Over the holiday period major sewage works were carried out across the school oval. This has now been completed and the grass will be replaced shortly. Now that the sewage has been completed works on the original project have commenced. I have been advised that works should now be on target for an end of term finish. As you can see by the above photo some of the Kindy children were completing their own plumbing work, I did consider hiring them to assist with our build!
Mother's Day High Tea
On Monday morning the Year 1 class ran a special Mother's Day prayer service. This Prayer service was followed by a Mother's Day High Tea in the school hall. The P&F came in on Sunday and spent 6hrs transforming the hall for this occasion. The event was attended by over 50 Mums, Grandmothers and Aunties. They shared in delicious food, coffee, tea and had a surprise performance from the Year 1 students. A big thank you to the P&F for all the effort they put into making this such a memorable occasion for all.
Next week our Year 3 and 5 children will take part in The National Assessment Program – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). NAPLAN is an annual national assessment for all students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9. It involves reading, writing, language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and numeracy assessment. This year we will be administering NAPLAN online. NAPLAN Online will be held from the 15th May to the 25th May 2018. Teachers have been made aware of the test formats and will support all students throughout the assessments. We ask that parents assist by explaining to their child that NAPLAN is only one small part of their school program and that all they need to do is try their best.
15th May - Writing Year 3 (Written) Year 5 (Online)
16th May - Reading (Online)
17th May - Language conventions (spelling, grammar and punctuation) (Online)
18th May - Numeracy (Online)
20th-25th May- Catchup
STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS 2019-2021
Last week we sent out to all families the information and link to the Catholic Education Commission’s Strategic Direction Survey. Many parents have been involved in Catholic Education for many years either through their children or even personally themselves. This short survey seeks some feedback on some key areas in Catholic Education here in WA and I would urge you all to take the time to complete the survey and assist in this important exercise in gathering data. Hard Copies are available from the officer or visit https://connect.cewa.edu.au
Survey closes this Friday, 11 May.
Code of Conduct
Each fortnight we focus on a conduct statement. This week I have included Conduct statement 11
You act reflectively and ethically.
You engage with the school reflectively and ethically to ensure that you consciously put student safety and well-being at the forefront of your behaviour and decisions.
You develop and maintain appropriate and best practice advice, support and care for each student and their family.
You evaluate your conduct and competency according to this Code, the terms and conditions of your relationship with the school, and school policies.
You contribute to the professional development of school staff as appropriate.
You contribute to continuous improvement by supporting opportunities to record, assess and learn from incidents involving student safety and well-being.
You advise the Principal of any reduction in your capacity to act in the best interests of the safety and well-being of students due to health, social or other factors, while you seek ways of addressing the deficiency.
You take care of the safety and well-being of all members of the school community so that you all may fully contribute and cooperate in providing for the safety and well-being of students.
Getting along means that young children work and play together nicely. It means that children are friendly, tell the truth and care about others. Getting along means being able to fix problems without arguing or fighting. Violence is never an answer. When young children get along, they follow the important rules of the home, school and classroom. They also want to help to make their home and school cleaner and safer.
EXAMPLES OF ORGANISED GETTING ALONG BEHAVIOUR IN CHILDREN
Plays well with friends
Takes turns when playing with others
Asks nicely to join in a game
Asks for help politely
Listens to others when they talk
Does what his/her parents and teachers ask him/her to do
Makes an effort to be nice to someone who seems to be upset
Does not call others bad names (swears)
Does not interrupt others when they are talking. Waits patiently until they are finished then asks a question or makes a comment.
WAYS TO PRAISE YOUR CHILD FOR GETTING ALONG BEHAVIOUR
"You are really good at helping others."
"You didn't try to lie. Telling the truth"
"Good for you. You are really trying to get along with your friends."
"You are a good listener"
"I thank you for being patient and waiting until I was finished talking. That is very mature behaviour."
TEACH YOUR CHILD THE FOLLOWING GETTING ALONG THINKING
BEING TOLERANT OF OTHERS - We are all different. We all have good things about us.
THINKING FIRST - When someone has something that I want, asking politely "May I have a go", not over reacting if something doesn't go your way.
PLAYING BY THE RULES - Follow all the rules of the game. Rules help us to be safe and happy.
SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY - It is good to help others. It is good to make and keep things clean and safe in our community.
PRACTICAL THINGS YOU CAN DO TO HELP YOUR CHILD GET ALONG
Acknowledge and praise your child when he/she is demonstrating good getting along skills
Do not use sarcasm, put your child down, communicate with a negative tone of voice or become furious when your child misbehaves. Behaviours are modelled.
Teach your child what to say when he/she meets someone new
Teach your child to take turns
Teach your child the importance of not saying mean things to someone else
Provide opportunities for your child to share their things with others
Teach your child they do not have to be the best at everything.
On April 25, 1467, this picture of Our Lady and her son appeared on a church wall in a town near Rome. Many sick people have been cured because of Our Lady of Good Counsel's prayers to our Lord. A painting of Our Lady of Good Counsel helped to spare the crops in New Norcia in 1845.
On Friday 4th May our school celebrated Our Lady of Good Counsel's Feast Day. It was a wonderful day had by all.
The day commenced with the Year Two assembly which was a wonderful way to start a special day of thanksgiving.
All students from Pre-Primary to Year Six were in faction groups to participate in the activities celebrating OLGC.
The activities were creating a portrait of Our Lady, enacting the scene in New Norcia where there was a fire was put out with the portrait of Our Lady, activities on the oval where the focus is on working together and inclusion and creating Pic Collages representing OLGC community and what the community means to each student.
Thank you to the P&F for providing lunch for the children and staff on the day. Thank you to the staff for the excellent activities and to the students for their enthusiasm and high level of engagement.
Thank you to all students who have been regularly attending rehearsals this year. As announced in the newsletter earlier this year we have the opportunity to participate in a matinee for ONE BIG VOICE this year. OLGC is confirmed as performing in just the matinee this year on Friday 17th August.
The rehearsal for the matinee is scheduled for 10.00am with the concert to begin at around 12.00pm.
I am attending another PD session for OBV on Saturday 26th May which will give me any updates. As soon as I know anything I will forward the latest information regarding times and ticketing for the event.
This year I will not be providing practice CDs and lyric booklets. All backing tracks, parts, lyrics and choreography can be found on the website under the STUDENT heading using the password pelican.
Please allow your child to spend some time rehearsing the songs over the next few months as there is a lot of repertoire to cover this year.
THURSDAY 10th & FRIDAY 11TH MAY – Mother’s Day Stall (see details below)
FRIDAY 18th MAY – Ice Cream Friday
FRIDAY 27th JULY – Kids Disco
FRIDAY 31ST AUGUST – Parents Quiz Night
LOVE TO HELP…. BUT DON’T REALLY WANT TO JOIN THE P&F???
We can still use you and would love some extra helpers.
We are looking to compile a list of names of people that may like to help with some of the events that the P&F run. There is no formal commitment required from anyone, just looking at creating a list of names that we can call on when we need an extra pair of hands. We know there are a lot of people that like to help when they can but can’t commit to joining the P&F. There is still plenty of ways you can help, and we would love to hear from you.
Some of the things you may be asked to assist with are:
Mothers / Father’s Day Stalls – help run the stall and with children’s purchases
Feast Day – food prep and serving lunch to students
Kids Disco – set up prior to event and or help run stalls at disco
Ice Cream days – serving out of the canteen for less than an hour on a Friday at lunch time
School functions – set up, BBQ, bar etc
It’s a great way to meet other parents within the school community and the kids always love seeing you around the school.
Please feel free to drop us a line with your email address and we will add you to the list – promise you won’t be inundated with requests. (email@example.com)
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The kids all loved their sausage sizzle lunch last Friday and a big thank you must go to Kirk Phillips who cooked the BBQ. There was also a huge turnout of help from the mothers within the school that assisted with the food prep and then serving lunch. It all contributed to the serving of lunch for over 200 kids run very smoothly.
MOTHERS DAY HIGH TEA
A beautiful morning tea was held this week with around 50 mothers, grandmothers and aunties from the school community. Thank you for supporting this inaugural event and we look forward to growing on it in future years. Huge thank you to the many ladies who stayed behind and helped clean up and wash all those tea cups and plates – many thanks!!
MOTHERS DAY STALL
There will be goodies available for the children to purchase something for their Mum, Grandmother or Carer. Students are given the opportunity to make their selection during class time with teachers and assistants to help with purchases. Please note that we ask for a maximum of $5 to be spent per child with gifts ranging from $1-5.
KINDY – Thursday 10th May
PP to YR 6 – Friday 11th May
ICE CREAM FRIDAY IS BACK
This will be run out of the canteen at lunchtime – starting in week 3 and running every fortnight. If anyone would like to assist on a Friday for about an hour, please let the P&F know.
A couple of date changes have taken place for events; please note the following:
Kids School Disco is now to be held on FRIDAY 27th JULY (early Term 3)
Parents Quiz Night has moved to FRIDAY 31st AUGUST
Further details on both these events to come soon.
Year Six Evangelisations Project- ‘Beanies for Babies.’
The Year Six class is seeking donations of 8ply acrylic wool in all colours. We have been very busy crocheting blanket squares and beanies for new born babies but have now run out of wool. If you, or any of your family members, have any wool that you would like to donate, please bring it along to the year six classroom or contact Mrs. Lilford.
Mrs. Lilford and the Year Six Students
Thanks to the fantastic efforts of our students we have raised $180 for our school through School Banking commissions in Term 1.
Each year an Annual Contribution is paid to the school each calendar year when their first School Banking deposit is processed. The amount paid is based on the number of students who made at least one School Banking deposit in the prior year which for our school is $100.
A Regular Savers Contribution of $5 is paid to the school for every 10 School Banking deposits processed per student, in line with the existing School Banking Rewards Program for students.
These funds will go towards a Coin Sorter that will be used weekly at School Banking, for P & F and school events.
Check out the new rewards for this Term! These can be ordered once you have 10 deposits.
Saving regularly is an important habit to get into, whether you're saving a little or a lot. Keep up the great work and remember to bring in your School Banking deposit each Wednesday.
Thank you for supporting the School Banking program.
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