Issue #12 - 6 August 2020
Fri 7 August - Pupil Free Day (Staff Development Day)
Tues 11 August - Year 2 Liturgy
Tues 11 & Wed 12 August - Kindy Incursion
Wed 12 August - P&F Meeting @7pm
Tues 18 August - Fr Cyp Year 4 Eucharist Visit
Wed 19 August - Board Meeting
Please check the community calendar for future dates as the calendar is regularly updated.
FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Have you been into the front office this week? Perhaps you have seen our beautiful new cross in the foyer. Our specially made cross was designed and produced in conjunction with PCPS and one of the students and the teacher of the Prendiville Glass Gallery at Prendiville Catholic College. The symbolic elements of our cross include -
· the stylised Mercy cross in the centre circle reminds us that our school is based upon the Mercy ethos and charism
· the rainbow from our school crest is incorporated in the top part of the cross and reminds us that every time we see a rainbow we are reminded of our friendship with God
· the water in the bottom of the cross symbolizes our Baptism and also represents God’s gift of the ocean to us as part of our locality
· the heart in the bottom part of the cross symbolizes our school motto of ‘Love one Another’
Please keep the Year Four children in your prayers as they prepare for the Sacrament of the Eucharist which will be celebrated at the end of August. Thank you to the Year Four teachers Mrs Woodall, Mrs Barry and Mr von Bergheim for preparing the children so beautifully for this special sacrament in which they receive Jesus for the very first time.
Mary Mackillop is Australia’s first saint. Mary was born in Victoria in the 1800s and devoted her life to teaching children. She believed everyone, no matter how rich or poor should have the chance to learn. Along with Fr Julian Tennison Woods, Mary MacKillop set up many schools. She also founded an order of nuns called the Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart, who continue to do the good work of Mary. Mary died on August 8th 1909 (her feast day). She was canonised a saint on 17 October 2010. As we celebrate her feast day this week, let us remember some of the words she lived by:
Never see a need without doing something about it
Whatever troubles may be before you, accept them bravely, remembering Whom you are trying to follow. Do not be afraid. Love one another, bear with one another, and let charity guide you all your life. God will reward you as only He can.
Find happiness in making others happy
On 15 August we celebrate the Assumption of Mary. Mary was a very special person in every sense of the word. She was the Mother of Jesus and as such was born without original sin. As a fitting reward for the life she dedicated so wonderfully to God, she was taken up to Heaven, body and soul, when the course of her life on earth was finished. There will be masses at Our Lady of the Mission church on Saturday 15 August at 8.30am and 6.30pm.
‘Almighty, ever-living God, you raised to eternal glory the body and soul of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of Your Son. Grant that our minds may always be directed heavenward and that we may deserve to share her glory. Amen’.
Tuesday pre-Kindy is full however we have a few vacancies left for Thursday Pre–Kindy. Once children turn 3 years of age they can attend Pre-Kindy. In Pre-Kindy we nurture creative and active minds, healthy bodies and happy hearts all in a safe and secure environment. Our little ones learn through imaginative, cognitive and sensory play, both the indoors and outdoors. Our little ones also learn to socialise, take turns and are introduced to basic routines. There is always lots of fun to be had including activities such as cooking, story and singing time and 'Walk of the Week' through the school, where our little ones visit the chickens, the prayer garden, the library and other areas of the school. This helps our little ones to develop that sense of 'belonging' to a larger community. If you have a child who is 3 years old or soon turning 3 years of age or have friends, neighbours or relations with children ready for Pre-Kindy, please contact the school office for the remainder of 2020. We are also enrolling now for 2021 and 2022.
It has been wonderful chatting with lots of parents in the morning as as I do my daily ‘meet and greet’ at the front of the school and some of our conversations have centered around good websites to go to for parenting tips. When we become parents we are never given a manual on parenting so thank goodness for such people as Maggie Dent https://www.maggiedent.com/common-concerns/ and Lenore Skenazy http://www.freerangekids.com/ who provide some sage advice on topics such as self-regulation, anxiety, building resiliency, raising boys, screen time, sleep issues etc. I hope you find the websites helpful.
We have a new Traffic Warden who does a fabulous job in helping our children safely cross Gibson Ave. However, at times when he is sick and the Traffic Warden State Management Unit cannot find a replacement, we are left without a Traffic Warden. I recently contacted the management unit and they are very happy for parents to be trained and then assist our school if we are ever left without a Traffic Warden. However, once you undertake the training you need to be aware that the yearly contract Type A Traffic Wardens sign, has a clause in it which says “During your contract, you may be called upon to provide Traffic Warden children’s crossing duties on a continuous or ad hoc basis as required by Traffic Warden State Management Unit.” This means that as a Western Australia Police Force casual contract employee, a Traffic Warden can be directed to work at any location for operational needs. Therefore, if a parent applies and trains to be a Traffic Warden, you will be required to work at other locations within the general area. If you are interested to find our more, including the hourly rate and other conditions of employment please contact Carole Taylor Manager Traffic Warden State Management Unit Western Australia Police Force on 6274 8726 l or by email email@example.com
Enjoy your weekend.
Mrs Margaret Williamson
FROM THE ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS
School Photos 2020 Info
LEgo Masters - Donations
Mrs Deb Barry
Lego Masters Co ordinator
Reach Out With Love Thank You
Social Worker's Corner
Making Homework Work…
· Find the right time
For some children it’s straight after school. Others might need a break to play and unwind first. No matter what, the optimal time is when you can be around to supervise and give your child a helping hand if needed. Be aware of how long they are able to concentrate for and build breaks into your routine where appropriate and necessary.
· Create the right environment
Set up your child somewhere that has good light, air and enough space for them to spread out. Try to minimise distractions by turning off the TV and asking siblings to stay away. Computers should always be kept in a shared family area so you can clearly see what kids are doing. Gaming devices could really be put away for the school week and bought out for weekend use only.
· Help your child get organised
Show your child how to break down big assignments or projects into smaller, more manageable tasks. You can also help to schedule homework around other after school and family commitments.
· Help your child develop a positive approach
Schoolwork isn’t always easy. Your job is to help your child develop a positive approach to academic and organisational challenges.
Mrs Ali Fisher
Battery Recycling at PCPS
Do you know that you can recycle old batteries here? The Mindarie Regional Council has provided us with a special bin to collect batteries that can do our environment harm if they end up in landfill with our other waste. The bin is currently located in Miss Wilson’s classroom near the sports shed. We would love to have less batteries put into landfill.
Which batteries can be collected?
Dry cell batteries include AA, AAA (single use or rechargeable), C, D, button batteries, 9V, 6V and cordless power tools.
Which batteries cannot be collected?
Lead acid batteries, such as car batteries, cannot be collected. Please contact your local council for details of how to dispose of these batteries.
Ms Stephanie Wilson
Sustainability Co Ordinator
Rev Fr Cyprian M Shikokoti - PP
Our Lady of the Mission, Whitford Parish
Website : www.olm.myparish.net.au
24:7 Whitfords Youth Group ONLINE
For all youth in Years 6-12
Every 1st, 3rd and 5th Fridays 7pm-8:30pm @ 24:7 Whitfords Online (Messenger Group Chat).
Coming up: 24:7 Whitfords Online Youth Group: Mental Well-being, THIS FRIDAY! (Last Online Youth Group)
2020/21 RCIA Program: Would you like to become a Catholic or know more about our Catholic Faith? Please come join us on Thursdays at 7.30pm in the parish centre, starting Thursday 30th of July 2020. Contact Mrs Ann Cunneen on 0410 616 517 for more information or you are welcome to just come join us.
Children's Liturgy will return on the first Sunday of Term 3.