21st May 2021
From the Principal
Dearest Parents and Caregivers,
I hope this newsletter finds you all well.
These last couple of weeks have certainly been a very busy time here at, Our Lady of Fatima.
This coming Sunday we celebrate Pentecost Sunday. Pentecost is a holy day that celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit 40 days after Easter. Originally, Pentecost was a Jewish holiday held 50 days after Passover. Pentecost commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles and other disciples following the Crucifixion, Resurrection, and Ascension, (which was last Sunday), of Jesus Christ. Many people refer to Pentecost as the Church’s birthday as it marks the beginning of the Christian church's mission to the world.
This weekend we are also celebrating Confirmation in the parish. I would like to wish all our Year 6 student’s receiving this special Sacrament God’s blessings. This will be a major step in their faith journey of our young people.
OUR LADY of FATIMA WEEK
Over the last week the school has celebrated Our Lady of Fatima week. This commenced with a whole school mass last Thursday 13 May and a social outing for the students, to the movies. We also have had individual class activities that the children have participated in and buddy class activities. A big focus for us was to explain the Fatima story to the children and to look at where Fatima is. Hence, a bit of geography also was introduced!
We also distributed, to all students, our new school prayer:
Come and be with us today.
We thank you for looking after us and our Fatima families.
Open our hearts and minds to accept and respect all people. Teach us to learn every day, to be responsible in all we do and show us how to love one another.
We ask that you please keep all students, parents and staff at Our Lady of Fatima School, safe and healthy.
Our Lady of Fatima, Pray for us
Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop, Pray for us
Peace be with you today
Some of you may not be aware, however, we do have a new ‘Catholic School’ sign on the corner of Canning Hwy and Harris Road. Hopefully the public will now know where our school is.
WHEELCHAIRS FOR KIDS
This morning at our assembly, we introduced Jim DiCarlo (ex-Catholic School principal), to address our students and talk about a very special foundation called Wheelchairs for Kids.
Wheelchairs for Kids is a foundation that commenced over 20 years ago. It was an idea by Br. Ollie Pickett, who after a visit to Vietnam, realised a need to make wheelchairs for children who either through sickness of being maimed could not move around.
Over the last 20 plus years with the help of over 6500 volunteers and fundraising, this foundation has made over 47 000 wheelchairs supplying chairs for disadvantaged and vulnerable children for over 90 plus countries including our own indigenous children in remote areas. The wheelchairs have been a life changing experience for many of these children.
Each chair costs approximately $200 to produce. Our year 6 students will, through their Ministry groups, be leading us in raising money and resources for this foundation. We will be looking for aluminium cans, ring pulls, and obviously various fundraising events can go towards Wheelchairs for Kids.
If we have any parents or grandparents who can knit or crochet small blankets (1 -1.5m x 1 -1.5m), that would be much appreciated. These blankets and any soft toys for these children also go with the wheelchairs
Please look out for more news on this project from our year 6 students.
GOOD-BYE AND GOOD LUCK
Today we say good-bye to Mrs Di Law who leaves us for a short time. Mrs Law, in a few short weeks, will become a new mum. This is such an exciting and memorable event for her and her husband, Ebban.
We wish both Di and Ebban God’s blessings for a healthy and strong little baby.
You’ll be an awesome mum, Di, enjoy motherhood.
Next Friday, 28 May, we will be holding our School Cross Country Carnival at Tompkins Park, Melville. This event will run from 9:00 am – 11:30am.
Come along if you are free and support the students.
THE CONDUCT STATEMENTS
9. You promote and preserve the trust and privilege inherent in your relationship with all members of the school community.
- We aim to work together with all stakeholder in a respectful and trusting manner and build our relationships.
10. You maintain and build on the community’s trust and confidence in catholic schools and the Church.
- Our conduct at school and out of school maintains and builds public trust and confidence in our school, we aim for effective relationships between · all stakeholders, and we never place the reputation of the school in place of the safety and well-being of the students.
11. You act reflectively and ethically.
- We conduct ourselves according to this Code, the terms and conditions of the school and its school policies and we take care of the safety and well-being of all members of the school community.
12. You allow students to have a voice in their education, safety and well-being..
- We allow students and invite all students to participate in decision making about their education, we offer them constructive feedback and we encourage students to inform us of any concerns they may have.
Wishing you all a fantastic weekend!
Days to remember 2021- please check our updated calendar on our website
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 have commenced. 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!
The Feast of Our Lady of Fatima
The story of Fatima began on May 13th, 1917 when Mary appeared to three children in the town of Fatima in Portugal. She then appeared to them again on the 13th of each month until October 13th 1917. Through the children, she gave the world a message called the “Peace Plan from Heaven”, calling us to conversion, prayer and penance. Our Lady told the three children, Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco: “Say the Rosary every day to obtain peace for the world and the end of the war.”
Pre Primary Releasing Betty the Butterfly
Pre Primary had a great experience watching a caterpillar change to a butterfly! We were lucky enough to be given a caterpillar from their incursion "Mini Beasts" below are some photos of it hatching and then watching it fly off outside. See if you can spot it flying away!
I loved watching them fly off - Annabelle
I love their wings because they are colourful - Eva C
I love the black pattern on their wings its my favourite colour - Scarlett D
When we got back from the movies and it hatched out of the chrysalis - Franklin
Year 1 Firefighter Excursion
On Tuesday 18th May, the Year One class went on an excursion to the DFES. The Centre is located in Perth’s original heritage listed fire station. We were lucky to enough to view engine rooms (with 3 three vintage fire trucks), heritage and natural hazard galleries (including heritage displays and hazards associated with Fire, Water, Wind and Earth). We participated in the 'Emergency Helpers in the Community and Me' program. We learnt about DFES emergency helpers in the community and what we can do to keep ourselves safe in a fire, flood or storm emergency. We were even lucky to have some special firefighters from the Perth Station come and visit us at the end of our excursion. We had so much FUN!
I loved learning about the uniforms that the Firefighters wear - Coco F : Year 1
I liked going inside the Fire truck - Roy C: Year 1
I liked learning about floods and making a flood circle with my friends - Chloe D: Year 1
Entertainment books - Give. Get. Share.
P&F OLOF Fundraising Raffle
Claire Orange - Free event (Social, Emotional and Learning Resilience)
The Our Lady of Carmel P&F has kindly invited OLOF families and staff (and St Patrick’s) to join them for a free upcoming Claire Orange Presentation. Attendees will need to record name and phone details for COVID-19 tracing.
Where - Our Lady of Mt Carmel School Hall
When - Tuesday 1st June at 5.30pm
Cost - Free event
Doors open at 5pm for tea,coffee or wine
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Keyed Up Music Lessons
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