 students were involved in the annual NAPLAN assessment. This national testing assesses literacy and numeracy skills and allows parents and caregivers to see how their child is progressing against national standards and over time. NAPLAN is just one aspect of a school’s assessment and reporting process and it provides additional information to teachers and parents about each child’s educational progress.
On Tuesday 21 March we come together to celebrate Harmony Day and the children are encouraged to wear an orange accessory from home on the day. Harmony Day was created in 1999 to celebrate unity and diversity and is celebrated worldwide by reflecting on the ways we can live in harmony with our neighbours, regardless of their backgrounds or circumstances. Since Harmony Day was initiated there have been over 55,000 events held, worldwide. Harmony Day this year is being coordinated by our Special Events Ministry, their mentor teachers, Mrs Biggar & Mrs Dawe and Mrs Shilkin, one of our HASS coordinators who have been planning some special activities to mark this celebration. The students are asked to wear orange accessories and each class will be participating in a special activity to mark this celebration. Our Junior Primary classes have also been learning a special song to mark the day which they will be sharing with the rest of the school.
INTERNATIONAL DAY OF HAPPINESS
Monday 20 March is International Day of Happiness: The theme this year is ‘Be Mindful. Be Grateful. Be Kind’. By tuning in to your feelings, looking for what’s good and sharing kindness you can nurture yourself and help make things better day by day. There are lots of big and worrying issues in our world right now. We can’t always change what is happening, but we can choose how we respond. We can do more to create a happier and kinder world when we connect with others and unite together.
I wish you God’s blessings for the coming week.
ENROLMENTS FOR CHILDREN STARTING SCHOOL IN KINDY 2023/2024/2025 AND PRE KINDY 2023/2024
We currently have a limited number of vacancies for Kindy 2023, I urge you to contact our enrolment officer, Mrs Karen Rosser 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 blessings and a wonderful weekend!
Mrs Andrea Millar
FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS
WHOLE SCHOOL PRAYER
Year 2 will be leading the school in Whole School Prayer on Monday 27th of March at 2:40pm at the All Saints Parish. All are welcome to join us.
Year 2 will be attending Parish Mass on Friday 24th March.
NAPLAN commenced on Wednesday the 15th of March with Year Three and Year Five students completing the NAPLAN Writing assessment. Students in Year Three and Five will complete one test each morning, concluding with Numeracy on Monday the 20th of March. Students who are absent for a scheduled test will have the opportunity to complete a make-up test throughout the testing period which ends on Friday the 24th of March.
For those who have a child in Year Five, please ensure your child’s iPad comes to school with full battery percentage each day.
Year Four will present our first performance assembly of the year on Friday the 17th of March at 2:30pm in the Liwara Hall. This will be followed by our talented musicians at the Music Assembly in Week 8 on Friday the 24th of March. We welcome all families to come and celebrate at both performances.
INTERSCHOOL SWIMMING CARNIVAL
The Northern Independent Primary Schools Sports Association (NIPSSA) Interschool Swimming Carnival is to be held on Thursday 23rd March 2023 for selected students in Years 4-6. Mr Sanders has distributed detailed information to the families of swimmers who will be representing our school, via Seesaw.
- Transport: The team will be leaving school at 9.00am and will travel by bus to and from the venue, returning to school before the end of the school day.
- Equipment: Swimwear with their sports uniform over the top (red top), slip on shoes, water bottle, food for recess and lunch (students are not permitted to go to the cafe), towel, goggles, swim cap (provided by the school).
- The swimming program: Will be emailed to parents before the carnival. Should you have any concerns with the events your child is listed to compete in or any other questions, please don’t hesitate to contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Spectator information: Spectators will be required to pay an entry fee at the front desk. The cafe is available for spectators to access during the day. Students will not be able to go to the cafe at any time.
PARENT/TEACHER MEETINGS - HALF DAY CLOSURE
As part of our reporting policy, Parent/Teacher Interviews will be held across Weeks 8 and 9 of this term. To facilitate these meetings, our school will have an early closure day on Thursday the 30th of March for students in PP – Year 6. Students are to be collected at 12.00pm and interviews will commence at 12.30pm. If your child walks/rides to and from school, they are welcome to do so at 12:00pm as per their normal school departure routine.
Kindy Parent/Teacher Interviews will be held in Term Two after Kindy Screening has concluded and thus school will finish as usual at 3pm for Kindy on Thursday the 30th of March. You are welcome to sign your child out through the office if you wish to take them home with their siblings at 12:00pm.
Year 5 – Year 5 will be on excursion Thursday 30th March and will be returning to school by 12:30pm. Please refer to information sent out by Mrs McGavigan and Mr Varady.
The purpose of the meeting is to discuss how your child has settled into the school year, their progress thus far, work habits and upcoming interim report. Ten-minute interviews are scheduled using fifteen-minute timeslots to allow transitions between meetings. Please arrive 5 minutes prior to your scheduled meeting time and wait patiently outside your child’s classroom for their teacher.
Should you not be able to attend a face-to-face meeting you are welcome to schedule a phone meeting or utilise before and after school times made available by the classroom teacher across Weeks 8 and 9. Where possible, please arrange for your child to be supervised offsite during this meeting as limited staff supervision will be provided during these meetings. As previously mentioned by Mrs Millar, only those students who are booked into OSHC on Thursday the 30th of March will be supervised by school staff and escorted to OSHC at 3pm.
Miss Angela Leddin & Mrs Jesseca Francis
MAKING JESUS REAL (MJR)
GREET, TREAT, SPEAK
At Liwara, we model Jesus’ actions and words by ‘Making Jesus Real’ every day through our words and actions.
Jesus spoke to everyone. Following in His footsteps, we will model that when you greet, treat and speak to people, it can open positive doors for you and/or help others with their day.
IMPORTANT DATES 2023
TERM 1 DATES: Wednesday, 1 February – Thursday, 6 April
Friday 17 March - Assembly Yr4
Monday-Friday 20-24 - Kindy Screening & NAPLAN
Thursday 23 - Interschool Swimming Carnival
Friday 24 - Music Performance Assembly @ 2.30pm
Wednesday 29 - School Tour @ 9.30am
Wednesday 29 - Fair Meeting @ 7.00pm
Thursday 30 - Half Day Closure
Thursday 30 - PP-Y6 Parent Meetings
Friday 31 P & F Easter Raffle Draw
In REACH our Year Five and Six students have been working on producing a WA tourism campaign, working in small groups to create brochures, a website and video advertising. Students are working together to create a tourism package that we can present to our local minister Jessica Stojkovski. The Year Three and Four students are working on presenting their own Ted Talk on a variety of topics that they are interested in. The Year One and Two students have been working hard solving some tricky maths problems. Students are looking forward to participating in more Minecraft education projects, where they can build amazing structures and learn about chemistry.
SOCIAL WORKER NEWS
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
This week the students had fun finding all the green items and colouring in Leprechauns and Shamrocks.
Next week we will be handing out Easter colouring competition forms. They are due back by 9.00am, Tuesday, 4 April for a chance to win an Easter prize.
Deb & Julie
The Uniform Shop is open Thursdays from 8.15am - 9am for all your uniform needs!
Phone: 9204 1701
PARENTS & FRIENDS
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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 Goals
- 20 youth to attend.
- To help our young people to realise that we don’t always need to worry about everything in life.
- To create a safe and engaging space for our young people.
- This week we had 19 young people, so we only just fell short of our target.
- We were able to help our young people to understand this through our talk and through the games
- We were able to do this as our leaders made an effort to get around our young people as much as possible.
Youth Group Talk / Focus
Hakuna Matata (No Worries)
This week, we continued our theme of Faith Through Film by looking at the Lion King, in particular the song Hakuna Matata or "No Worries". We had a guest speaker, Elijah, come and open up the idea of what it means to have no worries in our lives. He explained to us how being made in the image and likeness of God means that God is always watching out for us and helping us.
Next Youth Group Theme
A Whole New World
Next week we will be looking at Aladdin, in particular A Whole New World and how there is so many opportunities for us to see the world around us in so many different ways.
This Past Week's Non-Youth Group Activities/Masses/External Involvement
Leaders and youth attending Mass across the weekend.
24:7 Greenwood Youth Group
For Youth in Years 9 - 12
Youth group is an amazing way to engage in faith, meet new friends, have fun playing games and enjoy yummy food.
Sunday nights from 6:30 - 8pm in the Parish Centre.
Contact Lucy on 0466329400 and Jesse on 0424840460 for more information.
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: email@example.com.
INAUGURAL SHC P&F CARS ON THE COAST FUNDRAISER
Rev up your engines and get ready for a day of cars, good company, and fundraising! Join us for our upcoming car show event where we’ll be showcasing some of the most beautiful and unique automobiles and motorbikes around.
Come out and meet other car enthusiasts, take in the sights, and sounds of these exceptional machines. Attendees will also have the opportunity to enjoy displays from UWA and Curtin Motorsport teams, new car displays by CUPRA and Jeep, and or course a sausage sizzle and coffee van.
The event will be kindly captured by Anthony Matteo (Class of 2016) from AJ Film and Photography.
General admission is a gold coin donation. Gates open at 9.00am for displayers and 9.30am for the general public to view – rain, hail or shine!
All proceeds from this event will go towards buying student facilities, so not only will you be having a blast, but you’ll also be making a meaningful contribution to your community. So, mark your calendars and don’t miss out on the fun – we can’t wait to see you there!
DISPLAY BAYS STILL AVAILABLE
Display bays for car/motorbike, and/or set up a stall for an automotive related business is just $10 per bay. All makes and models of car are welcome!
To purchase a bay scan the QR code on the flyer or via our online store: https://www.sacredheart.wa.edu.au/online-store/community/p-320-2023-p-amp-f-car-show-7820-co27-basl
We are now accepting Pre Kindy - Year 6 enrolments for 2023 as well as 2024 & 2025. Please contact the school if you have any questions or for more information.