Our Lady of Mercy
NEWSLETTER | TERM 1 | WEEK 5 | 3 MARCH 2021
Lord, let me wake up every morning
and be thankful for the wonderful life you have given me.
Help me to see the good in things.
Guide me in the way that I get to show the world my gifts.
I thank you for my health, love, abilities, friends and family.
Today I am grateful.
Message from the Principal
Dear Parents and Carers
I trust that you had a wonderful long weekend and that everyone in your family is well rested.
Calendar of Events
The weeks seem to be flying by and we have much to do and lots to look forward to in the remaining four weeks of term, with a Colour Run, a Sundowner, Parent Teacher interviews, our Year 6 assembly this Friday at which we will announce our Year 6 leaders, Year 4 Mass and Swimming lessons for Years 2-4, to name some of the highlights on our calendar. Please ensure that you save the relevant dates in your calendar. Our school calendar is available on our website.
P&F - Exciting Events Coming Up
We had a wonderful turn out at our P&F meeting last week, with 11 of us in attendance. We discussed the upcoming Sundowner which should be a fun night for all, with food vans, Zorb balls, a water slip and slide, a photo booth and slushie stall. On the way down to the Sundowner we invite you to pop in at your child’s classroom and say hello to their teacher.
Class Parent Reps for Kindy!
We are so excited to have our first Parent Class Reps in Kindy! Both classes have a couple of Reps, which means the role is shared. Speak to your teacher about becoming a Class Rep.
Student Code of Conduct
We are currently focused on the Mercy value of Respect. We told the children that Respect is such an important value that we have broken it down into three areas, Respect for Self, Respect for Others and Respect for Property.
Mercy Value – Respect for Others
Next week we are focussing on Respect for Others. Respecting others means that you accept others for who they are, even when they are different from you or you don’t agree with them. Respect in relationships is important because it builds feelings of trust, safety and wellbeing.
Servant Leadership - Jesus our Role Model
We are very excited to be announcing the names of our Year 6 student leaders on Friday at assembly, which also includes for the first time the roles of a head girl and boy and deputy head boy and girl, as well as our faction leaders. All children in our school can be leaders to others, in the way they behave and in the choices they make about how they treat others and live our Mercy values.
Those students selected to a formal leadership role will have the chance to develop servant leadership qualities as this is the model of leadership that we follow in our Catholic tradition with Jesus as our example. Our expectation is that these students will serve the needs of their peers and our school community, being role models for our Mercy values. They will treat everyone with gentleness and demonstrate high levels of integrity in the way they live their lives, following Jesus’ example from the Gospels.
God bless you all.
This Friday: Merit Awards and Year 6 Assembly
PPB: Kathy Dang, Halia Pham, Cameron Matthews, Miesha Hillary
PPW: Tye Anderson, Mila Cordwell, Chris Dweh, Christine Mwangi.
1B: Catalena Steele, Bukata Phiri, Leon Ash, Michael Kabengele Katunda
1W: Brianna Barlow, Henry Duong, Aleer Manyang, Awuoi Yuang
2B: Margaret Htoo, Rhea Townsend, Amha Fasil, Daniel Tran
2W: Lily-Rose, Lin Perez, Andy Huynh, Stephanie Meek
3B: Michael Pham, Ella Haturasinghe, Justin Dang
3W: Alexa Tran, Monniran Koak, Francis Sumail
4B: Jason Barlow, Kane Hancock, Kenny Lai, Magdalena Ha Len, Vicky Tomic
4W: Penelope Levy-Ford, Huey Lam, Mimi Mayen, Mikyle Morava, Mikayla Brown-Zabay
5B: Vincent Lam, Lara Tapuz, Zahraa Mahdi, Rohit Shinde
5W: Sofia Bianchi, Naheed Himmati, Taulimaina Pou, Lilly Powell
6B: Alana tran, Malak Al-Alyway & Calvin Do6W: Zing Khup Zawn, Luca Ludvik, Crystal Semmens, Tiago Nunes
Next week's Mercy Value: Respect for others
Parents - our community needs you! Be a Class Rep.
We are hoping that every class will have a Parent Class Rep this year. Being a Parent Rep is not a difficult job and shouldn’t take up much time at all. If you are willing to assist your class community in this way, please consider nominating for Parent Rep by contacting your child’s classroom teacher.
- Arrange if you can, once a semester, for the families in your child’s class to get together. This gathering can be as simple as meeting up at a local park or arranging a coffee catch up at a coffee shop for whoever can attend.
- Be a contact person for the P&F when they need parent helpers. This does not mean you have to do all the work, you just need to ask a few parents from your child’s class to help with the two assigned events for your class.
- Attend two P&F meetings per term if it is convenient for you.
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.
Important dates coming up
Friday 5 March - Year 6 assembly, merit awards and student leader announcementMonday 15 March - Swimming Lessons for Years 2 to 4
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
Friday 26 March - P&F Fundraiser: Colour Run at 1 pm