Ash Wednesday Today we joined together as a community to mark the beginning of Lent; Ash Wednesday. We thank Father Francis for leading us in liturgy, the readers, musicians, altar servers and all of those involved in the organisation of the celebration. It was wonderful to see our parents and friends take time to join us; we thank you.
Merciful God, Look upon us as we enter these forty days, bearing the marks of ashes, and bless our journey through the desert of Lent. May our fasting be hunger for justice; our alms, a making of peace; our prayer, the chant of humble and grateful hearts. All that we do and pray is in the name of Jesus, for in his cross you proclaim your love For ever and ever. Amen.
Kindy Enrolments for 2020 & 2021 We are currently taking enrolments and interviewing for Kindergarten in 2020 and 2021. I ask families to please ensure they have lodged their Kindy application by Friday 15 March so your child’s place can be secured. I also encourage you to share this with your friends and family. Should you wish to take a tour of our play based, child centred Kindergarten program, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 9404 2400.
We also have a limited number of Pre Kindy and Kindergarten places available for 2019. Please register your interest with the office.
Class Assembly this Friday I warmly invite you to join us for the 4G Class Assembly at 8.35am this Friday. I look forward to seeing you there.
School Board 2019 The School Board held their first meeting recently. At the meeting we elected our office bearers for 2019. Congratulation to the 2019 School Board:
PARISH COUNCIL NOMINEE:
TREASURER IN WAITING:
Erin Peacham (Seconded for 2019)
P&F 2019 We also held our first P&F Meeting recently and had a record number of attendees. At this meeting I asked our parents to give me feedback on two questions:
“What do we do well at Francis Jordan?” and “What we need to improve?”
Here is some of the feedback:
“What do we do well at Francis Jordan?”
The teachers know the children and go above and beyond for them
The Buddy System
Being asked our opinion
Good community spirit
Beautiful grounds that are well maintained
We look after new families
We offer a nurturing environment
We make people feel welcomed
Performing Arts and the Music Program is fantastic
“What do we need to improve?”
Promote the school and the wonderful things we do; Especially Sport, Art and Music
Review of the Homework Policy
Consistent communication across the school
Support programs for children from Year Three
Promotion of healthy food options for awards instead of unhealthy foods
Continuing to build the Parish and School relationship
Increased parent involvement in the P&F
I thank our families for their open and honest feedback and I look forward to working together with both the P&F and the School Board in the coming months to ensure our school continues to flourish.
Feedback from Parent Communication Survey In next week’s newsletter I will look forward to sharing the feedback from our Parent Communication Survey. As outlined in an earlier newsletter, this will directly inform the direction of our school in regards to communication and will form part of our Effective Communication Policy.
Upcoming Important Dates
Year Six Camp
4G Class Assembly at 8.35am Running Club New Family Morning Tea 9am (Prayer Garden)
Confirmation Enquiry Mass at St Simon Peter Church
Kolbe Faction Liturgy 8.35am in Sue Groves Hall No Running Club
Faction Swimming Carnival
5W Class Assembly
Student Council Leadership Day
First Holy Communion Parent Meeting at St Simon Peter Church at 7pm
Cake Sale at recess for FJNC Netball Running Club Merit Assembly at 8.35am
This year, the Student Council has decided to focus the school’s Project Compassion efforts on helping school students in the Solomon Islands. Many children must travel considerable distances to get safe drinking water while at school.
$50.00 will buy five metres of guttering to attach to buildings that will then collect clean rain water for storage in tanks. $5.00 will buy a tap to attach to the rainwater tank. In this way, each $55.00 donated will ensure school children can have safe drinking water at school.
What a great way to help those in the world who are less fortunate than us!
Confirmation Enquiry Masses
Parents of students in Year 6 who are receiving the Sacrament of Confirmation are reminded to take their child to one of four Masses this coming weekend at Saint Simon Peter Church for the Confirmation Enquiry Mass. The Mass times are as follows:
SATURDAY MARCH 9th at 6.00pm
SUNDAY MARCH 10th at 8.00am, 10.00am or 5.00pm
Important Dates For 2019 – Sacrament Dates
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2019 – SACRAMENT DATES
Saturday June 15 at 2.00pm in the Saint Simon Peter Church.
FIRST COMMUNION MASSES
Saturday September 14 at 6.00pm in the Saint Simon Peter Church
Sunday September 15 at 10.00am in the Saint Simon Peter Church
Saturday September 21 at 6.00pm in the Saint Simon Peter Church
Sunday September 22 at 10.00am in the Saint Simon Peter Church
SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION
Tuesday October 29 at 6.00pm in the Saint Simon Peter Church
Thursday October 31 at 6.00pm in the Saint Simon Peter Church
Term One RE Calendar
SATURDAY MARCH 23 – 9.30am to 11.00am
WEDNESDAY MARCH 27 – 7.00pm OR
THURSDAY MARCH 28 – 7.00pm
First Communion Parent Information Evening
SATURDAY APRIL 6th at 6.00pm OR
SUNDAY APRIL 7th at 8.00am, 10.00am or 5.00pm
First Communion Enquiry Masses
FRIDAY APRIL 12 – – 9.30 to 10.30 then 11.00 to 12.00
I would like to remind all parents that at Francis Jordan we teach The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum in all year levels. The Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC) is a respectful relationships and child safety curriculum that teaches all children and young people they have the right to be safe and they can help themselves to be safe by talking to people they trust.
The KS:CPC is delivered by teachers to children and young people each year from Age 3 to Year 12. Teachers who deliver the curriculum complete training in its use. The KS:CPC fits primarily within the Health and Physical Education learning area of the Australian Curriculum but can be taught across multiple learning areas.
The KS:CPS is an evidence based, best practice curriculum, developed collaboratively with child protection specialists, teachers, educational leaders and other professionals. It covers a range of topics including new additional material on current issues such as bullying and cyber safety.
The curriculum is based on two main themes which are presented through topics and activities.
Theme 1: We all have the right to be safe
Theme 2: We can help ourselves to be safe by talking to people we trust.
The two themes are explored through four Focus Areas, which are examined in growing complexity in accordance with the age of the learners.
The right to be safe
Recognising and reporting abuse
More information can be found on the KS:CPC website:Go Here
Class teachers will inform parents when they will be teaching the focus areas via a letter sent home. This will ensure you are aware of what specific content is covered so conversations with your children can be followed up at home.
Anaphylaxis is a potentially life-threatening allergic reaction. It must be treated as a medical emergency, requiring the administration of an epipen. Mild reactions may only require the administration of an antihistamine.
WHAT TRIGGERS ANAPHYLAXIS?
Milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, sesame, fish, shellfish, wheat and soy are the most common food triggers, however any food can trigger anaphylaxis. It is important to understand that in some people even very small amounts or the smell of the food can cause a life-threatening reaction.
Bites and Stings
Bee, wasp and jack jumper ant stings are the most common triggers of anaphylaxis to insect stings.
Medications including over the counter, prescribed and herbal can cause life threatening allergic reactions.
WHAT CAN WE DO TO ENSURE STUDENTS WITH SEVERE ALLERGIES AT OUR SCHOOL ARE SAFE?
We are an ‘ALLERGY AWARE’ school. The most common trigger for the anaphylactic students at our school is nuts. DO NOT pack any nuts, nut spreads and muslei/sport bars containing nuts for school.
Do not share food.
Wash your hands after eating.
‘Be a Mate’, ask a friend what they are allergic to.
Get help immediately if a school mate has a reaction.
IF WE ALL WORK TOGETHER, WE CAN ENSURE OUR SCHOOL IS A SAFE PLACE FOR EVERYONE
A big thank you to all our amazing athletes for attending the Night Under the Stars evening. Thank you also to parents for giving your girls the opportunity to have a preseason run with their friends. Looking forward to an awesome 2019!
Teams have been finalised over the long weekend and coaches have been notified. Coaches and Managers will contact their designated player’s parents with your designated training day. Training sessions will start the week beginning 11th of March. Uniform orders are complete and have been submitted. – Karen Holmes, Vice President.
Manager Liaison Co-ordinator, Anna Admans
FJNC would like to formally introduce Anna Admans as our Manager Liaison Co-ordinator. Anna, Scott, Molly and Heidi have played an integral part of the FJCS and FJNC family for many years and are valued members of our Community. Our players, parents, coaches, managers and committee will benefit greatly from Anna’s amazing and bubbly personality, and grow in strength with Anna’s relationship, organisation and admin skills, not to mention knowing all the parents and players too. So, to all the new managers and coaches, we have your back and Anna’s onto it!
Big thank you Anna for always going beyond and kindly agreeing to accept this voluntary role. We look forward to our managers being blessed by your mentoring on match day.
Important Dates for your FJNC Calendar
25th, 26th, 27th & 28th March – Compulsory Coaches & Managers Information sessions (more information to follow)
11 March 2019
Training Commences: U11s &U10s Tuesday U7s, U8s Thursday straight after school on the netball courts.
29th March 2019
Cake Sale at FJCS run by U/11 team
4th April 2019
Coaches, Managers and Reps Dinner
27th April 2019
First Game of the Season commences
24th August 2019
End of Winter Season
25th August 2019
Winter Wind up and Trophy Presentation
GO FJNC! See you on the FJCS netball courts next week.
As you know Mandy Brooks and I, along with our families, spent some time in the Holy Infant Orphanage in Mae Sot Thailand last year and we hoped to replace their water tanks which were non-operational.
We held a movie night for staff & an FJCS cake stall, over $1300 was raised! This is astonishing and we appreciate the support of our fabulous community. They now have anew concrete slab and three water tanks plumbed in and in working order.
Below a short video of thanks from the children at the Holy Infant Orphanage in front of the fresh water tanks. Note that this song is in English which is not their first language but they are very good at it along with Burmese and Thai.
Again, thank you all for the support and that of the children.
Louise Richards & Mandy Brook
Year 4 Parents Dinner
We have booked Scents of Siam Joondalup at 7pm on 22 March 2019.
Please RSVP to Emmalene on 0413 331 231 or on the Facebook post.
Hi Families We have been receiving many enquiries regarding bookings for our sessions. You will notice that on your portal that we have vacancies. This does not represent the staffing that is a licensing requirement. This Educator/Child Ratio is 1:10. Please do not assume you have a place for your child without confirmation from us directly. As we are always with the children, we are often unable to answer the phone. However, if you text your request, we will get back to you much faster than a voicemail.
Operational times are: BSC 7:00am till 9:00am and ASC 2:00pm till 6:00pm. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE MUSIC ROOM IN THE MORNING’S IF OSHCLUB STAFF ARE NOT ON THE PREMISES. We do not have insurance and we are not licensed to have children on the premises before 7:00am. This is for the safety of your child and the potential of triggering the alarm system as the school is armed each night.
If you have any queries regarding your account, please contact accounts on 1300 395 735 or alternatively email them at email@example.com. Bookings will cut off 24hrs before the start of the session you require.
Please remember to ensure you have packed a hat for your child as we have the same policy as the school which Is: NO HAT NO PLAY. We are focusing on sustainability, the environment and diversity over the next few weeks. We would love to have any input from you on any of the above topics.
Warm Regards Stacey, Sophie, Hanaa & Holly. Your OSHClub Team
All families must be enrolled to attend the program, remember this is free!! Please create an account online at www.oshclub.com.au All bookings and cancellations can also be managed via your online account. For on the day bookings please contact the Coordinator direct at the program.
We provide breakfast and afternoon tea, so see our program in the undercover area to view the menu.