Newsletter 3 August 2016
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3 August 2016
A school is comprised of many families, both those of the students and those of the staff. As years go, 2016 has thus far been less than optimal when considering the health and well-being of a good number of the members of those families. It seems that not a week has gone by without news of yet another person in our community with issues in this domain.
Without trying to list them, I ask that we as a community pray for the recovery of the far too many amongst us who are suffering ill health.
Kindy 2018 Enrolments
With a view to giving those families wanting their children to attend OLG some certainty we will be conducting interviews for the Kindy classes of 2018 later this year. At the same time, those parents will be offered the opportunity to accept a place in the 2017 Pre Kindy, thus doing away with the need for two separate interviews.
The major key to success is to have a priest's reference. Fr Richard has been forewarned and is now ready and waiting for the onrush of parents asking for him to complete this form, as he knows that preference is given to those families with a reference from the OLG parish, followed by those with references from other parishes.
If your neighbour, friend or relative is seeking to join our school community please encourage them to get an enrolment pack from the school office or download one from the website.
I was somewhat astonished to see that one WA Catholic primary school charges around $12 000 a year, per child, in school fees. You will find OLG's fees quite modest by comparison but nonetheless we are reliant on them for a growing percentage of school income. If you have yet to pay this year's fees please try to do so before the end of this term.
Bear in mind that no child will ever be denied a place at OLG should his or her parents be unable to meet the full fee commitment. (As young parents I remember searching under the car seats for enough coins to buy a carton of milk!) We do, however, rely on school fee income to cover most running costs beyond wages.
Bishops' Religious Education Assessment.
Over the coming couple of weeks our Year Three and Five classes will sit this annual assessment of their learning in RE. For the first time they will be doing the assessment online. The Year Fives have already done their practice tests while the Year Threes do their practice tests this week.
The fact that they online assessments is a bonus as from next year NAPLAN will also become an online assessment and the BRLA gives us the opportunity to check if our IT infrastructure is up to the task. Thus far we have had no issues.
Third Stream Building Project
In the next couple of weeks we will learn if we are to get funding for this project and in what form it will come - low interest loans, grants, standard loans, or probably a combination of two or all of these.
This Friday we have a number of students from the Extension course involved in a robotics competition. 2015 was our first year of involvement. We went in at the entry level and did well. This year the children were given freedom to choose the level of challenge and so we have teams entered across three levels. As Extension is about addressing a challenge and working through to a solution I was impressed that a couple of our students chose to have a go at the 'rescue' level. Last year it seemed that this was a level only attempted by much older students.
I wish them all well, thank Mrs Bibra for her guidance of them and look forward to personally watching them all perform.
Please contact Pip Kent on 0439 091300 if you can help out.
While the online ordering email confirmation is being rectified, once you place your order, please check in your “active orders” to ensure that your order has been captured correctly.
Congratulations to the students who received merit awards at last term's assembly.
The Tournament of Minds (TOM) students will be holding a cake stall in the multi-purpose area on Friday 29th July. As the TOM students are a small group, it would be appreciated if any families could assist by providing a cake for the stall to support their fundraiser.
A reminder to the parents who will be baking for the cake stall that OLG has a Nut Free policy and that all cakes should be labelled with the ingredients listed.
Girls 4th place overall
Science Note - click here
Lost Swatch watch, aqua and black. If found please hand in to the office.
“Congratulations to Charlie Robinson in 5G for being selected for the Super 10’s State Tennis Development Squad. This is Charlie’s 2nd time being selected for this Tennis Development Squad at the State Tennis Centre”
First Reconciliation will begin at 4.45pm so please arrive at least 5 mins before to ensure that you have time to collect your child's pin and booklet. Certificates will be presented at the end of Mass.
Confirmation preparation begins in the parish this weekend beginning with Enquiry. Please pray for all families during this special time in their lives. Families will need to attend any ONE of the weekend masses to collect an Information Booklet and Enrolment Form.
CONFIRMATION ENQUIRY - 6TH/7TH AUGUST
Taize Meditative prayer service -
A Special Night of Prayer & Song in the style of Taize.
Our Lady of Grace Church
P & F News
It's P&F Sausage Sizzle time
If anyone could spare a couple of hours on the day in the canteen , (11:00- 1pm approx) it would be greatly appreciated .
OLG P&F MUMS MOVIE NIGHT
Thursday 11th August
Brian Mackie’s Karate Academy North Beach—Classes for Kids
Pilates for the Soul: If your soul could do with a bit of stretching, the Centre for Faith Enrichment is for you! Check out the wide range of online and face-to-face courses and events on offer by visiting www.cfe.org.au. An on-site crèche is available on request. ALL are welcome (you don’t have to be Catholic!), there are no exams or assignments, and the environment is always relaxed and friendly. P.s. Have a child preparing to receive a Sacrament? Go to www.cfe.org.au and click “Sacraments Website”!
KIDS LOVE DRAMA PARENTS LOVE THE RESULTS!
Why drama? Drama helps develop so many important life skills for our children, such as social skills, confidence, self-esteem, verbal communication skills, self-expression and lots more!
Classes include speech, creative movement, improvisations, dance dramas, dressing up, dialogue development, stage skills and so much more!
ACT NOW and reserve a place today! Contact Justin Lowson, on 9402 5849, or Justin.Lowson@helenogrady.net.au
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North Beach, 5a Kitchener Street, North Beach, WA 6020
Phone: (08) 6241 9500
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