A few weeks ago we ended school with a beautiful service for The Stations of the Cross with staff, students and parents. Each station, presented by classes, represented each step of 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. I hope everyone enjoyed this special time with family and friends.
Kindy, Pre Primary & Nature Play Building Project
This morning I had a site meeting with the architect and building supervisor regarding the Kindy room, Kindy & Pre Primary Toilets and nature play works. As you would have noticed there have been some delays with the project. The first delay was regarding the council requesting further information which meant that the schedule of works had to be reorganised and trades redeployed to other jobs.
The next issue was discovered when works on the sewerage began. The sewerage from Kindy down to Miles street does not have the correct levels which means that part of the oval down to miles street needs to be dug up and sewerage relayed. This can only happen in the holidays. The sewerage line is currently under the planned kindy room extension which has caused the delay.
So far the room has been gutted, the back wall has been removed, electrical work has began, the new ceiling structure has been installed, air-conditioning unit has been installed and the adult toilets have been plumbed. Work on the children's toilets should be completed by the first week of next term ready for the Pre Primary children to use.
The builders have given me an adjusted timeline for completion which should hopefully be towards the end of next term. I would like to thank you for your patience and understanding while these works are completed. I would also like to thank Nichole and Karen for ensuring that these works have the least impact on the Pre Primary program as possible.
As there will be some major sewage works completed on the oval the oval will be closed over the school holidays.
Request for Student Extended Leave During Term Time
If your child is going to be away for any length of time (i.e. family holiday, surgery), a request must be sent to the principal prior to the absence. Please see http://web.olgc.wa.edu.au/absences or collect a form form the front office.
As stated in the School Education Act (1999,) it is expected all students should attend school for each day that it is open for instruction unless unwell and/or physically incapable of attending. The Act also states parents need to obtain permission from the principal for their child/children to have a leave of absence from school for an extended holiday or for any other reason other than health related.
Parents are asked to please use this form to request an absence for your child/children. This form should be submitted for approval at least one month prior to the requested departure from school (except in extenuating circumstances).
While families are not encouraged to take time off during school time this is sometimes unavoidable. There are no expectations for teachers to provide a program of work for students while on holiday during term time. Students are encouraged to read daily and keep a diary of their holiday adventures.
It is important to consider the implications when organising extended holidays out of school time:
Basic building blocks of learning that happen every single day of the school year.
If important assessments are missed then some areas of the School Report may be incomplete.
Extended leave can cause implications for selection for sports days, NAPLAN, assemblies, sacramental programs etc.
Cricket and Tennis Carnival
Well done to our Year 5 and 6 students who participated in the inter school Cricket and Tennis Carnival at Abbett Park, Scarborough. It was an absolutely beautiful day where 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.
Parent / Teacher interviews
Staff have concluded the scheduled Parent / Teacher interviews. These interviews are a wonderful opportunity for parents to work with staff to set goals for their child. If you were unable to attend the scheduled times please contact your class teacher to organise a time to meet next term.
Code of Conduct
Each fortnight we focus on a conduct statement. This week I have included Conduct statement 10
You maintain and build on the community’s trust and confidence in Catholic schools and the Church.
Your conduct maintains and builds public trust and confidence in your school, other members of the school community, and the Church.
Any unlawful and unethical actions in your personal life risk adversely affecting both your own and the school’s reputation in the eyes of the public. If the good standing of either you or the school was to diminish, this might jeopardise the inherent trust between the school and parents, as well as the community more generally, necessary for effective relationships and the best education of students.
You notify the Principal of your involvement in any criminal investigation or other legal process that may undermine trust and confidence in your judgement or care of students.
You consider the interests of the school and the Church when exercising your right to freedom of speech and participating in public, political and academic debate, including publication.
You never place the reputation of the school above the safety and well-being of students.
Last week we had a visit from Michael Keenan MP Federal Member for Stirling. Many of our students entered his Easter Colouring in Competition. I am pleased to announce Oliver has been selected as the senior winner. Well done to Oliver and to all the other students who participated.
MONDAY 7TH MAY – Mother’s Day High Tea (flyer enclosed)
THURSDAY 10th & FRIDAY 11TH MAY – Mothers Day Stall
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. The schools Feast Day is about celebrating and commemorating the namesake of the school – Our Lady of Good Counsel.
The P&F requires about five helpers on the day to assist with the lunch preparation. If you are able to volunteer a couple of hours of your time from about 11am Friday 4th May could you please contact the P&F – email@example.com
MOTHERS DAY HIGH TEA
Please come along to join the OLGC P&F Mother’s Day High Tea. This event will be held after the Prayer Assembly on Monday 7th May at 9.15am in the school hall. Please bring along Grandmothers, Aunties, all are welcome.
Please ensure you RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 2nd May, seats are limited - do not hesitate!!
Cost is $15 pp and payment can be made via the front office in cash or via eftpos.
MOTHERS DAY STALL
There will be goodies available for the children to purchase something for their Mum, Grandmother or Carer. Students are given the opportunity to make their selection during class time with teachers and assistants to help with purchases. Please note that we ask for a maximum of $5 to be spent per child with gifts ranging from $1-5.
KINDY – Thursday 10th May
PP to YR 6 – Friday 11th May
MEALS BY MUMS
Thank you to everyone who continues to support the Coffee Club sales from the canteen at the school Assemblies. This has been very successful to date in raising funds for the purchase of ingredients towards the Meals by Mums cooking day that is held each term from the OLGC canteen.
Since the inception of Meals by Mums in 2013; the group has had various volunteers and at the last cooking day they prepared just over 2000 meals, that have then been distributed by Shopfront WA.
If you don’t mind making a coffee or two and would like to help out by donating approximately 30 mins before an Assembly on a Friday (usually every fortnight) or donating four hours once a term on a Wednesday morning for this great cause - please get in contact with Mandy Chapman (Yr 4 & 6 parent) on 0418 952 508.
Each year as our OLGC Library Evangelisation Project we hold a GREAT Book Swap. This event draws our students’ attention to the inequity experienced by many children in remote Aboriginal communities and raises funds to purchase books which are given to families at schools and health centres in remote Australia.
Families are asked to tidy their book shelves and collections and to donate any books no longer required to our swap. The coming school holidays may be a good opportunity to do this. Books can be left at the OLGC Library on any day.
This year our event will be held on Wednesday May 23rd. Students are asked to bring along some money and buy from these second- hand books and so support our cause.
All money raised goes to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
Students attend the Book Swap during class time and parents are welcome to pop in at any time during the day. We are also happy to receive adult books.
What a fantastic day we had! A very excited and enthusiastic team arrived and showed they meant business from the beginning. 46 individual ribbons were won, and all our relay teams placed in the top 4 in every race.
Our First place swimmers: Finn K with four, Eva A with two and Ella R with one in her first interschool competition.
Our Second place swimmers: Finn K with two and Skye C, Ruby C, Joshua L, Emily H, Aaron D, Toby G, Harry H and Ben H all with one each.
Our Third place swimmers: Jordan C, Harry H, Ben H, Sammy B, Jake M, Toby G, Ruby T, Gianni G, Ruby C, Skye C, Holly T, Eva A, Olivia VS And Joshua L with one each.
Our Fourth place swimmers: Abigail F with two and Ciara H, Noah B, Aaron D, Matilda L, Isabella L, Raphael I, Jessica L, Kasper W, Alivia L, Oliver H, Jacob H, Joshua L And Sammy B with one each as well.
Finn K set a new record in the year 5 boys, 50m Freestyle race and missed breaking records in two other races by less than one second! Well done!
Our final placing was 4th overall, with the girls placing 5th and the boys 3rd. Well done team!
Year 6 boys Relay Team Year 6 Girls Relay Team Our Super Sqaud
To all the parents who came and supported our team, thank you. Thanks also for driving them to training and for being so encouraging of your children.
To Mrs Lilford, Mr Carter and Mrs Wilson who worked so hard on the pool deck. Without your help, the carnival would not have run so smoothly. To Todd Knox, for running the team during the day and keeping them motivated and focused throughout, huge thanks!
To Zach Anderson from Breakers Swimming, Simone Passera and Sonia and Todd Knox . Thank you for once again guiding our squad through their training sessions in the weeks leading up to the carnival. Sadly, we farewell Simone this year as Brady is in year six. I know that both Amanda Washer and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all the hard work you have done for the OLGC swimming squads over so many years. It’s time to pass the baton on and I am on the lookout for a replacement coach, please let me know if you are interested!
Finally, to our wonderful team. You showed great endeavour, team spirit, sportsmanship and represented OLGC magnificently. Each one of you swam well and I am so proud of you all.
Wednesday is School Banking day and students should bring in their weekly deposit.
For every deposit made at school, students will receive a silver Dollarmites token. Once students have individually collected 10 tokens they can redeem them for an exclusive School Banking reward item in recognition of their regular savings habits.
Term 1 rewards are:
Twister power handball (Term 1)
Secret scratch pad (Term 1) – very popular!
School Banking is also a great fundraiser for our school.
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.
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.
Thank you for supporting the School Banking program at Our Lady of Good Counsel. We would also like to thank the wonderful parents who volunteer as our School Banking Co-ordinators and process our banking every week.
Sharon Seaman (Year 5 & 2) - School Banking Co-ordinator
School Banking team - Zana Appelbee (Year 5 & 1), Mel Fowler (Year 5, 2 & PP), Natalie Matsie (Year 2 & Kindy) and Tracy Morarty (Year 1)
You are invited to attend a Triple P Discussion Group/s. This is a short 2 hour session that will focus on some of the commonly experienced behaviours that parents can struggle with eg: disobedience, fighting and aggression.
The next FREE Discussion Groups are being held at:
West Stirling Neighbourhood House
228 Hancock Street
Dealing with disobedience - 15 May 2018
Managing fighting and aggression - 29 May 2018
Managing fighting and aggression (Repeat) - 12 June 2018
Time: 9.30am - 11.30am (all sessions)
RSVP: Bookings are essential and places are limited.