World Teachers’ (Staff) Day
This Friday we will be celebrating World Teachers' (Staff) Day. This day recognises the important role and achievements of our staff. We celebrate the positive difference staff make and for their ability to create opportunities for students, empowering minds of young people and proudly teaching our future leaders, innovators and influencers.
P&F and Board Nominations
All positions on the P&F become vacant each year. The P&F plays an important role in the life of the school. It promotes the Catholic ethos of the school through all its activities, raises funds for school resources and organises social events for the school community. All parents are encouraged to be active members of this valued body and are asked to support the many activities. Taking an active role on the P&F involves one meeting per month during term time. These meetings are currently held on the first Tuesday evening of the month. Nominations close on Monday 19th November.
Nominations to join our School Board for 2019 are called for from parents in our school community. The School Board is established to assist in the provision of effective Catholic education. The Board has responsibility for the financial administration of the school and an advisory role to the Principal for planning and policy development. The Board also has a critical role to play in promoting and supporting the ethos of Our Lady of Good Counsel School. The Board meets at 6pm once a month, generally on the 2nd Tuesday. Positions on the School Board are for a two year term with a maximum of three terms. There are positions vacant on the School Board for 2019. Nominations close on Monday 19th November. Parents nominating to become part of the School Board will be contacted prior to the AGM to discuss the election process. You will be asked to give a brief address at the Annual General Meeting to introduce yourself prior to the election process.
Being a member of the P&F and School Board is a great opportunity to be an active member of the OLGC community. I encourage all parents to nominate. Nomination forms are available from the front office or are attached below. If you have any questions you are more than welcome to contact me.
All Souls/ All Saints Mass
We will come together to celebrate the wonderful souls who have influenced our lives and celebrate the example of Saints in our faith journey on Friday 2nd November. We welcome our families to join us at 11am.
Last week I sent a Child Protection communication to all parents following an incident at a nearby school. These communications are circulated around neighbouring schools and serve not only as warnings but also reminders to our children of safety and protective protocols and actions.
Here are some simple suggestions to help your child stay safe. Please ask your child to:
Always travel in company
Wherever possible, leave space between yourself and the roadway
Stay in areas that are well lit
Stay in view – avoid going into areas that are hidden from view (such as parkland bush or behind shopping centres) and plan trips to avoid such locations
Be alert – earphones and headphones can reduce your awareness considerably
If you have a mobile phone, have it turned on and ready to dial an emergency number
If a passing car stops nearby never get too close
Do not hesitate to run from a situation in which you feel at risk
Report suspicious behaviour to parents, school and the police.
If you can get it safely, try to photograph or remember the number plate of the car and report number plates of cars and the clothing or distinguishing features of individuals to police.
Students not returning in 2019
As we have a number of families wishing to enrol at OLGC, therefore, we need to know students who will not be returning in 2019. If you know that your child will not be returning next year, please inform the school in writing as soon as possible.
2019 Staffing Changes
We have just concluded the interview process for a canteen manager and I would like to announce that Hayley Hamilton was the successful applicant. Hayley will begin later this year in order to setup the canteen. Towards the end of the year further information will be sent to parents regarding the ordering process and how parents are able to volunteer.
I would also like to inform you of some changes for 2019.
For 2019 Venus Caruso will no longer teach Year 2. Venus will continue on as EMU (Extending Mathematical Understanding) teacher and provide support for upper primary Maths.
I would like to also inform you that Sheila O'Callaghan has decided to resign from her position as Teacher Librarian. Shelia will continue as a staff member in 2019 working one day a week in Year 3 to release Amanda Cochrane, our IT Leader. Sheila will continue to manage the purchasing of library books and resources to ensure we maintain our well resourced library. Deena Northcott will manage the resources within the library as well as assisting classes with book borrowing. I would like to thank Sheila for all the amazing contributions she has made to OLGC as Teacher Librarian. We are fortunate that Sheila will continue to share her knowledge and expertise with us.
Next year I will be changing the current model and will be replacing Library lessons with the Visual Arts Learning Area. We are currently in the process of seeking an appropriately experienced Visual Arts Teacher.
There will also be some changes to Year Level teachers. Please see below:
3 Year Old: Lillian Monastra
Kindy: Lillian Monastra
Pre Primary: Ori Kavanaugh
Year 1: Alex Mignogna
Year 2: Nichole Strijk
Year 3: Amanda Cochrane
Year 3 IT admin relief: Sheila O'Callaghan
Year 4: Tim Carter
Year 5: Mark Fitzpatrick
Year 6: Bethan Lillford
For 2019 Alex Mignogna will be joining our staff as the Year 1 teacher. Over the next term Alex will be visiting the Pre Primary children to get to know them ready for Year 1 next year.
One of the most difficult things for parents to hear is their child putting herself down or saying things like, “I can’t do this because I’m dumb,” or “He doesn’t want to be my friend because I’m stupid.” If left unchecked, this type of negative self-talk can take a HUGE toll on child’s confidence and self-worth.
Attached are seven effective strategies for dealing with negative self talk from
Please check lost property for items of clothing which may belong to your children. If your child comes home with clothing that does not belong to them and no name tag would you please return to lost property too?
60 Dad's, Granddad and Kids travelled to Bunbury for the camping trip last Saturday with the weather the only thing putting a dampener on the weekend. The kids went bush walking, collected firewood, played ball games, rode quad and motorbikes (wearing helmets of course), toasted marshmallows and shot helicopters into the sky at night. Apart from a few soggy tents it was great to see the kids laughing and having a good time with their school friends and the Dad's and Granddad's getting to know each other over the BBQ and a cool drink.
The Social Committee has come up with the initiative of the Warm Fuzzy Board.
Each class will receive the board for a week during the term. The child’s name will be displayed and throughout the week students can write notes or draw pictures to each other. This is also integrates the “Making Jesus Real’ programme as students can look out for students who may not have many notes or show they are kind and caring.
We would like to thank all of our students who have participated in the CommBank School Banking program this year.
Our final School Banking day for 2018 will be WEDNESDAY 28TH NOV. If your child is eligible to order a reward item, the last day for ordering is on WEDNESDAY 14TH NOV. All tokens that have not been redeemed this year can be used in 2019.
We would also like to thank Denise Weall, School Banking Specialist, CommBank, for her informative presentation at last weeks’ assembly. A BIG thank you to her partner, “Skaterboy Spen”, who also did an amazing job.
Thank you again to all of the banking families for your ongoing support, teaching your child about money and saving and a life learnt lesson!
We would love to have more parents join the school banking team next year. It is on a Wednesday morning and it only takes 30-40 minutes of your time to assist with the program when rostered. We rely on the school banking parents to keep this wonderful program going. If you are able to help out please speak with one of us.
New rewards for Term 4 which a number of students were waiting for - Slushie Maker Cup and Zoom Flying Disc.
Currently Terms 1, 2 & 3 rewards are still available to order until stock runs out.
Thank you to the P&F for the generous donation of a portable defibrillator. Last week staff participated in CPR and defibrillator training. The school is now part of the St John Ambulance First Responder program. This means that the defibrillator is registered so that anyone in the community can access it. For further information regarding the First Responder APP please follow the link below.
FRIDAY 2ND NOVEMBER - OLGC Colour Chaos (all year groups) @ 1.50pm (approx.)
THURSDAY 15TH NOVEMBER – Pasta Drive orders due
FRIDAY 16TH NOVEMBER – Nominations for 2019 P&F Committee Members due
THURSDAY 29TH NOVEMBER – Pasta Drive delivery
SUNDAY 2ND DECEMBER – End of Year Christmas Carols – SAVE THE DATE
ICE CREAM FRIDAY
Ice cream Friday continues this term in the canteen at lunch time commencing this Friday.
Icy poles 50c and Ice Creams $1.
The colour has arrived; sponsorship forms are out and the time is ticking for our community to go out to find their sponsors for the OLGC Colour Chaos on Friday 2nd November. Remember for every $10 raised the children will receive a ticket into the raffle for a chance to win great prizes.
The Colour Chaos will begin at approx. 1.50pm for all students at Prisk Reserve and will conclude in time for school pickup from the school oval.
Students can come in free dress for the day ready for the Colour Chaos. Although the colour powder is washable, please do not send children in their best clothes. White and light coloured clothing is recommended for the colour powder to be most effective. You may want to send sunglasses along with your child if they would like. We also encourage parents to bring a change of clothes or a towel to cover your car seats.
Remember if you would like to be a part of this great event as a volunteer please email email@example.com . Thank you to those parents who have already been in touch with us.
We look forward to a very colourful and enjoyable event!
Please be aware that if you will be attending the Colour Chaos it is advised to only park at OLGC.
JOIN THE OLGC PARENTS AND FRIENDS COMMITTEE
If you would like to be a part of the OLGC P&F for 2019, fill out a nomination form from the office or attached to Principal Post. The P&F meet once a month on a Tuesday - it’s a great way to join a friendly and enthusiastic group of parents. Come and be a part of something special - making our school a friendly and welcoming community.
All nominations need to be in by Friday 16th November 2018.
The final pasta drive for the year will take place in Term in 4. All orders must be submitted by Thursday 15th November for delivery the following week on Thursday 29th November. Thanks to everyone for all your pasta orders throughout the year.
END OF YEAR CHRISTMAS EVENT
The end of the year is fast approaching. The OLGC Christmas Carols on the lawn will be back on the afternoon of Sunday 2nd December. The children will perform the carols with Mrs Bennett and then there will be food and drinks available to purchase with entertainment for the kids. Look out for all the information coming out soon.
To celebrate the wonderful diversity of cultures in the Catholic Church you are cordially invited to attend the Unity and Diversity Mass at the Cathedral this weekend.
Date: Sunday 28 October 2018
Venue: St Mary’s Cathedral, Victoria Square, Perth WA 6000
You are welcome to wear the National dress or the colours and clothing of your country of origin or culture.
All Soul's Day, Friday 2nd November
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. 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.
The 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 envelopes in the weekend collections or brought when you attend the All Soul’s Day mass.
All Soul's day Plenary Indulgence
The All Souls Day indulgence is a wonderful way to show your love for a friend or family member who has died.
On All Souls Day, you can release a soul from Purgatory to Heaven. To gain the indulgence for your loved one or an unknown soul is a work of charity and a beautiful eternal gift.
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.
Do you know a past student or staff of Mater Dei College? Then please let them know of our upcoming event.
Mater Dei College continues in celebrating our 25th Anniversary year by hosting a Staff and Student reunion. The reunion is a free event and will be held in the Treetop Café at Mater Dei College on Saturday 3 November 6.00 – 9.00pm
Please see the event invitation and register your attendance on the following LINK.
If you have any queries please contact our Public Relations Officer, Mrs Paula Trevor 9405 4777 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE SEE THE ATTACHED PDF FOR INFORMATION ON THE
MERCEDES COLLEGE 50 YEAR REUNION
To celebrate this milestone, the College invites ex-students from the Class of 1968 to reminisce with school friends over lunch. Join us on Friday 16 November at the Mercedes College, Conference Room from 11.45am for lunch. Hear from the current Principal, Mrs Kerrie Fraser and after enjoy wandering through the College’s Art Exhibition viewing some of the student art works