Please find attached a Parent Term Planner for Term One 2019, please note that these dates are subject to change. A live calendar is located on the school website homepage. This online calendar has been changed back to the google calendar, therefore, you should now be able to add it to your phone.
Students begin - Monday 4th February 2019
Pupil free day - Friday 1st March 2019
Public Holiday - Monday 4th March
Students finish -Thursday 11th April 2019
Pupil Free Day - Monday 29th April 2019(TBC)
Students begin - Tuesday 30th April
Public Holiday - Monday 3rd June 2019
Pupil free day -Tuesday 4th June 2019
Students finish - Friday 5th July 2019
Students begin –Monday 22nd August 2019
Students finish –Friday 27th September 2019
Students begin –Monday 14th October 2019
Students finish - Friday 13th December 2019 (To de confirmed by Catholic Education Western Australia)
What an outstanding turnout we had for our Christmas Extravaganza. I was so proud of all our students who did such a wonderful job entertaining us all. A special thank you to Mrs Bennett for the great work she did in organising and preparing all the students, her extra efforts are greatly appreciated. Thank you to staff who also supported this event. On Sunday morning, from about 10am, we had nearly 30 volunteers setting up for the day. Thank you to these volunteers and to the P&F for organising the food, entertainment and the overall event.
Over the school holidays, families will be preparing children for the new school year. Please ensure that the following uniform requirements are followed.
Students may not combine articles of clothing from one uniform to wear with another uniform. An exception may be made on very cold or wet days to allow students to wear their tracksuit top over their winter uniform.
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.
Sports shoes are to be predominantly white, shoes with laces must be white.
Ribbons and scrunchies used to tie back hair must be in the school colour of navy blue.
School Reports have been sent home today. Please spend time reading through the report with your child. This is a great opportunity to celebrate their achievements as well as set goals for further improvement.
I would like thank parents and staff for their attendance at the AGM. This was a wonderful opportunity to review the year’s events and to acknowledge all the hard work done by everyone involved. Thank you to those parents who are stepping down from their positions and to those who have taken on the roles left vacant and to those who are continuing in their respective roles for another year.
We have been very fortunate to have been included in the National School Chaplaincy Programme (NSCP) for 2019. This programme is a Commonwealth-funded initiative to support the emotional wellbeing of students and the school community through the provision of pastoral care. I would like to officially announce that we have employed a social worker, Gill Ford for 2019.
The Role of the Social Worker
Social Workers have worked in WA Catholic Schools since 1984 and currently there are around 30 Social Workers working in 50 mainly metropolitan Catholic schools. The effectiveness of this school based program allows Social Workers to be readily available to school staff for consultation and to families and students as problems arise. School Social Workers are professionally qualified and adhere to a professional code of ethics.
What does the school social worker do?
The School Social Worker helps students:
Engage fully with their school experience by addressing social and emotional issues.
Understand themselves and others.
Improve self-concepts and cope with stress.
Develop decision-making and problem-solving skills.
Working with specific groups of students with an identifiable need.
The School Social Worker helps parents:
Participate more effectively in their children’s education.
Understand and meet their children’s social and emotional needs.
Utilize school and community resources.
Referring and providing a supportive link where appropriate between the students, family, school and community agencies.
Counselling with students and families.
What is counselling?
Counselling provides the opportunity for people to clarify problems and develop and use strengths to find ways of managing and resolving issues or new ways of coping. Counselling takes place in a supportive and confidential atmosphere.
Counselling addresses such issues as:
Behavioural problems at school or at home
Building resiliency and self-esteem
Child protection issues
Dealing with anxieties and fears
Family separation and change issues
Grief and loss
Friendship issues/social skills
Their main aim is to support children to gain the most from their educational opportunities. They work together with pupils, parents, school personnel, community agency staffs and others to help make school a successful and useful experience for all children. Our school social worker also works with parents and staff to support them to better understand themselves and their children and to learn more about the programs and services of the school and community.
OLGC had teams from years 3, 4, 5 and 6 compete in the Perth Netball Association’s Spring Netball competition during term 4. Here’s the wrap...
After such a stellar winter season we decided to turn up the heat and put our year 3’s in the top division. They were awesome! They won several games and showed great sportsmanship all season. I was so proud of all of them. They will be formidable netballers in year 4.
Sharyn Bowman (year 3 coach)
Despite a number of injuries over the season and playing with less than 7 players most games, the year 4’s came 2nd overall... amazing effort!!! The girls played fantastic as a team and I couldn’t be more proud of them. Their speed and skills have improved significantly and they definitely were a team not to be messed with. Well done Shooting Stars and bring on 2019.
Jo Vinci (year 4 coach)
Well done to the Year 5 OLGC spring netball team for finishing the season outright winners in their division. The kids had a lot of fun together playing hard to position and playing with real courage and respect each week!! We have enjoyed a team night out and a windup pool party to keep morale and spirits high! Looking forward to more hard training and hard fought games in 2019.
Trish Connery (Year 5 coach)
Congratulations to the Year 6 OLGC Netball Team. The girls had a successful season finishing 2nd on the ladder. With their coach Sophia Monastra by their side and the encouragement and support of parents, the girls demonstrated teamwork and respectful qualities, and most importantly had a lot of fun together. Sadly this is their last year at OLGC. However, I’m sure their passion of the sport continues, and will no doubt see them on the courts at Matthews in the future.
We would like to thank all of our students who have participated in the CommBank School Banking program this year. Last week was our last school banking day for 2018. All tokens/rewards that have not been redeemed this year can be used in 2019. Thank you to all of the banking families for your ongoing support, teaching you child about money and saving.
Well done to our 55 active school banking students, so far we have raised $490, for our school through School Banking. We also opened 5 new accounts during 2018, each time a new account is opened our school receives $5 when a student makes their first ever School Banking deposit. Saving regularly is an important habit to get into, whether you're saving a little or a lot!
Sadly we say goodbye to Sharon Seaman and Zana Appelbee and thank them for donating their time over the past 4 years. They have been an important part of the school banking program. Next year we welcome three new members to the School Banking Team: Fallon Glossop, Mairead Moore and Meghan O’Sullivan.
Thank you for supporting the School Banking program and have a Merry Christmas and all the very best for 2019.
Sharon Seaman, Zana Appelbee, Natalie Matsie, Mel Fowler and Tracy Morarty – School Banking Team 2018.
The Uniform Shop will be open on the 29th January, 2019 from 8-30am to 9-30am.
Update on uniform requirements:
Reminder all boys going into year 3 for 2019 will need the new style shorts, viscose fly front and side tabs.
School socks need to be the anklet sock not the low rise (low cut )anklet, for both school uniform and sport uniform.
Sky blue polo, faction polos and sport shorts are optional for Pre Primary .
The shop will be adding faction ribbons as well as the official navy ribbon.
New Hats for 2019 will be available for start of term 1. Please pre order if you would like one, hats opening price on pre orders will be $15 then after, will be retailing at $17. Current hats will have a 2 year phase out period.
Sacred Heart College Expressions of Interest for Year 7 2021.
The College will be closing off Expressions of Interest for Year 7 2021 in December this year. If you have a child in Year 4 and have not already done so, please submit an Expression of Interest form before Monday 31 December 2018.
Siblings of students already at the College must also have submitted an Expression of Interest form to be considered for a place at the College. These forms can be foundHERE.