03rd Sep 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.

From the Principal

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

Happy Father’s Day to all of our fathers, grandfathers and important male figures in the children’s lives! It was wonderful sharing breakfast with our dads, grandfathers and uncles this morning and a big thank you to all our wonderful helpers, particularly Emma and Anita, who made this such a special event. Our Pre-Primary students also honoured this day with a liturgy this morning. We hope everyone enjoys their special day on Sunday!


A gentle reminder to complete the parent feedback survey by Friday 10 September. You can access the survey here: https://forms.office.com/r/kKPKcrG1Tk. We greatly value your feedback, which will support our strategic planning for future years.


Please be reminded that students should arrive at school no earlier than 8:15am, other than for extra-curricular activities. If your child needs to be at school before this time, please contact Camp Australia, who offer a before and after school service.


As many of you are aware, Mr La Roche will be having some leave at the end of this term and start of next term for the arrival of his new baby. While he is away, Mrs Reardon will be acting Assistant Principal for Weeks 9 and 10 of Term 3 and Mrs Leavy will be acting Assistant Principal for Weeks 1 and 2 of Term 4.


We are looking forward to inviting parents and families to our open afternoon on Tuesday 21 September from 3:30-5:30pm. This is a wonderful opportunity to see all of the learning that has been happening this term. We encourage you to not only visit your class, but others as well! Specialist teachers will also have spaces to share student learning, so please also visit the Science/Italian room and the library. When visiting classes, use the exterior doors and gallery to move through the school.

Once again, there have been so many things going on in our school, which we need to celebrate!


A sincere thank you to Siobhan, the P&F and other parent volunteers for all of their efforts with the P&F Disco. These types of events take a significant amount of work to put together and on behalf of the school community, we are so grateful for their organisation and commitment to this. I think it is fair to say that the students had a fantastic time, judging on the comments from a student below:

1. It got everyone together.

2. Lots of people enjoyed it.

3. Everybody got to show their friends their moves.

4. Everybody loved the lollies and food.

5. Everybody loved dancing with their friends.




Our Book Week parade and Year 3 assembly was a lot of fun. The creativity and effort put into the costumes certainly was impressive. Some of our students have shared what they liked the most:

1. It was so fun seeing all the creativity on Book Week.

2. If you were lucky, you could share your book.

3. Lots of people had fun.

4. There were 30 Loraxes!


1. We all got to show off our wonderful costumes.

2. The parade was so much fun and the parents and students got to see all the awesome costumes better.

3. The parents and students got to see the amazing assembly that the Year 3’s did.

4. The teachers dressed up as well.



Congratulations to our choir and Miss Abreu for their excellent work in the Performing Arts festival last Wednesday. I thoroughly enjoyed their performance and it was so pleasing to hear our school specifically invited back by the adjudicator. Here is a recount by some of our students:

For the past few weeks, the school choir has been working hard and learning a song for the CEWA Performing Arts Festival. The song we have learnt was Born To Be Brave from High School Musical The Musical The Series. Last Wednesday, the 25th of August, we were lucky enough to perform in front of 4 other schools, parents and judges. We had a great time learning and performing this song. We were confident when we performed because every Friday morning Miss Abreu gave up her time to help thechoir. We couldn't have done it without help from Marion who played the piano for us. We got amazing feedback from the judges and we are excited to go back again next year. We definitely looked the best!!!

(Matilda and Sophie)

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It was wonderful watching some of our Years 5 and 6 students participate in the Creative Edge program this past weekend and a special thank you to Mr LaRoche and Miss Abreu for supporting their work:

On Saturday 28th of August, 8 Year 6’s and 8 Year 5’s performed at Curtin University for Creative Edge, a program that encourages lateral thinking. There were two groups of eight; one had to present the answer to a social sciences challenge and the other group had to present the answer to a literature challenge. The two groups had 6 weeks to work on the solution to each of their challenges and come up with a performance to show the solution in a ten minute time limit. There was also an impromptu challenge, where you had to work out a solution to a problem with a 4 minute thinking time that also includes thinking of how to present your solution, with a one minute time limit on the performance. A big thanks to Mr LaRoche and Miss Abreu for helping prepare us in the six weeks leading up to it and for supporting us on the day. Another thanks to Mrs Petersen for coming to support us on the day as well. Of course, good job to everyone who performed in Creative Edge!


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Last Friday, the 27th of August, the Year 5’s and 6’s participated in the SNAFL carnival. The SNAFL carnival is an interschool carnival where you play soccer, netball and AFL against five other schools: Queen of Apostles, Christ the King, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Saint Patrick’s and Saint Pius X. Our school’s place in the carnival was 3rd for netball, 4th for soccer and 4th for AFL, although they all played with amazing sportsmanship and great spirit. A big thanks to Mr Celenza, Miss More and Mrs Wright and also to Lisa Callaghan for volunteering to help coach netball and Simon Backhouse for volunteering to help coach soccer. Of course great job to everyone who played in the SNAFL carnival.



Thank you everyone for bringing in your Containers for Change bottles and cans. We have successfully filled our bin and it is now empty and ready for more bottles! The funds raised from the bottles will help go to new equipment and supplies for the school. Make sure you double check the cans, bottles or cartons are eligible and you can do this by looking at the highlighted containers on the bin or making sure it has a 10 cent logo on the bottle. For more information on Containers for Change visit www.containersforchange.com.au.


Enjoy your weekend,

Jacinta Petersen


Parent Skills and Talent Register

Our School Advisory Council and Parents and Friends Association often work on projects that benefit our school community and we would love to consult with parents that have expertise and can contribute to these projects! By completing this form, we could call on your business to quote on school based capital works projects, school maintenance, advertising or event management. Your assistance in completing this form is appreciated!

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

Tuesday 14th September

OLOF Athletics Yr Carnival PP-Y6

Tuesday 21st September

Open Afternoon 3pm-5:30pm

Monday 11 October

Pupil free day


God our Father, we give you thanks and praise for fathers young and old.

We pray for young fathers, newly embracing their vocation; may they find courage and perseverance to balance work, family and faith in joy and sacrifice.

We pray for fathers around the world whose children are lost or suffering; may they know that the God of compassion walks with them in their sorrow.

We pray for men who are not fathers, but still mentor and guide us with fatherly love and advice.

We remember fathers, grandfathers and great grandfathers who are no longer with us, but who live forever in our memory and nourish us with their love.


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!

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Busy Bee Saturday 11th September 8am-10am

If anyone can spare an hour on Saturday 11 Sept from 8-10am to help move items to the verge for collection? please let us know in the office.

Thank you

School Disco was a great success and raised $640

What fun all the students had at the School Disco. A big thank you to all the volunteers that helped with setting up, cleaning and helping to put up decorations, especially Siobhan Lloyd for putting it all together.

The groovy dance floor was supplied from Mr Daniels a parent from Pre Primary, his company is called NODA which is a Perth based event hire company with a bespoke range of exclusive, hand made items. We offer a range of dance floors, DJ booths, custom walls, bridal tables and more plus custom building for installations & activations.

Get in touch about your upcoming event! https://nodaevents.com.au/

Our amazing DJ was Brandon from Off The Wall Promotions brandon@offthewallpromotions.com.au

Father's Day Breakfast

The P&F hosted a wonderful Father’s Day Breakfast this morning for students and their Dad’s (or significant other). Thank you to the Barrett family for the kind donation of 15kg of Dórsogna bacon. Thank you to Melville, and Palmyra Woolworths for the kind donation of rolls, sauce and gift vouchers, thank you to Coles Kardinya for the gift voucher. A very big thank you to Emma Jensen and Anita Yevstihneyev for organising this event and all the P&F helpers. What a turnout we had!
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Kindness was a focus in last week’s newsletter and hopefully present in our thoughts & actions since then. We can certainly put our Kindness to good use this Sunday, when celebrating Father’s Day with the important men in our lives!

This week’s newsletter is a great opportunity to introduce the next Wellbeing focus, for Weeks 8, 9 & 10:

Be Your Best Self

Being the best version of ourselves is a complex recipe – physical, intellectual, emotional, spiritual ingredients are all essential.

Fatima’s Wellbeing Week (this coming week) aims to give us all a boost in helping us on the way to Being Your Best Self.

No booking needed for Monday, Tuesday, Thursday events, but please book FREE tickets for Wednesday’s Nutrition Workshop and Fiesta Friday.

Please join in as many events as you can!

Anyone interested in contributing to Wellbeing at OLOF, please contact us at: olof.paf@gmail.com

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P&F Mulch Drive

Please e-mail OLOFmulchday@gmail.com if you would like to help or if you have any questions!
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Two of our Year 6 girls were lucky enough to dance on Channel 10 this morning!

They performed their Hip Hop routine and did very well and also got to see how a TV set work.

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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

Keyed Up Music Lessons

Keyed Up Music Lessons

Keyed Up Music will be teaching keyboard and guitar lessons next term during school. Lessons start at $23.65 for groups of two per lesson. If you are interested in your son/daughter learning an instrument, ring Savanna on 6107 8841 or 0479 171 424 or enrol at www.keyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment-form