Welcome back to another school year. I hope you had a wonderful and restful holiday. I was fortunate to have very eventful holidays with my daughter getting engaged plus a great trip to Melbourne where we were able to visit the MCG to witness the Perth Scorchers win a game! This year we welcome four new staff members. Firstly, Alex Mignogna started Monday teaching Year 1, both teacher and students were very excited. Hayley Hamilton, Canteen Manager, also spent the day preparing for the return of our school canteen on Friday. Cara O'Neil, Art Teacher, began teaching students today and has done an amazing job transforming the room into a well resourced Art room. Lastly we have Gill Ford, Social Worker, joining us tomorrow. We also welcome all the new families to our wonderful school community.
Over the school holidays the nature play area was finally finished. The children have had a wonderful time playing and exploring the many different areas. Thank you to all those who contributed to the Colour Chaos which raised funds which enabled the large bridge and tepee to be included in the area. Thank you to the Gooch family for the donation of the dingy for the sandpit. Also thank you to the P&F for the new concrete pad at the entrance to the oval. Over the break some work was completed on the oval to remove the ongoing issue of weeds, this work will continue over the year. The outside of the school was painted along with the older play equipment which now looks new and fresh. Finally the Music room was transformed into an art room with the addition of a back door and outdoor wet area.
Please ensure that your child has the correct uniform. Below I have outlined a few items from our uniform policy
Black sand shoes are not to be substituted for the normal black school shoes
Sports socks are to be the plain white ankle cuff variety. (Please note that this means that socks should be seen)
Sports shoes are to be predominantly white, with white laces or velcro.
Ribbons and scrunchies used to tie back hair must be in the school colour of navy blue.
Students who are unable to comply with the uniform requirements should obtain a note from their parents outlining the reason why they cannot be dressed in proper uniform.
All students should endeavour to make sure that their uniform is neat and tidy at the conclusion of breaks so that they re-enter the classroom in a respectable manner.
The shirt tails of boy’s school shirts must be tucked in on all occasions, events. This includes, coming to school, arrival at school, leaving school and in any situation where our school uniform is on display in a public area.
Our school canteen will begin this Friday, more information can be found in this newsletter. Thank you to those parents who have been able to assist. Last year when I surveyed the school we had a large number of parents say that they would volunteer their time. However at this stage we have only had a few names. If you are available, even if it is only once a semester can you please contact Hayley on Hayley.HAMILTON@cewa.edu.au
Front of School Parking
Over the holidays work was completed at the front of the school to assist with parking and dropping students off.
We are very fortunate that the Parish allow us to use the parking area in front of the church. Parents are asked not to park in this area on a Thursday morning to allow parishioners to park. I ask for your assistance in this matter as it would be very unfortunate if we were no longer able to use this area.
When using the drop off area the front car is asked to drive to the front church doors. This will then allow other cars to line up and drop off. When students are dropped off here they are to us the side gate to enter the school.
The curbing along miles street was changed to a Semi Mountable curb which will allow cars to easily park on the grassed area. Please see diagram above regarding best positioning for parking. Parents and students are asked to use the ramp to enter the school. No one should be entering the school through the staff carpark.
This parking is to allow visitors to the school to have an available space to park. On many occasions visitors who only have short meetings, such as new families, have been unable to find parking. This parking is also able to be used by parents who are dropping off or picking up students from the front office who do not need to stay for an extended period of time.
I shouldn’t have to state this but please do not park in the “No Parking” areas. When parking in these areas it is very dangerous reversing out as children occasionally run across these areas.
I am writing to inform you about the Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum (KS:CPC) that your child/children will be learning throughout the year. The teachers delivering the program have received explicit training in the use of the Curriculum. The KS:CPC is a Department for Education and Child Development (DECD) responsibility under the Children’s Protection Act 1993 and the DECD Child Protection in Schools, Early Childhood Education and Care Services policy to ensure that effective abuse prevention programs are implemented and that all children and young people have access to the approved child protection curriculum. Although parent permission is not required under the Education Act 1972, we encourage parents/carers to seek further clarification if required and to provide the teacher with any relevant information about their child that could alleviate any concerns.
The KS:CPC is an evidence based, best practice curriculum developed collaboratively with child protection experts, teachers, educational leaders and other professionals.
The KS:CPC is divided into 5 documents specific to the age and year level of the student. There are an additional three documents for educators working with students:
from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander backgrounds
from cultural or linguistically diverse backgrounds
with disability and additional needs.
The KS:CPC is predicated on two main themes which are presented through topics and activities of increasing complexity. The two KS:CPC Themes are:
Theme 1: We all have the right to be safe
Theme 2: We can help ourselves to be safe by talking to people we trust.
The two KS:CPC Themes are explored through four Focus Areas, which are examined in growing complexity in accordance with the age of the students. The four KS:CPC Focus Areas are:
Focus Area 1: The right to be safe
Focus Area 2: Relationships
Focus Area 3: Recognising and reporting abuse
Focus Area 4: Protective strategies
More information can be found on the DECD Keeping Safe: Child Protection Curriculum site: http://tiny.cc/DECD-KSCPC. Please contact (school contact person) if you have any questions about the curriculum.
Please find attached the dates of the sacramental workshops and retreats for students in Years 3, 4 and 6. At this stage we are waiting for the parish and the Arch Bishop's Office to give us the dates for Reconciliation, First Eucharist and Confirmation.
Information has gone home with all Year 3 - 6 children regarding the swim trials on Tuesday, 19 February. Please ensure that you have discussed their event selections with them before returning them to school by this Friday 8th February.
Letters will be coming home closer to the date regarding the carnivals. Year 1-3 parents will receive a separate note to explain how the carnival is going to run this year, as there have been some changes.
Swimming Coach/Manager for 2020 and beyond.
OLGC are searching for a Swimming Coach/Manger from 2020 onwards due to the retirement of Sonia and Todd Knox.
This volunteer position involves assisting Mrs Goode with Swim trials, afterschool training, School and Interschool Carnivals.
DISCOVERY KIDS is an onsite Before and After School Child Care Service that is offered to OLGC families. The organisation is unique in such a way that it is owned and run by qualified, experienced teachers and Child Care workers. Throughout the service we will aim to enhance learning and social interaction. The program runs from 7.00am-9.00am every school morning and 2.45pm- 6.00pm every day after school, in the school hall.
The service provides a balance of organised and self-selected activities, all in a positive, supportive atmosphere, whether relaxing, doing homework or having fun with friends. You will have peace of mind knowing your child is safe and having fun. Working alongside the dedicated teachers of OLGC, means that the children attending the Child Care are empowered to acquire the skills they need to become responsible members of their community, creative problem-solvers and lifelong learners.