Welcome back to Term 4 I hope you had en enjoyable holiday. I had a very relaxing holiday spending time with my family in Queensland where we visited theme parks, went swimming, had an advantage in the mountains, spent money shopping and had lots of delicious food.
P&F and Board Nominations
Attached to this newsletter are nomination forms for the P&F and School Board. Being a member of the P&F and School Board is a great opportunity to be an active member of the OLGC committee. I encourage all parents to nominate. If you have any questions you are more than welcome to contact me. Forms need to be returned by November 3rd 2017.
Swimming lessons at State Swim for Years 1, 2 and 3 have begun. Students will attend each Tuesday for 8 weeks. Apart from it being a rainy and windy day all reports indicate that the children had a great time and things went smoothly.
Students from Pre primary to Year 6 will be taking part in Edu-Dance each Friday. Edu-Dance is a creative hip-hop dance program designed for primary school students. It provides children with the opportunity to be part of a fun and energetic dance program. It covers aspects such as coordination, musical appreciation and self-confidence, and gives many children the opportunity to experience the excitement of performing in front of an audience. Most importantly it is promoted as a program for fitness and fun.
Code of Conduct
As I mentioned, each fortnight we will focus on another conduct statement. This week I have included Conduct statement 4.
You conduct yourself in accordance with laws, agreements, policies and standards relevant to your relationship with the school community.
Your relationship with other members of the school community is defined by whatever written or verbal agreement has given rise to that relationship. If you are a member of staff, it is your employment agreement. If you are a parent or acting in a parental capacity, it is the student’s enrolment agreement. If you are a member of the school board, it is your school board constitution. If you are a visitor, it is in accordance with the permission of the Principal to be on school grounds on condition that you act safely and competently.
If you witness the unlawful or unsafe conduct of any other member of the school community, or breaches of policy or this Code, whether in teaching, administration, school support services, or while engaging with students in person or via digital or other media, you have both a responsibility and an obligation to notify such conduct to the Principal or an appropriate authority and take other action as necessary to protect students.
Where you notify the Principal or a delegate of unsafe conduct, including breaches of this Code, and that notification fails to produce an appropriate response in the circumstances, you may take the matter to an appropriate external authority.
You respect both the person and property of students and their families, and of other members of the school community, and the property and finances of the school.
You use school property and resources responsibly and for the purposes of the school.
The Spiritual Ministry invites you to be a part of our Annual St Vinnie's Christmas Appeal.
Christmas should be a time full of joy and celebration, but for many families it highlights the everyday struggle they are experiencing to keep basic necessities such as food on the table and a roof over their heads. Every child deserves the magic of Christmas, however these families simply don’t have the means to buy Christmas gifts or put on a family feast for their children to enjoy. By donating non-perishable food items, supermarket gift cards and Christmas treats, you’ll be helping families enjoy a special Christmas and ease some of their financial burden heading into 2018.
Each classroom will have a basket to fill with items. We would like every child in the school to bring in at least three items for their class basket.
Please support the Spiritual Ministry in making a difference to families in need this Christmas.
On Tuesday the 24th of October, please join in the Year 6’s Evangelisation Project of Socktober.
Socktober is an initiative of Catholic Mission and one way which OLGC can fundraise, engage in advocacy and raise awareness of poverty in our local and global communities.
We are holding a crazy sock day for a gold coin donation. Students are encouraged to wear crazy socks all over their body. What is the most creative way they can wear socks? We will also be hosting a ‘Rock Your Socks Off’ dance party at lunch in the hall. Please join us in this great initiative to raise awareness and help sock it to poverty!
Colour blindness means that a person cannot distinguish some colours or see the colours differently to other people. Very few people who are colour blind are ‘blind’ to all colours. Commonly, the colours seen differently are greens, yellows, oranges and reds.
An information leaflet on colour blindness will be distributed to all year 6 students in term 4. Please take the time to read the pamphlet.
For more information and see the Colour Blind Awareness and Support Group on http://www.members.optusnet.com.au/~doverton/
If you have any concerns, colour vision testing can be performed by some general practitioners, eye specialists or optometrists.
Scoliosis is an abnormal sideways curvature of the spine. It can be detected by a simple examination of the back.
The normal spine has three curves – one in the neck, on in the upper back and one in the lower back. These curves can be seen from the side, but when you look from behind the spine should appear straight. If the spine has a sideways curve, this is scoliosis.
An information leaflet about Scoliosis will be distributed to all year 6 students in term 4. Please read through the information provided and check your child for scoliosis as described in the leaflet.
If you have any concerns, please contact your General Practitioner.
Community Health Nurse
Central West Region
Unit 4, 14 Chesterfield Road, MIRRABOOKA WA 6061
Phone: 9345 7109
FRIDAY 20th OCTOBER – Ice Cream Friday (flyer below)
FRIDAY 3RD NOVEMBER – P&F Nominations for 2018 to be submitted
FRIDAY 3RD NOVEMBER – Christmas Candle orders due (details below)
SUNDAY 3rd DECMEBER– SAVE THE DATE - Christmas End of Year Event
ICE CREAM FRIDAY
Starting this Friday there will be ice creams for sale from the canteen for all students to purchase. This will be running every fortnight for the remainder of the term.
P&F NOMINATIONS FOR 2018
We are now calling for anyone that is interested in joining the OLGC P&F. The process is that you must first nominate yourself as a Committee Member; the form that needs completing is attached to the newsletter and copies are also available from the office.
The positions of President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary will also be available for re-election with the election being held at the AGM on 28th November 2017.
Could all completed nomination forms be returned to the school office by 3rd November.
We would love to see some new faces join the committee, everyone is welcome to attend. If you have any queries about what is involved please speak to a current member or email firstname.lastname@example.org
CANDLES FOR CHRISTMAS
In the lead up to Christmas the P&F will be selling Apothecary Candles – these will make ideal Christmas gifts for friends and family. A sample is available to look at in the office and you can place your order via www.ouronlinecanteen.com.au. Please ensure orders are placed by Friday 3rd November.
END OF YEAR EVENT – SUNDAY 3rd DECEMBER
We look forward to bringing you all the details of the End of Year School Event very soon. It will be incorporated with the Christmas Carols in a revised format and will be an afternoon of celebrating with your families and the school community. Please look out for further information coming soon.
Are you searching for ways to enrich your understanding of the Catholic faith and tradition? Would you like to find out more about the Bible, the history of the Church or a particular sacrament which your child may be receiving? The Centre for Faith Enrichment offers a wide range of face-to-face and online courses and events on topics ranging from spirituality, Church history, theology, Scripture, Christian living and much more. No exams or assignments, just a relaxed and friendly learning atmosphere. To know more visit our website www.cfe.org.au where you will find our courses and events page and explore our new sacraments website.
VACSWIM 2017-18 SUMMER SCHOOL HOLIDAY SWIMMING LESSONS
Enrol your children now in VacSwim swimming lessons during the summer school holidays.
With swimming pools and beaches a part of the Western Australian lifestyle, ensuring your children learn how to swim and are safe in the water is a must for all families.
Your children can join in the fun of learning to swim in lessons run at pools and open water venues across the State. VacSwim is for all children – from beginners through to advanced survival, rescue and resuscitation.
Your children can learn to swim for just:
$7.00 per child for a five day short program
$13.00 per child for all other programs.
It's even cheaper if you have three or more children:
We are looking forward to these upcoming family masses
St Dominic’s 21 October With children from years 1 and 6
Centre for Faith Enrichment Term 4 courses and events
As we prepare ourselves for the liturgical season of Advent, we truly hope you will take advantage of one or more of our courses and events. For more details and to register, contact us by visiting our website www.cfe.org.au. We hope to see you soon! Centre for Faith Enrichment, Newman Siena Centre, 33 Williamstown Rd, Doubleview 9241 5221
On Line Courses—CFE Interested in taking an online course through the Centre for Faith Enrichment? This short video explains what's involved. Remember - there are no exams or assignments, just nourishing food for mind and heart! https://www.youtube.com/watch?=uUllh1DPuhQ
The Postal Plebiscite
Please consider a no vote to uphold the traditional marriage in Australia and that the outcome will be in accordance with God’s will.
Churches Together in Stirling Ecumenical Service Sunday 29th October to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation— at St Dominic's at 3:00pm.
Columban Calendars 2018
The Columban Art Calendar is an iconic Catholic Calendar, well -known for its traditional religious paintings and liturgical information and is a major fundraiser for Columban Missionaries. 2018 marks the 96th edition. Available after mass for $10.
BJ Hickey Biblical Foundation Scholarships for 2018 The scholarships are for biblical studies of any length and at any level, locally or overseas (such as Jerusalem or Rome). You don’t need to be an academic – just someone with a desire to further their knowledge of Scriptures and to help others with that knowledge. For the Scholarship Application Details and the Scholarship Application Form, please visit the Biblical Foundation page on the Centre for Faith Enrichment website. Applications close on Friday, 24 November. To find out more, and to read about the experiences of former recipients of the scholarships, please visit visit http://cfe.org.au/thebiblical-foundation/
Congratulations to Finn Knox, Year 4 on your amazing achievements at the WA State Short Course Swimming Championships at HBF Stadium on the school holidays.
Finn qualified for 8 individual events and achieved four silver and two bronze medals.
Fantastic effort, all your hard work and dedication at training has awarded you with a brilliant result.
St George’s College will be holding their annual Spring Fair on 29th October, 11am-4pm.
This is a free community event where variety of stall holders are invited to showcase and sell their products to the community. Stall holders include jewellery, plants, art, decorative home ware, olive oil, preserves, salt, mushroom growing kits, fresh produce, yummy treats and much more. There will also be a number of food outlets, live musical performances, beer and wine tasting, photography and art exhibitions, wine/beer tastings, tower tours, activities for children (such as bouncy castles, face painting, balloons, Minecraft and free fairy floss) as well as many other activities for the whole family to enjoy.
Make sure you go check Spring Fair out at St George’s College on 29th October 11am-4pm for what promises to be a fun filled and action packed day. For more information check out the Facebook event or St George’s website at: www.stgc.uwa.edu.au or contact them on (08) 9449 5555