Welcome back to Term 3. I hope you had the opportunity to spend some quality time with your children or just enjoyed not having to get them ready for school or encourage them to complete their homework. I was able to relax by going out for lunch, watching numerous movies and read some interesting books. I even thought seriously about doing some work around the house but thought better of it and read an extra book!
Making Jesus Real
Throughout the school we use Making Jesus Real (MJR). The MJR format aims to assist students in reflecting on the Good News stories that they are part of in their everyday lives. Jesus’ message was “Love God by loving your neighbour” – the MJR message is very similar, it focuses on “The way you greet and treat people”. Each alternate school assembly we have a student only assembly which is run by our Year 6 students. At these assemblies last term I spoke to the children about one simple way we can live our lives with Jesus in our hearts. I focused on how we greet each other first thing in the morning can impact how someone feels that day. A simple "Good morning MUM", with a smile, can have a wonderful positive effect. Each morning I used to greet children when on duty and more often than not I would just receive a blank stare, however, lately I am greeted with a smile and sometimes a quick chat. Over then next Term I will continue with this focus as well as discussing the way in which we treat each other.
Reading with your child
Reading with your child is one of the most important things you can do as a parent as it helps your child’s development in lots of ways. Reading stories helps your child get to know sounds, words and language, and develop early literacy skills. Reading stimulates your child’s imagination and curiosity and can help your child’s brain, social skills and communication skills develop. Reading stories with children has benefits for grown-ups too. The special time you spend reading together promotes bonding and helps to build your relationship.
Below is a link to an interesting article which outlines the many benefits of shared reading.
Over the holidays a bit of work was completed in the Kindergarten and Pre Primary. The outside of Kindy has been paved, limestone blocks around sandpit laid, back concertina sliding door installed, circular windows installed, staff/adult toilets have been completed and painters have begun to paint the interior of the room. At this stage they are still saying that the works will be completed in about two weeks which possibly means that at the end of the following week the Kindy students will be able to move in. The nature play area should start very soon and hopefully be finished within the next few weeks.
Front of School Parking
No Parking signs have been added to the front of the school just in front of the bin compound near the staff carpark. We have had a few near misses with parents parking in this area and students walking through the middle of the staff carpark rather than using the ramp.
Please be aware that the drive way in front of the church doors is a No Parking Zone. This allows parents to use this area as a Kiss and Drive for drop offs in the morning.
Entering the School Site
As you would be aware we have changed the way in which all parents and visitors enter the school during school hours. Between 9:30am - 2:30pm all parents and visitors must enter the school via the front office. Parents and visitors who wish to enter the school will then be required to sign in via the iPad sign in system and wear a printed visitor label.
The Noongar language of the whole South West region of Western Australia, is endangered.
The Madjitil Moorna Choir is thrilled to play a part in the preservation of this ancient language. Guided by elders and other cultural leaders, Madjitil Moorna Choir has been singing Aboriginal songs across the Metro area and regionally across WA since 2006.
The choir will be visiting our school on Wednesday 25th July. Each class will be involved in a 40 min session. The day will end with a whole school performance between 2pm-3pm. We invite all family and community members to join us for this performance.
Get ready to boogey kids, the disco is coming up next Friday the 27th of July.
Junior Disco is 5.30 - 7pm (Kindy to Yr 2)
Senior Disco is 7.15 - 9pm (Yr 3 to Yr 6)
At the Junior disco the parents are welcome to stay for this session and assist your children. There is also the option to drop your child off and collect at the conclusion of the event.
The senior disco is designed for the children to be dropped off and picked up at 9pm.
Parents, please be aware that there is a formal signing out of each child at the end of each disco so please be patient with this process as we ensure every child is accounted for.
Entry to the disco is to be paid in cash at the door and is $6 pp which also includes a sausage sizzle and small water.
If anyone can help out at either disco, particularly the Junior one could you please email the P&F - email@example.com and we will easily find a job for you.
Please note that parents are to pick up the children via the meeting room entrance.
Any queries, please don't hesitate to contact the P&F.
QUIZ NIGHT – SAVE THE DATE – FRIDAY 31ST AUGUST
Do you have a business or know of someone that could donate vouchers or merchandise to our OLGC Quiz Night???
This is a parents only event for the OLGC Community, 2017 was a sell sell out so be ready to purchase your tickets soon.
Until then please contact the P&F via firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas for donations. Anything like restaurant vouchers, movie tickets, hampers, chocolates, wine etc. All the assistance and donations we receive help us to make our events great nights for our community.
After the school holidays, would you like to spend a weekend away, just for you and your spouse. Then consider attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend where you will have the opportunity to reconnect, rekindle and refresh your relationship.
Take time out of your busy schedule, to invest in your most precious asset . . . your Marriage! (Attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend has now been accredited for 6 hours ongoing formation for staff in Catholic Schools.)We invite you to join us at the Atrium Resort, Mandurah 27-29 July 2018 or 12-14 October 2018.
Are you searching for ways to enrich your understanding of the Catholic faith and tradition?
Would you like to find out more about a particular sacrament which your child may be receiving?
Then the Centre for Faith Enrichment is for you! We offer 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.
Set in ambience of patience, positivity and encouragement your child will be in the optimum environment to learn new skills. We believe promoting positivity is key to learning, letting their imaginations flow through their fingers, embracing mistakes and teaching any little artist that imperfections are perfection.
Our extensive range will enthral your child from sculpturing, candle making, macrame to painting and much more. This term we will be creating inspirational art on canvas using various techniques and mediums. I look forward to sharing my passion with your child.