18th October 2019

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,

Welcome back to everyone for the new school term. As I was sitting in Mass on the weekend reflecting on all the children and staff returning for the start of Term 4, I felt the theme of the readings was really pertinent as it revolved around gratitude and being thankful for what we have in our day to day life. I think we have many things to be thankful for, in our school, our local community, our city and our country compared to some of the challenges other people are experiencing both locally and abroad.

It was great to see the smiling faces running around the playground this week as the children were guided back into routines at the start of the new term. Edu-dance is always a welcomed addition to Term 4, and that programme started in the undercroft area below the old library on the first day of term. It is great to have Rob La Roche back from extended leave after major back surgery. Rob is recovering well and is enjoying getting back into the routine of school life. We also welcome Gaynor Cook, who has replaced Tracy in the front office. Gaynor has brought a wealth of experience with her from St Vincent’s, Parmelia and has been made to feel very welcome by students, staff and parents in our community this week.

As you read this edition of the newsletter the Year 5’s will be returning from our annual Surf Camp, we will have a few stories to tell when we return, it is always an enjoyable few days away with the children and a great opportunity for them to develop a range of new skills.

Leadership Day for Year 6’s

Uniform Shop Volunteer

Swimming Lessons

Interschool Athletics Carnival

Paul on Long Service Leave

I will be taking Long Service Leave from Monday 4th November until the end of 2019. My time away is not perfectly timed with the Capital Development happening at the moment as my Leave was approved about 18 months ago, prior to the plan for the Capital Development being finalised. My daughter is in Year 12 this year and the opportunity to spend time with her and the family as she finishes her school days is the motivation for my Long Service Leave at this time.

Best wishes for the coming fortnight.

Paul Hansen

Dates to Remember

Monday 21st October to Friday 25th October

Swimming lessons

Tuesday 22nd October

Year 6 Camp Meeting

Wednesday 23rd October

School Board Meeting at 7:30pm

Friday 25th October

Interschool Athletics Carnival

Swimming lessons finish

Monday 28th October

Whole School Lunch

Friday 1st November

Pupil-Free Day at OLOF

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St Vincent de Paul Appeal

This time of the year, as a community, we have a focus on supporting St Vincent de Paul with a Christmas appeal. This is a great opportunity for the children to learn about the need to support less fortunate people in our local community to ensure they have a more enjoyable Christmas season. Ben Ziegelaar from the Palmyra St Vincent de Paul Conference has been in touch with us and will be coming in to have a chat with the children in preparation for the Christmas appeal starting in a few weeks.

Coming Soon to Term 4 - An online lunch order trial!

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Gold Ambassador - Perth Scorchers

We have received the following from the Western Australian Cricket Association for our involvement in the game.


On behalf of the WACA and Perth Scorchers I would like to thank you for your continued support in helping our younger generation learn, play and enjoy this great game. In recognition and to show our appreciation for your fantastic efforts as a GOLD Perth Scorchers School Ambassador, your school will receive the following rewards for delivering on specific elements of our program and to thank you for your efforts in helping us grow the game of cricket in the school and community space:-

  • $100 Voucher for the Slater Gartrell Sports Store – For reaching the minimum number of participants from your school who signed up to a club/association’s Woolworth’s Cricket Blast Program for the first time

  • Automatic entry for one girls and one boys team plus any winning team/s (if applicable) into the Regional Finals – Bonus reward for being a Gold Ambassador

  • Certificate of Recognition


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