Our Lady of Mercy
NEWSLETTER | TERM 4 | WEEK 6 | 17 NOVEMBER 2021
Over the past two weeks, the Year Fives have been so thrilled to be attending swimming lessons at Balga Pool. We have loved learning new skills and getting to splash around in the water with our friends. We are so thankful to have been given this opportunity to go swimming and learn important life skills!
Prayer for Universal Children's Day
This year on Universal Children’s Day we’re invited to renew our commitment to building a world where every child is in school, safe from harm and can fulfill their potential.
Let us pray on Universal Children’s Day 2021 for the millions of children living and waiting in refugee camps for the chance of a safe and secure life without violence or threat.
Let us pray for the countless vulnerable children whose rights are not respected.
Let us give thanks for the gift of children in our lives and children all around the world.
Message from the Principal
Dear Parents and Carers
Our school community is a strong and vibrant one and our P&F have played a very big role in friend and community building through the many events they have managed and run this year. The P&F’s outdoor movie on the oval held last Friday, is one such example. This event was an enormous success with parents providing lots of positive feedback and gratitude for the opportunity to experience something different and spend time with family and friends. Our P&F have worked tirelessly this year to fund and friend raise and they deserve an enormous thank you from us all. If you see any of the P&F members around and about school, please stop them to express your thanks, I know this will mean a lot to them.
We also need to acknowledge and thank our many wonderful parent helpers who have assisted at P&F and school run events. We would be unable to successfully run these extra-curricular activities without your help, so we are extremely grateful for your time and will be thanking you with a special morning tea next Tuesday, 23 November, at 10.30 am, in the Technology Room. If you were a parent helper in 2021 and want to attend this Thank You Morning Tea, please let your classroom teacher know for catering purposes.
We put together a proposal regarding a homework trial for Term 1, 2022, which we shared with the P&F at our meeting last week. The proposal, which is attached to this newsletter, will see a change to our homework procedures. Students in Years 1 to 6 will be expected to do daily reading homework. Students in Years’ 5 and 6 will also be given assignment homework to complete throughout the course of the year. Students will be able to access Mathletics if they would like to do Maths homework, but this will not be compulsory. We will trial this new homework procedure in Term 1 of 2022, and will then seek student, parent and staff feedback at the conclusion of the trial.
School Improvement Plan
This year we worked hard to lay the foundations for our school improvement plan. This document records goals we have set ourselves to improve our students’ learning outcomes. Staff have commenced working on some of these goals and our progress will be shared with our school community throughout the course of 2022.
Concerns and Complaints’ Procedure
Our classroom teachers are always ready to partner with parents and carers to address any matters that relate to our students’ safety, happiness and academic progress. As a leadership team our doors are always open to hear and address parents/carers’ concerns if they are unable to be resolved through discussion with the classroom teacher.
Given that we have a transparent process for dealing with concerns or complaints, I ask that parents refrain from corridor chatter about matters that involve other people’s children. Parents will not be privy to how we are dealing with issues brought to our attention, as this would breach privacy and so there should be no assumption that matters are not being addressed. Matters of concern should remain private between the parties involved and the school. Rumours are harmful, as are assumptions and I ask parents and carers not to be drawn into ‘corridor’ or ‘carpark’ discussions on matters in which you are not directly involved and for which you do not have all the information or facts. Our school Code of Conduct sets the standard and expectation for the behaviour of everyone in our community to ensure that we maintain a safe and flourishing place for everyone.
God bless you all.
Important dates coming up
Universal Children's Day - Friday 19 November (Cultural dress and dish to share for lunch and own plate and cutlery)
Year 1 to 3 Swimming - Monday 22 November for two weeks
Volunteers Thank You Morning Tea – Tuesday 23 November
Annual General Meeting - Monday 29 November at 7 pm
Order Booklists - by Friday 10 December
This Friday - Wear cultural clothing and bring a dish to share
THIS FRIDAY: Friday 19 November
CULTURAL CLOTHING: Children wear cultural clothing that reflects their heritage.
FOOD TO SHARE: Families bring a dish of their cultural food to share at recess.
BRING: Each child to bring their own plate and cutlery
TIME: Drop food at school by 10.15 am as we will be eating at recess time this year (10.30 am to 11.30 am)
Order booklists online