Our Lady of Mercy
NEWSLETTER | TERM 3 | WEEK 1 | 22 JULY 2020
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.
Staff vs Year 6 Netball match
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!
Book Parade tomorrow - come and watch the parade
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
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!
Book Fair in first week
- Before school 8:10am - 8:25am
- Recess 10:30am - 10:45am
- Lunch 1:00pm - 1:25pm
- After school from 3:00pm - 3:30pm
Website - handy links for families
- Online absentee
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Try the online absentee form on our website - it's easy!
Join our P&F as Secretary
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
School Term Dates for 2020
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