Dear Parents,

School Closure (Public Holiday and PD)

This Monday 2 June is the celebration of WA Day (formerly known as Foundation Day). As such it is a public holiday and there is no school on this day. The following day (Tuesday 3 June) is a pupil-free day for all students here with staff attending professional development in the area of National Quality Standards (K-2 staff) and ICT integration (3-6 staff). Classes will resume on Wednesday 4 June at the normal start times.

Sacramental Programme

Two upcoming components of the Parish sacramental programme will take place in the next week. This weekend, parents of children participating in the Reconciliation Programme have an opportunity to show their commitment at either the 6.30pm Vigil Mass, the 9.00am or 10.30am Sunday Mass.

Next Thursday 5 June, the students preparing to make their First Holy Communion will be on retreat for the day when they attend the John Paul Parish Hall.

Christian Service and Support

Next week, there are two days where children are asked to contribute to improving the lives of the less fortunate in our society. On Wednesday 4 June, the school will be conducting a "market stall" day. Each class or year level will be running an activity or stall where other children will have the opportunity to either purchase or participate. Funds raised will be sent to the Archbishop's LifeLink Day Appeal.

"LifeLink is an organisation, established by the Archbishop of Perth, specifically to provide financial and promotional support for the many social services agencies established and supported by the Archdiocese of Perth. LifeLink welfare agencies deliver professional services & caring support for thousands of people in need in Western Australia each year. The work of LifeLink is indeed, a positive demonstration of "Faith in Action"." (LifeLink website).

On Friday 6 June, we are again asking the children to show their support by donating a blanket as we conduct a Pyjama Day here at school. In return for children being able to attend school in their pyjamas for the day, each person/family is asked to bring a blanket which will be given to the St Vincent de Paul Society for distribution to those in most need of this support.

CyberSafety and Internet Access

We should never forget the important role we all have to play in ensuring safety when, in this day and age, there is relative easy access to the internet. There is a significant amount of practical and helpful information available to us all, including a range of research-based guides and tips available. I am guessing that many of us underestimate the skill level and knowledge our children already possess when it comes to these matters. That does not diminish our primary role of carer and protector for our children. I encourage all to make the effort to become more aware and vigilant of the potential issues and pitfalls before us and to remain involved in what our own children are doing. A comprehensive, simple and practical starting point is to be found on the Federal Government's website: www.cybersmart.gov.au. This is a rich resource within easy reach of all with sections dedicated for use by children across many ages, as well as for parents and for teachers. The following quotes are taken from a report most recently published on this website.

"The research found that children and young people were most likely to turn to their parents first if they needed to enquire about a potential cyber-safety issue, despite community perceptions and anecdotal evidence suggesting otherwise. This key finding reinforces the importance of educating parents and encouraging them to talk to their children about cyber-safety." (Connected parents in the cyber-safety age - June 2013 snapshot)

"Young people were more likely than parents to view cyber-safety from an educational perspective, defining it in terms of learning a set of behaviours to be safe online. In contrast, parents were more likely to define cyber-safety in the context of their child's safety. In particular, parents believed that cyber-safety meant protecting their child, usually by blocking something that would be considered harmful. These findings indicate that parents' concerns and children's needs change with the age of children, and that a variety of channels and resources is required to respond to parents' information needs." (Connected parents in the cyber-safety age - June 2013 snapshot)

School Visit

The planned school visit by Filipino representatives from their various levels of education will now take place this Friday 30 May. This was originally set down for today, but due to some complications with travel, has been postponed to this new date.

Inter-school Basketball

Congratulations to those Year 5 and 6 students who represented the school at this week's inter-school basketball competition. Our girls, very much in a re-building phase (7 of the 10 players from Year 5) finished a very credible 4th position and our boys were beaten, literally by one point, from taking out the overall champion team for the day. Thank you to two of our school dads, Gary deVries and Jason Civich for coaching both teams throughout the day, to the number of parents who came along in support and to teaching staff members, Mrs Davis and Mrs Surjan, for their work before and on the day itself.

School Assembly

Whole school assembly, this Friday with honour certificates for students in the middle and upper primary school years. Parents, you are always most welcome to attend the school assemblies.

David Barns

Principal