Our Lady of Mercy

NEWSLETTER | TERM 4 | WEEK 6 | 17 NOVEMBER 2021

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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


Community Building

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.


Homework Trial

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.


Ondine Komnick

Principal

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

Friday is Universal Children's Day and we will celebrate the wonderful cultures that make up our OLOM school community.


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)

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Order booklists online

Booklists are going home this week - orders can now be placed on the Campion website and must be completed by Friday, 10 December. Late orders may incur a fee.

Code: TJF3

Complete the survey about after hours sport at OLOM

Thanks for coming to the P&F movie night!

The P&F Committee thoroughly enjoyed hosting our very first movie night. We were very excited to see so many families bring a picnic down to the oval and enjoy the wonderful Christmas classic 'Elf'! We were impressed by the standard of behaviour of the students and hope to run this event again later in 2022. We would like to say a very special thank you to Chris and his team at Rural Cinemas, and a huge thank you to Mr. Mark Stone and the staff at Woolworths Alexander Heights for their generous contribution to our movie night popcorn. Thank you also to staff, parents and everyone who helped to make this event the amazing and successful evening that it was.
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Complete our parent survey on reversed eating times

Parent Survey- Reversed eating times: https://forms.office.com/r/uPCwKvLKDP

Limited places left for Kindy 2022

We have limited places left for Kindy next year - please invite friends and family to contact our office if they wish to enrol their child or arrange a time to see the school.
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Great work!

Ms Zanetti loves to see students who have produced outstanding work!
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Teacher Feature - Penny Henery - Year 3 Teacher

Meet Mrs Henery, our nice and helpful Year 3 Teacher. She helps us with our work and plays lots of games with us.
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P&F Fundraiser - gold coin and lap around the oval for icy pole

The P&F are hosting a small fun-draiser on Friday 26th November 2021 to help to get kids active and by giving them a healthy summer treat afterwards to help kick off summer! Simply bring a gold coin donation for your child and they will do a quick lap around the oval, watch the OLOM Jump Jam team's performance and will each receive a Sugar-Free 'No Nastie's Icy Pole! Thank you for supporting the OLOM P&F!
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Canteen Summer Menu

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Outside School Hours Care - Camp Australia

Register your child for before and after school hours care with Camp Australia. Activities and food included. Read more about the service and fees and register your child on the links below.
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Calendar and dates to remember

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