Newsletter 17 August 2016
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17 August 2016
Each and every child is an individual with his or her own learning needs that usually differ from subject to subject. Our teachers are industrious in gathering data especially at the start of a year that complements that which they have received from the preceding teacher. Then throughout the year they are constantly doing formative assessments to further refine their daily lessons.
All this information is used to differentiate the curriculum so that it is delivered in a form and at a level that suits your child. In this respect a teacher is similar to a skilled General Practitioner who gathers information about the patient's health, diagnoses what needs to be done and prescribes an intervention.
As a GP will sometimes refer a patient to a specialist - perhaps a physiotherapist or an ENT consultant, so a teacher, in consultation with others, may reach the conclusion that the best intervention will be a combination of the class program for that child plus involvement in one of our specialist intervention programs such as Reading Recovery, Levelled Literacy, EMU or Extension.
Again, as in the medical field, the GP/class teacher is more than capable of addressing the needs of the vast majority of our students, and external assessments such as the Bishops' Religious Literacy Assessment and NAPLAN attest to this fact.
In terms of the school's allocation of its finite financial resources the vast bulk of funds are devoted to the provision of and professional learning of our classroom staff. It is the classroom where most of our effort is placed because it is where each child spends most of their time. It is the core of our catering to the 80+ percent of our students who are blessed to sit within the 'average' range of ability and performance. The classroom program also caters to those who need extra academic support, social/emotional support and extension.
Coming a long way behind in terms of financial investment, but nevertheless highly effective, are our academic intervention programs for those children needing extra support to set them on the road to success. We then have social/emotional intervention programs and lastly the extension withdrawal program which targets those children in the top 8 percent of the Australian population in terms of ability. This program provides these children with the opportunity to meet with 'like minds' once per week.
Some might think that due to OLG's success at TOM and RoboCup that we have a singular focus on the more gifted of our students. Indeed, those children deserve recognition for their achievements at the state level but a considerable amount of their success is due to the hours they put in after school hours. We also sing the praises of our chess players, our choirs, our fundraisers, our sports teams, our readers, our students' Mathletics achievements, the everyday successes of children in their classwork, our gardeners and so on.
In a recent external review of OLG's performance the comment was made that we were a rare school in that we achieved high levels of performance across the spectrum of student ability.
We focus in success for each and every child in terms of their spiritual, academic, social/emotional and physical development.
One Big Voice
Performing Arts Festival.
Third Stream Stage 8a
Stage 8b involves the enlargement of the hall space to accommodate whole school assemblies and masses and an enlarged office reception area.
Our Student Ministries are ramping up their programs to offer cultural and sports options at lunchtimes which will be good for them as leaders but also for the rest of the student body.
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.
Thank you to all those that supported the Pre Primary cake stall last Friday. A total of $382.30 was raised for the Pre Primary classrooms.
Head Lice: "Here's how you beat 'indestructible' head lice" — https://theconversation.com/heres-how-you-beat-indestructible-head-lice-63594
One Big Voice
It was an absolute honour and pleasure to watch the OLG Senior Choir perform at last week's "One Big Voice" event.
4000 children from 70 schools took part in the mammoth performance at Perth Arena.
Weeks of commitment and dedication by the students and Mrs Goldie was truly rewarded in what can only be described as an uplifting experience.
A LAP Volunteer
We currently have children waiting to start Lap when a volunteer comes available. If you are interested in becoming a LAP Volunteer please contact Nerida Hince email@example.com
FIRST RECONCILIATION - Continues this Saturday. Please arrive five or ten minutes before the scheduled start time of 4.45pm and come into the church so your child. Can collect their booklet and pin.
There was an error on the Confirmation Card given out on the weekend. It showed the incorrect date. Your child will bring another one home by the end of the week.
If your child is not yet enrolled for Confirmation please contact the Parish Office as soon as possible.
Child Protection Week (4-10 September)
There are 2 competitions that are being run for the children:
1. Poem competition for years 5 & 6.
2. Colouring-in competition – 3 categories (kindy and PP), (yrs 1 & 2) and (Years 3 & 4).
The competitions are now open and will run for the next 3 weeks closing on Saturday 20 August – there will be an entry box placed at the back of the Church and in the school office where all entries can be placed.
The judging of both competition entries will be undertaken by members of the Parish Council week beginning 22 August and the winning entries from both competitions will be forwarded to the Archdiocesan Safeguarding Project Office. The Archbishop will judge all winner entries from the parishes and will decide on the overall winners. The winners of the poem competition and a parent will be invited to attend the Child Protection breakfast to read their poem and be awarded their prize – Ipad Air donated by E Record.
Similarly the overall winners of the colouring-in competition and a parent will also be invited to receive their prize.
All OLG entries to both competitions will be displayed in the Church on the weekend of 3 & 4 September and the winning entries will be presented with a small prize donated by the Church.
2016 Child Protection Breakfast – Tuesday 6 September 7:30am – 9:00am – Cost $39.00 per person – RSVP by Friday 26 August (see flyer)
Protective Behaviours Parent workshops have been scheduled for every night during child protection week, see attached flyer for details and registration.
Entries for Parish Colouring/Poem competitions close this week.
Bring back your Safeguarding competition entries asap. Entry boxes are in the school or parish offices. Winners for each category win a $20 Smiggle voucher.
A Special Night of Prayer & Song in the style of Taize.
Our Lady of Grace Church
Message from Fr Patrick
I have had to cope with difficult situations across my life at different times without going into details. This is the human condition. This prayer has comforted me in the dark days of those situations.
This simple prayer may help you too. I hope it does should you ever need it. Even George Harrison, one of the Beatles, put out an album with much the same message, "All things must pass".
Fr Patrick, Assistant Priest to Fr Richard, Parish Priest (firstname.lastname@example.org)
P & F News
***Attention Attention*** School APP is coming - Please read below.
As mentioned last week, the school APP is currently being trialled by a few parents and was rolled out to the teachers on Friday with the aim to fix any bugs and improve its functionality. Feedback thus far is very positive.
So what is this APP all about? Well I'm happy to say it's got nothing to do with Pokemon Go! The school APP allows communication on a one-way basis to those boxes you wish to receive notifications for. For instance, if you have children in 1B and 5G, then you would select those corresponding boxes to receive notifications for those classes only.
Class reps and teachers will be given access to add items to their applicable class.
When you load up the Calendar, you'll see items that are added against all of the boxes that you have chosen to view. The idea being you should only see items that are relevant to you.
The news feed will be used for items that are not date specific - the class rep or teacher can load up reminders or notices there.
More details will be provided over the coming weeks with instructions on how to download and register. Please start passing the word around.
OLG Community Engagement - Children's Mass - 18th September
9:30 Mass on Sunday 18th September will once again be a children's mass. A great opportunity for our kids to take a very active part in the mass. Please contact Sr. Joseph at school or leave a note with Vicki in the office if your child(ren) would like to be involved.
***Attention Attention*** School APP is coming.
A Reminder It's P&F Sausage Sizzle time !!!
Due to ordering dead lines , Thursday the 11th was the last day we can accept orders.
Any special dietary requirements Email Sabina email@example.com or Kristie firstname.lastname@example.org
If anyone could spare a couple of hours on the day in the canteen , (11:00- 1pm approx) it would be greatly appreciated .
GRANDPARENT’S DAY Friday 26th August at 8.30am.
Could parents please bring a plate to share for the Grandparent’s Morning Tea.
Surnames A-K to please bring a savoury plate (eg: sandwiches, mini quiches, sausage rolls, frittata, dips etc).
There will be a remembrance corner where children can write a note to place in a basket to Grandparent’s who are not able to be there.
OLGNC Wind-Up/Trophy Night: the OLGNC Windup/Trophy Night is on Friday 2nd September in the MPA from 5pm to 7.30pm. All teams are invited to attend and Participation Trophies, Coaches Awards (y4-6) and Fairest and Best Awards (y6) are given out. We will have a very special guest appearance by a Fever Player, a delicious dinner to share followed by a groovy disco to bop to.
Please make sure you have given your 'playing child's' food order to your manager. If you are ordering for a sibling please ensure you submit their order to your manager too.
On the night a Club Spirit Award will be announced. This very special award is given to someone who has somehow or in some way been an amazing contributor, participant, leader, player of the club. If you know of anyone worthy of this award please put in writing to me before Friday 19th of August with an explanation as to why you have chosen them.
Power Point Presentation - on the night there will be a power point presentation of the netball season so please forward any team photos you would like included to email@example.com
For the safety of our children, parents are to look after their own children on the night or make alternative arrangements for someone else too. Coaches and managers will be busy and not available to mind children.
We would love some volunteers to help clean up afterwards if possible.
Please let me know if you can contribute your time.
This is a fantastic night for everyone, we look forward to celebrating the end of season with you all.
Spring Netball: is nearly upon us and information about this will be coming out soon. Spring Netball is fun to play as the girls can refresh and extend on their netball skills in a more relaxed manner. This competition is run at PNA and WDNA but is not part of the OLGNC although we are happy to help register the players and lend uniforms. Teams are made up outside of the club by volunteering parents. please consider all interested players when making up teams. Stay tuned for more info.
See you on the court!
Father’s Day Breakfast – Thursday 1st September
Father’s Day Breakfast
It’s that time of year again when we get a chance to show how much our Fathers, Grandfathers and Caregivers mean to us.
If you have not informed us & you would like to come along and cook some bacon & eggs, pancakes etc. or help set up or clean-up we would love to have you. It is always fun and rewarding and a good catch up. If you can’t make it in to help there are some cooking / prep jobs that can be done from home so just give us a call to discuss.
We have placed a volunteer sheet in the front office at the reception desk, please put your contact details and availability in the time slots and we will email you advising you of the details.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact Helen Smelter on Mb: 0438 768 566 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
https://www.trybooking.com/MOMB to register attendance of each person attending, including child/ren”
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. PS. Have a child preparing to receive a Sacrament? Go to www.cfe.org.au and click “Sacraments Website”!
Mater Dei College Open Afternoon
SACRED HEART COLLEGE 50TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS
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Phone: (08) 6241 9500
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