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A Message from the Principal – Issue 12

May 15, 2019

Dear Parents, Children and Friends,

It was a delight to return to Francis Jordan last week after my incredible pilgrimage walking the Camino from Leon in Spain to Santiago de Compostela. I feel blessed to have taken part in such a transformational journey and a life-changing experience. I look forward to sharing some of my experiences and photos with the staff and children over the coming weeks.

I would like to thank and acknowledge the work of Mr Damien Purcell, as principal, in the time I was away. I also thank our community for their support of the staff, school and Damian in my absence.

Mothers’ Day Liturgy & Morning Tea a great success!
We were truly blessed to share a beautiful Mothers’ Day liturgy with a hall full of mothers, mother figures and grandmothers last Friday morning. We thank our readers for their incredible reading during the mass and for sharing their thoughts and feelings about their mothers with us. I would also like to thank and acknowledge the work of Mr Purcell and Mrs Gianassi for organising the liturgy and music.

A huge number of mothers then enjoyed a special morning tea in their honour, served by our students and staff. We thank our mothers and mother figures for taking the time to be with us on this day and all the staff and students who assisted in the preparation of the morning tea; especially Mrs Admans and Mrs Richards from the canteen.

Month of Mary
May is also the month of Mary. During this month Christians, both in church and in the privacy of the home, offer up to Mary from their hearts an especially fervent and loving homage of prayer and veneration. Children and families are encouraged to dedicate the rosary to our Blessed Lady during the month.

National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) testing.
Students in Year Three and Year Five will sit for various online NAPLAN tests this week. It is very important that students attend school on these days and I would ask parents to please make certain that there are no dentist, doctor or other appointments at this time.

While NAPLAN does not measure everything that is important about a student’s literacy and numeracy development, it does provide each school with valuable data and every school is expected to pay close attention to trends over a number of years.

As parents, you can help your child to do their very best by following these suggestions:

  • Make certain that your child is well rested and gets at least 10 hours of sleep a night during the testing period.
  • Ensure your child has a good breakfast every day so they can concentrate fully.
  • Provide your children with healthy snacks in their lunchbox to further aid concentration.
  • Ensure your child gets a healthy daily dose of exercise during the assessment period. This will assist to re-energise your child, as well as release any anxiety they are experiencing.
  • Try not to make a big deal of the test. Children who are anxious and worried about the assessment will not perform to their potential.
  • Encourage your child to do their best. 

Cyber Safety Seminar
This Thursday the P&F is running a Cyber Safety Seminar from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in the hall. I strongly encourage our families to take part in this wonderful opportunity; as parents, it is imperative that we stay up-to-date on how to keep our children safe on the Internet. I look forward to seeing you there. Get your tickets here:

Upon my return, it was a delight to see the children taking much pride in wearing their winter uniform. As outlined in the previous newsletter, it is still quite unseasonably warm. Taking this into account, I would expect all children to be in the full winter uniform by Monday 20 May.

As per the school Uniform and Grooming policy, the uniform for girls and boys is outlined below. Please note, all students should be wearing the mid-green Midford long-sleeved shirt during terms two and three and not the short sleeved shirt worn in terms one and four. I thank our parents and guardians for ensuring our children are meeting the requirements of the uniform policy in full.

Girls Winter Uniform

  • Winter tartan pinafore
  • Mint green Midford longsleeved shirt
  • Short green striped socks OR green tights
  • School tie
  • School jumper

Boys Winter Uniform

  • grey winter trousers or dark green rugger shorts
  • mint green long sleeve Midford shirt
  • short green striped socks
  • School tie
  • School jumper

In winter, students participating in school photos and any public performances will be required to wear the following:

  • Girl: green tights
  • Boys: long trousers

Expansion of the Pre Kindy Program
This term we have extended our popular 3-Year-Old Pre Kindy program to two days. Children have the option of attending one or two days, with the sessions running on Tuesday and Thursday. Should you wish to enrol your child in this highly beneficial program, please contact the office on 9404 2400 or email me at

Federal Election & Catholic Education
Over the past few weeks, we have all been bombarded with information in regards to the Federal Election. For your information, I have attached some fact sheets outlining the importance of parents having a choice to provide their child/ren with a Catholic education.

Pupil Free Day
Please note that 31 May is a Pupil Free Day. On this day, staff will undergo professional development. Should you require care for your children, please feel free to make contact with OSHC.

Upcoming Important Dates

  • 15 May: Prendiville Music Excursion for Year Six students
  • 16 May: Dental Screening (PP, Year Three & Year Six)
    Cyber Safety Seminar 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM in the Sue Groves Hall
  • 17 May: Jaricot Faction Day liturgy at 8:30 AM
  • 22 May: Reconciliation Parent Night at 7 PM
    Kindy PMH visit
  • 23 May: Reconciliation Parent Night at 7 PM
  • 24 May: Class Assembly 2G
    Sorry Day liturgy 11 AM
    School disco: (PK-Yr .30pm & Yr 3-6 7.30pm)
  • 30 May: Faction Cross Country Carnival
  • 31 May: Pupil Free Day
  • 3 June: WA Day Public Holiday

God bless our school and those within it.

Miranda Swann

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