26th Nov 2021


Nurturing lifelong learners who live out Jesus' message of love and peace.


At Our Lady of Fatima School, we:

Provide a holistic Catholic education where the teachings of Christ are lived, valued and promoted

Strive for excellence and through contemporary pedagogies, support the resilience, curiosity, creativity and social and emotional wellbeing of each child.

Foster a sense of community through meaningful relationships with students, staff, parents, parish and wider community.

Maintain an innovative learning environment, embracing sustainable practices.


Lord Jesus,

Master of both the light and the darkness, send your Holy Spirit upon our preparations for Christmas.

We who have so much to do and seek quiet spaces to hear your voice each day,

We who are anxious over many things look forward to your coming among us.

We who are blessed in so many ways long for the complete joy of your kingdom.

We whose hearts are heavy seek the joy of your presence.

We are your people, walking in darkness, yet seeking the light.

To you we say, "Come Lord Jesus!'


From the Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Today marked our final assembly led by our Year 6 students. It is quite bittersweet, as it marks the first of several events where we farewell this beautiful group of students. Well done to the students and Miss Abreu for their work on this assembly!

It was fantastic to see all of the parents and community members who attended the Annual Community Meeting (ACM) on Tuesday 23 November. An ACM provides a great opportunity to reflect on what has been achieved and we look forward with anticipation to the following year. Both the P&F and School Advisory Council shared their reports for 2021 and many parents were identified for what they have contributed to building our strong school community.

For 2022, the P&F Executive will be:

  • President- Zanda Cameron
  • Vice President- Emma Jensen
  • Treasurer- Clare Gendron
  • Secretary- Lauryn Stanlake

A special thank you to Anita Yevstihneyev, who is stepping down from her role as Vice President. We greatly appreciate her enthusiasm for all initiatives this year!

The following members of the School Advisory Council have been re-elected for 3 more years:

  • John McNally
  • Lucy Clarke
  • Lyndelle Stingemore
  • Luisa Marrows

These members join Rob Haddrill, who will be the Chair of the School Advisory Council in 2022. On behalf of the school community, I would like to thank David Gault, Natasha Goncalves and Sharon Grubb for all of their contributions over several years- each have offered so much to Our Lady of Fatima School.

In my Principal report, which will be made available on our school website, I also made mention of the generosity of Natasha, Sharon and Melissa Olivari-Brown, who volunteer weekly for the uniform shop. This is a significant service for our school community and we greatly appreciate it.

Thank you to all of the families who have already contributed to the Vinnies Christmas appeal. If you have not yet been able to contribute and would like to, we will be accepting donations until Monday 29 November.

We look forward to having all our families together for our Dance Performance Evening and Carols on Tuesday 30 November. Gates open at 5pm for a 5:30pm start.

Please note that student reports will be shared with parents on Wednesday 8 December.

Here is a recap of some big events over the past few weeks:


The finals of Fatima’s Got Talent were held last week to much fanfare. Thank you to Mrs Ahern and Mrs Leavy for coordinating the class try outs and final performances. Also a big thank you to Mrs Law for coming in and being a special judge. Our performers were:

  • Pre-Primary- Boston, Annabelle, Georgia, Sam, Frankie, James, Leighton, Lachie
  • Year 1- Tahlia, Chloe and Ruby
  • Year 2- Zara, Malija, Christian, Felix and Phoebe
  • Year 3- Noah (helped by Ben) and Joseph
  • Year 4- Flynn, Avery and Oscar
  • Year 5- Levi and Hudson
  • Year 6- Lucy, Olivia, Matilda, Elsie, Hope, Sophie, Rose, Olivia and Matilda

A few students shared their thoughts:

I loved Fatima's Got Talent because I liked watching everyone's different talent and I enjoyed watching different people perform. It made me smile.


My favourite part was the jokes and the puppet show.


We liked all the talents, the tricks and the dances. We thought it was funny.

(Charlie, Harrison, Archie and Harry)


Yesterday, several students, parents and staff were involved in creating a mural on a bus stop at 355 Canning Highway, supporting the City of Melville. The design was created with help of Ruby, Aoife (Year 5), Avery and Flynn (Year 4) and they were helped to produce the mural by Liam, Laila, James, Aspen, Lachlan and April. I am so proud of what the students accomplished on a hot day and we received many compliments from local community members. We were helped by some very talented parents- Cate, who painted the entire background on Wednesday- Michelle and Danielle, who assisted students during the day on Thursday. Thank you also to Mrs Szefczyk for all of her help supervising the students. We are grateful for the support of Inspiration Paint, Myaree and Bunnings, Myaree, who provided us with a lot of our paint supplies. A final thank you to Mrs Bennetts who coordinated this whole project. There were so many elements involved, including considering the logistics, sourcing materials and developing the design, all of which Mrs Bennetts handled expertly. We are very hopeful that our design will deter graffiti vandals, but please do a drive by soon just in case!

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The Gospel this week brings us into the season of Advent. Again, the theme of the second coming of Jesus is explored:

(Luke: 21:25-28, 34-36)

“There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken. Then they will see ‘the Son of Man coming in a cloud’ with power and great glory. Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” “Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day does not catch you unexpectedly, like a trap. For it will come upon all who live on the face of the whole earth. Be alert at all times, praying that you may have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man.”

Enjoy the Summer weather this weekend!

Jacinta Petersen


Days to remember 2021- Please check our updated calendar on our website

Monday 29th November at 6pm

Keyed Up Music Recital in the Hall

Tuesday 30th November at 5:30pm

Dance Concert Gates open 5pm

Wednesday 1st December

Keyed Up Music Recital in the Hall

Thursday 2nd December

Pre-Kindergarten Play Date

Year 1 Excursion to Cicerello's

Friday 3rd December

PP Christmas Assembly

Kindergarten Play Date

Wednesday 8th December

Year 2 Excursion to Kalamunda History Village

Year 6 Excursion to Adventure World

Friday 10th December

Thanksgiving Mass Yr 6 Graduation Assembly

Friday 10th December

Last day of term for students


For the next few weeks, we will be putting in some fitness activities for everyone to do at home while the sun is shining. There will be an activity set to each class, a champions challenge and a sports quiz. All of the activities, the challenge and quiz can be found at the following link and you can enter your answers there. I will be selecting winners at random on Friday Week 8.

Online activity tracker and answers form link:

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This week's focus is: Fitness


PP- 10-star jumps

Yr1- 15-star jumps

Yr2- 20-star jumps

Yr3- 20 star jumps and 10 push ups

Yr4- 10 push-ups and 5 burpees

Yr5- 10 burpees and 10 sec plank

Yr6- 10 burpees and 20 sec plank

You can challenge yourself by increasing in amount or time!


We are currently decommissioning several of our school computers. If any family wishes to purchase one of these, they will be at a cost of $50. They will be available to pick up in the week of 13 December, but the school will contact you when they are ready. If you are interested, please contact Jacinta Petersen jacinta.petersen@cewa.edu.au.


As we start to be thinking about moving into 2022, we would like to provide some clarity about what sneakers are appropriate. As part of the sports uniform, running sneakers or cross trainers need to be worn. Whilst sneakers can be any colour, they need to be affordable, offer good support and be appropriate for play. High-top shoes and basketball shoes (such as Michael Jordans) are not appropriate. Please ensure that sneakers are worn with the white school sports socks.

Year 1 and 2 uniforms from 2022

  • Students in Years 1 and 2 will be able to wear their sports uniform for the whole week in both Summer and Winter. Teachers will advise at the beginning of the year what days they need to wear their faction sports shirt.
  • As this is a period of transition, students with the summer and winter uniform may choose to wear it in 2022, except on nominated Physical Education days. Again, this will be advised by the teachers.
  • As part of the sports uniform, running sneakers or cross trainers need to be worn. Whilst sneakers can be any colour, they need to be affordable, offer good support and be appropriate for play. Remember, in the early years, students will be spending a great deal of time in sandpits and painting! High-top shoes and basketball shoes (such as Michael Jordans) are not appropriate.

Constable Care Safety School Excursion

On the 22nd of November, the Year 4 class went to the Constable Care Safety School to learn about bike and road safety. We learnt about the safety features on a bike. Like the tires need to be pumped up, our reflectors need to be on at night on, our bell needs to be working and more.

Next we had to get ready to ride a bike. We had to check that it was all working and ready. Then we had to follow the road rules like stopping at red lights. Also we learnt about the signs and what they mean.

After that we got some iPads and we played this road test safety game. Then we got to go out on our bikes again but some of us were pedestrians and dressed up. We had to be careful of the lolly pop man and the old ladies. We didn’t want to leave, it was so much fun.

Max.O and Karissa

On the 22nd of November the Year Four class went to the Constable Care Safety School. We went to learn about road and bike safety rules.

Firstly, we learnt what the bike safety features were. For example, to check if your helmet fits you, make sure the tyres are pumped, if you have all your reflectors and if your seat is high enough. If all good, then our bikes are safe and we are good to go.

Next we rode around the course and learnt about the traffic lights, giving way to other people and showing people where we were going to turn. Our height is what size bike we got to ride. We wore helmets too.

Then we had an activity to do on the iPads, which was about what to do in different situations. After that some of us were pedestrians and we learnt what to do when there is a pedestrian crossing the road. Some of us dressed up as crossing guards and lollypop men. It was really fun.

Otis and Avery

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Thank you to all families who have contributed to the Vinnie’s Christmas Appeal so far! The hampers are filling up quickly! Please continue to bring items in to support those less fortunate in our community at Christmas. We will present our Christmas hampers to the parish at the Pre-Primary Christmas assembly on Friday 3 December.

Donations for P&F Christmas Raffle

Donations would be gratefully accepted for the raffle hampers & silent auction being held on the night of the Christmas Concert. Items could include chocolates, crackers, chips, oil, gourmet teas, nuts, sweet treats, candles, vouchers etc

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Fatima Family Cookbook is unfortunately postponed till early 2022

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When your child enters High School, the Palmyra Dental Therapy Centre will continue to provide dental care. The School Dental Service provides free general and preventive dental care for all enrolled students in Years 8 to 11, or to the age of 17 in year 11, whichever comes first.

If your child is not enrolled in the School Dental Service you may contact the Palmyra Dental Therapy Centre on 9339 4868 to discuss enrolment.


C/ Palmyra Primary School

60 Mckimmie Road


PH: 9339 4868

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Support our school at Gilbert's fresh market and The Foodies Basket

Gilbert's Support Our School Program donates 1% of the money spent by you to your nominated school every time you shop with us! Sign up for free at the checkout and scan each time you shop.

As at 16/06/2020 the Gilbert’s Fresh, Hilton SOS Program has 31 schools, and 2,236 customers signed up, plus, Gilbert’s has donated $40,945.00 to local schools since the program commenced in October 2017.

The Foodies Basket, Attadale donates a $1 for every 100 points accumulated. Just give our School name or show your card each time you purchase.

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Keyed Up Music Lessons

Keyed Up Music Lessons

Keyed Up Music will be teaching keyboard and guitar lessons next term during school. Lessons start at $23.65 for groups of two per lesson. If you are interested in your son/daughter learning an instrument, ring Savanna on 6107 8841 or 0479 171 424 or enrol at www.keyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment-form