Our Lady of Mercy

NEWSLETTER | TERM 3 | WEEK 1 | 22 JULY 2020

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Message from the Principal

Dear Parents and Carers


Xin chao / hello and welcome back to school. I visited each classroom on Monday and what a delight it was to see all the children’s smiling faces, happy to be back amongst their friends and with their teachers. I know I speak on behalf of all the staff when I say that we are truly blessed and privileged to be your children’s educators.


What a busy and exciting first week back at school, with photographs, book week and the cake stall all scheduled in Week One. It is our intention to try and plan these types of events in the first or last week of school as far as possible, to prevent disruption to the teaching and learning during the course of the term.


Our new website

We hope that you like our new website. If you have not yet visited the site, you are invited to have a look: www.olom.wa.edu.au There is a one-stop-shop for parents with all the information and links that you are likely to use on a regular basis, on the Families page: www.olom.wa.edu.au/families


Tolerance for diversity

In the current world climate, I have had cause to reflect on tolerance for diversity. Developing kindness and compassion for others is a very important part of each child’s development. Children must learn to accept and be able to relate to others, even if they are different. Children develop kindness, tolerance and empathy over time by observing others and through practice. As parents and educators, we are the children’s channel to the world and the way we relate to others is so important. Children learn much from observing the adults in their lives and you as parents and us as eductors are an important and powerful influence. By modelling kindness, tolerance and compassion, we will give our children the keys to living a life in harmony with others in our society so richly blessed by its diversity.


I was reminded of this poignant quote by Nelson Mandela:


‘No-one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.’


I close with this prayer:


We pray this day for the grace to tear down walls that divide us and build bridges of understanding and unity. We praise you, God, for the gift of cultural diversity in our world. Help us learn to listen more deeply and connect with the “other”, who may have a different perspective and background. We ask this in the name of Jesus, your son and our brother. Amen.


I wish you all a wonderful term and would like to remind parents and carers that my door and Meagan Zanetti’s door is always open to all of you, so if you would like to pop in to say hello to us or share any suggestions, ideas or concerns, you are always welcome to come in for a chat.


God bless you all.


Ondine Komnick

Principal

OLOM Netball - Staff vs Year 6

Staff vs Year 6 Netball match

Our Year Sixes are midway through their final year at Our Lady of Mercy and are thriving as learners, leaders, friends and members of our wonderful school community.


A highlight was the Staff vs Year Six netball match, played at the end of Term 2. Cheered on by the whole school, both teams played to the best of their ability. A memorable school moment!

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Book Parade tomorrow - come and watch the parade

Tomorrow is Book Parade and the theme is 'Curious Creatures - Wild Minds'. We look forward to seeing the children dressed up as some of their favourite characters.


Parents are welcome to come along and watch the parade at 9am in the undercover area, please just remember to maintain social distancing and parents will be asked to stand outside the undercover area so that we comply with Phase 4.

Cake stall tomorrow - please donate goodies

Our annual cake stall will be held tomorrow, Thursday 23 July.


To help us with this popular event, the P&F is asking for donations of cupcakes, muffins, cakes and cookies etc. Please remember that our school is nut aware so food items should not contain nuts.


All donated goods will need to be dropped off outside the canteen before 9am on Thursday 23 July. Thanks for your support!

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Book Fair in first week

The Book Fair is being held in the Library this week. Children can purchase books at the following times:


  • Before school 8:10am - 8:25am
  • Recess 10:30am - 10:45am
  • Lunch 1:00pm - 1:25pm
  • After school from 3:00pm - 3:30pm
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Website - handy links for families

Our new website has a page dedicated to OLOM families with handy links to help you access school information:

  • Online absentee
  • Canteen
  • Uniform
  • Newsletter
  • Calendar


** Bookmark this page in Google or Safari for quick access. **

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Try the online absentee form on our website - it's easy!

Parents can now inform the school of a child's absence using the quick and easy online form on our website, instead of filling out the paper forms. Give it a try! It's on the 'Families' page.

Join our P&F as Secretary

We ask that parents or carers consider volunteering for the position of Secretary for the P&F. The role is not difficult and there is support for the person who fills this role. Being involved on the P&F is a wonderful way to support our school community. Please contact Ondine Komnick if you can assist.
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Kindy 2021 Enrolment Form

Mercy College Open Day - 6 August

Thursday 6 August 9.00am – 10.30am

To register, please phone Lee-Ann Hart on 9247 9223.

Trinity College Twilight Tour - Wednesday, 5 August

Trinity College warmly invites you to attend our Twilight Tour on Wednesday, 5 August 2020 to learn more about the unique TC Spirit and the vast curricular and co-curricular opportunities that the College has to offer. Our Twilight Tour will include an address from the Principal and Junior/Senior Head Prefects, student-led tours (including a sneak peek behind the scenes of the College's production of The Mikado), light refreshments and a Q&A with key staff, teachers and the admissions team.

The tour will commence at 4:00pm. Please register your details at: https://www.trinity.wa.edu.au/enrolments/college-twilight-tour/

MercyCare government funded services for over 65’s

MercyCare are encouraging individuals to call our dedicated aged care team for information regarding aged care supports and services that are available for the over 65’s in our community. These government funded services will vary according to an individual’s needs- whether it be a little bit of help to stay living in your own home as you get older, or assistance to find the right Residential Aged Care facility for a loved one who needs higher levels care. Call or email us for a free aged care information pack- 08 6228 1537 / sspiro@mercycare.com.au.

School Term Dates for 2020

Term 1: Monday 3 February to Thursday 9 April

Term 2: Wednesday 29 April to Friday 3 July

Term 3: Monday 20 July to Thursday 24 September

Term 4: Tuesday 13 October to Friday 11 December

Pupil Free Dates for 2020

Term 1: Friday 28 February

Term 2: Tuesday 28 April & Monday 15 June

Term 3: Friday 21 August & Friday 25 September

Term 4: Monday 12 October

Public Holidays 2020

Monday 2 March: Public Holiday

Friday 10 April: Good Friday

Monday 27 April: ANZAC Day

Monday 1 June: Public Holiday