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A Message from the Principal – Issue 01

Feb 6, 2019

Dear Parents, Children and Friends

Welcome back to the 2019 School year. I trust you all enjoyed a lovely Christmas break with your families and your children are well rested and enthusiastic about returning to school.

I would like to extend a warm welcome to our families who are new to the school in 2019. I hope you will find your time at Francis Jordan to be a richly rewarding and fulfilling experience.

We welcome back Mrs Suzie Gianassi, Mrs Ella Redding and Mrs Rebecca Baran from leave, and Mrs Gloria Ward back from maternity leave to continue her role as Assistant Principal.

 

Class Dojo

This year clear, concise and timely communication is a focus for our school. As such, we have introduced Class Dojo as the main form of parent and teacher communication. Class Dojo allows parents to actively engage with their children’s learning through viewing photos, videos and pieces of their work. It also allows parents to communicate directly with the teacher, and allows teachers to send messages to parents and receive parent replies.

Class Dojo will also assist us to reduce the number of SMS messages sent out to our community and will ensure you receive information pertaining to your child and their needs.

You will receive an invitation to your child’s Class Dojo page over the next week. We encourage parents to make regular use of the Class Dojo app, specifically providing your child with positive feedback on the app.

Please note, that absentees must continue to be sent to the Office at admin@fjcs.wa.edu.au

 

Pre Primary –Year Six Parent Information Evening

This year the Parent Information Evening will be held in February as follows:

Kindergarten: Tuesday 12 February
Pre Primary: Monday 11 February
Year One:   Wednesday 13 February
Year Two: Tuesday 12 February
Year Three:  Monday 11 February
Year Four:  Thursday 7 February
Year Five:  Tuesday 12 February
Year Six:    Wednesday 13 February

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please note that all meetings begin at 6.00pm and will be held in your child’s classroom.

As this meeting sets out the expectations of the 2019 school year we ask that one parent from each family attend and request that you inform classroom teachers if you are unable to do so.

 

Beginning of the Year Mass

I would like to extend an invitation for our parents and friends to join us for our Opening Mass & the Blessing of the Leadership Badges on Friday at 11am in the school hall. I look forward to seeing you there.

 

Save the Date: Family Fun Night

I look forward to joining the school community at the P&F Family Fun Night for our ‘welcome back to school’ function on Friday 15 February. Please mark this date in your diary. Further information will follow shortly.

 

Uniforms

I would like to thank each parent for sending their children to school looking incredibly neat and tidy. I believe high standards begin within; if we have pride in our appearance and wear our uniform correctly and with pride, this will translate to higher standards in the classroom. I encourage all parents to be vigilant in maintaining this high standard all year.

Please note the Uniform Shop days have changed. It will now be open on a Thursday from 8-9am.

 

Term Dates for 2019

Term Dates for 2019

 

Term Dates for 2019

 

Term
1
 

First Day of
Term February 04

Student Free Day March 01

Labour Day Public Holiday March 04

Last Day of
Term April 12

Term
2
 

First Day of
Term April 29

Student Free Day May 31

 

Public Holiday WA day June 03

Last
Day of Term July 05

 

Term
3
 

Student Free Day July 22

First Day of
Term July 22

Student Free Day August 23

Last Day of
Term September 27

 

Term
4
 

Student Free Day October 14

First Day of
Term October 15

Last Day of
Term December 13

Parent Calendar Term One

Week

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Sat/Sun

 

 

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

4/2

 

Students commence

 

Desk Mats / Diaries 8.10-9.00

 

5/2

 

Desk Mats / Diaries 8.10-9.00

 

6/2

 

 

7/2

 

Year 4 Parent Information Evening – 6.00pm

 

8/2

 

Beginning of the Year Mass – 11.00am in the school hall

9/2

 

 

 

 

10/2

 

 

 

 

 

2

 

 

11/2

 

Parent Information Evening

Pre-Primary and Year 3

6.00pm

 

12/2

 

Parent Information Evening

Years 2, 5 and Kindy

6.00pm

 

13/2

 

Parent Information Evening

Year 1 and 6

6.00pm

 

14/2

 

Valentine’s Day

 

15/2

 

Merit Assembly – 8.30am

 

Family Fun Night

 

 

16/2

 

 

 

 

 

17/2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3

 

 

 

18/2

 

 

19/2

 

Parent / Teacher Pastoral Care Interviews

(2.50pm – 5.00pm)

 

20/2

 

Finance Meeting – 5.30pm

School Board Meeting – 6.00pm

P & F Meeting – 7.15pm

 

21/2

 

Parent Rep Gathering – 9.00am at Dome, Currambine

 

 

22/2

 

Merit Assembly – 8.30am

 

 

23/2

 

 

 

 

 

24/2

 

 

 

 

 

 

4

 

 

25/2

 

 

26/2

 

 

27/2

 

Confirmation Parent Information Meeting – 7.00pm in the Saint Simon Peter church

 

 

28/2

 

Confirmation Parent Information Meeting – 7.00pm in the Saint Simon Peter church

1/3

 

STUDENT FREE DAY –

 

2/3

 

 

 

3/3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5

 

 

4/3

 

 

 

LABOUR DAY

HOLIDAY

 

5/3

 

 

6/3

 

Ash Wednesday Liturgy – 11.00am

 

Year 6 Camp

 

 

 

 

7/3

 

Year 6 Camp

 

8/3

 

Class Assembly – 8.30am – Year 4G

 

New Families Morning Tea – 9.00am in the Prayer Garden

 

Year 6 Camp

 

 

 

 

 

9/3

 

Confirmation Enquiry Mass – 6.00pm

 

10/3

 

Confirmation Enquiry Mass – 8.00am, 10.00am or 5.00pm

 

 

 

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

11/3

 

 

12/3

 

 

13/3

 

 

 

 

14/3

 

 

15/3

 

Kolbe Faction Day Liturgy – 8.30am in the Hall

 

 

 

 

16/3

 

 

17/3

 

Saint Patrick’s Day

 

 

 

 

 

7

 

 

 

18/3

 

 

19/3

 

 

20/3

 

Faction Swimming Carnival

 

 

Finance Meeting – 5.30pm

School Board Meeting – 6.00pm

P & F Meeting – 7.15pm

21/3

 

Year 6 Extreme Games Carnival

 

22/3

 

Class Assembly – 8.30am – Year 5W

23/3

 

Confirmation Enrolment – 9.30am to 11.00am

 

24/3

 

 

 

 

 

8

 

 

25/3

 

Student Council Leadership Day – Perth Convention Centre

 

 

26/3

 

 

27/3

 

First Holy Communion Parent Information Meeting – 7.00pm in the Saint Simon Peter church

 

 

28/3

 

First Holy Communion Parent Information Meeting – 7.00pm in the Saint Simon Peter church

 

29/3

 

Merit Assembly – 8.30am

 

 

 

30/3

 

 

 

 

31/3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9

 

 

 

1/4

 

 

 

 

 

2/4

 

 

 

 

 

3/4

 

 

4/4

 

 

5/4

 

Merit Assembly – 8.30am

 

Interschool Swimming Carnival

6/4

 

First Holy Communion Enquiry Mass – 6.00pm

 

7/4

 

First Holy Communion Enquiry Mass – 8.00am, 10.00am or 5.00pm

 

 

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

 

8/4

9/4

 

 

10/4

 

11/4

12/4

 

Holy Week Liturgies – 9.30 to 10.30 then 11.00 to 12.00

 

P&F Easter Raffle

 

Final Day of Term for Students

 

 

13/4

 

 

 

14/4

 

 

 

 

2019 Francis Jordan Staffing List

Principal

Miranda Swann

Assistant Principal (Religious Education)

Damian Purcell

Assistant Principal (Curriculum)

Gloria Ward

Administration Officers

Geri Nagy / Claudia Black

Finance Officer

Vicki Menagh

Year Six

Chris Giannasi

Courtney Pearmine

Year Five

Damian Purcell/Wayne
Horrocks

Peter Elek

Year Four

Danielle Parker

Rosina Rennie

Year Three

Deanne Walker

Jackie Dunne

Year Two

Gloria Ward/Caris Lawson

Lisa Parker

Year One

Megan Grove

Jenna Crosby

Pre-Primary

Nadene Andrews/Rebecca Baran

Carolyn Ince/Rebecca Baran

Kindy

Treasa Young

Cathy Huggins

Pre-Kindy

Ella Redding

Music

Suzie Gianassi

Physical Education

Caris Lawson

Technologies (Digital and Design) / G&T

Rachael Araujo

Indonesian

Natalie Belcastro

Learning Support Coordinator

Lindy McQueen

Education Assistants

Danita James (Pre-Kindy)

Jo Collins/Teresa Sutton
(Kindy)

Caroline Sullivan/Jannine
White (Pre-Primary)

Nadia Martin/Clare Johnson
(Year One)

Elizabeth Wilson/Mandy
Brooks (Year Two)

Clare Johnson/Anita Woodall
(Years Three & Four)

Gill Bardsley (Years Five
and Six)

Library

Ros De Mamiel

ICT Support

Steve Gelle

Grounds

Maurice Seamons & Shaun
Seamons

Canteen

Anna Admans
& Louise Richards

Staff on Leave in 2019

Wendy Manners, Margaret Brown, Madeline
Walker, Gloria Casserly (Semester One)

 

Make this year your child’s best ever at school

As our children come back to school, it is important to get them back into routines and begin to form good school habits again. Below is a fabulous article by Michael Grose that gives parents seven ways to help children make the most of the fresh start and make this year your child’s best year ever at school. He offers the following tips:

  1. Commit to your child going to school every day on time.  One of the most important things you can do to ensure your child has a bright future is to make sure he or she goes to school every day – and gets there on time. Kids spend more time asleep than at school, so we need to maximise every day to get full value.
  2. Help kids start each day well.  A good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast and some words of encouragement from you will help set a positive tone for a day of learning. This may mean that you adjust your morning routine so that kids have plenty of time get up, eat and get ready for the day.
  3. Establish work and study habits.  The most successful students are those that develop regular study habits that suit their lifestyle, their study style and their school’s expectations.  Find out the work expectations from your child’s school and help them establish a work routine that matches.
  4. Make sure your child gets enough sleep.  Many children and young people are sleep-deprived, which impacts on their wellbeing and their learning. A good night’s sleep consolidates learning, as well as assisting future learning. Children need between 10-12 hours of sleep each day, while teens need a minimum of nine hours. Help kids get sufficient sleep by having a regular bedtime and get-up time each day. Have a 45-minute wind-down time each night, and remove screens and mobile phones from bedrooms.
  5. Insist kids exercise.  The old saying about ‘a healthy body and a healthy mind’ is so true. Exercise releases the chemicals needed for learning and wellbeing. Yet kids today get less exercise than those of past generations, which is an impediment to learning and mental health. Health professionals recommend a minimum of 60 minutes of exercise per day for kids of all ages. Encourage your child to play sport; promote free and active play and look for ways to make moving part of their daily lives.
  6. Focus on being friendly.  Schools are very social places requiring kids to negotiate many different social situations each day. Yet we often only focus on academic learning. There are strong links between social success, and academic success and wellbeing. Encourage kids to be open and tolerant; to be friendly; to be sensitive to others; to be involved in plenty of activities and to be social risk-takers. These are all characteristics of socially successful kids. At the same time discourage anti-social behaviours such as over-competitiveness, self-centredness and lack of sharing.
  7. Develop self-help skills.  Successful students are often well organised, self-directed and self-motivated. Personal organisation seems to come more naturally to girls than boys, however both genders benefit from coaching in this important area. You can foster organisational skills and self-direction by developing simple, age-appropriate self-help skills related to their everyday lives. Such skills as making lunches, packing school bags, and organising after school schedules can be great lessons that impact on how kids perform at school.

 

 

May God bless our school and those within it.

 

Miranda Swann

Principal

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