Welcome to Term 3!
We hope you’ve had a lovely break, filled with special times with family and friends. It’s been wonderful to welcome back our students this morning and we would like to extend a special warm welcome to all our new families this term. What an exciting term ahead! Swimming lessons, Athletics Carnival, Book Week, Father’s Day celebrations, Aladdin, …… just to name a few!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the excellent turn out at our parent-teacher interviews yesterday. Like you, we have the best interest of every child at heart and we truly value your support. Working in partnership with our families is paramount for us. If you have any concerns or would like to discuss anything with us, please remember that Mr Roberts and I are always available if you would like to make an appointment.
Whilst students enjoyed a third week of holidays last week, staff were back at work taking part in a variety of professional development activities throughout the week. One of our focus has been to further develop our understanding of the aboriginal culture and its people. By learning from the long history and traditions of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, we enrich our own connection to the land and the world in which we live. To this effect, our school is celebrating NAIDOC Week this week. We started the week with a special Welcome to Country Ceremony this morning led by Mr Maitland Hill, aboriginal artist, and director of Kaarak Dreaming. Maitland went on to spend some time with our High School students to raise their cultural awareness whilst our Primary teachers led several activities within their classroom to help our students broaden their understanding of the aboriginal culture. Several activities will be taking part throughout the week, and we encourage you to discuss these with your children.
We wish you a wonderful term and look forward to seeing all our students shine and achieve their personal goals in Term 3.
Mr Roberts and Madame Pilote
Primary Interhouse Athletics Carnival – 400m and 800m Races
The Primary Interhouse Athletics Carnival will be taking place on Friday 20 August (Week 4, Term 3). We will be running our 400m and 800m events in the week leading up to the carnival. Students in Years 1 – 6 are invited to participate in these events on the dates below:
|1 – 3
|Monday 16 August
10.55am – 11.20am
|4 – 6
|Monday 16 August
12.40pm – 1.10pm
|3 – 4
|Tuesday 17 August
10.55am – 11.20am
|5 – 6
|Tuesday 17 August
12.40pm – 1.10pm
Students who would like to participate in the optional 400m and 800m events must make their way down to the oval at the times listed above. Parents/guardians are permitted to spectate the events from a distance but must not interfere with the children and races.
Little Athletics is a fantastic way to keep fit and builds the foundation skills of running, jumping and throwing, which are all transferable to other sports. If your child is interested in participating in Little Athletics outside of school, Joondalup Little Athletics Centre is a fantastic local club – http://www.jlac.org.au
Term 3 After School Clubs
After School Clubs are back for Term 3! This term we have five after school activities on offer for students to enjoy. Bookings will be available from 6.00pm Wednesday 28 July.
Wednesday – Cooking Club (students in Pre-Primary to Year 2 who have NOT participated in this club in Term 1)
Thursday – After School Sports (students in Pre-primary to Year 2)
Thursday – Homework Club (students in Year 3)
Thursday – Lego Club (students in Pre-Primary to Year 2)
Thursday – STEM Club (students in Year 5 and 6)
Remember to only register your child for activities available to their year group. Please use the following link to book https://bookwhen.com/ststephensschool_carramar
The Primary lost property collection seems to have multiplied over the holiday break. We have a very large number of school jackets, some hats, drink bottles, lunch boxes and shoes in the Primary lost property collection. You will find the lost property located to the left of the Primary Forum entrance, between the Kindy and the Reception Office.
Please remember to clearly label your child’s school items with their name so that it can find it’s way back to the owner if it is misplaced. If your child has second hand uniform items, please remember to change the name.
Aladdin Jr. Ticket Sales
Have you purchased your tickets for Aladdin Jr. yet?
This Friday, July 30, the 4 ticket limit per family will be lifted and you will be welcome to purchase as many additional tickets as you like. We anticipate each show will sell out quite quickly. If you have not yet purchased your tickets (up to 4 per family) please do so before Friday to avoid disappointment.
Scholastic Book Club
Friday 6 August
Children’s University (CU) Australasia
This is the last term to log your hours for the 2021 graduation. We already have three students who have qualified to graduate at the end of the year! I am excited to see you in your gowns. Remember you need at least 30 hours to be logged and stamped in your passports – please don’t leave it all to the last minute as I would hate for you to miss out as the demand for stamping increases as the term continues.
Next passport stamping session is this Thursday, 29 July, in the library at lunch time. If you were in any after school clubs or the Arts and Academic Festival, some of the Arts events can be included towards your graduation. So come and see if you are one of them.
If you have already got your 30 hours, you can still continue to accrue hours and you may end up graduating with silver instead of bronze, or it will be easier to graduate next year with these additional hours already on your passport. This is also true for people who do not accrue the 30 hours for this years graduation, your hours are not lost but carried over to next year. For one idea of what you can do, I have included the July challenge set by CU below.
Not all Olympic events have been sports-related! Did you know that poetry was included in the Olympics between 1912 and 1948? CU challenges you to put forward your favourite activity for inclusion in the Olympics of the future! Choose an event or activity you would like to see included and create a poster to persuade others to support your bid. Once completed take evidence of your work to your in-school Coordinator, or upload to the Portal to earn up to two hours in your Passport to Learning.
The Costume Shop has some great costumes available for hire for book week! Costume hire is $5.00 (cash only) per costume and is available to staff, students and parents. You will find a list of available costumes for hire at Costume Hire List
Opening Date: Wednesday 4 August
Open Wednesday 2.30pm – 4.00pm
Open Thursday 8.30am – 9.30am
Closing Date: 4.00pm Thursday 26 August
To make this a success, we are looking for volunteers to help run the shop during the designated opening times. Please email Karyn Hinder at firstname.lastname@example.org or Bronwyn Doak at email@example.com if you are able to help.
The Costume Shop is always accepting donations of costumes – please leave at Reception/Student Services.
All money raised from the hire of costumes will go to charity.
Heart for the Homeless – Ends this Friday
Imagine enduring a cold and wet winter night in Perth without a roof over your head or a warm place to sleep? Unfortunately, this is a reality for thousands of West Australians sleeping rough in our city. But you can help. This July 98five, together with One Voice and Saint Pat’s are collecting items to show our Heart for the Homeless. We’re collecting new and clean…sleeping bags, shampoo, underwear, gloves for cleaning (latex style), spray deodorant, razors, single pack toothbrushes, body wash and socks.
Last day of collection is Friday 30 July.
Ten Pin Bowling
Tenpin Bowling Australia would like to offer 10 students a FREE session in their Learn to Bowl Program –
Bowl Patrol will be held at Zone Bowling, Joondalup, commencing on Tuesday 27 July at 4pm.
These places have become available because SSS have been loyal customers of the program.
Please see the attached flyer for the program details.
Please email Mia Buswell directly at – firstname.lastname@example.org with your childs name so that the Centre and the Coach can be prepared for their participation and have their names on screen.
There is no obligation to continue, but if they enjoy it, they can sign up for only $99 for the term. For anyone with a HealthCare card, the full cost of the program is available thought KIDSPORT.
For more details, parents and students can check out the website – https://bowlpatrol.com.au/find-a-program/?State=WA