Newsletter 29 March 2017
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29 March 2017
Working in a School Offers Variety
At OLG we have chosen to concentrate our resources on the effective education and care of our students. As a result we have many more General Education Assistants and Special Needs Education Assistants than most. We have more and better intervention programs than many. Our students enjoy the benefits of having highly qualified, hard working and experienced staff leading their learning.
Those staff members have access to a wide range of quality teaching resources and equipment, as well as professional learning, that are used to promote and facilitate the learning of our students.
There is however, only so much money, so we make do with a very part-time, but capable, handyman. The result is that staff members and myself find ourselves cleaning up graffiti and attending to other minor maintenance matters. Their actions indicate the pride they have in their school and their determination to provide an attractive learning environment for our students.
For me, the highlight of each day is my interaction with those children. Pretty much the only students who come to my office, do so to show me their achievements. I also visit classrooms every day and see their work, check that those who are having issues are OK, and generally soak up the feeling that we, as a school, are looking after the development of our students well.
Differentiating Curriculum Delivery
As most will know, OLG runs a number of learning support programs to maximise student learning in the early years. Below is a summary of just two of these
Sounds Write is a linguistic phonics program. It is based on the sounds in speech, and moves from the sounds to the written word. The Sounds Write program incorporates the skills of blending, segmenting and manipulating the sounds within words in order to read, spell and write them automatically and accurately.
Reminder: SAUSAGE SIZZLE TUESDAY 4 APRIL
INTRODUCING OUR NEW TRUMPET TEACHER,
Laura Halligan is a musician and composer who has been playing the trumpet for 15 years, beginning in primary school.
After studying music throughout secondary school, Laura began university at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, completing a Certificate IV in Classical Performance (Trumpet) in 2011, and Bachelor of Music in Composition & Music Technology in 2015.
During her time at WAAPA, Laura has composed and arranged for ensembles as well as electronics, collaborated with game designers and filmmakers, and performed in many new works by fellow composers. She has also been involved with the WAAPA Brass Ensemble, WAAPA Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Indian Ocean Ensemble, WA Laptop Orchestra, and in the pit orchestra for WAAPA’s production of Hair: The Musical (2014) and The Drowsy Chaperone (2016).
Outside of WAAPA, Laura has played with the Fremantle Symphony Orchestra, WA Charity Orchestra, North Coast Youth Concert Band, WA Youth Symphonic Band, has been a session musician for bands Mister Wolf and Phoenix King, and has performed in many musicals (Hairspray, The Pyjama Game, Singing in the Rain, Our House, and Sweeney Todd).
Laura is currently studying a Graduate Diploma in Education, teaching the trumpet, and learning the trombone. She is involved in numerous projects around Perth; lead trumpet with the Kalamunda Youth Swing Band, soprano cornet with the City of Perth Brass Band, and trumpet with the Junkadelic Brass Band. She is also the Musical Director, lead trumpet, and fill-in trombonist for the City of Perth Marching Corps; an American-style marching band which features at Perth Wildcats (NBL), Perth Lynx (WNBL), and West Coast Fever (SuperNetball) home games, amongst many other gigs!
"Self worth: Comes from a source within us"
"Self-worth is how we feel about ourselves and it comes from a source within us. It is the foundation of our ability to believe in ourselves. It is what we are born with; we can’t lose it but we can lose sight of it; we can forget our value."
"Unfortunately, we are greatly influenced by our society which values flawless performances and places great emphasis on excelling, achieving and winning. We are lead to believe that our worth is tied to our achievements and the judgements of others."
"However, if our self-worth is dependent on other people’s approval of us, we are placing the value of ourselves in someone else’s hands. If we are high on self-worth, we will be willing to risk the disapproval of other people. We will trust our own abilities and not feel the need to conform in order to be accepted and loved by those around us. It is who we are and not what we are that ultimately counts."
Parents have an obligation to teach their children that the worth in their lives comes not in what they do nor in who they know but who they are.
Parents can share how they enjoy who they are and model an optimistic attitude.
This week's assembly is presented by students in 2G. Parents of 2G children are invited to the staff room after the assembly for a cuppa with Mrs Lisa Meyers. Congratulations to the students who received Merit Awards at last week's assembly.
LAP information - click here
Term 1 Calendar 2017 - click here
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.
Any queries regarding all other canteen issues please contact Pip Kent on 0439 091300.
New Canteen Menu - click here
Three Way Interviews Week 10
This term, interviews with parents, students and teachers will be held in Week 10 for Years PP-6. They will be 15 minutes maximum each. If you require a longer interview, that can be arranged for another time.
The URL is as follows:
There will also be a link to the PTO site on our school website: www.olg.wa.edu.au
If two parents/guardians wish to attend a single interview, just one parent should make the booking. You will only see those timeslots that are available at the time you are using the system. You can log in and change the booking you have made anytime up to Friday 31 March at 5pm.
If you encounter any problems using PTO, please contact the school office. The system was beneficial to both parents and teachers in Semester 2 last year. Any feedback you may wish to provide will be most welcome.
Cake Stall: The Year 4 classes will be holding a cake stall in the multi purpose area on Friday 31st March. Please come along and help support their fundraiser. A reminder to the Year 4 parents who will be baking for the cake stall that OLG has a Nut Free policy.
Congratulations to Mia (PPG) and Stella (KG) Rapinese and family on the arrival of their baby brother Nicholas.
Student's commence Term 2 in Winter Uniform Please ensure you have all items before end of term as the Uniform Shop will not open again until Friday 28th April at 8.15am.
If you have received notification that your uniform order is ready for collection please do so at your earliest convenience.
Our Lady of Grace is seeking expressions of interest from those of you who have children 0 to 3 yrs.
We are about to begin Rhyme time, a program that uses children's sensory skills, to explore and develop literacy understandings in a fun and energetic way.
We are hoping to run this 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.
Currently there is a lot of wastage at OLG. Click on the link to find out what we intend to do about it.
Winter Uniform Order forms are now available from the office or click here.
Discovery Kids - Vacation Care - April 2017 - click here
Easter and Holy Week Schedule
Palm Sunday 9 April Masses 7.30am 9.30am & 5.30pm
Monday 10 April Masses 6.45am & 9.30am
Tuesday 11 April Masses 6.45am & 9.00am
Wednesday 12 April Masses 6.45am & 9.00am
Holy Thursday 8.00pm Mass of the Lord's Supper
Good Friday 10am & 3pm The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord
7.30pm Stations of the Cross
Holy Saturday 8.00am The Office of Readings & Morning Prayer
6.00pm Easter Vigil Mass
Easter Sunday Masses 7.30am, 9.30am & 5.30pm
Children in Years 4 to 6 would you like to be an Altar Server
Expressions of interest are now being take from children who would like to become altar servers and assist Father at Weekend Masses. Pleae note children AND their paraents will have to attend 3 training sessions of 45 minutes each before they will be able to begin serving. These training sessions will be scheduled for Saturday afternoons within the next few months. They will be fun and interactive and finish with afternoon tea. Once completed, children will receive a certificate and be presented to the parish at a special Commissioning Ceremony during Mass. Please note that adults in the paarish who have regular contact with children (including all priests, deacons, acolytes and senior altar servers) hold Working With Children Cards.
For more information please contact the Altar Serving Coordinator, Christine Giuffre P: 0411 273 572 E: ourladyof firstname.lastname@example.org
A Service of Prayer & Song in the style of Taize –
Short chants repeated give a meditative character,
Our Lady of Grace Church
P & F News
WALKATHON Friday 28 April 2017
Walkathon cards are being send home this week. Children will have 3 weeks to collect as many sponsors as possible - aunts, uncles, friends, neighbours etc. to support you in the Walkathon. All monies raised will go back into the school to purchase valuable equipment for our children. The event will be held on Friday 28 April, Week 1 Term 1, after lunch. We need some volunteers on the day. If you can help out from approximately 1.15pm, please place your name on the form in the office or contact Carolyn Halleen P:0413 591 810 E:email@example.com
You dont need to walk, just stamp cards as the kids come past. Siblings and grandparents are welcome.
Easter Egg Hampers
It's that time of year again, when we celebrate Easter with family and friends. It is also a chance for us to help thoser who might be alone or not able to afford Easter gifts. Each year the school community gives Easter Egg hampers to htose in need. We join with St Vincent de Paul to give out hampers to families, couples, refugees and the elderly in our community.
Please bring your donation of Easter eggs or Easter gift bags, baskets or boxes directly to the office. We will then put together a gift for those in need this Easter.
Anyone who is free to help put them together on Thursday 6 April in the morning, after assembly in the MPA please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Your donation and help will be very much appreciated.
Buddy System letter - click here
Positions Vacant: Quiz Night helpers
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.
Netball Holiday Clinic - click here
First Holy Communion Dresses.
Department of Health Child & Adolescent Services - Free Parent Seminars - click here
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 alumni.sacredheart.wa.edu.au. Any queries, please contact email@example.com. We can't wait to see you again!
Relationships Australia has an extensive range of short courses which serve as ‘tasters’ to our longer courses but also serve as a stand-alone opportunity to learn new skills and strategies to help support you in your parenting role.
The attached flier outlines parenting courses available in our West Leederville, Joondalup and Fremantle Branches for the month of April 2017.
Parenting Courses - click here
STUDY SKILLS Seminars in the April School holidays at ECU – Mt Lawley Campus. For more information - click here
Hillarys Yacht Club School Holiday Programs
Junior Fishing Clinic 9-16 year olds - click here
Start Sailing Flyer - click here
Fishing Clinic Tackers and Start Sailing - click here
NORTH BEACH JFC
If you love your footy and are interested in joining an all-girls competition, we have good news for you!
There will be two separate competitions, both played consecutively on a Friday night:
Contact: Sascha Low
Attention all future Socceroos and Matildas!
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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North Beach, 5a Kitchener Street, North Beach, WA 6020
Phone: (08) 6241 9500
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