Next week we will be ending the school term with the Stations of the Cross. Each station represents the walk of Jesus on the day of his crucifixion. Easter Sunday is the most significant day in the Catholic Church as we celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus. On this special day many participate in a joyous Mass, celebrate the day with family and friends and give out and receive Chocolate Easter eggs and Easter Bunnies. The giving of Easter eggs represent Jesus' emergence from the tomb, Resurrection and New Life.
Walking for Water
Students from Years 1- 6 spent thirty minutes ‘Walking for Water’. The goal of this initiative is to help the students recognise the world's poorest communities where some women and children have to travel a long way just to collect water! Another goal is to raise awareness of Project Compassion - Caritas Australia. It was lovely to see how our appreciation grew for the wonderful fresh water that we are so blessed to have. Thank you to the Year 6 Spiritual Ministry for organising this wonderful event.
Kindergarten Interviews for 2021
Kindergarten 2020 is now full and all new applications will be placed on a waiting list. At the beginning of next term I will begin interviewing students for the 2020 Three Year old Program and 2021 Kindergarten class. If you have a child that was born between 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017 and is to commence Kindergarten 2021 please contact the office ASAP.
Cricket and Tennis Carnival
Well done to our Year 5 and 6 students who participated in the inter school Cricket and Tennis Carnival. All students enjoyed playing tennis and cricket in a competitive but fun environment. Once again our students demonstrated great sportsmanship with staff from others schools commenting on their amazing behaviour. A special congratulations to Raphael, Noah, Gianni and Lucas who won the Year 5 boys tennis. Thank you to staff and parents who assisted on the day.
Mother's Day Breakfast
Please save the date for next term's Mothers Day Breakfast and Prayer Assembly which will be held on Monday 13th May. Breakfast will take place between 8:00am - 8:40am followed by Prayer Service at 8:45am- 9:00am . Mums will be able to share a breakfast with children. More information will be sent early next term.
Code of Conduct
Our School Code of Conduct has now been in place for nearly 2 years. This Code of Conduct needs to be abided by the staff, parents, students, volunteers and visitors to the school.
Conduct Statement 3
You act in accordance with the values of the Gospel as defined in the Code of Ethical Conduct.
You are mindful that your decisions and behaviour are opportunities for students and others to see Gospel values in action and how faith integrates with life. Therefore you are responsible for educating yourself and anyone you lead on the content of those values, and their practical application in your decision making.
You acknowledge that as a member of a Catholic school community, you are required to strive to develop and live out your relationships with all people in a manner that is based on Gospel values as defined in the CECWA Code of Ethical Conduct.
You accept that as a member of a Catholic school community, your conduct reflects on Catholic Education and the Church, and therefore you must strive to uphold the letter and spirit of the Code of Ethical Conduct.
You are called upon by the Code of Ethical Conduct act in a manner that is:
· Based on Christian ethics
· Contextually appropriate
The Code of Ethical Conduct requires you to take an ethical approach based on the living out of Gospel values which find expression in:
· Respect for the dignity of each person
· Acknowledgment of the giftedness of each person
· Commitment to building positive relationships
Respecting dignity is based on:
· A conscious appreciation of the sacredness of the individual’s creation
· A sensitivity to the fact that each individual has emotions, fears, hopes and an innate goodness which flows from creation in the image of God
Recognising the giftedness of others involves:
· Discerning these gifts
· Naming and acknowledging these gifts
· Empowering individuals and groups to use their gifts
Fostering positive relationships which flow from being:
· Welcoming and open
· Honest and loyal
· Trusting and trustworthy
· Willing to share knowledge, skills, resources and insights
Committing to appropriate confidentiality based on:
· Respect for others
· The Mandate of the Bishops of Western Australia
· The acceptance of responsibility for any action or initiative at a personal and professional level.
Easter is a time to celebrate the Resurrection of Jesus and be thankful for the gift of new life!
The Social Ministry will be collecting chocolate donations for the Easter Hat Parade Raffle. Please bring in your Easter chocolates by Thursday 4 April 2019 and place them in the collection box in your child’s class.
On Wednesday May 29th we will hold our Great Book Swap.
This is our OLGC Library Evangelisation Project and all proceeds from the sale of the books go to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation which provides books and reading programs to remote Aboriginal communities.
As the holidays draw close, this may be a good time to tidy bookshelves and if you or your families have any books you’d like to donate for our Book swap please drop them in to the library at any time.
On May 29th all classes visit the Book Swap for a read, browse and buy. Students thoroughly enjoy selecting books which range in price from 20 cents to two dollars and at the same time learn about how they can support needs in our community.
Donations to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation are also welcome.
TUESDAY 9TH APRIL– Next P&F Meeting – 6.30pm in the school office
NEXT TERM DATES
THURSDAY 9th MAY – Mother’s Day Stall (Kindy)
FRIDAY 10th MAY – Mother’s Day Stall (PP – Yr 6)
The next P&F meeting will be next Tuesday 9th April and will be an evening meeting – everyone welcome to attend. Great to see a few new faces to the last meeting being mixed up and held on a Friday morning. We will endeavour to hold more meetings in this capacity to open it up for others to attend. Thanks for the support.
MOTHER’S DAY STALL – NEXT TERM
The P&F will again be running the Mother’s Day stall for the students to purchase items – more details will be provided next term on this but if you are interested in helping run the stall for an hour or two; could you please send an email to register your interest – firstname.lastname@example.org
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Thursday 4th April at OLGC Church. There will be visiting priests to assist and to help make this a meaningful rite in preparation for Easter. Try to make time for this communal occasion of Reconciliation.
Healing Mass for Lent
OLGC - 5th April at 7.30 am
Mass of the Lord's Supper: Thursday, 18 April @ OLGC 7.00pm
Good Friday 19th April:
9.30am - St Dominic's Passion Play of Stations of the Cross followed by Reconciliation
11.0am - OLGC, Stations of the Cross followed by Reconciliation
3.00pm - St Dominic's Passion of the Lord
Easter Vigil Mass 20th April - St Dominic's 7.00pm
Easter Sunday Mass 21st April:
8.00am - OLGC
9.30am - St Dominic's
Divine Mercy Sunday
Divine Mercy Sunday is on Sunday 28th April.
For full details on this grace filled day and how to gain a plenary indulgence please visit:
This Autumn School Holidays we are running Workshops with LEGO® and Coding with Robotics at Our Lady of Good Counsel School. Our holiday programs are designed for kids ages 5 -12. We have many themes to inspire creativity and fun.
Mercedes College is proud to present its 2019 Production of Wicked. Wicked tells the incredible untold story of an unlikely friendship between two girls who first meet as sorcery students at Shiz University: the blonde and very popular Glinda and a misunderstood green girl named Elphaba.
Featuring a cast of over 70, this musical is proudly presented by the students of Mercedes College.
Coming to the Regal Theatre in Subiaco for 4 performances only, from Friday 2 August. Tickets are available at http://www.ticketek.com.au.
The P&F are currently investigating after school workshops for parents.
URStrong run workshops for both parents and children. The workshop we are looking at is called Language of Friendship Parent-Child workshop.
Through interactive parent-child activities, parents will learn strategies to help their child put out Friendship Fires®, how to put a voice to their feelings, and the best ways to support them through unhealthy friendships. We will also highlight the fascinating similarities and differences between boys and girls and their experiences in friendship. This workshop gives kids and parents a new language for talking about friendship, strengthening their connection and opening up those lines of communication.