Our Lady of Mercy

NEWSLETTER | TERM 3 | WEEK 5 | 18 AUGUST 2021

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The Year 1 students travelled back in time to The Kalamunda History Village, where they learnt about how people lived in the past. They engaged in many exciting activities such as making peg dolls, playing with olden day toys, completing chores at home, experiencing what school life was like and exploring ways people communicated. We had a blast learning about the past!


World Humanitarian Day – August 19

Let us pray for our brothers and sisters who continue to serve God's people even at the risk of their own lives:

Father, we thank you for your constant care and protection.

Today, we ask a special blessing on those who answer the call to do your work in some of the most dangerous and violent situations.

They risk their lives to give a voice to the vulnerable and to share compassionately in their suffering.

Bless, protect, and strengthen all who serve in the struggle for human rights and let us be ever mindful to and stand in solidarity with their loving and steady examples.

Amen.

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers


Tomorrow is World Humanitarian Day. This day is an opportunity to celebrate the goodness of ordinary people and the sacrifices they make to support others. Scripture tells us there is no greater love than to lay down one's life for a friend (John 15:13). Humanitarians offer their lives in service not only for their friends but for strangers too, making real, God's love for the world.


We have received our Tell Them From Me Survey results and we once again thank all parents and carers for participating in this survey. The scores give us a good indication of what we are doing well and areas for improvement. We scored higher than the region mean, which was a wonderful validation of the work we are doing. We scored very well across the following areas:


  • Parents feel welcome
  • Parents are informed
  • The school supports positive behaviour
  • Inclusive school
  • The school supports learning
  • Safety at school


An area we can develop in is assisting parents and carers to support their children with learning at home.


We are discussing ideas around this space and will let parents know how we can help you to help your children with their learning at home.


Community Works

We have been advised of a number of works that will be taking place in the vicinity of our school. The City of Wanneroo is proposing to upgrade 845 m of 1.2 wide concrete path to a 3m wide red asphalt path along Hudson Avenue.


The City of Wanneroo also has Road Resurfacing works scheduled to commence on Koman Way, in September. This work will also include residential kerb and crossover replacements.The duration in is listed as 6 weeks, however, all of the major construction activities on Koman Way have been scheduled to be completed during the 2 week September/October school holidays.


There may be traffic and pedestrian disruption as a result of these works, but I know our school community will follow all road and footpath directions from the City of Wanneroo, as we co-operate to keep our students and community safe. We will keep our community informed when we receive additional information from the City of Wanneroo.


This Friday is our Year 2 assembly and all parents are welcome to attend. We also wish our choir students and Ms Agnello the very best for Friday as they perform in the One Big Voice concert. I know the choir will represent our school with pride.


Please note that Monday is a Pupil Free Day. It is our staff Catholic day so the school will not be open.


We look forward to seeing all students back at school on Tuesday 24 August for Wellness Week and Book Week.



God bless you all.


Ondine

Merit Awards this Friday, 20 August

Junior Awards:

PPB: Tony Do, Mia Nguyen, Daisy Nguyen, Charlie Vo

PPW: Elijah Kabala, Kieran Maniraguha, Bruk Ephrem, Aurelia Arlanda

1B: Sarah Nguyen, Bawi Hrin Thar, John Dawson

1W: Asher Nguyen, Azahil Tesfay, Hadassah Kimeru, Oliver Arlanda

2B: Riyat Tesfay, Alissa Tran, Shane Ya, Alexander Smith

2W: Savannah Betts, Tirren Abeyakoon, Hieu Pham, Thawng Hrin Thar

3B: Lachlan Matthews, Jayden Njomo

3W: Tiffany Tran, Wella Achiek, Eh Shar Wah, Sophia Ricupero

Senior Awards:

4B: Thien (Ryan) Nguyen, Vyan Lam, Ywa Cri Hay, Linh Hoang

4W: Miley-Grace Knudsen, Alicia Nguyen Le, Nicholas Josephsen, Arisa Farahmand

5B: Nehemiah Kabala, Lily Kha, Hannah Tobes

5W: Ella Giacobino, Michael Nguyen, Bianca Lamadine

6B: Deng Agot, Yemaryam Fasil, Thu Tran, Danny Lam

6W: Cohen Knudsen, Jonathan Tran, Joshua Kabala
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Important dates coming up

Apply for Kindy 2022 - Now

Year 3 Excursion - Thursday 19 August

Year 5 Excursion - Thursday 19 August

Year 4 Eucharist Workshop - Thursday 19 August at 4.15pm and 5.45pm

Year 2 Assembly - Friday 20 August at 8.45am

One Big Voice Concert - Friday 20 August at RAC Arena

Year 4 Eucharist Workshop Mass - Saturday 21 August at 6.00pm and Sunday 22 August at 9.30am

Pupil Free Day - Monday 23 August

Book Week and Book Fair - Starting Tuesday 24 August

Book Week Costume Parade - Thursday 26 August at 9.00am

Year 6 Spring Carnival - Friday 27 August

P&F/Advisory Council Meeting - 1 September 6.00pm and 7.30pm **NEW Date**

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Book Week Parade - Thursday, 26 August

Get dressed up for our Book Week Book Parade! The theme is 'New Worlds, Old Worlds, Other Worlds' and we'll hold the parade at 9 am on Thursday, 26 August. All parents invited!
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Book Fair next week!

Book Fair: Each day - from Tuesday 24 August to Thursday 26 August

Before school: 8.00 am to 8.30 am

Recess: 10.45 am to 10.50 am

Lunch: 1.00pm to 1.30 pm

After school: 2.50 pm to 3.15 pm

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Teacher Feature - Ms Smith - Year 5

Meet Ms Smith, our hardworking and awesome Year 5 Teacher. She is always kind to us and helps us whenever we need.

National Science Week - 14 to 22 August


This year the theme is 'Food: Different by Design'. The children will be engaging in some yummy, educational, fun filled activities in Weeks 6 and 7 during their weekly Science Lesson times.


Other events you may wish to take part in to celebrate National Science Week

Food for Thought Science Festival at WA Museum
Get ready for a food science feast! There is a cornucopia of events taking place at WA Museum Boola Bardip to celebrate the science of our sustenance as part of the Food for Thought Science Festival, including:
Food for Thought Tours – Daily STEM themed tours of the Boola Bardip galleries.
An In-Conversation panel – A fascinating mix of scientists, chefs, environmentalists, and captains of enterprise to explore Food: Different by Design.
Pollinator Lab – Incorporating hands-on learning with the importance of biodiversity and pollination in food production, and in meeting the future food needs of the world.
Discover more events happening across WA on the Science Week website.

Mindfulness can help your child's anxiety

There is more science backed evidence for the benefits of mindfulness in easing anxiety than ever before.


We live in a time when childhood anxiety is more prevalent than previously thought. Thankfully we are realising that teaching mindfulness to children is just as important, if not more important, than it is for adult minds in preventing the symptoms of anxiety from an early age.


Reasons to begin teaching mindfulness to children

Families can create more calmness in the home through the practice of mindfulness.Things that many families are struggling with that cause stress include:


  • Insufficient or poor sleep
  • Poor diet
  • Overstimulation, especially from screens
  • Over anxious, stressed parents
  • The ‘push down’ of formalised learning into the early years – too much too soon
  • Unrealistic, inappropriate expectations on children
  • Over-scheduled childhoods
  • Lack of movement
  • Less time spent in nature
  • Chaotic home environments with lack of structure, routines
  • Lack of emotional and physical nurturing
  • Overload of information for parents creating confusion and uncertainty
  • Economic stress on families.


Making mindfulness for children easy

The free mindfulness and meditation app Smiling Mind has developed is instrumental in mindfulness for children. It has been and continues to be a continued source of growth for self-discovery and growing resilience.

Enrol for VacSwim - October and Summer holidays

Enrolments are now open for VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and summer school holidays. VacSwim offers fun lessons at beach or pool locations. They are a great school holiday activity and they teach valuable safety skills to help keep your child safe in the water.

Enrol at education.wa.edu.au/vacswim

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Road Resurfacing Works - September

The City, as part of its 2020/2021 Capital Works Program, is proceeding with the resurfacing of the following roads in Girrawheen, starting Monday 13 September for 6 weeks:

  • Koman Way
  • Gummow Way

A Dialogue with the Female Members of the Plenary Council

A Dialogue with the Female Members of the Plenary Council - THURSDAY 9 September 5.30-8.30pm

The Council for Catholic Women Perth warmly invites you to a dialogue with the female members of the Plenary Council residing in Perth.Come and listen to what inspires and enrichs their faith experience and hear about their hopes for the Plenary Council. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and to contribute to this dialogue. All welcome.

Venue : James Nestor Hall ,Catholic Education Office 60 Ruislip St West Leederville

When: Thursday 9 September - 5.30pm - 8.30pm (Light refreshments served 5.30pm - 6pm)

RSVP: Tuesday 7 September by email kerrymacfarlane2@hotmail.com or mobile 0400 886 835

Register now for Outside School Hours Care - Camp Australia

Register your child for before and after school hours care with Camp Australia. Activities and food included! Read more about the service and fees and register your child on the links below.
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Calendar and dates to remember

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