23rd April 2021
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old;
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
We will remember them.
From the Principal
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
Welcome back to Term 2.
I hope this newsletter finds you all well and hope that you were all able to enjoy the break with your wonderful children. Going around visiting classes and welcoming the kids back, it was great to see that lots of families managed to get away.
Before I commenced writing this newsletter, I was reflecting back to this time last year. At this moment in 2020 I was writing to parents welcoming their children back to school after our ‘isolation period’. We would just be getting ready to come back to school.
Although we are a little better off today and slowly moving in the right direction there is still so much that we should think about that period last year.
To me it was a time where we witnessed people behaving in different ways. We saw people and our community working together, supporting each other and constantly communicating together. This was so uplifting for me.
This was a time where we have had people reaching out to help each other or making call to a friend, family member or neighbour just to say hello and to see how they are going. We touched base with many people just to see how they were going with isolation and at the same time we broke that tendency for loneliness.
As mentioned earlier, we are slowly progressing and hopefully moving away from this pandemic, but I think that we should learn from it. Hopefully, from our experiences we can change the world. Even if it in a small way and even if it is in our local community. We can try to re-commence to create a world of love. A world where we are kind to each other. A world where we are kind no matter what class, race, sexual orientation, what religion or lack of or what job we have. A world we don't judge those at the food bank because that may be us if things were just slightly different. As our government bodies designed our ‘Roadmap’, maybe we can let love and kindness be our roadmap’.
As I mentioned to you in various letters sent home over the past 2 months, we need to continue to be positive in all that we do and think. We need to heed the call of our health experts and for a little while hold off on all those ‘normal’ things we used to do. They will come back but we need to be patient. Remember that mother earth is loving this moment in time as she breathes in for the first time, in a long time, some clean air.
This term promises to be a very busy one. We have NAPLAN back for 2021, Our Lady of Fatima Week, Confirmation, Holy Communion, various sports events and many other activities. It will certainly be full-on but lots of fun along the way.
We will also see the beginning of parents back in the classrooms. This will still be under restrictions and to a very limited number, hence rosters will be placed by teachers who require parental assistance. We’ve missed you!
Obviously as various events come up over the term you will be informed.
Mothers and grandmothers, please be aware that because of the latest government changes, we will be able to hold a school mass. Hence, on Thursday 6 May, we will be holding a Mother’s Day Mass in our parish Church commencing at 9:00am. This will be followed by a morning tea for mums and grandmothers in the under-cover area or hall, depending on the weather. There will also be a coffee van available at the school.
On Tuesday of this week I managed to meet Jacinta Petersen, our school’s new Principal. We managed to have a good chat and I can honestly say that Jacinta is very excited and looking forward to commencing at the school. I believe that Jacinta will be a great asset to the school. Over the next few weeks Jacinta will meet with Mrs King and Mr LaRoche, staff, School Advisory Committee and hopefully by the end of the term Jacinta will have had a smooth transition into the school, ready to commence Term 3.
I ask all parents to please chat to their children on Sunday and explain the significance of ANZAC Day. No doubt they will also go through this in their classrooms, but I feel that you as parents discussing this with them will add to the importance and respect of the day.
Upon the children’s return to school next Tuesday, we will also have a special assembly/ceremony commencing at 11:00am to commemorate ANZAC Day as a school community.
Days to remember 2021- please check our updated calendar on our website
School photographs- Mon 3 May
School photographs- Tues 4 May
Pupil free day - Tue 8 June
Pupil free day - Friday 2 July
Pupil free day - Monday 16 August
Pupil free day - Monday 11 October
School Fee Statements
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten 2022
At Our Lady of Fatima School we believe education should always be fun. We provide our students with the foundations for life-long learning which empowers children to thrive in their community with a real sense of belonging and enjoyment of education.
Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten enrolments for 2022 are open now. Please find our enrolment form at: https://olof.wa.edu.au/assets/files/Application-_OLOF20212.pdf
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 and a full day on a Thursday for Pre-Kindergarten!
Entertainment books - Give. Get. Share. Mothers Day Special
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.
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 $23.65 for a group of 2. 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
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.