We come to the end of another wonderful and busy term. It has been pleasing to witness the improvement and development of our students of over the past term and I look forward to another great term. I wish you all a very relaxing holiday break and hope you get to spend some quality time with your children.
Interschool Athletics Carnival
Well done to all our students who participated in the Interschool Athletics Carnival. Overall we finished in third place with boys coming 2nd and girls 4th. A special mention to our Year 5 boys who broke the Year 5 boys 4 x 100m Relay record and to Noah Braun who broke the Year 3 boys 400m record. Thank you to Mrs Goode for preparing our students and to staff and parents who helped out on the day.
If you are leaving OLGC at the end of 2017 could you please inform the front office ASAP as we have a number of families on waiting lists.
There are a number of parents parking on the nature strip on the corner of Thomas Way and Prisk Street.
This is a no parking area as cars parked obscure the view of traffic.
Please ensure that you are adhering to all "no parking" signage.
A reminder that rangers do visit from time to time.
Code of Conduct
As I mentioned, each fortnight we will focus on another conduct statement. This week I have included Conduct statement 3.
You act in accordance with the values of the Gospel as defined in the Code of Ethical Conduct.
1. You are mindful that your decisions and behaviour are opportunities for students and others to see Gospel values in action and how faith integrates with life. Therefore you are responsible for educating yourself and anyone you lead on the content of those values, and their practical application in your decision making.
2. You acknowledge that as a member of a Catholic school community, you are required to strive to develop and live out your relationships with all people in a manner that is based on Gospel values as defined in the CECWA Code of Ethical Conduct .
3. You accept that as a member of a Catholic school community, your conduct reflects on Catholic Education and the Church, and therefore you must strive to uphold the letter and spirit of the Code of Ethical Conduct.
4. You are called upon by the Code of Ethical Conduct act in a manner that is:
· Based on Christian ethics
· Contextually appropriate
5. The Code of Ethical Conduct requires you to take an ethical approach based on the living out of Gospel values which find expression in:
· Respect for the dignity of each person
· Acknowledgment of the giftedness of each person
· Commitment to building positive relationships
6. Respecting dignity is based on:
· A conscious appreciation of the sacredness of the individual’s creation
· A sensitivity to the fact that each individual has emotions, fears, hopes and an innate goodness which flows from creation in the image of God
7. Recognising the giftedness of others involves:
· Discerning these gifts
· Naming and acknowledging these gifts
· Empowering individuals and groups to use their gifts
8. Fostering positive relationships which flow from being:
· Welcoming and open
· Honest and loyal
· Trusting and trustworthy
· Willing to share knowledge, skills, resources and insights
9. Committing to appropriate confidentiality based on:
· Respect for others
10. Committing to:
· The Mandate of the Bishops of Western Australia
· The acceptance of responsibility for any action or initiative at a personal and professional level.
It’s understandable for parents who were raised by strict, overly controlling, authoritarian parents, to want to be more relaxed about parenting their own children. Some may decide on a less structured, more casual approach to parenting, where discipline and the laying down of rules and imposition of consequences are not high on their list of priorities. Others may decide that it’s more important to be a friend to their child rather than a parent, so that their authority doesn’t negatively impact the relationship. The up-side of a permissive parenting style is that kids often feel free to do just as they please. The down-side is that the world they live in is structured around commitment, responsibility, and respect for authority.
What’s so important about structure?
Without structure and firmness, some kids develop a frustration phobia. They do not have the Habits of the Mind that are required to do work they don’t feel like doing. In addition, giving too much freedom and power for making decisions to young children, may contribute to rebelliousness later on. As these children become adolescents, they may continue to exercise the right given to them by their parents to decide what they do with their time and money and whether they do their work or not. As parents, once we’ve given up our power and authority, it can be impossible to get it back when we notice our kids abusing theirs.
The link to underachievement
Of all the parenting styles, permissiveness is the one that research clearly finds associated with educational underachievement. Children are born with no ability to put up with frustration and no self-discipline. It must be nurtured and encouraged. Patience and delaying gratification has yet to be learned. Kids need progressively greater amounts of frustration tolerance in order to achieve, and fortunately, for many kids, maturity helps. With increased cognitive capacities, many children begin to be able to tolerate not getting what they want and having to do what they don’t want to do. However, on their own, some children are not able to acquire the self-discipline necessary to fulfil all of their parents’ and teachers’ expectations for work. When permissive parenting allows kids to free-range and do as they please, strategies and motivation to persevere with academic learning can be thin on the ground.
Firmness in structure and follow-through is an important aspect of parenting
Provide explanations or reasons for rules
Ensure consistency with parenting when rules are broken
Teach kids that sacrifices in the short term = pleasant results in the long term
While kids are young we set the rules, as they get older we become more democratic
Encourage age-appropriate independence, but oversee with discernment
Don’t hold back on appropriate consequences when boundaries are intentionally crossed
As parents, we know that navigating a life journey isn’t easy. Without a compass for parenting, we only make it harder for our kids, but if we can navigate truth north, our kids will be on the right path from day one.
There is significant amount of lost property in the Hall. Please check to see if any property belongs to you. Please also label your children's clothes, lunch boxes and water bottles. If you have clothing that is labelled with a child's name who has left the school, please re-label with the new owner. All unclaimed lost property will either be given to the Uniform Shop or disposed of.
During our school sports carnival, one of our students inadvertently put his reading glasses in the wrong school bag - he put them in a zippered pocket on the outisde of the bag. Could you please check your child's bag to see if it is there by mistake.
If you find them, please return then to the office.
A reminder that swimming lessons begin the first Tuesday back next term for the first 8 weeks. Lessons will be conducted at State Swim Osbourne Park, 381 Scarborough Beach Road(Same complex as the “Good Guys”). Parents are welcome to attend.
Below are the class times:
Year 1 - leave school 12.10pm, lesson 12.30-1.10pm
Year 2 - leave school 12.50pm, lesson 1.10-1.50pm
Year 3 - leave school 1.30pm, lesson 1.50-2.30pm
Children need to bring in a towel, a bag to put bathers in and goggles if needed. They have the option of wearing their bathers under their sports uniform, however, this can be difficult for girls.
Please follow the link below and fill out the bus permission slip.
Can you believe it’s the end of Term 3! Today was the final day to enter the family trip to Tokyo! Good luck to everyone who is in the running for that competition.
During Term 4, 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.
On Monday 16th October (Week 2 of Term 4) students can start unlocking the future savers games. Complete all 3 games, bank 3 times and enter the competition is easy as 1, 2, 3!
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.
Have a lovely break and see you all next Term where someone will win a $20 voucher towards their banking account. Watch this space!
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
Congratulations to all the wonderful Year 3 children who made their First Reconciliation last Thursday evening. All the angels in Heaven would be rejoicing! May you ever stay close to Jesus who is always with you and loves you so very much.
Days to remember during the holidays
September 29th - Feast of the Archangels St Michael, St Gabriel and St Raphael
October - Month of the Holy Rosary
October 1st - St Therese of Lisieux
October 2nd - Feast of the Guardian Angels
October 7th - Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
Wishing everyone a very happy and safe holiday. May the angels guard you and protect you wherever you may be. God bless you.
All you have to do is attend a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend!
If you would like to rekindle the sparks you felt on your wedding day! You’ll like the difference a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend can make.
Marriage Encounter is a weekend where married couples can get away from everyday responsibilities, including sport, children and phones — and focus only on their relationship. Enjoy the chance to talk and listen to each other. THERE IS NO GROUP SHARING.
Your wedding was just one day in your life, but your marriage is forever. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend can put the newness back into your relationship.
You both deserve a weekend away investing in your most precious asset . . . Your Marriage! This is a unique opportunity to recharge your relationship batteries and refocus on each other.
We invite you to join us on last Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend for 2017 to be held at the Atrium Resort Hotel in Mandurah on 13-15 October 2017.
It’s all organized:
Your meals are catered for (Saturday Breakfast through to Sunday Lunch)
I am a qualified and experienced secondary school mathematics teacher who specializes in tutoring students at primary school level for all years and in particular preparing students for high school mathematics so that they are can be ahead of their peers. Being a specialist mathematics teacher to year 12 I can guide the children through knowing where all the general pitfalls and issues are generally going to come from. 50% discount off first session if you mention your school!!
Have a Bachelor of Education majoring in Mathematics with a Science minor
Have a Master’s in Education
Have a Master’s in Business Administration
Years of experience teaching mathematics in secondary schools for all years and levels
Years of experience tutoring primary and secondary students in mathematics at all levels
Conduct holiday ‘catch up’ sessions to prepare students for the coming term.