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Our Leadership Team
From the Principal's Desk
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Last Friday saw the return of the P&F organised Lapathon. The oval was abuzz with colour and smiles as our runners and walkers gathered stamps per lap to raise precious money for our school. A big thank you to our families, friends and neighbours who supported the event by sponsoring our students with the funds going directly back to the needs of our students and wider Liwara community. A very special thank you go to Lyndal Marron and her team from the P&F for the fantastic organisation and running of yet another highly successful event.
Every Child Counts - Catholic Education WA
For more than 175 years, Catholic Schools in Western Australia have helped prepare, educate and shape our leaders and citizens. As a vital partner for the State Government, we provide education for 77,000 WA students, in more than 160 schools, representing one in six primary students and one in four secondary students…….. It is a priority of Catholic Education WA to educate the whole child – intellectually, spiritually, physically, morally and emotionally – and we are proud of our record in educating young people who contribute throughout their lives to the betterment of our world. – A priority of Catholic Education WA is to make representation for families who choose a Catholic education, ensuring there is an accurate understanding of the significant contribution our families make to their children’s education.
It is equally important that parents, caregivers and staff understand how funding for Catholic schools varies from funding for Government schools. Please take a moment to click onto The Every Child Counts website https://www.everychildcounts.net.au/ developed to facilitate this understanding so that all in our community are aware of this valuable resource.
Each term our regional Catholic School Leadership Teams and Parish Priests gather for faith formation events and to grow relationships between schools and parishes by sharing professional learning opportunities. The Archdiocese driven initiative began in 2019 when a few schools gathered together with members from the Perth Archdiocesan Office who had Bishop Don’s support and approval to engage with school and parish hubs. In 2021 we have been engaged in a unique spiritual and Christian formation program, Borromeo’s Way. The program is designed to promote the spirituality of the Heart, Head, Hands and Feet with a Christ-centred focus. A particular focus of Borromeo’s Way in 2021 is to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the arrivals of Mother Ursula Frayne and the Sisters of Mercy, as well as the Benedictine monks led by Fr Joseph Benedict Serra (later Bishop of Perth) and Fr Rosendo Salvado (later Bishop of Perth). The program offers the opportunities to hear about the early history of the Catholic Church in Western Australia and the initial beginnings of Catholic education by the Mercy sisters at Mercedes College, Perth.
Italian Festival Primary School Students’ Competition 2021
On behalf of the ITALO-AUSTRALIAN WELFARE & CULTURAL CENTRE INC, I wish to congratulate the following students from Liwara who are winners of their respective year group level in the IAWCC Italian Festival Primary School Students’ Competition 2021 for students of Italian (K-6).
Kindergarten: Charlie Fraser Year 3: Sienna Burrell
As the overall winner of their respective year group level, Charlie and Sienna were invited to a special presentation on Saturday 29 May. A list of all Merit winners from Liwara will be sent to us soon and they will receive their special Merit Certificates at a School Assembly. Congratulations are also extended to Lola McClelland and Phoebe Leong (Kindy), Madeline Marron (PP), Vivienne Byrne, Shay Howlett and Heidi Anderson (Year 1), Mitchell Marlow, Chelsea Maciel Wakefield and Elvira Conroy (Year 2), Ellena Byrne (Year 3), Sophia Le Blanc (Year 4) and Chloe Pires (Year 6) who have all been awarded Merit Certificates for submitting entries which reflect a very high standard of achievement, great personal effort and creativity.
“ We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Liwara Catholic Primary School on achieving such an excellent result this year. Your Italian teacher, Signora Rosaria Greenhill, also needs to be congratulated for her effort, her enthusiasm for the Italian Language and her support of this competition each year. We extend our gratitude to all those at the school who assisted in promoting this annual event.
I thank you for your continued support in promoting the Italian Festival 2021.
ITALO-AUSTRALIAN WELFARE & CULTURAL CENTRE INC
Five forgotten skill sets that contribute to student success by Michael Grose
At a time when we hear a great deal about growth mindsets, good mental health habits and creating digitally savvy students, we can easily overlook the skill sets that form the building blocks of long-term school success.
These are skill sets that are also easily forgotten when we narrow our focus onto numeracy, literacy, performing arts, STEM and other academic areas. While all these other mental skills and academic areas are important, the skills to focus on are ones that can be taught, or at the very least drawn out, alongside every other skill when we as parents and teachers know what to look for.
Following are five skill sets that contribute massively to overall student success and contentedness at school.
1.Friendship skills The ability to get along with others is hugely important for children and teenagers. Those students with a strong set of friendship skills are easy to like, easy to relate to and easy to play with. The skills they possess include knowing how to win and lose well, how to approach others to join in a group and how to lead rather than boss.
2.Organisational skills The ability to organise your time, your space, your items and other aspects of your life is a massive plus for any student. The best way to help children who are organisationally challenged is to introduce them to systems and processes to help them organise themselves. These processes include the use of visual reminders, anchoring (i.e. linking new behaviours to habitual behaviours) and the mapping out of activities.
3. Optimism skills It may seem strange to see optimism as skill set, but as leading psychologist Professor Martin Seligman discovered through his research, optimism can be taught. Seligman found that while some children are more inclined by nature to see a glass as half empty than half full, all children are capable of developing an optimistic explanatory style through exposure and direct teaching. The skills of optimism include being aware of self-talk, re-framing negative events into positive events and the practice of perspective-taking.
4. Coping skills Children will generally face a number of challenges during the course of their school lives including overcoming the disappointment of not being picked on a team, working their way through difficult learning situations and dealing with rejection. The impact of these challenges will depend on each child's own spirit, the support they receive and their coping skills. The good news is that coping skills can be taught or, at the very least, encouraged if adults know what to focus on. Coping strategies include, parking problems for a while, normalising difficult situations and accepting and moving on. Some children will use coping strategies quite naturally, while others need parental and teacher input to help them cope with even seemingly minor challenges.
5. Relaxation skills The ability to relax and get away from it all is vital for the maintenance of mental health, which in turn affects a student’s ability to perform. Many of today’s children live with pressure. That pressure needs to be released through relaxation and play, otherwise it can lead to anxiety and other mental illnesses. The ability to relax and unwind is paramount to your child’s school success. Relaxation techniques include mindfulness and meditation, participating in hobbies and enjoying creative pursuits.
These skills are part developmental and part environmental. That is, children will naturally develop many of them as they mature but the skills also need to be nurtured environmentally. They need to be recognised, encouraged, taught and modelled by adults who children and teenagers respect and admire. That makes parents and teachers ‘Very Important People’ in the process of acquiring them.
Mitchell Freeway Southbound Upgrade – Hester Avenue to Warwick Road
Mitchell Freeway southbound is getting an upgrade to help ‘bust’ congestion and improve safety… The Transforming Perth’s Freeways strategic program has been created to improve freeway capacity and enable better use of existing infrastructure. Freeway widening – A third southbound land is being added from Hodges Drive to Hepburn Avenue. An extra lane will be built from Hepburn Avenue entry ramp to Warwick Road. I have attached a project update below with links for more information.
Works are set to start on the Smart Freeway Mitchell Southbound Project
You may be aware that this suite of works has been combined with the Mitchell Freeway Southbound Upgrade: Hodges Drive to Hepburn Avenue project. A key benefit, is the expected completion of all works on the Mitchell Freeway southbound, by late 2023.
Among many other items, the project will include:
- A third southbound lane from Hodges Drive to Hepburn Avenue (along the freeway median).
- Introduction of Smart Technologies at freeway entry ramps from Hester Avenue to Warwick Road.
- An extra lane from Hepburn Avenue entry ramp to Warwick Road exit ramp.
- New and upgraded shared paths between Ocean Reef Road and Warwick Station.
You can read more here in the latest Project Update.
You can also visit our project webpage for more information. Whilst you're there, please subscribe for updates so that you receive the latest information on a regular basis - and encourage your neighbours to do the same!
If your property is adjacent to an area receiving a noise wall, you will be contacted by the project team soon.
Liwara Facebook Page:
If you aren’t yet following our Liwara Facebook page please do. The more ‘likes’ the greater our reach to the community, showcasing and advertising our wonderful community and sharing the exciting learning happening in our school. Please share with your family members! It’s a great way to keep grandparents and extended family members up to date with what is happening at school.
From The Assistant Principals' Desk
First Holy Communion
Over the course of the next two weekends, our Year 4 students will be receiving their First Holy Communion. Communion Masses will be held at the All Saints Parish Church on Saturday 12th June at 6pm and Sunday 13th at 9.30am and 11.00am, as well as on Saturday June 19th at 6pm and Sunday 20th at 9.30am and 11.00am.
In preparation for this very special occasion, all students will be attending a First Holy Communion Retreat on Wednesday 9th June.
We remember all the candidates in our prayers and wish them and their families the very best for this significant step in their Faith Journey.
Whole School Prayer
Our next Whole School Prayer in the Church will be hosted by the Year 1 students, commencing at 2.40pm on Monday 14 June.
The next Certificate Assembly will be held on Friday 4 June, commencing at 2.30pm. All parents are welcome.
Year 3 Performance Assembly
We look forward to the Year 3 Class Performance Assembly on Friday 18th June, commencing at 2.30pm.
Class and Portrait photos are scheduled to be taken by MSP Photography on Tuesday 22nd and Wednesday 23rd June.
Details as such:
- Students are expected to be in full Winter Uniform (including jumpers) for class photos.
- Every student will have their photo taken, whether they are purchasing photos or not.
- The school has chosen to use the online ordering system.
- Your child will be given an online ordering instruction slip and a unique student shootkey.
- Logon to msp.com.au and follow the prompts to place your order.
- If you lose your shootkey the school reception will have a copy to quote back to you.
- The expiry date for online ordering is the 29.06.2021.
- Any orders received after this date will incur a $30.00 archive fee.
- Spare envelopes (green) are available at school reception should you wish to pay via cash.
- Envelopes can be obtained from School Administration.
- Family photos are taken each morning before school (Surname A-L on Tues. 22nd and M- Z on Wed. 23rd)
- Please ensure that your family envelope and payment are handed to the photographers on photo day.
- If you do not have the correct money, MSP Photography will provide any change needed when photos are delivered to the school.
- Family photos cannot be ordered online.
- Once school has received photos, family photos will remain at reception for parents to collect.
- Please Note:
- Individual Portraits and Family Images are not available to view online for Students’ Security.
- If for any reason you need to contact MSP regarding your child’s photos you will be asked to provide your child’s shootkey.
- It would be worth remembering that, with all classes now using the online Seesaw portal and parents having access to photos and pictures of classroom activities, MSP will not be publishing the Liwara Annual Yearbook so this will be the only opportunity to access a copy of your child’s class photo.
Below is a schedule for all photos to be taken. These times are approximate and may vary.
Tuesday 22nd June Wednesday 23rd June 8.00 Staff 8.00 Family Photos (M-Z) 8.10 Family Photos (A-L) 9.00 OSHC 9.10 KR 9.10 2R 9.30 KG 9.30 2G 9.50 PPR 9.50 3G 10.10 PPG 10.10 3R Recess Recess 11.00 6G 11.00 4G 11.20 6R 11.20 4R 11.40 1G 11.40 Junior choir 12.00 1R 12.00 Senior choir 12.20 5G 12.20 Rock Band 12.40 Lunch 12.40 Lunch 1.30 5R 1.20 Graduation Photo
The last few weeks have been busy ones with the following events -
- Friday May 28 – P & F Lap-a-thon
- Monday May 31 – Year 3 Netball Clinic
- Tuesday June 1 – Year 5 & 6 Winter Carnival
- Thursday June 3 – Year 1 Bowls Clinic
- Friday June 4 – Cross Country Carnival
With each event we enjoyed perfect weather, active and energetic participation, great team spirit and the very much appreciated parent support.
July 1 – Pupil Free Day
July 2 – Pupil Free Day
July 3 – July 18 - School Holidays
July 19 – First Day Students Term 3
OUR CLASSROOM NEWS
From Pre Kindy
In Pre Kindy we have been learning about ‘The Spirit of Jesus’ and how we can demonstrate kindness and compassion everyday. We have had so many beautiful moments this term where students can identify the spirit of Jesus in their peers and also share moments when they show kindness to others.
Our Pre Kindy students have:
- Shown compassion and hugged their friends when they are upset
- Pushed their friends on the swing
- Helped a peer when they were getting frustrated putting on their socks
- Demonstrated love for our environment by watering our plants
- Assisted peers when they can’t open their lunch box
- Expressed the wonder and awe of nature by observing and painting our beautiful Autumn trees.
- Helped each other when climbing down from our play equipment
We are so proud of our three year old students for starting their schooling journey with such love and care for each other!
In REACH this week the Year Three and Year Four students began their research for the National History Challenge. They have some amazing ideas for their projects and have started their research. They have chosen topics they are interested in ranging from Australia’s trade history with Japan, the history of the Socceroos, Australian women’s voting rights, The Anzac Day AFL game, the first indigenous Australian to win an Olympic medal and more.
Another busy wintery, fortnight has zoomed past and it has been another wonderful time for sustainability at Liwara. Students have been amazed at the vegetable growth that has taken place over the last two weeks. Our lovely “allrounder variety” lettuce has continued producing a healthy crop of leaves to harvest almost every week for our school canteen. So, if your children are eating our canteen’s healthy salads, sandwiches or wraps, there’s a good chance that they are eating lettuce picked lovingly by our Green Team students!
It was wonderful to see many crafty space-helmet designs recently for National Simultaneous storytime. It was wonderful to see that so many students and parents used recycled and recyclable materials in their designs. Thanks to our parents for making this a super day of celebration for Liwara students and doing their bit by recycling, re-using and reducing waste.Handy Hints for Sustainability
This week’s handy hint is “Use natural insecticides in your garden”.
Did you know that you might have the ingredients for making a natural insecticide in your own home? Have you tried this recipe?
Firstly, you need an empty spray bottle of 300 to 500ml capacity. Mix one tablespoon of baking soda and one tablespoon of a mild dish soap in 300 millilitres of water and fill your spray bottle. What you will have created is a biodegradable, phosphate free insecticide that is easy to wash off vegetables as they are harvested. This could be a safe alternative for your family. Try spraying the mixture weekly or fortnightly on your vegetables as a natural insecticide.
Thank you for your continued caring, patience and support.
Let’s all STAY SAFE and KEEP RECYCLING Liwara! Working together we really do make a difference!
Mr Greenhill and the Liwara Sustainability Team
Pre Loved Book Sale
The book sale will take place on the following days and times -
Friday June 11 - Morning 8.15 - 9.00am & Afternoon 2.30pm - 3.30pm
Sales will continue on Tuesday 15, Wednesday 16 & Thursday 17 for students during class library times.
Donated Books will be $2
Discarded Library Books - $1
All proceeds will go to Project Compassion.
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.
Each workshop is filled with fun and exciting activities designed for children who are at risk of developing a mental health issue, or who are supporting a family member or friend with mental health challenges. Click on the locations below to find workshops in your area.
Marriage Encounter Weekend
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
Parents & Friends News
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 email@example.com
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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Call Anthony on 0455 108 885 or Georgia on 0458 197 685 for more information
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24:7 Greenwood Youth Ministers