FAITH TRUST RESPECT MERCY
Our Leadership Team
From the Principal's Desk
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
A warm welcome back to school. I would like to share with you how much in awe I have been of the lovely weather we have been gifted with during most of the school holidays and continuing into the new term! Our prayers continue to be with our students, families and colleagues who have been affected by Cyclone Seroja and we ask God to bless each and every person touched by the devastation and surround them with His love and protection.
It has been wonderful to welcome many of our parents, wandering through the school grounds dropping their children off to class each morning this week. The students have been eagerly telling me all about their lovely holiday experiences but assuring me they are very glad to be back at school!
On our first Monday back this term our entire staff team joined a group of over 260 colleagues involved in a day of exciting professional sharing and learning at the Catholic Education hub at Newman Siena in Doubleview. Our presenters were Peter Mitchell (Mitch) and Marty Ogle from Tasmania who have created a whole school focused philosophy of how we can Make Jesus Real (MJR), in our daily interactions and behaviours. I wish we could have hosted it at our school, so parents could have come along too! The main focus of MJR is about bringing the Catholic faith to life for our students, by showing them how to live it every day. It gives them the tools they need to feel the Spirit of Jesus each day and to find the God Moments that are always happening around them. MJR has touched the lives of thousands of students, parents and teachers across Australia. Be prepared for some lovely….. warm…..welcoming MJR language in discussions with your children. One of the favourite terms we came away with and will be adopting right away with our students is ‘positive dobbing’ and our staff will be sharing their personal 'positive dobbing' experiences of collegial interactions with the students after recess and lunch breaks .
For the next few weeks, I will be sharing some pertinent links for our families in our newsletters. If there are any special areas of interest that you come across and would like to share, please contact me as I would love to feature the 'voices' of members of our school community.
I have chosen something in this edition for our families with children in Early Childhood; a blog by Maggie Dent on “The Real Value In Pretend Play” – Maggie Dent
AUSTRALIAN EARLY DEVELOPMENT CENSUS (AEDC)
In the next couple of weeks, our school along with thousands of others across the country will begin preparations for the fifth Australian Early Development Census (AEDC). Follow the link below for more information.
A reminder that the students have a two week transition period, or longer if necessary, as some of the winter stocks are currently exhausted but should be back in stock soon. Please do not let your children worry if they are not in full winter uniform to begin the term! It has been wonderful to see the majority of our students come back to school in their winter attire, looking crisp and smart. The uniform shop will keep parents who have ordered winter uniforms informed about when they are available for pick up. The Uniform Shop is back to their normal hours of 8.15am – 9.00am each Thursday morning for parents to visit for uniform fittings and purchases. Orders can be emailed to JFE on firstname.lastname@example.org and Jenny and Jodie will bring them in on Thursdays and send them home with your child.
MOTHER’S DAY BREAKFAST
Very soon when things settle down again, all our mums, grandmothers and significant others will be receiving information about our 2021 Mother’s Day Breakfast. Please keep the date free as we look forward to spending some quality time with you all at school. We will keep you informed of the school based venue so we can all enjoy the experience whilst still strictly adhering to the COVID Safe Guidelines.
PRE LOVED BOOK SALE
The time has at last arrived when the multitude of books that have been donated by our generous community will be available for our plethora of ‘book lovers’. It is great to see so many parents offering to help out on the three days of selling next week, Wed 28, Thu 29 & Fri 30 April. Mrs Margetic has been inundated with offers of help in person and in response to the school Facebook post, last night. Facebook is such a beneficial portal for community building as it keeps our families informed of all the wonderful big and little things that occur during our school days and all through the year.
If the Premier's predictions are correct and the lockdown will be over on Monday 26 at 12.00pm we will be holding our Anzac Day Service on Tuesday 27 April for our PP to Year 6 students at 11.00am. The ceremony will be held in the area facing the flags between the Yr 4 classrooms and the Ahern Centre. If you are able to attend could you please email the office on email@example.com by Monday 26 April, so we can have seating reserved for you, as we will need to follow the COVID safe guidelines on the day.
MATILDA THE MUSICAL - MATER DEI PERFORMANCE
Our Year 6 students will be attending a performance of Matilda The Musical by the students of Mater Dei College, on Wednesda6y 28 April. Their productions are always extremely professional and engaging and each year our students and staff look forward to the invitation to attend the matinee, at no cost!
KINDY & PRE KINDY 2022/2023 I have begun the Kindy 2022 interview process this term and I urge you to contact the office if you have a child who is eligible to attend Kindy in 2022/23 and who has not yet been enrolled. The numbers are filling so it is imperative you contact the office, immediately, if you have not enrolled your child for Kindy 2022. We have also been calling for Pre Kindy 2022 enrolments so if you have a child who will be eligible for Pre Kindy 2022 contact Karen Rosser, our Enrolment Officer.
Wishing you God’s blessings
Mrs Andrea Millar
From The Assistant Principals' Desk
Family Mass Term 2
With COVID-19 capacity restrictions easing, we are now able to conduct our Liwara Family Masses again. The initially scheduled Mass for 9th May this term has been re-scheduled to 9.30am May 16th to avoid a clash with family Mothers’ Day activities and a significant Parish event. We look forward to seeing you at this special Mass.
It is now time to return all Project Compassion Boxes so they can be forwarded onto Caritas, as a Liwara community donation to those less fortunate that ourselves.
Could families please return their Project Compassion Boxes to their child’s class teacher who will see to its safe delivery to Caritas. The school will be open to collecting the boxes till the end of Week 2 (30 April).
Whole School Prayer
Whole School Prayer in the All Saints Parish Church will re-commence on Monday 3rd May at 2.40pm. The Year 5 students will lead the prayer. Parents are invited to attend but must adhere to the parish social distancing regulations.
Our first Certificate Assembly will be held on Friday 30th April at 2:30pm in the Ahern Centre. We would like to invite the families of students receiving certificates who will be notified by their child’s class teacher.
As a school, we will be celebrating ANZAC Day with a short memorial service on Tuesday 27th April 11am.
Running Club will start up again this term, however, contrary to a previous announcement, it will run on Tuesdays and Fridays (commencing next Friday 30th). The change from Thursdays is due to a clash with Choir Practice. All students from Kindy to Year 6 are welcome to join us on at 8am to run laps of the oval. We hope to see you there!
OUR CLASSROOM NEWS
From Year 3
God gave us our senses to experience and appreciate the world He created. The Year 3 students spent some time outside in silence experiencing the world around us. We then recorded our observations and used these to create a class poem.
We see children sitting and writing, their books resting on their laps and on the ground,
The train rushes past taking people to the city,
We see the grey, bumpy rocks while rainbow lorikeets play and swoop in the branches.
We feel the warm sun on our backs,
The smooth gumnuts pressing into our legs.
The cold metal of the fence and the soft rushing sand.
We hear the birds chirping and squawking loudly.
Trains screeching to a stop, the wheels scratching the track.
And the Year 5 children chatting inside.
We smell fresh air.
The minty leaves from the eucalyptus trees and
one flower that smells,
It has been another wonderful great start to Sustainability at Liwara. The Semester 1 Green Team (the Environment Ministry and Garden Gurus) have been busy sowing seeds for winter crops and picking lettuce to supplement our canteen supply. You can see the fantastic growth of our heirloom “Tommy Toes” cherry tomatoes which are bursting into flower as well as our lovely lettuce.
Have you planted winter greens? As winter approaches, now is a great time to plant potatoes as well as all your winter green seedlings such as cauliflower, broccoli, chard and silverbeet. Fresh greens from your garden make a wonderful flavour boost to soups, stews and curries and other winter-warming family favourites. Below you can see our recently planted broccoli seedlings.
Unfortunately, it has recently come to our attention that the Greenbatch Foundation has gone into liquidation. That means that Liwara will no longer be recycling Type 1 PET and Type 2 HDPE containers as we shall be returning the purple and green recycling bins. We ask that families please recycle type 1 and 2 plastics through yellow recycling bins at home. Liwara is still happy to collect refunds from CDS (Container Deposit Scheme) eligible containers and these can still be recycled at registered recycling centres using Liwara’s scheme ID C10339478.
Handy Hints for Sustainability
This week’s handy hint is “Plug large electronics into a small power strip”.
Have you ever wondered why your electricity bills may be spiking. “Energy vampires” or “Phantom loads” refer to devices or appliances in your house that consume electricity even when they are not in use. Leaving unplugged devices plugged into wall sockets can be costing you as much as $50 a month in extra electricity. The solution for you could be smart power strips which shut off power to your electronics when they are not in use, saving you the hassle of remembering to unplug devices. This can be an effective way to save money and to use less energy in your home.
Thank you for your continued patience, caring and support.
STAY SAFE and KEEP RECYCLING Liwara! Together we all make a difference.
Mr Greenhill and the Liwara Sustainability Team
Save these Dates!
Our Pre-Loved Book Sale will be held from Wednesday 28th - Friday 30th April. Books will be available for purchase before school in the Year 6 courtyard between the Library and the Year 6 classrooms. from 8.15-8.30am
Donated books will be priced at $2 a book. Discarded library books will be 3 books for $1.
ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO PROJECT COMPASSION.
National Simultaenous Storytime
This year NSS takes place on Wednesday 19 May 2021 from the International Space Station and we be joining in to listen to 'Give Me Some Space' written and illustrated by Philip Bunting.
Children are invited to wear a 'space' themed head dress or accessory so we look forward to seeing -
- rockets and.....
- lots of stars
The safety of our students is always our priority so we remind OSHC parents that the gate pin code should only be used by the adult who is dropping off or collecting their child from OSHC. Using the iPad to sign attendance is a legal requirement and therefore, only parents or carers should use their OSHC login pin code when doing so.
A reminder also to parents that all visitors to the school must follow the school protocols before they gain access to the school grounds so we ask that no parent allow any visitor access through the school gates.
Before School Parking
A further reminder to parents who use the Staff/Visitors Carpark before school to drop off their children to please park in the visitors parking bays as staff need to be able to access the staff bays on arrival.
Thank you for you co-operation.
Our school canteen has an updated menu and this can be viewed on the school website - https://www.liwara.wa.edu.au/canteen/
The canteen is open on - Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday.
Volunteers are always welcome to help in the canteen please contact Deb Fraser on - 6224 2014
Uniform order forms can be found on the school website https://www.liwara.wa.edu.au/school-uniform/. Full payment is required when you order and items will be delivered to your child's class on delivery. If you have any questions about uniforms please send them via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9204 1701.
Marriage Encounter Weekend
2021 Weekends as follows: Online Zoom weekend 30th April – 2nd May 2021. Enrich your marriage in the privacy of your own home, using your own Computer. 16-17 October 2021 to be held at Prendiville Catholic College, Ocean Reef (Live Out). For more information or booking contact: Valerie & Brendon on 0424 220 625 – Email: WAbookings@wwme.org.au Website – www.wwme.org.au
If you would like to receive any more information regarding Worldwide Marriage Encounter please do not hesitate to contact us.
Catholic Church Insurance
All of our students are covered for 24 Hour Accident Insurance through Catholic Church Insurance Ltd. Students are covered even if the injury occurs out of school hours. Claims can be made online using the link - https://ccinsurance.org.au/Client-Centre/Claims/Pages/SchoolCare-Claim-Form.aspx OR download and complete the PDF and return it to the School Office. CCI School Care
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PARISH PRIEST: FR ELVER DELICANO
ADDRESS: 7 Liwara Place, GREENWOOD WA 6024
PARISH OFFICE OPENING TIMES: Monday, Wednesday & Friday - 10.00am to 3.00pm
MASSES: Monday – Friday 6.00am & 9.00am
Saturday – Vigil -6.00pm
Sunday – 7.30am, 9.00am, 10.30am & 5.30pm
(Anointing every 2nd Saturday of the month)
Reconciliation: Saturday 9.30am – 10.00am & 5.00pm – 5.30pm or by request
24:7 Greenwood Youth Group
For all youth in Years 6-12
This Sunday 6:30pm-8:00pm at the Church meeting room
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