Last week students from Years 1- 6 attended Ash Wednesday Mass. On this Day Ashes are distributed to all with a cross on the forehead. The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are blessed with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense. While the ashes symbolize penance and contrition, they are also a reminder that God is gracious and merciful to those who call on Him with repentant hearts. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. Lent is a special time of prayer, penance, sacrifice and good works in preparation of the celebration of Easter.
Back to School Bash
This FRIDAY evening from 5:30pm-8pm all children and parents are invited to attend the first P&F function for the year. This is a free event for the school community to welcome families back to the new school year. Hot chips, sausage sizzle, pork rolls and soft drinks are available to purchase. There will be no bar (BYO only). There will be a silent disco available for the children to enjoy as well as inflatables, face painting and entertainment. We look forward to seeing you all there.
Last week Year 6 students and their parents attended a Confirmation Workshop. This workshop was a wonderful opportunity for students and parents to spend quality time talking about their relationship with God, to learn more about the origin of their baptismal name and share with each other what they believe are the gifts God has bestowed on them.
Code of Conduct
Each fortnight we focus on a conduct statement. This week I have included Conduct statement 7
You give and seek the best, honest and most accurate information about the education and care of students.
You give and seek accurate advice relevant to the education, safety and well-being of students, based on primary rather than secondary sources.
You fully explain the advantages and disadvantages of any options so all involved can participate constructively in decision making to deliver the best results for the student.
You accurately represent the role you play in the education, safety and well-being of students.
Where the education, safety or well-being of a student requires expert knowledge or experience, you seek these out for the benefit of the student.
You seek out first hand sources of information directly from parents, colleagues and experts, or in documents and policies when making decisions or giving advice rather than relying on hearsay, opinion, rumour or assumptions.
Thank you to Jeanette Morley for leading the Children's Liturgy at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish once a month on Sunday at the 8am mass. Jeanette is not able to continue in this role so the parish is seeking someone to take this role on. If you are interested please contact Father Nicholas either at mass or email him: email@example.com
The Sacramental Commitment Masses for Our Lady of Good Counsel School students are Saturday 17th February 17th at 6pm at St Dominic’s Church, Innaloo and Saturday 24th February at 6pm St Dominic’s Church, Innaloo. Children at Our Lady of Good Counsel School sacramental years must attend one of these sacramental masses.
Annual Fee Statements have been sent home to families today. There are a number of changes to this year’s statements.
Firstly, OLGC now accepts BPAY to pay school fees, which replaces EFT payments. BPAY details can be found at the bottom of statements.
Fees for the 1-1 Device Program in Years 4 to 6 now appear on statements and form part of school fees and as such, may be paid in instalments.
Following a change in Catholic Education Policy, families holding current income-based Health Care Cards or Pensioner Concession Cards will notice discounts on other fees as well as tuition.
Finally, families with children in our Three Year Old Program are now required to pay fees in advance; therefore, Term 1 fees are to be paid in full by Friday 2nd March. Please see the enclosed Fee Schedule for more details.
Please return completed Fee Payment Forms by Wednesday 14th March 2018, (incorrectly stated on Statements as 14th February).
Should you have any queries, please contact Alison Elsegood, Finance Officer on 6242 3400 on Mondays, Tuesdays or Wednesdays or email: Alison.Elsegood@cewa.edu.au.
FRIDAY 23RD FEBRUARY– Back to School Bash (Sundowner on the Oval)
THURSDAY 1ST MARCH – Welcome Morning Tea (Coffee in the Hall)
FRIDAY 9TH MARCH – Ice Cream Friday
Our role is to help build a positive school community by planning and organising functions associated with the social, sporting, cultural and educational life of the school community.
The P&F run a range of family fun events throughout the year, which include events such as the Back to School Bash, Kids only Disco, Adults Only Quiz Night and the End of Year Christmas Extravaganza. We also run a range of community services such as the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day stalls, Feast Day and Mission Day children’s lunches, Ice Cream Friday, the quarterly Pasta Drive, Entertainment Books and much, much more! Each year the P&F contribute a portion of the fees to a Teacher’s Wish list. These are for items above what the school supplies as normal educational resources. Last year we spent over $15,000 on wish list items, library grants and classroom furniture. We also contributed $15,000 to the resurfacing of the playing courts. Run by volunteers and funded by the annual voluntary fee contribution, the OLGC P&F is an integral part of the OLGC family. Meetings are held in the staffroom at 7pm on the first Tuesday of the month. All are welcome.
If you have any queries or suggestions, please contact the P&F via email - firstname.lastname@example.org
COFFEE CLUB AT ASSEMBLY
The next Coffee Club will be this Friday 23rd February at Assembly. Thank you for your continued support and if anyone is ever able to help Mandy out with set up in the canteen from about 8am could you please get in contact.
BACK TO SCHOOL BASH – FRIDAY 23RD FEBRUARY
Our very first event for the school year is this Friday. This is a free event for the school community to welcome new families and for the new school year. There will food and soft drinks available to purchase but no bar (BYO only). There will be a silent disco available for the kids to enjoy as well as inflatables and face painting. We are looking for a few volunteers from each class group to help with the food stalls; if you haven’t put your hand up please let your class reps know. We look forward to seeing you all there.
WELCOME MORNING TEA
We would like to invite everyone to come along for a coffee and morning tea after school drop off on Thursday 1st March. We would particularly like to welcome any new families to the school but also love to see the old faces too. Come by and say hello and if anyone would like to make a plate of food could you please let someone from the P&F know or email to email@example.com. Younger siblings always welcome to attend too.
ICE CREAM FRIDAY
Ice Creams will continue in Term 1 while the warmer weather is here. They are on sale at lunch time from the canteen for 50c and $1. The next one is Friday 9th March.
Our Lady Of Good Counsel School is excited to offer the Commonwealth Bank of Australia (CBA) School Banking program to all students. An information booklet will come home this week with the eldest child and one for each kindy student.
This year the CBA have introduced a new way of providing schools participating in the School Banking program with fundraising support. The new structure will take effect as at the start of the 2018 school year and will include the following contributions.
Annual Contribution (existing schools)
An Annual Contribution is paid to the school each calendar year when their first School Banking deposit is processed. The amount paid is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year.
Number of students / Contribution
1-100 - $100
101-200 - $200
201-300 - $300
301-400 - $400
401-500 - $500
501+ - $600
Payment will occur within two business days of deposit*.
Regular Savers Contribution
A Regular Savers Contribution of $5 is paid to the school for every 10 School Banking deposits processed per student, in line with the existing School Banking Rewards Program for students. Payment will occur on a quarterly basis in January, April, July and October.
School Banking is a fun, interactive and engaging way for young Australians to learn about money and develop good savings habits. Children who deposit money into their Youthsaver account through School Banking earn Dollarmites tokens, after they have collected 10 they redeem for exciting rewards.
The rewards available during 2018 are:
Twister power handball (Term 1)
Secret scratch pad (Term 1)
Glow light (Term 2)
Sparkle Glitter pens (Term 2)
Heat reactor pencils (Term 3)
Mighty boom handball (Term 3)
Flying disc (Term 4)
Slushie maker cup (Term 4)
This year, one lucky school banker will win a family trip for up to 2 adults and 3 children to Hawaii, USA! For a chance to win students need to make 15 or more School banking deposits before the end of Term 3, 2018 to automatically receive an entry into the competition. For further details collect a flyer from the school banking team.
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 8.15am – 8.35am
As of Feb 20th the uniform shop will no longer have an account system. Items are to be ordered and once packed, they will be delivered to the school office and need to be paid for on collection. Payments can be cash, EFT, credit card or bank transfer. You can pop into the shop and order items by order form or you can order by email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
I appreciate your understanding while this new system takes place.
Year 3 Boys
All boys in year 3 have a change of short, viscose short with fly front and side tabs, available at the shop $40.
Bathers are not compulsory unless your child is in the swim team and inter-school carnival,
I will be doing a pre order - details to follow soon.
All back orders will be delivered as soon as they arrive.
All outstanding accounts
Reminders have been sent home , could all accounts be cleared by Feb 28th
I am a qualified and experienced secondary school mathematics teacher who specializes in tutoring students at primary school level for all years and in particular preparing students for high school mathematics so that they are can be ahead of their peers. Being a specialist mathematics teacher to year 12 I can guide the children through knowing where all the general pitfalls and issues are generally going to come from
Have a Bachelor of Education majoring in Mathematics with a Science minor
Have a Master’s in Education
Have a Master’s in Business Administration
Years of experience teaching mathematics in secondary schools for all years and levels
Years of experience tutoring primary and secondary students in mathematics at all levels
Conduct holiday ‘catch up’ sessions to prepare students for the coming term.
All are warmly invited to a free evening of song, humour and witnessing of David Parkes from Ireland.
David is a renowned international singer and witness on Medjugorje. As well as entertaining us with his beautiful singing and humour, David will inspire us with his testimony of miraculous healing whilst in Medjugorje. David has witnessed to tens of thousands of people world wide. His concerts are unique, humorous and spiritually inspirational.
It is reported Our Lady has been appearing daily since 1981 in Medjugorje with messages for the world. If you wish to receive these monthly reported messages of Our Lady of Medjugorje please email email@example.com
God bless you and your loved ones and may Our Blessed Mother never let go of your hands. Eileen.
Pilgrimage departing Perth 6th May - 31st May 2018.
Please note this pilgrimage will be residing and visiting the following places. Paris. Ars: Shrine of St. John Vianney, the Cure of Ars. Lyon - La Salette-Fallavaux: Apparitions of Our Lady of La Salette. Avignon: Palace of the Popes. Grenoble. Turin Shroud of Turin and Saint John Bosco. Padua St. Anthony. Montichiari. Fontanelle Northern Italy for Rosa Mystica. Venice. Croatia Our Lady of Trsat, built to commemorate the transfer of the Holy House of Nazareth from Jerusalem to Loreto. Rijeka (Our Lady of Trasat). Zadar ( St Simeon) 7 nights Medjugorje (plus visit to Fr. Jozo Zovko) 2 nights Dubrovnik ( St. Blaise.) Spiritual Director Rev. Fr. Elver Delicano. Bargain price $6,995. Includes all return flights Singapore Airlines, Croatian Airlines. Taxes. Tipping. Transfers. Excellent accommodation (all with ensuite facilities.) Bed/breakfast/evening meals. Guide accompanying 24/7 who speaks several languages plus extra guides in special places of interest. Enq. Eileen email firstname.lastname@example.org mob 0407 471 256.
FREE Earth Carer’s Course with Mindarie Regional Council, beginning March 13th 2018, with 5 sessions over 3 weeks. There are site visits, tours, information sessions, practical hints and tips - all about facing our waste.
You will be inspired, overwhelmed, depressed and empowered often all at the same time!
The Earth Carer Training Program Timetable is available to view here.
To register for the Earth Carer Course click here.
There is a maximum of 35 places and preference is given to those who live or work in our member Councils, Wanneroo, Joondalup, Stirling, Vincent, Cambridge and Victoria Park.