Term 1, Week 9

Lost Property

Please remember to check lost property if your child has misplaced a hat, drink bottle, shoes, lunch box or anything else. Lost property items will be on display inside the entrance to the Primary Forum (entrance between the office and Kindy) from Monday 29 March. There will also be a display of second hand uniforms and school bags available for a gold coin donation.

 

Traffic Warden

We have a relief traffic warden who is able to assist on the children’s crossing on St Stephens Crescent (near Palmerston Crescent – west).  Gareth will start tomorrow morning and remain on the crossing until further notice.

 

Uniform Shop

A reminder that the Uniform Shop is experiencing delays with the delivery of some winter stock as COVID has disrupted supply and shipping chains. To assist with uniform requirements, it will be open Wednesday 14th April from 12.00pm to 4.00pm .

 

Children’s University- Passports Have Arrived!!!

The exciting moment has arrived where students can be issued with their passports. Remember, if you are a previous member you will not be issued another passport, but continue to use your previous ones. New members can come and collect their passports from me during our next stamping session in the library on Thursday 1 April during lunch.  I would love to see the photos or drawings of the lunch box/picnic students may have created as part of the March Challenge at this time too.

School Holiday Program

In the last blog, the holiday program run by ECU was published.  Some people have had trouble finding the link.  Please click on the link below:

https://www.trybooking.com/events/landing?eid=735973&

Holiday fun at the Zoo

The Children’s University WA Partnership (ECU and UWA) would like to invite CU members to a discounted CU at Perth Zoo Day.

As with ALL School Holiday Activities adult family members must attend this event with their children, it is an opportunity for a family day out at a discounted rate.

Purchase Tickets: https://payments.uwa.edu.au/CUPerthZoo2021

More ways to learn

There are multiple ways you can earn hours towards your graduation.  Each time you find and complete a new learning activity (i.e. something that is not listed on the CU website, Facebook page or portal) we ask that you complete an entry in your Portfolio (details attached).

 

Happy Easter

Wishing all our families a very blessed Easter and a wonderful school holidays.

 

 

Term 1, Week 8 – Special Edition

After School Clubs

A reminder that After School Clubs finish this week (ending Friday 26 March). After School Clubs will not run during the last week of Term 1.

Stay tuned for After School Clubs on offer in Term 2.

School Photo Order Due Date

A reminder that tomorrow, Friday 26 March is the due date for returning school photos envelopes. Orders placed after this date will need to be placed online directly with Photo Hendriks. The school will not accept photo envelopes after Friday 26 March.

 

Lost Property

Please remember to check lost property if your child has misplaced a hat, drink bottle, shoes, lunch box or anything else. Lost property items will be on display inside the entrance to the Primary Forum (entrance between the office and Kindy) from Monday 29 March.

Uniform Shop

The Uniform Shop is experiencing delays with the delivery of some winter stock as COVID has disrupted supply and shipping chains. It will be open Wednesday 14th April from 12.00pm to 4.00pm .

 

Term 1, Week 8

Harmony Day Fun

Take a look at the fun that was had by all, celebrating Harmony Day last Friday.

 

Children’s Crossing Traffic Warden

The Traffic Warden who works at the children’s crossing on St Stephens Crescent (near Palmerston Crescent (west)) Tapping is unable to work from today until further notice.  Unfortunately there is no relief staff available to cover the position.  Please take appropriate action and inform your child to be vigilant whilst crossing without a warden present.

Traffic Warden State Management Unit
Western Australia Police Force
T: (08) 6274 8734

 

CU – ECU April School Holiday Program Session Information

School Photo Order Due Date

The due date for returning school photos envelopes is Friday 26 March. Orders placed after this date will need to be placed online directly with Photo Hendriks. The school will not accept photo envelopes after Friday 26 March.

 

The St Stephen’s Carramar costume shop will be up and running soon. To get a head start we are now accepting donations of costumes.

  • Please leave any donated costumes in the Donation Box located in the Primary Forum
  • Each costume, with the related accessories, should be bagged together
  • If you are donating more than one costume please bag them separately
  • All donations should be clean and in good condition ready to go
  • We will be accepting both child and adult costumes

This is a great opportunity to fundraise and support our SSS families with low cost options for costume hire.

Bronwyn Doak and Karyn Hinder

 

Term 1, Week 7 – Special Edition

Tomorrow is the day we’ve all been waiting for!!!

As mentioned on our Primary Blog over the last few weeks, we will be celebrating Harmony Day tomorrow (Friday 19 March) and encourage students to wear an orange t-shirt and their school sports shorts for the day.

As part of tomorrow’s festivities, our students are invited to take part in a Colour Run in the afternoon! This activity will not be compulsory. However, all students are encouraged to participate and enjoy the celebration. Please note that for this activity:

  • Students will be permitted to change during lunch from their orange t-shirt to another t-shirt (preferably white). Please keep in mind that t-shirts will come home looking quite different and you may not be able to use them again!!!
  • Upon reflection, and in case colours “land” on your child’s sports shorts and turn out a little difficult to wash off, we are happy for students to bring an extra pair of old shorts to change into prior to the Colour Run.
  • We will be asking students to remove their shoes for the purpose of this activity
  • Students may choose to wear goggles for this event
  • We recommend for students to bring a towel to dust themselves after the event. Parents may want to bring a few garbage bags to protect their car seats on the way home too!

We look forward to celebrating Harmony Day tomorrow and look forward to sharing some photos of our festivities on the Primary Blog next week!

Kind regards

Madame Pilote 😊

Term 1, Week 7

Harmony Day

A reminder that we will be celebrating Harmony Day this Friday 19 March. We would love our students to wear their Sports shorts and an orange t-shirt for the day. Our Year 4 to Year 6 students will be joining our High School students on the Oval for an afternoon of activities (1:45pm to 3:15pm) led by our Propel Program students. Our Junior students (PP to Yr3) will take part in special activities on the Green from 2:45PM to 3:15PM, also led by our Propel Program students. One of the activities is a Colour Run! We suggest students bring a spare t-shirt (white if they can) to change prior to the afternoon activities or they can wear their orange t-shirt if they prefer. Please keep in mind that t-shirts will come home looking quite different and you may not be able to use them again !!! Please see our Colour Run FAQs document below.

COLOUR RUN: HARMONY DAY & SSS FOUNDATION DAY CELEBRATIONS

What will the Colour Run involve?

The Colour Run will involve students running along a short course and through coloured powder.

When/where will the Colour Run take place?

The Colour Run will take place this Friday, 19 March, on the school Oval for our Year 4 to 12 students (between 2.00pm – 3.00 pm) and on The Green for our PP to Year 3 students (between 2.45pm – 3.15 pm).

What do the students need to wear?

The optimal effect of a Colour Run occurs when participants wear a plain, white t-shirt.  Old clothes that you will not mind getting slightly stained (see below regarding possible staining). As Primary students will be wearing an orange t-shirt on the day, we are happy for students to keep wearing their orange t-shirt for the Colour Run, if families are happy to dispose of it at the end of the day. We do not take any responsibility for costs associated with the removal of colour.

Do all students need to run?

The Colour Run will not be compulsory. However, all students are encouraged to participate and enjoy the celebration.

How is the colour administered?

For our Year 4 to 12 students, there will be colour stations along the course on the Oval. At these stations, students will run along a short course whilst the colour powder is dispensed. All colour powder will be aimed between shoulder & hip level.

For our younger ones, we will set up a running course on The Green. Designated staff and High School students will be stationed along the course to gently dispense colour powder along the way. All colour powder will be aimed between shoulder & hip level.

What is the colour made from? Does it stain?

The coloured powder we are using is made from 99% corn-starch and natural food grade dyes. We’ve been told it doesn’t stain, but it’s best to wear old sneakers or opt to run with bare feet. We do not take any responsibility for costs associated with the removal of colour.

Will the colour stain my hair?

The coloured powder does generally wash out of hair, however if you are concerned, rubbing coconut oil through hair prior to the event will help prevent colour attaching to the hair follicle. Oiling your hair before the run will help the colour wash out. If you’re having trouble washing it after the event, bi-carb soda and anti-dandruff shampoo will help get the stubborn colour out! We do not take any responsibility for costs associated with the removal of colour.

Will the Colour ruin clothes or running shoes?

The colour does wash out after the event. As with anything dirty, the sooner you wash it, the better. We suggest wearing items that you wouldn’t mind getting colourful. We do not take any responsibility for costs associated with the removal of colour.

Do the “Colour Zones” affect runner vision? Or breathing?

The colour powder used at The Colour Run event is certified non-toxic and free of any heavy material. Our bright colours are Cornstarch and Food grade dyes. As with any substance, you want to keep it out of your eyes and our colour throwers will make sure to aim low as kids pass by. Some Colour Runners opt to wear glasses or goggles for their eyes and use a bandana or dust mask for their mouths. We suggest our Primary students to bring goggles on the day.

Do you have “cleaning stations”?

Students should BYO a towel to school, or have their parent or guardian bring one at collection for a good dusting off after the event. With a good dusting, you aren’t 100% clean, but you should be good for the drive home. It is actually pretty fun to see people still coloured up walking, riding and driving home from school.

How does the colour affect the inside of cars?

Most people bring some towels for the insides of their cars, just in case. It’s like driving home from the swimming pool in your swimsuit. We do not take any responsibility for costs associated with the removal of colour.

 

Our school core value of SERVICE in action!

As part of our Service Learning program, a group of Year 6 students volunteered their time with the Salvation Army in Merriwa last week, moving donated goods from a 20 foot container all the way to their Op Shop! The Salvation Army staff were extremely grateful for the extra pairs of hands! Well done, Year 6s, SSS is very proud of you 😊!

 

Still looking for national flags from around the world

As part of our Harmony Day celebrations, we would like to display as many flags from different countries in our Primary Forum. If you have a flag you could lend us, please send it to your classroom teacher with your child. Please ensure it is labelled so we can return it to you after Harmony Day. Thank you to all families who have already sent us flags 😊!

Term 1, Week 6 – Special Edition

School Photos

A friendly reminder that our school photos will take place Tuesday 16 March for all Pre-Primary to Year 6 students. Students need to be wearing their white school shirts (3-6) or stripy shirt (PP-2) for the photograph. Children need to have the correct hair accessories and jewellery (please refer to the student handbook). No house shirts on this day. Please note that our Kindy photos will take place on Monday 22 March.

Kind regards

Madame Pilote

Term 1, Week 6

Connecting in Conversation

Scholastic Book Club

Thursday 18 March 

 

Eco Warriors

The Year 4s focus on sustainability during the year as part of their HASS and Science curriculum.  With this in mind they will be looking at ways in which the Primary School can become more eco-friendly.

As a school we would like to reduce our carbon footprint by recycling other items which can harm our environment.

  • Already all classes recycle paper/cardboard, which is collected by our Eco Warriors each week.
  • There is also are recycling bins at Reception and outside the Forum for cans, plastic bottles and glass bottles in support of the Salvation Army. We encourage our community to support this by donating these items.
  • The following items are now being collected and the appropriate bins are outside the Year 4 classrooms, in the red area:
    • Bread Ties
    • Plastic bottle tops
    • Batteries (AA, AAA, C, D and 9V batteries – both rechargeable and non-rechargeable)

Making everyone aware of ways in which they can RECYCLE, REUSE AND REDUCE is an important part of the Year 4’s learning and we look forward to a positive response from our wonderful community in our appeal.

Harmony Day

We will be celebrating Harmony Day next Friday 19 March. We would love our students to wear their Sports shorts and an orange t-shirt for the day. Our Year 4 to Year 6 students will be joining our High School students on the Oval for an afternoon of activities (1:45pm to 3:15pm) led by our Propel Program students. Our Junior students (PP to Yr3) will also take part in special activities on the Green from 2:45PM to 3:15PM, also led by our Propel Program students. One of the activities is a Colour Run! We suggest students bring a spare t-shirt (white if they can) to change prior to the afternoon activities or they can wear their orange t-shirt if they prefer. Please keep in mind that t-shirts will come home looking quite different and you may not be able to use them again 😉!!!

Harmony Day Meal Deal

Looking for national flags from around the world

As part of our Harmony Day celebrations, we would like to display as many flags from different countries in our Primary Forum. If you have a flag you could lend us, please send it to your classroom teacher with your child. Please ensure it is labelled so we can return it to you after Harmony Day.

 

Children’s University – Up for the challenge?

Every month Children’s University sets a new challenge for its members.  This is one of the ways students can earn hours towards their graduation.  Below are the details of the March Challenge of the Month.

“March 7 is Clean Up Australia Day. For this month’s challenge create a ‘litter free lunch box’ to take to school or on a picnic with your family. Try to think of imaginative ways to pack your favourite food and drink items that avoid using disposable packaging. Draw and label your lunch box contents or take a photo and show your school coordinator for a stamp and up to two hours in your Passport.”

I will be stamping passports in the library once a fortnight for any students who have completed tasks.  Lunch time Thursday 18 March will be the first passport stamping session.

Let’s all rise to the March Challenge of the Month as it is not only a great learning opportunity but it will make our Earth a little healthier too!

  

Parent Teacher Interview Reminder

Please note that our Kindy to Year 6 parent-teacher interviews will take place in Week 7 (Monday 15 March to Friday 19 March). An email with instructions as to how to book a suitable time was  sent to all families last week. Interviews will be scheduled for 10 minute blocks. Please book by Thursday 11 March.

 

St Stephen’s School Scholarships

Does your child excel in the classroom? Applications for Academic Scholarships are still open for students heading into Year 7 in 2022.

Scholarships are open to new and current students. The process includes testing in March next year and, if awarded, grants partial or full remission of School tuition fees for the student’s entire Secondary education at St Stephen’s School, subject to ongoing performance and yearly reviews.

See where a scholarship could take your child at https://www.ststephens.wa.edu.au/enrolments/scholarships or contact the School Registrar at scholarships@ststephens.wa.edu.au.

Term 1, Week 5

Feel the Excitement – Children’s University!

There was an influx of interest following last week’s announcement and presentation to the students informing them that ECU’s Children’s University would be running again in 2021.  There are a few spots remaining in the program.  If your child is interested in one of the remaining places, please email Janelle.Morris@ststephens.wa.edu.au to register your expressions of interest.

Students involved in the program for 2021 will receive information packages at the end of this week. The program is open to students in Year 4-6 and will have an annual fee of $31.50 (including GST). More information can be found at https://www.ecu.edu.au/schools/education/childrens-university/

 

Worship

We are very pleased to inform our community that starting this Friday 5 March, parents who wish to attend Worship (K-2 from 9AM to 9:30AM and Year 3-6 from 2:55PM to 3:20PM) will be able to do so. Please note that a designated parent area will be marked off. We appreciate everyone’s support in respecting the restrictions in place. We look forward to welcoming our community again to this very special time of the week.

 

School Banking

We are currently looking at the possibility of starting School Banking again and are looking for volunteers to help with the process. Please email Madame Pilote (isabelle.pilote@ststephens.wa.edu.au) if interested.

 

Swimming Carnival results are in and special presentations this Thursday morning!

Our Year 3 to 6 students did an AMAZING job last week at our Interhouse Swimming Carnival! Who will be the winning House? Please note that our Swimming Carnival Presentations will take place on The Green this Thursday 4 March from 8.30am – 8.50am. All welcome.

 

Parent Teacher Interviews

Please note that our Kindy to Year 6 parent-teacher interviews will take place in Week 7 (Monday 15 March to Friday 19 March). An email with instructions as to how to book a suitable time has been sent to all families today. Interviews will be scheduled for 10 minute blocks. Please book by Thursday 11 March.

 

The moment we’ve all been waiting for!

It has been wonderful to witness the excitement of our Early Years students following the official opening ceremony of our brand new Nature Playground last Friday. The pictures say it all 😊!

Applications for Year 7 Academic Scholarships for 2022 are now open!

Does your child excel in the classroom? Applications for Academic Scholarships are now open for students heading into Year 7 in 2022.

Scholarships are open to new and current students. The process includes testing in March next year and, if awarded, grants partial or full remission of School tuition fees for the student’s entire Secondary education at St Stephen’s School, subject to ongoing performance and yearly reviews.

See where a scholarship could take your child at https://www.ststephens.wa.edu.au/enrolments/scholarships or contact the School Registrar at scholarships@ststephens.wa.edu.au.

Term 1, Week 4

The day has arrived!

On Friday at 9am, after you drop off your ‘little one’, you are welcome to gather on The Green and witness the Official Opening of the Nature Playground.

After much planning and anticipation over the last nine months and, watching it take shape ever so slowly, the staff and students are really excited to be able to finally use this wonderful facility for play, exploration, imagination and physical challenge.

Please join us, if you are able, for the 10 minute ceremony after which each class will be rostered on for a briefing by their teacher prior to a 20 minute play-time.

A lovely way to commence 2021!

Yours in Service

Brett Roberts

Head of Campus

 

Children’s University is Back!

We are excited to be re-launching Children’s University Australasia at SSS Carramar this year.  This is a great way to foster the life-long love of self-directed learning among our students.

Students use their “Passport to Learning” to record their learning throughout the year and qualifying students celebrate the journey of their learning at a graduation service hosted by ECU Joondalup at the end of the year.  More information can be found at https://www.ecu.edu.au/schools/education/childrens-university/

The program is open to students in Year 4-6 and will have an annual fee of $31.50 (including GST).

Students enrolled previously who need a Learning Passport to be re-issued will be at the cost of $11 (including GST).  Students who still have their passport from 2019 will be able to continue to use it this year.

We are able to offer 30 places in this program.  Given the expected high demand we will have for participation in the program, please send an email to the CUA Coordinator, Janelle.Morris@ststephens.wa.edu.au , to register your expression of interest.  Please include your child’s name and class.

Further information, consent and payment forms will be forwarded to successful students.  Placement in the program will be based on the order that expressions of interest are received by the CUA Coordinator.

Our new ‘Buddy Program’ was launched last Wednesday!

Primary staff have put together a new “Buddy Program” this year where all senior students from Years 3 to 6 have been teamed up with little ones from Kindy to Year 2. “Buddys” will be meeting every fortnight this year to do some activities together. We believe that this experience will be beneficial for both young and older students. Activities will be based on a theme and this term, we are focusing on “Harmony”. Once again, our values of Service, Care and Community in action J! We believe this new initiative will provide opportunities for:

Active listening ▪ Being empathic ▪ Negotiating ▪ Cooperating ▪ Being positive ▪ Sharing ▪ Taking turns ▪ Including others ▪ Treating others with respect ▪ Friendliness ▪ Being kind

We would love you to discuss the program with your child at home. Our next “Buddy Session” is scheduled Wednesday 3 March.

 

Wonderful ‘Junk Robots’!

Last week, our Year 3 students proudly displayed the “Junk Robots” they created at home earlier in the term. They invited the Kindy students and their teachers to come along and view their hard work. The Kindies were amazed by what had been created and will be taking inspiration for their own junk projects in the coming weeks. Well done Year 3s!

Applications for Year 7 Academic Scholarships for 2022 are now open!

Does your child excel in the classroom? Applications for Academic Scholarships are now open for students heading into Year 7 in 2022.

Scholarships are open to new and current students. The process includes testing in March next year and, if awarded, grants partial or full remission of School tuition fees for the student’s entire Secondary education at St Stephen’s School, subject to ongoing performance and yearly reviews.

See where a scholarship could take your child at https://www.ststephens.wa.edu.au/enrolments/scholarships or contact the School Registrar at scholarships@ststephens.wa.edu.au.

 

Term 1, Week 3

Year 3 – 6 Interhouse Swimming Carnival

A reminder that the Year 3 – 6 Interhouse Swimming Carnival is taking place next Thursday 25 February at HBF Arena Joondalup. Students must arrive at school by 8.25am, in order for the buses to depart at 8.45am.

What to bring/wear:

  • Students must bring all food and drink they require for the day – the Café is not accessible.
  • House Uniform, towel, thongs/sandals and bathers – no two-piece bathers.
  • Labelled school bag or alternative backpack
  • Swimming caps and goggles are highly recommended – we encourage students to wear swimming caps that match their House colour for extra House spirit!

COVID-19 Venue Restrictions

Due to strict COVID-19 venue capacity restrictions that HBF Arena Joondalup and VenuesWest must adhere to, we are unfortunately unable to have any spectators at our Swimming Carnival this year. No parents/guardians are permitted to spectate students at HBF Arena Joondalup. We appreciate your support in this matter.

We thank you for your support and look forward to seeing your children swim at the 2021 Primary Interhouse Swimming Carnival!

Microsoft Teams

Dear Parents

We intend utilising Microsoft Teams for part of our teaching and learning this year. If you or your child has not downloaded it yet, could you please follow the below “Instructions” and login using your child/children’s school username and password.

Kind regards

Jenny Mallis (Digital Learning Specialist)

 

Scholastic Issue 1

Scholastic Issue 1 is available for viewing, ordering and payment online using the following link www.scholastic.com.au.  Click on the Shop tab (Loop for parents) to order. There will be no catalogues distributed for issue 1. The due date for orders is the 22 February 2021.

 

Icy Poles

Please note that Captains will start selling Icy Poles this Friday 19 February at Recess for 60 cents 😊. Sales will take place in classroom courtyards. Proceeds from the sales will be going to charity.

Northway Uniting Church – 2020 Christmas Appeal

Dear parents and children

Thank you so much for your abundant and caring gift donations for the 2020 Christmas appeal! We were able to distribute approx. 300 gifts last year – the majority to DCP Joondalup and also some to foster families in the area and families in need identified through a school chaplain in the area.

It is a joy to be part of such a generous and caring community that is St Stephen’s Carramar – please be assured that you have spread joy and love to others!

With Warm Regards & Thanks

Jennifer Sealey & Karen Hutchison (coordinators Christmas Appeal)
Northway Uniting Church