A few weeks ago a few students from Year 5 & 6 participated in Tournament of the Minds (TOMS) competition with a number of other primary schools. TOMS aims to enhance the potential of our youth by developing diverse skills, enterprise, time management, and the discipline to work collaboratively within a competitive environment. The students did an amazing job giving their best and performing beyond expectations on the Day. Thank you to the students for all the effort that they have put in over the past few weeks and to the parents for their assistance. A special thank you to Mrs Goode for all her hard work and dedication with preparing the children.
Pre Primary - Year 6 LEARNING JOURNEYS
A reminder that next Wednesday 13th September is Learning Journeys for Pre Primary to Year 6. This is a great opportunity for parents to engage with their child and the great work they have been completing in class.
NAPLAN results have been sent to parents in Year 3 and 5. As many parents have mentioned the overall school results have been outstanding demonstrating the great work students have put into their academic education. The results are also a wonderful reflection of the amazing staff we have and the dedication they have put in over the past few years ensuring that we provide the best possible education for each individual child. I would personally like to thank them for all the extra effort they put into the many programs we offer our students, without their dedication none of this would be possible.
A great time was had by all at the OLGC Quiz night. With over 100 parents in attendance the atmosphere was a buzz with laughter and delight. The evening started off with some challenging questions followed by lots of games and an abundance of prizes. A big thank you to all the kind donations from parents and the community. Well done to the P&F for organizing such a great community event. A special thank you to Glenn for running the night and keeping all entertained.
A big thank you to Mrs O'Callaghan and Mrs Northcott for organising Book Week. It was wonderful to see staff and students dressing up as their favourite book character. over the past few weeks I have visited a number of schools and while there, have seen their library. Our library certainly stands out as a very well resourced library. We are so lucky to have such a great librarian and a supportive P&F who over the past 10 years have donated over $20,000 towards resources for the library.
ALLERGY AWARE SCHOOL
There are a number of students in our school who experience anaphylactic reactions if exposed to nuts or products containing nuts eg. nutella, peanut butter. For some of these students the anaphylactic reaction can be life threatening. For this reason we ask families to refrain from sending nuts, nut spreads or products containing nuts to school. We would like to emphasise the seriousness of this issue as we have students that can become seriously ill in a matter of minutes. Even if food items contain traces of nuts please try and avoid giving them to your child in their lunch boxes and save these treats for home.
What an amazing carnival. We were certainly lucky to have such a beautiful day. It was wonderful to witness the children being very supportive of each other and everyone giving their best. A big thankyou to all our parent helpers who assisted with setting up, packing away and helping throughout the day. We are very fortunate to have such a giving and supportive parent community. Athletics carnivals don’t just happen without lots of preparation and hard work. Thankyou to staff and especially to Julie Goode for ensuring that the children were well prepared and that the day ran so smoothly.
CODE OF CONDUCT
As I mentioned in my last newsletter, each fortnight we will focus on another conduct statement. This week I have included Conduct statement 2.
You give priority to students’ safety and well-being in all your behaviour and decision making.
You accept that you and all adults have individual and joint responsibility for the safety and well-being of students.
You ensure the safety and well-being of students are the primary focus of your actions and decisions and take precedence over any other considerations including the reputation of the school and your own needs.
You support the safety, health and well-being of each student, promoting and supporting decisions and behaviour that contribute to the student’s self-confidence, safety and well-being.
You do not behave in any way that risks creating ambiguity about whether you are acting in the best interests of a student.
You respectfully communicate in plain language and in a way the student and those supporting their education can understand so they may fully participate in that education.
You support informed decision making by advising the student as appropriate and those supporting their education about education options, and assist the student and their supporters to make informed decisions about that education.
You endeavour to ensure the voice of the student is heard as appropriate, taking into account age and circumstances.
You seek out, welcome, and learn from information relevant to the safety and well-being of students in any form, including advice, disclosures, complaints, criticisms, feedback and performance reviews. You look for opportunities to engage in formal and informal group and self-reflection and professional development about your own and others’ decisions so that you and the school can learn and continuously improve.
You recognise that all information about students collected by school staff is done so on behalf of the Principal and for the benefit of the student. Therefore, all information is disclosed to and accessible by all who have a need to know it in order to support the education, safety and well-being of the student.
You respectfully advocate for the safety and well-being of students above all other considerations.
11.You recognise the importance that students’ education continues without interruption or disturbance.
You disclose to the Principal any information that a reasonable person would recognise may be relevant to the safety and well-being of students so that the Principal may make appropriate decisions to manage any risk to them. This includes any relationship with any person who may have been accused of harming children or acting unsafely towards them.
You recognise that students and their parents are entitled to assume that the sole focus of your engagements with students is to educate them within a safe environment that puts their well-being above all else. You understand that this trust by parents and students puts the onus on you to use your relationship with students solely for their education. You use all engagements with students and their parents, whether in person, through a third party, or via digital media for the purpose of teaching the curriculum.
You do not accept gifts or benefits that could be viewed as a means of influencing your objective decision making.
I have been reminded this week at a two day conference with Jennifer Abrams as the guest speaker that we should not do for our children what they can do for themselves. Children develop confidence and resilience when they persist. Nurturing comes from taking the moments to teach our children how to persist, how to be organised, how to communicate as opposed to doing things for them. We are blessed that we have a school full of children who are developing persistence, resilience and confidence.
We all know a great teacher when we encounter one. They inspire change, transform attitudes and set students on a path to ongoing success. That’s why, together with national charity Schools Plus, we created the Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards- to recognise and celebrate excellence in evidence-based teaching and school leadership.
By celebrating the achievements of great teachers, the Awards aim to inspire all educators and highlight their important contribution to the future success of the nation and its children.
A $45,000 Teaching Fellowship
In 2018, twelve outstanding educators will be selected to receive a Teaching Fellowship, with the majority being individuals working in schools in disadvantaged communities. Entries are now open. Don’t let great teaching go unrecognised. If you know a teacher or principal like Eddie Woo whose exceptional teaching and leadership skills are making a difference, nominate them today.
Year Three students from Our Lady of Good Counsel School will have their first reconciliation on Thursday 14th September at 6pm in the Our Lady of Good Counsel Church. Parking will be available on the school oval.
What a beautiful day we had, perfect weather, great teamwork and some outstanding efforts in individual and team events. A great effort from all our students.
Thank you to everyone who helped it run so smoothly. In the Recorders Tent, Renee Hunt, Sara Campbell and Katie Gallagher. At the finish line, Sharon Seaman, Todd Knox and Lisa Hanna. As well as all the parents who helped out in the bays, at relay changes and during the tabloid and PP games. Without all your help and support, there is no way it could run as smoothly as it did!
Congratulations to Boniface who were our Overall winners and to Frances for winning the Sportsmanship shield, which is based on the team efforts in the Tabloid Sports.
Overall Final Results:
1st Boniface 941 points
2nd Byrne 822 points
3rd Bridget 820 points
4th France 798 points
Sportsmanship Shield results:
1st Frances 306 points
2nd Byrne 294 points
3rd Boniface 292 points
4th Bridget 252 points
Our Individual champions were, in many cases, very close, with 2 being won by just 1 point. We also had the first ever tie for Champion Boy in Year 5!
Congratulations to the following students who won book prizes in our Book Week Kahoot Quiz and our Super Duper colouring Competitions:
Pre-Primary Kayla M
Year One Addison K
Year Two Audrey L
Year Three Alexander M
Year Four Timothy M
Year Five Julian L
Year Six Hannah O
Students in Kindy to Year Four classes thoroughly enjoyed the Super Duper Book week show presented by Perform Theatre last Tuesday. The show incorporated many of the CBC Shortlisted titles which students were familiar with and they loved the interactive aspects of the performance.
Beginning tomorrow we will hold our annual Scholastic Book Fair. Students will attend during their library sessions and parents are welcome before and after school on the days the library is open until next Monday. The timetable is on view outside classrooms.
With 2 weeks left until the end of term, there is still time for students to be in the running to win a family trip to Tokyo! We currently have 39 students who have been automatically entered into the draw. All the best to everyone.
Also, the Commonwealth Bank is giving school bankers the chance to win some amazing prizes by demonstrating regular saving behaviour in our Future Games competition. Students who make 3 or more deposits during the competition period will automatically get a chance to win.
How to enter; (Must complete all 3 tasks by the end of the competition period)
Make 3 or more deposits +
Play the future savers games (Starting Monday 16th October)
Complete the online entry form during the competition period get a chance to win!
Prizes up for grabs are;
5 x Nintendo Switch Neon Console Pack
7 x Sphero Ollie Racing Robots
9 x Garmin kids vivo fit activity trackers
10 x 3 Doodler 3D pen sets
Details for the competition are below and see the flyer when you come to banking on Wednesday mornings.
The Cyber Handball is currently out of stock. All other rewards are available. 😊
School Banking day is WEDNESDAY ‘s from 8.15am until the school bell rings at 8.35am in the school canteen.
Sharon Seaman - School Banking Co-ordinator and the School Banking team - Zana Appelbee, Mel Fowler & Scott Miller
FRIDAY 8th SEPTEMBER – Pasta Fundraiser orders due
THURSDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER – Interschool Athletics & Cross Country Breakfast – 8AM
SUNDAY 3rd DECMEBER– SAVE THE DATE - Christmas
CAKE STALL AT ATHLETICS CARNIVAL
Huge thank you to all those that supported the Cake stall at the Faction Athletics Carnival this week. To the many bakers that supplied items and those that helped Rita out on the day. We raised around $360 with the funds going back into the sports department of the school to purchase items towards future faction carnivals. The school community’s support is most appreciated.
A fantastic evening was had at the recent Parents Quiz night, lots of laughs were had but we wouldn’t of been able to run it smoothly without all our fantastic volunteers, Just over $3300 was raised on the evening so thank you to everyone who donated their time, prizes and attendance on the evening. Thanks must go to the following businesses from within the school community that donated prizes; please support them where you can as they support our school:
Kensington Reflections (Braun Family) Stirling IGA (Maio Family)
Ricciardello Motors / Perth Car Spa (Ricciardello & Germano Families)
Karrinyup Shopping Centre Angelo Di-Benedetto Photographer
Golden Ravioli Lady Latte
Minq Hair Studio Cruiseabout Mt Hawthorn
Fudos Lunch Bar Primavera Butchers
Last days for the pasta fundraiser – get your orders in before the end of the week for delivery by the end of term. All details for ordering are in the flyer.
INTERSCHOOL ATHLETICS & CROSS COUNTRY BREAKFAST – 8AM
The P&F will be hosting a breakfast next Thursday morning for all those that participated in the Interschool Cross Country team last term and the upcoming Interschool Athletics. On this morning, a cooked breakfast will be provided for all those competing. The breakfast will commence at 8am and letters will be sent home with details to all those involved.
WOOLWORTHS EARN AND LEARN
Don’t forget that this year we are participating in the Woolworths Earn & Learn program. We have until Tuesday 19th September to keep collecting stickers. Through this we are able to get new educational resources for our school – and all we need you to do is shop at Woolworths. When your sticker sheet is complete, drop it into the Collection Box at the school office or at Woolworths Karrinyup.
If you require the sticker sheet, you can print a copy of the PDF below.
MEALS BY MUMS
At the recent cook up for Meals by Mums we had some extra volunteers from St John’s Primary School and also received a most generous donation from local community group, Hugs & Stitches. There will be one more cooking day for the remainder of the year so stay tuned for further details. If you can volunteer 4 hours of your time for this great community service please contact Nicola on 0403 158 151.
END OF YEAR EVENT – SAVE THE DATE
We are busy planning the final P&F end of year event for the school community. Please put in your diaries, the afternoon of Sunday 3rd December. Further details will be circulated next term.
This is an opportunity to hear how our parish works & meet the people who work in the various ministries & groups. Note: There will be no Wednesday evening mass.
PROTECTIVE BEHAVIOURS WORKSHOPS
Child Protection Week, 4-10 September.
The Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Scarborough with the support of St John’s school is running a free parent workshop as part of the Archbishop’s Safeguarding Program. Open to families/friends of local parishes/school communities. Learn valuable skills to empower your child to feel safe & be protected. 6th September, 7pm to 9pm in the School Hall, 21 Lalor Street, Scarborough. https://www.trybooking.com/307080.
Only one person responded to the request to help with the upcoming St Vincent de Paul Society Street Appeal on 8 September. If you can sit for two hours only between 9am and 5pm at Gwelup Shopping Centre or Bunnings Innaloo then your help would be greatly appreciated. Enquiries, Barbara 94465324
Knights of the Southern Cross
Education Foundation Scholarship Program
Applications now opened from teachers of Religious Education in Catholic schools in WA to undertake further study in units for religious education & theory at the University of Notre Dame Australia in 2018. Download application from the website www.kscwa.org.au.
Please return your donation envelopes over the next few weeks. Thank you for your ongoing support.
The Spiritual Ministry at OLGC School are collecting good quality clothing, linen & toys for a women’s refuge. Donations can be left at the school office during school hours.
Prayer in the style of Taize
Candle light, prayer & silence in the presence of the cross. Thursday 7th September 7.30pm - 8.30pm at Our Lady of Grace Church, 3 Kitchener Street, North Beach. Each month.
Churches Together in Stirling
1. Picnic Day in Kings Park, 20 Sept. 11:00am.
2. Annual Bible Studies each Monday in Octo-ber 9th-30th. Theme: The Reformation 500.
3. Ecumenical Service Sunday 29th Oct. to celebrate 500th Anniversary of the Reformation— at St Dominic's at 3:00pm.
See notice board or contact Betty O'Neill 9446 5451 or Jaquie Gates 9341 7291.
OLGC Singing Practice
Saturday 9 September from 10.15am. All welcome to join us as we practice hymns for the next month. Bronwyn 0438 448 456
OLGC Morning Tea
Resuming this Sunday. Please join us for a coffee or tea and something delicious after 8am Mass.
The winter netball season for four OLGC teams at Perth Netball Centre was celebrated with the OLGC Netball Club wind up on Friday September 2. We all enjoyed coming together for a Zumba session, followed by dinner and trophy presentations. Thanks to Sharyn Bowman for organising the night, and Jo-Anne Dieb and Sarah Campbell for making it all run smoothly.
THANK YOU to all the players who gave 100% effort every week. Congratulations on the achievements of your teams this year. The teams from Years 3 and 4 both played their first season, and Years 5 and 6 continued to build on their skills and team focus from previous years. To the coaches Jo Vinci-Sharp, Trish Connery, Craig Campbell and Paula Di Trento – your enthusiasm, efforts and energy has been greatly appreciated. Team managers and parents gave great support to the coaches and the teams before and throughout the season. Big thanks also to Sharyn Bowman for doing a terrific job as Club Co-ordinator – her behind-the scenes work means that the season can happen.
Success for Year 6 Team
The Year 6 team celebrated their final year of playing for OLGC by finishing the season undefeated, and taking home the Year 6 Division 9 pennant for finishing on top of the ladder. It was rewarding for the coach of five years, Paula Di Trento, see the girls come together, continue to improve their skills, and settle into their roles on the court. The top place for the season was very well deserved. Congratulations!