OLOF TIMES

26th March 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.

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From the Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,


How good has the weather been this week? A little different to the last couple of weeks!

This week we end with the 5th Sunday of Lent which leads us into Palm Sunday. Palm Sunday, is also called Passion Sunday, in the Christian tradition, the first day of Holy Week and the Sunday before Easter. Passion Sunday commemorating Jesus Christ's triumphal return from the desert and into the entry into the city of Jerusalem.

Throughout the coming week our students will be reminding us of various highlights of Jesus’ final days on Earth. This will be done through re-enactments of Passion Sunday, Washing of the feet and Stations of the Cross. Unfortunately, again, due to restrictions and possible numbers in attendance, we will not be having parental attendance at any of the mini presentations.


NEW PRINCIPAL

As you are all aware our new principal at Our Lady of Fatima, commencing in Term 3 will be Mrs Jacinta Petersen. I would like to congratulate and welcome Jacinta into our school community. The early appointment will certainly give me and the leadership team a good amount of time to have a thorough handover with Jacinta


FAREWELL AND CONGRATULATIONS

I would like to make our school community aware that Mrs Megan Anderson (Finance officer) has decided to leave her position as Finance officer due to family reasons. Megan has been an integral part of our Administration team over the years and will be a sad loss to us. At the same time, I would like to thank Megan for all her efforts and commitment to our school over the years. Enjoy being a great mum to your young family Megan.

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I would also like to congratulate Mrs Amy Sheridan as our Finance Officer. I won’t say that Amy is new to this position as she has been working as our Finance Officer in Megan’s absence. Amy has been outstanding in this position and very knowledgeable with the AOS program. Congratulations, Amy and well deserved.


PAYMENT OPTION FORM

Just a quick reminder to those families who have not yet returned their Payment Option Forms. Can you please have these in as soon as possible. Thank you!


THE CONDUCT STATEMENTS… cont.

Last week we commenced looking at the Code of Conduct. A reminder that there are 12 statements in our Code of Conduct that describe minimum standards of conduct in all behaviour and decision making to ensure the safety and well-being of our students. We will continue to look at all 12 statements over the next few newsletters. This newsletter we look at statements 4 – 6.


Conduct Statement 4 - You conduct yourself in accordance with laws, agreements, policies and standards relevant to your relationship with the school community.

Guidelines


1) Your relationship with other members of the school community is defined by whatever written or verbal agreement has given rise to that relationship. If you are a member of staff, it is your employment agreement. If you are a parent or acting in a parental capacity, it is the student’s enrolment agreement. If you are a member of the school board, it is your school board constitution. If you are a visitor, it is in accordance with the permission of the Principal to be on school grounds on condition that you act safely and competently.

2) If you witness the unlawful or unsafe conduct of any other member of the school community, or breaches of policy or this Code, whether in teaching, administration, school support services, or while engaging with students in person or via digital or other media, you have both a responsibility and an obligation to notify such conduct to the Principal or an appropriate authority and take other action as necessary to protect students.

3) Where you notify the Principal or a delegate of unsafe conduct, including breaches of this Code, and that notification fails to produce an appropriate response in the circumstances, you may take the matter to an appropriate external authority.

4) You respect both the person and property of students and their families, and of other members of the school community, and the property and finances of the school.

5) You use school property and resources responsibly and for the purposes of the school.


Conduct Statement 5 - You respect the dignity, culture, values and beliefs of each member of the school community.

Guidelines


1) You respect both the person and capacity of each member of the school community, treat them with dignity, show respect for their culture, values, and beliefs.

2) You interact with members of your school community in an honest and respectful manner.

3) You perform your duties and conduct your relations with students and members of the school community with fairness and justice. This includes taking appropriate action to ensure the safety and quality of the education and care of students are not compromised because of harmful or prejudicial attitudes about culture, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, age, religion, disability, spirituality, political, social or health status.

4) In planning and providing education and school support services, you uphold the standards of culturally safe and competent care. This includes according due respect and consideration to the cultural knowledge, values, beliefs, personal wishes and decisions of each member of the school community. You acknowledge the changing nature of families and recognise that families can be constituted in a variety of ways.

5) You do not express racist, sexist, homophobic, ageist and other prejudicial and discriminatory attitudes and behaviours toward any member of the school community. You take appropriate action when observing any such prejudicial and discriminatory attitudes and behaviours.

6) In making professional judgements in relation to the interests and rights of a member of the school community, you do not contravene the law or breach the human rights of any person.


Conduct Statement 6 -You treat personal information about members of the school community as private and confidential.

Guidelines


1) You use personal information in accordance with your school Privacy Policy.

2) You have ethical and legal obligations to treat personal information as confidential. You protect the privacy of each member of the school community by treating the information gained in the relationship as confidential, restricting its use and disclosure to the purposes defined in your school Privacy Policy.

3) If a third party asks for access to personal information, you must take reasonable steps to confirm the identity of the third party, and that it is lawful to disclose the information to them. You must inform the member of the school community that you have disclosed their personal information unless you are satisfied that there are legal reasons for not doing so.

4) You seek advice if you identify a conflict between protecting personal information and any resulting risk to the safety and well-being of a student.

5) You create and keep accurate records of conversations about significant decisions involving the safety and well-being of students.


COMMISSIONING and SACRAMENTAL ENROLMENT MASSES

Thank you to all our families for attending their child’s enrolment masses over the last few weekends. The commitment that you have shown your children has been acknowledged. We look forward to you being good role models and supporting your children throughout their programs for their Sacrament.

I would also like to thank all School Advisory Council members, P&F Executive, Staff and Parish Pastoral Council members for attending our Commissioning mass on the 14 March. I thank you for your commitment and time that you give to our school for 2021.


PARENT TEACHER INTERVIEWS

Our Parent Teacher Interviews have commenced well with parents meeting with teachers. This is an important part of your child’s educational journey and a great way to show your child how invested you are in their education. Please ensure that you have made a time to meet with your child’s teacher.


COUNSELLING

We would like to introduce Chloe Wells, who is completing her Counselling Practical Placement at Our Lady of Fatima. Chloe is a final-year Bachelor of Counselling student at the University of Notre Dame. She has a keen interest in promoting emotional resilience throughout the developmental lifespan. Working with children is what Chloe hopes to build her career upon and she is very grateful to have the opportunity to work with some of the students at Our Lady of Fatima. Her hope is that she will not only build positive relationships with the students but with the families as well. Chloe is currently working in the classrooms to support the teachers to deliver the Highway Heroes Program. Chloe is also available for one on one counselling sessions with students. Should you wish for your child to work with Chloe individually please contact your child’s class teacher.


God Bless

Sandro Coniglio

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

Last day of term for students - 1st April 2021

Pupil free day - Monday 19 April

Pupil free day - Tue 8 June

Pupil free day - Friday 2 July

Pupil free day - Monday 16 August

Pupil free day - Monday 11 October

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2022 Kindergarten Enrolments

Enrolment interviews for Kindergarten 2022 will commence shortly. Parents and Carers of students currently attending Our Lady of Fatima School are reminded that they are required to submit an Enrolment Application Form if they intend to enrol a younger sibling into the Kindergarten program for 2022 or beyond. We are excited to share that in 2022 we are adding an extra fortnightly Kindergarten session and Kindergarten classes will run Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week next year!

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Rice Day

Thank you to everyone that helped to organise, cook and serve rice to our students so we could raise money for Project Compassion. All money raised has been donated to Project Compassion for Caritas Australia. Thank you to our wonderful P and F for donating the rice. We made a grand total of $610.00

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Entertainment books - Give. Get. Share.

There are always more ways to enjoy your every day, and Entertainment does just that. From dining, to shopping, to travel and more, joining our community means getting more of what you need and love, giving back to the causes you care about and sharing in the moments with those around you.

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‘Learning and Digi Tech with Lucas Prince’.

Hi Everyone! I am Lucas Prince, the Learning and It Year 6 Leader this year.

This fortnights newsletter is another special easter themed newsletter. There is two colour by addition sheets that you can choose from. Remember to write your name and year level on it. Ollie the owl will be going to either Year 5 or Year 2 and it will be judged on which of these classes bring in the most colouring in sheets. Every other class can participate and two winners will be chosen from each year, The winners will win a special prize. Remember to have fun and have it at school by the 31st of March so we can announce the winners at the easter raffle.

Thanks,

Lucas

Congratulation to Maliya Matassa

Congratulations to Maliya Matassa (Yr2) who secured a silver medal in the Yr4 and under division of the 2021 SSWA Diving Championships at HBF Stadium last week. Though only starting learning to dive in Term 1 this year, all the judges scored Maliya her between 7 and 8 for all three of her dives from the 1m and 3m boards. Mali hopes to get some school-mates involved at next year’s competition too.

Keyed Up Music Lessons


Keyed Up Music will be teaching keyboard and guitar group lessons next term on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday during school. Lessons start from $18.65 for a group of 4 per lesson. If you are interested in your son / daughter learning an instrument, ring Savanna on 1300 366 243 or enrol at www.keyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment_form

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Wellbeing

The P&F Wellbeing sub-committee has a fantastic plan for Fatima Families to explore and experience Wellbeing throughout the year. This term, we’re starting with the value of


PERSISTENCE

….. to keep trying, have another go!

Working hard and sticking with something that you have started, despite challenges, difficulties and discouragements (having persistence), is an essential ingredient in experiencing success and achieving something of meaning or value.


Explaining Persistence:

Lower Primary - https://sesamestreetincommunities.org/activities/teaching-persistence/

Upper Primary - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iRQytOBTlN8

Parents - https://prosperhealthcollective.com.au/teaching-perseverance-and-persistence-to-children/

MUMFC(Melville Football Club)

MUMFC (Melville) is looking for interested MiniRoos players for the 2021 season. MiniRoos is the official Australia-wide junior football/soccer program for young girls and boys. MUMFC runs its program (training sessions followed by small-sided matches) each Saturday morning at Len Shearer Reserve from 1 May–18 September (1-1.5hrs depending on age group). We almost have enough players for an OLOF team at the 5s/6s age group already, but of course would love lots more at this age or older. Beginners most welcome! 10yrs+ can also register to play in a traditional home and away season competition. You can register via the MUMFC website and/or please contact Vince on 0413142990 to discuss further if you have any questions.

School Sport WA Trial Notification 12 Years & Under Teams

AFL State trials for boys born in 2009 or 2010 that you believe may be interested in state schoolboys AFL team. In order to nominate for the trials please follow School Sport WA website link https://www.schoolsportwa.com.au/interstate/afl/boys-12s/ . All relevant details can be found on this webpage. If you have any queries, please don't hesitate in making contact or by calling the School Sport WA office (9264 4879).

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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Uniform Shop

We have a number of items available to buy secondhand from our uniform shop which is open on Thursdays between 8.15am to 9.15am