20th Aug 2021
From the Principal
Dear Parents and Caregivers,
This week I have been reflecting on the power of witness in our lives. My thoughts around this began at Mass on Sunday, which honoured the Assumption of Mary into heaven. Mary is a well known figure in the Catholic tradition and she is such a strong witness of faith. When we think about how she said yes to being the mother of Jesus, we can only imagine the courage that this would have taken.
Sometimes being a witness is not easy! As parents and caregivers, we know the power of our own role modelling to our children and know that what we do is so much more powerful than what we say. I have been thinking a lot about my own parenting and who I am as an educator and I am reminding myself every day that kindness is perhaps one of the greatest things that I can witness: to my husband, to my children, to my students, to my staff and to you all in the school community.
Maggie Dent has said the following about kindness:
Being kind is a choice made from the belief that every generous action influences others, and it honours our deepest, invisible motivation to have value and worthiness in our lives….When we are kind, we don’t take advantage of our power, or of other people’s vulnerabilities. Instead, we seek to comfort, encourage and strengthen those around us….Compassion and kindness have the power to touch deeply and this often ripples through the world around us; it invites others to be caring in turn. This is a universal reality that has great power.
There are so many ways that we can focus on kindness, with some being:
- Sharing stories of kindness from your own family situation, local community or from around the world;
- Doing random acts of kindness and encourage your children to do the same;
- Volunteering in the parish, local community or charities; and
- Showing gratitude to others when they are kind.
Our school has been a busy place this week and we have some exciting events next week too!
I loved witnessing the excitement about the Science shows led by our Year 6 students this week. Here is a recount of what occurred by some of our students:
This week was Science week. It was really fun and we learnt a lot from it. As Year 6’s. we had to choose a partner and then choose an experiment to present to the younger years. We decided to choose a lava lamp. Once we had chosen the experiment, we had to research it and write down a plan of the science behind the experiment, the ingredients, the hypothesis, the method and a basic draft of the script we would use to present to the younger classes. Once we had completed that we presented it to Mrs Gleeson for approval. In Week 4, we had a practice run of what we were going to do and say and then Mrs Gleeson assigned us to 2 grades to present our experiments. We were assigned to Pre-Primary and Year 2’s to present our experiments this week.
(Audrey and Isabelle)
Well done again to the Year 6 students and thank you sincerely to Mrs Gleeson for all of her hard work and support!
INCURSION- JAMES FOLEY
On Tuesday this week, we had an incursion with author and illustrator James Foley. He is an ex-Fatima student and you can find out more about him here: https://jamesfoley.com.au. The children loved his energetic presentation and his comedic illustrations! Some of our Year 4 students have reflected on this incursion:
James Foley is an amazing illustrator and author. On Tuesday, our school was lucky enough to have him here. He was very funny and he told heaps of stories. He told us his journey at OLOF and he has written 18 books since then. We got to hear some of his cool secrets and stories from his classes from Pre-Primary to Year 7. His upcoming book that is coming out in November this year is called Stellarphant! It was a pleasure having him.
(Karissa, Laila, Amelia and London)
SPEAK UP AWARDS
Congratulations to some of our Year 6 students who represented our school at the Speak Up Awards on Monday. They did us proud and I pleased to share these thoughts from them with the school community:
On Monday 16th August, we were lucky enough to have the opportunity to perform our public speaking in the Speak Up Awards Heats 2021 in Doubleview. The competition includes the top 164 public speakers from all around the state. There were 12 competitors in our heat that included interesting topics such as ‘The Deadliest Creature in the World’,
‘Asylum Seekers’ and ‘Green Time over Screen Time’. Even though we were nervous, it was an awesome opportunity and we were very proud to represent Our Lady of Fatima School.
(Elsie, Olivia and Rose)
Wishing you a wonderful weekend,
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
Thursday 26th Aug
Character Parade on the oval at 8:50am
Tuesday 14th September
OLOF Athletics Yr Carnival PP-Y6
Tuesday 21st September
Open Afternoon 3pm-5:30pm
Monday 11 October
Pupil free day
The Magnificat is a traditional Catholic prayer, which uses the words of Mary when she visits her cousin Elizabeth in the Gospel of Luke. In this story, she is praising God for all the gifts in her life. As we celebrated the Assumption of Mary this past weekend in the Catholic Church, praying traditional prayers about Mary is a great way to honour her!
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,
my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour,
for he has looked with favour on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children forever.
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit,
as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
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!
At Our Lady of Fatima School, we continuously aim to build and develop connections with our parish community. This week our parent community lovingly prepared meals to support Our Lady of Fatima Parish’s Fatima Care Program. Fatima Care provides support to people in our local community. Thank you to the Pre-Primary families who supported Fatima Care by providing pre-cooked meals for those who are unable to cook for themselves.
BOOK WEEK 2021
This year's Book Week theme is Old Worlds, New Worlds and Other Worlds! The theme encompasses literature that extends children’s knowledge and skills around understanding and evaluating the stories they read and are told! Each class will celebrate Book Week next week with an individual focus. On Thursday 26 August, students in Pre-Primary to Year Six are invited to participate in our annual Character Dress Up Parade. On this day we ask that students come to school dressed as a character from one of their favourite books. Parents are welcome to watch the parade on the steps of the hall at 8:50am. Our Lady of Fatima School is also running a Get Caught Reading Competition throughout Book Week. Reading for pleasure is a calming and rewarding task. Our competition is a way for our students to share where they like to read!
We’re bringing back the BONUS Gift Cards! For a limited time only, your supporters will receive a BONUS $40 Woolworths, BIG W or Freedom eGift Card when they purchase a Multi City or Multi Plus Membership or a $20 Woolworths, BIG W or Freedom eGift Card when they purchase a Single City Membership between 3:00pm, Wednesday 4 August and 11:59pm, Wednesday 1 September 2021 AEST!
Also, don’t forget anyone who purchases a Membership now till 11.59pm, Wednesday September 15 AEST will receive an extra month free. That’s a 13-month Membership your supporters will love!
To help boost your fundraising we’re holding a giveaway of incredible prizes for anyone who purchases a Membership. They will automatically go into the draw to WIN:
A Royal Caribbean cruise for two!
3 nights onboard Quantum of the seas.
- A TFE Hotels 3-night voucher valid at Adina Apartment Hotels, Vibe Hotels, Travelodge Hotels and Rendezvous Hotels.
Plus, the chance to win $200 dining vouchers to their favourite Entertainment venue will be drawn daily. Along with an instant bonus offer from Laithwaite's Wine when they join. See website for full T&Cs.
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.
Keyed Up Music Lessons
Keyed Up Music Lessons
Keyed Up Music will be teaching keyboard and guitar lessons in Term 3 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday during school. Lessons start at $18.65 for groups of four 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