Assumption Primary school projects benefit Mandurah community

SHOOTING THE BREEZE: Assumption Catholic Primary School students Bailee West, Shelby Tonkin and Sienna Farhi enjoying another visit to the RSL Aged Care Facility in Meadow Springs. Photo: Supplied
SHOOTING THE BREEZE: Assumption Catholic Primary School students Bailee West, Shelby Tonkin and Sienna Farhi enjoying another visit to the RSL Aged Care Facility in Meadow Springs. Photo: Supplied

It has been a busy month at Assumption Catholic Primary School.

Every two weeks the year 6 students from Assumption CPS visit the RSL Aged Care Facility in Meadow Springs. Students chat, play board games and participate in craft activities with the residents while enjoying morning tea.

The students and residents thoroughly enjoy their time together, and there is an abundance of conversation occurring during these visits. Witnessing the interactions, you will see both the residents and students with beaming smiles, chatting about history and current affairs. 

The program has been a great success so far. Not only is it beneficial for the residents, but students also gain many skills and knowledge during these interactions.

Most importantly, they learn how to show compassion and kindness, which can be taught in the classroom, but community outreaches such as this allows the learning to be real and relevant. Witnessing the positive relationships is simply indescribable. 

Our year 6 students have had a busy time of it lately, as they took their new-found circus skills on the road this month.

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After a successful year learning a variety of circus skills, the students performed an array of tricks and skills at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Waroona.

Following the performance, staff and students from St Joseph’s took part in a workshop run by our students to introduce circus skills to the school. It was a fun and rewarding day for all involved.

Parenting author and educator Maggie Dent was a guest speaker at Assumption CPS recently, where she spoke about creating calmness in our children's lives.

Everything in her presentation was achievable and realistic in our fast-paced world

Close to 200 people attended, with the evening supported by our Parents and Friends Association.

The school also participated in ‘Socktober’ last month to help ‘sock it to poverty’. Socktober is an initiative of the Catholic Mission, which saw students and staff wear crazy socks for a gold coin donation. The school raised close to $500 for those less fortunate than ourselves.

This fundraiser was coordinated by our MJR Westies; a group of student leaders who are peer supports for our younger students. They ‘Make Jesus Real’ (MJR) in our school.

And last week our school joined over 7000 students across Australia to sing the song, ‘One Song’ together at the same time, in order to celebrate music education in Australian schools.

Marion Langdon is from Assumption Catholic Primary School.