17th Sep 2021

Our Vision

Our Lady of Fatima Palmyra is a Catholic School that aspires to

provide a respectful, secure and caring learning environment

where our community is committed to following

the teachings of Jesus.

From the Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Busyness is probably a feature of most people’s lives and schools are certainly the same, particularly in Term 3. Having a sense of wellbeing is important in so many ways. According to the Student Wellbeing Hub (https://studentwellbeinghub.edu.au/educators/about-wellbeing/), some aspects of wellbeing include:

  • Being involved in supportive relationships
  • Feeling that your life has meaning and purpose
  • Feeling connected to others in your community
  • Feeling a sense of control of your emotions
  • Engaging in activities that are important to you.

It is so important that we prioritise our own wellbeing at all times, as well as our children’s. It therefore was timely to have a focus on wellness last week, which was wonderful for our whole school community. We got to engage in mindfulness and fitness, learn about healthy eating, be together and even Zumba together. A massive thank you to all of those involved in coordinating these activities: Mr La Roche, Maria, Ben, Rob, Dale, Kellie, Michael, Helen, Emma, Diana and Kristen.

Here are a few updates of all else that has been and is happening at our school:


We are so happy to announce the birth of Emilie Sophia La Roche on Tuesday 14 September. Congratulations to Mr La Roche and his wife on the birth of their beautiful daughter and we can’t wait to meet her! While Mr La Roche is away, Mrs Reardon will be acting Assistant Principal for Weeks 9 and 10 of Term 3 and Mrs Leavy will be acting Assistant Principal for Weeks 1 and 2 of Term 4.


We are looking forward to inviting parents and families to our open afternoon next Tuesday 21 September from 3:30-5:30pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to see all of the learning that has been happening this term. We encourage you to not only visit your class, but others as well! Specialist teachers will also have spaces to share student learning, so please also visit the Science/Italian room and the Library. When visiting classes, use the exterior doors and gallery to move through the school.


Our Year 1 students were out and about a few weeks ago, when they went on excursion to Peninsula Farm in Maylands. They have shared their learning below:

On Thursday my class went to Peninsula Farm to learn about the Hardey family and the olden days. We made peg dolls and played old fashioned games like hop scotch, bingo and the egg and spoon race. I had a lot of fun!


I loved going to Peninsula Farm with my friends. I liked making peg dolls and learning about the olden days!


I had fun at Peninsula Farm. I liked playing on the grass oval and we got to touch things from the past and guess what they were.


I liked going on the school bus and sitting at the front of the bus. I liked touring the house and making peg dolls. It was fun seeing the basement of the old house.


I liked the excursion because I liked seeing the Swan River and the ducks. We got to see the olden day’s house and the wood fire because it makes me warm.



On Wednesday 8 September, our Year 6 students participated in a leadership day focused on the theme of “Success through resilience. A sincere thank you to Mr La Roche and Miss Abreu for their work in organising the day. A few students have shared their perceptions below:

The Year 6's had a great time at the leadership day meeting with the Year 6 students from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Saint Patrick's. We got split up into 3 groups with 3 different year six teachers. One of the activities we did was with Mrs. Price, which was about leadership qualities and we had to define them. The other one was with Mr Webster and we learnt about trust. The final activity was with Miss Abreu and it was about setting goals. However, we did not just have these activities, we also had a very important guest come in and it was Dr. Sayce, who is the boss of 163 Catholic schools. We also had Mr. Davy as our second guest, who is an assistant coach for the Hockeyroos, which is the women's hockey team for Australia. Lastly, we had 4 high school students who were from Corpus Christi, Santa Maria and CBC to talk about high school. The Year 6 students had a great time socialising with the other schools. Thanks to the parents who provided us with recess and lunch.

(Shanti and Ben)


On Tuesday this week, we held the Athletics carnival at Aquinas College and were blessed with beautiful weather. It was a lot of fun, ran very smoothly and we extend our thanks to Mr Celenza, Mrs King and Mrs Cook for their work behind the scenes in getting this event organised, as well as to all staff who helped on the day. We are very grateful to Aquinas for allowing us to use their space and for all of the parents who volunteered their time to help.


Congratulations to the Year 5 and 6 students in the Society and Environment team for the Creative Edge competition, who will be competing in the final on Saturday against Frederick Irwin Anglican School and St John Bosco College. We wish them all the best!


Our P&F mulch drive has been a resounding success. All of the hard work of Lauryn and Clare will come to fruition this weekend, and many families are helping with the delivery of mulch orders. Thank you to everyone who have dedicated months to this fundraiser- it is greatly appreciated!


A gentle reminder to parents collecting children from the Kindy, Pre-Primary, Year 1 and 2 classrooms, that children need to remain in close proximity to you and need to only play on the grass before and after school. For safety reasons, it is important that children do not use the equipment. Thank you for your support with this.


Term 3 concludes on Friday 24 September and students resume classes on Tuesday 12 October. We pray that everyone has a safe, happy and healthy school holidays!

Enjoy your weekend and we look forward to a wonderful final week of Term 3 next week,

Jacinta Petersen



Let's Pray
Father, help me learn to cherish and make time to simply sit at Your feet and be in Your presence. Teach me how to discipline my steps and invest my time in a way that pleases You and honours the plan You have for my life.
In Jesus’ Name,

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

Tuesday 21st September

Open Afternoon 330pm-5:30pm

Friday 24th September

Final Day of Term 3

Monday 11 October

Pupil free day

Tuesday 12th October

School commences

Friday 29th October

OLOF P&F Fun Colour Run

Drive through afternoon pick up safety

  • When using the drive through please enter the zone from behind the last car in the queue and wait in your vehicle, moving your vehicle forward as others exit the queue at the front of the line.
  • Students should be aware that they are being collected via the collection zone, and are asked to wait at the collection zone until it is their turn to depart. We ask for your assistance in ensuring your children understand the importance of waiting in the correct location, as this avoids any students being hurt from moving cars! Also, delays may cause an inconvenience to other families.
  • Once your vehicle approaches the front of the queue, a duty teacher will call students to meet your waiting vehicle. Again, your assistance in ensuring your children understand the importance of following this procedure allows us to make sure all road users and students remain safe at all times. Please do not put your child in danger by asking them to run to your car!

Thank you for your support in making the car park and driveways safe for all of our children.

Parent Skills and Talent Register

Our School Advisory Council and Parents and Friends Association often work on projects that benefit our school community and we would love to consult with parents that have expertise and can contribute to these projects! By completing this form, we could call on your business to quote on school based capital works projects, school maintenance, advertising or event management. Your assistance in completing this form is appreciated!

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Pre-Primary visit to AQWA

On Tuesday 7th of September Pre-Primary visited AQWA. We saw many beautiful sea creatures in the aquariums and some we were excited to touch in the touch pool. It was a worthwhile excursion that stimulated and extended both our oral language and our written language. Here are a few samples of our writing.

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Our annual Faction Athletics Carnival was a massive success. A huge thank you to Mr Celenza and all the people who helped make it possible. Also, thank you to our wonderful P&F for the tasty treats at the cake stall.

We commend our students on their team spirit and the enthusiasm they brought to the day! Your joy, passion and sportsmanship was evident in your cheering, support for one another and your happy faces!

Congratulations to La Salle , who were overall faction point winners and to Kolbe for taking out the Spirit Shield!

Overall results:

La Salle: 482

Kolbe: 469

Francisco: 445

Genevieve: 364

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Liturgy Club run by our Ministry Leader (Hope)

On Wednesday, the Year 1 class had their first Liturgy Club in the Library run by Hope (Ministry Leader). We had so much fun. Thank you Hope for your hard work and organisation with this club!

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1:20pm - 2:00pm - Kindy - Yr2

2:10pm - 2:50pm - Yr3 - Yr6

Remember to bring a hat, a towel and some old white clothes!

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Fatima Family Cookbook is unfortunately postponed till early 2022

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Uniform Shop

We have a number of items in our lost property that does not have current student names on.

If you are looking for a lost item it could be here!

The Uniform shop is open on Thursdays between 8.15am to 9am

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Subway lunch Wednesday 22nd September

Don't forget to order your subway!

Thanks to our families for supporting this fundraiser.

Please ensure your child's year level is up to date on School Lunch Online and have all orders placed by 8.00am.

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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