FAITH TRUST RESPECT MERCY
Our Leadership Team
From the Principal's Desk
Dear Parents, Caregivers, Staff and Students,
Welcome back to the start of Term Three. I hope you had a well-deserved break; I certainly did. It gave me the opportunity to recharge my physical and emotional batteries. As always, we have a busy term ahead and already things are happening at full pace. With so much happening around the school, it is good to keep a regular eye on the website calendar so you are fully informed and aware of the many things that our students are involved in each week. As a staff we meet on a regular basis to articulate the common vision we have for the children in our care. The rich educational experience that is offered at Liwara can only be enhanced by the wonderful energy, enthusiasm and commitment demonstrated by the staff in all our discussions. As always it is a pleasure to see the children back from their holidays, happily catching up with their friends and the staff.
TERM 3 WHOLE SCHOOL MASS - Today we gathered together in the All Saints Church to celebrate the beginning of a new term. We took the opportunity to present the Values award for Respect which was put on hold at the end of last Term. The students were once again applauded by Fr Elver for their reverence and participation and the singing led by our school choir was extremely melodic and pleasurable. It was wonderful to have extended family members attending the Mass too.
NAIDOC DAY CELEBRATIONS - On Wednesday 11 August @ 9.00am we will be observing NAIDOC Week to celebrate the history culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Once again our vibrant GECKOS Team have planned lots of fun filled activities for the children as well as a very special ‘Welcome To Country’ by Jonathon Garlett who will also be running the Aboriginal dance workshop. Prizes for the student winners of the NAIDOC colouring competition will also be awarded at the ceremony. The main ceremony will be taking place in the open space below the Bush Tucker Garden and there will be seating available for visitors. An invitation will be sent out to all families via Seesaw so please RSVP by the due date so we have enough seats organised.
YEAR SIX BALLROOM DANCING – Our Year Six students have just begun their ballroom dancing lessons in preparation for our senior students’ end of year extravaganza! The students will be participating in Ballroom Dancing as part of their Class Sport time this term. They have a wonderful teacher named Lana who is teaching them everything from Samba to Hip-Hop!”
FOOTSTEPS DANCE LESSONS - The ever popular Footsteps dance classes for 2021 will be commencing for our student from Pre Primary to Year Five in Week 3.
PRINCIAL’S CONFERENCE - I will be attending the Catholic Primary Principals Conference next week and all Assistant Principals have been invited to attend on the first day, as we have Pasi Sahlberg as our Key Note Speaker on day one. Pasi is a Finnish educator and author. He has worked as a schoolteacher, teacher-educator, researcher, and policymaker in Finland and advised schools and education system leaders around the world. One of his most recent books "Let the Children Play: How more play will save our schools and help children thrive" (2019, with William Doyle), has been a guide for us here at Liwara. Due to the recent changes in border restrictions Pasi will be presenting via Zoom as he currently works at the University of New South Wales in Sydney as Professor of Education Policy.
The following day we have Glenn Mitchell, former ABC TV/radio sports commentator and a mental health advocate presenting to principals. After overcoming his personal troubles and reshaping his life, Glenn now aims to try and prevent others from enduring the torturous path he did by candidly speaking about his own journey. The third session will be presented by Karl O’Callaghen, former Western Australian Police Commissioner. He will share practical examples of how trust, ethics and understanding of constant stress in dealing with regular crisis situations inter-played to bring policing operations in the 21st century under Karl’s watch.
KINDY 2022 ENROLMENTS – It is the time of the year which I keenly look forward to, as I get to meet our future Kindy students and their families, as we engage in sharing information and stories about their precious little ones. If you know of any families who are looking for a vibrant and community spirited school, direct them to our school website or give them our email@example.com email and Karen Rosser, our Enrolment Officer will contact them personally.
ATTENDANCE ROLL - A legal requirement of the school is to ensure that Class Attendance Rolls are completed each school day. As part of this process, it is imperative that parents/carers provide the class teacher with appropriate correspondence regarding their child’s absence within 7 days. If this is not forthcoming the student will be marked as an Unexplained Absence. I need to stress the importance of having this information to the school as quickly as possible. This is also a good opportunity to encourage all parents to ensure that your children arrive at school at the correct time. Classes commence each day at 8.40am and students should be ready to start the day promptly. If the student is late they need to go to the front office to obtain a late note.
Wishing you God’s blessings
From The Assistant Principals' Desk
Opening Term Mass
Today we had our first Mass for Term 3 to celebrate the commencement of the new term. Our Value Awards were presented after this Mass to the student in each class who best demonstrated the Value of ‘Respect’ during the last term. A hearty congratulations to all the recipients!
Reconciliation Commitment Masses
All students making their first Reconciliation are expected to attend a parish weekend Mass on the weekend of July 31/August 1 to present themselves as candidates to receive the Sacrament later in the term.
Parent and Student workshops for those who will be making their First Reconciliation this year are being held in the Ahern Centre on Tuesday 3 August and Thursday 5 August commencing at 6pm. All students, along with a parent are expected to attend one of these workshops.
Year 3 & 5 Testing
In the next two weeks, all Year 3 & Year 5 students will be sitting the Bishops Religious Literacy Assessment (BRLA) and an ACARA Item Trial test for which Liwara has been especially chosen to assist with trialing test items for future NAPLAN tests.
Footsteps Dancing Lessons
Dancing lessons for all students in Years Pre Primary to Year 5 will run each Thursday this term from Week Three.
We will celebrate our next Certificate Assembly on Friday 30th July, commencing at 2:30pm in the Ahern Centre.
Whole School Prayer
Year 4 will be leading the school in prayer on Monday 2nd August at 2:40pm in the Church.
July 23 - Opening Term Mass
July 30 - Certificate Assembly
August 3 - Advisory Council Meeting
August 8 - Family Mass
August 10 - P&F Meeting
August 11 - NAIDOC Celebrations
August 14 - P&F Bogan Bingo
August 24 - Book Week Parade
August 30 - Pupil Free Day
August 31 - Pupil Free Day
September 2 - Father's Day Breakfast
September 14 - Learning Journey
September 17 - Liwara Athletics Carnival
September 23 - Early Learning Centre Carnival
September 24 - Mercy Day & last day of Term 3 for students
October 11 - Pupil Free Day - Laudato Si - Staff Professional Development
October 12 - Pupil Free Day - MMA - Staff Professional Development
October 13 - First day of Term 4 for students
December 10 - Last day for students (TBC)
Our Classroom news
From Year 5
Year 5 students managed to avoid the rain this week and play a fun game called ‘Bump’. The challenge is to score a goal before your opponent and stay in the game for another round. More challenging than it sounds, as when the pressure is on our goal accuracy is questionable.
Year 5 classes began Book Club this week. Small groups have the same novel, they each read a certain number of chapters and then finish the week sharing opinions about what they have read. They appear very enthusiastic about this and are asking ‘When can we read? When can we read?’ – Music to a teacher’s ears!
No Technology Day
Kalbarri School Donation
You may recall last term the Social Justice Ministry initiated a ‘No Technology Day’ to raise awareness and funds for Kalbarri District High School impacted by Cyclone Seroja. Many of our Year 4,5 and 6 students wrote letters to the primary school students letting them know we were thinking of them and asking if they were ok. This week we received a very bulky package full of letters for many of our students. The letters expressed their gratitude for our thoughts and prayers, as well as the donation. Our students were absolutely delighted to receive the letters. This initiate, from the Social Justice Ministry, has been extremely valuable for our students, allowing them to understand what other people go through and showing the importance of kindness and empathy. Below is a letter from the Year 7 students which gives a very good insight into what they have experienced.
Book Week - 2021
Theme: Old Worlds, New Worlds, Other Worlds
Dates: Term 3: August 21-27
We will spend one glorious week celebrating books and Australian children's authors and illustrators and our much anticipated Book Week Parade will be held on Tuesday August 24.
Students will need no encouragment to dress up as a favourite book character as they are already sharing their ideas and we just might see Little Red Riding Hood, Spiderman and even Pig the Pug!!
The shortlisted books are being read to the children from Pre Primary - Year 6 in the lead up to Book Week and this week we are reading the delightful book 'Your Birthday Was the Best' by Maggie Hutchings & Felicita Sala. The book is funny, silly and surprisingly cute and about a cockroach at a birthday party.
The Kindy children enjoyed the shortlisted book 'We Love You, Magoo' by Briony Stewart. The story is about a dog who has his own ideas about what a dog should do – in the kitchen, in the car, at dinnertime and bedtime!
Outside School Hours Care (OSHC)
Vacation Care - July 2021
Our Vacation Care Program is guided by the distinctive interests and strengths of our staff and children.
Our program provides them with a sense of belonging to our community. They get to meet other children and join in the fun of incursions provided enhancing new interests and friendships.
The valuable feedback received from our families is so important. All the staff and children are very eager to plan the next vacation care in September/October. New ideas are always welcomed.
In our first week, the children explored the wonders of chemistry. Our mini engineers came up with brilliant construction, designs, and sculptures on our construction day. On our Superhero Day, the children dressed up or created a Super Hero costume at OSHC. The children also used different accessories and materials to create different obstacle and training courses. And on the final day of our first week, we had our mini artists (Pablo Picasso or Van Gogh) who created the most amazing art and craft masterpieces.
In our second week of the school holidays, the children got a chance to bring in their own wheels such as scooters, skates, bikes, and skateboards and showed their peers some new tricks and cool moves. We also had our Super Ninja Warriors, where the children wore ninja outfits. The ninja warriors participated in activities such as capture the flag, rescue the soldier, and lights out. Thanks to our talented member Mojgan, the children loved creating a huge dinosaur colouring picture which is now displayed in our OSHC room. The children explored the wonders of dinosaurs and dragons and they created their own dragon egg and hunted for dinosaur bones too.
We also got groovy and danced during our Silent Disco Day, the children participated in fun activities such as face painting, making their own shiny microphones, a disco ball and multiple glittery balloons which they used to decorate the room on this special day.
We look forward to more adventures, creations, sparks and an enriching learning journey.
Quote: The creation of something new is not accomplished by the intellect, but by the play instinct – Carl Jung.
Thank you to the amazing staff for such a fun filled program - Marie, Amanda, Peter, Saoirse, Deborah, Mojgan, Jess, Hannah, Teagan and Erin.
The uniform shop is open for your uniform requirements during school terms on Thursday between 8.15am - 9.00am.
Uniform order forms can be found on the school website https://www.liwara.wa.edu.au/school-uniform/. Full payment is required when you place the order and items will be delivered to your child's class on arrival. If you have any questions about uniforms please send them via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9204 1701
Parents & Friends News
Mercedes College Production
Mercedes College presents the musical Annie and one of the cast members is past student Eva Conroy. The Production promises to be amazing and we congratulate Eva on being part of this event.
Marriage Encounter Weekend
Now the children are back at school, why not give yourselves some time together? What better way to celebrate the gift of your unique love than to make time to focus on your Marriage – your most precious asset. Come and join us at a Live-Out Marriage Encounter Weekend on 16-17 October 2021 to be held at Prendiville Catholic College, Ocean Reef. Book online at www.wwme.org.au or contact Brendon and Valerie on 0424 220 625 or email email@example.com
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
All Saints' Parish News
All Saints' Catholic Church
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, 9.30am, 10.30am & 5.30pm
(Anointing every 2nd Saturday of the month)
Reconciliation: Saturday 9.30am – 10.00am & 5.00pm – 5.30pm or by request
All Saints Catholic Church is looking for volunteers to join their cleaning crew! As a volunteer, you will be given a cleaning task that will take you 30-60 mins and you will be on roster once every 7 weeks. You can clean at a time that suits you best. If you can help, contact Heidy Verweij, 046 6251 314 or firstname.lastname@example.org
RITE OF CHRISTIAN INITIATION OF ADULTS
Are you an adult thinking about becoming a Catholic?
Not sure where to begin? Like to find out more without obligation or pressure? If you are interested, in discovering what the Church has to offer or for further information, please contact Fr Elver (0466 604 754) or Juliet Southgate (6113 2799)
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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