10th Dec 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.
God of our waiting,
In praise and thanksgiving,
let us rejoice as we await our Saviour,
Christ the Lord,
Prince of peace.
For all the oracles of the prophets foretold Him;
the Virgin Mary longed for Him with love beyond all telling;
John the Baptist sang of His coming
and proclaimed His presence when He came.
It is by His gift that we already rejoice at the mystery of His nativity,
so that He may find us watchful in prayer
and exultant in His praise.
From the Principal
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Today marked a special occasion as we farewelled our Year 6 students in the various graduation events. They are a delightful class, who have so generously contributed to our school. While there is sadness that they are leaving, we look forward to hearing about their new adventures in high school!
Our community joined together for our Christmas concert last week, which was such a joyous occasion. The students had big smiles on their faces and demonstrated some great moves! Miss Abreu did a fantastic job choreographing the dances with all classes and it was lovely coming together as a school with some special Christmas carols coordinated by Mrs Bennetts. Thank you also to Mr La Roche, Mrs King and the Christmas concert committee for their support. We would also like to extend our sincere appreciation to Kerrie, Jacqui, Maria and their team of helpers for their outstanding fundraising through the raffle, the silent auction and the auction of the car bay and Eagles memorabilia.
Another joyous occasion was our Pre-Primary Christmas assembly last Friday. It certainly has to be up there as one of the cutest retellings of the birth of Jesus! Thank you to Mrs Leavy and all the Pre-Primary staff for organising the assembly and helping us focus on the true meaning of Christmas.
I would like to express my appreciation for our dedicated staff at Our Lady of Fatima School. On behalf of the school community, I would like to thank Mrs Walker for her work in the Pre-Kindergarten this year and we wish her every success as she returns to St Emilie’s. We also thank Mrs Pratley for her years of service to the Fatima community and can’t wait to hear about what she gets up to in her retirement. A sincere thank you to Mrs Cannon for all that she has contributed to the Year 2 class and we hope to see her around the school in various capacities next year!
And finally, we thank Mrs King for everything she has done as Assistant Principal in the past 2 years at Our Lady of Fatima School. We hope she enjoys her time during her secondment as Assistant Principal to Aranmore Catholic Primary School.
I also want to take this opportunity to thank our wonderful students for their efforts this year and to thank all the parent community for the welcome I received. A special thank you to the P&F and School Advisory Council for all of their work for the benefit of our school community.
Wishing you a joyous, safe and holy Christmas and we look forward to seeing you after the school holidays!
THIS SUNDAY’S GOSPEL
This weekend marks the third Sunday of Advent, which can be known as Gaudete Sunday. The word Gaudete is Latin and means rejoice. When we have an Advent wreath, some people light a pink candle on this Sunday instead of a purple one, to remind us of joy in the Christmas season
In this reading from the Gospel of Luke, John the Baptist talks about preparing the way of Jesus Christ, when people start questioning if he is the Messiah:
(Luke 3: 10-18)
And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” Even tax collectors came to be baptised, and they asked him, “Teacher, what should we do?” He said to them, “Collect no more than the amount prescribed for you.” Soldiers also asked him, “And we, what should we do?” He said to them, “Do not extort money from anyone by threats or false accusation, and be satisfied with your wages.” As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, “I baptise you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” So, with many other exhortations, he proclaimed the good news to the people.
TERM DATES 2022
- Term 1 Monday 31 January- Thursday 7 April (Friday 8 April pupil free day)
Term 2 Wednesday 27 April (Tuesday 26 April pupil free day)- Friday 1 July. Please note that Friday 3 June is Catholic Day for Our Lady of Fatima School.
Term 3 Tuesday 19 July (Monday 18 July pupil free day)- Thursday 22 September (Friday 23 September pupil free day)
Term 4 Monday 10 October- Friday 9 December (to be confirmed)
2022 Public holidays during the school year (schools are closed):
Labour Day – Monday 7 March
Easter (Good Friday to Easter Monday inclusive) – Friday 15 April to Monday 18 April
ANZAC Day – Monday 25 April
Western Australia Day – Monday 6 June
2022 School Fees
School Fees for 2022 will likely be invoiced in February with payment option forms asked to be returned a couple of weeks later. We will again be requesting that all accounts are settled by the end of October 2022. If you would like to get ahead on your fees prior to being invoiced, you are able to make payments using the BPay Biller code and reference number on your current statement. You can set this up yourself at any time through your online banking. For your reference school fees for 2022 are up on the website.
Parents/Guardians can visit healthywa.wa.gov.au to book a COVID-19 vaccine appointment for their child (12 years and over at this stage) if they:
Haven’t yet received a COVID-19 vaccination; or
Were unable to receive their second dose COVID-19 vaccination.
Please note that a second dose Pfizer vaccine should be delivered 3 to 6 weeks after the first dose. For further information on COVID-19 vaccination, visit Roll Up for WA: https://rollup.wa.gov.au.
BIKE/ ROAD SAFETY
It would be a great opportunity over the holidays to revise bike safety for those students who ride to and from school. Please remind your child how to look for oncoming traffic, even around the school and in quieter streets.
We ask parents to remain vigilant with children walking and riding to and from school and in the car park.
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.
P&F Christmas Raffle
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
PALMYRA DENTAL THERAPY CENTRE
CONTINUING DENTAL CARE IN HIGH SCHOOL
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.
PALMYRA DENTAL THERAPY CENTRE
C/ Palmyra Primary School
60 Mckimmie Road
PALMYRA WA 6157
PH: 9339 4868
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.
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