O Lord our God, we offer Thee our hearts united in the strongest and most sincere love of brotherhood; we pray that Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament may be the daily food of our souls and bodies; that Jesus may be established as the center of our affections, even as He was for Mary and Joseph. Finally, O Lord, may sin never disturb our union on earth; and may we be eternally united in heaven with Thee and Mary and Joseph and with all Thy Saints.Amen.
OLG Senior Choir has received an EXCELLENCE AWARD;
plus, the OLG Junior Choir has received a MERIT AWARD
in the Primary Choral Singing section of the Festival.
Congratulations to Mrs Goldie and all our singers.
Tournament of Minds
The TOM slogan is "that it is about the journey" and the past six weeks of preparing for the Regional Finals have certainly been a learning experience for our 28 TOM members, making up four teams spread across four disciplines.
During that period the children learn the central improtance of effective collaboration, true teamwork, in which each member works productively on their part of the project; perseverance; resilience, because things do not always go to plan; time management - six weeks may seem like a long time but it goes by quite quickly! and taking responsibility, as a team, for adhering to the rules and addressing the detail of the challenge.
Certainly creativity, ingenuity, originality, great script writing and acting are part of it, but those habits of mind are the key to success.
I am happy to report that all four of our teams were up to the task. Last Saturday at ECU Joondalup, they each presented the fruits of their labours and each team received very positive feedback from the judges.
Our Social Science and Science/Technology teams were so good they will now begin preparing for the State Finals. The Engineering/Maths and Language Literature teams did well, according to the judges, but were engaged int he most popular disciplines, making the Regional Finals more challenging for them. Nevertheless, I am confident that they will have learnt much from the experience.
As an aside, it was lovely to see the high number of ex-OLG students still engaged in TOM as secondary school students and also the number of ex-OLG students who volunteer to be TOM Officials on the day.
The need for values
"All life demands struggle. Those who have everything given to them become lazy, selfish, and insensitive to the real values of life. The very striving and hard work that we so constantly try to avoid is the, major building block in the person we are today." Pope Paul VI
Stage 8a is progressing on schedule and as the scaffolding comes down one gets a clearer view of what it will look like - and it looks good, Probably the best vantage point is from outside the southern Kindy door.
Last week we received notification that Stage 8b will be funded through a combination of grants and loans. 8b will see the Kindy to PP range of buildings demolished, thus opening up the block to create more play area and a greater sense of space. In addition, the Receiption and Sick Bay areas will be modified to better cater to our school and the hall space will be extended to cater to increased student numbers.
The Stress of Tests
As we toured the school the other day, I had a prospective parent ask about the degree to which OLG students were stressed by NAPLAN. It is unusual question on such walks but did make me pause.
As a school, we try to prepare our students for the tests by having them do past NAPLAN assessments so that they become familiar with the format and language used but we never suggest that they are something to be worried about. NAPLAN serves almost only one purpose and that is to inform governments, systems and individual schools about how they are performing career compared to past years, or in the case of individual schools, how effective their instructional programs are when measured against other schools.
It would be wrong for a student's NAPLAN test results to come as a surprise to either class teacher or parents as the former has much better and more current data and the parents should have been made well aware, by the current and past teachers, as to how their child's learning is progressing. As a one-off assessment, NAPLAN assesses a child's performance on a particular day in May and probably does, but may not, reflect that child's true performance in class.
From personal experience I would think most of us would agree that we perform better in tests when we feel a 'bit of adrenaline flowing' but not so well when we think the world will crash around us if we do not do well. (Might work to some degree on the sports field, where all that adrenaline can be channelled into physical action, but less so in a spelling test!)
Back to response to that parent. I believe if parents paid almost no heed to NAPLAN their children would perform much better as those children would enter into the tests a little energised but overall, relaxed.
If NAPLAN results matter to you, and I am sure they are with us for quite a few years yet, then treat them like any other, formal game your child will be involved in. "Do your best and have fun! We love you for who you are, not whether you win the Best and Fairest Award or not."
Many years ago, my psychology lecturer at uni taught us about the Pygmalion Theory and the reasons for NOT telling parents, and sometimes teachers, about the results of a child's standardised tests, especially their IQ tests.
If the results were high, then all concerned would set high expectations for that child and, not surprisingly, the child would outperform.
If the results were not so flattering, then parents and teachers would lower their expectations for the child. Again, not surprisingly, the child's performance would match those expectations.
Interestingly, if parents and teachers were told that the tests had assessed the child's capabilities as high (even though they were, in fact, quite low) that child would perform at a considerably higher level than the test results suggested was 'appropriate'.
The book of "My Fair Lady" was originally called "Pygmalion". Set high, but reasonably attainable expectations, and people will rise to meet them. Think AFL players over the years that have played well at the highest of levels and were not the gifted athletes such as Chris Juss et al.
Last year OLG adopted a policy of interviewing and offering places in Kindy six terms 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 int heir 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.
First round offers will be send out by a number of local Catholic schools by the end of August. If you know of families that would like their child to join yours at OLG but have yet to register, please encourage them to do so as soon as possible.
Should any of the above times and/or days be unsuitable, please contact Trish or Monica.
There is limited number of rain jackets available for sale at $37.00. Most sizes are available.
Now is the time to check your summer uniforms are in order for commencement for Term 4, Tuesday 10th October.
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
Mon 4 September
Bronagh Reddington, Jill Hannigan
Tue 5 September
Deb Tasker, help required
Wed 6 September
Nikole Catalano, Lisa Crupi, Janelle Garcia
Thu 7 September
Clare Hotchin, help required
Fri 8 September
Sascha Low, Franca James, Joni McCallum, Bec Salamone
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.
Congratulations to the students who received merit awards at the last assembly.
Finn Hannigan, Kiara Maxwell
Nikolas Markovic, Olivia Nesa
Christian Calder, Antonio Trichilo, Sam Williams
Elliot Hannigan, Erika Taylor
Jake Stinson, James Bendotti
Cosimo Trichilo, Jade Connolly
Sienna Billing, Sebastian Pellizzon, Charlie Burke
Basketball Registration for Summer Season 2017
The Summer season commences Week 1 of Term 4 and concludes at the end of Term 1 in April 2018 at Warwick Basketball Stadium. All players from Year 2-6, male and female are welcome. (If there are any super keen grade 1's we can include them too.) Registrations close Friday 25th August.
OLG teams are made up of players with an even mix of ability and height.
Generally, the teams are either all girls or all boys, however we can have a mixed team.
Years 2 & 3 will play in the u10s ocmpetition on Thursday afternoons.
Years 4, 5 & 6 will play in the u12s competition on Friday afternoons.
The cost is $30 per player to Warwick Stadium and a $30 registration fee per family to OLG Basketball Club. Games are $9 and payable on the day.
Please advise your Team Manager if you wish to play and mention 2 of your basketball friends that you would like to be in the same team with. The committee will do their best to accommodate requests.
Basketball Registrations for New Players
Please pop your details down on the basketball registration form that is outside your classroom. If you have preferences regarding friends and teams please note that down so the Committee can consider it when drafting the teams.
We are looking for someone (maybe a high school student) to help us with writing a web page. We are happy to pay a small fee for this. If you think this is you, please contact Tony Scaglione on 0418 944627.
Parents and Friends Association
OLG Father's Day Breakfast
All OLG dads, grandads and male caregivers are invited to attend with the OLG child/ren the annual OLG Father's Day breakfast:
This Thursday 31st August, 2017 from 7am - 8.30am in the MPA.
A delicious breakfast will be served:
Bacon & egg rolls, warm pancakes drizzled with maple syrup, warm croissants with melted cheese, cereals, toast, fruit, tea & coffee and more!!! Gluten Free options provided on separate table.
Gold coin donation at door, which will include the scrumptious breakfast and a raffle ticket for a chance to win one of the door prizes for dad.
So we can gauge how many people will be attending it would be appreciated if you could please RSVP for dad and child/ren attending via our Trybooking link https://www.trybooking.com/RHUW.
Also, THANK YOU to all the people already volunteering their time for this event. It is greatly appreciated.
These events cannot happen without you!
HAPPY FATHER'S DAY - look forward to seeing you all there!
Grandparents' Day - Friday 1 September
It is that special time of year again when OLG families get to bring in their beloved Grandparents or carers and show them around the school.
Friday 1st September
Venue: Multi-Purpose Area (MPA)
Time: 8.40am - 10.40am (approx)
Please bring in a plate of savoury or sweet food in on the day and leave in the MPA for the Grandparents to enjoy. To ensure an even spread of sweet and savoury food could those with surnames starting with A-K bring savoury plates (eg: sandwiches, mini quiches, frittatas, dip platters) and those with surnames L-Z bring sweet plates (eg: cakes, slices, biscuits, scones, fuit, pikelets). Please remember we are a nut free school and to clearly label your plate if you wish it to be returned.
HELPERS needed to serve our beautiful Grandparents tea, coffee and morning tea. Please contact Sascha Low on 0411 263 202 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The Firecrackers are in the Finals! Good luck to Team 2 this week they are playing in the Semi-Finals. Game is 11.15am, we would love to see you all cheering them on!!!!
2017 Trophy Night is this Friday Night. Breaking News - There is a very special guest is attending!!!
Spring Netball Please find attached Spring Netball Information - click here
OLG Church Renovations - Movie Fundraiser "GIFTED"
Saturday 9th September at 2.30pm Grand Cinemas Warwick. Please see attached flyer for further information and admission price - click here
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 7th September, 7.30pm - 8.30pm
Please join us in prayer.
Our Lady of Grace Church 3 Kitchener St. North Beach Contact 9448 4888 or Joan 9448 4457 Many thanks. Joan Burke Our Lady of Grace parish, North Beach.
For more information about Taize community in France www.Taize.fr
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
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
Mater Dei College Scholarships for Year 7 in 2018
Iona Presentation College welcomes interested families to an Open Morning on Tuesday 5 September. Presentations commence at 9.30am in the College Sports Centre followed by a tour and morning tea.
Bookings can be made at: www.iona.wa.edu.au/openmorning
Come along to meet us at Iona Presentation College 33 Palmerston Street, Mosman Park WA T: 08 9384 0066 E: email@example.com W: www.iona.wa.edu.au
Sacred Heart Reunions 2017
Class of 1987 - 30 year reunion - 2 September
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 have submitted 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, Registrar 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 saely 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 or 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Behaviour Tonics - Programs
1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching Parent Course. To help manage difficult behaviour in children 2 to 12yrs. 7 to 9.30pm. $180pp or $340 per couple Wed 30th Aug, 6th Sept. Private Consultations Available. To enquire/register call 9382 1182 or www.behaviourtonics.com.au