We have received correspondence from Bishop Don Sproxton that we have a new Executive Director. The correspondence read:
“I wish to inform you that on behalf of the Bishops of Western Australia, I have met with and communicated to Dr. Tim McDonald that, following the expiration of his contract on 4 November 2017 as Executive Director of Catholic Education Western Australia, a new contract will not be offered to him. This decision was made after a lot of reflection and deliberation. While acknowledging the good work that Dr. McDonald has done over the last five years, the Bishops wish to take Catholic Education in a new direction over the next five years, and that a new Executive Director will be best placed to implement our vision.
The Bishops wish to announce that Dr. Debra Sayce is to be the Acting Executive Director in 2018. We thank Tim for his vision and work within Catholic Education and wish him every success in the future.”
Congratulations to Nicole Nuttall on her appointment to Mater Christi in Yangebup for 2018. I would like to thank Nicole for all her efforts and wonderful work she has completed with our Year 5 students. I wish her all the best in the future.
Capital Development Plan 2018
As previously communicated to families the School Board and I have just had confirmation that we are able to commence our Capital Development Plan for Mid December to be completed by the end of Term One 2018. The scope of works include extending the Kindergarten/3 year old room, adding extra internal and external storage areas, gutting the existing toilets, adding extra toilets, adding a staff toilet, extending the Kindergarten/PP play area, creating a nature play area for the entire school and re-fencing the perimeter of the school. I have added a link below showing some of the work to be completed.
Could I please remind parents that each Thursday morning mass is held in our Church for the Parish community. Could I please ask that on a Thursday morning parents do not park in front of the Church to allow elderly parishioners a space to park.
Dogs on the Oval
Over the past few months we have had many incidents involving dogs on the oval, before and after school and on the weekends. These include dog poo constantly being found on the oval, unleashed dogs running up to children and knocking them over and a child being bitten. While I still wish for the community to use our property, unfortunately, I can not risk that another child is injured while on our property, including the weekends.
Code of Conduct
As I mentioned, each fortnight we will focus on another conduct statement. This week I have included Conduct statement 5.
You respect the dignity, culture, values and beliefs of each member of the school community.
You respect both the person and capacity of each member of the school community, treat them with dignity, show respect for their culture, values, and beliefs.
You interact with members of your school community in an honest and respectful manner.
You perform your duties and conduct your relations with students and members of the school community with fairness and justice. This includes taking appropriate action to ensure the safety and quality of the education and care of students are not compromised because of harmful or prejudicial attitudes about culture, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, religion, disability, spirituality, political, social or health status.
In planning and providing education and school support services, you uphold the standards of culturally safe and competent care. This includes according due respect and consideration to the cultural knowledge, values, beliefs, personal wishes and decisions of each member of the school community. You acknowledge the changing nature of families and recognise that families can be constituted in a variety of ways.
You do not express racist, sexist, homophobic, ageist and other prejudicial and discriminatory attitudes and behaviours toward any member of the school community. You take appropriate action when observing any such prejudicial and discriminatory attitudes and behaviours.
In making professional judgements in relation to the interests and rights of a member of the school community, you do not contravene the law or breach the human rights of any person.
Connie Confidence Confident young children are not afraid to make mistakes when learning something new. They believe that they will be successful if they try hard and only ask for their teacher’s or parent’s help when they have tried their very best. Confident young children are not afraid to meet new classmates. They expect to be liked and make friends. When someone wants them to do something they don’t want to do, confident children tell them nicely what they want to do. Confident young children stand up tall, sit with straight backs, and speak in a voice that everyone can hear but is not too loud.
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.
Last weekend over 70 Dad's, Father figures and children attended the ADHOC Camping Trip on a private property just outside of Bunbury. The camping trip was great fun for all. The children got the chance to explore the property, collecting firewood, playing ball games, toasting marshmallows and searching for kangaroos at dusk with a spotlight. Early Sunday morning they shared a delicious BBQ breakfast and even had a coffee van! This was a wonderful opportunity for children to experience camping in a safe environment. Look out for next years camp!!
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.
Starting Monday 16th October (Week 2 of Term 4) students can start unlocking the future savers games. Complete all 3 games, (16th Oct, 23rd Oct and 30th Oct) bank 3 times and enter the competition is easy as 1, 2, 3!
The final game has been unlocked this week and students can now complete the Game Master Prize online entry form.
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.
REWARDS TERM 4
These are already very popular! - Headphones and Tech Pencil Case, Check them out in the picture below.
Keep coming to banking as we have some prizes to award to our regular bankers and well as someone will win $20 to place into their school banking account – stay tuned for more details!
Also, we are always looking for volunteers to assist with the School Banking program in 2018. If you are able to help us out can you give your name to Sharon as we would love to see more parents volunteering and being a part of the school banking team in 2018.
School Banking day is WEDNESDAY ‘s from 8.10am 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 3rd NOVEMBER – 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– Christmas Extravaganza Event
COFFEE AT ASSEMBLY
As usual coffee will again be sold at this week’s assembly. It’s fantastic to see the whole school community getting involved in this project with the Discovery Kids cooking the biscuits that were given away at last assembly. All proceeds from the coffee sales are going towards funding the Meals by Mums cooking project. Thank you to Discovery Kids.
ICE CREAM FRIDAY
Ice Creams are back again this Friday for all students to purchase. They were such a hit in the opening run so don’t miss out. Paddle Pops are $1 and Icy Poles 50c.
P&F NOMINATIONS FOR 2018
Nominations for anyone interested in joining the OLGC P&F must be submitted by this Friday 3rd November.
The process is that you must nominate yourself as a Committee Member; the form that needs completing is attached to the newsletter and copies are also available from the office.
As with each year, the positions of President, Vice-President, Treasurer and Secretary will be available for re-election with the election being held at the AGM on 28th November 2017.
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
Final orders for the Apothecary Candles are due in this Friday 3rd November. In the lead up to Christmas these can 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.
CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA – SUNDAY 3rd DECEMBER
The end of year event is fast approaching and we look forward to having everyone involved for an afternoon of celebrating. All information is in the flyer below with a revised format being used for this year’s Christmas Carols. There will be lots of food options available from Fat Bellies Catering and entertainment for the kids. Please save the date in your calendars and come along and enjoy the festivities.
Throughout November the Church prays for all those who have died and all who are in Purgatory, waiting for the day when they will join the company of the saints in heaven.
Halloween is short for All Hallow’s Eve. It is the vigil of All Saints (All Hallows) Day.
Halloween (October 31st) is connected with All Saints Day (November 1st) and All Souls Day (November 2nd). These three days taken together are a triduum of feasts also called Allhallowtide, Hallowtide, or Hallowmas (‘hallow’ means to honor as holy).
Halloween is, therefore, the first day of Allhallowtide, the time of year when the living (i.e. the Church Militant) honors all those who have died in Christ: all the saints in heaven (i.e. the Church Triumphant) as well as all the holy souls detained in purgatory on their way to heaven (i.e. the Church Suffering). It is a celebration of the communion of saints.https://www.catholiccompany.com/getfed/main_category/catholic-living/
All Soul's Day, Wednesday 2nd November
The celebration of Mass is the highest means the Church can provide for charity for those who have died, but we can also offer our own prayers, sufferings and penances for them. We can also help the Poor Souls to reach Heaven by praying and doing certain things which have indulgences attached to them. For those who wish to add the names of departed loved ones please list them using a November mass offering envelope.November mass stipend envelopes with the names of your deceased family & friends will be placed at the altar at all masses during the month. Please place the envelope in the weekend collections or bring it when you attend the All Soul’s Day mass.
Mass Times for All Soul's Day......
St Dominic's 9am
St Dominic's 7pm
Plenary indulgence on All Soul's Day, 2nd November
On All Soul's day you can obtain a plenary indulgence for a departed soul by:
receiving the sacrament of reconciliation, either eight days before or after All Soul's Day
receiving Holy Communion on all Soul's Day
and reciting prayers for the intentions of the Holy Father (one Our Father and one Hail Mary and the Creed) All attachment to sin, even venial sin, must be absent. If one's disposition is less than perfect or if some of the above conditions are not fulfilled, the indulgence becomes partial.
You can acquire only one plenary indulgence on all Soul's day.
Indulgenced Acts for the Poor Souls A partial indulgence can be obtained by devoutly visiting a cemetery and praying for the departed, even if the prayer is only mental.
One can also gain a plenary indulgence visiting a cemetery each day between November 1 and November 8. These indulgences are applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory.
A partial indulgence, applicable only to the Souls in Purgatory, can be obtained when the Eternal Rest is prayed.
Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
St Vincent de Paul Society
The main Office & Depot for the St Vincent de Paul Society have relocated to 9 Brewer Road Canning Vale. Reception Phone: 63237500. For all Depot home collections please phone 63237520. Thank you to all who regularly and generously support the St Vincent de Paul Society and our Parish Conference.
Centre for Faith Enrichmentworkshop
Come along to a Centre for Faith Enrichment workshop at St Dominic’s on 14 November 7.30pm to 9pm. According to the early church fathers, sacred scripture should be understood in a manner that is both worthy of God and useful for our lives. This session will show how the stories of Jonah & the Whale and the Israelites’ escape from Egypt can help us in our daily lives while cultivating in us a deeper understanding of God as revealed in, with and through the person of Jesus of Nazareth.
Columban Calendars 2018
The Columban Art Calendar is an iconic Catholic Calendar, wellknown for its traditional religious paintings and liturgical information and is a major fundraiser for Columban Missionaries. 2018 marks the 96th edition. $10.
Melbourne Cup Luncheon
Tuesday 7 November in St Dominic’s parish centre. Tickets $15 now available at mass. All are welcome to attend this annual parish event. There will be sweeps and a prize for the best decorated hat. Donations of raffle prizes would be appreciated.
Parish Christmas Concert
Mark your calendars for our parish event. Sunday 10 December 6pm to 9pm in the OLGC school hall. Parishioners wanting to present items other than our parish choir carol singing please contact Bronwyn, Hellen Corray, Fr’s Joe or Nicholas so these items can be listed in the program schedule.
New Norcia Institute for Benedictine Studies Weekend Retreat 17-19 November. See notice board for details.
Performing Arts Centre, Loreto Nedlands Primary School
69 Webster St, Nedlands (Perth)
For Keen Science Students (Primary and Secondary) and Parents/Guardians
Increase your Interest and Enjoyment in Learning
Study air as an occupier of space, objects falling in air compared with in a vacuum, the particle model of matter, pressure, expansion and contraction, and phase changes while also addressing common misconceptions.
Highly Visual and Entertaining
See the refusing funnel, objects released in a vacuum, a suspended student (and a parent!), expanding and shrinking balloons, a frozen squash ball break, a tin explode, and more, plus make a cloud.
Examine Interesting Phenomena Using Equipment That is Not Readily Available
Use novel equipment that includes vacuum pump, other vacuum apparatus, and liquid nitrogen.