Our Lady of Mercy
NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 4 | 24 FEBRUARY 2021
Lord, give our children hearts of compassion.
Help them to see situations from every perspective
and to treat others like they would want to be treated.
Give them a friendly and kind spirit.
May they welcome friends with a smile.
Message from the Principal
Dear Parents and Carers
Parent Handbook and Student Code of Conduct
All families will have received our new Parent Handbook, their teacher Welcome letter and a Student Code of Conduct. We trust that the Parent Handbook in its new format provides you with the information you need in a succinct and clear format. Each week we will focus on one of the Mercy values from our Student Code of Conduct. These values are an important aspect of who we are at Our Lady of Mercy Primary School and they form the basis of our new behaviour management policy.
Mercy Value – Respect
We consider Respect to be such an important value that we have broken it down into three aspects - Respect for Self, Respect for Others and Respect for Property.
A respect for self enables you to have the confidence to set firm boundaries. It means knowing what your values are, and being accepting of both your strengths and weaknesses. Self-respect is an inner quality that we support our students to develop. In our Student Code of Conduct, we list the following examples that show respect for self and the body and soul that God blessed us with:
- making healthy food choices
- working and playing safely
- keeping calm and happy
- making good choices
Parent Class Reps
We are always looking at ways to engage our parent and carer community and we need your help.
We would like each class to have a parent representative this year. You can share the role with another parent if you like, although the tasks for a parent rep are not onerous. We have aligned one P&F event to each class. We ask that the parent rep/s find a few parent and carer helpers from their child’s class to assist the P&F in running the event assigned to their class. The other role of the parent rep is to help build community. This might be as simple as organising a coffee get together at a local coffee shop after drop off one morning. It may be that you let the parents and carers on your class Facebook page know that you are heading down to the local park for a couple of hours on a Sunday and all are welcome to join. Arranging something like the two previous mentioned examples, once a semester will help build community. If you are able to attend the P&F meetings twice a term, you are more than welcome, however this is not a requirement to being a parent rep. If there are two class reps sharing the role it means that one of you might be able to attend the P&F meeting.
Before School Soccer Program
A big thank you to Ms Millen for organising the before school soccer program for our students. This program has been very well supported and from all accounts the children loved the session. Children enrolled in the program should only be dropped off at school at 7.40am and siblings not enrolled in the program are not permitted to remain at school as there are no teachers on duty at this time of the day to supervise them. The Kindy/Pre-Primary gate will open up at 7.40am and only children enrolled in the program will be permitted onto school property.
Mrs Young and Ms Zanetti have worked hard to secure additional swimming lessons for our junior grades who have missed out on swimming lessons for the past two years due to circumstances beyond our control. Years 2, 3 and 4 students will commence swimming lessons this term beginning Monday 15 March to Friday 26 March. More information will be provided this week. All students from Years 1-6 will have swimming lessons at the end of the year in Term 4.
Students must come to school with a drink bottle, particularly in this hot weather. Our drink fountains are not open due to Covid restrictions but we do have water bottle fountains available for students to refill their drink bottles. Students should not bring sugary drinks to school.
In this time of Lent, let us remember the message from Pope Francis that Lent is “a favourable season for opening the doors to all those in need and recognising in them the face of Christ.” We are reminded by this message to open our hearts to one another and to welcome and embrace families who are new to our community. Perhaps their only need is simply to feel a sense of belonging .
God bless you.
Time to enrol siblings for Kindy 2022 & 2023
From this year we will be enrolling children for Kindergarten two years ahead. If you have a child due to start Kindy in 2022 or 2023, please complete the application for enrolment.
- Child born between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018 - Kindy 2022
- Child born between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019 - Kindy 2023
Please submit your application for enrolment along with copies of the required documents - you can email, post or drop the documentation at the office. The non-refundable application fee of $20 is paid via EFTPOS at the office or over the phone.
Friday 19 March: Meet the Teacher and Sundowner
- 4.30 pm - Classrooms will be open so that you can meet your child's teacher on your way down to the Sundowner.
- 5 pm: P&F annual school Sundowner on the oval - hope to see you there!
PARISH: Seeking quotes for presbytery kitchen
Are there any cabinet makers who are prepared to give the parish a quote to redo the presbytery kitchen? Please contact the Parish on 9342 3562.