Newsletter 24 May 2017


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24 May 2017


O Mary, You love me with a Mothers heart.
Just as you held your son Jesus in your arms you hold me in your care.
Help in my need;
Protect me day by day;
and through your Motherly intercession,
May I become ever more aware of the breath of God living within me.
Mary, Help of Christians, Pray for us. Amen 


Dear Parents and Caregivers


 Congratulations to the Spiritual Ministry on their "Crazy Hair Day" whichHands on India raised over $500 for Dr Paterson's ‘Hands on India’ project that provides free medical services to the poor in India. ‘Hands On India’ has been running for the last five years and is a Murdoch University initiative, where students travel to India to provide chiropractic care to the people of Siliguri. Siliguri is one of the poorest regions in India, in fact Mother Theresa initially started her work here before moving to Calcutta.
Combined with the P&F's Discos the ‘Crazy Hair Day’ made last Friday a big day for our children.

Schools, in my experience, have always been places where children are cared for and nurtured. This aspect is part of a teacher's calling and certainly an attribute we look for when employing staff. Caring is such an important part of our work that aspects of it are legally required.

You will be aware that staff perform playground duty, Kiss and Drive supervision, guide and oversee students catching buses after school and that during breaks, our students are restricted to those areas where we have staff 'on duty'.

The law requires that we provide a level of care and supervision that might be expected of a "reasonably cautious parent". It is therefore insufficient for duty staff to simply be present - they must roam around the area concerned and be proactive in dealing with potential behavioural issues rather than simply reacting when things have got out of hand. As a result OLG has very safe and calm playgrounds.

The onus of 'duty of care' remains with the school while the children are on the school site, regardless of whether their parents are there or not. Hence, after school you will sometimes see me shooing children off the netball courts and back to their parents as our duty roster finishes at 3.15.
Similarly, those children being picked up by parents are not free to simply wander off but must wait at the K&D pick-up zone. It is not acceptable for parents to make alternative arrangements, such as asking their children to wait at the bottom of the ramp. Cars and young children are potentially a deadly mix and to be avoided, hence the highly controlled environment of the Kiss and Drive. Generally, well before 3.15, all children using the K & D have been picked up and are safe and sound with their carers. When parents are delayed, those remaining children move to the reception area of the office building.

Using alternative pick-up points/processes to save a few minutes must be weighed against the value you put on each child's life. The school offers safe, supervised and proven methods to deliver children into the parents' care - please use them.


Building Works
Building works 1Finally, we are seeing elements of the program that Building works 2project above ground level. On the south side construction of the retaining wall has made good progress. On the west and along the driveway the initial retaining wall is complete and the slab for Building One, the Pre-Kindergarten and Multi-Purpose Area, has been laid. This is a single storey building. (This MPA will be used for Art and After School/Vacation Care). Some steel structures, that will support doors and windows (lintels), have now been installed. Their size shows you that large, bi-fold doors will enable 'flow' between the exterior and interior learning spaces. In the coming fortnight, the walls will be built.

God bless

Chris Kenworthy




Merit AwardThis week's assembly will be presented by students of 2B. Parents of 2B children are invited to the staff room after the assembly for a cupa with Miss Barratt. Congratulations to the students who received Merit Awards at last week's assembly.

PPB  Blaire Newbold, Louis Hunt
PPG Zianna Papa, Arabella Kiely
1B   Dane Christou, Ethan Lauri
1G Aidan Corkill, Luka O'Rourke, Cienna Fanchi
2B   Jake Poat, Gidon Bogoyev
2G Simon Martinovich, Jay Marshall
3G   Jacinda Wilson, Ada Salamone
4B   Ciaran McGarry, Lachlan D'Vaz
4G Mia Green, Jackson Tasker
4W   Carter Bryant, Nate Kirkwood
5G   Kate Johnson, Steven Carr
6B   Kyle Bernacki, Carla Foti
6G   Hayden Dalby, Bronte Markey, Charlie Burke



 Important Dates

Wednesday 24 May

4W attend Mass

P&F Meeting - 7.30pm staffroom

Thursday 25 May Spiritual Ministry Free Dress Day - Cancelled
Friday 26 May

2B Assembly

Yr 1 Cake Stall

P&F Quiz Night

Wednesday 31 May 6B attend Mass
Friday 2 June Pupil Free Day
Monday 5 June WA Day - Public Holiday
Tuesday 6 June

Eucharist - Parent/Child workshop

5pm or 6.30pm - Parish Centre

Thursday 8 June

Eucharist - Parent/Child workshop

5pm or 6.30pm - Parish Centre


 Term 2 Calendar - click here

2017 Sacramental Programme - click here


cakeCake Stall:  The Year 1 classes will be holding a cake stall in the multi purpose area on Friday 26th May. Please come along and help support their fundraiser. A reminder to the Year 1 parents who will be baking for the cake stall that OLG has a Nut Free policy.


 Uniform Shop

Please be advised the Uniform Shop will be closed on Monday 15th and 22nd May.  The shop will be open on Friday 19th and 26th from 8.15am - 9.00am.

The Uniform Shop will be open for normal trading hours from Monday 29th May.





canteen April 2017



Mon 29 May Chelsea Begley, Jenni Vile, Sonia Comerford
Tue 30 May Natalie DiFalco, Clare Hotchin
Wed 31 May Janelle Garcia, Lisa Crupi, Karen Calder
Thu 1 Jun  
Fri 2 Jun

Pupil Free Day

Please contact Peta Taylor on 0419 260832 if you can help out with volunteering.


To access our online order system please visit Instructions for signing up are on the website or you can contact the Support line on 1300 116 637 for assistance.



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.


LOL Drinks will be phased out over the next month and substituted with a similar product at the same price.


Any queries regarding all other canteen issues please contact Pip Kent on 0439 091300.



New Canteen Menu - click here

Term 2 Canteen Roster - click here

 Library Roster

 Date am (9.00 - 12.00)   pm (1.15 - 3.00)
Mon 29th May  -   -
Tue 30th May Marissa Krajcar    
Wed 31st May     Sue Haydon
Thu 1st Jun Giuliana Romeo, Deb Tasker   Sharon Gilbert, Tania Paccanaro
Fri 2nd Jun Library closed   Library closed




Rhyme Time

rhyme time april 2017

We have begun Rhyme time, a program that uses children's sensory skills, to explore and develop literacy understandings in a fun and energetic way.

This runs fortnightly for an hour on a Friday morning after assembly in our Pre Kindy. 

If you think you may be interested please let Vicki in the office know.



Environmental Ministry

Currently there is a lot of wastage at OLG. Click on the link to find out what we intend to do about it. 

Food wastage at OLG - click here


 Kindy Music

 Well done to our string students, Maximilian Giuffre, Sydney Croxford, Mia Pellizzon, Harper Doust, Charlette Croxford and Ella Carter for their performance at last Friday's morning assembly. The ensemble performed an original piece on violin, composed by their teacher, Ms Cristina Filgueira. Kyle Bernacki also played his guitar so beautifully. After the assembly, the musicians performed for Mrs Plakakis and the kindy children. A superb effort for all performers.


We farewell James (3G) and Patrick (5G) Sheehy and family who leave OLG this Friday heading back to Ireland. We hope you are taking away a lot of good memories from your time at OLG. 



4G Stephanie Alexander Program

This Semester we all took part in the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen / Garden Program. It was lots of fun. Here’s what we did.

We had heaps of fun gardening with Mrs Sherlock. For Mother’s Day we designed and painted our own plant pots. We planted the most fabulous flowers. They were really colourful and we all took care of them.
We planted heaps of vegetables which needed to be looked after.
This meant that we had to water them and weed around them so they would grow fully.
We pulled out heaps of baby onions!

In the kitchen we cooked with the wonderful Mrs. Kent and she taught us all how to use knives correctly.
We made : Spinach and cheddar puffs, hommus and pizza, they were all delicious.
I think that the Stephanie Alexander Program was fun and it will be good for children who have never had any experience in the kitchen or garden.
Olivia Paccanaro 4G


Parish News    

Children will be confirmed this weekend at the 6 pm Mass on Saturday and at the 9.30 am and 5.30 pm Masses on Sunday.
The celebration of sacraments in the parish provides us all with an opportunity to reacquaint ourselves with the sacrament. It brings memories to mind of when we received the sacrament and how we felt. We are able to think about the many ways the Holy Spirit has, and continues to assist and guide us through life.

On the weekend, please arrive 15 - 20 mins before the start of Mass in order to collect a Mass booklet, Confirmation Card and pin from the back of the church. Find your seat and be seated 5 mins before the beginning of Mass.

There will be reserved seating for candidates and their sponsors. Photos can be taken before and after Mass but NOT during the ceremony.

Please continue to pray for our children and their families during this special time in their lives.


Mass of Remembrance & Healing for Pregnancy & Infant Loss
All are welcome to attend this special Mass and experience the peace, love and comfort of Christ. A special invitation is extended to parents, grandparents and siblings who grieve the death of children as a result of miscarriage, stillbirth or abortion. These losses may be recent or extend over many years. The Mass will be held on Wednesday 31st May, 7.30pm in the church, refreshments will follow in the parish centre. Resources for perinatal loss and infertility support will also be available.




Taize photo




Please join us in prayer.
At Our Lady of Grace Church
A Service of Prayer & Song in the style of Taize –
Short chants repeated give a meditative character,


Candle light, prayer and silence in the presence of the cross.
Thursday 1st June 7.30pm - 8.30pm

for more information about Taize community in France

At the Wellspring of Faith

wellspring of Faith

“The exchange with God becomes real for us in prayer:
by his Holy Spirit, God comes to dwell within us.
By his word and by the sacraments,
Christ gives himself to us. In return, we can surrender everything to him.”
Brother Alois, Letter from Cochabamba


Pentecost Sunday Celebration
Come and celebrate The Church’s Birthday (She is turning 1984 years old!). There will be morning tea and a birthday cake in the parish hall after the 9.30amMass on Pentecost Sunday 4th June. All welcome.

If you could bring a plate for Pentecost Sunday's celebration and/or assist in cleaning up after it would be appreciated.

Please contact Assunta 0417 951 579


It's hard to believe that our Mini Vinnies Youth Group has only been together for two months. Our wonderful group of children have decided to focus on the following projects for the remainder of this year: Sleepout, Shopfront, Winter Appeal and Rangala. Along with these projects we will also be assisting our North Beach SVDP conference with any needs that come up.
How can our parish help?

We are taking donations of blankets, jackets, scarves and beanies- new or used, as long as they are clean and in good condition.

On the 8th July our Mini Vinnies group will be holding a sleepout in the parish centre to raise money and awareness for homelessness. Over that weekend you will see our Mini Vinnies children rugged up outside the parish asking for donations to sponsor them as a group for their sleepout. Every dollar makes a difference.

Currently SVDP is in desperate need of pots and pans- new or used.
If you are able to make a donation towards any of the above projects please bring into parish centre or contact Assunta: 0417 951 579.


  P & F News


  Grandparents’ Day Date Change: Please be advised that Grandparents’ Day will be held on Friday 1/9 (not 25/8 as was previously communicated). Can you please advise your families to Save The Date.


Cake stall Rep Required for 2017: Unfortunately both Kath and I need to hand over the roll of cake stall coordinator this year..... we require one or two parents to take over the coordinating of the cake stalls, usually run once a fortnight. It is a great opportunity to assist all classrooms as funds raised go directly to the teachers of those year groups. This is a fun and low key role that also enables you to meet new parents in our school community. If you are interested in having a chat and getting more info please call either Katherine Lamont (0417183060) or Adele Swan (0413126644).



Quiz Night

We are seeking donations from families for prizes for the Quiz Night on the 26/5. Can you please drop into the office new donations of the following according to your child/children’s year group:

Kindy: Stationery (eg: notepads, diaries, pens etc)
Pre-Primary: Beauty and scented (hand creams, candles, diffusers etc)
Year 1: Gourmet Goods (teas, jams, biscuits etc)
Year 2: Men’s stuff (stubby holders, caps, bottle openers etc)
Year 3: Gardening/homewares (kitchen ware, gardening accessories)
Year 4: Wine
Year 5: Sporting goods/outdoor toys
Year 6: Chocolates or Wine

We really need donations from businesses for our Silent Auction too please. All donations would be greatly appreciated.

Tickets can be purchased on trybooking\266085

Please contact me if you are able to help.

Diana Guttridge
0415 096740


 Quiz Night helpers required

We require assistance collecting auction and items for the Quiz Night Fundraiser. Also general help setting up and assisting on the night.

Please contact Diana Guttridge 0415 096740 if you are able to help.


 Entertainment Book Flyer - click here

 The new 2017|2018 Entertainment Books are HERE.....

Help us raise funds for our School by buying an Entertainment Membership from Our Lady of Grace North Beach. You'll receive hundreds of valuable offers for everything you love to do, and help our fundraising at the same time!


The Books will be delivered on Monday 22nd May and will be sent home to the eldest child! For those of you that have pre-ordered a digital membership they should now be ready for you to start using straight away.

“The Entertainment Book is great value. For such a low price, there is a lot of savings I get back instantly; it more than outweighs the original price. There is something for everyone, casual, fine dining, adventure and family. I purchase the Book every year and have bought the Book as gifts for family members as well. Couldn't live without it.” – Susan

Use just a few of these offers and you'll more than cover the cost of your Membership!

Our Lady of Grace North Beach
Kylie Donaldson


Buddy System letter - click here


 OLG Run for Fun commences Term 2

“OLG Run for Fun” is a free running club where kids of all ages and fitness levels can come together before school to run and exercise in a positive and supportive environment. Parents and grandparents are also welcome to come along for fitness and quality time with their children.

We all know running is a great way to get fit, but it offers so much more. Kids who exercise in the morning are generally more engaged and focussed during lesson time. Running clubs enable kids to build friendships and have fun. Running builds healthy hearts and minds and brings joy to children.

The Running Club is run by volunteer parents each Tuesday and Thursday morning during school terms and will commence on Tuesday 2nd May 2017. It will include some warm up activities and games and there will be a couple of running courses, of different lengths, around Charles Riley Reserve to suit different ages and fitness levels. There will be no free breakfast or awards - it’s just for participation and fun.

As the Running Club is run by parents, students in Year 3 or below must be accompanied by a parent or guardian to ensure adequate supervision. A permission slip will need to be completed before your child can participate. Permission slips will be available for signing at the first session your child chooses to attend.

Days:         Every Tuesday and Thursday morning (starting 2nd May 2017)
Start time: 7.40am to 8.15am (volunteer parents will then walk kids to school)
Where:       Meet at the south east corner of the football clubrooms at Charles Riley Reserve
What to bring: Drink bottle, sneakers and energy. Eat breakfast at home first or bring something to eat at school after the run.
Cost:          Free
More Info:  Contact Damian Hicks on 0419 930087 or email
Volunteers: Bendotti, Nelson, Curtis and Hicks families. More parent volunteers required, please contact Damian if you would like to be involved.

The body achieves what the mind believes.

Newspaper article which outlines the benefits and success of similar programs around the area - click here



The disco was a great success! Fun was had by all. A big thank you to everyone who helped with the setting up, cleaning up and helping out during both the discos. We couldn't have done it without you all.

Emma Clementi and Carla Christou.


Netball News

 Week 4 Netball Results - click here

 Basketball News

OLG Basketball Teams Winter Season 2017

Following are our teams for the winter season at Warwick Stadium.


 Basketball Teams - click here



Community Notices


City of Stirling - Arts Festival see their website for more information



City of Stirling Workshops


1. Free Parenting Workshop for Dads – Raising emotionally resilient children

The City of Stirling invite you to our FREE parenting workshop for Dads. Registrations are essential. The details are as follows:

Date: Wednesday 24 May 2017
Time: 6.30-8.30pm
Venue: Inglewood Civic Centre (Children’s Centre), Cnr Ninth Ave and Beaufort Street, Inglewood WA 6052

2. Free Parenting Workshop for Dads – Importance of positive early father-child interaction (0-5 years)

The City of Stirling invite you to our FREE parenting workshop for Dads. Registrations are essential. The details are as follows:

Date: Wednesday 31 May 2017
Time: 6.30-8.30pm
Venue: Inglewood Civic Centre (Children’s Centre), Cnr Ninth Ave and Beaufort Street, Inglewood WA 6052

For more information on the three facilitating organisations, please check out the following links;

The Fathering Project


Anglicare WA



KoKum DesignsFirst Holy Communion Dresses.
Unique designs, quality fabrics and workmanship.
Buy or Hire.
Call Kylie on 0412 299 147

MC The Little Mermaid


 Behaviour Tonics Courses - click here

PFFWA is organising a workshop with Dr Debbie Pushor. For more information - click here 


Department of Health Child & Adolescent Services - Free Parent Seminars - click here



Sacred Heart College’s brand new Alumni magazine is coming! If you are an ex-student of the College and have recently become a parent, become married/engaged, had a career achievement or know of any ex-students who have unfortunately passed, please let us know by emailing To ensure you do not miss out on our first publication, please register at



We look forward to welcoming back our Sacred Heart College Sorrento Alumni celebrating special anniversaries this year. To make sure you don't miss out on all the details of the events, please register on our Alumni website Any queries, please contact We can't wait to see you again!




Sacred Heart Reunions 2017



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
(Please note no ticket sales at the door)
Questions: Please email the reunion committee at 


• Parent-Child Connection 4 x weeks Read Tues 6-27 June
• Parent-Teen Connection (DAYTIME) Read Sat 10 June
• Kids and Technology Read Thurs 22 June
• All About Anger – for Parents of Teens Read Wed 28 June
Go to or ring 6164 0200 to enrol


Picture of a record ‘Swinging 60’s Party’ Celebration: Friday 9 June - 7pm til midnight
North Beach Junior Football Club - Community Centre, Kitchener Rd, North Beach
Tickets are on sale now to celebrate the North Beach Junior Football Club’s 60th Year with a 60’s themed evening of fun and entertainment. Many of our juniors come from Our Lady of Grace School, so come and support your local club and community and enjoy a fun night out with friends. Tickets are $40pp (earlybird to 31 May, then $50pp) and include finger food, entertainment, door prize ticket and dancing til late. Buy tickets at or for more information contact

 Resilience Seminar Flyer - Duncraig Community Centre - click here


School Holiday Program

CHOOSE ANY 4 EVENTS PER D AY: Sprints (will include crouch starts or block starts), Hurdles, Middle Distance, Javelin, Discus, Shot Put, Long Jump, Triple Jump and High Jump.
Date: Monday 3rd & Tuesday 4th July 2017.
Venue: WA Athletics Stadium, Perth WA.
Drop Off: 8.30-8.50am
Times: 9am-3pm.
Cost: $90 for one (1) day. $160 for two (2) days.
Includes a Sprinting Fast Cap or Shoe bag also other prizes and giveaways.

Webpage: Enrollments close Tuesday 27th June 2017


WAAPA Winter School 2017
These July school holidays WAAPA is offering exciting programs for students in years 4 to 12. The Winter School includes classes in acting, drama, dance, screen acting and music theatre. For information about the many courses on offer please visit WAAPA Winter School Holiday Programs or contact Gabrielle Metcalf at or 9370 6775.


Parent workshops for understanding teens - click here


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Phone: (08) 6241 9500
Fax: (08) 9447 4118


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