Prayer for Families Lord God, During this holy season of Christmas, we ask for your blessing on all families. Let Mary’s openness to your wondrous ways be an inspiration to place all trust in you. Let Joseph’s courage provide hope during times of anxiety and uncertainty. Let Jesus’ life ignite all families with a spirit of light and love. May the grace that encircled the Holy Family widen to embrace all families. For this we pray, Amen
Farewell & Thank you This week, we say a final goodbye to our 2019 Year Six Class. This group of Year 6 students have been great role models for all of our students at Francis Jordan. I have been delighted by their enthusiasm and the pride they have displayed in our school. We are all very proud of them and we wish them the best for their future.
This year all our students have had countless experiences and opportunities to learn, grow and mature. Students, I would like to thank you for all of your hard work this year. Your teachers and I are very proud of all of your efforts. I would like to also thank your teachers and parents for helping you to be the best person you can be. Congratulations to each and every one of you for all your efforts this year.
Thank you to all parent and grandparent volunteers who have given their time and talents to the school during 2019. Thanks must also be extended to the P&F and the School Board. Without your help we could not do what we do and you are all an integral part of our school.
We have a talented and hardworking staff. I would like to thank and congratulate them on their efforts and dedication to the huge task of nurturing our children to reach their potential. You thoroughly deserve your break and I wish you all the best for a refreshing and relaxing holiday.
To Claudia Black, Lauren Franchina, Gloria Casserly, Louise Richards and Wendy Manners; I acknowledge and thank you for your professionalism and contribution to our school community and I wish you best of luck for the future.
To those families who are leaving Francis Jordan, I wish you all the best for the future.
Finally, I would like to thank our school community for the enormous support you have shown me in my role as Principal this year. I feel privileged to have had the opportunity to work with so many talented staff, students and parents.
I wish you all a happy and holy Christmas and the best in 2020.
Francis Jordan Staff 2020 Principal: Chris Dunning Assistant Principals: Damian Purcell & Gloria Ward
Finance officer: Claire Henderson Administration Officers: Geri Nagy & Nadia Martin Community Playgroup: Ella Redding
Teaching Staff Pre-Kindy: Ella Redding (Tuesday)
Kindergarten: Cathy Huggins
Pre-Primary: Nadene Andrews; Carolyn Ince
Year One: Megan Grove; Jenna Crosby
Year Two: Treasa Young (M-W) & Rebecca Baran (Th-F); Lisa Parker
Year Three: Deanne Walker; Jackie Dunne
Year Four: Rosina Rennie; Rachael Araujo
Year Five: Damian Purcell & Caris Lawson; Margaret Brown & Ella Redding (F)
Year Six: Courtney Pearmine; Chris Giannasi
Health: Peter Elek
STEAM: Gloria Ward
Physical Education: Caris Lawson
Indonesian: Natalie Belcastro
Music: Suzie Giannasi
Learning Support & Sparks (G&T): Lindy McQueen
Education Assistants Pre-Kindy: Danita James Kindergarten: Teresa Sutton & Joanne Collins Pre-Primary: Jannine White & Caroline Sullivan Year One: Elizabeth Wilson & Mandy Brooks Year Two: Nadia Martin &Clare Johnson Learning Support: Gill Bardsley & Anita Woodall
School Chaplain: Margaret Brown Library Technician: Ros De Mamiel Canteen: Anna Admans Grounds staff: Maurice Seaman & Sean Seamons
2020 Dates Please find below important dates for 2020.
Term one begin: 3 February Term one ends: 9 April
Term two begins: 29 April Term two ends: 3 July
Term three begins: 20 July Term three ends: 25 September
Term four begins: 12 October Term four ends: 11 December (Students)
Pupil Free Days: 28 February 28 April 29 May (Catholic Day) 23 July 24 July
End of Semester Reports Parents received their children’s End of Year reports on Wednesday. It is important to note that: • Expected progress is the maintenance of a grade. • If the student receives the same grade for two consecutive reports, they have made progress.
If you require an interview with your child’s class teacher to discuss the report, these will be conducted on Tuesday 17 December. Please ring Mrs Nagy at the office or see your class teacher to make an appointment, if required.
CEWA Incorporated Catholic Education of Western Australia is becoming incorporated as of 1 January 2020. Please click HERE to view a letter regarding incorporation.
Thank You and Merry Christmas I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the FJCS staff, parents and students for their wonderful support this year. Coming back into the role of Assistant Principal, after being on maternity leave, has been a wonderful experience. It has been made even more amazing due to the truly generous, dynamic people I work with. So many times I have had people offer to help with things and work with me to deliver the wonderful education that we do to our students. I am looking forward to another year in the role as Assistant Principal Curriculum in 2020 at FJCS. I would also like to take this opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and relaxing holiday.
Free Computer Equipment There are still monitors, keyboards and mouse available in the Tech Hub, free for anyone who would like them. If they are not wanted, they will go to a computer recycling facility. Please come to the Tech Hub and help yourself.
Reports On Wednesday 11 December, reports were made accessible through SEQTA Engage. If you have had any issues, please let me know before Thursday next week and I will try to resolve them for before we head off for Christmas holidays.
Gloria Ward Assistant Principal Curriculum
Lost Property On Friday morning I will be putting out lost property on the basketball court for parents to check one last time. If it is not claimed it will be returned to the uniform shop to be sold as second hand, and any clothes not school uniform will be donated to Good Sammys. Gill Bardsley Education Assistant and lost property extraordinaire.
Using Giftedness for Giving Project Our wonderful Year 6 Extension students, Ashleigh Clark and Abigail Forsyth donated their time to play their flutes at elderly care homes last week. Ashleigh and Abigail took the time to write a script, rehearse their musical pieces and perform for the elderly. They performed on three occasions and they are congratulated for their charity gesture.
Well done Ashleigh and Abigail, you are both leading lights at Francis Jordan.
Makmur the Becak This term we have been very lucky to have “Makmur” the becak visiting Francis Jordan, on loan from the Westralian Indonesian Language Teachers’ Association. A becak (pronounced bech-ak), or cycle rickshaw, is a local means of transport which is also known by a variety of other names such as bike taxi, pedicab, bikecab, tricycle taxi or trishaw. As opposed to rickshaws pulled by a person on foot, cycle rickshaws are human-powered by pedaling. They are a type of tricycle designed to carry passengers on a for-hire basis. Becak drivers are called “tukang becak” and work very hard for their money. Although the becak is not common in Bali, they are very common on most other islands of Indonesia, especially Java.
During the term, hardworking students have been rewarded with the opportunity to have a ride on this iconic mode of Indonesian transport – the smiles on their faces say it all!