Congratulations to our Year 4 students who made their First Holy Communion last Sunday. Fr Nicholas and Deacon Greg shared some wonderful thoughts with the students who did an amazing job answering questions and contributing to the celebration. Thank you to Miss Kenworthy and Mrs Lillford for doing such a wonderful job preparing the students and organising the sacramental celebration. A special thank you to staff who assisted on the day and to our beautiful choir led by Mrs Bennett.
Today students from Pre Primary to Year 6 have received their Semester One report. Please take the time to read these reports with your child. Reading reports with your child is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate their achievements and discuss all the wonderful activities they have engaged in over the semester. It is also a time when you are able to talk to your child about goals for the coming semester and areas they may need to improve.
Interschool Cross Country Carnival
Last week selected students from Years 3-6 participated in a Interschool Cross Country Carnival at Dianella Reserve. Well done to all those students who participated and gave their best to complete the course. Thank you to Mrs Goode and Mrs Kavanagh who have spent the past few weeks preparing students through the before school running club.
School resumes for the students for Term 3 on Tuesday 18th July.
How do I talk to my children? Put on your listening ears
The two-way deal
Communication begins at birth. Crying is an important part of a baby’s language and the most effective way in which a baby can communicate. As parents, we have to listen for the cries and be intuitive to our baby’s needs.
As kids grow and develop language, they also learn about boundaries, consequences and ways to explore their world, but until they can communicate effectively with words, parents don’t need to listen as much as monitor body language and behaviour. Kids of all ages do require guidance, and boundaries need to be set and reinforced often, so the need to talk to our child sometimes has to take precedence over talking with them. But from babyhood through to young adults, nothing is more special than a one-on-one chat with a parent…especially when mum or dad has their listening ears on.
Talking with, not to
Taking the time to listen, rather than constantly giving advice, is a sure fire way of developing a positive relationship with our child. When we sit with our kids, face to face (not answering emails, checking texts or updating our social media account), and we really listen to what they have to say, three very special things happen. First, we get to know our kids; how they think and what they think. Second, we help to build a child’s self-esteem and support their speech and language development. Third, we reinforce for our kids that they are valued, acknowledged and cared for. They feel secure, wanted, appreciated and that their voice and opinions matter.
Listening up vs. providing solutions
One of our prime jobs as parents is to help our kids navigate a path through their world.
But as our kids develop and mature, ‘guiding’ through listening and giving helpful advice is better value than ‘telling’ and providing solutions.
Listening gives you a window into how much your child understands and what they believe and think about their world.
Give your child your full attention. Make eye contact.
Help kids to brainstorm and problem solve, rather than providing a solution.
Have patience with the kids who need to ask the same question over and over. Many kids will revisit a topic to find out more.
Accept your child’s opinion or their take on something. This then gives you the chance to assist them to develop clear and logical thinking processes while at the same time helping them to process their thoughts.
Always respect a child’s feelings. Try to avoid words such as ‘that’s silly’ or ‘you are old enough to know better than that’.
Listen to a child’s interpretation of things, then help them put a positive spin on something or realise that perhaps what they had assumed is not in fact the reality.
As parents, we can learn heaps from our kids. But if all we do is offer our advice, our opinion, our prejudices or our take on the world, we’re denying them opportunities to feel important, secure, self-confident and positive about the things they have to say.
On Friday we will celebrate Our Lady of Good Counsel Feast day. In 1467, in a small Italian town, a picture of Mary holding baby Jesus appeared on a wall of a partly restored church. The Church was called Our Lady of Good Counsel. After the painting appeared on the wall, many miracles occurred in the Italian town and it became an important place for people to visit.
Western Australians have a special connection with Our Lady of Good Counsel. Saint Vincent Pallotti gave Dom Salvado and Dom Serra a picture of Our Lady in 1845. It saved the monks’ crop from fire, when they stood it against the corn that was about to be burned. The wind changed and the crop was saved. The Blessed Virgin is watching over us in the West. She is our Mother, wherever we go.
The children will celebrate the day completing activities that celebrate the qualities of Our Lady of Good Counsel. Thank you to the Parents and Friends Committee for organising and preparing a sausage sizzle for the children as a part of this celebration. At 2.30pm we will all go to the church for a brief prayer and some children to share what they did during the day where parents and friends are welcome to to attend.
We have a few items that have been handed into the office which were found on our school premise over the last few weeks - if you have lost any keys, an alarm button or a small girls' note book then please come in and claim them.
We also had an "eiffel tower' earing found on the Disco night and handed in.
The Kindy children have been spreading the Word of God amongst our school community!
They shared the story of the Parable of the Sower and the Seeds at a whole school Prayer Assembly and have now started work on the creation of a Loving Tree. Children from all year groups have been contributing ideas about how they can share God’s Word within our families, school and community. We will be choosing some of these ideas to have a permanent place on our Loving Tree.
The Parable of the Sower and the Seeds
Jesus had gone out and sat by the lake by himself. Soon such large crowds gathered around Him that He got into a boat near the shore and people stood on the land to hear him. Then he began telling them parables:
A farmer went out to plant his garden. As he was throwing the seed on the ground some fell on the hard path nearby and the birds came and ate them.
The next seeds fell near some rocks the farmer had in a pile nearby. There was not much dirt around the rocks so the seeds started to sprout and grow the next day. When seeds aren't planted in the dirt they don't grow roots which help them stay strong and wet, which help them grow properly.
So in the afternoon when the sun was very hot the little plants that started to grow among the rocks withered away and died because they had no root in the ground.
As the farmer continued to throw seeds onto the ground some of the seeds fell among the weeds and thorns that he hadn't pulled out. The thorns grew faster and taller than the seeds, so the seeds couldn't get enough sunlight and were choked out by the thorns.
Finally, some seed fell on the good soil that the farmer had worked and dug holes for the seed to go into. Those seeds made plants and those plants produced lots and lots of vegetables.
After Jesus told the parable the disciples asked what it meant. He knew that they would really listen and wanted to get to know him better so He told them what it meant. It goes something like this:
It is just like when you're listening to your teacher or your parents. They are trying to tell you more about God. When they talk to you about these things they are planting a pretend seed in your mind. The seed is a story about Jesus and as you learn more the seed grows and gets bigger and you eventually will know lots about God and be able to tell others about Him.
If you hear them talking about Jesus but don't understand, you need to ask questions. If you don't ask, you will forget what you learned and it will be like the seeds that fell on the path that were eaten by the birds. You will forget and the seed will be gone from your mind and it won't grow.
Sometimes you might learn something about God and you will be excited about it but you don't learn more. It helps to read Bible stories and pray and go to church if you can. If you don't do any of these things you won't have a good friendship with God.
So if you don't learn more about God the pretend seed in your mind won't grow and it will be like the seed that fell on the rocks. It grew only for a short time and then it died.
The next seed is the one that was choked out by the thorns. This can happen when you hear a lesson about God and then you start to worry about all kinds of things. You might worry about your parents, your friends, or if you have all the coolest stuff. By worrying you will choke out the pretend seed in your mind. Pray to God instead of worrying!
The last seed is the best, it fell on the good ground. If you learn from what you hear at school and in church, the seed in your mind will grow. You will be able to tell others about how great God is and God will be a good friend. Instead of growing a garden, you will be helping others know God and making Heaven grow with more people to live there.
As I will be in Sydney until Thursday 19th July there will be no rehearsal in the first week back of next term. Rehearsals will begin as normal on Wednesdays after school in the second week of term as we prepare for One Big Voice.
Catholic Performing Arts Festival
All students performing received their performance details last week. Please see me ASAP if this information has not made it home.
Thank you to all students who gave of their time and talents to sing for the recent parish sacraments. Our next performance is on Tuesday 8th August at St Benedict's Church in Applecross for the Catholic Performing Arts Festival. Notes went home regarding this last week. Please let me know if you haven't received information.
OLGC Choir - One Big Voice
Thank you to all choir members who have been regularly attending rehearsals. We have been rehearsing songs for One Big Voice since Term 1. Please save the date for One Big Voice at Perth Arena on Friday 18th August at 6pm. Details regarding tickets and venue rehearsal will be issued very soon. A CD with all songs has been issued to each family in the choir. Each student has also received a booklet with lyrics. Choir students wishing to look at lyrics and backings online can access the student portal using the password song2017. Please have a look at the website on:
Come along and join in with fun games and challenges that will help you improve your fitness and get you ready for the day!
Meet Mrs Kavanagh and Mrs Goode on the courts at 8am.
Interschool Cross Country:
After weeks of sunshine and warmer than normal temperatures, the weather was kind to us in that it didn’t rain! As the chilly wind blew across Dianella Open Space, our Cross Country team perfomed really well finishing 4th overall. Special congratulations to Noah Braun who won the Year 3 Boys 1km and to Jake Mills who finished 4th in the Year 5 Boys 1.75km run. Everyone who ran put in outstanding individual performances and I was proud of every single one of them. Well Done!
Today was the final day for our classroom competition. Each time your child made a deposit during the term, it was calculated as a class total. Some classes are very close so rather than a total update, these classes have the most deposits so far; Pre-Primary, Year 1, Year 2 and Year 4 . Who will win the competition?
School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school. Our school receives $5 when a student makes their first ever School Banking deposit and 5% on every deposit made through the school (to a maximum of $10 per individual deposit).
To participate in school banking your child needs a a Commonwealth Bank Youthsaver account. If they do not already have one they can be opened in branch or online.
In branch - Visit any Commonwealth Bank branch - Parents will need to bring along identification for themselves and their child (eg their Driver licence and their child’s birth certificate).
Online - Visit commbank.com.au/schoolbanking and click on the link to open a Youthsaver account. When you have selected to participate in School Banking, a School Banking welcome pack will be mailed to your home address, including a Dollarmite deposit wallet and book. When the books arrive (6-10 working days), please write the account details onto the deposit book. Then bring that deposit book along to school banking on a Wednesday.
School Banking day is WEDNESDAY in the School Canteen from 8.10am – 8.35am
FRIDAY 25TH AUGUST – Parent Quiz Night – SAVE THE DATE
We had another fantastic turn out for the annual school disco – don’t they all just love it!!! The photo booth was a hit with all the kids and they were very patient with the long queues. With over 200 kids attending it was a busy night, thanks must go to all the parents that helped out on the night… we couldn’t have done it without you.
MEALS BY MUMS – FEEDING OUR SOULS
Thanks again to the ladies who assisted with cooking this term. We even encouraged self-confessed non cooks to come along!!! In a record 3 hours, the group managed to cook 116 yummy meals that will be distributed by Shopfront WA to those in need of a nutritious meal. If you would like to help out for any of these sessions please contact Nicola – email@example.com
Thanks once again for the support of the second pasta fundraiser for the term. Collection of the orders is this Thursday and Friday from the canteen at school pick up; with school holidays commencing please ensure they are collected by Friday at the latest.
FEAST DAY – FRIDAY LAST DAY OF TERM 2
As part of the schools Feast Day celebrations, the P&F will again be providing all students with a sausage sizzle and a juice box as lunch on this day. If your child does not want to eat this or may need more to eat please pack lunch as normal for them. The schools Feast Day is about celebrating and commemorating the namesake of the school – Our Lady of Good Counsel. Thank you to those that have offered to help on the day.
PARENTS QUIZ NIGHT
As planning progresses, we are seeking any prize / raffle / auction items from anyone who may have something to contribute. If you own or work at a business who can donate a prize we would really appreciate it. Thank you to those people who have already arranged something, please email your details through to firstname.lastname@example.org with how you can help. Tickets will go on sale for this event early in Term 3.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Wishing everyone and their families a happy and safe holiday! We look forward to working on building our great school community for the second half of the year.
Have a wonderful, safe and happy holiday everyone!
A big Congratulations to all the First Holy Communicants from Our Lady of Good Counsel and St Dominic's schools. Well done to you all. May you always treasure the precious gift of Himself that Jesus gives you to guide you safely through life's journey. God bless.
St Vincent de Paul Society Our Winter Appeal urgently needs blankets. Please leave in the rear of church for collection. Other ways of helping include using the Poor Box/envelopes or putting non perishable food in the baskets at each church.
WA Youth Festival Veritas is a teens & young adult’s weekend festival held on 30 June - 2 July at Notre Dame University, Fremantle. www.veritasperth.com.
Toe by Toe Program
Thank you to Maureen Smith, Jackie Gates, Emma Hicks and Estelle Hall for being a part of the school’s Toe by Toe program. the data reveals that this program makes a significant impact upon the child’s learning.
The Parish of Scarborough, in cooperation with the Innaloo/Karrinyup Parish, invites anyone who may be thinking about becoming Catholic to come along to a preliminary Enquiry Evening Monday 17 July, Scarborough parish centre, 2 Deanmore Street from 7pm. Further enquiries contact Karen Hart, RCIA Archdiocesan Coordinator on 0403 588 070. Brochures available from back of church.
Catholic Charismatic Renewal Conference entitled "Come Holy Spirit, We need you".
Friday June 30 - Sunday July 2. Friday 7.30pm - 9.00pm Orana Primary School Hall, Willetton & both the Saturday 9.00am - 4.30pm & Sunday 11am-5pm events at St Bernadette Parish hall, Glendalough. Free entry. Details on notice board
OLGC Singing Practice
Saturday 1 July,10.15am. All are welcome to join us as we learn hymns for the next month. Bronwyn 0438 448 456 Multi-Cultural Lunch Mark your calendars for this annual event where we share our traditional dishes and stories with each other. Sunday 16 July 12 noon. Details in the next few weeks.
Please find attached our flyer for our up and coming College Production of Robin Hood, which we would like you to share with your School Community. This year we will be performing 2 shows. If you have any questions regarding the production then please contact email@example.com
You are invited to attend the Triple P Seminar Series. You will learn practical, positive and effective ways to deal with common behavioural problems and ways to help your child achieve their best at school and in the future.
Parents are encouraged to attend all 3 seminars:
Children’s behaviour – the tough part of parenting
Raising confident children
Raising emotionally resilient children
The next FREE 3 week Series is held:
When: Term 3 2017
RSVP: Bookings are essential and places are limited.
The Parish of Scarborough, in cooperation with the Innaloo/Karrinyup Parish, invites anyone who may be thinking about becoming Catholic to a preliminary gathering. If you know of anyone who may be interested, please invite them to come along to an Enquiry Evening on:
MONDAY 17TH JULY 2017
SCARBOROUGH PARISH CENTRE
2 DEANMORE ST @ 7.00PM
For further enquires please contact Karen Hart (m) 0403 588 070
The Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend is an enrichment weekend for couples which assists in strengthening marriages and in turn the stability of our children and family life and we would like to offer to the parents of your students, the invitation of attending our next Marriage Encounter Weekend.
Remember the early days of your marriage. Just being together was most important. The Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend has the same focus. The weekend centres entirely on your relationship. It is a positive and private experience between you and your spouse, that can help see again those loving qualities in each other that you may be taking for granted. Take a weekend out of the busyness of your lifestyle, where there is just the two of you, free of distractions
We invite you to join us on our next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. 11 – 13 August or 13 - 15 October 2017 For information or booking contact: 0424 220 625 – George & Monica or Email: WAbookings@wwme.org.au Website – www.wwme.org.au
WORLDWIDE MARRIAGE ENCOUNTER: A Weekend of Discovery….a lifetime of love. A Marriage Encounter weekend can rekindle the sparks you felt on your wedding day! Marriage Encounter is 44 hours where married couples can get away from jobs, children, chores and phones – and focus only on each other. If you’d like greater depth, growth and enrichment in your relationship, you’ll like the difference a Marriage Encounter Weekend can make.. It is a positive and private experience between you and your spouse with NO group sharing. We invite you to join us on our next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend 11 – 13 August 2017 or 13 - 15 October 2017 For information or booking contact: 0424 220 625 – George & Monica or Email: WAbookings@wwme.org.au Website – www.wwme.org.au
If you would like to receive any more information regarding Marriage Encounter please do not hesitate to contact us.