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St Michael's School


4 James St
Bassendean WA 6054
PO Box 428
Bassendean WA 6934
08 6278 9888
Absentee Line - 6278 9802

St Michael's School


Message from the Principal – Newsletter 38

Dear Parents and Caregivers

As our school year comes to a close today for all our students, I would like to thank you all for a wonderful 2019 school year. The sentiments expressed by various community members during our awards night speeches highlighted how blessed we are to have a supportive and enthusiastic school community! I would like to thank each of you for the gifts you bring to our community and for the support you have shown in various ways. Thank you to our staff for the wonderful work that they do, not only educating our students, but caring for them also. My appreciation also goes to our hard-working Assistant Principals, Ryan and Jemima, for their dedication and support.

Farewell and thank you to our departing members: Mrs Helen Shanahan, Mrs Louell Renzullo and Mrs Jennifer Doven. We thank each of them for their valuable contributions to our school community and wish them all the very best for the future.

We wish all of our outgoing students and families all the very best in the future. We hope you keep in touch and that you leave us with fond memories. May God watch over you always and bless your journey ahead.


Thank you to all parents and family members who have supported the various events this week. Thank you to Mr Ryan Powles, Mrs Doreen Panizza and all the staff who assisted with the preparations for the awards night and musical. Thank you to Miss Katherine Riolo for co-ordinating the Graduation Mass. Our best wishes are with Katherine as she gets married over the school holidays! We wish Katherine and Mark a magical wedding day and may God watch over them during their married life. We will welcome Katherine back as ‘Mrs Turner’ next year.

 Uniform Policy & Back to School Haircuts

Please be mindful of our uniform policy when getting your back to school haircuts in January. Our uniform policy requires a conservative and natural hairstyle and clearly states that ‘dyed hair and radical haircuts or hairstyles are not acceptable’. We have worked hard over the last 18 months to ensure all haircuts meet the policy and, until now, have taken a gentle approach, giving students time to grow out inappropriate hairstyles. All students have been warned that now that they are all aware of our expectations, anyone arriving at school with a haircut or colour that does not meet requirements will be asked to return to the hairdresser to make immediate adjustments. We remind parents that acceptance of enrolment at St. Michael’s means that you agree to follow all school policies and procedures. In particular, students should not come to school with hair that is shaved on the bottom and long on top, or with dyed hair. A reminder that this year we relaxed the uniform policy with respect to white sports shoes. There is now no restriction on the colour of students’ sports shoes. Our uniform requirements can be found on our website:

2020 Staff List

A list of our 2020 staff can be found below. Please note the following leadership Long Service Leave (LSL) arrangements for 2020:

Term 1

Mrs Jemima Saunders LSL – Mr Ryan Powles full time Assistant Principal
Mrs Jane Cullen – Year 3 teacher Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays
Mrs Marina Thompson – Year 3 teacher Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Ms Julia Hodson – Full time Year 5 teacher

Term 2

Dr Siobhan Galos LSL – Mr Ryan Powles acting Principal
Mrs Jemima Saunders – Full time Assistant Principal
Mrs Jane Cullen – Year 3 teacher Mondays, Thursdays & Fridays
Mrs Marina Thompson – Year 3 teacher Tuesdays & Wednesdays
Ms Julia Hodson – Full time Year 5 teacher

In Semester 2, all leadership roles will return to normal with the following classroom arrangements:

Year Three
Mrs Jemima Saunders (Mon, Thurs, Fri)
Mrs Marina Thompson (Tues, Wed)

Year Five
Mr Ryan Powles (Mon, Tues, Fri)
Ms Julia Hodson (Wed, Thurs)          

Mrs Siobhan Galos


Mrs Jemima Saunders

Assistant Principal/ Year 3 Teacher

Mr Ryan Powles

Assistant Principal/ Year 5 Teacher

Ms Delerine Murray

Finance Officer

Mrs Robyn Imbrosciano

Administration Officer

Mrs Neala Welch

Kindergarten Teacher

Mrs Nicola Gallagher

Kindergarten EA

Mrs Joanne Richards

Kindergarten EA

Miss Meadhbh Glasgow -Collins

Pre-primary Teacher

Ms Christine Venosi

Pre-primary EA

Ms Laura Marzo

Year 1 Teacher

Mrs Rosemary Mumme

EA & Minilit

Miss Nat Pin

Year 2 Teacher

Mrs Marina Thompson

SJC Co-ordinator/Year 3 Teacher

Mrs Jane Cullen

Year 3 Teacher (Semester 1)

Mr David Caddy

Year 4 Teacher

Ms Julia Hodson

Year 5 Teacher

Mrs Katherine Turner (nee Riolo)

Year 6 Teacher

Mrs Lola Stewart


Ms Juliana Primo


Mrs Lisa Grazia


Principal’s Secretary/Admin

Mrs Lesley Schnell

EA & Macqlit

Ms Pauline Lochowicz

Reading Recovery Teacher

Mr Rob Coughlan

HASS Teacher

Miss Natalie Brescacin

PE Teacher

Mrs Doreen Panizza

Music  Teacher

Mrs Lynda Charles

Art  Teacher

Mrs Maria Famiano

LOTE  Teacher (Italian)

Mrs Lisa Mueller

Social Worker

Mrs Linda Ford

Canteen Co-ordinator

Mrs Vicki Stenning

Library Technician

Mrs Tania Falappi

Uniform Shop Co-ordinator


2020 Start Dates & Uniform Shop Opening Times

A reminder that students commence school on Monday 3rd February for Kindy to Year 6 students (Kindy parents please refer to your staggered start timetable for your start date and time). The uniform shop will be open on Friday 30th Jan between 9am and 2pm for your 2020 uniform requirements.

Have a wonderful break and I wish you all a very happy and holy Christmas and all of life’s blessings in the new year. We look forward to welcoming you back to school on Monday 3 February 2020.

May God bless you and watch over you during the festive season.

Dr Siobhan Galos



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