Our Lady of Mercy
NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 7 | 17 MARCH 2021
God of infinite love,
Thank you for reminding us of your love and your call that we be more patient, gentle and compassionate with others.
Here in the middle of Lent, We turn to you to ask for your help.
Please soften ours heart. Help us to let go of judging others.
Help us to help those who are unhappy.
We ask you this, in Jesus' name.
Message from the Principal
Dear Parents and Carers
We extend a heartfelt thank you to Mr Croxford, Mrs Filippone, Mrs Thomas, Mrs Alviani, Ms Millen, Mr McPhail, Ms Koh, Ms Smith, Ms Challis and Mr Marks who attended the Year 6 camp last week. Without the attendance of these staff members, we would not be able to offer our children the experience of a camp excursion and we are truly grateful for their time. A good time was had by all and the children enjoyed a range of activities on camp that stretched and challenged them in many ways. Many pictures were posted on our Facebook page which you can view at https://www.facebook.com/ourladyofmercygirrawheen/
Harmony Day and Sundowner
I often tell parents at enrolment interviews that we are a wealthy school evident in our culturally diverse community. It is fitting then that we come together on Harmony Day to celebrate our cultural heritages as members of the OLOM school community. Our heritage as a Mercy school is that we are unified by our shared vision of seeing love in action through demonstrations of kindness and compassion to all people.
Please remember that we are still in Phase 4b of the Covid-19 WA Roadmap and as such we need to socially distance and ensure exemplary hand hygiene is practised at our Sundowner event. Hand sanitiser will be available. Please refrain from shaking hands and hugging people who are not from your family and stay home if you are not well.
Meet and Greet the Teacher
Our teachers are excited to say hello to you on the night of the Sundowner. Classrooms will be open from 4.30 to 5pm. We warmly invite you to visit your child’s classroom to meet their teacher. This is not a time to discuss any concerns; you will be able to book in for a parent teacher meeting in Week 8 or 9 of this term for that purpose.
Parent Teacher Interviews
Our form of reporting to you this term is via a parent-teacher interview. Please take this opportunity to meet with your child’s teacher. They will discuss your child’s strengths and let you know any areas for development or focus for your child. It is an expectation that all parents will take up this opportunity to attend a meeting. If you are unable to meet in person, please contact your child’s teacher to arrange a telephone discussion. There will be no interim reports sent home this term as our parent meetings are our reporting mechanism for Term 1.
Digital Booking for Parent Teacher Interviews
We will trial booking our parent teacher meetings digitally this term. This will allow all parents to have an equal opportunity to book a meeting at a time convenient for them. Find the in link in this newsletter.
Parent Volunteers for Sundowner and Colour Run
Without volunteers we are unable to run these types of fun events for the children and our school community. We are especially seeking parent/carer volunteers from Year 4 for the Sundowner and from Year 6 for the Colour Run as these events have been assigned to your year level, however we are happy to get help from any parents/carers at this stage. The tasks are as simple as spraying colour on children, helping to set up a marquee and sports cones. We ask that if you are a parent or carer with a child in Grades 4 or 6 that you contact your classroom teacher to offer your help. The tasks are not difficult to do and we only ask for an hour of your time. Please consider volunteering, your children will benefit greatly from seeing you involved.
God Bless you all.
Important dates coming up
Friday 19 March - Harmony Day - wear orange (no gold coin)
Friday 19 March - Meet your child's teacher: classrooms open at 4.30 pm to pop in and say hello
Friday 19 March - P&F Sundowner community event from 5 pm. Year 4 parents helping.
Friday 26 March - P&F Colour Run Fundraiser at 1 pm. Year 6 parents helping.
Last two weeks of school - Parent-Teacher interviews - book online
This Friday - P&F Sundowner
We're looking forward to seeing all our families this Friday at the Sundowner!
Classrooms open at 4:30pm - pop in and say hello to your child's teacher
From 5pm onwards - come on down to the Sundowner!
- Three Food Trucks
- Inflatable Obstacle Course
- Zorb Balls and Inflatable Arena
- All New Photo Booth
- Slushies, Lollies & Colour Run T-shirts available to purchase
- Raffle Prizes to be won! (Two lovely Scentsy prizes, kindly donated by Rachel Sunderland-Harvey)
BYO picnic blanket! Eftpos facilities available on the night!
White T-shirts in sizes 6, 8, 10, 12 & 14 available to purchase for $5 each. Limited quantities are available so come and see our Colour Run Stall early in the evening!
Please note, due to circumstances beyond our control there will not be a water slide at this year's Sundowner, so bathers ad towels are not necessary!
Year 4 parents helping with Sundowner
Many hands make light work!
Next Friday - P&F Colour Fun Run Fundraiser
Next Friday 26th March we will be hosting our first ever Colour Fun Run! The event will commence shortly after lunch and all parents are invited to attend to watch on the oval from 12:45 pm onwards.
The P&F have sent home small envelopes for cash donations, please give these back to your child's teacher with their name and correct money no later than Friday 26th March. Please note, we are unable to accept donations or order Prizes after this date.
Please ensure that your child has brought their white t-shirt to school no later than Wednesday 24th March.
If you haven't already done so, please make your child an online fundraising page on www.myprofilepage.com.au and donate to their account, and don't forget to chose their prizes too! All proceeds support Our Lady of Mercy Primary School!
Year 6 parents helping with Colour Fun Run
Many hands make light work!
Notes and tickets have been sent home for the OLOM Easter Raffle. Please send in your Easter donations to your child's classroom teacher by Friday 26th March. Please ensure that your child's tickets and money are also received by this date. The Easter Raffle will be drawn in the last week of school.
Next term: NAPLAN online for Years 3 and 5
This year, our students in Years 3 and 5 will undertake NAPLAN online, commencing on Tuesday 11th May.
Our preparations for this are already well underway. Our teachers will be working during class time to ensure that students are very comfortable with the question styles and formats before sitting the tests. In addition to regular practice questions, we will undertake a coordinated practice test on Thursday 25th March.
To assist students, parents and teachers to explore the test format and become familiar with all the tools and settings that can be used in the tests, there is a public demonstration site available. All parents are invited to explore this site if they are interested.
Job advert: OLOM Camp Australia Coordinator
Job Opportunity: Camp Australia is seeking a Coordinator. Please see the download for more information.
Year 6 camp news from our Deputy Head Girl
On the 10th March 2021, both year six classes and a few staff members, set off to camp at Woodman Point Recreation Camp for three days. We arrived approximately at 12:20pm, everyone feeling exhilarated and thrilled to finally be at camp. We ate our packed lunches and then started to get ready for our first rotations, mine being search and rescue. My whole group was split into teams. Our teams were given a radio and we could communicate with the other team. During search and rescue, we needed to search for items scattered around the bush without being caught by the enemies. Anyhow, we got caught and they took two teammates away. We found them in a cemetery, yes, a real-life cemetery! Our next activity was the flying fox, which even our Principal Mrs Komnick went on (multiple times)! What a spectacular and marvellous Principal. The next day our activities focussed on team building, raft building, surf lifesaving and geocaching. On the last day, we completed the vertical challenge, which was quite frightening at first (I was a nervous wreck). After that, we participated in archery. Mr McPhail was in my team and he absolutely nailed it! He was excellent, even the instructor wanted to be on his team. Overall, camp was an extraordinary experience and we all had an amazing time!
Deputy Head Girl
Enrolling for Kindy 2022 & 2023 - Please tell friends and family
We are now accepting enrolments from the wider community for Kindy 2022 and 2023 – please tell your friends and family.
Siblings of students already enrolled in the school are required to have an application for enrolment completed.
- Children born between 1 July 2017 and 30 June 2018 - Kindy 2022
- Children born between 1 July 2018 and 30 June 2019 - Kindy 2023
Please submit applications 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.