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TERM 4, WEEK 5, 8th November 2017.



Dear Parents & Guardians


Congratulations Mrs Cochrane

Mrs Cochrane has secured a wonderful teaching opportunity at Our Lady of Good Counsel from next year. Mrs Cochrane has been an outstanding temporary teacher filling in for staff on parental leave for the past 8 years. We are always sad to see staff leave but new challenges and opportunities are a part of life. Congratulations Mrs Cochrane, we are so happy for you and wish you well in your new school in 2018!


Interschool Athletics Carnival

Last Friday saw the running of the North-east region Interschool Sports Carnival at the WA Athletics Sports Stadium in Mt Claremont. Students competed against runners from Majella, St Denis, St Lawrence & Our Lady of Lourdes Primary Schools. We had some great achievements on the day as runners competed against each other. St Gerard’s was fourth overall.


Sacrament of Penance

Congratulations to our Yr3 candidates on receiving the Sacrament of Penance last night during a liturgy for school and parish candidates. Thank you to St Gerard’s families for supporting your children in their faith & spiritual development.



School Fees

School fee accounts were sent home with the eldest child in each family last week. It would be appreciated if you could finalise your payment for school fees as soon as possible.



School Booklist

Last week a letter was sent home to all families advising you of a new way that booklists will be ordered, processed and delivered taking the hassle out for everyone. A flat fee is charged per year level made up of items that have been competitively priced for the best value. Families are required to pay the booklist fee direct to St Gerard’s Primary who will have the booklist items ready for each child at the start of school next year. As well as the convenience for families, it will ensure that any text books purchased are tailored to each child’s needs, even within each class. The letter that was sent home indicated the following flat fees: Kindergarten $60, Pre-Primary – Year 3 $100, and Yrs 4-6 $110. This needs to be paid to the School Office by Friday 24th November to ensure that our Booklist Supplier can fill the order in time for the commencement of the new school year.


School Board

Please mark in your calendar the School Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Tuesday 14th November at 6.00pm to which all parents and guardians are invited to attend.

At the AGM the School Board Chairperson presents an overview of the year and the Treasurer provides a financial report.

Please join me in thanking the staff for their efforts during the year and to acknowledge those moving to new positions at other schools or retiring.

The School Board is made up of interested parents & guardians who nominate their interest to serve on the School Board. We meet about 10 times throughout the year at a time and day to suit all Board members, usually one evening a month for a maximum of an hour. The Board Chair, Treasurer, Parents & Friends Representative, Principal & Parish Priest present brief reports of the month’s activities and any financial decisions are discussed and voted on.

The School Board is a wonderful opportunity for parents and guardians to see the bigger picture of the school and help make decisions to benefit all students. It’s not too late to nominate yourself for the School Board so please return the expression of interest slip below. I look forward to receiving lots of nominations from people who would like to make a positive contribution to the lives of our students here at St Gerard’s.


Best wishes!

Mark Miloro


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