Our Lady of Mercy
NEWSLETTER | TERM 3 | WEEK 8 | 8 SEPTEMBER 2021
God of love and compassion,
we know you love each one of us just as we are.
We come seeking your presence, comfort and guidance
as you walk with us on our individual journeys through life.
Give us courage to face our challenges
and open us today to the many ways you are already working in our midst.
Lead us as we open our hearts to provide care and reassurance to others
and help us to see ourselves as you see us…
persons of value and worth…persons of creativity and potential.
May we go forward with a renewed of hope and possibility for the future.
Message from the Principal
Dear Parents and Carers
News of the death of one of our teachers, Mrs Alison John-Lewis on Monday has certainly caused us to slow down this week and reflect on what is truly important to us as a school community. In doing so, we as a staff have experienced clarity around the significance of belonging to a school family and we have helped the children understand the importance of this too and how we can support one another in difficult times. Clarity around our values and who we are as a community can be a guiding light in times of sorrow. This week our experience of loss paved the way for all in our school community to experience the values of gentleness, empathy, respect, vulnerability, support and courage.
Through our teaching and learning programs, our students have been taught coping strategies like praying, help seeking, breathing, talking to a trusted adult and being aware of their feelings and emotions to help them build strength, resilience and wisdom in the face of life’s challenges.
Tomorrow is R U OK day, and typically we would be highlighting and reminding our school community of the strategies and resources they can use when facing difficult times. Since we have been nurturing the children and staff with these care strategies all week, and they are embedded practices in the daily life of our school, tomorrow will simply be a day of continuing to check in on the mental health and wellbeing of everyone in our community, with no formal references to R U OK.
On behalf of the school community, I would like to express our sincerest thanks to the members of our P&F who ran the Father’s Day stall and set such a high standard in terms of the quality of gifts for sale. Most of the products sold were loving hand crafted and made by members of our P&F. The hours it would have taken to make and wrap the gifts, are uncountable. Words cannot adequately express our gratitude to this group of parents. Our P&F represents the essence of community. They do things and share because they care for others and for the good of this place, our beautiful school.
Next week we commence our play before eating lunch trial. Please ensure that you pack two serves of veggies and fruit as we will be having a morning Crunch and Sip and another one at around 12 pm.
Please diarise our Open Night which will be held in Week 10, Monday 20th of September from 5 to 7 pm. Thank you for your understanding of our need to reschedule this event given the circumstances of this week.
God bless you all.
Important dates coming up
RUOK Day - Thursday, 9 September
Spirit of the Arts Concert - 13 September (Combined Choir Perth RAC Arena)
Year 1 Assembly - *NEW DATE* Thursday, 16 September at 8.45am
Athletics Carnival – Friday, 17 September
Year 4 Eucharist Celebration Mass – Saturday, 18 September (6.00pm) and Sunday 19 September (9.30am)
OLOM Open Night - *NEW DATE* Monday, 20 September from 5 pm to 7 pm
Thank you P&F
Family Open Night - *NEW DATE* Mon 20 Sept
- Chew Chew truck - Asian street food
- Food Bazaar for Indian, loaded fries and chicken wings
- Soft Serve cruiser - hotdogs, chips, ice-cream, snow cones and coffee
Teacher Feature - Mrs Filippone - Year 6
Meet Mrs Filippone, our extraordinary and sweet Year 6 Teacher. She creates innovative lessons and checks in on us every day.
Mercy Value Awards
Mercy Value Tickets are awarded by staff to individual students who frequently exemplify Mercy Values in class and set a wonderful example for all students in our school community.
Presented with their awards by Fr Sam at last week's mass, congratulations to the following students for setting an exemplary example of the Mercy Values:
The Excellence award goes to: Jessica Thaung 2B
The Service award goes to: Jamie-Lee Corbellini 5W
The Compassion award goes to: Maisie La Min 4B
The Justice award goes to: Vyan Lam 4B
The Integrity award goes to: Lachlan Ludvik 4B
The Respect award goes to: Grace Ludvik 2B