Francis Jordan

Catholic School

25 Peterborough Drive,
Currambine, WA 6028

Francis Jordan

Catholic School


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A Message from the Principal – Issue 30

A Message from the Principal – Issue 30


I hope you are enjoying your week.

It was certainly a wonderful afternoon of fun and colour at Francis Jordan on Friday at our Colour Run! Thank you to all families who came along to support this event. The spirit of the afternoon was vibrant and it was great to see so many smiling active children. A HUGE thank you for Keris Gordon who did a remarkable job getting the event organised on behalf of our P& F. Keris who was assisted by a small band of helpers is congratulated for managing to motivate our students and their families to give so generously and help raise over $10,000 for our school. Thank you to each and everyone for their contributions which made the day such a success.

I especially congratulate our students who participated so positively. No doubt they turned their  bathtubs into a sea of colour on Friday evening while they soaked off the colourful mess!

A final reminder that all online prize orders for the Colour Run close tomorrow. Please ensure that you log in to order prizes after reaching the set goal on Friday.


Music Assembly Friday 

All families are encouraged to join us on Friday to listen to our talented instrumental students showcase their skills. The students are congratulated for the way they have worked hard to refine their skills during the year. We warmly welcome back Mrs Giannasi who will join us for the performance. Mrs Giannasi will return to Francis Jordan next year, after her adventurous year away while on leave.

Pre-Kindy Information Session 

Families with children joining our Pre-Kindy program in 2019 are invited to come along to our Orientation Morning in the Pre-Kindy room next Monday at 9.00 am.

Tyson plays soccer in Germany and Poland



Congratulations to Tyson Poule in Year 5 who was successfully selected to play soccer in Germany and Poland in the 2018 Legia Cup. We send our best wishes to Tyson who flew out to Europe at the beginning of November and is currently playing in the cup.




National Photographic Competition Finalist

Congratulations to Year 6 student Isabel Maticka who was announced as a finalist in the National Photographic Competition. The competition provides a platform for school students to express their concept of Healthy Life | Healthy You . Isabel submitted an excellent photograph to promote healthy lifestyles as part of an Extension project. You can support Isabel by voting for the 2018 People’s Choice Award via Facebook.

Annual General Meetings. 

This year our Annual General Meetings (AGM’s) will take place next week on Wednesday 21st November at 6.00pm.  I encourage parents to consider offering their expertise to assist our school community by serving on our School Board or the P & F in one of the positions which are open for nomination and re-election.

Our current School Board comprises the following members,  who in some instances,  have been serving for a number of years now. Some of our Board Members have now reached the limit of their term and therefore, these positions are open for nomination and re-election.

  • Board Chair: Guy Paragalli –  Position open for nomination and re-election
  • Board Treasurer: Robert Rees – Board renomination
  • Board Secretary:  Trish Anthony :  Position open for nomination and re-election
  • Board Member: Danielle Oliphant – Board renomination
  • Board Member: Tim Tolley – Board renomination
  • Board Member: Devin Martin – Position open for nomination and re-election
  • Board P& F Representative: Shannon Britten – continuing in 2019

Our current P & F are a small dedicated group who are looking for volunteers to join the group as committee members and assist with functions through the year.

  • P & F President – Shannon Britten – renomination
  • P & F Vice -President – Kellie Hall – renomination
  • P & F Treasurer – Naomi Agosta – renomination
  • P & F Secretary – Marie Paragalli- renomination
  • P & F Committee Members – Nadene Andrews, Jaquie Fernando, Lindy McQueen, Sinead Forbes  – renominations for up to six committee members

To nominate for any of the Board or P& F positions  please email

Find following an excerpt from the Board Constitution outlining Membership of the Board

8.1 Criteria for membership of the Board shall be:
(a) possession of special skills that will be an asset to the Board;
(b) a deep interest in the welfare of all students and staff;
(c) a desire to give service to the Catholic School Community;
(d) a keenness to promote Catholic schooling;
(e) an ability to work cooperatively and constructively with all other members of the Board; and
(f) as sufficiency of time to devote to Board duties.

8.2 The Board shall comprise:
(a) the Principal of the School as an Ex-Officio member;
(b) a priest as an Ex-Officio member for a primary Parish School –the Parish priest
(c) between four and six person selected in the manner provide in Section 9 of this Constitution;
(d) in a Parish School, one person nominated by the Parish Council of the Parish in which the School is situated;
(e) one person nominated by the Parents and Friends’ Association related to the School; and
(f) not more than two (additional) persons may be co-opted by the Board members in meeting for a period of up to two years, if such appointments are considered desirable or necessary.
8.3 In addition to 8.2 the Director may appoint an additional member to the Board and may dismiss or replace that member.
8.4 Membership of the Board shall be for a period of two years except for Ex-Officio members.
8.5 No member other than Ex-Officio members can serve more than six consecutive years.
8.6 Should a position of elected member of the Board become vacant the Board shall have the power to co-opt are placement until the next election.
8.7 Any elected or Board appointed member may be removed from office by formal resolution passed at a properly convened meeting of the Board at which at least four-fifths of those present vote in favour of the removal.
8.8 Any elected, nominated or Board appointed member who shall be absent from two consecutive meetings of the Board without apology, shall be contacted by the chairman and advised that if the member is absent from a third consecutive meeting he/she shall be deemed to have vacated
his/her position.

Families who are leaving Francis Jordan

To assist with our planning for 2019, it would be appreciated if families who will be relocating and not returning to Francis Jordan next year notify us, in writing, as soon as possible.

Calling for volunteers – we need your help!

Our students really enjoy participating in the Commonwealth Bank School Banking program and to keep this program running we need your help.

The program requires a volunteer School Banking Co-ordinator to facilitate the banking and distribution of School Banking rewards. This only takes a small amount of your time one day a week and the Commonwealth Bank will provide support in how to run the program. Your help with the program will greatly benefit students as they develop vital saving skills and also help our school with fundraising.

If you are interested in volunteering for this program, please contact Mrs Manners.


Congratulations to our Recent GOLD SLIP Recipients. 


Tully Collins, Levi Chapman, Viola Riad, Evelyn Mays, Gabriella Gregory, Tyson Davis, Heidi Admans, Seth Veirgever,Xavier Cartner, Rory Mc Kee, James Dargie, James Franey, Lily Gordon, Kelvin Cronje.


Term Dates 

TERM 4 – 2018

Last Day of Term – Friday  December 7


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
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

Teaching kids to ask for what they want

Teaching kids to ask for what they want

by Michael Grose

Much behaviour that annoys parents stems from children’s inability to ask for what they want.

Most parents have experienced a young child yelling, “Mum, he took my toy. It’s not fair.” Perhaps you’ve experienced a child who whines like a dripping tap because they want something from you.

Maybe you have a teenager who’d love to ask a friend out to the school formal but hasn’t the courage or the words to use. (This may not annoy you, but it frustrates the hell out the young person who becomes wracked with self-doubt simply because they can’t ask for what they want.)

An important task for parents is to give kids the skills they need for independence, so they are not reliant on you to resolve their problems.

An important independence skill for kids to learn is the ability to articulate their needs and wishes clearly, respectfully and appropriately. Here’s how you can help:

Start young

Recently I saw a mother tell her three year-old to ask his 12 month-old brother if he could play with a new car his little brother had been given for his first birthday.

Clearly, the twelve month old couldn’t answer, but his mother did so for him. Mr. Three said, “Ben, can I play with your car.” His mother answered, “I’m sure Ben would be happy to let you play with it.” And so Mr. Three played with the car, without taking it away. This mother had established that asking, rather than taking is the way to do things in her family.

Use your words

When kids whine, whinge, mumble or point at what they want remind them to use their words. Rather than respond to their mumbled, garbled, ill-formed requests teach them to stand still, make eye contact, stand tall and ask for what they want. If it’s not asked for, then it’s not given.

Give them words and phrases that work

A number of years ago my son wanted me to persuade his sports teacher to allow him to try out for the school swimming team. This particular teacher was often dismissive of such requests, but I thought my son had a right to ask, as he was sick when the swim trials were held. Rather than make a phone call, we sat and talked about the best way to approach this teacher and the words he could use to get his attention and also to make his case. My mentoring must have worked as the teacher made time for a new trial, which was good news for my son. When kids don’t have the words the best thing we can do is give them the social scripts they need to get what they want.

An important task for parents is to give kids the skills they need for independence, so they are not reliant on you to resolve their problems. An important independence skill for kids to learn is the ability to articulate their needs and wishes clearly, respectfully and appropriately.

Coach them about time and place

Effective communication is as much about time and place as it is about the choice of words. It doesn’t matter what words are chosen, but a teenage request to go to a party, just as you are dashing out the door in the morning is the wrong time to ask a question. It deserves to be met with, “Would you like to ask that question at a more appropriate time?”

Help them not to take no personally

Kids, like adults, with low confidence levels take rejection personally, while those with high confidence levels don’t take rejection to heart. Discuss with kids that others, including siblings have a right to say no to a request and that a no may occur for many reasons, none of which need reflect poorly on them.

No means No.

Children have a right to ask others for what they want but that doesn’t mean they keep asking if they meet a refusal. A child’s request for an ice cream just before mealtime that’s met with a refusal should be taken at face value. If a child keeps asking or asks another person, then it’s appropriate to let your child know strongly of your disapproval. Your parenting mantra could be: No means No.

You can get a complete plan for developing independence in your child or teenager in Michael’s best-selling book Spoonfed Generation: How to raise independent kids.

Michael Grose, founder of Parenting Ideas, is one of Australia’s leading parenting educators. He’s the author of 10 books for parents including Thriving! and the best-selling Why First Borns Rule the World and Last Borns Want to Change It, and his latest release Spoonfed Generation: How to raise independent children.

Thought for the week

“Be helpful. When you see a person without a smile, give them one of yours.” – Zig Ziglar

God, our Father, may the presence of Your Spirit be evident in our Francis Jordan Catholic School community. Help us to be large of heart, broad in vision and generous in working for the common good of this School Community entrusted to our care. Amen



Enjoy your week.

Wendy Manners






Community News

Community News






Kids Meals – 3-7PM

$5 Kids Meals with Icy Pole

Nuggets/Chips • Hotdog/Chips • Nachos

$4 Hot Chips • $2 Fruit & Marshmallow Kebabs

Bring a picnic rug and footy/soccer/handball and enjoy a fun afternoon and evening with your school community!

Please RSVP to or go to the FJCS Facebook





Cick here to visit our Community News page and keep up to date with what’s happening in the FJCS Community

Religious Education News

Religious Education News


On Friday, members of Year 6 will be leading a fundraiser for the Cancer Council. This will involve students from Year 1 to Year 6. There will be a cake stall at morning tea, quizzes for Upper and Junior Primary and sport shoot-outs at lunchtime. Cakes / slices at the cake stall will be 50c, $1.00 or $2.00. The shoot-outs at lunch time will be 50c a turn. If your child brings $5.00 on the day, this should enable them to participate in the events.


Last Friday, we held the Remembrance Day service. This was a lovely service. A photo of the prayer focus area is attached.



  • Year 3 to 6 Reconciliation – Tuesday November 27 in the school hall.
  • Year 4W Mass at the Salvatorian House – Wednesday November 28
  • Year 6 Graduation Practice – Monday December 3 – 9.30am at the Saint Simon Peter Church.
  • 2018 Graduation / Thanksgiving Mass – Tuesday December 4 commencing at 6.00pm. All students in Year 1 to Year 6 are expected to attend this Mass.

Damian Purcell

Assistant Principal (Religious Education)

Curriculum News

Curriculum News

This term I will be updating you with information regarding Semester Two reports. Teachers use a variety of methods, tools and resources when allocating grades and forming judgments about your child’s progress. They do this to support them to assess student achievement. At Francis Jordan this includes anecdotal records, running records, checklists, observation notes, test results, reflection sheets, journals, rubrics and sample assessment items just to name a few. This is to enable your child’s teacher make an informed judgment on their academic progress.

Teachers exercise their professional judgment when monitoring their students’ progress and determining grades for reporting. This is all part of the Planning, Teaching, Learning and Assessment Cycle. The teacher will begin with student needs, looking at what they already know and what they need to know. They will then design learning opportunities and assessment strategies to monitor progress. The teacher will implement learning and teaching opportunities in the classroom and gather information during the term.

Once the information has been gathered, the teacher will make a professional judgment after interpreting and analysing the information and will determine your child’s academic achievement in the upcoming report.

Semester Two reports will be emailed to parents on Monday 10 December. More information regarding Semester Two reports will feature in coming newsletters.

Booklists are now ready and available on the school website ( A reminder that all interactions when ordering are to be made through Campion Education. Please click on the year level for your child and follow the instructions given at the beginning of each booklist.

Luke Shaw
Assistant Principal (Curriculum)

Classroom News

Classroom News

Classroom News – 2W

During our Religion lessons this term, the children in 2W have been discussing the beauty of God’s creations. After talking about the beauty of nature, we went outside, laid down on the grass and looked up into the beautiful, big, blue sky. Some children saw birds, butterflies and even dragonflies fly over them. The children took a mental picture and then came inside to sketch what they saw. Some children had branches from trees poking into the sides of their view, others had some clouds and birds. The following week we painted our drawings and added them to our classroom wall under the heading ‘Our Beautiful World’.

Afterwards, we started talking about how different landscapes can be jaw dropping. We searched ‘Amazing Landscapes’ and looked at a variety of landscapes from all around the world. We talked about how lucky we are and how we should thank God every day for our beautiful world. The children then had an opportunity to create their own landscape! We planned, designed and created our own mini landscapes in some shoeboxes. The result was amazing!

Lisa Parker – 2W Teacher

Classroom News – 5W

This semester in Design and Technologies we had to design our own asteroid shelters to protect our class from an imaginary hit by an asteroid. Our class was divided into groups between two and five students.

Our shelters had to be the same size as our classroom (length, width and height). This task consisted of many challenges such as having enough food for a month and also considering types of food, water, sleeping quarters, clean air, heating and cooling.

We also found it challenging organising ourselves as to which design would we go with. A combination of different designs was the way to go, that way everyone had a say and contributed to the shelter.

We all enjoyed the task and learnt a lot about working as a team to ensure it was completed on time.

Peter Elek – 5W Teacher

Canteen News

Canteen News

ALL CANTEEN VOLUNTEERS – Please keep the November 30 free for a volunteers thank you dinner.

Where: Meksin Banthai Currambine
Time: 6.30pm onwards
Date: 30 November
RSVP: Anna 0402 464 187 ASAP!

Please come along for an end of year catch up. Yummy food and BYO! Looking forward to seeing all those who have helped this year in the canteen. It will be nice to have someone make our food!!

Please also keep an eye out soon for end of year Christmas meal deal on the last day of term. It will be here before we know it!

Anna Admans

Canteen Manager


P & F News

P & F News

What a colour explosion the school oval was last week! From all accounts an incredible amount of fun was had by all students, teachers and parents. There have been so many positive comments floating around, which as been so awesome to hear.

A huge thank you to Keris Gordon for her commitment and hard work in bringing the Colour Run to Francis Jordan and congratulations on it being such a success. So far it is estimated that around $10,000 has been raised by all of your sponsors. Keris is still crunching final numbers so keep an eye out on the school Facebook page for an update.

A massive thank you to Caris Lawson and all the parent helpers who stepped up and contributed to the success of this event.
Just a reminder that the AGM is being held on Wednesday, 21 November 2018. I encourage you to attend. It isn’t as boring as it sounds, I promise!! I hope to see you there.

If you have any interest in joining the 2019 P&F team please come to the AGM and nominate yourself to be a committee member, or contact me direct. We would love to have you on board.

If you have any queries about the P&F and on how to get involved or if you have any feedback and suggestions about past or future events,  please do not hesitate to contact me.

Shannon Britten
P&F President
0417 183 345

Parent Representatives

Parent Representatives


 Pre Kindy  Amanda Lacy
 Kindy G  Nadine Brennan & Jody Krysyna-Taylor  Kindy W  Kimberley Le Fournour
 PPG  Nicola Hart  PPW  Kristy Hawton & Nadene Andrews
 Year 1G  Leanne Cannon  Year 1W  Jade Bentley
 Year 2G Claire Brain, Clare McGrath & Kate Fitzsimons  Year 2W  Tracey Smallegange & Ebaney Johnson
 Year 3G Danita James and Anna Fleming  Year 3W  Liana Bank and Francesca Spatara
 Year 4G  Giselle Cholkowski  Year 4W  Jacqui Fernando and Melanie McDaniel
 Year 5G  Anna Fleming and Bernie Connolly  Year 5W  Donna Martin and Francesca Spatara
 Year 6G  Brigitte Hannaire and Gillian MacLeman  Year 6W  Celia Filipe and Sandra Kent


WHERE: Dome Cafe, Mindare
DATE: Friday 23 November
TIME: 8.45am

Join us for coffee/morning tea straight after the morning school drop off at Dome Mindare. Please feel free to bring siblings along for a play.


WHERE: Iluka Foreshore Park
DATE: Sunday 2 December
TIME: 11.00am

Bring a picnic and some drinks along and join us in celebrating what has been a fabulous year.


WHERE: Joondalup Resort – Sunset Session at Bistro 38
DATE: Friday 16 November
TIME: 6.00-10.00pm

Please join us for an end of year drink to celebrate 2018. DJ Dez will be playing poolside. Drinks and tapas can be purchased individually from the bar. An area has been reserved on the verandah for our group.

RSVP to Ebaney on 0402762198 by Monday 12 November.


WHERE: The Maze – Home of the Outback Splash
DATE: Sunday 2 December
TIME: 10.00am-5.00pm

Gates Open from 10am to 5pm. There is generally a line to get in, so if you wish to enter the park at 10am you may need to line up from 9.30am, otherwise consider arriving after 10am to try and miss the line. If you pre-purchase your tickets online then you can enter the park via a priority line. If you are using The Entertainment Card or Let’s Go Kids Voucher you will need to purchase your tickets at the gate. If you haven’t been to the park before, it is worth visiting their website – so you know what to expect. We will set up a couple of gazebos on the grassed area near the water section of the park for our group. BYO lunch or cafe on site.

We hope that you can join us for a fun filled day in the sun!

Please RSVP to Ebaney on 0402 762 198 by Monday 26th November



Francis Jordan Netball Club (FJNC)

Francis Jordan Netball Club (FJNC)


Our teams were in action again on a very windy Tuesday, November 6 at Joondalup Arena. Enjoy what our Coaches had to say about their teams:

U/7 Hurricanes The game was windy but it may have been the Hurricanes generating the wind energy with their winning match. The girls were outstanding. Great shooting by Maddie and Zari; Gabriella’s finding space and calling was excellent. The girls in defence; Heidi, Stella & Marie-Claire were unstoppable again and Mackenzie was a great all-rounder. We look forward to welcoming back a whole team next week. We missed Faith and Robyn. Anna

U/8 Shooting Stars The girls played a great game, they shared the ball a lot which showed wonderful team spirit. It was also great to hear the girls laughing and having fun. Player of the Match went to Addison Peacham and Most Improved went to Anna Steiner. Odette

U/8 Emeralds Although it was a blustery Tuesday afternoon, the Emeralds were as solid and enthusiastic as usual. Our Player of the Match was Addyson Johnson, for contributing to our goal scoring in the first half and for playing an excellent second half in Centre. Special mentions to Braely Turner who always puts in 100% and scored us some great goals and to Orlagh Collins for getting lots of rebounds while playing in defence! Well done Emeralds. Claire

U/11 Blazers Well done to all girls for your great enthusiasm and continued awesome play in all games, we’re loving watching you play! You’re doing some great things. Thanks to everyone for a fun team dinner on Friday it was great to see everyone. Well done Blazers! Sandra


Expressions of interest for FJNC Reps are being sought. Please send an email to or call/text Sandra on 0438 600 869 if you would like to be involved in the running of our great netball club.

End of year FJNC Coaches, Managers and Reps Dinner. Friday 23rd November , 7pm at Little Nepal, Currambine. What a fabulous year it’s been for netball and our wonderful netball families. Please join us to end the year with a BYO bubbles and a delicious affordable dinner with our body of awesome 2018 Winter and Spring Coaches, Managers and FJNC Reps. Please RSVP by 16th November to or the FB Messenger group.

Joondalup Bunnings Sausage Sizzle Save the Date – 2nd December, 2018. We’d love to serve all of our FJNC and FJCS families, so please come along and support our school netball club. It’s a great time of year to buy those outdoor Christmas lights, as well as purchase a ticket for our raffle to win a 1kg box of Favourites Chocolates!

FJNC Committee

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