Welcome back to the 2018 School year. I hope you have all had an enjoyable and restful holiday. I took the opportunity over the holidays to get many of those jobs I have been putting off completed. I was very fortunate to spend a week with my family down in Mandurah where we swam, ate, played games and generally relaxed. A warm welcome to all our new families and to Mrs Cochrane(Year 3 & IT Leader). Also a special welcome back to Mr Fitzpatrick.
Staff Professional Learning
On Monday and Tuesday of last week staff were involved in professional learning. One of the areas we focused on was the Catholic Education of Western Australia’s (CEWA) new Child Safety Framework. The aim of the CEWA Child Safe Framework is to enable all Catholic schools to create environments where children are safe. Ultimately, the framework aspires to support CEWA leaders to create the best and safest school environments possible. The key concepts underpinning the Frame work are: Situational Prevention and Extended Guardianship. The Framework will be launched by CEWA next Month.
Over the school holidays the builders were appointed for the Kindergarten and nature play development project. As you can see by the photos below they have begun work, with most of the demolition work being completed.
Fencing around perimeter of school has nearly been completed with a few gaps under the fence to be adjusted. Fencing was also placed around electrical boxes on the oval and we are waiting the arrival of the gate to close off this area. Over the next month gates around the school will be replaced and automatic locking system will be installed. More information will be provided to parents once the system has been installed. The second part of the fencing project which includes the internal fencing around the Pre primary/Kindy play area and nature play area will begin later in the term.
At the very beginning of the school holidays I received a surprise call that the bore for reticulation located on the school oval had collapsed. It is currently fenced off and should be fixed over the next few weeks.
Parent Teacher Night
Tonight we are holding the Parent Teacher Information Night for PP - 6. This is an important information session for all parents. I strongly encourage all to attend. To allow parents to attend more than one class talks will repeated.
Session 1 6:00pm Session 2 6:30pm
We have begun weekly rotating fitness activities for year 1-6 children held each Monday. Julie Goode has organized these activities which our Year 6 students will lead.
Student and visitor sign in and out
Please ensure that you are signing in or out late students or early departures at the front office using the iPad system. This is to be completed by using the ipad located in the front office. Visitors and parent helpers are also asked to sign in. Any volunteers or visitors will need to wear a stick on badge printed through the sign in system. Please ensure that volunteers or visitors sign out before leaving.
If your child arrives to school after 8.40am, you must sign them in using this system. Your child will then be given a red card to take to the class teacher, this is to let the teacher know that you have signed them in.
As parents will be aware, some children in our school are allergic to some foods. This is an extremely stressful time for parents as they do entrust the school with taking care of their most precious gifts. At OLGC we encourage parents to consider the following:
Please no sandwiches with spreads that contain nuts, eggs.
No tree nuts, like almonds, cashews, hazelnuts etc.
It would be appreciated if parents could reinforce with their children that there is no sharing of morning tea or lunches. Please feel free to explain the reason for this. We are encouraging parents to consider alternatives to these foods for the safety and wellbeing of all our students.