All-loving God, we give you thanks and praise for mothers young and old.
We pray for young mothers, who give life and tend to our every need;
May they be blessed with patience and tenderness to care for their families
and themselves with great joy.
We pray for our own mothers who have nurtured and cared for us
May they continue to guide us in strong and gentle ways.
We pray for women who are not mothers but still love and shape us
with motherly care and compassion.
We remember mothers, grandmothers, and great-grandmothers
who are no longer with us
but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love.
We ask you to bless all Mothers.
May they feel the joys of motherhood every day.
We thank you for the gift of Motherhood.
May our mothers face each new day with faith and hope in your abiding love.
Mother’s Day Mass and Morning Tea
We celebrated a beautiful Mother’s Day Mass last Thursday with so many mothers and grandmothers joining us. We enjoyed seeing photos of lots of our Mums and their children, along with some staff photos as well. There were displays of writing and artwork and some recognisable portraits of Mothers!
A very enjoyable morning tea was held, raffle tickets were sold and some amazing prizes were given out. Special thanks to our P&F and Year 1 Mums for their organisation of these activities.
|Prize||Donated by….||Won by….|
|Load of firewood||Gibbs family||Jocelyn and Selina Oversby PP (Michelle)|
|Box of 6 Mother’s Day Cupcakes||Dardanup Delights||Jordan and Siobhan Duane 4 & 6 (Yvette)|
|Fishers on Beach Road voucher $30||Fishers on Beach Road||Zara Steers K (Pia)|
|Ferguson Falls Café voucher $40||Ferguson Falls Cafe||Miguel Ortuzar K (Jhunevah)|
|Churros for 2||San Churro Eaton Fair||Jazmyn Kennedy PP (Keryn)|
|St Aidan Winery voucher $50||Pegasus Equine Dentistry||Patrick and Archie Melville PP & 3 (Penny)|
|Pamper Hamper||Year 1 families||Erik Hynes 1 (Silje)|
|Olivia Treasure Photography ‘Mummy and Me’ Mini Photo session plus 10 Images||Olivia Treasure Photography||Riley and Georgie Baker 1 and 2 (Leah)|
|Entertainment Book||Entertainment Book||Blake and Cody Ecclestone 4 & 6 (Candice)|
|Funkee Monkee $50 voucher||Entertainment Book||Freya and Henry Denton 1 & 3 (Gemma)|
It is with extreme sadness that we offer our heartfelt sympathy to Nina, Drew and Anya on the passing of their beloved husband and father, Kent, after a short illness. Please be assured of our love and prayers and ongoing support.
Welcome to the world Holly Gardiner, little sister to Ava (Kindergarten) and daughter of Jess and Joel.
Welcome, also, to Mary Gray, baby sister to Sam (Pre-primary) and daughter of Lee-anne and Eoin. Kindy class 2024!
Riley from our Pre Kindy class is now a big brother to Edie and Max. Congratulations to Sam and Peter on the safe arrival of your twins’
First Holy Communion
This special celebration for some of our Year 4 students will be held this coming weekend, on Saturday 18 May during the 6.00pm Mass and Sunday 19 May during the 9.00am Mass. Please keep these students and their families in your prayers as they take this important step in their faith journey.
NAPLAN (National Assessment Program, Literacy and Numeracy) assessments started today and continue on Wednesday and Thursday this week and Monday next week for our Year 3 and Year 5 students. This is just one of the many assessments used throughout the year to evaluate student progress. Please see the classroom teacher to discuss your child’s academic progress if you have any queries. Results will be sent home sometime in Term 3.
Here are six tips to help your child get through NAPLAN as stress-free as possible:
- Make sure they get enough sleep
Making sure your child gets enough sleep is vital to make sure they’re feeling their best on testing day. Try to make sure they go to bed on time during the weeks of NAPLAN.
- Take the pressure off
A bit of stress is normal before any test, however, the National Assessment Program recommends helping your child prepare for NAPLAN by reassuring them that NAPLAN tests are just one part of their school program, and reminding them on the day to simply try their best is vital.
- Let them know it’s not pass or fail
NAPLAN is not a pass-or-fail type test. Individual student performance is shown on a national achievement scale for each test. Each test scale has 10 bands and all year levels are reported on the same scale. Six bands are reported for each year level for each test. One of these bands represents the national minimum standard for students at each year level. A result at the national minimum standard indicates that the student demonstrated the basic literacy and numeracy skills needed to participate fully in that year level. The performance of individual students can be compared to the average performance of all students in Australia.
- Give them a good breakfast
Breakfast before learning is ideal every day for students but a nutritious meal before a morning test like NAPLAN will give students doing the test the best start to the day.
- Make sure they know what NAPLAN is
NAPLAN assesses literacy and numeracy skills that students have already been learning through the school curriculum. Teachers will ensure students are familiar with the test formats and will provide appropriate support and guidance but asking your child if they have any questions can be a big help. If you have any questions about your child’s preparation for NAPLAN, you should make time to speak with their teacher.
- Don’t emphasise the result
Try not to place too much pressure on what result your child receives and remind them that they have done their best.
The next Board meeting will be held on Tuesday 21 May at 5.30pm in the staff room.
Thank you to the volunteers who helped out on Friday night and Saturday for the recent Dardanup Art Spectacular. Our P&F worked alongside the P&C from Dardanup Primary School, providing and serving food and drinks and helping with art sales. The morning tea after the Mother’s Day Mass was provided by the P&F, and the very successful raffle was organised by the P&F, utilising Class Reps and parents from Year 1. Next P&F meeting is on Tuesday 4 June at 6.30pm.
Interviews for new families are currently being held. If you are an existing parent with a child entering Kindy next year, and you would like an interview, please contact the office to make an appointment with the Principal.
Last Wednesday was the first of four clinics made possible by grants received through Sporting Schools. Skill development is the focus of the first sessions.
Casuals for Catholic Care Day
Our Bishop has requested that schools have a day where students are able to wear casual clothes for a gold coin donation in order to support Catholic Care. Their motto is “People Helping People”. It provides funding for people willing to assist those in need across the general community throughout the Bunbury Diocese, irrespective of their religious affiliation or non-affiliation. So far, these needs have included initiatives related to family crises, the special needs of the elderly, seafarers, drug victims, and women facing crisis pregnancy. Donations received by Catholic Care are used exclusively within the geographical boundaries of the Bunbury Diocese. Thank you to our families for supporting this charity.
Supporting Spelling at Home – Parent Meeting Wednesday 22 May 6.30pm
Please note this date to come along to our school hall to learn about ways to support your child at home with their spelling. Information will be provided about how the spelling program at school supports students in their spelling learning. Learn more.
This will be held on Friday 7 June in Donnybrook with students from Years 4-6 competing against other schools in football, netball and soccer. A note will be sent home soon requesting volunteer parents to help with coaching and umpiring. If you are able to assist, please fill in the note and send it back to school with your child.
Have a wonderful week
May God bless you
Mrs Angela Hegney