The P&F Welcome Back Movie Night was enjoyed by over 200 parents and students. Families sat comfortably on the school oval while watching Hotel Transylvania 3 and munching popcorn, fairy floss and chocolates. A big thank you to the P&F and to the many parents who volunteered on the night.
Staff Professional Development
Last Friday staff had the opportunity to ‘step aside’ from daily concerns, to gain some perspective and to enrich and refresh their ‘INNER SELVES’. The famous speaker and writer, Franciscan Father Richard Rohr, once said: “If you know you are loved by God – you don’t need to listen further to me – go home now, you have got it all – What Spirituality is about.” The day allowed staff to ponder their relationship with God and come to a deeper understanding of what it means to be loved by God and to love.
I am currently at the Year 6 Naga Bush Leadership Camp along with Mrs Lillford, Mrs Fanderlinden and Mr Carter. The students have been taking part in a variety of activities to build their independence, team work and leadership skills. Tonight we will have a special Ash Wednesday Liturgy where students will receive ashes that Fr Nicholas blessed.
The 2019 NAPLAN testing will run from 14 May through to 17 May. All students in Years 3 and 5 are required to undertake NAPLAN. More information regarding NAPLAN will be sent home shortly. Further information can be found at https://www.nap.edu.au.
At OLGC one of the main ways teachers communicate to class parents is through the class Edublog. Parents are able to subscribe to the blog which means that anytime information is updated you will receive a notification. If you are unable to access the Edublog please contact your child's class teacher to obtain access
Code of Conduct
Our School Code of Conduct has now been in place for nearly 2 years. This Code of Conduct needs to be abided by the staff, parents, students, volunteers and visitors to the school.
Conduct Statement 1 : You act safely and competently.
You are expected to put the safety of students ahead of every other relevant but secondary consideration.
In doing so, you are expected to act within the scope of your expertise and role within the school community.
If the safety and well-being of a student requires skills and experience outside your core competency, you must refer the student to the appropriate expert.
You are personally responsible within the context of your position in the school community for the provision of safe and competent student education. It is your responsibility to maintain the competence necessary to fulfil your role. Maintenance of competence includes participation in ongoing professional development to maintain and improve knowledge, skills and attitudes relevant to your role in your school.
You recognise that the principal, staff, parents and students assess your ability to act safety and competently based on your behaviour and decision making, and you do likewise in your assessment of them. You are responsible for conducting yourself in all things such that there is no speculation, doubt or ambiguity that you do so in the best interests of students. You must take reasonable steps to avoid situations where your decisions or behaviour could be interpreted as putting students at risk. You must also notify the principal as soon as possible if you find yourself in such a position of ambiguity so that you can explain the circumstances.
You recognise each student’s and parents’ right to receive accurate information; be protected against foreseeable risk of harm; and be involved in and informed about decisions in relation to their education.
You perform your role in the school within your professional or industry competency and according to school policies and any standards or codes applicable to your profession or industry.
You notify an appropriate person or the principal of any information relevant to maintaining student safety and well-being, or any observation of questionable, unethical or unlawful behaviour, including breaches of this Code, and intervene to safeguard the student if the circumstances require it.
You ensure that any information you receive relevant to the safety and well-being of students is either acted upon by you in the best interests of the student if you are the relevant decision maker, or passed to the relevant decision maker for them to act.
You perform your work in a safe and competent manner that is not compromised by personal health limitations, including the use of alcohol or other substances that may alter your capacity to act safely. If your health threatens your ability to work safely and competently, you have a responsibility to seek assistance to address your health needs. This may include making a confidential report to an appropriate authority.
You perform duties in partnership with parents and school staff and in accordance with the standards of your profession or industry (e.g. Teachers Registration Board).
You perform duties in accordance with wider standards relating to safety and quality in education and student care and responsibility for a safe school, such as those relating to occupational health and safety, mandatory and critical incident reporting, and participation in incident analysis and formal open disclosure procedures.
You make decisions about students based on their age, ability, and in the best interests of the student’s sense of security, and physical, social, emotional and mental safety.
You seek advice, assistance and second opinions from experts and Principal as necessary.
One of the Conduct Statements will be highlighted in each newsletter.
The rich symbolism contained in the signing of the cross in ashes on our foreheads today, reminds us to turn back to God who is full of tenderness and compassion.
In the first reading the prophet Joel says: “Call the people together, summon the community, assemble the elders, gather the children.” Today this may be seen as a rallying cry, a call to live in solidarity and to work together for the common good.
The collect prayer today speaks of a campaign of Christian service. Our campaign of service is spelt out for us in today’s gospel. The prayer, fasting and almsgiving of the Christian community are a concrete sign of God’s healing and transforming love. St Paul reminds us that we are ambassadors for Christ, as such our role is to be that transforming love in the lives of those sisters and brothers of ours who are among the most marginalised and vulnerable people in our world. The season of Lent reminds us why we follow the gospel teaching: to ensure the poor are fed, the thirsty are given drink and that the poor and outcast are given welcome [Isaiah 58:6-9].
Caritas is the international aid and development agency of the Catholic Church in Australia. Each Lent Caritas launches its Project Compassion appeal- a practical way of bringing to life our campaign of Christian service. Lent sharpens our awareness of prayer and the importance of doing good work and acting selflessly and with compassion.
Project Compassion this year asks us to focus on how lives change when we all give 100%.
Let us take time today to reflect on how we can live our Lent by committing 100% to prayer, fasting and almsgiving.
The theme for Project Compassion 2019 is based around hope and giving Lent 100% in the name of hope.
Hope is one of the three pillars of Christian virtue. The other two being faith and charity. It is a powerful force for good and often helps to transform lives. Hope helps us to face life’s challenges and sustains us as we work alongside the most marginalised and vulnerable communities to achieve better lives.
Based on God’s love for all, hope enables us to rise above our fears and helps those in great need to shape a better future for their communities.
Caritas Australia believes that fundraising should be FUN! It’s also an opportunity to raise awareness about important issues, and a chance for the community to take part in a social justice action. Everyone who contributes is empowered and able to stand in solidarity, with the communities we serve and those who bene t from our actions. Lives change when we all give 100%.
Our artists in Year 2 were introduced to Michelangelo the Monkey. Such joy and creativity he has brought to our art studio already.
Students greatly anticipate their turn to take him home on some artistic adventures. Each student will get a turn throughout the year, also serving as a great lesson in patience. Students are encouraged to discuss with the class what they have found inspiring and creative in the world around them.
Thanks Eliza for setting such a good example to your class in looking after Michelangelo.
Thank you for making us feel welcome as the new School Banking Co-ordinators.
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. This year we welcome three new members to the School Banking Team: Fallon Glossop, Mairead Moore and Meghan O’Sullivan. We thank you in advance for your patience and assistance during this transition.
Just a reminder that School Banking day is every WEDNESDAY in the School Canteen from 8.15am – 8.40am.
We have attached a flyer from Commonwealth Bank, that gives more information and details about the rewards and incentives on offer for this year.
Details are also below for those wishing to open new accounts.
To participate in school banking your child needs 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.
FRIDAY 22nd MARCH– Next P&F Meeting – after drop off
ABOUT THE P&F
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 Movie Night, Kids Disco 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, Entertainment Books and much, much more!
Each year the P&F contribute a portion of the fees to many items through our school that are above the normal educational resources and improvements around the school grounds. Last year we spent over $15,000 on educational grants and classroom furniture. We also contributed to the nature playground.
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 monthly on a Tuesday evening. All parents are welcome to attend.
If you have any queries or suggestions, please contact the P&F via email - firstname.lastname@example.org
COFFEE CLUB AT ASSEMBLY
For those that are unaware; the OLGC P&F contribute to the coffee sold at the school assemblies which are held every Friday, fortnightly. Funds raised from the sale of the coffee goes towards groceries purchased for Meals by Mums. This organisation is responsible for hundreds of meals a year being prepared, using the OLGC canteen kitchen, and then distributed through Shopfront WA to those who are in need of a fresh home cooked meal.
Thank you for your continued support and if anyone is ever able to help Mandy out with set up or serving in the canteen from about 8am could you please contact her – she is there at each Friday's assembly.
WELCOME BACK OUTDOOR MOVIE
Huge thank you to all those that helped run the candy bar throughout the evening of the Welcome Back Outdoor Movie. It was a perfect evening with no sign of the usual wind that comes through. The kids loved bringing their lounge rooms to the school oval to watch a movie with their friends and families. As usual these events don’t run well without everyone lending a hand and we had lots of you helping – so thank you very much.
NEXT P&F MEETING – FRIDAY 22ND MARCH AFTER DROP OFF
Even if you aren’t an official committee member of the P&F; as a parent of the school you are always welcome to attend a P&F meeting or get involved. You do not need to attend every meeting and you will not be roped in to any jobs by coming and having a look. To try something new, we will be running the next meeting after drop off on a Friday morning 22/3 – please come along and join the meeting and you are welcome to contribute in any way or you might just like to see what goes on. Younger siblings are always welcome at these sorts of things so don’t be put off, many of us already there will have little ones with us.
It’s a great way to meet other parents within the school community and if you do want to get involved, the kids always love seeing you around the school from time to time.
The closing date for Academic Scholarships is Wed 27 March 2019.
Located close to public transport in Leederville, Aranmore is a co-educational school for Years 7 – 12. The College is renowned for our strong sense of community, teaching care and excellence and the outstanding opportunities available to students inside and outside of the classroom.