MUSIC NEWS

Performing Arts Festival 2014

We encourage individual students to enter the Performing Arts Festival. If you are learning a musical instrument, participating in singing lessons or studying drama you are eligible to enter the Festival as a soloist once you get to Year 4. I ndividual categories include:

  • Bible Reading (Year 1-6)
  • Piano Solo/Duet
  • Instrumental Solo/Duet (On all instruments)
  • Vocal Solo/Duet
  • Solo speech and Drama

The Orana music tutors will be entering some students but we do encourage children who are learning privately to also participate especially on piano, string instruments or singing. A reminder that vocal soloists are not permitted to use recorded backing, instrumentalists are allowed to use recorded backing.

Entries for the Performing Arts Festival this year will be due to Ms Draper by Monday 5 May at the very latest. Your Music Teacher will need to fill out the entry forms. Entry fees are $15 for solos and $25 for Duets. Parents need to cover the cost of individual entry fees and are responsible for transporting individual students to their event.

Rehearsals Term 2

All rehearsals will commence straight away. Please be aware that Monday 28 April is a Pupil-Free-Day so Junior choir will be straight into rehearsals on the first day of Term 2, Tuesday 29 April.

  • Monday: Senior Choir 8.15 am (Rehearsal Week One Tuesday 2.30 pm)
  • Tuesday : Junior Choir 8.15
  • Wednesday: Band 8.00 am
  • Thursday : Guitar Ensemble 12.55

P & F HOT CROSS BUNS

A reminder that if you ordered Hot Cross Buns through the P & F they will be coming home this Thursday (the last day of school) with the eldest child. Thank you for your support.

CANTEEN ROSTER

The canteen roster is currently being drafted for Term 2. If you would like to volunteer for this please let me know by calling in to the Canteen. It is a great opportunity for new families to get to know other parents. Thank you for considering this request. Alison Honter, Canteen Manager.

HOLY WEEK AND EASTER CELEBRATIONS

Come and celebrate Easter 2014 at the Catholic Parish of Saints John & Paul Church, Pinetree Gully Road, Willetton

Holy Thursday 17 April

Mass of the Lord's Supper 7.00pm

Adoration till 11.00pm

Good Friday 18 April (day of Fasting and Abstinence)

Stations of the Cross 10.00am

Celebration of the Lord's Passion 3.00pm

Holy Saturday 19 April

Easter Vigil Mass 7.30pm

Easter Sunday 20 April

7.30am 9.00am 10.30am

Second Rite of Reconciliation - Wednesday 9 April at 7.00pm

THE CATHOLIC MAN BREAKFAST SERIES

Hosted by Most Rev Timothy Costelloe SDB, Archbishop of Perth. From 7.00 - 9.00am, Thursday 1 May at the Duxton Hotel, 1 St George's Tce, Perth. Hear Justin Langer A.M. tell his story. Justin played 105 test matches for Australia scoring 7,696 runs including 23 centuries. Bookings and enquiries - Kim Metcalf 0414 537 023 or email cmbs@menalive.org.au

RSVP: 24 April. The cost is $50 per person or $450 for a table of 10. Dress Code: Long-sleeved button up shirt (no jeans, shorts or sneakers). The Catholic Men Breakfast Series is an opportunity for men to gather and be encouraged and inspired in their faith. For further information on men ALIVE visit the website http://www.menalive.com.au

RIVERTON DENTAL THERAPY CENTRE

The Riverton Dental Therapy Centre will be open during the April school holidays on the following dates:

Week 1 - Monday 14 April - Thursday 17 April

Week 2 - Wednesday 23 April

Friday 18 April, Monday 21 April and Friday 25 April are Public Holidays. Emergency treatment is available Week 2 of the holidays (excluding Wednesday 23 April) at South Thornlie Dental Therapy Centre. Phone 9459 4270.

INFORMATION FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE

Cyberbullying

Cyberbullying occurs when technology is used to deliberately and repeatedly engage in hostile behaviour to harm someone. Groups and individuals can be both the perpetrators and targets of bullying.

Children can cyberbully each other in a number of ways including:

  • abusive texts and emails,
  • posting unkind messages or images,
  • imitating others online,
  • excluding others online and
  • inappropriate image tagging

Cyberbullying can happen to anyone, not just children and young people. However, it is more likely to happen to children who are also bullied offline. As with offline bullying, cyberbullying can have long lasting consequences and children need support to manage this.

How does cyberbullying differ to other types of bullying?

Cyberbullying differs from face-to-face bullying in the following ways:

  • It can give the person doing the bullying a sense of being anonymous, so they may behave in ways they wouldn't offline.
  • It can occur 24/7 and be difficult to escape.
  • It is invasive, impacting on social worlds at school and home, online and offline.
  • It can have a large audience - readily shared with groups or posted on public forum.
  • It is very difficult to delete bullying comments and images.

Cyberbullying - tips for parents

  • Talk to your child about cyberbullying now . Work with your child to develop strategies for dealing with cyberbullying if it happens.
  • Identify one or two other trusted adults that your child feels comfortable to talk to about cyberbullying.
  • Know what your children are doing online. Set filters so they can be safe online.
  • Communicate openly with your child. Help your child learn how to interact safely and respectfully online.
  • Put the computer in a shared or visible place in the home.
  • Talk with your child about which sites are okay to visit. Have clear rules about their online activity.
  • Help your child to block anyone who sends offensive content.

If you think your child is being cyberbullied…

  • Talk to them about changes in their mood or behaviour. Help them to stay connected with people they trust.
  • Contact the police if you have serious concerns for your child's safety.
  • Work to save evidence of the cyberbullying behaviour. It may be needed by the child's school or Internet Service Provider, or by the police.
  • Ask the school to explain their processes around cyberbullying.
  • Don't ignore the situation. Listen to your child and give them the help they need.

Cyberbullying - how to spot it

Many young people who are being bullied online won't tell their parents because they are ashamed or worried about losing their computer privileges. Warning signs that your child may be being cyberbullied include;

  • being upset during or after using the internet;
  • withdrawing from friends and activities, avoiding school or group gatherings;
  • being moodier than usual, showing obvious changes in behaviour/sleep/appetite;
  • spending much longer than usual online, or refusing to use the computer at all;
  • exiting or clicking out of a computer activity if a person walks by,;
  • bringing home lower marks than usual;
  • 'acting out' in anger at home;
  • having trouble sleeping, and/or;
  • frequently complaining of feeling sick, headaches/stomach aches.

Cyberbullying - where do I go for help?

School support

Contact the school for information about cyberbullying and learn about the policies and procedures in place to manage cyberbullying.

Counselling

If you suspect or know that a child has been involved in cyberbullying, consider seeking professional support for them including through the Online Helpline, provided by Kids Helpline or call 1800 551 800. The service provides free, confidential online counselling for children and young people.

Cyberbullying - useful links

Cybersmart has a range of age appropriate online information and related links to support parents in the education of themselves and their children, http://www.cybersmart.gov.au

WA laws on cyberbullying and advice can be found at http://www.lawstuff.org.au/wa_law/topics/bullying/cyber-bullying

An Australian government site that provides cyber safety information, http://www.staysmartonline.gov.au/

Internet safety program developed by Australian Federal Police (AFP), www.thinkuknow.org.au/

The Australian Government's Easy Guide to Socialising Online provides information on how internet users can protect themselves and their information when using social networking sites, search engines and online games, www.dbcde.gov.au/easyguide

How to keep your child safe online

Protecting your children from harm is just as important online as it is in the real world. As a parent or carer, you can play an important role in helping children have safe and positive experiences online.

The internet offers an exciting world of experiences for children and the whole family. It can be entertaining, educational and rewarding. However, using the internet also involves risks and challenges.

Children might be exposed to content that is sexually explicit, violent, prohibited or even illegal. They may also experience cyber bullying or be at risk from contact by strangers.

Children may - unknowingly or deliberately - share personal information without realising they may be subject to identity theft, or that they are leaving behind content that might not reflect well on them in the future.

By taking an active role in talking with your kids about the risks and answering their questions or concerns about something that they find on the Internet you can help them stay safer online. For more information visit this site

LA SALLE COLLEGE, MIDDLE SWAN - MEMORABILIA FOR 60TH ANNIVERSARY

La Salle College's 60th Anniversary Community Mass and Open Day will be held on Sunday 22 June from 10am to 3pm. As part of this event, the College would like to display significant items of memorabilia from over the years (photographs, publications, anniversary items, uniforms of De La Salle College). If you are able to assist with the use of these items, please call the Community Relations Department on 9449 0635 or email communityrelations@laselle.wa.edu.au

MUSIC LESSONS

Keyboard and Pianoforte with Theory of Music. Immediate start available. Phone or Text: Mrs V. Guldbaek on 0406 608 862.

HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS AT SCHOOL OF PUPPETRY

If you think the kids might need some time away during the holidays, why not send them along to Spare Parts Puppet Theatre! They've got all-day holiday workshops for 4-6 & 7-12 year olds that will encourage creativity, confidence and imagination as children explore the world of puppetry.

Workshops run in Fremantle from April 14-24, cost: $85-$150. For more info visit www.sppt.asn.au or call 08 9335 5044.

A holiday workshop that encourages creativity, confidence and imagination!

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre will be running all-day workshops for 4-6 & 7-12 year olds, during the April holidays. You can send the kids along to explore their imaginations, create their own puppets, hang out with friends and learn how to perform in their own puppet show.

Workshops run in Fremantle from April 14-24 and cost: $85-$150.

For more info visit http://www.sppt.asn.au or call 08 9335 5044.

WA SQUASH FAMILY HOLIDAY FUN

*Free Easter Egg*

WA Squash is running School Holiday Family Fun on Tuesday 15th April , 2014 from 10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. at:

Belmont Squashworks 9277 6673, Hartfield Park 9359 1700,

Hilton Squash and Fitness 9337 1032, Kensington Squash 9367 7518, Mirrabooka Squashworld 9344 2667, Rockingham Squash 9528 6673,

Squash Factory Wangarra 0408 0777, Terrace Squash Perth 9225 7255, Victoria Park 0400789943, Maddington/Gosnells- Fitzpatricks Sports Centre 0418932389

Only $5.00 each including all equipment . *All participants will receive a free Easter Egg. Share the fun. 0418932389.

TAKE HOME A BIG BROTHER OR BIG SISTER

Give your children the wonderful opportunity to have an international big brother or big sister by volunteering to host one of our exceptional international students arriving in Australia in July 2014 for their 3, 4 or 10 month programs. Our international students from France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, Spain and Colombia will live as a local, attend a local secondary school, arrive with their own spending money, and comprehensive insurance cover, all arranged by Southern Cross Cultural Exchange. You choose the nationality, the gender, the duration and the interests of the student that you feel is the best match for your family. Visit us at www.scce.com.au, email scceaust@scce.com.au or call us toll free on 1800 500 501, request our international student profiles, and capture the spirit of family and friendship!

INDOOR CRICKET

Courtside Multisports - 35 Catalano Road Canning Vale

Free School Holiday Clinic -Monday 14 & Tuesday 15 April. Years 3-5: 10.00am - 11.30am, Years 6-7: 11.30am - 1.00pm, GIRLS only Years 3-7: 11.30am-1.00pm. to confirm your child's attendance please email their year level and school attended, along with your details to, Jake.snadden@waca.com.au