Dear God, Thank you for all the gifts you give us every day. Let us be grateful for them and use these gifts properly. Thank you for clothes that we wear, food that we eat and water that we drink. Thank you for the trees that make shade and oxygen. Thank you for all the kinds of animals and birds. Amen.
I have said it before but third term used to be the time of the year when there were few interruptions to classroom teaching. As a teacher you could plan your lessons knowing that you could create a flow of learning experiences and be able to revel in the joy of teaching and witnessing children learning, without fear of interference from other school programs. Nowadays, third term would have to be the most interrupted and distracted period of the year. For all that, think about the enriching opportunities it provides our students. This term, we have had children involved in Sacramental Programs, Performing Arts Festival, One Big Voice, Chess tournaments, Netball and Basketball, interschool Basketball, Dance, Tournament of Minds, Robocup, Cross Country, Swimming lessons, spending time with their grandparents in their school, Book Week, incursions and excursions and so much more. Not a dull moment and all part of ‘educating the whole child’ because we attempt to provide all children with chances to shine in their area(s) of strength. Plays havoc with your teaching timetable but OLG staff are strong on resilience and flexibility.
Tournament of Minds Last Sunday OLG had two TOM teams involved in the State Finals where they competed against the best teams from across the state. It was also great to see the number of former OLG students representing secondary schools at this level.
The next phase of the competition is the Australasian Finals, this year, held in Adelaide. Families concerned should have received a communication regarding the program for the lead up and the event itself. A meeting of these parents is planned in the coming days.
Music Scholarships Newman College recently conducted auditions for their 2018 Music Scholarships and it is with considerable pleasure that I inform you that six of our students, Sofia kell, Carla Foti, Rhyley Wake, Xander Cooper, Hayden Dalby, Rose Carlino and Ben Lee are recipients. I am tempted to draw the conclusion that our revamped music program has some influence on this outcome. Speaking of which, have you noticed the number and quality of soloist singers we have been treated to lately? Amelie Russell in Year 4G’s assembly item, the various antiphon singers in school masses and the stunning renditions of "Bonny Portmore" by Matilda Carey, Ava Luca, Tamer Christou and Josie Hicks and “Mary of York” by Sofia Kell and Josie Hicks at the Grandparents’ Day gala. Josie is a member of the Science Technology TOM team and their play featured another solo singing performance by her, of a short song they wrote during ‘lockdown’. We have a great many children whose talents in the performance arts are developed, and sometimes unearthed, through their involvement in OLG school programs and activities. Congratulations, all.
Netballers – Firecrackers Involvement in team sports provides children with a valuable life-skill that will give them an avenue of social interaction for life. OLG is truly fortunate to not only have a netball club but one that is run well and coaches our students with an emphasis on safety, fun and skill. Last weekend our Firecrackers team played off in the finals, going down by just one point!
PAT Assessments Over this week and next all OLG students from Year 1 through to Year 6 will sit a number of online assessments aimed at providing objective data to inform teaching across the rest of this year and into next. In past years we have conducted similar assessments in November each year but by bringing them forward we hope to get better value from them for our students. As the children’s age increases so does the number of assessments. We begin with aspects of Reading and Numeracy, and then add in further aspects of Literacy, Science and Italian language for the older students. By the end of today all students will have completed the Maths assessment. Early analysis suggests our students have a sound grasp of the curriculum content and are coping with the tests without observable stress or concern.
Building Works The project is taking shape and looking good. The roof should soon be on Building Two and the walls of the first floor of Building Three are expected to be complete in the next week, with its roof structure expected to be up within the next two weeks. An issue with the SE corner of the retaining wall is being dealt with, albeit, slowly. Demolition of the current Kindy room should happen in the days after the students finish school for the year in early December. Official handover of the buildings is scheduled for 5 January 2018, giving us two weeks to move furniture and a further week to ‘set up’ classrooms for the start of the 2018 school year.
Those being relocated to the new buildings will be:
Pre Kindy, Art, Discovery Kids, Uniform Shop
Three Kindy groups in two classrooms
Two Year Six classes
Two Pre Primary classes
Three Year Five classes
While the allocation of rooms for the rest of our operations is yet to be finalised, the following is being considered:
Music moved to the current 6G room, upstairs, above the canteen
Year Fours will stay as is.
Year Threes will take over the current Year 5 rooms and, in time, the existing Resource Room at the back of the library.
Years One and Two will remain as is for the time being.
This leaves us with some temporarily empty rooms (current Year 3B, 3G and 4W) which may house programs such as LAP, EMU, Sports store (which will temporarily go while the hall is being extended) and I imagine a range of other services and needs.
Last year OLG adopted a policy of interviewing and offering places in Kindy six term in advance of commencement. This was in response to Newman College doing the same. Other surrounding Catholic schools have now adopted the same policy.
The result is that OLG and some others are currently conducting their enrolment interviews for the 2019 Kindergarten intake.
At OLG we also combine this with interviews for the 2018 Pre Kindy classes. Parents interested in their family becoming part of the OLG school community by having their child in our 2019 Kindergarten class must register their interest and book an interview now. Phone the school office on 6241 9500.
Kindy classes will be holding a cake stall in the multi purpose area on Friday 15 September. Please come along and help support their fundraiser. A reminder to the parents who will be baking for the cake stall that OLG has a Nut Free policy.
Thank you to everyone who helped bake for the Special Needs cake stall. They raised $200.00
Now is the time to check your summer uniforms are in order for commencement for Term 4. Tuesday 10th October.
If you have been notified that your order is ready for collection, please do so this Friday morning.
Knitting Club is after donations of 8 ply wool. Please drop donations at the library. Thank you.
Lost a large rainbow coloured umbrella in school grounds a few weeks ago. If found please hand into the office. Thank you.
Discovery Kids September Holiday program - click here
OT Presentation 0-3 year olds Information Evening
We are fortunate to have Emma-Louise Marpole, an experienced Occupational Therapist, return to Our Lady of Grace School, together with a qualified Physiotherapist, to speak aboutthe developmental milestones of pre-school aged children including:
fine and gross motor skills
how to encourage development through play
indicators of poor development
This will be very beneficial to parents of children aged 0-3.
Date: Thursday 14th September, 6.30pm in the Kindergarten Room. This session will go for about 90 minutes.
We hope as many parents as possible will be able to attend.
Thanks to the P&F Committee for funding this information evening.
Grandparents day -
Book Week Book Fair Thank you to the 27 families who donated 48 books to the school library during our Book Fair, your support is greatly appreciated! As soon as the books are processed, your children will be the first to borrow them. It was great to see so many wonderfully creative and colourful book characters on our dress-up day at the beginning of Book Week. Well done! Mrs Sherlock and Ms Mulcahy
Mon 18 September
Chelsea Begley, Jenni Vile
Tue 19 September
Vanessa Shelton, help required
Wed 20 September
Kath Lamont, Adele Swan, Mel Chester
Thu 21 September
Angela Johns, Kelle Graziotti
Fri 22 September
Linda Noble, Laura Wheeler, Amanda Rieder
Please contact Peta Taylor on 0419 260832 if you can help out with volunteering.
To access our online order system please visit www.ouronlinecanteen.com.au. Instructions for signing up are on the website or you can contact the Support line on 1300 116 637 for assistance.
IMPORTANT NOTICE - Please read
There are an increasing number of online orders that are not being captured due to parents not confirming their orders. Once you have placed an order please check your confirmation email or your "active orders" section to ensure your order has been placed, as we are getting numerous children at canteen quite upset that they haven't received their lunches.
Subway Meal Deal order forms were sent home today. Please return by Wednesday 20th September. No late orders will be accepted.
Sports Carnival Meal Deal Information - click here
Should any of the above times and/or days be unsuitable, please contact Trish or Monica.
Due to work commitments, people cannot fulfill their library responsibilities to help out in the library. If you have a couple of hours to spare to help out in the Library from Tuesday to Thursday please see Trish. All help is greatly appreciated.
Library Roster is being prepared for next term. If your circumstances have changed or would like to help out please contact Trish asap.
Parents and Friends Association
To celebrate the end of year, the P&F are organising a social event for a Parent catchup. Make this your end of year class function. • Parents Social Evening & Silent Disco: Friday 13th October in the MPA starting from 7:30pm Don’t be put off by the fact that it is Friday the 13th but come and enjoy the P&F Social function of a parents end of year catchup and Silent Disco night. Please note: This is a social event NOT a fundraiser. Your P&F will heavily subsides the event with platters of food and extremely reasonable prices at the bar. Though you may think you can’t dance, once you place the ear phones on you can’t but not dance. It’s very infectious. So refer details below or the notices that have been placed on Flexibuzz to getting your tickets ($10pp). Make it your classes end of year get together. There are only three P&F Meetings left for the year. It would be great to see some more new faces at some of these. Also at the end of this year three positions will become vacant due to the rollover of the 3 year term in any one role. So we are seeking expressions of interests from parents for the following P&F committee positions:
• P&F President (Chair the monthly P&F Committee meetings during the school year) (Currently held by Darren Vilé) • P&F Events Coordinator (This can be shared between a couple of people. It’s a co-ordination role and management of the P&F Events Calendar) (Currently held by Di Guttridge) • Class Rep Coordinator (Currently held by Linda D’Vaz)
If you wish to find out more please speak to one of us or email email@example.com and we will forward the relevant contact details. These are very rewarding positions.
Finally, the OLG P&F Association's constitution has been recently amended to comply with the new Associations Incorporation Act 2015. This has been a major undertaking with all the thanks going to Laura Wheeler to incorporate the new rules to our constitution. It is recommended that the revised constitution be accepted at a Special General Meeting scheduled for Wednesday 20th September, 7:30pm. Please consider attending as we require as many parents to attend to pass this resolution so it may be submitted to the respective Commissioner.
NOTICE OF SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE OUR LADY OF GRACE PARENTS & FRIENDS’ ASSOCIATION INC. Notice is hereby given of a Special General Meeting of the Our Lady of Grace School Parents and Friends’ Association Inc. to be held on Wednesday 20th September 2017 at 7:30pm in the Staff Room at Our Lady of Grace School. The purpose of the Special General Meeting is to propose amendments to the Our Lady of Grace School P&F Constitution currently dated August 2015, and vote to accept the revised Constitution dated September 2017. Incorporated associations are required to comply with the new Associations Incorporation Act 2015 (the Act) and the Associations Incorporation Regulations 2016 (the Regulations). The Act includes 19 matters (known as the Schedule 1 requirements) that need to be addressed in the rules of the association. The August 2015 Constitution has been updated to comply with the Regulations and the Act. A quorum of at least 12 is required to facilitate these amendments. This is where we need you! Please consider volunteering half an hour of your time to help your P&F move on this recommendation. Please refer to copies of the Notice of Special General Meeting and the proposed Constitution on the OLG website at: http://www.olg.wa.edu.au/community-notices Should you have any comments that you would like to be considered at the Special General Meeting regarding the attached Constitution, please send these to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm Tuesday 19th September 2017.
Notice of Special General Meeting 20 September 2017 - click here
Proposed Constitution dated September 2017 - click here
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Entertainment Books 2017/2018
Thank you to everyone who have purchased an Entertainment Books. We receive $14 for every book that is purchased. If you haven't purchased your copy yet please purchase your copy securely online www.entbook.com.au/838a30
If you can't purchase online, please complete the payment form that was with the book, return to the office and we will process on your behalf. If you have ordered the digital copy or do not want a copy please return the book ASAP.
Fundraiser: Peak Body 10 Day Passes: Peak Body in North Beach have kindly given us 50 x 10 day passes available for purchase for $10 each. The entire proceeds go directly to the P&F. Peak is a great gym who are great supporters of our P&F. The creche facilities are fantastic and I can personally vouch for the caring staff members in there. Please contact me to get your passes.
Diana Guttridge 0415 096740
P&F Silent Disco
Tickets are available for the Parents Silent Disco on Friday 13th October at 7.30pm in the MPA. This is our last social event for the year and we encourage you all to make this your year group's end of year event. Tickets are $10 each and includes entry, headphones and nibbles. There will be a cash bar. www.trybooking.com/307179.
Save the Date: Movie Night Fundraiser - Bad Moms 2
NETBALL RESULTS On Saturday, The Firecrackers played in the Preliminary Final at WDNA, with a huge crowd of supporters. Even though they weren’t able to take the win, the whole of OLGNC want to congratulate the Firecrackers on a fantastic season, fighting hard throughout the finals & know that you did yourselves, your parents & your club proud. Well done!
WOODVALE WINGS 33 V OLG FIRECRACKERS 32. What an awesome show of fighting spirit from our OLG Firecrackers this weekend. Our girls came out calm, focused and intent on claiming a win against our season archrival. First quarter underway and I think it was clear to all our supporters on the sideline, that it was going to be a fight to the dying minute. OLG came out strong but Woodvale quickly evened up and came out even stronger second quarter. We lost ground quickly finding ourselves behind by 5 at half time and down by another 2 by the end of third quarter. But in true Firecracker Spirit, the girls didn’t give up and fought back hard! Dominating the final quarter and scoring a massive 11 goals to Woodvale’s 5, to finish within one goal of Woodvale. OLG Firecrackers, you gave it your all. You may have missed the Grand Final but you definitely proved how strong you are as a team and how far you have come this season. You should all be very proud of your achievements.
AGM OLGNC held their AGM last Friday, we would like to thank all who attended. The Committee for 2018 is: President Carly Thomson Vice President Nat Walker Treasurer Linda Daebritz Secretary Bec Kirkwood Registrar Joni McCallum Uniform & Equipment Officers Dale Headlam & Loretta Griffiths Umpire Co-ordinators Carolyn Halleen & Marisa Krajar Communications & PR Officer Bec Connolly Club Coach Jenni Vilé General Members Ilona Davies, Mel Hazebroek & Angela Todd Congratulations to all officers.
WEEKEND MASS TIMES Saturday Vigil: 6.00pm Sunday: 7.30am, 9.30am & 5.30pm Children’s Liturgy: Sunday 9.30am (During school terms)
DAILY MASS TIMES Monday 6.45 a.m. 8.30am Communion Liturgy (Deacon Paul) Tuesday 6.45am & 9.00am Wednesday 6.45am & 9.00am Thursday 6.45am 10.00am Trinity Village All Welcome Friday 6.45a.m & 9.00am Saturday 8.00am Please note, this is NOT a weekend Mass
Dear All Musicians and Singers
Attached are 3 Music workshops - September, October and November. Please note, October workshop is being held at Our Lady of Grace Parish.
Christmas Workshop - here, Anzac Day - here, Season of Advent - here
Aranmore Catholic College – 30 Year Reunion – Class of 1983-1987
When: Saturday 4 November 2017 Where: The Classroom (North Perth) Time: 7.30pm – 11.30pm Cost: $90.00 includes two hours food and beverage package, 80s music, photo booth along with plenty of laughs and catch-ups with your old classmates. Teachers from Aranmore welcome. Tickets and further information: Please visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/aranmore-30-year-school-reunion-class-of-1983-1987-tickets-34235412039 (Please note no ticket sales at the door) Questions: Please email the reunion committee at email@example.com
Sacred Heart College Expressions of Interest for Year 7 2020
The College will be closing off Expression of Interest for Year 7, 2020 in December this year. If you have a child in Year 4 and have not already done so, please submit an Expression of Interest form before Monday 11 December 2017.
Siblings of students already at the College must also submit an Expression of Interest form to be considered for a place at the College. These forms can be found here.
If you have any questions, please phone Julie Cole, Registrat on 9246 8283.
Enrol your children now in VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and December/January school holidays.
With swimming pools and beaches a part of the Western Australian lifestyle, ensuring your children can swim competently and safely is a must for all families.
Your children can join in the fun of learning to swim in lessons conducted 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 of more children:
$18.00 a family for a five day short program
$35.00 for a family for all other programs.
To find out more about VacSwim and to enrol online please visit education.wa.edu.au/swimming
Registrations are now open for the UWA City Beach Water Polo Club Friday Night Flippaball (Years 2-6) and Saturday Morning District Schools Competitions (Year 5+) commencing in October at HBF Stadium.
"Come and Try" days! for those new to the sport, there are two "FREE" Come and Try days in the water polo pool at HBF Stadium on:
Saturday 16th September 10am to 11am
Friday 13th October 6pm to 7pm
Trigg Island SLSC - New Member Registration 2017/18 UNLIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE ACROSS ALL AGROUPS
Would you like to keep our beautiful beaches safe and support the community, Then Lifesaving is for you! Trigg Island Surf Lifesaving Club is one of the most successful clubs in WA and is proud of its Lifesaving and Surf Sports programs currently running at the Club. Kidsports vouchers accepted For further information contact the Club Officer on 9447 3556 Registrations will take place When 16th September 2017 Where Trigg Surf Club Time 1pm – 4pm
School Holiday Sports Program: Are you looking for some sporting activities for your 6-16 year olds over the school holidays? Our Lady of Grace Primary School has been given a discount code for the Australian Sports Camps (ASC) holiday sport clinics. The clinics run for 3 days, 9am-3pm. The sports on offer these holidays include netball, basketball, cricket, AFL, hockey and soccer which will be at various Perth locations. See the website for more information including dates and venues.
Our Lady of Grace can offer students a 10% discount on the $295 camp fee ($29.50 off) by entering the following code in the booking section on the website: asctal10spr17